Monday, February 28, 2011

Bedroom inspiration...

     So I found some pictures while surfing the world wide web and saved them.  These have forced me inspired me to mesh my likings with husbands.  Don't tell Jake but I have been considering hanging a dead animal on the the bedroom.  However, not ready to hang one in the living room.  Baby steps, right?  Our bedroom is next on our projects to revamp.  I hope to paint soon.  My goal is by summer to have a newly decorated room.  Unfortunately, this involves buying a king size bed and new bedding.  Our first purchase together was a queen sized bed and we have already out grown it.  I can't believe we have almost been at our house two years and been sleeping in this plain room.  The bed blends into the walls I'm surprised we can even find the bed. 
This is our boring room, exact same as we moved in.  White walls, not one thing hanging.  I have five pieces of IKEA furniture.  I don't plan on getting new furniture or painting them.  I know for the night stands they have glass tops, that are dark grey but see through I thought I could put a cute fabric under them to add some spice.  I thought maybe I could add knobs, maybe, but I don't want to screw anything up.  I have an old mirror that has a black frame that was my Grandma Eva's that I plan on using.  I also have some black monogrammed letters, N and J I can use.  So I have been looking for a black rod to go over the slider.  I thought striped curtains would be cool, but I would be down for some funky pattern.  A nice funky antique chair for a corner.  This is probably the only arrangement that is functional for us.  I would also love more pictures of the family, maybe black and white.  And I was thinking some shelving, the DIY ones that everyone is making lately. 

These are some rooms I like and hope to mesh together....
The hanging light bulbs and the olive green bedding are what I love about this photo. 

I love the striped bedding with the ugly yellow color quit....maybe I like the paint color of the walls since this picture and the one above are very similar?  Even though dark paint scares me.

I like the ruffled big annoying bed skirt.  I could never do anything as brave as this. 
I want, I want, I want..

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Tray Makeover

So I got this fabulous fabric my dear friend, Amanda.  Ever since I got it, all I can think about was what I was going to do with it.  It is right up my alley, funky kitchen style with yellows, oranges and greens.  I got this ugly tray the other day at value village for a buck.  I liked the tray because, it was metal and the trim was light yellow with just enough age it to.  So I used my mod podge and look what I made.
This is the tray before.

Supplies: scissors, fabric, mod podge, and tray

Cut fabric to fit into tray.

Cover in mod podge, I put two layers of plain yellow fabric I had, under the cute fabric, just to make sure my ivy wouldn't show through. 

Finished product, I am contemplating adding handles?

 Honey crisp apples are so worth $2.99 a pound, a little under $2.00 per apple

Monday, February 21, 2011

The finished yellow door....

Today, Jake had the day off because it was President's Day, and we took advantage of it.  We already had our paint.  We just needed a nice long day to take the door of the hinges and allow for proper drying time.  Taking the door off the hinges was the hardest part, they just wouldn't budge.  Finally after multiple attempts we pried all three hinges out and got the door off.  I thumb tacked a blanket over the door just to keep the cool breeze out and put the baby gate up.  Our living room/kitchen is our main room where we spend the majority of our time, so it needed to be baby proof. 

I wiped the door down with baby wipes, and taped in the necessary places.  We couldn't get the door knob off, so we just taped around it.  After spending so much time with the hinges, we gave up right away.  We have four indentations in our door and I started with them first.  I had a small roller but needed to use a paint brush for the creases.  I just went very slowly, as yellow seems to play tricks on your eyes.  I had Jake double check to see if I missed any spots.  I did a thick first coat, let it dry and then did a second coat.  We painted it in the garage on saw horses, we used a heat lamp (for when we had chickens), we had a small space heater running (that we turn on at night for the dogs), and Jake turned on his propane heater for me.  We only blew a fuse once.  As long as Sawyer napped, was about how long it took me to paint the door.  We let it dry for around five hours.  We put it back up and it was plenty dry, we just kept the door cracked to prevent any sticking to the frame.  It looks amazing and I feel accomplished.  I love tackling big tasks and crossing them off of our to do list.  It makes our house look great, adds character and charm.  I can't wait to make an Easter wreath and hang it on the door. 
I think we did a pretty amazing job, these pics don't do it justice as it was getting dark.  Now all we need is a cute door knocker.   


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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Headband Swap

So I started following take heart blog and decided to participate in a head band swap, pretty much the greatest idea ever.  Thanks for the inspiration, Danielle.  It really was so much fun.  I bought $20 worth of headbands, got a partners info and mailed them, old school style.  And she did the same for me.  My swap partner lives all the way up North in Canada, her name is Amanda.  Check out her blog here,  for the last year she hasn't bought any new clothes, she's only thrift'd stuff.  Pretty amazing self control, if you ask me.  I got the sweetest gifts from her.  These were very thoughtful gifts.  I am so lucky to have been a part of this fantastic idea and to have met her.  See what I got...

She knows what I like....hippie style.
(Don't mind the dirty dishes in the sink)

Little Sawyer girl even got a headband. 
(Don't mind the random things on my kitchen floor.)

Thanks so much to Danielle and Amanda, my new friends. 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Candle Stick Makeover

I got these three candlesticks from the basement of my grandma's.  I remember them all being turquoise and a little cuter but I grabbed them before anyone else could because I saw beauty in them.  My mom said that her and my grandpa made them out of left over pieces of wood and yarn.  This made me like them even more, that they were handmade by my mom and grandpa.  Here is a picture of them.
Lovely aren't they?

With a little cleaning and some Avocado spray paint they look quite lovely.  Don't know where their permanent home will be but for now they look great on our fireplace.  I know white walls and nothing hanging...but I've got big plans. 

Our Dear Little Valentine

We kind of celebrated Valentine's Day over the weekend, we spent the whole weekend together and crossed some things off of our to do list.  Sawyer and I spent Monday (Valentine's Day) at home cleaning house, I swear my house hasn't been clean since like before Christmas.  Jake brought me home yellow and red tulips and a sweet card.  I got him a card as well.  But the greatest present of all was our little Sawyer.  I dressed her up for daddy. 
Two years ago on Valentine's Day we found out we were pregnant.  We can't even imagine what our life would be like without her.