It’s A Wrap!

No pun intended with the title but it does ring true on a few things in our home and I’m sure yours too!  Holidays are wrapped up and all signs of them are now packed away for another year!  Holiday break for the kiddos have wrapped up; we made it safe and sound through that!  I have wrapped up a few more pieces of furniture and have brought new pieces indoors to get my undivided attention!

Let’s start with a few pieces my dad helped me accomplish!  We had requests for bedroom pieces.  My dad is great as I have mentioned before with wood projects.  Give him guidelines and he can make it happen!

We had a request for another sofa table but different dimensions and dark waxed as to stained.  The piece is done in my made white chalk paint and Annie Sloan dark wax.  It’s dimensions are 10.5W x 25 3/4H.

Moving on we are having a great time doing a master bedroom re-do!  Two of the three pieces for this space have been completed.  We started with a headboard which we did in cedar we really wanted to get the rough look but didn’t want to do too much distressing after it was painted.  So it was sanded a ton and then painted with our white chalk paint and then lightly sanded just to take some of the starkness away.  I’m in love with how this turned out!  It looks so great with the colors of the bedding and window treatments!  This was done for a queen size bed.

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The side tables we wanted them to go with our headboard but we didn’t want them to be matchy-matchy!  (I love saying that!)  But I also truly don’t like to have things let’s say it again matchy-matchy in my own house so I tend to convey this to those that ask for my help within their homes.  I think not matching everything lends you the flexibility to move and change things often.  My mom is a prime example of someone who does this well! Likely who I learned it from!  She is always changing things up especially in their living room.  Weather it be something as simple as a wreath to a table to throwing a bit of color on an existing piece and having it tie in by adding touches of this color in other places of the space.  Anyway, for the side tables we needed them to be taller as they wanted them bed height.  There wasn’t a need for drawers so keeping it simple was the direction given. We used pine which kept cost down.  Dimensions of these were 19L X 15.5W X 28H.  White chalk paint was used for surrounds and legs and Early American stain for centers.

The dresser is the last piece to be completed for this space.  I’m pretty excited to get working on this in the next few weeks as I have some barn wood that I have sanded down and going to use it on the top of the dresser!  Stay tuned for pictures.  I have also re-done my kitchen and two dressers for another clients little boys new big boy bedroom!

I wish you all a healthy, happy and prosperous 2017!  Cheers🍻

As always let’s make sure we give credit where credit is due.  Even though we tweaked these plans we did use the basic guidelines in creating these pieces.  We thank those of you that shared your ideas so we could use them towards creating our pieces.

http://www.ana-white.com/2012/05/plans/rustic-x-console

https://diyprojects.com/diy-rustic-pallet-headboard/

http://rogueengineer.com/diy-simple-square-bedside-table-plans/?mc_cid=e399f77d10&mc_eid=f3dc121068

 

The Bell Has Rung!

We did it we made it through our second week for S and first week for K of school!  The first day for S provided a few emotions I didn’t expect.  As we were so excited for the day when she said she was nervous it instantly made me nervous for her.  Walking up she was a super shy kid; not her usually bubbly self.  After we said goodbye I felt terrible made it to the car to have a few tears.  I was scared for her!  I hadn’t planned on having this emotion which is silly why wouldn’t I she is still only four years old.  Three hours later I picked up a beaming little girl who had an amazing day and has been excited to go back every day.  Now the bummer has come for me…Five days in and S has had an opportunity to go in the drop off-line with the older kids now she doesn’t want me to get out of the car and walk her up.  I asked why she said “mom I’m getting older, just drop me off.”  When I get out to give her a kiss she says “mom what’s with all the kisses?”  Is this seriously happening?  My best girlfriend is over me and now part of the too cool for mom club. Sigh!  Wait till I start helping in her classroom!

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K finished his first week of school this week and he did fantastic!  I was a bit concerned as he and S are very close but he was super excited to start “big kid” school!  On day two he requested I just drop him off as we do S!  Umm No!  He is still super loving but I will say on day two he gave kisses and said “ok see you later mom!” sigh, my little sweet boy is getting too big too fast!  For a split second I truly thought I wish I had another little one but the thought quickly left and I came to my senses!  The two we have are amazing and we look forward to watching them grow into amazing adults!

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Other Lisenby news!  Our poor puppy Duke has had a rough  almost ten days.  We took him in for his neuter last Thursday and unfortunately we ended up back at the vet on Saturday and at the Vet ER on Sunday having him stay the night.  The ER when brought in determined he needed an immediate scrotal ablation as he had an absyss started as well as bacteria.  He came home Monday evening with two drains in and stronger antibiotics.  He will have to be in his cone for at least fourteen days which let me tell you.  These things are a total joke!  We were originally provided a comfy cone; NEVER would I recommend this to a pet owner.  He was going gonzo with this thing on.  They wanted him to be still to slow the bleeding well this did pretty much the opposite.  Saturday they had to re-laser and increase his sedation meds.  Being a holiday weekend we had plans pretty much all weekend.  Sunday we woke to quite a bit of bleeding after doing all we were told by our vets.  After multiple conversations with the ER team we ended up taking him in.  Timing with anything is never when we want so we were dressed to go to a wedding but ended up at the ER office.  They took him in and let us know it couldn’t wait until our offices opened on Tuesday.  So they kept him overnight and did the surgery at 2 a.m.  His drains came out on Wednesday and we have another follow-up tomorrow.  Needless to say Joe and I are pretty upset about the entire situation.  Our poor Duke is hating this calm thing.  He truly is a mellow dog but he also is one of two and wants to play when he wants to.  I mean he is only nine months old!

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Let’s get back to something fun and happy!  DIY projects…That’s fun, right?!  I mentioned my kids popasan chair that I recently purchased at a flea market.  It needed to be re-done completely.  So here it is I used Dutch Boy white chalk paint.  Removed and replaced the inside padding and cover on seat of chair.  Made new cushions and viola!

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Next on the docket was a small end table.  I used white indoor/outdoor paint.  I sanded it a bit and mixed my Waverly clear wax and antique wax about 50/50.  I applied it initially just lightly but then I got going and couldn’t stop!  Going in to this I had no plan on doing it so dark but now that it’s done I love it.  I apologize I don’t have an initial picture this table was blue when I purchased.  I also don’t think the pictures show how dark it is.  It is actually about a shade and a half darker than it appears in the pictures.

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Lastly for my painting projects are my two frames.  They are great frames but needed something they were previously oak with the burlap accent!  I went with Annie Sloan violet chalk paint on these.  I used Dutch Boy white on top and then Annie Sloan clear wax.  I will mention many times they say other chalk paints do not adhere to Annie Sloans but Dutch Boy so far has seemed to adhere to all brands!

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I told you I was working on pajama pants and Monster High were the first ones up!  S loves them and they look super cute on her.  I had to make some adjustments from the pattern as it was a bit long for her.  But after finishing I realized that I went a bit too short on the inseam but she loves them and they are super cute on her!  Now it’s on to Minions for K!

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K is obsessed with fire trucks these days!  So when we were recently checking out the clearance fabric at Wal-Mart he spotted fire truck fabric and wanted it.  They also had chenille on sale so we grabbed that too!  I made him a little blanket as he loves his blankets!

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On to my mom and my recent endeavor in selling some of our goods!  Mom and I love to dabble a bit in small business stuff together.  With companies like Etsy out there it allows everyone who has a creative bone to have an opportunity to make a business of it.  We have opened SidsShoppe which we are offering baby gift sets and we are using Etsy!  We currently have just a few of our products up but over the next few days will have more!  Our gift sets include a handmade hat, handmade bib, and matching burp cloth.  We will be offering travel taggies and changing pads as well.  Please take an opportunity to look at our shop and if you or anyone you know is in the market for baby goods please look to SidsShoppe for your items.  If there isn’t an item or color you are looking for let me know we can likely do it for you!  I’m very excited and looking forward to this endeavor with mom!

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Happy Friday to you all and I hope you have a great weekend and be well!

 

 

DIY…It’s All the Craze!

Here I am under mounds of fabric in a variety of textures from burlap to cloth to corduroy!  As well as a variety of chalk paint, spray paint, and home paint!  I have the DIY itch and I’m loving it!

Something I have been DIY’ng for almost a year now is our laundry soap!  I am in love with the recipe I found via pinterest which works in our HE machine it also is gentle on our skin which in this house all of us have very sensitive skin.  I have made this now three times.  Yes, I have only made it three times and the third batch I just made Saturday.  So I have spent $50 on detergent in the past 10 1/2 months.  I love the fact that I never have to remember to buy soap at the store and I also know all the products that are going on our clothes.  A few things I want to share as the link for the recipe I use I am including.  I have made this with both zote and fels naphtha and I do love the smell of the zote pink bar and it comes in the larger size so you only have to buy two but it is pretty time-consuming to shred.  I have done the explode the bar in the microwave which works but I always burn my fingers as I’m trying to get done quick and am not patient to wait to pull to pieces.  The fels comes in the smaller bar so I think it comes to a bit more than 5 bars you need to do but…I cut these bars put in microwave for one minute and then throw in my baby size electric chopper for a quick second.  It went so much faster than with the zote.  So my only suggestion is to use the fels for at least your first time to avoid finger burning and allowing you to do it quick so you can move on to another fun DIY project!

http://www.howdoesshe.com/cheaper-and-better-diy-laundry-detergent/

Moving on my mom came over and shared her DIY hand scrub recipe she made with my sister recently as a wedding shower favor.  It’s great I have it in my shower and I used it on my hands and then use on my heels with my pumice stone!  The only negative of this scrub as it smells like lemon poppy-seed muffins which are my absolute favorite so every day I’m craving these muffins!  We stored our scrubs in small ball jars.

Continuing with scrubs and such…It was our last day at summer camp on Thursday so for two of the three teachers I put together a gift bag with a few well-being items.  I made a Brown Sugar and Coconut Scrub, Peppermint Lip Scrub, and Oatmeal and Cinnamon Bath Soak!  Below are the ingredients for each for you!  I also included a small candle.  For K’s teacher which he was with a bit longer than S’s I made a bag for her and filled it with a bunch of back to school goodies!  As the bag I thought was cute and for her but she was always so great with sharing with the kids that I thought giving her a fun stuff for the start of her new year she would enjoy or she could bring home and use with her grandkids on their next visit!  I will say I am a very new sewer and this project I found to be pretty simple and super cute!

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My other fun project has been painting!  I have enjoyed spray painting, chalk painting and using home paint on many different surfaces from a metal bistro table and two chairs, to end tables, popasan chairs and frames!  I have 100% completed two end tables and the bistro table and chairs.  The other items have a few final touches left before I can share!  I am very new to using chalk paint and so far I’m learning a lot with each piece I do.  I started using a brand from Wal-Mart which seemed to be great but I have come across a few things with this brand.  The main being that my tables that I used the clear wax to seal them with doesn’t do the job quite as well as I hoped.  The one table had gotten cup rings on it which was a big disappointment.  The dark wax is not quite the same consistency as other brands so I am excited to try my new one out on my frames!  In the meantime here are a few pictures of what I have completed so far!  The bistro table is painted in Mermaids Song.  The chairs are spray painted in creamy white Rustoleum satin finish spray paint.  The larger table I spray painted with the same color spray paint and did the center with Waverly chalk paint color Agave .  The second table I did the base paint with Waverly chalk paint color Agave.  I used Waverly Antique Wax to give some dimension to the piece.  Finishing it with Folk Art clear wax.  As I mentioned I have purchased some new chalk paint by Annie Sloan which I’m excited to see how these pieces turn out with this product and I look forward to sharing this with you!

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I also had a request for a unique wedding cake to be made for this past weekend!  My client LOVES Starbucks coffee.  As in she drinks it once if not twice a day!  So for her wedding day she wanted a Starbucks mug cake.  I am happy to say I think I accomplished this task.  We are always our worst critics so I know exactly what is not perfect but she and her guests loved it and it went great with her groom’s donut hole cake!  I did a caramel macchiato cake with fresh whipped cream frosting.  Fondant for the shell!

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My in works sewing project is pajama pants for the kids as this is one item I dread buying they are so expensive and you go through so fast so my first pair cut out ready for sewing are for S in Monster High theme!  Look forward to sharing them in a few days!

Other than these few things I’ve completed and the multiple things I have started and am working to finish I encourage everyone to get out there and give the DIY craze a shot it is a lot of fun!  Plus who knows you may end up turning a piece of furniture you were ready to throw away in to a new-found focal point in your home!

Until next time be well!

Oatmeal & Cinnamon Bath Soak

1 1/2 cups powdered milk

3/4 cup baking soda

3/4 cup oatmeal (finely grind it first)

3 TBS cornstarch

2 tsp cream of tartar

2 tsp cinnamon

Peppermint Lip Scrub

1:1 ratio of Coconut Oil and Granulated Sugar

4 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil

Brown Sugar & Coconut Body Scrub

1 Cup Brown Sugar

1/4 Cup Coconut Oil

1 tsp of Pure Vanilla Extract