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DIY Vase Makeover

It is time for the unveiling of my submission in the Winter Edition Pintrest Challenge.

If you recall, I had so many cute ideas to choose from and it was too hard to choose just one, so I did a couple and I will post about each later on. For this challenge, I decided to submit my take on the DIY Vase Makeover.

Here was my Pinsiration:

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Source: http://pinterest.com/pin/62768988528742404/

I chose an empty Desorono bottle which I thought was quite pretty (and tasty) and a clear vase that I had tucked away.

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We had some purplish paint left over from our JBear’s room which will complement the green hallway upstairs. I know that sounds crazy but trust me, the purple against the green looks so pretty. 🙂

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I laid out some newspaper on the counter to accommodate my extreme clumsiness. This was a great idea since I managed to spill some paint just by opening the lid. 😉

Using a paper cup, I scooped up some paint and began pouring it into the empty bottle.

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I used a wet paper towel to wipe up the paint that spilled on the outside of the bottle and then began to swirl the paint around so that it covered every side.

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Once the inside of the bottle was fully coated I repeated the process on the vase.

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As to how much paint to use in each, it is really just a guess. I kept adding a little at a time if I thought it needed it. I was amazed at how different they looked just by adding some colour. Picture these babies filled with flowers….can you tell I am dreaming of spring. 😉

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I found a broken necklace that I had been hanging onto and added it to the vase for a little flair.

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What do you think? Is this something you would do? I must admit I am hooked.  These are so easy and quick to make and that my friends is my motto. 🙂

A big thank you to SherryKatie, Megan, and Michelle, who hosted this edition of the Pintrest Challenge. Don’t forget to pop on over to their site and check out what DIY goodness they came up with.

Happy DIY’ing and thanks for stopping by.


Morning Puttering

What do you do when you wake up bright and early? I mean it is so early that it is still dark out, everyone is sound asleep in their beds and you have a moment of peace and quiet.

First things first, you check out your blog for comments, etc. while you sip on your first cup of steaming coffee. Then you organize your cotton balls. WHAT?! That’s right, I said organize your cotton balls.  Let me explain.

I have this huge bag of cotton balls that usually sits on my bathroom counter.  I have tried putting them away but more often than not, I find that they just sit there since I use them to take off my makeup, put on some toner, etc.

Then I saw this vase sitting on the dining room table – just waiting to be put away.Instant inspiration. Why hadn’t I thought of it sooner?!

I began to fill the vase with cotton balls. Not only did it look very pretty but that also meant no more bag on the counter top. Win-win.

And here is how it looks in my bathroom. Pretty cute right?

Then I saw a walrus. That’s right, I said I saw a walrus – stay with me people. 😉

Where was I…..oh yeah, BAMO! Another bolt of inspiration.  This little guy would look cute perched upon a stack of books in the hallway upstairs. So grabbing my camera, books, oh and my walrus – I flew up stairs.

And voila.  I don’t know if this is where he’ll stay but it is as good a place as any for right now. It is much better than having him sit in a box in the dining room.

What do you guys think? Do you like my early morning puttering or should I pretend I was sleep walking and quickly take these down. 😉

Oh, did I mention that IT’S FRRRRRIDAY!!! Stay tuned for some Friday giggles to get  us prepped for the weekend.


Mission: Beautify

Our house, as I said it several times before, is a work in progress. That means that on any given room you will find screw drivers, drill guns, pictures that need to be hung, paint samples, etc., etc., etc.

As of late, I have noticed that our little man (JBear) has become disconcerted by his surroundings….that’s right, little man now envisions monsters upstairs and refuses to venture up to his room unless accompanied by myself or Jason. In a pinch, he has even resorted to having Molly stay close by his side as he races into his room and grabs a car or train then hauls his little butt down the steps at mock 10.

As I walked through the house, looking at it through the eyes of my little man, I realized it wasn’t really surprising that he thinks there are monsters upstairs. In the darkened hallway, ladders looming in doorways tend to take on a life of their own and look like they are just waiting to jump out and grab you. (Can you tell I am ready for Halloween? 😉 )

So what do I do? Mission: Beautify….issued and accepted!

Simple things like hanging up pictures of the family and his art, putting the ladders in the basement or garage until we are ready to use them, will really make this house feel like his home. These aren’t difficult things to do, they just seem to get put off as we take on bigger projects.

Next question….where to start? I chose the stairway. I had been toying around with what to add in the little nook at the bottom of the stairs. It definitely needed something, but what?

Scrounging through the house, I found this pretty blue vase and tin can.

After placing each in the nook and standing there for several minutes examining them (I even did a “test walk” down the steps to see how they looked as you walked downstairs…crazy, I know, but that’s me 😉 ); both seemed too small to really work in that space.

The nook is small, but with the height of the ceiling, I thought it needed something taller and wider. Then, by chance, we found this beautiful arrangement. The colours were gorgeous and accentuated the painted hallway. Bonus – JBear was the one that spotted them and so now it really feels like he has control over his space.

I didn’t have anything that was big enough to hold them so I let JBear pick a vase to go with them….he not only chose one that would work perfectly but it was also in my price range, $7.00. That’s my boy!

And voila – the final product:

It didn’t require a lot of work, and although I am still working on the art piece that is going up on the wall (hint…looks like a picket fence), this quick and easy fix made the stairway look less intimidating.

So what did you do this long weekend? Any sprucing up around the house or just a lot of rest and relaxation?


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