Pink and Monkeys and Owls…

Yup…pink, monkeys, and owls pretty much explain my little girls’ tastes at the moment. But, hey, if that is what they love, why shouldn’t they be able to be surrounded by it in their own room?

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Now for the break down…no I am not going to embarrass myself and do some break dancing…let’s just stick with a little review of how this room came together. Shall we?

The bunk beds were given to Ava and Kyra by Jason’s dad. He actually made them for me when I lived in the dorm in college. They have been working great, but I am hoping he can make them something a little more like this…

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You can find more about this bed here
Both bedding sets are from Pottery Barn. Let’s just leave it at one cost a bit more than the other because I was hasty. I should have waited to find it on sale, but, alas, it was too late.

The small table is a garage sale find from this past summer. Refinishing the table top has been on my to-do list for about, oh, 6 months now. Guess I should start thinking about trying to get around to that project. The table, chairs, and fabric for seat cover cost a whopping $12.

The small chair in the corner came from my mom-in-law. She is a garage sale queen and I am sure she found it at an absolute steal.

The stickers mural above the dresser was on clearance at Pier 1. Now that I look back, I wonder if it was marked wrong because it rang up $2. All I can say is that I was shocked. The package had about 50 stickers plus the bird cage! Not a bad deal for $2!

The personalized wall decal beside the closet door was a gift from my mom. It semi-matches the bird decals so it isn’t TOO mis-matchy (new word…you like?) looking.

As soon as I can carve out a significant amount of time, I would also live to refinish that old dresser. Thanksgiving break is coming up fast. Could it be a possibility? I am thinking it could!

Alrighty then! Another room down! Why don’t we just stick to the whole bedroom theme? Right now I am planning on completing just a little more work on our master bedroom. As soon as it is finished, we will be making that the next stop.

FYI, I am looking for a couple of clients to help me start a home decor portfolio. The consultation service will be completely free for 2 people. You do not have to live nearby. We can always work through email and such! If you are interested in seeing how it works, just leave a comment and I can get in touch! More information on this later…

(You will, however, be responsible for purchasing any items you wish to use for your redecorating project.)

DIY Summer Foot Jewelry

In our part of the world, it’s almost time once again to feel the soft green grass underneath your bare feet. But just because it’s almost that “bare foot” time of year, doesn’t mean your feet have to be…well…bare! Dress up those bare feet with some awesome, cheap DIY foot jewelry!

Gotta love having your feet on the net! Right? (Nope.)

Anyway, this jewelry is super simple to make. It can be made of several different combos of string and beads. I’m going to let you in on how to make one with glass beads and waxed leather jewelry string.

To start, you’ll need 2 pieces of waxed leather string. Each needs to be long enough to put your center toe in the center of the string and still be able to pull the ends up to your thigh (about 48″ to 60″). Take the two pieces and wrap them around your center toe. Tie the pieces together just below the toe to make a “ring”.

Place 1 bead on each of the outer strings. Tie again just below these beads.

Keep placing beads on the outer strings and tying a knot below them until you have five sets of beads on the strings. After you tie your last know under the fifth set of beads, separate the strings and take 2 on each side of your foot and tie in the back. Remember to slightly extend your foot while you do this! Too little slack will cause the foot jewelry to be uncomfortable but too much slack will make it too loose when your foot is in it’s normal position.

This should be your end result!

There are so many different materials and variations you can use to personalize your foot jewelry! Hemp, ribbon, yarn, leather, beads, shells, etc…Be creative and experiment!

Easter Takes Center Stage…Or Center Table

Cool wind, bright blossoms, and sunshine…It must be getting close to spring! With the approach of spring, of course, comes Easter as well! Time to change out our winter pinecone table centerpiece for something a bit more spring-like…

A gerbera and hemp egg centerpiece…

The gerbera flowers are from Hobby Lobby. Catch them on their 50% off sale week and they are only $1.50 per flower. The spanish moss (green grass) can be found at almost any store with a floral department. A battery-operated candle adorns the middle of the top tier. The bottom tier is filled with spanish moss and cheap DIY hemp eggs. Want to learn how to make your own? Well, let’s get started!

You’re going to need a bag of ordinary plastic easter eggs (50 cents for 10 at Wal-Mart), hemp rope, sandpaper, and a hot glue gun.

Each egg should be slightly sanded to give the egg a surface that allows the glue to get a good grip.

*Start gluing your hemp by making a very small U at the end of your hemp and placing glue on the tip of your egg. Attach your U-shape to the egg.

*Gluing 1-2″ at a time, continue wrapping the hemp around the egg.

*When you have your egg wrapped, tuck the end of the hemp into the end to give the egg a finished look.

Got it? Easy-peasy, right? So, there ya are! A super simple Easter/Spring centerpiece that is sure to get you in the mood for warmer weather and an old-fashioned Easter egg hunt!

 

 

Home Re-tour

I’m going to be honest. It’s been a good long while since I’ve done some upkeep on the ol’ blog. Busy, busy! So I have very little idea about what I have shared, and what I haven’t. So we’ll do this the easy way. Home tour!

To start our little tour, let’s visit our dining area:

Our breakfast bar nook:

The kitchen (FINALLY complete with all appliances!):

The laundry closet:

The master bedroom:

The master bath:

The den:

Second bath:

Ava’s bedroom (newly repainted for our for-sale home):

And, the debut of Kyra’s new bedroom:

Complete with DIY curtains and artwork:

Well, I think that about covers it. Hope you enjoyed the little re-tour of our DIY home!

 

One Set Of Twin Sheets, Four Projects…

Yep. From one simple set of twin sized sheets, I found 4 different uses. One was simply to have an extra fitted sheet for my 4-year-old daughter’s bed. Somehow one fitted sheet doesn’t really suffice… But check out the other 3 ways I found to use them!

DIY Curtains (super easy):

Cover for wicker chest (to hide the broken wicker):

Before:

After:

Throw pillow (not sewn yet, but it’s in the process!)

Who knew that one set of twin sheets could keep a girl so busy! And the best part is that all of these projects were $15…The cost of a set of BHG sheets from Wal-Mart.

 

Inde-PENDANT Thinking…How To Create DIY Pendant Light Covers

Want great pendant light covers for a fraction of the cost? Well, aren’t you in luck? All you need is a glass container!

The pendant light covers in our kitchen tend to make our kitchen a little dark at night since they only let light out the bottom. So, I decided that a clear cover might be a better choice. However, covers can be anywhere from $15 and up. Multiply that by 3 pendant covers and you get…$45 (at least). Oi…Nope. Not spending $45 for new covers. But what about DIY’ing some covers? Hmmm…

A lucky trip to Hobby Lobby landed me 3 great glass containers that would work perfectly…at only $2.20-$2.40 a pendant cover (at 50% off). After a little drilling, I ended up with covers that allow A LOT more light to fill the kitchen.

Keep in mind that we already had the pendant light fixture ($50 at Lowe’s), so this project only cost me $6.80. Beats the socks off of $45.

Here’s the basic gist of how you can make your own pendant covers.

Start with any glass container. Think food storage jars, mason jars, or (as in my case) discounted containers. Clean the containers well.

Grab the drill! You will need a drill bit that will make a 1 1/2″ circle hole in the middle of your lid. If you have a metal lid, make sure you use one that is suitable for metal. If you prefer not to buy a bit for this project, you can also drill small holes around in a circle. Your cut will not be as pretty and clean, but the edges should be hidden anyway. Be careful of sharp edges!

Next, use a medium sized drill bit and drill at least 6 holes around the large middle hole. These holes are very important as they allow hot air from the light bulb to escape!

Hang your pendant! You’re done!

Have you created your own pendant light covers? Send a picture on over or share it at the SBH Facebook Page! We’d love to see your super-creative work!

Playing Trash Can Dress-Up

Time to pull yourself out of those winter “blahs”! Let’s revisit some beach decor!

There is really only one room in our house that sports a bit of a beach-y theme. Okay, so the only thing that really says “relax by the seaside” is a doily chandelier and a lone starfish. However, that is about to change. I still don’t want to go overboard on the whole beach inspiration, but a couple more subtle beach-inspired trinkets won’t be a complete overload.

We have this old trash can by the toilet. We have had it for YEARS. I really think Jason used it in his college dorm room. Anyway, it is starting to show signs of age (like rust). I figured that maybe playing a little trash can dress-up wouldn’t be too weird. Right?

Here’s what happened…

I don’t especially fancy having a photo of the toilet, but I wanted you to see the trash can in its “natural habitat.” Who puts the trash can on the other side of the room?

The whole process is fairly self-explanatory. Measure your fabric (you need twice as much length as the measurement around your trash can), hem the bottom and top (leaving enough room to thread elastic through the top!), thread the elastic through, secure the elastic, and sew the end together from the inside. The fun part was painting the cover!

You need acrylic paint of your choice and a product called “textile medium”. It should be available at most craft stores (I bought mine at Hobby Lobby). Mix 2 parts paint to 1 part textile medium and go crazy!

Be sure to check back soon because I have one more great seaside project planned for this room!