Thursday, February 27, 2014

Ninja Turtle Room Makeover

I have been so looking forward to Hosea's room makeover.  Jonathan & I have been thinking about it for a couple of weeks and planning things for it.  We decided to make it over while he was at PreK.  I was giddy with excitement!  Come and see what we did!


My dear friend Tiffany sent me the quote below before Hosea was born.  So, it's been on his wall for over 5 years.  I've loved it and its truth.  For those of you that need to take off vinyl glue, heating it up didn't work, trying to scrape it with an x-acto knife didn't work, water didn't work, baby oil didn't work (yes, I'm serious, we tried that and ruined the wall).  What worked?  Just simple sanding.  We sanded and then repainted the wall.  Not exactly what we had planned.


Anyways, let's go through the changes.

When you come to his room, I have the Ninja Turtle Wreath hanging on the door.  I just love this silly wreath.



His Nana & Papa bought the bedding and let us have it early for his new room.


My husband designed this piece of art.  He actually designed two others.  The first didn't turn out how we wanted.  The second was turned down by Wal-Mart because they couldn't print copy-righted images (even though we had altered it big time), so he came up with this - which I love.  He even got the turtles' eyes perfect to how they are.  


(You like how we didn't take the nails out from what was previously here.)


Here's my favorite element in the room!!!  These giant engineer print Lego Ninja Turtles.  I got the idea from here.  I had pinned it forever ago and randomly thought of it last week.  I forgot she used Lego's so originally, I was going to photograph his actual ninja turtles but then I thought about how much he LOVES Lego's right now so I thought it best to incorporate his two loves into one.  Gosh, I love how these turned out.


Okay, here's what I did different from her instructions.  I did get them copied at Staples for $3 a piece for a 2'x4' size engineer print.  So great, right?  We shopped around at Lowes & Home Depot for thin MDF.  Lowes didn't have what we were looking for but Home Depot did.  The sheet she mentioned was $4 but it's $5.50 at my store.  We held off from using it because of how heavy it was.  I was afraid it wouldn't stay on the wall and then fall and hit my kiddo in the head so we didn't do that.

We saw a small piece of foam board in another section and wondered if Office Depot sold bigger pieces.  So, we headed there next and found sheets that were 30"x40".  Perfect.  I used spray adhesive to glue them onto the board.  I let them dry for several hours and then I had to cut off some of the excess.  Here's a tip when cutting.  Go slow and instead of dragging your utility knife, kind of jab it up and down.  Worked perfectly!  We used Command strips to hang them on the wall.

Another thing, even though it was perfectly smooth when I glued them down, it bubbles now.  I think it has to do with the foam.  At least, that's my guess.  The bubbles come out with smoothing but come back again.  I'm not too concerned since they're just in my son's room.  Not sure what I'd do differently if I were making something for my living room.


 The rest of the room.


 The growing Lego collection.


 New birthday gifts, not including two giant Lego sets in the living room.


I initially forgot about these lanterns I bought for the room.  Found them last minute.  Put some crepe paper around them to personalize and hung up with some twine.


That's it!  He LOVED it!!  I went into the room before him so I could record his reaction.  Let's just say, he thought everything was AWESOME!

video

Thanks for stopping by!!



Sometimes I like up to these parties....... Tatertots & JelloClassy ClutterPositively SplendidThe SweetTalk ShopI {heart} Nap TimeFlamingo ToesMy Repurposed Life, It Happens In A BlinkSerendipity & SpiceSkip to my LouOur Delightful HomeToday's Creative BlogHow to Nest for LessAtkinson DriveTip JunkieNot Just A HousewifeThe Winthrop ChroniclesThe Newlywed PilgrimageA Rosie Sweet HomeFunky Polkadot GiraffeEverything EtsySugar Bee Crafts,  Mommy by day Crafter by nightOopsey DaisyThe Stuff of SuccessGinger Snap CraftsLet Birds FlySew WoodsySaltTreeCornerstone ConfessionsJunk in the Trunk Fireflies and JellybeansCheap Crafty MamaOne Dog WoofUncommon Designs413 {Sparrow} LaneMom on TimeoutSNAP!The Taylor HouseMommy By Day Crafter By NightSo You Think You're CraftyBear Rabbit Bear, Kitchen Fun with My Three SonsLive Laugh RoweSomewhat SimpleHappy Hour ProjectsMy Favorite FindsHouse of HepworthsA Glimpse InsideSix Sisters' StuffSassy SitesTidyMomWhipperberryPractically FunctionalTea Rose HomeBlissful and DomesticSimply KiersteThirty Handmade DaysCheerios & LattesMichelle's Tasty CreationsNaptime DelightsSomewhat SimpleNight Owl CraftingKatie's Nesting SpotSimply DesigningThe 36th AvenueDelicate ConstructionRaising MemoriesHere's to Handy AndyThe Crafty Blog StalkerAlderberry HillCherished BlissSassy SitesThe CSI ProjectTip JunkieBlissful Bucket ListSew Much AdoIt's OverflowingMy Repurposed LifePolkadots on ParadeThe Idea RoomSeven Thirty ThreeLines, AcrossGrits & GigglesSeven AliveJust Us FourThe Grant LifeMama DishThe NY Melrose FamilyCox's CornerCrafty Moms ShareArtsy Fartsy MamaMaking LemonadeMom4RealHouse of HepworthsOne Artsy MamaThe DIY DreamerHappy Go LuckyTutus & Tea PartiesCraftionaryGoings On In TexasJoJo and EloisePincusion CreationsLil' LunaNaptime CraftersEtcetorizeA Night Owl BlogBloom DesignsThe Girl CreativePlucky's Second ThoughtLadybug BlessingsToday's Creative BlogRedfly CreationsYesterday on TuesdayC.R.A.F.T.That's What Che SaidCreatively LivingWhat's Cooking LoveLoving this Crazy LifeSomeday CraftsLolly JaneCrafty Texas GirlsThe Farmhouse PorchWait Until Your Father Gets HomeBecoming MarthaChase the StarView Along the WayReasons to Skip the HouseworkDaisy Cottage DesignsCrafty Cousins.  Go check 'em out!



Monday, February 10, 2014

Ninja Turtle Wreath

Lots of Ninja Turtle goodness is happening at my house.  My little guy is turning 5 in just a few short weeks.  I'm not generally super emotional but I can feel the tears welling up with this big milestone!

For his birthday party, he wanted a Ninja Turtle themed party.  Besides Lego's, TMNT are his favorite toy/TV show right now.  I'm adding a few personal homemade touches to the party, including this Ninja Turtle Wreath!




Isn't it adorable?  I love love love working with felt and believe that I cannot have too many wreaths or garland going on in my house.  And I'm all about reusing items.  So, this wreath is actually made from the base of my Pumpkin Wreath.  That's been one of my all time favorite wreaths but I've used it for a couple of years and didn't have time to get to the stores so thought I'd just recycle it.

What you need to make your own "wreath" is felt, scissors, styrofoam or cardboard and either push pins or hot glue depending on what you chose for your base.  Cut out a bunch of 2 inch circles.  I made the white and black (for the eyes) a bit smaller, maybe 1 inch.  Fold your circle in half, then in half again and take a push pin and stick it into the styrofoam.  If you're using cardboard, then use hot glue to glue it down (see my Felt Easter Egg Wreath for those more detailed instructions).


Just do this over and over and over.  :-)  This probably took me an hour to do.  I sat on my son's floor while he played Lego's.


Raphael is my son's favorite ninja turtle.  Do your kids have a favorite?


That's it.  Super easy.  Let me know if you have any questions!!  Happy week to you!



Sometimes I like up to these parties....... Tatertots & JelloClassy ClutterPositively SplendidThe SweetTalk ShopI {heart} Nap TimeFlamingo ToesMy Repurposed Life, It Happens In A BlinkSerendipity & SpiceSkip to my LouOur Delightful HomeToday's Creative BlogHow to Nest for LessAtkinson DriveTip JunkieNot Just A HousewifeThe Winthrop ChroniclesThe Newlywed PilgrimageA Rosie Sweet HomeFunky Polkadot GiraffeEverything EtsySugar Bee Crafts,  Mommy by day Crafter by nightOopsey DaisyThe Stuff of SuccessGinger Snap CraftsLet Birds FlySew WoodsySaltTreeCornerstone ConfessionsJunk in the Trunk Fireflies and JellybeansCheap Crafty MamaOne Dog WoofUncommon Designs413 {Sparrow} LaneMom on TimeoutSNAP!The Taylor HouseMommy By Day Crafter By NightSo You Think You're CraftyBear Rabbit Bear, Kitchen Fun with My Three SonsLive Laugh RoweSomewhat SimpleHappy Hour ProjectsMy Favorite FindsHouse of HepworthsA Glimpse InsideSix Sisters' StuffSassy SitesTidyMomWhipperberryPractically FunctionalTea Rose HomeBlissful and DomesticSimply KiersteThirty Handmade DaysCheerios & LattesMichelle's Tasty CreationsNaptime DelightsSomewhat SimpleNight Owl CraftingKatie's Nesting SpotSimply DesigningThe 36th AvenueDelicate ConstructionRaising MemoriesHere's to Handy AndyThe Crafty Blog StalkerAlderberry HillCherished BlissSassy SitesThe CSI ProjectTip JunkieBlissful Bucket ListSew Much AdoIt's OverflowingMy Repurposed LifePolkadots on ParadeThe Idea RoomSeven Thirty ThreeLines, AcrossGrits & GigglesSeven AliveJust Us FourThe Grant LifeMama DishThe NY Melrose FamilyCox's CornerCrafty Moms ShareArtsy Fartsy MamaMaking LemonadeMom4RealHouse of HepworthsOne Artsy MamaThe DIY DreamerHappy Go LuckyTutus & Tea PartiesCraftionaryGoings On In TexasJoJo and EloisePincusion CreationsLil' LunaNaptime CraftersEtcetorizeA Night Owl BlogBloom DesignsThe Girl CreativePlucky's Second ThoughtLadybug BlessingsToday's Creative BlogRedfly CreationsYesterday on TuesdayC.R.A.F.T.That's What Che SaidCreatively LivingWhat's Cooking LoveLoving this Crazy LifeSomeday CraftsLolly JaneCrafty Texas GirlsThe Farmhouse PorchWait Until Your Father Gets HomeBecoming MarthaChase the StarView Along the WayReasons to Skip the HouseworkDaisy Cottage DesignsCrafty Cousins.  Go check 'em out!



Thursday, February 6, 2014

Modern Valentine's Wreath

I'm still moving forward with my modern Valentine's decorations.  You can see my Modern Banner here.  I love using black and white as my base and adding pops of color to it.  This wreath was very easy to make.


I am notorious for re-using wreaths.  I don't have room to keep every wreath I've ever made so I just reuse them when I need to.  I started by wrapping some modern black and white fabric that I bought years ago from Joann's.  I actually used this fabric for one of my very first sewing projects.  I just cut it into long strips (about 2 inches wide).  I used straight pins to pin it down.


Next I hand cut some hearts out of felt.  I made each one a little smaller than the previous one, layered them on top of each other and sewed down the middle.  Then I hot glued them to the wreath.


I wanted to add a little saying in the middle.  I bought these wooden pennants from Pick Your Plum a while ago.  And I have used them a ton.  What's great is you can just turn these over to the back side and reuse them.  Here's how you make these: pick out some paper, glue the pennants down, let them dry, cut them out with an x-acto knife, add some Thickers (or cut out some letters or use letter stickers) and string twine through them.


I used a piece of fabric to hang it up.  I like using ribbon to hang a wreath but I really love the cohesive look of using the same fabric.


What color scheme are you going with for Valentine's?  I'd love to see a link!

Thanks for stopping by.



Sometimes I like up to these parties....... Tatertots & JelloClassy ClutterPositively SplendidThe SweetTalk ShopI {heart} Nap TimeFlamingo ToesMy Repurposed Life, It Happens In A BlinkSerendipity & SpiceSkip to my LouOur Delightful HomeToday's Creative BlogHow to Nest for LessAtkinson DriveTip JunkieNot Just A HousewifeThe Winthrop ChroniclesThe Newlywed PilgrimageA Rosie Sweet HomeFunky Polkadot GiraffeEverything EtsySugar Bee Crafts,  Mommy by day Crafter by nightOopsey DaisyThe Stuff of SuccessGinger Snap CraftsLet Birds FlySew WoodsySaltTreeCornerstone ConfessionsJunk in the Trunk Fireflies and JellybeansCheap Crafty MamaOne Dog WoofUncommon Designs413 {Sparrow} LaneMom on TimeoutSNAP!The Taylor HouseMommy By Day Crafter By NightSo You Think You're CraftyBear Rabbit Bear, Kitchen Fun with My Three SonsLive Laugh RoweSomewhat SimpleHappy Hour ProjectsMy Favorite FindsHouse of HepworthsA Glimpse InsideSix Sisters' StuffSassy SitesTidyMomWhipperberryPractically FunctionalTea Rose HomeBlissful and DomesticSimply KiersteThirty Handmade DaysCheerios & LattesMichelle's Tasty CreationsNaptime DelightsSomewhat SimpleNight Owl CraftingKatie's Nesting SpotSimply DesigningThe 36th AvenueDelicate ConstructionRaising MemoriesHere's to Handy AndyThe Crafty Blog StalkerAlderberry HillCherished BlissSassy SitesThe CSI ProjectTip JunkieBlissful Bucket ListSew Much AdoIt's OverflowingMy Repurposed LifePolkadots on ParadeThe Idea RoomSeven Thirty ThreeLines, AcrossGrits & GigglesSeven AliveJust Us FourThe Grant LifeMama DishThe NY Melrose FamilyCox's CornerCrafty Moms ShareArtsy Fartsy MamaMaking LemonadeMom4RealHouse of HepworthsOne Artsy MamaThe DIY DreamerHappy Go LuckyTutus & Tea PartiesCraftionaryGoings On In TexasJoJo and EloisePincusion CreationsLil' LunaNaptime CraftersEtcetorizeA Night Owl BlogBloom DesignsThe Girl CreativePlucky's Second ThoughtLadybug BlessingsToday's Creative BlogRedfly CreationsYesterday on TuesdayC.R.A.F.T.That's What Che SaidCreatively LivingWhat's Cooking LoveLoving this Crazy LifeSomeday CraftsLolly JaneCrafty Texas GirlsThe Farmhouse PorchWait Until Your Father Gets HomeBecoming MarthaChase the StarView Along the WayReasons to Skip the HouseworkDaisy Cottage DesignsCrafty Cousins.  Go check 'em out!




Sunday, January 26, 2014

Modern Valentine's Banner

When do you start decorating?  I usually start decorating about mid-January.  I hung up my Glitter Heart canvas from last year together with some heart lights I picked up from the Target dollar bin.  I still have a few more things I want to add before it's complete.  

I can't ever get enough of garland and banners.  I bought these wooden pennants from Pick Your Plum well over a year ago.  I've used them for several projects.  And what's great is I can reuse them - just flip them over!

So, I sat down one night at my son's Spiderman table and put together this modern "True Love" banner.



I kinda wanted to mix modern with traditional this year.  I'm loving the black and pink together.  Like I said, I sat down at my son's Spiderman table (the hubby was using the dining room table to look at a new soundboard), I turned on a new show (House of Cards) and crafted away.

I didn't really take photos but I just added some Elmer's glue (or Mod Podge) to one side and laid it down on the opposite side of the paper.  Let it try (or get close enough) and then use an x-acto knife and carefully cut around the edges.  The hardest part was cutting out the circles.  Just go slowly.  I added some foam letters I had on hand, strung some twine through and it was all done.  Easy peasy.  



I have it on my chalkboard in the kitchen.  Not sure if that's where it will stay.  After the holidays, it's going in our bedroom.



 I'm currently working on a modern wreath.  Hope to see you soon!





Sometimes I like up to these parties....... Tatertots & JelloClassy ClutterPositively SplendidThe SweetTalk ShopI {heart} Nap TimeFlamingo ToesMy Repurposed Life, It Happens In A BlinkSerendipity & SpiceSkip to my LouOur Delightful HomeToday's Creative BlogHow to Nest for LessAtkinson DriveTip JunkieNot Just A HousewifeThe Winthrop ChroniclesThe Newlywed PilgrimageA Rosie Sweet HomeFunky Polkadot GiraffeEverything EtsySugar Bee Crafts,  Mommy by day Crafter by nightOopsey DaisyThe Stuff of SuccessGinger Snap CraftsLet Birds FlySew WoodsySaltTreeCornerstone ConfessionsJunk in the Trunk Fireflies and JellybeansCheap Crafty MamaOne Dog WoofUncommon Designs413 {Sparrow} LaneMom on TimeoutSNAP!The Taylor HouseMommy By Day Crafter By NightSo You Think You're CraftyBear Rabbit Bear, Kitchen Fun with My Three SonsLive Laugh RoweSomewhat SimpleHappy Hour ProjectsMy Favorite FindsHouse of HepworthsA Glimpse InsideSix Sisters' StuffSassy SitesTidyMomWhipperberryPractically FunctionalTea Rose HomeBlissful and DomesticSimply KiersteThirty Handmade DaysCheerios & LattesMichelle's Tasty CreationsNaptime DelightsSomewhat SimpleNight Owl CraftingKatie's Nesting SpotSimply DesigningThe 36th AvenueDelicate ConstructionRaising MemoriesHere's to Handy AndyThe Crafty Blog StalkerAlderberry HillCherished BlissSassy SitesThe CSI ProjectTip JunkieBlissful Bucket ListSew Much AdoIt's OverflowingMy Repurposed LifePolkadots on ParadeThe Idea RoomSeven Thirty ThreeLines, AcrossGrits & GigglesSeven AliveJust Us FourThe Grant LifeMama DishThe NY Melrose FamilyCox's CornerCrafty Moms ShareArtsy Fartsy MamaMaking LemonadeMom4RealHouse of HepworthsOne Artsy MamaThe DIY DreamerHappy Go LuckyTutus & Tea PartiesCraftionaryGoings On In TexasJoJo and EloisePincusion CreationsLil' LunaNaptime CraftersEtcetorizeA Night Owl BlogBloom DesignsThe Girl CreativePlucky's Second ThoughtLadybug BlessingsToday's Creative BlogRedfly CreationsYesterday on TuesdayC.R.A.F.T.That's What Che SaidCreatively LivingWhat's Cooking LoveLoving this Crazy LifeSomeday CraftsLolly JaneCrafty Texas GirlsThe Farmhouse PorchWait Until Your Father Gets HomeBecoming MarthaChase the StarView Along the WayReasons to Skip the HouseworkDaisy Cottage DesignsCrafty Cousins.  Go check 'em out!




Thursday, January 23, 2014

Project Life: Weeks 51-52

I'm back to share the last of 2013.  I've actually been finished with 2013 for several weeks, although I am still working on a year-in-review type page.  I need some inspiration though.  Do you have a page you can share with me?

These pages came together so easily.  Which is good because week 52 took 2 whole spreads to complete.  I basically used Glitz Designs Hello December and a Christmas paper pad I found at Marshall's.  For me, my spreads always go quicker if I stick with one collection.  I learned this a few months ago and try to stick with that idea for the most part.





Okay this deer is my favorite!  I added a little bow to make her a little more feminine.  :-)





I really like this title page.  A lot of the big wood veneers in these layouts are from Elle's Studio.



I love included our Christmas card in my Project Life books.




Ha, using these Nice & Naughty wood veneers made me giggle.  He wasn't being naughty but he looks like he was.



The heart on the December card was a wood veneer that I heat embossed with red powder.


And lastly, I decorated the living room with a bunch of snowflakes.  So, I included a couple of them in an insert.


 I love how these last few pages came together.  Surprisingly, I'm all caught up with 2014 so far.  I'll be back soon to share my title page with you along with a few goals I have for documenting life this year.

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Project Life: Weeks 45-50

I have 6 weeks to show you.  And I'll be back later this week with 51 & 52.  I'm all done and moving on to 2014.  Anyone taking on Project Life for the first time?  I'd love to know!!



















That's it for now.  So happy to be done with 2013 and moving into 2014!!  Happy Tuesday!

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