Playroom Garage

Slowly, I have been working on home projects to class up our new house. Eventually we will get to where I want it to be, but what fun is life without some home projects? At least for us; we love doing home projects. I am slowly working on upgrading our playroom space to something way cool for the boys. It is a challenge with all the cabinets in there now but is actually nice for toy storage. Only problem is I constantly have boys standing on top of the counter. Not sure what to do about that, but I am brainstorming ideas and hopefully I can come up some something cool. Meanwhile we had this random empty under the counter space (maybe it used to be a desk type area) that the boys started parking their cars and trucks in. It made a pretty cool garage but mostly turned into a pile of trucks.

First I went to Target (woo whoo!) and Hobby Lobby for a couple supplies… a shower curtain rod and some garage door looking fabric and matching thread. Once I was ready to start, I busted out the dusty sewing machine. *Side note: I used to love to sew things and made alot of cute clothes actually but deciding to purse a degree in Fashion Design really killed my passion for anything related to that.* I don’t have a studio space right now for my painting or projects so I have been setting up on the random sink and cabinet area in the playroom basement area. Like I said before, its not perfect but I am working on it all… over time. 20180119_171828-220180119_170025-2Gotta love my little helpers always. 20180119_210315-2^Curtain rod detail.^20180119_174526-220180119_174537-2Once the curtain was hung up, it turned out to be a pretty cool place to hide and peek out of. 🙂20180119_210224-220180119_210232-2The next step was to paint it to look more like a garage door and less like a grey curtain. I drew a chalk outline of what I wanted to pain then I mixed up a color with acrylic paint I already had and went to town on it. 20180123_164208-2.jpg20180123_164722-220180123_172205-2A quick paper towel and water on the chalk after the paint dries takes care of the chalk lines really quick. 20180124_102737-2I had the hubby add a shelf in for more levels of vehicle storage in the garage. 20180127_135635-2IMG_9763IMG_9756IMG_9754

Then we just play! IMG_9743IMG_9744Jake was the photographer remote button pusher. He was really into it… we had a bit of a fit when I told him we had to put up mom’s camera equipment because it wasn’t a toy.  😀 IMG_9728IMG_9731IMG_9734IMG_9738IMG_9740IMG_9741IMG_9749Hope you all have an wonderful weekend and if you need any Super Bowl party inspiration check out my Super Bowl Sunday! post from last year and my Super Bowl Sunday! post from the year before that. Pretty much have all the same decor so I am sticking with it!

Until next week, XOXO.

Toy Storage Bench

Just a super quick post this week…

A few weeks ago I painted a couple storage bins for the boys’ playroom and decided when I got done that the middle two needed to be painted too. Here is the original post incase you did not see it and here is the post from when my hubby and I built the Toy Storage Bench a few years ago. Here are a few pics of the final project. Looks pretty cute for the wild men adventure playroom (still a bit of a work in progress). IMG_9428IMG_9430IMG_9434One of my personal resolutions is to make more time for my own art projects because I really enjoy them. I want to finally get working on a few paintings again as well as refocusing my blog into more of an art based life-style blog which is what it has evolved into. I just really enjoy sharing photography and craft projects but have much less time for my own artwork now a days. I just hope to inspire a few other mom’s out there while creating a fun way to look back at family memories.

I cannot wait to see what 2018 will bring. Thank you for all your comments and words of encouragement as well as reading my blog.

Until next week, XOXO.

Toy Storage Bins

This week I did a quick little project for our playroom. I looked for some bins that were the right size and had a design that would match the playroom theme but I came up empty handed. That was when I decided to order just plain ones and paint my own. I needed the smaller size to fit in the storage bench my hubby and I made a couple years ago. Here is the post on the Toy Bench we made. The toy bins were just getting old and it was time for an easy update. These plain colored Foldable Storage Bins were a perfect blank canvas. Easy to find on amazon of course! I just used Acrylic paints (black and white to make shades of grey) and some clear acrylic mixed with glitter to paint the design. I knew I wanted the mountains so I just drew the design with chalk and then painted the color on. Super easy!

 

IMG_9084After I finished and put them together in the Storage bench, I changed my original idea. I started thinking that it would look really cool to have the middle two painted as well, continuing the mountain range across the whole front. I consulted a panel of experts 😉 for their opinions on the mountain range idea and everyone agreed. So next week I will get the middle two painted. Bad news about that is I cleaned up the the grey paint I had mixed, so the real challenge will be to match the mountain greys! Of course stay tuned for the final finished project hopefully soon.

Here are a couple more pics of the bins with my ever helpful models testing it out!IMG_9071IMG_9081

We have been busy with Christmas decorating and have alot of fun Christmas activities and adventures in store for the next few weeks. I cannot wait to share with you all!

Until next week, XOXO.

Thanksgiving…Thankful and Blessed

This Thanksgiving I feel so thankful for all the wonderful family and friends in my life. I am thankful to be close to most of them now and in a wonderful area to raise my boys. It has been a year of change (although isn’t every year?) and I will be missing my Grandfather this Holiday season, but I am thankful he is no longer in pain and depressed but up in heaven. I am blessed everyday with my wonderful boys and hubby. Sometimes I wonder when I am going to wake up from the dream because I certainly do not deserve them. I am thankful to be able to host a big family Thanksgiving this year. I love to host parties and I am just beyond excited. I have the decorations set, menu planned and boys outfits picked out 😉 … always important to me. I hope everyone is as excited as me to get all together. Family is everything.

I did a little mini trial of my place settings to make sure my chalkboard placemat craft looked as cute as the idea in my mind. I can’t wait to see it all together now. I thought I’d share some of the pics and a few other Thanksgiving ideas that I love. (I did forget to put silverware in my mini trial but you guys get the idea)IMG_8948I used these placemats I found on amazon and these chalkboard markers also from amazon to design the placemat boarder. IMG_8950IMG_8953IMG_8957Simple, easy and cute!

Here are a few of my favorite Thanksgiving ideas I have seen that I maybe planning on doing as well.

This Thankful Tree decoration.5213117410_789aba8b48_o

This incredible looking appetizer tray.1448293915-cdc346866f73dbc781c27cf0933cabae

and this boy’s Thanksgiving tee.

Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving and a chance to reflect on all we have to be thankful for. Until next week, XOXO.

Mother’s Day Craft Idea

Last week we had a couple little craft days. I let the boys get super messy with some finger painting. Since they love getting dirty outside, I thought they would love being covered in paint too. And of course they did! I found the clay pots and thought it would be cool to have the boys paint them for their Grandmas this Mother’s Day. I wanted to include some flowers but I did not think they would ship well. I really love having the boys create gifts for all those special people in their lives. I am a big fan of homemade gifts. I think it makes everything so much more special even if its not picture perfect and it is so much fun to do together too. Here are a few snaps from the painting day. I had taken more (some cute ones when Liam was putting the paint bowl on his head) but realized halfway through I had forgotten to put a memory card in! But I still got a few pics of the painting.

Just a few plain unpainted clay pots. IMG_8377IMG_8378

Then it was time to do some painting. It was so exciting to see Jake concentrating so hard on his painting. He was working quite hard on making his pots pretty. IMG_8380IMG_8381IMG_8382

Liam needed a bit more help to keep the paint out of his mouth.IMG_8385IMG_8386IMG_8387IMG_8388

After the initial finger paintings had dried, I went back over the kid scribbles and added a little bit of painting details to make more recognizable pictures.IMG_8389IMG_8392IMG_8393IMG_8395

I thought the finished product was pretty cool. I hope all you mothers out there get to enjoy a nice Mother’s Day weekend with your families. Personally I am hoping Liam finally starts sleeping all night again regularly for me. I think we are stuck in a bad habit and I haven’t done a good enough job sleep training him. #momfail right?! Until next week, XOXO.

Dinosaur Planter

I wanted to put some sort of planters in the kids bathroom that I am working on redoing, and was looking for something cute but fits the kid theme. I decided to plant some air plants in a plastic dinosaur to make a kid bathroom planter. I found and ordered these plastic dinosaurs online. I originally was going to make several of the dinosaurs from the set into planters but they quickly became a favorite toy. IMG_8305

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I cut a hole in the back of the dinosaur with a knife that would fit the plants I wanted to plant. IMG_8299IMG_8301The little dinosaur in the picture became Liam’s new favorite teething toy. HAHA

Next I took the dino outside to paint it with spray paint. I wanted to do it in a bright orange color to accent the colors I already have in mind for the rest of the bathroom. For a whimsical children’s look, I think primary colors work well for a nice kid vibe in a children’s space.20170430_11115720170430_11105020170430_11110720170430_111039

After thorough drying, it’s time to fill it with dirt and a plant! I used a couple small air plants in the back of my brontosaurus. IMG_8361IMG_8366IMG_8367IMG_8368IMG_8371IMG_8373IMG_8364IMG_8374IMG_8375Such a happy Dino face 🙂 .

I am planning on making a planter out of a shark as well for the bathroom. I think I will paint it blue or purple. Small ferns and succulents would also look cute in the figurine planters if you wanted to use other kind of plants. Pretty simple yet very modern cute!

Until next week, XOXO! ❤

Toddler Play Table : Part 2

A few weeks ago, I posted about how I made a couple unique toddler play tables from an Ikea table. Toddler Play Table: Ikea Hack.  I wanted to share some photos of the table I made for my son. It is different than the first table. I also wanted to show how I added a roll of drawing paper to the tables. It is great for many hours of toddler drawing creativity. (Even if it is just stacking the chair on top of the table while mom is trying to take some pictures.)

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I wanted to do a fun boy Superhero/Villain theme. I used this Heroes and Villains paper for the top of the table. It has all types of characters on it!

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Then for the chair cushions, I used this Star Wars fabric. I liked how both the fabric and paper had a squares theme to compliment each other without being the exact same design.

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I got a Mala paper roll and a Mala tabletop paper holder which I attached the the side of the table with regular screws. I wanted the top of the table to have the maximum space for activities. I stained the tabletop paper holder at the same time I stained the rest of the table pieces to make sure they came out the same color.

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Jake loves the table, although I have decided he needs to be a bit older to use the paper roll. He would just unroll it all and waste it right now.

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Toddler Play Table: Ikea Hack to see how I constructed the table itself!

Thanks for checking out my craft idea today!

 Have a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend! I know I am looking forward to some ever needed appreciation! Until next week, XOXO.

Toddler Play Table: Ikea Hack

Before Christmas I got a couple Latt Ikea Children’s Tables and decided to add some cool finishes to them for my son and nephew. I made two one of a kind children’s tables pretty easily with a little time from these super affordable Children’s Tables from Ikea. I got a few supplies to go with it.

I will show you what I did for my nephew’s table and then get some more pictures of my son’s table in action in a couple weeks!

 

First I cut the railroad map to the size of the table top.

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And then cut the foam to just a bit smaller than the chair bottoms.

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Using just regular Elmer’s Glue, I glued the foam to the chair and gave it plenty of time to fully dry.
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Next, I cut the fabric just enough to cover the cushion and chair bottom. Using the fabric Mod Podge, I attached the fabric to the chair and gave it plenty of time to dry.

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For the table top, I used a glossy mod podge and followed the directions. I ended up doing quite a few coats on the top. This took several days to complete since I had to wait inbetween coats and between naptimes and bedtimes.IMG_3173IMG_3175IMG_3176

Over the next several days, I stained the rest of the pieces of the table and chairs. I wanted a very dark color so I had to complete a bunch of coats to get it even and the perfect color. And again I had to work around Jakes busy schedule.

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We assembled the children’s table and chairs. Jake man is totally into tools, so he was super excited to help me put them together.

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The finished children’s chairs!!

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And the finished Children’s table!!IMG_3186

It was a big hit on Christmas morning. I love going over to visit my nephew and seeing his drawings on the paper from the table.IMG_3564IMG_3565IMG_3569

Jake’s table is another unique one of a kind table. I will share pictures of his table soon and how I attached a roll of drawing paper to the table. It is always good to have plenty of inspiration for your own projects! Until next week, XOXO!

Projects with a Toddler

I have been working on continuing some painting and other crafts this week. Crafting, painting, and artwork with a very active toddler adds a whole new complexity to my work. This week was my birthday and my parents sent a little box of supplies to make a Valentine’s Day wreath. They know me so well! I decided to have Jake help me make it. Lets just say we are lucky it turned out as well as it did. I would have liked to make it more puffy and fluffy but I’ll take what I can get.

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Jake was working on coloring a birthday card for his Aunty Annie!!

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He used a cat liter box for his table, but whatever works!

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And then we tried to get a painting started. Lets just say its a work in progress and Jake ended up with only a little paint in his hair. He was really into paint brushes!

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He can create quite a mess while helping his mommy. Most of the time my little man is finding a way to climb on top of everything. So it makes it hard to work on any of my own projects.

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But I love my little helper soooo much!

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Until next week, XOXO!

Pumpkin Painting

This week I thought I would do some pumpkin painting to liven up the decor around here. Since painting them keeps them from rotting to early, we could enjoy them now since we have to wait until the last minute to carve the jack-o-lanters. The warm weather down here in Florida does not keep carved pumpkins for very long. Although we will for sure carve some pumpkins, they will just be lit for a couple days. These painted ones will look nice these next couple weeks and can even be used for Thanksgiving too.

Last weekend we went to a Pumpkin Festival in Bradenton Florida. It was way bigger than I thought. Way more than just a pumpkin patch with hayrides like in the midwest. It was a whole fair! We picked out some pumpkins and I got some super cute Pumpkin patch pictures, only to realize in the car on the way home I had forgotten my memory card so we got zero pictures. Oh well. We were pretty tired and didn’t get any little pumpkins for decorating either. Luckily this week Jake and I found a wonderful market with lots of cute pumpkins and fruits and veggies to choose from. So I got some more pumpkins to paint and decorate with.

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They even had a giant pumpkin that you could take your picture with at Bearss Groves market! Jake was into the skeleton guy. 2015-10-21 11.20.39 2015-10-21 11.21.20

After we got the pumpkins to paint all washed off, I thought Jake man might color some pumpkin pictures for his grandmas and grandpas while I painted. That was an epic fail of an idea. He is still to little to use crayons without trying to eat them. I had to delay the painting until nap time like normal. (And people always ask if I am still painting…yes but its extremely slow now with crayon eating man!)2015-10-22 08.30.05

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Before we had to stop until nap time, I got a base coat on a few of them. This one I used a white linen color.2015-10-22 08.41.10

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For this one, I cut out a circle stencil using a scrap piece of paper to make the gold glitter polk-a-dots. The glitter blast spray paint looks cool but is a huge mess! It took many tries to make sure the dots weren’t goopy or smeared. 2015-10-22 10.10.02

I hand painted this pumpkin with gold puffy paint for a neat effect.2015-10-22 10.43.24

And a base coat of chalk board paint. A few of these pumpkins are fake pumpkins I had picked up from Michael’s. I figured I could paint them and keep them year after year. 2015-10-22 10.43.44 2015-10-22 10.43.54

^The mess. I am a very messy crafter/painter.^

This pumpkin basket I found at Michael’s also. I painted the face on one side for Halloween and then I can turn it around for a Thanksgiving basket!2015-10-22 10.51.17 2015-10-22 10.51.25

The first coat of paint on the face pumpkins…2015-10-22 13.46.57

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And here are my finished painted pumpkins…2015-10-22 15.26.36

^Chalkboard Pumpkin painted first with chalkboard paint then chalkboard marker to get the chalkboard effect.^2015-10-22 15.26.49

The gold and the black puffy paint pumpkins. 2015-10-22 15.26.55 2015-10-22 15.27.30 2015-10-22 15.28.29

I put a few non painted and painted on the front porch of a cute little display.

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^Jake helping arrange my pumpkin display.^2015-10-22 15.40.32

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And the face pumpkins… These were painted freehand so I don’t have any stencils to share.2015-10-22 15.38.07 2015-10-22 15.38.19 2015-10-22 15.38.23 2015-10-22 15.38.26 2015-10-22 15.38.30 2015-10-22 15.42.36 2015-10-22 15.45.31 2015-10-22 15.46.01

^Thank you Jake man for looking after the face pumpkins!^

I hope you enjoyed and were inspired for some Halloween fun next week. I know we can’t wait to go Trick-or-Treating for the first time ever! Until next week, XOXO