Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Mudroom Reveal!

Whew! It's done!! And I lurve it to death. Total days? About 8 full days with some painting, pickeling, and lots of cutting. Thanks to our lovely Handyman Mike. He rocks it.

This would be before the hooks are up...we scored the baskets up top from Aldi for $7.00 a pop! They are fabric with a wire frame. The top shelves hold winter stuff in summer, and summer in winter. The middle shelves hold things we need, but don't use often.

Here it is with the hooks and all our crap. The bottom baskets hold our current shoes. The left side is boys, the right side is girls.

I don't know why it took me so long to really pressure the husband to do this - it is so much more effecient, and I really just love it! (the kids do too!)

Linking up to!!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Oh Joy!

Well, it all started with a foot/leg going through our ceiling. A noticable water ring stain on the drywall ceiling, lead to the discovery of a blocked dryer vent.

I figured since the guys were here anyway, why not make some changes in this house. You must understand this: My husband grew up in a house full of women. Stylish, classy women. Women who love to shop, decorate, know what colors go with what, could tell you the difference between a slate blue and a navy and WHAT makes them different.
That said, when I want to make some changes in our house, he ALWAYS has a say. ALWAYS. And I get veto'd a lot. A LOT. So, I rarely even bother. Well my friends, the time has come. After 14 years of marriage, I'm stickin' to my guns. Wish me luck. Lots of wine may be consumed.

We are re-doing our mudroom. OH JOY!


See that sink? Yeah, we never used it. It actually was a wonderful place for lots of empty boxes. Piled to the ceiling. Never broken down. The closet? Couldn't get to it because there was so much CRAP in front of it.

During: We are going to get some wainscoting, and put that up against the walls. So we hired our amazing handy-man Mike...and he got to work. The shelves so far look amazing...and I'm in love. However, I'm ready to get my house back in order. This is it so far! I'll update again once it's all done. Yipee for a new mudroom!!

Friday, February 11, 2011

She's getting older.

Funny how that works. Feed em, water em, teach em, and they grow. Crazy.

This year she decided to do a cooking themed birthday party. Since I was having a scrap night with some of my closest friends prior to this, we each made an invitation for her to send.

We are making 2 teams of 4, and pulling out the cake pans, making some buttercream AND fondant (more on that later).

Decorations are the most fun. I scoured and found beautiful after beautiful tutorials on cupcake liner garlands. Pom-Pon's. So cute and easy!!

Ingredients: (keeping with the theme, ya know)...
2 packages of different colored cupcake liners
1 package of small doilies
1 package of large (not cone) coffee filters
1 needle
1 package of colored floss

Take a piece of floss and thread through a medium sized needle. String the materials, varying in pattern. Be sure to also thread them off center sometimes, it adds to the variety.

It's so easy, and that growing weed loves it!

I'm planning on making some cupcake liner Pom-Pon's, which I will feature next time. Wish us luck!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Valentine's Day!!

I really need to commit myself to updating the blog more often...
Valentine's Day is upon us here, and each year, I scour the wonderful blogs looking for cool, crafty ideas for the kids to hand out at school.

This year, we are doing these!

Uber easy, super duper looking treat. Instructions? Here ya go.
Box of on-sale smaller candy canes
Sucker sticks (found at the local craft store)
Plastic pretzel bags (also found at the local craft store)

Take your candy canes and arrange them on a parchment lined cookie sheet in the shape of a heart.
Bake at 300 for about 2 min.'s
Take them out, stick the stick in the bottom middle part of the heart. Squeeze the heart around the stick. Let cool

Drop them in the pretzel bag and Wahla! Done!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

OMG. It's December.

And the time has as always slipped away. I am currently in the midst of some craftyness, but with a pinched nerve in my neck (how did this happen?!??!). So I surf, blog, and dream instead of crafting. I have so many projects awaiting me. Like this one

I have all the materials, and then BAM! Shooting neck pain, muscle relaxer, and heating pad

I did finish this one though...

Super easy and inexpensive gift for a co-worker. It's a glass ball, plain, and then I took sparkly rub ons and embellished. I topped it off with a pretty ribbon! :)

love this one!!

lil luna link   party button

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Having Crafty Mojo Rocks.

In the past month, I have completed:

4 dryer vent pumpkins,

Thirteen 12x12 layouts for my children's albums,

3 cards,

baked cheeseburger cupcakes,

decorated my house for the witching day,
made two glass cool things,

went dumpster diving for a really cool table,

spray painted a frame,
cut chicken wire for said frame (not easy!!),

painted a real ugly collector's spoon holder for my daughter that I found in Iowa while antiqueing with my cousin,

and made a cool frame/shadow-box thingy at Archivers.

Busy bee, I am! Buzz Buzz! :)

I love this weather, it's cool out, I'm not sweating while I work, and the paint dries a little bit better.

Crafty viewing pleasure...

Thank you Amnesty day for bringing me this crazy black painted old table. See the leaf that pops up? Underneath all this black paint I think there is pine. Yes, pine. Ah....
50 cent frame. Take off the back, paint it white (again), staple in some chicken wire, and you have a holiday card holder. It's a work in progress.

Oh, and one more thing - I watched my husband and daughter try out the new Easy Bake Oven. Priceless.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Boy, I got my crafty mojo back! Now if I just had some time! I saw this cool, inexpensive craft out there in blog-land, and thought it was so cute. Wanna make a cute pumpkin?? I have so much fall stuff out at home already, but I had to do this too - even for friends and for the office.

Go straight to Menards or Home Depot now. Buy a box of dryer vent. It was about 9.00 for 8 feet of the stuff. It's silver, and it's used to hook up to your dryer.

Cut it. Like so.

Hot glue the ends together. Be careful, it's hot!

Then you have this:
While you are at Menards or Home Depot, by a can of Rustoleum orange spray paint. I used to work for them ('s a looong time ago), and they rock. Paint that baby orange.

Once it's all dry (get the underside too!), stick some whole cincinnamon sticks in the center, tie it with some ribbon or raffia, and Viola! You have yourself a pumpkin! For about $10.00.

Happy Crafting!!