Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Birthday party

A few weeks ago we had a birthday party for our oldest who's growing up fast. I'm not one to go overboard with birthday decorations but I wanted to make it special for her. So with a little ingenuity and a few dollars I spruced up our dining room for the day.

First I needed some pretty stands to display cupcakes on the table.
 The glass plate from a microwave oven that died on us and a glass candle stick from the thrift store...
 ... got a good scrubbing with soapy water and a few coats of white spray paint...
... before being glued together with E6000 glue. The top is only sprayed on the underside to make it food safe.

A thrift store cheese dome and a Dollar tree candle stick met with a similar fate.
 But only the wooden part got a light sanding and a few coats of black craft paint.
So simple to do and such a great result. I feel the urge to have more cupcakes around now :)

Around that same time I also got this vase at the thrift store. Hideous color but great shape.

 Same procedure as above.
And it found a new home in the dining room. A single fake leaf tops it off (found at Habitat for $1).

A helium balloon for your birthday is a must.

It had to hang out in the car for a little bit while I got some more birthday party shopping done and the heat de-plumped it really fast. Still hanging in there, though :)

One double pack of yellow crepe streamers from the Dollar tree went a long way towards partying up the dining room.



Pink tissue paper on the table under the plastic table cloth sets the girly pink theme.
 Cupcakes...
... more cupcakes, guests and an ice cream cake make for a very happy birthday girl!














Another year under the belt!

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Beautiful things

School starts in a week. I'm running a little behind on my posting so I'll throw in my collected beautiful images for now.

The greens are what got me in this image. Love green.

The light, the mirror, the round chair thing, the black and whites and the greenery. Pretty much everything :)

Pink bougainvillea as a carpet in the lush green outdoors...

This focal wall has got me focused. Love the scale of the mirror paired with the low bench. The white against that wallpaper is just yummy. And the huge ethnic-looking statues work for me too. The rest of the room is kind of blah for me. 

Yes, the arches get me every time :)

These arches shouldn't be too difficult to DIY with some trellis. They're simple but give you that exotic something. 
An outdoor room with a zebra rug, ornate table and old brick wall. So well put together. 
Orange is such a nice color, especially when combined with white like this. 
This last one is an ad seen in the online magazine Dabble. Gray and hot pink can look so classy together. I don't mind the ads in the pretty magazines, maybe because they're bolder than what "normal" people would go for and thus more up my alley than some of the articles.
Random thought #1. I've been meaning to get on Pinterest but I keep forgetting about it. Maybe it's just as well or I might get hooked on something else, I hear it's quite addictive. 

Random thought #2. For a moment today when we were out and about it felt like it might rain. The moment passed quickly but apparently today is the first day in longer than I can remember that we're below 100 degrees. We haven't had a drop of rain all summer. Needless to say, our lawn is a bright yellow and quite crispy. It looks like fall already since some trees have lost almost all their leaves. So much for enjoying summer's lush greenery.

I have some stuff to show you, I just have to get my act together and finish up a few loose ends as well as put a few posts together. Talk soon!

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Whimsical duct tape bed

I was watching Home by Novogratz on HGTV the other week and they were duct taping two wooden kids' beds. I mean every last square inch of them! And it looked great. Since we have a beat-up hand-me-down bunk bed in the kids' room it got me thinking...

Before.


And one roll of white duct tape later...




Beachy whimsy! I love it and the kids liked it too. The tape covers up some of the scuffs in the blue finish and lightens the look of the bed a bit.

Um, yes, I know that...

...the top bunk is missing a mattress. I'm working on that
...the foot end of the bed is missing a bed skirt. I just bought this skirt at 99 cents only for $2.99 (a great price if not 99 cents) and realized when I got home that it's made for a bed with a headboard against the wall. It's an easy fix with the sewing machine but I just haven't gotten to it yet
...the top bunk isn't striped. And that's because I intend to slip cover it and/or do a canopy above it to create a cozy nest for for the oldest. When we get her a mattress, that is :)

This room is still in progress, but at least it IS progressing. As far as I'm concerned any change is a good change :)

The process for the duct taping is easy peasy. Tear off strips that will reach around the bed legs with a slight overlap, tape them on starting from the bottom and work your way up. Position seams in the tape facing towards the wall so they won't be that visible and use the width of the tape as a spacer between bands.

I think this will be able to stand up to our monkey kids for quite a while. I love quick fixes :)

Ps. Linking up with
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