Tuesday, March 30, 2010

You Capture – Feet

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First of all, Congratulations to our “You Capture” host, Beth, on the birth of her baby boy, Eli, yesterday! Best Wishes to her and her lovely family!!

Now, on to the captures. I’m posting this a little early this week because its spring break and our schedule is chaotic!

This week’s challenge was kind of fun and sad for me. I just mentioned to my husband the other day that our toddler’s feet are starting to look like big boy feet.

ACK! When did that happen??

So, one afternoon this week, I played around with different angles of my “baby” boy’s feet. He actually had fun playing foot model for me and said, “Mommy, get my FEET!” after I put my camera away. I’m creating a monster!

So here’s what I came up with while trying to capture what’s left of my toddler’s baby-like features. <sniffle>

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And please forgive my winter worn toes, but I thought this was sweet. He wrapped his feet around my foot while I was sitting on the floor trying to “capture”.

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Beth at I Should Be Folding Laundry puts on a great weekly photography party called You Capture. It’s a wonderful way to work on basic skills, get new ideas, be creative and have fun with photography.

Each Thursday she hosts a party for a specific photo assignment and gives the assignment for the next week. Great idea, huh? Like homework for your hobby.

But the fun kind of homework.

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Goody Goody Goodwill – Lamp Revamp

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I found this little lamp the other day at GW and thought it would be a great addition to our master bedroom. I was looking for a short and kind of rotund lamp…check!

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Brass base? Um, no.

Easy fix?

Sort of.

I was feeling kind of lazy and didn’t want to tape off the entire lamp just to spray paint the base. Also, I was pretty sure that if I kept the base attached while trying to spray paint, I would most certainly get paint on the pretty white glass.

There is a small nut underneath the base that basically keeps the entire central part of the lamp together. Removing the base made for much easier spray painting and didn’t take any time at all.

I figured removing paint overspray from the white glass would be MUCH more time consuming!

After separating the two pieces, I covered the glass with newspaper, being sure to cover the hole in the bottom. THAT would have been a nasty mess too! Black paint inside white glass? Ugh. I can’t even imagine.

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I spray painted the base, with Rustoleum’s Flat Black. After a few light coats, I had a brand new lamp.

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To top it off, I bought a black lampshade from Walmart. The black shade gives off a softer light in our bedroom which I LOVE!

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Total cost: Less than $10! The lamp itself was only $3. I love Goodwill!

I’m linking up to the below parties. Check them out for some fabulous inspiration!

Jen's Weekend Wrap Up, Remodelaholic's Anonymous Meeting, Susan’s Metamorphasis Monday, Kim's Make Your Monday, Kimba’s DIY day, Kimm’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday, Blue Cricket Design's Show and Tell, Maryann's Power of Paint Party, Gina’s Transformation Thursday

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Fillin’ My Jar - Spring Eggs

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Last fall, I bought this large apothecary jar from Home Goods and immediately filled it with gourds and acorns. Then at Christmas, I filled it will shiny Christmas tree ornaments.

Unfortunately, it has sat empty since we took the Christmas decorations down in January!! I had aspirations to fill it with hearts in February…that didn’t happen.

Now, at the very last minute, I finally filled it with something Easter/Springish. I knew I wanted to fill it with eggs, but finding the right ones at the right price was more difficult than I thought.

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Finally, I found these unfinished paper mache-type eggs at Michael’s the other night and decided to decorate them myself. They were only $1.99/6-pack!

With a little craft paint, some foam brushes and an old toothbrush (and a LOT tweaking!), this is what I ended up with.

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I thought that a dozen eggs would fill the jar up, but it looked a little stark. So, I added some Spanish moss to the bottom of the jar to get a fuller look.

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I kept the eggs more neutral and less pastel/Easter so that I can keep them in the jar longer. Looking back at my track record with this jar, I thought longevity was key. ;)

Hope you enjoyed my little last minute Spring project!

I’m linking up to the below parties!


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Thursday, March 25, 2010

You Capture – A Moment

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This weeks challenge stumped me a little. There are so many moments these days. Funny, sad. Proud, embarrassing. What to choose?

Then again, the most “true” moments aren’t usually captured by my camera.

This moment happened a few weeks ago when my oldest came home from school and was being quiet...not something that happens often. I asked what was wrong and he claimed to have a headache.

He needed to rest.

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So, he went up to his room to relax before dinner.

The little man suddenly puts his hand on his forehead and says, “My head hurt too!” and darts upstairs to join his brother.IMG_7234

Brotherly love. There are very few moments like this these days.

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And grabbed my camera.

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Beth at I Should Be Folding Laundry puts on a great weekly photography party called You Capture. It’s a wonderful way to work on basic skills, get new ideas, be creative and have fun with photography.

Each Thursday she hosts a party for a specific photo assignment and gives the assignment for the next week. Great idea, huh? Like homework for your hobby.

But the fun kind of homework.

Check her out!

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Monday, March 22, 2010

More Scrappy Tile Coasters

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A few weeks back, I wrote about using up old scraps of tiles as coasters.  Well, I finally got around to making a few more sets for my parents this weekend and wanted to share.

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And can you believe that the next one is REALLY made of paper? 

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Oh, how I love this project.  It’s simple, inexpensive and there is so much room for variety with all the lovely papers available these days.

I’m linking this post up to the below parties! Check them out for some fabulous inspiration!

Kimba’s DIY day

Kimm’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Laundry Room – A Finishing Touch

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Although I was totally thrilled with my laundry room redo, I felt that it needed a little something on the far wall and behind the washer and dryer. 

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A little bare, huh?

Well, I scoured Etsy, and finally settled on this for under the hanging rack.

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It’s hard to tell from the pictures, but the “Laundry” is actually a dark gray color.  I love LOVE LOVE it!

As I’ve said before, vinyl decals are just such a great invention.  So low commitment and fairly inexpensive. Bang for my buck and all that jazz. 

And for this location, I needed wall art that was flat so that my hanging clothes didn’t bump into anything on laundry day.  Bonus!

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I also snagged a set of these adorable clothespins too.

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The set included 10, but I’ve only used 5 so far.  What do you think?  Add more?  If so, where?

I purchased both decals from House Hold Words.  Mandie’s shop is fantastic if you’re looking for great vinyl lettering and decals.  Check her out!

Okay, another minor dilemma.  Please forgive my OCD brain here, but the box where the hot and cold water come into the laundry room.

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Notice anything? 

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Yep, it’s totally jacked up and unlevel.  When I painted the room, I took the frame off of the box and the actual drywall was cut at this angle.  Ugh…who DOES THAT?? 

Besides being out of wack, it’s also just a big ol’ eyesore.  Agreed?

So, my OCD question to you all is what to do, what to do?  Should I try to hang something over it?  Or just cut it out properly?  That could get messy.  Should I just leave well enough alone…it is the laundry room after all.   

Suggestions pretty please!!

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

You Capture – Reaching

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The day I first met him, he reached up with his tiny little hand and I gave him a kiss.

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Now, he reaches for the stars.

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And the moon.

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He still reaches up to me for kisses, but his paws are much larger now. 

I found some other things reaching for the sky this week.IMG_7799

Little sprouts of spring.

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Reaching up, searching for warmth from the sun.

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Unfortunately, we’re hearing forecasts of colder weather…possibly even some snow!  UGH.  Hope these day lilies survive the weekend!

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Beth at I Should Be Folding Laundry puts on a great weekly photography party called You Capture. It’s a wonderful way to work on basic skills, get new ideas, be creative and have fun with photography.

Each Thursday she hosts a party for a specific photo assignment and gives the assignment for the next week. Great idea, huh? Like homework for your hobby.

But the fun kind of homework.

Check her out!

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Last Minute Easter Wall Art

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So I really dropped the ball this year and haven’t put one thing up for the Easter/Spring season. I finally just decided to skip it all together.

Maybe that will make Summer come faster? Just skip right over that who wet Spring thing?

Then I saw this.

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AGH! Yes, I still had my Valentine’s Day wall art up! The shame!

After browsing my Power Point clip art, I realized I didn’t like anything I currently had and so the search began.

Solution? The Graphics Fairy blog.

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I found this lovely print FOR FREE from Karen, a.k.a. The Graphics Fairy. Have you guys checked this site out yet? She is a lifesaver! So many cute images..ALL FOR FREE!

Anyway, so I decided to print my little chick graphic out, mount it on some ivory cardstock and replace my current Valentine print.

Of course, nothing is ever that simple.

I figured the ivory was just too clean for this rustic looking print, so I aged the cardstock with a little watered down craft paint and a somewhat dry brush.

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Apparently, not dry enough. The next morning, the paper had curled up. What to do?? Iron it! No joke.

Guess what? It worked and I didn’t even burn the house down.

So, with my now aged (and flat!) cardstock in hand, I then mounted my little chick print to the center of the paper. Next, I added a little brown craft paint around the edges of the print.

Let that dry and swapped out my hearts for my new chic-a-dee.

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Thanks to the Graphics Fairy for making my house a little more Easter friendly.

Easy Peasy, Lemon Squeezy…to quote my favorite 1st grader.

I’m linking this post up to the below parties! Check them out for some fabulous inspiration!

Blue Cricket Design's Show and Tell

Jen’s Penny Pinching Party

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Kimba’s DIY day

Kimm’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday

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