Keeping it Simple: March 2010

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Whatever Wednesday: Fruit Bowl

I don't know about you, but I love fruit! I love this time of year because the fruit is actually fresh and there is so much more variety. We would just put our fruit on top of the microwave, not very cute. So I came up with this idea.

I just took a bowl that I bought from the dollar store and a goblet that I got from thrift store for $.79. I put green and brown rub ons onto the outside of the bowl and then glued the two together. I was really tempted to spray paint the goblet but I decided that it looked good as glass.

Put some yummy fruit in it and just like that we have a fruit bowl for $1.79!!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday: 1 fabric, 3 decorations

My 5 year old has been asking for a Spiderman room, so lately I have been focusing on his (and his brother's) rooms and decorating them. I found this fabric at Walmart and decided to do lots with it.

First I made a little board for his art. I made it because I really get sick of it being on the fridge!!
This is how I made it:
1) I got a board and covered it with the fabric. I stapled the fabric to the back
2) Using mod podge, I put on the letters onto the fabric and then I did a coat over the whole thing.
3) I spray painted the clothes pins red and then glued them to the fabric. I used a lot of glue because it has to stand up to kids....

4) I stapled ribbon to the back and then hung it up

I made a few other things with the fabric

I made curtains! I am an amateur when it comes to sewing. I don't even own a sewing machine, I had to borrow one from a friend. Luckily in the picture you can't tell how crooked the lines are :)
I used 1 1/2" ribbon for the loops and then spray painted some big buttons black and hand stitched them on
I also used some 7/8" ribbon on the bottom for some added cuteness. Or as my 5 year old would say, "coolness"
I then took the fabric and put it on the light switch plate. I just used mod podge and put it on. The best part, I can take these with me if we move and just replace them because they only cost $.20!
I absolutely love making things for my boys! They get so excited when I make them something, it just makes it all worth it! I'm almost finished with his room! Now I just need to figure out the comforter, if I'm going to make one or just buy one... decisions, decisions.

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Motivate me Monday #12

My favorite day of the week! I'm super excited to see what you have for me this week!

Last week was another great week!

Stephanie from Under the Table and Dreaming made this, go check her out to see how she did it!

Tracy from Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures redid this chair. The before and after pictures are just great!
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Jane from Finding Fabulous was able to make her bathroom mirror just fabulous!
Jess from a Winding Road cover frames with fabric. I love the outcome.
Julia from Growing Your Grass Greener made this adorable wreath with ribbon. I love the colors!
Sandra from Sawdust and Paper Scraps made this little playhouse! What kid wouldn't love this!
Katie from Katie's Nesting Spot made this adorable board book. I'm so doing this for my kids!

Sew Much Ado made this cover from a sock and fabric! What a great idea!

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Scrapbook Thursday


Well I decided to keep Scrapbook Thursday, mostly because I need the motivation to keep scrapbooking. Even though it didn't happen this week....

So I thought that I would bring out a layout that I did a couple of years ago. This was my scrapbooking prime, only two kids and they actually took naps.


There is actually texture in the blue circles, I did a "kissing" effect. I used a circle stamp and then with another, smaller stamp, moved my hand as I moved the ink on the stamp. Making texture
Even though you may not read it, the clear button say "hoppy boy" I did this by using a staz on pad and small alphabet pad.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Whatever Wednesday: Wedding on a budget

2 weeks ago I was asked by some missionaries to decorate for a wedding of an investing couple. Without really thinking, I told them yes. Then I realized that I was doing. I panicked! Luckily I have this blog because I wrote a post and you all came to the rescue! So thank you!!

One major problem that I had, I don't live in Utah or Idaho, I live in the middle of no where in Kansas! There aren't many crafts stores or party stores here. The closest big city is 3 1/2 hours away, so I had to make due with what I had.

I had a total of 10 days and I knew that I didn't have much of a budget. They wanted to have 8 tables, a refreshment table and then I add the little guest table. They told me that they liked the colors cream and white (blah!). So I added yellow for a little more color

Well I went to work right away. I had just ordered several vases from the Dollar Tree, so I knew that I needed to use them. I was super excited when I found several decorative papers with white and cream, especially the one that said things like, "Love" " I do" and other wedding words. I got most of my supplies from the Dollar Tree, Hobby Lobby and Target. I was able to decorate (it is very simple) for the grand total of $45, not too bad in my opinion!


Here are the centerpieces for the table. They would have looked so much better with circle tables, but we don't have any. I just used this idea.


For some extra color and to make my dollar store tablecloths not look so bad, I stamped yellow daisies all over with a yellow Staz-On pad. After 2 I had enough but had to finish. A simple and cheap way to add color, but it's time consuming!

There were a total of 4 different designs, here is the another one

This is what is on the refreshment table. I only made one because it's pretty big. I got the idea here. I found this candle holder at goodwill for $1. It was an ugly olive green, so I painted it white and sanded the edges. I like how this turned out so well that I'm actually going to put it in my living room :)

For some reason, the stage is just ugly to me, so I decorated the whole thing with some tulle and daisies.

I actually just taped the tulle with masking tape and then used a hot glue gun and glued the daises onto the tape

Here is the little table right at the entrance
I used the frames that I got from my wedding and then made the plate.



I got the idea here. The plate is made from a glass plate, fabric, and mod podge and the R is just a fancy font that I cut out of white cardstock.

There was a little mix up with the missionaries, I told them to bring 2 5 x 7 pictures of the couple, they brought one and then 4 of some children. So I just printed on the left over paper and put it in the frame. I think it turned out good :)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday: Family Sign

Way back in September I went to one of those vinyl lettering parties. I love the look of the last name in bold letters and then "families are forever" on top of it. So I went to party thinking I would finally get one, until I saw that it would cost $30!! Since then I've been planning on doing it by myself, either with paper or vinyl. Well I came across this idea and knew that I wanted to do it. I'm so glad that I waited to do it because it so is so much better than what it would have been if I had done it back in the fall like I was planning to.
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This is how I made it:

Sorry for the pictures on all different floors, I like to do crafts on the floor for some reason and I happened to do this craft in three different rooms :).

1) I took a piece of word that was 4 1/2" x 2 1/2 feet and painted it brown
2) While I waited for the paint to dry, I cut 1 x1 inch squares out of various scrapbook paper
3) I then glued all the paper to the wood block
4) Using mod podge, I put the letters that I cut out of card stock onto the wood.




5) Once all the letters were on, I did a full layer of mod podge on everything
6) Using a staple gun, I stapled ribbon onto the wood

7) Then I hung it up over the family pictures in our living room, isn't it great? I love it :)
If I would have gone through the vinyl company, I would have paid $30+ for this. I had all of the supplies on hand and the wood cost about $1.50, so much better and this has a lot more character than the vinyl would have!
I love this mosaic art, I have a feeling you will see more of this in the future :)
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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Motivate me Monday #11

Another great week!! Lots of great ideas. It's getting harder and harder to not just post 50 pictures, but I do have to limit myself. So here a few that are just awesome!

The ladies at Lemon Tree have some great things, including this book wall art. Isn't it just so cool!


Cassity from Remodelaholic made this headboard for $15. She is amazing and I would love her to come to my house and decorate it!

Kalleen at Second Street did it again, aren't these wall art hangings great?

Morgan from Meet Virginia redid this ottoman, you should see what the before was.

Caroline at the Feminist Housewife took an old window and made this.

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Scrapbook Thursday

First off, I need to know if people still want me to do a scrapbook Thursday every week. There isn't as much interest as other days, so I'm just wondering if people still want this. Please let me know if you enjoy Scrapbook Thursday and would like me to continue doing this each week. If there isn't enough interest, I might change Thursday to something else....

Anyway, so to my page that I did this week. One of the links in my Motivate me Monday post was about puzzle pieces. I thought that it was super cute. I am always throwing away puzzle pieces (my boys have a really hard time picking them up, so I just toss them so they learn to pick up their toys). So I thought I would save them and put paper on them and put them on a page. So this is how it turned out:
I distressed the edges and inked them in black, it's probably hard to see that. Then put some paper and a button on it. Very simple


**I'm not a photographer and I don't know how to take pictures of pages (I'm sure you've been able to tell). My camera isn't anything special and whenever I turn off the flash it's blurry or the colors are just off. How can I take a picture without having to have the pages at an angle? Any suggestions??

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Whatever Wednesday: Spiderman Frames

For several months now, my 5 year old has been wanting me to decorate his room with Spiderman. I have been looking everywhere for cheap decorations, but of course you can't buy them, you have to make them. So when I saw these place mats in the Target dollar bins (I love those bins, I have found some great stuff!) I knew exactly what I was going to do with them. I had some cute square frames in storage.
So I quickly spray painted the frames black and cut the place mats into squares and just like that we finally have some Spiderman decor in this room.
Seriously, what 5 year old boy wouldn't love this in his room!!
** I also had the idea that you could easily frame the front cover of a coloring book too **

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday: Spring Decoration

I have not been a big holiday decorator. I have decorated for Christmas and that's about it. Well since I've started this blog and seen how people decorate and that you can do it without breaking the bank, I've decided to decorate a little more.

One big reason that I don't like about decorating is that sometimes it feels like you have just gotten them out of storage and next thing you know, you're putting them back into storage. Plus, I don't know about you, but I really don't have that much storage, so holiday decorations add to that problem.

So I'm going to decorate for the four seasons (I'll decorate more for the bigger holidays). I am just going to switch the blocks and then filled up the vases with something else for each season (I'm going to put fake flowers in it for summer, leaves for fall and a little snowman for winter). This set of blocks are for spring/summer and I'm going to make another set for autumn/winter. You could do cubes because all four seasons have 6 letters, I didn't because you can't hide the side letters as well. This only cost me about $10 and it will last all year long!



So this is how I made it:
For the vases:
1) Using two vases and two candlesticks, I used this tutorial.



2) Using plastic eggs and Easter grass I filled the vase. I splattered painted the eggs with a brown for a little more texture and color. I didn't put rub-ons on the other side, so I can just turn it around and fill it with something else.

For the wood blocks:
1) I took wood of the same thickness and cut them into various sizes, sanded them and painted them white.
2) Using mod podge, I put the paper and letters on the wood

3) My husband drilled a hole in the in the top of three blocks

4) I glued an alligator clip onto the back of the wooden bugs

5) I put metal poles into the holes and clipped the bugs and flower to the pole. I didn't glue them in because I need to be able to rotate them and use them for my other blocks


And just like that I have a decoration that I can keep for three months :)


And on the other side says summer, so I can just turn it around when June comes and add a little wooden watermelon, flip flops or other summery things.



So for six months, I don't have to do a thing except fill the vases and clip on a watermelon, that's my kind of decor :)

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