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Happy Friday!  I am so thankful for the weekend!

I haven’t showed off the last few things I did in little A’s room.  I didn’t get a chance to finish it all before he made his grand entrance, and since then, blog time has not exactly been plentiful.  For very good, wonderful reasons!

This is the wall above his crib.  You can read how I did the letters here.

The walls I covered in fabric since we aren’t supposed to paint. You can read about that process here.

And then there is the crib.  Here I showed you how I touched up some scratches on it.

We were storing a bookshelf for a friend, and at the last minute they decided they didn’t want it any more.  So, even though there isn’t a lot of room for it, it had to live somewhere. I decided to use it as a place to display pictures, store books, and toys, etc.  At the top I have some figurines.

Don’t you love how we stuck to a specific theme?  Ha!  The room is sort of half Toy Story, half Super-Heroes, with just a splash off StarWars thrown in here and there.  Definitely all BOY!  And I love it!

At the bottom of the bookcase are some cloth bins to use as toy storage.  I found the bins at the dollar store, belive it or not!

They are definitely not the highest quality, but they work just fine, and they were the prefect size!

I made the curtains and valance.  I showed you how that came about here and here.

Sorry for the bad picture…


These are the walls above the changing table and the rocker.

I used wall decals (from Target) and frames (from Family Dollar) to put together the Toy Story frames.  I removed the backing to the frames as well as the glass, and then spray painted the frames navy blue.  (The cheap, Walmart brand spray paint) Then I stuck the decals onto the glass and that was that!

Aaaand, here is the lovely changing table. Thrilling, I know.  But, I wanted to show the baskets I found – perfect fit and great for the diapers and all that extra stuff .

Also, that white pad on top of the table is actually supposed to go in the crib to keep the sheets from getting all drooly, but I use it on here.  So much easier to pull that off and wash it than change the actual pad cover.  🙂  Plus, I can stick it in any load of laundry without worrying about the terry cloth stuff getting fuzz on the rest of the load. It dries faster too. 🙂

I had a heavy glass jar that I’m using to store the ever-elusive pacifiers.  It seems to be helping so far at least!

This lamp was from Target (a baby shower registry gift – yay!) and so is the clock.  J actually found the clock and I was thrilled with it! Isn’t it the cutest? Oh, and those white stars on the lamp are glow-in-the-dark.  Sweet!

The best thing about this room was the fact that I spent very little money on it.  All of the furniture was either given to us or we already had, and most of the rest was either a shower gift or bought with gift cards!  Whoop-whoop!

So, there you have it, the finished (for now) room.  You know how it goes.  I think I’m done until some random, “brilliant” idea enters my head and off I go again!

At least now I have other concerns that keep me from spending too much time tearing apart the house.  🙂

Hope you enjoyed the tour!


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You know all those cute nurseries that have the child’s name on the wall?  I’ve seen so many versions of them – wall decals, frames, painted letters, you name it – and they’re all so sinkin’ cute!   We had already decided that we wanted to jump on the band wagon and have our guy’s name on the wall too… the problem was deciding how we wanted to do it.  So many options!

Well, I wanted to share what ended up being one of my favorite projects for our little boy’s room!  This turned out much better than I expected, and even J was super excited when he saw the finished product!

Its A-mazing. 🙂

I wanted to surprise J and do something very “guy-ish” with the letters (as in super hero – ish).  J would have been thrilled had I plastered the whole room with Marvel and DC characters, Star Wars stuff, etc.  But I’m determined to have a little bit of a baby/little boy look in the room for a while.  I mean, they grow up so fast – and I’m sure through Daddy’s influence he will become a Marvel, DC and StarWars fan in due time… but I didn’t want to leave J’s wishes completely out of the picture, so I figured the name would be the perfect way to add that bit of “guy-ness” I was after. 🙂

I found a bit of inspiration here and there, and finally settled on the paper mache/decoupage idea.  I bought cardboard letters from the craft store.  (I waited for them to go on sale and got them for $1 each – oh, yeah!)  Then, I started asking around about comic books.  Since I was going for the decoupage look, I didn’t want to spend tons on comic books that would get torn into strips. 🙂  At first I was having a hard time… until I posted my idea on Facebook, that is!  One of my friends (an actual, real person I know – not just a virtual acquaintance) found out what I was doing and he donated a hefty stack of comic books!  I was so shocked and so excited!  The picture below doesn’t have all the books in it. And the ones that are at the foreground are the. coolest. ever. I’m considering framing a few of the pages… we’ll see.

Honestly, the hardest part was deciding which pages to use!  It took me about two evenings to comb through the stack and set aside the ones.  Yes, I took my time. 🙂  I decided beforehand that I wanted each letter to be a specific character, and I chose J’s favorites (Captain America was my choice actually!): Batman, Superman, Capt. America, Thor, and Wolverine.

Instead of buying Mod Podge or any other kind of special glue, I decided to use an old stand-by which you may remember from your kindergarten days.  Good ol’ hot water and flour!  So easy and cheap!  (The only down side is you have to use it within two days or so because it starts to REEK!)

First, I covered the entire letter with random strips of the comic pages.  No rhyme or reason – just making sure the surface was covered.  I let them dry for a day or so.  If you don’t let the glue dry, then the whole projects gets all goopy and warped.

Next, I sorted through the pages that I had reserved and tore/arranged/rearranged the pieces until I had it the way I wanted.  I didn’t use glue at this point – just set the pieces on top of the letters to get a visual.  Oh, and that green paper – that is actually a gift bag.  I tore that into strips as well and integrated it as a way to tie in the letters with the rest of the room. Yeah, I’m a bit random.  I’ve learned to deal with it. 🙂

OK, so I didn’t take pictures of the in-between process… mostly because my hands were covered in gunk and I didn’t want to get my camera all sticky.  So, you’re going to have to use your imagination!

Next, I slathered the letters with the flour and water mixture again and stuck the final strips of paper on them.   I added a thin layer of the glue over the top of the whole letter, sort of as an extra precaution to make sure the paper stuck well.  I let it dry out completely after that.  As in for about a week.  Probably no necessary, but I had other things keeping me busy, so a week it was!  My final step was to spray it all over with a clear sealant to protect it from moisture (after all, I do live in Florida).

And yes, in the above picture, that is a bin lid.  😉 I figured I’d want be able to pick up the whole kit and caboodle and move it when necessary, and that’s hard to do when you just put down a table cloth or thin sheet of plastic.

Now, I just need to hang it up!  Cannot wait!  For now its waiting patiently on the book shelf while I touch up the crib.  Once the crib is in place, I’ll hang up the letters!

Below I added a pic of each letter in case you would like to see a close-up version. 🙂  Can you tell I’m a little bit proud of this project? HA!

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So, how’s everyone’s weekend?!  So far, mine has been pretty good.  Good as in productive, and actually fun at the same time.  I love feeling like my hard work has paid off. 🙂

I just thought I would share a quickie little Valentine’s Day project that I slapped together today.  You know I like wreaths, and I try to keep some version of a wreath on our door all throughout the year.  Doesn’t always happen, but I try.  I don’t usually decorate much for all the different holidays though.  Mostly because that would get super expensive, but also because I don’t know where in the world I would store it all.  Same goes for Valentine’s Day.

This year, I decided to honor the day with a simple wreath.  In my running around this morning I found a scrap of bright pink fabric in the clearance bin for $1.29… and I put it to work!  I didn’t do anything fancy.  In fact, it’s a little bit of a shabby look if you ask me.  I left the jagged, uneven edges on the fabric and everything.

I have  a grape-vine wreath that I use for pretty much everything… seriously, those wreaths are great!  Just add whatever suits your fancy, and when you’re ready for a new look, pull it out and add something else!  Can’t get much easier (or cheaper) than that.

So, I just tied that pink fabric into a big bow, and attached it to the wreath with some flower wire.  Then I stuck a few white dollar store flowers around it and that was that!  10 minutes tops!

Our front door is all ready for Valentine’s Day!  Sweet!


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Well, its been sooo long since I wrote a post, I feel a bit sheepish… Yes, I have been absent for a long time, but there are reasons upon reasons.  I’m sad that I missed all the fun Fall and Christmas decor season stuff.  Hopefully next year!

One of them being, (drum roll, please) a baby is on the way!!  Ta-da!!

And well, he’s coming pretty soon too.  In about sixish weeks to be more accurate. 🙂  I know, major over-due news, but hey, that’s how I roll.  So, of course, with that being a major part of our lives the last several months, things have been getting busier and crazier… but now that I’m getting too large to zip around quickly, things are slowing down just a bit by sheer necessity.  So – that means that I might get in a post or two before this little guy arrives!  Oh, how I would love to get back into this on a regular basis!

Of cousre, as you can guess, a lot of my “extra” (ha!) time has been focused on baby stuff: specifically working on the Little Bud’s room.  I’m excited to share some of my ideas.  Several of them have turned out quite nicely in spite of their being so incredibly crazy.  You’ll see!  One in particular was a bit unnerving at first, but I finished and it looks good, and it looks like its going to hold up!  Yay for new ideas that work!

So, before I start in on all those juicy posts, I’ll give you a sneek peak at a few things:

Anyone see a color scheme here?  Ha!

The hardest part will be deciding which project to post first!  Although, I must admit, the photos of a lot of these are pretty sad.  Mostly because I’ve been working on things in the evenings, and you know how night pictures turn out when you’re in a room with non-professional lighting!  I’m hoping you’ll give me a break though, and then once its all put together and the room looks the way it should, maybe I can get a good daylight picture for you!

Another little “project” I’ve been working on is my diet.  Diet?  While pregnant?  Oh, yes!  The joy of it all!  I’ve got this lovely thing called gestational diabetes which makes eating so much more boring… and restricted… and mean… its communist, I tell you!  So, planning lunches, dinners, snacks, etc has also added a bit to my days.  Having to count carbs and proteins, learning to literally MEASURE my servings.  Oh, well!  I’m praying things will return to their normal state once Little Bud arrives.  So, if you happen to have experience in this sort of thing and have any good ideas for delicious snacks, etc, please just let me know.  I’ve been branching out and eating things I never tried before, and so far I’ve done well, ( I even worked in a decaf Starbucks drink the other day and stayed perfectly on track!) but new ideas are always welcome!

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Today I wanted to share with you another quickie project I worked on a few days ago.  I had two prints in our extra/guest bedroom that I found at Goodwill a long time ago.   I got them when I was single and first moved out on my own.  Cheap stuff to put on the walls was my only option, so I went with what I could find.  Now, they weren’t terrible, but definitely not my favorite. 

Anyway, I was going through my junk craft stash the other day and realized that I had some scrapbook paper that would be the perfect size for those frames!  I originally thought about using the same paper in both frames, but in the end decided to go with two different ones that sort of blended instead. 

The prints had been professionally framed, so I had to cut through the brown paper, take out staples, and all that good stuff.  But it really wasn’t all that difficult.  Once I got through that, I just removed the print, popped my scrapbook paper in its place, and taped the back panel back onto the frame.  Easy! 

Here is what they looked like. 

And here they are in the room. 

Sorry for the really bad picture here… it was getting a little dark (too dark for taking pictures) but I was determined to get the shot. =)  Oh, well.  

In my case, this was a free project because I already had all the stuff I needed, but even if I’d had to buy it all… lets be generous and say $2 per frame at Goodwill and 50 cents each for the paper at a craft store.  Still only comes to $5.  I like that!  To buy something similar at Walmart or Target would be about $15ish for each!

Maybe this gives you a few ideas.  Scrapbook paper is so cheap and nowadays there are hundreds to chose from.  You really have so many options in color, texture, shapes and patterns.  If you have a few empty frames around, this just might be an easy way to spruce them up a bit!  I think this would be great especially for a kids room with bright colors.  It would be fun to cut out letters from the paper and make a name plaque of sorts.  Or maybe mix this in with a collage/gallery wall of family pictures… oooh, a gallery wall would be so neat!!  Hmmm… I’ll have to think about that one!

So, have you done anything creative with scrapbook paper? (Other than using it for scrapbooking – that doesn’t count!  Sorry!)

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I know, I know, its been ages… well, at least one age, I’m pretty sure.  I won’t get into the whys and how comes that I have been gone for so long.  Suffice it to say that it has been a busy and eventful summer!   I’m so ready to get back into this blog.  I might not be able to post as frequently as I did before.  (Well, before I disappeared for the summer.)

I haven’t had the time to do an overwhelming amount of crafting or anything like that.  Don’t get me wrong, I had ideas.  Tons of ideas.  BUT ideas don’t make things happen.  Time and energy go a long way in the “make it happen” department.  Those two things never seemed to coincide at all the past few months.  However, in spite of that, I did manage to take care of a few things… most of them weren’t all that blog-worthy.  You know, the kind of things that need to be done.  Have to be done.  Have been waiting for MONTHS to be done.  And then you get them done and you feel great about it, and realize… uh, that wasn’t such a big deal.  This is the kind of thing everyone does on a regular basis.  The kind of thing I should be doing on a regular basis.  The kind of thing I would be a bit embarrassed to proclaim to the entire world that I finally got around to doing!  Things like cleaning out the closet, throwing away old magazines, de-cluttering the top of the dresser.  Yes, we’re one of those couples to tend to leave everything on our dresser.  That isn’t something I’m proud of, but its true!

Anyway, yeah.  So, I got that “have to do” stuff done.  I still have more to do, but it’ll get done eventually, right?  Right! Of course!  Oh, and I did get a few fun things in edgewise. 

I made Star Wars pancakes.  These were a hit.  Those dark spots are blueberries and chocolate chips.  Or maybe the dark side finally got to Yoda… who knows.

I made a pillowcase for the hubs.  He’s a superhero fan.  Big time.  So, when I saw this flannel in the scrap bin at JoAnnes, I knew it could be put to good use in some way.  It ended up as a pillowcase!  Hubs is constantly throwing pillows on the floor when he watches TV, so this is his specific TV floor time pillow.  I gave it to him as a surprise, and his response was.  “Oh, that sewing machine was the best investment I ever made!”  Haha!  Well, glad he liked it!

Also, I made a quick update to our room.  As I have mentioned before, we rent.  We love our little house, but we can’t paint.  That means lots of boring white walls.  Such as here:

I was trying hard to figure out some way of adding a bit more color, and had this crazy idea… tell me what you think:

No, I didn’t knock windows in the wall.  Goodness.  We can’t paint the walls, much less smash holes in them.  So, I improvised and pretended we had windows on that wall.  I had the idea in my head for weeks, but was determined not to spend much $ on this.  So, after a while, my waiting paid off.  I found curtain rods on clearance for $3 each, and curtains (which magically matched our comforter though they look much darker in this picture) for $5 each.  I figured $16 wasn’t such a bad price for such a drastic change.  When I told the hubs my idea he looked at me like I had lost my mind.  So, I shooed him out to the TV, shut the door, and didn’t let him see until I was done.  I think the effect of my fake windows surprised him.  In a good way. 

I did my toes for our July 4th celebration.  This was quite the momentous occasion.  I’d never attempted to do the little flower before.  I was thinking about trying to make a firework, but quickly decided a flower would be more on the beginner level.

AND I made a swim suit cover-up thingy for my cutie little niece.  I made it from a towel, and it was so much fun!

So, there some of my quickie projects this summer.  What do you think?  Especially of the curtain thing.  I’m really curious to see what others thinks about it.  Was it a mistake?  A good idea?  Does it make the room look too dark? Like it?

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For those of you who live in Jacksonville, I wanted to share an opportunity for you to paint your own art!  There is this place called “Yes, you canvas!” … Its located in the Lakewood Shopping Center at San Jose and University Boulevard. I’ve only had the opportunity to attend once, but I thoroughly enjoyed it! 

Basically, you sign up for the class on the website.  The calendar shows what painting the teacher will be demonstrating that night.  You pick the one you’re interested in, pay, and show up!  Simple as that!  No need to bring paints, brushes, canvas or even an apron – everything is provided for you! 

The teacher is very kind and patient.  He walks you through each step, stroke by stroke, gives suggestions, and even helps you correct mistakes.  Its really quite the experience if you’re interested in learning to paint.  While I like to draw and have painted figurines and wooden pieces, I had never been brave enough to paint on canvas before.  I was completely surprised and satisfied with my finished project!

Give it a try – I’m sure you’ll enjoy it to!

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