DIY drum shade ceiling fan

Thursday, March 27, 2014

First off, thank you guys for your sweet comments on my entry bench!  You know how to make a girl's day :)  Several people asked about where I got the tote that was sitting on the bench.  I picked it up at a Blue Hill's booth at Round Top here in Texas.  Unfortunately, there is zero manufacture info on it, so I can't tell you where to find one.  But, I did search "large chevron jute tote" on Etsy, and it looks like there are the same bags in different colors and them some that are very similar.  So check it out if you're interested! 
So, I've been working on coming up with a fan for our master bedroom that a) wasn't ugly, b) didn't have a light that looked like a boob on the bottom, c) put out a lot of light, d) wouldn't put us in the poor house, and e) was in stock so I could have my mom (the master electrician) help me put it up while she was in town.  Now if I wasn't a procrastinator, I could have probably ordered something ahead of time, but that didn't happen.
Here's what we came up with.

I used the Hunter Highbury ceiling fan and the Hampton Bay Marcey Pendant.  I used only the shade and diffuser from the pendant and attached it to the light kit.  Basically the exact same process I used here

I also spray painted the washer and finial bronze so it would match the fan.  Easy schmeasy!  I love that there's a diffuser.  No more getting blinded when Mike decides to flip on the light while I'm still in bed.

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Ignore the highwater drapes and the random TV hanging out in the corner.  This room is still a work in progress!

So, what do you think?  Do we likey? 

DIY bench and my finished entry

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The last few weeks I have been on a bench hunt (for my entry) like a mad woman, and turned up nothing.  That's not entirely true.  I did find benches that would have been perfect, but at $500 on up they were perfectly out of my price range.  So I decided to build one.  $40 and a little effort later, I had myself an entry bench.

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I think I can call front half of the entry hall done now!

I used the Fancy X Farmhouse Bench plans from Ana-White (that woman has mad skills) and modified them a bit.  Here's the bench right after I put it together.  
I then used this method from The Friendly Home to give the wood an oxidized/weathered look.  Mine didn't turn out as deep gray as I was hoping, but I'm sure that's because I am THE most impatient person in the world and didn't let my solution marinate long enough.  I may end up giving it a watered down gray wash.  We'll see if I ever get around to it.  You can see the color a little better in the next two pictures.


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And, I'll tell you, this was easy to build.  If you haven't tried building furniture before you should give it a shot.  It makes you feel like a rock star afterwards.  I mean come on, you just built a piece of furniture!!! 
Have any of you built stuff from Ana's site before?  What did you build?  It's addicting isn't it!
| sources: DIY inlay mirror . hooks (covered in gold Rub n' Buff) |

Izzy's 5th birthday interview

Friday, March 21, 2014

Three posts in three days.  Pa-pow!!!  Am I blowing your mind or what!! ;)
Finishing of Birthday Week with a little tradition.

1.  Favorite color?  Golden and blue (she's like a pack rat and jumps on anything shiny and gold saying, "goooolden" with crazy eyes :D

2.  Favorite toy?  Giraffe

3.  Favorite fruit?  Pineapple

4.  Favorite TV show?  Sophia the First

5.  Favorite breakfast?  Pancakes (or as she says it, "pancakers")

6.  Favorite lunch?  Chicken nuggets

7.  Favorite outfit?  Princess dresses

8.  Favorite game?  Shoots and Ladders

9.  Favorite snack?  Goldfish crackers

10.  Favorite animal?  Giraffes

11.  Favorite song?  Max & Ruby theme song

12.  Favorite book?  Fancy Nancy

13.  Favorite cereal?  Mom cereal (Special K fruit & yogurt)

14.  Favorite thing to do outside?  Ride my bike

15.  Favorite drink?  Pink milk (strawberry milk)

16.  Favorite holiday?  Christmas

17.  Favorite thing to take to bed?  Giraffe

18.  Who is your best friend?  Emery

19.  What do you want to eat for your birthday dinner?  "Dump-dumps" (steamed pork dumplings from her favorite Vietnamese restaurant)

20.  What do you want to be when you grow up?  Barbie

Check out her previous interviews:

bunny birthday party

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Every year, Izzy becomes obsessed with a fury creature.  This past year it was all about bunny rabbits.  We used to have a wild rabbit she named Flash, that lived under our patio at our Kansas house.  Her favorite thing to do was to watch him hop around our backyard.  About 20 times a day she would ask daddy if he would "scoop the bun" and bring him inside for her to keep.  It was no surprise when she said she wanted to have a bunny rabbit birthday party.
This could have easily gone down the path of your typical Easter pastels, so I steered clear of anything too sweet by pulling out the same black and white striped fabric I used for Samuel's fox party.  The paper fans were a combination of  DIY (light pink and orange) and store boughts (white and hot pink).

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Izzy's great-great-grandmother's bunny rabbits were the perfect centerpiece, along with Izzy's favorite flower - snapdragons.
The party was in the afternoon so we had light (bunny appropriate) snacks.  Baby carrots dipped in ranch dressing and cups of strawberries and blueberries.  With 15 little girls in attendance, we kept dessert simple and went with cupcakes instead of a large cake.  Carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, of course.

The girls played Pin the Tail on the Bunny...
and had a bunny hop sack race.  Large white pom poms attached to the back of the sacks made the perfect tails!
We definitely lucked out when it came to finding party favors.  Target's $1.00 aisle already had their Easter goodies out and we scored clip on bunny tails and bunny ear hair clips.  Um, hello adorable!  The tags, "Thanks for hoping on by!" were made on Picmonkey.
And the part that Izzy couldn't stop talking about months before the party?  The part that I just barely pulled off by the skin of my teeth??  Real bunny rabbits to pet and love on!!!

Made for a darn tootin' good time ;)


Sources | bunny centerpiece - antique . black and white stripe fabric . strawswood slice (cupcake stand) . white tissue paper fanshot pink tissue paper fans . light pink and orange paper fans - made by me . Pin the Tail on the Bunny poster - made by me . clip on bunny tails - Target $1 aisle . bunny ear hair clips - Target $1 aisle |
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fox birthday party

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Last week I declared this week was going to be Birthday Week.  Well, it's Wednesday, and I'm finally getting around to it!  A sinus infection and bronchitis (both kids also got hit with sinus, ear and eye infections) on top of new puppy duty will put you back a few days.  Sheesh!

So without further ado, here is Sam's fox themed 1st birthday party!  We threw this party during Thanksgiving break, out of town.  I'll give you some out of town party planning tips sprinkled throughout.

Colors were based off of this cute little invite found on Etsy through BonjourBerry.  I added a black and white stripe paper to the back with some double sided tape to beef it up a bit.

On of my favorite things had to have been the gold fox candle holder I DIY'd.  You can check out how I made it here.

We had chocolate cupcakes with buttercream frosting and carrot cake cupcakes with cream cheese frosting.  I want sugar so bad right now just thinking about them!!!  The chartreuse cupcake toppers (kinda hard to see in the photos, read SAMUEL and 1) were another Etsy find through ReadyGo and are hot glued onto toothpicks.

Since we were planning this out of town, we had cupcakes and Sam's smash cake made at a local bakery and picked up some easy pre-made dips and chips from the grocery store the day of.  I even had the background poster (found at the Caravan Shoppe) printed at a local print shop so it wouldn't get ruined during the car ride.

Oh, what did you say??? Those big round balloons look fake in that photo???  That's because THEY ARE.  Another tip for ya - If you want those beautiful big round balloons, don't trust the gal at the party store that says, "oh yeah, we have a ton of those!".  Go ahead and have her pull some off the shelf and pay for them over the phone.  If you don't, you'll get the party store and they will be out of them, and you will be left with plain 'ol sad balloons like you see below in the real picture.  Humf.  It's been four months and apparently I'm still not over it.  Anywho... moving on.

The birthday boy wore fox ears and a tail that I made from felt.

Sam was teething like a rabid chipmunk that day.  Thank God for Grandma and her long necklace!

And instead of party hats, guests wore fox ears that they took home as party favors. 

Guests also got little paper bags of "fox food" filled with a mixture of M&M's and pretzels.  The labels were created on Picmonkey.  If anyone is interested in the file, let me know and I post it for download (update: download is available in the sources list below).

His smash cake was totally a hit.

It's always so fun watching a baby toss it all in there without a care in the world.  I may have looked the same while shoveling a couple of the leftover cupcakes in when we got back to my parents house.

So there you have it!  A fun little fox themed party for my big 1 year old boy!

Sources | invite . chalk art poster . DIY fox candle . cupcake toppers . treat bag label downloadblack and white stripe fabric . fox serving tray from Target (no longer avail) . wood slices . balloon fringe made by me |

UPDATE: Click here to download the Fox Food file for the favor bags.

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dining room progress

Friday, March 14, 2014

I was going to post this yesterday morning, but the night before I was feeling crummy and opted to eat ice cream and Oreos.  You know, for my throat ;)  But seriously, I did make it feel better!
Anywho... this is what the dining room looks like as of today.  I took advantage of my mom being in town last week and had her help me place photos, hand curtains, etc.  Should have taken befores, but it was just an empty room.
The charcoal curtains are Ikea's Rivita (two 118" panels for $35.00).  I needed something fast since I was tossing them up right before Izzy's birthday party.  For that price I couldn't pass it up.  They're kinda growing on me.  I think they might stay.
The black and white art found a home on the buffet.  You can read more about how I made the art here.

We brought the Z-Gallerie chandelier from our Kansas with us.  It's up and looking awesome!

Found some super pretty white vases at Lam Bespoke here in Houston.  I could have eaten the store up.  Everything was insanely gorgeous.
This side of the room is looking so bare right now.  Need to come up with something more interesting over there.  And a rug would go a long way in here to help ground the table and chairs.  But, I also want to get a different dining room table.  It has seen MUCH better days, and while it could be refinished again, it is very wobbly and I think we're just over it.  I'll end up keeping the chairs and either make new slipcovers or recover the seat depending on the table we find.  In the same breath, I feel like I should find a way to make the table work.  It was his grandmothers. 

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That's where we are! 
I was in Homegoods today and saw a pretty, nubby jute rug (sort of similar to the one in our living room) that I should have brought home with me.  I want to say it was an 8x10 for $200.  I had to walk away from it since Sam Jam was having a major melt down.  Poor guy has been sick with a mega sinus/eye/ear infection for the past few days.  Waiting for mom to get a rug bought just wasn't going to happen :(
Back to the table.  Do I try to make the table work (different finish) or do I just start over with a new table?


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