Rustic Spring Wreath

Hello everybody! I am back after taking some time off blogging. It has been crazy here with business and great things happening to our family. But I am glad I am back. I have been spring cleaning our house, organizing and doing some projects. It has been really cold here in the Midwest, so we have been inside a lot even though it seems like Spring is slowly coming. I had to do something to get the house in spring mode since I pretty much never decorate for Spring. So in my last trip to Walmart I found these in the craft/floral section:

I immediately thought something like this:

So I got my glue gun and went to work…it is pretty much self-explanatory: I cut the flowers and hot glued them into the wreath. Easy!

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Easiest Way to Make Silhouettes

Today I will show you how I make my silhouettes for the family “tell a story” picture wall. The gallery starts with when my husband and I started dating up until now. I wanted to include some vintage-y touch to it since I ADORE everything cottage and vintage. This is the easiest way to make them, I know there are other people that use Photoshop but I still do not have that program, so I did it the “homemade” way.
First, I took a picture of my son against a window. The picture was already very dark. Then using Picasa I edited the picture using the “pencil sketch.” Using a chisel sharpie I traced the contour of the face and then filled in the rest.

I let it dry and cut around it. Then I glued in on vintage music paper and put it on the frame.
I did the same for my other son and daughter.
How easy is that!
And this is how it looks now, with a new wall color. We switched from SW “Maison Blanche” to Behr “Silver Drop.” Perfect greige, so airy and awesome.
Yes, there is one silhouette from my hubby and I 😉 And we believe true love never ends!

 I still have more things to add to the gallery, but it is good for now.

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Herbs in The Kitchen

In my dreams, my kitchen has a big window in which I can display my kids gifts for Mother’s day, decorations and my cooking herbs. Here is an absolute dream…

                         Deep Windowsill
Hey, if we are gonna dream, let’s dream BIG!

 Since my kitchen window is so little, I have to get creative. I can still decorate with plants. I love the touch they give to a room. In the kitchen, I can decorate with herbs and have them in hand for whenever I need them AND I can have them all year round. In my garden I have rosemary, thyme, cilantro and parsley, the herbs that we use the most. I also planted basil but it died ;-( so I have to go to Walmart and get some for my kitchen. Honestly, having this herbs in your kitchen will also make it smell so good! I personally adore the smell of rosemary, and it tastes so yummy on roasted potatoes! Why buy dried if you can have them fresh?
I found a sale on terracotta planters for .79 cents each. I knew EXACTLY what I would do with them! After a love hug from Annie Sloan chalk paint and some silhouette decals, they would be transformed…
They started like this:

I applied two coats of chalk paint in ultra white. After they dried I sanded out the edges using fine grit sandpaper.

I cut the numbers using my Silhouette Portrait and vinyl.

Then I applied a coat of wax to seal it. Ta da! I have my favorite herbs on hand (basil missing) for whenever I need them plus the kitchen smells divine!

Do you like to have fresh herbs in the kitchen? Let me know in the comments section. Stay tuned…in two days…Frugal Friday #2 is coming!
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Little Lamp Makeover

I have had this little lamp on top of our piano for quite a long time. The lamp that was on my daughter’s nightstand broke and she needed a new one. We love having this lamp on her nightstand because at night we read stories in bed and use it. My princess is all girly and she absolutely loves pink, pink everything! I took one of the lamps on top of the piano and decided to do a makeover. The lamp itself is from Walmart and very inexpensive. I bought a self adhesive lamp shade a Hobby Lobby (with discount coupon, of course), and had in mind using ribbon and flowers.
First, I cut a piece of fabric to glue to the shade. I had some left over from some Target curtains, this was very easy using the hot glue gun. 
Before, it looked like this:

After I glued the fabric:

I found this cute fabric flowers on Hobby Lobby

Hot glued some ribbon on the edges and on the inside.

Then I cut and glued polka dot ribbon in the center.

Added the flower and ta da! “New” lamp for my princess bedroom! She loved it!

I really have to update that picture…my friend Sarah took it when my princess turned 1…She is almost 3!!!
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Fun Catapults

My kids adore this! It is so simple, cheap and fun… just our kind of activity!
Materials:

  • Craft sticks
  • Rubber bands
  • Marshmallows and other stuff to throw (different weights, we used cotton balls and little toys)
First, arrange together 8 craft sticks and tie each end with a rubber band.

Second, put together two more craft sticks and tie up only one end.

Then it is pretty much self explanatory…

After this step make sure you tie up the center in a cross for security.

The kids have a blast competing who reaches the furthest.

Halloween Costumes plus Cool Crafts

Wow! What a weekend it’s been! We had the Trunk or Treat at our Church and it was so much fun. There were several games including bean bag toss, face painting, minute to win it among others. There was also a Haunted House that was really great. My kids got to wear their costumes for the first time and they were excited, except my oldest son. He changed his mind so many times that at the end he decided he wanted to use the same costume as last year…a Ninja, which he said this year it was a Knight. My daughter and I were witches, and it got so crazy around here that I did not have time to make my tutu so instead I wore a dress that I found on Halloween City for only 12.99.

The handsomest Ninjas!

Cutest witch I have seen!

The witches!

I made my daughter’s tutu following THIS tutorial, remember? The cat and bats are a kit that I found on Walmart and they are actually glow in the dark DUCT TAPE! I saw it and I was amazed. Perfect for her costume! The hats are from Target and so is her broom. My oldest son’s costume is from Walmart and my other son’s costume is from Target.
Now onto some cool crafts projects on the web:

witch door decoration
Coolest door decor from Good Housekeeping
Cute and Cushy Fabric Pumpkins
Super cute fabric pumpkins by allfreeholidayscrafts.com
Trick or Treat bags by Turtle Taylor
Candy topiaries by Crafty Sisters
Are you ready for Wednesday???