Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Easter Dress Turned Photo Mat!

Hello! I am still alive I promise, just been really REALLY busy, and needed a break from my rocking horse redo. 

So have you ever had an outfit that your child has worn that you fell in love with? Of course you have! And then guess what happens, THEY OUTGROW IT! I fell in love with my daughters Easter Dress right off the bat! It was supposed to be a Christmas dress so it was on clearance for 4 bux!!!! I love thee Target…

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Look at that great fabric! So after Easter I started brainstorming ideas and came up with this! I would turn it into a mat for one of her photos! Lucky me I had this frame that I scored last year for 2 bux!frameb4edit

It had a Patina greenish color to it though, so I rubbed some antique glaze over top and love how it came out. I then took out the old picture broke the glass (I replaced it by buying another cheap frame….)  And purchased a mat for under 2 dollars. You then wrap the new mat like you would a gift and attach with spray adhesive!


See the slight difference in color of the frame? (If you need any more direction on adhering the fabric let me know). Make sure you iron the fabric first it makes a huge difference.





I had just shot her second birthday pictures so I had this blown up. (I ordered my print from Wal-mart, they actually use a very hi quality printer, I use to work at a portrait studio and it is the same one we used there!)



So what do you think???  I am in love, and now will have the dress forever!!! So do you have any old clothing you’d like to preserve?

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Rockin’ Redo (Day 3, 75% done!)

Hey! I am SOOO EXCITED to show you these next pics… We are 75% done! Well I think actually more than 75% but I don’t want to say that and jinx myself… Let’s take a quick recap…

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Okay and are you ready for how he looks now?



HELLO!!! I am soo excited (why else would I be posting at 1am ;^)… I can’t wait for the hubby to wake up and see him!!!


I found new eye balls for .99 cents, what a steal… And the fabric looks pink here but it is burgundy, I was able to splurge because I only needed a quarter of a yard (and have some left over) so I went for durable beautiful fabric that was $17.99 a yard, the piece I needed was under 5 bux though! And you can’t see them well here but I added adorable buttons to the reins.

There is also a shimmer to it, I sprayed it with some type of enamel to make it more durable and to give it a girly glow ;^) (Please if you use this spray it outdoors… I am an idiot I know!)


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Brads for the reins (to hide the staples)

A “V” for my daughters name to embroider the saddle :^)

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I am so nervous to do the hair, this is the most intimidating part to me, I like the mop look but am not sure if you use an actual mop? I have e-mailed a “rocking horse expert” in England, so hopefully she gets back to me ASAP with some great ideas!!!!

Hope you like it so far, I am jumping for joy! I hope to have it done by the end of the weekend or Monday night!!!!

What do you think so far??? <3

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Rocking Horse Redo (Day 2)

Well, time to show you how we are doing on the rocking horse I am redoing for my daughters 2nd Birthday! If you missed day one you can see it here.

This afternoon while Veda was sleeping I stained the base of the horse in Antique Walnut (the same stain used on my coffee table). Don’t worry I did it outside these are the after pics ;^).


(That would be Loki sticking her face in the shot)

I used two coats of stain here.


After that I had to prime the body of the horse,


And let me just tell you, I am a SUCKER for bargains, so I grabbed a bag of sponge brushes from the dollar store… That was a big no-no they were horrible, I went through the entire big bag. On the other hand, I bought a bristle brush from there which I used on the stain portion and it was amazing, so live and learn!

Next was the first coat of Creamy White by Behr, (which was left over from a previous project)


Ahhh! I am SO EXCITED! It is really coming along! I think one more coat (at least) of creamy white then onto accessorizing! As you can see I still need to get those little wood plugs to replace the ones that fell off with age. But I will paint those separate and glue them on.

SO HERE IS THE QUESTION: What color for the mane? I was thinking a deep red for the saddle but that could change, I need YOUR help!

Thanks!!! Hopefully I will be working on it more tomorrow but it all depends on Veda’s nap time ;^)

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Rocking Horse Redo (Day 1)


Alrighty! I have started my Rocking Horse Redo!

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I found this at a thrift shop when I was about eight months pregnant. I can’t remember the exact price but it was UNDER TEN DOLLARS!!!! Can you believe it? I figured they’d want at least thirty and I just asked about it on a whim… Needless to say, MINE!!!!

I put off refinishing him for a while because I was busy re-doing our house, but my daughters 2nd birthday is May 22nd, so I figured this would make a great present!!!

Step 1 was to sand him down and strip him, here you go, beware he is naked!

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I am amazed at how beautiful the wood is underneath!!!! Here are all of the tools I used and all of his parts:

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He is almost all the way sanded, but I ran out of sand paper, so this is it for today.


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You can see his little eye balls laying there, I was unsure if I was going to replace them, but I sanded over them on accident so I had no choice.


As far as the finish, I was surprised at the beautiful wood grain, so stain seemed like a good option, on the other hand when I think of a little girls rocking horse I think of a pretty cream color. So here is my solution:


The bottom of the stand will be stained, and the horse will be cream! Perfect! I will also more than likely stain the handles to bring some of the base color up. And look at the red seat! How fab!!!! Obviously my horse is of a more basic design, but great inspiration!

Stay tuned! Next I need to touch up on the sanding, put some wood filler in and tighten him up! Then onto painting/staining!!!

Everyone cross your fingers that this keeps on going well, I think my daughter will love it!!! <3

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Coffee Table Spruce Up!

I figured it was time to introduce you to one of my fav pieces. It does not look like much, but for whatever reason this big chunky old table caught my eye.


The price tag at the garage sale set my love in cement. EIGHT DOLLARS! WHAT? *sigh* it is love ;^)

This table had layer after layer after layer of shellac on it. (enter hubby and electric sander)

So after sanding and SANDING and sanding We were ready to stain. We used Minwax Polyshades (stain and polyurethane in one) Hello! One step? Even better! The color is Antique Walnut Gloss and to achieve the richness we wanted we used two coats.


Oh simple sturdy coffee table I LOVE you! It looks perfect with the first piece of furniture my husband and I ever bought, our Big Red Couch!


And look at these adorable flower arrangements I made (we are having a fundraising party tomorrow for March of Dimes March for Babies). They are half live/half fake (enter Dollar Tree), in simple mason jars.


So I hope you like my simple sturdy old and loveable table as much as I do! Remember, when you’re out, if you see something you like, squint a bit, think a bit, create a bit, and get ready for a piece of furniture you will love all the more because you helped create it!!! <3


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Entryway Art

So after a very stressful week (longgg story) I figured I’d take a break from cursed, YES CURSED, window treatments and work on something simple and adorable!

My grams had this key in her house a longggg time ago and I fell in love with it in High School. I was going through some old things at my mom’s and found it again,


I wanted to make it into entry way art, so even though the gold was okay I needed it to match my laundry room (light green walls/white trim/ black and white accessories). Our laundry room is also the “mudroom” at the back of our house. I found this cute sign at the Christmas Tree Shoppe,


Okay so the sign has a few bubbles on it, but it was only 2 bux!!! So we will call it “aged”…. I painted the key black and as you can see in the above picture I hung the sign from the key with ribbon.

(When hanging something with ribbon,I always “mock” hang it, by that I mean actually nail the pieces up separate and make it look like the ribbon is holding it.Otherwise the ribbon will stretch and not hang correctly).

So here it is!


I am in LOVE! And what a great reminder. Those are words we should all live by, so seeing it every day should be a great reality check!

(P.S. please ignore the hole in the wall, it is from the art that was there before ;^)….

And so you know I have been garbage picking! <3 lol, meaning my project list is growing HUGE! After this stressful week is over I will be starting something a bit bigger… Rocking horse, or “timeout” chair, or bakers rack….hmmm?

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

A Shout Out to Mad Skills Monday!

Hey! You may notice a new button on the side of my blog! The creators over at SuperStinkyBoys host a Mad Skills Monday, this is a great place to post the projects you’ve been working hard on all week and meet other crafty women such as yourself!

SuperStinkyBoys states that it is “a Support Blog for Mom’s of Boys”, but it is so much more! I have a little girl and follow this blog, so don’t let the title fool you!

Even if you don’t have any little ones their crafts and creations will inspire you to create something for family or friends!

So pop on over and check them out! Tell them InnovativeMom sent you!!!


Monday, April 12, 2010

Chandelier Complete (light bulbs and all ;^)

Alright! Well today I went and purchased the CORRECT size light bulbs, so here is a final view of the chandelier…

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I have to say I am totally in love, and it looks 100x better in person! I wasn’t sure at first, normally change doesn’t bother me, I welcome it, but going from a huge box light to this was a big change. But while sitting at the dinning room table coloring with my daughter and looking into the kitchen we fell in love 100% ;^)

You can see a sneak peak of my window treatments I am working on in the background. The valence I did a while back (I will have to post about it) but the kitchen looked naked and needed something extra…. So I stole some sheers off of another window and was playing around.

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Now this is just a ROUGH idea, but I was playing with shapes, I like the right much better… SO tonight I will be busy working on that until the wee hours!!! Can’t wait until it is done it will make such a difference! You all will be the first to see!!!


Sunday, April 11, 2010

Chandelier Reveal, (Almost There)

Remember this?


Well he has been brought back to his former glory, (with a little extra flair ;^).

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(Do you see what I ran out of? Besides Patience LIGHTBULBS! Hello, I of course bought the wrong size;^). This reveal brought on another surprise, can you see it? Look hard, a HUGE splotch on my ceiling where my fluorescent light box was, one project always reveals at least two more!

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I first primed it with rustoleum, and this time used a colored primer, and now am IN LOVE with that product! It COVERED AMAZINGLY! I then sprayed it with the Anodized Bronze, but it looked very gray, so for the final touch I lightly swept on gold spray paint and then wiped it with a wet cloth. I <3 it!!!

I tried to wash up the white cylindrical thingies that go under the bulb, but they were yellowed from age, so I figured I would have to get more and just for the heck of it I sprayed them gold. What do you think? To much gold? I thought so at first but it’s kinda growing on me? I need a second opinion.

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And of course I am the MESSIEST spray painter in the world…..

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This will not come off… I could have worn gloves but this is my badge of honor, my “I am a DIY girl hand” or at least that’s what I am telling myself when people at the grocery store give me an odd look ;^).

So what do you think of the transformation? And the color on the cylindrical thingies (I should really find out their real name). I will post more pics when I have day light (and more light bulbs) but I literally just finished and wanted to show you!


(oh and everyone say a prayer that this thing will STAY UP! you never know…. *fingers crossed*).


Thursday, April 8, 2010

Kitchen Chandelier *Sneak Peak*

As a much needed break from reviewing journal articles and writing lesson plans (ah the joys of earning a bachelors degree) I am going to let you in on my current project!!!



You see that beauty? Okay, well maybe diamond in the rough would be a better term ;^) My mom had him just hanging out in her garage, and didn’t even tell me! Tisk tisk mom…

I am going to put him in my kitchen over my island! Want to see what he is replacing? Are you sure you can take it?



I know I know, it’s okay you can stop screaming now. It’s what I so lovingly refer to as our department store lighting ;^) lol. Hideous and although it is bright it gives everything a slightly yellow tint *gag* sorry, got a little choked up there.

Well if you can see that little flush mount ceiling light in the background of the above picture, I am painting this new chandelier that same color.

spraypaintedit And guess what? Mom had this in her garage to… She’s been holding out on me! Normally I would have had this project done by now, but can you guess? RAIN RAIN RAIN… And spray painting in the house is not a good idea, yes I will admit to trying it once upon a time :^)…


QUESTION FOR YOU, take a look at the chandelier again in the first picture please, would you paint the white cylindrical things that go under the light bulb? The sleeves I guess you could call them? I don’t think I want them to be white? Help please :^) And hopefully in a couple days this beast will be a beauty! <3