Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Quick and Easy Teacher Gift

Apparently it's Teacher Appreciation Day next week?! 
I had no idea that even existed so I'm glad I came across this post on Eighteen25
I uploaded their picture to Walgreen's and had three 8 x 10 copies printed for about $3 each.
found 8x10 frames at Walmart for $4 and sprayed painted them glossy red.
Easy and really cute. 
Go check out Eighteen25
Cute stuff!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Power Of Moms

I tweak a lot of things around here. Furniture, walls, lights etc. If it's not bolted down it's not safe from my crazy addiction for change. You know what else needed tweaking?! My brain!! With four kids (ages 7,5,3,1) things tend to get pretty hectic/chaotic/completely out of control around here.
This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend a "Mother's retreat" with my mom and sisters. It was a much needed break from the everyday norm and I returned home motivated to implement everything I learned to have a more organized, peaceful, systematic home.
If you get the chance, you should register for the May retreat. You'll learn so much and your family relationships will be better for having gone.
Click HERE to learn more and to register. Space fills up quick!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

LOVE/HATE...But mostly Love

They had all their indoor plants 50% OFF. I got this one for $6.50
and this sweet turquoise/teal pot for only $10
It just happens to match my new rug perfectly.
Plus, I grabbed a little 2 oz bottle of 'tester paint' while I was there
and it happens to be the exact color as the teal in the rug as well...
I'm thinking the piano is going to end up 
"Totally Teal"

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Street Flasher turned Bedside Light

Ha! That title makes me laugh! I think I'll keep it! :)

We're in the process of redoing the boys room. It's not quite finished yet, but I'll share a really funky project I came up with today.

Seen one of these before??!! 
They're normally bolted to the top of a barricade. Flashing like crazy.
Not sure how my sis ended up with this, but I'm glad she did! 

I ran to the hardware store looking for something to help me rig this thing into a bedside light for the boys.
To my surprise they had exactly what I needed and it was only $5.
Back to the flasher....
These things are powered by battery normally.....
But I gutted it. 
all of it.....
and somehow managed to use a few of the existing parts and make it run with electricity!
Took a lot of brainstorming. Lots of screw drivers, scissors, tin snips and a few swear words..
But I finally got it put back together. 
Now it's a totally funky light that my boys are gonna love!!
Stinkin' cute, right??!! And I didn't even electrocute myself! :)
Stay tuned for the boys room redo. It's nearly done!
Hoping to get it finished in the next few days!

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Friday, March 11, 2011

New rug...

I ordered this rug  for our front room today. I've been looking since December for one that I loved so hopefully when it gets here I still love it. I tend to change my mind a lot!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Salon/Laundry room [aka "salaundry" as the kids like to call it.]
This room, like every other room in the house, was the yellowy band-aid color too.
So very bad. 

Don't look too closely at the wall above the window.
 It still needs paint and so does the wall where the washer and dryer are, but I can't move 'em by myself!

It's getting close! 
Still need to pick out some sort of counter tops or shelves and get the mirror hung up. 
It's heavy!
Color is Valspar 'Smoke Infusion' (same as the kitchen)

I'm loving how it's coming along. 
Pretty soon I can relax..until I find something else to paint! :)
But for now, I gotta go clean the house that fell apart while I painted this morning.
It's my turn to host bunko tomorrow and I haven't done a thing to prepare!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

a new kitchen light...

You've gotta check this out! CLICK HERE This is one of the coolest things I've seen in a long time! 
I had to make one for myself! It works perfectly in our 'new' kitchen. I love it and it was cheap and easy!!
You start with an Easter basket...
 Take the handle off.
 And cut a hole out to fit this CAN LIGHT-TO-PENDANT LIGHT CONVERSION KIT
You can get it at Lowe's for about $20
 A few coats of paint...
I chose oil rubbed bronze to match our faucet and drawer pulls in the rest of the kitchen.

 Put it all together. Now my boring empty kitchen window....
... is all fancied up!
 Here's a close up shot! It's too cool!!
Go check out CRAP I'VE MADE.
You'll love what you find! Such a fun blog!