November 24, 2013

Changing It Up

Our house has been the same since we moved in. So much has changed in seven years though! When we first moved in, we used a lot of browns and reds in our decorating. Since having children, I have wanted to add more color and "fun" to our house. We decided to start in our dining room.
When we moved in, this is what our dining room looked like. Now, don't get me wrong....I LOVED our diamonds. When the previous homeowners moved, they left some pretty big holes in the wall. The wall also started cracking in the corner. There was no way we could cover up the holes and cracks without painting the entire room. We I decided what I wanted and started painting. (Jason did not want to paint over the diamonds. He loved his diamonds and may have been a bit upset that I wanted to paint over them.)
 I inherited this table. It was my great grandmothers.
I decided I wanted something fresh, and a smidge modern. I LOVE the way it turned out...
I used the color Agreeable Gray from Sherwin Williams. I was able to get it 50% off when they had their sale about a month ago. I feel like the room looks so much bigger! I got the curtains from Hobby Lobby. Hello, 40% off coupon!!!
Eventually, I will paint this table...maybe chalk paint, I don't know. I am thinking an aqua or turquoise color. I have a few pieces of art in the room with the color that I want to use. I think it will be the perfect pop of color.
 I am loving this corner. (I have since put a picture in that picture frame...oops.) I got the church from a craft fair. I think the color of the door is what color I want to paint the table.
I need to share a tip with you. Jason and I discovered a new way to hang these annoying kind of picture frames...Thank you Pinterest!
Put a piece of painters tape or Duct tape on the back of the frame. I marked the nail would go in the wall....
...put the tape on the wall and nail. That is it. What usually take For.Ever! took about 5 minutes total.
The boys made these pictures for us at school. I am in love with these. They look absolutely perfect in the dining room. So there you have it. The first redo to make our house reflect us a little better. And with the coupons and sales, we spent about $80 total. Not to shabby for a "new" room.

Happy 4th Birthday Hudson. (An Elf Affair)

For a year, Hudson has known what kind of birthday party he wanted....Buddy the Elf. He watches Elf at least once a week. Daily he finds ways to quote the movie. What could be more perfect for my 4 year old?
I was so pleased with the invitations. I found them at Custom Wrappers 4 U on ETSY. I was super pleased with the price and the speed in which she got them to me.
A few days before the party, my Mom and I had a craft day. We finished decorating (which was super easy...we just decorated for Christmas VERY early this year) and made this wreath. It is our own little Buddy the Elf. We used DecoMesh and I painted his legs from burlap. My Mom found his cute Elf hat at the dollar store.
The morning of the party, we were very excited to see that our Elf, Max, had come to see his favorite 4 year old. We sent him a small invitation (a thumbnail of the invitation that I had printed out) but we knew that he was busy getting everything ready for Christmas. He even came bearing an awesome Buddy the Elf shirt for Huds to wear to his party. (Hudson's shirt and my "Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins" shirt came from Old Navy...Max told me where he got his shirt) ;).
I made cupcake toppers for the cupcakes. Ok, lets talk about those cupcakes. "They're ginormous!" We ordered them from Costco and I seriously have never seen "cupcakes" that large. I think next time, we will stick with Sam's where they are actually cupcakes and not baby smash cakes.
 When all his friends started arriving, they watched Elf until everyone got there.
Once all his buddies were there, we made a this craft from Oriental Trading.
It was very cute, but I didn't realize you would have to use glue. It took a little bit of time but most of the older kids really liked it.
 We sang "Happy Birthday" to the man and then we feasted on ginormous cupcakes.
It is so funny to me how the birthday kid always feels so uncomfortable being sung to.
 Hudson and his super cute friend.

 Present time!
 His friends were so sweet. They loved to see what he got and were so excited for Hudson. I really love his buddies!
 My two little elves!
Happy Birthday Hudson. We love you so much!