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


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.)


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!


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.


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.


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.


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


Using just regular Elmer’s Glue, I glued the foam to the chair and gave it plenty of time to fully dry.

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.


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.


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.


The finished children’s chairs!!


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!

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

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^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

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.

safety favs

  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.

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.

Newborn Scrapbook

Anyone that knows me, knows I love to make scrapbooks. We received a cute scrapbook for a shower gift and I have been wanting to put our newborn pictures in it. I finally got around to it during a glorious extra long nap time one day recently. The perfect time to catch up on some Pretty Little Liars while cutting and gluing.

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And tada…

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^Emma wanted to be in on the pictures of course.^

Until next week, XOXO.