4/22/14

Now with Totally Awesome Distressed Pallet Sign

So I posted about my AirStone Fireplace remodel a few days ago.  You can view my before and after pics here, and my work in progress here.  Well, I knew that the fireplace needed something else.  So last weekend I rounded up some old pallets and got to work on a distressed pallet sign to go above the fireplace.  The project was far easier than I expected and it turned out even nicer than I thought it would.  What do you think?



Unfortunately, I didn't take any pictures during the process so I can't really give you a tutorial.  But I can give you a few steps I followed…

1. Find an old pallet.  All the wood for this project came from just 1 pallet.
2. Pull the boards off the pallet.   I'm pretty sure this was the hardest part, I made my husband do it.  Some of the boards split or broke during the process.
3. Glue all your stuff together.  I put down 2 boards, about a foot apart and then layer the other ones (what you see in the front) across.  I used a crap-ton of wood glue to adhere them all together.  When it was dry I used some nails to make sure it was all held together.
4. Paint your background color.  I used a dark blue, light blue and lime green.  All of it was paint we had extra of in the garage.  I just went over it and kept mixing the colors on the pallet until it was just the way I liked it.
5. Now here is where it might get tricky for some of you.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to make a stencil for my letters.  You could also free hand it.  
6. Paint your letters and when everything is dry sand the crap out of it.  I sanded a bunch and then set it up on my mantel and realized I needed to sand some more because from far away you couldn't even tell I had sanded it.  


4/15/14

You Spin Me Right Round...

Just wanted to share a few favorites from our trip to Disney.  Love these two.  More crafty projects and such coming soon.



4/13/14

A Few {Frozen} Sewing Projects

Speaking of Anna & Elsa, I've also been busy with a few sewing projects.  Let me preface this by saying that if I had a sewing blog it would be called "the lazy seamstress".  I love making stuff with fabric, you know… sewing… but I hate measuring and pinning and making sure everything lines up right.  So these capes are a little imperfect, but lucky for me, my model doesn't seem to care.



4/11/14

Busy {Happy} Life...

The weather has warmed up here and we're spending lots of time outside having fun.  Blogging around here has taken a back seat (sorry) but I thought I'd share a few pics of what's been going on around here.

We made Elephant Toothpaste.

Super BIG Bubbles {the kids were way better at this than I was}.

Cinderella has been mixing it up in the outdoor science lab.

We took the kids to Epcot and visited with Elsa & Anna.

4/9/14

AirStone Fireplace Remodel

So yesterday I posted my before and after picture of my fireplace remodel.  Here are a few more pictures of the step-by-step process from beginning until the beautiful end.  I used AirStone, available from Lowes.  It took a few weekends to complete the entire thing; but that's because I had to cut & adhere stones between fetching popcicles for the kids.  

Here is my before picture.  Not bad, but so plain and uninteresting.

I started at the bottom (obviously).  The bottom part was easy because I could work with the concrete patio as my level surface to set the stones on.

When I got about half way up the sides of the fireplace I realized that I needed the top of the stones needed to be even with the top of the fireplace.   So I used duct tape and a really long level and placed my stones so that the next row up would stretch all the way across the top of the fireplace.

Here is the stone work all finished.

My final step was to build a mantel for the top of the stone.  I followed this tutorial and stained it to match our new pergola that sits off the porch.

4/8/14

AirStone Fireplace Remodel

I declared 2014 as the year of the outdoor projects.  We had a pergola and some stone work done back in January, but the fireplace was my baby to complete.  I decided to use AirStone, available at most Lowes stores.  Here's a quick before and after shot so you can see how it turned out.  My husband helped unload the boxes out of the car and made the cuts for the mantle that I built, but everything else I did all by myself!



3/20/14

Happy Spring! {Bird Feeder Crafts}

Happy first day of Spring!  If your kids love watching the birds in the backyard as much as mine do, these bird feeder crafts are a perfect way to welcome in Spring.




3/19/14

Spring Toilet Paper Roll Crafts

The first day of spring is tomorrow.  I know that after a very long winter we are ready for some much, much warmer weather.  Here are some of my favorite spring crafts to help ring in the new season.





3/2/14

St. Patrick's Day Toilet Paper Roll Crafts

St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner so I thought I'd do a quick round up of some past craft project.  Here are a few of my favorite St. Patrick's Day crafts that the kids and I have done over the years.




3/1/14

Elephant & Piggie Costume inspired by Mo Willems {Elementary School Character Parade}

I had a reader email me and ask me what costume we used for last year's Character Parade {when he was in Kindergarten}.  Last year, Cole went as Gerald from Mo Willems' Elephant and Piggie Book.  Cole has always loved elephants and this was a perfect costume for him.  I bought the elephant costume on ebay.  The parade was in May and he had grown out of the elephant costume that we had (oh yeah, you read this right, this was not my FIRST elephant costume purchase).


2/27/14

I Spy Costume {Elementary School Character Parade}

This year for our annual Character Parade at Cole's school we decided to make a really cool I Spy costume.  A few years back we hosted an I Spy Birthday Party so you can see that the I Spy Books are very popular in our house.  

I started by collecting random things {junk} from around the playroom, craft room, etc.  I used a hot glue gun to attach everything.  Then I came up with a poem for the back {this was seriously the hardest part}.  I cut the poem out with my Silhouette Cameo and ironed it on.  You could also write it out using a fabric marker.  It really was an easy costume to make.


2/25/14

Do You Want To Build A Snowman?

Do you want to build a snowman?  I got an email from a reader, Sam, who made our adorable toilet paper snowmen with her son's first grade class.  I know most of you are sick of snow this winter, but if you want to make your own you can find the instructions here.  Thanks Sam!


2/24/14

Featured on Disney's Spoonful Blog

 Pleased to share that my crockpot crayons were featured the other day on Disney's Spoonful Blog.  


You can find the full tutorial for Crockpot Crayons here.

2/23/14

Rainbow Birthday Party {A Few Details}

Here are a few details from our Rainbow Birthday Party.  

My first crack at custom water labels.  Super easy to make.

Party favors: Rainbow cup with a huge rainbow crayon & ribbon stick.

My personal favorite: the Rainbow Pinata that I ordered off of Amazon.