Large Transfer picture…The Almost Disaster Craft Project

Our bedroom has been in serious need of a makeover for awhile, it is the most neglected room in the house; overrun with laundry, children’s toys, papers and other junk. I resolved to change that this year. I started with new bedding, a chair cover, and a new headboard- all of which made a world of difference, but the walls were still bare. I scoured Pinterest for ideas and then I remembered this great  project a friend of mine did. It was perfect! She made it look so easy, as it turns out…she is a liar. Just kidding. But she is obviously way more talented and craft savvy then I am.

I started with this picture

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Cute right?

Then off to Staples I went. I asked them to blow this picture up to an engineer size. They do it in black and white for super cheap…for like $2 or something like that. Only I was told that if I want that cheap price I needed to bring the picture in on a digital copy, otherwise it is around $5-6. (sorry my memory is fuzzy) Only I pouted a little and the nice lady said she would let me off the hook this time.

Hobby Lobby was next on my list for the Gel Medium. Since I didn’t take note of what kind to buy- I just grabbed one. This might have been where I went wrong. {who knows}

I also grabbed a large canvas.

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I will let you read the step by step directions from here, or here.  They will do a much better job explaining the process, and even sound happy about it ; )

But basically I spent hours. Yes hours, people. Rubbing. Spraying. Rubbing. More spraying and rubbing. I even got Steven in on the action. And although I am pleased with the final project and I LOVE the way it looks above our bed, I will probably never attempt it again, at least not on this scale.

I love the old time, rough around the edges, distressed look, but I had a hard time controlling where the paper was coming off- which is one of the reasons that made this project stressful. I ended up with a big line right down my face, but even with that, I still love it.

So here is the final project in all it’s glory.

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And here is what it looks like above our bed. I want to do some smaller squared black and white pictures of us next to it- something fun,  but that’s another project for another day! 

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I’m sharing this with Mom On Time Out

Fall Decorating in our home

There ought to be a way to combine “autumn” and “morning” into one word, the combination of the two is special enough to be its own entity.

~Terri Guillemets

Fall is by far one of my favorite seasons. After the heat of summer the cooler weather is a welcome friend. Here in North Texas we have to snatch a hold of Fall the moment he stops by and then wrestle him to the ground before he decides to let Winter take it’s turn with us.

Recently we had one of those cooler weather days and it was enough to put me in a “Fall” sort of mood. Sadly he was just mocking me because he quickly vanished to {what I can only assume is a more suitable climate} while leaving us here to continue to entertain Summer.  I do fear that he might not return. And just in case he is a no-show, much like last year, I plan to keep my curtains closed, ac turned down low, and my fall candles burning- that way I can continue to pretend that all is right in the world.

Here is a peak into Fall at our home

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bowl of acorns

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Did I mention that my home feels all nice and cozy. {Despite the fact that it is still 90 some degrees outside}

Zoe shared that she thinks that it smells just like it looks. I love that.

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What puts you in a “Fall kind of mood? ”

A DIY Headband holder and some Pinterest Love

Oh, how I do love summer. {have I mentioned that before?} I can enjoy not being a slave to schedules and activities, I can sit around be productive in ways that I don’t have time to be during the school year. Surprisingly, although it has been hot, it hasn’t been nearly as miserable as last summer. Last year at this time we were working on beating the record for the most 100 degree consecutive days. I think we missed it by one or two!

All that to say I have been much more motivated to work on little projects here and there. I managed to clean out the girls room, and that was a PRO-JECT! I was determined to make it more efficient and give a place for every thing…and everything a place {I feel like saying that in a Mary Poppins voice, for some reason} It has long been out of control.

One of the projects I made at craft night was a head band holder to help control all those unruly hair accessories that were taking up space in their room. It’s working beautifully.

DIY headband holder

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All I needed was an empty oatmeal container, some cute fabric, and a glue gun. It took less than 10 minutes! I especially love that I can hide all those little pony tail holders inside.

And just to be sure I don’t neglect Pinterest, Here are a few things we have enjoyed of late.

cookie dough dip 

This is Cookie Dough Dip, and I swear it’s so addicting. It was brought to craft night and although I restrained myself, I think if I was left in a dark room alone, I would have licked the bowl clean.

no bake energy bites

I made these energy bites, and they too were really good, and very easy. They only took me about 5 minutes to throw together. I almost hate that I’m posting them though, because I changed up several of the ingredients, just to use what I had on hand, and Steven suggested adding crushed up pretzels, which I think made them even better.
And Last but not least…

Taco Pizza

Taco Pizza. We have been slacking in our Friday Night Pizza nights, so when we saw this pizza we knew we had to try it. If you love tacos, and pizza then it’s a winner. If you use a store bought pizza crust, and canned refried beans it will come together in a snap! Bonus: we usually have most of the ingredients on hand. It is easy and filling.

Again, the Pinterest pictures are not my own, which is clearly noticed by mere observation Winking smile

A DIY Jewelry Holder

For today’s Pinterest inspiration I made a DIY Jewelry organizer. I saw this pretty earing holder using a radiator grate and I knew I wanted to make something like this. My Jewelry was growing out of the current holder that I use {not a problem I’m entirely sad about}

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I had picked up these picture frames at the same time that I picked up the cabinet door for only $1.00 each! I bought three of them and haven’t had a clue what I was going to do with them for the past year. {Enter- the jewelry holder.}

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I spray painted them white {I have decided that I love spray paint} Bought some chicken wire and used the staple gun and some wire cutters to attach the chicken wire to the back of the frame and TA-DA!

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I love the way it turned out. It was easy, quick and cheap. Now I have this pretty organizer hanging in my bathroom.

Sharing my craft with Singing Three Little Birds, Moms The Word and Raising Memories

Craftastic

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I mentioned we were going to do a craft day this past weekend and we did! It was such a fun productive afternoon and evening. I didn’t get home until almost midnight! We didn’t plan on the theme being a pinterest party but it turned out like that. Just about everyone had some craft that they had pinned and were just waiting for the perfect time to do it. I’ll be sharing some of the great projects that everyone made over the next few weeks.

Even several of the snacks were pinterest finds. Man I love pinterest!

So we crafted, ate, chatted, had a few dance offs…soooo wished I had pictures of that, and laughed…and laughed. We even had time to end the night with girly manicures. Thankfully I have the world’s best husband so I got to hang out and enjoy myself child-free. Love that man.

Here is one of the projects I worked on.

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I took an old brown cabinet door that I picked up at a garage sale for $1.00, Loosely spray painted it white, used a rubber stamp and a piece of burlap along with a little black paint and some Modge Podge to create this:

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I’m not sure if the picture does it justice, I think the modge podge was still drying. It was a cheap and easy project. I am working on a “wall” project in our family room so that is where it will most likely go.

This picture was my “pinterest” inspiration:

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If you are lazy and like the look,  the picture came from Etsy. If you want to purchase one similar to this check it out here: 

And of course every good craft day has to end with a manicure, right?

Thanks Rebekah for sharing your stuff. Lovin’ my nails!

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Linked up today with: Singing Three Little Birds,  Making your home sing Mondays and Raising Memories

My entry into Inspire Me Monday, sponsored by Appliances Online and their best Washer Dryers

Our Home for the Holidays

Here are a few pictures from last year of our home at Christmas time.

     

Fall…Please.

Ugh! it’s still in the 90 degrees here in Texas! I can’t express my disgust enough. the weather certainly did not get the memo that fall has arrived and it’s time to usher out the summer heat. So being the rebel that I am, I decided sizzling heat or not, I was putting up my fall décor. So we drug out the box and then I changed my mind- because honestly it was just too hot to look at pumpkins and fall leaves and although the rebel in me said do it anyway , the sensible side felt too ridiculous.  So the box set in my kitchen for 2 weeks before I decided again that despite the heat the pumpkins were coming out, this time I went through with it and now we are officially fall (ified). Wouldn’t it be wonderful if overnight the temps dropped 30 degrees and instead of the heat and drought  causing all the leaves to fall off our trees, we could actually pretend that it’s due to the changing seasons. fall 11

We picked those huge lovely acorns last year and I have been waiting an entire year to use them somehow. (forgive the photography, I still can’t figure out how to take candle pictures well)