Monday, August 27, 2012

Bedroom tour

We moved in quite a few months ago but I haven't quite decorated it until today.
Blogging is a great excuse to clean and decorate!

Of course I was interrupting nap time for the cats so they didn't allow me to take any cat free photos.

The most important part of the bed room is the tv, I can't sleep without one.
My mind will not shut off so the television keeps me from having insomnia.

This is the most boring part of the bed room, I have a blank wall.
The reason for this is I need my husband's truck and my hubby to pick up a beveled mirrored piece I have at my parents house. I can't wait to put it up against the wall but alas,
 it was not in the cards for today!
The humidifier keeps my hubby from snoring and the green table was an upcycle from my parents.

is this bed!

It is awesome!
You know you are getting old when you are excited about furniture.
But we got the whole bed and mattess for around $1300 which is pretty impressive because it is solid wood, no particle board! Also it has two vast drawers on each side and a lil hidey hole door as well!
My favorite part is the drawers come with wood dividers that you can use or remove!
Yes it is a king, because we can!
 I already had the comforter set from our first bed, The set only came in king and I had to have it because I hated everything else. Plus the whole set was $100.
You can't beat that. Thank you herbergers!
The sheets were a purchase from a target giftcard, they are the luxury sheets, I wouldn't have paid $90 for sheets on my own but a gift card is license to splurge!

This is the view from the door. we have two charming windows, I already had the curtains from our last house.
I even had the canvas, all I did was recover it!

This is my side, furthest from door as most women, I get the night stand, which is empty.
I also covered this canvas with some fabric and WHABAM: awesome.
the mirror was found while I was unpacking, I have no clue where it came from!

I bought the fabric as a remnant so I had no idea it was basically just an alphabet.
I can't say that I mind it now though, I was kicking myself while making it!
I figured I can always add some burlap and a huge monogram once I find my fabric.
I hung it up to keep it out of the way.

This is my hubbies side.
I put the candle and bird there just for this. 
LuLu will knock it down by the time I walk out of the room!
The shelf was on sale at hobby lobby.

And here is my blank wall!
awesome right??
But soon I will have my whole room finished. 
Now if I could keep it this clean, sigh!

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, August 26, 2012

DIY Dry erase calendar

In my last post I gave a little teaser of the calendar I made, now many want to know how.
I've seen many on pinterest for sale but really? I'm not going to pay someone else to design one for me.
Also I noticed many of them weren't as brightly colored as I liked.

This is a crash course on using photoshop and digital scrap booking elements.
I am a HUGE fan of Design house digital, most of my elements are from there, I am in no way using their products to sell anything, I just want to show HOW you may make your own.

It helps if you have a basic understanding of how photoshop works and how to import things. 
I learned in college back in 2007, things have changed a ton so I scope out you tube and pinterest for tutorials on things I'm not familiar with.

ok lets get started,

First open your program,
create a new document.
now choose the size you want it. I made mine 16x 20"

You then get a blank image like this!

Now you need to get some background and elements on there!
to do that, File > open

then find the image you want to use.

 Choose open to get the image up on the screen and then drag to your blank canvas.

Although the background is there you will need to resize it.

Do to that you will go Edit > Free transform.
You will need to play around with resizing to get it right but a neat little trick is to hold down the shift key to keep the image from stretching in a weird manner.

Ok now that you have resized the image you know how to resize other elements as well!

Now say you don't like the background or element you just put on your canvas?
Layer > delete > layer.
Just make sure you erase the correct layer!

 Now you can play around with lines and different shapes!

I'm extremely lazy so all I do is layer elements one on top of each other.
There really isn't much design!

Now that your done, save it!
I usually save my project twice. once as a pdf and once as a jpeg.
Sometimes printers don't want to work so having an alternative is always a good choice!

Playing around in photo shop is the easiest way to learn, I skipped five million steps on how to lay out your calendar, but I have to be honest I made mine to meet my needs.
The best advice I can give is draw out what you want and need on a piece of paper so you have a mental image of what you are trying to make!
or If you are like me, just wing it!

And just incase you change your mind (you didn't screw up!!)
Edit > Step backwards is your new best friend!

Go Play!
thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, August 25, 2012

Kitchen Reorganization.

being in the kitchen used to drive me crazy!
I hate how it looks and I hate how its organized, I've been sick the last few months so housework has taken a back burner. Also my husband informed me that I will be doing dishes along with my one other chore.(according to him I only do laundry) yeah the rooms clean themselves.....
Anyway the reason this bothers me so much is that I am severely allergic to wheat.
think nut allergy, most people assume when I say wheat they think celiac which is a gastric ailment.
I have both, I can't touch wheat without swelling and rashes, yeah it sucks, if you want to know more check out the gluten dude, his blog is awesome for people who have celiac and other forms of food intolerance but also their loved ones.

what was I posting again??

oh yeah, KITCHEN.
This is what it looked like when we moved in.

the little phone nook.

Any way here is how my kitchen looks on a normal day.
After we moved in we painted, got a new fridge
New light fixtures and
I even put up a new valance. fancy!

Everything just gets thrown where ever when my hubby "cleans"
aka he puts it where ever...

My bad habit is piling things on the kitchen table.
It't the dumping ground of the house.

For today I am going to organize the cabinets and clean off the countertops.
this area is always a challenge, the fridge/stove area is very cramped and awkward.
This is the new fridge we got! I'm very pleased with it so far but I need to organize that too!

 Step one, gather your organizing items and a helper.

My hubby did help but LuLu is so much cuter!!!

our cabinets were just stuffed with things, no reason.

because everyone needs five billion bags of sunflower seeds.....

see what I mean about the dumping???

here is what the corner cabinet looked like before

we inherited all our spices, because you know I cook so much...not.

I learned that these baking mixes fit perfectly in a double tray organizer! 
Hazahh I love it when things work out!

Here is the corner cabinet now that I re did it.
all baking mixes on top, all noodles and stock, and apparently popcorn on the middle and canned on bottom.

here is where all the spices went. Above the stove where I might need them someday.

The next cabinet is our snacks.
you can tell my hubby was putting the measuring cups in there!

 And after! 
All the snacks have a home!

 my tea/coffee/meds cabinet was next
Awesome huh?
sexy I know!

only tea, coffee and meds are in here now, no more mingling with snacks!

the last upper is where my husband just threw things.
seriously its not that hard!
why are guys so daft?

here is the after.

Have you ever had a spot in your house that is so disorganized you just throw stuff in it and slam the door to hope everything stays in it???

this is that cabinet.
here is what it was....

this is the place where all the appliances get stuffed.

oh look my hubby stuffed my crock pot down there... yay..

After digging everything out I found my beloved crock pot has been dented :(
I am already pissed and that just made it worse.

Everything was taken out, cleaned and then wrangled!

all the sheets moved around the corner to make way for the big girl toys.

And here is the after!

After cleaning off the table we moved it, I love it so much more this way!

We can actually can have more people at the table now!

Here is my new info station!

I made this sweet calendar info center, with all the free elements from Design House Digital!

All I did was design it. I then took it to office depot to have it printed, mounted and laminated to make a dry erase like surface.
I then taped it into an open back frame from hobby lobby, half off it was $17.
The print was $21.99
I am very pleased with my work!

I even updated my grandmother's clock, hand embroidered by her!
all I did was paint the hands so you could see them better.

here is my boquet from my wedding with our cake topper.
the photo is of us of course and the cans need to be prettified.
All I need to do now is design a label for that!

Creativity just never stops does it?

Thanks for stopping by and hopefully you will want to do your kitchen too!