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.

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! ❤

Bathroom Prints

I have recently been working on redecorating and redoing hardware in a few of the rooms in our house. One of my bathroom redo project was taking and putting some bath time pictures of the boys in their bathroom. I edited them in black and white and added a black matte with a white frame. I love how it looks. Such a cute idea for the bathroom.IMG_8260IMG_8278

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I have been decorating with other cute ideas as well. I am working on these shark paintings.2017-03-30 13.43.38Working with illustration and paint pens for this project. I am using watercolor paper medium as well. I am planning on doing some sort of matte and frame with them but I have to finish the paintings before I can figure out what will look the best with each one.

I was originally inspired for my boy’s bathroom concept by this Shark Bathroom Rug from Pottery Barn Kids. It was on back order for quite a while and I just got it today and it is just too cute!! I can’t wait to get the walls and decor complete and finally see my boys bathroom vision come to life.

All projects are slowly coming together. Until next week, XOXO

Decking The Halls

Bring on the Christmas season!!! We are fully submersed in Christmas music, cooking baking and house decorating Christmas spirit down here. I have been channeling my inner Elsa to bring a little midwest snow to our warm Tampa home. Snowflake decor everywhere!! It was the first year we did not cut down our own Christmas Tree from a Christmas Tree farm which was a little sad but not as sad as the Christmas Tree farms around us. I think our Costco Christmas Tree turned out very pretty.

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WOW its sooo tall!!

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And finally another snowflake project I have been working on. Jake has tried to destroy it while helping me so it is taking a bit longer than anticipated.2015-12-11 14.00.22

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!! Merry Christmas Season!! XOXO

Thanksgiving Inspiration

I am getting very excited for Thanksgiving next week. I have gotten the meal all planned and I think I will try brining a Turkey this year. I have read that it makes a super tender and delicious turkey, so we shall see. How to Brine a Turkey . I will also be making a pecan and pumpkin pie. Pretty traditional, but I love making pies. There are not to many excuses to make pies so I have to get my fill when the opportunity arises. (Or be like 600 lbs :-/ )

 I thought I would share a quick post about my Thanksgiving table this year. I wanted some cute place settings that were unique without buying a whole new set. So I found various mismatch salad plates to add a bit of a fall touch. It is super easy to find and to do on your own. I like that it makes the festive dinner set easy to expand if we get more people coming years down the road.

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Last year my husband helped make this centerpiece box. It is so fun to change out the box for each holiday. Here is how we did it. Thanksgiving Tablescape2015-11-19 13.47.182015-11-19 13.48.062015-11-19 13.49.392015-11-19 13.49.172015-11-19 13.48.222015-11-19 13.50.342015-11-19 13.48.382015-11-19 13.50.052015-11-19 13.48.462015-11-19 13.50.252015-11-19 13.50.582015-11-19 13.54.412015-11-19 13.54.53

Here is my little dessert table decorations. I can’t wait for the pies to be on here! YUM!2015-11-19 13.51.51

Hope you all have a very wonderful Thanksgiving and remember to be Thankful for all you have.  Until next week, XOXO.

Playroom/Nursery Mirror

Babies and toddlers love mirrors. My little guy loves looking at himself. I wanted to put a cool mirror in the playroom like you see in little kid fun houses. I really liked this Bubble Mirror but it was more than I planned on spending. I painted and finished a frame, then cut down a larger mirror that I had saved for various art projects. I hung it at Jake’s height so he can look at it anytime.

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I painted the frame yellow and green because Jake really seems to love those colors. Especially yellow.2015-09-10 08.41.13 2015-09-10 08.43.47 2015-09-10 08.44.34 2015-09-10 08.44.45 2015-09-10 08.52.16 2015-09-10 08.54.37

And just some playing pictures.

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My little walking man is all over now…

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Time to get back to playing!!

Until next week, XOXO.

Baby Proofing: What I’ve Learned Thus Far

While on our epically long vacation, Jake learned to crawl. Then, just this week he suddenly started walking! I had not done much baby proofing before because there wasn’t a need for it. I figured I would just do it as I see issues arise instead of going overboard and extreme baby proofing the house. I thought I’d share some of my favorites thus far.

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  1. Safety 1st Multi-purpose Appliance Lock 2. Dreambaby Outlet Plugs 3. Baby Gate with Pet Door 4. Safety 1st Secure Close Handle Lock 5. Edge and Corner Protector

These products have worked really great for us, but with our little man, we have found some unique issues. The first was simply him tearing up pages in books. I did not think of that when I was arranging his bookcase. I know, rookie mistake! I simply moved the books with tearable pages to the top of the bookcase and board books to the bottom. Now he can take as many books off the shelf and read and I don’t have to worry about a bunch of books getting ruined.

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Another unique issue was our wine rack. I love it, but the bottles are too close to the ground… right in Jake’s view. For some reason this has been our worst problem. He goes right for the wine about 75% of the time.

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So I thought I would get the hubby to help make a wine insert for our kitchen cabinet. (With Jake, my helping is more like telling him what I want to do and he does it.)

Here is our before coffee station…

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And transformed into a wine rack. (After a few set backs… my hubby’s wood working motto is “measure once, cuss twice”)

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And it holds alot of wine!! Bonus!

Hope you all have a wonderful Labor Day weekend! Until next week, XOXO.

Ikea Hack: Blue Ray/DVD Cabinet

I thought I would share a pretty cool Ikea hack my hubby and I did a few months ago for our living room. I wanted something to store all our Blue Rays and DVDs in without taking up a ton of room or looking tacky. After looking online at a ton of places and finding nothing I liked, we decided to get crafty and see what we could come up with ourselves. We started out with the plain Malm Ikea dresser and took the top 2 drawers out. We had to add a bit of wood but found a nice piece in the “as is” section that would work for what we wanted. I did end up painting a bit of the inside of the new shelf.

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Malm Dresser.

Here is our finished product. I think it looks pretty awesome myself and is perfect for what we needed it for.

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Until next week, XOXO.

Office Preview/ Hand Painted Vase

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Over the past few weeks, my hubby has moved his office out of our shared office/studio space to our guest house/shop building. He’s working more from home. Taking conference calls with a very noisy 10 month old doesn’t seem to work out well. Even if Jake is in another room, it is still too loud. He is just a loud and happy boy! Lucky for me, I now have my own studio/office space. I cannot wait to share all my girly pink decorating when it gets completed. In the meantime, I hand painted a black and gold vase for my desk. It turned out pretty cute. I am going to have to revitalize some more of my old boring vases now.

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I taped off the blank spaces with painter’s tape.

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Painted on the black paint and let it dry.

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Added the gold details and here we go…

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It’s not perfect but with practice I’ll have some new amazing looking vases!

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Another vase I painted free hand to have a gold dipped effect. It is pretty cute too.

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Until next week, XOXO.