Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Thrifty halloween decorating!

So i jumped the Gun and decorated yesterday for fallish, more halloween. I love this time of season and i want it to last as long as possible. anyways, i want to show you how you can decorate on a LOW budget..

I made this HUGE paper book wreath. I LOVE it!
I made spooky blocks out of simple 2 by 6 and i just hand painted on the letters
I love Candy CORn...i made a bout 10 of these things out of just scrap wood i had. Someone always has scrap wood!
Made the fence. i love it up there, i think it looks adorable. im going to make some salt dough spiders and hang webbing up there.
you can see my bale of hay really well, but it turned out so good, i just got one package and over the part of a box that would be showing, then i put rop to hold it together. i didnt glue it or anything, just tucked things in place one i tied it.
my dead bush...i went for a run awhile ago, and i found this in a feild right by myself, so i picked it and walked back....my husband thought i was crazy, but i love it. im weird like that.....

all the other fillers i got from the dollar store, or thriftstores....
oh did i mention that i lOVE halloween!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Corn Husk Wreath!!

yesterday a few my friends got together and we all made these corn husk wreaths. i love it...im thinking about staining the tips of the corn husk to make them look a little older...but for now it looks good!

i bought these corn husks at walmart in the mexican food isle. you will prolbey need two bags and then i just used the dollar store green foam wreath. we shredded each husk into about one inch long peices, and then tacked the thicker side to the foam wreath with just sewing pins. The closer you stack them the fuller your wreath will be. i think they turned out so adorable!!!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Halloween projects!

I made this wreat for $3 i bought from the dollar tree....one green foam wreath, and 2 packages of black plastic table clothes. i cut the table cloth into about 5 by 5 sqares. folded corner to corner to form a traingle and then folded corner to corner again to form a smaller one, then i just pinned the end with a sew needle. i just staggered it all the way around.

Im sure you guys can tell i like Halloween...Muhahahahaha! these are a few projects ive been working on~

Sunday, August 22, 2010

How to Tea Stain.....

I found this great article on tea staining. i have never tried it before! i have a ton of white fabric that I'm going to tea stain for my shabby chic bedroom. you can find the directions HERE!!!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Got to love MARtha, Super cute holloween ideas!

SO simple, toilet paper roll, OR paper towel, wire, tape and cheese cloth! Go here to see the cOMplete Tutorial!

This is So nasty, but i love it! Find the Tutorial here!!

Im sure eveyone has done this with any apple before, but sometime its a forgotten favorite. Go here to see the tutorial!

we all know how much i lOVE wreaths. so i will def. be makeing this. you can find the tutorial here

Another Wreath that you can find here!

my version of the halloween plaq!

This is my Version of the Halloween plaq. i used an old cabinet door that my friend gave me!

I sanded down the door, painted cheap craft paint from walmart. sanded the edges. stained it and then cut out the vinyl useing my cricut. i was planning on stenciling it, but i have a ton of vinyl so that is what i used. Also i added the little knob at the bottom! i love it, and i wish it was atleast the middle of september so i could hang it up! :)

worn book look alike, $ 1

i must say i do like theres better, maybe i need to add some green, But hey FOr $ 1 Cant go wrong. i bought the books at the thrift store for 25 cents each. and thent he dried flowers for 25 cents also at the thrift store, i just sanded them all down to make them look worn.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Shabby Chic Bedroom IDeas!

For the last few months i have been web surfing to try to find all the right things for my new "Shabby Chic" room. I love all of these pictures, and plan on makeing everything i see....bed skirts, curtains, and all the little accessories. I love the Wood head board. i Have No idea who that man is, but we have one thing in common. We both like the head board. So if you have any other wonderful chic ideas. PLEASE. let me know!!!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

LInk party

few more idea's for halloween!

I think this is so cute, go on over to diary of a craftaholic for the free template!

i dont remember where i saw these, but would be So simple to make!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Scrap Fabric NEclace

Go on over to Flamingo toes to check out how she makes this adroable necklace out of scrap fabric and some beads. My girl would love this necklace!!!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Crib Bench. TUtorial

So here is my breif tutorial on how i made my Crib Bench!!!

I love the idea to make a crib bench because you can make two matching ones to decorate from the heads of the crib, OR if you have two kids that used the same crib, you can make them each there own. OR you can even cut the second head in half and use it for the arms!

I cut 2 by 4 and made a box like this~!

Screwed my box on about 19 " high, i think that is the perfect height for the seat of a bench, then i got some scrap MDF. i cut it a little higher and about 1/2" longer on the sides because im going to add some bead board and i want it to fit in between them.

I nailed on the top slats, added my bead board to cover the exposed 2 by 4, and then added a slat at the bottom so i can put a basket or something on it, and it also makes it alot stronger.

Im not the best at giving tutorials, but i hope you can use this....I would love for you send me pictures of your finished projects.

CRIB Bench, tutorial comeing tomorrow!!!

I just LOVE this, i have been searching for a tutorial on how to make a bench out of a crib. Finally i just made up my own because i couldnt find one that i liked. I think it turned out so good for my first one. So come tomorrow and see how you can make one out of those old cribs that are laying around everywhere. :)

Sunday, August 8, 2010

My Solutions to everyday CraZiness; chore Chart, guest blogging!!

Hi, Im Mellissa from over at Small Town Crafts! Amanda has asked me to explain how i created my chore chart to help simplify my life, So here are the details and tutorial of my handy chore chart.

So the first thing you need to know is that this isn't an every single chore, chore chart. It's mostly thing we over look on a weekly basis, i.e walls, cabinets, baseboards, floors. I know everyone vacuums every day, and does kitchen and living room cleaning, the basics. The chores that i've picked are deep cleaning chores. When it says floor, it's not just the kitchen, it's every floor in the house. Trust me the first week or two it's hard work, but one a month goes by and everything is clean, it's mostly just keep up. For instance, when you do the walls, it's mostly spot cleaning, the first week you will have many more spots than a month from now.
So this is my list of chores that I do, It's different for everyone, and there are so many more that can be added. Bathrooms we clean on a daily basis and keep it tidy, but this lets me know that I need to go in and make sure cabinets are organized, showers are scrubbed and tp is stocked. And cabinets is a wipedown or wood shining of kitchen and bathroom cabinets.

Mondays: Dust and Cabinets
Tuesday: Walls and Baseboards
Wednesdays: Floors and Windows
Thursdays: Mirrors and Garbage
Fridays: Bathrooms and Couches
Saturdays: Yardwork

It's also a laundry chart, I used to pick one day and do ALL the laundry on that day. Yes it was called......Laundry day, or the DrEadEd day. I soon realized the day after Laundry day was the hardest cleaning day. Since I was so focused on laundry all day my daily duties of that day got put off until later. So I started doing a few loads everyday. I can actually see my laundryroom floor now, everyday, it'a amazing! At the end of everyday I gather all the dirty clothes from our rooms and bathrooms and sort them in there bins in the laundryroom. Then I have designated days that I do certain loads. I always put laundry first, as soon as I roll out of bed I throw in the load of laundry. I also fold it as soon as it's dry whenever possible. If you stick to this system your loads won't usually be massive, so it'll be your new favorite chore...hehe....okay, that's a strech.

Mondays : Bedding, All sheets and Blankets
Tuesdays: All colors
Wednesdays: All towels and Dog stuff (beds or blankets)
Thursdays: delicates and area rugs
Fridays: Boys Clothes
Saturdays: Whites and Church

I'm sure it's different for everyone, but you put your schedule in an order of convience. I do all the whites on Saturday because my husband is a painter and he wears all white when he works. I do it all Saturday so I never have to worry through the week if he has clean clothes. Some days are easier than others, like my color days I have more loads than any other day.
Items needed:

Magnetic paint and Chalkboard paint (magnet paint says it should take only 2 cotes, but i did 5, test with a magnet in between each coat until you are satisfied)
Magnetic paint should be applied first and Chalkboard is abt 2-3 coats.

A large mirror or even a picture frame with wood. I had an extra mirror that I wasnt using, it's 24" wide and 36" tall. If your using a mirror or glass make sure to scuff it up a bit with a piece of fine grit sand paper so it doesnt just peel off.

Then take a 2" piece of painters masking tape and tape up the edges, try not to put too much of the tape under the fram or it can cause peeling. After you've masked and scuffed the mirror it's time to paint!
I never use brushes on chalkboard projects because of brush lines. I usually use one of my husbands paint rollers. There are small and large ones available depending on your project. For this one I used a 3" roller, make sure it's wool and not foam. Then I just followed the directions on the cans. let 15 minutes to dry in between coats, and 1 hour or more in between the magnetic and chalkboard.

The last thing you have to do is come up with your game plan. Which days are convient for which chores and laundry (those of you with older kids(or a lot of kids) are gonna have a sparkling house) Then using scrapbook paper cut out strips and then using Scrapbook lettering put yours chores on the strips. I used two different papers, one for laundry and one for chores. Then laminate your pieces and cut them out. Hot glue one thick circular magnet onto the back of each piece.
Then lable your chart Chores, I used Precut letters, I also used them to lable the days of the week. And there you have it, your deep clean Chore Chart!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Halloween.....not to early Right!!!

Its not to early right....? i love FALL :). i love all the holidays, and i love all the decorations that go with it. i just rated my family blog of all the cute stuff i posted to it last year. i dugg up all these cute halloween ideas. Most of them i dont know were they came from, but there pretty much self explanitory by just looking at the picture! Im excited to get all my stuff out and also to make some of these crafts!!!