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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Chevron Tray

This went from 
TRASH to TREASURE and then back to TRASH!

Found this very plain wooden base/iron holder
tray at the thrift store...I think it was $2
 I unscrewed the wood...primed it, sprayed it white...
taped off my first chevron pattern ever with paper & blue tape...
and then sprayed it blue...
removed tape and sprayed with clear coat! 
I knew I wanted to distress a tad and glaze...
it turned out WAY different than I imagined though...
but I went with it, because I'm lazy like that!
 It might get a red border or something someday...
but not today!


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Super Mario Brothers Party!!!

"Best Birthday Party Ever!" said Ryan...
We did have a fantabulous party!
Dan turned 9 last week, and has never really had a "friend"
birthday I insisted this year!
I think I got more into it than he did...

We did the Super Mario Brothers theme!
(loosely based on Mario Bros. 3 for those of you like me)

We had 16 kids come...
They had to go through the obstacle course in
order to earn their Mario mustache...
World 1: Grass Land
Hop across 4 blocks...while carrying a padded sword
World 2: Desert Land
Use padded sword to hit the angry sun...
World 3: Ocean land
Use a rubber band gun and hit target of King Koopa
Then use the "warp zone" to get to world 4!
They carried a balloon through the slip n slide to use in big land.
World 4: Big Land
They popped the balloon they carried on this chair...
World 5: Sky world
They got a straw and a cotton ball and had to blow
the cotton ball across the tramp...
World 6: Ice Land
Reach into the bucket of ice cubes and pull
out a marble to use in Pipe Land!
World 7: Pipe Land
Race the marble through the track...
World 8: Fire Land
Back at Fire Land they roasted hot dogs and
marshmellos for lunch!
They were awarded with mustaches!
Even the girls loved this part!

Testimonial story:
When we were setting up for the party, it was slightly 
breezy and we worried that the party wouldn't be as fun.  
Hailee asked if we could say a prayer.  We did.  
We took the table cloths off the tables...
so they didn't keep blowing around...
kids don't care anyway.  And we had a terrific party.  
After the kids began to leave the wind picked up and it was very windy.  
When we got all the games and festivities cleared up it started raining.
The Lord loves his children, even to allow them a
couple nice hours for a Mario Brothers birthday party!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Poor Air Quality...

So last Thursday was a "poor air quality" day...
We were "advised" to limit driving, travel less...ect.
Since I am so eco conscious,
I stayed home all day and painted.
Yes.  I used 7 cans of spray paint.
It just feels good to do my part for the environment!
 Sneak peeks of things to come!!!
{and some touch-up on the blue nightstand...
long story involving my 2 year old}


Sunday, June 26, 2011

Clip Organization!

Bobby pins, clippies, hair elastics...
always a mess!
I got these jars 
{3 for $1 at the thrift store, but Ikea sells them too}
I hot glued a piece of twill tape on them like a loop...
and clipped on the beautiful crocheted flower
hair clips that my s-i-l made!
Then we can still use the clip, and the jars are stinkin cute!
Bwah ha ha!  take that messy bathroom!!!


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Wood burning stove!

I have wanted to do this project for a long time now!
What an eye sore!
Our wood burning stove...before,
and apparently with a charred cat inside...

Still spotchy and pitted, but ready for a summer
of late night fires and smores!


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

For my dad...

If you know me...or my dad...or my brothers...
and maybe Janell...
(and perhaps some in-laws that were forced to watch)
you know we love Dr. Who!
I mean, really love. (possibly only 'true love' with the tenth doctor)
We have watched episodes from every single doctor, 
and this series has been ongoing for 47 years!
and I'm only 30, so I grew up on this British Sci-Fi!
hardcore fans, mkay!
So if you know ANYTHING about Dr. Who, you know the Tardis...
The big blue box that is bigger on the inside...
With this backstory, here is my Father's day gift!
Start with an awesome stencil of the Tardis...
throw it into Silhouette studio and "open the trace window"
Click and drag over your image and it should trace with red "cut" lines...
I added the words:
It's bigger on the inside

Then I cut vinyl, removed the positive space so 
I could just use it as a stencil.

Rolled it smooth onto my plank

Sponged it in BLUE paint

Removed the vinyl.

Distressed it just a tad and added a hint of glaze...
He loved it!
As do I, I must make another one for me!

Linked to parties

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day Tie Skirt!

Happy Father's Day!
Here's a tutorial on my favorite 'father inspired' skirt!

Start with a pile of ties!
(ties can get pricey--even second hand, so find donations!)

I knew how long I wanted my finished skirt to be, 
so I cut my ties all 2 inches longer than the desired length.

I didn't cut the layers or anything...just sew them together!
I used 32 ties to get around my waist...
it just depends on the width of the tie...
as they vary quite a bit I found!

This makes a thick skirt!  But I love it!
for my skirt I put in an invisible zipper, trimmed off excess ties, 
and then edged it with double fold bias tape!  
Easy, & no one sees the waist band!
For my daughters, I used 3 inch elastic & sewed it right to the ties!

Ta da!

I've never received so many compliments on a 
single piece of clothing as this tie skirt gets!

Most popular line from the men: "hey, can I borrow a tie?"

Thanks for looking!

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