Wednesday, December 29, 2010

My 11 goals for 2011

- I am a little early on the party it doesn't start until tonight!!I saw this fun party at The House Creative and thought I would give it a shot!! I hope I can come up with 11 , here we go :
1. I want to FORGIVE.. that is a big one for me.. 2010 was great but it was filled with a lot of pain for me too!! I want to find a way to let go of some of that and just MOVE ON ...
2. I want to be more patient.. this is a goal I wake up with almost every morning but by mid-day I have given up on it lol!
3. I want to yell less.. sometimes I hear myself and I am so embarrased. I set this goal for myself awhile ago.. and have done so much better since. But there more room for improvement.
4. I want to save more and spend less!! This is one we decided to work on last year when we were listing our resolutions.. and I am happy to say we have stuck with it!! For the most part:)
5. I want to get more comfortable cooking for my family. Well I should say I want to learn to like cooking ... I have gone out of my comfort zone and tried a few things in this awesome cookbook that I found!! I was pretty proud of myself when everything turned out edible!! :)
6. LESS TV. This is a big one.. we are a tv loving family. I have started to limit our time in front of the tv and use that time to learn and make memories with my kids.
7.I want to stress less about my son and just enjoy him!! I am always worried about whether he is getting what he needs and if I am doing a good enough job. As he would say" I need to take a chill pill."
8.I want to learn how to sew... I have been on the look out for any really easy tutorials.. I mean EASY!!! I just got a cute little sewing machine for Christmas and I am SO determined to put it to good use.
9. I want to do a better job of letting the people who are important to me know that they are. I always think man I should let them know how thankful I am for what they do.. but then life happens and that moment just passes me by. I do have SO many amazing and supportive people in my life and I need to make sure they know it!!
10.I hope in this next year to make the decision on whether or not I want more little munchkins. There are times that I want one more.. I crave a baby.. I yearn for that little baby smell and I am so sure that we have to have another baby. But then I look at the 2 beautiful kids I have and I am content.. It feels so well balanced and I am terrified that I will overwhelm myself with another one. I will tell you that I was so scared when my daughter was born.. the first time I took the 2 of them to the store alone .. I attempted to get them both out of the car.. got so frustrated.. buckled them both in .. then called my mom and cried my eyes out!! I was sure that there was no way I could handle two living creatures that were going to look to me for everything that they needed to survive. I WAS SO OVER WHELMED!!! It seems so silly now.. because I have learned how to balance the 2 of them... plus there is 2 of us.. its an equal playing field.. I am scared for them to out number us lol!!!
11. Just be more happy and healthy.. I have a strong addiction to my best friend
Mr. Rockstar. I am convinced I can't make it through my day , or through work with out it!!! Now I am not saying I want to let my best buddy go... but maybe if I started eating healthier and tried to stress less I wouldn't need so much JUICE to get me going :) I can hope right?!!

So here is my big idea.. if I focus on #1 and #11 - which is if I learn to forgive and let go .. and start being a healthier person then I will be happier and more patient(#2).. giving me more patient to waste on learning to cook (#5) therefor saving money on eating out (#4) I will feel so good about myself after my new found patience that I will be to happy to yell anymore (#3) and then I would enjoy my kids so much that I would decide I had it all figured out and want another one right away (#10) and we will be way to busy with a new addition that we won't have time to watch tv(#6) and I will have so much time to learn how to sew.. (#8) and I will make so many cute things for the people I care about .. and everyone will know how much I love and appreciate them with my handmade gifts(#9).. geez that sounds like alot of work.. makes me want a ROCKSTAR.. lol!! Hey you can't win them all right :)

Monday, December 27, 2010

The best things I ever made....

I love these 2 so much I can't stand it!! I just had to share this picture because this pretty much sums them both up... my beautiful little princess and my silly little man!!!
We had the BEST christmas we have ever had yet.. I am a little sad that its over!! But we made some great memories this year:)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

I am so blessed...

TO HAVE YOU GUYS!! Seriously!! You guys are all so amazing!! I was in tears reading your comments to my post about my son.. I was moved by your honestly and your ability to step out side your own lives and relate to ME!!
I wish I could honestly tell you how much better it made me feel.. I thought back on it and almost regretted posting something so personal!! I hate admitting that I don't have everything under control.. but all of you have shown me that it is ok to struggle. And seriously.. when I am having a down day I will read these comments OVER AND OVER and know that it is not just me and it is not just him.
I was alarmed to hear how many of you were told the same things about your own children or even about yourselves.. and I am glad to hear that I am not alone in fighting against others opinions and trying my hardest to do whats best for my child. Thank you for helping me beleive in myself to do right thing!!
We have been doing so much better.. I think it helped to clear my head and release some of that stress by writing about it. It gave me a chance to take a step back and decide how we could approach him in a better way!! If I stay calm.. and patient then he deals with things so much better too!!!
My mom knew how much I have been struggling and she saw a segment on Dr. Phil.. I can't ever decide how I feel about that man lol. My mother is my biggest supporter.. she is always telling me that my son is perfect and raving about what a good mother I am to anyone who will listen.. she has listened to me countless times cry in frustration .. I beg her for answers... and I look to her to tell me that I am doing an ok job!! Anyways.. back to Dr. Phil(can you tell how much I love my mom yet:)) - he recently had a segment with a family that reminded my mother a lot of mine and she recommended that we try the book by the counselor who had been on the show. The book is called "Your not the boss of me" by Betsy Brown Braun. I bought it.. I normally would not do this kind of thing... again the struggle to admit I don't have control.. but I thought what can it hurt.. Uh.. it hurt nothing..because IT IS AMAZING!!There are so many great things in this book!! Things I never. ever. EVER thought about trying. I tried today to incorporate some of things I have read and it made a HUGE difference .. and I haven't even finished the first chapter yet!! My husband said he would read the first chapter and see what it was about.. and he loves it too.. he is even farther in the book then I am(but I was busy getting my son to get his homework dons so I deserve some points for that too lol)!!I just wanted to pass that along.. I felt like I needed to offer something after all the amazing advice and input that you guys gave me!!
Thanks again for being so AWESOME!!! I LOVE MY BLOGGY FRIENDS:)

P.S.I couldn't help but show you this cute little guy with his little sister!! He is such a good big brother!!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

I am struggling...

This has nothing to do with crafts.. but I am really struggling with something and I am hoping that writing it down might help me understand it.. or even just get it out.
I feel like the WORST mom.. I struggle with feeling like I am doing a good enough job every day - what mom doesn't? right? but it is starting to take over my whole life.
My son is 6 .. and I feel like I have FAILED him. Because as a mom it is your job to make these little creatures into respectful, successful adults- and when they act naughty everyone looks to you like "what did you do wrong?" And I am always feeling like "what did I do wrong?" Now I know that most of you are thinking I am way to hard on myself and my son.. but I have been told since he was two by strangers, friends and family that he is out control.I have been asked if he has ADD? I have been told he needs more structure, that he is a very frustrated and angry child.
Everyone tells you how wonderful having children is, that you will love them more then you can say, that it will change you and be the most amazing experience of your life!! And all that is totally true.. but what they don't tell you is how much you will battle yourself, question yourself, and wonder everyday if you are doing the right thing!!
I am not the kind of person who was just born to be a mom.. I love my kids with every thing inside me .. but I am not naturally patient or understanding. I have to fake the patience, and bite my tongue when my son yells horrible to me.
I guess I just need to hear that it will get easier.. that if I keep doing the right thing he will be ok!! That if I love him enough and try hard enough that he will start making the right choices on his own.
Tonight all I can do is beg for the strength to do it all over again tomorrow!!!

Monday, November 22, 2010

It has started....

I am so excited to show you guys this.. I told you about the cute one that I had to copy in my previous post.. well here is mine!! I got the cabinet from the D.I for $5.00 and used some sample paint from Lowes!! I love how it turned out!! Our tree is all red green and white this year.

I love our stockings.. my husbands grandma made them for us.

I decided to try something different for my Christmas subway art.. I attached vinyl to a peice of plexi glass then attached the plexi glass to beadboard and slipped a peice of scrap book paper between the two. I made several for Christmas presents also- they were really fun to make!!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The most genius idea ever....

I am obsessed with copying this FANTASTIC tree stand.. I seriously cant wait!!
I found the most PERFECT little end table at the D.I and I even bought the CUTEST paint color at Lowes today.. notice all the caps, I am so super excited!!!!;) Check this idea out at the AMAZING lady behind Deja Vu Crafts Couldn't you just die!!!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

I love craft nights...

So me and my girl Kylee got together and made these cute little countdowns for Halloween . They were pretty simple but so time consuming..
They are just cookie sheets that we modge podged with scrap book paper. Then we used all kinds of things for magnets... buttons, cute little brads we found at Ben Franklin, skeleton hands, and glass beads with paper on the back. My kids love picking a new magnet to put on every day. We are planning on making one for Thanksgiving and Christmas too!! Can't wait :)

Friday, October 8, 2010

Go check it out...

I posted a tutorial for the 2X4 mummy family over heretoay- go check it out!!!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

My fake fantel and a spooky little wittch....

My fantel- fall mantel!! I do not have a fireplace - I WISH!!! So this little shelf above my tv will work for now!!! I am still working with this and keep moving stuff around so I will show you a picture once I finish a few things up!!!!

Here is my spooky little witch.. I got the idea from Make&Take- but changed mine up a bit. I could not find cute hair for her so I just used yarn and added some little spiders to her piggy tails. I think she is adorable ;)

Friday, September 10, 2010

I am in looooove....

I just discovered this cute little blog that I am sure all the rest of you have known about forever.... Eighteen25 I am obsessed with almost everything she makes. These halloween spiders are the cutest(I mean scariest) spiders ever!!! I am going today to get the supplies for me and my son to start making them:)

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Just because I can...

I want to do another giveaway.. for no real reason but just because they are so fun!! So its time to let me know what you would like to see- I would like to do something halloween/fall themed. So give me some ideas .. post a link to an idea you have seen and would like me to try. I can't wait to see what you guys come up with :)
Lots of Love

Friday, September 3, 2010

Halloween subway art

I love love love the subway art right now!! I would make one for every room in my house if it wouldn't look tacky:) Is there such thing as too much subway art.. nope I don't think so!!
This was a little bit more difficult then most that I have made because I used vinyl to stencil so I could get all the fun halloween colors on there- way cheaper then buying all these colors in vinyl- and I love the look of stenciling!!!
I just cut a peice of MDF to the size I wanted and painted in orange then I painted white over that and sanded and stained and went to town!!

Just remembered where I got this idea from: go check her out and if you live in her area stop by one of her craft nights!!!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Cute wedding gift....

I am lovin the subway art these days... I have a few wedding gifts to make and I came up with this...
I was inspired by some of the subway art I found on tatertots and jello!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Another knock off wood peice finished...

This would be our 11th project inspired by Ana at Knock off wood!!!
We have made the Tryde Entry way table, the Land of Nod Bunk Bed,a set of Grace's bookcases,a set of wall book holders, the Cameron storage end table,2 lap top tables, the Rustic Children's Media Hutch ( which she even featured on her website- How cool is that? if you want to check it out here is the link :Knock off Wood Media Hutch - and I have several picture of some of our finished furniture in my labels section under knock off wood.
And here is our latest Knock off wood project: The Armoire!!!

I love love love building her furniture and we could have gone and bought an armoire but the pride you have when you get to show off something you made with your bare hands is so fun!!!

Here is a picture f the bunk beds that we made for my sons room.... we get so many compliments on these!!!! They were by far the most difficult and time consuming but so so so worth it.. you can even see the little cameron bookcase that we built peaking out behind the door:

Thursday, July 29, 2010

subway art...

So mine is no where as cute as some of the others I have seen but I have wanted to try one of these out for a while so here is my attempt at subway art...
I got this cute idea off of etsy- the site is called barn owl primitives

This will go in my sons room and I am hoping to finish another one for my daughter with some of the lyrics to Twinkle Twinkle..

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Cake stand and some super fun cupcakes....

Toady my son turned 6 ... lets not talk about how sad I am that he is getting so big!! I have held in the tears so far..
I made these cute cupcake stands for his cupcakes - super easy!!
I just used a 4X4 for the stand... and a 1x12 for the top. You just cut the boards to the size you want and nail them together - then paint them some cute color !!!
I love them!!!

Here are the fun little cupcakes.. he is having a pool party and I think these will fit in perfectly!! They were so fun and also so easy!! Hope they taste good too!!!!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Winner Winner...

I love when I get to say that!! How fun is this.. lets just do giveaways every day!!! Wish I could really do that .. I so would!
Ok now onto the fun stuff.. I used the random number generator for the first time and it selected number 21:
Tara: Love your blog!! So many super cute things! You are super talented!!
My family and I usually do a themed dinner with red/white/blue foods! We then go to our town's firework show and then do fireworks together as a family afterwards. Our kiddos love to do there own and that's there favorite part of the night!!
Keep up your great work! You are Awesome!! :)

So Tara I am so excited to send this out... email me your address to
And go check out her blog I spent some time looking through it and she has some super cute crafts!!!!

Hurry Hurry!!!!

I will be announcing the winner tomorrow..... so hurry and leave your comments ( I love reading all your fun 4yh of july traditions)
See you tomorrow!!!!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

I am finally finished with my giveaway.....

I know I know. I am so far behind.. thanks so much for being patient with me!!
So this is what I have decided to giveaway.. most people commented that they wanted to see something for 4th of july and summer.... so this is what I came up with!!
Cute star hanger...

4th of July stackers.. they are double sided....

Here is what the summer side looks like...

And I always through a surprise in there ... so you will have to wait to see that!!!
Ok now to enter I just want you to leave me a comment telling me what you and your family usually do on the 4th of July!! That's it.. can't wait to read them and pick a winner!!!!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

fireworks and giveaway update

These fireworks were really easy to make. I bought a cedar plank in the outdoors department at lowes.. they were with the fence materials and they were already pretreated- which made it a little more difficult to paint but the whole peice was only 2.00 and I have made 4 sets out of one peice so far. Just paint and embellish - I used wire on the top and ribbon .. and some cute little stars I got from roberts with buttons on top of them!! I think they are so fun :)
And I am working on the item for the giveaway .. I will post it as soon as I am done!!

Friday, June 11, 2010

What team are you on?

I made these for a friend and her mom!! One side is for the Vampires and the other side for the Werewolves!! I am excited to give it to them!!! I might try and talk my sister into a Twilight themed birthday party so we can make these as party favors!!!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Don't forget to check it out....

I am guest posting over at Oopsey Daisy today... She is doing a really fun baby week. I posted the tutorial for my growth chart .. go check it out!! Thanks guys:)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Another giveaway anyone?

I haven't looked at my followers for a while and was so shocked to see that i have almost made 100!! Thats totally awesome!! So I thought I would ask you again what you thought I should make for my giveaway.. this time look through my blog and refer to any item you see that you think would be fun as a giveaway- I think it will be fun to see what you guys come up with!!!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

I over think everything.....

It's true ... I over think EVERYTHING....which is why the art work for the bathroom that I made yesterday just was not going to cut it.. it was super cute but every time I walked in and looked at it I just thought this is not quite right... and I saw this idea a long time ago that I have been dying to try- so I flipped the mdf over and did this instead....
Super easy.. just painted it white and cut circles out of scrap book paper... I did not worry about cutting them all exactly alike that is part of the fun... it looks better with them off a bit- then I modge podged them on and drew circles around the scrap book paper with marker- again the more off it is the better!!! Forgive me whoever came up with this amazing idea... I can't remember who it was but you are awesome!!!

I am in LOVE with this... this is how I have to feel about something in order for it to stick around!!

I had some extra paper that I did not use so I lined the inside of my bathroom cabinet with it... now I don't have to worry about trying to make my toilet paper and cotton balls pretty.. this idea was super easy too and I think it makes it look so much better!!!! What do you think of the new artwork... do you think the old one was better? Let me Know!!!!????

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Have I told you how much I love....

AWARDS!! I think they are such a fun way to appreciate the other bloggers out there!! And Vicki from Green Eyed Girl Crafts gave this cool award to me!! Go check her out she is so sweet and has some super cute ideas on her blog....

1. Accept and thank the person who sent it to you.
2. List 10 things about yourself.
3. List 5 additional things you don't like.
4. Pass the award on to 10 other bloggers.

About me:
1. I love junk food... anything that gives you cavities:)
2. I hate to cook.. wish I liked it and I try to force myself to figure it out.. so far - not working!!
3. I love crafting.. it is truly my passion!!
4. I love watching supercross.. it started as my husbands thing, but I am so into it too!!!
5. I am not a patient person ..AT ALL!!!
6. I love my family.. they are my everything!!
7. I like to read.. just finished a super good book !!
8. I clean up after truck drivers for a living .. not my dream job but I am grateful to have one!!
9. My mom is my best friend!!
10. I love snuggling with my husband and 2 kids and watching movies.. nothing better then that!!

5 things I don't like:

1. Mean people
2. Waking up early
3. Scary movies- I hate being scared
4. Chicken- something about it grosses me out.
5. Driving in the snow.. me and snow are not friends.

And the Bloggers I want to pass this on to:

1.Comfie Country Crafts
2.Curly Q Crafts
3.One Cheap B*tch
4.TwiddleBugz Designz
5.Wood N Stiches
6. Crafty Goodness
7. Seasonal Swaperoos
8. Jana Eric Madelyn
10. Simple Treasures

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Cute mothers day blocks....

Yes I know mothers day is still awhile away - but when have you known me to wait or be patient!! Not going to happen :) So this is one project that I wanted to try and I have another idea with some blocks and pictures modge podged on them for another mothers day present I want to make- can't wait to try it!!
These were really fun and you could make one for any season or reason :) If you are interested in them email me my computer is having a hard time with etsy- I have had several people not be able to get it to work so they had to email me instead.. so just to be safe just email me!!!
They are 2X6 boards with knobs on top - the one is stained and the other is painted- these ones I am giving away as gifts so if you want one with your choice of colors let me know!!

And I had to throw these in there too.. I can't remember where I found them :( sorry whoever thought this cute idea up= please let me know if it looks familiar!!
I just used some spare wood pieces I had .. I think it is a little different then the blocks I usually make so I love it!!!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Here they are....

My finished flowers for Crystal... I thought I would throw in some cute little blocks to go with it :) I hope she likes them!!!!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

IT'S TIME.....

Yeah.. The giveaway is over and we get to pick a winner.
So because I am so fancy I just had my son pick a number from a hat...
The winner is Comment # 7

Crissybug said...

You are so much fun! I would love a set of flowers or the family name plaque! Giveaways are so much fun!

And the winner in the poll is the set of wooden flowers!!!!
I will be doing another giveaway - this one was to much fun!! So keep an eye out!!! Thanks so much for all your super nice comments - I LOVE YOU ALL!! You make it all worth it :)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

So I can't wait another minute...GIVEAWAY INFO.

Ok.. here we go!! Are you excited? I am SUPER SUPER DUPER excited - cheesy I know ;) I can't help it!! I am so happy about all of our votes - its a pretty close running so keep voting for your favorite. And also leave me a comment to enter the giveaway . I don't care what you say ... just say HI if you want, or tell me what you voted for?!!! And that's it.... we will pick a winner on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. Very official huh? lol!!!
I moved the poll over to the side bar andI am going to let the poll keep running.. so keep voting :)
Thanks guys - can't wait until Saturday, hope I can wait that long!!!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Question for all my blog friends.....

So I want to do a giveaway once I hit 50 followers - which is coming up pretty shortly!! I just want to say thank you to all the people who take time to notice me- it really makes me HAPPY:) But I thought I would ask what you guys thought I should giveaway - I can make some cute blocks, or a fun wood craft ? I would love to hear any of your suggestions!!!!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Rooster love

I made this to go with the wedding frame I posted earlier- she is decorating her house in the farm/rooster style. So I tried this little guy out :)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Yes..more blocks, chicks and bunnies and a wedding gift

My SIL Chelsey came over to craft with me and we made these super cute Spring blocks - I am making mine to go on the backside of the Easter blocks. We are excited to get started on our next set. It is so much fun to have someone to craft with :) We made these blocks the same as my Easter blocks in the previous post - we used vinyl as a stencil and painted fun spring colors around all the edges.

I have seen these chicks on a couple of my favorite site and decided to give it a try. I cut them out all by myself - Chance is very impressed with my cutting skills but I think he is really just happy that he doesn't have to help me anymore!!!

And this is the super cute wedding gift that me and Chels came up with for a family friend. The frame is from Micheals -$4.00. We had so much fun with this - I think they could work for just about anything. I am thinking cute baby shower gifts? Once we were finished painting and adding vinyl we both thought it needed something else - so I made this cute little flower to match the colors in there new house. I hope they like it - if not I might just steal it back !!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Its an addiction .. but i don't want help for this one

So a couple of hours ago I was looking through one of my favorite craft sites Craftify It and she posted these to die for blocks that I was instantly in love with . I could not wait a single minute to make these - even though this will be the 4th set (yes 4 people) that I have made in the last week- I told you addiction. You will know why I had to have them when you check out this picture at Crafty Goodness. Did you look? Are they not the cutest thing - I know right?! Take a look at all her other crafting goodies- I am in craft love:) Mine are no where as good as hers - but I love them so much!!
I just used random peices of 2X4 and a small peice of 1x3 I did not have a color even close to that cute color they used - so I printed off the letters on my Cricut and used that as a stencil and painted the letters on with Turquoise paint. I dabbed the sides with pink,turquoise and black paint. I love that I did not have to sand or stain these ones. I am all sanded out right now. I painted the little block turquoise and dabbed the sides of that with the pink,white and black paint as well. Then printed out the letters on my Cricut in my fav font - Mandingo!!
These have already found a new home in my house. Now I have to get started on the million other projects I found on there blog!!!

I love being copied....

So I was looking through my comments today - as I often to do, because I love to find the people who are so sweet to leave me a comment and share the love with a comment back:) I found this sweet comment about my blocks and took a look at the blog - and how cool is this: she had a craft night with her friends and made my Be Mine blocks. I was so happy to be an inspiration - I LOVE BEING COPIED!!! I am seriously pretty excited about it :) I am glad they deemed my idea good enough!! Thanks girls:)
They did a great job on there's - go check them out here:Crafternooning!! It is a few posts down on the page!!
Here is a picture of the ones I created :

So I was looking through my comments today - as I often to do, because I love to find the people who are so sweet to leave me a comment and share the love with a comment back:) I found this sweet comment about my blocks and took a look at the blog - and how cool is this: she had a craft night with her friends and made my Be Mine blocks. I was so happy to be an inspiration - I LOVE BEING COPIED!!! I am seriously pretty excited about it :) I am glad they deemed my idea good enough!! Thanks girls:)
They did a great
Here is a picture of the ones I created

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Pink pink and more pink...

I love these, I made them for a family friend as a birthday gift for her daughter :)

And I made this cute little craft to go with it

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Our finished knock of wood pieces.... I am so addicted!!

UPDATE: Ana at knockofwood posted pictures of our finished projects on her site, I am so excited!! so go check them out!!

I am having a blast with my husband and our new furniture building addiction. It is so cool to see something that you would love to have in your home and then make it - but for so much cheaper - of course!!
I have found myself checking out furniture I see at the stores and trying to figure out how it is made. I have so many ideas and projects - it is getting to be a little bit overwhelming!! I guess we better get to work huh?!

I wanted to share some of the projects we have found from Ana's blog Knock Off Wood- I am warning you now - you will be hooked!!
This is our favorite and most complicated project so far... but I love love love the way it turned out. It has so much storage!!! I would have never dreamed of having white furniture for my son's room but I love how clean it looks(now if it will stay that way is a whole other story)This piece is called the Thomas Media Wall Hutch in Ana's plans.

This is the Cameron Cubby Wall Unit - but we altered it to make a nightstand with storage. This one was super easy!!

I love these - they work so great for organizing books. This was by far the easiest piece to make - great first time project!!! My kids love these and I have noticed them reading more because there books are so much easier to get to !!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Another great idea from Knock off wood....

I have wanted a nice piece of furniture for my son's room for a long time - but refused to spend hundreds of dollars on one. Then came this amazing site - I am obsessed with Knock off wood. This is the 3rd project I have completed from her plans (SO FAR). We made a set of bookshelves, and entry table (earlier post) and this TV hutch. It cost us about 100.00 in supplies and 2 hours of work. So worth it... I am in love with it. I can't wait to paint it and decorate it. I know that making your own furniture can seem so intimidating , I was terrified at the thought of spending so much money and then totally goofing it up, But it is so rewarding when you finish a piece and I know I will smile every time I see these things in my home because I had a hand in making them beautiful. I would encourage anyone to try one of her plans - she has a lot of easy furniture you can start with.

I am taking my time on this project because this will probably be the last one we build for awhile - we have to save every penny. We are trying to find a home closer to my family - so everything else has to be put on hold!! But I am so excited!!!!

Friday, February 5, 2010

help me....

I am considering moving both my children into one room and turning the other bedroom into a play room. My only major hang up is that I have NO idea how to mesh a room for both a boy and a girl? My little girls room is so pink and frilly and my son's room is blue and black and motorcycle themed- do you see my dilemma?! How do I decorate one space that can serve both a girl and a boy and not have it look like color chaos. If any of you have attempted this and have any good ideas or pictures that I may be able to get some ideas from I would much appreciate it ... I am completely lost here. Thanks for your help:)

Saturday, January 23, 2010

How big Am I ?

I made a few of these as birthday gifts, they are so fun and so easy to make!! I just used a 1x6 - they are pretty cheap at home depot or lowes. I just painted it and printed out the vinyl lettering for the numbers and lettering on the top. I used scrap book paper and some buttons to make the numbers stand out. Then I sanded and stained it - and added some cute stars from Roberts. The inch marks I painted on but you can also just use a sharpie - which is way easier. Then I hung it with craft wire and tied some tulle and ribbon on. Way easy!! I love them and can't wait for more birthdays so I can make some more:)

How cool is this!! My first blogger award!! Steffany at gave it to me. I love her blog - she has so many cute craft ideas - go check her out!!


* To accept you must post it on your blog along with the name of the person who granted you the award and link back to them.
* Pass the award on to approximately 15 other bloggers that you have recently discovered and think are great.
* Contact the bloggers and let them know that they have been chosen for the award.
* List 3 things that you would like to learn how to do.

I would like to learn to:

* cut shapes with my new jigsaw
* use photo shop - it terrifies me lol
* take my time - I am always to excited and I hurry so fast through my crafts

I am passing this award on to:
-Stacie at
-Andy at
-Brooke at
-Tara at
-Candace at
-Nicole at
-Sweet pea and Angela
-Connie at
-Shelley at
-Kerrie at
-Wendy at
-Brenda at
-Michelle at
-Kim at

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Our first furniture project...Finally Finished

I can't believe its done!! I am so excited about this... I made it for my Aunt and I hope she likes it!! It did not take Chance and I very long to build it - only about 2 hours of work. The plans for this table were so easy to follow and I can't wait to get started on the mile long list I have for other furniture projects!! We found the plans on

Once it was finished I caulked all the edges with smooth paintable caulk and then painted it. I distressed the edges and then rubbed stain over the sanded areas. It still needs a couple of coats of poly so it won't scratch. But I couldn't wait to post the pictures!! What do you think Aunt Julie?