Monday, November 16, 2009

Baby Shower

So I have this awesome friend who is also a domestic diva. In fact, some of you may know her from her blog Domestic Indecision. Anyway, she is super talented and a super good friend. I LURVE (just for you nelly-poo)her a lot. Well she and some of my other amazing friends had a baby shower for me this weekend. The theme was birds, which I love...everything was really cute and so I thought I would share a few pics with you. Enjoy!

These are some of the table decorations...
so fun!!!

Isn't everything soooo cute? They all did a really great job and I had so much fun. I am really blessed to have such great friends!!!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Jewelry Box Makeover...

Okay so I finally finished the jewelry box(thrift shop find#2). It has actually been finished for a while, but you know how that goes. Anyway I started with a large brown jewelry box found at my local Good Will. It was a great find for only 6 bucks. I removed the hardware and sanded it...once again no pic because no one cares about sanding. I painted it black, not really being to careful about my painting except for the areas near the fabric lining the inside of the jewelry box.

Let it dry and then painted it white. I did the same with the hardware.

After I painted it white, I sanded the jewelry box in random places to let the black show through. I wanted it to look worn and a bit shabby. I also rubbed some of the paint off of the hardware.

I then took some black, vintage-like rub-ons, found at Hobby Lobby and added them to the top of the jewelry box. I love the way it turned fact, I think it might make a really fun Christmas present for someone...

(the before pics can be found in my past blog, fun finds...)

Now go check out the other laides at The Shabby Nest for Frugal Friday!


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Festive Fall Fireplace

I decided that my fireplace needed some fall decor. I went to my local HoLo(Hobby Lobby) and purchased a few pumpkins, some berries, some fall leaves, and a few cinnamon candles(yummy). I spent a total of 11 dollars because all the fall decor is 50% off at HoLo this week...YAY! I already had pine cones and candles in my fireplace. I layered in the berries and leaves with the pine cones and then added the pumpkins. I put my new candles in my candle holders and lit them. It looks really fun and was so quick and easy to do!!! I can't wait to add more touches of fall to my home...fall is my favorite!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Finally Finished...

A while ago I wrote about some fun things I found at the thrift store and I even posted pics of my treasures. I had a crafty plan for both finds, but have only finished one...what can I say, I am a busy gal. Okay, so here it is, after picture. This started out as what I would call a message board(?) but it is now a unique, shabby shelf that will look so fun in my daughter's room.

The first thing I did was sand the piece...I did not take a picture of this step because, let's face it sanding is boring and not much to look at. The second step was panting...I chose a really bright aqua color...which I love...I didn't worry about painting neatly because I knew I was going to paint over the aqua with white, which is what I did next.

After I painted it white, I took sand paper and started sanding along the edges and in other random places on the shelf to give it that worn, shabby chic feel. At first I was planning to keep the cork board, but then I decided I didn't really like it and I wasn't really going to use it, so I got rid of it.
It was not a fun chore getting the cork off the back of this, in fact it was a complete pain! I took a trip to my favorite store, my mecca...Hobby Lobby and got some really cute scrap book paper. I cut the paper and glued pieces together so that it would be a perfect(well, close to perfect) fit for my shelf. Then I glued it to the back and sprayed the whole thing with a flat, clear finish(Krylon).

I will try and get my second project(jewelry box) finished soon. It needed quite a lot of sanding(boo!) and I have been busy. I am hoping to get some paint on it this week...Hoot! Until we meet again...happy crafting!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Fun Finds...

I decided on a whim to stop off and check out my local Good Will store to see if I could find any treasures. I hadn't been to Good Will since it opened about a month ago. I did not find anything on that first trip, but I was really excited to try again. As I walked in I decided I would have an open mind and really search through what was there among the racks and shelves, looking for things that could be revamped with just a little elbow grease. I found some things I am really excited about.

I found a large jewelry box in really good condition and a fun message board(that is what I am calling it, anyway). Oh, and by the way...I only spent like 12 dollars. Here are some pics:

We will call these the "before" pictures. I have some ideas planned for each of my treasures, but I need to take a trip to my local craft store before I start. For now these projects will have to wait for the weekend. I am excited to see how they will turn out. "After" pictures coming soon...

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Angry Pants...

Okay, I am going to tell you a little something about angry pants...and no they are not an actual pair of pants. Sometimes things happen to you or around you that make you mad, real mad. For example you are about to leave to go on a trip to see your family, who by the way you haven't seen in months, and just as you are about to walk out the door your husband decides he needs to download some podcast onto his i pod or pack his computer and game system to take with you on the trip. Never mind that he has been sitting on the couch for half an hour watching you pack the car...

OR...the girl at work is on her cell phone all day while you are pulling more than your share of duties and then you have to listen to her complain about how she doesn't get paid enough for all the "hard" work she does... have a friend that has offered to help you with a project(which you know from past experience is a bad idea, but you have to be nice) and of course she waits until the day it needs to be done to do her part leaving you with most of the work

There are so many things that happen in life that are going to make you angry(this is of course worse for the control freaks out there). When this occurs there is only one thing to do...put on your angry pants. You are allowed to be angry, in fact just sit in your angry pants and stew. Think all the angry thoughts you want. Think about how right you are in the situation and how wrong the other person is. Just be angry until you can't do it anymore. And when you can't be angry anymore take the pants off and be happy. Wear the pants as long as you need to. The time needed to wear the pants corresponds directly with how mad the person or situation has made you. Sometimes I find I only need 10-15 minutes in my angry pants, but if you are dealing with repeat offenders you may need longer...sometimes days.

Well now you know all about angry pants. Wear them wisely and make sure to take them off when you don't need them. Look forward to more pants post to come: Sassy pants, Confrontation pants, and Pretend pants...

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Here goes...

This is my first official time to blog and I feel the best place to start is with my life. My name is Misty and I am currently 29 years old. That fact will change in a few short months and then I will have to tell people I am 30. This is something I have yet to come to terms with. Oh well...

I am happily married and have a wonderful daughter, Amelia. She is four years old and makes life very interesting. My husband and I are expecting daughter number two in early January. We are very excited, although the challenge of two kids is sometimes scary. We have each other so it shouldn't be to bad.

I like to bargain shop, spend time with my family and friends, read, and craft. I hope to share more on these subjects in the future.
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