Saturday, June 29, 2013

The Little Red Cabinet That Could..

Summer's Here....and so it begins. 

I love summer, I love having the kids home, no schedules, no lunches to pack, no homework, no sports, no alarm.  But there's a point, somewhere in the second week home from school, that I realize there's also no organization. So the sunblock goes missing, the sunglasses-who knows?., the flip flops...everywhere. (10 separate flip flops, people)
I needed a quick fix and I started to feel the need for a station coming on.  I have stations for everything.  There's a dog station, cat station, coffee station, toy station, work get my point.  I needed an "outdoor"  station.
I decided to use the small cabinet we have in the kitchen, by the back door.  This little red cabinet was a little brown cabinet that my dad actually made in wood shop, when he was in high school.  I took the liberty of painting it and using it in my kitchen, where it is now home to all of the shoes that we would normally trip over by the back door.  You come in, you put your shoes in the cabinet, easy enough. 
 I added some storage baskets with mini chalkboard signs, and filled them with poolside reading, and fun "play" stuff for the kids.  I set up a sunglasses and sunblock basket on top of Lil' Red, so no excuses, they know where to find it!  
So there it is, for a quick "outdoor station" where now, everyone knows where their flip flops are, the sunblock's in reach, and there's something to read or bubbles to blow!  Now if I can just get them to shut the doors!


Friday, June 21, 2013

This P&B Girl's Been Busy!

We've got a lot to celebrate this month in the "G" household!
It's the One Year Anniversary
of MirAno's Barber Shop, my husband and his business partner, George, have the most beautiful Barber Shop in our area...(yes, a barber shop can be beautiful)
Congratulations to them on such a successful year! They have worked so hard and it has truly been worth it!
  We had the very first dance recital for the very first girl....
Preschool graduation for our youngest son plus a birthday is coming up for this guy...
we finally replaced the floors in the living room, dining room, and study
and...Better Homes & Gardens is featuring my Staircase Redo on their "I Did It!"  page in an upcoming issue!!!! 
Can you stand it!!??  (So excited!)
 I'll share all of the details when I can! 

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Greek Key Pillow


Easy Accent for Boring Pillows

In order to spruce up the now blank sofa, I thought the euro pillows needed a little something.  So I Googled up some pillows, liked the Greek Key trim, and found some very detailed tutorials. I am not a fan of detailed, but in this case you really don't have a choice.  Creating this design is easy, but time consuming (and I have none of that to spare). I ended up following a design tutorial I found on Pinterest here
Now, this would've been so much easier if the pillows were not stuffed and sewn shut.  Why would something be easy for me?  So I did what I do best, and hot glued the ribbon onto each of the pillows. Yes, I tried fabric glue, it isn't as good, I'm serious.
I used navy grosgrain ribbon, from the craft store, and following the tutorial, I measured each pillow and calculated how far from the edge I wanted the design to start, then divided it up according to the tutorial.  My three pillows were slightly different sizes, so I had to adjust them.  Again, much easier if planned in advance.

Here's the tutorial on my laptop! 

 The layout 

 Pinning the corners, just fold it back on itself to form the corners...

and the measuring

The finished product
3 days and a total of 4 hours later!
Thank you Sarah M. Dorsey designs for the detailed tutorial, you can find it here.


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Drop Cloth Chair Redo

Now it's officially a matched set.  I finished the chair that goes with the sofa, by recovering it with an 8 oz. canvas drop cloth...and yes, I hot glued it on.  Sorry people, but that liquid stitching just doesn't do it.
If you missed it, check out my previous post on the sofa redo, to see the steps.  I simply used black glossy spray-paint and drop-cloths, oh and hot glue to transform my gaudy living room furniture. 

 (sorry it's the only picture I took)


I'm already beginning to forget about that cute tufted sofa I wanted! 

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Capiz Button Initial Decor

As promised, I decided to make a summer initial decoration for the house.  I simply followed my own tutorial for Button Initial Wall Art, and used Capiz Buttons instead.
I was going to frame it, but decided I liked how it looked on a pillow instead.
You will need:
  • Capiz Buttons- these are available in the button section (go figure) of any craft store, but I ordered mine from Ebay, they had larger bags for less  
  • A piece of fabric (I used some leftover drop cloth canvas from the sofa redo
  • Hot Glue Gun
I'm not a fan of preparation, so I didn't trace the letter first, but I do recommend it. Just hot glue 'em down, one layer at a time, until you have your letter filled in.  I attached it to an existing muslin pillow.
Thanks for looking!