Friday, May 31, 2013

B-E-A-C-H


Yes, my friends, we have yet another addition to my beachy bathroom.




Okay, that's not my bathroom, but it will be hanging in there by the end of this post.

Those finished white letters (minus the starfish) were recently on sale at Hobby Lobby.




They were way too bright and white for what I wanted them for, so I bought this antique linen Distress Ink.




It's a subtle change, but getting better.




I needed a little more something, so I used walnut stain to add to it.




I rubbed the walnut around the edges and blended a little in on the rest of the letter.

Because these letters were finished, it took about a day for the ink to dry.




After they dried, I sealed them with mod-podge and glued the starfish on.




That one little skinny spot on the wall is it's new home. I used Mounting Tape to put them up.

(Somebody really needs to do a little touch up painting on those knicks on the wall.)









Happy Friday!

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

It's a Party! #108


Welcome! Thank you for joining our little party we have here starting every Wednesday!

I'll even spare you all my blabbing this week and get right to the party.

Ready. Set. Go!




Link up anything you want to share with us this week. It can be your fabulous craft, yummy recipe, giveaway, shop, etc.

I'll feature the Top 5 most viewed links next Wednesday.

I would love for you to follow A Creative Princess while you're here!

If you would like to grab an It's a Party button (on the sidebar) and post it on your blog somewhere, that would be great! Let's get the word out and grow this party.
The more the merrier!

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Hits of the Party!


I love Wednesdays.

Not only do we get to party later today, but first we get to drool over 5 of your top hits from last week's It's a Party.

Here they are (in no particular order).



Home Frosting




My Turn for us




the princess & her cowboys




The Pin Junkie




Sew-Licious Home Decor




Thank you to all who joined our party last week. If you were featured, feel free to grab yourself a button from the sidebar.

See you back here later today.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A couple more added touches to the bathroom.


Our bathroom remodeling is slowly but surely coming to an end. Finally.




All the big things are done (except the tub), so now it's just a matter of decorating.

I started adding the bamboo as trim to the top of the shower stall last week. I kind of thought I was finished, but now I'm thinking I need to add it down the sides, too.

I really don't want to because that bamboo is a pain in the butt to work with. I think I'll put off my trip to Hobby Lobby for more and keep looking at it for a few more days.

Maybe I'll change my mind. Again.




Then there was this matter about plain black sconces.




A little Rustoleum spray paint took care of the color, but even with the candles, it was too blah.




Then I remembered the grass (or whatever it is) that I made Here and it changed the whole look.




Yeah, I'm loving it!

That's more the true color of the whole room in that photo. It's so hard to take pictures in a bathroom!

Happy Monday!

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Monday, May 27, 2013

Happy Memorial Day!



Thank you to all who have served, past and present. God Bless.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Saturday Showcase


Who doesn't love Washi Tape?

Ashley from ashley's dandelion Wishes shared her post last week at It's a Party that is packed full of awesome ideas that you can do with Washi Tape.

Check it out.




Have a safe and fun weekend!

Friday, May 24, 2013

Teachers are a Work of Heart


Earlier this week I shared some Teacher Gift Ideas so I thought I would show you what I made for one of the kids to give to their teacher this year.




I scored a whole box of colored pencils at a garage sale at a preschool recently and decided to use up some of them on a frame.


You are never going to believe where I made this frame at.



 That's right. A hospital room.

After Greg's shoulder surgery, he slept a lot at first, so I was so glad I had packed up some craft supplies the night before we left for the hospital. I had my own little craft corner in there.




Because this was a last minute decision, I forgot to take a lot of pictures. The night before I had Greg cut my pencils to fit the frame.




I had this little wood frame from Hobby Lobby in my stash.




I painted the frame blue and glued the pencils on with Aileens Fast Tacky Glue.




I mod podged cork scrapbook paper to the wood backing that came with the frame and then mod podged the teacher quote I printed out on top of it. The hearts are brads that I glued on.




I love that the pencils came from a preschool and aren't perfect. I think the little marks on them give it character.

Happy Friday!

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

It's a Party! #107


I'm starting our party early this week because I'm still at the hospital with Greg.

He had his shoulder replacement on Monday morning and when the doctor got in there, there was a lot more damage than what had showed up in the MRI. Besides the replacement, he had to have part of his clavicle taken off , bicep repair and a ton of cleaning and scraping.

He's going to be fine and the doctor said he would now have a bionic shoulder when all of this is said and done. The hard part is, he's in a lot of pain and will be for quite some time, along with months of physical therapy.

We originally thought he would be able to come home on Tuesday, but now they have to get his pain under some control before they'll send him home. 

God love him, he still has his sense of humor and still worrying more about the kids and me than he is about himself.

So....while I'm sitting in a hospital room I want you all to party and show off all your awesome ideas, creations, and recipes so I have something to look through. Think of it as a 2 day idea fest!

Let's get started, how 'bout it?






Link up anything you want to share with us this week. It can be your fabulous craft, yummy recipe, giveaway, shop, etc.

I'll feature the Top 5 most viewed links next Wednesday.

I would love for you to follow A Creative Princess while you're here!

If you would like to grab an It's a Party button (on the sidebar) and post it on your blog somewhere, that would be great! Let's get the word out and grow this party.
The more the merrier!

We all love comments, so please visit other links and have fun!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Teacher Gift Ideas


It's that time of year again, time to start thinking about teacher gifts. 

To help you get started, here are a few ideas:






My Teacher is AW-esome




Personalized Cups




Apple & Caramel Teacher Gift




Crayon Wreath




Thank You For Helping Me Grow




Ruler Wreath





Monogram Wreath



Monday, May 20, 2013

Blast from the Past: Lobster Tails Frame


Alert the media. We finally finished all the tiling in our main bathroom!




There's still odds and ends to finish up, but the tile is down and the new vanity and stool are installed. We're waiting on the Clawfoot Tub to be refinished and that bamboo you see in the corner is going to be used for some trim.


In the meantime, I'm grabbing all the beachy items in the house to use to decorate along with a few new projects.

I thought this would be a good time to repost  a frame I made in 2011. It's still out in another room, but I'm thinking it will end up in here.


Anyway, here is the post I did in July, 2011.



Lobster Tails and Clam Shells


It's happened. I've sunk to an all time low in the name of crafting. Greg and I went out to eat the other night and I brought home our lobster tails and clam shells (Yuck!) when we were finished with them.


I did, I wrapped them in a napkin and put them in my purse!




When I got home I boiled them again and washed them with soap and water.



I had this black frame with 4 sections so I painted and sanded it.



I used sand scrapbook paper and then glued the shells on the front of the frame. I had the little white shells that I used for the center of the flower.



I've used lobster tails to make flowers before, but always when we ate them at home. I've never wrapped them up from a restaurant and brought them home. I'm sure the people near us thought I was crazy! No, I'm not nuts, just a crafter.

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