Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Butcher Block and Mixer Graffix



House of Hepworth's Inspiration Block
My Block

As I sat down this evening and started writing the tutorial on how I made over my butcher block, I realized that my idea and inspiration came from Allison at House of the Hepworth's.  Instead of
repeating all of her step, that I followed exactly, I am just going to show you the results of my block.  I used a smaller size monogram on my block although I did also buy the "N" from Shelly at House of Smith's Designs.  I also noticed that Allison and I have the same granite counter top...my photo skills are not nearly as fine tuned as hers, but you get the idea.  I am really happy with the results and thank Allison for her never-ending creative ideas!

The Mixer...ta-dah!!

My next project was to spice up my boring black mixer and I think I accomplished just that.  I can tell by the not-so-funny comments from my husband and son.  I think it looks fun, they think it looks funny.  What do they know?

While snooping around on House of Smith Designs blog I came across these decals for Kitchen Aid Mixers.  Shelly was so kind to help me with selecting the color and design.  When I received the

Sunday, December 16, 2012

More Wedding Hangers

 

The Wedding Day has finally come and gone, and what a beautiful day it was!   My baby, Joe, got married and, yes I teared up a little for our dance... :/  We danced to the Rascal Flatts song, "My
Wish".  As hard as I tried, I couldn't come up with a more suitable song.  The words said everything I would want to say to my boy...

"My Wish"

I hope that the days come easy and the moments pass slow,
And each road leads you where you want to go,
And if you're faced with a choice, and you have to choose,
I hope you choose the one that means the most to you.
And if one door opens to another door closed,
I hope you keep on walkin' till you find the window,
If it's cold outside, show the world the warmth of your smile,

But more than anything, more than anything,
My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to,
Your dreams stay big, and your worries stay small,
You never need to carry more than you can hold,
And while you're out there getting where you're getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too,
Yeah, this, is my wish.

I hope you never look back, but ya never forget,
All the ones who love you, in the place you left,
I hope you always forgive, and you never regret,
And you help somebody every chance you get,
Oh, you find God's grace, in every mistake,
And you always give more than you take.

But more than anything, yeah, and more than anything,
My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to,
Your dreams stay big, and your worries stay small,
You never need to carry more than you can hold,
And while you're out there getting where you're getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too,
Yeah, this, is my wish.

My wish, for you, is that this life becomes all that you want it to,
Your dreams stay big, and your worries stay small,
You never need to carry more than you can hold,
And while you're out there getting where you're getting to,
I hope you know somebody loves you, and wants the same things too,
Yeah, this, is my wish.

This is my wish
I hope you know somebody loves you
May all your dreams stay big


Ok, back to the real subject...the hangers...
Here is the original tutorial post on how to make the hangers.


It's not real clear in these pictures but the Groom's hanger is painted black and the Bride's is painted white...






The 5 bridesmaids, junior bridesmaid and flower girl hangers used the brown hangers.














Jakki, Jen, Krista, Mrs. Nudy, Kate & Lindsey



Our Beautiful Bridal Party!!


Next June, my niece, Jean, will be getting married and she has asked me (yeah!) to make hangers for her girls also.  
I have since learned how to dot the "i's" with a little heart...






I am still working on "Leigh" and "Lindsey"...and I am so looking forward to Jean and Ryan's wedding!!



~ Darlene ♥

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Jungle and Owl Themed Bedrooms

Before and After of Bella's Owl Room


  Before and After of Donny's Jungle Room

Last weekend we (Designing4Hope.org) had the pleasure of doing room makeovers for Donny and Bella. 

Here is Donny's Story...


Donny was diagnosed in October, 2011 with Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. He was admitted to the

Monday, December 3, 2012

Crocheted Owl Hats, etc.


I have finally finished a few of the gazillion projects I have started and are sitting around waiting for the final touches.

These are 3 crocheted Owl hats that were made using the pattern from Repeat Crafter Me.  The pattern is easy to follow and quick to finish.  Sizing is from Newborn to Adult.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Hall Bathroom Update

After
Before


The "before" bathroom was so hideous, I had to come up with something to make this outdated bathroom a bit easier on the eye.  Ultimately, I would love to remove the vanity (Corian counter
 extending over the toilet, how bad is that?!) and also the soffit with

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Easy Boot Cuffs DIY Pattern

 These Boot Cuffs are so easy to knit, you can whip them right up!
Great for stocking stuffers or for yourself. :)



Boot Cuff Pattern

Monday, October 22, 2012

Pretty Fall Table Setting


 Simple, easy DIY instructions to make this pretty Fall table setting.

Placemats


Cut fabric for the placemats 13" x 18".

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

LEGO Blocks



Another Designing 4 Hope project included a LEGO-inspired room.  We made 8 Large LEGO's to hang around the room. 



Starting with a 4' x 8' sheet of plywood....



Nick cut 8 @ 10"x20", 16 @ 2 1/2"x20" and 16 @ 2 1/2"x8 1/2"

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Memo Board - Tutorial





Our most recent room makeover for Designing 4 Hope was in Springfield, Pa.  In Laura's room we had to make 2 large, narrow memo boards to cover up some openings to attic space.  They needed access to the attic so we decided to make the boards to hang in front of the openings. 

They sure add color to the room and a place for Laura to put pictures of her friends and family.



First, we cut 2 pieces of 1/2" plywood to 24" wide x 60" high.  We used batting for puffiness, which was rolled onto the board.  



Next, we placed the pink fabric on the batting and smoothed it nicely and stapled it to the back of the board.  We used 1/4" staples and an air stapler with a mini compressor.  Definitely a hand saver!



Care was given to each corner as the fabric was folded around and smoothed for a neat, clean look.

We used small strips of blue painters tape and measured 6" all the way around the boards.  1/2" purple satin ribbon was run from mark to mark and stapled to the back of the board.





This was done in each direction until it was full.



A staple was put in at each point where the ribbon crossed.  This was to give the board that puffy look and to hold where the buttons were to be glued on.



A variety of different sized white buttons were placed on the spots to get the placement we liked.  



All the buttons were then hot glued on to cover the staples and to finish the look.


This project was completed by our awesome volunteers from Vanguard.  They did so much for this makeover and we totally appreciate all their efforts!!




See how cute it looked in the little reading nook in Laura's room?  One is mounted on each side of the dormer to block the access to attic space...

~ Darlene