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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Trick or Treat!

Happy Halloween to y'all!!


huggies ***
rea

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

DIY: Rope Vases

I've seen this rope vase at Pottery Barn which I really like but so sad because it's no longer available now.

I know, right!? It's so pretty!

Until Courtney of A Thoughtful Place made a post about her DIY'ng the rope vase.
ropevases
After reading it, she inspired me a lot that I told myself to try it. 

Fast-forward to today, I am proud to show you my very own diy: rope vases!!

rope vase

So it all started with two bottles, one wine bottle and crown royal bottle.

I started with the wine bottle - from the top of the bottle down.

rope vase

Be generous with your glue if  you want the rope to really stick to the bottle and last longer - I did.
Just put the hot glue directly to the bottle.
When I glued the rope to the Crown Royal bottle, I started from the bottom going up.

When both of my rope vases were done, I am but all ecstatic!
rope vase

Oh! my heart just melts everytime I see it.  
Who would not? I love the texture of the rope and how rustic it looks plus the rope material that are just sticking out (which by the way I did not cut) - looks so natural.

rope vase

See what I'm sayin? so au naturale should I say...

Now because I am just so happy, I will be showing more pictures of my rope vases.
Loving my project every bit of it.

Here you go.

rope vase

rope vase

linking this post to:
Throwback Thursday @ Glitter, Glue & Paint
Chic on a Shoestring Decorating It's Overflowing

Sunday, October 21, 2012

chugga - chugga - choo - choo (Are You Ready for Fall? Indoor Games)


Just recently whenever I pick up my son from school, he would always stop by at the train table right before the main door going out of their school.  
He'll try to play and move the little trains while I wait and talk to his teacher and some of the parents.

I never cared what's up with it until Friday while watching him again as he stopped by the train table.

It is just a  r-e-g-u-l-a-r  train table with a train track.

So what's the big deal kiddo?!

Well the train tracks GLUED together so that the kids can enjoy moving the little trains around the track without it coming off disassembled.  

So I told him, "Mom can do that too....you know.."
Instantly my son's face lit up when I said that!  

And so Saturday morning, just like any other good Mommy out there that fulfills promise ---
- we did it hot glue did it :)

From this:


To this:


And there's the ticket office and the mining area... ")

And for a healthy and peaceful chugga-chugga-choo-choo town,
here's the police station and the hospital... isn't it cute?

My son was so surprised with this and my daughter loves this too.

And now it also makes us ready for fall - indoor games.

Because of a cooler weather during fall season, it would be less and less for us to let our kids play outside in the backyard, in the park or in the playground.

So you might want to entertain your kids with indoor games such as this, or puzzles.

Now if you have older kids, you may try to do some scrabble, chess and other card games.
Having indoor games like this keeps the child's brain stimulated resulting to not hearing them say
"Mom I'm bored..."

To catch up with my "Are You Ready for Fall" series, click the following links:

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Quick Update on the Updated BookShelf

Exactly two weeks ago, I showed you the makeover of a book shelf that was bought from a garage sale.



Yeah it took me two weeks to bring it in the playroom upstairs.... lol!

Now it's in the playroom and after some dollar store baskets.

Here it is!


I'm happy because we've got additional storage in the playroom now.

But most of all it's easier to declutter and my kids like it!

 

huggies***
smartmomma





Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Blogging Milestone: 100 Posts

Just want to share that I've reached my 100 Posts Milestone.


When I first started blogging, it never occurred to me that I will do this for a long time.

It was just a thing for me to keep what I've accomplished and let other people learn and try it.

I would like to especially thank the people that reads my blog and follows me.

You all are my inspiration!

huggies***
smartmomma


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

No-Sew Curtains and a Peak to My Living Room


After trying to do my own No-Sew Pillow Case, and it was easy-peasy...

I told myself, why not try a No-Sew Curtains?

It was actually easier than the No-Sew Pillow Case because it was just one long straight line to tape and iron and that was it.

I just fold the fabric then put the iron-on adhesive then bought some curtain rings to hold the fabric.

That's it!

Here's my no-sew curtains and a peak to my living room.




huggies***
smartmomma




Thursday, October 11, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Had the time to finally set the entry way console table to Halloween theme.

I just used old decors that we already have, simple and easy!

Here you go!

When my daughter first saw the skeletons, she got scared! lol! 
But when I let her touch and hold it, she was fine :)

My kids love it!



and yup! that's me taking the picture using my iphone...
i don't have a high-tech camera at all! you see now why i don't have beautiful photos? lol

Have a good weekend everyone!!

huggies***
smartmomma

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Are You Ready for Fall? Scarves!!


Fall is my favorite season of all seasons because I like how the color of the leaves changes .....

and how romantic it is to see the leaves on the ground....
and how lovely to see those leaves get blown away by the wind while your driving...

I was born and raised in the Philippines - one of the tropical countries in Asia.  
The average weather in the Philippines all year round is 79°F. In the cooler days, it is 77°F and in the warmer days, it is 83°F. Elevated areas have colder weather and lowland areas have a little bit warmer weather.

I talked a little bit more about the Philippines here.

While I was growing up, I've never had to use scarves...it was just something that I don't need at all!

But when I moved in here, the need for me to use it is just there - especially in the area where I am.

One of the things I need to get myself ready for fall is to have my scarves out and accessible. 

Last fall, we were at our old house and I use to just put all of my scarves in a canvass box in our closet.
It wasn't that bad because they're all in one place, it's just that it is not very accessible and cannot choose which ones I want to put on that will look nice with my clothes.

I got my inspiration from A Bowl Full of Simple.  

She stashed her scarves in the a towel rod that she and her husband installed on the wall behind the bedroom door.  It's really simple.

a bowl full of simple

Using this as an inspiration, I bought shower curtain rings for $1 each at the Dollar Tree.

Placed them in the shelves inside our closet.

Then I started hanging my scarves and it looks like this.

I like this because I can easily see and choose which scarf I want to put on.
If I'll buy more scarves, I can easily put a shower curtain ring.

There you go, my scarves are ready for this fall.

Are you?



Monday, October 8, 2012

Are You Ready for Fall? Throw Blankets



I have a basket from one of the stuff that I bought from the garage sale.  


It looks worn out because of the chipping paint on the corner.  

So I whipped my spray-painting talent to update it!


Then I used it to hold some throw blankets...


And placed the basket under the end table in the living room..

Accessible for us when watching tv and cozy up under the the throw blankets....

We are now ready for fall....

Are you?



Quick Update: This basket that is now in the vanity room converted into magazine basket because of the DIY: Rope Basket that I used to replace this that could hold more throw blankets.

 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Are You Ready for Fall? Series

Hello my dear readers! I am happy to announce that I will be starting a series of posts called:


It will be about different kinds of things to do to make your home and life in general ready for fall.

I am so excited about this so please come back and check it out!!

huggies***
smartmomma

Book Shelf Makeover


So one of the things that I bought from a friend that is moving out of state’s garage sale is a book shelf.


 When I saw it and for just $3 – I said to myself (heck yeah! I want it!)

Just a little makeover and it will be perfect for the playroom in progress.

Here's the closer look before the makeover.

Not too bad huh? It just looks dull and sad if I am going to put this in the playroom.

Of course a spray paint can do magic with this!

First we removed the two in between shelves, by "we" I mean my "personal assistant" err my 4-year old son and me....lol!!!


Yes, he was the one who removed some of the screws by using that small tool he's holding in the picture.

Although he doesn't look very happy in the picture, he actually kinda of insisted to help me in this project when I told him that it's going to be in the playroom when it's done.  He's so sweet :) huggies***

After removing the two shelves, we did a little bit of sanding on the outside part of the book shelf.

Then painted it with a bluish-greenish color...seriously, I don't know what color this exactly is.  



 But I thought it looks young and it actually reminded me of my good ole grade school days "black board".  :)

Anyway, going back to the bookshelf.  I probably did 2 to 3 coats of paint.

While waiting for it to dry, I wrapped the two shelves that we removed earlier with fabric.

Once the bookshelf's been all dried good and done, it was time to cover the back of the shelf with the same fabric that used for the shelves above.  

Finally here's the book shelf after the makeover.  

But first my "personal assistant" did his spiderboy pose in front of it...isn't he just cute? :)
source of spiderman picture
Let's give this little boy a credit for helping momma, you know...and here's another spiderboy pose. :)

source of spiderman picture
And finally a picture of the book shelf by itself!  It looks kind of lonely huh? 
After seeing those pictures with my "spiderboy" in front of it.


And for the before and after.


I like it! Updates will be posted once I've moved this up to the playroom!!

I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed writing this :)

huggies***
smartmomma



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