Monday, October 14, 2013

Dr. Who Inspired boy's bedroom on a budget...

Dr. Who... ever heard of it?  Not the 1960's version.. the version airing on the BBC this decade?  My boys are obsessed...  They would watch it for hours if I let them...  so they decided they wanted a Dr. Who inspired bedroom, which I naturally had nothing to decorate with...  So I decided not to go over the top with it, and just add a few elements that would relate to the show... As it turns out, we had several items that would actually work.  Like a time traveler book, a globe {to signify traveling all over the world}, a Titanic bell {for the episode with a Titanic themed space ship}, and some oversized chess pieces {for the episode with the deadly game of chess}, and several Dr. Who screwdrivers in our stash.  The rest, I would have to figure out.


  • So I purchased items like prints off etsy, Union Jack flags from amazon, Dr. Who lamp from ThinkGeek.com, a starry night print off amazon.com, and two Union Jack pillow covers.  
  • I upcycled and painted existing 8x10 frames for the Dr. Who characters prints all red to unify them, and added some ribbon loops for hanging.  The prints were purchased from an etsy artist, who offered buy two, get one free on his work. So around $10 for those... 
  • My husband was kind enough to build me two large 2x3 frames, which I distressed with the vaseline technique.  We just stapled the flags to the back, and added picture hanging hardware.  That project cost us a total of $11 {$6 for the flags, and $5 for basic pine molding at Home Depot}.  
  • The lamp was a splurge, at around $50, but it was well worth it.  It makes the Tardis noise when you open the little doors on the front, so cool!  
  • Pillow covers purchased from etsy, {$12 each}.  Then I just ripped open old flat yucky throw pillows and stuffed the new Union Jack ones with that stuffing.  I always save old throw pillows for this purpose specifically because pillow inserts are at least $10 each... EACH!!!  So, old stuffing it is!
  • I used the star pillow cases that we had already, and flipped our quilt comforter over to reveal a plain light blue side.  {It is the sports themed quilt from Target}...  


















So overall, I spent less than $100 to update my boy's bedroom using existing supplies that related to the theme, and items I had around the house.  If you are looking to "theme-ify" a room, just group things together to see if you can come up with a theme, and work from there.  You might be surprised at what you can find and display from your belongings.  Happy decorating ya'll!!!


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Rainy days and Mondays....

Soooooo excited for everyone in our household to have a 3 day weekend.... While we had originally planned to do something out of town or travel for fun, we have been hit with the Texas rain.... so at home we stay.  There has been tons of flooding, and we got 8 inches overnight just in our little town alone!  I'm telling ya'll, the rain here is NO joke!  But it did give us time to relax at home as a family, and for me to be productive.

So I have had a 'nice' bathroom here in this rental home for the last 2 1/2 years.  I say nice because it was decorated nicely, but has ugly dusty metal miniblinds {our lovely rental home}, and a glass shower from hell...{so much time is spent cleaning that thing!}.  So I found a lovely curtain rod at the Goodwill like 2 years ago, and I begged and begged my husband to put it up for me... He finally did... like a year ago...  A couple of days ago he made the comment, "Boy, I'm sure glad I was in such a hurry to get your curtain rod up!!!?!!"... Yep, I got the hint.  But my retort was, "Well, aren't you just as glad that I haven't spent any money on a lovely curtain just yet??".... Yep, I am pretty good with the comebacks ;-)  But it got me thinking, and I had saved a pic of a valance that I wanted from ebay.  It was burlap with some white ruffles, perfect for my little space.  The price was $40 after shipping... yes, $40 for 30 inches of burlap and a scrap of muslin sewn on.  Soooo, you know I'm not having that....

I quickly got to work on cutting and ironing some burlap from my stash.  Seriously, I must have paid like $6 for several yards, and I have used this stuff at least 100 times.... I highly recommend having some on hand for crafty projects.  So I had an old bed sheet that I was going to rip up to make cute white twisty flowers for a winter wreath... which I will definitely do soon... but it was perfect to rip a nice 4 inch scrap from for my ruffle.  I folded over and ironed the cut raw edges of the burlap, and then tacked them down with Fabri-tac.  I find this stuff works wonders with burlap, as I have not had much luck with sewing burlap.  I used the finished edge of the burlap for the bottom, and folded over the top and tacked with the Fabri-tac.  The size that you fold over would depend on the size of rod that you are sliding it onto.  You can also use the little clips that slide over the rod, but I don't find the burlap to lay very nicely with that technique.  I sewed the ruffle first with a hand stitch down the center, pulling and gathering as I went.  Stretched it out, fussed with the ruffles, and then Fabri-tac'd it only at the sewn section.  I did that so that the ruffled part was more prevalent.  I just love how it turned out, and I am so glad that this was a FREE project using my stash...















I also had time to do a little painting and put together this eat sign for the holidays.  I love red in my kitchen at Xmas, and I have always wanted to buy one of the big vintage looking EAT signs...  Unfortunately, I am too cheap to buy one...  couple that with the fact that there isn't one inch of free room on my walls in the dining room for this...  So I figured out that I could mount my letters to a lovely frame, back it with a nice fabric, and use it to cover up some of the ugly tile on our back splash {again, our lovely rental home}.  Sweet, tackling 2 things on that...  yes ;-).......  So I added some glossy accents to my letters because two of the letters where plywood, and had a very splintery finish.  So I wanted to unify the finish on them all, hence the glossy coat.  I love this project, and I can always change out the fabric if I want...  The letters are glued to the front of the glass, and the fabric is tacked on to the frame backing...  I love this project so!!  All items were from my crafty stash, so no money spent to make it {at this time}.  I had purchased an alphabet set to alter and put on my kids homework room wall.... but my boys are 11 now, and I don't think they would appreciate such a juvenile adornment to their room..  so I split up all the letters and figured out what I could use them all for.  So far, I have a 'grow' sign, and 'eat' sign, and several other projects in the works.  You can actually do a lot with only 1 of each letter in the alphabet...  Just gotta get creative with it ;-) 

















                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Well, I hope you all took a little time for some crafty therapy over this long weekend... It was either that, or organizing... and who wants to do that, when these gorgeous projects are on your list?!                         Happy Crafting!!!!


Linking to Tatertots and Jello, and Inspire Me Please ...  Tons of beautiful ideas on both these pages, check them out!!! 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Happy Fall Y'all!!

Well, even though temperatures are still well into the 90's here in Texas, I am welcoming Fall in this house if it kills me!  I finally got the place looking Fall-ish and full of festivity....  I decorated things differently than last year, which you can find here...

My entryway {mock mantel} ended up this way this year:





Here are some closeups of the details:

A quick tag to hang off the bell jar...  

A bell jar display with skulls and moss...




A bunch of spooky titled books that I bought at the Goodwill...  and the altered witch frames from this project:  



Saw the frame on the left in a store, but wasn't willing to pay over $10 a piece, so I just came home and made some look alikes...  What do you think???






More entryway Fall looking goodies...  Made this EEk banner to throw in the mix...  






I altered this plain birdhouse to be more spooky a while back...


I just made a cute mini banner with my SU banner punch, and added some Jolee's Boutique stickers from Michael's craft store...  Topped with some spooky netting, and voila...


...So I set it up like so....  



Here is a closeup of the Halloween lollies that I made.  The secret is that I did not like any of the Halloween paper that I had on hand, patterns weren't bold enough... so I actually used napkins from Target...  

The accents are from an old Teresa Collins Halloween collection... 


Pardon the terrible lighting, we only have one small window in our living room...  {Texas!!!!}  Anyway, I added some velvet pumpkins this year from Hobby Lobby that were 50% off...  They have so many sales there, I don't know why anyone would ever pay retail for their stuff... it seems marked up a bit to me...  









...added a few pumpkin accents around the house....


These were an etsy purchase, love them and they are super heavy duty....  






It's banner central in this house...  but I love them all and have made one every year for many years, so they all MUST be displayed...  lol...  


A five minute burlap banner with a printable from Pinterest found here...  






Pennants, ripped scraps, and yoyo banners...  





Indian corn and burlap banners on the banister...  






Caged animals...  lol... just an old crow that I thought would look nice in here...  I haven't decided what to write on the chalkboard pail yet though...  Any suggestions??





Dining room table display.  A collection of antique and altered upcycled bottles...  
Did you spot the A-1 bottle on the left??  Looks pretty good, doesn't it?!?!



I just try to embellish wherever I can, and sometimes I go back in and take half of it out...  like with this area.. it was wayyyyy over embellished at first...  



I change out the plates in my display to reflect each holiday or season... These are some of my favorites... BHG from Walmart last season...  



Kitchen pretties:  



This 3 tiered shelf was made from vintage cake pans and some painted candlesticks that were my Grandmother's.  I just Glued them all together, and voila.  Instant holder for cupcakes, veggies, cookies, anything really..  



The Fall porch this year is a ton of Mums, straw bales, and a mixture of different galvanized pails I have collected over the years...










Just sneaking in a display in a {ridiculous} "art niche" that they have in the houses here in Texas...  They are impossible to decorate, but I think this will do the trick for now...  A dear friend chalkboard painted the Pottery Barn plate that she found at Goodwill... such a nice gift!  I added the sentiment, and paired it with my bird related stuff...   









Real quail eggs...  They are so fragile and dainty... love them!







A project where I painted and distressed some mason jars to match the Fall colors in the house... I just used whatever acrylic paint that I had on hand, painted two thin coats.  The used a medium grit sandpaper and distressed where I thought it would look nice...  I think they bring some great color to my kitchen, which it desperately needed!





And Fall would not be complete without decorating for football... So this is my homage to my home team, The Oregon Ducks.....  Whipped up a cute ribbon banner, and set out my saved goodies to welcome the new season... and P.S.... they are kicking booty... {as usual}... LOL....




I really didn't spend too much this year on the inside of the house for Fall decorating, just upcycled and reworked what I already had.  Painted jars, altered bottles, homemade banners... those are some ideas to help you along if you are on a budget but still want some festive looks...


Happy Fall Y'all!!!!!!!!!!