Monday, January 31, 2011

Window Frame to Picture Frame

I got 3 of these bad boys for FREE!!! Someone left them behind my office building. Where they CRAZY?!?!?! I think so! I loaded them up into Black Betty {My truck} and took them home! I knew I could use them for something or another!

This weekend we redecorated our living room and dining room and I knew I could use some new wall decor! I took one of the windows and removed the screen with a knife.

Then I laid out some chicken wire and stapled it down.

Next I hung it up on my newly painted living room wall!

I used clothes pins to attach some black and white family photos!

{This is a photo of our downtown area in like 1920ish}

I love my new focal point! What do y'all think?

Friday, January 28, 2011

Sponsored By Scentsy and a Giveaway!!!

Brigitte with Scentsy! If you have never heard of scentsy let me give you the low down... it is pretty much the coolest thing since peanut butter and jelly!

Scentsy is a decorative warmer that melts scented wax from the heat of a light bulb! No flame necessary! Genius I tell you!!!

The warmers are so beautiful too! Check out these!

How about for the bathroom? They have mini warmers as well!

Let's not forget our littlest snuggelers too! They have scented bags that can be put into scentsy stuffed animals for kids! Check out Mollie the Monkey!

Scentsy has too many great scents to choose from! Some of my favorites are hazelnut latte, peligro, and lush gardenia! That is just the tip of the iceberg though! I L-O-V-E all of their scents! Go check her out and put in your order today! I PROMISE YOU WON'T BE DISAPPOINTED!

Let's make this fun... Since Brigitte is new to Scentsy and new to sponsoring 20Something let's help her out!You have from now until Sunday night at 10 PM Central to enter. 

How to Enter:
  • {Required} Place an order through Brigitte from now through Sunday ($10+) {Come back here and leave me a comment letting me know that you've done so.} 3 Points

Additional Entries:
  • Become a follower (or a subscriber via e-mail) of 20Something {Leave a comment letting me know} 1 Point
  • "Like" 20Something on Facebook {Leave another comment} 1 Point

 We will be giving away a $25 Scentsy gift card! Maybe a little something extra from my soon-to-be-opening shop?!?!?!?!

Winner will be announced Monday!!!

Want to become a sponsor? Send an e-mail to
 for details.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Mr. and Mrs. Pillows

Knock-off Time {Part 2}
I'm thinking that this week might just be knock-off week! Here is another knock off from Ballard Designs!
I saw these Mr and Mrs pillows and HAD to have them! Pshhhh I was NOT about to pay $59 bucks for these bad boys though! So... I made them!

First I cut my fabric down to size. Then I penciled on the letters.

After that I painted them on with brown paint.

Once the paint was dry I sewed up the pillow. Make sure to leave a hole to put in the stuffing.

 {told you I could use a sewing machine!}

And the finished product!

 Hindsight is 20/20 so I might make another set out of burlap more like the ones from Ballard. What do you think?

Monday, January 24, 2011

Message Board

Knock-Off Time!!!
I love getting Ballard Designs Catalogue in the mail! Such great inspiration in there!
Today we're going to make a message or picture board!

What you'll need:
  • Foam Board ($2)
  • Silver Push Pins ($1)
  • Fabric (I used Muslin but you could use any fabric, BD uses burlap)
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors

Step 1: Cut fabric 1 inch larger than the foam board you are using so there is room to wrap around the foam board.

Step 2: Use ample amounts of hot glue and press fabric to the back of the board. (Be sure to pull the fabric tight so it's smooth on the display side.)

Step 3: For a "hanger" I glued a string to the back. Just squeeze a glob of hot glue on the back of the board and lay the string into it. Add more hot glue to the top and hold it there until it dries! (About a minute)

Step 4: Push silver pins through the front of the board. Add pictures and hang! Now that I can change out the pictures I might keep my decorations a little longer! Ha like that will really happen!

My version $3 (I always have muslin on hand for projects!)
Ballard Designs version $49 - $79 depending on the size!

I would show you where I hung mine up but........ I don't want to spoil the bedroom reveal! We're still working on it! I promise to show you all as SOON as we get it done though!

In other news... PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Go read Shelly's post about comments! So many of you leave such sweet comments or questions that I would LOVE to respond to but can't! Go find out how to change it so that we can all talk and become BFF's!

Also... I GOT MY VERY FIRST ORDER TODAY! :-) Thanks soooo much Dannielle for being my first paying customer! I can't wait to get your family name sign done! I want to skip work and run to get my supplies RIGHT NOW! The signs are $25 a piece plus shipping. E-Mail me if you would like one!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Want kids?

I found this post over at Jennifer's blog Life, Crafts, Whatever and could not resist sharing! Have a good laugh! {Warning: Do NOT eat or drink anything while reading this!}

Thinking about having kids? Do this 11-Step Program first!

Lesson 1

1. Go to the grocery store.
2. Arrange to have your salary paid directly to their head office.
3. Go home.
4. Pick up the paper.
5. Read it for the last time.

Lesson 2
Before you finally go ahead and have children, find a couple who already are parents and berate them about their...
1. Methods of discipline.
2. Lack of patience.
3. Appallingly low tolerance levels.
4. Allowing their children to run wild.
5. Suggest ways in which they might improve their child's breastfeeding, sleep habits, toilet training, table manners, and overall behavior.
Enjoy it because it will be the last time in your life you will have all the answers.

Lesson 3

A really good way to discover how the nights might feel...
1. Get home from work and immediately begin walking around the living room from 5PM to 10PM carrying a wet bag weighing approximately 8-12 pounds, with a radio turned to static (or some other obnoxious sound) playing loudly. (Eat cold food with one hand for dinner)
2. At 10PM, put the bag gently down, set the alarm for midnight, and go to sleep.
3. Get up at 12 and walk around the living room again, with the bag, until 1AM.
4. Set the alarm for 3AM.
5. As you can't get back to sleep, get up at 2AM and make a drink and watch an infomercial.
6. Go to bed at 2:45AM.
7. Get up at 3AM when the alarm goes off.
8. Sing songs quietly in the dark until 4AM.
9. Get up. Make breakfast. Get ready for work and go to work (work hard and be productive)

Repeat steps 1-9 each night. Keep this up for 3-5 years. Look cheerful and together.

Lesson 4
Can you stand the mess children make? To find out...
1. Smear peanut butter onto the sofa and jam onto the curtains.
2. Hide a piece of raw chicken behind the stereo and leave it there all summer.
3. Stick your fingers in the flower bed.
4. Then rub them on the clean walls.
5. Take your favorite book, photo album, etc. Wreck it.
6. Spill milk on your new pillows. Cover the stains with crayons. How does that look?

Lesson 5
Dressing small children is not as easy as it seems.
1. Buy an octopus and a small bag made out of loose mesh.
2. Attempt to put the octopus into the bag so that none of the arms hang out.

Time allowed for this - all morning.

Lesson 6

Forget the BMW and buy a mini-van. And don't think that you can leave it out in the driveway spotless and shining. Family cars don't look like that.
1. Buy a chocolate ice cream cone and put it in the glove compartment.
Leave it there.
2. Get a dime. Stick it in the CD player.
3. Take a family size package of chocolate cookies. Mash them into the back seat. Sprinkle cheerios all over the floor, then smash them with your foot.
4. Run a garden rake along both sides of the car.

Lesson 7

Go to the local grocery store. Take with you the closest thing you can find to a pre-school child. (A full-grown goat is an excellent choice). If you intend to have more than one child, then definitely take more than one goat. Buy your week's groceries without letting the goats out of your sight. Pay for everything the goat eats or destroys. Until you can easily accomplish this, do not even contemplate having children.

Lesson 8
1. Hollow out a melon.
2. Make a small hole in the side.
3. Suspend it from the ceiling and swing it from side to side.
4. Now get a bowl of soggy Cheerios and attempt to spoon them into the swaying melon by pretending to be an airplane.
5. Continue until half the Cheerios are gone.
6. Tip half into your lap. The other half, just throw up in the air.

You are now ready to feed a nine- month-old baby.

Lesson 9

Learn the names of every character from Sesame Street , Barney, Disney, the Teletubbies, and Pokemon. Watch nothing else on TV but PBS, the Disney channel or Noggin for at least five years. (I know, you're thinking What's 'Noggin'?) Exactly the point.

Lesson 10

Make a recording of Fran Drescher saying 'mommy' repeatedly. (Important: no more than a four second delay between each 'mommy'; occasional crescendo to the level of a supersonic jet is required). Play this tape in your car everywhere you go for the next four years. You are now ready to take a long trip with a toddler.

Lesson 11
Start talking to an adult of your choice. Have someone else continually tug on your skirt hem, shirt- sleeve, or elbow while playing the 'mommy' tape made from Lesson 10 above. You are now ready to have a conversation with an adult while there is a child in the room.

This was toooo freakin' funny! G can NOT find out about this! I just got him to agree to a 4 door "daddy mobile" over a Trans Am. Oooooo I can't wait for children!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Feeling Overwhelmed

Do you ever feel overwhelmed? I sure do right now! I have so many great ideas running around in this head of mine that I don't know where to start! Here is my current list of "To-Do" projects...

Living Room
  • Make Curtains
  • Paint Wall
  • Paint Hutch
  • Paint Chair
  • Recover Chair
  • Hang new wall decor

Dining Room
  • Make Curtains
  • Make Tablecloth
  • Paint Wall
  • Hang Family Photo Wall
  • Change Light Fixture
  • Re-do Table

  • Paint
  • New Bedding (Make?!?!)
  • Make Curtains
  • Make new wall decor
  • Hang GIANT HEAVY mirror
{The colors above give hints to how I'm redecorating! Wink Wink! }

Okay so it may not look like a lot, and it may not be that hard to get it all done... but I work, and we've been busy lately. I don't really feel like doing much when I get home.  When I'm at work though I am constantly thinking of all of the things that I want to get done at home. I wish I could just take a week long hiatus to redecorate my house... If I did I wouldn't be able to fund my fabulous makeover though... It's a catch 22.

The other thing is where do I start?!?! With so much to do I don't know what to do first! I know to start in one room and work my way out but which room do I do first?!?! Have any of you ever decided to redecorate your entire house all at once? If so where did you start?

Monday, January 17, 2011

New Blog Design

Have you noticed the new blog design? I found a beautiful digital scrapbook pack at Sweet Shoppe Designs.
 This package is called Fly Free by designer Jenn Barrett.

She was kind enough to let me use this package for my blog! I love how it turned out! I enlisted the help of a FABULOUS blogger Paige from Simply Homemade by Paige to do all of the designing. She is such a hard worker! Without her I don't think I would have been able to get this fabulous makeover!

 In addition to Paige's wonderful blog she also has a really cute Etsy shop called Pink Lemonade! Go check out all of her goodies {I only wish I dressed as cute as her!} I just might go shopping in her store and pick up some of these!

 Maybe your blog needs a face lift? She can totally do that too!
Here is some of her other designs!

Thank you to both Jenn and Paige for the fabulous blog makeover!

Yo-Yo Picture Frame

Here's that cute picture frame I promised you all! It only took me about 30 minutes {including dry time} and $1! Wewhoo! I LOVE cheap quick crafts!

What you'll need:
  • Unfinished Wood Picture Frame
  • Craft Paint
  • Sponge Brush
  • Handful of Fabric Yo-Yo's
  • Hot-Glue Gun

Step 1:  Paint the picture frame. It took mine about 2 or 3 coats.
{How do you like that freezer bag drop cloth?!?!}

Step 2: Use hot glue to attach a handful of yo-yo's

Step 3: Stand back and admire your cute work!

Step 4: Insert Picture

Isn't my sister beautiful?!?! Okay it's really a picture of me and my mom, but she could totally pass for my sister don't ya think?

Friday, January 14, 2011


I had this really cute picture frame tutorial planned for today... but something happened that I want to share, so the picture frame can wait till Monday... This is a long post so bear with me...

Beginning is my One Little Word for 2011. {You can find out more about that here.} There are many reasons I chose that word for this year. There was ONE special reason that made me choose that word though. My Dad.

Like millions of people out there my parents are divorced. They divorced when I was young. I am COMPLETELY okay that the two of them decided to go their separate ways. I always say two parents that are separate and happy are way better than two parents who are together and miserable. My parents are the former.

My Mom is my rock. My best friend. My everything. She is such an amazing person. I look up to her in sooooo many ways. She is laid back and loves life {and everything that comes with it}.

My Dad saw too much of my Mom in me. So when they divorced my Dad and I BOTH butted heads. He and I are BOTH hard headed. We couldn't just agree to disagree. So eventually we quit talking. I went my way and he went his. Until recently...

On Christmas I got a card. It was from my Dad and Step-Mom. I haven't talked to him in 11 YEARS! The card was your generic Christmas card. But there was a note from each of them. My Dad wrote, "Think of you often and pray for you always. Love, Dad". My step-mom wrote about how she hoped that 2011 brought me good health and happiness and how she missed me and loved me.

My Dad lives a million miles away now. {Slight exaggeration} For Christmas he and my step-mom were in town though. At my aunt's house. I was already planning on going over there. Now I was DEFINITELY going.

So G and I went on our merry way to my aunt's. When we got there we said our hello's and everyone sat down and ate. After supper we exchanged gifts and were all talking and laughing. But there was a dark cloud in the room that nobody wanted to talk about...

My aunt and I decided that we had to get everyone relaxed and talking. So we played a game. I didn't want picking teams to be awkward so I made everyone draw cards. Even numbers were on one team odd on the other. As fate would have it G, Our buddy May, My Step-Mom, Dad and I were on a team. Everyone else was on the other. Fate is a crazy thing.

After about one round of the game everyone was laughing and joking. Having a great time! It was working! I was running around being my usual crazy self when I hear my step-mom say to my Dad, "Man she's got a lot of energy!" It hit me. Like a TON of bricks. They don't know me anymore. They don't know my husband, how we met, what I do for a living, they don't even know what kind of car I drive.

What's really crazy is that a lot of the things that drew me and G to each other were things that I got from my Dad. My AWESOME taste in music and cars. {Classic Muscle Cars!!! Oooooo 1969 Chevelle you will be mine one day!}

When we got ready to leave and we all said our goodbye's. By the end of the night I was calling him Dad and I actually gave him a hug bye. That brought me to tears.

After I got back home I sent him a card, along with the money that was in the card he had given on Christmas. I told him that his card meant more to me than any amount of money ever would.  I told him that I would like to get to know each other again. We have both changed so much over the years that I would like to get to know him. I told him that I know we have both made our mistakes towards our relationship but that I don't want to rehash the past. There is nothing either of us can do to change what has already been done. All we can do is move forward.

I didn't hear from him for awhile. I got worried. I was worried that I had upset him by sending back the money, or that he wasn't ready to talk yet... I was worried about so many things.

But today I got a wake-up call. Not the hypothetical kind. The real kind. Guess who it was from? That's right. My Dad. He called to tell me that he got my card and was surprised. He called and told me that he is ready to start over. To BEGIN a relationship. I could not be any happier than I am today.

 I'm ready for my first beginning of 2011. I'm ready to begin a real relationship with my Dad. Every girl needs her Dad. {Weather it be your biological father, adopted father, step-father, or a father figure} Every girl needs one. I'm so happy to finally be getting mine back.

Thanks for listening.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Lamp Re-do!

Since I'm sure you are all tired of seeing me organize day after day here is a little craft that I did!

We're in the process of painting and redecorating our living room and the black hanging lamps just didn't go anymore. {Neither does the wall of licence plates in the background but those are coming down soon! :-) }

So I sawped it out for a white one and added some twine around the bottom. I just hot glued it on there every couple of wraps.

Cute but it was lacking something... So I added some rosettes! I followed the same method as I did for my ornaments but instead of using the wood circles as the backing I used the lamp shade.

Much nicer! I love how it turned out! An added bonus was that this little project cost me NOTHING but about 10 minutes of my time! I love freebie projects!

What do y'all think?

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Organizing: Day 6

It's day 6 by my schedule anyway!
 My drawers were pretty organized already...

Tank tops


Swim suits

Remember these?

Now we have...

G's side is still not up to "my" standards but it's a heck of a lot better than before!

Today on A Bowl Full of Lemons is kids toys... Well we don't have kids so here is my craft hutch! (AKA my toys!)

Pretty dang organized if I don't say so myself! Now on to tackle the master closet!

Okay and I'm not gonna lie... I'm pretty tired of posting about my daily progress of organizing! Not that I don't like getting organized BUT I'm ready to get back to crafting! Sooooooo let me finish up some projects over the next day or so and I'll show you those! You must all be tired of organizing by now! Sorry! :-)

Thank for sticking with me and WELCOME to all of my newest followers!
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