Life Love Larson: November 2012

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Funfetti Cake Batter Buddies

I made these fun treats for Kate’s preschool birthday celebration.  I used a recipe found at Six Sister’s Stuff.
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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Our Back Door is Black

The back door that leads to our covered patio is right off the kitchen eating area.  We have light paint, creamy white trim, and lots of windows at the back of our house.  I felt that space needed a little contrast, so I painted the interior (and exterior) door in semi gloss black.  The back door is mostly uncovered glass, so really just the trim of the door is black.  Even that small amount of black has totally changed the space! 
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Friday, November 9, 2012

DIY Thankful Bunting on Mantel

I wanted to add just a few homemade Thanksgiving touches to our home this year since we are hosting my husband’s family (and the house seems quite bare after taking down the Halloween decorations).

Using free printables found on Pinterest, and with things I already had laying around, this cute little bunting now adorns our mantle.
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You can find the free printables here.  I printed the letters on white cardstock and bordered them with kraft paper.  The letters are held up with twine and clothespins.  I have a lot of black and white in my house, so these letters fit right in! 

My sister also made a bunting and sent me a picture (yes, we plan ahead and usually do the same things)!  I love the two layers and how they pop off of her dark fireplace.
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I have one other little DIY craft to show you next week, and will also be doing a little giveaway!  Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

DIY Sunburst Mirror

I made and blogged about a DIY sunburst mirror when we lived in San Antonio (16 months ago).  At that time, I still had not hung the mirror.  I was going to hang it in our dining room that I was painting, but we got the call to move before I had the chance.  During the move, a few of the wood shims came apart and it didn’t look as fresh as when I first made it.
So……………………..I decided to take it all apart and redo it a few weeks ago.  Much like the first time around, construction of this mirror can be done during nap time (which for me has turned into “quiet time”)!
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I did a few things differently this time around.  I staggered the shims more at the ends and I added a Danish Oil finish to the wood.  I did not add any more shims or a new mirror.  I simply reused the same materials and had to purchase the Danish Oil (around $8 from Lowe’s).
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I hot glued the shims to the craft forms and to each other.  You can see the ends are a little more staggered than the first time around.  Once the shims were glued, I took it to the garage and added 3 coats of Danish Oil.  I wanted to keep the natural look of the wood, but I wanted it to look a little more finished and saturated.
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FYI: I applied the Danish Oil with an old cloth.  Once the shims dried, I brought it back inside (this thing is huge, so be careful in transport) to add a hanging mechanism.  Steve drilled this into the larger of the two craft forms.


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Once this was done, I just needed to reattach the mirror.  I was able to remove the mirror from the last time I made one, scraped the wood glue from the back, and reused it.  I used hot glue to attach the shims, but I used wood glue to attach the mirror to the shims.  Just eyeball the center, glue, and stick.  You will want to put some heavy items on the mirror and let dry overnight.
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I wanted to hang this on the first floor of our house because it is just so striking, but I don’t have a lot of wall space (lots of windows and open concept).  When I painted the chalkboard wall, I took down the large cabinet door chalkboard, and that left open a space on a wall in our eating area (and I moved the $5 side table underneath it).
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I just love how bold and big it is, and love how it brings a large natural element to the space.  We do not use the mirror to look at ourselves, purely decorative! 
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Finally, after 16 months, we are enjoying the sunburst mirror! :)