Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Winter window box and planter decor

 I have always like using real greenery cuttings from my yard to decorate my outdoor window boxes and planters during the winter season but the greenery eventually dries out. Several years ago, I stumbled across Wilt Pruf at my local garden center.  You just spray it on your cuttings, evenly coating  all areas.  It really helps extend the life of  your fresh cut greenery and wreaths.


  I also started using artificial greenery as a base in my window boxes and than place the cut greenery in and around the artificial greenery. Its easy to take out the fresh cut stems when they dry out and become unsightly.


This year I decided to use real red pears and faux green apples to give some holiday color along with some pine cones for texture.

Carried the theme over to my porch, in my wire planter by the front door.

Christmas Decorations 2012

I took advantage of the Thanksgiving break from school and decorated the house.  We are lucky, all our relatives are close.  Therefore there is no need for travel over the holidays. Which translates into rest and relaxation, and oh yeah......work.  

  I headed down to the road first and added a few touches.




 Then I decorated the front and back porch.  I really like the look of the poinsettias and the snowflakes in garland and pine cones.

Then I headed inside. Most of my shots didn't turn out, but here are a few.  Homemade garland from rags and jute, homemade train by my father-in-law, and homemade personalized stockings from felt.
Finally the kids rooms.  R's tree is a princess tree she picked out years ago and has continued to add beads for garland (she has informed me that this is the last year for the princess tree, she's too old--I feel a redo coming on :)).  The boys decorated their tree with army men, tanks, and 22 shell casings years ago and have continued that theme still.
Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Decorating,
Lori



Monday, November 26, 2012

Boys Bedroom Redo-Final Reveal

The Boys Bedroom is done! Yahoo!

It turned out well, and the boys really liked it!  I am glad I waited and put everything together at once.  It helped that they were gone all weekend hunting with their dad. 
Enjoy all the pics, hope they inspire you.



Final thoughts on a room redo:  don't forget the details/accessories.  I painted the knobs on the dresser, changed the lampshade, painted or purchased black accessories (thrash can, desk chair, ball bin...).

Previous Boys Bedroom Redo Posts:
Thanks for stopping by.
Go Jags!
Lori


Sunday, November 25, 2012

That's a wrap! No sew infinity scarf




 Love the look of these infinity scarves from the Gap but not the price, so I have been Goodwill hunting for an oversize t-shirt to use.  I found this plus size gray/black stripe normally $3.99 but it was 50% of which was even better.  I cut right below the bodice so I had a good 13 inches to work with.  And as they say in Hollywood, that's a wrap!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Wall Art Part 2

Wall Art for the Boys Bedroom
In addition to the tshirt pictures (seen here), we added several other pictures.  Sorry honey, I know you hate holes in the walls.
The chalk board was a frame we had picked up at a craft supply store going out of business years ago. My husband cut a piece of galvanized metal to fit, and we sprayed it with chalkboard paint.  So it is great for messages and magnets.  It has been floating around the house for years looking for a home.
The black frame prints, were bare wood frames we picked up at the same sale.  I painted them black with acrylic paint.  I created a logo for the backdrop on photoshop, then added quotes my boys liked, and used spray adhesive to attach to some mustard colored scrapbook paper.  I am really proud of how they turned out.  I wish I had before pictures.

Finally, I wanted to create a large A C for the wall to match the schools logo.  I thought about paint, no, not a good idea.  On pinterest, I saw someone attach fabric to the wall.  I thought about that too, no.  Finally, after much brainstorming I thought of foam poster board.  Bonus, when I went to Walmart they had it in black.  So, I got out the projector again and projected the letters, used an exacto knife and cut them.  I just used command poster hangers to attach them to the wall. Viola.

Go Jags!
Lori


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Boys Bedroom Redo-4th Installment (wall art)

Wall Art
I have seen these t-shirt pictures all over pinterest.  I thought they would be a perfect addition to the boys bedroom redo.  I started hitting the Goodwill months ago.  I was lucky I also had a couple shirts they had thrown out to the crowd at halftime of a high school game, they were too big for anyone.
I have seen several versions: framed, wrapped around a canvas, etc...I didn't want to buy anything, so out to the barn I went.  I found some 1/4 inch scrap plywood and cut it to size on the table saw (13 1/2 by 11).  I wanted mine to be all the same size so I played around with scrap paper til I found the size that would work for all of them. I also used double thickness of quilt batting and tacks.
I just centered it and tacked it down, then put a picture hanger on it.
I love how they turned, I made 4 different ones.
stay tuned for more wall art posts to come
Previous Boys Bedroom Redo posts:
Custom Shower Curtain
Pillowcase Curtains
Custom Comforter
Go Jags!
Lori

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Boys Bedroom Redo-3rd Installment (custom comforter)

Custom Claw Comforter
Grrrrr.
Staying with our Jaguar theme, and the black and beige colors.  I bought an inexpensive black comforter (you guessed it-Walmart).  I used the same technique as I did for the shower curtain (Custom Shower Curtain) and the same paint.
*Tip:  I used heavy duty magnets to secure the comforter to my garage door.  Otherwise I am not sure how you would be able to paint such a large piece.

Previous posts for the Boy's Bedroom Redo:
Custom Shower Curtain
Pillowcase Curtains

Go   Jags!
Lori

Friday, November 16, 2012

Boys Bedroom Redo-2nd Installment (curtains)

Pillowcase Curtains
The boys bedroom theme is Jaguars (their school mascot).  The colors are black and gold, but we are using black and beige.  It was important to me that the dust ruffle and curtains match.  I have made dust ruffles in the past, but knew in reality that was more time and effort then I wanted.  So, I purchased a couple new dust ruffles (again at Wal-mart, they should pay me already). I picked up a couple packages of standard pillow cases at the same time in the same color, with the idea for curtains.  Well, it worked out easily and inexpensively. I cut the cases open, sewed them together, edged and made my pocket for the rod.  I used the already finished edge of the pillowcase as my hem.  Take your time, pin, iron, and then sew.
A tip I learned from my mother years ago, use tape to mark the seam allowance you need.
I hung the curtains for the picture, but will save it for the room reveal too.

Previous Boy's Bedroom Post:
Custom Shower Curtain

GO JAGS!
Lori

Monday, November 12, 2012

Boys Bedroom-1st Installment (shower curtain)

Custom Shower Curtain
While doing some in depth cleaning earlier this year in the boys room, I noticed their curtains were bleached by the sun and worn out.  Their room has never had a theme or personality, and I have been wanting to change that.  So I jumped in with both feet and broached the subject of change (naughty word in our house)!!  J, my oldest, FREAKED out, so did his dad, hmmmmm the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.  W my middle child, embraced the change and took a more active role.  I threw out several themes and ideas and we settled on a compromise, no new wall color, just new bedding, curtains and shower curtain.  

Therefore, I started with their shower curtain.  I love to make custom shower curtains from flat sheets.  For several years it was difficult to find just the flat sheet, but luckily my local Wal-Mart (no they are not paying me to say this) carries flat sheets.  
I hung the shower curtain with clips, marked with chalk, trimmed, and hemmed. I took my time, pinned and ironed before sewing.  My home-ec teacher would be so proud of me.
I used grommets for my holes, patience and a hard surface are needed.  In the past I have used button holes, but like the finished look the grommets give.
I hung the shower curtain on the garage door with magnets, measuring and pulling it tight.  I projected my jaguar using my laptop and a projector.  I just painted the jaguar using FolkArt paint in Inca Gold, straight on the fabric.
I hung it for the picture, but will not show the boys until I do the room reveal.  I am really happy with how it turned out, and I think the boys will be too.

Go Jags!
Lori


Sunday, November 11, 2012

DIY Splatter paint t shirt with bleach

I bought a clearance Fourth of July t shirt at Walmart this week for two bucks to wear to school for our Veteran's Day celebration.  I thought I would experiment with bleach and a spray bottle.  I just used full strength bleach and sprayed away!  It took less than five minutes start to finish, plus nine minutes on the rinse cycle in my washer.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Veteran's Day Large Scale American Flag Relief Sculpture




My school is hosting a Veteran's Day celebration to honor our military men and women.  I wanted to do my part to thank those who serve our country especially since my dad and brothers have served in the Army, Navy and the Marines.  All of my classes were introduced to the history of Veteran's Day by viewing a video on United Streaming.  We also looked at Jasper Johns and other artists who used  patriotic images in their work.  My favorite project and the most visually striking  is our eight foot long sculptural flag created by my fourth and fifth graders.  Last year I found this great lesson on Artsonia which showed how to make "texture boxes."  I took this basic idea and created a large scale American Flag.  Each student made a 4.5 x 9 inch texture themed paper sculpture which I later assembled into a large eight foot long flag. Our fantastic volunteer coordinator used the flag as a  back drop for the  photo of our veterans and their families.  Check back later for these great pics!

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