Friday, September 27, 2013

DIY: Deco Mesh Halloween Wreath

I was very anxious to make my first wreath for our new house. I wanted it to be great.  I have made a couple deco mesh wreaths in the past, but nothing that I was super excited about. I am always nervous about putting something like this together because I feel like the things I pick out for the wreath just don't match. When I went to the store I was very overwhelmed because there is SO much stuff. You can easily spend alot of $$ make a wreath. You've got to be careful of that.

I got most of my supplies from Hobby Lobby. Unfortunately they were not having a sale on any of the Halloween items. I just got a couple of things that were Halloween related. I was pretty bummed that none of the Halloween stuff was not on sale. I did get the ribbons  (50% off) & work wreath (got it on the Christmas aisle 40% off) on sale.

I happened to be in Walmart getting some things for my mom. I just browsed in the Halloween section and found the "Boo" piece for $1.97. Thought it would work perfectly for me.

There is a store in Houston off the Beltway called Arcadia. This place is UNBELIEVABLE. It's like Christmas has thrown up in there. They have all sorts floral decor, Christmas decor, ribbons, picks, etc. It is awesome. There I found THE perfect pieces to spice up my wreath. The spider web and the spider pick. They were reasonable priced too. I will go back there for my Christmas stuff.

Arcadia. My Christmas Heaven.

Hobby Lobby:

  • Orange Metallic Deco Mesh big roll-$9.99 (not on sale, blah!)
  • Black & Silver Metallic Deco Mesh-on sale for $3.49 (3 inch roll I think...ribbon aisle)
  • Burlap Chevron ribbon-on sale $2.99
  • Gold Work Wreath- on sale $4.19
  • Eek Bottle caps- $3.99
  • Witch Hat- $2.99
  • BOO letters- $1.97 (this had a glitter pumpkin attached to it, but I removed it)
  • Spider web- $5.99
  • Spider pick-$5.99

What I had at home

  • Glue gun
About $40 to make this wreath. I still have the deco mesh and ribbon left so I can use for future projects (what a way to tell myself I saved $$ make this myself rather than buying it..."Oh, but I still have ribbon left." ha!)

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Stone's Orange and Gray Vintage Bicycle Nursery

When we found out we were going to have our 2nd child I knew I wanted to go with a gender neutral room color scheme like big brother. I didn't want to go with the same color of yellow and gray (even though those are my FAVORITE colors). I wanted something that was just for baby #2. So I decided I will go with Gray and Orange instead. Then when we found out Baby #2 was going to be a boy I decided to go ahead an incorporate my husband's passion of cycling into the room and do a vintage bicycle themed room.

We were building our home for most of my pregnancy. We finally did move in when I was 6 months pregnant.  I shared my vision of the orange and gray vintage bicycle theme with my husband. I told him some things I thought would be cool to put in there. Because we were both working full time, moving and chasing a 2 year old toddler. And oh being full blown pregnant in the blazing summer heat. We really didn't get to work on the nursery like we did with our oldest son. We had sooo much going on this summer. The nursery was just part of my imagination. We really thought we had a lot of time to work on this nursery since the baby was due in September. The main thing we needed done was painting the room and getting the bedding done. Oh and finding some bicycle type decor.

Well...Baby #2 decided to come into this world at 35 weeks (5 weeks EARLY!). We literally had NOTHING done. All I had was the fabric for the bedding and the furniture that big brother was using. The room wasn't painted. I didn't have a single piece of bicycle decor. It was still a blank slate.

What I didn't know was while I was resting in the hospital my husband was running all over getting stuff for the nursery. Trying to create my dream nursery for Stone. He literally put it all together in one night with the help of some family.

When Stone and I came home from the hospital this is what we came home too..... AWESOMENESS!!

My husband got the pallet for free from the paint store that he purchased the paint for the room. My husband took the pallet apart and put it back together staggered. Then painted the bicycle and added the letters from Hobby Lobby.

The drapes were purchased from Marshall Homegoods, but the length was not long enough. I had my mother in law add some fabric that we were using for the crib bedding. Love the drapes so full with body.

Husband's old bicycle he took apart and made the mobile out of the wheel and gears. He painted the gears to compliment the room's color scheme. The bike that started peaked his interest for cycling.

Bicycle basket that will be used to store books.
The drawing on the top our the gears from the mobile. Mike used Jett's crayons & a pencil as his tools of choice to create this look.

Bike Pedal and reflector are part of Mike's old bike. We use the reflector to hang towels on and the pedal for a diaper hanger. The dresser was my old dresser that Mike refinished for our oldest son's nursery. You can see the before and after here.

Closer look of the pedal. My mother in law created the diaper hanger. She is very talented!

Mother in law created the bed skirt as well. Bumper pads will be coming later. Using the same fabric used for the diaper hanger.

Rocking chair that is from the early 1900's that was in my family. Blanket was made for Stone by his Grammy (mother in law).

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Let's Break the Ice: Summer Toddler Activity

It has been unbearably hot in Texas this summer. It's been in the triple digits and the high 90's most of August and now September. I  really don't like having Jett being cooped up in the house. He just gets so bored inside the house. You can only color, paint & play with your toys so much.

I wanted to find a fun activity for my busy minded two year old that would keep us cool outside. I then found this on pinterest and saw another mama on FB doing this with her little one. It was just what we needed!

I grabbed the largest tupperware container I had. Took the legos bag & the cheap plastic magnets. I then had Jett throw into the container a variety of those toys. We then just filled it up with water. Then stuck in the freezer overnight.

The next day I had Jett bring is play tools out. .We went outside I took the block of ice out of the container and he started to chisel and bang away. It didn't take long for the ice to start to melt, which made it easier for Jett to get the toys out. This activity lasted us a good 30 minutes or so. He had a blast and wanted to do it again. Definitely a hit for my 2.5 year old.