Sunday, February 28, 2010

Emmy's Dresser

As I mentioned in the previous post, I am re-decorating my daughters room!  She had been sharing this dresser with my other daughter until a few weeks ago when I scored an entire bedroom set off of Craigslist for $300 (This is a whole other post in itself)
This dresser was mine when I was a little girl and I love it, but not exactly what I was going for in Emmy's new big girl room.  So whats a girl to do when she doesn't want to get rid of said dresser?  Give it a makeover of course!

I am proud to say I did this one pretty much all by myself!  Hubby bought me a sander ( Who would have ever thought I would be excited about recieveing a sander as a gift?) My dad would be proud!:)
All I did was sand her,
Paint her white,
add a little glaze to antique her,

spray paint the existing hardware,

And accessorize!
So in love!

These cute trays are in the 2.50 section at Target right now, and it was the perfect shape, and color to add Emmy's Silhouette from Vinyl Silhouettes to! 

I am so excited to show you the finished room!!!  I realize I am an over the top kind of gal and it is not for everyone, but I loooooooooovvvvveeeeee it!
I can not wait to show you all the finished product!!!  I am just missing a few little things and I will be done!

I am linking this post to my friend Jen's weekend wrap-up over at Tatertots and Jello ,

Thrifty Decor Chicks before and after party,

And, to Kimba's DIY party at A Soft Place To Land

Thursday, February 25, 2010

4 Dollar Lamp Re-do

                            I have been a busy little bee re-decorating my daughters room! Right now people (Hubby/friends) probably think I am crazy, but I have it all planned out in my little head!  Once it is all together, I just know it will look bee-you-tee-ful!!!

I found this lamp at Savers yesterday for 4 dollars.

A few coats spraypaint ~ 

 some pretty rosettes~

                                                                   And I am in love!!!!!!!!!
                You may think I am off my rocker, but yes, this is the wall color we just painted Emmy's room!
                                                   Stay tuned for more of my craziness!:)
                                   I am linking this project to The Shabby Nests Frugal Friday Party

Friday, February 19, 2010

Baby Shower Bouquet and Tutorial

Remember my Hugs and Kisses Baby Shower? Well, I thought I would share my gift/centerpiece for the gift table.
What mom-to-be doesn't love flowers? Especially ones that will benefit her baby and not wither away?!

I used baby socks, washcloths, and bibs for the roses.

Supplies: floral sticks (I couldn't find any without the wire attached and so I just wound the wire around the top of the stick), artificial rose leaves (I cut some off of some dollar store roses), floral tape, and desired colors of baby socks, washcloths, and bibs. I think the ones with the frilly/scalloped edges turn out the cutest.

Step 1:
Simply start a tight roll at the toe end of the sock (for the washcloths, fold lengthwise in half then in half again, then roll at an angle. Same with the bibs).

Continue to roll up.

Step 2:
Take the opening of the sock and fold it around the bottom of the rose.

Step 3:
Place floral stick in the base of the rose.

Step 4:
Holding firmly, tightly wrap the floral tape around the rose base and stick.

Step 5:
Wrap all the way down making sure it is secure so the rose won't unravel. Add a set of leaves and wrap more floral tape around them to hold in place.

Arrange them all in a container/vase of your choice. I chose this one to match the hugs and kisses theme(found in dollar section at Target). I then added some little artificial flowers to fill in the gaps.
I also found this cute headband and clip set that matched the colors so I added them on as part of the gift. Super easy and super cute.
We are linking up to Kimbas DIY party!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Niches, Nichos, Everywhere!

I have to confess that Southwestern style homes are not my favorite.  I dream of living in a bee-you-tee-ful Victorian home with wood floors, moldings, character, and green grass. (actually any grass would be good!) 
But what can I do?  I live in the Southwest, in the middle of the desert, and I have been trying really hard to count my many blessings, (name them one by one:)  and fall in love with my Casa in New Mexico!:)

One cool feature many Southwestern homes have are the Niches.  They are all over the place.  The natives call them nichos, which makes me think of nachos which inturn makes me hungry. I think we are in need of a nacho night girlfriends!!!  Holla!! 
Anywho, I have been having a hard time figuring out what to do with these little recesses in my wall!

The above niche, nicho, nacho, had been that way until I got ahold of some Deep Walnut paint! (Valspar from Lowe's)


           Did you know you can blow up your pictures poster size at Sam's Club for 12 bucks? You heard me right my friends.  I have blown up pictures all over my house!  The bigger the better I always say!:)

So now every morning when I am getting ready, I get to see my cute little princesses looking down on me from my Niche!  I think it turned out pretty good, better then before anyway.  The painting did not stop there, I have gone a little crazy with the Deep Walnut.  Hubby is going to be so surprised when he comes home from his week long business trip!  You gotta keep things new and exciting right? I will show you the results soon!

Only 3 more niches to figure out what to do with.  I have searched high and low for the perfect thing to put in these suckers in my courtyard for 2 years!!!  I need your ideas!!!! Till next time mi amigos:)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


First off, I wanted to give a shout out to my lil sis and her awesome party throwing skills!!!  She amazes the heck out of me!  Love that girl!
I have been in a blogging slump lately and finally feel like I am coming out of it! 
Thought I would share the Valentines I made for my daughters school parties.
These were sooo fun, cheap, and easy!   I Just printed these pictures off my computer(wallet size) punched a hole through and stuck a sucker in each one!  The sparkly hearts I bought a few months ago at Savers!  A bag filled with 30 hearts was a dollar!  I  knew they would come in handy!:) 
For the girls teachers I bought these cute containers at the dollar store and filled them with candy!  I think they turned out so cute!

I had to post this picture because it makes me laugh so hard!  I always knew I was tall, but I look like a freakin Amazon woman!  Mom always said I was Big and Majestic!  Holla!!!!  I love these girlies so much! My friend Amber (to my left) Has the most amazing style and has inspired me to "Fall in love with my house again."  I need to do a post on her house, she has no fear, and her home is kick awesome!  So get ready for some redecorating, painting posts in the future!  I'm baaaccckkk!:)

Monday, February 8, 2010

Hugs and Kisses Baby Shower

Prior to the shower, I asked my friend Shauna to convince the mom-of-honor she needed belly pictures with her little girl. I asked Shauna to capture lots of hugs and kisses in the photos. Well, thank goodness for Costco's one-hour photo and Shauna's sweet skills. They turned out AMAZING. This same Shauna took a lot of the following photos in this post so I am going to put her name under the ones she took. (Just FYI, giving credit were credit is due).

Here is the entry table flanked with giant kisses and photos of the mom-of-honor's girls (1 in utero).
I had the guests write down their wishes and advice for the mom-of-honor on the mini Valentine book in the center.

The party favors were Hugs chapsticks I found at Target. I wrapped them in tulle and put them in a cute kisses bin.

The mantle. Remember my XOX banner? I added some photos to it and instant personalized cuteness.

I used mini wooden clothesline clips with glue-gunned on heart jewels to attach the photos. All the daisy's you will see I found for 40% off at our local craft store Beverlys. I glued alligator clips on the back to ease in decorating. 

Hershey Kisses were EVERYWHERE! Hershey Hugs too! In fact we played a game "Count the Kisses" where the guests had to guess how many there were throughout the house. The grand total...and I did count them...was 686! I loved the huge kisses!

All the mini frames I found at Micheals in the dollar section. I fell in love with them but there were only pink and red ones among yellow, blue, and green. I bought a few blue ones and spray painted them brown to match our color scheme. Then I simply inserted some scrapbook paper to match the banner and it all ties in.


This was the main dining table.

My friend Sarah dresses up her chairs in her home like this for every holiday. It is so easy and makes a huge statement. It takes about 3 yards per chair and you simply tie a bow and let it drape down. You can put whatever flower or accent you want in the middle. I found the least expensive tulle to be at Wal-Mart, only 97cents a yard!

More table, sprinkled with kisses of course.

Majo, my partner in crime for this shower, decorated the tables with pink and red daisy's and...

...simple white gifts with coordinating ribbon. Very cute and inexpensive!

This was the extra seating in the kitchen. Heart plates courtesy of Target Valentine clearance last year.

Photo wall hanging = tulle, bars (I had at home, curtain rods would work), ribbon, little frames, glue gun, fun tack. You create the illusion that the pictures are hanging but in reality they are fun tacked or taped to the wall with the ribbon glue gunned to the back and draped over the bar.

Hugs photo. Costco has fun borders for your photos. This heart one was perfect.

My favorite photo of little daughter kissin' mommy's belly. I think that all of the photos really personalized the event and made it that much more special.

Here I am making the fluffy punch. 7-UP, cranberry juice, rasberry sherbet and frozen rasberries to keep it cold.
Delectable cupcakes (by Danna) and to-die-for strawberry cake (by Shauna). Sooo delish!!!

The cake topper mommy was made out of fondant by another friend Melissa. How do people pull off baby showers by themselves? Thank goodness for teamwork!

So many people contributed! The luncheon included a pasta bar so the guests could go through and make their own how they wanted it. Marinara, alfredo, pesto, raviolis, macaroni noodles, etc., and I made some manicotti as well. Poppy seed salad and cesear salad were served as well as garlic bread and rolls. It was a simple spread and I of course forgot to get a picture of it, but it was pretty, I promise.

The party planners Shauna (photographer), me, mom-of-honor Shawna, and Majo.