Happy Mother’s Day to Me

Yes, I know its November and no this isn’t an old post I’m just now publishing.

Ricardo finally finished my Mother’s day present, and I’m so thrilled.  I asked for picture frame molding going up the stairs and under the chair rail in the upstairs hallway.

Here’s a post with pictures of what the stairway used to look like.

Under the chair rail I had stenciled some flowers that were cute, but I was sick of them. Also, the collage was kind of bugging me too.

You can vaguely see the lines I drew to mark out where I wanted the frames.

Using some decorative molding he made frames using my not-so accurate drawings. There was a lot of measuring and remeasuring.

It looked like this for a long time. Those little triangles were really difficult to cut! I was so afraid that he was going to cut off a finger. After all the molding was up, I painted everything white.

Here are the after pictures…

The oak banister needed to go.

I also decided to do a black and white photo collage. I love the way it turned out!

November 14, 2011 at 7:42 pm 1 comment

Pins

Self mitered receiving blanket

Personalized pillows

Fort Kit

I love this look.

I have this in orange and I love it!+

Great table decoration

November 9, 2011 at 11:23 am Leave a comment

Pins

I so want to make these embellished pingpong balls.

Clay Dish

Small Embroidery hoop ornaments. Would make great gift toppers and a great way to use up scraps!

Paint circles

T shirt weaving

Cool jars!

Creative suitcase

Weekend bag

Chore magnets

October 9, 2011 at 8:04 pm Leave a comment

Baby Shower gifts

I’m going to a baby shower at the end of the month. Here are some cute ideas I might try.

Sock bouquet.

Blanket and cupcake onesies.

Burp cloths.

Stuffed bunny. So cute!

Sushi” baby gift

Socks in an egg carton

Onesies and bibs in a bowl

Simple and super cute onesies.

October 6, 2011 at 6:12 am Leave a comment

Pins!

I love the creative use of a cake stand in this post.

Great simple updo.

Chocolate kiss pies.

Ice Cream pretzel cake.

Cornbread and chili baked in a jar. Yum!

Really great Halloween pillows!

Cilantro Lime Jalapeno Chicken Salad. Low Carb!

October 4, 2011 at 10:04 am Leave a comment

Message Center

Have you been on Pinterest yet?

Its so addicting and part of the reason why I wanted to restart the blog!

There are a ton of ideas out there for message centers.

Some of the criteria for my message center were everyone needed a “slot” and somewhere to put bigger things. It also needed to be CUTE!

I fell in love with these boxes from Pottery Barn and Ballard Design. I didn’t love the pricetag, plus I needed room for 5 and just didn’t have it.

I found wall organizers similar to these at Target for $11 each. The best part is that each one has 3 slots, so I only needed two. I sprayed them with metallic bronze and they became really similar to the Pottery Barn and Ballard Design versions.

I used hanging plant hooks to hang egg baskets for bulkier items. (ignore the mess of shoes in the background!)

As the school year progresses, I’d like to add a bigger basket for library books that need to go back. I might also replace the “E” and candles with a chalkboard where I can write reminders.

I’ll keep you posted on any changes I make. One major change will be paint color!

October 1, 2011 at 6:08 am Leave a comment

Halloween Mantel

The kids have been requesting scary decorations for the house, so I started with the mantel. I decorated it while they were sleeping. They were so excited when they woke up!

Let me start by saying that The Dollar Tree is a great place for inexpensive finds when decorating for Halloween!

To recreate this mantel you’ll need:

Glass jars, creepy crawlys, sticks, skulls and Spanish moss.

I had these glass cylindrical vases that I filled parfait style with moss and mini skulls I scored with a coupon at Michaels. Then, I strategically placed some spiders.

These great rats are from the dollar store. Oh, and they squeak!

Ricardo got some great whiskey in this bottle, I got the bottle! I used a candle and dripped some wax on the ledge and hot glued a spider to the outside.

Eerie sign and crows are both from the dollar store. Sticks are from my yard!

I got these bat adhesives from Joann’s on clearance last year.

This picture is from the dollar store…

…see how it changes, so cool!

I love how the spiders appear to be crawling out of the jar! It was just a leftover spaghetti sauce jar and I sprayed the lid black.

To attach the spiders to the mantel, I used a hot glue gun and a prayer. To try and prevent the glue from peeling off the paint, I placed a bead of hot glue on each spider and let it cool until it was almost dry. Then I stuck it on. Hopefully they come off cleanly!!

Larger containers with skulls and spiders.

September 29, 2011 at 6:41 am 2 comments

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