January 13, 2014

Winter Wreath Made With Pine Cones

Last year, after discovering Chrissy's Holiday Woodland Wreath on Pinterest, I set out to make myself one exactly like it.  Rarely do I find something that I like so much and think is so perfect just the way it is that I don't tweak it in some way, but Chrissy's wreath is just that...perfect.

I went to her blog and studied her wreath so I could make mine just like her's.  I managed to collect a bunch of pine cones from our yard and shared that with you here. Unfortunately, Target no longer had the woodland ornaments in their store or online and I couldn't find them anywhere in the entire world wide web.


The wreath creation ended there...and sat unfinished for a year.

But through the magic of the internet and a little bit of luck I finally found most of the woodland ornaments I needed on...you guessed it...ebay.  All except the bird, but I found a very acceptable substitute for him.

And voilĂ ..........I finished my winter wreath.

I absolutely adore it and I think it is perfectly pretty and adorable.  I love Pinterest for this reason, you find something beautiful that someone had the vision to create, that you would like to make for yourself, and then Pinterest points you in the right direction (hopefully) and with a little effort and ingenuity you can "do it yourself", for yourself.

Here is how I made my winter pine cone wreath, that I wasted no time hanging on our door:

January 9, 2014

My Home Goals for 2014

Ain't nothing like writing things down when you're setting goals, let alone puttin' it out there for the whole world to read.  I just gotta make a list, not just to solidify my desires and goals, but to also remember them, the ole' brain ain't what it used to be.  I'm not as organized as I used to be either, it seems to take a lot more effort.

At any rate, I'm known as the procrastination queen in my family and it's got to stop when it comes to our home.  I really have zero excuse other than it's all just so overwhelming.  But, I'm determined to accomplish a few goals this year and in order to keep it under-whelming I'm setting reasonable goals.  And if I get more done than I set out to then it's just gravy, right?

One goal on that list...paint!  For 3 years I was a professional painter, I was in my mid to late 20's and I don't want to sound conceited or anything but I was dang good at it, still am, so I just need to finalize my color choices and DO IT ALREADY!!!

All photos found on Pinterest

These are the colors I've narrowed it down to.  I've made some firm decisions but still have a few to make.

Let me explain.........

January 3, 2014

80's Vase Update

I admit it, I was in my teens and early twenties in the 1980's and I have the pictures with the big hair to prove it but I won't scare any of you with those.

I will however, show you what I did to an obvious "Miami Vice" peach vase that I inherited from my mom years ago.  It's been packed away because it just isn't my style and really never was but I couldn't bring myself to throw it out or donate it because it's a really nice, heavy vase.  I'm a firm believer in up-cycling whenever it's possible.

So I devised a plan and this is what I came up with, scroll on down to see how I did it:

I know right?  You can't even tell it's the same vase!

I used Hemp Cord and because of the thickness of the cord you can barely even see the ridges on the vase and the little you do see looks intentional, I'm diggin' it.

December 31, 2013

DIY Upholstered Ottoman Finally Finished!

Having started this project back in February of this year and finally completing it in December, I just could not go into the New Year without officially putting it behind me.  So here's how I turned a plain ole coffee table into a high end, upholstered ottoman.

Check out the before and after:

Now for how I got there...and it wasn't as easy as I thought it would be, but it has been so worth it.

If you recall in my earlier post (and yes I know it was a long time ago) I had just finished staining the legs (which I had cut down because the coffee table was way too tall for an ottoman) of the coffee table.  After they were completely dry and cured I added 2 coats of polyurethane lightly sanding between coats 1 and 2.  They turned out beautiful.

The next step was to meticulously measure and mark where all the holes would be drilled to pull the buttons through.  I have to admit, I got some help from the hubs and his math skills on this one.

February 28, 2013

More Work on the DIY Ottoman and Another Project is Unfolding Too!

I've been busy working on my ottoman, applying the polyurethane, sanding and more poly and now I'm to the fun stuff...the actual upholstering to transform it into a lush ottoman.

I can't wait to share with y'all the reveal!!!

I've also been working on an "icky 80's vase" transformation and I'm lovin' how that is turning out, wait until you see it!

This is the before:

A peach 80's nightmare eh?  In this shot, I had just sprayed it with adhesive...wondering what I stuck to it?  Tune in...I'll be sharing that soon too.  It's a dramatic difference, you can't even tell it's the same vase.

February 25, 2013

DIY Upholstered Ottoman Progress

A week has passed since I began the transformation of my coffee table to an upsholtered ottoman.

Before we get to all that, allow me to thank Linda at Coastal Charm and Courtney at A Diamond in the Stuff for featuring the first post I shared of my ottoman transformation.  And to Isabelle at Le Chateau des Fleurs for featuring my Mam Maw's Chocolate Candy Fudge.  Y'all rock, thanks again!!!

Okay...back to the ottoman...I had originally thought of painting the legs but after finding the perfect fabric I felt that a painted finish would clash with the fancy-schmancy look of the fabric.  So I decided to try my hand at staining and sealing wood.

It's been a learning experience, I like seeing the progress but in this particular instance, because I'm so anxious and excited to start actually upholstering it, I hate the "waiting to dry" time.

Maybe because hubby keeps it like a refrigerator in the house, a cool 68 degress...brrrrrrrrr.  He's hot natured, walking around in shorts and well I live in cozy sweats and sweaters, socks and warm slippers).  Or maybe the air in our home isn't as dry as we originally thought, maybe our dry skin is from being outdoors and not from the house.  Either way, the drying time between coats is lengthy.

First though came the prep.  I had opted to go with Minwax's Gel Stain so I didn't have to take it down to the bare wood, which helped.

I sanded each leg for about 5 minutes and by that time the surface was no longer shiny and definitely roughed up enough to accept the stain.

February 22, 2013

How to Drill a Hole in a Wine Bottle

...Or should I say "drilling Hell" not hole?

I needed something to do while waiting for the gel stain to dry on the legs of my ottoman (which has been a total nightmare and I'm considering stripping it and starting all over again).  So I set aside a little time to work on a neat project..."little time" being the key words here.

I found several decorative wine bottles with mini Christmas light strings inside them on Pinterest.  I loved most of them and there were so many cute ideas so I wanted to make one of my own. 

I knew that I didn't want the cord to simply go through the top of the bottle, I wanted it to be like a "real" lamp with the cord through the bottom.  So I started reading about drilling through glass, which happens to be the same way you drill through tile.  Who knew?

There's even a nifty little drill bit for it.

I was prepared for 30 minutes of steady drilling because I had read that it may take that long...I was not however, prepared for an hour!!!  Yes, I said an hour of steady drilling, well maybe I took a 5 minute break, but that was it.

Let's back up............

February 19, 2013

Refrigerator Fix-Up & Shout Out to a Few Bloggers

A big shout out to:

For featuring my Ottoman Tray Lined with Wine Corks, Formal Dining Room Tour and Plans and my China Cabinet Tweak.  I have added your buttons to my "Featured Page" as well as on my sidebar.  Thank you very much for the feature, I'm honored to have been selected out of so many beautiful submissions.
And thank you so much to all those who have followed me via Google Friend Connect, Pinterest, Linky Followers, Networked Blogs (I just signed up for that last week so there's only a couple on that one and it's looking pretty lonely), Facebook, Twitter and/or Google+.  All of those can be found in my sidebar, there's a few buttons at the top and the rest are a little ways down the page...on the right.

So who else watches House Hunters?  Well, I do and I'm also "one of those" people who find myself talking to the TV (like the people can hear me) in complete aggravation when I hear them say, "Ewww, what an ugly paint color, we'd have to paint".  Like it's sooooooo hard to paint!!!  Ugh!

February 18, 2013

Coffee Table Turned DIY Upholstered Ottoman, the Beginning

I finally found the fabric!!!  It took long enough, but I found the fabric that duplicated exactly what I had envisioned covering our cover table to transform it into the plush, gorgeous, lightly-tufted ottoman I've wanted for quite some time now.  Unfortunately it wasn't on sale but it was SO worth the money, $39.99 per yard and I bought 2 yards, splurge.

I was however, very happy that JoAnn Fabrics had a 50% off coupon this weekend that included...wait for it...high density foam rubber!  The two inch thickness is what I needed and it's usually $32.99 per yard and I needed two yards, so...score!

Y'all remember this photo from a previous post about our bonus room?

February 15, 2013

Under Construction

Just a quickie note to let y'all know that I'm going to be working "behind the scenes" on my blog tonight and during the weekend so it may, at times, look out-of-whack and weird.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

***Update:  That went quicker and easier than I thought it would.  All done. :)  I guess it didn't hurt to have all the graphics prepared and ready, a few tweaks to the template and Ta-Da!  Thanks for your patience and I hope you enjoy the new look as much as I do.

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