Succulent Planters with Neon Pink Pebbles

Last week my hubs just got home from a long ten day underway. Ten days really isn’t a long time especially when he’s been gone for much longer but I’m telling you those ten days felt like ETERNITY. Ten days, alone, with a toddler is hard. Don’t get me wrong, every day is special and awesome , it really is, but no day is without challenges. One day, towards the end of the underway, we just had to get out of the house and we ended up at the pet store (!!!). It was a super hot day so the beach or park were out of the question and well, P loves animals so the pet store totally made sense.

We browsed around, talked to the turtles, blowed kisses to the fish, waved to the birds, and as I was leading her towards the exit I spied these gorgeous BRIGHT PINK pebbles and I thought it might be the best idea ever to use them in a planter.

Succulent Planters with Neon Pink Pebbles

Pink Pebbled Succulent Planters

After we spent approximately 19 hours in the pet store obsessing over all of the animals and leaving with nothing except for the pink aquarium gravel it was nap time for P and project time for me.

pink pebbled planter

I got this big ol’ 5 pound bag of neon pink pebbles for about $4. I started with this faux plant from IKEA. This plant has been in P’s room for a few weeks since we are working on her big girl room. I covered up the really obviously fake dirt with the pink pebbles and it instantly looked awesome.

Tea Cup Succlent Planter

Since I had a bag full of pink pebbles, no succulent was safe. I popped this cute little one into a tea cup and dotted it with some gold paint for a chic little succulent planter.

pink pebble planter

Can you even handle these succulent planters?? Imagine the possibilities! Pink, black, yellow, those pebbles come in a gazillion colors!

planter with pink pebbles

I’m always amazed at where inspiration strikes. Pet store today, who knows where tomorrow. Happy Thursday!

* you can also find pink aquarium gravel on Amazon.com (affiliate link).

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IKEA furniture: Customizing a Kitchen Cart

 I have such a love/hate relationship with IKEA. I love IKEA furniture. I hate putting it together. I love their chocolate. I hate how much I love their chocolate. A few years ago, we bought a kitchen cart and I loved having the extra storage space but I hated how plain it was. After having the piece for over a year it just dawned on me a few weeks ago to actually paint it. Odd considering there aren’t many things that go unpainted around these parts.

customize ikea kitchen cart with paint

Customizing an IKEA furniture with paint.

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Since we move a lot, I never know how much storage space I’ll have in the next house. Our house in Texas (two houses ago) had tons of kitchen cabinet space. Our last house seriously lacked in the storage area. We didn’t even have space to put our pots and pans. Insert IKEA furniture to the rescue. We got this kitchen cart to supplement some storage space for pots and pans and other kitchen gadgets. For years it sat naked (well maybe a little dust sometimes) until a few weeks ago.

blue buffet

First, I got the itch to stain the kitchen cart. I’ve been staining a bunch of stuff lately (see bathroom shelves, rustic shelves, chalkboard for proof) so I thought I better settle down or else I’m going to look around and see just a sea of stained wood.

How to spruce up basic IKEA furniture

I ended up compromising with myself and just stained the top. I loved the stained top because it’s really shows off the butcher block wood – so pretty. Then, I painted the rest a really beautiful shade of blue/gray (Behr Calligraphy).

Customize a basic IKEA Buffet

And because it appears that I’m monograming everything these days, I also added a white monogram to the top. I used the same techniques as I did on the monogram photo clipboard.

transform basic ikea buffet

The kitchen cart has a whole new look. It’s remarkable what a little paint can do to a piece of IKEA furniture. Between this and all the IKEA bed hacks from last week I’m not going to be able to stay out of IKEA.

Such a bummer with the yummy chocolate and all… ha who am I kidding??

I’m sharing this project at Savvy Southern Style and Best of the Nest

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Navy Painted Media Stand: Repurposed Dresser

Guys! We’ve been painting again… a lot.

Last weekend we painted our living room walls. In our rental. Yeah! I was so wishy washy about it. I couldn’t decide if it was worth the “trouble.” Turns out, I was a fool for waiting so long. :) Our new gray hue has totally transformed the feel of the room. It’s so calm and relaxing and the whole room is really changing and I love it. The gray walls really make my navy painted media stand pop!

Navy-Painted-Media-Stand This little beauty was painted several weeks ago, so if you follow me on Instagram, this is old news but bear with me. I had been on the hunt for a dresser to repurpose into a media stand for a long time. Finally, I found the perfect one.This DresserDressers are great as media stands. They are perfect height, you can pull our drawers to use as cubbies for stash cable boxes, plus there is plenty of storage space! My favorite part though, you can get a fabulous media stand for CHEAP. Finding an old wood dresser to repurpose is easy. Take a peek at Craigslist, thrift shops, garage sales, they are everywhere.

I snagged a dresser for cheap from Craigslist. Once we got it home we immediately got painting. I knew I wanted a navy painted media stand. Our walls are very light, so color was necessary, and I’ve been obsessing over navy and brass for awhile now. The color is Elegant Evening by Olympic paint with beautiful brass hardware. Swoon. I’m loving the results.

Navy Media Stand

I think we’ll end up taking out the top three drawers and making them cubbies for all the technological stuff :) For now, I’m using every since drawer for storage!

Tell me, have you ever repurposed a dresser? What are you using it for? I’d love to hear from you. Don’t forget you can get some behind the scenes sneak peeks by following along on Instagram.

If you like the navy painted media stand, be sure to check out my mint nightstand, or my painted end table.

I’m sharing this project with some of these great blogs and Savvy Southern Style.

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Instagram Photo Display from a Cabinet Door

Can we talk about my love for Instagram? I’m obsessed. I love going through my old Instagram feed and seeing pictures of when my baby was a tiny baby, holidays past, and fun finds. A few weeks ago, I had some of my favorite Instagram photos printed via Printstagram. I had about 40 mini square printed and I couldn’t wait to display them somehow. So I decided this would be the perfect time to repurpose one of the cabinet doors I scooped up recently, and created an Instagram photo display.Repurposed Cabinet Instagram Photo Display

Please forgive me, this isn’t going to be a full on tutorial. I neglected to take a before picture, and well there are really one two steps.

Repurposed Cabinet Instagram Photo Display

I grabbed a few old cabinet doors from Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore a few months ago.

One of them was perfect for my Instagram Photo Display.

I painted one of them a shade of mint. A shade lighter than the color I used for my mint nightstand. Then I spray painted the hinges gold, quick and easy! Lastly, I hot glued these adorable shabby chic style clothes pins to the cabinet. (I got the clothes pins from Michaels a few months back.)Repurposed Cabinet Instagram Photo Display

You all know how much I love a quick project, this one is about as quick and easy as them come (after the painting of course). I love the way my Instagram photos look now. Much better than having them in a little pile on my desk :) Repurposed Cabinet Instagram Photo DisplayI’ve got my new Instagram photo display on top of my dresser. Since the photos I printed are mostly of my little lady, it makes waking up in the morning such a joy, looking at her in these little photos makes me smile.

Are you on Instagram? I love connecting with my readers on there, you can find me here. And I’d love to know, have you printed your Instagram prints yet? How are you displaying them in your home?

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Upholstered Foot Stool Tutorial: Hello Pretty Yellow Chevron

Fun project alert :) An upholstered foot stool tutorial definitely qualifies as a fun project in my book!

I love color. It’s true. I love a beautiful fresh white space too but when it comes to my own home I always incorporate tons of color. Which you all know since I have a mint nightstand.

Now I also have a beautiful YELLOW chevron Upholstered Foot Stool.

DIY Upholstered Foot stool TutorialThis sweet little foot stool didn’t always look so darling. To really appreciate it you must see the before:

DIY Upholstered Footstool Tutorial

Do your spouses ever surprise you? And in that moment you think, “aw, he really gets me!” That was this foot stool. I’m sure your thinking how in the world did you get that out of a that piece of junk. Well my husband went to the thrift store in search of a desk and came home with this little beauty. He knew I would love it and even suggested that I share it on the blog. Aw, he really gets me!

Okay, I’m sure you want to know how it went from this to the gorgeous upholstered foot stool that it is now.

DIY Upholstered Footstool Tutorial

Here’s the upholstered Foot Stool Tutorial:

1. Clean your foot stool. And paint the piece your desired color. You may decide to sand the piece before painting but with my paint, it wasn’t required.

2. Cut your foam to size. Now, I used two pieces of foam because that’s what I had on hand. It’s better to use one thick piece. A 4 in or 6 in thickness would be ideal. But you know me, I use what I got!

3. Cut batting about 4 inches bigger than your stool. Cover with batting, and staple the underside.

4. Also cut your fabric about 4 inches larger, to ensure it folds nicely over the edges. If you using a patterned fabric, be sure to keep it nice and straight.

5. Staple the underside. The corners are a little difficult to maneuver, and forgive me for not photographing this, you’ll want to fold the edges to one side and then tuck under to staple.

6. Trim the excess fabric and admire your darling new upholstered foot stool.

DIY Upholstered Footstool Tutorial

Ah yes, that’s perfect.DIY Upholstered Footstool Tutorial

I’m loving the combo of gray with the yellow chevron. Yes, I do love some color! DIY Upholstered Footstool Tutorial

Doesn’t she look so happy now? The yellow just makes me smile :)

I hope you enjoyed seeing my before and after upholstered foot stool. Have a wonderful day!

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Washi Tape and Paper Bag Picnic Utensil Holder

Hello to you!

It’s Friday! Woot!

Have any picnics coming up?

It’s summer! And that’s picnic season around here. Preferably at the beach.

paper bag washi tap utensil holder

For my latest picnic event I wanted some cute utensil holders. Nothing fancy, just a fun little something that will hold the utensil while looking pretty cute.

So I whipped up these utensil holders using paper bags and washi tape.

(Really… any excuse to use washi tape is my kind of project)

They were really easy to make and the best part is that they serve two purposes; utensil holders, and since they are paper bags you can put your trash inside when you’re all done! How awesome is that?paper bag picnic utensil holder

1. To make them you’ll need paper lunch sacks, washi tape, and an alphabet stamp.

2. Fold your paper bag from the bottom up at the seam to create a pocket.

3. Seal the side with washi tape. I did this by placing one strip of washi tape on the front allowing it to slightly hang over the edge, then put another strip on the back side so the pieces of tape stick together.

4. Do the same on the other side.

5. Stamp your saying onto the front pocket. I used “Bon Apétit”

6. Stuff with your napkin and utensils

It’s seriously that easy! Paper Bag Utensil Holder

Now, they are ready to go to our next beach picnic which I’m hoping is this weekend!

Enjoy your weekend sweet friends!

This project was originally shared at Mom 4 Real

 

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Succulent Centerpiece from a Flea Market Bundt Pan

Last weekend we hit up one of my favorite places on the planet… The flea market! It is a vintage lovers paradise. I love searching for gems and getting a deal. It’s just so much fun! I got lots of goodies including a junky old tool box, a vintage rolling pin, and a few vintage bundt pans just to name a few. Of course I could use those bundt pans to make delicious bundt cakes like my Grandma’s famous sour cream pound cake, but I had other plans for my newly acquired pans… a succulent centerpiece

Flea Market Bundt Pan Succulent Centerpiece

That’s right, a planter, for my succulent centerpiece.

I love succulents. Truly. They are the only plant around here that sticks with me even when I don’t water it. My poor plants out front have seen better days and I’m certain they are only hanging on because my husband has been rescuing them and nursing them back.

Succulents, though, can survive just fine without getting watered regularly. Perfect for me!

Flea Market Bundt Pan Succulent Centerpiece

Here’s my awesome flea market find! Can you even handle that gorgeous copper color?

The succulent centerpiece planter came together very easily. I decided not to drill holes in the pan because I wanted to use this as a centerpiece and I didn’t want it draining all over my table. Also, in the future if I want to use the pan for something else, I still can.

Flea Market Bundt Pan Succulent Centerpiece

The pan had enough space for eight mini succulents. I arranged them while they were still in their containers that way I could rearrange if necessary. Once I liked their positioning, I was ready to pot them.

Flea Market Bundt Pan Succulent Centerpiece

For the potting of the succulents, I used potting soil made specifically for succulents. It’s a more absorbent soil so the plants don’t get too saturated because they need very little water. This is what it looked like once they were planted.

Flea Market Bundt Pan Succulent Centerpiece

I felt like it needed something more so I added a mason jar filled with driftwood to the center. Then it was perfect! It’s such a fun succulent centerpiece for summer! I could even see a similar version being displayed as a wedding centerpiece!

What do you think? Have you repurposed something unconventional into a planter? I’d love to hear about it!

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Big thanks to a reader who let me know that my new beautiful copper planter is really a jello mold, not a bundt pan! Good thing for you sweet readers or else I may have actually tried to bake my Grandma’s famous sour cream bundt cake in it…whoops :)

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Fabric Scrap West Elm Knock Off Wall Art

Happy Friday everyone!

I have to tell you how excited I am for MAY to be here! There are several really exciting events coming up this month for my family. I can’t wait to share them all with you!

For today,  I want to share a fun knock off project. My West Elm knock off wall art.

Scrappy West Elm Wall Art Knock Off

Last week, I guest posted for Shannon at Fox Hollow Cottage. (I know, right??) I shared my knock West Elm knock off wall art. I love it so much, that I want to share it with you guys today!

West Elm Wall Art

 I love a good knock off project. It’s so rewarding to see something you love and be able to recreate it for a fraction of the price. A few weeks ago, while looking for some decor for my master bedroom makeover, I came across this fabric scrap wall art from West Elm. The simplicity of it caught my eye. It’s just lovely. The colors didn’t work for my color scheme but I knew I could DIY it to work for the space.

Scrappy West Elm Wall Art Knock Off

You won’t believe how easy it was to create. With a RIBBA frame from Ikea I was already half way there. I grabbed a few coordinating fabric scraps from my scraps bins (which totally reminded me why it is I save every little scrap. You just never know when you can use them). I also grabbed a scrap of burlap to fit the frame. I didn’t bother trimming them. I used them as is for the “scrappy” look.

I sewed the scraps onto the burlap. It look less than five minutes to sew the pieces on. All there was left to do was to place it in the frame. BAM! Gorgeous fabric scrap wall art, in minutes!

Scrappy West Elm Wall Art Knock Off

I absolutely love the way it turned out. The yellow and gray are perfect for my master bedroom. And my favorite part is that the West Elm version cost $49.00 but my West Elm knock off version cost $5.00! How’s that for a knock off?

 Have a wonderful weekend, friends!

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Recycled Wood Sign

As the weather get better the beach has been on my mind. When we lived in Hawaii, we had a favorite spot. This absolutely BEAUTIFUL beach called, Lanikai. We used to go grabbed sandwiches at our favorite Kalapawai Market, and then spend the day at the beach. I miss that place so much. Not because it’s the most beautiful beach I’ve ever seen, but because of all the great memories.

Do you have a place like that?

Recycled Wood Sign

I told you a few weeks ago that I was re-doing my powder room with a nautical them when I showed you those Sisal Rope Mirrors. Here’s another nautical inspired project.

Barn wood beach sign

I picked up this piece of scrap wood at my local ReStore. It was pretty nasty looking but nothing some sanding couldn’t fix up. I knew it was perfect for a recycled wood sign.

Lanikai barnwood sign

I sanded my board really well then stained it with Rust-Oleum’s Kona (I love the dark richness).

I made a stencil using my Silhouette Cameo and very lightly painted the letters white then distressed them slightly, then covered the whole board in finishing wax.

Lanikai beach salvage wood sign

I don’t know when I’ll make the 2599 mile journey to Lanikai again but I most definitely have a piece of Lanikai in my home now.

Happy Friday my loves!

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Thrift Store Find Turned Chalkboard Tray

You know when you get something from the thrift store and you aren’t exactly sure what you are going to do with it but it’s so cheap and cool that you just can’t pass it up? Okay, that happens to me so often that I’m beginning to feel like a hoarder.

Anyone else?

Just me?

That’s cool.

Chalkboard Tray Making Home Base

That’s where the story of this little baby starts. Isn’t she pretty? Well she is now.

Tray Upcycle

That tray used to look like this. Picked her up from the thrift store for $.50. I saw that price and it went straight into my cart. Then of course it took it’s proper place in the garage (hoarder status) until I decided what I was going to do with it.

Chalkboard Painted Tray

I don’t know about you but I love me some chalkboard paint :) It’s so fun!

I painted the whole tray white, then painted the inside with chalkboard paint. The bright white against the black chalkboard is a lovely contrast don’t you think?

Thrift Store Painted Tray

This cute little tray has already been used in several rooms in my house. Here it’s being used on my coffee table. That didn’t last long because I have an 11 month old that doesn’t believe anything belongs on the table :)

Chalkboard Tray

I imagine my fresh chalkboard tray will get a lot of use around here. I’m so excited about it. And hello, 50 cents! You all know how I love a cheap transformation! Yay!

Want to see another chalkboard paint project? Be sure to check out my Chalkboard Countdown Sign

I’m sharing this project with some of these great parties, and Inspire Me Please Link Party, My Repurposed Life

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Spring Has Sprung: Painted Flower Pots

It’s true. Spring has sprung! And flowers are blooming everywhere I turn. Literally, driving on the highway I’m seeing gorgeous purple flowers in bloom. It’s my favorite part about Spring, that and sundresses :)

Over the weekend, I spent some time potting flowers for my front steps. It was so lovely to be outside in the sunshine. My mom and my little lady supervised while I did the dirty work. It was great quality time – the perfect way to spend beautiful weekend days…

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Color Block Recipe Box Recycle

Hi ya friends! I’m finally getting back into the swing of things. I have a long list of projects to complete (anyone else?). I was sluggish getting back to my routine but I’m so glad to be chipping away at my project “to do” list.
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Circle Mirror Before and After: Upcycle old Wall Art into Something New

Friends you are in for a treat. I have a super fun before and after DIY for you today.I’m going to show you how I upcycled my Pier 1 circle mirror into a nautical inspired sisal rope mirror.

Do you ever get sick of your wall art? Where you are just over it… You can’t imagine it being on your wall for one more moment…? Me too.

Circle Mirror Sisal Rope Upcycle

This post is a little story about a mirror I gave up on how I brought it back to life. With sisal rope. And a glue gun…

Circle Mirror Sisal Rope Upcycle

 

I bought this hanging mirror about seven years ago. I paid full price for this piece at Pier 1, long before I knew anything about my home decor style, or how much things should cost. I was a new wife, with a new [empty] home and I was desperate to fill it up.

So seven years later I was still hanging on to this thing. I had tried to get rid of it but for some reason it still sat in my garage for close to a year before I decided it was time to make it over.

I recently decided to decorate my powder room with a somewhat nautical/beachy theme. One day while I was out in the garage a light bulb went off in my head when I saw this mirror. How about a sweet sisal roped port hole looking mirror to hang in the bathroom?

Done. It was time to make it happen.

Circle Mirror Sisal Rope Upcycle

This mirror was super easy to update because the little circle mirrors just pop right out.

Circle Mirror Sisal Rope Upcycle

I cut out a cardboard circle as the backing for my port hole. After centering the mirror on the cardboard, I used gorilla glue to secure the mirror on the cardboard.
Sisal Rope Circle Mirror Upcycle Making Home Base

This is where the fun starts! I wrapped sisal rope around the mirror securing it with hot glue all the way around until it covered the entire cardboard circle.

I added a wall hanging hook to the back to prepare it for hanging.

Circle Mirror Sisal Rope Upcycle

I decided to make two and hung them in the powder room. The rest of the room is bare still but not for long.

Circle Mirror Sisal Rope Upcycle

 

I am in LOVE with the result of these sisal rope circle mirrors! And the best part is that I still have seven more little mirrors to repurpose. I can’t wait to figure out how to use the others!

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DIY Canvas Entry Table Sign [Tutorial]

Hi friends! Happy Monday! I hope you guys had a great weekend. Mine was a doozy! My little one thinks sleep is overrated. Silly girl.

So, I’ve been working on my little entry way the last couple of weeks and I am putting the finishing touches on it now (I can’t wait to show you the whole thing). For now, I want to show you this little sign I made for the entry table.

I needed a little sign on the entry table as a reminder of how good we have it. We really do, I woke up this morning and my family is healthy. I sometimes catch myself dwelling on the negative (shame shame). And too often, I’m rushing us out the door without even remembering how blessed we are to have another beautiful day. This little sign is my family’s reminder to be thankful for each day!

entry table sign making home base

Now, how it’s made! By now I’m sure you have figured out that I have tons of old picture frames lying around. Well here’s another use for one!

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Valentine’s Day Sweater Baby Leg Warmers

Happy Friday friends! I hope you guys are having a great week. Mine has been wonderful! My little miss turned EIGHT months old today. Seriously, where does the time go? It seems like yesterday she was trying to get the hang of rolling over and now she pulling herself up on everything. It is so fun to see her discovering new stuff each day. She is just such a joy.

I know we are starting to get into the Valentine’s Day spirit around here. I’ve already shared a couple projects including my Floating Heart Wall Art, and some delicious Valentine’s Candy Bark. How about you? Have you started any fun projects for the day of love? Valentine’s Day is probably one of my favorite holidays (if you can call it that), not because of the chocolates and flowers but because it’s so fun to craft for! I’m a sucker for some pink and red hearts and anything glittery. And since it’s my little girl’s first one, I’m going all out around here! I shared this project last week at Mom 4 Real, but I wanted to share it with you guys too! I made these super cute Sweater Upcycle Valentine’s Day Baby Leg Warmers!

Making Home Base Sweater Upcycle Valentines Day Leg Warmers

If you love Valentine’s Day as much as I do then you’ll love these sweet little baby leg warmers (look at those chunky little legs! I die) I’m going to share with you. And to make them even sweeter; they cost little to nothing to make! Shall we get started?

Supplies:

Old Sweater

Scissors

Sewing Machine

Felt (1 sheet)

Needle and Thread (embroidery thread works best)

Making Home Base Valentines Day Leg Warmers

As I mentioned, this is going to cost you little to nothing to make! If you don’t have an old sweater in your own closet you can pick one up for cheap at any local thrift store. I had this one sitting in my closet.

makinghomebase sweater leggings tutorial

To start out, cut off the sleeves. If possible, try the leggings on your baby model to get an idea of the length. I cut my sleeve down to about 12 inches for my 7 month old.

sweater leg warmer with heart patch making homebase

Now that you have the length you want, cut off half of the sleeve cuff. For me, that was 2 1/2 inches.

sweater leggings heart patch tutorial

Take the cuff you just cut and pin it right sides together to the opposite end of the sleeve. Sew together with 1/4 inch seam. Now you have one completed leg warmer. Follow those steps to finish your second leg warmer.

makinghomebase sweater leggings with heart patch

Here’s the fun part! Grab your felt and cut out two little hearts. I used red felt but I think pink or purple would be just as fun. Tip: My hearts are about 2 1/2 in x 3 in in size. I used the top of a heart shaped paper mache box I had as my stencil but good old pen and paper would work just fine.

heart patch sweater leg warmers tutorial

Pin your heart in place and grab your needle and thread to sew on your heart patch. I hand stitched the heart on because I love the homemade look. It didn’t take any time at all to sew the hearts on. Probably about 10 minutes for each heart. If you aren’t crazy about hand stitching, you can use your sewing machine.

Heart patch sweater leg warmers

Now, all that’s left to do is try them on your model! Here they are on my 7 month old’s adorable chubby little legs! Cute right? She’s all ready for Valentine’s Day! I’m sending pictures of her in these little leg warmers to her Daddy. I know he is just going to melt seeing his little Valentine in these cuties!

Thanks for visiting with me today, friends. Have a great weekend, xo.

If you like this project you may want to pin these other holiday outfits I’ve made for baby: Ruffle Christmas Tree Onesie and Pumpkin Applique Onesie.

 

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Office Nook Transformed

Office Nook Transformation

So one of the biggest downers about living in base housing is you really don’t get to pick your floor plan. Sometimes I wish they were completely uniform all across the country. That way you would know what to expect when you arrive at your next duty station. No such luck. When we moved here, we took our house site unseen. Sometimes you have to do that if you want a place to live right away. And since my husband was going underway within days of our arrival here, I picked a house I had never seen just so I wouldn’t have to move in by myself… with an infant. And I say “I” because really he could have cared less which house we choose as long as it had a garage :)

So this house, has all sorts of funny quirks and one of them was this little computer nook at the top of the stairs. It’s a decent little space but I didn’t see it’s potential at first. When we moved in I took a chunk of the dining room and set up a craft/office space. I mentioned in my 2013 Home Goals post, which you can read here, that I wanted to turn my upstairs storage closet into my craft room. Well, that’s really a two parter and this is the first part. This little computer nook is right next to the storage closet that will be my craft room. My reasoning for doing so is two fold. One, my dining room is a cluttered mess and two, now that Miss P is mobile, I want to have a work space where I can watch her play safely. The dining room has no room for her play yard and this computer nook is right off her bedroom. So I can easily put her play yard in her room and she can play safely within my sight.

makinghomebase before and after

Our computer nook before had absolutely no function at all. For months it served as a catch all for many of the loose papers we have around here. That’s the thing with the military – tons of paperwork. See all those papers in the corner? This old computer hasn’t been touched in months. And my printer, oh what a paint that was. To print from my computer downstairs and have to run up here to take a look a document only to have it print incorrectly. I was constantly running up and down the stairs!

I wanted to make this space functional. An organized place where I can work without clutter, see my babe playing behind me, and still be fun!

I think I accomplished that with this little transformation. It was out with the old and in with the new in every sense.

Making Home Base Office Nook

For organization, I bought these little pails from the Target dollar section. I painted little chalkboard labels on them. They are great for holding anything. For now they are holding pens/pencils, washi tape , and chalk. Since I did the chalkboard labels I can change them out anytime I need to.

makinghomebase office nook

I created this little mail organizer. I have a lot of note cards and greeting cards that were just sitting in the pile of papers. I like to send little cards to my husband every other week, so having them all organized in this little metal tray is very handy. Also I love having them in plain view so when I’m thinking of a friend I can just quickly write them a note. Who doesn’t love getting mail? By the way, I picked up this little tray for $.50 at a yard sale. Good buy, huh?

office nook organized making home base

This little basket came from Ikea. I spray painted it aqua for a punch of color and it’s perfect for holding my little notebooks. When I was downstairs I had my notebooks laying all over my desk and they were constantly getting buried.

makinghome base office nook transformed

I love love love this magnet board. I got it three years ago from Ikea. It was black up until yesterday and then I spray painted it metallic silver. The new color gives it a whole new look.

makinghomebase office transformation

I framed a few book pages from one of my favorite books. Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum Series anyone? They are so light and funny making them perfect for this space. To tie into the metallic magnet board I went with silver frames.

Underneath, I framed a little chalkboard. Perfect for writing little notes and making lists. I totally imagine my husband and I writing notes back and forth here. I know, cute, right?

Making Home Base Office Nook before and after

On the other wall, a couple family photos. No office space is complete without some family pictures.

Making Home Base Office Nook After

Okay, and lastly, I really wanted to get my printer off the desk. It took up too much space. I picked up this cube from Ikea (can you see it peeking out?). It’s the expedit wall hanging cube. Now my printer is cozy in it’s new home on top of this cube. And are you wondering where I put all those papers? I filed them all away nicely in a little bin.So there you have it. My office nook makeover. I seriously love sitting at my desk now.

Thanks for visiting with me today, friends! Have a great week :)

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Valentine’s Day Floating Heart Wall Art

Can I just tell you? I am so excited for Valentine’s Day! My house is a bit bare ever since taking down my Christmas decorations. It needs some sparkle! So I’m going all out for Valentine’s Day. Honestly, I haven’t done too much decorating for Valentine’s previously, just a couple hearts here and there (and of course heart shaped pancakes for the hubby) but now that I have Miss P, I’m going to make it a perfect holiday of love for her!heart wall art making home base

So here goes my first craft of Valentine’s Day folks! I’m so excited to share my Floating Heart Wall Art. This fun piece is made using a recycled picture frame, some hearts cut out of card stock, twine, and good ole hot glue. Ready to see how it’s made?makinghomebase heart frame

When I was pregnant with my daughter my husband and I picked up tons of frames at thrifts stores to refinish and potentially use in her nursery gallery wall, you can see that here. We have lots of frames left over. This one was an ugly gold frame, and we just spray painted it white. It’s perfect for this project.

heart wall hanging vday makinghomebase

The first thing I did was lay out my hearts in the frame to position them the way I wanted. I didn’t really get too technical with it, just laid them out. Then I laid the string over top and started gluing. I glued two heart cut outs together that way if they get turned around you don’t see the string or glob of glue on the back side. Lastly, I glued the strings in place onto the frames. Simple as that!

heart frame vday

I love the little bit of aqua in there. So fun for Valentine’s Day! So tell me…have you started working on Valentine’s Day projects yet?

Get inspired with more Valentine’s Day ideas:

Reeses Pretzel Bites

Valentine’s Day Reese’s Pretzel Bites

Valentine's Day Decor: Valentine's Day Wreath

Valentine’s Day Wreath

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Traditional Blue and Silver New Years Vignette [Christmas Vignette recycle]

Hi friends! I hope you enjoyed your Christmas holiday. Mine was wonderful. Santa spoiled my little one. She had a blast on her first Christmas. Of course, her favorite gift of all was the wrapping paper! It’s amazing how becoming a parent brings a whole new magic to Christmas.

Now that Christmas is over, I’m so ready to ring in the new year! 2012 has brought so many joys including a big move to sunny California, a gorgeous baby girl, and of course this blog! Now, I have SO much to look forward to in the new year and I can’t wait.

Today, I want to show you my New Years Vignette.

New Years Vignette

One thing about this vignette: I wanted to be able to quickly transform it from Christmas to New Years. With not much time between holidays I didn’t want to have to do a lot to mix it up.
Christmas Mantel Making Home Base

Remember my Red & White Christmas Vignette? As you can see, I left the mirror and garland. And because of the neutral white, I was able to easily replace the reds with silver and blue to come up with traditional New Years look.

festive new year vignette makinghomebase

I took out the white tray and replaced it with this silver tray I picked up at the Dollar Tree. I swapped out the red vase fillers for silver and blue. One great thing about this was that everything I bought for the vignette I was able to get on holiday clearance! I filled the vases with silver and blue bows, tinsel, and silver bulbs.

new years home decor new years vignette making home base

I took out the white candle holders and replaced them with dollar store wine glasses flipped upside down. I also removed the red ribbon around the candles and added some chevron glitter tape. Isn’t it so fun?

new years home decor vignette making home base

The centerpiece is my favorite part! I cut out the “2013″ onto some silver shimmery scrapbook paper and placed them with mini clothespins that I had lying around. To make the clothespins look more appealing, I added some of the same chevron glitter tape to them. Aren’t they adorable?

new years vignette making home base

I had some extra snowflakes and bulbs so I just placed them around the table.

new years vignette making homebase

I love this quick vignette makeover. It made such an easy transition from Christmas to New Years with not much work and very little cost!

Now, we are ready to ring in the new year! Come on 2013, we’re ready!

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[DIY] Chalkboard Countdown Sign

Hi friends! Are you still with me? I hope so! Please excuse my absence. I just spent 10 days back home visiting family. It was a great trip but of course, I needed a vacation from my vacation. I took a few extra days off to get my house back in order and my kiddo back on schedule. How about you guys, how was your weekend? I hope all of you had a fabulous VETERAN’S DAY holiday!

I’m excited to share a new project with you guys! This fun and simple DIY Chalkboard Countdown Sign is just too easy and functional not to share.

In my house, it seems like we are always counting down to something. Holidays, birthdays, visitors, vacations, HOMECOMING. And with deployments it’s always easier to count down to one event at a time. Small milestones makes 7-8 months seem more manageable. Mil spouses, am I right?

This cute little countdown sign is for everyone and for all occasions!

I had been wanting to play with chalkboard paint for awhile so I ended up painting an old wooden sign we had laying around the house with chalkboard paint. I originally hung it up in our gallery wall plain. I wrote little notes on it here and there but it needed something more.

The old wooden sign had white lettering on it so it took about three coats of chalkboard paint to cover.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to create the countdown graphic.

It’s such a quick and simple project but it’s really a lot of fun!

For now, we are are counting down to Christmas, but there is a big ol’ day next year we’re pretty excited about.

What are you counting down to?

 

 

 

 

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Kate Spade Inspired Vase

Hi there everyone! I want to share with you my Kate Spade inspired vase, DIY style.

I love Kate Spade and I especially love this vase we got six years ago as a wedding gift. The only problem is that it’s a bit small and well I’m really sentimental about it. I love the look but it doesn’t fit my farmer’s market bouquets, and I’m terrified of it getting broken.

I love the vase so much. I love the little polka dots. I love the thick beautiful glass. It’s too small to hold a whole bouquet, but it carries lots of value. For example, it’s been through six moves. That, in itself seems pretty amazing! It was also one of my favorite wedding gifts and I’m kind of clingy to anything that reminds me of my wedding day (sappy, I know!).

So here it is. The inspiration for this project. The Kate Spade vase. I love it. It’s great for a flower or two and I usually keep it in my bedroom (remember: sentimental).

This plain glass vase was $.49 at a local thrift store. It’s been hanging out in a cabinet for at least a month now while I tried to decide what to do with it. I’m so glad I held onto it for just the right project because this was it!

I created a stencil with my Silhouette Cameo, by filling the sheet with circles and then deleted every other one to stagger them. I cut it out on vinyl.

To replicate the etched glass look of the Kate Spade vase, I used Martha Stewart Frost Etching Cream. I got mine from Michael’s. I smoothed out the vinyl around the dots then, using a small paint brush (a stencil brush is recommended but not required) I lightly painted the cream onto the dots. It dried fairly quickly, then I removed the vinyl and washed the vase.

That’s all there is to it. And now I have a larger vase with the same adorable polka dot look!

And this week’s flowers look lovely in it… and remember when I said the vase only costs $.49? How cool is that?

 

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