Fit For a Prince

A really good friend of mine, V, is having a baby, and GUESS WHO the godmother is?!?!?

ME! That’s right, folks, someone thinks it’s a good idea to entrust me with their child and has essentially made me part of their family. AWESOME! 

The first order of business as a Godmother is to work out the baby shower,  etc…  When she told me she was pregnant,  I IMMEDIATELY started planning. Maybe I’m crazy, but I like to be prepared.  Initially,  I was into the Batman vs. Superman hype. I got caught up. And as the parent of a 6 year old superhero, that’s not hard to do. 

When we REALLY started planning, that idea fell away and the “Little Prince” theme was born! 

As the crafty friend, my job was to handle the details, and the cake. 

My natural first pick on the cake was Susie, aka The Florida Cake Lady, aka awesome owner and cake artist extraordinaire at Susie’s Scrumptious Sweets. You’ve NEVER had cake until you’ve had one of Susie’s masterpieces. What my friend wanted was a simple 2 layer cake in the satin blue, with gold accents. I’m a bit more go big or go home kinda gal, so I stuck with the idea and added a layer. Especially for a shower where 60+ people have RSVP’d.  So I went BIG and added candy and balloons for this masterpiece.

Isn’t it gorgeous? Yes, I know! This was an elegant affair. Gold draping from the ceiling, etc…. there was a “final draft” to the cake table, which I thought the professional photographer got, but we won’t go there. Anyway…..

For the idea of the pergola/canopy, you need awesome chairs. My immediate thought were these amazing chairs that V had in her backyard. Ok, amazing may be an over exaggeration. She told me I was crazy but said, “Ok, Martha Stewart, come on over and Mary Poppins these chairs that you think are so perfect”

I picked up these magnificent chairs, took them apart and got to work. Now…the chairs are fabric and wood. And I’m NOT a reupholstery expert, but I know paint. I’ve read many wow makeovers where paint has made such a difference in fabric furniture and knew this was the direction I was taking. 
First, 2 coats of white chalk paint to fade out any stains, discoloration,  and mostly that awful green color.

I spraypainted the wood in gold, then I was ready to apply the magnificent satin blue….which was rather appropriately named, “Flashy Sapphire”.

GLORIOUS! 

 I used regular latex paint, but sprayed the fabric with a 1 part fabric softener and 2 parts water mixture to keep it from getting STIFF. I also sanded between coats and finished it with a sealer. They feel like leather and I LOVE that the upholstery texture/design came through so well.

The thrones for mom and dad were DONE!
 Now for the odds, ends, and centerpieces. I had some leftover gold paint, giant bottles, and ideas aplenty. The day or 2 before the shower, looked like this:


Yes, those are all dollar store trinkets and lions (from amazon) spray painted gold.

The centerpieces were painted, ribboned and complete. My aunt made these awesome pacifier balloons to go everywhere and the party was HAD. Food was A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. and we all had a BLAST. (I just wish the photographer had been more competent and provided pics for me to show you how well it all came together, but again….we won’t go there). 

Maybe someone has pics I can grab to show you how FABULOUS it all turned out!

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The End Of The 80’s

After nearly 3 years, I’ve FINALLY decided to get rid of the last of our 80’s wallpaper and HIDEOUS vertical blinds.  They’ve done the trick, and blocked out the sun while providing lots of privacy, however, they NEED to go.  The fact that  my son hit them with an exercise ball and caused them to collapse, certainly helps. 🙂

What I started out with was….I don’t even know.  Just look….

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So….I realized I don’t have a picture of it without a Christmas tree in front of it. And for good reason. I mean…just LOOK!

Anyway, here’s the aftermath of it being knocked down.

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As you see, this room is bare. Hence why playing with a ball in the house to knock it down in the first place isn’t exactly “taboo”.

Anyway, I pulled it all down and began stripping the remainder of the wallpaper.

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The plan here is to paint just the “cove” area and put the curtains up for now. Then I’ll figure out a real plan for this room….maybe…

After roughly 2 coats of paint, here’s what I ended up with:

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I decided to paint over the metal in the middle of the windows as well.  The room is now so amazingly bright!

I found some basic Levan curtains at Ikea, and hung up 155″ inches of curtain. It took 6 panels to cover the window, but I’m pretty happy with the end result. I also left them a little long for now, since there is some flooring to take place and I don’t know how the length will look once complete.

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Now on to tackle the rest of the room….and the garden. 🙂

Chalk Paint Pass or Fail

I’ve been looking for a TV stand for a while now, and I wanted something with some COLOR.   I really like this one from Target:

Nice deep red TV stand, via Target

Thing is, it’s over $200 and NOT in the budget.  What I did find were a few lovelies from Craigslist and Offerup.  After taking many measurements, getting “already sold it” messages, and a bit of frustration, I found this gal for $20:

20151017_180150[1]Not exactly what I was looking for, but I saw the potential, AND it was $20.  I mean, that’s almost FREE.  Anyway, I also wanted to experiment with this chalk paint that everyone is raving about and if I messed up a $20 piece, no biggie!  I didn’t want to distress this piece in any way, but I wanted some texture and rich color, which chalkpaint seems to offer.

The prices on chalk paint, are pretty ridiculous, so I used a plaster of paris, water, and latex paint recipe that I found online and went to work.  What I got was this:

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BRIGHT pink, Super-Dee Duper PINK, Barbie Dreamhouse Pink, Pinker-than-any-panther-EVER pink….I text my good friend C with an, “OMG, WHAT HAVE I DONE” type text and then watched as it dried.  And BOY does this paint dry quickly.  It remained a deep fuchsia and I decided that maybe I should go darker, but left it overnight to see if there was some miracle that could save it and if not, I was going to just paint it black and move on(blah!).

The next morning, I awoke to this, and I could hear angels singing, birds chirping, etc….

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I gave it another coat to fill in the color changes and reviewed my options for sealing it.  Now, what I see of chalk paint is that it’s sealed using finishing wax, but that idea scares me.  I don’t want that waxy finish necessarily, and I don’t want to re-wax this every few months.  If I seal it with a polycrylic, then I don’t have to seal it again- ever.  ALSO, should I decide to repaint this ever again, I won’t have to strip the wax from it first.  With that said, polycrylic it is! And, voila!

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I added gray on the inside for some interest, but kept the shelves the same color as the unit

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ALL DONE(now to just fix those cables….and setup the speakers….and….whatever….)

I think this came out very well, I just wish it was bigger.  It’ll work for now and it was a great experimental project for $20.  Paint and supplies were an additional $8 since I had much of it already on hand.  That’s a FAR cry from the $200 unit at Target, so it’s like I saved $173!

I also learned a bit about chalk paint.  I like it. I like it A LOT.  I also learned that it’s a bit more absorbent than standard latex paint.  So it’ll go on over just about anything, but it may absorb any residue from below it.  There was a stain(oil of some sort) on the top of this unit that never quite went away even though I cleaned it before I started. It’s fine though, I think it gives it some character. 🙂

Moral of the story is: It’s just paint don’t panic.  And maybe chalk paint isn’t ideal for every project.(but it worked awesome for this one!!!)

Another Thrifty Find

Here’s another one to share. A recent thrifting excursion brought me to this:

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It doesn’t look like much, it’s just a basic rolling counter something-or-other that was likely used for someone’s kitchen once upon a time.

My son’s room needs organization, and it needs it NOW. He has this pretty cool car themed room, and I wanted this to fit the existing décor. After some(meaning A LOT) of sanding, painting, sanding again, and painting again, I came up with this:

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Once the WHOLE room is done, I’m definitely posting pics.

Inspiration & Messages From The Universe

Over the past few months I’ve been slowly making changes. I started working out, and simply choosing to make more of my time. Its been amazing.

I’ve a really good friend of mine that is also in need of inspiration and that extra PUSH. Together we’ve lamented over wine, and gimlets, and tacos, and…whatever else you can shove in your mouth and digest. Anyway….

The latest venture has been this intense mission to find her an antique desk to work with and convert her extra room into an office. Naturally I’m alllll for it! Ideally we’d find something and convert it into something like this:

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Beautiful creation i found on Pinterest.

The other day while perusing thrift stores on my lunch break(this is my relaxation hour), I came across IT. THE PERFECT DESK.

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Our eyes met, and it was love at first sight! I frantically sent my friend a text and proclaimed its perfectness for all of our perfectly planned Pinteresting!

I bought it right then and picked it up this morning.

Its amazing. Absolutely amazing.

I got it to her house and it seems that the mere sight of that desk was instant inspiration for us both. We cleaned and made space for it as her husband admired it, and pulled out all the drawers to make sure no one stashed a million dollars in it.(side note: this man is awesome. He met me at the thrift store and maneuvered this heavy desk into my lil SUV singlehandedly)

He didn’t find any lost millions, but what he did find was this:

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WHAT AN AMAZING MESSAGE!!!

Maybe its a little hokey or superstitious, but I think the universe’s intentions with us are VERY clear in light of the changes she and I both have for the  coming month.

Just makes you want to take a deep breathe and take in all that life has to offer.

Where Have I Been?

WOW!  So today after having a conversation with a friend, I went to my blog and took a peek.  Then, and only then, did I realize, it’s been 3 WHOLE years since I’ve written an entry.  And I miss it! I miss it like crazy!

So I’m back…maybe. 🙂

With that said, I’ve been living life! The recap…

Bought a house, got a dog, got a tattoo, kids are now 10 and 5, I craft, I build, I do things that make me happy.  It’s been 3 years full of love, loss, chaos, and awesome and I’m looking forward to sharing it with you again.

An old dresser that I found and refinished into something I love

An old dresser that I found and refinished into something I love

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$20 Craigslist Find into a Dresser that matches my daughter’s room

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My most comfy shoes, and showing off my tattoo that I got.

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A giraffe Valentine’s Day Box. The traditional hearts and love wasn’t it for my son, so we made a giraffe.

Cat In The Hat Project for Dr. Suess's Birthday

Cat In The Hat Project for Dr. Suess’s Birthday

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My son’s tool box dresser for his car themed room(another $20 find that I refinished)

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J & T on the first day of school this year. 5th and Kindergarten.

On the road again…..

For the past 2 months, I’ve been living it up!

I went on my much needed, long awaited trip with a few girlfriends of mine to VEGAS! I would tell you all about it, but as the old adage says, “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas…..”. So I’ll tell you about my current trip.

The babies and are are in NYC!!!!(and the crowd goes wild!)

We’ve been in 4 days so far, and we’re having a BLAST! The grandparents are doing all the spoiling, I’m getting a chance to really build a relationship with my little sister(who is now eye level with me at 15yrs old), and we’re having fun! This vacation wasn’t planned with big things in mind, just all the little things, which is really the biggest in my book: Family.

Since I’m not posting any pics yet, I’ll leave you with this gem, courtesy of my lil sis:

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