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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Joeli's Nursery Tree- lots of leafy pics on: August 09, 2011 04:24:53 AM
I'm not a one-trick-pony, I swear!  I really can paint other things besides trees! I just have always loved them so much and have such a connection to them (I have been known to hug a tree now and then), it's natural and easy for me.  I enjoy it very much.  
This particular tree was painted today in my nieces nursery.  She totally would have loved a blooming pink tree, but she is the first born and this nursery will be used again and a little brother may not appreciate it quite as much. Wink  So we decided that a simple leafy green tree would be just as lovely and sweet.

They are going to put shelves on three of the branches that I made extra level - well, as level as I could do free-handed!

Add in some pretty vinyl butterfly decals and you're all set!  

(Sorry, I wish this wasn't sideways)

Aunt Jessie loves you Joeli!  I hope you really enjoy your new tree!  You can tell me later...you can work on napping during the day and holding your head up on your own first Smiley

So what do you think? Please let me know!
  Enough with the trees already?  Cheesy
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Eat, Drink, and Be Merry in my new dining room! Before and lots of afters :) on: August 02, 2011 09:58:18 AM
I've been keeping myself busy indoors these days while it's been so hot outdoors
Here's one of the things I've been up to!  Messing around with my dining room Smiley

Here's an after (so it doesn't have an ugly thumbnail Cheesy)

Here's the thrilling befores:


And here's the afters!

I have a lot of my artwork around the house - here's another gallery wall:

I have two young children - 1 and 4 years old - and that does not bode well for the carpet in the dining room!  So I saw a blog post somewhere that put this idea into my head - to make a hardboard 'rug' to place under the table!  I have seen laminate flooring cut and placed to essentially do the same thing, but I don't think it would lay flat with my heavy table and iron chairs.  So I did this instead and what a difference it makes!  My carpet was so much more dirty than I think I realized because now I see everything!  Ugh!

Basically, I bought 2 sheets of Masonite from the Home Depot, I designed my own stencils and cut them out - you could totally buy some, but we don't have anywhere locally to get ones I like and I wasn't patient enough to wait for one to come in the mail! However, I decided that I hate stenciling and stink at it, so I ended up free-handing the darn things.  Then coated them with *several* coats of polyeuorthane and there you have it!
A close up of one of the panels:

And finally, my curtain rods!  I am cheap.  I bought conduit pipes for $1.28 and got 2 curtain rods out of it!  I hate it when curtain rods sag, or twist under the weight of the curtains and whatever, and this conduit pipe is strong! I couldn't be happier with these! Yet, my curtains kept popping off the ends. So, I got creative and came up with this as my finial! I stuck a stem of silk flowers in the end.  Yay!! Love it! And no more last-tab-off-the-rod curtains!

So, let's hear it!  What do you think? I'd love to hear from you!  Cheesy
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / You used to change a diaper on THAT? on: July 26, 2011 06:39:49 PM

It's been a while since I've posted anything for my friends at Craftster, so I thought I'd share my latest project! 

I turned an old changing table

Into a kitchen island!!

I am still tweaking around my kitchen, and decided I needed an island.  So for less than $100, this is what happened!

My measurements which were *close enough*  Wink

Sand, prime, draw, paint  Cheesy

Pick out a back that will be kids friendly and have the dudes at the home store cut it to size  Cheesy and screw on some casters  Cheesy

Stick on some mis-matched glass knobs  Cheesy

Talk your friend into building you a top  Cheesy and hang a towel rack in the convenient extra space on the sides  Cheesy

Stand back and enjoy  Cheesy

I think it's happier than the table and stuff that I had posted on here before.  I know I'm happier!

So what do you think??

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / I've got a tree growing in my foyer and it's UPDATED AGAIN! on: August 29, 2010 05:20:23 AM

I'm sorry for the hundreds of photos! I realize I probably should have put them in the opposite order that I did so you wouldn't have to scroll through all of them to see the most recent picture posting.  Oh wells...

Here's the latest thing I've done to my home!
I was finally ready to beautify my bedroom, but then decided to vamp up my foyer. I decided that this is the first place and first impression of my home and why should it be blah? I want it make people feel happy and comfortable, instead of awkward. So I decided on a whim to buy some paint and have at it! Here's how it went:


Isn't it fun!!? I grew a tree in my hall!
I've been wanting for a long time to try starching fabric to a wall, but couldn't figure out what I wanted to do exactly....and then I thought A-Ha!!

So here's the tree before I starched the leaves on:

The idea is that since the tree is painted on, and the leaves are starched on and removable and re-usable, I will change my tree with the seasons! This winter I'll take these down and make it wintery with snow balls and such, maybe ornaments or something. In Spring I'll make it have little bright greet buds and pretty pink blossoms! This, clearly, is my Autumn tree. It's so close, that I am willing it here - I can feel it! The air has already been cooler! You all can thank me later Smiley

Since it's by my front door, I added some really cute hooks on the banister of the stairs right inside the doors for guests to hang their coats or purses. It used to be that they came in and it got a little awkward when they had to toss their coats on the rail, or on the floor of the steps. It is also a great place to keep your favorite barbie bag off the floor from your baby brother - in case you were wondering Wink

This is the view from the top of the stairs. (Notice that I ripped the chair railing out! It was pretty rewarding taking my little crow-bar and snapping off the planks Smiley Yeah, it was a gooood time. Now, there's nothing wrong with chair rails, they just don't fit into my taste - except my kitchen, presently - and it seemed a little silly in my hallway. Don't hate me because I hate chair rails! Ha!)

Here's some photos I took along the way Smiley
My future leaves

My starchoction (yes, I made that up) and leaves ready to be dunked, rung, and slapped on the wall

My stacks of leaves

So what do you think?? Let me know!  I'd love to hear from you!

Here's my winter update!!!  
I know a bunch of you thought I was crazy for doing it or didn't think I really would change with the seasons, and to be honest, I winced every time I ripped a leaf off of the wall!  I LOVED my fall tree!! But here's my winter snowball tree Smiley  I like it very much too Smiley

Can you see my very shiny silver fabric?!  It's so reflective, it's fantastic and perfect for this crazy tree Smiley
Do you think it needs more snowballs?  I can't decide...

A view from above:

There are three redbirds!  Here's a close up.  Sorry the picture isn't great.  

The verdict:  
This project is so much fun!  After I took the leaves off the original tree, there was little to no residue.  The only places that there was residue, was where I may have got the starch too thick or chunky and didn't realize it.  There was no fabric bleeding...I don't remember if I washed my fabrics first.  That's not something I typically do, so I probably didn't....but I may have. I didn't this time, so we'll see!! There were some fibers left on the wall from the edges of the leaves.  I just grabbed a damp sponge, wiped down the walls and when that dried there was NOTHING there!  It was the easiest, cleanest, and least stressful clean-up/redo of a room I've done.  I think everyone should do it!!


Whew!  Barely made it in time for this one!

Thanks for checking in!  One year's worth of season's COMPLETE!!!!!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Faux Painting around a toilet is tricky - but worth it :) on: July 06, 2010 11:35:21 AM
A long time ago, I bought some paint to do my guest bathroom - well, I finally finished it!  I still think it needs a little craftiness added to the walls, but I haven't decided what yet.  Maybe my lovely, fellow crafters can suggest something!

Anyhoo....here's the before:
Boring...ugly...and a little creepy....

Give me a day and I'll transform the place!
Blue walls, yellow rugs...I kindof wish I was a little sick so it wouldn't seem so funny that I go in there a lot right now! Lol!

I did a faux finish on the walls with plastic WalMart bags.  I looked like a smurf by the time I was finished!  Cheesy 

The room is so small, I couldn't get a good shot of the entire mirror collage I did on the wall.  Oh well.  But it really brightens up the room!

Now I have a towel rack! Woohoo!! and Elli has a little mirror at her height

The trim, doors and cabinet are white along with new knobs. It really is a new room!

I funk-ed up my faucet too Smiley The 'H' and 'C' were already missing out of the knobs, and it annoyed me entirely, so I popped in some cute fabrics and hot glued a flat glass marble in the top!  Now the faucet is cute and colored for easy distinguishing between hot and cold for my 3 year old!

My window treatment - I Mod-podged fabric to the window! It's such a small space, I didn't want to weigh it down with curtains and I don't want people lookin' in from the outside - so this was a cheap and crafty alternative! It will come off, but I have no idea how hard it will be to wash the glue off...I don't plan on doing it, so I'm not worrying about it Smiley  I love it so much, that I did it in my other bathroom windows!

Thanks for looking Smiley  I welcome comments and suggestions!

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Elli's Enchanted Garden Bedroom - LOTS of before and after pics! on: May 02, 2010 06:00:23 PM
I finally finished Elli's room the other day!  It has been a long process.  Poor girl had to wait on Mommy to get other projects out of the way while in the middle of painting her room!  I may still hang some kind of netting in front of her little bed-cave...but that will be a bonus for another day Smiley


Once I painted over the spots that Elli decided to help me with, here is what I ended up with!

The bed cave with Mommy's artwork:

This is Elli's contribution - I finally corralled her onto one spot Cheesy

3D embellishments:

So tell me - what do you think?!  Any additional ideas? 
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / A girl just wants to have fun....in her PURPLE kitchen! *first post!* on: January 17, 2010 07:34:41 AM
I recently moved into a new house (Yay! for new decorating space!), but I didn't enjoy being in the BLAH kitchen very much. It drained me and it's the hub of the house!
So here's what I did. I painted it purple! As I was painting it, I thought it was a little too Easter egg-ish. For the first time ever, I questioned my vision. But I pressed on.... and I am so glad I did.

The kitchen was about as exciting as...well.....hmmm..... I can't seem to come up with anything...


I painted the bottom half darker than the top and free-handed the flowery design on the bottom as well as the back-splash.  (I also did all the artwork hanging on the wall too!)

I am trying to deal with the old appliances for a while and make the most of my space until I win the lottery and can make a few trips to IKEA and get myself a new kitchen (among other things). I've since put plants in my wall holders and that adds a nice fresh feel, I think.
I thought about painting my cabinets white. But, the purple almost makes them bearable for a while. I wouldn't do that until Spring if I do it at all.

I also designed and painted my window for a little more privacy (it's street side).  I love it when the sun shines through and throws the color all over my kitchen!

Thanks for looking!! This is my first post! Tell me what you think!!
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