Monthly Archives: October 2011

Fall Fest-i-bal Fun!

Ok so if you are here for a fun furniture re-do or a DIY project you might be disappointed…sorry!

I took a weekend long break from all projects and had some good ol’ family fun with my favorite peeps. Everyone got to pick something fun to do sooo the Sam boy wanted to go bowling. He pretty much kicked everyone’s fanny the whole time until Jon couldn’t take it any more and pulled out a win in the last frame. I on the other hand fabulously worked the gutter guards.

The Maggie girl chose the library. Which was a win for everyone as we all got to stock up on some new borrowed goodies.

Next up, nature walk and a family dinner. No pictures except for all that I captured in my heart. Don’t mean to sound cheesy it just does a Mama good to be with her family like that!

Sunday we went to church, had a yummy home cooked meal (thank you Nonnie), and went to the Fall Fest-i-bal (as Maggie calls it). I just can’t bring myself to correct her. I love her personally concocted words. I know they will go away soon enough but for now I’ll just smile when I hear her sweet voice.

My 50’s crew…
(Go here for the poodle skirt info)

Despite all the brother and sister back and forth they really are best friends…
Daddy lovin’…
Apparently you have to tell the big kid to look and the camera and smile too 🙂
THE best!
Thanks for humoring this Mama! Squeeze your babies, they are only babies for a short while. Make it a great week!

Easy Peasy No-Sew Poodle Skirt

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Maggie Rae and all the other kindergartners are having a 50’s sock hop at school to celebrate the 50th day of school. As soon as I got the info I knew pink and poodles were in my near future. I mean really…what else would a girly girl wear to a sock hop?!?

Now I am not a fan of Halloween. I just don’t get all the scary stuff but it never fails the kiddos have some sort of costume need this time of year. So now my whole crew will have 50’s theme attire for the Fall Festival this weekend.

I am no seamstress and my awesomely talented Mom was super busy so I had to improvise with this No-Sew Poodle Skirt by Victoria at ObSUESSed. She did an awesome job simplifying this project. Hey if I can do it…you can do it! Unfortunately, I found her tutorial after I had already attempted Maggie’s. Ummm can you say…disaster! Mom to the rescue! She saved me for sure and I was able to use Victoria’s tutorial for Cate’s skirt. Whew!

The only thing I changed was I did add a wee bit of sewing by stitching the edges rather than leaving them raw. Straight lines = no biggie. You can totally skip this step just depends on the look you are going for.

Here is my Maggie girl ready for her party!

The girls’ got moves…

This whole project was all a bit nostalgic for me. The oldie classics is what I grew up on. My mom was a fan therefore my sister and I knew all the lyrics. We had a LONG car ride to and from school so these tunes got us through it.  

I’ll share the rest of the fam all decked out this weekend!

Fantastic weekend planned with lots of Fall goodness. Bring it on!


Good Times and a Rehab Reveal

Another successful workshop in the books with some great ladies! Here are the gals hard at work…

Their creations turned out fabulous!

In other news I had the pleasure of working on a cute Ikea table and chair set for my friend, Shannon. This is a great set just a bit too plain jane. Shannon had already painted the set white but she wanted something more in keeping with her main living space where they keep the set. They have a son and a daughter so we wanted to keep it gender neutral as well.

Before (but after sanding):

I choose a chocolate brown for the table and colonial red for the chairs. The edges were distressed to add some interest. I love the white primer showing through. A few coats of polycrylic and she was good to go…hmmm maybe not. I just felt it needed a bit more punch. I looked high and low for the perfect fabric to work for the cushions. Finally, I found just the thing in a scrap pack. It worked really well because I was able to use each coordinating fabric to make them reversible.

Here is the result:

Shannon joined us for the workshop and took this sweet little diddy home with her.

I am wrapping up a few projects this week to share with you as well as diving head first into this entertainment center turned play kitchen! Fun, huh??! So excited to completely overhaul this baby!

Happy Monday! Let’s make it a great week!

Aqua Happiness

Whoa! What a crazy couple weeks it has been around here! Things are finally settling down again and I am really trying to knock out my collection of furniture. My goals are always ridiculously unrealistic but it keeps me on my toes I guess. Anyone else suffer from the endless list syndrome? I have discovered since Cate has started Parent’s Day Out on Fridays and I am kid free for a few hours my list for those days are particularly crazy. As soon as I drop off the two eldest my wheels are turning. Silly, I know.

I have a fun redo to share with you that I definitely is one of my most favorite to date. I picked up this pair from Craigslist.


I chose Annie Sloan Provence with Dark Wax. I was so happy all the original hardware was intact because I looooove it. I cleaned it up a bit and reassembled. I stripped and stained the tops dark walnut. Finally, I found a fun print fabric to line all the drawers with.


LAST CALL for October’s workshop! Today is the last day to sign up and pay for your sign. Need more info? Go here.

My fellas are headed out camping again this weekend. I can’t tell you what it does for my heart to see them have their time together. I do love getting my girls all to myself too! I see a round or 12 of Pretty Pretty Princess in my near future. Happy Weekend!

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