September 29, 2011

DIY Cherry Blossom Branches

I pinned this idea on Pinterest a while back and finally got around to making it!
I went to a couple stores looking for branches and didn't find any so when our
backyard tree died, I took it's branches and used them for this project.
That's seeing the glass half full for ya! I turned a dead tree into an opportunity!
lo that rhymes!! Anywho here are my tissue paper cherry blossom branches...
I used an empty glass juice jug for my vase! I just love those glass jugs!
I have two of them! I got mine at whole foods, we drank all the juice
cleaned it off and took off the label using nail polish remover and here
it is all cleaned out..
I didn't add a ton of tissue paper flowers because I
didn't want it to over do it, I wanted a more simple look!
I also added a couple white ones...
and here it is on my dresser next to one of 
the prints I have on my shop... 
I love this! It was so easy to make and I didn't buy a single thing!
The jug I already had, the branches I took off the dead tree and
the tissue paper I had as well! All you need is a glue gun and there
is no right or wrong way to roll up your flowers, just play around cutting 
squares or triangles and once you have a good flower shape glue em on!
I love how the pink brings a bit of girliness to our bedroom! :)


September 27, 2011

Coat Closet Makeover

Finally I can post a reveal for a room in our home that is completely finished! It's a small room but it took some work to get it to what it looks like now!
I won a stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils back in June from Pamela's awesome blog PB&J Stories. I picked the pretty casablanca stencil and got it within a couple weeks and I've been wanting to use it but never had time to until my son started school! He only goes on tuesdays so his first day of school I took
advantage and I pulled out the stencil and the free quart of glidden paint I got in Goldenrod a while back and I tackled this project! Here are the before pictures. The closet was super messy and disorganized and pretty embarrassing opening it and all the junk spilling out! lol This is the view from the dinning room, it's very hard to get a full shot of this closet since it's in the hallway.....
Here is what the top and bottom sections of this 
closet looked like before the makeover..
and here is what the closet looks like
 now without the coats...
The stencil was super easy to use! I love the outcome! I was a little impatient waiting for the paint to dry on some parts so there are some messed up bits here and there but you cant tell and it's a closet so it doesn't matter! lol It was practice for the wall in the dinning room I plan to stencil one day! 
Here are more afters for you all to see...
Here is the cost breakdown for this room:
Stencil: FREE 
Paint: FREE
Shoe Rack: $12.99 at Target 
 Storage Boxes: $9.99 at IKEA (2 pack)
Wood Hangers: $5.97/ 3 packs of 5 at IKEA
Bottom Baskets: FREE (already had)

TOTAL= $28.95 

The shoe rack thing is supposed to have a bottom shelf but the shelf wouldn't fit because of the baseboard on the bottom so I removed it and added the baskets so there wouldn't be a weird gap on the bottom. So what do you think?  I wish you could all see this in person because the pictures just don't do it justice! I tried to get full shots but it's really hard since this coat closet is in the hallway and it's just very hard to photograph! Here are some before & afters together:

September 26, 2011

Skirt Turned Toddler Maxi Dress & Headband

First of all Thank You All for your wonderful comments and birthday wishes to
my Son Joshua in my previous post! I am glad it encouraged and touched your hearts
I think as followers of Christ it is important to share what he has done in our lives!
We must not keep things to ourselves but let others know how AWESOME he is and
the GREAT things he has done and is capable of doing in our lives!

This skirt was my sister's and she was selling it at a garage sale they had when moving.
As soon as I saw it I loved the fabric and thought it would make a cute dress for my 
daughter. So I took it! :) Here is the before pic of the skirt.
(Notice the bad quality of the before pic taken with my phone!
I have borrowed my sister's camera to take all the afters!)

And here is my little model wearing the dress and matching headband I made
for her. The dress was pretty simple to make especially since I didn't have to
hem it and it was already lined so it was super easy!
I measured my little model then I cut the skirt in half and sewed it up then at the top 
I added a button so It can fit her next summer as well! I made her a matching little 
headband with the leftover fabric and some elastic! I plan on making her more and
maybe posting a tutorial for ya'll! Would you be interested in a tutorial?
As cute as the headband is my princess HATES headbands! Actually she
hates anything on her head! lol She takes off ponytails, clips and anything else
I try to put on her! So before our shoot began we had a little "episode" lol
Here is a picture of the little meltdown we had while trying to put the headband 
on, she even wanted to take off the dress! 
After bribing her with candy Later on she calmed down and decided 
she wanted to wear the dress and headband and pose for me...
Oh yes those flowers are from our neighbor's backyard tree! lol
The tree is so big it's branches come out to our side and Sarah loves
flowers so she wanted to hold one in order for me to take pictures of her!
Yup she's a little Diva! ;)
Oh yes and in case you don't follow me via facebook
(which you should if you don't!) I got my new photshop
this weekend!! whoo hoo! So my etsy shop is up and running again!

September 22, 2011

My Son Joshua

I usually don't like to share too many personal things about myself or my family here 
on the blog but today is my son's 5th birthday and I am just so thankful for the five 
wonderful years God has given my son! I have learned so much through him and
 have seen many of God's great wonders in him ever since the day he was born. 
And I want to share my gratitude and my joyfulness for everything God has done:

Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
 Worship the LORD with gladness;
   come before him with joyful songs.
 Know that the LORD is God.
   It is he who made us, and we are his;
   we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
  Enter his gates with thanksgiving
   and his courts with praise;
   give thanks to him and praise his name.
 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
   his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Psalm 100

You see Joshua was born with a submucous cleft palate which is a type of cleft 
palate that is not visible because it is covered by the lining of the roof of the mouth.
The last thing you want to hear when you give birth is that there is something
wrong with your baby. I didn't understand why he was born with this and
I cried, I cried and I cry today just remembering the pain I felt when they told
me I couldn't breastfeed my child because he had a deformity and they brought
us (my husband and I) special bottles which we would need to feed our son.
I still remember that day, we found out the second day after trying and trying
to breastfeed unsuccessfully. The nurse put her finger in our son's mouth
and found what she had suspected but didn't tell us right away. She came back
with different looking bottles and as I sat there holding back tears we listened to her 
explain to us how to use them. She left and then we got visitors and I still
had to hold it in and then as our visitors were talking I burst out in tears. 
The next couple of weeks/months were hard trying to learn how to take care
 of a newborn baby as well as learning how to feed him correctly to make sure
 the milk wouldn't come up out of his nose (which is common for cleft babies).
When Joshua was about 5 months his palate muscles strengthened enough
for him to be able to use a normal bottle and I thank God for that! We were 
told he would end up needing surgery at one but because of certain
 circumstances he ended up having surgery January 2010 at three years old. 

"So do not fear, for I am with you; 
                           do not be dismayed, for I am your God. 
                               I will strengthen you and help you; 
                      I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10
He is such a brave little boy, he never cried, complained or whined
through the whole process! I am amazed and thankful for what God did
in Joshua! I know that God heard our prayers as well as all the people
praying for him and his surgery! It has been almost 2 years since his 
surgery and his speech has improved tremendously. He has been going
 to speech therapy and It is amazing to hear his wonderful little voice and
to hear his funny jokes clearly. He still has minor speech problems
but I am so thankful! I'm just thankful he is alive and well and it's 
something I couldn't say back when I gave birth to him. I thought
it was the end of the world then but his small problem was such a 
blessing in disguise! God is just AMAZING!!
I have learned so much through my son! I LOVE him so much!
I've learned that God has a purpose for each and everyone of us.
He is our creator and he has a reason for why he does what he does.
Many times I prayed wanting God to heal my son, for him not to get surgery!
Through a bible study session with our youth from church once I learned God's 
answer isn't necessarily always what we want. He ALWAYS answers our prayers
 but in his time or maybe his answer is simply no. God knows what is best for us. 

"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if 
we ask anything according to his will, he hears us." 
1 John 5:14

I know God has a purpose for Joshua, and I understand that now. I may not know
 exactly what it is but I trust God will fulfill it in him. I thank God for the beautiful 
lessons I have learned of patience and love through Joshua. I thank God for the five 
wonderful, amazing years that God has allowed us to share with Joshua. 
I pray that God will help me be a better mother to him so that God's purpose
will be fulfilled in Joshua and that he will ALWAYS remain in his ways.

I asked Joshua to say this verse this morning:
" I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; 
                    your works are wonderful, I know that full well." 
Psalm 139:14

Love, Mom


September 21, 2011

Simple Drawstring Skirt

I finally used my new sewing machine this week! I got a new sewing machine as 
a birthday present from my parents and my sister a couple weeks ago but I didn't
have a desk to set it on so I hadn't used it until I found a desk last week! I have 
been wanting to make a simple skirt for my little princess since I saw this post
 by Lindsay at Southern Lovely. She used Made's tutorial for a simple skirt. I love Made, 
I have actually been to this site before and now it's one of my favorite sewing blogs.
 I used this same tutorial to make this skirt except I cut the waistband elastic a bit short 
and the skirt ended up being too tight for Sarah so I thought I would make it into a 
drawstring skirt so she could even wear it next summer! I just cut a hole, took off the 
elastic and made a string from the same fabric the same way I made the ties for the 
polka dotted top I made a while back. So here is my little model modeling her new skirt...

and here is a full shot of her...
This was seriously very easy to sew! I can't wait to make
more for her! especially for next summer!

September 19, 2011

The Little Chair that Made then Ruined My Thrifty Day!

If you follow me via facebook you read that I went thrift store shopping last week.
I was specifically looking for a desk for the new sewing machine I got from
my parents and sister but I didn't find it that day but I posted this on my FB:
 I didn't find what I was looking for but I found a beautiful chair at a 
goodwill and it was priced $24.99 or so I thought. I never checked the back
and there it had about 5 stickers priced $12.99!! I didn't even see the stickers!
I guess I was super excited because I've been wanting a chair like this for my
 bedroom that I just grabbed it and paid for it! I seriously was having
 an awesome day until at night I brought in the chair from  my garage and
 as I was taking the price stickers off I found the $12.99 ones in the back
and my day was ruined! :/ I wanted to go back but the goodwill is pretty far
and I think I would waste more gas, energy and time trying to get some money
back rather than just let the evil lovely chair just sit in my room looking pretty.
Here is the guilty little chair..
It's so pretty, I couldn't stay mad at it! lol
It was kind of my fault anyways for not checking
all the price stickers. It has a snake print pattern 
and usually I don't like anything with snake skin and such
but this one is so subtle and pretty. 
My very first pillow now sits on this chair.
What do you think? Love it? Hate it?
Would you have bought this for $24.99?

I would love to show you all my bedroom but it is not 100% done as
almost every room in the house! ha! When we moved in, this room had nasty
carpet and ugly wall paper! We painted the room a sage green and 
then we got tired of it so about 3 years ago or so we changed the carpet
to laminate flooring and painted the room a light blue color.
I LOVE IT! It is so calm and clean! I think all that is left to do in this
room now is new lamps, paint the side tables & hang some frames!

Oh and guess what I found on CLEARANCE 
at Target last week?! The bedding I have been wanting!!
I have been wanting this bedding since I first saw it at Target but
it was over $100 and that is just way too much for me so I patiently 
waited for it to go on sale and then I found a bunch of them about 2 weeks
ago for $69 or so and I was about to buy they would mark them down even more
so I had a feeling one day last week that it was marked down (seriously I did!)
and so I went to Target and I found only TWO of them KING size (just what I needed)
for just $24.98!! I LOVE TARGET! :D
 I was so excited!! I can't wait to finish out master bedroom! :)


September 14, 2011

The Kiddos New Bookshelves

If you like me on Facebook you saw me post this pic on Sunday...

I found these goodies at Goodwill last week at $2.99 each. 
 I've been looking for some shelves like this for quite some time
after seeing these IKEA spice racks turned bookshelves on Pinterest...

I actually went to IKEA twice looking for these and they 
were always sold out! So when I found the ones in
Goodwill I grabbed them right away!
Here are the kids new bookshelves painted and hung...
The bookshelves are on the same wall as
the hat hanger I made. And here is my spiderman
reading in the new reading corner....
I love these little bookshelves!
I also organized the kids closet last week
and I will write a post about that soon!
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