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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Crafty Scrappy Happy Me. Thursday {30} & 1 Month from Today.

it is OFFICIALLY official!!!!!!!

One month from today...
we are moving into our first home!!!!!
EEEEEEkkkkkkkkk I can hardly believe that I am going to OWN my own walls----
anddd BOY ooohhhh BOY and I going to have A TON of projects!!!
This place is going to keep me busy.
We are talking room to room.
But it is SO worth it to have a view like this!

Ohhh lake living is my heaven!

and in one month I will own 92 feet of heaven {aka frontage!}.

I can't wait to share the projects and plans I have for this place....
just promise me you will keep an open mind and remember that it is all worth it for the lake!
What do you think?  Are you ready to take this journey with me?!?!?


Okay anddd for the party part of today----
I am SO not about rules.... so here are just some suggestions
link up anything crafty, scrappy and or happy
{I would prefer no giveaways or etsy shops}
And I would love for you to share a party button somewhere on your blog if your post....
but only if you want to!!! 


Monday, April 9, 2012

My Happy.

We all have things that make us happy.
And I have more than a few.
But this time of the year, my happy is----lilacs.

Their smell.
Their look.
Their imperfections.

When the flowers are closed.
When their flowers are open.

I love them.

Many times I have dreamt of having a wedding surrounded by lilacs.

I remember cutting them and bringing them to school for my grade school teachers.

They make me happy.


They are my happy.

Do you have a happy?


Sunday, April 8, 2012

A table up-cycle and DIY distressing with ink!

Hello blog friends!
I hope you had a WONDERFUL Easter weekend!

I had a little fun up-cycling this weekend!!
It is nice enough for me to start spring cleaning...
and my newest rule is that if I don't love it as it is and I won't up-cycled it, I have to get rid of it.
And so that is how this little table got a paint job!

And I came up with a technique of distressing without distressing without sand paper or layers of paint.

Yep, I just distressed with ink.

and it turns out I really really love this little table now.

I am so glad that I didn't get rid of it!

It started out like this---a garage sale find from last year that was completely neglected.

All you need to Do it Yourself is:
-Annie Sloan Chalk Paint {Graphite}
-White Ink 
-craft sponge

All you do:
Paint your table and let dry.
Use your craft sponge dipped in your white ink to distress by just rubbing along edges of the furniture that you want to highlight. 
{I followed these steps by adding a layer of Annie Sloan clear wax to seal the table}
Thats it!

I am linking up to a few of my favorite link parties---be sure to check them out to be inspired!!


Friday, April 6, 2012

SOS! Out with the Mess!'s Search to Find the Nation's Messiest Apartment!

Hello Friends!  Happy Weekend!
And happy {almost} Easter!
I am thrilled to share a great contest with you----all you have to do is like on facebook and upload a photo of your messy space!  Seriously, you could win cash for having a messy space... when does that EVER happen?!?  I would get over there and enter a photo right away---what do you have to lose???!!!

Here is the official information for you:

Is your apartment messy? Do you want to spring clean but need a little inspiration? How does $3,000 sound to you? is on the hunt to find the Nation's messiest apartment!

The contest will run from April 2nd to April 23rd. Contestants just have to like our Facebook page at and upload their messiest apartment photo under our contest tab! Our panel of judges will then choose five finalists who have the messiest apartment. Then, we turn the voting over to our Facebook friends! The public will decide from the five finalists who wins the grand prize of $3,000. Not a grand prize winner? Not to worry! Four finalists will each win $500! The winners will be announced on or around April 30th. Sound exciting?

Use the money to clean, buy new apartment goodies, or do whatever you need to give your apartment a facelift!


Anndddd, if you want my opinion on what you should buy with your winnings to get all organized---here you go:

Photobucket has paid me to review their contest and offer my opinion. I only recommend companies or services I believe my readers will enjoy.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Guest Post Adorable Memo Board {by A Sunday Afternoon}

Hello friends!
I have a very special treat for you today!
My new blog friend and fellow midwestern gal Sunday is here to spend the day with us!

A Sunday Afternoon

Sunday is not only a sweet gal to get to know but she is also super talented!
Seriously---go over and check out her blog A Sunday Afternoon---you are sure to be inspired!!!

Take it away Sunday!!!

I have a super fun project to share with you today! As part of a 'Twin Cities Live' segment I was challenged to find 3 pieces at a thrift store and transform them for a specific room. After seeing the lay of the land I went with a guest room. I found a cute little dresser, a headboard and this gem of a mirror. The mirror came in at only $14.99- SWEET!

{Before Mirror}

The first thing that HAD to go was the Pink Sea Shell!

It was glued on pretty good, so I used a pick and a hammer to pound it off (thank the Lord I didn't break anything in the process).

Next, I removed the back and mirror from the frame and primed it using my BFF - Kilz Spray Primer.

After priming, I spray painted it with Rust-Oleum Strawflower (2 coats).

LOVE LOVE LOVE this yellow!

I distressed it lightly, so some of the white would show through.

I have to say this mirror weighed like a million pounds! If had brought this home to hang by husband would have a fit - TOO HEAVY. So, I needed to think RE-PURPOSE and turned it into a memo board. A cute memo board with a 'Welcome' sign would be perfect in a guest room.

I had to have something to actually hang notes and pictures on and ended up using chicken wire; well at least that's what I call it. A real handyman would refer to is as: Galvanized Poultry Netting.

I laid it out on the backing from the mirror to cut it to fit. This was NOT an easy process - can anyone say OUCH?

Be warned - chicken wire is very sharp!

After I measured and cut the wire, I spray painted it white with Rust-Oleum White Enamel Spray.

My wonderful nice hubby did the dirty work and stapled it into the frame (inside the back of the frame).

The chicken wire would work to hang notes or pictures on, but I still needed to do something with the back. Burlap was the answer! Who doesn't love burlap? I measured, cut and glued the burlap into the back.

The last step was to make something cute to hang on it. A 'Welcome' banner would be perfect being it was supposed to hang in a guest room (the great news is you could make a banner with ANY words for ANY room).

I gathered together my left over scraps of burlap, some fabric I had on had, twine and some letters I bought from Pick Your Plumb one day.

I simply cute the burlap and fabric into small triangles, folded them over and glued it onto the twine. Then I hot glued the letters on. I lucked out and found this shabby chic clothespins on clearance at Michael's for .45 a pack - YAY!

I LOVE how it turned out! Anytime I can re-purpose something my heart goes pitter-patter!

{After Mirror // Adorable Memo Board}

Love you more than bright cheery yellow!



Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Crafty Scrappy Happy Me. Thursday {29} & More AMAZING features!!!

Hi Friends!!!  Its officially party time!!!!!!!!!!
Be sure to take a few minutes to check out these AMAZING features and the features from earlier today as well! 
WOW am I inspired!!!

DIY Glass Cabinets by Between Blue and Yellow

Doggie Daycare out of attic space by Tommy and Ellie

DIY Spring Muslin Butterfly by Craftberry Bush

Bunny and Carrot Eggs by Live. Laugh. Rowe.

Little Girls Bedroom Makeover by Cin Sarah

Tissue Paper Canvas by Midwestern Sewing Girl

Farmhouse Storage by Dear Emmeline

Simply AMAING right?!?!
Can't wait to see what you are up to this week!!!

No huge rules, just some normal stuff...
Please feel free to link up anything Crafty, Scrappy and/or Happy!
{no etsy shops or giveaways please}
I would adore for you to add a party button somewhere on your post or on your blog!!!
Thats it!
And have fun linking up!!!