Friday, November 25, 2011

Looking for Something To do This Weekend? Santa Comes to Sullivan!

Friday, November 25, 2011
If you are looking for something to do this weekend there's a great event taking place in my local area!  It's the perfect time to start getting into the holiday spirit if you haven't already started.  Not Quite South Surrey  and Jenn and Colin Real Estate are hosting an event and all proceeds raised from the event will go directly to The Center for Child Development, helping children with special needs reach their potential.

I'm helping out with the display and set up of the auction items and there are a lot of great items you can bid on.  You can also see the following link for a list of the all day events as well as the flyer below for more details.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Salt Dough Christmas Ornaments - This one's for the kids...

Thursday, November 24, 2011
Look at me go!  Three posts in one week!

This is a great craft to do with your kids.  These salt dough ornaments can also be used as gift tags.  And what grandparent doesn't love homemade things from their grandchildren?

I made these about 10 or more years ago with my stepdaughter and just remembered the other day, so I decided to make them again with my 6 year old. She's a crafter like her mother:)  These ornaments will be going on her tree that her grandma gave to her last year for her bedroom.  Perfect! Cause otherwise, she may have been disappointed when I told her she had to paint them all white to go with the theme of my our Christmas tree downstairs:)

You will need the following:

2 cups of flour
1 cup of salt
1 cup of warm water
cookie cutters
rolling pin
cookie sheets
acrylic paint, markers, glitter etc.

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.  Mix 2 cups of flour, 1 cup of salt and 1 cup of warm water.  Mix until dough is formed.  Form into a ball.

Roll out the dough onto a slightly floured surface until about 1/4 inch thick.  Make sure your rolling pin has been slightly dusted with flour as well.

Then using Christmas cookie cutters, cut out shapes.  I also dust the cutters in the flour beforehand so they don't stick to the shapes.

Place shapes on a baking sheet and smooth out any edges if needed with your fingers.  The dough becomes very hard when done baking and you won't be able to remove any rough edges after they have been baked.

I used the end of a small craft paint brush to make a small hole at the top of the ornament so you tie a ribbon through for hanging when complete.

Bake in oven for 1-2 hours or until firm.  I think mine were in for about 1 1/2 hours but every oven is different.

Let the ornaments cool. Once cooled, they are ready to be painted or decorated however you chose!  I also marked the back with the date and name so I can remember when we made them:)

Happy crafting!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Bedroom Makeover

Monday, November 21, 2011
So here it is, the bedroom makeover!!!  Goodbye Ikea and hello vintage shabby chic.



I was given this headboard and dresser last year and then the idea of redoing my stepdaughter's room began.


All I had to finish up was the other half a dozen projects and rooms I was redoing before I could start, but the ideas were spinning in my head.  She chose the color black for her furniture and after some color deliberation, she chose purple as her accent. (I was hoping for a bright yellow, gray and black,  but I guess it's not "my room."  I will add that I am grateful that she is the most amazing stepdaughter one could ever dream of and she pretty much let me make all the creative decisions, and in the end, I think she's happy:)  Here's a run down of my finds and projects....

The headboard has been sanded down, painted black and distressed.  The large purple throw pillows are from salvation army and were $3.99.  The two smaller shiny pillows were about $3.99 from Jysk, as well as the bedding.  The front pillow, I sewed with some great purple patterned fabric I found at VV.

The dresser was sanded down, painted black, distressed and the old original hardware was spray painted black.  I also spray painted the chandelier purple metallic.

This sofa table was a "splurge" for me.  Found it at Salvation army one day, it was $50 I think, but I knew it would be perfect in the space.  It was also sanded down, painted black and distressed.  The lamp and black dish are thrift store finds or should I say treasures:) I spray painted the lamp purple, as well as the vase which I already had.

This picture is a SA find for $6.99 that I'm sure was beautiful one day in it's time.  I removed the glass and matting, gave it a light sand and painted it out black.  The letter "H" is from Michaels.  That store is also dangerous.

The "groovy" chair is another SA find for $19.99.  As I previously posted, I was thrilled not to take on a project of reupholstering so it was great that the covers zipped off and I was able to throw them into the washing machine.  The chair was sanded down and painted out black, but of course:)  Still not sure if I want to distress this or not?.... The gray throw pillow is from Jysk, and the black ruffled pillow I sewed with left over material from some curtain panels.  I used the same fabric to recover this footstool (which I took from my mother's donate pile one day).  I knew I could find somewhere to put that....

The chalkboard wall was an idea that we came up with when discussing ideas for the room.  I decided to mimic the design of the mirror.  I used a large piece of cardboard to trace the mirror and then traced it onto the wall with a pencil and then painted 3 coats of chalkboard paint.  Voila!  Tac was used to put up some photos that I downloaded from her Facebook page.  "Did you know it was that easy to steal pictures? Kind of scary isn't it?

Another one of my "project ideas."  A jewelry frame.  I had the idea that I was going to market these a while back, but after making a few of them, I for whatever reason, left them in a closet and never pro-sued it.  I used an old frame, painted it out black, added some wire window screen mesh, added some screw hooks, and the same fabric that I used for the throw pillow and the bench below.  


Another thrift store find (are you surprised?).  The bench was $9, I sanded it down, painted it black and recovered it.

This purple table is a thrifted treasure as well, shocking I know.  I used some left over paint from my other daughter's room and painted it purple for a little "pop."  The lamp ($2.99) was gold, spray painted it and the shade I couldn't resist from Home Sense for $12.99.  And I love the cute vintage looking Shakespeare book. I won't bother telling you where I found that:)

And that folks, is it.  I have no idea if anyone is interested in reading all of this or cares, but for some reason I feel the need to blog my creative craziness.  This is what keeps me sane but drives me insane at the same time.  Does that make sense?

Thank you to my husband who puts up with my crazy and let's me make all the decorating decisions for the most part in our home and helping me with the odd assembly or moving of furniture.  Thank you for letting me be at home with our kids during these precious years, which also allows me to follow my creative dreams!

No children were harmed during the transformation of this room, but some probably watched there fair share of treehouse:)

Friday, November 18, 2011

One "Groovy Chair" Makeover

Friday, November 18, 2011

Ok, I've been terrible with keeping up with my blog but it's not because of a lack of projects.  It's almost the exact opposite.  I've been working away on so many projects the last few months (mostly for myself), but haven't found the time to post anything! My intentions were to start posting as I went along and kind of change the path of my blog into more DIY projects etc but for whatever reason, I just kept procrastinating.  I didn't know where to start.

So, today is as good as any day.  I'm just going to start!

Here's a sneak peak of a chair I just purchased on Wednesday night at Salvation Army , which I promptly sanded down and painted out black for my step daughters bedroom.  The room is mostly black, purple and white but this little hit of color works perfectly so I didn't have to recover it, which was a HUGE bonus!  And the covers unzipped, so I just took them off and threw them in the washing machine.  I've been working on redecorating her room for the last month or two and am finally completing it all!

I will be posting the pics of the furniture and decor hopefully in the next day or two!

Now the only question is to distress, or not to distress?.....

Oh, and the name "Groovy" comes from my husband. Those were his words when I told him to check out the room last night.  And I assume he was somewhat referring to the chair:)

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