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Thursday, February 28, 2013

DIY: Rain Gutter Bookshelves

I posted about these DIY rain gutter bookshelves when I first started blogging, over 2 year ago.  I thought I would revisit this post, since they are still one of my favorite things about Drew’s space.  These shelves have also been hung in three different homes, so you know they hold up well!

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In Drew’s previous rooms, I used 3 shelves, each 3 feet long.  In this house I chose to just use two of them.  I found out about this idea way back in 2009 when I read this post from LGN.  There, you can find different links and tutorials if you wish to tackle this project.  It’s simply three pieces of plastic rain gutter you can purchase at any home improvement store.  These are durable, inexpensive, and easy to clean!

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I love the industrial look these gutters provide for a little boy’s room, or a toy room, or really any room in which you need storage (these would hold things other than books).  I love the color the front facing books add to a space, and the best thing is, Drew has books at his fingertips!

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The large D above the shelves was a thrift store find for .99.  I painted it the same red I used for this project.  You can also find these large letters at Joann Fabric, which is where I bought Kate’s “K” to use for this project.  The storage unit underneath is IKEA.  Wall paint color is SW Big Chill.  How are you storing your books?

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Meet Our New Fiddle Leaf Fig

Meet Jewel, our new Fiddle Leaf Fig.  Yes, we named her.  Yes, we I am a crazy plant lady and I had the kids name her!  She makes a dramatic statement and I am so happy I just went for it.

I have been wanting one of these for a while and finally bit the bullet last week while my parents were in town.  They are so dramatic and quite popular in design. I was a little scared because I have read they can be finicky and they are a little on the pricey side. I at least wanted to see what they were all about and wanted talk to a professional about how to take care of one before making a decision.

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We explored a local nursery/greenhouse and found several of these beauties that had just arrived.  I think were the only people in that greenhouse one day after we got 12 inches of snow (can you say cabin fever?)!  Something about walking through a warm greenhouse with the sun beaming in that makes you want to buy everything in the place.  My mom and I could have looked for hours!

I was originally going to go with a smaller tree (about 4 ft), but decided to “go big or go home” with the 6-footer.  I spoke with the “indoor plant lady” at the greenhouse and she said FLF are slow growing, so I should not expect significant growth over the next year.  My mom convinced me I needed the larger one and I am so glad I did!  I am just in love with the way she has brought the space to life.

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We decided to put her in the back corner of our living room near a bank of large windows.  They are perfect for a corner space.  I already had this woven basket and the pot fit perfectly.  I added a sturdy, plastic plant tray between the basket and the pot.  I love the way the natural basket adds some nice texture against the dark hardwoods.

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Here’s the lowdown on how I was told for care for our Fiddle Leaf Fig…

1.  Water the tree when it gets dry about 1/3 of the way down.  This does not mean every week or every 10 days.  This means you should check the plant a 1/3 of the way down and see if it is dry on a regular basis.  The dryness will depend on the light it receives and how dry your home is. 

2.  When dry, add a gallon of water, a quarter of a gallon at a time.  You will know when you have added enough water when some starts to trickle out of the bottom. 

3.  Never let your plants/trees sit in water.  If you tray fills up after watering, remove it, dry it out, and put it back.

4.  Overwatering will kill your trees/plants. 

5.  The FLF needs lots of indirect sunlight.  We have cell shades that I open every day to let the light in.  Finding the right corner/spot by a window is important.

6.  Repot every 2-3 years.

7.  I am going to add some plant food once a month when I water.

We have only had our Fiddle Leaf for about a week, so all is still good here.  I will continue to update you on the progress and if these tips work for us.  I know there are several people who think these plants are finicky, but the lady at the greenhouse told me they are fairly low maintenance.  Here’s hoping Jewel likes her new home!

*In case you were wondering, this 6 foot tree cost $109.  The 4 foot one I was looking at was $39.  They also have an extremely large size for close to $200.  I hope with proper TLC (and a little bit of talking to), we can keep her alive and well for a long time to come!

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Easy Ribbon Storage

I keep extra ribbon in a little drawer in my desk space.  This is what jumped out at me when I opened the drawer the other day.IMG_3013Wow.  I immediately grabbed some clothespins and began wrapping, and my drawer looks much happier now.IMG_3021You can buy a pack of clothespins at Dollar Tree for (you guessed it) $1.  Just roll and clip and enjoy being able to see what you have!  IMG_3017

It’s the little things, right people??!!

Monday, February 18, 2013

DIY: No-Sew Black & White Striped Curtains

This post is way overdue!  I was just going to wait to post about the black and white curtains when the dining room was done, but in my world, rooms don’t get done in 2 weeks time (or 2 months for that matter).  So, while the dining room is still in progress, I will share my tutorial on how I made these DIY panels (way back in June 2012). 

You can see more recent photos of the dining room here!
dining roomLet’s go way back, before the house was even finished.  This will give you a better view of the wall of windows that face out to the street.  I wanted to put curtain panels in the room to give it some texture and pattern, but the floor to ceiling moldings were making this difficult.  Fitting a curtain rod on either side would have been hard, and in the end I decided I didn’t want to cover up any of this woodwork.IMG_6237Below is a view from the front door.  The dining room is to the right.  You can see the paint color is a little darker and it is completely open to the great room and the kitchen.IMG_6317So, I had the idea to surround the niche with curtains, instead of the windows.  I would still get the texture and pattern I wanted, they just wouldn’t be used for opening and closing, just for looks.  It’s unconventional, but I’m perfectly okay with that.  You have to do what you want/love, not what is expected!IMG_8009The panels had to “go” with the rest of the house in order for this to work.  I had six of the same IKEA panels in my basement (from the San Antonio house).  They are thick, white panels with hidden tabs (29.99 for 2 panels, I think!) and they are long (98”).  I figured I already had these curtains, and they were the right length, so I wanted to make them work.
Cue several online images for thick black/white striped curtains, and knew I wanted to try and DIY my own version.  I love black and white, and I will never get sick of a classic stripe. I figured this look would be classic, but it would still pack a punch in the space.  I was drawn to this DIY post because it was “no-sew”.  So, let’s get started.  To complete the striped panels, I used pre-existing white curtain panels, 3 yards of black twill fabric, a no-sew bonding agent, an iron, and black grosgrain ribbon.
I find this to be the easiest fusible tape because it is sticky on both sides and stays in place really well on the fabric (don’t forget to use your 40% coupon when purchasing this!).IMG_7858Black twill fabric is inexpensive too.  I also used a coupon for this. IMG_7797First, you must determine how thick you want your stripes to be.  My curtains were 98”, so I decided on 7 stripes that would be 14” wide.  Each panel has 4 black stripes, and 3 white.  Start measuring and cut all of your black pieces.  You want your stripes to be straight, but the ends might be a little frayed.  This is okay, as the raw edge will eventually be covered up with ribbon.IMG_7799Once you have your black pieces cut, start lining up the pieces on the curtain and securing with pins 14” apart.  Start at the top and work your way to the bottom.  I think my black piece on the bottom ended up being shorter than the rest but they drape the ground so you can’t even tell.  As you can see, I did this in the middle of my kitchen eating area.  It was the only space large enough to lay everything out!IMG_7802You will then use your iron to fuse the black panels onto the curtains.  During this process, I put a towel under the curtain and then ironed.  The curtains are too large to maneuver on an ironing board.  Wrap the edges around the back and secure with the fusible webbing.  You are working with stripes, so you need to make sure everything lines up.  Of course, my panels are not perfect, but I did spend the time to make sure they “appear” as straight as possible.IMG_7804After my first panel was completed, I lined up the two before working on the second one.  Not only does each individual panel need to be even, but they work together on the wall, so you want both curtains to be even.IMG_7886Once the black pieces are adhered, you will want to cover the raw edges with black grosgrain ribbon.  This part is goes quickly because you are just placing it on the seams.IMG_7883
IMG_7885Give the curtains a good ironing and you are ready to put them up!  This process did take me awhile.  The no-sew takes longer, and I was trying to be really meticulous about keeping everything even and straight.  I made these over several days, chipping away a little at a time.
The breakdown:
White IKEA Curtains (previously purchased): 29.99
Black Twill Fabric:  15.00
Grosgrain Ribbon: 4.50
Fusible Web (used 2 of these):  6.00IMG_8212I ended up with two custom curtain panels for under $60. These took me a while, but they are one of my most favorite DIY projects I have ever done. They are one of the first things you see when you walk in the house and they.are.dramatic.IMG_8216I chose gold/brass curtain rods for this space.  I purchased two Martha Stewart rods at Home Depot for about $20 each.IMG_8011
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How’s that for the longest post in history!  The dining room has changed some from these pictures, so I will update under the “home tour” tab when it gets a little further along.
If you want to see the entire dining room progress, you can find that post here.  We have since added a vintage bar cart to the space and are currently working on a little eclectic gallery wall in the niche.  Stay tuned!
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Friday, February 15, 2013

Recent Happenings

Hope you all had a fantastic V-Day!  Steve and I are heading to see Zac Brown Band in concert tonight, so we will celebrate then (thank goodness for babysitters and kids who love having them)!  Steve sent flowers to my sorority house on Valentine’s Day (12 years ago), when I was a junior in college.

♥The rest is history.♥

Here is a bit of what we have been up to lately…

HEART SHAPED CINNAMON ROLLS & STRAWBERRIES FOR BREAKFASTIMG_2991

SWEET NOTES FOR STEVEIMG_2997

SWEETS ALL WEEK!IMG_2966

A MAJOR CUT FOR THIS GUY.  DID I MENTION THAT I AM HIS STYLIST?  DID I MENTION THAT HE LOOKS 15 IN THIS PICTURE?  DID I MENTION THAT HE CAME HOME FROM PRESCHOOL TELLING ME HE NOW HAS TWO GIRLFRIENDS?  SOMEONE HELP ME!IMG_2973

LOVE NOTES COMING HOME FROM SCHOOL…FROM GIRLS…SOMEONE HELP ME! IMG_2923

BESTIES…IMG_2861

DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN BUY UNFINISHED ADIRONDACK CHAIRS AT HOME DEPOT FOR LESS THAN $40? STAIN THEM, PAINT THEM, THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS!  OH, AND I BOUGHT THOSE PILLOWS TO THE RIGHT FOR MY FRONT PORCH.  I’M GETTING ANTSY FOR SPRING!IMG_2875

OFFICIALLY SIGNED UP FOR KINDERGARTEN AND I CAN’T BELIEVE IT!  HE WILL ONLY BE GOING HALF DAY, SO HE WILL STILL BE WITH ME QUITE A BIT.  IT WILL BE OUR FINAL SCHOOL YEAR, THE 3 OF US TOGETHER, FOR MOST OF THE DAY.  IN INTEND TO SAVOR EVERY MINUTE.  IMG_2902

STILL MISSING THIS GUY LIKE CRAZY.  IT HAS BEEN TWO WEEKS.  I STILL CAN’T BRING MYSELF TO SIT DOWN AND WRITE ABOUT HIM, BUT I WANT TO AND I WILL. ♥IMG_2793

WHO KNEW FOREVER 21 SOLD PILLOWS?  CUTE ONES AT THAT!  LOVING THIS LOOK.  I THINK THE BLACK/WHITE SWEATER ABOVE IS CALLING MY NAME TOO.IMG_2820

I FOUND THE CUTEST SHEETS FOR KATE’S BED ON SALE FOR $7.  I KNOW. IMG_2733

How’s that for a bunch of random stuff?  Sorry I haven’t been posting as much this month…life and kids and dealing with Samson have all been taking priority, as they always will.  Hoping to get back at it with more posts in the next few weeks.

A huge thank you to Lil’ Luna for featuring my Funfetti Dip this week!

HAPPY WEEKEND, FRIENDS!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Never “Lego” My Heart {Valentines}

If you have been reading this blog for awhile, it comes as no surprise that Drew requested Lego Valentines this year! 

After a trip to the candy store, we filled up cellophane bags, printed out a little card, Drew wrote all the names on the back, we tied it up with string, and this is how it turned out!

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There just so happens to be a hard candy that looks like Legos (and they even hook together!), so this was a super simple homemade Valentine. Beware if you have a large class, this could get expensive!  The candy runs $8.95/lb.  Drew only has 9 kids in his class, so we were able to get by with a little less than a pound.

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I got the saying idea from Pinterest.  I made the template in Word, printed it out on cardstock, and hold punched it with a heart hole punch ($1 at Walmart). 

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I absolutely cannot get enough of this 5 year old handwriting :)…

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Drew cannot wait to share with his friends!  I think they turned out super cute (for minimal effort)!

lego 3

You can see the other Valentines we have made here:
Bear Hugs Valentines
Super Hero Valentines
Personalized Valentines

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

“Bear Hugs” Valentines

Kate and I finished up her preschool valentines yesterday.  We filled up treat bags with teddy grahams and gummy bears, and are sending “Bear Hugs” to all of her little friends.  This original idea came from Family Fun Magazine.

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You will need cellophane bags, cardstock, ribbon, teddy grahams, and gummy bears.  I used stamps and a sharpie on the cardstock, but you could use whatever you wanted here.  I also found this cute heart hole punch at Walmart for $1.

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Simply fill up your bags and include the words “Bear Hugs” on your card.  I used alphabet stamps to make “Bear Hugs”, and Kate signed her name.  We punched a heart on the side in order to string the ribbon.

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Simple and homemade, just how I like it!  Kate helped with the whole process, and she can’t wait to share with her friends!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Mudroom Progress

I share so many little things about our home, but I don’t do a good enough job of actually showing you what entire spaces look like in our house.  I am currently (and slowly) going through my house room by room and sprucing things up. Not in a fun way.  In a “get on my hands and knees and clean baseboards and touch up paint kind of way”.  I figured that was a good jumping off point for me to show you pictures of what rooms look like now and what I want to do to them at some point. 

You know that I will NEVER say a room in my house is DONE.  That will never happen.  Every room is always “IN PROGRESS”.  I have a sickness about my house and home décor and DIY and changing things up, did you know??!!  If you don’t, just ask my husband. :)

So, here is what our mudroom looks like right now.  Absolutely zero natural light comes to this space, so I had to do some photo editing to make the pictures even visible.  This is a view from the bathroom door.  There is a door to the left that leads to the garage, and the kitchen is to the right.  The little door on the left that you can see is a hall closet.  Directly across from the closet is the 5th bedroom, which we use as a guest bedroom (the downstairs bath I am standing in is a full bath with shower for guests).

mudroom 1

Below is a built-in that came with the house.  It is not a huge mudroom, but for our small family of 4 it functions perfectly.  It has 5 hooks for coats/backpacks and the baskets hold seasonal items like hats and gloves.  The top shelf holds a dance bag and basketball stuff so we have easy access on our way out the door to class and practices.  You can see the shoe storage on the bottom.  All kids shoes are stored here, nothing upstairs in their rooms.  Again, this makes my life easier when heading out the door.  The kids know exactly where everything goes and it never has to be talked about.  The left space is Kate’s, the middle is Drew’s, and Steve and I keep “running out to the garage shoes” in the far right spot.

You can see the DIY growth chart here as well.

mudroom 2

Here is a view from the doorway of the guest bedroom.  The large door heads to the garage and the DIY Artwork Display hangs to the left and right of the bathroom door.

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This is a view from the kitchen.  The chalk wall to the right, the bathroom is to the left.

mudroom 4

mudroom 5

I haven’t blogged about this little DIY project, but Steve and I threw together this little piece with hooks for more storage.  We keep our keys on these hooks, dry cleaning and miscellaneous items that come home, and for the longest time the longhorn hook held a dog leash.  We now use it to hold the collars of the two dogs we have lost.  We lived in Texas during two different moves, hence the longhorn.

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It is a small space, but it is really one of my favorites.  I am practical and I like function.  This space delivers that. 

There isn’t much, but here is a rundown of what I still want to do in this space:
1.  Paint the interior door that leads to the garage.  Still not sure if I want to do a color or just stick with charcoal grey or black.
2.  Paint the hook piece above.  It blends in too much with the light walls.
3.  Get a new large rug.  The white rug has been great, but it needs replaced. 
4.  Install a new light fixture.  There are currently can lights (which are fine), but I would like something fun for the space in front of the door.

There you go!  Probably more information than you will ever need to know about where my kids keep their shoes, but isn’t that why we love and read blogs?

In case you were wondering, the paint color is SW Big Chill.  The 3-unit storage bin with the “1,2,3” is from Homegoods.  I added the vinyl numbers here.  The red rug is from Target and the white rug is from Ross.  Everything else in the space is DIY!