Monday, May 26, 2014

Faux Flowers or Real Flowers?

Which do you prefer? I love having greenery all around the house. Flowers make a room feel more put together and fresh. But since I live at the beach, I don't have a yard, just a patio. And if you know me I don't have any type of green thumb. I buy a plant for our doorstep every spring and every fall it dies and never comes back. I end up watering weeds in a pot before my hubby not so subtly tells me to get rid of the eye sore.

So I don't have access to fresh flowers from the garden and buying them can get a bit pricey every week so I have quite a few fake flowers.

Whenever I watch HGTV they never recommend fake flowers, they always say real is better. Which I would agree with but again real flowers can be a lot of work. But then I see fake flowers all the time in the home tours or makeovers, lol! 

The problem with fake flowers is that they get dusty and you have to constantly shake them out. I love flowers so for now I'll keep them and hope that one day I'll have a beautiful garden, maintained by someone else so I can have a constant supply of real flowers!

Also, since I'll be traveling the world in June (headed to Costa Rica, woohoo!!!), I have a whole month of guest posts starting on Monday June 2! I have some really awesome, creative, and artistic friends and family that have created some really beautiful and amazing things. Lucky for us I convinced them to give us tutorials so we can make them too! I can't wait to get back and tell you about my travels and see how much you loved the guest posts! I also finished a really great furniture makeover with my hubby this past Memorial day weekend that I'll be sharing with you when I get back! Believe me it's worth the wait!!!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Target Table Revamp

I saw this damaged Target table at Goodwill for $7. I had previously admired the same table at Target for $80, so I knew I had to snag it. The only issue is that the border of the table is broken. Easy fix!

I took 1 inch trim, which you can buy at Lowes pretty cheaply. I think it was $12.00 for 10-12ish feet. I  used the miter saw and cut each end at a 30 degree angle. The tedious part was moving the saw back and forth with each cut. I went piece by piece.

My hubby had the great idea of using a piece of tape, to tape off the angle I needed to cut. My hubby's tip was so smart because it was easy to get confused having to move the saw back and forth each time.

After everything was cut I spray painted the border black, along with the table base.

And then I glued two pieces at a time so I could line them up properly. I let each piece dry for 24 hours before removing the clamps. The gluing process was the longest and that took 3 days.

Next, I cleaned the top off. There was a bunch of sticky residue. And then I was done!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Finger Painting Art and Greeting Cards - A Great Gift Idea

My son loves to paint. He also loves to color with markers and crayons, but more than anything he loves to paint. So of course I would have his art work all over the house. This is a great way to add to your decor. Hanging your child's artwork brings in lots of color, sentiment, and your kid will be so excited everytime they walk by!

But now thanks to my talented step mom his art work is also in the shape of a greeting card.
My step mom is a chinese brush artist and creates beautiful works of art similar to that of Nan Rae. You can read all about Nan Rae here! Or you can see some of my step mom's paintings featured in the rooms below. These pictures also appear in the house tour which you can view here!

Anyways, my stepmom took Jakey's paintings and turned them into a blank notecard and gave them to me at Christmas. This was such a sweet and fun Christmas gift. I loved seeing Jakey's art on the card and I feel so proud everytime I hand one out. They are blank so I mainly use them as Thank You notes, but really they can be used for anything. I don't actually have a copy of the finger painting my step mom used because Jakey painted that for her last Christmas and it's in a frame at their house. But here's another favorite of mine so you can get the idea.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Handmade Mother's Day Gift

Simple, easy, and fun! I went to the store and picked up a couple of flower pots. Got out the finger paints and let my son have at it!

You can check out additional Mother's day gift ideas here and here!