The girls and I had some time today between the chiropractor, picking up some necessities at Target and joining Hannah for lunch at school. What to fill the time with...the thrift stores of course! It's been many months since I set foot in one of these...the girls and the new house have taken up any "extra" time I have, but today it just worked out in favor of the thrift store! I'll be showing you my finds over the next few days!
Above are some Christmas items I came across...on the bottom are 2 placemates (they are the same, just 2 sided) they need a good ironing, but that's about it! Those are the colors I always like at Christmas time...the 2 shades of green and the 2 shades of red. I'm thinking of using them on a tray maybe or under something on a table, or I could always whip them into some pillows...lots of possibilities.
Sitting on top is a wooden box...I had been looking for a wooden box to put a Christmas memory/matching game in, and putting that on a coffee table/ottoman during Christmas time. And the tartan plaid is always a favorite!
I originally saw this project here and thought it would be perfect in Sophia's room (in the new house). It seemed easy enough...and it was! The hardest part of the whole project was taking 3 kids into the scrapbooking store :) The project, start to finish, took about 30 minutes.
Gather your supplies: a shadow box (mine was 12 x 12), a white piece of 12 x 12 cardstock, an assortment of papers, a butterfly punch (mine was from the Martha Stewart line from Wal-Mart) and some mini glue dots.
I marked my white cardstock with a pencil every 1 1/2 inches...leaving a 3 inch border around the edge.
I punched out my butterflies
Laid out my pattern first and then attached butterflies to the paper with the glue dots.
While I was attaching I slighty bent the wings up.
Place in shadow box with more glue dots to attach paper to back of shadow box.
That's it...easy peasy...and no butterflies were harmed in the making of this!
As soon as I saw these lovely headscarves Angel makes I had to pass it on to you (and make a list of my favs)...seriously super cute, no fuss and one in about every color possible (and youth sizes too). The price is good, but the best part about all this...ALL proceeds go to funding this families adoption of 2 children from Africa...go and check her site out now!
I helped Ella make this matching-memory game for Sophia for Christmas...it's as simple as buying some wood circles at the craft store (I've found mine at Hobby Lobby and Michael's), placing some cute stickers in the middle (make sure there's 2 of each) and applying a coat or 2 of ModgePodge. Voila...you're done! Sophia who's 1 1/2 matches the animals where Ella who's 4 plays memory with this. This idea can be adapted in so many different ways...different stickers, holidays, seasons or even colorful paper! The possibilities are endless! I even have some mermaid and fish stickers waiting to be put on sea shells! Get creative! Read more...
Is there a "new" kitchen in your future...either from scratch or a remodel? Here are some tips and tricks to help you achieve the kitchen of your dreams at a price you can afford!
Let's talk cabinets today...
-Paint can solve a lot of problems for pretty cheap! Ask your local paint store for tips and the best products to use. One trend that I have been really liking is the center island painted a different color than the rest...like a mostly white cabinet kitchen with a red or black center island...or like in the picture above with a stained wood center island.
-How about taking a few doors off of some strategic cabinets for more of a display shelf and painting the inside a color to pop the items that are being displayed...run some hidden Christmas lights in the back to light up your display.
-Along the same lines...switching a few doors out with glass doors. Paint the outside to match your cabinets, and either paint the inside a contrasting color or cover a board with fabric or even wrapping paper to line the back...change it when you get bored or with the seasons!
My most favorite book from my childhood is "Miss Twiggley's Tree" by Dorothea Fox
"funny Miss Twiggley lived in a tree
with a dog named Puss and a color TV.
she did what she liked and she liked what she did
but when company came, Miss Twiggley hid."
but the rains come, and it doesn't stop and the towns people need to get someplace warm and dry...where else but Miss Twiggley's treehouse. See how Miss Twiggley gets over her shyness and the towns people get past their "ideas" of Miss Twiggley! Such a great story!
Here's a great project to go with that story...(Swiss Family Robinson is another classic treehouse story)
From a company called Calafant...here's where you can find one for yourself...they also have castles, fortresses, pirate ships and on and on! So much fun!
she draws it just how I like it....beautiful soft coloring in a clean, but timeless feel...(and I love how she throws little bits of red in too)
This print tops the list of my decorating wishlist for the new house...probably in Hannah and Ella's room. It's not the only one on my wishlist...check out ALL her prints and cards...they're all so very lovely!
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about this blog...
i am a child of God, wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend and maker of the home. i like the nice in everyday life. i have learned that nice comes in many different forms...it can be a pretty bedspread from a fancy store or it could be an old quilt found at a flea market...it can be a well thought out birthday party or an evening jumping in fresh puddles...it can be a special meal prepared for guests or a night of s'mores by the fire... join me as i strive to create a nice home and life for my family, friends and myself and to see the nice in the everyday.