Showing posts with label DIY. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DIY. Show all posts

April 14, 2014

The Nursery

Jackson's nursery was completed in large part due to the generosity of our family and friends who gifted us with so much!  We are blessed and thankful to have been gifted with so many beautiful pieces that helped shape this room.  The "hand me downs", purchased items and hand made gifts from family and friends are all so appreciated.  I cried when my work gifted us with that awesome glider chair!  Jackson is well loved.  

I really enjoyed dreaming up a nursery for our little guy and was excited to start from scratch on designing the space.  I wanted to keep it simple and gender neutral so that I can re-use all of these items in the future if we are to have a girl.  Listed below are the resources for almost everything shown in the photos above.  Thank you to everyone who generously provided gifts for Jackson!

|  Resources  |

Dresser:  Vintage via Lounge Lizard + Painted
Pouf Ottoman: West Elm (no longer available)
Table Lamp:  Target 
Rolling Cart:  IKEA Raskog
Storage Unit: IKEA Expedit
Storage Bins: IKEA Drona + IKEA Kvarnvik
Wall Shelves:  IKEA Ribba Picture Ledge
Wall Sconce: One Forty Three Double Wall Sconce
Framed Whale Print:  Terry Fan The Whale Art Print
Mobile:  Made by my mom and I
Crib Sheet:  American Baby Company 
Stuffed Elephant:  Made by a friend
Stuffed Lion:  Jellycat Cordy Roy Lion
Wooden Toys:  The Joinery
Swaddle Blankets:  Aden + Anais and made by a friend
Wood Box:  Made by my dad

February 1, 2013

Green Tea

I love to drink green tea, so when I discovered another use for it - I couldn't help but try it right away.  According to Eco Beauty (a book written by a mother and daughter who are from my home town), green tea works great as a natural skin toner.  I am always looking for ways to improve my skin so I followed the simple instructions:

Boil water
Place tea bag in a bowl
Pour boiling water into bowl 
Let steep for 2 to 3 minutes then remove tea bag
Let water cool completely
Dip cotton ball into tea water and apply to face   

I love how simple and easy this home-made toner is and wanted to share...  Enjoy!

January 14, 2013

DIY Door Headboard

I have had this old door in my garage for over a year now that I have planned on turning into a headboard.  I finally got tired of telling people why I had an old door sitting in my garage and took advantage of a weekend home alone.  I was planning on having Matt help me assemble this door turned head board, but got a wild hair and decided to do it all by myself.  There are a ton of great tutorials all over the internet on how to turn a door into a headboard and I checked a few of them out.  Many of the tutorials were informative and had great results, but just looked too intense for me.  I decided I would use only what I had lying around the house and figure out how to do it as inexpensively and simply as I could.  I am proof that a "sort of" handy girl, on a budget, in a hurry can make her very own headboard in just a of couple hours!  Here is what I did...

SAND:  I liked the color of the door as-is, but wanted to give it a bit of rustic look so I lightly sanded the edges (and probably exposed myself to lead).  Is that why I felt dizzy afterward?
CLEAN:  I wiped down the door to remove the dirt, cob webs and sanding dust.
TOUCH UP:  The edges of the door did not match the white of the front and since they are going to be exposed, I used a can of white paint that we had to paint the edges.

Next, I had to decide how to turn this door into a headboard.  I considered using a french cleat, but didn't feel like going to the store or spending money so I wandered around our garage looking for something to use.  Luckily, we have been remolding our house so we have all kinds of trinkets lying around.  I found a few pieces of particle board on the side of the house and figured they were most likely not needed for anything. 

Next, I went into the bedroom and measured the distance from the floor to where the base of the headboard would be.  I made sure the legs of the headboard were the same length and used a drill to screw the board to the back of the door.  This probably took way longer than it should have...

Now, tell me that doesn't look professional!  (Kidding)

I somehow managed to move the headboard inside without nicking a wall or scratching the floor!  I leaned the headboard against the wall and pushed the bed up against it so "secure" the headboard in place.  

I am excited to have an inexpensive headboard that took very little time!  What do you think?  If I can do this...
  so can you!

*Once the headboard was in place, it seemed a bit high and I wanted to use a stronger wood so I switched out the particle board legs with 1x3 pine.  I shortened the legs by a few inches so that the bottom of the headboard rests at the top of the mattress.  Much better!

December 17, 2012

Tis The Season For Gratitude (Part 3 of 4)

Today is the third post of our link-up series - Tis the Season For Gratitude.  Susan is posting today over on her blog and sharing how the perfect gift, does not have to be a gift at all.  Here is a sneak peak of what she has to say:

Every year I struggle with what to get people. I want to pick out the perfect gift, but I also am tight on money and don't want to break the bank. This Christmas season I really focused on showing GRATITUDE instead of getting caught up in what to buy people. I want to bless people that mean the most to me, but how do I do this?

Sometimes the perfect gift isn't a gift at all. This year, I focused on using the gifts and talents God has blessed me with. 

Here are some ideas:

I know a lot of your bloggers are camera savvy/photographers. Offer to take family pictures for free! For those of you just starting out, this is great practice. And for those of you who are a little further along, you can do a mini session.

I did this for a couple of people in my church and it was one of the best experiences I have had. It was such a blessing for these families and they were so excited not only to have a nice picture to include on their Christmas card, but the option of printing some out for presents to grandparents. I was BLESSED to be able to use the gifts that God has given me to bless someone else. In all my years of given presents, I can honestly say that this was the best gift I have given.

To read the rest of Susan's gift ideas, head on over to her blog


Tis the Season for Gratitude: a series dedicated to spreading a little bit of joy and gratitude around blogland during the holiday season.  A reminder that a grateful heart is what this season is all about!  We would love for you to join in and help spread holiday cheer as we focus on the true joys of this season.  

Also - please say hello to the other bloggers joining in on this series: DeniseSusan and Sheila!  

December 9, 2012

Tis The Season For Gratitude (Part 2 of 4)

This is the 2nd Tis the Season for Gratitude post - a series dedicated to spreading a little bit of joy and gratitude around blogland during the holiday season.  A reminder that a grateful heart is what this season is all about!  We would love for you to join in and help spread holiday cheer as we focus on the true joys of this season. 

Please join my self and these 3 awesome bloggers as we focus on showing gratitude this holiday season:
Susan from Suzels Says
Sheila from The FailteHouse

My friend had the great idea to start a craft project together - Christmas wreaths!  Not only has it been fun to create my own Christmas decoration, it has also given us the opportunity to spend quality time together.  There is something so soothing about sitting with a friend, sipping tea and crafting.  Less distractions and more focus on just being together.  This project is pretty time consuming so we were not able to finish in one night, which turned out to be a good thing because it meant more time to hang out.  After working all day, I looked forward to sitting around the table with my friend, crafting and chatting.  (It was also a nice break from watching tv, too!)

For those of you interested, here is a step by step tutorial on how to make your own wreath:
|  Supplies  |
Styrofoam Wreath
Tracing Circle
|  Trace circles on the felt  |
|  Cut out circles  |
|  Fold circle in half, then in half again and pin at the corner  |
|  Pin felt to styrofoam wreath  |
|  Alternate each felt piece for a more interesting look  |
|  The finished product  |

This project has shown me the joy that can come from a simple crafting session with a good friend.  My suggestion this holiday season is to skip the crowded happy hour with friends and instead do something creative together.  It can be refreshing to slow down and focus on the little things - especially this time of year! 
Happy crafting and Merry Christmas!   

November 4, 2012

1 Year

November 1st, 2012 marked one year since we bought our house!  I posted "before" and "demo" photos at the start of our remodel process and can't believe how quickly the time has gone by.  I originally planned on blogging throughout our remodel process, but it was impossible.  We lived in an apartment during the messy part and as a result needed to get the remodel done as quickly as possible so that we could move in.  Matt and I would work all day, grab Subway for dinner and head to the house and work until 11 pm most nights.  We spent our weekends working on the house as well.  It was an exhausting process, but something we will always cherish because we did it all on our own.  Okay not really... We were blessed to have the help of our family and friends - without them our house probably would not have walls or plumbing fixtures.  We took a much needed break over the summer - spending time with family, friends and being outdoors.  We are now at the point where our house is comfortable and livable, with little tedious projects left to do like painting all of the interior doors, adding trim and baseboard.  Things that I Matt and I have learned to ignore, but to an outsider are probably totally annoying.  We will get there.  Once our house gets to a presentable state, I plan to post "before, during and after" photos of each room.  I am excited to share the process of how we transformed each room!  In the meantime, here are some "during" shots:
Thank you to all of our family and friends who helped make our house a home.  We are forever grateful for the love and support that each of you helped pour into our home!  

October 29, 2012

DIY Halloween Costume

This past Saturday Matt and I began our search for Halloween costumes, just hours before the party.  We seem to wait until the last minute every year!  I could have made my life easier and purchased a packaged costume, but this was not the Halloween party to do that.  Everyone sports a homemade costume.  In addition to making my own costume, the next guideline was to create this costume on a budget - because who wants to throw down a bunch of money on a costume?  Once I decided on the Black Swan as my costume, I knew I needed a black tutu.  I thought about making my own tutu, but realized I didn't have enough time.  In desperation, I attempted to try on a child size tutu from Target.  As I entered the dressing room, the saleswoman wished me "good luck."  No such luck.  I eventually gave in and went to the costume store where I found a tutu for $20.  This was the big ticket item of the costume.  Everything else was under $5 each.
Here is how I created my last minute costume, on a budget, in a short amount of time:
Here is what I did:
1.  Use Super Glue Gel to secure the feathers to the upper left side of the tank top.  Overlap the feathers by starting at the top center and continue to layer by working your way down and to the left.
2.  Spray the tiara with black gloss spray paint.
3.  Use white face paint to cover your face, ears and neck.
4.  While looking at a photo of the Black Swan (try this one), use a black eye pencil to create the dramatic eyes.  I then used a shimmery white shadow to highlight parts of my eye makeup.
5.  Line lips with black pencil, apply dark red lipstick and smudge the two together.
6.  Now put on sheer white tights, feathered tank top, tutu, ballet flats and finish with the tiara - you are now officially the Black Swan.  Be sure and pose accordingly.
On another DIY costume note, Matt went as Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas.  The long coat he is wearing was found at Goodwill - in the women's section!  We cut it to give a raw, jagged edge.  Matt made the "bat collar" himself from a sheet of foam.  Impressive, right?  Despite my professional ballerina pose, I am not a ballerina.  Although, I always wanted to be.

June 21, 2012

DIY: Flag Banner

I created this flag banner for the bridal shower I hosted, with supplies that I found around the house and only had to spend a few dollars on what I didn't have.  This is an inexpensive and quick way to add a fun detail to any party!  Now, this is extremely complicated so please pay attention! 
  | Supplies |
brown paper bag
hole puncher
white pen / marker / paint 
(I used an oil pastel because that's what I had)
| Instructions |
1.  Use the straight edge of a ruler or book to draw a triangle on the inside of a paper bag.  I used the length of my hand for size - so professional!  Then cut the triangle out.  
2.  Punch two holes about 3/4 of an inch in from the corner. 
3.  Use the pencil to lightly write out each letter.
4.  Use your white media to trace over the pencil and make it look nice and pretty.
5.  Repeat for each letter.
6.  I used a "heart" flag for in between each word.  Draw a heart with pencil, trace over it with glue and sprinkle on the glitter.  I suppose you could also use glitter glue! 
6.  Once the glue has dried, string the twine through each hole and hang up that pretty little banner for all to see!  

June 13, 2012

Bridal Shower | Invitation

I really enjoyed designing the invitation for my sister-in-laws bridal shower that I hosted this weekend!  I wanted to keep the design simple and stick to the facts, with some added flair.  These little invitations however, brought out a very frustrated and panicked side of me... 

I like how the invitations turned out, but the challenge was finding a place to print them on Kauai.  The options were limited and the print quality was not what I had hoped for.  To make matters even more frustrating, I spent an entire day driving around (and calling) various stores looking for 5x7 envelopes.  It was when I was at the post office asking if they knew where I could find the envelopes, that a women said, "Ace Hardware has 5x7 envelopes."  Oh right, why didn't I think of that in the first place?  Sure enough, Ace Hardware had the envelopes.  Ah, the "challenges" of life on an island... ;)

June 10, 2012

Bridal Shower

I had the privilege of hosting a bridal shower for my sister-in-law this weekend!  I thoroughly enjoyed "geeking" out on the details - DIY flag banner, flower arrangements, fun appetizers and yummy sangria.
The adorable "J" embellished mason jars were created by a family friend ("J" was for the bride-to-be, Jenna).  Simply add a striped straw, then sangria and you've got yourself a delicious drink! 

April 3, 2012

DIY Cut-Off Denim Shorts

While cleaning out my closet this past weekend, I came across a pair of old denim jeans that I haven't worn in years.  They still fit, but I wasn't liking the holes in the knee area so I decided to cut them off into denim shorts. 
I turned the denim jeans inside out and started cutting from the inside, at a slight upwards angle.  I didnt' want to cut them too short, so I purposely cut a bit longer.  Be sure to avoid cutting the pockets!  I then tried them on and adjusted the length accordingly.  Lastly, I ran them through the washer and dryer to give the fresh cut edges a more worn in look. 
It sure feels good to re-purpose old jeans and avoid buying new cut-off shorts! 
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