Thursday, October 21, 2010

Tassels and Fringe

What a week it has been!

My back gave out on me leaving me bedridden (Ovey!), I've been car-less (my car is getting a bumper replacement), Captain Rex (a Clone Trooper) has been running amuck in the house (where's my blaster?), and the laundry is piling up; HOWEVER, I did manage to squeeze in two mini projects. So let me share.

For starters, every time I walk into my home, the first thing I see is my sofa. When I see it, I also see this:

Ugh! I hate seeing this clutter. It bugs me. It's been bugging me. Oh, What to do? Well, I couldn't take it anymore. So I went and bought some velcro and two yards of tassel fringe online. It only took me five minutes to get this project done, but it looks waaay better. It now covers what I don't like flashing at me at every opening; it's a perfect disquise to my stashes.

Second, I created two tiebacks for my dining room curtains. I purchased two rhinestone charms at Michaels and two adorable key tassels on ebay. All I did was glue them together and added a ribbon to each of them. They look adorable. I like them so much, I'm thinking about creating two more for the room. In fact, I really like the key tassels so much, I think I'm going to add them to two more of my projects...hmm, maybe more.

That's all I could squeeze in, but I can't wait to share last week's fab finds...
or say future projects.... in the next day or two.

Until then, see you on Show & Tell Friday at Cindy's.


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

An "Awesome" Desk Chair

This year, Tristan decided that skateboards, console/computer games, Legos, and zombies/skeletons are cooler than Spiderman and all his other kiddie toys. As for Lance, he's just into Legos and Star Wars. Both Tristan and Lance now have very little interest in toys which I am secretly happy about. I don't mean that in a bad way, I mean it in a good way. I mean I just don't have to gripe about toys all over the house. This change finally means clearing out their room of all those kiddie toys and having a garage (toy) sale. It also means Tristan wants a "cool" looking room. So we are working together for that cool look he is seeking. And because both boys share a room, we have decided that black, silver, red, and blue will do for both of them.

My first project for the boy's room was this chair they needed for their desk.

It's an old collapsible chair I got from a friend's estate sale. I decided that this chair would be a perfect fit for the boy's desk than a computer task chair. So for two days, I sanded, primed, and painted it for that "cool" look. I also added a "cool" feature that my boys loved. I got an "awesome" response. I was so tickled pink! Here it is:

The skeleton feature is a wooden plaque I purchased at Michaels. The minute I saw it, I knew it was made for the chair. I'm not sure I will be adding anymore skeleton features in the bedroom, but I must admit this was a good idea. Plus, the boys loved it!

The next project in their room will most likely be their drabby wardrobe closet. Hmmm....

Until then, I'm off to another mini project.


See you at Show n Tell Friday at Cindy's>

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Halloween Crafts

So last week, the boys and I decided to do some Halloween crafts. I've never been a big fan of Halloween decorating, but this year I decided I'll try just a bit. Tiny steps.

The boys decided to create mini, black styrofoam spiders. The craft supplies included in this project were styrofoam balls, black spray paint, glue, black pipe cleaners, and wiggly eyes. All I did was spray painted the styrofoam balls black and cut the pipe cleaner to size. The rest was left for the boys. They glued on the eyes and attached the pipe cleaner legs to the styrofoam balls. This is what they created.

A very simple craft project that took us a total of 30 minutes. And they enjoyed it. This weekend, I'm going to hot glue them to my glass candy jar and hang them from my living room chandelier. I'll try to remember to post pics.

While they were creating spiders, I was in the backyard spray painting pumpkins and candeliers.

I saw these candeliers at Michaels and wanted them, but decided to hold off. I'm glad I did because I found them at Target for $2.50 each. Michaels wanted $4.99 each and they were black. I saved myself $5; HOWEVER, I did not like the color. So they rec'd a coat of black paint and voila!

Well, my spray painting didn't end there. I had two more things to spray paint. Check out these petit pumpkins.

I bought them at my local dollar store, Dollar Tree, for a buck each. Now, I've seen a lot of pink and creamy pumpkins floating around on many wonderful blogspots, so I decided I wanted some too. So I pulled out my handy dandy cream and pink spray paints and sprayed away. Here they are inside a glass cloche. Not so scary for Halloween, but hey, who said Halloween had to be creepy???

I'm not sure what other Halloween decor plans I might have, but this is just a start.

See you on Show & Tell Friday at Cindy's Romantic Home/

Until then,