Saturday, December 29, 2012

Here Came Santa Claus!

We had a wonderful, yet quiet, Christmas! Just my husband and our two teenage boys. Well, I don't know if an 18 and 19 year old are considered teenagers. In my mind they're still toddlers!

Anyway, we opened our gifts which kind of made me sad because now that they are older, the presents are less but each one is more expensive.

I can never get any of these men in my life to take a serious picture! Drives me crazier than I all ready am! Here they are as I like to call them:

My baby boy...



My #1 son...



The love of my life...



Hee, hee...here are my awesome Wellie like boots that Mr. Creative thinks are terrible. I had to promise not to wear them in public!


Tomorrow I will show you what I scored at the after Christmas sales!

Have a great weekend!

Bonnie

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Slip Cover for Vanity Cushion

Previously I revealed our master bath makeover in this post. Today I thought I would show you the little trick I did on my vanity chair/cushion. My old one was beyond wore out after 16 years! As you can see, it was torn and the stuffing was falling out. Check out the before and after!

{BEFORE}


{AFTER}


I cleaned the frame of the chair really well with TSP to get rid of all the residue from years of hairspray and dust/lint that is in a bathroom. Thinking that I wanted a slick finish to be able to keep it cleaner, I got out a can of glossy brown spray paint. 

WARNING: What you are about to see is an amateur who knows just enough about sewing to be dangerous! Follow these directions at your own risk!!

To replace the cushion, I could have bought the foam, cut it to a circle and then made a pillow cover to go over it. Since that would have taken more time and detail than I was willing to put into it, I went the easy route. I bought the only round pillow I found at Walmart for $11.


Obviously the problem was that it was red. Doesn't really go with a blue and brown bathroom! No problem. I had some fabric that I picked up at Hobby Lobby on clearance about a year ago because it had the colors I wanted for our master bedroom/bathroom. I thought maybe it would work for pillows or something.

First thing I did was measure the width across and under on the pillow to determine how wide of a circle I would need. Then I added a couple more inches...just in case! I cut the fabric into a 26" x 26" square. I then folded the square corner to corner.


I then folded it across to the corner keeping the folded point at the top.


I repeated that step again making sure to keep the folded point at the top.


Measuring 13" (half of the square amount of 26") from the folded point, I put a pin to mark the length in various areas across. 


Cutting just below my pins, I came out with an upside down ice cream cone!


When I unfolded the fabric, it became a 26" circle! 


Feeling successful, I stopped to eat a few chicken bites! A girl has to keep her energy level up!


Back to work...The elastic I was using was 1/2" so I measured and pinned a 1" fold over.



I must have forgotten to take the next pictures! Anyway, I sewed along the rough edge just far enough to catch the fabric, leaving an opening to feed my elastic through. I did a rough measure of where I thought the cover would fit under the cushion and cut my elastic to that length 33" + 2" just in case! After feeding in the elastic, sewing the elastic ends together and sewing the remaining opening closed, I slipped her over the cushion!


There you have it! 


Here she is in the finished bathroom, looking pretty and ready for me to put my make up on!


Trust me, it isn't a precise way to cut and sew but it works for me. Those of you who have mad sewing skills and are detailed oriented are probably running away screaming! I wish I could be more like you!

This is just to show you that if you have a few sewing skills, there are a lot of things you can try!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Bonnie


Monday, December 17, 2012

Silence and Support for Sandy Hook

Today is a blogger day of silence. Please visit and support the families of Sandy Hook by visiting the link below:





With a Heavy Heart...



God's Blessings to All,
Bonnie

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Blogger Day of Silence



For those who wish to participate, on Tuesday, December 18th, there is going to be a Blogger Day of Silence in support of those lost and their families from Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut. For more information, please visit Kelly's Korner. She has the button and link information.

This is a sign of support and respect for those who have lost the world. We will have lost nothing from one day of not blogging compared to what those families have lost.

The United Way has established a website for donations at the following link:

https://newtown.uwwesternct.org/


I have to do something positive for these families. Won't you join me, my fellow bloggers?

Bonnie

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Jesus Loves the Little Children

Dedicated to the children of Sandy Hook Elementary.


Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Black and yellow, red and white
They're all precious in His sight
Jesus loves the little children of the world

Whether you're rich or whether you're poor
It matters not to Him
He remembers where you're going
Not where you've been

Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Black and yellow, red and white
They're all precious in His sight
Jesus loves the little children of the world

If your heart is troubled
Don't worry, don't you fret
He knows that you have heard His call
And he won't forget

Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Black and yellow, red and white
They're all precious in His sight
Jesus loves the little children of the world

All around the world tonight
His children rest assured
That He will watch and He will keep us
Safe and secure

Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Black and yellow, red and white
They're all precious in His sight
Jesus loves the little children of the world

Friday, December 14, 2012

A Sad Day...



I'm stunned by the evil of this world. I don't profess to understand it at all. My heart is heavy with grief and goes out to the families that have lost their loved ones, both adults and children. 

There is no way to understand why bad things happen to good people. I have faith that someday we will understand why God allowed these bad things to happen. 

I pray that we see something good come out of something so horrible. I want to learn about those that were lost. Their special gifts, their interests and how they created joy for their families.

Hug your children and family members everyday. Tell them that you love them everyday.

May God bless those that are grieving.

Bonnie

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

O Christmas Tree...

As I go visiting your many blogs, I'm so impressed with everyone's beautiful Christmas decorating!

Mine, not so much...

Not sure what it is this year, but I just can't seem to get enough creativity flowing to make something special out of the same old decorations! We just got the tree up on Sunday and decorated on Monday night. Whew..

Are any of you like me and have tons of little knick knacks that you've accumulated through the years but really don't have much meaning to you? I have tons of snowmen decorations that are just cheap little chatzkys that I'm done with putting out!

Before I put away everything this year, I am going to weed out what I am tired of and hit some after Christmas sales in the hope of finding something new.

Okay, enough whining and on to the pictures! Here is our mantel this year. Very simple lighted garland with some lanterns on each side. Hard to see since the wall is red and so are the lanterns! I took down the picture and hung the wreath above. The fire looks warm and cozy!


Here is another shot at night. Looks somewhat better!


I have a set of angels that Mr. Creative's aunt left to us when she passed on. I arranged them on top of the TV armoire and it's a little hard to get a good picture.


I do like my tree and the ornaments but it pretty much looks the same every year. Maybe I can change it up with different color ribbon next year!


Special ornaments like our first born son's first Christmas ornament!


Cute little homemade ornaments from friends.


Many glass ornaments that sparkle in the lights.


Always the reason for the season ornaments of Jesus!


Well, thanks for stopping by to take a look. Maybe next year will be better!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas Season!

Bonnie

Friday, December 7, 2012

Christmas Boxwood Centerpiece

This year (as in most years), I'm trying to make do with what I have on hand to decorate for Christmas. Until our boys are out on their own, I believe money will continue to be tight. My blog is about being creative on a budget so it only seems right to do so with Christmas!

The reason behind Christmas isn't to out do someone else but to celebrate the birth of Christ. In doing so, I wanted to do things that remind me of what is important like family and to somewhat get back to nature.

I've seen some centerpieces on Pinterest made from things we have outside. My favorite was from another blogger. Yvonne from Stone Gable did a wonderful blog post you can read HERE about arranging Christmas greens and made the centerpiece you see in the picture below:


stonegableblog.com

She so inspired me that I decided to go out and chop on those overgrown boxwood bushes we have in our front yard! I also went searching the house for a container!

Around the holidays, I can remember my parents using this nut bowl full of various nuts that they would crack and eat. It brings back fond memories and I've tried to preserve the bowl by staining and sealing it to bring out the gorgeous wood grain.


Using the boxwood clippings, I placed them around the center knob trying to keep them flowing in the same direction.


Using my stash of Home Interiors candles I've had for years, I set the candle on the center knob.


I casually placed three pine cones and three ornaments around the candle. I have always heard that odd numbers of items are more interesting so I try to follow that logic when I can. However 3 + 3 = 6 but I suppose since it is three of each, I'm okay!

Here is how the centerpiece turned out.


I just love it sitting here on my breakfast table.  


I can't say mine is as nice as Yvonne's but I'm happy with it! Plus, the cost for me was NOTHING! That's something to be happy about!

I'm joining Debbiedoo's 2nd annual Knock Off Decor Holiday Party!


Also linking to Linda's Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm!


Have a wonderful day!

Merry Christmas!

Bonnie




Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Master Bathroom Reveal

I'm excited to show everyone how our master bathroom makeover turned out! I did most of the work by myself while Mr. Creative was hunting every weekend. Then when he would come home, I would have a list of things I needed him to do only because I wasn't strong enough to hang the mirror or afraid I would kill myself messing with the electric!

First, lets take a look at the before! This before shot is a picture of a picture when we were building the house in 1996. As you can see the front of the jacuzzi tub wasn't on yet!

1996 {BEFORE}

This picture was from about six years ago when I tried to go neutral!

2006 {BEFORE}

Here is the after with the blue walls. The curtain panels are from Hobby Lobby and since they are 96" long, I had to cut them off and hem them. You'll see what I did with the leftover fabric as we continue along. I want to get a bamboo roman shade for the window.

 {AFTER}

A different view from before.

2006 {BEFORE}

In time, I want to find a bookcase or a small cabinet to place here. That way I can store more items and decorate the shelves! It will have to be a certain size, so it may take me some time to find the perfect fit.

 {AFTER}

Let us continue on with another before snapshot. Trust me, the hunter green sink top was beautiful and I loved it for a LONG time. But since it had to go and I didn't have the money to replace it, I
PAINTED it! 

Yes, you read that right. I painted it with a tub refinishing kit. I will give a tutorial later. First the pictures! I even had a hunter green toilet seat! That makes me laugh!

1996 {BEFORE}

2006 {BEFORE}

You will notice that our large mirror has a frosted design on it. When we built our home, two of our friends took the mirror we ordered and did the etching on it. There is a female fairy with ivy on Mr. Creative's side and a male fairy with ivy on my side. So I guess Mr. Creative and I have been recreated as fairies on our mirror! We love it and just couldn't part with it or cover it with trim (like I wanted)!

 {AFTER}

I should have taken a better angle picture of the top! I will show that more in my tutorial. For now here is the only close up of the counter after painting it!

 {AFTER}

As you can tell, I also painted the cabinet black. Mr. Creative would have hurt me if I painted the oak trim or front of the bathtub so for those of you who don't care for stained wood...marriage is full of compromises!

Not that you could see them in the before pictures but the light fixtures above the mirror have been painted a bronze color and I replaced the sconces with a softer amber glass. Before, the sconce lights shined down. I decided that it would be a softer light if I flipped the fixtures so the sconces were shining up. LOVE it!

 {AFTER}

I also painted the accessories - towel bar, toilet roll holder and hand towel ring in an oil rubbed bronze which matches the ORB halogen ceiling fixtures I bought and Mr. Creative installed.

I took what was left when I hemmed the panels by the tub and added a ruffle to the bottom of two curtains I sewed together from Walmart. Kathy from Creative Home Expressions inspired me with her curtain panels for her guest room that you can see HERE. She found the panels at Hobby Lobby and I knew they were perfect for our room! Thanks Kathy!!

{AFTER}

Here's the "business" corner! I saw another blogger talk about keeping a box here for our "feminine" things. Awesome idea! The picture is a knock off canvas of the one at Kirklands. I just saved the image and sent it to one of the canvas online websites to have a smaller version made. MUCH CHEAPER and since I would never sell it, I thought it would be fine.

{AFTER}

Please tell me your thoughts? I'm thrilled with it although it isn't perfect but it was done on a budget of 
$400! That is everything from ceiling to floor which includes paint, light fixtures, accessories and decorations. I had some money from birthday and Christmas money that I received. 

The tub refinishing kit for the sink was expensive at $50 but MUCH cheaper than a new sink! The ceiling fixtures were $45 each so that added up, too. Many of the pictures/accessories are thrift store finds or clearance items.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you like it and it encourages you to take a chance in a makeover on a budget!

I am linking to Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style.

Have a wonderful day!

Bonnie






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