My husband has been asking me for 5 years if we could have cushions on our chairs and for 5 years i’ve been pushing him off, i’m not a fan of the kind you tie on, plus i hadn’t found fabric i liked, and really i wasn’t sure even if i did how i would cover them in a way i liked. But then thanks to pinterest i saw this great idea to cover them with oil cloth!!!! Why didn’t i think of that?
So i did it i found some oil cloth i loved bought way to much! (some became a table cloth) and away my hubby went with a staple gun. 🙂 yup you read that right my sweet hubby did most of the hardwork. This is his wish afterall!
I love them!!!!
And to add to our new kitchen my dad gifted us this pretty awesome curb find….
We need to get some knobs still but i love it!!
I am on a role with these Pretty vs. Practical projects. I think my husband may hate me at the end of the month with all the work he is having to do. 🙂 This week i tackled a few projects….
1) Organzied the clothes I store (Kids, Maternity, the like)- Free –
2) Made a laundry basket storage rack
3) Wreath for the front door
4) hung some wall decor in Kitchen – Free –
5) Blanket storage in living room – Free –
6) Organized our homeschool supplies (art supplies, learning tools, games) – Free –
7) Turned our fridge door into a chalk board
Total Pretty Vs. Practical points: 25
I have been doing a little thrifting with in the family lately. My Grandma use to own 2 houses and then a few years ago condensed into one. as a result she has a ton of stuff and is constantly giving it away. Last week she was cleaning out her table linens and she called me to see if i wanted some napkins she had. They were white with lace, i said sure, and casually mentioned that i was collecting doileys if she had any. That comment turned into 4 giant bags of stuff for me, including crocheted blankets and beadspreads. Some of it ended up going to my mom but some of it made its way to my house…..
I got a stack of white napkins, a giant sifter, some heart doiley’s and lace, an old catholic bible (which is slightly different from the protestant bible, which is now used by catholics), a crocheted blanket which use to be my mother’s beadspread (made by my great grandma), and a crocheted beadspread my great great grandma made for my grandmother. I love it! i love all of it, especially the handmade beadspreads, the history, the detail, the hardwork, so much love in them!
We’ve been doing a lot of thrifting lately, some of it for the craft part i co-hosted last weekend, and some of it just for fun. We’ve been to garage sales, thrift stores, & even an antique store.
I found a wire bowl that i’ve been wanting for a while…
A vase and a candlestick for an antrho inspired project….
We also found a set of 3 suitcases, which we are super excited for. I’m thinking of doing some vinyl detaling on them…
I’m looking forward to some more thrifting with some friends in a couple weeks.
As far as my little man is concerned he has the coolest daddy, why you ask. Well his daddy built him a water table today! Harv loves to play in the water; actually that may be an understatement. He loves to splash, pour, water is his thing! As a result my hubby and i have been scheming about making him a water table to play with in our new back yard. We had some time to spare this afternoon and so daddy got out the necessities and got to work. It took about 20 min, some scrap wood, and a storage bin that was hanging out in the garage. And that little bit made our little boy’s day!!!
A while back i made this new wall hook. I used a round unfinished wood plaque i got at Joanns, and i painted it with chalkboard paint. My hubby then glued on a vintage thread spool i had. The idea is i can hang sewing projects for photographing and write the pattern number or hang up an outfit for a specific occasion and write down the date/day/ or need accessories. Oh the possibilities of what this new wall hook could be used for!
The answer for me, was yes i was up to the challenge? what was the challenge? Living with Lindsay challenged followers to create a spring decor item for $5 using items only purchased at the dollar stuff. with the exception of paint, glue, paper, fabric, tools which could only be used if already on hand. With a little inspiration from Disney (who’s blog i follow) and Jesi (a friend who’s blog i also follow) i designed my spring decor….
Paper bag flowers in a newly beaded/painted vase! Total cost $4-5
Making it is simple…. So Let’s get started and head to the dollar store for our supplies:
1) Package of Brown lunch bags
2) Mardi gra beads (mine came in an 8 pack)
3) Glass vase (the one i choose was very plain and smooth which made it easy to paint and glue on but if your daring any drinking glass or vase would work)
4) pipe cleaners
5) optional: Rocks, sand, styrophome balls, or the green flower foam to anchor the flowers.
Now let’s head home and get started… Pull out your tacky glue, paint of choice, and scissors and your ready to start making your vase and flowers…
We are going to start with the vase first, because it needs to dry. (i am going to tell you how i did mine, but keep in mind you can do step 4 before steps 1-3)
1) clip one strand of mardi gra beads so that it is one long strand and not a necklace.
2) start gluing the strand to the brim of the vase (i put a little bit of glue on each bead and then stuck it to the vase. continue to do so until you have reached the beginning and then trim off excess beads.
3) One the glue is done drying your going to paint your vase, beads and all, per the instructions on the paint bottle.
In between waiting for each of above wet steps to dry let’s work on the flowers…
1) Take out two paper bags and trim off the bottom of the bag and then cut down the side folds so each bag is cut into two separate pieces.
2) Layering the now four sides on top of each other begin fan folding (you remember folding paper fans when you were in school…)
3) Take one pipe cleaner and wrap it around the center of your folded bags
4) Begin opening up your flower. To do this you are going to separate each layer of bag pushing it towards the center as you do this
5) Once all the layers are separated and folded towards the center, you may need to fiddle with the layers to make it look a bit more like a flower (think fake christmas tree here and how you have to adjust branches). I kinda pinched the bottom of flower to make it a little rounder and make everything a bit closer together..
6) Once your flower has taken shape the way you would like you can move onto the next. You can also cut open the bottoms of the bag so they are flat pieces and repeat steps 1-5 to make smaller flowers.
Now you are ready to put the two together…
1) check paint is dry and as thick as you desire
2) Fill vase with anchor as you feel necessary (i used rocks to anchor my flowers to do so i simply filled the vase first with the rocks and then began placing the pipe cleaner stems into the rocks.) If you used a taller vase or one with a skinnier mouth you may not need the anchor/filler
3) arrange flowers in the vase (once my flowers were arranged i used some rocks which i had left out and strategically placed them to hold the flowers where i desired.
Don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers, and if you make some of your own please share!
*** Post also linked to Fireflies and Jelly Beans***