Friday, August 31, 2012

Have A Heart OR Not! Turning Country Into Cutesy.

Updating a YUCKY old country wooden shelf, found covered in dust and cobwebs was FUN! Plus I got to post about it in peace! My whole family is asleep so I have the entire downstairs to myself and it's sooooo nice for a change! GRINS ear to ear!

 Here is the AFTER because I am so excited to share!

When I was a few states away visiting my folks several months ago, my mom asked me if there was anything in the garage I wanted. I found this baby that she used in the 80's and thought I would do something fun with it for the kiddos!

I pulled out the knobs, painted and sanded and glued them to get 'em back in their holes! I had to do a lot of sanding to the pegs to make 'em fit!

Using painters tape I masked out the areas I wanted to paint. I used leftover wall  paint, which was awesome because I knew it would flow with the colors we have in the house! I had these cute little wooden cars from a craft store. They cost about a quarter a piece. I hot glued them to cover the hearts.

I hung it in the play room so the boyeeeeeeees can hang their medals and awards! They love it! What boys don't LOVE cars, helicoptors and buses! It goes great on the pale yellow walls and they love to display their medals!

This cuddly little creature is my furry friend. I call him my little dust bunny! Teehee! He's my baby and he actually stayed out with me tonight to enjoy the quiet!
Soooo what kinds of things have you updated lately?

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Saying "Goodbye" to Facebook but NOT to my friends!

Happy hump day! Hope your week is going well! Things are looking up on this end. Trying to get in a good routine, get organized and have some fun with a newbie kindergartener, which means lots of work for this working momma. Lets just say I struggle to juggle a bit but make the best of it! I have to give it to all the stay at home moms out there though... I seriously don't know how you do it!

Right now there are sooooo many things on my To Do list of things I want to do, on top of my TO Do list of things I have to do! Gotta Birthday party coming up, consignment sale, Halloween costumes, decorating for the holidays, making changes to the house... the list goes on. I have a notebook full of projects to share with you and I can't wait! I'm getting back in the groove.

Having said that I have decided to say "Goodbye" to Facebook. I don't see it as a negative thing but more of a positive and I can put more focus on more projects. Facebook has been fun and has allowed me to stay in touch with people plus make some wonderful new friends and I am so excited and grateful for that. Everyone I have met has been so supportive and I hope to keep those friendships alive. So I'm not really going anywhere just leaving Facebook but I wanted to give anyone who might follow the chance to bookmark me and continue to read along for lots more home decorating and organizing fun!

It may take me a few days to sign off completely but I wanted to give all my friends a heads up! We can chat through the blog and you can still find me on Twitter and Pinterest. Have a good night and we'll talk soon. :)

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Cleaning Car Mats the LAZY (But Effective) Way! YAY!

WOW it was a whirlwind of a week. I have got to tap the brakes and try and slow myself down. SERIOUSLY.

This was a first for me and somewhat alarming but Thursday I rushed to the doctor from work mid-afternoon after experiencing sharp pains in my chest. My neck was bothering me, I was achy all over... Quite scary when you google the symptoms! Come to find out I must have injured myself trimming our bushes Monday night and strained the joints in my chest.  Hurts like a mug if you have never had this happen and it takes a couple of days for the pain to set in after the injury. The name for it is Costochondritis. I've always tried to be a tomboy with yard projects but I guess I overdid it trying to hack the bushes like the HULK with the trimming shears. ; ) How do I always do such stupid things? It never fails, I feel like the Queen of STUPID yet again. So now I am on anti-inflammatory meds for 2 weeks. Thankfully it was not my heart just a minor, self-inflicted injury!

On to the car mats! I am excited about this one. Tonight I washed my car for the first time in months and man did it need it. It was horrifying how many raisins and cheerios and smashed up food littered the floor boards. Before kids I washed my car every other weekend and took so much pride in it. Nowadays I don't have time to wash the car because I'm always running but tonight it sparkles and shines. The car is 12 years old and I really enjoy it and especially after it gets a bath like this. No "new car" fever here!

The interior is not the best color for dirt and grime and spills. It is tan and shows everything! While I was vacuuming I told my husband I wanted new floor mats for Christmas, I just couldn't look at them anymore. Then I jokingly said I wondered if I could just throw them in the washing machine. So a light bulb came on and Google it was!!!!! Cleaning car floor mats just got easier! I added a few steps to this process but it worked like a charm!

I only washed two at a time and turned mats carpet-side-in to avoid damaging the backing. Each mat was placed on opposite sides of each other. I washed on "hand wash" cycle using warm water.

It's jumping the gun but below is a picture of how clean the mats got!

Below is a before shot. GROSS!

I pre-soaked using a generous dose of OxiClean powder and warm water and scrubbed.

I covered the mats with the OxiClean and warm water mixture and let soak for about 15 mins before throwing them in the washer.

I used liquid detergent and OxiClean in the actual washer too. The mats came out super clean. I sat them out to air dry.

My car is going to feel like new! Can't wait to get them back in place! Do you have carpet or rubber mats and how do you clean yours?

Monday, August 20, 2012

MISC! Label Another Basket

How have you been? It has been a while. I usually try to post a couple of times a week but for a while now it hasn't been happening. Just too much going on. Getting ready to send a child off to Kindergarten and so leave it to me to run around like a chicken with my head cut off b/c I waited until the last possible moment to purchase school supplies.

MISC! I soooooo try to get away from this word in everything I do. Miscellaneous  just seems like the file ALL our crap gets dumped into. Miscellaneous to me is the L-A-Z-Y that I become when I don't want to label something for a specific thing. This little basket is my hub's dumping ground when he walks in the house each day though so I found it appropriate to label it as such. Plus it makes a great statement and looks mighty cute across the room from the etc basket of toys!

All you need for the look:
-small wooden letters
-acrylic paint
-glue gun
I think it cost me $1.00 for the letters. They are so cheap! You can buy them in the color you want but I had to buy them in white and paint b/c there weren't enough black ones. Until next time!