Wednesday, October 13, 2010

It's the most wonderful time of the year

Ummm, hello?  Remember me?  It's been a while.  I know I've been away for quite some time now.  Summer was here and with 2  little girls, there wasn't much time to do much of anything.  I mean besides keep them entertained.  Oh yeah, and trying to keep my sanity.

Now that they are back at preschool a few days a week, I have time to enjoy things I like to do.  Don't get me wrong, I love pretending like I'm a mermaid and playing My Little Pony and Candy Land and whatever else they want to do.  I'm just really tired of pretending like I'm a mermaid and playing My Little Pony and Candy Land and whatever else they want to do.

Now back to your regularly scheduled program.

I love Halloween!  It's my favorite holiday. I love the creepiness of it all. My husband feels the same way, so we tend to decorate much more than we do any other holiday.   We have bought some things at the Halloween stores that pop up.  We usually waiting till the day after the holiday to get it all half price, but even that gets expensive.  So I try to make some things to fill in the blank spaces. Let me show you one of the things I've done this year.  Mind you, I find great ideas on the other people's blogs and try to make them my own.  I will give credit where it is due.

My Hungry Flowers

The instructions are here.

A little extra hot glue for the drool.

Aren't they fabulous?   My kids love them and so do I.  Although when you get the ceiling fan moving and they start to sway, I kinda wonder if the flowers will eat my cats.

I've got to run now.  I'll be back.  I promise!  I have much more to show you!

Until then check out the links on the side bar.  That's where all the cool ideas are.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Hanging it up

I don't know about in your house, but my family doesn't like to hang up their jackets.  It is WAY to hard to open up the closet door, grab a hanger, put a jacket on it, then hang it back up and then close the closet door.

Whew!   That was hard just describing it!

I needed something that would actually make this task easy,  a no-brainer if you will, before we were buried under a mountain of outerwear.

So, over the winter I found a bunch old wooden "art:" pieces.  You know, the country type of stuff. 

I got this for two dollars.  It's  pretty......pretty ugly.   I had already started to prime it before I remembered to take a picture.

I then saw an unfinished shelf like you can get at your local craft stores.  The shelves are usually priced around fifteen dollars or so.  Mine was four bucks.

I had some molding left over from refinishing the basement, so I added that to make the back longer.

Then I painted the whole thing black, added hooks and Voila!

I took my Silhouette and cut some vinyl with our last name.  When I showed my husband, he asked what the number stood for.  I rolled my eyes and said think about it.  After five minutes of not getting it right, I said,"Duh, it's our wedding anniversary!"  He said, "Duh, no it's not!"  

He's right.  I had the wrong date.  Funny, huh? 

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Spring is Here!

My apologizes for the absence.  With the weather turning warm, I have had a touch of spring fever.  Yesterday, we went out for a walk in the woods and found these.

Just a small little patch of teeny tiny daffodils that grew wild. Of course we had to pick some.

After a while a teeny tiny spider got on my daughter's hand.  Then the flower pickin' party was over.
It was fun while it lasted.  Now I have a lovely, teeny tiny bouquet in my kitchen.

I have done a few projects, but I will only show you one today.

Do you read Amy at The Red Chair Blog?  I love it.  Go over there when you get a chance.

Anyway, she has a table on her front porch that I fell in love with.  It is awesome! 

It took me about a month to find the right table at the right price, but one came up on Craig's List  last week.  It was bright red and only 10 dollars.  It was MINE!!

Ready to see it?


Isn't she a beauty?!?  I love it.  My husband even loves it.  I had to use Kilz primer to get rid of the bright red color. I then used a hi-gloss white spray paint for the legs and brushed 3 coats of chalkboard paint on top. 

I did the floral arrangement on the table.  I'm not very good at it, but it will do for now. 

I put my spring wreath on the door that I bought it at the end of season last year.  I just added a pretty green little bird.
TA-DA!  I don't know why I added a bird, 'cause we always have birds hiding in our wreaths.  They scare the crap out of me.  And they poop on my door.  Some days my door looks like a Jackson Pollack painting.  But not today!

So, a few weeks ago I won a prize from Finding Fabulous. The prize was a gift certificate by to an Etsy shop owned by One Cheap B*tch.  The shop is filled with a TON of beautiful things.   She even has some sachets that made it in the issue of Romantic Homes.  No joke.  Page 29.  On the bottom.  AWESOME!

It was impossible for me to pick out what I wanted.  It became sort of a joke with my husband.  Doesn't he know that important decisions like this take time?  I finally just gave up and asked her to send me a surprise package. 

Boy did I get a surprise package of CUTENESS!   Just look at it!

How great is all this?!?

The picture fame with sheet music.  I doubt I'll but a picture in it 'cause I love the look of the sheet music.

The three little tins with crowns and a piece of bling.  I think I'm going to stick a magnet on the back to but on my idea board.  I'll keep some of my craft supplies in them.

The linen ribbon with all the wonderful french stamps. It is heavenly.  My girls keep stealing it to put in their hair!

I love all of it!  I think you need some of these beauties in your home, dear readers. Go treat yourself to something beautiful in her shop.  You won't regret it!

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Saturday, March 6, 2010

My first award and I don't have a thing to wear!

First, I'd like to thank my parents for making me possible.  (Can anyone guess where that line is from?)


Second of all, a big Thank You to MisadventuresofMomof3 ! She is the wonderful blogger who gave me this glorious little ray of sunshine. If you haven't stopped by her blog, go now!  It's jammed packed with yummy recipes and give aways!

The rules are as follows.  (I have copied and pasted this from MisadventuresofMomof3, because that's how I roll.)

Rules: Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link. Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

So, I gladly accept this award.  As of this moment, I will have to award 15 other blogs tomorrow.  I have two crabby little girls that need to be put to sleep.  Not euthanized, mind you, but put in bed to go to sleep.  Please do not call CPS. 

Monday, March 1, 2010

Wanna see my stash??

I didn't get many things done this week.  I started many projects, but finished nothing.

I did go to thrift stores, antique malling (is that a word?) and Craig's list cavorting.  Wanna see?

Silver plated trays salt & pepper shakers, creamer and sugar.  Same pattern, different places.  Can you believe it?

A very loved or unloved baby cup.  It looked so sad sitting there.  I fell for it immediately.

Full size silver plated souvenir spoons.

So simple white ceramic gravy boat.  A whole quarter for this!

I loved the green of this little dish.  I had to grab it up.

These little cuties are made of tin. I'm guessing that they once held candy.
It's my 2nd favorite buy of the weekend.

These little baby shoes are my favorite!  How cute are these tiny things.
They are so small, I'm guessing that they are newborn,

How cute are these in the cloche?  I also bought the needlework table runner.

Now this was the biggest buy this weekend. I found this on Craig's list. You may want to grab a barf bag or bucket.

Wowza!  Ain't she UGLY?!   This will be my first furniture rehab.  I can't decide what color to paint it.
My husband wants black. I just know that green has got to go! 
What color do you think we should go with?
Tell me in the comments!


Monday, February 22, 2010

Look what I found!

While I was out in the yard this weekend, I saw a quick movement from the corner of my eye. It took me a minute to try to figure out what it was. It was so small and moved so very quickly I had a hard time catching it.

Once I had the little guy, I brought him in to show the girls. They loved him immediately and wanted to keep him. I don't know if they are illegal to keep in Missouri, but we will keep him for a while then let him go.  I made a little safe haven for him and put him up so the kids don't bother him too much.

We've named him Seamus.
I've been giving  him beer to drink.  As for food, I figure some Lucky Charms would do.  Aren't they always after me Lucky Charms?
I found some gold on him and I know there is more.  Just got to get him to tell me where it is.

 His habitat will get a nice little bow whenever I find my ribbon.

Ok.  I confess.  He's not really real.

I know!!!  Fooled you right?? 

The girls and I were playing around with salt dough this weekend when I made him and his mushrooms.  After he dried I painted with acrylic paint. 

I've got a few more projects I'll be showing you this week.  

Stay tuned.

I'm in with the in-crowd.

Monday, February 15, 2010

The little drummer boy that would not leave.

If you ever saw the movie "Trilogy of Terror", you are sure to remember this guy.

You know the little doll that came to life and tried to kill Karen Black's character?   No matter what she did to him he would come back and go after her? That's how I started to feel about the Little Drummer Boy.

He took 1 can of primer, 1/2 a can of white spray paint and a few coats of acrylic paint.  It was scary how he
would keep showing  up after each coat.  Like he was taunting me.  Finally, after warning him he was about to get sanded off, he vanished. Never to be seen again.

I ignored the child labor laws and put my three year old to work.  She helped me with some painting

Don't you always paint in your Dora panties, headband and My Little Pony ankle bracelet?
When all was said and done, I had this:
I bought the letters at Michael's on clearance for 99 cents each.  The flatware was snagged at a thrift store for 25 cents each.  I may end up painting  a black border around the ridge of the board, but for now I'm leaving it be.
It will go somewhere in my kitchen of course, but I have no idea where.

Here is a little better shot.

What do you think?  Like it??

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