Wednesday, November 30, 2011

deck the halls with LOTS of trees part 1

Well it is no secret to anyone that knows me I LOVE CHRISTMAS!! Everything about it i love the decorating the TREES the cold the cozyness, family, friends, parties and of course celebrating Jesus! i love snow too but it just does not snow here but maybe once a year and only at most a couple inches. oh how i love snow i grew up with it and wish that redding got feet and feet of it! 

It is our family tradition to get a tree(s) the Saturday after thanksgiving. SO out we went to a local tree lot here in town.
Now i grew up in a charming mountian town where cutting down your tree was the norm. (We did go to the tree lot now and then but mainly cut it down.) But for some reason i just love the tree lot experience maybe it reminds me of all those hallmark movies were they go to a cute little lot and its always so well... hallmarky haha. You know what i mean? To be honest im also very picky and like my trees pretty close to perfect.
Anyways we loaded the kids up and must have walked around for a hour if not more looking for just the right trees. We normally get a silver tip but this year we wanted to get one noble fur, one silver tip and two mini trees for the kids rooms. the guys were so nice and gave us a deal for getting so many and threw in a 5th tree for cheap! I got SO excited knowing now i was going to get one tree for the living room, one for the office, one for the kitchen and one for each kid room.

judah with the boys room tree :)

they found a bunch of lady bugs too :) i didnt know they were out now.

next to the HUGE santa :)
(cruz was sleeping in the warm car hehe)

we fit the two huge ones on top of the van and two smaller ones in the back and one more in the front squished on the floor ;) 

So we got home and unloaded the trees i spent all night putting lights on. 

the kids did there trees with a little help :) and the next day we decorated them :)

heres isabellas tree

here is the boys tree so cute :) (i need a picture with them next to it still)

and the living room tree :) and of course the Grinch while we decorate! :)


and with a 1 1/2 year old this is how decorating the tree went for him hehe pure temptation lol poor little guy

The only thing this house is missing is a fire place. so my ipad has a app that is streaming to my apple tv and making the crackle sound. haha i love it!! 

 (more of the house to come tomorrow)

armoire redo

So this one has been a long time coming i got this piece about a year and a half ago :) it had lattice in the door ways and my hubs was never the biggest fan of it but i told him just wait you'll love it once its done......... well i can gladly say it is now done and we love it!!

So i have been going back and forth on what i wanted to do to it. I on a frenchy greyish blue :) ha.


* first the funnest part ;)  it needed a little dimo so i too a axe to the lattice to pop it out. (it was so cold in the garage!)

* next was to paint it. I took a latex flat white paint and added some french grey milk paint powder and a couple tables spoons of annie sloans Aubusson Blue chalk paint, and little bit of black and a little water to thin it out. since the powder made it thicker. well since the armoire was a glossy white and i didnt want to prime it adding the milk paint totally helped the latex paint adhere to the glossier paint and it worked so well.  i used two coats. it probably could have used 3 but i was going to destress it anyways so it worked.
i also left some white around the door openings.
after it dried i took a rough sand paper to it .

* then i used annie sloans soft wax and made a mix of the clear and a tiny bit of the dark. i used a round wax brush and then buffed it after it sat there for about 10 mins. it gave it a very light distressed look. just what i was looking for :)

* now came the fun part... (kidding) i took a old latic part and traced it on card board 

*then cut them out a smig smaller then the trace. layed those templates on the burlap and cut it out about a 1/4 inches bigger to leave wiggle room. 

*then took a glue gun and glued one side of the burlap to the cardboard pulling taught and then gluing the rest.

*after it was all glued i trimmed the excess burlap and then put it in the opening. i liked that it was a little snug so then i didnt need to glue it or staple it. (thank you honey for helping and doing half of them) I also chose different knobs from anthropoligie what can i say im a not very matching person who also listens to her music on suffle ;)

 All done!! yay!

hope you enjoy :) 

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

christmas ornaments

 Well this week has been full of getting house cleaned up and ready for Christmas in a couple weeks! I plane on doing lots of Christmas diy decorations this year so i started one today i saw on pinterest

first i dont have a shredder so i just cut in strips my self stacking the paper up so it goes faster! :) 

sorry i was lazy and just took iphone pictures. so there not as great hehe

then i got twine

and then went to my moms to rade her buttons :)

Here si the result. i love them! i also used soem lace i had and coffee beans (not in the picture) 

 The kids also got to do a little crafting and paint some ornaments :)