Saturday, May 28, 2011

Summer Boredom Jar

I have seen this idea before and finally got around to making one. Though I'm using it more as a Summer Activity Jar. We plan to pull one activity out each day through the summer (except the week of VBS and the week my daughter is at summer camp). And my kids are huge fans of Phineas and Ferb so I used the common line from Phineas to decorate the front, just made it in Publisher and printed it out. Glued paper to a mason jar (widemouth), added some fun ribbons and voila! Below is a list of ideas I used. I added in a few chores just to keep it interesting. ;)

Exercise using mom’s instructions
Build an indoor fort
Read for 10 minutes
Eat a fruit
Play dress up
Eat a vegetable
Play a video game for 1/2 hour
Write in your journal
Ride your bike or skates
Write a letter
Help mom plan dinner
Water the plants
Play on the computer for 1/2 hour
Look at a photo album
Call dad at work
Interview a family member
Plan a family activity
Practice your school work
Take pictures of anything you want
Go to the park
Do a service for anyone you choose
Make cookies
Have a friend come over
Play with sidewalk chalk
Have a picnic
Play hopscotch
Draw a picture
Play hide and seek
Watch a movie with popcorn
Make an obstacle course
Play with bubbles
Color in a coloring book
Find 5 toys to donate
Run through the sprinklers
Do laundry
Eat some ice cream or special treat
Clean 1 toilet
Play a board game
Go for a walk
Make a sock puppet
Take a nap
Go swimming
Practice juggling a soccer ball
Make a craft with mom
Plan a treasure hunt, with clues
Do an art project
Make popsicles
Do 1 chore of mom’s choice
Draw a picture with your foot
Do 1 chore of mom’s choice
Write down 5 things you love about each person in your family
Do 1 chore of mom’s choice
Write someone a letter
Vacuum 1 room of mom’s choice
Wash the car
Take out the trash
Write a story
Pull weeds in the yard
Make a sculpture w/pretzels & peanut butter
Clean your room
Make a zoo for your stuffed animals
Organize your toys
Decorate picture frame with found things from outdoors

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Christmas decorating

I LOVE decorating for Christmas!!!!!!! I was in withdrawals - we had Thanksgiving at our house so I had to wait to start my was killing me! Okay, not literally. But it did set me back a bit as it usually takes a good, solid week (or more) to get the decorating done. I decorate pretty much every square inch of my house, and it seems to be an ongoing process of changing, adding, moving, etc. It took me forever to get my mantel just right this year and I really love how it came out.
Kitchen - love having lights everywhere!
Other side of kitchen - had to crop out the dirty dishes. ;)

Dining room

I had an old frame that I painted red and distressed. Printed out the 1st and 3rd verses to my favorite Christmas Carol. The ribbon behind it is jute upholstery webbing, then topped with a sprig of fake pine and a pinecone. Love it!

Another thing that took forever, the coffee table. The candles are my Pottery Barn knockoffs - printed out sheet music, wrapped around battery-operated candles and used antiquing inks - love them! The nativity candleabra I've had forever but this year I did a dark paint wash on it and like it better than the light wood.

Living room shelving

Dining room - this is the "family" tree, all the ornaments given to us, or the kids made, or we picked out on a trip...the kids decorated this one entirely by themselves this year.

I was happy to find a new home for this sign - I used to put it on my kitchen cabinets but it wasn't doing it for me this year - I like it here. Please excuse the toilet in the background.

I wish I could put lights on the stairwell but there are no outlets anywhere nearby - maybe someday I'll get a lot of battery-operated strands and light 'er up.

I got this nativity years ago at Sams Club...only recently did I realize the "shepherd" looks more like the Pied Piper. Weird.


This makes me want to collect more white pitchers. :)
A couple years ago, my grandmother gave me a big box of a lot of her ornaments that she's gathered over the years, many of them belonged to HER mother. I love these. I'm amazed that so many of them have survived packing/unpacking, decorating/undecorating, moving, earthquakes and grandchildren. Our main tree (always a real tree) is now entirely decorated with these ornaments and I love the look of it. I do have a few favorites:

Cute, isn't he? There are actually 2 of these

Quite of few of this type with the inset - amazing they are still in one piece as they are very fragile

Another favorite

"Look Daddy, teacher says every time a bell rings, an angel gets their wings!" Doesn't it look just like the one in the movie? And yes, it rings.

THIS is an example of one I do NOT like. Creepy, isn't it? I don't care for clowns anyway and this one has a freaky grin. There are 2 of these but one is broken. Too bad.

My angel tree - my grandmother always collected angels, so I decided to put them all together on one tree

Our tree! Love the simple, old-fashioned look - especially knowing all those ornaments have such a long history in my family

My kitchen tree - still need to make some salt dough ornaments for it as it just isn't "done" to me
The mantel - love how it turned out this year

A close-up of the mantel

I also do more trees upstairs - our playroom and the master bedroom...and the girls both have a small tree in their rooms. I'm just too lazy to take pictures. Plus I'm completely changing up that decor for next year - the playroom is going to be a snowman theme and I will move the snowflakes/crystals/silver decor into our bedroom since I plan to do a minor re-decor in there this year. (shhh, don't tell my hubby). I wish I could leave it all up year round, it makes me so happy!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Fall/Thanksgiving mantel

I like how my fall mantel turned out this year, and I just finally took a picture of it...right before I take it all down Friday morning to replace with Christmas decor!
The banner was simple - I printed the letters backwards on cardstock, cut them out and adhered to 8x8 pieces of cardstock, then used a leaf punch on some assorted papers/cardstock. Punched holes in the corners of the squares and threaded them with chocolate brown satin ribbon. Done! The pumpkin on the mantel is one of those simple toilet paper pumpkins - toilet paper, plastic grocery bags, fabric and a rolled up paper lunch bag for the stem. And the snow outside the window adds a nice touch, don't you think? Western WA got hit with an early snowfall and cold temps (for us) - about 6+ inches and temps down in the teens made for some icy roads and cancelled school for 2 days - yay!
Happy Thanksgiving - hope everyone has a safe and blessed celebration with their loved ones.

Saturday, October 23, 2010


I love these! Every year when I get our fall decor, I'm always so happy to see these little guys. And I think we need to make more as Ainsley was too little to make them and she's sad that none of them are "hers". Simple craft! Terra cotta pots in different sizes, yellow construction paper, Mod Podge, branches and hot glue. Cut faces or letters out of the construction paper, adhere with Mod Podge, then give the entire outside of the pot a final coat of Mod Podge to seal. Cut branches to length and use hot glue to attach to the hole in bottom (top) of pot. I just love the crazy faces that Hayley made. :)

Fall subway art

I have been seeing subway art all over the internet and really wanted one for fall to put on my dining room sideboard. Michael's had 2-packs of art canvases on 40% off so I think I only paid $8 for 2 of them, and they're pretty large - 18x24. I painted the entire canvas with chocolate brown paint, it needed a couple of coats, although I did like it slightly streaky so I wish I had left it that way but oh well. I planned to use my Silhouette craft cutter for the letters but I couldn't figure out how to get the letters in different sizes and widths, so I formatted it in Publisher, printed on white cardstock and cut them out. Since I used a simple, clean font (Arial MT Black) they were simple to cut out, maybe only took 30 minutes. Lining them up and spacing them was a little more tricky - I used a ruler and painters tape to line it all up. Then used Mod Podge to adhere the letters. I was going to seal it with Mod Podge but ended up leaving it alone. I'm really happy with how it came out and plan on making a Christmas one to go in that space.

Bathroom Re-Do

Our downstairs powder room was never quite "done". I had originally painted it the same color as our kitchen/dining room, which is a deep gold color, but it just never was quite what I wanted. Plus I couldn't STAND the pedestal sink! It's a tiny bathroom and had no place for storage...and I was tired of toilet paper in the baskets on the wall. So a friend inspired me to do kind of an antique look. I decided I wanted to do a light olive green on the walls, and we replaced the pedestal sink and ugly faucet with a new cabinet & bronze faucet. Added an old window and some old accessories and I LOVE it. We still need to make a frame around the mirror and I'm trying to make the letter G work in there a bit better, but I just love how it came out! The paint color is Ryegrass by Behr. I might put a big, deep red flower on the G and hang it up.
I think Dan was a little nervous to pull out the old sink and install the new cabinet and faucet, but he did an awesome job!

I found an old mason jar with the zinc lid, drilled a hole in the top and put in a pump, filled it with soap - love it!

The letter G was a big cardboard letter I bought at Joann's. I used an old book and some Mod Podge and covered the entire thing. Before I sealed it, I used some ink pads and a sponge to make it look more aged, then coated the entire thing with more Mod Podge.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Reupholstered chair

This was a fun project and I love how it turned out! I found this chair at the thrift store and wanted it for my master bath that we were repainting - the best part is that when I tried to purchase it, my credit card kept crashing their computer so the guy finally gave me 50% off if I paid with cash. Sweet! Only $13 for the chair. Taking the material off was the hardest part - there must have been 500 staples on that thing and I ended up with a bruised hand and cuts all over my fingers from removing it. And the fabric was nasty and covered in pet hair so I was glad to get all of it off. Found some fun leopard fabric, some cording and fringe and gave it a whole new look. My upholstering skills are not the best and had to use a lot of hot glue but I think it came out great and now I have a fun little chair in the bathroom. :) Eventually I'll post some pics of the bathroom re-do but it's not finished - though you can see the fun paint color behind the chair.