Saturday, August 28, 2010

Back to School...

Summer is already at it's end! I can't believe school is already starting back up!! That being said...our Big Man C is starting school on Monday! I wanted to make him something special where he lives in Utah and will be starting school without us there to see him off. I thought and thought of something to make or buy or do. I have seen chalkboard tables, plates, frames and such so I decided to do something of the sort! Here is what I came up with :) Enjoy!

{Clipboard Chalkboard}
Item's Needed:
1- Regular sized chalkboard
1-Can of Rust-Oleum Chalkboard spray
Paint of your choice
Paint brush
Coordinating Scrapbook Paper
Coordinating Ribbon and Buttons
Mod Podge
4-5 sheets of cardstock and masking tape
Razor Blade

Step 1: Start by painting your clipboard, this can be a tricky process with the "clip" part but
paint slowly around it and it can be done!! :) You will have to do 2-3 coats!
Step 2: After your clipboard drys really well...tape off the size of square that you want to be the "chalkboard" part of the clipboard. I used the cardstock and masking tape for this and it worked great :)
Step 3: Take and shake your can of chalkboard paint as instructed...then spray even strokes back and forth overlapping a bit until you sprayed the whole area. Let it sit for 3-5 mins and then repeat this 3 times.

Step 4: After the 3rd spray...let it sit for 5-10 mins and then carefully pull of your tape and may bleed a tiny bit but you can easily touch it up with paint :) Let the chalkboard spray dry for at least 24 hrs!!
Step 5: Measure your scrapbook paper on the bottom of your clipboard under the chalkboard square... you can do it however much paper you want!!
Step 6: Using your Mod Podge...Mod Podge the paper to the clipboard and let it dry. After it drys I trimmed up the uneven edges with a razor blade and then filed the paper down to match up nicely with the clipboard!!
Step 7: Tie your coordinating ribbon in the hole of the "clip"
Step 8: glue or mod podge on your strip of ribbon over the top of your paper and
then add your {buttons}

Step 9: Add your child's name (optional) in vinyl or paper on the bottom scrapbook strip. I added our Big Man's name to make it "his" Then you have your finished product!! I {love} it!!!
Step 10: Make a cute coordinating card...package it up if needed with a few of their favorite things. We added a box of regular chalk and a box of colored chalk and some Jolly Ranchers!! He loved it and I am so excited for him to be able to use it for his math, spelling or anything!!!

{Clipboard Chalkboard}

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

giveaway time...

Well my favorite thing about this summer was getting to spend time with all 3
of my kiddos!! Getting to just be with them makes my day!
SO my pick is Number #3~
TASHA wins this super cute watch band
Email me or Inbox me on Facebook with your Address and I
will get it sent to you!!
Thanks to all who participated!! I have a few more giveaway's coming your way!!!! :)

It's been a long time since I had a giveaway so it is definently "time" to do one today!!!! I am giving away this super cute red/brown watch band!

Here are the rules:
1. Be A Follower...if you aren't on the "Follower" Tab
on the right to become one!!
2. Leave me a comment with your favorite Summer activity you did this year
and your email address to get ahold of you if you win!!

Giveaway closes Friday Morning at 9:00 a.m. SOOO get commenting!!!! Good LUCK! :)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Love these stackers! They are so fun to make and are really simple! :) Here is how I did them!
Item's Needed:
2- 2x4x6 wood blocks
2-2x4x4 blocks
Sand Paper
2 coordinating paints
Vinyl or Rub on lettering "Love at Home"
Buttons/ Ribbon
Ink (if you want)
Paint Brushes
Step 1: Take your wood blocks all 4 of them...
Step 2: Paint them... Each set needs to be the same color...I did the smaller blocks- green and the larger blocks- tan!

Step 3: Let them dry very well!
Step 4: Sand down the edges and such to give them that loved weathered look :)
Step 5: Ink the edges...if you are frugile (cheap) like me you can use a stamp pad and a napkin to get the same effect!!
Step 6: Apply your vinyl or rub-on lettering like so...
Step 7: Decor them up! Use Buttons/ Ribbon/ Flowers whatever you want!!

Step 8: Stand them up like so and enjoy!! Aren't the super cute?!!?

There are so many ways to do these!! Here is the summer set I made as well!! They are so fun :)

I will have some items up for sale on the side bar on the right in a few days. Some of these stackers are for sale as well!! Let me know in the comments or you can email me if you want something...More Details to Follow!! :)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Hangin out...

Love this simple and fun jewelry hanger!! It was so easy to make and I love how it turned out! Here is how I made it:
{Jewelry Hanger}
Item's Needed:
Old 8x10 frame if not bigger
Sand paper
Little Nails
Step 1: Take your old frame (mine is white) take the glass and the backing out of it and sand it down good...make it look weathered and old!! :)

Step 2: Take your ink and distress it up!

Step 3: Take your nails and hammer and hammer in 2 to 3 nails on each backside of your frame.
Step 4: Wrap your wire around and around the nail and then pull it straight across to the other nail and wrap it tight to! Continue that for each nail!
Step 5: stand it up and admire!
Ohh the simple things! I love it! Looks great standing up on my dresser!!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Bathroom Canvases...

Here is another project I just completed for our bathroom...we have had it painted for a long time but I haven't had much decor up in there. But I am getting it done!! SO here are the canvases I did for the wall! :) I think they turned out super cute!! Simple and fun...Here is how I did it.
{Bathroom Canvases}
Item's Needed:
Mod Podge
Paint (any of your choice)
3 canvases...thin ones is what I used.. 3 for 2.00 bucks at Walmart
Paint Brush
3 coordinating scrapbook papers
Nail File
Step 1: Take your canvases and paint around the edges...I don't paint clear into the middle because you will be covering up most of it with the paper.

Step 2: After they have tried well Trim your paper down to the desired size... I left a small edge of "paint" around mine.
Step 3: Take your paint brush and mod podge and mod podge your paper to the canvas. Be sure to press firmly to make sure that there are no air bubbles!
Step 4: Then Mod Podge over top of the paper and canvas
Step 5: (not pictured) I blended the edges and scuffed them up a bit with a nail file..
THEN go hang them on the wall and ADMIRE!! Simply fun!
One of mine bubbled...SO I put it on the shelve beside the toilet with other little gadgets and fun stuff!! :)
The twine/bead decor balls...I love OH so much!!
At a glance!! Most of what this section of the bathroom looks like! More to come....Painted stars and my vinyl quote on the wall and then I will be done! :)
{Bathroom Canvases}

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Twine & Bean Styrofoam Balls...

I have seen many tutorials and lots of different ways to do these decor balls. My bathroom is in Brown/Blue so I decided to do more brown's in there. So here is what I came up with!!
{Twine & Bean Styrofoam Balls}
Item's Needed:
Styrofoam Balls
Pinto Beans
Hot Glue gun
Glue sticks
Step 1: Take one of your styrofoam balls and unravel a bunch of twine...start by a small "U" shape and then go in circle's round and takes some patience and LOTS of glue!! :) Keep winding...Keep Glueing
And your finished!!!
Step 2: Take another styrofoam ball and start by glueing one bean on and do the same thing as the twine...just go around and around..
Keep going...
Then you have your finished decor balls...put them in a super cute vase...Found at TJ Maxx for 3.00!! So Super cute!!! :)

To come soon...More bathroom decor for my bathroom!!

{Twine & Bean Styrofoam Balls}