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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

Paint…Before and After…

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I told you of our painting marathon.  Thought you might want to see pictures!  Although, I have to warn you, as much as I want a magazine ready home, I do not actually have one!

Let’s start with the girls’ room.  Here is the before –you know, one of those plastic bag paint treatments…in nursery colors…maybe not a good idea!  (But at the time it was such a great change from the dark brown paneling.)

After promising my middle daughter we would make a super cool print of this quote to frame for their “new room” so she would quite crying we chuckled as we painted over it about hand cutting the stencil — it was before the days of vinyl rub ons and the Cricut.

The purple covers where the quote used to be.

This is the opposite side of the room. We painted the face of the eaves surrounding the window purple.

Pink Pink Pink!!  Did I mention how terrible this paneling is to paint??!!  It will stay these colors for quite some time!  I had visions of making some new ultra fab curtains, but after putting these up they helped the walls so much they just might stay!

Ready for the bathroom??!!!  I went looking for a “before” picture and we painted it so long ago I would have had to scan in the picture!  So, I went with this one instead!  This bathroom is towards the top of our to do list, which is the only way I can handle it!

This is my oldest daughter practicing her "shaving" like daddy. Cute, huh?! But can you picture the yellow on 3 of the bathroom walls?! Definitely time for an update!

And now, the AFTER!!

All the walls and ceiling are covered with this ugly, slick, hard to paint wall board stuff.  Terrible.  But looking better with each coat of paint!  The red paint was left over from our kitchen.  Maybe wouldn’t have been my first choice, but okay with the result.  Only one wall is red, we painted the rest of the walls white.  I don’t usually love white, but it helps this small space!

Storage is a BIG issue in our bathroom, so my sister and I ran to a flea market and found this cute cabinet!  We will add doors and it will be perfect! It does dominate our small bathroom – but totally worth it!  Because we live so far from town I can’t just run to the store to buy cute containers for hair bands, head bands, lip gloss, sunglasses, etc.  so I am just using containers we already have for now.

OH!  I have to tell you about this awesome clearance find!  I found a clear shower curtain with mesh pockets all over it.  I hung it on the inside of the white shower curtain and filled the pockets with bath toys!  I am totally in love with it!  I have already decided I will be making a new one when this one wears out!

I tried to take a picture of our new warm beige colored hallway, but it was a bit difficult!  My husband installed a new light fixture in the hallway as well — amazing what a change that makes!!  I am ready to hang decorations, but so unsure of what I want to hang!  For me the hallway has always been a tough area to decorate!

As for the completely redone bathroom — I am hoping for a full reveal sometime soon!!

Do you have any great paint transformation stories?!  (Sometime I will tell you about our stairwell painting adventures…or nightmares…lol!)

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