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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.

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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!

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

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After:

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>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!

>Turning junk into a treasure.

24 Mar

>Having a 2 year old means having a lot of toys. How a 2 year can accumulate so much junk is beyond me, but I blame it on the Mimi and Pop. I needed a place to neatly place my sweet Childs goodies since she likes playing in the living room. I knew that somewhere in the back of the attic was a potential beauty. So, my dear hubs drug it down the stairs for me.
The Junk:

Since I like my hands and fingers I asked my husband to cut a bottom for me, once I removed the two long drawers. Gave this sweet thang a good couple coats of paint, added some gold leafing to the edges, some awesome porcelain knobs, baskets for the baby girls collection of goods and ta da! We have a treasure!

>2 at the zoo

22 Mar

>On top of making my growth sticks Im lucky enough to be a stay home mom. Thankfully I have energy that lasts for days and I manage to constantly come up with fun events, crafts and projects.

My sweet daughter turned two at the zoo and being the mom who goes all out at any chance to plan an event, she got all I could possibly give to make this day perfect!

I made this adorable cupcake stand and all of the goodies!
We had Aligator, camel and pink flamingo cupcakes.
Birds nest (chow mien noodles covered in butterscotch with blue jelly beans for eggs)
bear food (gold fish), elephant food (nutter butters) and Zebra food (shoe string potatoes).
I also made the birthday girls hat out of foam, flet and feathers.
Each guest received their “official safari guide” bags upon arrival. Each bag had a pair of animal sunglasses, animal hat, “passport”(I will get back to this), crayon pack (of 4 crayons) and each girl had a lepoard print and feather bow.
The passport was a great little book I made for each child. It had their passport picture. Each page had a riddle, example: I eat bananas and swing from limb to limb, the jungle is my gym. I am a…
Each animal was guessed and we would go around the zoo looking for that animal and receive a stamp in the passport! I also saved paper towel rolls for MONTHS so that i could cut them in half, paint black, glue together and add a string for the best party favor ever…BINOCULARS! My husband made fun and thought the older kids would think the were “lame”, it was the older kids who had the most fun with them! (by older I mean 4-6 year olds). So much fun! <

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>Welcome to Before Your Eyes.

14 Mar

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Hello and thanks for stopping by. I am new to the blog world so bare with me.
I am a Mom-preneur.
While raising two under two, I manage to have an overload of productive energy. I decided to start a business selling my designs after many request and compliments from my amazing friends and family.
Watching my children grow has been an amazing journey. I have always been artistic and creative. With a background in art and interior design I am always looking for something new to design or decorate.
My latest adventure started when it was time to upgrade the refrigerator and my husband had to remove the door trim on order for the new fridge to fit. I couldn’t bare to throw away a perfectly great piece of wood, so with some paint and a glue gun my kids now have a Growth Stick. I posted pictures on facebook and request started coming in. I now have a fan page for facebook and I am taking and completeing orders daily. I am working on a website.
My Growth Sticks are all one of a kind and specialized just for you and that special child who will enjoy it for years and one day pass to their children. my Growth Sticks make the best gift at any baby shower, baptism, birthday…whatever the occassion may be, you are sure to get the most “oo’s and ahh’s” at the party!
My daughter loves watching herself grow, she checks hourly!
Please join my facebook page and let me know if you have an questions. Let me know when you’re ready to order.
Thank You!