Monday, November 22, 2010

It's Been Awhile

Hi there! You all have been left high and dry for awhile (I apologize for that)...unfortunately, it looks like it may be that way until at least the 1st of the year. I have been undergoing some major medical issues lately, and although we've had many frustrating moments, we finally have a diagnosis.

I have Papillary Thyroid Cancer. Yes, I said the "c" word, but God is good! This is the most curable cancer that there is, and He's been giving me the strength to go through it. So hopefully by the end of the year we will be done fighting it, and I will be able to get back on top of daily blog posts with great DIY projects and adorable pictures.

Until then, here are a few pictures from the past few months...

Big Brother chasing the rabbit that never seems to leave our yard

Little Sister, the Little Chick

Big Brother and His Favorite Cowboy

And Pig Tails from peek-a-boo

Thursday, September 16, 2010

100 Piece Mirror, Part IV...Finally Complete

Wow Wow Wow is all I have to say about this project. Wow for the amount of work it took to get it done, wow for the many problems we had along the way, and wow for the amazing mirror that we created! I am very happy with the turnout, so the work and stress was worth it.

As you know, I was waiting for the new mirror to come in the mail, well wouldn't you know it, it took nearly 2 weeks to get here and then it was cracked when I opened it. Frustrated, I decided I just couldn't wait any longer and was able to find a smaller mirror at Kmart that I hoped would work. We ended up having to take an 1/8" piece of project pine and cutting a circle out of it because the new smaller mirror just wouldn't cover the nails like I had previously thought...again, if you followed this process along, I'm sorry for the screw ups :)

But, without further adieu...the Sunburst Mirror!

If you dare to create one for yourself, you can find the links to them Here, Here, or Here . My husband and I are considering making them and selling them, but we are in need of break for just a bit :)

A preview of what else I've been up too...Little Sister is turning one next Friday! I can not believe it, seriously, wasn't she just born yesterday? I've been working on editing a few pictures to mark her turning 1 and here are a few sneak peaks...

And one more shot at my new favorite project :)

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

100 Piece Mirror, Part III

Well I was super excited that this was going to be my final post on the tutorial of this mirror..."was" being the key word. Wouldn't you know it, that after I had completed all the assembly of the wood, that I would grab the mirror and find a crack! Grrrr, so frustrating, so now I'm in the process of ordering/finding one online.

To view the first two posts of the tutorial you can click here and here.

So after all the pieces had been sanded and stained, I again used the Gorilla Brand Wood Glue and glued the two piece section onto my base. Note that its important to lay this on a flat surface, we chose the garage floor :)

After this dried, we nailed and glued the 1 1/4" inch pieces in between the two piece sections.

At this point, you can touch up any stain that you may have missed before. Then, be amazed at the awesome mirror that you have assembled (well almost :)...

Now, the mirror that I am ordering will cover the nails completely so you won't see them or the slight unproportion in the center! I'm really excited how this turned out and can't wait until I can post the completed project with mirror:)

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Friday Finds (on Saturday, sorry :)

So this week you have to check out another of my favorite blogs Under the Table Dreaming. ! Stephanie has a pretty awesome giveaway that I think you will be thrilled about...a Silhouette! This is like the Cricut on steroids, it's absolutely amazing!

Now if you win, promise me you'll at least make me a cool print :)


Friday, August 27, 2010

100 Piece Mirror, Part II

So originally I thought this process was only going to be two parts...evidently I underestimated this project :) Oh well, I am still excited about it, I just wish I could complete it faster.

After I finished sanding, I began staining. I choose a tinted water base stain by Minwax called Coffee. Now there is no reason I used a water base over the oil base except for the fact that they didn't have the color that I wanted :)

So do you remember in the previous post that I laid my 1" and 1/2" layers out around my base...well I decided that after I stained the 1" I would "save" on stain and glue them down to the 1/2". So I laid them all out and began the process (I had my hubby helping me so it went pretty quick). We drew a line all the way across of where I wanted to 1" pieces to lay.

Then glued them down using Gorilla brand Wood Glue

They looked like this...

I thought I was pretty happy, until I went to stain the remaining portion...BIG pain in the butt! Not only is it harder to make sure you are getting stain in between the boards, but you also have to make sure you don't get any more stain on the 1" piece, otherwise it continues to get darker...grrrr!

Needless to say this process is taking alot longer then I wanted, so please, just stain all your pieces first before starting to assemble (learn from my mistake :)

And I'm still being distracted by cuteness :)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Still in Progress

Well day two of my mirror project is continuing the same....sanding! Having two kiddos doesn't make for an easy time to get projects done sometimes :) Anyways, hopefully I will have more progress to show you tomorrow, but until cute distractions :)

(Please ignore my dirty window, between Little Sister trying to kiss our black lab and him trying to lick her back, it never stays clean :)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

100 Piece Mirror, Part I

I need to preface this post by saying, I would not recommend trying this project if you are easily frustrated :) This has taken much work and planning (more then I had anticipated), but I am still hoping that the end result will be worth it!

I convinced Hubby to help me make a Sunburst Mirror to be the centerpiece over our bed (...yes, I am redecorating another room and still have others to complete, I know I'm bad about that). This project has taken most of one day, and is still along way from over.

Here is one of my "fed up" stages during the project :)

So I found a round mirror at a local consignment shop for $6 (I'm sure you could do better, but I'm not very patient when I have something on my mind to create).

Sorry I forgot to take pictures of the original mirror, but the previous picture shows it in four pieces :)

So here is what you'll need for part I...

A circular mirror (you can find just the mirror at many hobby stores)
3/8" plywood
At least a table saw

We cut 32 1 1/2" x 12" sections. We laid them out around a portion of the original mirror. (Now you could liquid nail these onto the actual mirror without the circular portion, or you could cut that out of plywood as well)

We then cut 32 1" x 12" sections and laid them out on top of the previous sections.

Then sand like crazy! This portion will take you plenty of time, so tomorrow will be Part II of this project :)

Monday, August 23, 2010

I'm Back

Thank you to everyone for your prayers, I sure do appreciate them. The doctors still have no idea what is going on with me, I go in for more blood work next week, but hopefully we will know sooner then later :)

Now, don't think that this little hiccup is getting in the way of my craftiness or summer family fun :)

We have had ALOT of warm days this past week, so the kiddos needed to soak up some rays in the pool.

Big Brother also got a new fishing pole from Daddy and they headed out for the first time!

He was pretty excited and successful!

He caught five fish and a turtle!

Last week I was also able to throw my good friend a baby shower to celebrate her upcoming little girl. Unfortunately I didn't get as many pictures as I would have liked, but I think you'll enjoy what I did.

My friend has a 3 year old little girl as well, so I thought it was a good idea to give her a little something to show the world she was going to be a big sister! Here is the goody bag I made for her.

You can find directions to the canvas tote bag here. And I also made the t-shirt with iron on letters and freezer paper! I'll be making another shirt for Little Sister's upcoming birthday in the next few weeks, so watch for that tutorial. If you just can't wait, Google "Freezer Paper Stencil."

I made all the centerpieces using coffee syrup bottles, added some goldfish and made some paper pinwheels. They were a big hit!

And just a preview of a couple projects I'm working on in the next few weeks...

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Do You Love Prints?!?!

Well do you? I know that I do, and I especially love to page through all the different one's Etsy has to offer :) The other evening I found myself doing just that, but couldn't quite seem to find one to fill my empty shelf space. So, I decided to make one myself! I used this handy dandy site...

And the best part is that most of their font's and editing software is free! So I know you're dying to see the print I made right?!?!

I love this song, and this print looks great in my living room!

And just as an FYI, I've been having some medical problems (should explain my lack of recent posts). I have a surgery scheduled for next Wednesday, so please be patient if I don't get around to posting :)

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Celebrating the 4th of July

I pray that you all a had safe and exciting 4th of July! Ours was very low key, but very enjoyable. It was Little Sisters first Independence Day and I couldn't help but to get her all dressed up in Red White and Blue to celebrate.

And a few pictures of Big Brother and Little Sister together...why is it that 2 1/2 year olds are so hard to keep still and get pictures of?!?!

This is a picture of my kiddos holding the flag that was given to me from my Grandpa's funeral 11 years ago. Although my children never had the privilege to meet him, I can still honor him and his memories through the stories I can share. My Grandpa was the best and I am so very thankful for him and all the men and women who have fought to keep this country free. Thank you to the Founding Father's who took the risk of being traitors in order to establish a nation based on Christian principles, and most of all, thank you to the Lord for allowing the United States to continue to be free for as long as we have been. It may not be a perfect country, but there is no better country in this world!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

DIY Floating Shelves

One of my favorite stores is West Elm...notice I didn't say my favorite store to shop at, but one of my favorite stores. The reason for this is they have awesome products but I usually can't see myself paying the expensive price for them. So I look for ideas and search for ways to bring their designs into my own home. Well I had my eye on these shelves for a really long time...

For Mother's Day my hubby tried to surprise me and order two of these off of ebay. Well long story short, the seller did a terrible job and I only received 1 shelf a month later and then had to return it to even get a refund for the 1 I didn't receive. After looking at it, hubby decided that he could build them himself. And tada! Here they are (even better then what I originally wanted)!

So here is what you'll need

* 1 x 4 x "8" board (you will need to change the length to your own need)
* Table Saw
* Drill (Hubby said a Drill Press is best if you have one)
* Wooden Dowels
* Screws
* Paint

First we cut the board into the lengths that I wanted for shelves. The lengths I chose were a 3', a 22", and a 20". We then cut each shelf so that we had a 1" and 3" segment.

Then we pre-drilled four holes in the 1" section. Two for the screws to be attached to the walls and two for the wooden dowels. (Hubby says if you are not using a Drill Press it's easiest to clamp your 1" and 3" pieces together and drill your holes attached so that they match up for your dowels)

Glue your wooden dowels into your 1" section and then attach to your wall.

Slide your 3" section onto your 1" section.

Now you have yourself your very own floating shelf!

To give you an idea of cost, sells a 2ft shelf like this for $49.00 each. On Ebay we were able to find them for around $30.00 each. We were able to build these three shelves for a total of $10! Pretty Awesome!

I love the finished product, now I can't wait to find cute little things to fill the space! (Note that I just placed a few things up to give a more finished look, these are not actually what I plan to use, but I will post pictures when I'm finished :)

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