Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Easy Log Coasters {Nesting tables}

My husband and I just built some new nesting tables using Ana-White plans.  LOVE them!  I needed something to protect the newly painted finish from my messy, messy family.  So I made some almost free coasters.  Free-my favorite word.


Monday, November 28, 2011

Christmas Mantle

I have an explosion of Christmas at my house. Every year I get the boxes out of the basement and think I can keep things organized while we decorate. About 5 minutes later my kids have "helped" find all the ornaments and there is stuff EVERYWHERE!!

Fun times. So today I'm showing you the one clean, decorated part of the house. The mantle. The only place my mirror and mantle would fit in our new house was the stairway. Kind of an odd place for a mantle but sometimes you take what you can get!

Have you started decorating for Christmas yet?


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Water 4 Christmas {doll pillows and blankets}

The Water4Christmas etsy shop is opening today!

You can shop for Christmas gifts and the money you spend goes to charity! How awesome is that? I made little doll pillows and blankets. The backs are soft minky and the fronts are my favorite designer fabric in cotton. Perfect Christmas gift!

Amy Butler doll blanket and pillow
Heather Bailey doll blanket and pillow
Patty Young doll blanket and pillow

You can also just give water!



Choose Life from Living Water International on Vimeo.


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Turkey Napkins {tutorial}

I don't have special Thanksgiving dishes and my regular dishes are aqua. Not really Thanksgiving colors! Instead of buying new dishes I decided to whip up some cute turkey napkins which would coordinate with what I already have.

I did "invest" $1 each on new silver chargers!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Turkey Mantle {Thanksgiving}

Are you ready for Thanksgiving?   I can hardly wait for the potatoes, they are my favorite.

My kids helped me give the mantle a little Thanksgiving spruce up.  The kids made all of the Turkey crafts.  Ellie helped make the handprint garland and gobble art (I did the letters on the silhouette).  We built the mantle and the mirror earlier this year and still love them.  Love how cheerful and colorful it turned out!


Monday, November 21, 2011

Three Easy Turkey Crafts {Thanksgiving}

Every year I do a couple little turkey crafts with my kids. My older boys still participate. Though their turkeys each have at least 10 eyes and look more like aliens then turkeys.

This year we made a handprint turkey, pinecone turkey and yarn ball turkey. All pretty easy and took less than 10 minutes each. I used a hot glue gun to glue them together and my older kids helped my little ones. If you wanted a bunch of kids to do these you would want to use elmers or some other kid safe glue that would be safe and not get anyone burned!


Friday, November 18, 2011

Pallet Shelf gallery wall {teen boy bedroom}

I just love gallery walls. I think I have one in every room of my house! This is the one in my teen son's bedroom. The one with the Rustic headboard and Farmhouse desk.


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Easy curtain spruce up {double panels}

I bought some basic navy curtain panels for our little guy's Star Wars bedroom. We hung them up and they just looked sad and skimpy. I left them alone for a few months so I could think about what to do. Then I saw this master bedroom on the Nate show where they doubled up the curtain panels to give them a fuller look.  So I thought I'd give it a try.

Here is the before.  The curtains were fine just seemed too skinny for such a wide window.


Monday, November 14, 2011

Lego Minifig Storage {organizing}

Do you have lego storage problem? With three boys we have a zillion legos! My 6 year old is obsessed with the little lego minifigs and he likes to be able to see them at all times. No putting the little men in a storage bin in the closet.

So I hung them on his wall right as his level so he can play with them and the little guys can be decorations too!  Yes someday I will finish his gallery wall and put pictures of people we know in the picture frames!


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Rustic Headboard {aged wood}

Our boys have always shared a room and had bunk beds. When we moved we gained an extra bedroom.  We are using this space for our teen's bedroom and a room for guests.  We bought a Queen bed set but it needed a headboard. So Ana-White to the rescue. Love her plans.


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Drop cloth curtains {tutorial}

I usually use drop cloths for painting but I've seen some adorable curtains made out of drop cloths all over blogland in the past year. I love the rustic look of them so I knew they would be perfect for my teenager's room. Plus they are a really economical way to get a lot of fabric.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Playroom Tour

Welcome to a little tour of our playroom! The playroom is a loft area right at the top of our stairs. Which is great because I can hear the kids quietly playing. I can also hear the toy battles before they turn into all out wars.

My kids range in age from 3 to 14 and they all love this room. The older boys mostly just use this room to play xbox or Wii.  Almost all the stuff in this room is a previous project so I've already posted about it.  All the links for the previous projects and the sources of everything are at the end of the post!  Have fun on the tour.


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Paint Chip Labels {Playroom organization}

Now that Halloween is over I'm ready to start thinking about Thanksgiving...then after that Christmas!  Can't skip Thanksgiving! I don't usually start Christmas shopping until after Thanksgiving but start cleaning up my house and throwing stuff away in November.  Especially the toys, I purge the ones the kids don't play with and get some ideas of what stuff they may want. As part of organizing I thought I'd make some cute labels for the storage bins. The bins are part of the Trofast storage system from Ikea. They came unfinished and I primed and painted them.

The playroom is really colorful so I thought some paint chip labels would be perfect.  With pictures and words so none of the kids have any excuses for not helping pick up!