Friday, January 30, 2015

Do you want to build a snowman? A snowman wreath that is!

Even though winter is almost over (not really, but it kinda feels that way since February is right around the corner) I still wanted to make a "winter" wreath for my front door. A while ago I was perusing Pinterest and saw a super cute snowman wreath. I knew immediately I had to make one!! It was cute and unique and screamed winter.

Being my thrifty self, I always snatch any wreaths up at that I find at thrift stores. I know I'll use them since I've started making all my own wreaths. Wreaths are just so crazy expensive. Plain old naked ones at the big box stores are decently priced, around $5 for a big one but you can still get a better deal at thrift stores.

I have always found bargains on wreaths at thrift stores but I think I got ripped off the other day at a local salvo. That cashier drove a hard bargain on some stickerless wreaths, $6 for 4. I think I pissed her off by staring at the wrong eye. I've been told when someone has a lazy eye you're supposed to look at the eye that's looking straight ahead but I get confused, or fascinated, I'm not sure which one, and I always find myself glancing at the other eye, it's like a trainwreck. I have to look. True story.

I did however get a great deal on 2 of the wreaths for my snowman 59 cents and 29 cents respectively, at a different salvo. I had to stop at Wally World (walmart) for the biggest wreath which I think was about $3.59. I also picked up some white spray paint for a couple bucks.

So I gathered up my wreaths,

and took them to the basement to spray paint. I put them in a box and started spraying away. It didn't seem to be covering well and the nozzle kept getting clogged so I just played trivia crack between coats to kill time and it made it an overall pleasant experience. The next morning I flipped the wreaths and it only took 1 coat to cover. It took around 20 for the other side?! I'm no spray paint expert so I just decided last night must've been a fluke.

I took my wreaths and supplies over to my bestie Mel's house to have one of our notorious "craft" days. Jackson usually runs wild spreading toys and chaos all over whatever room we're in (much like at home) while we "craft", this was no exception. We also had free "dance party for one" entertainment from Jackson that day.

I already had all the rest of the supplies I needed for my wreath. So I got started and wired the body together with floral wire.

I then laid out a bunch of cheap white sparkley snowflake ornaments strategically all over his body. I used so many that I now need to replenish my stash for my Christmas mantle. *sigh* 
 I hot glued those puppies on, tied a ribbon around his neck and cut a hat out of felt for his head.
 I put a piece of matching ribbon on the hat along with some glitter for "snow". I then cut some pretty things off another wreath to finish off the hat and give it a more distinguished look.

And there you have it, my finished snowman wreath!
He fits perfectly in the window on the front door
This wreath was relatively easy to make, took about 3 hours overall and cost less than $10. Even if I had to buy everything it would have been maybe $15! Much less than a store bought wreath!

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Owl-trageously Cute Kids Bathroom

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About a year and a half ago I was desperately wanting to decorate my son's bathroom. No one EVER used that bathroom until he came along so it was white and completely boring. I spend a lot of time in that bathroom. Baby's take A LOT of baths. I was so tired of feeling like I was in a hospital bathroom I would've fallen asleep and endangered my son if I waited any longer! Ok, maybe not but it needed to change!
The bathroom wasn't quite this bad with new drywall, but it was still boring and blah white!

So I started scouring the Internet like I always do when I'm looking for something new and I stumbled upon a super adorable complete owl bathroom set for around $80 on Lakeside. It included a shower curtain, owl curtain hooks, an owl rug, a couple hand towels, soap dispenser and a toothbrush holder. I put everything up and painted the bathroom a couple months later. This was the first "project" I had attempted since Jackson was born.

I put Jackson in his babysitter/excersaucer while I painted


The bathroom still needed art work and I wanted to keep with the owl theme and not spend a lot of $$ so I painted my own artwork about 6 months ago. I copied the more masculine owls and even though Jackson can't read yet I put some bathroom sayings relevant to children on them with acrylic paint pens. I just wanna say Thank You so much to whoever came up with those genius pens. I struggled and swore and painted over the sayings tried to write out the sayings with a skinny brush and they were looking like such a hot mess that I set the paintings aside for months debating on whether I should scrap the whole thing!
I picked up more cute owl stuff at Target, like the tub toy holder 




I'm not quite done with this bathroom. As you can see I still have an ugly construction grade honey oak vanity and woodwork. So one of my next projects will be painting them.  I for sure want to paint the woodwork and door white but I'm kinda torn between painting the vanity and framing the mirror in black or white or even a darker teal??? What do you think?

Whoo are you looking at?

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

To Blog or Not to Blog

So I sat here staring at the screen for a while and then I thought, just go for it, dive in, head first.

I debated with myself on starting a blog.

A LOT

I went back and forth:

1. Do I have enough time? Between work and a toddler??!!
2. Will anyone even read my blog???
3. Do I have enough time? Between work and a toddler and keeping the house somewhat clean??!!
4. Will everyone I know think I am crazy for writing a blog?
5. Will I have enough time? Between work and a toddler and keeping the house somewhat clean and my projects???!!!!
6. Will Cory hate the idea and think it's a waste of time?
7. Will I have enough time? Between work and a toddler and keeping the house somewhat clean and my projects and Cory's projects????!!!!

And then I decided to just go for it.

I just discovered Hometalk a few weeks ago via Pinterest and decided to post a couple of my "projects" on the site. It was empowering to say the least. It made me feel good about myself to show people what I have done and possibly inspire them to do their own diy projects and to hear positive feedback about what I had done made me feel great, justified for putting my time and effort into it.

Also Cory's sister has a blog called On Bliss Street and she seems to really enjoy it! We both have similar home makeover, diy things going on right now. Not that I'm copying her by starting a blog, OK, maybe just a little. But imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?

To top it all off I feel like Cory and I have been doing diy/renovation projects since I met him and we have nothing to look back on, no pictures, no documentation. I want to be able to see all the transformations we have done, from start to finish, before and after, and I want Jackson to see them too!





So here it is, my very first post!! I know no one will read it, for now, except a select few family members. But hey, I did it, my first post!
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