Pantry Perfect

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Back in February, as I lay in bed recovering from a particularly difficult pregnancy and delivery, I came across this post by ClassyClutter.net. Sericin-Pantry-After_1_resized
websiteI stared at her beautiful pantry often and started dreaming of ways to get my own beautiful pantry. I began looking for supplies and swapped ideas with my super organized friend, Charity. She said she would help me when I was ready to tackle my pantry and I finally started believing that the perfect pantry of my dreams could become a reality.

One of my favorite things about Classy Clutter’s pantry was the pretty wall. Even though they provide no real function, I knew I wanted pretty walls in my pantry. Classy Clutter sells the vinyl decals that she used on her wall, but I had a different vision in mind of the look I wanted.

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Bed Rest and Big Bathroom Ambitions

If you haven’t heard, I’m pregnant (as revealed here). Very, very, very pregnant.  Like, the most pregnant I’ve ever been, because my body has officially surpassed the largest sizes of my previous pregnancies and I still have 6 weeks left to go.

Two weekends ago, I got food poisoning and was up all night tossing my cookies.  This left me super dehydrated. And apparently being dehydrated makes your body increase oxytocin levels, which leads to labor. I was 33 weeks and started having consistent contractions, 3-5 min apart, steadily. I had to go into the birthing center and get an IV to replace fluids to try to stop the contractions. It helped, but not entirely. I continued to have contractions with a bit too much consistency, so I wound up being put on bed rest.   Continue reading

Paper Mâché Rose Crafts! 4th of July activity!

Just in time for a fun 4th of July activity, we present to you our Paper Mâché Rose craft tutorial!  We would like to introduce you to Bobbidee Evans! She is a dear friend of ours and is an amazing artist.  She is also a mom to 7 beautiful children and teaches art lessons out of her home.  She has fostered some fabulous artistic talent in her students.  You can view some of her art and art from her students on her blog. Be on the lookout for more artistic tutorials from her on our blog in the future!

Paper Mâché Rose Wreath Tutorial Supplies:LM Blog Paper Mache Roses

•Base on which you will attach your roses

•Acrylic paint and paint brush (you could also use spray paint)

•Ink pad for distressing (if you want antique look)

•Bowl (or something to outline a circle for wreath shape)

•Pencil

•Crepe paper in desired color(s)

•Tacky Glue

•Optional – Prismacolor pencil (If you’d like to write something on board. Less harsh than permanent marker.)

Watch the tutorial and share your comments with us! If you make one, we’d love to see pics!

Tuesday Treasures! LOVE wall!

Tuesday Treasures LOVE Wall

Tuesday Treasures! LOVE Letters Made With Pennies and LOVE Accent Wall. LaughingMoms.com

For this Tuesday Treasure, I actually had a bag of treasure to use!  Well, kind of.  My husband works at Provident Metals, an online coin and bullion dealer.  They buy and sell bags of coins, like wheat pennies and junk 90 silver coins, etc.  They also get a large amount of just face value coins in the process, so I asked him to bring me home a bag of face value pennies.  If you have a penny jar lying around somewhere, or a coin jar, this could be done with other coins as well, I just figured pennies were the cheapest to use, haha.

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This was the inspiration pic.  I actually prefer the letter shapes in the inspiration pic, but I couldn’t find any like that the day I decided to do this project.  I’m sure I could have ordered some from somewhere, but I was impatient and just wanted to do it.  My 10 and 4 year old daughters helped me with this project and we had a great time making it together.

This is a before of the letters:

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This is the glue we used:

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My daughters wanted to make patterns with the pennies, so we did every other penny heads or tails as best as we could on most of the letters.  The O was a little funny and had too much space left between the letters, so we overlaid two more rows of pennies on top of the base of pennies.  This letter ended up being pretty heavy.

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I had some silver spray paint on hand and sprayed the letters.  When my husband saw the silver painted pennies, he asked why I didn’t just use dimes.  I said pennies were cheaper.  Then he asked how much the spray paint I used to make the pennies silver cost.  I wasn’t sure how to quantify the amount of spray paint I used from the can to figure out the answer to his question.  But I like to think it was cheaper for me to do it this way.  At any rate, the pennies cover more surface area of the board than dimes would, so it probably took less time.  That makes it better, right??

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After the spray paint dried, I made a little wall of things to go under this new LOVE sign.  I want my sweet daughters to know to always love themselves, so I added a bunch of cute mirrors that I got half off at Hobby Lobby.  I also got a couple of frames from there that were on major clearance.  They were both brown, though, so I spray painted them to match my decor better.  One I sprayed black and added some silver into the texture of the frame.  One I painted silver and it looks kind of pewter.  In those frames, I added words I love.  Tolkien’s “Not all who wander are lost.” I overlaid this quote on top of an antique script background I found.  I also framed a song I wrote for my husband called “Salt Water Soul.”  It’s kind of an ode to the fact that we met in Hawaii and him being my amazing Polynesian bestie and all 🙂

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So here’s my finished LOVE wall.  What do you think?  Notice one of the things I love most in this world reflecting in the bottom mirror? LOVE her!! What would you put on your LOVE wall? I’ll interchange family pics on here sometimes, too. Send us pics if you do one! We’d love to see!

PS – I hung the LOVE letters using sticky-backed industrial strength velcro. Pretty sure it might remove the dry wall when I take it off.  But it works great for now!  Might have to sell it with the house someday, though, haha. #notgoinganywhere

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I do not receive any compensation from any of the brands recommended here.  Those are just the items I used.  However, if they ever decide they want to compensate me for sharing, then I’ll say, “Um, heck yes, and thank you.”

Tuesday Treasures! Victorian Couch Makeover!

Today I’m sharing one of my favorite treasures!  I found this gorgeous couch on Craigslist about a year and a half ago and got a great deal on it.  This is the actual picture from the Craigslist post.

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Tuesday Treasures!

Today we’d like to welcome our guest contributor and friend, Mandie McMurdie! She creates amazing spaces and shares her beautiful transformations over at MidMod Inspirations. 

She has shared with us a super fun desk makeover for her daughter’s bedroom.  Just click here to see the before and after!  You’ll also want to check out how she redid the adorable stool.  This just might be the motivation I need to get to work on some projects I’ve been procrastinating…. Thanks, Mandie!

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Tuesday Treasures!

Please welcome our guest treasure hunter, Chelsea Price!  For today’s Tuesday Treasures, we will enjoy the transformation of Chelsea’s gorgeous little antique chair!
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I love to antique shop, so when my husband and I found this super quaint shop in Groveton, Tx, I was in heaven. I found this chair right away for a steal of a deal. It was pretty rough, a little shredded in places and wobbly in others. But it was solid wood so I knew it had great potential. I brought it home and let it sit for months as I tried to decide if I should stain it or paint it white. I really like the clean-cut look so I went with white. (I know you natural wood lovers are going to kill me, but it was a choice I had to make.) So, now with the decision made I took it out to the garage and started sanding.

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