Thursday, March 31, 2011

Simone

Simone.....that would be this little lady from Retro Planet....
 The newest addition to the VanHook family ;)
 Her tail sways back and forth &....
 Her eyes open and close....
 Every time I look at her I think of the "We are Siamese" song from Lady & the Tramp.  She's a fun addition to the kids' room!!!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Choosing a paint color

Ahhhh yes the "tricky" paint color choice....there are SOOOOO many to choose from!  And I L.O.V.E. colors...the nail polish section in the cosmetics even draws me.  I just like to see all of them!  And the paint chips just call to me.  It's not normal~~but I'm OK with it :)  So here's my own humble opinion of how it all works....I'm learning by trial and error...
Here's one of my favorite tools to use....If you like to decorate and you've never looked at this book you need to find it.  (There are a couple of these I know for sure there is one that is all neutrals.)
Here's the great thing about this book.  It's not just colors.  It shows you how to put a whole room together.  I actually had this color scheme picked out first.  It's more grey though and our bedroom is already grey.  And I also wanted to be able to use linens/decorations we already had. So I chose this color from the book...and started gathering colors.

I kept picking these up every time I saw something that caught my eye.  The top right color is the one I used.  "White Ballet" it's a Valspar (Lowe's) color.
The tricky thing about color really is the lighting.   Even if you know EXACTLY the color that someone else used it 's probably not going to look the same in your home.
Go back and read that last sentence.  It's an important one! This is why it's important to gather pictures of rooms you like!  When you have rooms that you like it's because of the "feeling" that they have.  So when I found my inspiration photo it gave me alot more direction...
And just so you know I'm not an expert by any means here's the first "wrong" color we painted it...After it dried I hated it.  Lowe's is across the street :) and my husband is patient with me.  ALWAYS go lighter than you think.  It dries darker.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Kids' Room Reveal!!!!!

If you remember I did a previous post with a certain photograph of a kid's room that I loved... here you go if you didn't see it. Or just to remind you!  
So this is the *feeling* I was going for...not necessarily wanting to duplicate it exactly.  And of course I have a son and a daughter so the idea was to make it work for both.  Here's a BEFORE pic ( I forgot to include this when I originally posted but better late than never!)

Drum roll please......Ta Da!
How did I do?!?!?!?  
Here's Doodlebug's reaction
And here's Mighty's reaction....a bit different....
Now for a few a ton! more photos. 
 Fokker tri-plane above and SE-5 below compliments of Doodlebug (and mostly Papa...)

 So nice to see Mighty's pretty red flowers in their spot!  She was really fascinated by them because they now hang over the air vent so they move....
 I am so happy with it!  Even my husband said "It looks so much happier in here..."
 The toy box in the photo below was an upcycle project.  Wish I had before pics.  It was a 60's circus theme.  Not anymore!!!
 Warbird prints compliments of Doodlebug's Uncle Matt.  His quilt was made by his Great-Grandma VanHook...(and I have another quilt top I'm going to quilt for Mighty--that's a whole 'nother project!)
 Probably end up doing a book shelf of some sort or another on this wall.  We have ALOT of books...

 Still working away on the rug!!!  I want it to be BIG so it's going to take awhile but I love how it looks in there!
More on the color, how I chose it, and some of the things I do when I'm looking for colors later!
I'm linking this to....
UndertheTableandDreaming

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Kids room is coming...

A little of this
 And some of this...
 And eventually (when I can finish it) some of this too!
I'm ready to get it all put together in one spot!  We'll see how it goes...some things came out of the room tonight in preparation for the BIG paint...stay tuned!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Rug making

We're planning on painting the kids' room this week-end.  We've had some amazing weather here in Ohio...It's been so mild.  Windows open kind of weather.  But that's all supposed to change this week-end so we figured we'll get it done before we get caught up in doing things outside.
Here's what happened today....
 And just for some perspective....
 Both my kiddos are afraid of thunderstorms.  So spring is always a little dicey :)  It's been a good time to work on the rug I mentioned in the previous post.  I'm actually a little bit farther along now but I'm really happy with it! I decided to start with some white rope...for the rest I'm using fabric I have on hand.
 I think it will serve the purpose --Hide the ugly carpet that's on the floor!  There's actually hardwood under the carpet but I'm restraining myself.  Our house IS up for sale even though we've had 0 showings.  So we're not going to go there.
Thanks Helen for the great idea!  If this one goes well I may have to try another....

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Louisville Slugger

My husband and some of the guys he works with play baseball sometimes after work...
Awhile back they broke a bat.
Here's what it's been turned into.
 A new metal shaping hammer
 Made by my very own talented husband!
 One of the other guys had a mini bat ( given away by the Louisville Slugger museum) which was used for the handle...
I'm working on a new project for the kids' room....a post by Wildberry Ranch inspired me to try my hand at this.  I'll post some pictures of the rug I'm working on!  Along with a link or two to some youtube videos I checked out for instructions.  I'm getting anxious to get it all put together....

Monday, March 21, 2011

Mini blind alternative

I cannot STAND mini-blinds.  It's impossible to convey in type exactly how much....but when it comes to window treatments the options are so limited.  At least when you have a budget and need more than one or two.  So here's what I came up with for our bedroom windows.

I bought 2 white, sailcloth curtains from Target ($18.99)  They were originally 84" in length.  But I decided to hang them on some cafe rods right under/beneath our striped curtains....
So I used two measurements starting at the bottom of the curtain.  I measured up (just for the first mark) 3 1/2" from the bottom of the curtain. Then from there I measured up 2 1/2" and then up 5 more inches to 7 1/2".  You do this on each side....


You then pin your two marks together to make the pleat on each side...
Then because I'm totally anti- pin when it comes to sewing :)  I laid mine out on my ironing board and ironed the pleat.  I only put a couple of pins in and just sewed along the ironed edge.

 Here are a couple of finished pictures


I'm linking this to.....

UndertheTableandDreaming

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Week-end


My Husband got the nest down!!!  Even though it was sitting on top of the power lines...
  and I added Doodlebug's chalk eggs :)

A new bracelet I made....
Doodlebug is enjoying all the nice weather....
My husband spent some time pinstriping a cool car.....a 46 Ford
Visit "His" page to see more photos of the paintwork!