Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easy & Free Easter Door Decoration

I don't normally decorate for Easter but as the kids get older they get more and more excited about these things and nothing is better than a kid's excited at the holidays.  I figure there will be a very short window when they want to pose with Easter Bunny Masks (unless they turn into odd little adults) so I need to make the most of it while I still can.

This was took me 10 minutes, tops and had the boys squealing.

Using a white chalk marker (wipes off with water) I applied an Easter sign to our front door.  If you're an artist you can freehand it.  Since I'm not I did a google search for free Easter printables, printed one and taped it to the inside of the door and copied from the outside (if you reverse it your message will be backwards).

  Happy Easter from our pit bull :)

What really had the boys rolling was when they saw I turned their pictures into bunnies!  Endless ideas.  I add Santa hats and Rudolph red noses at Christmas time and they love it (so much so that I wasn't able to wipe the santa hats off until St. Patricks Day).

Happy Easter!
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hop To It

In honor of Easter this Sunday - a quick, inexpensive craft for kids.  Between all my paint projects and all my little boys I have copious amounts of paint stirring sticks, pipe cleaners and puff balls.  The only 3 items needed to make a bunny mask!   

It is pretty self explanatory.  Some paint sticks I spray primed with leftover spray paint from Brady's room project and the others I left au naturale.   I twisted 3 pipe cleaners around the top and glue gunned a puff ball for a nose.

Happy Easter!
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Friday, April 4, 2014

Casting New Light

I came home from the boys' hockey practice to find a guy on a ladder with his hand in a hole in the ceiling.  Thankfully based on the name on his shirt he's my husband and not a stranger with his hand in the ceiling.

The light fixture that was there was original to the house.   Circa 1968.  Awful.  I have no idea how we didn't rip it down sooner.  The project was so sudden he didn't take a before shot so here it is in the background of a kitchen photo.  A beauty.

A hole in the ceiling would have been an improvement.  So Sean trashed it and put up an recessed eyeball can in its place.

Then we couldn't let its ugly twin down the hall go ignored.

Crappy picture but even crappier when the light is on.  It gives me a headache.

After 6 years of searching for a fixture I found this guy.  The kids and the husband think it looks like a snare drum on the ceiling.  It does.

Pottery Barn
3 days later the fixture is in and already gives the hall a much more updated look.

Now that guy with his hand in the ceiling wants to repaint the hall.  Apparently he's done with the green.  I guess I am too.  This is how that happens.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014


This was a quick rainy day project the kids helped me with. 

I picked up paper mache eggs from Jo-Anne Fabrics and spray primed them while I was priming the wood for the wainscoting.  Then the kids and I painted them with blue, pink and green craft paint.  I hot glued some striped string I found in the Target dollar section a while back.

The boys collected sticks in the yard and I arranged them and the eggs in a hurricane.

After I arranged them for the centerpiece I had some left over so I hung them from the dining room chandelier.

Bring it Easter Bunny, we're ready for you.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Big Boy Room Reveal


Like all renovations this project took twice as long as I thought it would.  An ice storm resulting in 5 days without power didn't help matters.  By the end we were each taking shifts with the kids and the room, tagging in when the other person when they've had enough.  About 20 minutes before midnight the night before Brady's birthday we finally finished.

Brady had been sleeping in his little brother's room during the renovation so he hadn't seen the room yet.  We transferred a sleeping boy into his new room, hoping that he didn't wake up completely disoriented and scared.  That sounds like a great new HGTV show.  "Scare the Shazam Out of Your Kid."  Luckily he loved it!

This is now my favorite room in the house.  I kind of want to sleep in there.

We DIY'ed the wainscoting.  Remind me next time how hard that is...mmm k?

I've got plans for this corner of the room.  For now his crib/changing table will do.

I painted paper mache letters of his name using a left over test pot of orange.

I had been looking for black out, cordless roman shades for a while but the only place I could find them  with all those qualities were Pottery Barn and since after shipping and taxes I was looking at close to $600 they were a no go.  Then I found them, brand new, still in the packaging from eBay for $200.  I've had good luck doing that in the past.  You can search by 'new' and then as long as the seller ratings are good you can get name brand items for a fraction of the cost.

These are the vintage looking Etsy prints of his Disney favorites in Ikea frames.  I'm really happy with how they turned out.

Bedding from Ikea.  Can't beat $29.99.

Sconces flanking the bed for stories at bedtime.  I built the bed the same way I built the baby's big boy bed a couple months ago.  The only difference is that this time I used an old door from a prior renovation.  It is upholstered in Gray Duck cloth.

So there you have it.  The big boy bedroom that more than just one boy loves.  Now the oldest wants a new room for his birthday.  Sigh.

Paint: Wall - Benjamin Moore Hale Navy / Wainscoting - Benjamin Moore Simply White
Bedding: Ikea Odestrand
Art: Etsy Posterinspired
Sconces: Pottery Barn Mini Sconce
Orange Striped Baskets: Land of Nod
Roman Shades: Pottery Barn black out shades from eBay.

Shared: In My Own Style
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Despicable Me Birthday Party

So because we spent every spare moment the kids were asleep working on Brady's room it didn't leave much time for party planning.  So this is my Despicable-Me-Party-Put-Together-In-A-Few-Hours post.

Box cupcakes, blue frosting in a can (the color of minion overalls), half a Twinkie, black frosting and candy eyes from the baking isle made the minion cupcakes as requested by the birthday boy.  Sidebar: seriously are Twinkies not the most amazing food?  I realize that classifying them as a food is probably a stretch considering they probably share the same ingredients as Windex.  1/2 a box of Twinkies made a dozen cupcakes and the other half made my Sunday breakfast.

Yellow plastic constructions hats with minion stickers printed online made for minion hats for the party goers.

Yellow paper bags with the same minion sticker eyes made up the party favors.  Inside were "cookie robots" as baked by the birthday boy himself. We call him the Baker Man.

Guess how old he was?

He was a a pretty happy 4 year old that day :
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Friday, March 14, 2014


It came down to the wire but about 20 minutes before Brady's birthday we finished his big boy room!  I'll be back with a full post on Monday.  Right now I need to plan a 4th birthday party for tomorrow!

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