Monday, June 21, 2010

I Made Salt Dough Bowl Fillers!

Greetings everyone! What a beautiful day and evening! I hope you all had a wonderful day! Mine was hectic, but hectic can be good….can’t it?? I was on the run most of the day. It feels good to sit down on my laptop and blog about an adorable craft project my daughter and I worked on over the weekend!
If you have not checked out Colleen’s blog yet you should do so! It is full of inspiration and ideas. She puts her whole heart into everything she does and it shows! Click HERE to visit And Baby Makes Five.
I made these salt dough bowl fillers for the Winter/Christmas season last year. And thought some Spring and Summer  bowl fillers would add just the right touch around the house. Here is how they all turned out. Be warned…lots of photos~
All ready for the 4th of July~
Stars and Stripes~
Bees, Beehive and some flowers~
Buzz Buzz~
Some heart in hand fillers~
Olde Crows and Pineapples~
Summer Flowers~
Close Up~
Sheep and Stars~
Bunnies and Carrots~
Running Rabbits and Sunflowers~
Mini Sunflowers~
Flags and Watermelons~
Here is my doughboard’s new look~

The lantern is from Yankee Candle, I got it for $7.00 today! I love it! It says “Yankee Candle Co. Est. 1969”. A maple pancakes tea light is what’s inside. Mmmmm!
Oh and one more photo. I picked up some African Violets at the grocery store. $1.99 a piece. I couldn’t resist. But I have heard they can be temperamental plants. So I hope I can keep them alive. They are the most beautiful magenta color. My Mom has lots of African Violets, she has good luck with them….”Hello Mom…HELP.”!!  Haha!
I hope you enjoyed all of my crafty photos!What a fun project! My daughter and I had a blast creating! Everyone, give these a try. You will love them!
Until next time, take care.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

A Couple of Makeovers & A Yummy Scent

Happy Thursday everyone! Hope you are all having a wonderful day. The sun is shining and it is our LAST DAY OF SCHOOL! My kids are ready, I’m just not sure I am! This Summer will be crazy with baseball games and other activities. Our kids usually eat us out of house and home and who doesn’t hear the words “I’m bored” over and over again during Summer break! My parents always told me to “go clean your room” when I said I was bored. I think I might find myself using that one!
But honestly, I still remember what that LAST DAY felt like. You had no backpack to bring to school that day, you watched a movie, had an extra long recess and you usually got out early! Ahhhh…back in the day! I think there might be an ice cream trip on the agenda to celebrate!
I thought I would share a couple of makeovers that I got done over the long holiday weekend. The first one I have wanted to get done forever. I just hadn’t found the right shelf. Then last week at the Salvation Army, there it was for $2.99! Couldn’t beat the price and it was EXACTLY what I was looking for.
Here it is before, it just had a dark brown stain on it~
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Here it is after. Each one of our children have a sterling silver cup from my parents from when they were born. And each of them have a porcelain baby bootie from the hospital. They fit in here perfectly!
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Close up~
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I painted it black, sanded, distressed and stained it and also added beadboard (which I also sanded, distressed and stained) to the back of it.  It turned out just the way I envisioned it!
My next makeover I don’t have a before picture. It was just a plain pine shelf that I got at Goodwill for $4.99. I went ahead and gave it a black basecoat at the same time I did the first shelf and then realized I hadn’t taken a photo! Ooops!
Here is is all done~
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Close up~
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The little sheep I got at Goodwill for $3.00! Love them! The shelf I base coated black then actually added a coat of a light tan, it wasn’t the color I was going for so I added a coat of a darker tan, sanded and distressed it and when I added the dark walnut stain it took on a wonderful mustard/antique gold color! I added beadboard to this shelf too, I think it adds so much!
It felt so good to get out and get my hands dirty again! I love working with paint, stain, brushes and sandpaper! I have so many more projects waiting in the wings! Next on my list is a wooden letter holder that I am going to makeover and use in our office! I love it when I find things we need! So stay tuned for that!
Really quick I wanted to share with you one of my newest discoveries! I am sure some of you are already fans of Village Candles but I just discovered them thanks to Colleen! Lemon Pound Cake was my first purchase, what a perfect Summertime scent! It is a great scent for anytime really. We have been enjoying it daily, it fills the whole house with the most delicious aroma! Yum!
Click on the picture to visit their website! Here it is burning in my kitchen! Can you smell it??!
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Here it is inside of a tin candle cup I got at the Salvation Army for 99 cents! It fits perfectly!
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Until next time, take care.