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Showing posts from April, 2013

DIY: Tiny Bathroom REDO

There's nothing like a fresh coat of paint and some new accessories to breathe new life into any sad little space.  We have this tiny, tiny, tiny bathroom on our main level.  It's called a "powder room" and I guess that's a fancy way of saying tiny, tiny, tiny bathroom-with no bath. :)  This little room has seen many coats of paint over the years.  Mainly cause I just never liked anything at 100% satisfaction.  We had this house built and we are pretty sure they put in the wrong color tile, but by the time we noticed it we were over the whole process and just decided it was "ok."  Anyway, I've been trying to find paint colors that would make it look better, and just don't think I ever succeeded until now.  It's been pureed carrots orange...NO--especially since we bleed crimson and cream around here--I changed that real quick to a Cabernet-colored red which was just dark and gloomy for a tiny space--fail numero dos (#2), then when my hubs was…

DIY: Decorative Counter top Storage!

Hello !  Again I have to apologize for waiting over a week to post another project/idea!  I've been knee, waist, head deep in my current giant project!  OY!  (those pics and a future tutorial soon to come).

This project post is about another cool idea I got when I was helping my husband go through some old things.  His mom was an avid beanie baby collector (among other things) and has TONS of those plastic display cases.  As soon as I touched them them the idea to make them into decorative storage boxes hit me. I need some organization BIG time in my bathroom.  I would show you what it looks like, but I'm just not gonna go there.

Soooo, since most of the beanies are going to our girls, rather than be sold on ebay for peanuts, I decided to get some cool scrap paper and start mod podge-ing.  :)

Here are the boxes as they were (some even have lids! kids' crayons?  girls' hair accessories? yea, you follow me.)

The paper I chose to go with my bathroom decor.
Let the gooey sti…

DIY Cookie Recipe--Gluten free!

I love to cook and LOVE IT.  The mess is for the BIRDS, but the creative side to both cooking and baking makes me happy (or angry if something goes terribly wrong...and I've had those moments many times!)  Baking is a chemistry experiment and you really need to follow recipes to get your goodies to come out right.  There is a lot of trial and error when writing your own recipe.  I've been doing that for about a year and a half now as I try to cut the fat or sugar, but not the flavor, out of my favorite muffins, cookies, etc.

Recently I was put on a low-FODMAP eating plan to help out with a few health issues I have.  This means no gluten and that scared me at first.  I thought, "what the hell am I going to eat now???"  I love bread and I just was so worried that I would start hating food!  Well, after a LOT of research, experimenting, and 100% support from my hubs and our girls, I am becoming successful at gluten free baking!  We've had some "yuc…

Chalkboard Wall Art

As you know if you read yesterday's post, I rambled on and on about my hunt for chalkboard paint and the reason for all that biz is this project. :)
I went thrifting the other day and found some cute abundance.  (Someone gave away WHITE frames...still in the package from Pier 1!  YES...GAVE...AAAAAWAY!!  GASP!!  Sorry, I just don't get that.)   This set also came home with me for some refreshments. :)

Old fashioned, huh?  My favorite kind of style to improve upon is "old fashion."  The curves, the beading, the details you just can't match with the clean lines of today.  The potential is just ooooozing from them.  These are large and I was thinking that they could totally be used as trays if you add a couple of cabinet handles to them.  Would be so cute, huh?  Hmm...I might have to give that a try one day!
I am, however, using them for chalkboard art.  They were cleaned and disassembled and prepped for paint!  I sprayed the frames a couple of different…

NEW POST! Update and DIY Curtain Tutorial!

I'm back!  It's been such a long time since my last post...SO sorry!  If you care enough to visit my little bitty blog often and have been disappointed by my lack of posts lately, I'm both happy and sad. :) :(  Life's been crazy and taking me away from my ideas and my passion to create.  Kids' stuff, birthday parties, a few road trips, lost dog, and food poisoning (that luckily only happened to ME) put everything that is this blog, on hold.  <insert gigantic sigh here>

Ahem!  Moving on and into the idea explosion I had yesterday.  I went to Hobby Lobby for one thing.  Funny how that always changes as soon as you walk in the door!  Aaaaaaall I wanted was colored chalk board paint.  I didn't have time to dive into the many DIY recipes I've seen on Pinterest, and just wanted something quick.  Hobby Lobby did NOT have ANY!  Have y'all seen it there?  I looked in all the obvious places and it just wasn't in stock or something.  So as I searched th…

Loving who you are.

Hello fellow DIY-ers and/or DIY dreamers. :) SO glad you stopped by!
Today's post is a little different with a few more emotions immersed into it.  An epiphany occurred within me this weekend:  you must love who you are to be loved and to be happy.  I think pretty much all my life, I have done things for the "image" and the love of someone else, and what I thought others would appreciate or like me for.  I sat and looked around my house and thought, "people who come in here are going to think this is a circus or a fun house!"  That might be true, but what hit me is that it is ME and I LOVE IT!  All of a sudden I didn't care about what anyone thought of my style (or lack there of ---in their minds).  My girls notice every thing I do and gasp in delight when the candlesticks are a new rad color or I make new chicken/chevron art for the kitchen--frankly I gasp a little too sometimes. :)  I want them to feel inspired by what I do and feel the free expression to…