Archive | September, 2012

Fall Beauty Mod Podge Style

30 Sep

I love the colors of Fall!  Today while at my mom’s house, the boys and I were collecting pretty fallen leaves in the woods.  Big A asked why the leaves don’t pretty for long after they fall off the trees.  That got me thinking . . .

Can we make the pretty leaves stay colorful and not crumble?  Maaaaaayyyyybeeeeee . . . . .  with Mod Podge!

I laid about 20 leaves out on my driveway, coated them front and back about 4 times with Mod Podge.  I let each layer dry in the sun before adding another layer.  When they were totally dry, about 4 hours in the sun, they kind of felt like Fruit Roll Ups!  Pliable but if I pulled good I’m sure I could still tear them.   And they are shiny!

 

 

 

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A Curious Kind of Party

17 Sep

My sweet Little C is 3 today!  Hard to believe, seems like only yesterday he was a teeny little baby!  We had his birthday party this past weekend and it was none other than a Curious George party.  Similar to last year, I had a difficult time finding Curious George party supplies.  We found some, but not enough for what I was going for.  And what do I always say?  What I cannot buy, I will make!  

No party is complete without decorations . . . and if you know me then you know I can’t just settle for plain ol balloons and streamers!  I need custom characters! 

Curious George, Gnicchi the kitty and Hudley the wiener dog from the PBS show Curious George, all taking balloon rides over the gift table.  Ours cats made this difficult because they really wanted to play with the string.  They tore it down a few dozen times . . . stinkers.

What monkey doesn’t like to hang from vines and swing from branch to branch?  George needed a good place to play, so here he is hanging from the curtain rod.  He looks so happy up there!

 

 

My final George was swinging from the deck banister, watching the kids play.  Little C likes all the characters so much that we hung them all in his room last night.  It’s beginning to look like a little jungle in there!

 

 

 

 

 

I really wanted to incorporate the famous yellow hat into the decor, so I made yellow hat silverware holders for the food table.  It’s just a yellow paper plate with a yellow paper cup hot glues to it, then I cut the bottom of the paper out with an exato knife.  I drew the black band on the hat using a permanent marker.  After the part, Little C and Big A were wearing them, without the forks and knives of course!

 

I even decorated the tree house for the party!  Balloons and streamers, nothing too fancy, but it was a beautiful day so we had the party outside.  Kept the mess from all kids outside instead of all over my house!

 

 

 

 

The shining jewel of the party decor was my monkey cake.  I spent hours decorating it and it turned out REALLY cute!  I used Nilla Wafers for the ears.  I bought REAL cake decorating tools for this one and I don’t think I will go back to using the aerosol cans of frosting, this was actually easier and way cheaper than buying the pre-colored canned frosting.  It turns out I’m not nearly as bad at decorating cakes as I always thought I was!

 

 

Little C had a wonderful birthday.  He loved all the decorations, the cake and the presents.  But I’m pretty sure the part of the day for him was just having fun with his friends and cousins!

 

Happy Birthday to my sweet little man!  He was 6 weeks early and it was a scary time, a lot of unknowns about his health.  When my beautiful boy was boron on 9/17/2009, he was the picture of health and beauty!  It’s been a wonderful and fun filled 3 years and so many more to look forward to!

The Boys’ New House

14 Sep

Sorry I’ve been MIA lately!  I just started a new job and my evenings are hectic and frazzled between homework, bath time, and bed time!  I’m so tired by the time the boys are in bed I can hardly think straight!

Last weekend we finished a project that was a year in the making.  Handy Hubby and Big A devised a fabulous tree house last Sept.  That’s right, a year ago!  After listening to my kids and all the neighborhood kids ask over and over when the tree house was going to be finished, I finally lit a big enough fire under Handy hubby’s butt to actually build the darn thing!

I cannot give you a tutorial on how to build the tree house because math and building are not my strongest skills.  I can however, show it off because that is just how I am!  Neener neener neener.  I can tell you that you should ALWAYS use a saw horse when cutting wood.  Handy Hubby was too lazy to walk into the garage and bring the saw horses out so he was balancing the wood on his legs.  He cut his thigh with the circular saw.  That’s right.  Stupid man wouldn’t even go get stitches!  And believe me, he needed them!

That bridge is my favorite part of the tree house!  I love the rope railing!

Little C enjoying the view

 

 

This is the totally finished tree house!  It’s approximately 9 feet off the ground.  The swingset and slide area were the original, built 5 years ago.  The deck Little C is standing on was built last ear and was not accessible until the bridge was built.  There is a ladder to got to the second level.

I wanted the inside of the tree house to look like a real house . . . pictures on the walls, shelves etc.  Big A wanted a fireplace built in the corner, but that would have taken up too much room.  My solution was to pain a fireplace on the wall.  There is a support beam over the fireplace so I painted a trophy and football over the beam to look like they were sitting on a fireplace mantle.

Little C requested a penguin, so I painted a penguin on the wall for him.  Before you start to think, “Wow, she’s really lost her touch . . . these paintings aren’t up to par for the Dummy!”  Let me tell you, it is REALLY hard to paint on raw plywood!  It’s very rough and porous!  I was going for whimsical and childlike . . . but it wasn’t easy painting!

My 1st Sale!

5 Sep

I am VERY pleased to announce that I have made my very first sale in my Etsy store today!  It’s an awesome feeling to know that people not only LIKE my art, but that they are paying for it!  Wooooot!

Are YOU interested in buying some hand painted masterpieces?  If you are, drop into my Etsy store and please feel free to contact me if you have a request, questions, or just want to say “Hey!”

 

 

Monkeys Hanging Around

4 Sep

Little C loves monkeys.  We have stuffed monkeys, monkey shirts, monkey pajamas and I’ve painted 2 Curious Georges on his bedroom wall.  I wanted to make something to hang from this plant hook that is in the ceiling above Little C’s bed.  The creative juices were flowing, and while at Walmart with the boys, I found some Barrel of Monkey games.  Hmmm . . . What to do with barrels of monkeys?  Aaha!  Monkey chandelier!

What you need:

  • lamp shade
  • spray paint
  • scissors
  • string or fishing line
  • small toys or shapes to hang (paper dolls, felt cut outs, plastic animals . . . the possibilities are ENDLESS!)

First thing you need to do is take the fabric cover off your lamp shade.  This is a pain in the ass!  They glue that crap on there REALLY well! I suggest cutting as close to the frame of lamp shade as possible and removing all the excess fabric first.  If the fabric isn’t pulling away from the wire frame, spray some baby oil or Goo Gone on it and let it sit a few minutes, then scrape it off with a knife or box opener.

Once all the fabric and glue is removed from the lamp shade frame, spray paint it with whatever color you want.

Wait several hours for the paint to completely dry.  Now comes the FUN part: tying on the monkeys! (or paper dolls or whatever you chose)

I used white craft string from the jewelery making section of the craft store, which was $2 for a huge spool.  It’s thin but pretty sturdy.  Tie the string to the lamp shade frame, then wrap it around an arm or neck of your creature.  If it’s paper or fabric, punch a hole it in and tie the string through the hole.  I hung one long string from the center and then one between each of the frame “poles”.  I didn’t want to make it hang so far down that Little C would be able to reach it if he stood on his bed, but if you are hanging some place higher that no children can reach, stringing something from the bottom pole would look really cool too!

When it’s finished, you have a cool custom “chandelier”!  Total cost for me was $2 for the string and $9 for the 2 Barrel of Monkeys games.  Not bad!