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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Picture Frame Bulletin Boards

Big Brother has needed somewhere to put little keepsakes for sometime now. They've been piling up in his dresser drawer. When I bought too much cork for another project, I realized I could use the extra cork to make him some bulletin boards. 

I started out by looking for some extra frames around the house. These frames have been around since early in our marriage and have been used for several different projects over the years. Pictures of Big Brother I painted, Nursery art, and Toddler Bedroom art were the most recent uses for them.

I repainted the frames black since orange doesn't really go with Big Brother's room.

Then I cut out the cork to the appropriate sizes.

Here are the frames with the cork all in place and up on the wall.

Big Brother doesn't have a lot of wall space left, so I like how they fit under his bed perfectly.

I think he'll enjoy having a place to put his keepsakes, and I'm glad they're not stuffed inside a drawer anymore!


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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Bay Window Seat Transformation

When we first found our house, one of the many things I loved about it was the window seat in the living room. I've always loved the idea of a window seat. 

Here it is before we moved into the house. As you can see, it needed a little sprucing up.

The first thing we did was take down all the curtains. It just blocked too much of the light. Since the room isn't super bright, I didn't want to go with anything too heavy, so I found some fairly lightweight, white curtains and skipped any type of shade on the individual windows. Then I painted the seat and made pillows with leftover fabric from our dining room chairs

Blue and White Themed Window Seat
Also, the changes in the whole room helped a lot with the transformation of the window seat. We have new floors, the walls have been painted a nice grey, and all the dark brown crown moulding is now a nice crisp white. 

It was a quick and easy project that makes a big difference in feeling like the room is complete.


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Monday, July 10, 2017

Building a Backyard Play Set

We recently were able to buy a backyard play set (swing set) for the boys, and I thought I'd share some of the photos from while Jeremy and my dad were building it.

There were A LOT of pieces.

Jeremy says that there was not a single piece that you didn't have to put together. 

This was after about 5 hours of work.

They were nearly finished here. 

After about 8 1/2 hours of work, they finished!

The next day we added mulch underneath, and now the boys are loving their new play set!

A couple tips and some information:

The estimated assembly time was 8-10 hours for 2 people, and we decided that's 2 people who know how to build and work with their hands. If I had helped Jeremy instead of my dad, it would have taken much, much longer than the 8 1/2 hours it took them.

Make sure you have a couple of cordless drills. This was a lifesaver for them.

A big thanks to my dad and mom for all their help!

Any links to products in this post are just there to help you find the products. I'm not receiving any compensation by posting them.

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Friday, July 7, 2017

DIY 4th of July Flag Shirt {And Our 4th of July Fun}

This year we stayed home and hung out at our house for 4th of July. I didn't want to make a big production of it like we did for Little Brother's birthday party, but I still wanted the day to be special. So I planned a few little activities to do around the house, and we had a few people over to just hang out and relax. 

My favorite activity of the day was making these cute DIY flag t-shirts. I found the idea at the last minute the day before 4th of July, but we were able to whip them together easily on Independence Day morning after breakfast. 

Masking tape
Fabric paint
Paint brushes or sponges
Star paper punch or star stickers

I prepped our t-shirts the night before by taping off the star area and as much of the stripes as I could. I then made stars from the masking tape with my star paper punch. I think star stickers would work great too.

After breakfast, I had the boys paint the blue section of their shirts. Then while the paint dried, I got dressed, and they watched some cartoons. 

Once the blue paint dried, I removed the tape along the edges of the blue section (I left the star tape in place for now). I then place tape over the edges of the blue area to keep the red paint off the blue. I also needed to add a little tape to my stripes so it would reach all the way to the edge of the blue. 

Then the boys painted their red stripes.

Once they were done painting, I let the paint dry for just a few minutes before I removed the tape. Once the tape was removed, I hung the shirts up outside to finish drying. It was nice and warm, so it didn't take long at all for them to dry.

A few tips: 
I let the tape go over the edge of the t-shirts to hold them in place on the table. I think this was helpful, so the boys couldn't accidentally slide the shirts around while painting. 

Make sure there aren't any "puddles" or blobs of paint before you let the shirts sit to dry. They'll dry a lot faster if the paint is spread out. 

Leave the star tape or stickers on even while they're doing the red. This way if they accidentally get red in the blue area, it still won't get on the red stars.

Have fun!

More 4th of July Fun

The t-shirts were just the beginning of our day, though!

We played with sidewalk chalk spray paint. You probably have everything you need to make it in your kitchen cabinets. The boys really enjoyed spraying the front porch.
(find the recipe here)

We ate lunch with some family, played with silly mustaches, and then made bubbles.

We hung out in the backyard...

...and played a DIY backyard ladder game.

It was pretty warm, so the boys played in the water. 

We played "monkey in the middle" for a while.

Then we ate dinner and lit a few firecrackers in the backyard.

After dinner we drove a little ways to a spot where we could see all the fireworks in the Denver metro area. It was fun to try and figure out what area each display was coming from and nice that they weren't too loud for the kids since we were a little further away from them. 

It was a great day and I hope yours was just as fantastic!

For more 4th of July and summer fun ideas, visit my Pinterest boards.


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