Monday, April 13, 2015

From Shabby to Chic

Have you ever found a piece and thought, "I bet I could really transform this piece."  Well, that is what I thought about this little cabinet.  It was thrown into the bin at the Goodwill Outlet.  It literally weighed almost nothing!  So, it was super cheap since at the outlet you pay per pound.



Apples and green just aren't my style.  This piece needed a little shabby chic transformation.  Of course, chalk paint was called for since the surface was pretty slick.  I first used Provence which proved to be a little too bright.  I decided to tone it down with a little Martha Stewart Milk Pail.

The apple cut out had to go on the door.  Out came my handy dandy Dremel.  Now for a little Rachel Ashwell touch.  I salvaged some material off a bed skirt I had stowed away for just such an occasion.  I attached the fabric to the inside of the cabinet door with hot glue and trimmed it out with a little bit of ribbon.  I think it really makes the cabinet!  So feminine and delicate!





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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Slipping on something new

I decided I would blow the dust off the keyboard and surprise y'all.  There is no excuse for my absence.  No reason whatsoever, just living life.  I have continued being inspired by others posts.  I have worked on plenty of my own projects.

Today, I thought I would share how I dressed up my mannequin for my booth.  Every girl likes to slip on something new! I guess I should back up and show you my mannequin that I did up for an event around Christmas.

I started by making a hoop skirt for her.


Then came the layers.  First, I wrapped a fitted sheet around the hoop skirt.  Next came wiring on different Christmas tree branches.  Then wrapped my $1 red tablecloth find.


As you can tell, she isn't quite there yet.  I grabbed just a tad bit of cheap green shear material to add.  Cinched in the waist with a little bling.  The finishing touch all ladies need pearls!



I fell in love with this.  I had to display her in my bedroom during Christmas.  When it was time to take down Christmas, I knew I just had to keep dressing her.  As many of you know, pinterest is wonderful and dangerous.  I found so many ideas.  I decided I wanted to sit her on a bookshelf and make it seem as if everything was peeking out from under her skirt.  This is what I was able to create.


I think it would have been a bit better if I would have been able to hoop it out to create the look I want but with limited space and time, this was what I have come up with.  I wonder what I can come up with next!

Love to hear what you think! 


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Rainbow princess

I don't know about you, but I find throwing a kid's birthday party to be a tad stressful.  It seems the times of having just a cake and ice cream are outdated.  Really, how did our mothers do it without pinterest!  It is crazy just how the times have changed since I was young.  Oh, the pressure to produce a wonderful memory.  Okay, perhaps I am putting the pressure on myself.

My now 8 year old daughter wanted a party.  After my son stated that she couldn't because he didn't get one when he turned 8, I caved.  Am I a bad mom?  

For those of you with a fickle child, you know how much hair one can pull out as your 'precious' child changes her mind every five minutes.  The bad thing is that my daughter knows how to hop on pinterest to look for 'party ideas.'  What a can of worms!

After going through a million ideas, our theme finalized to princess with rainbow colors.  During my daughter's research, she found quite a few pricey dresses.  After much discussion, we compromised.  I was to make a no-sew rainbow tutu with some sort of matching shirt.  Of course, all the girls needed a tutu.  Oh yes, crowns too.  

Are you ready to see some of the decorations?


Gotta say, the ceiling idea looked so good on pinterest.  In reality, it was a pain in my rear but I think I pulled it off.


I don't know if you remember the lemonade stand I made or not.  This was a perfect occasion to drag it out of the garage.


I think I was up to my elbows in tulle the whole time I was making the tutus.  I decided to use them as a pop of color while we glamified the girls with makeup, glitter, fingernail polish, and crowns.


I had made lace crowns for the girls.  



After the girls got their beauty treatments, we played pin the horn on the unicorn.  I taped two pieces of cardboard together, sketched and painted the unicorn.


We played a couple of games but the big hit was karaoke.  I loved watching them.  It was a riot!  Unfortunately, I was enjoying the entertainment so much, I forgot to take pictures.

All the stress and work was for my rainbow princess!



Thanks for letting me share!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!!