Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Jewlery Box

So this is what I started off with.  I had purchased this memory shadow box from Ross' for about $7!  I really couldn't pass it up even though I don't have a little girl, and it wasn't for me oringinally.  I bought it to remake for our son. (no, there was not a little boy themed shadow box otherwise I would have bought it) So I have held onto this for 3 months and last week I decided to redo it for myself after all and this is what I cam up with.
As you can see I made it to hang/display my jewlery, and I love how it turned out.

The vase is from our bedroom, so I kind of used that to match colors.  I used some paint that I already had, so no cost there!

Added some clear command hooks to hang my necklaces.  I attached ribbon with brads and adhesive to hang my earrings.  Lukily for me a majority of my earrings are hook earrings, so they just loop over the top of the ribbon.  And because it is a shadow box the pins and earrings that are not loop backs rest in the bottom.  I already use a dish for all my bracelets, so that is staying.

And there it is hanging above my dresser.  I am going back and forth about the colors it might be a bit too 'primary' in color for me.  But I really want to work on those 'pops' of color....I might repaint the outside frame a basic black or rich brown and then leave the insides green and the paper......I don't know I will see what I think in a week.  Anyway, I am really excited about how it turned out.  Thanks for checking it out.  I am still working on the rest of the room.  Do you know how hard it is to find a basic bedskirt that isn't spendy!!  I think I might end up making my own, ugh!

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Master Bedroom

I know this looks pretty sad master but every parent out there know that when you have kids you come last, plus the whole moving in thing happening less than a month ago.  I have been pretty presistant about putting our bedroom together and excited about it.  Our home does not have very large bedrooms but we aren't the type that hangs out in our bedroom either.  But that doesn't mean it can't look good.  So begins my to-do list:

1) Paint walls:  I decided on Martha Stewarts Chocolate Truffle (doesn't it sound yummy?)  As you can see on the walls there are several different patches of paint colors and I have already started to go around the windows, baseboards ect. so I can just start rolling it on.

2) Figure out what to do with those two sconces.  We like them but they do not make sense, they are off centered!  Any ideas!?!

*The pops of color are coming from the colors in the quilt on our bed.  The quilt was made by David's mom as our wedding gift.  She is an awesome quilter and all of our beds are covered up with her quilts - we love them.  So any way accessories and pillows will be in blues and greens.

3) Sew curtains: I have a, what I think will be a great idea, I purchased sheer chocolate brown panels and  blue sheer/textured panels (don't you love my technical terms)  I plan on layering them on the two windows - hopefully that will add somthing.

4) Shelving (more of the decorative type)....still looking for inspiration for that.

5) Some sort of bedshirt.

6) The last picture is of the closet door that whole wall is a reach in closet but it only has this single door into it, and it is dark in there.  It will be some time but we are hoping to open that up with some double doors, and add some shelving and a light.

7) The desser and bedside table were my husbands growing up and are in great shape so I (we) are not ones to get rid of perfectly good furniture but I might put some new hardware on them...

8) Find/purchase a bedside table of myself.

9) Headboard needed.

10) Lastly accessorize:  I have that vase sitting on top of the dresser, some framed pictures, pillows, lamps (if I can't figure out the sconces)....

So there you have it what I will be working on for awhile, I will keep you posted.  Any ideas are welcome.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Need A Packed Lunch For the Little One....

Every morning we go through the same thing, what are we packing for lunches. Luckily my husband is usually on the lunch line and gets Noah and I out the door but we still feel like he is always eating mac n' cheese or hot dogs....he doesn't seem to mind but we still want to expose him to different foods and eat a well rounded meal. Here are some ideas for those of you that go through the same thing day after day.

1. Not just PB&J but try other toppings between two pieces of bread:
~ lunch meat and cheese
~ cream cheese (we use a vegetable & chive sometimes)
~ nutella (maybe more of a snack choice)
~ finely chopped BBQ chicken or pork (I say finely because our little guy really does not like the texture of shredded meat)
~ tomato sauce, pepperoni
~ peanut butter, honey, banana
Try some different grain choices:
~ pita
~ tortilla
~ biscuits
~ bagel
~ waffle

2. Pasta. Noodles are always a hit with out little guy.
~ macaroni and cheese
~ butter and grated parmasen
~ spaghetti sauce
~ mixed with veggies: peas, carrots (with a little butter)
~ teriyaki with mixed veggies
~ ravioli: stuffed with cheese, meat, vegetables
Not just Elbows: (Have fun with noodles there are so many to try)
~ rotini
~ elbow
~ shells
~ ramen
~ the wagonwheel shapes
~ spaghetti
~ sometimes you can find special shapes: hearts, animals, letters (I have seen them at World Market)

3. Chicken Nuggets

4. Mini Pizza

5. Quesadilla:
~ refried beans
~ cheese
~ shredded meat
~ spinach
~ mushrooms
~ peppers, onions

6. Sides:
~ applesauce
~ fresh fruit: apples, oranges, pears, peaches, bananas, mango, cherries, blueberries, raspberries, melon, grapes, the possibilities are endless
~ raw veggies: carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, avocado, peppers
~ cooked veggies: carrots, broccoli, califlower, peas, grean beans, edamama, squash, sweet corn
~ crackers or breadsticks
~ cubed cheese/string cheese
~ graham crackers

6. Add a Dip:
~ ranch
~ guacamole
~ hummas
~ cream cheese
~ salsa
~ a mexican layer dip

Share your ideas, and I will add more as I think about it. We also try our best to pack lunches in containers that can be reused. Noah sports a lunch box from LapTop Lunches , it is a bit spendy at first but we use it. The Container Store also offers several lunch container options.

Curio Re-Do

I adopted this fun curio cabinet, it used to be my grandparents.  It was a deep red with a black brushed over the top.  I purchased Rustoleum Satin Black spray paint and went to town.  I had to remove the broken glass and sand some edges.  I also decided to leave the insides/shelving red.

Here's the finished product, I am very happy with it.  All I need to do is get a piece of glass cut and it will be a project completed!  (I couldn't wait for the glass to move it into our house)