Thursday, January 27, 2011

January Morning


Valentine Decor

Hey guys. I have been searching blogs everywhere for inspiration. Not just crafts, but organization, cleaning, parenting, exercising, etc. Look on my sidebar for a lot of the sites. Sometimes I need a swift kick in the pants. Hmm, as I sit here in PJs and munch on chocolate cinnamon bears (THE best treat ever). I'm working on it! Anyway, I found some great, easy crafts to do for Valentine's Day. It was a perfect way to be productive while watching my guilty pleasure shows.

I found the great idea for felt kissing balls and wreath from The Idea Door, who apparently got her idea from Design Sponge. I, for the life of me, could not find a heart shaped wreath anywhere, so another round one will have to do.
Did I mention its a cheap project too?
Felt, wreath, pins, pack of 6 styrofoam balls = $10
My lovely "mantel".
I love how versatile these balls are. You can hang them, put them on vases and candle holders, put them in baskets, pretty much anywhere.
Here's a close-up of the wreath. It was my idea to add the red felt flowers. :)

You would laugh at how simple these flowers are to make. Less than a minute. Seriously. Learn how to make them here.

Not part of my mantel, but there are all kinds of free printables for Valentine Subway art. Mine was found here.

So there you have it. I don't think I'm done yet though. Too many good ideas out there to try!

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Refinished Children's Table

For Christmas this year, we gave our toddler an art table. I found this great table and 2 chairs at a yard sale over the summer for $5, planning on painting it while it was still warm outside (we live in an apartment with no garage).
Well, fast-forward to the week before Christmas, and we finally got this baby done. No, it didn't take 6 months to paint it - try 2 days, but I am the world's worst procrastinator and kept putting it off. Anyway, we used my mom-in-law's garage and finished it just in time for Christmas!

The only before shot I took - the replacement top is already in place and we had already sanded it. There was some sun and water damage on the top, but the rest of the table and chairs were in good shape.


We sanded and spraypainted the table and chairs, and primed and painted some chalkboard paint on the top.

Its a hit with our son - hopefully it lasts for a while!

I have lots of chalkboard paint left. I wonder what other surfaces I could paint. :)
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