Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Mother's Day Gift Idea

Mother's Day is coming - May 9th to be exact! 
I was trying to decide what to get my mother this year because really she has everything!  She doesn't enjoy mani's and pedi's because she is to shy to show anyone her feet, she is allergic to real flowers and perfume, when she wants something she just gets it! So I had to put my thinking cap on again this year.  My mom always has something hanging on her front door and this idea came to me.

1 barnwood frame
1 piece of scrapbook paper
Vinyl lettering
1 giant gerber daisy
small flowers and fillers
hot glue and glue gun

I measured my "fillers" to be the length I wanted and tied them off with some twine.
Use a hot glue gun to attach it to the frame.

Clip of the stem of the gerber daisy and hot glue to the frame covering the base of the fillers.
Attach scrapbook paper inside the frame and apply vinyl lettering.
Simple as that!

The frame can stand on it's on.  Say like on a entry table?  Or maybe even attach some burlap with a staple gun to the back and hang on your front this!

(Please forgive the horrible ness of this picture.  My camera was being stubborn!)

Happy Mothers' Day to all the great Mothers out there!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Teacher Appreciation Week

It's Teacher Appreciation Week at our school.  I am super lucky and get to be the room mom for both my kindergartener and 2nd grader.  Here are a few items I put together for the teachers.

I found a simple inexpensive clipboard, notebook and box to dress up a bit.

Supplies & Instructions for the Clipboard:

You will need:
1 clipboard
1-2 pieces of scrapbook paper
distressing ink
spray adhesive or mod podge
vinyl letter

Here's how to do it:
1. Trace the outline of the clipboard onto scrapbook paper and cut out.  Distress the edges using distressing ink.
2. Adhere using spray adhesive or mod podge.  If you use mod podge, apply glue to the back of the paper, place onto clipboard and allow to dry.  Once it is dry (and you have put all your vinyl/embellishments on) you can apply the mod podge to the top of the paper.
3. Attach the ribbon to the clip on the clipboard.  You can fill up the entire clip or put just a couple strands.  However you fancy!
4.  Cut out your vinyl and apply.
5. Add your embellishments.
6. Apply top coat of mod podge if desired.

Supplies & Instructions for the Notebook:

You will need:
1 notebook
1-2 pieces of scrapbook paper
distressing ink
Spray adhesive

Here's how to do it:
1. Trace the outline of the notebook onto the journal and cut out.  Distress the edges of the paper using distressing ink.
2. Adhere the paper to the notebook using spray adhesive.
3. Decorate and embellish to your liking.

Supplies & Instructions for the "Clips n Bits" Box

You will need:
1 box
1-2 pieces of scrapbook paper
ribbon (I LOVE ric rac)
spray adhesive
vinyl lettering

Here's how to do it:
1. Cut out the paper to match the top of the lid and sides of the box.  Distress the edges with distressing ink.
2. Adhere the paper using spray adhesive.
3. Cut out vinyl to say "Clips n Bits" and apply to the lid of the box.
4. Decorate and embellish.
5. Fill with all sorts of great clips and bits of stuff!

What did I fill it with?  I put paper clips, magnets, fancied up cloths pins, matching binder clips, staples.
Really whatever you fancy!

Teacher's Name Letters

This is nothing new, but so fun to do!
I had the letters of the teachers last name cut out and decorated them with paper, flowers ribbon, bling blings and whatever else my heart desired.  I am really pleased with how they turned out!

Here's a close up of a letter.  I thought they turned out so cute, I had my last name cut out too.  I can't wait to start working on mine!

And then.....of course I don't have a picture of the cutest thing.  But, only because my brain is half gone and I forgot to take a picture of it BEFORE I gave it to the teacher.  So, you will just have to imagine it in your head and put one together.  The PTA sent out a list of questions to ask each one of the students about their teacher and their year in school.  The room mom is to be in charge of putting a little book together with all the answers from their students.  So!!!  I asked each of the kids a couple of questions, took their pictures and created a cute page (with the help of Anne...THANK YOU for saving my bacon on this one!) to put into the book.  I had a couple of thin scrap pieces of wood laying around, so I cut them out to be 5x7 (to match the cute pages of the kids!) and decorated them with paper, ribbon - basically matched the letters of the teachers last name.  I bound the little brag book with ribbon and presented it to the teacher.  It turned out SOOO cute!  And sure enough, I don't have a picture of it.  I just may have to go back to the school and snatch a shot of it, just because it was so cute!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Kitchen Remodel

Well folks!  It's complete.  I know I said it should only take about TWO weeks, but who was I  kidding?  Huh, myself!  Two weeks my .... (insert whatever word you prefer here!)  This project took SIX weeks to complete.  It wouldn't have been so long had Mike not had to go back to work so quickly.  I mean seriously?  Three weeks is not enough time to spend with my honey after being gone for a WHOLE YEAR!  Well, he must make the money to support my craft happy addiction!  So without further ado... THE KITCHEN, in all it's glory!

Start to finish....just some fun pics from our journey.  I could spend a year telling you all how I did everything, but I won't!  If you have questions about a certain task just ask!  I will be happy to let you know how we did what!!

The 80's ugliness....say bye, bye!

My honey, hard at work...cutting out the bead board.

Oh, what a dusty mess!  Sanding down all the cupboards and cleaning them all out!
I really did help in this process!

Painting the inside of these things SUCK! 

Thank goodness for paint guns!  We masked off the kitchen and Mike went to town.
Two coats of primer and two coats of antique white paint!
Oh So Pretty!

The tile!  This job was MASSIVE!  We didn't just do the kitchen, but down the hallway and the entry way too.  I think at this point, Mike wanted to quit and go back to Iraq.  Tiling is hard work and THANKS to Mike C and Judd who came and helped.  We couldn't have done it without you both!
Now, after this tiling job I PROMISE I helped Mike GROUT. IT. ALL.

Glazing!  Who ever knew you had to make something so UGLY to make it look so PRETTY?  I felt like I was destroying all the hard work when I was putting this glaze on top of the pretty white cabinets.
But, it was all worth it because this is what I have now!!!

Isn't it BEAUTIFUL?  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my new kitchen.  I am so proud that Mike and I did it all!  We worked so hard and learned so much with this project.  The biggest lesson learned? 
NEVER DO IT AGAIN!  Just kiddin! I would definately do this again if it meant I got to stare at this beautiful kitchen instead of that ugly ol' thing before!  Now, all I need it a new stove, microwave and dishwasher.  Anyone want to take care of that for me?