Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Small Dining Room Update

 

Our dining room is still a work in progress.  We still need to add the faux wainscoting to the bottom part of the wall and paint it white.

But, I just can’t imagine starting another big project right now.  I mean, not that adding faux wainscoting is a huge ordeal, but it will be time consuming and involve more paint and paint brushes and after painting the whole playroom by myself…..I’m just not interested in that right now.  At least not for another week or two!  Hehehe!  Winking smile

Anyway, I did make a couple minor updates since you saw it last.

#1.  I added some d├ęcor to top of the buffet table and hung a mirror (and of course I hung it too high and have been too lazy to move it down some).

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Nothing crazy and the vignette is still a work in progress too, but it’s a start.  I need to find something to fill the tall vase on the left and I’d like to replace the lamp.  I also STILL need to slipcover those dadgum zebra chairs.  It’s on the list.

The update I’m most thrilled with is the addition of some simple wall art.

You’ll see in the very first picture that the wall to the left of the doorway was blank.  I had to big empty wall spaces to fill on either side of the window.

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I found these gorgeous distressed white iron scroll-y doom-a-jigs at Hobby Lobby!  And they were 40% off (which made it about $25 for both of them)!  I knew they would be perfect for the space!  And they are!  I think they were the perfect addition.

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Love, love, love them! 

Now if we can just ever get the rest of the room finished.  One day motivation will strike, I just know it! 

Thanks for listening to me ramble about the small things that make me giddy!

 

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Monday, January 30, 2012

DIY Mini Pallet Valentines Art


Hey, hey, hey!!  Happy Monday!!
I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!  Our weekend was great!  We just hung out a lot as a family, grilled steaks, tried new recipes, played at the park and on the golf course, and just enjoyed time together as a family.  That’s what it’s all about, right?!? 
I also made this super easy and super cute Valentines Day art!  I don’t really get all crazy with my Valentines decorations.  I hang a wreath and a flag on our porch and I put one or two things on the mantel.  But definitely nothing extravagant.  I love how this sign is so simple and subtle and that it doesn’t look too “Valentine-y”!
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I love, love, love the look of pallets in the home.  Pinterest is full of yummy ideas for using pallets in your home from restructuring them to be coffee tables, to beautiful art!  My recent favorite is Jen’s Valentines Pallet Art!  So pretty!
Although I love the look of pallet art, let’s face it…..I don’t have the time or patience to hunt down a pallet, clean it, sand it, paint it, blah…blah….blah!  If you’re new here (hi! and welcome!! and thank you so, so, so much for following along!!), you’ll soon come to realize that I love projects that are 3 things: quick, easy, and cheap!  Oh and it’s gotta be pretty!  Ok, so 4 things!
So while browsing in Hobby Lobby one day, I found these pretty little packages of wood pieces.  They were just wood strips and there were 4 in a package for $2.  I bought 3 packages, came home, and got to work!
Here are the supplies:
  • packages of wood strips from craft store
  • white paint & foam brush
  • vinyl
  • wood glue
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I was a little impatient and didn’t get a picture of the wood strips in the actual package, but you can at least see what the package looks like. 
So I just laid out all my wood strips to get the size “pallet” that I wanted.  I saved 2 of the wood strips for the back.
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Then I just used the wood glue to glue all the horizontal strips to the 2 vertical strips.  Can you see the “mini pallet” coming together?!IMG_7451-1IMG_7452
Once they were all glued on, I let it dry for about an hour while I did other things.  I came back and got busy painting with some plain white acrylic paint.IMG_7454-1
It took a few coats to get the coverage I wanted.
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I don’t have pictures of this step, but I created my saying in Silhouette Studio and cut it out with vinyl on my Silhouette.  Nothing better than a little Jason Mraz lyrics for V-day!
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I used transfer paper to transfer my vinyl onto the “mini pallet”.  And here’s the end result:
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I love how it looks on my console table and is just the perfect touch of Valentine’s!
What do you think?
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Friday, January 27, 2012

Playroom Progress


Hi, friends!!  Man, I just realized I’ve been pretty MIA this week!!  Yikes!  Sorry about that.  I literally cannot believe it’s already Friday!!  Where did the week go??


Well, my week started off pretty hectic.  I had made up my mind Sunday night that I was going to start painting the playroom on Monday (more on that in a minute).  Well, Monday morning the hubs tells me that he would like to invite some coworkers over for dinner on Wednesday night.  No biggie.  I probably shouldn’t have started painting the playroom and focused on cleaning and getting ready for guests on Wednesday, but I had already made up my mind that I was going to paint.  You know how when you decide to do something, it kind of can’t wait (please tell me you guys are like that too)?  Well, I was in full-on playroom project mode and there was no stopping me.  So I spent Monday and Tuesday painting the playroom and Wednesday cleaning and cooking.  Naturally on Thursday, I crashed!  I napped when Em napped which I NEVER do! 


But, it’s FRIDAY and no one can complain about that!  Whoop!


So….back to the playroom (that is what this post is about, right?)

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Earlier this month when I was thinking about my home goals for 2012, I knew the playroom was one area I really wanted to tackle.  It’s one of the first rooms people potentially see (depending on if they look left or look right) when they first walk in the front door.  Although this room is usually a disaster thanks to my busy little 15 month old, I would feel better if it were a cute, decorated disaster.  Wouldn’t you feel better??


First things first…..PAINT!  I mean, painting really is the worst.  Some people love it and find it so relaxing.  I can’t stand it.  But I do it because the end result just tickles me pink for months on end.  So I knew I had to paint this room. 


I’ve mentioned before that the playroom and dining room are like one giant room (they are totally open to each other).  So, the paint color I chose for the playroom was close to the same color as the stencil in the dining room.  I say that it’s “close” to the color because when I went to Lowes to get the paint for the playroom, the color match machine was broken.  Not to mention, there were dried up paint drips that ran right over the label that had the numbers of the formula for the paint color.  DOH!  So I took the paint swatch to Home Depot and crossed my fingers.  And I’m happy to say it’s pretty darn close.  It didn’t have to be perfect anyway.  By the way, the paint color is Benjamin Moore’s Crystalline but I had them take a little bit of the blue out.


On Monday as soon as I got Em down for her nap, I set off to paint!

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I’m not labeling that last picture as “after” because I still have a lot to do in here.  First off, I need to hide those ugly cords coming from behind the TV.  I guess my method of sticking them to the back of the TV with blue painter’s tape was a major fail (as evidenced by the above picture).  Plan B.  I’d also like to add labels to the black storage bins.  I’m also still thinking about adding some stripes to the curtains in here like the ones in the dining room.  I just LOVE the curtains in the dining room and I think they’d be fun over on this side of the room too!


We hung some rain gutter bookshelves that I just adore!!  It’s another one of those projects that makes me wonder why we didn’t do it sooner!


DIY fabric pennant bunting

I made the fabric bunting with some scrap fabric I had in my stash and some white grosgrain ribbon.  Easy peasy and it looks so cute!  I’m really trying to “de-stash” so this was a good little project for that!
See that little wooden desk and chair?  It is a handmade piece that I got that from my aunt and uncle for MY 1st birthday!!  It is such a great piece and is still kickin’ and quite sturdy 29 years later!!  It is sooooo incredibly special to now have this in my daughter’s playroom.  I plan on painting it with some white DIY chalk paint and doing some chalkboard paint on top!  The little tin bucket hanger came from Ikea.  I would like to put some frames above it on that blank wall to hold Emily’s art!  Picture a gallery wall of scribble scrabble.  Smile


So, this room is still a work in progress but I’m excited about the progress I made this week.  The paint is just perfect and it really makes the white trim just pop!  Oh….and I love the way the framed pattern pieces look against the blue paint!

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So fun!


So that’s what has been going on in our crazy house this week.  Painting and dinner parties.  Good times.


What have you been up to?  What do you think about the playroom so far?  If you like what you see, won’t you be a dear and “pin it”.  There’s a nifty button at the bottom of this post!  Thanks guys!

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken

 

I have been pinning some really great recipes lately, but haven’t really been trying any of them out!  I finally decided to pick one and try it out for dinner!

I chose this recipe of baked sweet and sour chicken.  I love me some sweet and sour chicken so I thought this would be the perfect dinner!

I have to say…..it was quite tasty!!  It turned out great and was really yummy!

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Here’s how you make it:

For the chicken coating:

  • 2-4 boneless chicken breasts
  • salt + pepper
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup canola oil

For the sweet and sour sauce:

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 tbs ketchup
  • 1/2 cup vinegar
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic salt

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.  Wash your chicken breasts and pat dry.  Cut the breasts into cubes.  Season with some salt and pepper.  Dip the chicken in the cornstarch, then in the eggs.  Heat the oil in a large skillet.  Once the oil is hot, place your chicken in the skillet and cook until browned, but not cooked all the way through.  Place the chicken in a greased 9x13 baking dish.  Mix all of the ingredients for the sweet and sour sauce and pour evenly over the chicken.  Bake for about an hour, turning the chicken every 15-20 minutes. 

There are just a couple things I would do differently next time I make it.  First, I would add about a 1/4 cup of brown sugar to the sauce mixture to give it a little bit extra “sweetness”.  I would also make a little extra sauce to pour over the chicken at the end after it is done cooking!

So that’s it!  Pretty easy peasy!

OH…..I also made a pecan pie for dessert.  This is like my 4th or 5th attempt at making a pecan pie.  I keep doing something wrong.  I’ve used different recipes and everything.  It always turns out really soupy in the middle!!  The filling doesn’t ever “gel”.  Does that make sense?  What am I doing wrong?  This time I followed this recipe.  HELP!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

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Friday, January 20, 2012

A Valentine’s Shirt For My Valentine


Ok, well I guess she’s my 2nd Valentine since I think Scott has to technically be my first Valentine! 
It’s FRIDAAAAAYYY!!!!  I wanted to share with you a cute (and easy) shirt I made for Emily for Valentine’s Day! 
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Here’s how I did it!
Supplies:
  • Craft cutter (I used my Silhouette)
  • Heat ‘N Bond (or other fabric interfacing)
  • Fabric of choice
  • Iron
  • Shirt (I got mine at Hobby Lobby for $3)
  • Scrap paper (optional)
I started by ironing some plain pink fabric to some Heat ‘N Bond (man, I love that stuff!!!).
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Then in Silhouette Studio I created my design.  It looked a little something like this:
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I cut out the L, V, and E on the pink fabric using my Silhouette!  I cut the heart separately on some pink polka dot fabric, using the same method.
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I still use the cutting mat just for extra “security” even when I’m cutting vinyl and fabric even though I don’t think you have to.
Wait…..let me back up!  Of course, before I ever even cut the fabric I did a test cut with some scrap paper and placed it on my shirt to make sure I liked the size, spacing, etc.
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Looks good to me!  Ok, now back to the fabric…..
So after I cut the fabric, I peeled the paper backing from the Heat ‘N Bond off the back of the fabric letters and ironed them down to my shirt.  I tilted the heart a little bit.  I kinda like it that way!
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Now, Heat ‘N Bond is great and I love it dearly.  However, it has been known to peel up on projects I’ve done in the past (hhmmm….could be user error??  Naaahhh…we’ll blame it on the Heat N Bond).  So, I stitched along the outsides of the letters with some light pink thread just to make sure they stuck!
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And here’s my little model sportin’ her new duds…..
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Love it!  I can’t wait for her to wear it on Valentine’s Day!
Have you been creating any goodies for Valentine’s Day?  I must admit, I don’t really decorate my home for Valentine’s Day (just a flag and wreath for the porch), but I like doing little projects like this for these types of Holidays!
Thanks for stopping by!  Have a GREAT day!

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Teal & Chevron Kitchen Towels {DIY}


So I was in Target a couple weeks ago and saw some cute black and white chevron kitchen towels.  I snagged 2 of them up!  If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or  Twitter then you got a glimpse at the new towels!
So I ran home all excited about my new goodies!  I barely got my foot through the door before I was tearing into the Target bag and pulling out the pretty, new towels to hang them on my stove handle.  I stood back and looked at them and I didn’t love them.  {Enter sad face here}.  Boo!  So they hung there for a week or so kinda plain and boring. 
Then, a couple days ago I ran to Dollar Tree to pick up something real quick.  I was walking to the checkout register when I saw these fun, bright colored terry kitchen towels!  They had a bright green, yellow, orange (I think), and teal.  They were so fun!  So I snagged 3 teal ones.  I knew immediately what I was going to do!
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Yup!  The chevron towels took one look at the teal towels and they immediately fell in love.  They got married.  Mr. Brother married them in a very quaint ceremony.  Ok…..enough with the dorky wedding talk!  How do you guys even stick around here??
So my initial thought was to just sew a piece of one of the chevron towels to the teal towel and sew some ribbon on (you know I’ve gotta tie it to the oven so Lil Mama won’t constantly yank them down). 
So I cut the chevron towel in a wide strip to go at the bottom of the teal towel.
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I sewed about a 1/4 inch seam at the top so it would look finished.
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Then I sewed it to the teal towel and sewed the ribbon on.
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Yay!  I loved it.  But I thought this little towel looked a little lonely.  I decided my kitchen needs something more than just teal and chevron.  How about ruffles, teal, and chevron!!  Oh yes ma’am!
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Much better!! 
I basically just cut the 2nd chevron towel into 3.5 inch strips.  I set my sewing machine to the longest stitch length and set the tension to the tightest setting.  Another little trick I use when sewing ruffles is to hold the top thread between my pointer finger and thumb as I sew.  This adds a little extra tension and causes it to ruffle a little more.IMG_7333
It took 3 ruffle strips to go across the teal towel and I did two rows.
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Love, love, love!  It was just the pop of color I needed in my kitchen.  And I love that they are the same, but not matchy matchy!
What do you think?  These fun, bright towels kind of have me itching for Spring (even though we’ve been having Spring-like weather here in Florida).
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