Spring Time Bird House

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Spring is here in full force and doesn't it feel lovely.  After the craziest winter for most of the country, I think we are all extra excited to bring cheerful colors into our homes to reflect the cheerful outside. I used to think summer was my favorite season, but I'm starting to think it's maybe Spring.  Today, I am sharing how to create this sweet little Spring Time Bird House.

Spring Time Bird House . Delineate Your Dwelling

. Chipboard Bird House
. Book Pages
. (affiliate link) Mod Podge
. (affiliate link) Scrapbook Paper
. Sponge Brush

Spring Time Bird House . Delineate Your Dwelling

This is such a fun and simple project.  Start by cutting out the book pages for each side of the bird house. I also cut out pieces for the top of the bird house.

Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to both the bird house and the book page.  

Spring Time Bird House . Delineate Your Dwelling

Next, I carefully cut out a few flowers from my scrapbook paper and applied them in the same fashion as the book pages.

Spring Time Bird House . Delineate Your Dwelling

I wanted a little more spring time sparkle, so I gave the roof a quick brush with mod podge and sprinkled on some silver glitter.

Spring Time Bird House . Delineate Your Dwelling

Spring Time Bird House . Delineate Your Dwelling

Spring Time Bird House . Delineate Your Dwelling

Are you busy making Spring crafts for your home?

Office + Guest Room Inspiration . Delineate Your Dwelling

Don't forget to stop over to The Girl Creative today.  I'm sharing my Office + Guest Room inspiration ideas!

Living Room Toy Storage

Monday, April 21, 2014

Back in mid Feburary, I shared my No Sew Basket Liners and made reference to a new kiddo toy arrangement plan I have been trying out.  Today is the day to share that new method of toy play with my Living Room Toy Storage project.

(I try to typically keep my posts less wordy, but today's is high on the text.)

I think we've all said it at some point, "the toys seem to multiple over night".  It's hard for most of us to keep tabs on all the toys our kiddos collect.  And I'm learning, as they get older, their toys have many small pieces, which in the blink of an eye are scattered all over the entire house.  And then I step on them.  And then I squeal in pain.  And then I decide we need a new toy plan.

Let me introduce you to my plan.  We have less random "filler" toys and 70% of them are then hidden away from reach in baskets.  It's just that simple.

I'll be honest, I'm a Goodwill + Boys and Girls Club donator, like nobody's biznezz.  I love going through my closet, the kid's closet and most definitely their toys and taking a large portion of them off to donate on a regular basis.  I started this toy storage process with a typical glance over every toy they own and sending quite a few of them off to "toy heaven", i.e. donation center.

Then, I kept out fun daily toys that encourage them use their imagination.  These include their toy dishes, pots, pans and all the food that goes with that.  (We do a lot of cooking in our house.)  I also kept out kiddo #2's trucks, trains and cars.  Along with tons of books and puzzles.  There is a small basket also of various electronics that was left out (microphone, toy camera, etc.).  The REST of their toys are up in baskets.

Each morning and afternoon, if I sense they are getting restless, I pull out one of my lovely no sew baskets and presto; to them it seems like something fun and magical to play with, when in fact it's just their old picnic basket play set.  Or their Three Little Bears dress up puzzle.  I have found that keeping a majority of their toys up-
1. keeps the mess minimal
2. keeps them entertained MUCH longer since the toy seems new
3. really encourages them to use their imagination.

So that I could quickly scan and pull out the appropriate toys, I added these super adorable Martha Stewart self adhesive gold bookplates (I couldn't find the gold colored bookplates online, but they are in all Staples stores) to the baskets.  They were a simple press and stick!

We have two bookcases and I keep their baskets on the upper two shelves in our living room.  So, we have four baskets filled to the brim and then I've hidden a few other in various places in our home. (since I've written this post, I've added three additional baskets to our bookcase.)  I've been surprised at how actually taking away a large portion of their toys, has increased their imagination and excitement when I get down a few things here and there.

So, far this actually seems to be a success.

Do you all have any toy tips for keeping interest in current toys and minimizing clutter?  Share away!

Easter Day : Link it or Lump it Party, number 34

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy EASTER Sunday, sweet friends.
"He is not here, for he has risen, as he said!"  Matthew 28.6

We are extending our link party number 34, for another week!
I just could not pick some favorites from last week, so be sure to scroll down and see the features.

Welcome to the best day of the week.  The day you share your latest projects with all of us!
And a big thank you to.... YOU because we are getting more amazing projects each week.
It makes me so happy.

Your hosts for the party are:

Please welcome Nicole from Uniquely Women as this week's guest host.  

Hello There! A little about me....I'm a born and raised Midwest girl with a passion for DIY projects, antiques, and a good thrift store find.  "Uniquely Women" is my outlet to provide readers with my creative adventures along the way!  I share my travel adventures, DIY tutorials, home decorating ideas, and more! Come on over and join in on the fun!  

Without further ado, it's Party Time!!

Delineate Your Dwelling

The great thing about teaming up with other bloggers is you can link up your amazing
projects to one of our sites and they will show up on all FOUR of our blogs!
Four for the price of one, I like it.
In addition, Allison, Melissa, Sonnet and I will all be featuring our top picks each week.

… Let's take a peek at a few of my favs ...
Corey from Tiny Sidekick updated a bentwood chair and I love how it turned out.

Katie from The Casual Craftlete crafted these adorable paper flowers.  I think they look just like orange poppies.

Amy from Homey Oh My! shared her topiaries inspired by the coolest plant book.

Brynne from The Gathered Home shows how to create a Sunburst Medallion.  Oh, I love this one.

Were you featured?  Way to go.  Be sure to grab a feature button!

Delineate Your Dwelling

Be sure to head over to Dream A Little BiggerTwo It Yourself and Soho Sonnet to
see what Allison, Melissa and Sonnet chose as their favorites this week!

We also have started a Link It or Lump It Pinterest board where we will be pinning all our features!  Check it out here and follow us!

Are you interested in co-hosting our Link It or Lump It party?  Send me a quick email and I'll get you setup.  
We'd love to party with YOU.

Now for just a few rules:
1. Link anything that you made yourself but nothing that is available for sale. (you don't have to have a blog or website, just leave that link empty OR you can link up your facebook profile.)
2. Link back to Delineate Your Dwelling to be considered for next week's feature roundup! (you can grab the button shown below)
3. Click through one or two of your favorite links and show some lovin'!
4. Entries are randomly placed so that everyone gets top billing.  

. . . Let's get started . . .

Mason Jar wall

Saturday, April 19, 2014

I am participating in a Pinterest Challenge with eight other amazing bloggers and yesterday I was going to share my fourth project with you, a Mason Jar wall project.  

But... my amazing and wonderful Grandma Marge passed away suddenly this week and we've traveled "back home" to Indiana to attend her funeral.  With all of this going on, I was not able to put this fun little DIY together.  

I went to Lowes last week and bought all my supplies, so next week when I'm back to a happier place, I'll be sure to share how cute it turned out.

If you'd like to take a peak at my first three projects, see below.

My first project was, Shoes Off Please.  
My second project was Lime Cream Popsicles, yum.
My third project was a Key Shadow Box.  


Week Four Mason Jar Wall
Week Five Geometric Backdrop
Week Six Succulent Table

Be sure to check out our Pinterest Challenge pinterest board, too.  All nine bloggers will be pinning their projects each week there and wow are there some GREAT ones!

Stop by and say hello to the nine amazing bloggers participating in this challenge:

Easter Fringed Egg : Easter Party celebration

Friday, April 18, 2014

Last week I shared on Tiny Prints' blog how to create a fun Easter Celebration party and today I'm sharing my last DIY, Fringe Easter Eggs, with you all!  I recently shared my Newspaper Chalkboard Wall and my Easter Cups.

. Scissors
. Chipboard egg
. Tissue Paper
. Mod Podge

I used the same technique for this project that I did for my New Year's Eve backdrop.  I cut the tissue paper into strips about 2" thick.

Then I made narrow slices all along the strip.  Apply a light coat of Mod Podge on the top and bottom of the egg and then cover with a small square of tissue paper.  

Starting as low as you can, apply mod podge and slowly layer on the tissue paper strips.  Work your way up the egg, as you go.

The finished product is a lovely textural Easter Fringe Egg!

Easter is such a special and important day.  I had such fun putting this small party together to celebrate the day!

I hope you all take some inspiration from these fun ideas.

matthew 28.6
He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.

Kitchen Renovation for less, Part 4 (finale)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Welcome to the finale of my mini series called:  
How to get a high end (looking) kitchen 
look for a low end price!

Before I started blogging and sharing our crazy home DIY's with the internet world... we took our kitchen from 1970 scary to, well... better.  I thought I'd share a bit of our kitchen journey with you all.

I've posted here and here and here about the first seven steps in transforming your kitchen to have a high end look at a low end price.

A little back story:
The hubs and I were expecting our first baby and as any normal couple who are preparing to take on that huge responsibility of parenthood and make major life changes would do... we decided it would be an ideal time to completely gut and renovate our kitchen.

This was our kitchen for many years (5+ years).  This picture was taken shortly after we moved in.  Sometimes I wonder why we bought this house when I look back at the early pictures.  Lots of dark original to the house cabinetry, fake butcher block counter tops, odd textured stripe wall paper, and a single large florescent light overhead.  Oy.

Step 1 Do It Yourself
Step 2 Make simple changes for big impact, like paint the walls
Step 3 Patience
Step 5 Know when it's worth a small amount of money to make a big impact and hire help
Step 6 Know your limitations 
Step 7 Do. It. Yourself.

*Are you catching the overriding theme here?*

So, we left off on the last post with my baby bump growing leaps and bounds, our entire kitchen being texturized (a true polar vortex) and having to throw out every single item in our refrigerator when the hubs forgot to plug it back in.

Meanwhile, the hubs was slowly but steadily putting all the Cabinet To Go cabinets together.  (major love sent their way, see this post).  His method was installing the upper cabinets first in our garage.  Then, depending on how heavy it was, he'd muscle it into the house or I'd do some very minor assistance to get it around a corner and into the kitchen.

Step Eight is watching lots of This Old House on Youtube.  

I tried finding the T.O.H. video with this next tip, but couldn't... and I'm probably going to call it the wrong name.  BUT, it was a major help to measure the height of the bottom of the upper cabinets and then the hubs installed a small wood strip all along the wall.  This helps as you hold those HEAVY cabinets up, so they can be kind of propped up and you can just use one hand.  As I mentioned, the hubs does lots of pondering and there is no way he could ponder and hold at the same time.

Step Nine is buy appliances on SALE and buy fixtures on the CHEAP.  We had a functioning dishwasher, oven, etc... but just wanted stainless steel.  So, with no major rush on our hands, we were able to wait for those great sales on those items.  

For all our fixtures, we also took our time and found amazing options for a fraction of the cost.  Good ole' trustworthy Sears was our go-to appliance store.  Our range hood is a beauty (it's not blue, thats the protective covering) and we got her at Costco.  Our sink faucet is so lovely and we got that at Costco, too.  All our cabinet pulls and under cabinet lights were an Amazon online find.

After the upper cabinets were all up, we (the hubs) started on the lower ones.

Can you believe it?  It's starting to look like a kitchen again!

We have a local supplier here in town and after MUCH research and discussion, we went with granite countertops.  They are Ubba Tubba.  The main color is black with lots of green and gold specks and sparkles.  (Of course everyone is doing light colored countertops now, but give it three years and we'll be right on trend again.)

We had crazily agreed to host Thanksgiving at our home for my entire family and the hubs was connecting the dishwasher while I picked everyone up from the airport.  We didn't even know how to work our oven to cook the turkey the next day.  So many learning lessons, folks!

But, the kitchen renovation was complete, excluding the backsplash.  We were so thrilled to have a functioning kitchen again.  A little bit later (ONE month and a few days, to be exact) we welcomed sweet little kiddo #1 to our family and things like kitchen backslashes took a major backseat.... for a while.

Fast forward about 10 months and we were ready to tackle the FINAL item, the backsplash.

Step Ten and my final tip for renovating your kitchen for less is, know when to splurge and when to skimp.  I had dreamed about all white Moroccan tiles or small diamond shaped marble tiles and while all of those are insanely stunning, they are insanely expensive.  We decided to go with simple (and CHEAP) white subway tile from Lowes and then do a small accent strip with small glass colored tile. 

(This was taken prior to grout and with my cell phone, ugh.) 

No surprise to anyone who has been reading this mini series, but we saved a substantial amount of money by installing the backsplash ourself.  I'm sure for someone who is a tile master, this is not a huge task.  But it was our first tile job and there were areas with numerous tile cuts and those glass tile were TINY.  I think we spent a total of 40 hours spread out over evenings and weekends of a week or two.

This concludes my kitchen renovation for less mini series!  It was a long ride from start to finish for us to transform our kitchen and I thank you for sticking with me on FOUR parts to this series.  I hope you all were able to gain a little bit of insight for any potential kitchen updates you may have planned.

do. it. yourself.

(if we can do it, i know YOU can!)
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