Decorating on a Budget

In decorating Madeline’s room, I tried my hardest to stick to a budget.  It was a daily struggle not to spend my paycheck on pretty, frilly, little things on Etsy and at Target, but I actually ended up doing pretty well.  I spray painted an old mirror my mom gave me, gladly accepted a hand-me-down rocking chair from my Gram, and was able to find some frugal ways to add little bits of color and cuteness around the room.

I found these irresistible Amy Butler die cuts at Michael’s (of course), popped them in some white picture frames I had up in my closet and voila!

It had to be the quickest and easiest project ever, and they ended up being quite adorable.  I still have a nearly-full box of these little goodies, and I can’t wait to find other uses for them!

I also had quite a few of you ask where I bought the bird decals… an Etsy shop called The Cat Place had them a few months ago and they were super affordable, but I don’t see them in the shop anymore.  Sadness!  If you are dying to get your hands on them, it can’t hurt to ask the owner.  They are SO worth it!

The Little Chair

Being that I’ve been in a super crafty (and nesty!) mood lately, I figured it was about time to give my little vanity chair a makeover.  I’ve never recovered anything, so I wasn’t quite sure how it was going to turn out…

Before:

Stains. Niiiiiiiiice.

After:

Ahh, much better.
Ahh, much better.

A little black spray paint and a major case of trigger finger later (staple guns are serious business, man), I have a much prettier place to sit and put on my makeup.

And umm, I just have to say how incredibly addicting that fabric is.  I went back to the fabric store and bought another yard — okay, two yards — of it and covered some cork board (which you can see on the table in the picture), and have been trying to figure out something else to do with the rest because it is just SO DARN CUTE.  That was the longest sentence ever.  Anyway… Ideas?  :)

Inspiration Overload

Okay girls, I have serious a problem. Please tell me why it is so impossible for me to read through my blog subscriptions without getting inspired to take on some sort of new project?  I’m not joking — I’ll intend to spend just a few minutes online every morning reading through all your fabulous blogs and end up putting off my work for 3 hours, bookmarking posts and making a list of things to pick up at Michael’s on my lunch.  Then I’ll actually go and buy all those things and spend that evening working on a crafty project, when what I really should be doing is dealing with this mess:

100 Points to the first person who can spot the nipple shield.
So much pink.  And fluff.  And OMG I am drooling!
So much pink. And fluff. And OMG I am drooling.

Last week, Kerri posted about her 100 Things to do in 1001 Days, Sarah’s over here getting all painty (I’ve decided this is a word), and don’t even get me started on Alyssa’s Craft Challenge, which Steph has already completed… you non-procrastinator, you! :)

Oh yeah, then there’s this, this, and this, which I’ve managed to buy supplies for (anyone up for making a felt pomander?  Because I can safely say I’m the expert now. When will I ever need that skill, seriously?), have read a dozen tutorials on embroidery, started 2 cross-stitching projects, and somehow managed to keep my head from exploding.

Crafty blogs are off limits for the time being… at least until I wash all those onesies.

Crossing Over

In my daily browsing of Etsy shops, I have discovered so many creative and adorable things.  I love the whole ‘handmade’ aspect of that site!

The other day, I stumbled upon a little shop called Nea that totally inspired me to pick up an old hobby I used to have — cross stitching. My mom and Grammy taught me the basics back in the day and I remember how much fun I used to have making little projects and gifts.  My mom actually still has something I made for her when I was 7 years old hanging in her kitchen. She must really love me or something, because that little stitched strawberry is a tad ghetto.

Anyway, my mom dug out a bunch of old floss she had and I bought some Aida fabric at Michael’s and decided to try my hand at it once again.  I whipped up this little bird on a branch while watching The Office last night (pattern found online at Martha Stewart).

In keeping with the whole semi-homemade gift giving concept, I’m thinking my Christmas gifts are going to get a little crafty this year.  I can’t wait to get started!