Friday, November 30, 2012

Christmas Photography















elf on a shelf


Decorating My Mom's new home

My mom recently bought a new home....not new but new to them.  It's huge and has a lot of potential....The previous owner was an older woman and had finished everything with older style stuff like brass finishes, floral/pink lighting, pink bathroom tiles, blue carpet, etc.  the house was built in 99 so its not OLD but with her finishes it LOOKS very old...There are so many different walls and breaks in the walls that it was a little hard for my mom and dad to visualize the colors I picked out especially because they are in their 50's lol  but they are loving it...I am going to start posting before and after pics...I love this process so I hope you do too

colors for living room, dining, kitchen

bedroom and bathrom

I designed this for the dining room cabinets (see below)  my mom was trying to find a cabinet to place in the middle but I didn't think anything would go so I suggested this or a built in storage bench with upholstered top . (they haven't decided yet)

My mom was not feeling the red until she saw it painted and now she loves it...:)  I told her to trust me 

Love the red....makes the room seem so much bigger because the high wall is noticeable and not lost  

gorgeous with the cabinets 


Hall is painted

basement didn't need much work...painted ceiling and walls 

More to come.....




































Christmas Decorating




I haven't gotten into "majorly" Christmas decorating this year....I feel like I have been too busy to focus on it...plus we are wanting to move and in order to list our house we need to stay away from clutter....less is more right?  I have been boxing up a lot of stuff/decor and pictures :( to declutter....we definitely need a bigger home :(    here are just a few pics.......






Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Pumpkin Salted Carmel Buttercream Cupcakes



For Thanksgiving I wanted to make a pumpkin cupcake so I browsed online and found this recipe.  

I just got done making them and wanted to share....AMAZING!!!! YUM YUM!


http://www.madeinmelskitchen.com/2010/10/pumpkin-cupcakes-with-salted-caramel-buttercrea/

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Re-upholstered chair




I love re-upholstering, it's so exciting to see a chair look brand new again. The upholstery on this chair wasn't that bad but I just wanted to use the pink chevron somewhere so decided to do my daughters desk chair :).

Take off whatever you need to take off of the chair before you start, in this case I left the existing on there since it was really not that bad. I just covered it and made sure I didn't ruin anything just incase I wanted to take the chevron off.  

You always want to put a middle staple on each side and then staple to each corner, normally I pull really tight but in the case I didn't want to stretch the pattern so that it will be off so I just pulled it enough so that it was tight but not stretching the pattern.


You will see here how I came from one side and the other side and made it to the corner. 
My little helper was doing a great job ;).  He is all boy, loves the tools.  

Now that I'm at the corner, I folded and tucked it to the way I wanted so that there are big creases that will show when it is flipped over....it take a little bit of trying a fold and seeing if it works for you.  Once you decide than cut off any excess so that it won't be too bulky .

Now that I have cut off the excess, I pulled it in and than stapled it down enough to make sure it wont come loose. 
Here is a pic of the corner up close to show you how nice and folded it looks with no big creases sticking out. 


Next cut or reuse your cambric to fit and staple close to the edge.



Attach to your chair and there you go....a new looking chair that fits your decor!