Thursday, September 30, 2010

Bring on the fall weather

Okay am I the only one who craves the cooler weather like a dog craves a bone?  I have never been a fan of summer months.  Maybe that's because I live somewhere where summer means 100+ degree temps all summer long. Ugh.  I love the months of October and November.  I love December, January, February, March, April, and sometimes even May.  I can't wait till our air conditioning can be shut off and take a long deserved break. Till our windows can be opened up all the way and a cool breeze flows through our house all day long, not just in the wee hours of the early morning.  I'm looking forward to baking and not having to do it in the middle of the night because if I turn our oven on during the day our kitchen feels like a sweatshop.  Cooler weather means cute sweaters and jeans, warm drinks and sweet smelling baked goods.  It means we can spend plenty of time outside in our yard without beads of sweat dripping down our foreheads.  And cooler weather means little babies and toddlers get to be bundled up in warm hugable blankets and clothes. And did I mention SOUP?!! There's nothing that screams fall and winter like a delicious hot soup/chili. 

Wish we had trees so we could make a pile of them and Levi could jump into them until his little heart burst with happiness.

I want to put Levi in this shirt and tie.  It's from Old Navy. 
 And Rian needs this cute sweater and set of tights.  There is nothing likelittle chubby baby legs in warm tights.  Also from Old Navy.

These Maple Cookies look delicious! Can't wait to try them.  I forgot to mention I have an insane love for Maple.

This is a great idea for decorating Pumpkins, Chalkboard Paint!
I think my man would look darn good in this sweater from Banana Republic

And I think with my new found love of COLOR I would like to try this outfit.  As a pretty curvy (that's the nice word for plus size) woman I tend to stray from clothing that has too much color.  You know don't want to draw too much attention my way, but I think I that sweater is calling my name.

What are some of your plans, ideas, or likes for the fall?

My baby girl

Look at that she fell asleep all on her own, and on her back no less.

Yesterday she was pretty good even though she was pretty much neglected due to the fact her brother was sick and extra clingy, and needed me every second of the day. She's growing so fast.  Ttomorrow she'll be 10 weeks and she's already in 6 months clothes! Amazing how she's changed since the day she was born. 

The House of the Sick...and Tired

As you can tell by the title we're all sick over here.  I do believe Levi caught a cold on Monday while waiting in line at the Children's Hospital ER.  By Tuesday's appointment he had a very runny nose and in the evening a watery eye. Woke up Wednesday and I had caught his cold already, and later in the evening Justin was saying his throat was sore like mine and probably Levi's. It's definitely hard watching Levi and Rian together, but now that Levi's sick and I'm sick, oy vey! He is 10 times the whiner and ornery self. He's not sick too often with colds and such, but when he is...yeesh.  Kind of hoping things clear up before tomorrow's procedure, because I'm none too sure if it's best to be drilling a hole into my child's head with or without him having a cold, but I think it would be a lot better if he wasn't sick. 

Rian is the only one who is staying strong, let's hope she stays good.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Turquoise Candlesticks

I feel weird calling them candle sticks, I mean these things are large and chunky, they don't resemble sticks at all.

Years ago my mom gave me these great "candlesticks" that had sat by her fireplace. One of them broke and was glued back together. Then she bought new ones and gave me the old ones. Score for me because I got some new decor for our home for free. And free is the best kind. I liked the brown, for the first 4 or 5 years at least.  But here lately I have been on a I-NEED-SOME-COLOR-IN-MY-LIFE kick.  So I decided at 11:30 at night that I would paint these candle sticks.  And what better color to paint them than TURQUOISE!

Primer is always a must.

In between priming I got out this old silver plate someone had given us when we got married.  I decided I wanted to paint that too.  It's not REAL silver, so don't panic.  I chose yellow for this piece. 

 The back of it, before I painted it

Once the primer dried I used Rust-oleum's Aqua to spray the candlesticks

I love love love love love them.  So pretty.  I can't wait till they dry and I can bring them inside and set them up.  But before I do, I was thinking about adding a brown glaze to them...any thoughts? Should I just leave them the way they are?  What do you think?

UPDATE*-- I went ahead with the glazing and love them even more

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010


I've been seeing a lot of these signs/posters lately

(The last one is one I created on a website that allows you to make your own button/signs for your own blog.)
I wanted to do something like the last one in Levi's room since we're going with a music theme.  But I knew there was no way I could make a stencil out of the top image.  Too intricate for me and my contact paper =).

So we found a guitar image on google and printed two out of them and then crossed the necks of the guitars so that they were touching.

I took a scrap piece of wood like this

Then I primed it with this
Next I painted the middle of the board white because that's what color I wanted the letters to be.  I used this paint

Then I took the printed off saying and image and traced them onto contact paper and then cut them out and placed them on the wood.
Next I painted over the whole board with this Slate Blue
Afterward I removed the contact paper and ta-da:

Not perfect by any means, but pretty darn awesome just the same.  And it costs me less than a few dollars to make it.

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No more ugly Oak

I know there are some people who will get mad at that title. Some people think honey colored oak is beautiful. Some people think this type of would should never be painted over.  And I am not one of those people. Honey colored oak is U-G-L-Y to me.  And we have enough of the ugly wood in our house since most of our furniture has been handed down to us by my parents. 

One of the pieces we had was a bookshelf.  It was a good bookshelf but I have always hated the color and the wood.  I wanted to use it in Levi's room to sit books on it, and other decorative items, but he now has a pine bed that is honey colored and a cherry colored dresser (which I plan on painting), and the oak bookshelf would have looked even worse alongside those other pieces.  So last weekend Justin and I got out the sandpaper, primer, paint, and glaze and got down to business. 

Before we started it looked like this:
Not what we're going for.
I lightly sanded it, then primed it with KILZ spray primer
Then sanded again.  This primer is very gritty afterward, so I would recommend sanding or at least wiping it down really well.  After sanding and then cleaning it off we painted.  My husband bought a PURDY brush at Lowe's.  It was pricey but well worth it. It gave us a perfect paint job.

It looked way better but I wasn't finished.  I wanted it to be more than just a white bookshelf, so we experimented using a glaze for the first time.  Much easier than I had ever thought it could be.  Just brush it on and then wipe it off with a damp cloth.  And after it was dried we covered the back (which was just a thin piece of plywood type of thing) with a chocolate brown burlap. 

It looks so good, much better than the oak.  I can't believe I've had it for almost 6 years and only just now painted it.  Honestly I don't even want to put it in Levi's room, I can't help but think how much he'll under-appreciate it ;) .  And that's how much I love it right now.

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Turquoise Love in Rian's room

I have always loved the color turquoise.  It's cool, calming yet vibrant, and just makes me want to go on a spray painting spree and redo everything I own.  Rian's room would have been filled with more turquoise than you can imagine if it were up to me alone, but someone (the hubs) thought she needed a little more girlie touch of lavender also. 
I love walking into her room now and seeing all the birds and the handmade lovelies. And there is an awesome crafty challenge going on over at the CSI blog this week.  It's all about the color turquoise. It's like Rian's room (and technically this post) was made just for that challenge.

Her room and my projects (the pictures should all link back to the original posts for tutorials and such):

So if you have anything turquoise that you've created go check out the CSI blog and link up, or check out some of the other links and projects on there.  You won't be disappointed. Promise.


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