Thursday, July 31, 2014

Handmade Hangout Party #7

It's Thursday which means PARTY DAY!!

We have just a few easy rules:
1. Become a follower of the blog where you linked up. Or you can follow all of us and that would be awesome too!
A Glimpse Inside, Christina's Adventures, From Gardners to Bergers, Redoux Interiors, Too Much Time on My Hands

2. Share our button or party link in your post or wherever you share your linky parties.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Alphabet Flashcards Printables

Miss P is starting preschool in September... CRAZY!! 
It is only 2 days a week for 3 hours each day but I am totally excited for her and me for that matter.

She is a pretty smart little girl but I want to help in her learning a little more before and after she starts school.
I have been wanting to create some alphabet flashcards for some time now and I finally got around to creating them.

 I must say, I love how they came out too! :)

Miss P seemed to enjoy them as well!
 We would work on the letter name, sound, and say the name of the picture as well.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Back to School Subway Art Printable

I can't believe that summer is coming to an end for many of you teachers and your kiddos! 
I have many friends and family back home in TN preparing to start a new year.

I signed Miss P up for preschool this year but we still have another month before she starts but I decided to make a printable for the start of the school year. 

Friday, July 25, 2014

{Fabulous Features} #5

Happy Friday everyone! 

I sure hope that you all had a lovely week and have some fun plans for your weekend.

I have yet to share features that caught my eye from LAST week's Handmade Hangout Party so I wanted to share them today. 
Don't forget to link up your ideas to or just check out this week's Handmade Hangout Party

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Handmade Hangout Party #6

Let's Party!!

We have just a few easy rules:
1. Become a follower of the blog where you linked up. Or you can follow all of us and that would be awesome too!

DIY Growth Chart #CreativeBuzz

Hey everyone! 
I am thrilled to join in with some other fabulous bloggers for a monthly blog hop- #CreativeBuzz. Every 4th Thursday of the month, we will share projects and ideas surrounding a certain theme.
Check out my project and then you can check out what the other bloggers have created at the bottom of the post.

This month theme was numbers. I had no idea what I wanted to make until I remembered that I have been wanting to make a growth chart FOREVER now for the girls so this was the perfect time to make it!

It was easy as well!

Here is how I created it.
I went to Lowes and bought a piece of wood that was 10 in. wide and 6 ft tall.
I knew I was going to paint it white so I didn't care about the knots in the wood so I bought a cheaper board. This was only $10.
If you want to stain your chart, you can buy a piece of pine for a little more money.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What's in your Handbag Series: Laura from Pink Cake Plate

Welcome Laura from Pink Cake Plate today! 

Hey Y'All! 
Laura here from Pink Cake Plate. I share fun and easy recipes and crafts on my blog!! 
I am so happy to be here to show you some of the fun items you will find in my handbag!! 
Thank you so much Allison for inviting me to share a little of my chaos with your reader!!


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Kitchen Remodel Reveal... Finally!

You guys, I am so excited to finally share our kitchen remodel with you all! 
We started our kitchen last summer, LAST SUMMER PEOPLE! A year ago the 14th to be exact.

The majority of it was done quickly but there were two items I had to wait awhile on to be complete. One got finished right after Miss S was born and the other item JUST got completed a week ago. 
If you follow me on Instagram, you have gotten glimpses of our kitchen since it was started a year ago.

Are you ready to see our kitchen? 
This is a pretty picture heavy post so warning! 

 I am going to go back to the very beginning and break down everything we did, found, and added to our kitchen. 

This is what our kitchen looked like when we bought the house. 
Box store cabinets in that glorious orange finish, linoleum floors, laminate counters.

The floors were ripped out as soon as we closed and replaced with the dark hardwood floors we put down throughout the first floor which then made our cabinets even oranger looking. 

When we decided to replace our counters and start our kitchen, it was cheaper if we took off the counters and old tile back splash ourselves. 

And in that process we found this little gem. The wall next to our store that comes down from the vent hood area, just hovering above the counters. Which made for an interesting time and I will get into that here in a few. 

So out with the old counters and everything prepped for the new. 

We bought new Quartz counter tops from Home Depot. The name of them is "Stellar Snow" and I love them. 
They have little mirror like flakes in them so they catch the light. 

We searched around and got a few bids on counters before we decided to go with Home Depot. We looked at Lowes, and a few local kitchen places around town and we decided to go with Home Depot because we could get a free under mount sink, and they were also having a sale on the quartz at the time. 

Next came getting our cabinets painted. 
Since I was pretty pregnant, I didn't want to tackle this ourselves so again, we got a few bids from a few different companies and talked about our options. 

This is what the sides of our cabinets looked like before we got the cabinets painted. 
I wanted to add some detail so when we were talking to companies we were asking if they could apply anything but we found out it was much cheaper if we did it ourselves. 
So we got to work a few days before the painters came to add some detail.

We added molding to the sides to create boxes for a little something extra.

Then added crown molding on top of the cabinets to dress them up a bit and not just plain box store cabinets.

And can't forget that we then sanded and caulked around all of it. 

Then it was time for the painters to take over! 
They came one day and took all the doors and drawer fronts to take to their shop to spray them.
They also sanded and cleaned the boxes and put something on them so it would accept the paint better.

 The day the painters came to paint the boxes, they taped off everything, covered all the appliances, and even blocked off the area from the rest of the house.
They then gave the boxes a couple coats of primer and let them dry overnight.
They came back the next day and did a couple coats of the final paint color.

A few days later, the doors and drawer fronts were brought back and reinstalled.
We bought the paint at Sherwin Williams. It looks white but it is actually an off white color... can't think of the name. I will have to look at the can of paint we have left and let you know. 

We didn't have any handles on the cabinets before so we knew we wanted to add some. 
We also found the drawer pulls and knobs at Home Depot.

Then the rest of the kitchen remodel was up to us.

Ok... now lets go back to those crazy walls that were hovering above our counters for a minute.
When they came out to measure our counter tops, the guy was a little stumped at the walls. For some odd reason, we thought the wall went down through the counters and were sitting on the cabinet bases. No sure why he or we thought that. So he measured to the walls and said that they would either cut the counter on site to fit around the wall or precute them and have them trim on site.
He then told me what day they would come to do the install and it was like 2 1/2- 3 weeks away.

SOOO, like 2 days after the guy came to measure, Travis removed the tile back splash and we found that the walls didn't go through the counters.
We were so excited because we wanted to just cut off those walls and leave it wide open so he quickly called the install lady he talked to the day before and she was going to contact the installer and let them know NOT to do anything to the counters when they actually cut them. A little bit later, he got a call back from the lady and she told us that they ALREADY cut the counters AND they cut the holes!!! Well CRAP!! Now we had to figure out what the heck we were going to do now. 
I was mad they already cut them since they weren't being installed for another 2 weeks... we should have had them recut them... all well.

SOOOOO... back to the picture above.
As you can see, we decided to STILL cut the walls off to be even with the bottom of the cabinets.
We had to move two switches in the walls up, one on the left for the vent and one on the right for the lights above the stove.

Travis then built boxes to cover the holes. 
We added molding on the sides to match what we added to the other cabinets.
And then these sat... until last week! 
I will show you the finished product here in a bit.

We framed in the window in front of the sink and the one above the stove.
And painted them bright white like the rest of the molding in our house.

Once the counters were in, the great back splash tile debate was on! 
We looked everywhere! I knew what I wanted but unfortunately, most of it wasn't in our budget.

We found this tile at a store in town called, Tile 4 Less, and we both liked it so we brought home a sample.
Travis was sold on it, I was not. I wanted to add a TOUCH of color or shine or something since our counters and cabinets were white now so I kept looking. I will blame indecisiveness from being pregnant with Miss S during all this.
Finally after not being satisfied with anything out there, I told Travis to go buy it.

The tiles got applied, and then this sat, ungrouted until right after Miss S was born and my dad help Travis bust it out one day.

Truthfully, I like it but I am still NOT in love with it. And to make matters worse, I am now finding stuff that I love and what I was looking for that I would have loved to do. All well... it isn't our forever home, right?!

And once the back splash was complete it was back to waiting on those darn cabinets by the stove to be complete. 
And here is the final result of those cabinets.
 We made spice cabinets!! 
And I LOVE them! 
I love having my spices right by the stove because before they were way in an end cabinet, way to the right of our stove.
I had to wait for Travis to build the box and shelves and then the drawer fronts. 
We bought drawer gliders (no clue what they are called) and mounted them on the top and bottom of the boxes and shelve boxes as well. Placed the drawer fronts on, painted them the same color as the cabinets, and then used some extra drawer handles we had left and mounted them vertical.

And finally the kitchen was complete!!! 

I love the way the cabinets look with the crown and the molding on them. 
So happy we did that! 

Bottom cabinets complete.

It is so much brighter and feels so clean now! 

The Quartz counters have been fabulous! 

And I am in LOVE with our under mount sink! 
Being able to wipe things off the counters right into the sink is so wonderful! 

As you can see, we even tiled all around the window behind the stove as well to tie that random window in with the rest of the walls.

And there are those awesome spice cabinets! lol

Some of you may be questioning why we went white, especially with having two little ones, or wondering how they have held up.
I just wanted something bright since our floors were so dark. I know white isn't for everyone but it has made such a difference in our house to have these bright, white cabinets.
And since it has been a full year that we've had these, they have held up great!! No chipped paint, they wipe right clean if something gets on them, and shockingly, I don't see little dirty finger prints on them. 
All of the last few pics in this post were just taken so you can see that they have held up great! 

I LOVE our new kitchen and am so happy it is finally complete.
Well, there is one last project that needs to be done but it isn't major... our island will be getting a makeover as well.

If you made it to the end of this post... congrats! That was a lot of information! lol

Monday, July 21, 2014

Epic Craft Supply Giveaway

Are you ready for something TOTALLY Awesome?! 
I mean seriously... I am SOOOO jealous of whoever wins this! 

the great craft stash giveaway 1 
38 AWESOME bloggers have all joined forces to give you the GREAT Craft Stash GIVEAWAY!
Each blogger has picked one of their favorite crafting tools to give to ONE lucky winner (AND IT COULD BE YOU!!!!)
We have everything from washi tape, to chalk paint, to baker's twine, to sharpies! Everything a crafter's heart could desire!!!!

I choose to giveaway a Summer pack of vinyl from Expressions Vinyl.
 I love vinyl!
You can do so much with it and apply it to so many different things.
Walls, cups, wood, clothing, cars... you can apply it!
I even use vinyl a lot to make stencils for painting projects!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Handmade Hangout Party #5

I hope you all are having a fabulous week and that you are ready for some fun!
Ready to party?! 
Good!! We are too!!

We have just a few easy rules:
1. Become a follower of the blog where you linked up. Or you can follow all of us and that would be awesome too!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

{Fabulous Features} #4

I hope you all are having a lovely week! 
We have had some CRAZY rain here in my neck of the woods and poor Travis is in the field training. 

Anyways... here are a few of the great ideas that caught my eye from last week's Handmade Hangout Party.

What's in your Handbag Series: Michelle from Delicate Construction

Howdy! Michelle from Delicate Construction is here today showing off her handbag. 
Take a peek inside! 

Hello all! 
I'm Michelle from Delicate Construction and I was lucky enough to meet Allison at SNAP! and I instantly thought she was awesome! I knew I would have to participate in this series but truthfully, I planned on prepping in advance. I wanted to pick up a new purse, organize things a bit, get some fun little additions to put in but, well, not one of those things happened. I have my same old bargain purse, but I tried to fancy her up a bit with my photo backdrop, what do you think?

whats in my handbag 

Yeah, I have not really gotten to that stage in my life where I invest in a really nice purse- hopefully soon. And by invest I mean, someone else buys it for me, like for a birthday or something because I could never justify it myself. I always end up at the craft store whenever I go shopping so instead of lots of shoes and accessories, I have washi tape and permanent markers.
But back to the hand bag, I was going to leave some of this stuff out but what is the fun in that? This is a true picture of the things, some random, that I have in my purse right now- arranged in a semi-organized manner for photographing. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

3D Chalk Recipe

I shared this post over at Skip to my Lou back on 6/26/14 but in case you didn't see it there, I want to share it with all of you today!

Miss P is finally at the age that she can do all sorts of fun activities and I like being able to make things for her to play with since I know what went into it. 
So I created some 3D Chalk and it was a blast and I have the recipe for you today.
It is super fun and so easy to make!
 Here is how you can make some for your kids to enjoy.

 -1/2 cup of Cornstarch
-2 tablespoons of Four
-1/4 cup of water
-Food coloring
-Baggies or bottles

Begin by placing the 1/2 cup of Cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of flour into a bowl and mix with a fork.
Then place about 6 drops of food coloring into the cornstarch/flour mixture along with the 1/4 cup of water.
Mix well together until a thick paste is formed. If your mixture is very dry, slowly add a little water until the mixture is like thick paste.

Pour your mixtures into a baggie for older kids or squeeze bottles for younger kids. 
I cleaned out some old acrylic paint bottle and put the chalk inside. Worked much better for Miss P than teaching her how to hold and squeeze the baggie.
If using the baggie, just cut the tip of one of the corners off to use. You could even place in a frosting bag and use frosting tips for you kids to get real creative with!

Then head outside and have fun!

You can make all sorts of fun designs and even layer the colors on top of each other.

Or just let your small kiddos be little Modern Art artists.

You can even let the chalk dry for a few minutes and then pick it up!
It is almost like silly putty so you can make balls with it and combine the colors before it fully dries.

To clean up, just rinse off with water.
And don’t worry if it gets all over your child’s clothes! It just wipes right off and if any color is left behind, it will come out in the wash.

I hope you make some this summer for your kids to enjoy!
It really is loads of fun!
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