Thursday, December 27, 2012

Niche Happiness

Wow...We survived Christmas (hosting and all!).  Christmas is always tons of fun, but after all is said and done I feel like I need to sleep for a  Just before Christmas I finished a fun project that I have been dying to share.

I have fallen in love with color!  The house is slowly changing one room at a time and I am so happy with the changes:-)

One of my biggest scariest areas is in the "formal" living room (I hate calling it that...there is nothing formal about our!).  There is this giant niche on one wall that is just crazy.  Most of the time I honestly wish the wall were just a plain old wall.

Here is a peek of the niche before I got down and dirty with paint and projects.

Don't you just love the side tables I found at a local antique mall?  Just perfect for my new room...unfortunately in this picture it is completely out of place.

To get things started I decided on paint colors.  I have already changed my hallway and office to a gray color and this is exactly where the rest of the house is going.

The colors - Benjamin Moore Moonshine and Dragonfly in Matte Finish.

For some reason I only have one before picture and no during shots...oops.

I did get a picture of the niche before everything was put in.

I cut out pieces of paper in the shapes of the goodies I wanted to hang.  This way I could move them around to see how I liked it best.  Notice my cool cabinet door wall art?  You can see how I did that here: cabinet door wall art.  I didn't get to finish the edging along the ceiling yet...oh man!

In the end it turned out fun...

You can see I haven't finished painting or doing the window treatments, but the niche is done...score!


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Gift Card Holder

Wow...this month his flying by!:-)

I saw a cool accordion card on pinterest and my head started spinning (especially since I am responsible for my second grader's class gift this year!)
The only thing I changed was the paper and design of each page.  Not quite as awesome as the one from pinterest, but still I love how it turned out!:-)

I had so much fun with this project!  Being room mom can actually be quite fun!  I guess I can only say this since I love to scrapbook and decided to use this to my advantage with the class gift.  After collecting money I purchased gift cards in each of these categories:

That way they would fit into this awesome accordion card!

The top page is a darling quote I found online.

The next page is for "dinner".  Each page has a pocket I created to hold the gift cards.

Who doesn't love books?!

On the last page I listed all of the names of those who contributed:-)  So. Much. Fun.
Have you had fun making anything for a teacher recently?

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Ribbon Wreath

All the amazing wreaths I kept seeing on Pinterest had my head spinning...which one to make?  I decided on the coffee filter wreath.  It couldn't be that hard right?  Yes...a complete pain!  It was a no go along with the marshmallow wreath I hoo...what to do?

Here is what I came up with!

After making the first one I wasn't sure I could do it again, but I was putting them on kitchen cabinets so I needed a matching one on the other side...oh boy!

It started with some playing around after my first two attempts failed.  I started wrapping the ribbon and realized I really liked it.

Once it was wrapped I hot glued the back and it held nicely.  Next I placed the command hook on the interior of the cabinet door (of course this little amazing trick came from pinterest too) and attached the second ribbon.

I tied the blue and green ribbon around the wreath to hang it from the door.

Once it was hung, I made two bows from the same blue and green ribbon and attached them to the wreath using a hot glue gun.

The final step was to attach the word "peace" to the center with more ribbon (it is just tied to the back of the wreath).

The other wreath says "hope".  I placed them in the kitchen on two of the cabinets.

So cool!  I made my own wreaths (yes, that is very exciting to me...weird I!)!  What do you think?  Kinda whimsical, but I love how colorful they turned out!  Has anyone made their own wreath this holiday season?