Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Another Lamp Makeover

We're still working away on our DIY list. Our latest project was making over another set of lamps. These small lamps had been sitting on the end tables in our living room in need of a little sprucing up. Truth be told, I was never very fond of them. They were on sale and we needed lamps, so they came home with us 5+ years ago and have been bugging me ever since. So, it was about high time that we did something about them.


We decided to paint the bases to match our new color scheme. As was the case with the TV stand, we spray painted them with a grey primer & then a couple of coats of the same navy blue paint to match. Easy peasy!

Then, we picked up a 1/2-yard of grey, patterned fabric to cover the shades. The hub measured & cut a pattern out of blue wrapping paper (leaving a hem allowance). After cutting out the fabric, I ironed down a quarter-inch hem on the top & bottom, which I then folded over & pressed again for a clean look. I also pressed a quarter-inch hem for the end seam.

Carefully working my way around the top of the shade, I applied a thin line of hot glue before gently tugging each section of the fabric so as to prevent bunches. The fabric laid pretty flat with just pulling it taut and not gluing too closely to the bars. So, I left it at that. After the top was done, I just repeated the steps by carefully gluing the fabric around the bottom of the shade & gluing the seam shut.


We like them. It's true that we don't really have anywhere to set them right now since we recently sold our end tables, but we're hoping they'll look nice in our new digs. :)

Monday, July 18, 2011

Giveaway Winner!

A big thanks to all who entered the giveaway
for The Pretty Pixie's $25 gift certificate.

And the randomly chosen winner is...

The #2 commenter, Stacie, who had her eye on
this colorful  mushroom play set!

Congrats, Stacie! I'll shoot you an e-mail on how to go
about collecting your prize.

Hope you all have a happy Monday! :)

Friday, July 15, 2011

Vacation Jar

When I saw this idea for vacation jars a while back, I knew I wanted to try it for myself. Unfortunately, we don't vacation much. So, I haven't had the chance. But, when we were enjoying our anniversary weekend, we thought we'd collect some sand from the beach to take back with us for our very first vacation jar. And I'm so glad we did.

We finally finished off our raspberry-rhubarb preserves the other day & decided to put the jar to good use.

So, we added the beach sand & our little cake toppers & our vacation jar was complete. We just have to add a little label to the bottom & we'll be all set. I really love the idea of making this a tradition. It's a much better way to remember a trip than a t-shirt or magnet.

PS- Don't forget to enter the giveaway (it ends Sunday night). You could win your very own set of toppers!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Giveaway Time!

As I mentioned yesterday, I've got a sweet giveaway for you all today.

We really loved the cake toppers that we got for our vow renewal ceremony from The Pretty Pixie.

The seller, Kathy, was so great to work with. She totally customized our toppers - everything from the hair & eye color to our outfits.
We just love them.

And our photographer snapped this photo with our rings slipped over them. So sweet.

Now...onto the giveaway.
The Pretty Pixie is generously offering up a $25 gift certificate to her shop. 

These toppers are obviously perfect for a wedding, but they're also darling to display in all sorts of ways!

 Pick your favorite sports team.

Have one made in your pet's likeness.
(You know I'm pretty partial to that one, haha.)

Get some princess dolls for playtime.

Or your favorite video game characters.

Have personalized pendants or ornaments made.

Or have a set made of your very own family!

The options are endless. As I said, they make for a great display. To enter the giveaway, visit The Pretty Pixie, come back here, & leave a comment telling me which toppers you'd get if you won.

The giveaway will run through Sunday, July 17, at midnight with the winner being announced Monday. Good luck!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Still Smitten

On May 20th, the hub & I celebrated 5 years of wedded bliss. And when I say bliss, I really mean it. I consider one of my life's greatest gifts to be finding the hub at such a young age. He makes me happier than I ever thought that I would be and I'm so happy that we're still so in love.

To celebrate, we decided to renew our vows in a little ceremony with just the two of us. We just got the photos in the mail this week & I couldn't wait to share some of them here. While I didn't end up making anything myself for the ceremony, I did stumble upon a couple of great Etsy finds that I wanted to pass along. Plus, I'll use any excuse I can to show off my handsome hub.

It was perfect.
In case you're interested, my dress was from Shabby Apple
& the hub's tie was an Etsy find.

We chose Castle Farms in Charlevoix, Michigan as the location for our ceremony & it provided a spectacular backdrop for photos.

Two oversized, bright yellow balloons added a nice pop of color.

We exchanged the same vows that we did on our wedding day, tweaking them to reflect our 5 years already spent together. We also read each other lines of a version of Roy Croft's On Friendship poem.

From a distance.

Exchanging renewal rings.


We just loved our sweet little cake toppers (another Esty find). We used a cake stand & plates that we scored at a thrift store and the same serving utensils as we did on our wedding day.

It was such a perfect day. I didn't want it to end. But, it's so nice to be able to relive the moment thanks to our fantastic photographer,
Leah Renee Photography.

Thanks for indulging me, friends! If you liked what you saw, keep your eyes peeled for a giveaway tomorrow featuring something that we are so happy to have as a keepsake from our special day...

A Word to the Wise...

When you join Google+, don't delete the albums that automatically import to your profile from Picasa.

Because they will be deleted forever in Picasa.

Oh, and on your blog, too.

And things will really bite for a while...

Apologies while my sweetheart of a hub works to fix my grievous error & little square boxes with question marks in them take the place of every last photo on here.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Friday Finds

Happy Friday, friends!
Hope you enjoy this week's pretties!

I am totally smitten with this dress.

Super cuuute bag (with pattern!).

This chest of drawers made from old suitcases is amazing.

Have a spectacular weekend!

Monday, July 4, 2011

A TV Stand

As I've mentioned, the hub & I are trying to downsize in preparation for our big move. We're holding off on replacing most of the furniture that we've sold until we arrive in NOLA, but we knew that we couldn't wait on a TV stand. With the pups running around playing tug of war in the living room everyday, we wanted to get the TV off of the floor before Wrigs or Peanut took a spill & tumbled into it.

This was the entertainment stand that we sold. It's huge & super heavy. And we are so happy to not have to move it, but it left us with a bit of a problem.

This look could only work for so long. We picked up a DVD case, which took care of our storage problem, but still left us with a TV on top of a box.

 When we found this little, old desk at a thrift shop, we thought we'd invest the $1.40 they were asking for it & experiment with it. The legs were metal (with metallic paint), the shelf was wood (also with metallic paint), & the top was plastic. After taking it all apart, cleaning it, and giving the legs & the shelf a good sanding, we drilled a hole in the bottom of the shelf to run cords through. We wiped it all down with a damp cloth, let it dry, & spray painted everything with a grey primer. Several coats of navy blue spray paint were applied to the legs, shelf, & underside/sides of the top. The top was spray painted with a few coats of grey and the hub used a wood graining tool & some blue paint to really give it a unique look
(thanks to Better After for the inspiration).  

While this was a pretty simple project, it was time consuming. With the sanding, waiting for paint to dry, & figuring out the wood graining, it ended up taking us quite a while.

But, we're really happy with how it turned out. 
A word about woodgraining - Don't try to do it outside in the hot sun. The paint will dry before you have a chance to use the tool & you will have a mess on your hands, not that we made that mistake...

We're going to be replacing our VCR/DVD combo player with a smaller DVD player. So, the Wii will fit on the shelf & be off of the floor. We used a little grey mini suitcase that we picked up at a garage sale for a buck underneath the table to hold some of our boxed sets of DVDs that we didn't want to store in the case. Now, we just have to figure out a way to hide all of our cords & we'll be good to go!

I really love how much simpler & smaller it is than our old entertainment stand. We're really going to be making an effort to make our next apartment more homey than our last few. So, hopefully we'll have more projects to share here & there as we makeover our space. :)

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