Monday, September 1, 2014

~back to school paper organization~

My kids start back to school tomorrow!
This summer flew by way to fast and before I knew it, we were back to school shopping.

In years past, we have had trouble separating their paperwork that comes home from school. You know, the papers for yearbook and picture orders, field trip slips, etc. 
Half of it doesn't make it out of the backpack, the other half gets thrown in with other random papers on the counter. 

So, when I saw these metal file folders at a garage sale for a buck, I knew just what I was going to do with them
Now if only the kids will actually use them to get me their paperwork…..


A couple coats of white spray paint gave them new life.
Then I printed out each of their names and screwed them to the side of our file cabinet.



I bought some eucalyptus from the grocery store and put it in my favorite pot from here.
I am ready, I hope they are!

~Happy Labor Day~

xoxo

Friday, August 29, 2014

~carnation cottage~

If you follow me on instagram, you know the story.
If not, I'll fill you in in a nutshell.
My recently single sister just bought her first home on her own.
I am so proud of her.
It's tiny, around 1000 square feet, but perfect for her and her 2 young kids. 
It's a 1920's farmhouse with a huge yard and amazing view. 

2 days after she got the keys she left for a vacation for Mexico. The day after she returned she would be starting back up to work.
{she teaches 2nd grade}
So, as a housewarming gift, and surprise, my mom and I got the keys and went in while she was on vacation, painted the whole place, and decorated it.

There is still more to do, but here is what we got done in the week she was away.
{before pictures coming soon!}

The kids share a room for now. 
We bought the bedding at Ikea.
Everything else was gifted to her.


For her sons night table I covered a thrift store bench in cream grain sack and painted the legs white. 
I filled a old crate with toys.


I like that the bedding matches in pattern, but not in color.


The dining room features this great canvas that I found at a local craft store marked down from $174 to $30!!! It's huge and I couldn't leave without it. It may be my favorite thing.
A old milk crate holds glasses and bottles of water.


A friend gave me this giant frame and all it needed was a little spray paint.
I left it blank so she can decorate it however she likes.
The dresser came from my house and will serve as much needed storage.


My mom and I searched everywhere for a round table and I happen to stumble across this one at the last minute. I had to re-read the price tag several times before I realized that yes, it said $14.99!
I got a bunch of mix matched vintage {but sturdy} chairs at M and M antiques in Monroe Wa, a must see store if you live in the area.


I painted the dining room Fieldstone by Ben Moore.


I set the table with white ironstone and flowers from the farmers market.
The ironstone was a thrift shop find as well.
I still can't get over that the whole set up only cost a little over $125.00!


Her backyard has fruit trees galore, so as a nod to her being a teacher, I picked some branches off one of the apple trees and decorated with books.


The living room was painted the custom grey green I used in my kitchen on the island and pantry doors.
I made the life is good sign and the frames.
My mom scored the giant bench at a thrift store and it holds the kids toys.







My dad even got involved.
He came over and mowed her lawn and brought his old picnic table and umbrella for her.


Her backyard is the best.
It's like a football field and at the end there is flower fields for miles and behind that a walking trail.
I saw deer grazing and the neighbors chickens would come visit me everyday.
So peaceful and beautiful.



As more progress is made I will be updating you.
We were able to be there when she came home from vacation to see her reaction. 
She loved it and we were so happy to be able to do this for her.

xoxo

Thursday, August 28, 2014

~DIY bullseye bookends~{thrifty thursday}

I have to admit that I cheated on this project. 
I did not make these, however I would like too.

I actually purchased these bookends just like this, wanting to recreate them, but am having the hardest time finding a product to use to make them stand up.
I am not sure what type of thin metal was used here. 
Maybe you can tell me?






Do I have you thinking? 
xoxo

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

~a tiny succulent garden~

I just bought this little basket at a garage sale and thought it would be perfect planted with succulents for fall.
Yep, I am slowly starting to break out the fall decor.


xoxo

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

~make a sign from a memorable kids letter~

My kids are getting older.
They are almost 12 and 16.
But over the years I have saved thousands of pieces of artwork, little letters, and I've written down funny little things they have said.

I went through Savannah's box up in the attic with her the other day and we were laughing at all the funny little things she said when she was little. 

I decided I would like to showcase one of her little letters to me by painting it on a sign.
You can do this with not only kids letters, but love letters, or letters that loved ones who have passed on had written to you.
It's a great way to showcase these special mementos.

I cannot wait to find one of Cody's sweet pieces and create art with it too.


Start with your letter.


Enlarge it to fit the size of wood you are painting on.
{I used a 16" x 16" piece of  MDF}
I enlarged it on my home printer so I had to piece it together.


Flip it over and scribble pencil all over the back side of the lettering.


Position it on your painted piece of MDF and tape down in place.
{I used Annie Sloan Old White}


I got Savannah to trace over the outline of the letters.
It was strange seeing her 15 year old hands tracing over her 7 year old handwriting. 


Once you have traced everything, remove and recycle the paper.
You will be left with the outline where the pencil has transferred.


Fill in the lettering with black craft paint and a small skinny artist brush.


When dry, distress the whole piece with sandpaper, and then go over it with clear wax.
{I use Annie Sloan wax, but you can use any clear minwax from the home improvement store}


Now you need to make a frame.

My MDF was 16" x 16" so I cut 4 pieces of 1x2's at 16" 
{inside measurement}
on 45 degree angles, and nailed together with a nail gun 
supported by pieces of 1x2's in each corner.
If you don't have a nail gun you can use wood glue and clamp it together until it is dry.
Use a few finish nails to ensure stability.



I wiped on a little gray stain and let that dry.


Now all you have to do is pop in the wood to the frame and display!



I hope I have inspired you to dig through those boxes and create some memorable art for your home!
xoxo

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