Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Who Says Dress-up is Just for Girls?
At any given day in my house, there will be a little boy running around in a costume. We have gathered costumes through the years enough to fill two chests! Last year after Halloween, Target had the ultimate sale and priced full costumes from $1.98 to $3.98!! Knowing how much my boys love wearing them, how could I not stock up??!! Here are the Super Sun Kissed Boys in action.
Being a Superhero is exhausting!

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Knife Block Makeover
With Spring Break in full swing here in South Florida, I have very little time to blog, much less to take on any large projects. It’s amazing how much attention three boys demand! Here’s a quick little project that doesn’t require a lot of time. Customize a butcher-block knife set! There are some knife sets that come in beautiful butcher blocks. That wasn’t the case with me. Mine was a tired looking wood block (which of course I forgot to take a “Before” picture of).
I painted the block with some leftover blue paint from my kitchen walls. When using old paint that is not stirred, keep in mind that it’s not going to be the same matching color as when you first brought it home. In this case, it worked for me since I didn’t want it to look all matchy. As it turned out, I didn’t like just the plain blue so I painted it with Heirloom White spray paint on top. Then I just sanded it down in different places to distress it.
Some places show some of the blue…
…others are sanded down to the butcher block itself.
Here it is in its permanent spot.
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Monday, March 29, 2010

Repurposing the Little Things
One of my favorite things to do is finding ways to repurpose things. Whether it’d be a door turned into a table or a much less complex thing like a mason jar.
Mason jars are a pretty way to display the shells I collected from my honeymoon over 16 years ago.
I have quite a few leftover clothespins from Sun Kissed Boy #1’s baby shower (I tend to hang on to things. Sun Kissed Boy #1 is almost 8). I use them mostly as bag clips but I keep them in a mason jar in the laundry room because the pantry is in the laundry room and, well, because it’s fitting.

This apĂ©ritif glass belonged to my husband’s grandmother, Grandma Faye. It was in a set of five glasses along with a decanter. Sadly, the decanter along with three of the glasses broke. But since the two were one of the very few pieces left of what belonged to Grandma Faye, I wanted to find uses for the little glasses.
For the moment, one carefully guards my wedding ring when I take it off at the kitchen sink to wash dishes.
The other, sits in the laundry room and measures just the right amount of laundry detergent for my front-loader washer that only requires a small amount of soap. By the way, the plate that the glass sits on is a sushi plate that I rarely use for that purpose. It too serves a purpose. It catches any liquid soap that might leak down. When it does, all I have to do is rinse the plate.

My neighbors know that I’m a hoarder re-user so they pass along to me some of their things that they no longer have use for.
This wood salad blow is now the center of attention in my kitchen table holding scrabble letters. The scrabble letters are used by Sun Kissed Boy #1 to practice spelling. My mother-in-law and I also some times grab a handful of letters and see how many words we can make out of them scrabble style.



The cheese grater once complemented a pasta bowl set my husband and I got as a wedding present. The bowls are long gone but the cheese grater is still around. I filled it with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar for easy sprinkles on buttered toast or cereal.


Buckets are terrific storage containers no matter their size.
The green one was left behind from party favors from Sun Kissed Boy #1’s 4th birthday party. It holds chalk that I use to write his weekly spelling words on the kitchen cabinet. Sun Kissed Boy #1 will be the best speller yet!

The tin one holds some of the 1,008 crayons that seem to be floating around my house. It sits on the playroom art table ready and waiting for creative little fingers to unleash their magic.



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Friday, March 26, 2010

My Favorite Things... Just a Few

Today is a very busy day around these parts. Kids are out of school for spring break. Need I say more? Since my blog time is very limited today, here are just a few of my favorite things that inspire me and will hopefully keep you inspired too.

I found this rustic-industrial little side table at retro.net. But it doesn't seem too hard to recreate and I'm sure a lot cheaper as well.

Anthropologie has these gorgeous mercury glass drawer knobs that I'm waiting to go on sale. Sigh!

I am not handy enough to make anything electrical (anything that would work without burning my house down that is) but I do have an amazing handy man willing to tackle my finds. Check out this clever wine bottle chandelier. Like I really need any more reasons to drink wine.

This gives me an idea on slip covering a similar loveseat that I bought on craigslist (my favorite "store" but that's another posting all together).

And lastly... for today, crisp, white bedding. Pottery Barn has this collection on sale right now. Don't they look comfy-soft?

Have a relaxing weekend!
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Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Uninvited Guests

Today we had some unexpected visitors. They were cute, but very messy.

Believe it or not, this was their second visit of the day. The front door did not close all the way this morning and the wind must of blown it open. When I got back home from dropping the Sun Kissed Boys to school, I found the ducks in the hallway (heading to my bedroom). In the afternoon, I saw the ducks in my yard and I wanted the boys to play with them. I opened the door and left it opened running back in to grab the camera. I didn't want to miss a Kodak moment of the boys and the ducks. The ducks took this as an invitation for a second visit. Notice how the babies are sitting on the floor making themselves at home! :)

Meet Daisy.

Daisy is my neighbors' (Karen and Alanna) pet duck. She's an outdoor pet but apparently insists on being and indoor visitor. This is Karen feeding Daisy. That's right, Daisy is hand fed!!

Meet the ducklings. They too will probably be hand fed. :)

The Sun Kissed Boys enjoyed the uninvited visitors. But we had to say farewell because Sun Kissed Mamma was not going to clean the floors twice in one day.

Have a ducky day (pun intended).




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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Vamping Up (Initial Step Stool)

I am a sucker for step stools so it was obvious to me what to do with a scrap piece of wood leftover after a remodeling project. Make a step stool!

I am terrible at remembering to take "Before" pictures and this time was no exception. This is a picture that my middle son took while I was painting the "S".

I was going to do a list of materials for a tutorial but I realized I don't know the names of my materials. I call things "thingies" or "the thing that holds the thing". So I posted pictures instead. I promise I'll get better at either learning what things are called or at least take pictures of the packages that the "thingies" come in to post.

I love the distressed look, especially having little kids around. I feel like the furniture can take a beating from my little ones and that just adds character to my pieces.


I'm a little on the impatient side and I couldn't wait until this stool was finished so I didn't do anything to the bottom side. That's leftover paint from when I first made the stool.

Here it is in it's current place! What do ya think??!!

Here are some pictures of my other step stools around the house.



And on a different note, here's a pic my middle son took of himself while he patiently waited. :)










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