Saturday, February 22, 2014

Hello Blog World!

I've been MIA for what seems like eternity and life is still very busy, but I'm going to attempt to add posts when I can!

To give a quick update - I'm now in Texas and life is very different. I miss Southern California very much, but am making the best out here and trying to transition every day! My kiddos have adapted well and are busy in sports and school.

I do have a few DIY projects I'm working on and will share once I get them finished and have the time to take/upload photos. Phew! Blogging is work! :) But I do miss my creative outlet and can't wait to get back in touch with all those I've lost contact with over the past year!

Look forward to seeing what everyone has in store, and also sharing some of my latest creations! Until then, take care!


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

$24 DIY Built In ... or close to!

Hey there! Look at this space ... isn't it TERRIBLE? I mean, I don't even know if there is a adequate word to describe the feelings I had every time I looked here ... LOL!

The DREADED empty hole under the mantle!!

So obviously, there comes a time when ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, right! And that time had come and gone, and now here we were. 

You may be asking, why did it take so long?? Here's my only answer - bookshelves do not come in those dimensions, and neither do TV consoles or dressers, so we had plans to customize a DIY built in. Well, I was waiting because we have not yet decided what to do with that horrible oak mantle that the previous owners installed. We either want to re-stain it or paint it, but have not agreed on a color, so I wasn't ready to build something just yet. 

A friend came over and just complained and complained about how we were never going to fill that void...LOL some friend right? But it was true because I was sick of looking there too. Being fed up, I made up my mind to put something temporary there for the time being... (which sadly may end up being years), and it needed to leave accessibility to those cords, just in case.

Here's what I came up with! $24.00 worth of boards and shelf brackets! 

This 1" x 4" x 97" was a little over $3, and the already painted white shelf was a 1" x 12" x 97" for about $14.00. I had measured before-hand, and had HD make the cuts required to make two shelves.

I had to purchase three packs of these Corner Brackets - each about $2.50

I was going to buy some fabric but didn't have the energy to go to the fabric store after spending several hours running errands with my three kids in hot 90' weather, so I was very excited to find this unused shower curtain in my storage. I will replace this with fabric at some point, but for now it will do since you can't even see it hides the cords.

I simply measured and cut the fabric to size, and then stapled the fabric to the sides of the boards like so.

Next I attached two of the L brackets to the top board (1 on each side) like so. And since my trusty old power drill died on me, I did this all by hand ladies with an old fashioned Phillips head screwdriver. I then screwed the sides of the L brackets into the top of the wall opening so the curtain served as a backdrop, hiding the cords.

Next I spaced out the shelves, and attached them to the wall the same way, but used two L brackets for each side for extra sturdiness. I made sure to use my tape measurer to ensure equal spacing from all angles.

Here's what it looked like after I installed everything. Not the cutest backdrop, but like I said, after you shove some stuff in there, it's barely visible.

Tada! I just used some baskets, books, and games we already had to fill the spacing. When I have time I will purchase some cuter decor to fill the gaps, but for a QUICK FIX it is 100% better than what it was before! 

What do ya think? Huge improvement right? And certainly not bad for $24 and an hour's worth of time!
One last look!


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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Meaningful Father's Day Gifts

Hello everyone! I hope all the great Daddys' out there had a GREAT Father's Day! How did you shower your special Dad with love on his big day? 

This Father's Day, we focused on making some meaningful gifts we knew he would LOVE! :) We also started celebrating on Saturday (over here we do Mothers/Father's Day weekends) and made him lots of yummy breakfast/brunches .. dinners of his choice, gave him as much video game time as he wanted, and also quiet (no fighting) time from the kids :) ... what more can you ask for?

I've been doing a lot of thinking and am really trying to get back to the basics with everything. We always try to teach our kids life lessons and principles, always using God's word as the solid foundation for every teaching, and I realized that more than anything, I really want them to understand what is most important in life. It's not money or power or things of that nature, but it's about love and prioritizing your time doing things that matter for people that matter. We all need to take the time to show the people that we love most, how much we really love them, especially while they are here! And you don't need a lot of money to give a meaningful gift :) It just needs to come from the heart!

Everything we did was either whole or partially hand made! From the wrapping paper, cards, to each gift!

Here's our handmade card! Scrapbook paper, stickers, picture and typed font.

I had a spare frame and decided to have the kids make a cute hand-print (all layered from largest hand to smallest) for Daddy to remember how small they once were later down the road! 

I also took photos of the kids in our backyard, and cut out "D ..A...D" letters for each to hold. I had seen this done many times in years past and decided it was perfect, especially because we have 3 kiddos! I made the photos b + w, and incorporated a bit of color in the smaller photos which are for his job decor! The frames were purchased at Michaels, and they were having a 40% off frame sale + additional 20% off coupon! Thank you Michaels!

Michael's also had these wonderful mug crafts, and at $1.50 each mug, who could pass that up? Each child got to personalize a space on the mug with their own artwork!

Daddy was very happy and loved all of his gifts which made us happy! :) Hope everyone else out there had a wonderful Father's Day! Please share your special gift ideas!


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