Thursday, September 30, 2010

Dining room progress...

Our home is full of alot of furniture that was given to us by my in-laws when we got married. A lot of great furniture, but not so much my style. I like color, not a lot of wood grain in here. Here is the progress so far, my pictures are in no particular order but I am sure you can tell which are the afters :) I am torn on the chairs for this table, they all may be replaced with 6 black chairs, I think it needs some contrast. Waiting on a black custom made buffet from my father in law, a new rug (first pic is what I am thinking), and I need to make the curtains. I can not wait until this is done!!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Black Pink & White...and some Blue

All that occured here was the recovering of some pillows and a new mirror to bring some life to the front room. This color palate is part of a work in progress, the dining room just next door.. more to come on that as soon as I am done.

Jelly Belly Dispenser no more!

This red dispenser has been in my panrty for 3 years!! I refused to take it out and actually fill it with candy. Last thing I needed was for my kids to be able to access candy on demand. It was getting ready for the Goodwill pile, and suddenly an inspiration. Here is what I came up with, it is now a candle holder. I painted it white and added a clear coat that was apparently expired so it gave it an orange tint. I am actually happy with that accident. I was not able to remove the jelly bello logo so I used a round vase from the dollar store to replace it. What do you think, do you have some other ideas for what you could do with this dispenser?

Laundry Room Chaos

I could not stand our laundry room. It became a place to put things that we did not know where to put or were just too lazy to figure it out. We also have a rediculously large cat litter "dome"( I call it the Super Duper Cat Pooper. :) ) that didn't allow us to open the garage door or the door to the the hallway all the way. And of course the pile of shoes that had taken over the floor... I decided to gather things around the house, grey paint from the master bedroom, and a few other things that had not found a home yet, and began a mini make-over. I also added a stencil that I really love. My hubby was nice enough to make this shelf for the shoes, and leave some room for the "Super Duper Cat Pooper". It is amazing to be able to open both the doors!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Coffee table makeover number 2..

I wasn't satisfied with the blue, it was too much.. here is what I came up with. Now it is something I think we can all live with :)

Grandpa Peter's Desk turned Carla's Craft desk

Monday, August 30, 2010

Where did my bathtub go??!

In a nutshell: cut plywood to fit just snug enough over the top of the tub, covered in 4" foam, them covered with fabric. Also some handmade pillows to match and a nice matching throw. It was a good solution for us because we never use the tub. There was no damage done and this can be removed and replaced as we like it. It has become a nice spot to sit and put our shoes on after getting ready, doing the girls hair, and sit and spy on the neighbors (kidding---Hi Jessi!! :))

Monday, August 16, 2010

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Modified Shirts

I got these shirts for Reese on clearance, $1.00 each. I added some fabric to the bottoms, and added a decorative stitch... and a pretty matching bow on each.

Girls love sports too!

Fun Girly Halloween Outfit

I have ADD when it comes to patterns and sewing, including this one. I started working on this and turned the shorts to capri's added some girly details and detail to the top as well. Pants have an elastic waste, no attention span here for zippers!

Before & After

Extra fabric = Pillow Makeovers

Nothing much to these, just excited because they were not brown and green anymore!

Felt Flowers

Directions for felt flower:
1. cut 6-8 circles (depending how full you want the flower) the same size, the larger flowers on necklaces here are about 1.5 inches.
2.Use one full circle as the base.
3.Fold 2nd circle in half, repeat with circles while overlapping on top of one another.
4.Secure in the middle with thread.
5.Add beads if you like.

Nothing Wasted

Fun crayons for toddlers- take all those broken crayons, remove papers, and fill cupcake liners (about half full). Bake until melted and let cool. Remove paper and color away! Keep in mind your cupcake pan becomes forever dedicated to crafts after this. So use an old one.

Cream Puffs!!!

I got this recipe here and it was such a success I had to share!

Here is a shot of the ones I made, I suggest freezing them, then letting them sit out for a few minutes before devouring!
Make them, share them, eat them...mmmmmm so yummy!!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Homemade cards over Store Bought Cards... yes please!

Bench Makeover 101

Another Before picture that I failed to take! It was a faded wood bench with faded green metal frame. I painted the entire frame black, including the wood on the back. The bottom I padded first then covered with outdoor fabric. The pillows are tied on so that they don't dissapear with our wind storms.