Thursday, February 24, 2011

Playroom "Art"

My sister just finished up construction on her basement renovation.  New walls, carpet, paint, etc.  More pics to come on that!  It will serve as a TV room and a play space for her two kiddos.  She is currently decorating it and putting all the final touches and I can't wait to see it!  My sister has great taste, so I know it will be cute.  Hopefully she will share some of her projects with little ol' me, so I can share with you!

Anyway, this prompted me to think about my own playroom and what changes/updates I want to make.  We don't have basements in Texas.  Boo!  I am just thankful that we have a space upstairs and away for toys.  I don't need my guests (or myself) tripping over tiny lego pieces and baby strollers!  It is amazing how much  junk, I mean stuff, you can accumulate when you have small kids!

I have already posted about where the bulk of our smaller toys are stored and last fall the kids helped me make a piece of art that is currently hanging in the playroom.  This is an inexpensive and personal touch, which I love.  Here is what we did...

I took an old canvas print I had and wasn't using and painted it with a pale blue/gray paint.  

I gave each of the kids a plate of different colored craft paints in bold, bright colors and basically told them to just have fun with it.

They thought this was the best project because they got to be included for once!

This is the finished product.  I love it and it makes me smile every time I look at it!  The kids are so proud to have their own work hanging in their play space.  I included the date in the bottom corner and I think I will repaint the surface again every year and have them update their canvas.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Chalkboard Cabinet Door

I found this old cabinet door and was drawn to the scalloped edge at the top.  I also loved that it had the hardward still attached.  I knew I would be able to do something with it!

I started out by cleaning the door and doing a light sanding.

I taped off the inside and painted the outer part a robin's egg blue (found a quart for 2.99).  I think I gave it about 3 coats of blue and carefully removed the painter's tape.

I then painted the inside section with chalkboard paint and let dry over night.  My hubs added some brackets and picture wire to the back and hung it from a nail.  I had to move my "blogs and coffee" print to a different spot in my kitchen, because this was the ONLY space for my new chalkboard!

I just love the way it turned out and I love the pop of color!  Now you know what we had for dinner and dessert on Saturday!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

A Fun Little Award

To my astonishment, I received a "chain" blog award from Sherry at  Thank you for reading and enjoying my little blog!  It has really become a fun hobby for me!

In the spirit of keeping up with the "rules" of receiving this, here are 7 things about me:

1.  To know me is to know that I have a special relationship with my sister.  We are 15 months apart and have always been close.  And though we have not lived by each other in 11 years, she continues to be my bestie and I am so thankful to have her in my life.  Distance schmistance!

2.  My husband and I (and now our kids) move a lot.  Born in IL, college in IA, moved to TX to FL to NC to SC back to TX!  We always say "yes" to a move opportunity and we always make every place work for us.  We love the south, though I am, and always will be a Midwestern girl!

3.  Three things I look forward to every day:  hot coffee, hot shower, hubby coming home. 

4.  I have two Great Danes.  It is as if I have four toddlers instead of two!

5.  I'm left handed.  I love popcorn. My hair is starting to turn gray-yikes!  I drive a 6 year old car (don't you just love a Honda?)

6.  I have a degree in social work (and student loans!).  I am currently employed by my kids and it is my dream job.

7.  Every day I turn more and more into my mother!  If I have to be like anybody, I chose her!

I also have to pass this award along to some other bloggers!  Here are a few (among many) that I enjoy reading, though I am sure they have probably already received this award! :)

I also wanted to say thank you for the mention (and for posting a link to my blog):

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Bedside Table Makeover

I was on the lookout for a little bedside table for Drew's room and I happened upon this little beauty.  It was the perfect scale and it actually looked fit for a boy's room.  So many little tables have edges that look girly, so I loved that this one had straight, clean lines.  The BEST part is....drumroll was only $7.99!!

I had previously painted a chest of drawers for his room, so I just painted the bedside table the same shade of blue.  I used a sample of Valspar paint in Navy (a shade of Laura Ashley Home).  Fitting for a boy whose favorite color is blue! 

Love the legs on this little guy...
We made a trip to Hobby Lobby to chose a knob.  Drew was adament on picking the knob himself.  So, after some careful persuasion from mom, he chose this adorable red/white one.  This completely finishes it off!  Good choice for a 3 year old!

He already has this reading lamp on the other side of his bed, so this table is just for extra storage.  I snatched up this globe light for $3.99, and it adds an extra bit of color to the table.

 Here is the breakdown:

Table:  $7.99
Paint:  $3.00
Knob: $2.99

TOTAL COST:  $14.00

What do you think?

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Two Things I Thought...

...I would never do...

1.  let my daughter wear anything that said "princess" on it
2.  let my daughter wear a tutu out and about

Alas...both things are happening today, and I am perfectly okay with it. I have a 2 year old girly girl, and that's just the way it has to be.  She instantly starts to twirl with a tutu on and she looks so adorable doing it!  How can I resist?  She can't resist herself as she takes quick glances at herself in the mirror...

AND...not only does the shirt say "princess" on it, but it also says "daddy's little princess", which I am especially not fond of!  At least the shirt looks a little Sporty Spice, so we will let this one slide  :)!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Oh So Cute Valentines!

To my luck, I stumbled across this post from Three Men and a Lady this morning.  I was then directed to the tutorial at I Am Momma Hear Me Roar.

I say "to my luck" because it was 20 degrees this morning, I had yet to do any Valentines for D's class party, and we wanted to stay in our cozy pj's and not run out today!  I happened to have everything I needed, so I decided to go for it.  I love personalization and I love homemade, and these turned out so cute!  And because I will NEVER claim to be able to do it all, I got a little help from Nestle Tollhouse with the cookies I will be bringing! :)

I decided to add some M & M's and chocolate kisses and then stapled the Valentine to the ziploc bag. 

Friday, February 4, 2011

Best Banana Bread Ever

We are "snowed in" today. The highways and schools are closed due to a small amount of snow (and ice)...that is how the south rolls! I am not complaining because Steve is home today and the kids are happily playing and I actually got to take the dogs for a nice walk by myself. Being "walked" by 300 pounds worth of dog on icey roads can prove to be a bit challenging but Samson's arthritic knee needed some exercise!

I decided to whip up a banana bread to munch on. I really mean "whip up" as it takes about 5 minutes to prep before going in the oven!

I am not sure who gets the original credit for this recipe, but I got it from my mom a long time ago and have never made another banana bread recipe since! This is Steve's favorite treat, and the kids also like it for breakfast.

Sour Cream Banana Bread

1/2 cup margarine
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup mashed bananas (I use about 3 very over ripe ones)
1/2 cup sour cream

Grease loaf pan. Cream together butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla. Add dry ingredients, then bananas, and then sour cream. Mix well. Pour into loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Let cool before cutting. Delish!
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