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Hootie Hoo and a Tweetie Tweet

Remember this precious little owl table???

Well, it now belongs to a sweet little lady. Her mom loved the table so much she decided to decorate her new room around it. Whoa…do I feel honored! That is so cool! Mom picked out a cute Pottery Barn bedding set to tie in the owl and it’s array of colors. Lovely, isn’t it???

Switching things up a bit this week I have been working on a pair of canvases to add to the fun girly decor in her new room.
We decided on large 20 x 20 square canvases…love em’. I painted a soft chevron pattern for the background in my trusty Muslin White and Seashore Bud. The pattern doesn’t show up great in my pics but it definitely adds some interest to the background. Miss Owl and the Tweeties were next. I love the quilt for her bedding and all the different patterned fabrics. I wanted to replicate that somehow on the canvas so I pulled out my paper stash and found the perfect papers. I cut out leaves from my paper and adorned my tree branches with them. I am pleased with them and hope Little Miss Laurel will be too!

For all my workshop girls, I am working, working, working trying to get our event together. You can go ahead and mark your calendars for October 22nd though!

Wishing you all a blessed day!

Ice Ice Baby

Whoa…going way back now but it is probably better I leave that alone.

I just finished up this sa-weet piece and it turned out a nice icey blue color. Ohhhh…I so love it!

Not so beautiful but just as I found her…

Jon had to work his magic fixing the drawers before I could take my hand at it. I applied primer and next came a lovely shade of Bayou Blue. Distressed and glazed with a mix of glaze and an oops Benjamin Moore color which I would describe as a pale baby blue.
When I began distressing somehow I only had 1 kiddo at home with me…angels singing…HALLELUJAH! Naaaah…love those babies but I also love getting to have one on one time with them because I get to see the real little person without all the fussing and fighting that comes with siblings. So I had my Sam boy and he wanted to help me out sanding. He worked his little arms silly and was really good might I add. We got to the last drawer and he suggests we wait on that one till tomorrow. I tell him no let’s get it done…”well, alright…it’s just my muscles are so uncomfortable.”
Next, I painted the hardware silver metallic and glazed with the same mixture I used before. I added pink paper to the drawer insides. Finally, a good ol’ waxin’ and she is D.O.N.E.
Drum roll purdy please…
The flower was a happy accident! Got to love those!

And on that note…I am outta here. See you tomorrow with an Oh So Glamerous Girlified birthday party with all the fun details.

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I found this little french inspired beauty on craigslist and I knew there was a pretty little lady under all the blue and pink sponge paint. Yea…you read that right. The look was well…special. She had good bones so it was worth a whirl.

The sponge paint look brings back memories of my childhood room. Bold pink with white paint sponged on. Wowza!

Sanded and primed she was ready for a bit of color. It seemed like a great dresser for a little girl so I went with Seashore Bud by Valspar for the color. It is a creamy color with a hint of pink. The drawer pulls were nailed in and while I could have taken them out I really didn’t see the need so I painted them as well. Then the mouse and I gave it a light distressing. Finally, I used a polycrylic to seal all surfaces with a paste wax finish for the top. Smooooooth as can be.

The drawers weren’t terrible but with all the frills of the dresser I thought they needed a little pizazz. I Mod Podged some paper in the drawer bottoms with a dainty little print in a pale pink.

The dresser has already found a new home with a sweet family. I hope their little girl enjoys her new dresser for many years to come.

Pool day with my kiddos today and finishing up a project or two. Loving Summertime!

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Tea for Two

So I give the hubby a hard time but in all fairness he is pretty awesome to me. I am blessed beyond measure to have him in my life. Without his support in this whole venture I could not proceed.
I had been eyeing this table at the permanent yard sale near my house. Gotta love the permenant yard sale…when it is not across the street from your house it is much cooler. Gah! Nevertheless they had this really cute table not for sale but just to display all their other crap stuff on. Jon dutifully stopped and asked the guy if he would sell it and how much. I thought it was a bit pricey for an old worn out table that I would still need to get chairs for but I wasn’t ready to give up on it. You know when you want it…you want it. Plus I had vision for it already. Then I remembered this old table we had in the shop that was unusable to me and I thought about maybe trading if the guy was willing.

A few days went by and I kind of forgot about it. Then I was outside sanding another peice and I thought the hubs was working in the yard until I see him coming around the corner carrying this table…yes carrying! He sets it down and in his way says…”I made your trade babe!” ::Swoon:: He knows how to make me melt. So I know I am a little abnormal but seriously he made my day.

I love the round shape and the curvy details. I knew this table was in for a little surgery to transform it into a sweet little table for some girly girls.

Jon measured, leveled, and cut the legs down with his circular saw. This is actually a chair from another set being cut down but it gives you the idea.
I still needed to find some chairs with the right amount of curves. I found this duo while visiting family in Georgia. Yes, I am that die hard. It was music to my ears when the Mim’s asked if I want to go yard sailing with her on my visit. Here is one of the two chairs I found while we were out…

They underwent surgery as well.

I primed the whole set and handpainted fun details to the chairs and leg spindles. No matchy matchy completely random. Then I distressed everything. I used Danish Oil in dark walnut to give an aged look. I used scrapbook paper to create the flower for the center and applied it to the table with Mod Podge of course! A few coats of poly to protect surfaces from sticky fingers. Lastly, I gave the cushions a fresh look with new decorator fabric. And here you have it…

I can see two little ladies dressed in their finest enjoying an imaginary cup of tea. Sweet memories are going to be made here.

Interested in purchasing this set? Email me at for pricing information.

Get your game face on for a great giveaway!

Alrighty my friends you have just stumbled upon my first giveaway and it’s a good one! Calling all parents, grandparents, and anyone who knows any kids you don’t want to miss this! I have up for grabs a beautiful children’s table and four chairs! It really is quite lovely if I do say so myself. Formerly it was a very drab oak set for adults but now it has been transformed into the perfect seating for the vertically challenged. The beauty of it is the seats were made for adults so Mom and Dad can sit down comfortably with the kids too. This set will work for boys or girls or both. It is chock full of color but gender neutral at the same time. If you have only girls you could doll it up a bit with some fun standard size seat cushions. Check it out…

The alphabet paper is red and green. It looks a little washed out on the photo but it is red not pink.

Listen up peeps this is how this beauty can be yours…

1. Contestant must be a blog follower. So follow me already!
2. Must “like” Monkey Doodles Facebook page.
3. Must be local to Greenville, SC and able to pick up. No delivery available.
4. Enter by typing…”I want that table!” on Monkey Doodles Facebook page and you are in the running.
5. Get your family and friends on board! Ask nicely, beg, plead for them to vote for you on our Facebook page. They must “like” our page and cast their vote. They can cast their vote by writing your name on our wall ONLY once please. 

Contest begins immediately and ends midnight April 30th. So get moving! The competitor with the most votes takes it home. Just think how excited those little people will be!

Maybe this set is not for you but I bet you know someone who would looove it. Spread the word!

This is my first giveaway and while I have tried to think of everything I reserve the right to tweak the rules a bit if need be.


I don’t want to say goodbye…

More than a few times now have there have been a piece of furniture given new life that I really don’t want to part with. This is one of them. It would fit right in at this little place I call home but alas my friend Anna at Home Couture has already claimed her. I know it is for the best but I may just have to whine a bit.

Alright knock it off…

I found this piece with my dear friend Christine when we hit the town one Saturday morning at an insane hour hunting for deals. A little repair was needed. I batted my eyes and in the sweetest little southern voice I could muster I asked the hubs to help me with the repairs. Not too fooled by my charm he said a few words under his breath and went to work. Really he just likes to give me a hard time but he loves any excuse to get out in his shop and tinker. I guess it just wouldn’t be as much fun if he didn’t give me a hard time?

Nevertheless, he did a beautiful job as always and even did my sanding for me. Here she is all sanded…

She definitely had potential but now she has realized it…

Ahhh well. Sad to see her go but she will be quite lovely where ever she calls home.

I am wrapping up this perfect Easter day with my family and reflecting on the memories we made today. My motto for holidays this year is “laid back.” I get frustrated sometimes with all the hype of the holidays and the 52 lists that come along with it. When the day finally arrives I find it hard to enjoy myself. Today was a perfect combo. We had a fabulous Easter service this morning and it touched my heart to think about the sacrifice Jesus made for us but not only that he lives still! WOW! I might get a little teary again. Next came a relaxed lunch with my treasured family and playing with the kids the rest of the afternoon. I may have snuck one teeny tiny little project in but no one noticed. Take time to enjoy your loved ones today. This is just a moment in time and it goes by so quickly. Don’t get too distracted with all those lists that you miss the most important parts of life. Those things CAN wait…I promise.

My treasures…

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A few of my favorite things…

Ahhh this makes me want to burst into song… ♫ I simply remember a few of my favorite things and then I don’t feel sooo baaaad.♫ Hey, just be thankful none of you can actually hear how incredibly…uhh…beautiful…that would sound coming from these lips and since I am not trying to out do Julie Andrews or anything I think the tune in my head will suffice.

All singing aside, this will be a regular around here. I will use “my favorite things” to showcase something I have done in the past in my own home, someone else’s home, or maybe inspiration of something I would like to do.

First up…drumroll please…

A fun way to decorate the kids bathroom!

I purchased unfinished wooden frames from the Hob Lob…multiple trips all with 40% off coupons. There are a few perks with a HL store being less than 2 miles from your house! The frames have a nice 2-3 inch border which I love and then it holds an 8×10 photo. I also purchased a few sheets of scrapbook paper to match my decor.

The idea is to cover the frames border with the scrapbook paper. First paint the outer edge of the frame only because the rest will be covered with paper anyway. Then cut the paper into strips slightly larger than the frame or cut to fit. Grab the handy dandy Mod Podge and foam brush. Brush Mod Podge directly on to frame and apply paper. Press and smooth. Continue until entire front surface is covered with paper. If you cut slightly larger you will have some extra paper hanging over the edge, just grab a finger nail file and use the edge to file the extra paper off. I like the way this makes the edge look best. Messy but simple. Voila frames are decorated and adorable.

I created these for my children’s bathroom. I have three little ones so I did three and they each have their picture in one. Since it was going in the bathroom I thought it appropriate Mags has a towel on her head, Sam has crazy wet hair, and Cate was just a few months in that picture so the one where I caught a smile worked. I found hooks that screw directly in the wall and put one hook below each frame so they could hang their towels there after showering. 

The kiddos think it is great and of course I love the functionality
and cuteness of it all. 
This is another frame I did as part of a baby shower gift. I added the chipboard “E” for Emery and the flower for good measure. My girlfriend actually had the mirror cut to fit. Another fun idea!

Happy Creating!

Furniture Rehab…take 2

Furniture rehab will be a series of posts as I have several furniture projects going on right now. Below is a coffee table I picked up last Summer at a yard sale and completely forgot about it until the hubs was cleaning out his shop and very ummm…politely….yea that’s it…reminded me that it was time I did something with it. I had already done the not so fun prep work of cleaning and sanding so then it was just a matter of what to do. I am always a sucker for green…absolutely my most favorite color. Happy to say this baby has already been sold! Until next time…happy creating! 


This post made me think of what the hubs so affectionately calls our daughter Maggie…Magneat-O the Magnificent! As she comes bounding down the steps the other day in her brother’s Hulk costume…yea you read that right my not so dainty little girl as the Incredible Hulk. She was quite a sight! We thought it only fitting she have her very own super hero name. The price you pay when your little girl’s best friend is her big bro. Don’t be fooled we have caught him in some interesting get ups as well…but we won’t go there. Ahhh…I am getting off track or maybe I began off track?!

::Pulling it together now::

My dear friend Rosemary asked me to create a magnetic memo board for her. I came up with this idea a few years ago and have made many of them now. Here is step by step directions so that you can create your own.

1. Find a frame you like. I like to snag these at yard sales or thrift stores since you are going to change it anyway. This particular one I found at Goodwill for $3. The picture itself was pretty gross but you’ll have to look past that and just look at the frame to see if it’s worthy.

2. Choose a paint color and paint your frame.

3. You can purchase sheet metal at your local hardware store relatively inexpensively. I paid $8 for this sheet and I can get several projects out of it. Using metal cutters cut the metal to fit inside your frame. If the frame came with glass already in it you can use that as a template to size the metal.


4. Decorate the metal or leave it plain for a more modern look. With this magnet board I cut scrapbook paper into squares and used modge podge to adhere to the metal surface. Using Rub a Dub antiquing rub I distressed the edges of the board as well for more interest. I have also used a piece of fabric before to cover the metal. In that case use a spray adhesive directly to the metal and then lay fabric on top and press evenly and firmly.

5. Spray a clear protectant coat over decorated metal (only if using scrapbook paper) and frame. I used Rust O Leum clear enamel spray paint.

6. Create your magnets. There are endless ways to make your own magnets…you can get really creative! I used wooden discs from the craft store. I painted and distressed them. Then I used hot glue to adhere an embelishment to the center. I also used hot glue when attaching the circular shaped magnets to the back of my wooden disc.

7. Put it all together and you have a truely unique magnetic memo board.

That is a picture of Magneat-O the Magnificent when she was just a wee one. Geez…check out those cheeks!

Apparently, even super heroes suck their thumbs…at least this one does until she is 5…so she says. Love that girl! Happy creating!

Furniture Rehab

One of my most favorite things to do is take what may appear to be junk and make it into something usable or lovely. So those of you who know me know I am a yard sale nut. This is where I snag most of my bargains. A couple weeks ago I picked up a coffee table and side table for a mere $20. I was too excited! I love the simplicity of the peices. Soooo my wheels got to turnin’ and I knew they were in for some major rehab. Fortunately, I already had this great charcoal grey black paint color that I knew would look fab. So off I went to the Hob Lob to grab some scrapbook paper to add some interest to the table tops. I found the perfect modern floraly pattern to go with my paint color on clearance no less. Ohhhh how I love a good deal! So now for a grand total of $21.16 and a whole lot of work I have two fabulous tables that are ready to be sold. Yippeee! Check out my before and after…
Side table with a whole lot of water rings soon to disgused by paint, paper, modge podge, poly and a little more poly…did I say it was a lot of work?
Coffee Table
No, your eyes are not playing tricks on you the legs are black. One day I will remember to take before pictures BEFORE I begin…duh!

And finally….da…da…da..daaaaa…..