28 October 2011

You Are My Sunshine

 I sing that song to my kiddos all the time. So I love this poster I got from Liz at Bon Temps Beignet.

I swear I took a before picture of that frame, but now I can't find it. I've had it for almost the whole time Rob and I have been married, but up until a few days ago it was a light wood color. I had it displayed in out first two houses, but for the past year or so it's been shoved in a closet because I was tired of it's look. But earlier this week while I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of my cute poster, I painted this frame white to get it ready for it's new, more stylish occupant. (The last thing this frame held was a still life of some vases....nice but boring.) 

Here it is up on the wall in my dining room- LOVE!

The pictures above it are some drawings that my great-grandmother bought when she lived in Paris. (Don't know when it was...40's? 50's?? no idea.) Anyway she passed an artist on the street drawing pictures of some of the buildings around and she bought some from him. I love the mix of these two old pictures hung together with this super modern print.

And now since I can't bring one new thing into my house without it sparking a frenzy of changes, here's what hanging this poster inspired me to do:

See that tree in the corner on the other side of the wall?

I've been hating it there ever since we moved in. I always loved it in our last houses, but they were really light and had high ceilings. This house already feels very dark because of all the dark, heavy trim everywhere, so for some reason this huge tree in the corner was enhancing that feeling and making the room seem more closed in. 

So I shoved the tree in the corner of my kids' room and decided that for the wall it had been on, I was going to continue the look of the black and white frames that I now had on the dining room side. 

I love how it brings the two rooms together.

{btw the two baskets sitting so close together on the floor are driving me nuts, but I haven't figured out where to put the little one yet- it's full of dog toys. I'm ready to throw it in the basement!}

And noooow, for the changes that hanging this stuff sparked:

The white frame on top I just dug out of a box and framed a poem that I wrote for my hubby for his birthday a couple years ago. 
{He had turned 29, so I wrote a 29 line poem with each line written on a heart. So sweet & sappy. :}

The two black frames I got from beside the front door because I thought these antique maps would have the right look and muted colors for this grouping. 

So I stole the maps from here, which meant I had to figure out something new to do in this area. 

I like this new arrangement a lot better. I didn't love how "perfect" the old arrangement looked with all the same frames lined up in a row. This looks a lot less rigid. 

Look at this super sweet message that my son wrote- I found it scribbled on a piece of paper one day and I could have cried. I had to do something with it!

That's why he's my sunshine. 

Thank you Liz, for your super awesome poster that inspired all these changes! It's been a busy couple days (did I mention that I loathe hanging pictures?!) but I'm very happy with the results! And every time I pass by my sunshine poster it reminds me of these guys:

Me & my sunshines. {We have GOT to get another family picture taken- the twins are almost 1 now!}

*FYI, Liz does amazing prints; I highly recommend checking her out!!*

27 October 2011

Before & After Thursday

 There really is potential in everything.... even an old brake fluid drum. 

Kristine at The Painted Hive turned 




Who would have thought that rusty, nasty thing could be turned into this beautiful little side table? Makes you want to take a second look at all the junk hiding in your garage, doesn't it?!
Check out Kristine's post about this amazing transformation!

26 October 2011

Turning a wall hanging into a pillow

 I was looking back through some pictures and realized there are some projects I did a few months ago that I forgot to post about. One of them is a pillow that I made for my sister as a bridal shower gift.

I had had this fabric map of Finland stuffed in a closet for years. It used to belong to my grandmother and I wanted it because I loved the colors.

The details are great

I knew that at some point I'd figure out something amazing to do with this, so I stashed it away {and forgot about it}. 

Fast forward a few years when I was packing up our last house and planning my sister's bridal shower and came across it. I knew these colors would be gorgeous in my sister's house, so I decided to turn it into a pillow for her couch. 

I cut off the border and the wood strips at the ends

Then I just folded it in half and cut it so I had two squares. I stuck the right sides together and sewed it up, then turned it right side out, stuffed it and closed up the hole. Super simple. 

I thought about buying a pillow form and making this into a cover for that, but I was worried that I'd lose too much of the fabric that way. By stuffing this I was able to use everything that I wanted to. 

I love how it turned out.

This is my favorite side- I love all the little details!

This is such a fun and unique pillow, and it looks great on my sister's couch! 

24 October 2011

Stop freaking traffic: I got my chandelier

 and it is spectacular. 

What was here before:


 I've spent every meal since we hung it looking up. 

23 October 2011

How To Drive Your Husband Crazy With Your Decorating

 I like to laugh at myself (and others like me). So I wrote a Hub Page about some of the things that us decorating-obsessed girls do that annoy the crap out of our husbands. {I have to say though, that I'm not guilty of all of these......just some.}

How To Drive Your Husband Crazy With Your Decorating.

Which of these are YOU guilty of? :)

14 October 2011

Cut-outs felt throw {Inspired by Lace Felt Throw}

 Ah, another project inspired by Pinterest. Why was I ranting last week? Pinterest isn't wasting my time, as long as I follow up all my pinning by actually putting the great ideas to use. {At least that's what I'm telling myself....If my house starts to resemble a craft fair, I'll know I've taken things too far.}

Anyways, here's my latest project, inspired by this picture I saw on Pinterest:

It's the Lace Felt Throw by Room 39

When I saw the picture of it, my first thought was that it was unbelievably cool, and my second was that it reminded me of those snowflakes you cut out of white paper as a kid. 

So here is my version:

Since the Lace Felt Throw reminded me of shapes cut from paper, I decided that's what I'd make my throw look like- a bunch of cut-up pieces of paper put together. 

I used 18 pieces of white felt

I folded them up like I would a piece of paper and cut shapes out of them

When I had all my felt cut up I arranged the pieces on the floor to figure out how to fit it together.

I was proud of myself during this project because I learned how to do something new with my sewing machine- sew two pieces of fabric together across an open seam. (That way it will lay flat.)

The arrangement of my throw got changed a few times during the sewing process when my dogs went racing through it and scattered all my carefully laid out pieces. 
I could have killed them. 

Here it is all sewn together:

After this I went around with the scissors and cut fringe in a few places, and trimmed up rough looking areas. It's far from a dead-ringer for it's inspiration piece, but it's got the same unique look. I think it's really cool!

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