Tuesday, August 24, 2010

More Balls Needed!

Still basking in this brighting the house idea. I am totally enjoying this new table cloth I got. But with the new table cloth had to come this new center piece basket/bowel. Well, there was not really anything there before and I have been looking for awhile.  With a $7 tag on it the basket was the way to go.

I placed the leftover decorative balls, is that what they are called? If you know the proper term tell me, or just let me keep calling them that, I don't care.  But I think the basket is over powering the decorations and I am feeling empty with the lack of this centerpiece.

So I must get some more, right? Well then I had this overwhelming idea, there has to be something that I have read or seen that can help me with this dilemna, so I don't go out and spend money. Right?!

There is, in the dozens of blogs I read daily and gather ideas and thoughts from I knew there had to be some ideas about this. And there were.

There are tons, so please forgive me. I just don't have the time to tag or give credit here. As each one's idea is different and I kinda just made mine up as I went along.

But each one that I did read, used something different, did use hot glue or did not. Used burlap, instead of yarn, used jute instead of something else, you get the picture.

But if you would like me to tag you, give me the link and I will be glad to.

So here is where I begin, I scowered the house and toy boxes for balls, a few easter eggs and one lonely ball left over from our poor ball pit that never made it through the 1st week in our house.

Some hot glue, because I love it, I think it might be better than duct tape!
Two kinds of yarn and some jute.

The first one, I just started wrapping, nicely. 

I mean straight lines, straight here, straight everywhere.


It was taking forever!

So I just started wrapping and wrapping. As if I was transferring one spool to another. That seemed to speed the process and I think give it a little charm.

Next ball, the dog's ball. Now don't worry for some reason he only plays with the big balls outside, so this one will not be missed!

I used a thinner yarn. More string like, but with some puff. I liked out it turned out.

Then my last one, a textured kind of yarn that is two toned.

I heaaart this one, too.

They have moved into their new home nicely and I think livened the place up.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Another Bright Idea

The hubby and I have searched and searched for ways and ideas to make the entrance, i.e. the front walk, more inviting. We want to replace the door, but of course the ones we like are several hundred dollars, and I don't want to spend that kinda of money on a house we are going to sell.

Then we thought about paint. But this door is an older door and I am not sure how it would handle paint. And if I did paint it, it would probably take a week to dry and then my children would wonder off.

So I went with the next best thing.


I don't just love them inside the house. I love them outside, too.

I have handmade all of our wreaths.

So I started with the simple vine wreath, which was on sale at HL and cost a whopping $2.23!

Then, after spending the day in the yard I headed to Michael's because they were having a floral sale.

These white flowers were $1.99 with an additional 40% off.

I can handle that. I also wanted to make this wreath simple and eye catching. I was driving by a neighbor's house that lives a few blocks over and she has a wreath similar on her door. It caught my eye and a broke my neck checking it out. Maybe it will do the same on our house.

I totally just inter twined the stems into the vines and tucked and pulled and tucked some more until I liked it!

I do.

I like it!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Project Kitchen Lighten Up!

I have gotten so much done today.

THREE projects, Three! Well unless you can't planting flowers as one, but I didn't take any pictures of them. Oh, well.

So I have moved into the kitchen, which is my favorite place. Since I spend a large amount of time in there. So I want it to not only be a place of great food, but also a place to sit round and eat to drink. Or both.

I have this fabulous bench, which inspired my blog name. But I am just running out of room so I put it in the kitchen, though this will most likely not be it's permanent place, I haven't found any chairs to go with the table nor do I feel like looking, I kinda want to stumble upon them.

As you can tell the wall is bare. Remember we are getting ready to put this house on the market, soon. And I need something warm and inviting.

Sorry about the mess, we went swimming and are planning a big FIRST birthday, so our house is a little messy.

You can't see it, and I just now realized that when I am typing this, but there is an end table to the right of the bench that is a shade of green and I wanted to draw that out and brighten it up some.

The plates are different textures and sheen's.

I do have two more that will be going in the middle, but I am short a few hangers.

I am not too sure about the pillows, I had them standing up the day before, I want the bench to say, "come sit on me!"