10.28.2014

Peeking Mummy Wreath


I can't believe that Halloween is this Friday!  To get us in the Halloween spirit, I decided to make a wreath for the front door.  I had this idea in mind for a mummy peeking through the wreath with his hand sticking out.

I made this when it was late in the afternoon and was running out of light, so I don't have pictures for each step of the process, but it's not rocket science, it's a mummy wreath.

Supplies
white foam wreath
gauzy fabric 
rubber glove
Kleenex
cardboard
black sharpie
florists wire
glue gun

1. Wrap the gauzy fabric around the wreath, hot gluing it at the start and end.
2. Stuff the rubber glove with Kleenex.
3. Wrap a piece of gauzy fabric around the top half of the glove and tie it in the back.
4. Cut out a "U" shape large enough for the head from the cardboard, and draw some eyes on it with a Sharpie.
5. Attach some of the gauzy fabric onto the cardboard with the glue gun, making sure to leave part of the eyes showing, and enough room on the bottom to glue it onto the wreath.
6. Here's the part that I didn't get a picture of.  Lay the wrist of the glove onto the wreath, take your florist wire and wrap it around the wrist of the glove and around the wreath, twist the wire in the back to secure the glove onto the wreath.  Cut off any excess wire.  Cover the wire with more gauzy fabric.
Use your imagination here.




7. Last, glue the mummy head onto the inside bottom of the wreath, behind the secured hand.
And there you go!  A Peeking Mummy Wreath!  

I just realized that I haven't even bought any Halloween Candy yet.  Are you ready for Halloween?

10.23.2014

Dining Chair Makeover {Before & After}


Good morning!  Today I wanted to show you my dining room chair makeover.  I was able to get four of the six chairs painted.  I decided to save the other two chairs for later, so we would have somewhere to sit, since what I thought was going to be a quick weekend project has dragged on into a two week ordeal.

Anyway,  here's a before and after shot.  Clearly, it's not the exact same chair, but I didn't get a good before shot, so I took a picture of one of the captain chairs that still needs to get a makeover.
I think I have officially turned into one of those people who paints everything white.  I do love white, but I also considered painting them the same Benjamin Moore Dragon Breath like I used on the consignment table and coffee table makeover that I did.  So, I painted one of them with the Dragon's Breath, and decided that I didn't like it.  I wound up using Rustoleum's Heirloom White spray paint instead.  The black chair just didn't like right in the space to me.
For the seat cushion covers, I found a gray curtain panel at Target on sale for $20.00.  I was able to cut it into six pieces so I'll be able to cover all the chairs with it.  I actually recovered all four, but I did it late one evening, and I was tired so I did a crappy job on three of them.  Now, I'm going to have to redo those which does not make me happy.
Now, I need to decide about how to redo the table.  It has a nice inlay around the border, the only thing is that it is just a veneer so I wouldn't be able to sand it and stain it a different color.
It does need to be sanded though, because there are a lot of scratches on it and it has a pretty slick finish.
My original plan was to just paint it Dragon's Breath and have the chairs white.  So, it would look something like this.
I don't know though, I'm considering painting the table white too.  I'm also curious to see how the table sands down to see if maybe I might be able to stain it, but I don't know if I want to add another wood tone to the room.

I'd love your feedback on the table.  Should I paint it white like the chairs or the charcoal gray Dragon's Breath? 






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10.21.2014

My Next Project // Dining Room Table & Chairs


If you follow me on Instagram, then you may know that my dining room table and chairs are getting a makeover.

I've already started on the chairs because they are just plain gross, after years of heavy use and abuse.

To be honest, I would rather just buy new dining room furniture, but it's not in my budget to do that just now.
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I picked out a few of the things that I love, if I could get new dining furniture right now.  One ~ I love the juxtaposition of the rustic wood with the clean lines of this West Elm reclaimed wood farm table (I also just like to say, "juxtaposition".  Weird, I know).  Two ~ how can you ever go wrong with these lovely and timeless, linen covered slipper chairs from World Market? Three ~ I would love to have these wishbone chairs, also from World Market.  With the exception of the slipper chairs, I don't think I would ever pick out upholstered dining chairs again. They're just not practical, especially when you have kids.  Better to go with these wishbone chairs and put some cushions on them that can be changed out easily.

Now don't get all excited because my dining room furniture won't wind up looking anything like this.  There's nothing I could do, short of magic, to make my current dining chairs look like the wishbone chairs.  I might be able to slip cover two of them though, down the road.  I decided I'm not going with any wood tone finishes for the dining table and chairs. The dining area is open to the living room, and there are enough wood tones going on with the flooring, the coffee table and this dresser.  So, I'll be painting them instead.  Problem is, I haven't really solidified my plan which could be a recipe for disaster!  We'll see what happens.  Wish me luck!

Have a great day!














10.17.2014

Rib Cut Out T-Shirt {DIY}



Halloween is just a few weeks away and my kid's haven't decided what they want to be yet.  I have a feeling that we'll be scrambling to get costumes done at the last minute.  Last year, for Halloween, I made this rib cut out t-shirt for Olivia.  It's definitely my type of Halloween costume, cheap and easy to make.

Here's what you'll need for this project:  
Image sources: t-shirt, exacto knife, tape, rib stencil, cardboard
I used the front rib cut out stencil that I found at the Martha Stewart web site here is the link.
After I cut out the stencils, I taped it onto the front of the shirt.  I did go a little overboard on the tape didn't I?  I put the cardboard inside of the shirt so it wouldn't cut all the way through to the back.  Then I just used a utility knife instead of an exacto knife (whatever works right?) to cut out the ribs.

Layer a white t-shirt underneath it and that's it!  Very easy and great for a last minute Halloween costume.

Are you getting ready for Halloween yet or are you procrastinators like us?

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10.14.2014

Chairish French Country Dining Room (Mood Boards)


You guys know that I love a good thrift store find, right?  The thing with thrift store shopping is that it's hit or miss.  Some days you're lucky and can find some fantastic and unique bargains to decorate your home with.  Other days, not so much.

The nice folks at Chairish wanted me to tell you about their fantastic selection of antique furniture.  What I discovered is that they also have an excellent selection of curated vintage, or previously loved, items that you can imagine for your home.

I'm hosting Thanksgiving this year and have dining rooms on my mind.  So, I had a little fun with Chairish's constantly evolving selection of vintage items and imagined this French country dining room.


Chairish French Country Dining Room

I found everything for my mood board, from the furniture to the flatwear, at Chairish.  If you've never visited their site, take a few moments to look around, you just mind find the perfect piece that you've been looking for.

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a great day!



10.09.2014

Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies {Recipes}


Good morning!  I'm feeling a little under the weather, as I write this, so it's going to be a brief post.  It's fall break this weekend so I'm hoping to relax a little and enjoy some down time with my kids.

I was going to make our regular oatmeal chocolate chip cookies this past weekend, but I was in the mood for something with pumpkin.  It is pumpkin season after all!  I found a great recipe over at Baking Bites and decided to give it a try.  It was soooo worth it!  These cookies are moist, delicious and exactly what I had been craving!




If you'd like the recipe, you can find it on this link at the Baking Bites blog.

Have a Great Weekend!

10.07.2014

Six Things You Need for a Dia de Los Muertos Halloween Party


I'm toying with the idea of having a Halloween Party this year.  When I was at Costco this past weekend, I ran across some wine from a vineyard here in New Mexico with a Dia de Los Muertos label (see below).  It got me to thinking how fun it would be to have a Dia de Los Muertos inspired Halloween party!  If I did, here are six things that I would definitely get for it.

~ONE~

I'd set the tone with the perfect invites from Tiny Prints.

~TWO~
I'd make some of these individual seven layer dip appetizers.  What a great idea and so adorable! 
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~THREE~

I'd DIY some spray painted black pumpkins.  
Sweet Paul Magazine via Remodelista

~FOUR~

And, some wine bottles to burn some candles in.
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~FIVE~
To offset all the black, I'd get these colorful fondant skull candies from Lulu Bell Cakes to top off some cupcakes.
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~SIX~
Here's the bottle of red wine from South West Wines that I mentioned at the top of this post.  Isn't that label great!  I doubt it will last until October 31st.  ;)  
What about you?  Are you planning on having a Halloween party this year?  Taking the kids trick-or-treating?  I'd love to hear your plans!

Thanks for stopping by today!