Idea Overload

Ever feel like there are 726,819 things you want to do but you have no time to do them? I pretty much feel like that all the time honestly but it seems to be worse lately. I decided to turn some of the want-to’s into getting-done’s so I picked a few projects and started collecting materials for them. Let me just say – it’s taken me WEEKS to collect some of these materials! It’s insane!!! There’s still one that I have to purchase… I’m having to have it custom ordered. Custom ordered people! It’s craziness I tell you. Then there’s that whole minor issue of actually accomplishing the project once I have the necessary materials. Lord knows when that’ll happen. Every time I think I’m going to have time, something else comes up. I had planned to work on these a little bit each night but I’ve changed my schedule around a bit at work and now I’m not getting home until 7pm. By the time I cook dinner, pack my gym bag, pack my lunch and eat dinner, it’s 10pm. That’s my bedtime so that means I got nothing crafty done for the day. Plus, our weekends are a blur between the have-to’s (like laundry, grocery shopping, yard work) and social events so there’s just very little time to do anything creative. I WILL find time though (if for no other reason than that the materials are currently living on my kitchen table which will eventually drive me completely batty). So, wanna know what I’m working on???

I’m working on this Bugsy Tic Tac Toe but I’m tweaking the base a bit. This is going to live outside in our backyard. In truth, my husband is going to paint the ‘bugs’ for me. I can’t paint to save my life. 🙂

Please pin from original source.

Please pin from original source.

 

This little baggie of sweet clothespins is yet another project (source unknown). This is the one for which I’m having to custom order an item… any guesses? Yeah it’s that clothespin stamp!

Love is Sweet

 

I saw this absolutely adorable idea on a blog called A Beautiful Mess. They have some of the most creative things I’ve ever seen and their photography is amazing. I’m crazy jealous. Anywho… since we have both cats and dogs in our house, we’re going to copy cat this adorable kitty spoon rest and then try our hands at creating an equally cute puppy one. Fingers crossed!

Please pin from original source.

Please pin from original source.

 

I have what I think is going to be a super cute idea involving this printable.

Please pin from original source.

Please pin from original source.

 

And last but definitely not least I’m working on this cute embroidery project.

Please pin from original source.

Please pin from original source.

 

With any luck – they’ll all be done by the end of the year. HA!

Then I can get started on the other 726,814 ideas I have.

Fab Feature – Orchard Girls

If you’ve been reading my blog for any point of time then you know that all of my kids have four legs and a tail.  If you know me at all on a personal level then you know that the only kids I will ever have will have four legs and a tail.  That being said, I can still appreciate super cute kid stuff like this fabulous little boy nursery mood board from Orchard Girls.

boynursery

Please pin directly from Orchard Girls.

I mean really, how stinking cute is that??? Let’s play the favorite part game!  Mine would be that woodland painting with the Pinterest link that, of course, leads to nowhere.  Go figure.  Ha!

Be sure to come back on Wednesday for Window Shopping Wednesday because I’ll be hosting my first ever giveaway from a shop I L*O*V*E!!! See you soon!

Window Shopping Wednesday – French Prints

I’m always on the hunt for fun and funky stuff to add to my house.  I wandered across this fun Etsy shop the other day and I just had to share with you guys!

This weeks featured shop:  French Prints

If you have kiddos then I think this Alice in Wonderland print is perfect for a kids room.

alice in wonderland book print

I have a friend who was obsessed with butterflies in highschool and now every time I see one I think of her.  I think she’d like this butterfly print.

butterfly book print

Are you a dog person?  If so, and if you happen to love Boston Terriers, then this one is for you!

boston terrier book print

I’m going through a bit of an elephant phase right now so I’m loving this print.  This one could also be super cute in a kids room.

elephant love book print

My MIL is in love with birds and when I saw this I thought of her.  This one’s for you Emma!

bird art deep in the woods book print

And last but definitely not least is this fun, quirky Christmas moose.  I sort of love him.

christmas moose book art

Thank you for shopping with me today!!!

Master Bedroom… Decisons Are Made!!!

inspiration photo

So I think we’ve finally figured it out!  We’ve found a picture that both my husband and I can agree on for our master bedroom.  Even better, the bed we’ve already purchased is nearly identical to the one pictured.  Yippee!  My inspiration picture (above) is from Gary Riggs Home via Pinterest.

We already have the bed.  It’s the Erin Cute as a Button Bed from World Market. 

erin cute as a button bed

We also have our nightstands and a dresser.  They’re all from Ikea. 

Ikea Hemnes 8-drawer dresser

Ikea Hemnes 8-drawer dresser

and

2 Malm 3-drawer chests (used as nightstands)

2 Malm 3-drawer chests (used as nightstands)

We’ve pretty much decided that instead of lamps on the nightstands, we’d rather have these Ribba Frames with overhead Lights in aluminum. 

ribba aluminum frame

ribba aluminum led light

In keeping with the grey, lavender, and yellow theme of our inspiration picture, these are some pictures I’m considering for the Ribba frames. 

Yellow Wheat

Yellow Wheat

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Lavender Blossom Branch

Lavender Blossom Branch

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Chrysanthemum Macro Photograph

Chrysanthemum Macro Photograph

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Stair Flowers

Stair Flowers

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Liriope Blooms

Liriope Blooms

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Yellow Ranunculus

Yellow Ranunculus

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Yellow Autumn Leaves

Yellow Autumn Leaves

I know I don’t want the same photo in each frame but I do want for the photos to be similar colors.  I think it’ll take a while to find exactly what I’m looking for.  Then again, we could do black and white…

As far as bedding is concerned, I’ve found the following:

Barbara Berry Quilt in Dusk

Barbara Berry Quilt in Dusk

and this

Stella Quilt

Stella Quilt

and this

Nostalgia Quilt

Nostalgia Quilt

I haven’t had much luck finding other grey-ish lavender coverlets.  Apparently this is going to take some intensive searching on my part. 

I also found these throw pillows:

Gold Velvet Throw Pillow

Gold Velvet Throw Pillow

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Tornado Velvet Throw Pillow

Tornado Velvet Throw Pillow

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Chinchilla Pillow (not real!)

Chinchilla Pillow (not real!)

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Benito Pillow

Benito Pillow

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Purple Corner Scrolls

Purple Corner Scrolls

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Velvet Bergdorf

Velvet Bergdorf

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We still want to incorporate this Cuddler Chair from Z Gallerie with a throw (like the one that follows).

cuddler chair

Saffron Cable Knit Throw

saffron cable knit throw

We’ll definitely need lighting behind that cuddle chair and I think this light is right up our alley.

dexter floor lamp

In the picture, there’s a nifty yellow chair similar to this Valencia Club Chair in Butter.  I’m not sure if we’d actually have space for this chair but it’s possible. 

Valencia Club Chair, Butter

Where I get stuck is this… our floors are not that rich, warm wood tone like in our inspiration photo.  Instead, they’re a light cream color similar to this below:

cottage cream

Because the color is so similar to that of the bed, I want to use a darker rug to anchor the room.  I’m leaning towards grey.  If I choose grey, however, then what color do I paint the walls?  Do I use a light cream like the photo?  A light grey?  A grey-ish lavender?  I’m at a loss. 

Here are some rugs I’m considering:

Damask Grey Rug

Damask Grey Rug

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Calum Grey Rug

Calum Grey Rug

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Shag Grey Rug

Shag Grey Rug

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The Wild Grey Rug

The Wild Grey Rug

And last but certainly not least… I’m considering doing this ‘above the headboard’ treatment with a white sheer and some sort of sunburst mirror. 

above the bed treatment

What do you think?  I’d love your suggestions.

I’ve linked up to these great parties:

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UndertheTableandDreaming

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Window Shopping Wednesday – AlleyKids

I think people with computer graphic talent are so blessed.  I wish I had that gift.  I totally don’t.  Susan, the owner of the Etsy shop AlleyKids is one of those amazingly talented people.  Let’s check out some of her goodies shall we?

This weeks featured shop:  AlleyKids

I love this Forest Woodland Animal Art.  I think this would be adorable if you were doing a camp/cabin-in-the-woods themed room for a little boy.

Forest Woodland Nursery Art Animal Prints

Or, if you don’t have kids, there’s always this Deer Art Print that you could use for the Christmas season (yes please!).

Deer Art Print

This Alphabet I Love You Poster would be great for a kids room or, depending on the color you choose, just about anywhere in your house.

Alphabet I Love You Poster

This Jungle Animal Alphabet Poster is what led me to this shop in the first place.  It comes in a variety of colors and I just think it’s super cute.

Jungle Animal Alphabet Poster

I have absolutely no idea why, but this adorable Lion Print of just the lion’s bootie makes me smile.

Lion Print

All of these come in a variety of colors so if you’re not just loving the colors I’ve featured please don’t let that deter you.

Thanks for shopping with me today!

Window Shopping Wednesday – The Weed Patch Store

I’m not one who is much for what I call ‘the country look.’  This past weekend I was out shopping with a good friend and I noticed that she kept gravitating towards things that, in my book at least, would fall into that category.  To each their own.  Anyway, it got me thinking, and eventually, it got me perusing the internet.  I came across a website called The Weed Patch Store.  It’s a cute little store located Bothell, Washington.  They also sell their goods online.  They definitely have more than just ‘the country look’ available both online and in-store but if you’re into the country look, they definitely have you covered.

This weeks featured shop:  The Weed Patch Store

Their shop in Bothell, Washington

Although the Fourth of July is long gone this year we all know that it’ll come right back around sooner than we know it.  If you’re one who likes to decorate for each holiday/season or you are thinking of throwing a big 4th bash next year I think that these America Chairpad’s would be a great addition to your home.

This Baby Chick Apron & Mitt Set would make a super cute present to any little aspiring chef.

If you ever come to eat at my house you’ll probably notice that I wear an apron that my mom gave me that says ‘many have eaten here – few have died.’  I feel that hanging this Many Have Eaten Box Sign in my kitchen would just be so fitting.

These Bird Embroidered Waffle Weave Towels are just precious.  The fall colors are great for the impending cooler weather that (I hope) is right around the corner.

If you’re into owls (and come on, who isn’t these days?) then you’ll love the look of these sophisticated Owl Hurricane/Vases.  They come in three colors, but the Aubergine is my fave.

Don’t you think this Birdcage Lamp is super interesting?  What a statement piece!

If I had a big fancy covered porch in my backyard I would loooove to put this Willow Twig Electric Garland around the windows and doors.  How stunning would this be at night?!?!?

Thanks for window shopping with me today!  See ya next week!!!

Window Shopping Wednesday – Z Gallerie (art and mirrors)

So last week we looked at Z Gallerie’s furniture department and if you remember, we found lots of lovely goodies.  This week I thought we’d peruse the extensive art & mirror department of Z Gallerie.  You with me?

This weeks featured shop:  Z Gallerie (art and mirrors)

How could you not love this Love Eye Chart?  I mean, what girl wouldn’t love getting this as a gift from her hunny?  Guys if you’re in need of a gift for your girl, this is it!

I’m really into blues and teals right now and I think this piece entitled Dynamic 4 is just stunning.

I grew up with a love of horses.  It runs in the family actually.  All of the females on my dad’s side of the family are horse obsessed.  This amazing Winter Stallion giclee is just exquisite.

I think this little pair of paintings (Little Wren 1  and Little Wren 2) is just precious.  I’d love to have these for my office.

Speaking of pairs of prints, what do you think of this pair (Purple Dahlia 1  and Purple Dahlia 2)?  I love jewel tones so these really speak to me.  I think these would be amazing in a master bedroom or dining room.  They’re definitely statement pieces in my book.

I think this Conserve Water print is adorable.  I’d definitely put this in a guest bathroom.  Perhaps I love it because of my swimming background?  Who knows.  It’s super cute.

Talk about a statement piece!  This Sienna Mirror  would catch just about anyone’s eye.  Personally I’m of the opinion that if you’re going to look at your fantastic self in a mirror then the mirror should be just as fantastic as you are.  This piece totally rocks!  At an impressive 45” square (that’s nearly 4’ people!) I’d loooove to have this in a grand entry way.  Just stunning!

If you’re into the whole Greek Key design then this Mykonos Mirror is totally for you.  It’ll definitely draw you in visually but it’s not super feminine so it’d go well in just about any décor.

I loooooove this Montclair Mirror!  A mirror made to look like a window?  Heck yeah!  If you had a dark dining room with no windows I would line three of these beauties up in a row along one long wall – it’d lighten the space and give the illusion that the room is bigger than it actually is.

This Timber Mirror has a very masculine look to it but I still think it’s super sexy.  If I had a big walk in closet I’d definitely put this big boy in there.  Or if you had a room that you really needed to add some height to, you could definitely set this guy up!

Thanks for window shopping with me today!  What’s your favorite piece?

How to make a little somethin’ somethin’ with buttons…

Remember the other day when I mentioned that I was totally overwhelmed and frustrated because I wanted to craft but just didn’t have the time (among a lot of other things)?  Well, that same day in a fit of frustration I scrolled through my zillions of craft ideas that I keep on my computer, picked one, and went to Joann’s.

This is my inspiration photo:

Peggy, the amazing creator of this fabulous image, has other amazing letters available at her Etsy shop.

Here are some of my favorites:

I have a secret for you though… I have NO IDEA how to sew on a button.  Sad huh?  Fortunately since these little buttons don’t have to be functional in any way I didn’t need to know how to actually sew one on.

So, here’s what I picked up from Joann’s:

  • Pre-stretched canvas (8×10)
  • Fabric – I purchased 1/3 yard (you’ll need to adjust this depending on the size of your canvas)
  • Buttons – I chose red because they popped but you can choose whatever color you like best with your fabric, the buttons need to be in varying sizes (note: I also used some large matching beads because my letter had some really skinny parts and I couldn’t find buttons that small)
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery thread in a matching color (should match the color of your buttons)

Here’d what I needed from my stash at home:

  • Staple gun
  • Printed letter (using your computer and Microsoft Word size your paper to the size of your canvas, choose a font that you like and make it as large as possible, print)
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins

Instructions:

  1. Cut out your letter very carefully
  2. Pin your letter to your fabric
  3. Place embroidery hoop over fabric and letter.  You should have this… 
  4. Begin placing buttons however they look best to you – you’ll do this by threading your needle, tying a knot in the end, then bringing the thread up through the ‘bottom’ of the fabric, through one button hole, then down through another.  If there are four holes in your button, repeat this step.
  5. Keep repeating until your letter is covered with buttons
  6. To remove the paper letter – use small scissors and tweezers to cut and remove the pieces underneath the buttons.  Be very careful not to cut your thread or fabric.
    (note:  this is a very difficult way of doing this, if you want, instead of pinning your paper letter to your fabric you can use an erasable fabric marker to trace your letter onto your fabric.  However, please note that your creation will have to be washed in order to remove the ink.  You will need to adhere your buttons accordingly.)
  7. Once complete, carefully center your fabric onto your canvas (you can use some spray adhesive to keep it steady if you want).  Flip it over and use your staple gun to adhere the fabric to the back.  Make sure you’re stapling into the wooden frame.
  8. You’re done!  Admire your handiwork!

Here’s my finished product:

It has sort of a 4th of July feel to it doesn’t it?  I wasn’t actually going for that but it works out well considering Independence Day will be here sooner than we know it.  We actually don’t have any blue or red in our house so this’ll make for some fun holiday decoration for us.  I’m hoping to try this again in some different colors.

Now, my finished project in no way looks as amazing as Peggy’s finished products but then again, I’m not selling mine or giving it away as a gift to anyone.   I’m just glad I finally made something crafty.  Yay!

I’ve linked up to these great parties:

Bloom Designs, Skip to My Lou, and Chef in Training.

As well as…


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