Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Projects, Projects, and More Projects!

I have been inspired to decorate my house! I don't know if this is part of my "nesting" phase or what but I have been working like a mad woman to get some things done on my house.  I'm excited to share what I've been up to!

While Rick and Daci were gone I got really in the mood and did some fun craft projects and also went to town on Daci's closet.  She has a really big closet, luckily since there will be THREE kiddos sharing it :)  We only have one dresser for her room and we can't afford another one so I decided to be thrifty!  I found $11 bookcases at Menards, built them all by myself, and organized the closet.  I wish so badly I had taken a before picture.  Imagine stuff everywhere, and thats what it looked like :)  I had about 8 big boxes of baby clothes in the bottom of the closet, Daci's toys thrown in there, and a bunch of other junk.  I spent three whole days going through the baby boxes, taking everything 0-6 months out and putting it on shelves and hanging it up, boxing up stuff for Goodwill, and not to mention painting the whole closet.  Yes, I am 20 weeks pregnant with twins, huge, uncomfortable, and VERY proud of myself :)

Here is the finished product.  Well, sorta.  As you can tell, everything in there is girl stuff :)  We don't have any boy stuff yet.  I did a bookshelf for baby girl on the left and a bookshelf for baby boy on the right.  The "drawers" will be the plastic containers I got at the dollar store.  There are onesies for each size up to 6 months, socks, shoes, hats, etc in each of the bins.  Hanging up to the left is baby girl clothes 0-6 months and Daci's clothes are on the far right.  The middle is empty but will hopefully be filled with baby boy clothes soon :) The top shelf is lined with blankets, burp cloths, diapers and wipes. The bottom right of the closet has plastic drawers full of toys and a laundry basket of Daci's big stuffed animals.  I know I have so much more "stuff" to get and I just hope it all fits in there somehow! PS- That star won't be there once I get all the clothes in there, its just there til I decide where to hang it :)

I have also been working on nursery decor.  The room is already shabby chic pink, green and white.  Since we have to squeeze a little guy in there and I don't want him to have an identity crisis, I have decided to add blue in there too :)  So we will have light pink, light green, light blue, and white be the colors of the room.  I finished painting their room about three weeks ago.  I'm so glad I didn't go with the girly pink I was thinking of doing when we first moved in :)  Its just the pretty neutral that I have through most of the house and I'm really happy with it.

First thing I decided to do was make a fun bow board.  I originally had the bows just hanging from some ribbon in Daci's closet on the rack, but I needed to create more space so I decided to make a cute wall hanging for them. I saw this online and loved it.  I bought a cork board from Goodwill for $1.99, spray painted it white and mod podged the front of it with a cute green and white damask print.  I then got some fabric on sale at Joanns and covered the board (I mod podged it on), got some pink ribbon from Joanns and strung it across the front, and made some blue paper roses for the corner.  Voila!  A bow board.  

Then, I decided to make some frames for the kids room.  I bought a pack of three wooden frames from Goodwill for $.99, spray painted them white, modpodged some fun pink, green and blue scrapbook papers and then made paper roses in the alternating colors and glue gunned them on.  They will be hanging vertically on a narrow wall in their room with Daci's pic in the pink, Baby Girl in the green, and Baby Boy in the blue. Pretty good for about a dollar a frame, right?

My friend posted this poem on her blog a few weeks ago and I fell in love with it.  I seriously get tears in my eyes every time I read it.  It explains perfectly how I feel about being a mom.  It talks about both the craziness and joys of being a parent.  I had to have it in their room so I got another frame from Goodwill (I'm telling ya, I am learning to bargain shop!), spray painted it white, and mod podged this pink and white damask print.  Finished it off with more paper roses.  Love it.

I've also been working on my main floor.  We have soft turquoise couches with a brown, tan and turquoise accent chair.  Almost everything in my house is blue and brown so I wanted to try to bring in some more color.  I have big plans :)  Here are a few projects I have done:

A wreath I saw online and was so excited about!  I found this wreath at Savers for $4.99. I was all proud of myself, thinking it was a steal, but then saw them at the craft store the next day for the same price.  Lame!  Anyway, got the wreath at savers, the nest, bird, eggs and felt at Joanns, and I already had the scrapbook paper.  I searched and searched for the perfect ribbon and couldn't find any and then lo and behold in the bargain bin up front they had my perfect color for only $1. Score!

I made the felt into roses just like I do my paper roses. The leaves are a combo of scrapbook paper and pages from a dollar store book that I ripped out.  You cut them in the shape of leaves, fold them in half, and then I edged them in brown ink to give them a vintage feel.

I am bringing some of this corally/pinky/red color into my main area.  I mod podged this R. I had this cute stitching that my old boss gave me for my wedding and I just love it.  Only problem was that the frame was a red that didn't go with my house at all.  I spray painted it brown and mod podged the paper on the front.

 They are currently displayed on my hutch

Sidenote:  The top left and bottom right pots in the hutch were made by Rick in high school.  He is AMAZING at pottery and I am so proud to have his beautiful artwork in our home!

I found this tray at Goodwill for $1.99.  It was originally black with a french bistro picture in the bottom.  I spray painted it brown and mod podged the bottom with scrapbook paper in the turqouise and corally color.  I also love flowers, but hate that they die so quickly and are so expensive so I decided fake flowers would be perfect for me :)  I LOVE hydrangeas, and I also love this chartreuse green color.  I found the flowers and the perfect coral pink sprigs at Joanns, paired them with a dollar store vase and clear marbles, and put them on the tray.

The tray sits on our kitchen table and we put our salt and pepper, our butter dish and usually our keys and Rick's wallet get thrown in there too :)

 Last project for today, I promise!  I made this wreath that I found on the internet.  I bought a styrofoam wreath at Joanns and two dollar store books.  I painted the edges of the books, let them dry, and ripped out all the pages.  Then I rolled each page and started attaching.  It took forever!  I'm kind of a perfectionist and I had to have every roll just right, mine looks nothing like the one I found on the internet, but I'm still really happy with it!  It is hanging in my downstairs bathroom.  Do you love my blue wall!?  Its actually got more green in it than this picture shows.  Its like a robin egg blue.  I just love the cream wreath against the wall.  There was also no ribbon on the wreath I found on the internet, but I wanted to add a feminine touch :)

There are FIVE rows of rolled up pages.

 And, just cuz I can't do a post without my cute Daci......

How cute is she anyway!?  I was taking pictures of all my projects and she was like, "Mommy!  Take a picture of me!"  What!?  She usually hates getting her picture taken, shes too busy to stop and look at the camera and smile for two seconds.  I couldn't pass the chance up, and I'm so glad I didn't.  I am in love with these pictures.

She has been really sick the last few days.  Poor thing has been coughing up a lung.  My heart breaks when I hear her coughing for hours on end at night, knowing she can't be getting any sleep.  She is the happiest little girl when she is sick though!  She makes my life easy.  She is so sweet and cuddly and not whiny in the least.  Today she was doing a little bit better and I knew she was sick of being cooped up in the the house the last few days so I took her for a walk to the CVS to get a treat.  I know, bad mom.  Shouldn't get her treats when she is sick, but I couldn't help it. She was so happy when we got back!  She picked the marshmallow creme pumpkins, which I was ecstatic about because they might just be my favorite thing about this time of year :)

Hopefully you are still here!  Sorry it was such a long post.  I hope everyone is having a great week!


Kanani said...

so cute! I love the wreath!

Karen Pedersen said...

What a FUN post. The photos of Daci are so stinking cute! PLEASE email them to me. Also, love all the crafts, especially that last wreath. I wonder if you could do one of those and then spray it with a spray varnish to protect it, add a couple of sprigs of red berries and a big bow for a Christmas wreath for your front door. I think that would be so pretty!

Emily said...

you are officially super woman!! i thought i was doing good with the few measly little things i've done lately, and you just blew me out of the water :) love all the fun projects!

Darren and Kelli Haub said...

SO IMPRESSED! I love that I'm not the only one addicted to modpodge! Some day you should move back to Utah and we can have crafty day together. :)

Jenna said...

Wow, very impressive girl! You have been super busy. It all looks great and good job being so thrifty. Also, you are so right, those pictures of Daci are absolutely darling! :)

Mrs. Ham said...

everything looks great! i love love the book wreath! wonderful job!

Mckenzie Ivers said...

I love all of these projects they are so cute!!

Liz Smith said...

the cream wreath is so cool. i've never seen one done like that. i love it against your blue wall. wow, you have been busy. i always admire people that can just go ahead and craft away...amazing. everything looks soo cute!

Lonnie and Lindsay Fox said...

Very impressive. Youd better get as much done now. In about 6-10 weeks pushing a cart through the store will seem like a major workout. Okay, maybe Im just lazy but it certainly is for me. It throughs me into major contractions. Even if the cart is empty. My mom now goes with me to Costco because I really dont want to go into labor there!! Your doing great!! Keep it up. But, seriously, get EVERYTHING you can done now!!!

Abrahao said...

Korrine you are so cute! I love love all your projects I will have to get the site that you did your wreath from it is adorable! You were very busy! Looks like you are getting all ready for the little ones to come along! Daci is so beautiful! I can't believe how big she has gotten. Hope all is well!

Jami West said...

You amaze me Korinne!! I wish I had the crafting skills that you and our girlsfriends have. I don't have the creativity or the sense to find it cheap so it just doesn't happen for me. I love everything you made. So awesome.

Chelsea and Michael said...

You are a busy bee! I can't beilieve it! How do you find the energy... I love it all!

Jessica said...

These are awesome! I really should get into crafting with paper, so many cute things you've made. My favorite are the frames with the flower embellishments.