Thursday, March 14, 2013

Jay Cyn Fabrics

So, big confession, I am a hoarder of sorts. Don't get me wrong, I like to stay organized and I am good at getting rid of junk around the house, but I definitely have a great fabric and paper stash! Well maybe hoarder isn't the right word, maybe collector has a better ring to it. Whenever I see beautiful paper or fabric, I snatch it up. I am often asked what project I am working on to which I have to respond, "I don't have one at the moment, but this sure will come in handy for something". I have found there are some people who get it and just nod in agreement and others who have a slight look of shock on their faces, it's clear they just don't understand. I have rarely regretted my "collecting" abilities. I mean, who doesn't need pretty paper and fabric? 

Not sure why, but having a baby always makes me want cute quilting fabric. I am pretty good at quilting, but I think I'd like to take a stab at sewing some summer bloomers and ruffle pants - think Matilda Jane. While browsing the many talented fabric designers, I came across Jay - Cyn and I am in love. The patterns have such a classic look to them and I am really liking the muted colors. Set Sail has been around for a little while, so it may be hard to find these prints, but I'm definitely going to try. Both lines would make darling summer outfits for baby Drue. 

There are so many other amazing fabric designers out there, I can't wait to highlight some more and add to my growing collection! Who are you liking right now?

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Porter's New Room

I really have never been one for primary colors, but I love how they all came together in Porter's room. My kids both love their treasures and its always a challenge to keep them looking good. This shelf from Ikea was the perfect solution to keep them up out of arms reach. Three of the walls were painted a light grey and the third wall was painted a muted blue which helps tone down all of the colors and works as more of a neutral so that all of the fun treasures stand out. 

Porter's light was one of my favorite DIYs. I wanted to do fun light fixtures in both of their rooms, but didn't want to spend several hundred dollars to do it. I was thrilled when I found a perfect tutorial on an orb light at The Covered Bridge. I purchased an old ugly brass light from our local classifieds for $25.00. I took off all of the glass panels and kept only the center part. I then purchased two garden baskets from Walmart and spray painted everything red and added globe lights. I am so happy with how it turned out and love how it looks in his room.

I am a finisher and I love getting things done. These rooms have been works in progress for several months and it's so nice to have them done and looking complete. We usually take forever to hang pictures, but a room never quite looks complete without that done. I couldn't be happier with how everything looks, no regrets.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Vintage Light Fixture Makeover

Paisley's light fixture was my favorite DIY in her room. I found this ugly old green fixture on our local online classifieds and immediately saw potential. However, when Paisley saw it, she was worried! I paid $40 for a set of two chandeliers. Below is what it looked like before I got my hands on it. My first step was adding some beads for more texture. I purchased wooden beads at Hobby lobby and wired them on along the spines that go down. Once they were secure, I spray painted the whole thing with Krylon watermelon pink. I had to spray a couple of coats to get full coverage and that was it! Pretty easy for a cute and unique fixture. We all love how it turned out. It has so much more character than a basic Home Depot ceiling mount.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Paisley's Room

We just finished a remodel project in our basement. To make room for baby, we moved our older kids downstairs. We added a bedroom and a bathroom and I'm so happy with how everything turned out! It was our first real project on our house and it made me excited to do more. I've started a list for the house, now just to come up with the moo-la to do it all! Moving the kiddos downstairs required a little redecorating of their rooms 
and several DIY projects. I finally have pics to share of their rooms 
and the how to's (in coming days) on the projects. First up is Paisley's room, enjoy!

Here is Paisley's room. It's hard to get a good photo of her entire room because it's slightly L-shaped. The letters for her name were unfinished wood letters purchased from a local craft store and covered with scrapbook paper using Mod Podge. I found the best new Command strips to hang these. I've used the Command hooks forever, but there are these new velcro strips you can use to hang picture frames and they worked perfect for the letters without having to hang a ledge or put a million nail holes in the new sheetrock. The light was a vintage light purchased from the local want-ads, which I spruced up a bit. I'll show the before photos later this week.

Her bedding was all purchased from HomeGoods a couple of years ago, except for the bedskirt which I made from some vintage looking chenille fabric. All of these prints are a little wild & bright, but it totally fits Paisley's personality. She is one fun-spirited 10 year old! 

Her drapes were made with discount fabric purchased at Home Fabrics, a local home decor fabric store for $5/ yd. Her desk and chair are both from Ikea.

 For Christmas this past year, Paisley was asking for the reading tent from Land of Nod, but I just couldn't fork out the almost $200 to purchase, so I did the next best thing. I rummaged through my fabric stash and made her one. It's a little mis-matched and not perfect, but I think it adds to the same look as the rest of her room. She loved it and I loved making it for her for a fraction of the Land of Nod version.

 Paisley is my little collector. She loves her treasures and has a hard time parting with any of them so we definitely had to have a place to keep them looking their best. This Ikea bookshelf was the perfect purchase to keep her treasures organized. 

Paisley had a lot of pictures and posters she wanted to hang and was a little disappointed we didn't hang them all. I tried to pull out ones that had special meaning, matched her room and looked good together. I think we came up with a good mix for her gallery wall. 

Monday, March 4, 2013

Pinterest Recipe Pins

One of my favorite things to pin is food. How does one resist those amazing images, especially when hungry? So, we have all pinned a lot of recipes, but how many have we actually tried? It's always a little scary to try a new recipe, especially without knowing if it's good. A good visual image doesn't always equal yummy food as I've found out the hard way.   I'd like to share my recent faves and would love to hear from you on on any you have tried that are just as yummy!

1) Balsamic pulled beef french dip sandwiches: these were so yummy and easy to make. You literally just through everything in the slow cooker. the The leftovers are even better!
2) Dill tuna salad: This is so much better than plain tuna and makes a great lunch sandwich!
3) Chicken Masala: My husband is a huge fan of Indian food and loved this recipe.
4) Roasted Tomato, Feta & lentils: This is so healthy & tastes great.
5) Avocado & sun dried tomato quesadillas: This one was also a great lunch option for a cold wintry day. 
6) Shrimp & quinoa spring rolls: These were so yummy and again healthy! We loved the dipping sauce.
7) Tomato tortellini soup: I don't know about how healthy this one is if you're trying to lose weight, but it was a great use for Costco tortellini. It was a nice warm & hearty soup for a snowy night.