Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Tulip - Texture Tuesday

It's texture Tuesday (which I'm celebrating on Wednesday). This weeks prompt was flowers. I'm not much of a gardener but my neighbor always has beautiful flowers and fabulous gardens. Anique loves to spend time over there helping plant and water.
For this picture I used the following layers:
Havana - Color Burn 100%
Sweettart - Soft Light 50%
Enlightened - Screen 50%
I applied a gradient (foreground to transparent in dark blue) to the Enlightened layer as well.

Happy Spring!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Dressing the Window


My lovely neighbor gave me two window frames. She found them at Goodwill. They have been sitting in my office (which is looking like something out of Hoarders again).
I knew exactly what I wanted to do with one of them but couldn't find my screen material. Finally broke down and bought a roll. Using my handy dandy staple gun I attached the screen material to the back of the screen making sure it was stretched tightly.
I had 10 little hooks left from assembly of another furniture piece, although I don't remember what it was anymore. They were in my "leftover pieces" drawer. What? You don't have one of those?
For my earrings that had posts or were hoops, I attached two square pieces of screen on top. I then pinned my earrings and pins to these squares.
I'm really happy with how it came out. All my jewelry had been in my closed in a pile on top of my drawers. Once I cleaned my closet it was all thrown in a bag. What was a tangled mess is now neat and organized. And it looks pretty too. I hung it up right next to my bed because that's really the only place I had wall space.
P.S. I couldn't find a picture hanger anywhere in my house and I refused to go to the hardware store again. I remembered seeing a pin on Pinterest about using a pop can tab as a picture hanger. Fortunately, Anique collects pop tabs, so she gave me one and I screwed it in and it worked perfectly!

Friday, March 22, 2013


I'm really, really behind on birthday gifts this year. So in a burst of activity, I finished up two projects last weekend. First up was this bracelet for my niece. I ran down to Fusion Beads and picked up supplies. They were having a St. Patrick's Day sale too! Yay for sales! I got half of it done while I was waiting for Bailey to referee some soccer games. This was the first time I had done a wrapped cord bracelet. It was simple but I love the way it came out. I think I'm going to have to make one for myself next.
Then I made a necklace for my grandma. I had made her this bracelet quite awhile ago and she wanted a coordinating necklace. I picked up supplies that would complement the bracelet and made a center piece using 5 of the textured circle links and the crystals. I then added chain to both sides and a clasp. It's still lightweight but sparkly too.
Have you made any new jewelry recently? Tried out a new technique?

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

In the Closet

Now do I think anyone really wants to read about my closet? Probably not, but since I spent hours and hours getting it in shape I decided I could share.
Like my office, the closet in our master bedroom is another area that things were getting dumped if they didn't have a designated home. Snowsuit for Anique, oh just throw it in, I'll find a home for it later. Shoes were everywhere. And yes, that is a Disney collection in there. Ken is a major fan and being the mean wife I am, it's been relegated to the closet for the time being.
As you can see in the picture below, everything just got dumped on the floor. That's what the door is for right? To hide the mess.
I spent a couple of hours going through everything and pulling out clothes I no longer wear, that will never, ever fit again, and looked cute on the hanger but not on me. A couple of bags later, I had some room to work with. Then I started in on the shoes. What? You think I have too many shoes? There's no such thing!!
However, two garbage bags later, it was more under control. Value Village got a huge donation!
I refolded and organized all my pants on the top shelf, purchased a basket for my sweaters to help keep them all together and hung up my clothes by color. Then I picked up two inexpensive shoe racks from Target. I organized my shoes by color as well. 
My closet is now neat and organized and we've been able to keep it this way for the past month or so. A system that works. Happy! 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Chair Restyle

I've managed to complete a few projects over the past couple of weeks despite the overwhelming fatigue I've been feeling. I've finally managed to stay up past 9 pm so I can write about them.
If you've been considering a make-over for your dining room chairs, I would highly recommend it. It's a low budget way to add color or just freshen up the room. All you need is a screwdriver, a couple yards of fabric and a handy-dandy staple gun.
Use the screw driver to remove the seats from the chair frame. You can choose to remove the original fabric or just cover over it. Center your seat on the fabric face down. Pull the center of one side around and staple it in place on the bottom. Now, do the same on the opposite side. Then the other two sides. Continue alternating from side to side. This will ensure the fabric is pulled equally and make for a much smoother appearance. I clipped my corners so the fabric there wouldn't be so bulky. Once you've stapled the fabric on securely, screw the seats back onto the frame and you're done.
Our dining room set was previously my moms, I was in fourth grade when we got it. Needless to say that was a few years ago. Two of the chairs seats were broken and not suitable for sitting on anymore. My dear co-worker volunteered her husband to cut out new bottoms for me. He took one of my old chair bottoms, traced two new seats out of plywood and even sent home a piece of cushion for me. I cut the cushion into the shape of the bottom (traced with sharpie and used scissors to cut).
I bought two yards of fabric and it was just right for covering four chairs. About 1/2 yard per chairs works out perfectly. The fabric was wide as well so that helped. Since you only need a couple or yards, I have found the remnant table is an affordable place to find fabric.
I took a little walk down memory lane as I pulled off the old fabric. The tan brocade was the most recent chair covering. Beneath that was the previous fabric a sturdy, textured blue. It matched the navy/royal blue wall at the time. I've changed my decorating style since then. At the very bottom was the original fruit fabric from when my mom bought the set. There have been additional fabrics as well (my mom did teach me how to cover chairs) but it was all removed before I put the blue on.
It's amazing how much our tastes and styles change over the years. I'm so happy with the bright colorful fabric now in place. I did two chairs with the oversized leaves and two with the coordinating stripes. Not so cooincidentally, this fabric is part of the same Better Homes and Garden line as the entry way chair. Hopefully I'm not getting too matchy matchy but it's so pretty I couldn't resist.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Texture Tuesday and Some of My Favorites

Sorry, I kind of fell off the end of the world for a little bit. For some reason, I have been so, so tired this past week. Usually, I'm up to all hours and back up early to get the kids off to school but all I have wanted was early bedtimes. And I still wake up tired. Ah well, life of a mom I suppose.

I'm a little late to the party for Texture Tuesday this week at Kim Klassen's site. This week the theme was anything goes. So any picture, texture, no texture, you got it...anything goes.

I decided to use this as an opportunity to share some of my favorite photos from the last year or so. Mostly because I haven't taken much in the way of pictures while in my semi-hibernation mode this week. But I'm feeling slightly more perky and have a couple of projects to share in the next few days.

Last visit to the lake before it got too cold.
Camera practice with Danielle
Photos with Anique in Snohomish
Photos with Amanda and my first real attempts with Lightroom
 And of course, dress up pictures with my kids.


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Free & Easy Orchid

I shared about the orchid in my 365 Days of Gratitude post but here's version of the photo I edited for Texture Tuesday on Kim Klassen's blog. The version on my other page was edited using RadLab filters.

For this challenge we could use any photo or theme as long as we used at least one of Kim's filters. I used Havana and Isobel.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Crazy for Chevron

Lately I am crazy about chevron prints. I recently bought some chevron fabric to make some new throw pillows too...or maybe cover my chair cushions. Just couldn't resist it.

Obviously I am a fan of turquoise and yellow as well. Here are some of my favorites on Etsy right now. I am loving the mongrams on some of these items as well.

1. Monogrammed Pillow
2. Dress
3. Monogrammed Pendant
4. Infinity Scarf
5. Camera Bag