Saturday, February 15, 2014

It's all in the Details

Popping in today to share a project my daughter completed for school recently, and one that I thought turned out pretty fantastic! 

Her assignment was to pick a photo of a person and copy it down to the smallest detail. The better the copy, the better the grade. They were given some leeway in the background of the photo, as not everyone lives by say, the ocean or the mountains, but other than that, it needed to be as accurate as possible. 

She chose a photo, shopped for clothing and asked me to be photographer.

The most challenging part of the shoot had to be the fact that Taylor Swift is 5' 10" and my Morgan is 5' 1". Try leaning at the same angle with your elbows straight, on tip toes and hips facing just so when there's a NINE inch difference in height! Challenging, yes. But I think she did amazing. Especially considering this was mid-January, the wind was gusting and it was barely 40 degrees. 

She's hoping to receive her grade next week. I'm pretty confident she'll be getting an "A".

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Paint Dipped Starbucks Frappuccino Bottles

When I first started saving our empty Starbucks Frappuccino bottles, I don't think Mr. Concrete even noticed. 
Fast forward six months and one entirely covered shelf in the kitchen, and it went a little beyond noticing
It's possible my inability to tell him what all those "dumb bottles" were being saved for, could have added to his irritation, but what's a girl to do?
I just knew there was a fantastic use waiting for them, if only I held out long enough. 
And lo and behold, I was right! 

Turns out, I had a craft room I was trying to organize, and these little babies were just the ticket.
Pretty them up with a little paint and throw a bunch of sewing notions, paper cut-outs and craft supplies in them? Yep. It was genius I tell you!

Ok, well maybe not genius, but Mr. Concrete at least decided I wasn't totally crazy {well, not about the bottles anyway}.

These were uber easy to do, so let's get to the fun part.

Paint dipped is exactly what happened. 
I dunked the bottoms of each bottle into my paint color of choice, let it drip for a bit, then used a table knife to scrape some of the excess paint from the very bottom. 
I got lucky with a few of the colors, and had them already in a gallon bucket which made dipping simple. All but one of the other colors were in small craft-paint bottles which were poured into wide mouth Gladware containers. 
Just don't overfill these, or the paint will come soaring over the top when you dip the bottles. 

The white bottles were the only ones that weren't actually dipped.

When I started this project, it was in the midst of painting the shelves in the craft room, so I already had the white paint in a tray for rolling. You can see in the photo below, the white bottles have kind of a scalloped look. I rolled the bottom of the bottle in the paint tray, and this was the effect I got. 

I took the photo above to post on Instagram right after the bottles had dried. About the time I hit publish, I noticed how annoying those little date stamps are. Somehow I hadn't paid any attention to them while I was painting, but now they were all I could see.

I brain stormed for a few minutes, and luckily came up with the perfect solution.

Nail Polish Remover

Worked like a dream.

Dip the end of a Q-tip in the nail polish remover and rub it across the numbers. No need to get aggressive, the numbers will disappear with no effort.

Just like it was never there. 

The final step was the lids. I hauled them and some white spray paint out to the lawn on a piece of cardboard. Little did I know it would start to rain a few minutes after I finished spraying, so some of them have little bubbles in the paint. This... does not bother me at all.

You can check out the Craft Room Reveal as well as all the details shared to date on this room using the links below.

Craft Room Reveal
Horribly disturbing and humiliating BEFORE Photo!
Getting the room organized, not pretty, just functional.
DIY Cabinet Pedestal to store the laundry baskets.
Chalkboard Wall Paint DISASTER
Stencilled Cork Board
Adding my personal touch to my lamp.

These are some of the fun blogs I link up to on a regular basis.
Do yourself a favor and check them out... you won't be disappointed!


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Dear Coffee, I Love You. That is All.

We had a lovely little snow storm this week in the MidWest. I think 8-9 inches at last count.
The kids had 3 days off school and I guess people decided they didn't want to go into labor, 'cause I got to stay home from work for 2 days. We've had fun.

It also gave me the extra time to update the chalkboard. 

My girls and I are big coffee/cappuccino fans, so this one is extremely appropriate.
And it makes us smile.

My son photo-bombing my pics also makes me grin. 
Double BONUS!!

Just in case any of you are font crazy like me and were wondering...  The lovely font in the middle {the I Love You text} is Bombshell Pro. The Dear Coffee text is done in Moon Flower, which is a free font.

I typed this up and cut it out of card stock with my Silhouette. Then used the card stock like a stencil by taping it to the chalkboard and filling it in with chalk. I used the same technique to make the CREATE wall I showed you guys in my craft room reveal last week. I'll share the exact details on that soon.

Okey dokey, me and my coffee loving family wish you all a warm and happy weekend!

Update: This chalkboard has now been made into a counter-top sign, click the link to check it out!

These are some of the fun blogs I link up to on a regular basis.
Do yourself a favor and check them out... you won't be disappointed!


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Baby Name Blocks ~ Carter {sports theme}

A little boy's room with a sports theme. Classic!

Baby Carter's room was done in the Babies "R" Us MVP Bedding set.

I patterned his blocks as much as possible to coordinate with this theme, and I was thrilled with how they turned out.

This basketball paper was hard to work with because it was so thick, but it ended up being my favorite. The texture actually feels like a real basketball!

Before you say it, my kids have already pointed out that this pic kinda makes you wanna say "crater" instead of "Carter" when you read it.
I figure maybe there's a kid out there named "Crater" who's never had anything with his name on it and I just made his day.
I'm going with that anyway…

To view all Block posts, click HERE.