{mini bathroom makeover}

When we first moved into our house two years ago, I wasn't quite sure what to do with the kids' bathroom. I loved the tile, but since it had such a distinct pattern, I was somewhat limited with other patterns and even colors. So, I threw up a white curtain and white towels, and called it good. Over the past month, I have been working on it--adding in a dark chocolate brown through towels and a shower curtain, vinyl for the walls, and a new wall hanging. Here's what I did:1. FRAMED TWINE WREATHBecause of the prominent vinyl lettering already on this large wall, I knew I couldn't do anything else with writing. So, I took a frame that I already had, and painted and distressed it. I made … [Read more...]

{super fun giveaway…tickled pink paper +ink}

I cannot tell you how excited I am about this! A couple of months ago, I really wanted to find a cute address stamp. I looked and looked for one that I loved, and that was reasonable on top of it. As soon as I found tickled pink paper + ink, I was thrilled. Teresa was fabulous, and made it just the way I wanted it. I absolutely love it, and I couldn't wait for this giveaway today!Teresa actually has two shops--the first is tickled pink paper + ink, where she sells custom rubber stamps, address stamps, mailing labels and more. Don't you just LOVE these stamps?So, so darling.Her other shop is tickled pink paperie,where she specializes in photo announcements, invitations, and stationery. … [Read more...]

{burlap chore chart}

The summer arrived, and I knew I must get going on the chore chart I had been wanting to do forever. My love of burlap, clothespins, and ribbon came together in this project, and I am just thrilled about how it turned out. Hopefully my kids will be just as excited. :)Burlap Chore ChartItems you need:art canvas, desired size (Michael's is a great place to get these, because they are often on a 40%-50% sale, or you can use one of their 40% off coupons. I spent $5 for this 12x24 canvas. You could use wood (plywood or MDF) cut to size, but it will be much heavier.)burlap, cut to size, with an additional 2-3 inches overlapnail gun7/8 inch ribboncardstock2 inch circle cutterdistress … [Read more...]

{drab to fab shutters}

If you haven't ever been to a Habitat Re-store, look for one in your area and go check it out...soon! It is a treasure trove--full of items just ready to be refinished, recycled, and refurbished. I could spend hours there (and I do!), just browsing and imagining all the fantastic projects that are possible.A few weeks ago, I found the most fabulous shutters there for $8, and then it was just a matter of deciding where I wanted them to go. Since I was in the process of decorating the laundry room, and there was a big empty wall that needed to be filled, I thought it would be the perfect spot.Drab to Fab ShuttersI do have a new computer (YAY!), but I haven't been able to retrieve any of my … [Read more...]

{technical difficulties}

Well, my trusty laptop died this week, and although it has already been replaced, I still have a lot to do to get back to where I was. I also lost a lot of pictures (hopefully not for good), so it could be a couple more days before I'm up and running. Thanks for your patience...I can't wait to be back! … [Read more...]

{ginger blossoms winner}

and the winner is...#45Mandi @ Finding Home said:"I'm definitely a follower of your a awesome blog! Oh me oh my, aren't these felt foodies the cutest?"CONGRATULATIONS! Please e-mail me with your info!-----------Thanks so much Andrea, at Ginger Blossoms, for this fantastic giveaway! … [Read more...]

{homemade bubbles}

bubbles 1 copy

It's summertime! One of our favorite activities is blowing bubbles, and we love making our own homemade version. The key ingredient is Karo syrup---it makes the solution much stronger than simply water and dishwashing liquid. Ownership is also a big deal at our house, so I decided to personalize the bubbles containers. Now, they each have their own, and they're cute, too! These would also be darling as party favors, or even for a wedding. Homemade Bubbles 2 c. Joy dishwashing liquid 6 c. water 3/4 c. Karo syrup Combine all ingredients in a gallon container, and shake well. For best results, let it settle for 4 hours before using. *This makes a lot. I cut the recipe in halves, or … [Read more...]

{painted apple baskets}

apple crate two finished copy

I have not done a stitch of decorating in my laundry room since we moved in two years ago...until now! I have finally started, and the first project on the list was filling the empty shelf next to my cabinets. I found these adorable apple baskets at Michael's for only $5.99. With a 40% off coupon, there are really inexpensive. They come in a couple of different sizes, and this was the medium one. Add some paint, distress ink, and some numbers, and you've got a totally cute and inexpensive way to add some storage. I think these would also be super cute in a pantry...for potatoes, onions, etc. There is a larger size that would be perfect for that. And how cute for a playroom? ITEMS YOU … [Read more...]

{empty frame centerpiece}

Have some old frames sitting around? Talk about simple...Empty frames can make a darling addition to any table, while using them to literally frame your centerpiece. The ideas for this are endless--whether it's in your own home, or decorating for an event. (Think mix and match frames on the tables...SO cute!)I also love this idea because it can be so inexpensive. If you don't have any at home, thrift shops, garage sales, and the dollar store will all have frames for cheap.The frame I used is one I had, then painted red. I love it!P.S. This is also a small glimpse into the project I just finished...a picnic table re-do! Look for the tutorial soon!---------Have a fabulous 4th of July...Happy … [Read more...]

{ginger blossoms giveaway}

I am super excited about this giveaway!! Ginger Blossoms has THE most adorable felt food I have ever seen. The prices are reasonable, they have a great selection, and it's the perfect gift for all ages. For those of you with little boys, all the sets can be custom made in the color of your choice.I love every single thing. That pb&j sandwich set? Darling.And...they are giving away this darling sweet tea party setto one lucky reader!For 1 entry:1. Become a follower of brown paper packages.2. Check out ginger blossoms, and leave a comment here! One entry per person, please!That's it! In addition she is offering a 10% discount an any order over $15 (does not include shipping). Just … [Read more...]