A really cool email

I was perusing my email the other day… looking over the emails on blogs I subscribe to.  Sometimes I check them daily, sometimes I get busy and I have to catch up.  I was catching up the other day..the day I was telling you about.  And to my surprise there was an email that looked a little different.  I read it, 2 times, and then wondered if it was legit or if it was some kind of spam.  I stewed on it for a day and then decided to forward it to an experienced blogger for some advice.  Then I replied and asked some questions.  Well, it turns out it was a legit email.  What was it?  RedEnvelope.  Have you heard of them?  So what came of the email?

Behold!

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How many times do you receive a gift that comes in a red velour bag?  Well this was a first for me.  And inside that bag was the most adorable pillow.  RedEnvelope offered me an item from their Mother’s Day line!!  Should I mention how excited I am about this??  I cannot wait to have my master bedroom completed so that this pillow can take it’s place on the bed.  I have been diligently working on the master bedroom.  I will have an update soon and I am so ready for this room to be done.  With a goal of having our house listed by April 1st, I am trying to put things in order as quickly as possible.  Have I mentioned that we have a walk-in closet that hates me though?  Seriously, it is large enough, but the setup is just not very functional for us, and I am not willing to put much money into it.  Hopefully once I can really tackle it I will be able to come up with something that will get it looking sale ready.DSC_2086

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I chose to put all of the kids name on the pillow in birth order.  Jeff and I became a couple in 2005… hence my est. date. Smile  The RedEnvelope mother’s day line is adorable and this little pillow is good proof.  Take a few minutes and go take a look!  If you really like the pillow that I chose, you can go get one yourself here.  The entire experience was quite simple and the site was easy to navigate.  The girl corresponding with me was so sweet and helpful.  I would definitely do business with this company again.

Disclaimer:  I was not paid for this post, Redenvelope provided me with free product, but all views are my own.  There are no affiliate links in this post.

An entryway we can use

Hey strangers!!  Long time no write.  So I finally got the itch to blog again..or should I say enough of an itch to actually write a post rather than get a little extra sleep.  I have been working on various projects around the house and I finished one this weekend that will have a pretty big impact on how we use our entryway.  We have a very small entryway and for years now we have simply hung a 3 prong coat hook from Target behind the door.  The only issue with that is that we were once a family of 4, now we are a family of 6!  I have a 2 coat rule so that is 12 coats at any given time.  I had been seeing entryways all over Pinterest with rows of hooks and pretty board and batten with matching frames and cute little benches.  I knew that an elaborate entryway was out of my reach with the time I have available.  The first plan I put together was a simple board and batten around the entryway with a picture ledge on top.  I stewed on that for a little while, then decided that maybe a simple fix would be more in line with what I can accomplish.  I put together a couple of sketches and decided on one of them to move forward with.

entry sketch

 

 

I measured each wall and and purchased enough 1x4x8 to do the job.  Annnddd… I used a circular saw for the first time.  Seriously, what took me so long??  It’s so simple.  I guess that’s the typical new DIYer fear of the unknown.  So I got all of the boards cut to size and enlisted my husband to get them hung for me.  (note to self – invest in a good power drill).  Everything was going smooth until my husband realized that the boards for behind the door were too short.  Womp womp.  So much for measure twice, cut once.  I had forgotten that just because it says it’s a 1 inch thick board, it isn’t actually 1 inch thick.  Back to the store.  Of course, we don’t get to just “run to the store” where we live, I had to wait until I was back in town to get it.  That night I cut it down and Jeff hung it for me.  Now the fun part – patching, sanding and painting.  Um, yea, not really.  Have I mentioned that I have a 3 and 1 yr. old?  I do all projects like this in spurts…as in when I can edge a wall, I do.  Paint brushes and rollers in the fridge for a week or so is nothing new.

Entryway before paint

Here we are all patched up and ready to start priming. I only did one coat of primer, and 2 coats of paint.  I would probably have been better served to do 2 coats of primer, but it all worked out and I think it looks good.  Once it was all painted I had Jeff help me hang the coat hooks.  I chose to do 6 behind the door for coats and hats and 3 in front of the door for book bags and purses.  I also hung up our IKEA dog tail hooks for the dogs invisible fence collars and leash.  I still need to repaint the Barley that was previously painted there as well as the adjoining wall.  We have used it for almost a week and I also think we need to stagger the coat hooks…but we shall see.  I want to live with it for a while first.   It looks soooo much better!!  Check out my before pic… our house is in perpetual chaos with little ones running around!!

 

 

 

Before entryway

This is my norm these days… bean bag and couch pillow on the floor where the kids were playing, bags to take the next day sitting in my path for the morning.  Random bag hanging on the door knob so we will remember to take it back to the store.

And now….

entryway after

Improved??  Yes!

Entryway after

Entryway after behind door

So there you have it… I really HAVE been working on projects, just at a snails pace. Smile  What have you guys been up to??

 

 

Updates:  I finally added some pictures to this and I think we can call it done!!

 

 

entry complete

entry art and coats

DIY Embroidered Canvas–2013 Spring Pinterest Challenge

 

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Ladies and gentleman… I am finally posting something new! Can you believe it?? I can hardly believe I made time to write a post.  Thank goodness for being able to write a post and schedule publishing it!! Anyway, on to the post.

It is time for the spring edition of the younghouselove and Bower Power Pinterest challenge. I have missed the last couple of these, but not this time! I told you I had been working on things, hadn’t I? Well here is a little project that I put together for Hannah’s room. I had repined this a while back, only to realize that the pin was a dud when I went to go to the actual post it should have linked to. So I spent some time recently scouring for the original post to no avail. I decided I really wanted to make it, so I just winged it. No tutorial, just looked at the pic and went for it. Then, one day while I was doing some Google research for some more art inspiration I came across it!! Woot! There is the back story, once again, on to the post!

Here is my pin:

 

Pinterest challenge canvas pin

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Original source in pin

My Pin

A canvas painted and embroidered. So cute, right?!

Now for my version of it. I chose to leave the canvas white (you will see why when I post about the grouping of art I did on the walls with this) and go for an ombre effect.

Ta-da!

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It was really simple and quick. Funny part of it is that I ended up punching holes in the canvas as well, since I couldn’t see the lines I was following from underneath the canvas. I just used the needle I was embroidering with. After reading Sandy’s post, I realized that her tute called for the same.  I didn’t measure any of my stitches either, just eyed it.

I’m not going to bore you with a tutorial, Sandy offered a great one.  I will explain how I did my stitching though.  It was very simple.  I brought the needle up through the canvas at the beginning of the L and brought it back through in the next hole.  Here is where I did things a little differently –  I then came back up in the next hole and brought the thread down through the end of the previous stitch.  I was afraid at first that the canvas wouldn’t handle it and would rip, but that didn’t happen and I was very gentle with it.

Heart stitching on embroider canvas

 

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I wasn’t able to cover all of the “”template” I made with a pencil, so I attempted to cover it with some white acrylic paint.  In hindsight, that wasn’t a great idea since the paint is so white and the canvas is a bit off white.  I am going to try a few things to soften how white the paint is, I don’t think it will be difficult to correct.

Love canvas

 

I love how it turned out and I am dying to make another one. Maybe next time I will find a pattern to follow. Ohh… my mind is already running with this one, lol, off to write this stuff down before I forget!

If you joined in, don’t forget to link up on these awesome blogs!! And leave a comment here with a link to your project, I would love to see what you did!  I am sure that I am going to spending some time checking out all the neat projects!

Love embroidery canvasNow go check these peeps out!

Bower Power

Younghouselove

Sparkle Meets Pop

Red Bird Blue

Pinterest challenge time again!

It’s that time people! Another Pinterest challenge has been given…and I am on board this time! Go check it out and join in the fun!

Pinterest Spring edition 2013

Thanks to younghouselove and Bower Power for getting us moving on those pins!

They are joining up with 2 great blogs for this challenge. Go check them out!

younghouselove
Bower Power
Red Bird Blue
Sparkle Meets Pop

Let’s meet back here next Wednesday May 8th and share what we did!

Projects, projects everywhere!

I am actually, truly, seriously working on some stuff. It’s a little ADD at the moment since I don’t have any one project pulled together. I am in super organize mode so there are little spots here and there getting tweaks. Did you know we have 6 people living in a 3 bedroom house? Did I mention said house is a good bit under 2000 sq ft? We are stepping all over each other. Add in baby gear and my crafting/project hoard and you have a house that is insanely out-of-order. After I returned to work, I have not had time to put things in order. And with a complete lack of storage in this place I am having a hard time getting things to flow in our home. We have never been neat freaks, and it’s really hard to keep everyone on board with picking up after themselves. My time at home is so limited during the week. As in, I get home at 6-6:30 and it’s bed time for the kids between 8-9 and I am not too far behind them. So I squeeze in what I can for cleaning, organizing and projects on weekends and spare minutes here and there. I plan to take a day off work in the near future and put things in order – but first I need all the tools at my disposal. I have been scouring Craigslist and Goodwill trying to find the items I need (namely a dresser and some sort of cabinet or bookshelf – and maybe a table for the entry way). NO luck so far, but I know I will come across the perfect pieces.

My project list is growing, but then it has never been small and ever-changing. I come up with a “great” idea and by the time I get to it I have either decided it won’t function well in our home or adapted it a little differently. So as of now, my project list looks like this:

Complete Hannah’s room
Organize and store craft supplies
Organize our mail and general paraphernalia that gets dropped on the bars
Start on the boy’s room
Redo guest bath
Finish master bedroom

I haven’t decided how I will post on Hannah’s room. I will either give you tutorials along the way as I complete them, or churn those out after the reveal. We shall see what time allows me. I have her room started…just getting into it deeper now. The to do list in there is not too bad.

1. New curtains
2. Paint the walls
3. Hang her chandelier
4. hang a TV on the wall
5. New bed
6. Get and makeover a dresser
7. Address storage in her room
8. Possibly a desk
9. Art for all walls
10. Bedding and pillows
11. Closet organization

I have paint for the guest bath and have already primed over the color that was in there. I have ideas and pinned some things for in there. It’s basically needing to be made more grown up and less polka-dotted. I have lots of organizing tools and plans, just need to execute those in the main living areas. I have also decided to rethink how we use our kitchen and bathroom cabinets. So much wasted space!! The boy’s room is the least planned out right now, but I feel like it will come together really easily once I get started.

And of course I can’t have a post without a pic of some sort.. so here is some inspiration I have for the guest bath and organizing.

guest bath*Welcome to Heradmont

Awesome bath found HERE
Go and check out the rest of Meredith’s handy work. She just revealed their guest bath remodel. Wow, it looks amazing.
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Awesome organizing found HERE

If you haven’t checked out iHeart Organizing, I strongly recommend it. This woman makes organizing look fun, and pretty!! Her site is so motivational.

So I am just going to keep on keeping on. Hopefully that will include some fun blog posts as well!

DIY Key Holder

I spent some time working on a long over-due need in our home…a key holder. Things like keys get lost too easily in our home, so we needed somewhere to keep them handy. I didn’t want to buy anything for this project, so I culled my collection of craft and project “stuff” and came up with this. I had some leftover wood from a bedroom project (that I will be posting about soon! The final product) and parts to an IKEA curtain system that I had never used. In the picture below are the tools needed for this simple project.

Tools

1. small piece of wood
2. finishing nails
3. eye hooks
4. wire (I used picture wire)
5. masking tape or painters tape
6. wire cutters
7. paint (I used some acrylic paint I had)
8. paintbrushes (I couldn’t find my craft brushes – so I used what I could find)

I started by painting the wood white, letting it dry for a few hours, then taping off the pattern I wanted. This was the toughest part of the project since I am not a measure and tape kind of person with little projects.

Once all of the paint was dry, I screwed in the eye hooks, measured out the picture wire for how long I needed and attached that to the eye hooks. I strung the key hooks in before I attached both sides.

The last step was to determine where I wanted to hang it and get it on the wall. The front door above the light switch was where we needed it.

Front door

Once hung, I went over the nails with the acrylic paint to hide the nail heads. And.. hang the keys!! Super simple and useful project.

DIY key holder 3a

DIY Key holder 2a

DIY key holder 1a

Anyone else get a little project knocked out over the holidays? How about a big project? I would love to hear what you have been up to!

What I have been up to

It’s been a while since I have been here…it seems that my body has been keeping me busy trying to create a new life along with the many projects I have lined up for myself.  My energy levels in the evenings (when I write my posts) is, well, non-existent.  For some reason I have a little burst of energy tonight so I am going to take advantage of it! 

If you remember, I started putting together ideas for the master bedroom in this post.  I didn’t waste much time getting started.  Since we will be getting the house on the market before the end of March, I need to wrap up the majority of this project A-S-A-P.  I also decided that rather than waiting for all the info, I will post it as I go.  So the first project on the list is the board and batten on the walls.  There are some good tutorials out there, and it really seems like a no-brainer on how to put it up.  And CHEAP!!!  Love that part too. 

 

I got started with some furring strips that Garrett and I sanded down 3 sides to get them nice and smooth.  Then Jeff made all of my cuts for me.  I think the hardest part of this was deciding whether I should take out the baseboards or not.  I did buy the boards to replace them, but then decided that I didn’t want to tackle that.  Instead I am using the boards I purchased as the top part of the batten to make a thick edge to place a ledge on.  Check out these pics of the in process work:

 

First I painted the top half of the wall.

Pebble grey walls

 

Next I put some lines on the wall to keep the top edge straight.

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And then I marked the wall on each stud by using a stud finder.  I went ahead and taped up each board so that I could get an idea how they would fall and if I needed to fill any spaces. 

all the boards up

The bottom edge was my biggest concern, and although it does hang over some, I don’t think it will be very noticeable once it’s all painted white.

bottom edge

Here is what the top boards and ledge will be like.

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So that’s where I am.  I need to permanently attach those boards with some liquid nails and nails, fill holes, prime them and paint them all white.  That’s on the agenda for this weekend.  I will try and fit that in with the home and garden show that is going to be at the Salem Civic Center on Saturday.

 

I have also been working on the master closet, so I thought I would share my current jewelry situation.  I think I am going to change it up and do some purging.  Here is what  it looks like now.

 

earring organization

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I don’t have any plans for it just yet.  But something on a smaller scale would probably work. 

 

And in case you missed it, I did share some news last week… I am expecting a new little member of the family in November.  Smile  We are hoping for a girl I think.

 

What have you guys been up to lately?

Another Pinterest challenge – they just don’t get old!

It’s time for YHL and Bower Power’s regularly programmed Pinterest Challenge!! You know you have been pinning, you know you have a dozen projects you want to do. Well quit looking and talking and DO IT! I have a bunch of pins that are just no-brainers for getting done. I am pretty sure I have my project picked out, too. So go check out your boards and pick a project, then come back here next Wednesday, the 14th, and share what you did! Link up in the comments! Those crazy girls over there teamed up with Erin from The Great Indoors and Cassie from Hi Sugarplum! for this challenge. And if you aren’t familiar with Sherry at YHL and Katie at Bower Power you need to remedy that situation right now.

I think I will do one of these… you will have to wait till next week to find out which!

And while you are at it…go check out what everyone did over at:

younghouselove
Bower Power
The Great Indoors
Hi Sugarplum!

(Both Pinterest Challenge banners were found over at yhl)

Let the pinning begin!!!

DIY chevron rug from a towel

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post that I am purging some towels from our home, I decided to see if I could find a way to use a couple of them in other ways in our home.  I have a serious lack of rugs in this house.  As a matter of fact, I have 2 rugs – one in each bathroom.  I really need rugs in the kitchen, I want rugs in other places in the house for décor purposes.  I figured I could try this out, and if it doesn’t work, oh well, nothing lost but a little time and very little of my paint stash. 

 

Ok, well here goes… I am still not decided if this is a success.  I will have to let it hang out for a while.  It was very easy, but I am not sure if you can get it done without the helper that I had Winking smile

 

towel before

One plain white towel.  I cut the end off that has the design on it as well as the edge on the opposite end.  I wanted it to be uniform on each side.

 

measure for lines

Then I used a level (because it was the longest thing I could find to make the lines) and measured lines all the way down the towel every 6 inches.  The tractors had to make sure I was keeping things even.  I then started placing my zigzags pretty much the same way I did in this tutorial where I made a DIY canvas.  You can’t really tell if they aren’t perfect, so just use your best judgment.  I did each row at a time, all zigs, then all zags… make sense??  Of course it does.

 

measure out lines

I just overlapped the tape as I went and trimmed up any edges I didn’t like.  Oh, and I used a plain old masking tape, about 2 inches wide.

 

get help holding tape down

Once all the lines were on, place child on towel to ensure all edges are nice and tight.  The dog on the corners is optional.

 

paint chevron

Next I chose a paint.  I was going to use green, but I forgot I used it all on the green wall.  Yellow it is then!  I used a small sponge applicator since that is what I had on hand.  I didn’t want to use a paint brush because I was afraid it would lay too much paint.  I did end up putting more paint in the first row than I would have liked, but it still worked well.

entire row painted

One line done…

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And paired up with my lovely sunbeam mug… coffee just tastes better in that mug.

DIY chevron rug

And here it is… It does look like a towel huh?  My plan is to apply some non-skid backing on it to keep it from sliding as well as give it a little stiffness.  DIY towel chevron rug

I guess we will see how it holds up and if I like looking at it.  I am hoping I like it and can figure out other ways to use towels like this.  It would be awesome if I could make rugs for several rooms to at least use to get the house on the market.  I think I am going to need to break down at some point and actually spend a little money on a real rug.

 

And since I have a love for chevrons, check out this window display I saw at a shopping mall in Richmond a weekend ago.  I couldn’t help but snap a picture.

 

chevron wood wall

 

Anyone else find any items to repurpose lately?  Maybe you made something or bought something you aren’t quite sure about? 

A new opportunity coming my way…

I am very excited…my sister-in-law is moving into her very first apartment (not as a college student!) and she is allowing me to help her with making her new place “hers”. (Can you see me jumping up and down I am so excited???) I have had so much fun in the last 4 months or so blogging and tailoring my home decor radar. I love to decorate, and it’s even more fun since her style is a little different from my own. I mean, I see things all the time that I like, and would love to have in my home, but they just don’t jive with my current style. So now I get to step out of that mold and have some fun! And did I mention she has great taste?? (She was key in my fabric choice for that ottoman – picture me standing in the isle with my face all contorted from the effort of trying to make that decision – lol, she gave me the nudge to get it!)

The apartment complex is going to paint an accent wall for her before she moves in (pretty awesome, right?) and she chose…. turquoise!!! Wow, bravery!! And I love it! I am currently putting together a mood board for her bedroom. It’s challenging, and I never realized all the questions I would have for her… and I really need to see the space. She moves in this weekend, so I will be able to check it out and hopefully get some before pics.

She picked up some items for the apartment already, and has been pinning things that suit her style. I think some inspiration “shopping” might be in order…after all, she is on a budget (aren’t we all these days, ugh) and I don’t want to deck her mood board out with items that our out of reach. She did splurge on some really nice Ralph Lauren lamps at Marshall’s…. check ’em out!

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Nice?? Oh yes. Funny, you can tell a little bit about a person’s style just from a lamp choice.. 🙂

I am very honored that she values my opinion and wants my help with this …. so stay tuned to see what we come up with.