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Fan Makeover, Little details make all the difference! Stripes in Archway.

6 Sep

 

 

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A few weeks ago Young House Love “House Crashed” my house and they were loving the stripes in my pass-through window. Now, this was so cool to me because I have always been on the fence about my pass-through window (I kinda do not like them). All the positive feedback from the picture Young House Love posted above actually gave me a new found love for what I now think of as my “adorable little window”. The thing people seemed to like most were the stripes. For me the stripes were one of those “ah,ha” moments when I had stared at that hole in the wall for just about long enough trying to decide what would make it look better.

Today I received a comment from a fan who shared that my “adorable little window” so inspired them that they look the idea and implemented it in their own home. HOW COOL!

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Dominique painted 4″ stripes like mine in her “used to be plain but is now so fab” archway. Not only do I love that I actually inspired someone else, but I am loving the color that she used and I am also loving her blog. Go check out her blog here, and leave her some love if you like her makeover.

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DIY Chalkboard Pendant Banner

16 Aug

I ran across this chalkboard pendant banner on Pinterest and thought it was a genius idea.

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A pendant banner for every occasion! Simply decorate the pendants with chalk to match your party theme and “BAM” custom pendant banner.

With Luke’s first birthday coming up, I wanted to try to make my own DIY version. I hit my local party supply store and picked up a cheap pendant banner. The style didn’t matter because I was going to paint it. I picked up this simple blue pendant banner for $4.99.

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 First, I cut off all the blue fringe and started painting with some leftover chalkboard paint I had in the garage.

Here is what it looked like after the first coat.

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It was a little streaky, but I knew the next coat would fix that. I also remembered to peel the pendants up off of the plastic drop cloth after each coat, in order that they would not stick later.

Oh yeah, and I saved all the “blue fringe” I cut off earlier for DIY confetti for the party.

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I then covered up the blue ribbon that attached all of the triangle pendants with black and white decorative washi tape. I did this on the front and back to cover all sides and to cover the sticky back of the washi tape.

Here is my final product.

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I wrote “The Big 1” on the pendants in white chalk. This banner would be perfect to hang across the front of a high chair for a babies first birthday or across the front of a buffet table at any party. I think I will hang this in the background of Luke’s first birthday photos to remember the occasion.

I think I could paint my whole house with chalkboard paint :)! Ok, maybe not the whole house but I do have a few more projects in mind for the rest of my quart.

Until next time, Katrina

“Do the shuffle”

3 Aug

Nine times out of ten when I am decorating, I am reusing the same stuff I already have. As a stay-at-home mom, I don’t really have extra money to toss around whenever I get in the mood to redo. So, I simply “do the shuffle”.

The shuffle is sometimes just something that hits me that would look much better in another place. Sometimes is takes much contemplation and planning. However it comes, I am usually very happy with the result (at least till another urge to shuffle hits me).

For example, you see the gazelle, silver plates, and sunburst mirrors in the image below?

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Welp, here they are again in a totally different spot, and even different rooms. The gazelle is even sporting a different skin!

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(via Young House Love)

Then there is my traveling framed fabric. It shows up in three different spots.

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(via Young House Love)

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My green lamp shows up in the old work room (now play room), then in Luke’s nursery with a different shade. This shade is now on a different lamp in my bedroom.

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(via Young House Love)

Then the expedit traveled from the work room to the living room.

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(via Young House Love)

The point is, you don’t have to spend money to scratch that decorating itch. You can simply “do the shuffle”. Your space will come out looking fresh and new again. Ahhh!!

(P.S. Sometimes putting stuff away for awhile can declutter and bring a fresh life to your space. Then a few months later, bring it back out and tada, fresh again!)

Until next time, Katrina

Pinterest Lovin’ and Hatin’

2 Aug

So if you are a blog reader you are probably also a Pinterest user. I love Pinterest for a lot of reasons, but I also hate on it sometimes. Why? Because some of the DIY projects that I see are crazy cool but also seem CRAZY hard and involved. So, what to do? What I don’t do is throw the baby out with the bath water. Like I said, I LOVE Pinterest. So I made a board called “Projects I can do,” with an emphasis on the word “I.”

I can do some pretty crafty things, but if it involves lots of power tools, making straight lines (nope can’t do that even with a level), or anything that will take me all week, welp I simply can’t do those projects. I am a busy mom of a high energy boy, married to a busy father and pastor (one guy, two+ titles, just to clarify haha). I often find myself saying, as I troll Pinterest, “We ain’t got time for that!”

So I am posting a link here to my “Projects I can do” board for those of you who are in my boat.

Here are some of the projects I have pinned on this board.

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I think making some initials for our hallway gallery from these printable letters could be so cute and a nice graphic addition to the space. I could make them another color in Photoshop if I so desired, and what a super easy project. Hit up Hobby Lobby for a nice frame with my 40% coupon in hand and I have CHEAP and easy project complete.

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My husband dumpster dove for me and came home with a cool old window. So I think I will do this project soon too.

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I need to make a cushion for my built in banquet. I was thinking of trying something like this so I don’t have to pull out my sewing machine. I will post to let you know if it actually worked.

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I want to do this project as a baby shower/birthday party decoration that I can use over and over. (I have a lot of friends who are prego right now!) It is a banner (saw one at Hobby Lobby recently) painted with chalkboard paint. I can use it over and over!

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I have to try this with a family photo soon (modge podge on wooden plank)! I even have some scrap wood in the garage that would be perfect.

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I love ombre and I have a white shirt that now has a lovely stain due to my son Luke. So to fix it, I thought I would try this project on it.

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I want to do this for Luke’s playroom/ home school room eventually. The crates are super cheap at Michael’s. I can get casters at Home Depot or Lowe’s and I can use some of my mounds of scrap fabric I have been saving. Luke will be able to use these to store toys and school stuff, while also sitting at his table to work.

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I am eyeing that lovely crochet pouf there. I think I might try to find a beanbag at a yard sale, then crochet a cover for it. I also LOVE that pallet coffee table. I have been thinking about doing that for awhile. I love this one even more because of the glass top. It gives it a finished look!

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This is just brillant. It is a solar light for an outdoor chandelier. Pick up an old crusty chandelier are a salvage yard and stick the solar lights in and BAM, an outdoor chandelier.

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I want to do this to Luke’s wooden highchair. Make it unique and cover up some of the scratches.

Welp, I will try to get some of these projects done soon and post about them. If you want to see even more EASY PEAZY projects just follow me on Pinterest as I find and pin them.

Until next time, Katrina

Great Idea, Great Weekend!

18 Jun

A great idea to send you off to a great weekend courtesy of Muses of Megret.

Add a marble to the muffin pan to make heart-shaped cupcakes! So simple, yet genius!!

Now as far as decorating the cupcakes, these cupcakes are fabulous but I couldn’t begin to tell you how to accomplish this. Pretty to look at though.

Have a great weekend!!