Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Terrific Under Ten Tuesday #16

Welcome to Terrific Under Ten Tuesday!

Blogger was acting funny most of last week, so I was unable to leave comments on a lot of last week's linky party links. But I did visit each and everyone and enjoyed all your thrifty projects!

Here are a few I would like to highlight:

Happy Pillow Trio from Busy Home Adventures


Candy Bouquet Tutorial from Delightful Order


Burlap Garden Flag from Vintage Gwen


If you were featured today please grab and "I'm Featured" button from my sidebar to add to your blog! Thanks so much!

Now it's time for this week's linky party!



At Home With K



Here are the rules:

1. Your project must be made or bought for $10 or less. Crafts, Makeovers, Thrift Finds, Recipes, Kids Projects...

2. Please do not link up Online Shops or Giveaways.

3. You can link up multiple projects.

4. Link to the specific post and not to the main page of your blog.

5. Add the Terrific Under Ten Tuesdays button to your post, side bar, or linky party list.

6. Visit at least one other project and leave a comment. We all love comments!

Then I'll feature some favorites on the next Terrific Under Ten Tuesday.

*By linking up, you give me the permission to use your photo(s) from your post.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Mini Plank Wood Frame

Did you go check out my guest post over at Chicks Dig Deals last week? I show you an easy tutorial on how to make a fun plank wood frame.


I enjoyed it so much, I made a mini version to share with you today.


I cut 3 equal length 1x3's that I already had in my wood stash. Before I assembled the frame, I went ahead and painted them the colors of my choice. I used cream and seaside.


After they were dry, I attached all 3 pieces from the back with 2 pieces of lathe. I screwed them into each board to properly secure.


 I sanded down the edges and all over for the nice distressed look. I then applied Early American MinWax Stain to richin' up the color a little.


I painted a clothespin black then I applied a small piece of scrapbook paper to the front with modge podge. When it was dry, I sanded the edges and used some ink to darken the edges.

I then attached a clothespin to the middle piece of plank with a screw. There was already a hole in the actual clothespin. If you find that difficult, then Gorilla Glue will work good, too.


And now I have a fun mini plank frame to display one of my favorite photos from Summerstead. It's actually a postcard that she sent to me when I won her FAB giveaway awhile back. I just love Heather's photography. And this simple chair just makes me smile.


Thanks for stopping by today!

Linking up HERE

The Lettered Cottage


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

My 50 cent stool

I bought this wonderful already distressed stool at a garage sale for 50 cents last fall. Don't know if it is old or was put together with old wood, but I still snagged it up for that price!

The only problem was that I didn't like the green. It was like minty sea green. I even kept it outside all winter to see if the green would distress more...but I still wasn't in love with it.  


After cleaning it up, I used some leftover cream paint and 'dry brushed' the stool. I purposely left some of the old wood and green paint peeking through. I didn't want to cover up all the wonderful crackle from the previous layers of paint.

It was a little too white...so I added some Early American MinWax stain to tone it down a bit. :)


Now I really love it.


It's tall and sturdy so it makes a wonderful stepping stool as well for my 3 year old. :)


Look at that beautiful crackle.


Not bad for 50 cents! I love finds like this!


Linking up HERE

Monday, May 23, 2011

Terrific Under Ten Tuesday #15

WELCOME TO TERRIFIC UNDER TEN TUESDAY!

Here are a few links that I would like to highlight from last week's party:

Us and Them made these fun time out stools! Well fun for us, not for the 'naughty' little boy or girl. :) We have a naughty stool at our house as well, but I think our's needs spiffed up like these.


Fine and Handy madeover these sweet toy box. But it didn't look sweet before...you'll have to see it to believe it! I just love the vintage color, painted birds and knobs she used.


Yum! A Woman's Haven shows us how to make these Grilled Alfredo Pizzas. This would be a perfect treat to make on the grill this summer!


I make my own laundry soap but haven't for awhile. Mommy Minded shares her favorite laundry detergent recipe. It looks like it will be good one and I can't wait to try it out!


Kammy's Korner found this awesome old door in her barn...lucky her! She cleaned it up and added a clock to make a unique statement in her room!


If you were featured today please grab an "I'm Featured" button on my sidebar to add to your blog! Thanks so much!!

Now it's your turn to link up!



At Home With K


Here are the rules:

1. Your project must be made or bought for $10 or less. Crafts, Makeovers, Thrift Finds, Recipes, Kids Projects...

2. Please do not link up Online Shops or Giveaways.

3. You can link up multiple projects.

4. Link to the specific post and not to the main page of your blog.

5. Add the Terrific Under Ten Tuesdays button to your post, side bar, or linky party list.

6. Visit at least one other project and leave a comment. We all love comments!

Then I'll feature some favorites on the next Terrific Under Ten Tuesday.

*By linking up, you give me the permission to use your photo(s) from your post.




Sunday, May 22, 2011

Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop

I am so excited to be co-hosting the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop with Homemaker on a Dime this week!





I was honored when SJ asked me to co-host! SJ and me have one thing in common...we love to decorate on a budget! One of my favorite projects of hers is this fun SIDE TABLE that was originally a filing cabinet. I also love her Bright & Beautiful Girl's Bedroom! You'll definitely have to check out her blog!

There are 2 simple rules for the linky party:

1) Link up your creative post - can be a DIY project, decor, photography, crafts, recipes, poem, thrift finds, link party, or that informative syndicated post that can make us laugh, or cry - in short, whatever you're proud of! And if you like to link more creative posts, go for it! We'd love to see them :) (No links to businesses or giveaways.)

2) Follow as many blogs as you desire, preferably starting first with the one who linked before you and after you, before branching out, and let them know by leaving a comment. (Following me and the co-host will be very much appreciated, and we definitely follow back. Just let us know you're following.)

You’re not required to include the party button but if you’re so inclined to display it in your blog or your post, you’re very much welcome to do so :)

Link opens up every Sunday at 5:00 pm, PST.

Because we like something different, we're using the reverse entry for inlinkz - so the most recent participant will show up as number 1, thus giving everybody a chance to have the #1 spot.

Let the party begin :)


Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop #8


Friday, May 20, 2011

I'm Guest Posting Today!

I'm guest posting over at Chicks Dig Deals today! Can you guest what it is? Come on over and check it out and tell me what you think over there!


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Jungle Baby Shower

This past Sunday, my SIL and I hosted a Jungle Baby Shower for my cousin. It was a lot of fun to plan and put together and I have some pics to share of the event. :)

My cousin is having Jungle Baby theme for the baby room so we went along with that theme for the shower. She is young, hip and somewhat wild herself so I wanted to keep the colors more vibrant than the traditional pastel colors when we think of baby.

She is expecting a boy...but not always. :) For the first 1/2 of her pregnancy the Dr. guessed it would be a girl even with the high tech 4D ultrasounds. My cousin decided on Colton for the name but for awhile his name was Layla. :)

For the Shower my SIL did the food and I took care of the decorating and games. My SIL loves baking/cooking so I was more than willing to give that task to her. :)

If you know me by now, I like to save a buck or 2. So I tried to decorate the best I could on a budget.

I made this fun banner out of on sale scrapbook paper and twine. I stenciled the letters with craft paint. I cut out some jungle animals from a scrapbook paper I had at home. The colors I mostly used for the decor were brown, blue, green and yellow.


I then added 3 pieces of brown and blue crepe paper to the banner to attach baby photos of the mommy and daddy. I just used poster putty, so mommy can easily detach the photos/crepe paper if she wanted to use the banner in his room.


Below the banner was a space to have a children's book signed by each guest. I love "Love you Forever" and my cousin will too as she reads to her sweet baby and remembers her special shower. Also on this table and around the room, I added building blocks (my son's), wood animals, paper flowers and 'tropical' looking plants. The shower was held at my aunt's house, so I used some of her plants to help with the decor.


Here's a closer look at the message in the frame. I took one of my distressed frames to use and added some zebra scrapbook paper.


Moving over to the food table...Probably the most expensive thing I bought for the shower was the fabric for the table cloth. I got 2 yards on sale at Hobby Lobby. I'm glad I got it because it really added to the look compared to a plain table cloth.


My SIL is a wonderful baker. She made peanut butter stuffed elephant cupcakes. Her co-worker's wife made the sweet elephant toppers. :)


How fun are these zebra cupcakes?! They are white cake with chocolate pudding in the middle. Yum!


She also included animal crackers.


Jungle Fruit: Bananas, Mango and Pineapple


And trail mix.

The fun wood animals are from Hobby Lobby already made for around 65 cents each.


Besides on the banner, I added a few extra baby pictures of the parents here and there.




My 2 young nieces were there to help so they helped scatter the blocks all over the room. :)


I forgot to mention my pom poms. How fun to make! Simple and cheap! I got the instructions from HERE from Martha Stewart. Each pom pom cost $1.


I also made these fun paper flowers using this TUTORIAL. They were also simple and cheap. I made them while watching a movie.


For activities, I had each guest introduce themselves, tell us how they know mommy and then give some mommy/baby advice. I had several advice ideas on small slips of paper that they had to pick out of my bowl.

For example:
 Advice on When Mommy & Baby get home from hospital
Newborn Advice
When Mommy is Frustrated
When Mommy is Exhausted.
Mommy Must Haves
Baby Must Haves
When Baby is in Elementary School
When Baby is in High School

Some advice was funny and others loving/sentimental.

Then I had 2 games planned. First was the the Picasso Baby game. Each guest had to draw a baby BUT could not look. I gave each one a paper plate and a marker and they had to put the plate on their head. There was lots of laughs during this one. Mommy got to pick the favorite drawing and that person was the winner.

Here's my grandma. I don't think she reads my blog...Good thing, she just 'loves' her picture taken. :)


We also played this fun Candy Bar Game! I think this was the favorite.

My cousin was blessed with many well needed gifts and she's all set for baby Colton to arrive any day now. Can't wait to meet him, so I can get my baby fix. :)

Linking up HERE

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Terrific Under Ten Tuesday #14

WELCOME TO TERRIFIC UNDER TEN TUESDAY!

Here are some fun projects that I would love to feature today from last week's Linky Party:

Ms Not So Perfect shared how to make a Personalized Paper Weight. What a great idea for Father's Day. Isn't the photo sweet?! I got fishermen at my house, too. :)


I love pizza and I love zucchini...how about Zucchini Pizza?!! Chez Mukweto shares this yummy recipe that I can't wait to try out!


Summer is just around the corner. One Artsy Mama shows how to make UV bracelets for the kiddos. Remember that sunscreen!


Khaly Tory found a creative way to makeover her lamp shade with glossy fabric. I love the color and little rosettes she added. So sweet.


If you were featured today please grab and "I'm Featured" button on my sidebar to add to your blog! Thanks so much!!

Now it's your turn to link up!







At Home With K


Here are the rules:

1. Your project must be made or bought for $10 or less. Crafts, Makeovers, Thrift Finds, Recipes, Kids Projects...

2. Please do not link up Online Shops or Giveaways.

3. You can link up multiple projects.

4. Link to the specific post and not to the main page of your blog.

5. Add the Terrific Under Ten Tuesdays button to your post, side bar, or linky party list.

6. Visit at least one other project and leave a comment. We all love comments!

Then I'll feature some favorites on the next Terrific Under Ten Tuesday.

*By linking up, you give me the permission to use your photo(s) from your post.