Deck the Halls!

I finished a project, people! I finished my Christmas wreath last night. Here was my inspiration:

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I’ve never done any felt flowers but before deciding to take on this project I googled a few tutorials. A friend on Facebook said it was easy, I hoped she was write! She was! I followed the tutorial here and really was surprised at how easy it was! I couldn’t find any chevron burlap, and decided just to get a basic red and white stripe… Here’s how it turned out…

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It probably won’t stay on the door. Chris likes having a live wreath from Home Depot because of the smell. I can’t argue with that… Walking in the door, first thing you smell? Yeah, I don’t mind that. So I’m probably going to put this one on our mirror in the living room, hung with some white grosgrain ribbon. That’s my plan right now at least!

What are you going to do for your holiday wreath? I’m not jumping the gun am I? I’m just excited about Christmas!! 🙂

Pie Safe

I’ve wanted this piece of furniture for as long as I can remember being an adult! My mom used it as my dresser when I was a baby and I thought it would be so cool to do the same thing… But she was still using it when both kids were born so I didn’t get to. But since my mom inherited much of my grandmas dining room furniture, she had something to replace this… And I got it!

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I had to do a really thorough cleaning with Nana’s other furniture I received, so I figured I would do it with this too. First I dusted, and then I sprayed it with vinegar top to bottom, everywhere.

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Then I used some wood polish we bought from Bob’s when we bought our sectional last year.

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It worked well and gave it a nice smell. 🙂 Here it is in the house!

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It still had a little string on the drawer knobs that I remember wrapping on to keep my little brother out when he was a baby. That was baby proofing at it’s finest!

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And now let’s talk about those knobs. They’ve gotta go. Here are some I’ve been looking at – all from Etsy!

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Which one do you like? They’re all $4.80-$6.00/each before shipping.

Oh and I have to add this in… The door has a magnet closure. Christopher couldn’t open it so he started asking (well, demanding) for keys to open it. Chris gave them to him… And voila.

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And here’s a pic of my Nana and Pawpaw on their wedding day. 1954 I believe?

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Molly’s Nursery

A little background, we didn’t know the gender going into delivery. Molly was a big surprise (found out we were pregnant when Christopher was four months old), and I figured it’d just be fun to not know the gender. And it didn’t take too much convincing with Chris. 🙂 So I had fun designing and decorating this nursery. We got the furniture from old neighbors who were going to be bunking their boys. I picked a nice gray paint, and figured teal would be the main color but I’d throw in yellows and other colors as I went. Here’s what I ended up with!

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And now for where everything came from… white shelves are from Target, owl is from TJ Maxx (was originally black, I spray painted white). Dog Hooks are from Ikea, sock monkey is from Cracker Barrel (ha!), bird mobile I made using this pattern, whale canvas prints I made looking at this from another artist on etsy (I can’t find her original listing now), I made the “Man’s Best Friend” print in Photoshop and had it printed on canvas, the owl print I bought here on etsy, the bird tin artwork is from Michaels, Bike canvas print is from TJ Maxx, “Don’t Forget to Be Awesome” was purchased from this shop on etsy, and the ballerina clock I bought here.

I also bought a glider in white wood and then made a slipcover for it in the same fabric as the lampshade on the changing table… but then I moved it into Christopher’s room and got the nice one out of his room. It’s waaaay more comfortable (expensive gliders are SO worth the money!).

I had a blast decorating Molly’s room. Oh and her bedding is Pottery Barn’s Harper bedding in aqua. And yes, I have plans to add the “O” to her name. I need more materials, they were purchased this week. But I’m busy working on Nana’s furniture right now.

The Peacocks are Here!!

So excited. SO excited. The email saying my peacock prints were shipped said it could take up to 21 business days… So I thought I would get them after Thanksgiving! But they arrived today! In a nice tube style mailer, keeping the prints nice and safe. Aahhhhhh!! Eeeeee!! They’re here!

So without further ado… Feast your eyes

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Please ignore poor lighting and laundry baskets. I’m just too excited to wait. And all night as we laid on the couch watching tv, Chris kept catching me staring at my peacocks. They’re just perfect. So so perfect. I absolutely love them!

What do you think? You like? Have you ever felt so strongly about artwork you put up?!

You know what’s so cool?? I started a project about peacocks with my 3rd graders today. So I’ll post the pics in a month or so when they’re done. But it really does just make me that much more excited! 🙂

Old Chair part 2

Stain is dry! Only took 8 days… But I think I did two major things wrong: I did it outside while it was cold, and I painted too much on. Oh, a third – too long. You live you learn.

So I sealed it with one thin coat. Boy was that stinky! Chris (my husband) thinks it woke the boy baby (Christopher) up even. Oops! The directions say to do one coat, then said with fine sand paper and do a second coat. I think I’m just going to do the one because I may restain at some point down the road.

Then I started working on the cushion. Yuck.

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I feel like I can smell the 1960’s waiting room this chair came from. And I scrubbed my hands. I also think there’s a good chance I could have gotten tetanus or something else. Yikes. But now that the yellow pleather is off, I see the foam and it seems like it’s in pretty decent shape. I need to get some pliers to get the rest of the staples out and stuff. I showed Chris the fabric and he wasn’t a big fan of any of it. But he’s more one of those “ta da” people that just can’t see my vision until the project is complete and I say “ta daaaaaa!”

So he will like it. 🙂 He always likes my projects.

Have you ever made something your significant other didn’t like during the process and then loved once you were done? That’s kinda my thing. He never sees my vision and then likes it once it’s completed. 🙂

Curtains Part 1, 2, and 3!

Ok so here’s where we started (and keep in mind, we lived in the house for a year before ANY curtains were even put up…)

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Pay attention to the curtains. Not the toddler wearing a Build-A-Bear oufit (don’t ask… if you have a toddler, you know better than to ask). Also don’t look at the pile of blankets/clothes/bag on the couch… just pay attention to the curtains. That’s where I started.

Then, I found this! Gorgeous!

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It’s from Swavelle Mill Creek, but I’ve had a really hard time pinpointing the actual name. I initially measured that I would need exactly 2.5 yards for each panel. I didn’t want to go crazy making all 4 panels because I didn’t want to invest too much time and money if it totally flopped. So I bought 5 yards. It was originally $19.99, but with a 50% off sale and 20% off coupon, got me somewhere in the $50 range for 2 panels. And here’s how they looked!

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The last picture really gives you a good idea of why I picked the fabric. Our rug! I love this rug so much. We bought it off of overstock.com for dirt cheap! Here’s the direct link to the rug.

I went back to JoAnn’s and the only had enough for one more panel, and I had to special order the last 3 yards (I wanted to get some extra for a pillow or maybe make some artwork out of it). But here we are at three curtains:

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Oh and I did add those ring clips. I figured if either baby gets over to the area, I’d much rather them just pull the curtain off the clip than pull the curtain rod out of the wall. I got the clips off Amazon here. I got 4 sets – one for each panel.

So, panel number three will be coming soon… whenever the fabric gets in. But in the mean time, I’ve been staring at the panels everynight thinking about how much I love them. Really, I do! And I’m pretty impressed with myself and the sewing machine! As I was staring at the curtains I realized how much the ikat design looks like peacock feathers. I searched etsy for a week at all the peacock artwork. People sure are amazing! Here are the two prints I decided on:

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They are from this little shop. I’m so excited! I can’t wait! I ordered them in 11×14, and plan to frame them to 16×20 and hang them on either side of the curtains. Maybe over time they’ll end up on one side, with some thing on the other side… we will see.

Crummy part… the shop is in Hong Kong. So it would be 21 business days before I see them. Bummer. I can’t wait to see them in person! What do you think? Do you see the peacock feathers in the design? I really did want something with more texture than just flat prints since I have so much 2D work all over the house. But I’m really happy and excited about these guys.

Old Chair

As soon as I saw this old chair, I just knew I had to have it. I fell in love. Hard. Fast. I was already buying a cell phone mount from the lady (I’m on this awesome BSTF group in our area), and had tried to pickup twice… But then she posted more stuff she had in storage and I loved it. I could just see the potential immediately.

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Messaging back and forth with the lady, she quoted me the wrong price. I screen shotted the pic of the chair back to her to make sure we were talking about the same chair and she thought I was talking about a different one! Oh no! Was it still available?! I was scared out of my mind that this gorgeous, sleek chair was gone! She wrote back… It wasn’t. She laughed. I exhaled for the first time in a few minutes. Seriously.

After lots of back and forth and realizations that it likely would not fit in my teensy old honda civic, she said she’d deliver if I paid gas. And voila, I got back from a birthday party with the kids and it was on my front porch! Hooray! Not let’s sand!

I started sanding with a rough grit, then went to a fine grit. Then got out stain I already had on hand.

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Sorry that’s sideways. I watched a bunch of videos on YouTube and read tutorials and decided I would let it sit for 20 minutes before wiping, because I wanted it dark… Well… 7 days later it’s finally dry. No, I’m not kidding. It really took that long. I think if I were to do it again I’d probably wipe within 10 min, let dry, reapply stain and go from there. Because this is ridiculous! Gah! Now that it’s dry it does look beautiful 🙂

This is a pic from earlier in the week, tho it doesn’t look any different

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Now I’m trying to figure out the upholstery fabric. It was hard getting the cushion off and I might have broke the chair in the process.

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We also may have broken the screw. Ah! Whatever! It’s off and that’s all that matters. Now I need to figure out how to reattach the wood. Buy foam. And upholster. At least I’ve decided on the fabric. I’m going with the bottom one.

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So what do you think? Any tips/suggestions? You like the fabric? Ever need to let stain dry for a week because you put so much on? Yeah…

You live you learn. Trials and tribulations… That’s what it’s all about, right?