Keep your eyes peeled!

Be on the look out to see some greatness in contemporary coffee tables from CSN.  What will you see?  Probably something like this:

Now that’s a closeup!  What is it?  Well, you will just have to wait and see.  :) 

Definitely sometime next week.

{DIY} Not Just a Hat Rack. Nevermind – it is a Hat Rack.

I always always put my boys in hats when we are outside.  I’ve been doing it since they were teensy babies as I wanted them to get used to it.  We all have fair skin and living in the south, it’s sun city here — so I wanted to be able to protect their little eyes and faces from the burning, searing Texas sun.

 Now when we leave the house, my two year old always since, “Wait!  I need my hat!  The sun will poke my eyes!”   And if we forget Baby D’s hat, he always reminds me to run in and grab it.  The result of this is that we have a. lot. of. hats.  It’s a weakness of mine — everytime I see a cute one that will fit (or will fit in the future) I buy it.  Some people buy shoes, I buy toddler baseball hats.  Or beanies.  Or newsboy hats.  Whatever, I like ’em all.

 I had previously just screwed a few robe hooks into each of their walls to hang up all the hats.  But the hats were multiplying and the hooks couldn’t accomodate all the hats and I would stack them on soooo carefully and not breathe near them and hope that they wouldn’t all fall down the first time my kids slammed the door.  They did fall. 

So I came up with this guy:

This is what I started with (I always always save old frames, no matter how ugly or odd-sized — and sure enough, one day a project comes along that is just begging for a weird looking side by side 10 x 13 frame):

How the magic happened:

{1} Spray paint red — I start to wilt if it’s been awhile since I spray painted anything

{2} Took out the cardboard backing, wrapped it in burlap and hot glued down the edges so it would stay tight

{3} I predrilled small holes and then screwed in some hooks by hand along the bottom of the frame

{4} Then I contacted Shelley at Wonderfully Wordy {also House of Smiths — amazing!} and got me some cute vinyl.  A few days later, it was on my doorstep and all I did was peel and stick.  So easy.


Now I have a cute, functional and personalized hat rack that hangs in my son’s room.  He loves it; I love it.   Oh, and I did the entire project in the time it took me to watch one recorded {that means no commercials!} episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians {don’t judge me}.

I’m solving the world’s problems {otherwise known as my pet peeves} one at a time.  What simple storage or organization tricks have you used in your home?

I am linking to these fun sites: Tatertots and Jello, Funky Junk Interiors, Finding Fabulous, The Shabby Chic Cottage, Just a Girl, Paisley Passions, 30 Days and The Shabby Nest.  

p.s. If you have never seen Shelley’s stuff, go browse over at Wonderfully Wordy.  I have ordered from her in the past as well, and she never disappoints!

{DIY} Cheap, Fast & Easy (Just How I Like ‘Em) Halloween Decorations

I’ve said before how much I love love love Christmas and that I pretty much celebrate Christmas from mid-October to February or so (true story).  And although I’ve always thought Halloween was fun, I’ve never really gotten that into the Halloween-spirit (decorating or otherwise).   But oddly enough (or maybe it’s normal, not sure?)  my two year old is borderline obsessed with Halloween and all things “spooky” — like he has been talking about Halloween since last Halloween (and that’s a long time ago when you’re two).  So I thought I’d indulge him and we’ve gotten our spook on together. 

I didn’t really even know where to start, and didn’t really have a vision for what I wanted it to be when I was done — but I thought the most obvious place was my mantel.  So I got to work.   Here was my regular, non-seasonal mantle:

And then I did a little searching around the old information superhighway — and there are soooo many cute ideas out there!  I found inspiration from here and there and mixed and matched.  And came up with this:

And the whole thing was like maybe $12 (maybe even a little less, I can’t remember exactly)?   The Dollar Store is your friend people.  Here’s what I did:

{1} the wreath — took a Dollar Store foam wreath, spray painted it black.  Got 3 five-foot garlands of some lovely (and by lovely I mean so so ugly) fall leaves — and then I spray painted those black.  Cut the leaves off the vine, hot-glued those suckers right onto my wreath.  Like $4 and maybe 30 minutes.  Me likey.

The wreath was a little small for the space, so I just tossed an old empty frame up there around it, to fill up space.  Does it work?


{2} bird in a glass cage (or cloche — but cage seems spookier) — took a Dollar Store bird, took a glass vase I already had.  Flipped it upside down, trapping said bird.  Ta da!  That one was tricky. 

{3} stylin’ white pumpkin — I love white pumpkins and last year I found them everywhere, but not yet this year (or maybe I haven’t looked hard enough; it’s hard to know).  So I grabbed a … you guessed it … Dollar Store pumpkin, gave her a quite spray with heirloom white and then stretch some fishnet fabric over. 

I stuck this sassy pumpkin on a cake stand that I made by hot-gluing a plastic plate (yellow plate, meet black spray paint) on top of a thick candleholder I was no longer using.  Free.  Love it.

{4} Did anyone else know that the Dollar Store has these battery-powered votives?  If you did — why didn’t you tell me?  I am going to go back and buy like a billion more for Christmas.  And my regular life.   I love that they look real, and yet I don’t worry about my spiderman toddler scaling my fireplace (it’s happened before) and then burning down my house.  I just switched out my old candles (real, but only decorative) for these guys.  It looked a little bare, so I hot glued some black lace that I had in my stash around them.  I love that they look like little skirts. 

{5} And for my big glass thingy (I think it’s technically a vase, not sure?)  I just kept the moss that I already had, and strategically tossed in a few spiders and webs (thank you Dollar Store). 

And then I finished it all off with a sprinkling of rats, spiders, bats and other bugs.  One bag of mixed creepy crawlies from …. the Dollar Store was all I needed. 

The best part of this was that I did every part with my son.  Well, not the spray painting and the hot glue (although he wanted to do those parts the most, because of the “gun like” nature of the equipment).  It was so fun for us — and yeah, it’s not perfect and I’ve definitely seen better.  But he is so so proud of it — every person that comes to our door, he says “So, what’chu think about our spooky stuff?”

Oh, and I’m linking up here, here and here and here.