Today is the day! As I mentioned yesterday, my file cabinet makeover is going head-to-head against another great makeover project in Better Homes and Garden's Makeover Madness competition.
There are only 16 of us competing - if I make it to the top 4 I get to travel to BHG's headquarters for another makeover competition, and the winner of that gets featured in the magazine (dream come true)!
If you like my file cabinet makeover, I would so appreciate your help today.
Here's how you can help:
1. Click here and vote for your favorite project by clicking the "vote" button.
2. You can ignore the next Facebook screen by hitting "cancel"(unless you would like to share your vote on Facebook). Your vote will count either way.
3. Keep on voting! You can vote once an hour over the 24 hour period (until 9am CT tomorrow, Saturday March 8)
Friday, March 7, 2014
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Let me tell you a story… growing up I lived only a few blocks from my Grandma Terry's house, and would frequently end up there after school. From about the age of 10, the first thing I would do when I got to her house was hunt down her latest issue of Better Homes and Gardens. In many ways I have my Grandma (now 97 years old!) to thank for my longstanding love for Better Homes and Gardens and my early interest in home decor. Twenty years later, I started this blog to show how I'd improvised on ideas I had torn from the magazine…
...and now I have a 1 in 16 chance of being featured in an issue of Better Homes and Gardens! Can you imagine if I was able to show my Grandma Terry my photo in her latest copy? I would feel like I've truly made it. ;)
BHG has chosen my file cabinet makeover to participate in a March Madness style contest along with 15 amazing bloggers' projects! The top 4 get to travel to BHG's headquarters and complete another makeover challenge. The ultimate winner's project gets featured in the magazine! Does that not sound like the most fun competition ever?!
The Makeover Madness Challenge kicked off this week, and two projects go head-to-head each day for a single day of voting. Voting for my file cabinet makeover starts tomorrow, Friday March 7, at 9am CT. It is only one day of voting, so vote early and often. If only my Grandma Terry knew how to use a computer and I could get her to vote too! ;)
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Because every crafter needs her own pair of giant scissors …
…welcome to the latest addition to my craft room! All for the low price of $4 at Hobby Lobby.
If you are on the hunt for inexpensive wall decor, do not miss the wood crafts and paper mache aisles of your local craft store. You will likely be amazed at all the cool stuff there for just a couple dollars a piece. I frequent the two aisles on a regular basis…often for paper mache letters, one of my favorite cheap decorating solutions for parties and kids' rooms. When I saw these giant wooden scissors I just couldn't resist!
How to Make Gold Scissors
2. Grab your favorite gold acrylic craft paint (or really whatever color you prefer!) and a foam brush
3. Cover the scissors (I just painted the front side) in 3 coats of paint, letting them dry between coats
4. Hang on the wall with a small nail or 3M Command Hooks!
I plan to pull them out when I have a particular hefty DIY to tackle! Ha ha..
Now for some exciting news... this little pink craft room / office of mine is going to being photographed for a magazine this week!! It will be featured in Creative Spaces Magazine (a special publication of Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Magazine) and will be hitting the newsstands in June! Talk about a dream come true! I will be sharing more details as the date gets closer!
And if that isn't enough excitement… I have more exciting news coming tomorrow, so stay tuned!
Friday, February 28, 2014
Can you believe tomorrow is already the first day of March? For some of you buried in snow this winter, I bet it couldn't come soon enough! With St. Patrick's Day only a couple weeks away, I wanted to make a little something to celebrate and came up with this simple garland.
For the past several years we have had my sister and brother-in-law over for a meal of corned beef and potatoes on St. Patrick's Day. It would typically involve a fun tablescape - here's last year's table and the year before. But now that we're in San Antonio and they're in Chicago, it won't be quite the same. In case we don't get around to having a special meal, this garland is may be it this year!
I've gotten in the habit of hanging holiday garlands under the bar in our kitchen. It seems like a little less formal spot than the mantel. I did the same at Valentine's Day and Christmas.
I made this garland in a little over an hour while watching TV. It consists of a pack of glittery shamrocks I got at the dollar store and some green pom-poms. Here's what you need.
Supplies for Shamrock Garland
- Green yarn
- Foam shamrocks (I got a pack of 12 for $1 at Dollar Tree)
- Hole punch
- Bakers twine or jute twine
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Toys are one of the hardest things to organize don't you think? It seems there are so many little pieces strewn everywhere you look and it is hard to know where to begin picking up at the end of the day.
There are many nights when I shut the door on the playroom mess to deal with it tomorrow (unfortunately my girls aren't the best at picking up after themselves - if you have tips, please share!!). However, organizing their toys has gotten easier in our new home with the addition of some closet space and some better storage systems I put in place.
I recently tackled the closet in the girls' playroom and I wanted to share a few tips. You can use these with or without a closet!
1. Use pretty containers for small pieces - The hardest thing for me to figure out what do with is all the girls' small toys, primarily their arts and craft stuff. I have found that putting similar items in boxes or bins has been a big help in corralling it all.
I found these really cute and colorful boxes at Target this winter. Unfortunately, they were only available around Christmas, but I bought them up in the after-Christmas sales for only a couple dollars each. I thought they would be perfect for toy room storage. The tins at the top are actually kitchen tins, but work great for small toys! Keep an eye out for similar colorful storage - I found these colorful containers at Amazon.
Friday, February 21, 2014
Do you have a morning coffee ritual? It is silly how much I enjoy sneaking in a cup of coffee and a few quiet minutes to myself in the morning before the girls wake up. It almost never happens unless I set an alarm to get up before them, but when it does I savor every moment!
Most mornings, my girls are up early and ready to go. The first question my 2 year old often asks when I grab her from her crib is "Mommy can we play in the toy room?", meaning she won't play unless I play with her. My usual response is, "Mommy needs her coffee!"
It might only be a little corner of my kitchen, but this new little coffee station makes me very happy. It's a mix of my beloved Keurig, the colorful Orla Kiely coffee mugs I scored at Goodwill, and this fun chalkboard print from Paper Canoe Printables.
If you love coffee, you need a little station of your own. These things will get you off to a good start:
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
My latest room design is for my good friend Sarah, due with a baby girl in a couple short months! Sarah envisioned a room with blueish-green walls and touches of pink and gold. I added in some black accents for a little extra drama!
Sarah had chosen some great basic pieces of furniture to build the room around such as the crib and rocking chair from Pottery Barn Kids. From there I picked a soothing wall color (Embellished Blue by Sherwin-Willams) and had fun pulling together a gallery of sweet, girly prints from Minted and Etsy.
I paired a Land of Nod crib sheet with a ruffled crib skirt from Target. Never feel like you have to be constrained to a bedding set - it is more fun to mix and match!
Both gold and black are great neutral accents for a room. I like how the black contrasts with the soft pinks and green-blue wall.
Interested in a particular piece from the room? Here are the sources!
Crib Sheet - The Land of Nod
Crib Skirt - Target
Crib - Pottery Barn Kids
Lucky Girl Print - Minted
La La Love You Print - Minted
Star Wall Decor - Home Decorators
LOVE Print - Etsy
Side Table - Target
Lamp - Target
Curtains - The Land of Nod
Rocking Chair - Pottery Barn Kids
"E" Pillow - PB Teen
Heart print - Etsy
You and Me Print - Minted
Changing Table - Amazon
Changing Pad Cover - The Land of Nod
Rug - Pottery Barn Kids
Monday, February 17, 2014
My girls produce a lot of "art' - whether it is their own scribbles at home or the projects they bring home from preschool, I am always shuffling through papers trying to figure out what to do with everything. Truth be told, much of it ends up in the trash (although my 2 year old has an uncanny ability to find it there, and pull it out saying "Mommy why did you throw this away?!").
I came up with this simple art display in their playroom as a way for them to admire their creations a little longer before they were pitched or put into a closet somewhere!
It is as simple as tying some lengths of jute twine to nails and adding some mini clothespins.