My Fence Fell Down, So I Made Stuff

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The morning after a wind storm we awoke to our fence laying flat on the ground.  Not the best news, but at least I had a whole bunch of distressed wood to make a few things.  I wish I had patterns to tell you for these, but really I just got out the skill saw and drill and went to town with no real plan.  Here’s what I did:

US flag: Wood split in half longways to make smaller pieces.  I used barn red, navy, and off-white paint and made the vinyl wording and star stencil with my Silhouette.

flagGarden Table: I made this garden table as a gift for my cousin.  I love how it matches her door!  I did have to get some 2x4s for the base, only the top is wood from my fence.

table“Be the Good”: This sign hangs in my kitchen.  I love the message!  Again, I made a stencil with vinyl, then painted it colors to match my decor.

be the goodFront Entry Sign: This hangs on my front porch.  I love how it compliments the color of my house.  I use the little knob to hang seasonal signs.

front signFrame: I tried something new with this, still deciding if I like it.  I had a green distressed frame, so I made a pallet background for it to help it to stand out and make it look bigger.  I covered it in Mod Podge (after washing with water) to give it a shiny look.  I like how all the grain shows through, but not sure if I like the overall look.  This is just a stock photo added in.

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Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Projects

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I’ve been working on refinishing a few pieces I received from my 95 year old aunt. I used Annnie Sloan chalk paint with the clear wax on both projects.  There’s a million great posts on how to apply Annie Sloan paint, so I won’t repeat it here, but hopefully you can get some ideas!

This cedar chest was in pretty bad shape. Here’s the “before” picture:

chest 1    I used Paris Grey to updated it a little. Like my stairs? I refinished those too.chest 2

I also got this great little desk that my kids use for homework.  While I was working on it, I found a drawer signed by my great Uncle dated 1978 as the last time it was refinished.  Here’s the before:

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And here’s the after.  I used Fresh Linen for the main part of the desk and Graphite for the top.

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My New Master Bathroom

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Our master bath got a serious facelift.  Having a twenty-five year old house means there’s 4×4 white tile with big grout (now grey instead of white) EVERYWHERE.  Now, before you look at the “before” picture, know that this is one of those widened Photoshopped pictures that a realtor took- it didn’t look this awesome or this big before.  Notice the white tile all the way to the ceiling, the odd ceiling soffit, yellow oak cabinets, and the crusty gold shower. You can’t tell from this picture, but the tub in corner takes up a huge portion of the bathroom since its sitting at a diagonal.

Master_BathHere’s the after, I don’t have a wide lens to get the whole bathroom at one time.

The walk-in shower with cascading glass panel, SO EASY to clean:

showerThe vanity: vanity 1vanity 2Where the tub used to be, but for now empty.  We might add a free standing tub later, but for now I’m loving the empty space.  I’ll probably just put a small shelf with towels in the corner.  I love the 12×24 tile on the walls.  The whole bathroom is grouted with mold free grout.  Sweet.cornerA few close-ups, here’s one of sinks:4Here’s the tile floor, it looks like white washed wood, and I LOVE IT.3 The cool shower drain, no circle drain in the middle of the shower.2 Some of the tile detail in the shower.1This new bathroom is a million times easier to clean and is now the nicest room in house.  We might just have to have Thanksgiving dinner in here…

DIY Soccer Banner and a *GIVEAWAY*

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It’s soccer season around here, and let me tell you, people go ALL OUT.  I love being a soccer mom, but not a big fan of all the costs involved.  In our league, each team is required to pitch in to purchase a team banner which usually runs about $300.  Too expensive!  This year, I offered to make our Bumble Bee banner and Expressions Vinyl was kind enough to donate the supplies.   I also have an awesome giveaway from Expressions Vinyl, more on that at the bottom of the post.

We are the Bumble Bees, a very fun theme.  The blue background piece is heavy vinyl like the type you’d use for table cloths, purchased at a fabric store.  The frame is made from PVC pipe and breaks down easily to carry.  Everything rolls up together and is easy to transport.

The design is all outdoor vinyl and the shapes are all purchased from the Silhouette Online Store.

banner 2 Here’s a better view of the stand:

banner 6I loved how the soccer ball beehive and the bees turned out:

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banner 4If you’ve never done multiple layers of vinyl, its simple!  Just build the shape front to back, on transfer tape first:

banner 1 GO BUMBLE BEES!

*GIVEAWAY INFO*

I have a $25 gift card that can go towards any vinyl purchase from Expressions Vinyl to give away to one lucky winner!  I purchase all my vinyl from this company because their prices are low, they send out great coupons via email, and shipping over $75 is free. 

HERE’S HOW TO ENTER:

Go to Expressions Vinyl and find your favorite product.  List it in the comments section of this post.  One winner will randomly be chosen on Sept. 8, 2014. 

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  CONGRATS TO OUR WINNER!

How to Make Elsa’s Ice Castle from DISNEY’S FROZEN

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I’ve been searching the internet the last few weeks for ideas for my little girl’s Frozen birthday celebration.  I wanted to use Elsa’s castle for the centerpiece at the party, but not finding anything in my price range (I will not spend $110 on this!) I decided to make my own.  I’m giving a shout out to this guy’s tutorial since I based my castle shapes off his Frozen castle.  I had most of the supplies on hand, so this whole project only cost me $2.50 for the foam core.

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Supplies Needed:

  • 3   12×12 pieces of card stock (I recommend something with a glossy finish or photo paper)
  • 1 piece of foam core
  • glue or paper Mod Podge (something that won’t warp your paper)
  • paint brush (to apply the glue)
  • glitter and embellishments
  • 3D mounting tape
  • scissors and/or cutter

Here we go!

I first made a pattern out of plain white 12×12 paper so that the measurements would show up better for you to see.  You don’t need to make a pattern, just cut your paper to the measurements I’ve specified.  All measurements are in inches.  The red circled letters are explained later.

Here’s how each 12×12 piece of card stock is cut.  Please note on the second page how there’s a section from the third page taped on.

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Once you’ve cut out your pieces, you can begin to assemble your castle.  The circled red letter on each piece indicate which layer the piece will be at.  For example, all the “A” pieces will attach directly to your foam core first.   The spires are just made from scraps.

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castle part A

Next add Level B.  Use mounting tape for all attachments.

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castle part B

I then added glitter to the middle of the door opening.  I think if I made this again, I’d use silver glitter, but your choice!

Attach the Level C piece:

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castle part CAnd lastly, the Level D pieces:

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castle part D

I then added a few embellishments including sliver glitter around the edges and a white snowflake made with my Silhouette.

castle embellishments

Then cut around the outside of the castle with a sharp exact-o knife, leaving about a 1/4 inch around the edges.  I took the left over foam core and attached a piece to the back of the castle so that it would stand.

All done!  I’ll post about the rest of the birthday party soon.

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Quiet Activites

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I made these little pouches for my niece and nephew so they have a quiet activity to do during church.  I didn’t follow a pattern, just went for it.  One thing the pictures don’t show is I used interfacing between the inside and outside panels.  Other than that, hopefully the pictures are self explanatory.

Girl Version:

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IMG_7339And the boy version:

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The white road dividers are heat transfer vinyl with my Silhouette.

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Flower Pot Candy Bowl: Easter Version

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I’ve been eying those darling DIY gumball machines for awhile now.  Needing a little gift, I made a spring version.

easter candyMy first choice would have been to paint the pot a pastel color to match the knob, but bright pink was what I have on hand.  I got the glass bowl at Walmart and the knob at Lowes, each for a dollar.  The “Happy Easter” was made with my Silhouette vinyl cutter.  The candy was the most expensive part!