Frame this

26 Apr

I love the open frame look I have been seeing for years in various magazines. I finally made room on my crafty “to do” list and with the help of my amazing grandparents and their room full of yet be used antiques (grandparents always have old stuff that we youngsters can n
Call antiques).
My frames started out dull, wood colored and blah. I spray painted them with flat white and then “junked ’em up) with watered down brown paint, crackle texture paint and a little red, teal and gold.
Here is my final product…I will be adding photos of each child on the letter hangers.




Easy and fun wall art.

15 Apr

I needed some art for my sons nursery. When my husband and I bought our home 2 years ago I found this huge canvas in the attic. I knew one day it would turn into a treasure. I had my husband drag it down when I found out we would be turning our guest room into a boys nursery.

The canvas had an awful painting of a horse head. I didn’t think to take pictures, shame on me.
I painted the canvas, antiqued it up a bit:


I ordered a digital graphics cd of vintage circus prints off of eBay and printed some of my favorite prints onto transfer paper:



I then modge-podged the heck out of the whole thing and placed my pictures I ironed onto canvas type fabric I had laying around the house. I tea stained the fabric as well to give it that old look. And ta-daaaa! Art! I get so many wows and yay’s when people come over and “tour” our home.




Add a touch of Spring…

13 Apr

>Spring time can do some funny things to people, it makes me go into a full speed ahead cleaning and redecorating frenzy. All of this energy must be a direct result of the cabin fever I get in the winter. None, the less. I go above and beyond your “normal” spring clean. My interior design bone craves paint and color.
So here you go, a spring has sprung in bold, crisp, clean, refreshing colors.
Our living room was a drab, “buy this house, neutral” I had to clean it up, give it some life. I went with rainwater customized to the point of no return by Sherwin Williams.






Now, onward to the place where all the cooking goes down…
The Kitchen. When we bought the house it was already a yellow color, a little brighter than I would choose so I took it up a notch to this smoother, a tad lighter, creamier yellow, BUT I didn’t want to be overwhelmed with sunshine so I added a little character, Purple…eggplant-ish. The purple really adds that extra oomph I needed. It helps the things on the wall to stand out annnnd it looks fab with yellow and red!









I needed to add color to my bed as well so, I purposes some pillows with new, brighter fabrics.





5 Apr

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>Pickles and Ice Cream Baby Shower

5 Apr

>I’ve been a busy girl these last few weeks preparing for my lateste project, Pickles and Ice Cream Baby Shower. Since my Sister-inlaw announced I was going to be an aunt, the wheels have been turning.

I hope you enjoy the pictures of my latest creations. My Niece will be named Grey. I can’t wait to meet my little bundle of sunshine.

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes and “Pickles” (twinkies)
I made everything including the Cupcake Stands.

Root Beer Float cupcakes: These were the biggest hit of the party!
We also had Philly Cheesesteaks for those without cravings. Hence the stack of rolls under the R.B.F. cupcakes.
Party table. Complete with “Thank You” bags filled with pink kisses.
Now the goods…Did I mention I made EVERYTHING?
The Diaper Cake.
The baby bundle
Bundle Details…
Inside the Baby Bundle Bucket:
3 handmade Diaper Rags:

Fancy onesees (made by:me)
Diaper Bag and Blanket by: Me
Bag Details:
Handmade Bib:
Maybe I went a little out of control but it was all a hit and well worth the hard work!

>Before Your Eyes Growth Sticks

27 Mar

>While dabbling in many arts and crafts and adding a new project to my list before finishing a project (I finish all projects, but I may have 10 fires going at once), my main reason for starting this blog adventure is to promote and sell my Growth Sticks. I’ve been hard at work these past few day with my order of 4 new sticks to add to my collection. Each stick is customized and made with love, lots of glue, paint and anything that dazzles.
Here is some of my growth sticks. I will post pictures of the latest ones once they have been delivered to their new families. I wouldn’t want to ruin the surprise, although I do deliver “sneak peaks” to the customers and they always seem to still be excited!

These next few pictures are “Sneak peaks” for the newest Before Your Eyes Member, Reece.
Reece has a very proud great grandma who is waiting patiently in Minnesota.

Better pictures will be posted of the completed job once proud GG receives her package.

>Junk to treasure part 2

24 Mar

>My hubby works from home on occasion and we needed a desk that he could run the world from. I would rather find trash and make it wonderful, one because it comes with a story and two, it’s a whole heck of a lot cheaper. Not to mention, I can never find exactly what I’m looking for in stores.
I set my feelers out and I found this very old, very solid, very heavy, and badly abused desk in a storage sale. Storage sales are great, the storage company sells items out of whole storage bins that the owner did not pay their rent on, it may be one mans loss but I won on this one!
I bought this desk for 25 BUCKS! TWENTY FIVE dollars folks! Thats like paying in DIRT! I actually think dirt cost more these days!

The desk after it was striped and sanded, it was really ugly before:

With a little sanding, painting and sealing, I ended up with this beauty:

The procedure:
The base coat of paint is Sherwin Williams, Flower Pot.
I glazed over the flower pot red with portabello brown and then another glaze of gold.
I then made a boarder of gold with gold leafing.
Sealed with Polyurethane.
There was a yucky brass handle on each drawer. I painted wood apliques and wood glued on to cover the two existing holes and found these great porcelain knobs at World Market.
I love my desk, my husband and his strong backed friends for helping get this baby up a long, steep flight of stairs!