Thursday, July 9, 2015

Jewelry Cabinet Facelift

 Hey Friends! 
I have another project to share today.
A jewelry cabinet makeover.
Sister has moved up to big girl jewelry, and is sporting dangly earrings on a daily basis. 
She looks so grown up with them in...sniff..
She had her ears pierced when she was 4, and has never had any issues until about a month ago when one of her ears became infected. 
We switched to dangly earrings, and thankfully haven't had any issues since. 
 She needed a new jewelry storage solution, so I went digging around in my stash in the attic, and found this cabinet. It was a yard sale find. 
I think I paid around $5 for it a few years ago. I kept thinking I just needed to get rid of it, but I'm so glad I didn't ;-)
The previous owners used some serious paint stripper on this cabinet, so all I had to do was use 220 grit sand paper on my orbital sander to smooth out the finish.

 Sister picked out the colors. Turquoise was the first color she wanted. The cabinet took 2 coats.
 Remember the old drawer I turned into a jewelry organizer? Well, I used the same type of metal from Hobby Lobby. This sheet was $11.99 (a little steep, but I used a 40% off coupon. It made the price not sting as bad). I laid the sheet on the back side of the cabinet door and marked off where I needed to cut.

 I used metal snippers to cut little sections at a time, being careful not to cut my fingers on the metal. It's extremely sharp.
 Once I was finished snipping, I tapped the edges down with a hammer.
After the metal was smooth, I painted it purple, Sister's second choice.
(Sometimes you have to get creative when spray painting two sided objects.)
 Once things had dried enough to handle, I attached the metal screen to the cabinet door(because I didn't have the patience to wait until it was completely dry), and then drilled a bigger hole in the door front so I could attach this adorable button knob from Hobby Lobby.
 I also added 2 picture frame hangers to the back of the cabinet, and hung it. I felt comfortable with using those because this cabinet is made out of very lite, thin wood.
 Here's a shot of the inside of the cabinet. It looks a little beat up, but the door will stay closed the majority of the time, so I am ok with it.
 And a quick before and after shot.

Now, Sister has a nice little spot to showcase her earrings, and it will be so much easier keeping up with them.

 And just for fun, a reality shot... so you know that I don't keep a perfect house. I just move things out of view ;-)
Thanks for stopping by! Let me know what you think!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Feature Friday-Baby Owl Gift Set

 School is about to start for us, so I am squeezing as much in as possible before we get rolling.
I have been knocking out projects left and right, and getting lots of sewing in. When school starts, most of this will come to a screeching halt. 
The kiddos' education comes before crafting, sewing, spray painting, fun(I kid...but really), building, all things get the idea. We have fun with homeschooling, but it's exhausting and leaves little room for anything else. 
I am branching out a bit, and trying to promote my Etsy store  more. We'll see how long I keep this up once school starts....but here's to hoping!!
My goal is to blog about some of my merchandise every Friday in a "Feature Friday" post, and tell you a little more about the items I am trying to sell.

 This little owl set is my latest addition to the store.
My very best of all best friends from high school is giving birth to her 3rd little one in just a few days, and it's
 A GIRL!! 
This bestie is my soul mate. Hubs is my male soul mate, but this friend is the female counterpart. It seems at times that the only thing we differ in is our appearance. She is a big time DIY'er. She loves to sew, paint, sand, and build. And I will have to say, she's pretty stinkin' amazing at everything she does. She's the friend that I can go ages without talking to, and then pick right back up where we left off. 
We both share a sick sarcastic sense of  humor. 
We both do hair.
And we both love us some Jesus.
She's truly a blessing, and I'm so thankful to have her as a friend.

I can't wait to meet her new little bundle of joy. 
Don't you just love the name she has picked out? It belonged to her grandmother. 
I am a sucker for family names.

Here in the South, we have to monogram everything. It's in the rule books. I'm sure of it. And when you have a little girl, you have to have SEVERAL coordinating monogrammed outfits. 
I am just helping the cause, folks.
If you're interested in purchasing your own owl gift set, you can click
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Thanks for stopping by!
Y'all have a good weekend!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

How to Dress Up Thrift Store Finds

Hello Friends. 
I hope you all are having a fine Thursday. 
Since it is Thursday, you know what that means. It's time to share my finds from thrifting.
And while we are on the subject of sharing....
I asked for your prayers on Sunday for my sister, Heather. She's pictured below with myself and our daddy.
Last Saturday, she was about to get ready for a family dinner to celebrate her 28th birthday, when she experienced three Grand mal seizures back to back.
I will spare you all the horrific details, but in the process of seizing, she dislocated and broke her right shoulder, and shattered her left shoulder and has a tear. 
She's still in the hospital, and is on lots of pain medication for the shoulders. The doctors are keeping her seizure medication pretty high, so that when she has her shoulder surgeries, she won't seize while under anesthesia. 
She is being transferred to a different hospital for the shoulder surgeries either today or tomorrow.
Apparently she has been experiencing partial seizures since she was a child, and we never knew it. This was all a complete shock.
She is in really good spirits, but that's just who she is. She is always making lemonade outta lemons. She's a blessing to anyone she encounters.
 So since she will be unable to raise her arms for quite some time, I ran over to the closest thrift store to find enormous men's button down shirts for her to wear. 
Now, if you have been following me for very long, you know that I always have to jazz things up a bit.
Since men's shirts aren't supposed to be flattering on women (because they're MEN'S shirts), I figured I'd slap a few monograms on them, so she could be comfortable AND cute ;-)

This was the last of the shirts I worked on, and I believe it's my favorite. This was an OOPS that turned out even better than I planned. I was pulling the pocket off with my seam ripper and ripped right through the shirt..AHH! I was so mad, I had to walk away.

 I came back after a full night's rest, and made a new pocket, patched the hole, monogrammed the pocket, and attached it to the shirt. Love!
Heather loves her some Vanderbilt. This shirt was a no brainer. 
Anchors and Vandy go together like milk and cookies.
 I used glitter fabric with this applique, and I think it's awesome...just sayin'.
Now this shirt, I think is my least favorite. 
Another one of Heather's loves is 'Merica.
She's all about the Red, White, and Blue. So I thought I would make her a festive shirt.
It didn't turn out how I had planned....she may want to set this one aside for when she turns 65.
To me it looks like a Granny shirt (no offense to you Granny's out there). 
 If anything, she can wear it at home when she has absolutely no where to be ;-)
 My sister is also a HUGE baseball fan. She lives and breathes baseball. I was in charge of her phone on Sunday to handle all calls or texts. She got a bazillion updates from her ESPN joke. She was heavily sedated, but was still watching a game on the television in her room. 
So since she's so crazy about baseball, I figured I would make her one that she could eventually dress up with maybe an undershirt, and some cute jeans to wear to the next game she attends.
 Total no-brainer ;-)
 I love the colors of this shirt. Hubs was kind of upset that he didn't end up with some of these(minus the girly monograms). I'm sure he'll survive though ;-)
 The turquoise doesn't quite show up on the plaid, but if you look really close you can see how pretty it is!!
And there you have it. Those are the shirts I'll be taking up to her so she can get a break from the ugly hospital gowns. Hopefully she'll be able to slide her arms in them without any pain.
Prayers on her behalf are still coveted and appreciated. 

On another note, I found this old Sunbeam mixer bowl at another thrift store for $1.50 last week. 
It's heavy, and perfect for housing fruit.
I recently cleaned out my kitchen and reorganized the counters and this bowl was a perfect addition. I'll share more from my kitchen soon.
 For those of you who are joining along in the hunt for thrifty finds, please shoot me an email or message me on Facebook with your finds. I would love to share your awesome deals with the rest of my readers!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Lego Friends Table

 Hello dear friends! I have a little project to share with y'all today. 
If you have been following along on Facebook, you know that I have been doing a little series called Thrifty Thursday's. It's where I share things that I have purchased from thrift stores or yard sales, and show you that it's possible to have awesome stuff without going broke. 

This thrifty find deserved an actual blog post.

S.R. has been after me for a few months now to make her a Lego table. I'm sure you recall the Lego Table I made for her brother 2 years ago...has it really been that long?!?
When I made it for E, little sister wasn't really into Legos, so I didn't feel the need to make her one at the time.
Well that time is here, so I had to come up with something for her as well.
And here it is.
 I found this table at one of the thrift stores I frequent. I happened to show up on one of their sale days. The table was $5. The store had coupons you could draw from a basket. I drew a 50% off coupon, so I used it on this table. $2.50 on a mostly wood table. Not too bad, eh?
I knew it would be just right for S.R.'s new Lego Table.
I needed to knock the finish off, so I used an orbital sander with 80 grit sand paper. It removed all the gunk off as well. It took about 10 minutes to finish that task.
The table had a 1/4" recess in the center, I need to fill it with strips of wood, so that the Lego plate wouldn't bow when being pressed down on.
Enter compound miter saw.
I forgot!!!!
I want to start sawing everything in half now...just kidding...maybe not ;-)
Once I measured and cut the wood, I stapled it down using the hubs' nail gun...also an awesome tool.
Now this was the tricky part. Here in Alabama, we are known for nasty, sticky humidity. One of the worst places to spray paint.
But I have a trick. I spray quickly, and immediately bring back into the house between coats. The dry time is a little longer because of the WET air, but it still works pretty well.
I really like Valspar for spray painting. I used to be a Krylon girl, but you only have a 1 hour painting window. Valspar is a little more forgiving, and if I have to go longer than an hour, the finish isn't compromised. I love it!

Sister chose pink, of course!
 I sprayed the legs, apron, and the top edges of the table. I didn't paint the center because the Lego plate would be covering that space.
Here's a close up of the top. You can see I got a little staple happy...I Love Power Tools!!
I forgot to take a picture of the next 2 steps.
While the last coat of paint was drying, I drilled two holes on the table top and added some glitzy  hardware to hold the Lego bag. I had originally intended for the hardware to go on my hair sink cabinet, but I saw how much S.R. loved them, so I decided to surprise her with them. She loves all things that glitter and sparkle...I don't know very many girls who don't!
After the knobs were in, I glued the Lego plate down with Liquid Nails. I set some heavy books on top to help it adhere.
I also sewed a bag with fabric I had in my stash to house her Legos. She only has a few Legos right now, so the bag should be enough for now. If her collection grows, there's plenty of room to set a basket under the table.
And here's the finished product.
 A close up of the glitzy hardware.

And once again, the before and after.
I am so glad to have a project completed!
We start school in 2 1/2 weeks, so I am squeezing as much as I can into what little summer we have left!!
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Monday, April 6, 2015


I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend.
We had a really great time with family and friends. We got to see cousins on Saturday that we haven't seen in years, from my daddy's side of the family. There were over 70 of us that gathered together. It was amazing to see how much love everyone had for each other.
Each holiday is getting harder, and harder to come back home. That is one thing that we don't have where we
(apparently we were supposed to be making a silly face in this picture, and only half were listening)
We were able to grab a few pictures yesterday morning of my own little family.
The Jasmine vine is in full bloom, and I love it!
It was the perfect backdrop for our pictures.
I love these faces!!
 At this point, the kids had had enough of the camera.
This guy....
just like his daddy in every way. He had his pocket knife on his hip and had been wearing his sun glasses all morning.
We told him he looked like a "special agent."
A big shout out to Wal-Mart for having a shirt and tie combo for $10!!
 And this sweet girl thought she was a princess. She gave up smocked dresses a few years ago, and I was so sad.
I found this dress at a consignment store with the tags still on it. I told her it was Cinderella blue, and she was hooked. ;-)
 My babies are getting so big!
I am so proud of these kiddos.
We are on the home stretch with school. The kids have been working so hard. They are little troopers. All three of us are ready for the summer break to get here. They can play, and I can craft! I am dying to pull some things out of the attic to re-purpose.
Just a few more weeks!!!

Friday, March 13, 2015

A Little Rant

You know that moment when you feel like you've had an amazing idea, and you work really hard on that idea, and it turns out better than expected?
Then you decide to share it with others because you want everyone else in on the fun?
What you didn't realize was that eventually, no one would know that it was your idea in the first place, and your feelings are just a little bit hurt.
This is where I am right feelings are just a smidge hurt.
Almost 2 years ago, I turned a little old $5 yard sale table into this LEGO Table.
And for those of you who may be concerned...the table had been sanded down by the previous owner, and it wasn't a priceless antique that I decided to butcher and then paint;-)
It was cheaply made, and thus, I felt completely justified in giving it new life.
Since then, I have seen this table EVERYWHERE!
At least weekly, I see it on a blog, Facebook or Pinterest.
When you search "Lego Table" on Pinterest or Google, it's one of the first images to appear.
I find this truly mind-boggling...especially since my blog only gets a little over a thousand page views a day.
What bothers me, is when my images are taken from my blog without permission...altered...and then sent across the internet with no recognition of who the owner is. This is a common thing, I know, and comes with the blogging territory, but it's still slightly irritating.
Case in point.
I have seen this picture over and over again on Facebook.
It's exciting to see at first because I see how many "likes" and "shares" it has under the picture(sometimes a few, sometimes hundreds of thousands).
But then, I notice that something is missing.
My water mark.
Big thumbs down.

Now obviously, if someone really wanted the complete tutorial, all they would have to do is type "Lego table" in any search engine, and they would come across it in no time.
But that's not the point.
It's my work, and I'd like for people to be directed to my blog...plain and simple.
Like I said before, I realize that's the nature of the it.
I will say this...for those of you who have found me, whether it be from Google, Facebook, Pinterest, or any other search engine, and have commented on the post, shared the post, sent emails asking for permission to use my photos, or sent words of encouragement, I thank you for that.
It means so much to me to know that I am inspiring others to turn "trash into treasure", to give new life to an old piece, to be creative when you start with something small.
That is what I love to do, and if I can help someone else develop that same love, then it's been a good day.
And for those of you who say that this table obviously belongs to someone who doesn't have "a real Lego collection," you'll be happy to know that all of our Legos do not fit in this table, but we don't have a huge collection either. We have enough, and the kiddos seem to be completely content with what they do have:-)
Rant over. :-)


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Mulan Themed Family Night

In January, I reinstated our family nights, and I am so glad I did.
Since last August, our evenings had been filled with soccer, American Heritage Girls, chess club, basketball, church, and all sorts of other functions.
It was so nice to finally slow down and spend more than one night at home.
The kids begged me to start doing family nights again, and I was happy to oblige.
We listen to a Disney station on Pandora quite a bit...because I'm kind of a Disney freak...and we kept hearing the songs from Mulan over and over again, so I took my cue, and ran with a Mulan theme.
Fortunate for me, Party City had a few things for Chinese New Year, so I grabbed some paper dragons, two hats and two fans.
All of the other items I used to decorate with were leftovers from parties that I have hosted in the past.
In fact, you may even recognize a few ;-)
 The kids loved the hats and the dragons.
When needing help in the inspiration department, I usually turn to Pinterest(I mean, who doesn't, right?) and almost all of the parties I came across had Chinese paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling.
My paper lanterns have just about bitten the dust...they are so OLD, but they got the job done. A few of them are barely hanging on. Thank goodness the Dollar Tree carries them frequently! Where would we be without the Dollar Tree?!?
The paper umbrella was a new addition from Hobby Lobby, but has since met an untimely death due to over extension :-( It was definitely fun to use while it lasted though!!
 For seating, I used some old outdoor cushions I had up in the attic, and I covered them with table cloths and table runners to make floor cushions.
In theory, this was a great idea...but when you have a husband who is 6'3", chairs really are the more practical solution;-)
I relied on Pandora once again to help set the mood, and we listened to Chinese Flute music(the kids love listening to this station while doing school...they say it relaxes them!).
On the menu was obviously Chinese. We were in the middle of our Whole 30 journey, so ordering take out wasn't an option. Here again is where Pinterest came through for us.
You can check out my Whole 30 Pinterest Board, to find some great recipes! Especially the Sunshine Sauce....YUMMM!
Once we finished dinner and dessert, we blew out the candles, piled onto the couch and watched Mulan. I had forgotten what a good movie that was.
I hope I can inspire you to take the time to slow down and spend time with your family. It doesn't have to be elaborate, but your kids will definitely appreciate the time that you spend together, when it's just you, alone, doing something that you love.