Breakfast Tray Upgrade

This is what happens when I find myself at home with nothing better to do.
{Well, in all fairness, there was probably more important things I could've been doing.}

I had neglected to actually "create" anything for over a month. And by "create" I really mean getting to use my mod podge! I found this tray that was rather boring and turned into something more fun {more fun for myself anyway}.

I used a combination of 3 different papers that had coordinating colors on this piece. I had been saving the paper for a project I was planning for my dining room. I figured that since we are moving I will probably change the colors in my dining room anyway... probably... most likely...
{and it definitely doesn't match my kitchen}.

Overall, I'm really pleased with how it turned out and I already have a phase 2 in the works for it!

Photo Love • 4.11.11

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Photo Love • 4.10.11

I took this photo on a trip we took to Florida back in January. I had forgotten about it!
It's not anything fabulous but I really liked the colors.

This is my random Sunday night post while I wait for my husband to be available for our movie night :)
Tonight's movie selection: Due Date

Photo Frame

I really thought I posted a picture of this a while back but I guess I didn't!

I made these 2 matching photo frames for myself and for one of closest friends, Michelle! We have known eachother for over 22 years! {Now that number makes me feel old.} To make a long story short we were neighbors most of our lives :)

Well she totally came through for me during my wedding planning and on the day of. So I wanted to give her something handmade. I kept the 4" x 6" frame and I gave her the 5" x 7" (which I think is totally the nicer of the 2).

I purchased these frames from IKEA because they were really inexpensive and nicer then the crafting frames at Michaels and Joann Fabrics I've seen. When I was finished with my favorite tool - Mod Podge! - I adorned them with genuine Swarovski crystals.

Miscellaneous Fun Find

Last weekend my sister-in-law and I were lured into a dried flower store by the beautifully unique wreaths hanging outside. (And our husbands eventually turned around to see where we wondered off to.)
Everything was so delicate and colorful aannndd a little pricey. We did eventually find these little distressed porcelain pots for only $6, I bought white (of course) and she bought a little red one. I also love the look of succulents despite lacking a green thumb.

Disk Love

I just posted on our photography blog images of a CD case we made for a client. Check it out!

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This one below didn't make it into the other blog post because I just found it. It's a yucky cell phone photo but we forgot to actually photograph this one before we gave it to the client... guess we were too excited :)

Before + After • Kitchen

I've been going through my multiple hard-drives that store all my misc findings and files. This morning I found these images that my husband sent me when he was doing his kitchen renovation a few years back.

WOW! I forgot what a fabulous job he did renovating this space with only the help of his father and grandfather. Now this is DIY at it's finest! He is so handy and I don't compliment him enough on that. In case you are wondering since this after photo was taken we have installed the actual lighting for the kitchen, replaced the gold knobs with brushed nickel, put the oven back in place, and so on.

Just to list some of the things he updated... they knocked out the back wall, replaced all the cabinets (the old ones had years and layers of gross paint), new flooring, added a dishwasher, new sink w/ a garbage disposal, new counter top, painted, and also built in a breakfast bar to open the space up between the dining room and kitchen. I should add that my husband did all the tile and grout work on the bar.

In addition, this TOTAL kitchen renovation cost him under $500!

{and one more time because I'm proud of the great job he did}