major house projects

Friday, March 27, 2015

You guys, I cannot wait to share with you all that is going on in our house right now.  Major projects have been going on all this week and I couldn't be more excited!!!  I wanted to give you a run down on what we're having done.

// GARAGE //

First up is the garage.  We've got a large wall in the garage that leads to the inside of the house that I always thought would be a great space for mudroom lockers.

Our laundry room, which is just off the garage, has been in desperate need of storage.  This was an area that we purposely had built without the standard sink and cabinets so that we could do something different from what the builder normally puts in.  The only thing we had our builder do was add in a rough-in for a sink so we wouldn't have to worry about adding plumbing, etc once we got around to tackling the space.
This is the wall you see when you walk into the laundry room.  The wall to the right is where the built ins will go.
This is an awkward photo since the space is really tight.  I had to squish two photos side by side to give you an idea of the space.  Two large storage cabinets are going on the far sides of the wall and a galvanized wash tub will be added in the center as a working sink.  The washer and dryer are on the opposite wall.
// OFFICE //
Next up is Mike's office.  In here we really need useful storage and places to hide all of the computer junk.  This is the wall you see when you enter.  That wall will be entirely built in with bookcases up top and cabinet storage below for paperwork, printer, paper shredder, and other electronic stuff we want out of sight.  There will be a desk built in between the two bookcases that our computer will sit at.  His desk will then get moved directly in front of the built ins so that you can access both desks from the same spot by turning the chair around.
When we were building, they wanted an arm and a leg to have wood stairs installed instead of carpet.  We decided on carpet and said we could always change to wood down the road.  I honestly wasn't thinking the stairway would be one of those things we would actually tackle, but I am so excited to say sayonara to the carpet!  Carpet is getting pulled up and painted wood risers will be added with stained treads.  We'll probably end up adding a sisal runner to it at some point.
Ok, this is the last project, adding glass front uppers to the existing cabinets.  And honestly, this may or may not happen.  There was some miscommunication about the cabinets and it's sounding like we're not going to be able to get a good match on the paint color and finish.  If we can't get a match I'll probably end up scrapping it all together.  No cabinets are better than bad cabinets!  Fingers crossed it will work out though.... and toes.
Bear with me on the house under construction photo.  Our desktop, which has all of our photos on it, is unplugged while they're working on the office so I had to find an existing photo from the blog.

Phew!!!  So, that's what happening around here!  Lots of saw dust.  But it is so going to be worth it.  And since you made it to the end of this long post, here is a progress shot of the mudroom wall in the garage.
Eeeeee!!!!!!  I. So. Happy!!!  I try to play all nonchalant when the carpenters are here working on stuff so that I don't get in their way, but as soon as they break for lunch or head home I IMMEDIATELY run into the spaces they're working on and squeal and bounce up and down like a little kid :D  You know it's just a matter of time before they catch me acting a fool!
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cage light giveaway |

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

You guys may remember the DIY caged light ceiling fan I put together for our playroom.

I knew a lot of you guys liked it and it also turns out that the folks at, where I purchased my light cages, liked it too.  So much so that they wanted to give some goodies away to you guys so you can recreate the look!

And since I know not everyone is a fan person, I thought I'd give you some other ideas for what you could do with these pieces.  Cluster them with some other light cage styles, do a cluster of the one style, use it to make an individual pendant, spray paint the cage a fun color, or even make a wall sconce out of it!  There are endless things you can do with these pieces.

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frozen birthday party | the DIYs

Friday, March 20, 2015

I wanted to share with you a few more details on a couple of the DIY's I put together for Izzy's Frozen birthday party.


I was loving all of the fringe garlands I had been seeing, but in true Shelley form, I had procrastinated and it was now too late to order anything.  While it may look like it took at TON of time to pull off, it was really not bad at all.  That is, if you have the secret weapon scissors ;)

| SCOURCES: crepe paper streamers (I used Caribbean blue, baby blue, and white) . any sewing machine . fringe scissors |


1. Roll out a double layer of the paper streamer in what ever length you want your garland to be.  
2. Stitch the two layers together with your sewing machine.  
3. Fold the streamer in halves twice or more (this is to make the cutting go quicker) and snip in towards your stitch line on both sides with your fringe scissors.  
4. Unfold your streamer and fluff the edges with your fingers.


Did you ever makes these as a child?  I loved these things.  It's pretty straight forward, you just wind some pipe cleaners together and make whatever shape suits you!


TOP ROW: I used 4 silver pipe cleaners for the full tiara.  Begin with 2 and wind the ends together so that you have one long pipe cleaner.  Form a circle about 5" in diameter and wind together leaving the remaining length out.  Bend the remaining length up and over to form the center peak of the tiara and secure the end to the base of the tiara by wrapping them in place.

MIDDLE ROW: Using your third pipe cleaner, bend it in half and place it in the center of the peak so that one long end is at the front of the peak and the other is at the back.  Bend each side down to form two shorter peaks and secure ends to the base.

BOTTOM ROW: Using your fourth pipe cleaner, bend it in half and twist a small circle at the top.  Place it over the front of the tiara and bend the extra length under the base and up to the back.  It will make a W shape.  Bend the outer parts of the W down to the base of the tiara and secure ends.

// PINATA //

For the large number piñata I looked to this tutorial I found from Oh Happy Day.  No need for me to recreate the wheel here, she has all the info you'll need.

 Here's how mine looked as it was coming together.

The piñata actually cost me NOTHING to make.  I used the crepe paper streamers I purchased to make the fringe garland and the fringe scissors to cut the streamers in no time.  The cardboard was cut from a package we had just received.  My only cost was the filler for the kids.

The best part of all of these DIY's was how cheap they were to toss together!  I used 3 rolls of crepe paper streamers at $0.89 a piece which gave me enough for 6 long lengths of the fringe garland and enough left over to make the piñata.  And I had way more than enough silver pipe cleaners to make 12 tiaras for $5.00.

So... fancy schmancy garland, cute tiaras, and a big ol' custom piñata for less than $10.  I think I shall go out and buy myself a new pair of shoes now ;)  


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