Saturday, April 19, 2014

Closet Make-Over and Cozy Wall Art Review

When we bought our home a few years ago there were so many things I fell in love with right away.  My closet however, was not one of them.  At some point in the history of our home the lath and plaster walls in several of the rooms were replaced with drywall.  Someone had started the process of drywalling the closet but they did not quite finish.  I forgot to get a good before picture, so these will have to do:

I am not a drywaller but luckily the employees at my hardware store are very helpful and directed me to all the right supplies.  I used Google and YouTube to figure out how to finish the drywall.  Then I had the little matter of the maroon shag carpet to deal with.  I pulled up the carpet and removed all the tack strips only to find the hardwood underneath was in pretty sorry shape.  I decided to paint the hardwood and turned to good old Google for help.  My closet was really starting to take shape now:

My closet is not large so I needed to do some things to maximize the space I have.  I went through everything and made a pile of clothes and shoes that either do not fit well or I have not worn in the past year and gave those items away.  I decided to organize my clothes by color and it has made my life so much better!  I used to have my clothes organized by type of item (sweaters, cardigans, blouses...) but when I wanted to find a particular sweater I still had to look through all my sweaters to find it.  I also made sure everything was hanging in the same direction.  Now when I am looking through my closet the fronts of the shirts are always facing me.  I followed a great tutorial online to make my cute bra organizer.

I scored this shoe rack for only five dollars from my local thrift store, removed one of the shelves to make room for tall boots, and spray painted it teal:

I did not like having my boots flop over and wanted a cheap solution to that problem.  I saw on another blog that you could use pool noodles to make your boots stand up.  I found these cute flowered shaped noodles at the dollar store, cut them to the right height, and put them in my boots:

I also got this cute tote at TJ Maxx to hold all of my purses:

I loved how bright, clean, and organized my closet felt but it was missing something.  My closet is under the eaves of the roof so the ceiling is slanted and I was not sure what to do with it.  I had thought about putting wall paper up or maybe adding a cork board.  

Then I was contacted by a company called Cozy Wall Art and was given the opportunity to review one of their wall decals.  I checked out their website and found this lovely cherry blossom branch and knew it would be the perfect finishing touch for my closet. 

 Let me start off by saying Cozy Wall Art has wonderful customer service.  I was having a hard time deciding what colors to go with on my wall decal.  I emailed customer service and received a very quick reply giving me advice for color choices.  I was even sent extra flowers so I could make sure the color was right.  I love Etsy companies because they always manage to make getting a package even more exciting.  My wall sticker came with this cute little baggie full of goodies, instructions, an applicator, and an extra flower decal:

 I have never applied vinyl decals to my walls before, but it was actually very easy.  I followed the directions included with the sticker and did not run into any problems.  The branch came in three pieces which were clearly marked to help with installing them correctly: 

I used the picture included with the instructions and a picture I found online to help me figure out where to place the flowers:

I think my closet looks amazing now!  The wall decal adds such a beautiful touch of whimsy to the room.  I am tempted to leave my closet door open all the time!

Now I need to make-over my husband's closet.  I just have to decide which decal to put on the ceiling... which one would you choose?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Hanky Quilt

I finished my hanky quilt in time to enter it into the Cache County Fair last summer.  I thought it was about time I shared the photos of it here.

My mother-in-law gave me the book "Quilt Style" by Tammy Tadd for Christmas a few years ago.  I flipped straight to the page with the Hanky Panky pattern and knew right away that I NEEDED to make that quilt.  I was a woman on a mission.  Every time I visited an antique store I looked for vintage hankies.  I also hit my grandma up for a bunch of pretty handkerchiefs.  After months of collecting, I had a gorgeous pile of hankies but I couldn't bring myself to cut them up.  I found a seller on Ebay who had a whole stack of vintage reproduction hankies for a reasonable price.  If I recall correctly the auction I won was for a lot of 25 hankies and the pattern only calls for 16.  I then had the difficult chore of choosing just 16 lovelies and arranging them in a way that felt good to me.  I'm sure I am not the only one who does this but I had to try about 186 different hanky combinations before I finally settled on something.  Also, the pattern called for white fabric to line the backs of the hankies.  The pattern showed the edges of the hankies being sewn into the seam which was silly to me.  If you have a beautiful scalloped edge, it would be a shame to cram that into the seam.  I just cut the four quarters of the hankies a half and inch smaller than the lining.  When it came time to choose a quilting design I knew I needed something that would hold the hanky down but still leave the scalloped edge free.  It took me about an hour and a half to decide on a quilting design, but I think it was well worth the time - I LOVE it!  After I got done binding the quilt I felt like it wasn't exactly finished.  The lady who quilted it for me suggested I add a little pearl to each square.  I am so glad I did, it was the perfect finishing touch!

I love the way this quilt turned out and have it hanging in my room where I can see it everyday!  Are any of you obsessive collectors?  What are you hoarding away for a future project?

Monday, June 20, 2011

Old Door Turned Picnic Table

When we moved into our home three years ago we found some old doors in the rafters of the garage. I used two of them for this project last year:

Well, I finally got around to using another one of the old doors! I have seen old doors made into tables on various different blogs like this one. I also found an article about making a picnic table out of an old door and two saw horses.
After my wonderful husband and father-in-law pulled the door out of the rafters I gave it a good cleaning. I liked the shabby-ness of the door so I decided not to paint it.

I swear sometimes the thrift store gods decide to smile on me and I find just the thing I'm looking for. I was at the Deseret Industries and found four brand new table legs for $8. I was giddy! Anyway, I attached the legs to the door with "L" brackets (which cost like twice as much as my thrifted table legs).

After flipping the table right-side-up I learned one bracket is not enough to make the table really sturdy so I'm going to have to go back to the hardware store for some additional reinforcements. I found these four lovely chairs at the Deseret Industries (over a few different shopping trips).

They are looking wonderful after a coat of paint and some recovered cushions. The fabric is from my favorite little quilt shop, Suppose. I then sprayed the chairs with a protective clear coat to hopefully protect them from the elements.

I am in love with my new picnic table and can hardly wait to have lunch under the trees this summer!

My curious little chickens wanted in on the action too.

So what do you all think I should do to protect the top of the table? I'm sure someone out there has a good idea...

Thursday, May 19, 2011

JELLO White Chocolate/Orange Mousse Recipe

Last night, I made this recipe off of the side of a Jello pudding box and I loved it!! It is so simple to make and tastes great!! So I thought you might love it too.

Here is the recipe:

*1 box white chocolate instant pudding (I used sugar free but you don't have to...also could use chocolate pudding instead of white chocolate)

*1 1/2 cup milk

*1 1/2 cup lite cool whip

*1 tsp. orange zest

Mix the pudding and milk together and wisk it for two minutes. Fold in the cool whip and orange zest. Refrigerate and Enjoy!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Alarm Clock + Spray Paint

Well, I have certainly been neglectful with my posting lately! I have been working on projects but I haven't finished many. I will share them just as soon as I get my butt in gear.

I have been in desperate need of a new alarm clock so I can stop using my cell phone's alarm ( I love my friends and family, but unless their car is on fire or they're having a baby or something, I don't want to hear from them after bedtime). I went out looking for the perfect alarm clock and couldn't find it. Isn't that how it always goes? I did however find this little guy:

I liked the shape and size of it and I thought the digits were kind of cute, all made out of squares like that. I didn't particularly like the shiny chrome finish (it had finger prints galore after the first day) and I really didn't like the big black snooze button that actually says SNOOZE on it. So I popped off the metal case and went through my box of spray paints and found the perfect color:

They make spray paint specifically for plastics if you want to try this on a plastic clock. Now on to the SNOOZE button issue. I just painted the button with white acrylic paint:

Then I went scrounging through my jar of fabric scraps and found this darling bit:

I attached the fabric to the snooze button using 3M Super 77 spray adhesive. Then I just crammed the innards back in the case (it actually took a bit of finessing to get the clock put back together). And here it is, all pink and lovely:

Where I like to link:

Thursday, March 3, 2011

We have a winner...

Thanks to everyone who entered our giveaway! We used to select a winner and the lucky winner is...

Comment #35 bluvs2shop who said : "I signed up to follow your blog! Love your ideas and I'm starting to work on the VW Bus Quilt!!" (You didn't leave an email, so please send me a message so I can get your coupon code to you. Another winner will be selected on March 7th if I haven't heard from you.)

Also, a big thanks to CSN for the fun giveaway!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

CSN Stores Giveaway!!

We are so happy to be hosting another CSN giveaway. One of our lovely readers will receive 30 dollars in credit to spend at one of CSN's many online stores!

What's so great about CSN is they have some of just about everything. Are you in the market for new bedding, shoes, a car seat for your little one? They have all that. They also have beautiful furniture like computer desks for home offices, upholstered headboards, and much more.

How to Enter:

1. The giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents.
2. Leave a comment telling me what you would like to spend the $30 on (you don't actually have to spend your winnings on that item).
3. Facebooking or blogging about this giveaway will give you an extra entry, but you must leave an extra comment for each, telling me you've done so in order for it to count as an extra entry.
4. It would be nice if you decided to follow us, but we won't make you...there is an extra entry in it for you though (please leave yet another comment telling us you already were a follower or that you are a new follower if that is the case).
5. One more chance to win, grab our button for your blog and leave another comment telling us you did so.
6. Leave me your e-mail address or make sure it is visible on your blog so in the event that you win this giveaway I can contact you.

Entries will be accepted until 11:59 pm MST on March 2, 2011. A winner will be chosen at random. I will notify the winner by March 3, 2011 via email (please respond within 48 hours). The winner will also be announced here on our blog. Good luck!!
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