Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy Birthday America!

"HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!" Little Sister yelled this from the top of her lungs most of the day as well as made sure to give her "vanna" wave to anyone that would pay her any attention. That girl is sure a social butterfly.
As you have noticed, since we moved it has been nearly impossible for me to keep up with my blog. This also means that my DIY projects have been few and far between...something I am not exactly happy about. Today however, we didn't have any big plans and hubby and I worked on something that I have wanted to get done for the past few months. On our family trip to Denver in February, we went to IKEA. Can I just tell you, I have wanted to visit IKEA ever since I learned about it six years ago and have never been able to go. I was so excited and let me tell you, IKEA surely did not disappoint! One item that I was searching for was the Karlstad sofa. You know the one, it is one of the best selling couches seen all over blog land. Here is a picture of it in my home earlier today.
Now I know what you are thinking....white, with two little kids...you're crazy! Well your right I was...kind of. It was never my intent to stay with the white cover, but they were out of the Sivik Dark Grey. After months of waiting and still not getting back to Denver to get to the store, I decided to try something different.
I was skeptical about how well this would work. I had seen others in blog land use it, but I had never dyed anything myself. Let me tell you, best invention ever! And instead of spending big bucks on buying the slip cover I wanted, I dyed the white for about $15 (I used 5 packages). Check out the after picture!
Absolutely amazing. Now I'm trying to think of all the other things that I can dye :) UPDATE: Whoohooo I finally finished a project the same time as the Pinterest Challenge over at Young House Love!. Their blog about dying their dining room slip covers, seen here here along with this picture below were my inspiration for this project. This one was featured on Ikea Hackers.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Merry Christmas

Thank you to my readers for sticking with my blog even in all my absences. My prayer is that this Christmas you will all experience the incredible love of Christ and the amazing joy that He can bring to your lives.



Love,

The Smiths

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A Tiny Project to get the Juices Flowing :)

Well I have to give props to you working mom's that still find time to blog and be crafty. I am just plain not good at it. I feel like there is never enough time in the day to get the things I would like to do done. This is definitely an adjustment, but I appreciate you all sticking with me.

I'm slowly working on getting rooms around the new house "complete." Why is it that when you move, suddenly your current decor is no longer up to par? One of the rooms I'm working on is Little Sisters room. When we moved we sold her crib and she has been sleeping in a toddler bed, so I am trying to change her nursery decor into more of a big girl room.

I have no real theme, just things that I've liked and inspirations from Pinterest. I came across this rug...



Super cute right? Kind of peacock like. Then I came across this awesome mod pillow from Positively Splendid

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I had an extra canvas laying around, so I came up with my own little take on both the projects and this is what I came up with.





Definitely doesn't make the room complete or anything, but it's a stride in the right direction. So what inspiration have you found off Pinterest?

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Happy Birthday Little Sister

Today my little girl turned 2...well I'll let the picture say the rest :)

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Quick Update

Just wanted to give you all a quick update, I know I've been gone awhile again. We are in our new home now (nearly completely unpacked) and are trying to get settled in. My mind is going crazy with all the DIY projects I can think of for our new space. I'm super excited about it and I think that you will be too. Currently, I am working full time and loving my new job, but it hasn't left much time for all those projects just yet.

And if you're wondering why I haven't posted pictures yet...well notice I said NEARLY completely unpacked...I have yet to unpack the cord for my camera...I have no idea what box I put it in, but good news I only have like 15 boxes left, so its gotta be coming some time soon.

Thanks for sticking around, and I'm hoping to be back up and running in a few days!

Monday, June 20, 2011

DIY Pallets...and Big Brother Room Progress

On my way home from work, I noticed a certain something laying next to the dumpster behind one of our little strip malls. It was just what I had been looking for, and if they were by the dumpster, they had to be throwing them away. I could barely contain the excitement when I got home to tell my husband. When I walked in, he could tell by my beaming face that I was up to something. Hesitantly, he asked me, "What?" I simply said, "After supper, could we go pick up something with your truck?"

Again, "What," was his response.

"I found some pallets, and you know how I've been wanting to make Big Brother's headboard out of them?" (I've been designing Big Brothers room after this photo, I love the color scheme and the headboard)




He quickly reminded me that I needed to call and check on them first because "Pallets are worth money, people just don't give them away." (Insert eye roll here) But I knew he was right, so I called and they said YES! So this is what I brought home...



ehhh, not as excited once I got them home. There was a definite reason they were by the dumpster...they were trash. I thought that maybe I could salvage some of the pieces and just rebuild the back. Well that didn't work too well either, so of course I was bummed.

The trooper that hubby is, he said that we could go to Home Depot and pick up some lumber and make our own! (Insert jumping with excitement here). Now I know what you are thinking...you are moving in a few weeks, why would you make something else that you have to move. Well, truth be told, I'm impatient. (I know, you're surprised) But I also have about a dozen other projects to work on once we move that I thought my evening was better spent working on this headboard now (and also avoided some packing:)

So we headed off to Home Depot. After measuring Big Brothers bed, I decided that I wanted this pallet to be 45" tall and 55" wide to give about an 8" overhang on each side of the bed.

We ended up purchasing 3 1/2 " wide cedar fence boards for 77 cents! Wooohooo! We bought 11 boards and then one 1x2 firring strip (we had another one at home from a previous project).



So then hubby cut the boards down for me to 55" and cut three firring strips to 44". We started to lay them out...



After laying them out, we decided that we wanted a two inch over hang on the side and an once inch over hang on the top to resemble more of a pallet. Then we unevenly spaced the cedar boards across the firring strips. And after a little sanding, tada...here she is...okay, probably should be here he is...



Still needs some stain and a little bit of roughing up, but you get the general idea. The boards were actually a little wet from Home Depot, so I couldn't finish it tonight, but of course I had to get a look at it in Big Brothers room before I could call it a night.




So hopefully I'll get to work on it some more tomorrow evening (if I can avoid packing again).

A few other things I have planned for Big Brothers room at the new house is rich and beautiful Blue-Grey Slate from Glidden and this gorgeous bedding from West Elm...



Waiting for a free shipping coupon or for it to go on sale because it's a little rich for my blood :) So there it is, a little progress a little DIY project, hope you enjoyed!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

We Be Making Changes

That's right, lots of changes going on here. Hubby has accepted a new position at a different church, so we are on the move. The move is only a couple of hours away...



RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA!

We are currently on the house hunt and will post pictures as soon as we find that perfect place! Finding a home is a little more difficult this time around since we have kiddos. With Big Brother getting close to school age, we want to make sure we are in a great area with a great school. When we told Big Brother we would be moving, this is the reaction we got...



He was very concerned at the thought of leaving his home (although he doesn't realize it, this is actually the third home he's lived in since he was born). He wanted to make sure we were going to bring all of his things, like his bed, his light and his blankie :) Oh, if those were the only things we had to worry about. I comforted him and told him that everything would be coming with us and for him not to worry. I also reminded him that he would be going to school, and he cheered right up! (If that would stay the same the rest of his schooling years, oh how lucky I would be :)

So we will be busy here packing and such, I'll try to keep updates as often as I can, but as all my readers know, sometimes life as a mom, pastors wife, and business professional, that's not always possible. Thanks for your patience with me and for sticking around and reading my blog! Talk with you soon!