Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Happenings--

We’ve been working on all kinds of projects around here. I think the warm weather does that…the weather is pretty and it stirs up ideas and energy.
I’ve found some really great “thrift store” junking treasures. I’ve wanted Jaxon to have wooden toys…like blocks and cars etc. (As if we don't have ENOUGH TOYS already!!!) I thought about slowly building up his collection and “lo-and-behold” I found him all sorts of treasures there other day. For dirt cheap!!!! But of course…I had to wash them to get possible germs off! Ha ha!
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The wood appears wet…because it had just been washed and partially dried! And yes here they are…drying after a good scrubbing!!
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This little doll/stacker is his favorite. He takes all the pieces off and then puts them on again. Except we had to take the smaller red pieces away…they seemed a little small and a possible choking hazard. She only has one “piggy-tail!” 
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This one was just too cute…we had one growing up and he loves to pretend he’s talking on the phone!
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A few other goodies that I found include these:
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I have no idea what I’ll use them for. Probably storage containers. Jax thinks they are fun toys!
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And finally….another treasure I found…and did a MINI-Makeover on!!!
I  found this little chalkboard. WAAAY cute paint job and distressing…I was not realy digging the wine deco thingy.
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Sooooo….I Modge Podged a piece of scrap book paper over it! And voila!!
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One of the easiest make-overs EVER! And it’s just DAHLING now!
Hope your week is GREAT!
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Monday, May 24, 2010

Crepe-Paper Flower Ball Tutorial & Tips

There are many tutorials showing how to make these cutsie decorations and I had to try some for myself. They were perfect for decorations for my BFF’s shower and she is also going to use them as a mobile above her daughter’s crib. 2-in-1 decorations! Love it!
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Things you will need:
* Foam balls of varying sizes (I refused to pay the whopping prices for foam balls and found squares at the Dollar Tree. More on how I made them in to balls will follow!)
* Crepe Paper – I used 1-1/2 rolls for the large ball and about a roll for the medium sized ball. It would probably be best to have a couple of rolls for each ball you intend to cover.
* A LOT OF GLUE STICKS! I went through a TON of glue sticks.


I’m not even going to try to describe how to roll, make and create these little doo-dahs.
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I will however, direct you to where I discovered how to make them and you can figure out your own process. Visit {House of Smith’s} blog HERE to see how she made them. You can also watch a video of her technique HERE (last video on the page) which REALLY HELPED ME!

 FYI-
I almost threw the towel in on this project. I had heavy lumps of crepe paper goop and ugly wads of nothing on my first try. Even my DH said it wasn’t my most “WORTHY” work. What the? What the who? I was so frustrated…I almost gave up.
I’m glad I didn’t give up though. I really love how they turned out. And they were perfect decorations for the shower.
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So anywho…my tips for making these bad boys are as follows:
I didn’t spend the BIG BUCKS on pre-made foam balls at HL. Instead, I bought foam cubes at the {Dollar Tree} and used a knife and cheese grater to form a ball. It sounds way more complicated than it really was. It took at the most…five minutes.
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I also bought a bag of smaller pre-made balls at the {Dollar Tree} too. There were at least 10 balls of varying sizes in one bag. Love me some {Dollar Tree}!!!
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To use the balls as table decorations for the baby shower. I bought THREE candle holders from the {Dollar Tree} that looked like this:
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I hot-glued two together to create a tall holder that looked like this:
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I spray-painted both the short and tall holder with black spray-paint.
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TA-DA! They were sweet and FAB! If you decide to try this little projecto…don’t give up if at first you have funky flowers! You can DO IT!!
I'll be linking this to:

The Girl Creative

 The DIY Show Off








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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Baby Shower Goodies!!!

I have been talking about my Besties baby shower for weeks now. We had the shin-dig last weekend and I can finally show pics of all the projects I worked on for both the shower and as gifts for Lorie. I’ll slowly post tutorials on how I made most of the goodies! But for now take a look! It was tons of fun!!

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Guest Sign-In
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Diaper Cake
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The Table
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Corsages
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It was fate….

I have been searching, watching, looking and hoping for a vintage Cosco chair. No seriously…I look at Ebay at least 4 to 5 times a week (most are minimum $50 with shipping) and at every “junking” vendor I visit. Just two weeks ago I spotted one at a local SA, but was informed it wasn’t for sale. Darn. It’s just one of those crazy “wants” that you get in your head and you can’t shake off. Silly…as if we need another chair! Or better yet…another “ladder” for Jaxon to scale the walls and furniture with.

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My Mom called me this afternoon out of the blue and told me that she had finally found MY CHAIR!

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Damage: A few loose screws, aged vinyl and a few layers of dust. No tears, no rips and no major problems!

Price:

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I {heart} this chair!

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