Sunday, November 27, 2011

A fun and easy Christmas craft!

Hello, my name is Stevie and I'm addicted to Christmas.

It's only November 27th and our house is already glowing with Christmas lights, stockings are hung, and the tree is all set up... looking like it came straight out of the Pottery Barn catalog. Yep, I'm bragging, my husband rocks at decorating for Christmas. :) Haha! Just kidding, I helped too, but without him it would take me FOREVER & it wouldn't look nearly as pretty! Here's what the living room looks like (I'll try and take pics of every other room soon to share.)

Anyways, I wanted to bling up my mantle this year, so I made some fun sparkly holiday letters to dangle from it. I thought I would share it with you all and maybe inspire someone.

Supplies needed:
Letters from Michaels Crafts spelling whatever word you would like. I did "peace"
Loose glitter in whatever color you want (they have it in tubes at Michael's.)
Elmer's Glue or Mod Podge.
Hot glue/glue gun.

Just dump a tube of glitter out onto a paper plate, cover the front of each letter with some glue (smear it so it's covering ALL of the letter), and put it glue face down into the glitter. Push down making sure all of the letter is covered. Lay it out on a paper towel and let the glue dry.

Repeat this with each letter. After all of the letters are dry, go to your mantle and measure how long you would like your letters to dangle down. I did about 6" or so. Cut a piece of ribbon that length for each letter.  Once you've done that, just hot glue the ribbon to the back of each letter, and hang from your mantle. I hung mine on little nails.

It adds a nice and sparkly touch to the mantle:

 (Even though this picture doesn't do the sparkles justice!)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Give Thanks banner

At it with the burlap again...

This time I made a Thanksgiving banner for our mantel, I got the idea from Pottery Barn.

Supplies needed:
(Burlap, printed letters in whatever font you want, mod podge, twine, scissors, and a glue gun/glue.)

I just cut out the triangles, cut out the letters, and mod podged them on. Then hot glued the triangles to the twine. :)

It totally didn't turn out Pottery Barn worthy but I still like it, imperfections are fun to me. I had to re-print some letters and cut them down to fit in the triangles because I cut them too small. If you do this project I suggest tracing each triangle to make them all the same size, and THEN printing the letters so they're small enough to fit in them.

Key and burlap frames

I bought some antique looking keys with words on them at Michael's awhile back and wanted to use them for something. Target happened to be having a sale on little picture frames for $1.86 a piece so I decided to buy some and frame the keys! I scored a bunch of burlap from my lovely friend Kelsey so I have been using it for almost all of my projects lately.. so I of course decided to use some burlap too!

The supplies I used:
(Frames, hot glue/glue gun, keys, scissors, and some burlap.)

I'm sure it's common sense but... I cut out a piece of burlap, glued it to the inside of the back piece of the picture frame, attached the back back onto the frame, and then glued on the key.

I made 3 of them to add to our gallery wall in the hallway!

Makes me smile every time I walk past it :)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

A random post of food, organization, and a project!

Hey everyone!

So first I want to share this yummy recipe for crockpot potato cheddar soup I made the other night... but I switched it up to make it better and it turned out AMAZING. So I will give you my version:

Ingredients ~
5 lbs russet potatoes
1 onion
10 + cloves of garlic minced (I used 20 because we're garlicaholics)
8 cups chicken stock
16 oz cream cheese
1 lb of cooked bacon, crumbled
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Green onions
Salt, pepper, garlic salt, and all purpose seasoning to taste

Add potatoes, onion, half of the garlic, and chicken stock to the slow cooker.
Cook on high for 6 hours.
Puree half of the cream cheese, some of the soup broth, and half of remaining garlic in food processor and add to the crock pot. Repeat with second half of cream cheese and last of the garlic.
Add 2 cups of cheddar cheese, half of the crumbled bacon, and half of the bunch of green onions diced up, and mix it all together until all cheese melted.
Dish up and garnish with remaining cheddar cheese, remaining crumbled bacon, and remaining green onion.
SOOOO DELICIOUS! Makes tons of leftovers and all the garlic helps fight off any colds. :)

Moving on! So is anyone else as obsessed with Pinterest lately as I am?? I'm getting all kinds of ideas.  The other day I saw the idea to use an over the door shoe hanger to organize any messy cupboards! So, I decided to finally attack my super messy laundry room closet. 

Here's how it looked before....beware:

And after I hung the shoe hanger, stuffed it with all the small rags and dish towels, and organized our shelves, it looks like this now:

Yipee!! I love organization. :)

My next project is something I also found from Pinterest. I saw someone who took a cool empty frame and put it around their air conditioning unit control box on the wall. I thought that was a cool way to make something ugly look prettier! I then remembered I had 2 frames from Ikea that I got for like $2 a piece and had never used. So I decided to do something similar:

Normally I spray paint everything white so why would I touch these? Oh maybe because I felt just felt like painting something. Lol. So I went out to the garage to see what colors I had laying around and found some hot pink and gold... For the first frame I painted it pink and put it on the wall in our bedroom framing our light switch:

Yes, it's super girly, and my husband doesn't care. Our room is black and white with hot pink accents!

With the second frame I did another Pinterest project I saw, someone who took a frame and put burlap inside as a background and made it a dry erase board frame. So I did the same but painted the frame gold. I love metallics.

I added it to the gallery wall in our hallway that is always growing:

Okay, need to go take care of a cranky, teething baby boy now. 
How cute will this smile look with 2 precious bottom baby teeth???

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Is he for real?

So... I just had to post this amazingness.

While my baby and I were back home in Portland, OR visiting family and friends for 5 days, my husband decided to do something SUPER sweet and unexpected for me.

I get home and go upstairs in our room to see he refinished my old antique vanity I've had sitting in our garage since I was pregnant.  Not only did he take it apart, sand it down, and paint it my favorite shade of pink... but he also painted the hardware white, glued rhinestones on the inside, lined the drawers with zebra print, and took an old chair we had in the garage and made it into a little stool and lined the seat with zebra!!! He also bought the manican that matches perfectly and hung all of my necklaces on it, and hung a chandelier. Oh, and he painted and bejeweled 2 picture frames I had to match.

Here it is:

Really MJ? Is this man human? And he did such a good job it makes all of my past projects look bad, haha! Did I mention that he also put all of my jewelry and watches in it for me?

I'm a blessed woman.

Monday, August 15, 2011

The Jackson Outdoor Oasis

We decided to take down the old, rotting, gross looking awning outside of our patio & replace it with something MUCH more US...

Here's our patio before:

And here is our Jackson Outdoor Oasis:

Hubby got the gazebo as part of an anniversary present for me, and these are our old couches... (we have the same ones but new inside.) Accessories from Ikea, table from in our living room.

This stud muffin right here made it all possible by buying the things needed for me and setting everything up:

Now we have a place to set up the projector screen and watch movies outside at night!!! 

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Canvas Art Project


I haven't had much time lately to do many projects, considering I'm a first time mom raising a 3 1/2 month old, but now that I'm starting to get a little bit of free time while he naps, I decided to do a couple projects the other day.  I love painting but I am NOT an artist by any means, so I just painted a couple with words on them. I love words! They're all over my house.

Here are the two I made:

The letters didn't come out perfect, but perfect is boring anyways right? ;)

I still have an old piece of furniture sitting in my garage just begging me to sand and paint it... I do plan on doing that ASAP... possibly this week. So I hope to have a furniture re-do to share very soon!

Thanks for reading and God Bless :D

Friday, July 1, 2011

My baby is here!!! :)

Well... he has been here for 11 weeks now but I have had NO time to blog of course! As I type this he is wigging at my side and starting to get sick of staring at the ceiling fan so I gotta make this quick!

Cole Michael was born on 4/15/11, 5lbs 6oz, 17 1/2" long, and so far has blonde hair and blue eyes. I have never been SO in love in my entire life. What a blessing from heaven my little guy is! Here is a pic from his 1 month photo shoot:

Here's one of him that's more recent, he's starting to chub-up:

yes... He's to-die-for cute.

I'm sure you all understand why I have had no time for projects lately (even though I do have something sitting in my garage just calling my name to re-finish) I did just recently re-decorate our living room for the summer and thought I might as well blog it!

Here is our living room before:

And here it is after! (My hubby TOTALLY helped with everything too.)

Simple things we changed to make a big difference:

 *Moved couches to open it up more and make it feel new and different.
*Added 4 new yellow pillows and a yellow throw. (From Target.) We chose yellow to brighten it up because our living room is the darkest room in our house.
*Added another shelf in the middle of the wall and moved the TV to the other side. (Got the shelf from Ikea.) Moved the mirror that was above the mantel over to the wall above shelf.
*Brought our coffee table back in from the garage so I could put my pretty Orchid's on it.
*Got some yellow spray paint and sprayed my 2 brown picture frames, and the brown floor vase yellow! Added fake yellow orchids and fake yellow daisies from Ikea too.

I love CHANGE and brightening things up whenever possible! Okay fussy baby needs a nap now, bye bye!