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Rocks and Books and Birds….Oh,My!

28 Aug

Not only has Pinterest inspired my crafting, but it has infiltrated my house!!  Over the summer, I got the decorating bug and with a little creativity, our house got a facelift!  Here are a few of my new favorite places in our house.
So this is actually pre-Pinterest…yes, I did all by myself!  This picture is not great, everything looks dusty! Eww!  The books and the silver T I had already.  The apothecary jar came from HomeGoods for about $10 (I know! Right?).  The corks came both from us and from my mom, a few of my favorites are champagne corks with a T on them and one that says “Drink Naked” hahahaha!  The bird came from a super cute boutique in Fredricksburg, Tx….wish I remembered the name now… sorry! And the glass penguin was a gift to BamaBoy a long time ago.  I didn’t mean to leave him there, but now he’s sort of a permanent resident! 🙂
This may be my favorite place in the house…coffee addict much? The best part of this corner, for me, is the picture!  It was a gift from a close family friend after her trip to Poland.  It’s one of BamaBoy’s family palaces in Warsaw – SO COOL!!  I love that it is so personal and beautiful!  Great scenery for that morning cup of coffee.  The cup is one of my favorites from the Original Starbucks in Pike Place Market in Seattle.  I would love to go back someday with BamaBoy, it was so beautiful and the market is AMAZING!
So this is my newest addition to the house – we spruced up the entry buffet cabinet!  I love this cabinet!  It has storage drawers and cabinets as well as the wine storage in the center!  The cabinet has a traditional, but clean feel.  It has, however, been somewhat of a nuisance to decorate because I don’t want it to feel cluttered, but I don’t want it to be empty either.  The frame above the cabinet was a gift from my mother-in-law last year from Kirklands.  The pictures are actually easy to change out and it seems to fill the space pretty well so far! Now on to the details!

BamaBoy is not one for frilly or girly, so I had to be a little imaginative in finding something that would balance us both. Turns out rocks do the trick!  In Central Texas, limestone is everywhere and it’s pretty!  So I found about 12 to 15 limestone rocks of varying shapes and sizes and washed them up!  I also got this vase from HomeGoods for about $10.  It took a little bit to work with the rocks until they fit in the vase just how I wanted and looked right.  The effect is exactly what I wanted though!  It is slightly manly, different and adds some lighter color to the dark cabinet!  The candles came from Marshalls and I have no idea where I got the stands from, but I’ve had then for probably 6 years or so. I love the way this side turned out!

On the other side of the cabinet, I started with a leather poker case.  It is old and worn, and definitely has some character…and (win, win) it balances the levels of the 2 sides!  On top, another HomeGoods vase ($8) and a silver frame brighten up the dark cabinet!  In the vase, I took a few hints from Pinterest!  On born-again-crafter‘s blog, she made book page puff balls.  Using her idea, I made puff balls out of pages from one of my favorite books – The Great Gatsby.  Now, being a book lover, it was not easy for me to take a part a book and rip the pages into fourths.  BUT, the copy I have is a vintage copy from the 60’s and the pages were quite literally falling out if it.  I finally decided that no matter my good intentions, the pages were never going to be right again and I might as well make something meaningful and pretty out of them!  So here we are!  I love the result and now when people see them, there’s a story behind it too!  I think I’m going to use more of the book to make a wreath like the one livingwithlindsay made!

So there you have it, a few of my new favorite places in our house!  So far, I am loving what a little time and creativity have done for our home!  I am looking forward to a few more projects coming soon!  Here are a few ideas:


I’ll get right on this…hopefully!  After school settles down, the 30-day shred is done and I get through Labor Day weekend! Ha!
Stay tuned, though, BamaBoy’s bustin’ out the new food processor (drool!) and making jambalaya for Labor Day!  WooHoo! Lots of pictures planned for our first BamaBoy Cooks post!



Do I have “mad skills”? No, but my skills are happy!

11 Aug

Well, this is Day One and here I am.  I am not a writer, not overly creative, but I like to create and I guess I need an outlet.  So, here we are.
Why are my skills happy?

I was trying to come up with a name for this, and everything I could think of was…well, honestly, lame.  Then it occurred to me that my kids most often encourage a new project or craft, so why not my blog name.

I thought of my JonahBear…  One night he was making burgers with Daddy in the kitchen.  JonahBear LOVES to cook, bake, anything in the kitchen!  So they were forming burgers and having boy time.  Daddy told JonahBear, “Wow, you have some MAD burger-making skills!” JonahBear, thoughtfully as always, replied, “No, Dad, my skills are happy!”

So now we’re here.  I’m a teacher, so I’ve had all summer with my kids. 2 kids under 5 can be exciting and sometimes a handful!  About a month ago, a friend showed me Pinterest.  Well, I LOVE to crochet, sew, bake, craft and DIY so of course, I was immediately hooked.  Since then, our house has been a crocheting, sewing, DIY-ing madhouse!  I just can’t stop! There are SO MANY good ideas and so little time!

Here are a few of my summer projects:
Jonah’s Monster Hat: Got the idea from etsy here.

Made this hat for a friend’s daughter: Got the pattern from aestheticnest.com.

Cool Hex Nut Bracelet (super easy, by the way) from here.

Bird Applique Tote Bag: Great tutorial from craftsnob.com.

The piece de resistance – my new skirt!!  I’ve NEVER made a skirt in my life and REALLY didn’t think it would go well, but it was surprisingly easy and now, I am the proud owner of a new skirt made by me!  If I can do it, so can you!!  Here is the tutorial!

Okay, so I’m calling it a night, but stick with me, there will be more about me and my family soon!  I may not have “mad skills”, but my skills are definitely happy and I’m here to prove that anyone with a little patience and determination can DIY with the best of them!!