Saturday, December 31, 2011

And Finally My TOP 10 of 2011: Vinyl projects

Here they are...
10 of my favorite
vinyl projects of 2011.

There ya have it!
Thanks so much for stopping by,
for following my blog,
for leaving such great comments,
for being supportive and encouraging
and for allowing me to share with you.
Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.

May 2012 bring you
health, hope, and humor.


Friday, December 30, 2011

My Top 5 furniture re-do's of 2011!

Here are my
furniture re-do's
of 2011:





(Mine was missing the bottom two shelves)





Hee hee...I think 5 might be all I really had to choose from!

Thanks for stopping by!

JUST hanging AROUND hat rack

Just a quick post
to show you what I
made my Dad
for Christmas.

I didn't take pictures along the way.
So the tutorial will be
quick and to the point.

I sanded a cabinet door purchased
at our local Restore.
Then I painted it dark taupe.
Once it was dry, I sanded it to
expose the cabinet color and
to give it a distressed/rugged

My hubby was kind enough to measure,
drill holes and place the brushed nickel
knobs. I also purchased these at Restore.

I created an Up Words & On Words
vinyl design and used my
Silhouette SD to cut it out.
I applied the dark brown
vinyl and this is what I
ended up with:

hat/cap rack:

He LOVED it!
Now, I just hope he hangs his
 hats/caps on it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Top 5 posts of 2011

It's the end of the year
and what a year it was!

here are my top 5
posts based on views:

Shabby Chic DIY Tray:

Tutorial here.

Cabinet Door- Wall Coat Rack:

Tutorial here.

LIVE laugh LOVE DIY milk bottles:

Tutorial here.

Cabinet Door Home Sign:

Tutorial here.

DIY Decorative Jars:

Tutorial here.

Thanks for stopping by!
I will feature MY favorites
in the next couple days.


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Rockwell Bladerunner...

My amazing hubby got
me this for my

This one saw cuts wood, metal and ceramic tile.
It can also work like a scroll saw!!

I think this lil gem just might be heaven
on earth!

between my new Silhouette Cameo
and this do-it-all saw...
I guess I better get busy
making blog post worthy

Stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

What a great week!

I have to say...
I had a great week!
Having a great WEEK
doesn't happen very often
so I thought I'd share it with you!

this arrived:

My NEW Sihouette Cameo!!
I can.not.wait. to use it!

I got a phone call informing
me that I can officially open my
home daycare.
So...Monkey C Daycare
is open for business:

*Working on my logo*
~sorry for the bad pic. :(


Flowers from my AMAZING husband!

An Orange KitchenAid mixer- from
my wonderful in-laws!!!

Pinned Image

 And dinner at the Olive Garden with my husband!

And LOTS and LOTS of hugs
and loves from my boys!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus wooden blocks

It isn't easy toodling around Pinterest...
but, someones gotta do it!
And that I did.

Here's a peek of what I made
per Pinterest: is my project inspiration.
Pinned Image
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you,
for the inspiration!
You can view the tutorial here:
There are so many other super fun projects
on her blog.

What a great time of the year for
spiritual inspiration.
I made 4 sets of these. They are all
just a little bit different from
one another too!

Here they are:

This set is green, tan and light blue.
I sanded and distressed them with 
walnut Distress Ink. 
Jesus is glued to Mary
and they are all tied together
with a bow.
This set is a little taller. Joe measures
8" and Mary 6" tall.

This set is white and light brown.
They are sanded and distressed
with Distress Ink.
Baby Jesus is tied to Mary.
They are all tied together
near the bottom.

This set is white and light blue.
They are sanded and distressed
with Distressing Ink.
Baby Jesus is tied to Mary
held securely by a little bow.
They are all tied together by
a knotted triple string at the bottom.

This set is light brown, blue and white.
They were sanded and distressed
with Distress Ink.
Baby Jesus is tied to Mary.
They are all brought together
by a knotted double string near the bottom.

 What do you think?
These 4 sets will be headed to
Marketplace in hopes
 of finding a new home for the holidays.

Here's What I Used:
*although they are sooo easy to alter*
2x3 framing wood piece- cut into 5" (Mary)
and 6" (Joseph) lengths
1 piece of thin slender wood (2 1/2-3" wide)- cut into 3" lengths (baby Jesus)
 1 1/2" wooden ball knobs (doll heads)
1 1/4 wooden ball knobs
3/4" roundhead plugs
jute string
wood glue
craft paint-color or your choice
Distress Ink

Well...get going...make a set of your own today!!

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Cabinet Door Wall Decor

I picked up two, white
cabinet doors with faux
beadboard centers on
a trip to my EVER
favorite ReStore.

I had several ideas for them. But,
they sat untouched for days, ok,

They were already white but I still
gave them a couple coats of Krylon's
Dover White. My trim color isn't
pure white so I needed them a
slight off-white. Krylon's Dove White and
Rustoleum's Heirloom White work great
for my situation.

I used burnt umber craft paint and streaked the
indented parts of the faux beadboad center. I wanted
a shabby/worn look. It kind of turned out
like I had hoped. *sigh*

I purchased:
2 Cabinet Doors at ReStore
 2 glass vases and pine cones at the Dollar Store
2 metal clamps at Ace Hardware
1 bag of brown beans &
1 bag of split peas at Walmart

This is WHAT I DID:
I placed the vase in the clamp and tightened it.
I set it on the cabinet door and measured out
where the vase was going to be placed.
Then marked where the clamp placement should be.
Then I took the vase out and marked the area
 for my pilot hole with a pencil.

Umm...getting a hole in the metal clamps wasn't easy.
I unscrewed the clamp all the way so I could
make it lay almost flat.
I placed it on a scrap piece of wood.
I had to hit the marked area with
a screw...yes...a screw with the hammer to
get a pilot hole started. Then I used a tiny drill bit and
worked my way up. Then finally I used the drill and pushed
the right sized screw through.
Seriously, there has to be an easier way but~
I was using what I already had!

I put a sawtooth hanger in the center of the back
for easy hanging.

I used a screwdriver to put the clamp on the
cabinet door. I then tightened the clamp.
I used the drill for this. It was faster! =)

I filled the vase first with brown beans then split peas.
I set a pine cone on the top.

And there you have it:

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Have a great day!


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