I'm always looking for new and creative ways to spruce up things around my house, and love quick and easy crafts! I am slowly working on adding more great ideas to my blogs that I love/have done, etc. I hope everyone enjoys everything I have posted so far! I have added a new gaming page since I am an avid gamer myself. Feel free to follow my blog, and please give me your feedback! Have a great day!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Distressed Dresser


I love distressed furniture and had plenty of time this summer to work on some of my furniture at home. I know in the picture this dresser looks to be more of a pinkish color but it is more of a red color. Also, I painted the knobs black so that they would match instead of buying new ones. I tried sanding as much as I could without using an actual sander.If you can get most of the gloss off you should be ok to paint over the rest (in my opinion). After sanding, I painted the entire dresser the red I picked out from Lowes. (I used a flat Valspar red. You don't want shine if you are distressing it.) I also used a roll brush instead of a regular brush so it would cover more evenly. 

After all of the drawers and dresser was dry, I used black and brown acrylic paint to distress it. I mixed black and a little bit of brown together in a small bowl to give it more of a rustic look. Make sure you add some water in with the paint to make it kind of soupy. Get a small brush and do small areas at a time. Paint a few small lines (if it drips its ok) and then get a paper-towel and immediately wipe off. (wipe in one direction). Do this to the whole dresser and drawers. You can use as much as you want, but it doesn't take much. I hope this helped you! Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Traveling to My Own Beat

    If there is one hobby that I could say is my true passion, it's traveling. The culture and history of the world intrigues me and captivates my mind. I have traveled many states and cities and there are always new discoveries that amaze me in their own unique way. Seeing things on television on Discovery or Travel Channel don't even do them justice. Once you see those places or artifacts in real life, it's life changing. I have been lucky enough to have an uncle who has taken me many places in the world. My travels started when I was still in high school when I went to St. Thomas. It was beautiful with crystal clear waters. It was much different anything I had ever seen.
In the harbor in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

    The next stop on my voyage was Hawaii. You would think that it was much like St. Thomas, but it wasn't anything like it. The weather is always a cool 75 degrees and the culture that thrives here is unlike any other. We stayed in Waikiki where there are many things to do! We went to Pearl Harbor, the Dole Plantation, and all kinds of things. A friend and I took a day trip tour to the where we traveled around the whole island going to many places like Volcanoes National Park, Kona Coffee Farms and Plantations, and even the botanical garden. Before we took the plane back to the island we were staying at we visited the black sand beaches where sea turtles would just swim up and stay a while. 
Black sand beaches at the Big Island

    After Hawaii comes Salt Lake City, Utah. This is where it started at least. We landed in Salt Lake City only to stay a little while. We traveled to Moab, Utah, a quiet little town. It was a big change of environment, weather, and culture. Out west the heat is a dry heat, not very humid like the south. I just love it out west! Moving along. We got there, rented a car, and were on our way to many places like: Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Mesa Verde, Zion National Park, and then through Lake Powell. This trip was so much fun and I learned a lot. 
Cayonlands National Park

    Last but definitely not least is New York CITYYY! I can remember it as if was yesterday. To Time Square we traveled by plane from Birmingham. We stayed right in Time Square in front of the jumbo trons. It was so pretty with all of the lights and people everywhere. First we went down 5th Avenue (You know I had to at least walk down 5th to feel VIP) haha! Then it was time to hit every museum in New York! Where all did we go you ask?! Well let me just tell you, we spent COUNTLESS hours in the Museum of Natural History, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art, and Metropolitan Museum of Art. I remember spending 8 hours one day in I believe was The Met, and having to go back the next day just to see everything! These museums are CRAZY big!
 This so far has been it for my great adventures around the world. Mark and I are planning on doing a lot of traveling soon and I can't wait! I would love to visit the top museums and national parks around the world. Maybe someday I will. As for now, I hope you enjoyed my latest blog! Until next time...

“Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” ~ Miriam Beard 

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Back To School!

Its been a while since my last post. I have been so busy working in my classroom and trying to keep the house from being utterly destroyed Ha. I have got a new job that I love. I am the Special Education Teacher at Duck Springs Elementary! It is a cute little school out in Attalla. All of the faculty are so sweet, and have helped me in more ways than they probably think. This will be my first actual year as a teacher and I am so excited to see what the future is going to bring. I have a couple of pictures from my classroom. I painted and rearranged a few things. I wanted to make an exciting room where my students would enjoy and feel comfortable. I am still in the process of doing a few more things to it as far as decorating, but for the most part it is complete.
My classroom!
I hope everyone has a great school. year and I will be sure to keep posting to let everyone know how its going! Have a great day!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Have A Seat & Enjoy!

  My newest creation in my DIY projects is my kitchen chairs! The table and chairs was a hand down from my mom when Mark and I got married. It's a cute little table, but I'm not a huge fan of the chairs so I decided to change them up a little.So yesterday at work I decided randomly to reupholster them. As many of you all know I love crafts and projects and all sort of fun hobbies. Some of them I randomly think up myself while others I read about in magazines I read. This idea is one that I read recently and it worked perfectly so I hope you like it!
  The chairs were made from strands of some type of thick paper I believe, so I knew a staple fun would work fine for my project. There are a few supplies you will need when doing this project and they are:  
  • measuring tape
  • scissors
  • staple gun
  • extra staples
  • fabric
  • foam
You should measure the object you want to cover before you go buy the foam and fabric. I bought all of my supplies at Hobby Lobby. Now that you have all your measurements you can go shopping! (*Note: You might want to check your color scheme so you will know what color you are wanting to go with.) I also bought a heavy duty stapler just to make sure it would go through enough. Now for picking the foam and fabric that is going to be up to you. I bought a Poly Foam 1x22x22. I got the squares big enough so they would overlap onto the back of the seat. I didn't make it go all the way around because honestly that would cost more money and no one is going to be looking at the bottom of your seat. If they do, you might want to rethink that friendship...lol Anywho, as far as the fabric I bought 4 yards and had some leftover to have for later. 

Time to craft!
1. Now that you have all of your supplies let's upholster! Lay out your foam wherever you are going to be working.
2. I then laid my seat face down on the foam. I started by pulling up the foam on one side and stapling.
3. Staple down to the corner. When I got to the corner I sort of twisted the corner and laid it down and stapled it. (It seemed to lay better when I twisted and laid it down.)
4. Do this all the way around. (It might help if you had someone to help you.) I pulled the foam pretty tight, but not wicked tight or anything.

 5.  Lay out your fabric and measure just enough to overlap just as you had the foam. (Again, no one is going to see it so that is up to you.)
6. Start on an edge again and staple down to the corner. (Remember to pull tightly so it isn't to loose.) When you come to a corner just twist the fabric, lay it down, and staple it. You will also want to twist two sides on each corner. If you look in the picture posted below you should be able to see mine. It adds more of a classy finish.

 7. And your seat is done! Now just repeat steps 2-6 for the rest of your seats! I hope you enjoyed this project and I hope it was helpful to everyone. Please feel free to comment and have a great day!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

More DIY filing cabinet ideas!

I've been trying to work on this project for a while, but never have the time. I finally started it yesterday, and am pretty pumped on how this is going to turn out! I just bought three cans of spray paint from Lowes (the color is Valspar Gloss Exotic Sea) I went ahead and sprayed the whole cabinet for now, but I think I want to do something different with the doors and handles but not fully set on that idea. One idea that I AM going to do is by some kind of lace fabric pattern and lay it on the sides of the cabinet and spray on the pattern. Not sure what color I want to use so I'm welcome to ideas! Just toss em in the comments box :) The room is gray btw so something that will go with that. The gray really makes the blue pop! :) I would love your ideas and comments! Thanks! Have a wonderful day!

Let it GROW, Let it GROW, Let it GROW!

I decided this year that I was going to embark on something that I had never done before...grow a garden! Not just your average flower garden, a vegetable garden! At first I thought this would never result in anything because I do not have the time at all, but somehow I was determined to make it work.So since this was my first veggie garden I didn't want to spend a ton of money just in case it didn't work out for me. I went to Lowes and bought some regular old cinder blocks (that are so ugly) haha and enough potting soil that I felt like could cover my entire yard....I made my garden 3x3 and poured all the soil in.

(*Tip: I should have put something over the grass so that it wouldn't grow up through the vegetables.) Butttt I didn't so moving on. I then went ahead and bought my plants (not seeds because I'm to impatient for that) and planted them far enough from each other. I made sure that I watered them daily esp when it didn't rain (because it has been wicked hot this summer!) and gave them plant food. As you can prob see in the picture I ended up adding another block to each side and and some more plants. My friend Megan brought over some squash and watermelon a little later. She said she thought they would prob die because they were so fragile but they are huge now! I'm not the best gardener, but I was pretty proud of what I did grow :) Enjoy! Thanks!