Thursday, March 28, 2013

DIY Family Art

I finally finished painting the trim in the stairway to the basement (just 2 rooms in the house left to go! In 2025 when I finally finish that, we can *really* celebrate ;) ) so now of course I’m looking at the space with fresh eyes.

And I mean, it’s a stairway.

(And seriously?  I snapped this shot eight different times, and the dog photobombed each. and. every. one.  Such a diva. ;) So, we're going with this one. )

Nothing really to write home about, much less worry about decorating, right?

I won’t be putting anything on the walls going down the stairs because it’s a fairly narrow space and leaving it open gives it the illusion of being slightly larger.  

But there isn’t a doorway going downstairs… this is an open stairway just off the entry to our home.  And looking down, this blank wall was… kinda blah.  And frankly, starting to bug me.

I’ve been wanting to do some sort of family-centric art for a while now, but hadn’t found the place to put it. 
Since the basement is a spot where we spend a lot of time as a family—watching sports or movies, playing with the girls in the playroom, etc., it seemed like this might be a natural fit for it.
So, 10 minutes of staring at this space turned into one of the cheapest, easiest, and fastest pieces of decoration in my home.  And because of the nature of it, it’s going to keep evolving on its own for years to come. 

So simple.  Ahem:
I started with a large wrapped canvas snagged from Hobby Lobby (like everything else in there, these go 50% off every few weeks.  Just wait for it – it’s worth it).  This big mamma jamma ended up being about $12.50.
 Once I brought it home, I rummaged around my paint stash and came up with a few colors that complemented the space and each other.
Then we just painted everyone’s hands and slapped ‘em on the canvas.
Yep, that’s it!
The Redhead thought it was so crazy fun that Mom and Dad were painting their hands, too.
Not that I would forget whose handprint belonged to whom, but I took a fine sharpie and wrote our names and the year next to each one.  
We purposely took only a corner of the canvas, so next year, we can do it again.  I figure we have about 5 years of prints we can smoosh onto this one canvas, and it will be fun to see how the girls’ hands grow over time.
And for less than 15 bucks, that’s art that is definitely in my budget! 

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Thinking Warm Thoughts..

So it's officially spring.

And... it's been snowing.

I hope things are much more "Spring-ish" where you live!

I know it will arrive here soon enough...

in the meantime, though, The Redhead and I took matters into our own hands:

A quick trip to Trader Joe's and we brought back $2 worth of sunshine. :)
If we can't have spring outside, then by golly we'll have it inside!

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Spot-Free Kitchen Style

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I have been loving our kitchen since I finally finished updating the cabinets and our kitchen island. 

It's amazing (and probably a little bit sad) that I am spending more time in there now, simply because I'm enjoying the way it looks!  (I'm also secretly hoping that spending more time physically in the kitchen will make me better at cooking, by osmosis.  I'll let you know how that goes. ;) )
The downside to the updated cabinetry is that since I'm not blinded by hating my cabinets, I'm noticing other elements that I'm not 1000% loving.
One of those things is my kitchen faucet. 
Don't get me wrong, I do love the overall shape of it, and the function is fine.
But there are days when I wish it was a little sleeker.  And the arch was a wee bit higher to accommodate larger pots and taller vases and platters.
And the SPOTS.  Oh, the spots. 
I'm forever wiping the faucet down, getting rid of the splash spots and hard water deposits that I assumed were normal on any faucet, no matter what. 
Well thanks to the folks at MOEN, I've learned it doesn't have to be that way.
(isn't she pretty?  And yes, she's most definitely a "she")
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Over the past couple years I've really been discovering my own personal style, and I feel a lot more confident about being able to spot things that fit into that style, rather than buying something I *think* I like, only to ditch it no long after for something else.
In addition to it being so easy-care, I really like that the Kiran's simple, classic shape really blends well with just about any design sensibility.  I classify my personal style as 4 C's: Classic and Casual, where Coastal meets Cottage. (and I really have a thing for alliteration. ;) ).  This could easily fit in my kitchen, but I could just as easily see it working in a more modern or contemporary space.  That's pretty cool.

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How to Sew Paper Garland [Tutorial]

So I promised you a project this week, and by golly I'm going to deliver! :)


I'm a fan of pennant bunting - I showed you how to sew it here, I've used it for a baby shower and in Miss CB's updated nursery.
 It sure looks great when it's done, but it is a LOT of work!
And the garland is EVERYWHERE... just about any home magazine is going to throw up some pennants in some picture.
But sometimes there just isn't time to cut all those triangles from fabric.. painstakingly pin them together... get them sewn inside-out... then rightside out and ironed... and THEN sew everything onto your bias tape.  OY.

So lately, I've been cranking out some easy, quick-production pennant bunting with just paper.  
Toss it around a cake stand or across a picture frame, and you're good to go.  Done in less than 30 minutes, easy.
Pay attention, because you might blink and miss it:  ;) 
Cut out triangles from cute scrapbook paper. 
Line 'em up in whatever pattern you want, and placing them upside down (cute side of the paper facing down, that is), use painters tape to hold them end to end.
The tape will give you something to easily feed through your machine, so you don't have to feed triangle after triangle through your sewing machine.

Feed through your sewing machine as normal.

And then...  you're done!
Admire your work. :)

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Sunday, March 17, 2013


Well THAT was an unexpected hiatus!

The past week+ around here have been inSANE!

It started with things ramping up at work... Then Miss CB had to get tubes put in her ears.
 Then work got a little crazier... And THEN the flu hit our house.

It started Thursday overnight and the poor Redhead is still battling the bug.  I didn't even have the heart to snap a picture of her in her misery because it's just heartbreaking.  Pitiful, really.  She missed a birthday party and everything, poor thing.
So, we've been laundering and sterilizing and trying to keep it from spreading to her sister (or to us).

There hasn't been much time for sleeping, let alone time for decorating or crafting.
BUT, I do have a little something I'll be back a little later this week to share, scouts honor :)

Thanks to everyone who entered the Uncommon Goods giveaway, and if you're new here, welcome!

Happy St Patty's Day, and I'll be back soon!

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Chalkboard Wall - Right for You? [And Giveaway WINNER!]

Happy Monday!

Thanks to everyone who entered into our Uncommon Goods giveaway!
The lucky winner is....