**update- Sea Life Aquarium at AZ Mills has now been added to the Pogo Pass
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When we moved into our house, the entry way was....well...something else. The floor was pebble tec(like you put in the bottom of a pool), the wall was a blue-ish/pink-ish wallpaper and there was an ugly brick planter.
Don't believe me? Here's a pic...
We did the quickest fix...we PAINTED!
Well, first we removed wallpaper(what a pain!)
and then we painted the wall & the front door & the gold chandelier & and covered the brick planter, which I posted about here.
And then threw carpet down over the awesome pebble tec, since even the flooring guys were stumped about how to remove it.
I have been itching to do something fun on this wall for years & I FINALLY did...thanks to cutting edge stencils!
We painted it a light gray to start and then used my Tuscan Trellis Allover stencil and white paint to put a design on the wall that pops! I still plan to put big canvases of my kids on this wall, but I love it so much more!
Its really a SIMPLE process, just TIME CONSUMING! Set aside a day or two or three(depends on how many times you have to stop to help your little ones) to just PAINT, but when you are done...you will be thrilled with the results!:)
Now it's YOUR TURN to stencil a wall or a piece of furniture in your house!!! I will select a person at random to win a FREE STENCIL of your choice!
My mom asked me to build 6 COLLAPSIBLE LEMONADE STANDS to give to her kids for Christmas this year. I was excited for the challenge and am very proud of myself for figuring out how to make them...(though it took several trial and error attempts!) There were some stands online that I found that I liked, but they didn't collapse and others were cute(photographer prop/photobooths), but not functional for an actual lemonade stand. I couldn't find any with plans on how to build them, so I had to start from scratch. I have a written tutorial, including dimensions, available for $25. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and get started on your own stand today!
I wanted the signs to be hand painted and not actual vinyl, so I cut a "stencil" from some orange vinyl...
and then painted with yellow paint, removed the vinyl and tada!
Oh...and the "Lemonade" sign is REVERSIBLE with a chalkboard on the backside! Now my kids can have a BAKE SALE or a TOY SALE or an indoor PUPPET SHOW...the possibilities are endless!
It was used as an icecream bar at a recent reception...
the sign just hangs on hooks, the poles slide out and the base collapses...
so it can be stored easily in a garage or even tucked away under a bed!
My cute boys, selling lemonade with their new stand...
*** I will email you basic lemonade stand plans, including dimensions and a tutorial for $25.
Email me today at email@example.com to purchase the plans!
So glad to have Eva posting on my blog today!! She blogs over at Home Interior Tips and I'm so glad to have her here with us today:) Love the tips on where we can find inspiration as we decorate our homes!
Places to Look for Home Decor Inspiration
Making a home out of your living space is supposed to be a wonderful and fulfilling experience. Yes, it certainly does require a lot of time and energy, but in the end it pays off by giving you and your family a place to enjoy and make some happy memories. It’s a very delicate question and depends on personal taste and expectations. So to do the best job possible you should have a clear vision of how you want your home to look like in the end. Where to start, how to get inspired? Let me try and help you out.
Do You Read Morning Papers?
Every morning, while you drink your coffee, you probably read newspapers. Well, why don't you try to start your day with some home decoration magazines. There are many good home decoration magazines published. House Beautiful, Elle Decor, Country Sampler, Period Living, to name a few. They are a good stepping stone for your search. You can explore different styles and fresh ideas, meet the market and find out about new brands there.
Well, me too. Just swap those printed pages with your laptop and find out about other people’s ideas. I find that it’s very creative to share your ideas with people, combine them, mix them up, see where they end up. Try even to get some comments on your ideas. It is always good to have some unbiased critics around (I can always depend on my mom telling me that my work is commendable).
Many of us can’t visualize things all the way to the final product. Don't worry, it is something that you practice, like everything else. But if you are on a tight schedule, why don’t you try and visit some stores. You don’t even have to bust your legs since there are more and more online stores these days like you can check at shop4furniture.net. Pages and pages of colourful pictures, different setups of every chamber, and all done by professional staff. It is also useful to visit some actual stores. I sometimes find it very helpful to touch the materials and see how they feel. You’ll be touching them for a long time so make sure they feel right.
I personally enjoy long outdoor walks. You should be amazed by how many great ideas arise from these walks. There is so much stuff out there that can be used inside your home. All you need is some imagination and just craft it. Branches, leafs, rocks can all find a way to your shelf or wall if they are placed with sense. See how Mother Nature did her bedroom and try to use some of her calming colours and vivid settings.
Even if it is mostly during weekends, my favourite pastime is spending time with my family and friends. I realized that paying attention to details at your friend’s place, rather than on a hot gossip that you are more than likely to forget by the end of the week, is an excellent way to practice your eye for details and develop some of your own as well.
Loosen Up, Have Some Fun:
In the end it is all about something that you already have inside of you. Just loosen up and try to enjoy watching for details and combining them. There is no right or wrong answer to this question, just enjoyment or headache.
Love that you ended it with HAVE SOME FUN!!! That's the most important part about decorating your home! Hope you enjoyed this guest post! Check out Eva's blog today!
Awhile back I made some gray and white signs for my bedroom...but about a month ago, I gave them to my brother/sis-in-law for their house...so we have had an empty space on our shelf for a few weeks. Today, I dug out some cupboard doors and made some new signs for the space and decided to incorporate in some yellow this time! AND...I love them!
The pop of color makes me happy:)
Want to order some custom signs for your home?
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
For both signs, I cut "stencils" from vinyl using my MAKE THE CUT SOFTWARE--can be purchased on my sidebar!
My mother-in-law is soooo incredibly thoughtful and you combine that with crazy amazing talent and I get to be the recipient of fun things like this handmade table runner, she made all of the girls for Christmas! I LOVE IT!!!
My sweet dad passed away last year and for Christmas my mom made these "I Spy Bags" for all of the grandchildren for Christmas. Each item in the bag represents something about Grandpa...so so sweet and thoughtful. My boys are very young and won't have many memories of their Grandpa, but I want them to grow up knowing a lot about what a wonderful man he was and I know they will! I am so thankful for this thoughtful Christmas gift!
My cute kids LOVE to have lemonade stands!! It inspired my mom to want to give each family a lemonade stand for Christmas this year! Well...she asked me to make them and this is what I came up with! The design was the hardest part...my mom wanted them collapsible, but once I figured that out...I was able to get 6 made before Christmas(barely)...
Oh! The sign is also reversible with a chalkboard on the back(that my brother found at Home Depot and cut to fit-thank you!) so if the kiddos want to do a bake sale or something else...they can write anything they want on the back! I hope the kids have fun with them!
Plans for my collapsible lemonade stand can be purchased via paypal for only $25! Email me at email@example.com and you can be on your way to building your very own!
I love the idea to send out a pic of the happy bride and groom with a "Thank You Sign" to thank all of your friends and family members for gifts! You have prob seen this done, whether it was a chalkboard or a picture frame! My sis-in-law brought me over a painted canvas and then using my Make-the-Cut program(available for purchase on my sidebar!) I cut out Thank You and some swirls and these are the final postcards they sent out! SO CUTE!!!
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Finally getting around to the tutorial on the chair makeover I did awhile ago. I picked up 2 matching dining room chairs at a Garage Sale & knew I wanted to change them up...
one for my craft room and the other for my piano(before and after pics of that one coming soon!)
Here is one of the original chairs with one that is vamped up with some color!:)
This makeover was SO SIMPLE!!! First I unscrewed the cushion from underneath...
then I used this as a template to cut a piece of fabric large enough to go around the cushion. My cushions were in great shape, so I just put my fabric right over the original and stapled it on, using a staple gun!
Then, I took my naked little chair outside for a coat of paint...
1 just used one can of spray primer...don't mind my dead weeds in the background;)
and a coat of paint in the color of my choice---actually if you remember...I sent my hubby to the store and this is what he came home with and I LOVE IT!
screwed the "new" cushion back on and it was done!
So...I ran into this beauty at Savers for $15 & decided that even though it was pretty ugly...I could make it pretty...
I sanded her down...
and with a jig saw...cut off the two dividers on the "top shelf" of the dresser. Then I had a piece of wood cut to match the dimension and laid it down to create a smooth open shelf, instead of the 3 top drawers. I also put a piece of beadboard in the back...but this wasn't necessary, as you can't see the back in the finished project. Oops.
I primed the entire dresser and here you can see my wood "shelf" sitting on top...
I applied wood glue and then clamped it for a good 24 hours until I thought it was secure...
I put my freshly painted doors back in & bought some cheap white knobs at Hobby Lobby! Notice that they were the "handle" knobs, but I couldn't find any that I liked, so I just put 2 single knobs in each drawer and I think it turned out great!
Freshly painted light blue "entertainment dresser"...
And my TV is much happier sitting on a pretty piece of furniture! I didn't even notice the curves at the bottom of the dresser until it was painted & I love them. The top shelf provides a perfect spot for our DVD Player and Tivo and a spot for a woven basket in the middle...
Hidden in that basket??
Remotes & tv cords!
and those dresser drawers provide storage for ALL our movies!!!