Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Some Fall Inspiration

With Fall rapidly approaching, I've been keeping an eye out for some decorating inspiration. What better place than Pinterest  to find just that? If you haven't gotten on the Pinterest bandwagon, well you simply don't know what you are missing. Talk about addictive. Hop on over and check it out if you get a chance.  Just warning you, though.  Once you start pinning, you can never go back!  Here a some of the lovely things I've found that are on my to-do list once the kiddos start back to school.  You can find all of these, with links back to their crafty sites on my Pinterest boards, under "It's Fall, ya'll".






















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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Personalized Hairbow Hanger

So this week I'm on a roll with updating my daughter's room.  My goal was to change it up, incorporating some no-cost projects using things I already had on hand.  After all, why not use whatcha got, right? While trying to get her all organized for school, we sorted through her hairbows and got rid of any that were broken, frayed beyond repair, or ones that she never wore and were taking up space.  While doing this, it occurred to me that I never got around to making a hairbow holder for her.  Thankfully, she hasn't outgrown wanting to wear them.  Usually, she just wants to wear her hair down, with nothing in it. But, right now she is growing her bangs out, and the agreement was that she has to have them out of her face.  So, she has been wearing her bows alot more often, and clipping them over to the side.

I've seen some cute hairbow holders that have the child's name painted on canvas, and ribbons dangling from them to clips the bows onto.  Since I lack any ability to paint freehand, I decided I could cut her name out in vinyl using the Cricut, and frame it using a frame I already had and some cute cardstock I had picked up on the Target dollar aisle a while back.  I scrounged around and found enough girly ribbon that would compliment the cardstock.  Since the frame was a stained wood, I primed and painted it white and put it all together.  This is what I came up with:


I used hot pink outdoor vinyl, because it was shiny.  I placed it on the outside of the glass so it would pop against the cardstock.  To attach the ribbon, simply staple it to the back of the frame using a staple gun.

While I was at it, I added some white vinyl to a little bin I picked up at the dollar store to hold all her scrunchies and hairbands.





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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Pottery Barn Kids’ Inspired Bulletin Board



This week, we decided to make a little switcheroo and rearrange my daughter’s bedroom. As often happens, once we got everything moved around, we found ourselves wanting to add some new touches here and there. Nothing drastic, at least not involving paint! Two years ago when we decorated her room, she was big-time into Hannah Montana. Now, not so much. Lesson learned, do not go with character stuff for children’s rooms! I think I was almost more tired of it than she was! We tend to disagree somewhat on styles, so when we saw a comforter and chair that we both thought was cute and on an awesome sale, we snatched them up. So, down came Hannah!


And in came some turquoise in a bold graphic pattern! Love.









Something was missing above the desk. I had seen a cute bulletin board system in Pottery Barn Kids catalog last year. This was my inspiration.

Pottery Barn Kids
I immediately began contemplating a trip to Lowes, spending $30 to $40 on supplies, having my husband break out his saw, etc. Then it occurred to me. I had everything I needed to pull this off right here in the house!

I forgot about a bulletin board I had in my craft room. I had picked it up a while back at Goodwill for 3 bucks. At the time, I had used fabric and ribbon to make it into a French memo board (thought I had a pic of it, but I don’t). It was perfect. I ripped the fabric and ribbon off, and broke out some vinyl, fabric, ric-rac, and my hot glue gun. A little white spray paint on the frame, and an hour later I had this.




And for free!



So let’s talk about the elephant in the room. BROWN FURNITURE. I would seriously love to paint it all white, but it was passed down to us by my husband's family, and I've been forbidden to paint it.  Although, the desk is mine from my childhood, so I may do something to it.  I am thinking about this tonal look:



But for now, the brown will have to do.

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Adorable Tissue Paper Pom Poms

I’ve been eyeing these cuties out in Blogland for a while. I first saw them on the Martha Stewart website. She gives a lovely tutorial on how to make them. They are a simple and inexpensive way to add some visual impact to parties as well as children’s spaces. You might even find that you already have all the supplies you need on hand. If not, you can pick them up at your local dollar store for next to nothing. Here’s some Pinterest-worthy inspiration for you.
  

Martha Stewart Crafts

 

Caribbean Catering


We just finished rearranging my daughter’s room and adding a few changes here and there. I used this opportunity to try out a few pom poms for an added touch in her reading corner. Since her colors are pink and turquoise, we found tissue paper in coordinating colors.







Turns out, they were super simple to make. I spent $6 on tissue paper, and used some floral wire, clear fishing line, and white thumbtacks I had on hand to suspend them from the ceiling. They seriously took all of 5 minutes to make each one. What do you think?


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