Playroom Makeover

Our basement playroom was in need of a little
pizzazz, so out came the painters tape and all the 
leftover paint that has been used around our home.

Here is the wall...


...and here is what I taped out. I used a large level to
add marks on the wall and then taped along the wall,
matching up to the pencil marks (making sure I would 
be covering them with paint).

I knew I wanted the kitchen in the right corner, so
decided to leave that blank...

A chalkboard spot for drawing on the left, I painted
over every section twice before peeling off the tape.

The yellow spot is a little too pale for my taste but 
it's where the magnetic board is hung with the kids
fridge magnets below in a basket. 

So a few hours of taping one day, painting and 
reorganizing the toys the second day and now 
there is a little more cheer in our dark basement!



40th Birthday Gift Idea

We all hate getting older, when we actually are older
but somehow those Birthday's sneak up on us...
year after shining year.

My good friend just recently celebrated a milestone 
Birthday and to celebrate her jokester self, I thought
sending her a pot fill with suckers would at least make
her laugh...it did!

"40 SUCKS"

I picked up a terracotta pot and foam ball from 
a local craft store and a mondo bag
of suckers (thank you Sam's Club) and got to work.
I already had black chalkboard spray paint and gold
lying around, as well as frog tape.

First I taped off the top of the pot where I wanted 
the gold to go and spray painted two coats of the black
chalkboard paint on the bottom of the pot.

After the paint was dry, I peeled off the tape and 
carefully taped off the bottom, black portion. I gently
pressed the tape onto the bottom, so it didn't peel off
the paint and then quickly sprayed the rim and inside
the pot a pretty gold.

Two coats, drying time and then it was time to 
plant some suckers!! I started at the top and worked
my way around. I tried to stick to the Birthday
girl's favorite colors but had to add a bit of green 
to the bottom, we will just call them leaves.

Next a little free hand drawing with chalk markers, 
not super fancy but it gets the job done cause really
...40 SUCKS!! ;)


Ombre Party Ideas

Parties don't have to go all out to pack a big punch
as you can see from these very simple Teal Ombre 
Party decorations. If you stick to a simple color
scheme, then your sweet touches are able to stand out
and take center stage.

 I worked with my good friend Megan, on the decor for
her daughter's Graduation party. Megan happens 
to be an AMAZING photographer and lives in Oregon.
(Look her up if you are the area and need photos, she
is seriously just so very talented!)

 At first we were going to go with blue and yellow,
high school colors...but with Megan's 
impeccable taste, we both agreed those were
a bit too harsh for the soft party look she was going for.
We instead agreed on her daughter's favorite color and
turned it into an ombre party with bits of glittery gold
for just the right amount of girly flair.

A simple white sheet cake, wildflowers in a
jar and photographs tucked under a glass top table, 
that can be viewed but protected from sticky fingers.
Megan hung a few paper puff balls from the ceiling,
which added a bit more color to the space
and created a fun whimsical effect.

I'd call this party decor a success! "YAY"

If you are looking to book a photography session for
your upcoming Senior, Megan is booking now...

Photos taken by the lovely Megan Morgan Photography
Ombre Party Decorations made by LeroyLime on Etsy


Garden Fence & Gate

Growing up on a farm in Iowa, you'd think I have a 
natural green thumb...sadly, you are wrong. But somehow, 
I've managed to grow a small garden in our backyard, 
canyoubelieveit. You can find the original post and see just
how much our little garden has taken off since we
first planted everything HERE.

With a bountiful of greens however, come a few late
night stragglers, nibbling away at our pretty 
leaves...the buggers! I picked up a roll of green
fence and a few posts from Home Depot and my 
DH (dear hubby) sweetly installed a barrier 
 directly around the box. Ahem.

With no way of getting to the garden, he widened
the fence, adding a few extra poles and a quick gate 
for easy access. For ease of disassembly if needed,
the fence is attached to the posts with zip ties.

 The gate was made using 3 fence boards, the tops cut
off, one of which was chopped in half.  A few quick
 zaps of the nail gun with a few screws for reinforcement, 
at the corners. A small piece of fence was stapled
onto the back and the gate zip tied to one of the posts. 
The gate needs to be stained to match the 
garden box but so far, it's been keeping the critters 
out and the garden is able to flourish inside. 


Rocking Chair Makeover

I picked up this sweet little rocking chair for $6 at a
second hand store in North Dakota a few years ago and 
it finally got a much needed facelift with a bit of 
Americana Decor chalk paint.

I used a sanding block to smooth the rough edges,
cleaned off the chair with a damp paper towel and
let it air dry for a bit before painting.

I used Americana Decor Chalk paint, called Refreshing,
a beautiful and truly refreshing mint color.
I found the paint at Michael's (using a 40% off coupon)
and Home Depot also carries a few color choices.

The first coat was easy to apply...I'm a bit of a messy
painter when it comes to chalk paint if I'm planning
on sanding afterward, like I did with this piece. 
Two coats of paint were applied so that none of the
wood grain would show through, at least not until
I wanted it to!

I went through a couple of sponge brushes on this
project, they kept getting caught on the small
areas and ripping but otherwise, worked great.

The second coat covered the wood that was 
showing through and I used a sanding block 
to distress the edges just slightly.


Since this chair will be used by little ones I didn't 
really care to wax and rewax when needed, so I pulled
out my can of Minwax clear/satin Polycrylic. I used a
water based brush to apply. You only need a little bit
on your brush at a time since the Poly dries quickly 
and you want to minimize drips. A double coat of Poly
was added to the seat and a few places I know will 
get more wear and tear.

Now to put this sweetheart back in my now two
year olds Vintage Circus bedroom!


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End of School - Teacher Gift

It's that time of the year...time for warm sun, lounging by
the pool and enjoying a good book with nothing to worry
about except the ending!

Depending on where you live, some of your kids may have
been soaking up the rays for a few weeks. This week was 
our kids last and now the summer activities are underway.

 I sent the kids to school with the perfect summer send off 
for their teachers on the last day. A bag (from Pick your Plum)
filled with a few summer essentials...beach towel, 
a large bottle of water, bag of popcorn
(cause you always need a snack at the pool or beach)
and a gift card to Target to snatch up the best summer paperback!

I used powerpoint to put together the wording on my
tag. The whale is a Sizzix die cut that I ran through
my Big Shot Machine. 

(close up of the tag)

May you all have a wonderful summer and don't 
forget to RELAX!!!


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Opinions expressed here are my own.


DIY Magnetic Chalkboard

If you're not a fan of a messy fridge and you have
a blank wall just begging to be beautified, a DIY 
magnetic chalkboard just might be in order.

My dear hubs doesn't like clutter (which is why
we are a perfect match) and so, to drive this DIY to
the finish line...I started to "clutter" up the space where
I wanted the magnetic chalkboard to go, by taping
the kids artwork and school papers to the wall with
Washi Tape...it worked!

Shopping List:

2-1X4 Pine Fence Boards
3X2' Sheet of 1/4" thick Aluminum
Black Chalkboard Paint
(Leftover) White Paint

He started by cutting the fence boards down to size 
and adding angles for the corners. Clamped it all 
together and then painted the metal board with several
layers of Chalkboard Paint. The frame was painted 
white with some leftover paint. The magnetic
chalkboard is held behind the frame with metal 
brackets on  each corner and he also taped around the 
board, so the back would be smooth. Heavy duty metal
hangers hang this heavy duty project straight into
the studs. We had the metal filing baskets and added 
them to the wall for extra school papers.

The frame size is 42-3/4" X 31" but you can
customize it to fit your space.

The perfect way to organize all the papers and crap 
from collecting on the counter, yipee!


DIY Garden Box

Our little chicks have been begging for a garden
to grow our own wonderful yum for the table and
thankfully they love veggies just as much as their 
Mama does! So my handy hubby tackled yet another
amazing project a few weekends ago and we are
proud to announce...
the green beans, peas and cucumbers have sprouted!

On his shopping list:
3 pieces of 2X12" Pressure Treated Lumber
1 roll of landscape fabric
Scrap wood for corner stakes
1- 8X2 foot trellis
Several bags of Organic Raised Bed Soil

He built the box on our driveway since it is 
more level. Cut one of the boards in half, 
making our garden box 8X4 feet.

Some grunt work digging out a bit of the hill
and then staking it into place, reinforcing the 
corners with screws. We had leftover stain from
our master bathroom project and he enlisted the
help of our seven year old to "paint" the box.


This is how it's done Daniel Son...

He lined the bottom of the box and stapled it in, 
adding the bags of soil. 

Next the trellis...cut in half, zip tied together and
buried into the soil. It'll be fun to watch the 
beans curl up the sides.

Confession: Yes, I grew up on a farm but I don't
have a green thumb, I am however 
willing to try. Since we were a little late planting,
we picked up plants that were already started, minus
the beans and cucumbers. I'm not sure how 
huge everything will get, so we are playing it safe
this summer with just a few items. 

Three tomato plants on the left and all sorts of
glorious smelling spices on the right. We added
rosemary and marigolds around the edges to help
keep away any animals that might want to take a nibble.
One yellow pepper plant, and a pouch of snow peas,
green beans and cucumbers.

The kids have enjoyed watching the tomatoes blossom
and love watering the plants...fingers crossed
we will have something yummy to show for our 
hard work!

How does your garden grow?
Feel free to link your post in the comments!


Mother's Day Gift Idea and Card

Happy Mother's Day to all you Mama's out there!
Whether you're currently a Mom, Grandmother, 
have a baby in heaven, adopted your child, or are 
currently preggers....you are all 
Mother's and deserve a day for everyone to just
say, Thank You!

I found the sweet little grey wooden saying
at TJ Maxx and was on the hunt for something
fun to go with it...lavender is such an uplifting 
aroma, a bottle of lotion from Scotland
and a fancy wrapped bar of soap, set the tone
for the purple card. The box smelled divine
once I had everything packaged up as well!
Of course, nothing says Thank you like 
chocolate, I know it's always be appreciated 
by my Mom.

If you have a plethora of stamp supplies and machines,
then you probably know what the Big Shot is. I use mine
pretty much every time I'm in my craft room and love the 
diversity of cutting tools that you can use with the machine.

First I stamped two different stamps on white cardstock
and then using the magnetic platform (amazing!) placed my
framelits die on top of where I wanted to cut. One quick
roll through the machine and perfection, I tell ya! 
The nice thing about Framelits is that they come in
multiple sizes, so you can frame your projects with 
a different color to add more dimension to your projects.

The Big Shot is also capable of using the dry embossing
folders with it but I have the Texture Boutique for just 
those, instead. I placed just the front of my lavender
cardstock inside the folder, rolled it through the machine
and out came this beautiful scrollwork.

A bit of bakers twine, some foam pop dots and 
a thoughtful card for a wonderful Mother!
Happy Mother's Day Mama's!!

 "Behind every good kid is a great Mom!"


Furniture Makeover - Summer Porch Yellow

Warm weather means that I can paint again, yippee!
I've been wanting to give this piece of furniture
a facelift since we moved to VA last year. 
A bit banged up and scratched with moving
but it's still a great piece that sits nicely on 
our stairway landing.

Our walls are grey (darker in the main part of the
house, the photos were taken in our sunroom) and
the yellow pop on the stairway will be a nice addition
to our family sunflower canvas.

I found this scrumptious yellow at AC Moore, it's 
called Summer Porch, by FolkArt Home Decor Chalk.
I used about half of the bottle with two coats for this
project. I'm not the best painter but I like to tackle
projects and get them done and am very happy
with the end result of this one!

Two coats with two different brushes...
I waited a day in between coats since I painted
during nap time but the paint was very quick to dry.

A different day, I pulled the sander out and quickly
edged up my piece, letting the brown pop through
in various places.

Next the Polycrylic, this was very easy to apply
but you need to make sure you don't put too much
on your brush or you'll get unwanted drips
(which can be sanded off, thankfully, oops!)

Two coats of Poly, in two days...again at naptime.

I wanted to paint the drawer pull black but only
had chalkboard paint on hand...I used two nails 
poked through a piece of cardboard to hold my drawer
pull away from any surfaces. The bottom two
photos are what it looked like before. The top pic 
is right after I sprayed, still wet...

Next the drawer, I didn't paint the bottom, since I
knew I was going to line it with something. Found 
this super cute, inexpensive grey and white chevron
drawer liner at Target. 

I unrolled it and folded it over in the corner to create
a cutting crease, pulled it out and slid my scissors
up the folded line. Before taking off the backing,
I made sure it fit inside. Just two small trims, peeled
off the back and stuck it inside. 

I'm in love with my little yellow table, 
isn't it sweet?...

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