Friday, February 26, 2010

Copycat Friday: Tray Transformation

Do you ever see something that someone else did/created and think to yourself, "I could do that"? Well, I am constantly seeing some amazing stuff that you bloggers out there do and am inspired to copy that idea. For this reason, I have created "Copycat Friday". I will find something (big or small) that someone else has done and steal their idea. Of course I will try to finesse it to make it my own. :0)

This week I stumbled over to Sweet Something Designs and was totally inspired by her tray transformation. Check out her blog here, and I'm sure you will be inspired too!

To mimic this work of art, I used an old forest green tray (yuck!) that my husband gave me when we were dating. He gave me dinner in bed when I was in high school after I had my wisdom teeth removed. I sweet! Anyways, I painted it white and added some white embellishments. Voila!

What do ya think? Pretty cool, huh? I love copying other people's ideas! It's TONS of fun! :0)
P.S. That branch in the pot was from a tree in my front yard. I think it gives it a "woodsy" touch. Oh, and the tall white candle is the unity candle from my wedding (which we will never light). Such mementos...

Thursday, February 25, 2010

I heart chalkboard paint!

Can I just tell you how much I LOVE chalkboard paint? It's so versatile! You can use it anywhere!

At one of my many thrifty outings, I found this frame buried at GoodWill for 3 bucks. It was just plain wood, so I jazzed it up a bit with some white acrylic paint and some distressing (which I also love to do). Then I spray painted the glass in the frame with some random color of spray paint, just to give it some texture. And then topped it off with a couple coats of chalkboard paint. I placed it on an easel (which I also got at GoodWill), and tada! My little inspirational chalkboard!

I wrote "relax..." on there to remind myself to take a chill pill once in a while. I am sure my husband can vouch for that! What can I say? I'm a mom to a toddler who gets a little stressed.

I just know there are many more uses of chalkboard paint. Please share some of your creative ways you used chalkboard paint. I always welcome new ideas!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

My little creation

So I decided to be somewhat crafty last weekend and create something unique while still being frugaliscious (another made up word...are you keeping track?). I am not sure if I saw something similar to this concept or if I just cooked it up in my head.

Anyways, here is the "before" photo of this fun little project. It's basically 2 11X14 frames (frames you say?? I know, shocker shocker), 2 chipboard letters that I got from Hobby Lobby for $1.77 each (I heart Hob Lob!), some ribbon and paint. The red carnation in the pic is just for decoration. :0) These ugly gold and black frames were left by my grandmother, so I thought why not use them! I chose the "J" & "P" for mine and my husband's initials.

And, drumroll please, here's how they turned out. Whatcha think?

I have to say, I am pleased with the way these turned out. It's amazing what a little black fabric paint (yes, I said FABRIC was all I had!) can do to a work of art. I also had some spare white 2" ribbon to hang the letters. I just stapled it to the frame and the chipboard letter, tied a bow, and voila! Easy peasy!
I am even more pleased with the cost! Let's recap the total, shall we?
2 frames - already had
2 chipboard letters - $3.54
black fabric paint - already had
white ribbon - already had
Total cost = $3.54 (not bad, eh?)
These little gems hang over our ladder bookshelves in our master bedroom. It brings me joy just looking at them. :0)
p.s. I have to say I am loving this bloggin' thang! Such fun!

First-time blogger

Hello Readers/Fellow Bloggers!

For a couple of months now, I have been idolizing - I mean, observing other blogs and have been on the fence about blogging myself. After much consideration, I have decided to enter the "blog world". I am nowhere near the creativeness (is that a word?) that I want to be, but hopefully, with some help, I might be someday. Ahh...someday...

Please feel free to comment anytime on how to maximize my bloggin experience. ;0)

Thanks, and Happy Hump Day!

Oh, and p.s., my daughter is 15 months today. I cannot believe it! When did she become a toddler??