Monday, September 29, 2014

Army Birthday Party

My littlest dude had a birthday.  

We celebrated with an ARMY birthday party.  

The most important part of any party is the food!  We served simple foods that the party goers were able to grab themselves:  BBQ and PB & J sammy's, grapes and apples(in individual bags) with apple dip, chips, soldier snack mix with capri sun and water.

I put together MRE lunch bags with instructions on how to fill them up so the boys could help themselves.  

We had camouflage cupcakes- recipe here.  Don't look too close at my frosting abilities-I'm not so good.  The ones that look decent are the ones my daughter helped me with.  

After eating, we started the fun part- the mission training!  

The boys all had to do PT.  My husband was in the army so he 
really got into his roll as a drill sergeant.  He ran them through jumping jacks, push ups and sit ups.  

After PT, the recruits did basic training.  This included an agility run...

a belly crawl under barbed wire, aka rope and stakes...

and balance training.  

After that they did Search and Rescue.  
We hid 300 or so small plastic army men in the grass and the boys had to find them all.  

After that was Target Practice.  
The boys had to shoot 3 bullets with a nerf gun to hit the target as many times as they could.

After that they did a pinata.  I followed this tutorial to make my own pinata.  
It worked out sooooo well!!  
I will absolutely do all of our party pinatas this way from now on.  
I spent only $3 to make this pinata vs. $20 to purchase a premade one.  

After the pinata, we did water grenade disposal.  
I think this was everyone's favorite part.  
We blew up about 200 water grenades (amazon link) and let everyone go crazy.  

My big kids were a target for all of the boys.  They loved it!!  

All in all this is one of my favorite parties I've ever thrown, and I did it all on a budget!  

Monday, September 22, 2014

arrow pillow cover

Every time I go to IKEA, I over buy. I grab anything and everything I think I could possibly need/want. The prices are so amazing- that's how I justify it.
I just can't seem help it. The closest IKEA to me is 4 hours away.Excuses, excuses!! :)

So I've had a black pillow cover in my stash forever and finally did something with it.

This is the IKEA GURLI black pillow cover. The only supply I used to decorate this pillow cover is Tulip Matte fabric paint (amazon link)

I put some cardboard inside the pillow cover and then free hand drew some arrows.

After the paint dried, I stuff a pillow inside and plopped my new
hand drawn pillow on my couch!

linking up to: Sugar Bee Crafts, Home Stories A-Z, Create Link Inspire, Someday Crafts, Snap, Ginger Snap Crafts, The Style Sisters, Savvy Southern Style, Live Laugh Rowe, InSpire Me Please, The Inspiration Gallery, The Shabby Nest, The Party Bunch

Monday, September 15, 2014

Teen desk with chalkboard wall

My daughter is growing up and wanted a room that reflected it.  
As much as she loved her  Paris Room, it was time for a little bit of an update.  

We started the room refresh with a new desk.

We found this awesome art cart at Goodwill.  I cleaned it up and 
gave it a fresh coat of white spray paint. 

I used a piece of MDF (that I sanded, painted and sealed) for the top and some legs 
from IKEA for the other side.  

The trays slide out, so there are lots of places for my daughters hair stuffs, 
 perfumes and craft supplies.  

We painted a chalkboard rectangle around the desk.  
Then hung some twinkle lights.  What is it about white, twinkle lights that is so fun?
We redid her memo board.  (see below) We also hung up 2 12x12 mirrors stacked on each other, and used a tall picture frame that my daughter can use as a place to write notes with a dry erase marker.  

Her memo board started as a regular cork board.  I undid the staples on the back and separated the cork from the frame. I spray painted the frame.  I covered the cork with fabric that I hot-glued a long the edges.  

When the paint was dry I put the everything back together.  
My daughter loves having a place to put all of her important notes and such!

While we were doing her desk area, we decided to organize her jewelry a bit as well.  

We bought a jewelry organizer and a long inexpensive mirror.  We also hung some string for my daughter to clip her bracelets to.  She wears jewelry much more now that she can actually see what she has.  

We've updated a few other things to her room too, so 
I'll post about those another time.  

Source list:
art cart:  Goodwill
table legs:  IKEA
chalkboard paint:  Hobby Lobby
twinkle lights:  Target
cork board:  from my daughter's room
fabric for memo board:  Hobby Lobby
spray paint:  Seaside by Rustoleum (amazon link)
12 x 12 mirrors:  IKEA
jewelry organizer:  Ross
mirror:  Target
desk chair:  Home Goods

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Thrift Store Score- vintage lock boxes

One of my favorite things to do is treasure hunt at thrift and antique stores!  
A few weeks ago I totally scored at Goodwill!
I posted about my finds on instagram.  

I finally got around to using those awesome lock boxes (top, left photo) in my home.  

I used them as lamp stands on my media console.  

This lock box is a true treasure!  I got it a few years ago from my grandmother.  
It even has a paper inside with her handwriting!  It's super scratched, bent and beat up.  
Just the way I like 'em!!  

This is one of the lock boxes I found at Goodwill.  
It's not quite as beat up as the other one, but I like it all the same!

I stacked the other lock boxes on a different piece of furniture to hold a lamp.  

As for the other items in this photo, I'm starting a new collection 
of wooden cutting boards. 
 I'm not sure what I will do with the tool box, but I've learned over time to 
grab anything you love when you see it at the thrift store 
because it probably won't be there when you go back.  

How do you feel about shopping at the thrift store?  Had any luck scoring some deals?    

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Chore chart frame

My kids have started a brand new school year, with many changes!    
After a summer of no schedule and no routine I, for one, welcomed the change.
Along with changing grades and teachers, we've also updated and changed our chore chart.  

We had our old one for quite a few years.  It was working fine still, but we 
were looking for something new.   

I separated the chores to be done into daily and weekly chores in 3 different zones 
of our house: living room, bathrooms and kitchen (not pictured).

To make the chore chart I used:
an 11 x 14 frame
kraft with white polka dot wrapping paper
3 large clothespins
3 small wooden squares, painted with chalk paint
chalk pen
glue gun

I put the wrapping paper into the picture frame.  
Then I hot glued the clothespins to the front of the frame on the glass.  
Then I hot glued the chalkboard squares and wrote my kids' initials with a chalk pen.
I printed out the jobs for each zone and clipped it to the appropriate child's pin.  
We will rotate zones each week.  

My kids will earn an allowance according to how they keep up with their zones.  
We also wanted a way for them to earn extra money.  So we did a 'chores for hire' board.
I stapled some ribbon to the back of a long frame.  
Now I have a place to clip up some extra jobs and how much each job is worth.  

We are still in the first week of trying our new system.  But so far it is working pretty well!

linking up to:  Sweet Haute

Monday, August 18, 2014

Built in shelves and cupboard

I'm back- finally!!  
My kids are back in school and I'm happy to be doing projects again!  

The first project I tackled is this recessed nook in my dining room.

This is what the nook looked like before.  A few years ago, when I didn't 
really know what I was doing with DIY, I threw up these shelves and 
plopped down an ill- fitting red cupboard.  Redoing this space has been on my
to-do list for a while.

I removed the shelves, the cupboard and the baseboards.  I used this tutorial for the baseboards.  

It wasn't near as hard as I thought it would be.
I used a utility knife, a 5 in 1 paint tool, a pry bar and a hammer, just like the tutorial said.

I measured everything, drew a diagram and headed to the hardware store for supplies.  

I found a store employee and asked tons of questions.  Once we nailed down 
all of the details of the plan, I purchased all of my supplies and headed home.  
The supplies I used are:
-a pre-made kitchen wall cupboard
-2x4 for underneath the cabinet
-1x8 pine board for shelves
-1x3 poplar board for the trim on the front of the shelves
-various pieces of trim to fill in the gaps between the cupboard and the wall
-furniture grade plank of wood cut down to size for the top of the cupboard
-baseboard trim
-caulk and wood glue

The cupboard fit almost perfectly.  I built a base for it to sit on out of 2 x 4's. 
 I essentially just made a stand for the cupboard to sit on.  

For the shelves, I pulled out Bitsy, my miter saw.  
I cut the 1 x 8 and 1 x 3's down to the size of my recess.  
Since the walls weren't exactly square, I measured the space for each shelf individually because all of the measurements were different. 

To make the shelves:  I ran a bead of glue all along the side of the 1 x 8.  
Then I set the 1 x 3 on top of the 1 x 8 and drilled a small pilot hole so the 
nail wouldn't split the wood.  Then I tapped in the nails.  

After the glue dried, I sanded the entire shelf. 
I tried them out in the space and thought they looked pretty good.   

I stained the shelves with Minwax Red Mahogany stain.
I also stained the wood for the top of cupboard.  While that was drying I painted the 
cupboard with black, satin paint.

I sat the shelves on top of  cleats in the wall.  
The cleats are 1 x 2's cut down, screwed into the wall and painted the wall color. 
I also installed the top of the cupboard with screws from inside the cabinet.  

I cut new baseboard molding to go all the way around the cupboard.  Baseboard
 molding wouldn't fit underneath the cabinet, so I just used some 1x2 white mdf trim.  
I then calked all the seams and the nail holes.  

 Here is the finished product.  
The biggest compliments I received are from my son and my husband 
who both said that it looks like the shelves and cupboard have always been there.  Yay!