Cricut Explore giveaway.

Hi friends! I’ve been sharing a bunch of fun projects over the last few months all using my new favorite craft machine. The new Cricut Explore that just launched this year. It really is a crafter’s dream. I’m thrilled to be able to give one away to one lucky reader!

If you are not yet familiar with all the neat things the Cricut Explore can do, you can read all about it in this post.

Cricut Explore giveaway

I’ve been working with a team of talented bloggers over the last few months as part of a competition Cricut is hosting called Design Space Star. We have an amazing group and each month we pick a theme for our projects for the competition. I’m excited to show my latest project for the competition tomorrow. Together we are giving away this awesome machine to one lucky reader!

Be sure to visit all of these talented bloggers of our team:

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Lori with A Cowboy’s Wife
Lindi with Love The Day
Michelle with 4 Men 1 Lady
Kami with NoBiggie
Amy with Pink Parlor Designs
Rebecca with The Crafted Sparrow
Kim with Today’s Creative Blog
Crystal with A Pumpkin and A Princess

Win a brand new Cricut Explore Machine!

Use the widget below to enter! Good Luck to you all!

Cricut Explore Giveaway

Ch-Ch-Ch Changes!

Happy Friday Folks!
For being a short week this past week sure went by slow.
If you follow me on Instagram you’ve noticed that we’ve been up to quite a few projects around here.
Let me get you up to speed…

First up the master bedroom.  It’s almost done.

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If you remember I fell in love with a wallpaper very similar to this but at $600. to do just one wall I knew that option was out.  So instead I had a custom stencil made.  You guys know I know how to stencil…I’ve used several of them in my projects. I tried rolling it, stippling it with a brush and even using a sharpie to fill in each one of the almost 100 dots on each triangle but the design was so intricate that the dots kept bleeding together.  I just couldn’t get a consistent look.  After 6 tries I threw in the towel.

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I don’t accept defeat well.
On the flip side, I’ve learned if you keep forcing something that wasn’t meant to be it just backfires.
So I painted over the whole darn thing and went back to the drawing board.

Using a Sharpie marker to draw on your walls is becoming hugely popular all over the internet so I decided to give that a try.
Inspired by the tile design we did in our basement bath I decided to see if I could give that a try.

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Time consuming yes.

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This is where I die.
When I re-painted the wall prior to marking it up with a Sharpie I got the white paint wrong.
The shade was slightly more yellow than the other three walls.
Not noticeable in these pictures.
But noticeable enough for the Mr. to point it out.
If the Mr. can recognize a white paint shade variance then that’s noticeable enough to bug the critters outta me.
The creamy, yellow-y wall amongst three clean, white walls just wasn’t gonna cut it.

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So I got the right paint and painted over the whole darn wall…design and all.
I’m a little insane.
I prefer to call it “particular, perfectionist or detailed.”
This morning I’m starting all over again and should have a final reveal soon.

In other news the leather sofa arrived!

DP0606201317072364M.tifWe ended up going with the Darrin from JC Penny.  I love, love, love it.  But there’s a problem.  Cue eye roll. The style doesn’t fit right with our living room.  As I looked at it I realized I was going to have to change everything else in the room (curtains, ottoman, chaise, side tables) to create a cohesive look.  I’m not up for that challenge right now.

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I knew however, it would look perfect in the new basement living room.  So we schlepped  the thing down the stairs and tried every which way to make it fit through our small, 1970′s door opening.  $%#@! The dang thing wouldn’t fit!

So we’re sending it back…unless someone would like to buy it.  We actually got a “special” deal on and paid less than it was listed for.  But sending it back means we’ll have to pay a re-stocking fee, argh.  It’s currently listed for $2037. plus tax.  It’s yours for $1500.
*Update: Sofa sold.*

Last but not least…this wall is getting 5 new shelves.

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Change is good.  Change is stressful. Change is usually worth it in the end. (Most of the time).

Stay tuned!

Brass plated stool.

A long while ago I found this stool at my fave consignment store.
At the time I didn’t have any particular use for it but stools can be used for other things besides sitting…side tables, plant stands…

It was in rough shape but I left it outside for several months and it rusted even worse than when I first brought it home.

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Not wanting to get rid of it but feeling like I kind of ruined it my dad suggested I have it brass plated.  He has had several plumbing pipes chrome plated to make closet rods because he hates the cheap plastic ones.

If you’re not familiar with the plating process…they basically take a metal piece, remove all the corrosion they can through an intensive, multi-step process, then they apply the finish through several other steps.  It’s quite complicated. I called around to several plating companies here in Salt Lake and got all kinds of quotes ranging from $70. – $200.  Still kind of expensive for an old rusty stool but I had plans for it in my bedroom makeover so I decided to give it a go and went with the cheapest bid.

Here’s how it turned out:

PicMonkey CollageQuite a difference.  I had considered spray painting it but you just can’t get that bright, mirror finish with spray paint.  There’s also no way I could have achieved that smooth and glossy touch.

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If you’re interested in having one of your own furniture pieces plated I would Google, “Metal plating” and then your city.  Keep in mind, many metal plating companies don’t typically work with the general public.  Most work with larger companies who send them bulk items so finding someone may be tricky.

Stay tuned to see where it ended up in my house.