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Friday, August 28, 2009

Kitchen Re-Do

{Vintage Junky} has a great kitchen renovation!
Here it is before:

Pretty standard. Nice, but not wow.

And here it is After:

WOW! I love the white cabinets. They painted the top a creamy white and the bottoms grey. I probably would have done them all white...but it's not mine, is it!?

Gave it a great new backsplash. And just changed the drawer pulls. All the other knobs were already great. But the new drawer pulls do add a lot, don't they?

Great new light and I love how that bar is actually a bar now, instead of a 5" wide nothing up there. LOVE those corbels holding it up!! And don't you love those hydrangeas. I do. :)

Another wall in their kitchen is this. It's cute too.

My favorite part is this sink area, though. I LOVE those huge corbels~ They look so great there. And the plant is adorable. I also love the bowls for the scrubber and cloths. It makes them look elegant! I need to do that. Anyway, great renovation!! Check the link at the top out for more detailed pics and descriptions of what they did.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Car Party

This is an adorable - and looks like an affordable - birthday party!

Look at those cute straws!

These cookies may be my favorite part. :)

Love that car mobile!

She made everyone these mats with their names on them and let them fingerpaint. Then, put them in the mats and that was their take home gift.

{Jack and Izzy} is where this came from. Oh, so cute!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

20 Indoor Activities

Besides watching TV!

{Simple Mom} just posted a great list of indoor activities for kids. She says:

"I don’t have a problem with TV or movies — we watch them occasionally. But I believe that they are FAR too often used as the default choice of leisure time for children. They can easily suck away imagination, energy, and the innocence of our kids, and a few hours of distraction just isn’t worth that, in my opinion."

Check it out!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Clam Cookies

LOVE this idea from {The Celebration Shoppe}! Easy, too. They are just two wafer cookies with pink frosting and a yogurt covered raisin inbetween. They eyes are just frosting as well, but I could do without them. I think they'd be SO cute at any beachy party or one about pearls, of if you're teaching people about pearls of great price or pearls of wisdom...endless possibilities! Love it!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Upping Your Curb Appeal

Better Homes and Gardens has a set of tips called {Making the Sale Before They Walk in the Door}. I think they're some great ideas if you're trying to sell, or even if you just want your house to be the best looking one on the block. Here they are:
Make the Front Door Special
Spruce up your front door with a coat of glossy paint in whatever color best suits the style of your home. A cottage-style house may look great with a country blue door, a Colonial may be crying out for a cheerful red door. As long as it's fresh and not too trendy, it'll attract positive attention. Make sure the door doesn't squeak when it opens, too!
Ring Their Bell
Impress potential buyers with attention to detail. Clean or replace all front-door accoutrements, whether it's the doorbell (if you don't have one, install one; some actually run on batteries), the address numbers, the doorknocker, the doorknob and key lock -- even the mailbox. A stylish new set of hardware can help make a great first impression.
Dress the Porch
Say "Welcome" with a few pots of seasonal plants and a decorative door mat. If the porch is large, make sure there's a comfortable seat or swing in good condition. Check that steps and railings are stable and in good repair.
Make It Sparkle
Wash your exterior windows until they shine. Don't forget to clean shutters, gutters, and siding, as well. It's never a bad thing to look like an overachiever in the home maintenance department.
Clear the Path
Power wash the sidewalk, driveway, and any other surfaces leading up to your front door. Let the area dry before prospective buyers arrive. Make sure garbage cans and recycling bins are empty, clean, and put out of sight.
Go for a Great Garage
If your garage is visible from the street in front of your house, make sure it's as good looking as your house -- and matches the style of your home. If your garage door has seen better days, consider painting it, or replacing it with one of the newer models that add architectural interest with rows of windows or carriage-house styling.
Simple Landscaping
You don't have to have the fanciest flora and fauna in the neighborhood to impress a potential buyer, but you must have a well-maintained, nice-looking yard. Flowerbeds, foundation plantings, paths, and borders can make a huge difference in your home's appeal. If you buy small plantings and let them grow into their role, you get a particularly high value per investment. Mowed grass, well-kept flowerbeds, and a fence that's in good condition will all get a thumbs up. If your outside looks good, buyers will already be anticipating a great inside.
Store the Clutter
The tricycle, the wheelbarrow, the sprinkler, the Frisbee that finally slid off the roof -- put it all out of sight so that your yard looks bigger, cleaner, and more appealing. If Fido usually parks outside, clean up his area (including doing doggy doo-doo duty and removing "Beware of Dog" signs!), and put away his bones and toys. Send all pets "on vacation" during buyer visits.
Perk Up the Patio
If your deck or outdoor wooden furniture is looking tired, give it a new coat of stain or paint to freshen it up. Make sure your grill is covered or in great condition; if not, put it away. Place a few well-positioned pots of flowers or herbs near the back door along with another doormat.
Trim the Trees
Make sure no large trees are too close to the house or to power lines. Not only can trees cramp a home's style by making the home dark or obscuring interesting architectural details, they can lean over dangerously and fill the gutters with leaves. Careful pruning will let the sun shine in and keep your home safe.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Another Pirate Party

{Vintage Junky} just posted about another Pirate party. She had some great ideas!

"X" marks the spot - cute way of telling people where the party is!

Love this pirate ship that I think she made. Cute tablescape with the linen runner and the maps under the boat and that bottle...
She made a bunting of his name in cute pirate fabric. What a perfect pirate name, too.

I love these sheets! Step 1: have a back porch with a wooden pergola overhead. Step 2: hang cheap sheets from it. I love pergolas! You can do so many things with them!!

Love that globe - very fitting decor. And I love that lemonaid pitcher too!

Of course - a barrel full of drinks.

I really like this idea. They made him a sort of "grooms cake" one just for him to destroy. And it's a treasure chest! So cute!

And they also had this other one for everyone else. Love the gold coins and the map on the cake.

And then her take home bags were actually pails. I love it!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Basket Light Pendant

So, I looked on {two ellie} a little bit more and found out that she made this basket light with a basket and a plain jane light pendant from the hardware store. She says it looks great at night, when it's lit. I can only imagine. I love it!!! I think it would look great in a dining room, kitchen, laundryroom, craftroom, or even outside on a patio. What a great idea.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Flower Birthday Party

Ok, first of all. I love that cake! It's so elegant and looks easy to make yourself.
Second of all, I love the flowers, especially the tiny one on top of each plate, and how everything matches the flowers. :)

Third, this flower garland is amazing!!!
Forth, what a cute and simple centerpiece! Love how she just used those mason jars.
Isn't it lovely?? All these images and ideas are from {two ellie}.
ps I LOVE that basket light pendant above the table.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Reward Points System

For a long time I've been trying to come up with ways to reward kids for doing good things around the house without paying them. I guess I just believe chores should be expected of children...they were always expected of me. However, I think it's important for children to learn how to use a currency, so I've struggled with the delema of how to give children "money" without teaching them that all the things they do around the house have a price associated with them. Well, {The Idea Room} had this great idea that I think I may implement someday when my kids are old enough to understand it. :)
She's come up with a Rewards Points System where she gives them cards with different rewards or points on them when they do something good, or they do their chore chearfully or quickly or really well or something. The rewards are things like 5 more minutes before bedtime, 20 mintues of TV, 30 mintues of computer time, etc. The points, are used at the Family Store that is brought out once a week...like maybe during {Family Night} would be a good time...
They can use their points like currency to pick out items from this store. I really love this idea. She has a lot of great ones. Check out {The Idea Room} for a more detailed description of her Rewards Points System.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Necklace Rack Continued Again...

I've been trying to come up with a good and inexpensive and pretty way to store all that jewelery so it doesn't get tangled up in a drawer somewhere. I've posted a few ideas {here} and {here} but when I went home a few weeks ago, my sister had this hanging up and I thought, duh! So easy!

They're just cork boards with tacks to hang the necklaces on.
Such a great idea. You can get so many variations of cork boards out there and you can move the tacks anywhere on the board. You could also decorate them however you want to match your space. I think this is the most inexpensive idea for the necklace dilemma I've found yet! Love it.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Rain Gutter Book Shelves

I have posted about front facing bookshelves before {here} and {here}, but I always thought of it as basically a hanging bookcase. These rain gutter shelves really caught my eye because a) I can make them myself - yeay! - and b) there is no limit to how big they are, how many shelves they have, etc. Love them!!
{Raising Olives} has a great tutorial for these shelves on her blog.

She also has some great things to say about them:

The{ theory behind these rain gutter book shelves} is that they encourage children to read more because they can see the fronts of the books and are intrigued, rather than just seeing the edge of the book and not being able to tell what it is about.
Rain gutter shelves won’t hold a ton of books, not nearly as many as the same space used for traditional shelving. However, they certainly are prettier and much easier for young children to help themselves without making a mess. Plus, our children are reading the books that are on the rain gutter shelving more than they ever read them when they were shelved more traditionally in their bedrooms.

I love the idea. And I love the way they look. Thank you Raising Olives!
Here's another image I found somewhere using those raingutter book shelves. I love how they're sitting on top of bead board in this boys room.

So cute!
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