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Here is another Baby Announcement sign I made.  This one is for the Wilson’s.  Their babies nursery reminds me of a tree house.  They painted a beautiful mural on the wall of a big tree with a couple owls perched on a branch.  I really wanted this sign to look like it belonged in that room.

So Pretty in Paint Baby Announcement Sign - Henry Lee

It is on a 9×12 board.  Fun and totally personal!  Love it!

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I’m going to a baby shower next weekend.  I love giving gifts as long as I can personalize them.  For this shower I already know a couple things, the babies gender and name, as well as some of the colors the will be used in the nursery.  The family was registered at several places, so after looking at the registry I came up with my plan.

I wanted to create a personalized toy box.  So I got to work and created this:

 

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I made this sign for a good friend of mine.  She is giving it to her sister as a wedding gift.  I was given pictures of the recipient to be’s house and creative license.  My friend told me I nailed it and trust me that was a huge relief!  It is really hard to make something for someone that is going to give it to someone else, lol.  It was nerve racking!!

 

So Pretty in Paint: DeRose Family Established Sign

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After making the Hann sign for my house, my husband said there was no more room available on our walls for anymore signs 😦  So, I opened up my sign making abilities to friends and family on Facebook.  I had much more response than I had expected so I got busy making custom established signs!  Here is the first one I made for The McCain Family.  Its 2013 and they’ve been married since 1966…. 47 years!

Here is another established sign that I recently created:

So Pretty in Paint - McCain Established Sign

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This was my second attempt at creating an established sign for my house.  The first attempt I used stencils and hated it so I started over and created this:

So Pretty in Paint: Hann Family Established Sign

 

To me and my husband, this is perfect and have been loving it!  Please check out more custom signs on the Etsy Shop.

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While perusing Facebook the other day I saw a friend of mine, Erin, posted pictures of her holiday decorating tradition.

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Every year I go on a wrapping frenzy. I swear I would have wrapped the kids if I could.  But, I started wrapping my picture frames on my mantle, on the walls, and on the bookcases. It just made the house more festive and it SUPER easy.  The kids love this and plus it gives them more things to unwrap later!  It is a great way to do cheap decorations since you already have wrapping paper.

You know when you have wrapping paper and there is a little chunk left over? Cut them off and find frames around the house that will be perfect for the size of extra paper you have. You don’t need a lot to wrap it and it doesn’t need to be absolutely perfect.  All you really need is enough to cover the front and the sides.  You can choose any wrapping paper you want.  I let the kids pick out what wrapping paper they love that way they stay involved.

First, start place the frame on the paper right side up.  Make sure you remember which way the frame goes before you rehang.  Start by pulling the sides over and taping them down.  You can fold the sides like you would a present as well.

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Notice the top of the frame I folded the paper over and tucked it so that I would still be able to hang it back up.  IT’S THAT EASY!!  So, I wanted to add some bows and stuff on to it and again, you don’t need a ton of ribbon you just need enough to cover the front and the sides.

 

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When you are all done wrapping the picture, you can leave them as is with just the wrapping paper or you can go all out and add ribbons and bows and all off that stuff to it so that it feels more like presents.

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So this is what it looks like when you are all finished.  Super Easy and Super Cute!  These can be done for birthday parties and other parties not just Christmas just to add that extra fun touch.  So have fun with it and enjoy yourself.  Your house will look FANTASTIC in no time at all.

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The kiddos picked out the wrapping paper and they also said it would be really cute to add lights around it.  So we did and it turned out AWESOME!

 Thanks for sharing Erin!

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This table revamp is my favorite refurb project so far! Very slowly my husband and I have been redoing our Family Room.  After redoing the TV table and the two shelving units one side of the room we were ready to tackle the other side.  We have had two black Ikea coffee tables that we kept switching out because they just did not feel quite right.  Between hardwood floors and two Siberian Huskies, our house gets very dusty! So I made the executive decision to veto my husbands opinion and change the coffee table from black to white and we came up with a game plan.

Of the two coffee tables, we liked the one with the two drawers but hated the glass top because it was just so dusty and dirty looking all of the time.  We decided to replace the glass top with a foam and fabric ottoman top and paint the base white.  So we set out on a new refurb journey!

Starting out on the Free section of Craigslist, I found a free piece of foam.  It was perfect!  The foam was from a baby crib and it still had the plastic on it when I picked it up.  The foam is about 4-5 inches thick so it gave some serious cushion and height to the coffee table.  My husband got a piece of thin wood so that we could staple the fabric to something and cut the foam to the size of the board (with a little help from the dogs 🙂

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Once the foam was cut, we bought some batting from Joanns and decided on a fabric we liked.  Then using a staple gun, we stapled the batting and then the fabric down tight.

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Fits like a glove 🙂  Moving on… we started painting.  Changing from black to white required 3-4 coats of paint and then another 3 coats of sealer.

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During the painting process, I accidentally knocked the table off the stands and broke the bottom layer so badly that we thought we were going to have to scrap the whole project.  Thanks to my quick thinking, I realized we could get really short table legs from Lowes, and that saved the project!

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A few coats of paint and sealer later… we had a beautiful new ottoman table!!

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