Monday, September 29, 2014

Return to Awesomeness?!?



A long, long, time ago there was a girl with a blog.  Then, life got in the way and she lost track of time.  Before she knew it, days turned into weeks, weeks into months, and months into years.  She had finished a log of DIY projects, finished an entire condo actually; packed it up, and moved into a "not-so-much-her style" home...and she's back at it again... ONE. DIY. PROJECT. AT. A TIME.

Yep, that's right...after a LOT of thinking and taking lots of things into consideration, one month short of a 2 year hiatus of blogging, I've decided to start this baby up again. I'm not posting every day.  I'll be lucky to actually post more than one post during the week and one during the weekend.  Nonetheless, I'll be posting this week so stay tuned for that.  I've also decided to clear-up all of the advertising on my blog as well.  I'm not blogging as a secondary income, and I'm not doing it to make money.  In fact-at least for the time being, there won't be any sponsored posts...just me keepin' it real. One creation at a time...or toddler happening.  They're getting pretty good these days.  So, I just wanted to let all of you know that I'm back to show you how things go From A to Being once again!

See you soon!


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Craft Room Makeover Reveal

I've been going back and forth on whether or not I should reveal the details of this room or the entire room and go over the details next week....  I've already revealed the desk do-over it was a labor of love, so I might as well show you the whole room.

Here are some before shots...  *Disclaimer: these were taken "during" the process...so, naturally there is CRAP all over the place, but I didn't think to take awesome pictures of the before...BEFORE because I was so excited to get the project going.
@ the top of the landing...
Computer "area"?!?
"Craft area/bed for....guests?!?!"
My ribbon problem...
"organized"?!?!
Yep, pretty awful, I know.  First issue: repaint the space...the maroon (while it was pretty) was too dark, and made it impossible to decorate.  Paint choice: Stone Lion from SW...(because I already had a half gallon left from my bathroom, and it's a grayish/brownish...)  Here's some progress....


Here's what the garage looked like....

OOPS!!!
 Once she was painted: next issue: get rid of huge honkin desk that cannot be arranged any other way, or moved to any other wall....then, de-crapify the loft....and organize it....and find another "inexpensive desk"...then, for the fun part...decorate it!

So, let's see this bad boy shall we?!?
Up the stairs that I redid....here.  And at the top of the stairs?  An overweight black lab, our little Rookie.


And yes, my gallery wall is finally done!  But honestly, I've not had time to post about it. You can see the giant picture tutorial here.  And, hopefully next week, I'll let you know what I did for the wall....but here's the loft...and all its awesomeness!


To keep the cost down, I ordered fabric and made my own drapes.  I bought Ikea lights off of Amazon (no Ikea here) ;( and mounted them to the wall and put the middle one "through" the drapes.  I like the effect!  This photo was a "during" photo...getting the new desk in was a debacle in itself, I'll tell you about that later.  AND-pardon the fan, it was HOT up there!


Another "during" photo, after the desk came in and the white curtains were hung behind the stripes.


Another view of the window, and the chunky doggie! 


Guest bed, (I used the left-over material to make a body pillow cover)...some of the pillows are from Etsy, Target, and.PB Teen


Top of landing, another view.  Yes, I re-did furniture, but more on that later...



A view of my "craft area"


(Sorry about the bad pics....luckily I remembered to take them)...I made the lamp(shade) well, actually re-did the entire lamp twice (below), and also added another Ikea light on the wall....(above)


 

Ahhhhh....a "space for me"....and the kids....and the dog, and the cats, and our guests, ahhh, yes, and Mr. A2B!


A shot of our new desk!  And, Big Bertha is still there too.  Read about her transformation here.  And here are some of my favorite details.....I'll explain them later when I get a free minute second...whew!  FINALLY!!!












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Monday, November 26, 2012

Busy Weekend...and WEEK!!!!!

Yes, the loft will be revealed this week!  With Turkey Day being Thursday, we were all jumbled.  BUT...Christmas decorations are done...and there's ANOTHER makeover in the works, BUT, I just couldn't wait to share......





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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Roadside Rescue...The Little Shelf That Could...

Hello There! So, since I've not posted too many projects in a while, I'll give you one small do-over just to keep you smiling!  I'm hoping to do Loft/Craft Room/Little Monsters' Art Studio this week, and give you some previews on what is new and in the works!  This project was FREE!  My dad found this little shelf by the side of the road on trash day.  It wasn't bad...I mean, after all, It was FREE.  So my dad, being the most amazing man that he is, picked it up and brought him over.  Here's a before...


And some quick afters.... I wanted to use my ASCP, but wanted brighter colors to show up underneath when I sanded it....so I went to the trusty ol' acrylic craft paint...worked like a charm!











(And, no-I do not know what these pegs are for!!)



Here's a during....since the little hearts are a little dated for my liking....I cut cardboard pieces to put over them, and I painted them with Chalkboard spray paint!  Yes, the same spray paint I used here...gives it endless possibilities!  






To the eye, on the side of the road, one might say...one of the hooks is broken, and the little hearts are kind of "homely"...but to my Dad's eye, it said- "I bet she can create SOMETHING with this"....I can't believe someone would throw that away"!  He just gets me, what can I say?!?!




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