Saturday, 26 November 2011

Ruffle Tree Skirt

This week I have a few projects that are inspired by some Pinterest finds.

The first one I is a no sew ruffle tree skirt



I made my ruffle sections a little bit larger than this one but like the finished look of it, and it was so easy.


I started out with this pre-made tree skirt for my base.


For my colors I decided to go bold, So I bought 4 yards of fabric 2 yards of each color. I cut them into 4" strips you can do it smaller too. 


Once I got all my strips cut I started to hot glue on the strips by ruffling it as I go and then continued with the next layer in white. 


The finished Result is much nice than my last tree skirt and goes with my Christmas colors alot better. 


I hope everyone is having a good weekend 


Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Versatile Blogger Award

I was so excited today when I opened up my email to find that I had been awarded with The Versatile Blogger Award by My over at Space 46 please be sure to pop over and check out her blog. 



Okay so here is the deal there are 3 rules about when you accept this award:


(1) Thank the person who gave you this award and make sure to link back to their blog 
(2) Share 7 things about yourself
(3) Pass this award onto 7 recently discovered blogs

7 Things About Myself
(1) I married my best friends brother over 9 years ago.
(2) My husband and myself are currently on a waiting list waiting to adopt a little girl in need of a good home. 
(3) I have recently taken up dirt biking and I love it.  Love getting dirty and the challenge of it.  I secretly want to learn how to do jumps but don't want to kill myself.
(4) I grew up surrounded by creative people but didn't think I had a creative bone in my body until I got older. 
(5) My dream vacation would be to Morocco 
(6) I find painting my walls in my house relaxing
(7) My favorite smell is fresh cut grass with a hint of rain. 

I am passing this award onto: 

Monday, 21 November 2011

Christmas Wreath

Have I told you how much I love decorating for the Christmas Season.

Although I really do try to hold out until December I have put up a few things to get me in the spirit. 

I was searching through Pinterest one day for inspiration and came across a Christmas Wreath that I thought was perfect for my front door.  





If you want to learn how to do the ornament wreath you can pop over to Eddie Ross where she has the full tutorial. 

I added the greenery behind it to make it a little larger.

Hope everyone is having a great start to the week. 

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Christmas Stockings Anyone

Oh yes the Christmas Season is upon us and I Love It.  


This year each one of the family members got a new over sized Christmas stocking.  I found this great bundle of polka dot fabric on Etsy from HB Fabrics.  I am not a conventional Red, Green & Gold Christmas kinda Girls so I thought these were pretty cool.  Each one of the boys got their pick of what color they wanted, I am not sure why nobody wanted the pink though.


I had some really great step by step photos of how I did this but lost them due to technical difficulties.


I made these with three layers per side.  Polka dot fabric, fleece fabric to give it some strength and an plain inter fabric.  




I liked the idea of doing a white top so that I could add our names to them.






I brought out my vinyl cutter and used this fabric vinyl to create each name.  With the heat press I applied each name.  I made sure to put the name on both sides so their were options when displaying them.  



Now just to fill them

Monday, 14 November 2011

Garage Entry Part 2 ~ Keeping Organized

If you are like me you have a family who is always on the go and sometimes it is hard to keep track of everything.  I was finding I could fit everyones events on one calender so I decided to make make each one of them a custom dry erase calender.  


These are so easy to do, I found these inexpensive pictures frames and then picked out some two different colors of scrapbook paper that I cut to fit.  


I printed out the twelves months x3 for each of them and stuck them on using velcro to make it easy to change and then customized them with each child's name.  



Once it is all together you simply use a dry erase felt and write on the glass.  Cleans easy in order to change out each month.  

I am already starting to feel a little more organized : )

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Garage Entry Part 1 ~ Watch Me Grow

Okay here is is the tiniest boot room ever.  I am sure I am not the only one out there that has this.  Can you believe it that when we built this house the laundry room was supposed to be in here as well.  I can't even imagine walking in with dirty boots and laundry.  


This space is so tiny and was in need of a makeover, but my biggest problem was that since we moved in her 5 years ago I have been using one of the walls in here as a growth chart. 




So as an alternative I decided to make a growth chart.  So I started by sitting down and marking out all of their previous heights so I can add them back onto the new growth chart.  

Then I gave the entire room a fresh coat of paint. (It is actually more grey in person)


If you follow me you know how much I love to use 1x4's they are so easy to work with.  I needed something that wasn't to wide for the space I was working with so this was perfect.  I gave it a coat of white and sanded the edges and finished off with a wash of brown paint. 


When Measuring out the heights I wanted to start at 12 inches and go up by 2's.



I used a silver vinyl to make all the numbers and ticks on the board.


 I topped it off with Watch Me Grow on the wall in vinyl.



All that is left is to add their previous heights and to continue to let them amaze me and watch them grow.

Stay tuned because I have more coming up on this transformation. 

Friday, 11 November 2011

Not Once But Twice

Not Once but Twice I was featured today.  

I am so excited that everyone has enjoyed my Built in TV Unit.






Thank you both for the Feature

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

I love a good old Trunk

I was thrilled when my dad told me he had this old truck that I could have. 


My plan originally was to paint all the metal in black and red.


The pieces painted in black had to be done because the rust was rubbing off, but once I got that all painted I felt like painted the rest of the metal edges in red might take away from the rustic look I like so much.  




I love how the leather on it is worn and torn and looks well used.  Makes you wonder where this trunk has been. 




I also added these castors to the bottom so that it could be easily moved around and so that it gave it a little more height. 





I am going to do a tray on top of it to protect it if we want to have glasses or remotes on it. 

Friday, 4 November 2011

Stocking Holders

Well as the snow has fallen today I feel it only fitting to start posting some Christmas crafts and to check another project off of my to-do list.

Although I don't have a fireplace mantel to hang my stockings on I do have a few other places in the house that this will work.  I have searched in the past for stocking holders and every year I think $20.00  for each one and five family members is just to outrageous.  

So what is a girl to do?

This is what I came up with


So easy to make right?



I decided to finish them with a simple look using just white because the stockings I made are so colorful.  I had an extra 2x4 in the garage so I cut it up to the size I needed and found these cute cardboard trees at a craft store for $1.50 each.  I gave each of them a coat of gold and added the gold hook to match. 



I can't wait to get the stockings done so I can show you those as well.