Thursday, July 3, 2014

Plastic Deer Turned Fab

 I found this plastic piggie bank deer at a thrift store for .50 cents. 
 I think the few people around me thought I was crazy when I grasped it off the shelf in a death grip smiling.  I knew exactly what I wanted it for , regardless of their dismay.

When I got home with this wretchid piece, my kids fought over whose piggy bank it would be. 
Much to their disappointment, I had to tell them "No one's."


I couldn't wait to spray paint this piece with my new favorite spray paint. 
Have you tried this?
 It is the perfect gold shade and the coverage is amazing. It also dries incredibly fast! 
I haven't had to apply a double coat on anything I have used it on yet. 

After a coat of spray paint this lil' fella was ready for his new spot in the girls room.

A perfect trinket, bracelet, and ring holder for my little girls bedroom.
Do you love it as much as I do?

XOXO,
BON

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Awesome Art from Children's Books

I have always loved Arnold Lobel, but especially since I have had kids of my own and read them the Frog and Toad books.  It's a great first introduction to humor for your kindergarten-aged-kids.  Grasshopper on the Road never fails to make me laugh, as well.  When grasshopper meets a bunch of beetles who believe that morning is the best, and he dares to venture that he likes evenings, too, one beetle replies in a deadpan, "Stupid."  It cracks me up every time.

So, quite a while back, I found an Arnold Lobel book at the D.I. that I had never seen before, called Whiskers and Rhymes.  It was pretty beat up.
It's nursery rhymes populated entirely by cats, and many of the poems are quite funny.  I flipped through it, and found the coolest Arnold Lobel illustration ever: a cat with a beard reading a huge stack of books--so big that his house is coming apart.  And the rhyme that accompanied the illustration spoke to my SOUL:
          Books to the ceiling, books to the sky! 
          My piles of books are a mile high!
          How I love them!
          How I need them!
          I'll have a long beard by the time I read them!


This is one of the only illustrations in the
book that takes up an entire layout.
I knew I must have this illustration and poem hanging in my "book nook"--a little landing at the top of the stairs in my 1915 house, where all the children's and young adult books are kept.  It's a little ironic, because I've been meaning to frame a few different pages from Lobel's Owl at Home, since my book nook is heavily populated with owls . . . but it took cat nursery rhymes to transform this idea in to reality.  It was just serendipity that they happened to be from the same author/illustrator.

Okay, first I had to find long, skinny frame for the illustration.  It actually took a few months of looking at the D.I. till I found the right one:
The art inside this frame had nowhere to go but up . . .
Next, I removed the staples from Whiskers and Rhymes and took out my picture.  It wasn't the middle page, so it was two separate pages that I had to carefully tape together (on the back, of course).

I cleaned up the frame, trimmed my picture a bit to make it centered, then covered the WRETCHED dishes picture with the delightful book picture.  The dishes picture wasn't matted--it had a faux-matte of navy blue around it.  I considered cutting out a matte, but didn't have the tools to make it perfect, so I just carefully glued my picture in the center.


 Now the best part!  Putting the picture inside the frame and hanging it up!



This entire project cost me $2.25: twenty-five cents for the book, and two bucks for the frame.  I didn't even have to paint the frame or change the color of the matte!

I love it so much that now I'm finally on the prowl for some cool, smaller frames to put some illustrations from Owl at Home into (I have long had two copies of Owl at Home--one to read and one for art).

I also love it so much that it inspired my choice of books for my May display--I love to change the children's books on display like a library does, and usually have a holiday or seasonal selection of books for each month.  In March I had all green books; in April I had chickens/ducks/geese books on display for Easter.  I was thinking of doing books with flowers for May, but discovered that I only have three books with large flowers on the cover.  But as I was going through all the children's books, I discovered that there are quite a lot which have a similar thing on the cover: CATS.

Tod likes to sleep right at the top of the stairs, so I moved
him over and created the perfect themed photo-op . . .
{Also, my kids are all obsessed with Cats, Cat Breeds, and Cat Care--who knew?}
My next post will be about my book displays--it is so cheap and easy to collect some great children's books, it's a fun and adorable way to decorate, and it's an awesome way to motivate your kids to READ.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

DIY Suspenders...


DRAB 2 FAB Suspenders
 Inspired by my spunky, five year old tomboy!


Dressing her is often times challenging. She only wants to wear her brothers hand-me-downs, & she is as stubborn as they come about what she wears. {She must get that from her dad!:)}
She has her own little fashion sense that we like to call,...
"Finley's Fashion"!
 It's  eh..rrr.. interesting, to say the least! 

Let me just share what the second she gets home from school looks like.
  Back pack on the floor, stripped down to her underwear and immediately changes into a polo shirt, buttoned all the way up & with a popped collar {YIKES!}, her brothers tie, basketball shorts, and "woody" {cowboy} boots! Oh, and how could I forget her fake glasses with the lens popped out.?
{These ones are actually a 3D pair from the movies!} 
Just writing about it cracks me up! 
I admit, I was a little up tight about the whole self expression thing at first. Mostly for fear she would be teased for her outrageous choices. But I have, in time, totally embraced it.
 I love that she knows who she is, and she is completely comfortable expressing it!
Although I don't let her wear her after school getup when we go out, we have found a balance where she can express herself while still looking adorbs!

I was so in love when all the cute bow ties for girls became the trend. Mainly because I knew Sundays would be easier to get her dressed If  she could wear one with her shirt and skirt. The tie under her dress every week, was finally solved!
HALLELUJAH!
 That's where the idea of the suspenders came in. Another Sunday accessory  bribery!
 I knew I could get away with them being a little more girly, so long as she got to choose the majority of her ensemble. PERFECT! A Win/Win! 

So here is how it's done! 

First, I measured the length from her hip, right where her pants sit, to the top of her cute little tush. 
{Going over each shoulder the way suspender do.} 
I made sure to add an inch extra on each side to sew the buckle on. 

Then, I gathered my Materials!
Stretching Elastic Waste Band, {color & width of your choosing}
Old piece of Clothing {I used a 12 month old dress with a rip in it}...
 or a Quarter Yard of any cute fabric
 A Sewing Machine with thread to match your fabric
Old suspenders {what I used}, or a package of four Suspender Clips
 Old Buttons or Beads


The old Dress with a rip.:( I saved it because I was so in love with the fabric.
Gotta ♥ her disgusted look on the right, when I told her what we were using it for she said, "GROSSNESS"!


I cut her measurement to two matching pieces of Stretchy Elastic Band, then I cut the fabric to the width of each piece of elastic.
Next, I sewed one straight line down the middle of the fabric holding it in place.
You can create any look you want before sewing it permanently. I chose the ruffled effect!
{Anytime I can get away with frilly, I will!}
{Keep in mind I left an inch and a half up front for the clip to be sewn on, and about two and a half inches in the back for stretch and also for a clip.}
I added a skinny layer of fabric down the middle again, for more ruffle, and a cute button near the clip on all  four ends.

 VIOLA! AND 100% FREE!
We have one very silly and very excited 5 yr. old! Can you stand the cute factor!?


Or the ENORMOUS amount of personality this girl  tomboy has!? For days!


Now to make them for all my girls. And in every color!
Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you love them as much as I do!

CREATED by Hanna



Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Spring Fever Madness

That sun comes out and I am completely at it's mercy. It seems like I can't get enough sunny hours in the day to tackle the MANY projects on my list. I feel like a mad women racing around and grabbing the hoardes of items I have in my spray paint bin. 

I like the black,  but once I have curtains the black won't POP as much as I would like.
 The white will go some much better.

I was able to take this fruit stand and give it a more shabby chic feel with a coat of white spray paint and some light sanding. After I am done sanding I wipe down whatever I am working on with a sponge brush and then clear coat it.

 I am loving this! Now to pick out some fabric and hang some curtains!
I hope you are taking advantage of the sunny skies too!

Toodles,
BON

Friday, February 28, 2014

Picture Frame Makeover

I had to squeeze as many spray painting projects as I possibly could in, yesterday, when we had beautiful weather. My house didn't get cleaned, my bed didn't get made, and to be honest I didn't get ready all day, but I was able to get quite a few projects done. So it felt like it was a "win, win" situation.

Have you visted i heart naptimes site? 
They have some pretty great ideas and some fabulous free printables too!
I found this beautiful printable for my kitchen. 

A guest blogger, Jessica from Pen and Paper Flowers, designed it.

I knew I needed it right away for my kitchen.
So I went out to my trusty frame bin and found a 8x10 frame.
Not a bad color to begin with, but I wanted a white frame.
So I grab some white spray paint {white and black spray paints are great colors to just always keep on hand} and gave this frame a quick coat.
{I am pretty sloppy when I spray paint. Especially when I know I will be sanding what I am working on to antique it. It does not matter if it is perfect }

Here it is, after a light sanding to expose the original frame colors.

After I wiped off the dust with an unused sponge brush, my picture was ready to be framed and displayed.
The best part of this window display is that all the decor was either free or purchased at a thrift shop.
The frame was free { I had it on hand}
The white vase was .75 cents
The greenery was $2.00
The tall green vase was $2.00
The fruit stand was $1.00

Now for some curtains and another beautiful day so I can spray paint the fruit stand as well!

What projects have you been working on?

Until next time,

BON




Monday, February 24, 2014

Display Box {Part 2}

Okay, so I finally have my display box fully decorated for spring. 
You can check out my first post and tutorial here.
 Here is what my box looks like.
 I have wanted to put mason jars in the box so that I would be able to change out the greenery for different seasons.
I don't know about you, but I have COMPLETE spring fever.

 I found 11 jars and decided that I wanted to spray paint them.
After I spray painted my jars, I gave them a light sanding.
I like the antiqued and weathered look.
 I found some geranium bushes at the dollar store that I knew would work nicely.
 The stems were too long, so I simply used a wire cutter to trim the bush down to the right heigth for the jar.
{A good tip to keep your floral in place is to use rice, lentils, or beans in your base to push your stem down into. This will keep your flowers from moving around.}
 I am so happy with the results. 
It makes me anxious for endless summer days, fresh flowers, and sun-kissed skin.

Now I am off to enjoy the rest of this fairly nice weather we are having! 

 XOXO, 
Bon

Friday, February 14, 2014

February Free Printable

I have good intentions to post these printables before the actual month you need them. {Sigh}
There is always next month, right? 

Here is your February free Printable. This is for a 4x6 or 5x7 size.
Simply right click and save.

I am loving mine.

Keep checking back for more!
XOXO,
BON