Friday, September 30, 2016

{Feature Friday} #101

It is the last day of the month. 
Another month gone and we are that much closer to the holidays and 2017.
 I'm not sure how that is even really possible but apparently time just keeps on ticking whether we want it to our not. 

Just in case you want to get some new ideas to round out the last few months of the year, I have some great ideas for you from last week's Handmade Hangout Party.  

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Handmade Hangout Party #121

Wooooo, it's party time! Let's get the party started! 

You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Alli from Made with HAPPY


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Grandparents Day: Long Distance Hug

So grandparents day was technically last week...but at our kids school we won't be celebrating it until October. But in any case I think this fun little gift would be loved and appreciated by grandparents ANY time of the year....Mother's day, Valentine's name it!!

I don't remember where I saw this idea....maybe Family Fun, maybe not.
If you've seen this idea can you point me in the
right direction so I can give the proper credit?

I wanted to make something
fun and thoughtful for grandparents day.
I saw this idea and knew it would be awesome.
Since we don't live very close to my in-laws I thought this was right up our alley, making something meaningful, creative and out of the ordinary.

Here's what I did:
I had the kids lie down on butcher paper and stretch out their arms.
Then I traced around their arms...
and a little bit of their body two times.
I cut their arms out (of the paper).

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Craft with Me: Easy Watercolor Pencil Art

September is coming to an end, say whattttt?!, so it is time for another "Craft with Me" series post.

I have a super easy project today that anyone, even kids, can do.

I heard about watercolor pencils and I had to buy them! I actually bought them FOREVER ago and totally forgot about them so I may have bought another box just for this project, oops!, but they are seriously so fun! 

You can do so much with them but who wouldn't want to just doodle anything you want and paint it?

I created a little fall pumpkin painting along with some other fun things.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Fall Hydrangea Wreath

I wanted to share the new fall wreath I created for over our mantle. 
I had a craft day one weekend and wanted to get a whole bunch of stuff completed but I had to use supplies I already had on hand.

I decided to make a wreath so I searched through all my supplies and this is the wreath I came up with and I totally love how it came out! 

 This was a pretty easy wreath to make and here is how I did it.

Friday, September 23, 2016

MHCT&M: Shopping Your Home for Seasonal Decor

Hello everyone! 
 Are you ready for the last week of Must Have Craft Tips & More: Fall and Halloween Decorating Tips? 
If you have missed the last few weeks, here is Tip 1, Tip 2, and Tip 3.

It's Allison here, back with some tips on how to decorate your home for the holiday season by just shopping your home.

 You don't always have to go out and buy a ton of items to decorate for seasonal or holiday decorating. Just shop your home, inside and out, instead! 

Walk around your home and you can turn many items into holiday decor. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Handmade Hangout Party #120

It's Thursday night so are you ready to party!? 
Hope so! 
Let's get the party started!

You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Alli from Made with HAPPY

{Fabulous Features} #100

Time for me to share more fabulous ideas that were created by you and linked up to last week's Handmade Hangout Party

Here are some of the ideas that caught my eye.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Free Kitchen Printable & Delicious Smoothie Recipe Ideas

Hi, it's Molly from Just a Little Creativity! I hope everyone is enjoying September. Maybe your weather is beginning to cool off, and hopefully you're family has fallen into a nice back to school routine by now.

If you're kids are like mine, by they time they get home from school they're so hungry! While prepackaged snacks and chips are easy, they're not always the best first choice, right? One of the easiest things I like to have ready for them when they get off the bus are smoothies. You already know how much my little guy likes strawberries from the strawberry watermelon popsicle recipe I shared earlier this summer, so of course including them in smoothies are a hit.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Watercolor Wooden Arrow

Hi everyone! 
I hope that your September is going well. How is your weather? Still fall like here in WI. 
Have you decorated for fall yet? If not, it is just about time to do it! 

I have a super simple project for you today. 
I created this to add to my fall mantle and literally, it took like 5 minutes and is so easy! 

Here is how you can create one as well to match your decor or use it to decorate for fall as well. 

-Wooden arrow (got this one at Hobby Lobby)
-Watercolor Pencils
-Paint brush

Friday, September 16, 2016

MHCT&M: Inexpensive Ways to Decorate for Fall and Halloween

Hello and Happy Friday!! 
We are back with another week of Must Have Craft Tips & More. 

Each week my friends Michele at The Scrap Shoppe, Bev at Flamingo Toes, Allison at A Glimpse Inside, and myself (Kara at Mine for the Making) take turns sharing tips based around a monthly theme. 
And this month we have been sharing tips for Halloween and fall... one of my most favorite times of year!

 Must Have Craft Tips and More 

This week I am sharing tips on inexpensive ways to decorate for fall and Halloween! Let's face it, you don't need to spend tons of money to decorate. And I'm going to tell you how to save a little moolah.  fall-and-halloween-decor
  1.  Shop the dollar store.
That's right! I have found the cutest holiday decorations at my local Dollar Tree. There are so many ways to dress up or spookify dollar store items. 
Talk about all the crafts... check out some of these awesome ideas!
 Boo Mores Bar1 
 Halloween Boo 'Mores Bar using Dollar Tree decorations

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Handmade Hangout Party #119

SOOOOOOOO, let's get this party started!!
Show us what you've been working on! 

You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Alli from Made with HAPPY


{Fabulous Features} #99

I hope you are having a fabulous week so far. The weekend is super close so if you are having a rough week, the end is near! Just power through a little longer... you can do it! 

 In the mean time, I have some great ideas that caught my eye from last week's Handmade Hangout Party. Perhaps you can look forward to getting your craft, cook, or diy on this weekend. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Smoky Cheddar Wasabi Snack Mix

I don't know about the people around you, but almost everyone I know is completely excited about Fall coming up soon. I must admit, I am's always been my favorite season. While I'm excited about scarves and boots and hot cocoa, I'm really excited about Fall cooking and gatherings. However, it doesn't exactly feel like fall yet where we live, so I think the heavy duty fall-like cooking will have to wait for a little while longer.

Meanwhile, I do have this really tasty and very simple snack mix that's perfect for Fall gatherings, whether they are around the television for a football game or in the stands at an event (marching band competitions, if you're like us). It comes together in a snap, it's easy to transport, and the smoky, cheesy flavors with the little kick of heat and crunch from the wasabi peas and nuts really makes this very snackable. If you have little ones or people that simply don't dig the spice, feel free to leave out the wasabi peas and add in a few extra cheese crackers, pretzels, or nuts.

Smoky Cheddar Wasabi Snack Mix

Monday, September 12, 2016

Natural Fall Mantle

The weather is officially fall like here in WI so I decided I would pull out my fall decor this weekend.

I wanted to go a little natural and use some different colors than the normal orange, red, and yellow so I shopped my house, indoor and out, and came up with this set up for our faux mantle, mantle.

 After putting things up and taking things back off, rearranging a few times, I LOVE how it turned out. 

Let's take a closer look shall we.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Must Have Craft Tip & More: Fall Decor Tips- Reusable Wreath Forms

Welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips! 
Every week my co-hosts and I gather up our favorite craft tips to share with you! 

This week it's my turn (Bev from Flamingo Toes) and I'm sharing one of my favorite holiday Must Have Craft Tips - Using Reusable Wreath Forms! Save Space with Reusable Wreath Forms 

While I LOVE decorating for the holidays, and I completely decorate the house for the fall Holidays especially, sometimes storing all these things gets to be a problem. You can only have so many boxes of just wreaths, am I right? Especially if you're like me and don't want to use the same wreaths every year. I like to change things up! 

 My solution is to use reusable wreath forms! 
These wreaths were made with pins - so that the ribbons and decorations can be removed at the end of the holiday! 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Handmade Hangout Party #118

Time to party! 
Let's get this party started!!

You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Alli from Made with HAPPY


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Kitchen Makeover Reveal

We began our kitchen makeover at the beginning of July. 
It was done in phases, mostly because we had to wait for certain things to get complete before we could move on to the next thing, but as of Friday night, our kitchen is complete. YAY! 

I am thrilled it is complete! 
This is a long, picture heavy post, SORRY, but I wanted to warn you! 

This was our kitchen when we moved into our house.
Literally when we moved in- see that giant mess?! lol
Oak cabinets, dark laminate counters, linoleum floors in a faux brown tiles, and yellow, or well mustard walls. 
It was all... VERY BROWN and totally lopsided!! 
EVERYTHING was on this end of the kitchen and to the left of this photo was nothing at all even though there was room for something. 

This area of the kitchen was the only somewhat bright spot with white bead board on the wall where the table sits. I wish the previous owners carried the bead board onto the left side of the kitchen but nope just plain painted yellow walls.

And here is the kitchen now. 

Still the oak cabinets and linoleum floor, though I would LOVE to change it, but much brighter and still a big difference. The biggest difference comes to the wall that you don't see. 

But before I show you everything as a whole, let me show you what we did to get to this point.

We began with the walls. 
Here is a better shot of the breakfast nook area before.
It has the real wood version of bead board but it was super beat up and really didn't look that good in person. 

 Here is a shot of the other side of the room. Totally plain and empty.

So we ripped that all off the wall for a whole new wall treatment plan.
We also painted the upper portion of the walls.

It was then time to install our new wall treatment, board and batten, throughout the whole room.
We began by replacing the base boards back in the nook area and then we placed a piece of 1x2 an inch from the top of the baseboards all the way around the room where we were doing the board and batten. 
This was our tricky way of not having to replace the old baseboards.

Then the fun began of doing all the board and batten itself. 
We began by installing the top board all the way around at the height we wanted, 70 in. high.
Then we installed a second row of boards down 10 in. from the top board.

And we finished it out with the battens down the wall spaced the 17 3/4 in. apart. Why we picked such a random number I haven't the faintest at this stage but that is what we did. lol

 Once the boards were all attached, it was my turn to take over. I caulked around all the boards and primed them with 2 coats of primer.

Then the whole room got painted with a few coats of ultra white paint to make it nice and bright in the room.

The unified look throughout the room looks so much better and the room isn't quite so lopsided anymore. 

Once the walls were complete, it was time to move on to the lighting.
These were the old pendant lights above the island. There were 3 of them and they weren't that great. 

I knew what I wanted to replace them with , it was just a matter of finding them for the price I wanted. 
After searching EVERYWHERE, I finally found this version, of all chrome or nickel or whatever they are and snagged them in a heartbeat. I spent slightly more than I wanted since we had to buy three but still got them for a good deal. 

Have you ever had to look for lights for the same room the coordinate and goes with the idea you have in your head? Holy cow, that is a heck of a feat!! 

Then I found this handsome fella to go with the pretty ladies for over our table.
The old light was a fake stained glass looking light, it was plastic, and gave off terrible light. I found this light  for the best price and ordered immediately! 

 It has a white bottom on the inside so it gives off much better light and we can actually see our food now, which is good! 

Then came cabinet hardware. 
 The previous owners had these round white knobs on the cabinets. 
Their kitchen was decorated VERY country and these knobs went with their decor but NOT mine! 

They stood our from the cabinets immediately when you looked at the kitchen and I hated that. 

I found these great hexagon nickel knobs at Wal-Mart, yep, Wal-Mart and snatched them up. I needed 42 so I needed a lot for a good price and they are so much better!

Once the walls were complete, knobs were changed and the lights were installed, we had to play the waiting game. 
We ordered new counter tops and they weren't going to be stalled until mid August which meant everything else had to be stalled.

Finally counter install day was here so we took out our old sink and removed the old counters the night before.

So the counter guys arrive, we ordered a white quartz from Home Depot, and as they are bringing them in and they placed the large sink piece in place, the sink hole was cut in the completely wrong place!! AHHHH! So they had to take the entire main part of the counters and recut them. 
This was the only section that was installed that day which meant that we were without a sink or a counter in our kitchen for another week.
Thank goodness for a small bar sink in our island.

Here is a super up close shot of our quartz. I can't remember the name for the life of me but it was in Group A. We wanted to upgrade the counters but didn't want to pay the price we paid in our old house, especially knowing that we had more counters in this house. We are both really happy with how this one looks in our kitchen. 

And a week later, the rest of the kitchen counters and our sink was finally installed, the right way this time. 

Next up, giving our island a little makeover to make it different from the rest of the cabinets.
The counter on the island was already actually a nice counter, I think possibly plain white quartz but not sure since the previous owners installed it, so since the top is different then the rest we wanted the island to completely make it different from the rest.

Travis installed bead board to the back side of the island since it was just plain. 

We also replaced the old pointy corbels that we would always smack our knees on it these, much smoother corbels.

Then I gave the entire island 2 coats of gray primer. Thank goodness the Olympics were on during this so I had something to watch and listen to in the background during my multiple coats!

 Next it got painted 3 times with the dark gray main coat of paint. Turned out great! 

And the very last thing we added was we put in a bead board back splash throughout the main kitchen as well as on the island back splash. We bought 2 large pieces of bead board from Home Depot for $30 a piece and we had enough for the back of the island and all of the back splash.

I gave it the a few coats of the same ultra white as the board and batten and it looks fantastic! 

I love how it looks and so happy it is complete! 
I will say that I would change the floors in a heartbeat but we just don't have the time, money, and we probably wouldn't get the money back when selling the house, so that did not get done. All well. 

And we had debated on painting all the cabinets but once the back splash was installed we decided it looked good as it so we weren't going to spend more time on money on that either. 

I'm thrilled with how much brighter the room is now and of course less brown! 

 We kept our old table and chairs and rugs in the space. The table and chairs did get a little messed up on our move here to WI so they may get a makeover as well but we'll see! 
I may change out the rugs at some point as well but that will be if I find something I really like for a good price.

I still enjoy walking in here and taking in the room.

The island turned out great. 
The bar stools were left by the previous owner and I hope to redo those at some point. We'll see if I get to that this winter. 

The board and batten helps balance out the room.

 We moved our bar over under my vintage plate wall and it made this side of the room really come together. 
This bar has been on the makeover list since we bought it 6 yrs ago. Perhaps some day I will get to it! lol

The new lights go so well above the newly painted island. 

I love the new counters and the new sink.
The old sink was, well, I have no idea what it was made from, but I hated it! I'm so happy to have a stainless steel sink again.

 We even got ourselves a new stove.
Our previous stove had a black faced door and still the coil elements on top which makes it so hard to clean so we found this at Home Depot and decided to bring it home as well. 

I even sewed new valances for all the windows. 

I found this fabric at my local Wal-Mart and immediately knew I wanted to use it in the kitchen! I love them! :) 

We probably won't be in this house much longer but I am so happy this project is complete and we can enjoy it until it is time to move on once again. 

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