Tuesday, September 30, 2014

New Entry and Exterior

My husband and I have been debating for months now on which home project to work on. Our options were redoing the yard, finishing remodeling the basement or to remodel the entry and exterior of our home. We finally decided to move forward with the exterior so that we could have happy thoughts when we pulled into our driveway. We have a basic brick rambler with outdated siding in desperate need of an update. Ever since we bought our house about four years ago, we have wanted to hang Hardie Shakes in place of the vinyl siding, paint the brick, buy a new front door and redo the entry overhang. Now it comes down to decision time which for me is hard in a pinch because I want everything to look good on a budget! I've narrowed it down to three looks with different hardware finishes. I'm leaning towards the oil rubbed bronze. I love the brass but with our brick being painted a light color, I think it would be washed out.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

DIY enamel vases

As promised, here is one of the DIY projects from Betty Carroll's birthday bash! I wanted to add some color but was on a tight budget. I was so excited when I came across this idea on Pinterest. It is so easy and really added that pop of color I was looking for. I put the kids to work and it was our family project one Sunday afternoon. Glass vases and bottles are so common at second hand shops. I bought all of mine at our local Savers and Deseret Industries. They were less expensive at Deseret Industries. I paid anywhere from .25 - $2.00 depending on the size and style. I bought my enamel paint at Michaels craft store. There were lots of colors available and I ended up buying 3 different colors and mixing them to get the hue I was after.

Start by making sure you wash and dry all of your vases so theres no dust or leftover grime from sitting on the shelf. Then get the enamel paint you purchased. Make sure its enamel paint because this is made for glass surfaces. If you use acrylic paint, it will flake and make a mess! The paint I purchased was really thick so I actually mixed a few drops of water in first. You will then want to squirt or pour the paint into the vase and roll the vase around until all of the interior surfaces are covered with the paint. Make sure and pour out any excess paint into the next vase you will be working on. Set this one aside and move to the next vase. Continue in this pattern until all of your vases have been painted. Once this is done, you will want to dump out any excess paint once again because you don't want it puddled in the bottom. You then need to let the vases dry for about 48 hours to make sure they are completely dry.

I did put water in mine for the flowers, however the paint did start to bubble by the end of the night. I dumped the water out and let them dry again and they seem to be fine. I don't think water in general is a good idea though unless for a short period. Good luck on this project and enjoy!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

My Mother In Laws' 70th Birthday Bash

We had a great birthday celebration for Jared's mom in July to celebrate her 70th birthday! We've never thrown her a big bash and figured it was about time. We spent about a month planning and sending out invitations to all of her closest friends and family. It was so making all of the food preparations and decorations. I started by creating a mood board for the general feel and color scheme of the party which helped immensely in the planning phase. Her party was held at a condo clubhouse probably built in the 1970s so there was a lot of brown. Yuck! The fun colors helped kick the vibe up a notch. I made fun birthday banners which were hung by the front door and on the food tables. I have a lovely friend who cut vinyl lettering and huge #70 which we stuck to the wall. I also made a lot of tissue tassels for the entrance and along the large glass sliding doors. I wish I would have had more time to do a layered look like on the mood board, but those tassels seem to take forever! The centerpieces are enameled cheapo glass vases from second hand stores with flowers, succulents in leafed pots and El Pato cans. El Pato has been a family favorite for a long time so I loved being able to add that little touch. I also ran out of time to do the pom pom flowers and the paper feathers, but all in all the party was a success! I've added links on the photos of where to purchase many of the items we used. I will also have a couple of DIY projects to share with everyone in the coming days. In the meantime, enjoy the pics!

 I found the enamel vase idea on Pinterest here. I love how they turned out but they don't hold up with water in them very well. The paint bubbles and peels. It worked fine for a couple of hours but any longer than that and it would have been a real mess! I already had the succulents with silver and gold leafed rims which I made during the holidays.

 The tissue ball garland idea came from Oh Happy Day and the balls themselves were purchased here. They were super easy to tie onto the string and added such a nice pop of color to an otherwise very blah room. The birthday banners are colored card stock cut with gold vinyl letters adhered to them and then strung with accents of gold eyelash yarn and yarn pom poms on the ends.

My friend cut the large 70 from gold vinyl which really helped this otherwise very plain wall. 
This was a fun little candy bar and on the chalkboard are fun facts from the year Betty Carroll was born. The tutorial for when I made this chalkboard is here.

 This is Carroll's brother in law, Dale posing on the entrance porch to the party. I had a couple of colorful balloon topiaries on both sides, but the wind got ahold of them and we couldn't find them anywhere! So the tied helium balloons did the trick.

 Here is a pic of our cute family minus baby Drue. Funny story though … Paisley went home for a swimsuit at the end of the night and decided to bring Drue back to celebrate and left the babysitter hangin' at our house. Needless to say, I wasn't super happy, but Paisley thought she should be at the party too!


 Jared's family: siblings and cousins
 Betty Carroll shown in the center with her siblings
Jared and his mama!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Summer Projects: DIY Tee Pee

So I have a whole bucket list of projects to make this summer and I feel like I haven't even made a dent, but I have made some progress. I "gave" an unmade tee pee to Porter for Christmas and feel so happy to have finished it and he feels even happier! I don't think he believed I'd ever get it done. It will be fun to take outside in the yard for some shade on these sun shiny summer days. He's already slept in it several times . . . a big phew as a mom that he loves it! There are a lot of tutorials out there for tee pees and I combined a couple to make mine. I used this one and this one, but I thought I'd include my own little tutorial as well. I definitely had a few hiccups, but overall was pleased with how it turned out. The only regret I have is probably not making it a little bigger.

Step 1: Pick your fabrics. I bought ours from Hobby Lobby using coupons and also from Home Fabrics which is one of my favorite places to buy inexpensive home decor weight fabrics. Overall, I bought about 6-7 yards of fabric. You will need more or less depending on the height and width you decide to do for yours. Our finished size is a little over 80" tall and 45-50" in circumference.

Step 2: Purchase your poles. I bought ours at Home Depot. They were 1x2x8 size and I used 6. Depending on how tall you would like your tee pee, you can leave them at 8 feet or Home Depot will trim them down for you. I cut about 6-8" off mine. You then will want to drill holes through each pole. Make the holes big enough that you can thread twine through each one. Once your holes are drilled, you will thread twine through each hole in a continuous line like you're threading beads and pull both ends together and tie tightly. Stand up the poles and position them how you want them. I then wound the ends around several times for a wrapped twine look. Once you have this done, you're ready for the fabric portion.

Step 3: I didn't want mine to have solid fabric panels. I wanted it to have a more bohemian, rugged look like the Handmade Home No Sew version. I started out by cutting all of my fabric in long strips ranging from 5" width to 10" width. My original plan was to do the no sew tee pee like the tutorial on The Handmade Home. However, once I did a few rows, I decided I would rather have it partially sewn to make it a little sturdier for carting it to the back yard.

Step 4: I sewed all of my strips end to end by width so in the end I had three really long strips of three different widths. I then measured each panel on my tee pee in between the poles. I sewed the strips side by side alternating the different widths into three large rectangular panels.

Step 5: I then had my daughter hold up the panels while I traced the triangular shapes between poles. I fit two triangular panels on each large rectangular one alternating them. I then cut them out. You can see pattern samples on the Poppet blog, but you'll need to modify your dimensions.

Step 6: Here is where I used the glue gun technique. If you can see from the photos, I alternated over and under for the edges. I began with the opening and glued the first panel to the left under the front left pole and on the other side of the panel I wrapped and glued it around over the top of the next pole to the left. One mistake I made was wrapping the fabric too tightly. You want to leave a little give or the circumference of the tee pee will end up being smaller than you want it to be. You continuing gluing the panels in this way until you've gone around all of the poles. For the opening, I actually have two of the panels and I attached those last. I wrapped the edges of those panels around and over the top of the front poles on the left and right and then I left the middle part open. Gluing the tops of all the panels can be tricky near where the poles all meet together. I found that you can leave it a little messy and then wrap left over fabric strips around the top of the panels and glue down to cover this up.

Oh and I usually had to do a little trimming after I glued down the panels because they didn't necessarily fit perfectly!

Step 7: Your tee pee is basically done! You can leave it this way or add other embellishments such as inside pockets for books and toys or I made homemade yarn pom pons attached to the top and added a few feathers I had on hand. I also cut small slits in the front panels about halfway down right next to the front poles and threaded cotton twine through so that the front panels could be tied back.

This was such a fun project and relatively easy. If you have any questions on the directions, please don't hesitate to leave a comment. Happy Summer projects!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Out and About: Millcreek Gardens

Our big outing today was walking around Millcreek Gardens in Salt Lake City. I love visiting garden centers from early spring until Fall. I like to keep track of my favorite plants. It seems we've been "planning" our backyard for years now. We finally did get bids this year, but we have severe sticker shock when it comes to actually biting the bullet and spending the money. So, in the meantime, I've decided I'm going to know exactly what I want when we pull the trigger. I love succulents, unique greenery, plants with white blossoms and little touches of color here and there. My love for plants and flowers goes back to my high school days when I worked at a local flower shop. Ever since then, I have been in love. Enjoy your walk through the gardens with me and holler if you would like any info on the plants shown. Have a lovely 4th of July!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Out and About: Home Again

Another great store for locals in Utah! Home Again is a consignment furniture store with great style. We were still on the hunt for a good nightstand for Paisley. The white one from the Old Flamingo store was definitely still on our minds, but I wasn't in love with the $100 price tag. We went to a couple of thrift stores hoping to find one more in the $25 range, but came up empty handed so we were out today on the lookout again. Home Again has two stores, one in Sugarhouse (which I went to a couple of days ago) and the other one is in Midvale. The Sugarhouse location is smaller and the Midvale location is an old farm/ feedstore so its huge! It take awhile to sift through everything because there are so many fun things to look at! We found Paisley a nice white two drawer nightstand for $70 which I was okay with because its solid wood and I don't have to do anything to it. It's perfect the way it is. We also scored a darling little cane rocking chair for baby Drue. She wasn't so sure about it when she tried it out, but I'm sure she will eventually warm up to it. I'm still thinking about the world globe on the gold stand. I kinda love it. If you're in the market for cute, vintage looking pieces in fun colors, head over to Home Again and you won't be disappointed!