Category Archives: Create

Another room turns Boring Beige!

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Another room in our house becomes boring beige, but I am so excited! So much better than just white!  (We only have one more white room in our house – yay!  When we bought the house my mom and I spent painstaking hours removing layers and layers of wallpaper – evil stuff – and painted everything white…or beige! LOL!)

Our playroom is becoming a playroom/nursery as we get ready for baby #4.  We seriously downsized toys  – and let me tell you what a great feeling!!  Painted the walls beige (of course).  Made new curtains and valances and wallah – a complete transformation!

I have one child who always has clothes hanging out of her dresser…

The armoires used to take up the far wall in this picture.

 

This room has two doors. Weird.  (Don’t mind the messy closet…)

Every wall in this room has a closet, door, or window so there isn’t much open wall space.  I am not totally loving the arrangement, but it is so much better than before…and seriously our only option!  (and do you totally love our “retro” carpet…ah, maybe some day we will change all the ugly carpet…but it works for now!  And seriously…does orange, brown, and green ever really go out of style??!!  LOL…yes, yes it does!)

We absolutely love our cube storage things from Target –but didn’t envision the white being next to the wood armoires. But oh well!

A close up of a valance and curtain! So loving these!

My dad made the older two girls armoires and they are much too heavy and large to move up the stairs so they reside in the playroom.  Heck, they are difficult to move across the room.  Good thing my hubby has big muscles!

I still had the curtains up that came with the room so this was a drastic change!  I am totally addicted to valances – in other rooms of our house we have valances with shades but no curtains and I love them.  So we decided valances with curtains in this room and WOW what a difference!  My very talented hubby made the valances and I covered them with batting and fabric so he could hang them.  A new ironing board and a zillion yards of fabric later I totally love the new curtains!  I would advise not being intimidated by making curtains – they are really so easy!  I tried to stay away from stripes, actually thought I had, because I didn’t want to have to mess with lining them all up…well, guess what…my dot like shapes were actually in striped lines…duh!  Although, I have to say it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be to make sure they were lined up!  If I can do it, you can for sure do it! 😉

So, baby #4 has a place to stay when she comes home from the hospital…well, as soon as we get a crib up that is!

And yikes, if it’s not a girl – we have a lot of non-boy window treatments to redo!

Have a great day!

Jaimi

(We don’t know if we make valances right or wrong, we just made it up…before the days of pinterest!! But…if you would like to know how we do it I would love to tell you…just let me know…with pinterest these days I wasn’t for sure if you needed my input!) 🙂

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Old Ugly Buffet turned AMAZING!

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While summer went by in a flash I missed out on posting…so I have to start with not summer memories, which would make more sense, but this project I’ve been wanting to share!

Inspired by none other than pinterest – check out what we did with our old buffet!  My handy dandy hubby cut the legs off, took the top molding off, and gave it a coat of much needed paint.

I tried my hand at making a cushion!  I know it looks extremely stuffed – but I wanted to give it room to break down a little.  I was cheap and stuffed it with batting instead of buying a cushion mold thing – and using a cushion would mean I would have had to do a terrific job sewing….hmmmm….

The cushion has already broke down to a normal size and we have filled the bottom part of the bench with all sorts of larger toys that needed a new place to hide!

For ten years on that wall hung a quilt made for us for our wedding.  It is beautiful and sentimental, but time for a change!  After taking down the quilt it seems the wall is amazingly huge!

I still am deciding what to do with the wall above our new ultra awesome bench…I am thinking different large sizes of favorite pictures with a “family rules” subway print in the middle.  Maybe black and white?  What do you think of that idea?  My hold up is – number one – time!  Number two – energy!  Number three – baby #4 will be here in a little over a month, so should we just wait until we have some pics of the new one??!!

Easy Peasy Super Functional Seat Covers!

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Has life gotten as hectic for you as it is us right now??!!

I have to share these super functional seat covers we made for our dining room chairs.  I am so excited to be protecting our chairs!  Yeah, dorky, I know.

My aunt and uncle gave us their super well cared for table and chairs.  The chairs are beautifully upholstered…and can you guess what these are going to look like if I don’t cover them soon??!!  And let me tell you—I SO wish I had had these babies before the marshmallow gun war…not pretty on my chairs…

See, nice right?!

We put towels over the seats for quite a while…but it was just a hassle and knew we had to do something more permanent.

So…. We made super easy seat covers.  I thought this project would take me an afternoon…until my help showed up…

My super cute helper!

She loves my sewing machine…loves to take the spool of thread off while I am sewing, likes to unwind the thread, likes to grab at the spinning wheel on the side, likes to unplug the machine, you get the idea…pretty much super helpful! lol!

How can you get upset with a face like that??!!

Back to the seat covers…  We took a cheapo towel, the cheapest vinyl flannel backed table cloth we could find, some bias tape (could totally make your own-I was just being lazy) or ribbon, and thread. (I can’t take all the credit for this idea…my mom figured out all the particulars.)

Half a towel covered the chair seat.  So, we cut each towel in half then cut out notches where the back of the chair meets the seat.

The first cover I made I cursed a lot sewed the bias tape around the edge of each opening and hemmed the cut side of the towel.  The second cover I made I just zig zagged around all the raw edges and sewed the bias tape on so it would tie around the legs of the chair.

Added a piece of vinyl tablecloth to the underside of the part of the towel covering the top of the seat.  I didn’t think of it initially, but we sewed ties underneath for the front legs to help hold the cover in place.

Can you see everything? This is the bottom side of the finished seat cover. The ties at the notches are for the back legs and the ties towards the front of the towel are for the front legs of the chair.

And now we have more "boring beige" in our house!! LOL!

I hope I explained this well enough.  It really was super easy.  Especially because my mom took pity on me and finished mine for me!  😉

Happy sewing!!

Jaimi

Be My Valentine!

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We have been valentine making fools around our house!  I’ve heard a couple other moms talking about how their boys do not see the fun in Valentine’s day and it makes me SO glad I have girls!!  Girls who are excited about Valentine’s day anyway!

We totally used ideas we found on pinterest (of course) and made them work for us!

See what we have made…

E really wanted wild animals for her valentines.  We got the inspiration from Design Mom.  I so wish we could have found wild animals for her to give, because she seriously has the awesomest free printables!  We settled for squirting sea life animals instead!  (I have to tell you I am so proud of myself.  I let E cut out all the baggie tops herself – so not a straight line in sight, but she was so proud she did it all herself!  Makes it worth not being a control freak for a little bit!)

H enjoys goofing around with play mustaches.  So these were totally calling her name!  We found the idea and free pattern at Blonde Designs Blog.  Sparkly red lips for the girls and mustaches for the boys.  I hope the other kids love it as much as we do!  I know we are a little kooky!  (We did make things easier by buying file folder labels and printing the tag on those instead of sticker paper.  Super simple!)

We had to make some for our cousins and special friends.  So we totally didn’t reinvent the wheel and used this awesome freebie from Moms by Heart.  Our favorite flavor Kool-Aid and a silly straw!  Awesome!  My husband just couldn’t wait two days and tore into his immediately!  Such a kid!

For bus drivers and teachers we bought those cute little mini antibacterial hand gels and put cute labels on them from the girls.

So, that wraps up what we gave for Valentine’s this year!  Now, I must get everything ready for the class party tomorrow!!!  Nothing like waiting until the last minute, huh?!

Do you have any great Valentine ideas??

Jaimi

Super Awesome Barbie Houses!

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I don’t know about your girls, but mine love Barbie!  And man, do they have a lot of Barbie paraphernalia!!  A while back I organized it all into containers by type of Barbie stuff…doctor set, clothes, shoes, etc.  But it still kept ending up in a jumbled mess on the floor!!!  I couldn’t take it much longer!  I understood they wanted to play with many different categories of Barbie stuff at once, but MY OH MY the mess!!

My girls also swoon over the doll houses at Hobby Lobby.  Very expensive dollhouses!  So, a Christmas gift idea was forming…  Let me tell you, my husband loves when I come up with these ideas…no, no, not really!  But he is always a good sport and willing to give it a go!  Thank goodness!!

So, he found plans for a Barbie house, built it, painted it, and walah!!  My husband, sister, and I spent an afternoon decorating the houses.  Oh yeah, did I mention he made two?!  My grand idea was to have two so we could close them together and hide keep all the Barbie stuff in the house.  (Which has worked out wonderfully by the way!)

We used scrapbook paper, fleece, felt, ribbon, and lots of glue to decorate the walls and floors.  (I am embarrassed to admit I had enough pink scrapbook paper in my stash to decorate all the rooms without buying more!  Yikes!)  We were covered in glue by the time we were done, but it was so fun!  I mean really, when else would you get to decorate 12 rooms in pink and sparkle!!

I have to tell you…I was planning on making all the furniture and linens homemade, buuutttt…December snuck up on me!  We had quite a bit of furniture already and then Target had an awesome sale on a 4-pack of room furniture which made it super cheap…so, we cheated!

My sister and I stayed up super late Christmas Eve and arranged all the rooms.  We had a ton of fun arranging everything, so we knew the girls would love it!  Christmas morning the big reveal!  They loved them!  The Barbie houses live in our living room *gasp*, but we enjoy watching the girls play with them!

So, if you are up for a bit of a challenge and hours of fun for your girls…be inspired to make a Barbie house!  (Online I saw tons of great ideas using cardboard boxes to make a house as well.)

*To find the free Barbie house plans go here – they were fantastic!  (By the way–these are big!  Each one is about 49.5 inches tall and 34 inches wide!)  We did opt to leave out the stairs just to give more room.

*A word to the wise–when you start gluing paper to the walls & floor…I thought just your normal crafting spray adhesive would work, but I was WRONG!!!  We switched and started using 3M automotive spray adhesive after two rooms.  It worked awesome!  (We have had to re-glue the two rooms we used ordinary craft spray adhesive on.)  We used my favorite fabric glue for the fabrics and ribbon — fabri-tac by beacon adhesives– it is quick dry—works wonderfully for rosettes!! 😉

*I plan on the girls and I working on more decorations, etc. as time goes on…

Jaimi

One Person’s Trash is Another’s Treasure

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I absolutely love to “upcycle”!  It’s so fun to transform something from just okay to fab!

I had to pick these outdated, ugly bill organizers up at a second hand store. They brought back memories of my Auntie Ellen’s house.  She had a bill organizer like this full of envelopes and hanging tons of keys.   I had grand plans to transform them into stylish bill organizers!  I am totally in love with the way they turned out!  Makes me want to organize some bills…kinda…

Have any great trash to treasure projects you love?

Jaimi

Project Life

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Becky Higgins has long been one of my favorite scrapbookers because of her simple and manageable approach.  I absolutely love her Project Life project.  If you haven’t checked it out, you should!  You can use the kit to document an entire year, a lifetime of pictures, just anything you need!  It’s now available in digital or traditional — how exciting!!  Tater Tots & Jello is providing the chance to win a starter kit!

I have wanted to do this project since the first year she developed it…but I was scared I would spend the money and not stay committed to finishing the project.  Well, this is the year!!  A friend and I are going to both do the project and keep each other on track!  Yay!!  I feel as though I let life get away from me and don’t take the time to appreciate the blessings of our every day life..and this is my wake up call to myself — to make me open my eyes to the beauty of our every day life!

Seriously, you just have to check it out!

Jaimi