Monday, January 31, 2011

I LOVE You Guys!

I am really enjoying meeting all of you sweet ladies! Please don't be offended if I don't comment you back right away. Life is so busy right now. But I just wanted to make sure that you all know that I appreciate each. one. of. you. so much! for following my blog! *Big Hug*

To kind of share a little with you. My husband and I have been going through this trial and the waterproofing is finally being done this week. We had to finance it which gives me hives but we are going forward. We will be working on saving pennies to refinish it out of pocket and hopefully make it something wonderful (you guys will be the first to see the progress!). Well we are having a "when it rains, it pours" sort of experience with this. Today when I came home on my lunch break, I got back to work to discover that I had a flat tire. Yep. There's another hundred-ish dollars! Ugh! But my sweet hubby rescued me with fix-a-flat. need to carry a can of this in your car! It's only $4!

I have never, ever decorated my house for Valentine's Day. Not because I don't think the stuff is sooo cute! But mostly because I just never wanted to take the time or money to do so. However, you guys have inspired me! I have been crafting (without spending a dime!) and have come up with some really cute little projects! I'm only going to give you a sneaky peek until they are all done and around the house. I know. I know. I only have two weeks until the day. But whatev. Better late than never! So I took the unused backing with a stand from a Goodwill frame that I bought, glued a piece of scrapbook paper to it and glued a vintage looking matte that was in the same Goodwill frame over that. I put the word "LOVE" in the middle and pinned some flowers to the frame. Here's what I got!
I also took a plastic plate (leftover from Saturday's Baby Shower) and glued a doylie to it. Then I just stuck a cute lovey quote sticker to the center. I love it! So easy! 
I love them both! I can't wait to see them with my other little projects that I have in my head going on. Its going to be amazing! I love it! :) And I L.O.V.E. you guys!


Sunday, January 30, 2011

A Super Cutie Baby Shower and Giveaway winner!

So, first and foremost...the winner of a one-of-a-kind jar creation is....
Tracey! Please email me at with what colors you would want for either room and your mailing address! I can't wait to make this for you! :)
(Just so that all of you ladies know...I used to choose a winner. I would love to make one for each of you if I could!)

I spent much of this weekend preparing for and participating in a super cute baby shower for a very good friend of mine, Lauren. As part of her gift, I created this lovely for her:
(By the way...these are now for sale in the OhhBaby Shop! I also gave her an OhhBaby sling!)

I created the cake for the shower! Yep...the baby is edible. Although I am pretty sure that he will never be eaten!

My mom and I created the cutest little diaper cake, too!
We floated a little rubber ducky in the punch! Love it!
I have to give my mom full credit for this one. She made this corsage from baby socks. All by herself! You are so crafty mom!
And then there is me and the CUTE mommy-to-be!
I LOVE baby showers! Does anyone else have any cute custom baby gift ideas or showers that you have given? Any cute theme ideas? Please share with us! And Tracey...don't forget to email me! Love you, friends!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Easiest DIY Ever! And a Giveaway!

**This Giveaway is closed**
I am so overwhelmed! On the last post I was hoping to hit 700 views. Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick featured me on her blog and oh my goodness! In just 24 hours there were almost 1,000 views! Thank you so much to all of my first-time friends!

Now to share a really fun DIY project! The other day I made spaghetti and was throwing away the jar when I stopped myself. Why throw away a perfectly good glass jar? Its not glamorous but it could be useful, right?! Maybe I keep too much "trash."
So I cut a translucent piece of scrapbook paper that I love and stuck it to the sticky spot from the label.
I wrapped it around the jar and taped it in place.
Then I started thinking about what I could use this for. And it hit me! We have a plain jar in our office with change in it. We plan to use the change/small bills to buy supplies for the basement/house. So I grabbed a couple of scrapbooking embellishments and popped them on there using some scotch tape.
It needed just a little bit I tied a ribbon around the top. Then I dumped our change in there and its so cute!
Seriously guys...this was super quick and I love the way it turned out! I will probably have these all over our house! I'm sure the hubby would stop me if I got carried away...guess we'll see!

So.... a giveaway! Here's how we will do this. I am going to make one of these for one of you. For free! What I need you to do is comment on here what you would use a cutie little jar for! Pencils? Kitchen stuff? Flowers? Let me know! Inspire me! And then tweet this...share it on it up. Whatever you do! Share it with a friend! I will announce the winner on Sunday and you can email me what colors you would like. Then I will create one of these for you! For fa-ree! :) Love you guys!

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

One last bathroom surprise!

So I am writing at 5:00pm when I was supposed to work until 5:30pm. You want to know why? Because outside of our house has turned into a beautiful bunch of white and my office sent us home early! Not as early as I would have liked...but I'll take what I can get! I did get stuck in a ditch. But it was my own. Which is a blessing in that my hubby and neighbor came right away to help. But it tore up our front yard. Oops! I still have not gotten this snow driving thing under control. Its so beautiful though! And I am happily blogging from my favorite hubby hoodie in my warmest blanket. Yay!
And the view from our bedroom window!
And I had to share some exciting news with you! We made our first purchase toward refinishing the basement! We got tile for the bathroom and laundry room at Lowe's. We went in just to see how much things were going to cost us. And then we saw this really nice beige tile just like what we were looking for on sale for a bargain! We only got two boxes the first night and then hubby went back and got these:
Now to share a really easy project that I think totally finishes the bathroom! And it was free! First, I started with a Carnival Cruises cup. We had a ton of them from the honeymoon and I really like the shape of them.
I took this little cutie down to the spray paint station and put a coat of the Krylon White I had left from another project on there.
The logo was SO hard to cover. and I am really impatient. But another few coats and a couple of days of drying and this is what I got.
I looove the little knob detail at the base! It was driving me batty that you could still see the logo through it though. I am not okay with this. This is supposed to look classy! So I took some hemp (jute...whatever you want to call it)
And started wrapping it at the knob, securing it every few inches with a bead of hot glue. (this part was very tedious but so worth it in the end!)
The I took the grass that was formerly in the bottle and folded the wire stems (I was too lazy to find wire cutters)
And here it is in its new home!
It is so perfect for the space!
Who knew that a cup, some grassy stuff, spray paint and a little jute could turn out so cute!
Sigh. Its just what the room needed. I think I may be done in there for a while! I just love the way that the jute both covers the logo and also ties it in with the towels. And the best part....had I payed for the supplies it still would have only been about $8! You couldn't buy something that looks the same as this for anywhere near that amount! I love love LOVE it!

Also, the blog is almost at 650 views. When we get close to 700, there may be a giveaway! You better start following/subscribing so you don't miss it!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Craigslist Monday!

I am starting a "thing". Every other Monday I am going to have a Craigslist day where I am going to shop FOR you! How fun! I am going to comb craigslist and find the more thrifty deals with the best potential for improvement and give my suggestions for how I would flip them! If you would like to purchase any of these items and have me do the work for you, comment and I will email you with an estimate. Bottom line, you buy the supplies and the piece, and I will charge you a very minimal fee to refurbish it for you! I'm talkin' like... $10 people! (Unless it involves MAJOR restoration) And I will do the work for you! So here is what I have come up with for you this evening friends. Some of the most amazing deals I have seen yet! And don't forget that you can always try to negotiate the price!

First, there is this great sized desk for only $50!
This oak dresser for only $40! Oh my gosh if I hadn't just done that table for our living room! A little black paint and some new hardware and this would look super cauuute! And classy. :)

The price tag on this one is a bit high...but I love it! I don't like to spend $100 on Craigslist though. It wouldn't really need any work unless you wanted to add some custom hardware or upholster the chair!
This is one posting for both the coffee table and the end table for $45! You could either paint them or stain them a nice rich, deep wood tone. I would purchase this just for the end table! And could cover that round glass piece with a rattan placemat to add a little texture!

 This seller only wants $15 for this! WHAT?! Someone please buy it and let me paint it white and make a new cushion for it. Puhleeease!!! This would be perfect for a nursery! But alas...hubbs and I will not have a nursery anytime soon. So I need you to buy it!
 Seriously friends. Get your Craigslist on! And let me know if you find anything else! I would love to see what you come up with! Not from Lynchburg? Show me some goodies from your local craigslist!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

A Thrifty Basket!

I HAD to share with you friends! I have found the solution to our bathroom shelf woes! It is the perfect combination of the initial simplicity and a fun change! First I took this old basket that was just a hint lighter/redder than what I wanted. (A previous Goodwill find for .50!)
To get the color that I wanted, I took a dark brown sharpie and colored all of the light spots! (sorry I didn't photograph this part...) The chunky handle was NOT a part of my concept. So I took our pruning shears to it!
And voila! This is what I got! MUCH better! Less...going on a picnic with granny and bathroom!
Then to figure out how in the WORLD to arrange the shelf. First I tried this:
Not quite right...Then I tried this:
And then I decided to pull the towel. Yuck!
So finally I gave it to hubby's suggestions and stacked the towels on top like we used to. And you know what? He was right. Gasp! But thats okay because I made some tweaks that I love!
Oh my word! I LOVE this bathroom!

And for the last is a hint of some greenery to come!
There you have it! A total refresher for our beautiful bathroom! And the cost for the project? 50 CENTS! And about 15 minutes of my time! Yet another score for Goodwill! You should go...really you should. And while you are walking up and down the aisles, rather than seeing things for what they are, you should see them for what they can be! If I prove nothing else to you in this blog...I want to prove that you don't have to spend hundreds of dollars to revamp a room. A fifty cent basket makeover made a world of a difference for us! And my cutie bottle still gets a prominent home! Yay! So happy. sigh.