Monday, April 1, 2013

Tayte and Tenerys Coral and Caribbean blue wedding...

So remember how I ALWAYS say I get overwhelmed and then I get behind on stuff so I get more overwhelmed and more behind...well this is one of those things! It was almost a year ago now I swear and I still haven't recovered on the project level! But I am getting there. I just thought I would share a little of what I did to get so overwhelmed...happily overwhelmed! :)
 I didn't take this picture but...I can take credit for the hair! Ha ha both of them...such a cute happy couple! This was when we were melting in Mesa!
 Someone else had these doors so that was lucky. They were just three old doors crudely painted and hinged together with 2x4's cut and screwed onto the back to support it standing up! I added the paper doily bunting (from my sisters wedding) and just hung some pictures...we also had their initials hanging from ribbon on the side from a sign hanger!
 When my mac fried I lost all the pictures i had taken of how I did these to make a tutorial but it is pretty easy we just collected whine bottles and any clear bottle really and painted the inside I mixed various oranges and pinks to get different coral shades you put paint in and shake and tilt until it is all covered then stand up in like a cardboard box to dry!
 For the open house my mother in law wanted a backdrop so we made one on the cheap...with the paper doily bunting (my favorite thing!) and some flowers hot glued onto fishing line it was actually so pretty! We suspended it between two pieces of pvc. It was EASY!
These are my cute kiddos bearing the 118 degree weather in Mesa! I made Hinkley's headband always fun for an excuse to put her in something extravagant like that! Again my tutorial pics got fried away...but put simply you make different kinds of fabric flowers grab some buttons, pearls, feathers whatever tickles your fancy and arrange on top of a felt piece and glue in place then trim felt and add a headband or clip to the back!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Cleaning Upholstery (and my awesome thrift find!)

So...I realized my head I am such a good blogger! You should see the posts! I do so many things, recipes, projects, etc., that I never document and I also have so many things I start to document then never post. Yeah if I could post everything I do I would have a blog over flowing is what it is. 
This is something however I just had to share! I was at my local DI and saw two sea colored beauties I couldn't pass up! I have wanted to do my living room forever! And I am starting to snatch things up as I can so this is where I am starting! There are two squatty chairs and I love them! But they were dusty and had a few scary spills on them so I had to clean it up and hope for the best! I reasearched some DIY upholstery cleaning and came up with a simple solution!

First, I vacuumed it like crazy! I did it in all different directions and sprinkled baking soda on the seat cushions to add a little extra  oomph...and that brightened them up quite a bit then I clean cleaned them. I took 2 cup warm water to 1/4 cup blue dawn and whipped it up for about 2 min to get a foam that I blotted on the fabric and blotted back off after a few minutes with a clean damp cloth. i had to rinse my cloth off a few times because it seemed dingy but that seemed like a good thing.  I used a little extra foam and a soft bristled toothbrush on the more scary spots...and did not have a problem! They cleaned up beautifully! 

I can't wait to find the rest of what I don't know I have to have for my living room and get it all together to show you!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Sound It Out: an ADORABLE educational app for android and iPhone!

Hey! Its been a while.. Christmas, new years, I am just outta the swing of things but I just found this app for kids it is so so cute! I think every parent with young children should have is the best I have found. My little guy is three and loved it and  my  little brother who is almost 15 loved it almost as much (really ha ha)! This is the app description:

Sound It Out is a game that will help your child learn and discover phonics. It was developed by a kindergarten teacher to promote beginning phonics. It has beginning, middle and ending sounds. It has a trace option as well as a spell option. There are two levels of play. One level for beginning spellers and the second level is for those that need an extra challenge.
Sound It Out uses CVC words (consonant, vowel, consonant) to promote letter sounds and spelling. It helps children use letters and their sounds to create words. Colorful pictures are provided to show the child which word they are sounding out and spelling.
Sound It Out is great for teaching your children or students sounds, letter recognition, words, letters and spelling. If you child is already learning sight words, dolch words, fry words, CVC or flashcards then this is the app for you. It works well for preschool, kindergarten or first grade (1st grade).

It is so cute, adorable pictures, sounds, everything to keep the kids engaged and learning! We loved it! It is only $0.99 and worth every penny! Give it a try! Search Sound It Out by Havoc to find app!
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