Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Two Years


This week marks two years since I started this little project-filled blog of mine.  To be honest I thought I’d keep up with it for about two weeks so I’m rather impressed with myself.  It’s fun sharing the projects I do around my house with all of you. But, as things get crazier in my life (i.e. keeping up with a two year old and a not even two month old), the blog slows down. 

You can bet I’m still filling my slivers of free time with projects, albeit mostly small ones that happen on a whim (like swapping out cloth napkin curtains for a fresh look in the kitchen).  Which means I’m not snapping pictures of the process or sitting down at an actual computer to write all the juicy details in a blog post.  So this blog will be a little lonely in the near future.  Luckily there’s a thing called Instagram where I hope to share pics of the projects that I start and hopefully have time to completeThere’s nothing I love more than some picture inspiration or a sneak peek into another person’s house (not in a creepy way of course), so I’ll continue to share what’s going on in mine.  It’ll just be less wordy and bloggy and more Instagram-y.  So follow along why don’t ya @lifeinprojects!

Welp, my sliver of free time is up.  Off to feed my sweet Oliver.


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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Fabric Flower Pot Cover

This should really be titled ‘super fast and easy flower pot cover that requires zero thought’ because it’s that simple.  I picked up a couple succulents to use as a centerpiece on our Easter brunch table. I wanted to spruce up the basic pots without replanting them in different containers.  My plan was to keep these plants around our house after Easter came and went so I didn’t want to do anything permanent.

All it took was some twine and leftover fabric.  I’m guessing you can figure out what I did next.  I cut the fabric, sat the plant on top of it, pulled the fabric up and tied it with twine.  Easy, painless and removable, which is what I was going for.


Here’s how they looked on our Easter table.


Now that Easter is over I can easily remove the fabric and twine.  Hopefully at some point these succulents will be hanging next to my kitchen window.  If I don’t kill them first…
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Friday, April 25, 2014

Family Room Shelves

What do you do when you’re three days past your due date and going a little stir crazy?  You walk through Ikea in hopes of going into labor.  And then you pick up two basic shelves and hang them on your wall immediately upon returning home.  Well, that’s what I did at least.  My sprint through Ikea did not put me into labor, however, but I do love the shelves I stumbled across so I still consider it a win.


I briefly mentioned to B.J. that shelves would be nice on either side of our fireplace/t.v.  We both agreed that our walls were heavy on the frames and light on other types of wall decor.  Plus we don’t have a lot of surfaces to sit things like vases, books or other trinkets. 


I started with one side to see how I liked them.  I think I’ll eventually add two more on the left side as well.  Considering both shelves combined were around $25, adding a couple more is more than doable. 




This corner of our family room is definitely my favorite spot in the room.  Side note, seeing this picture reminds me that I should probably add a photograph to the empty frame sitting there.  Although, Libby really enjoys staring at the random dog pictured on the frame insert, so maybe not.


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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Meaningful Artwork Part Two

I posted about how I love meaningful art on the walls a few weeks ago.  You can read about it HERE if you need to jog your memory.  One of those photographs B.J. took in downtown Cincinnati has finally made it onto our wall.  Our family room wall, in fact, and I love it.


It’s the perfect bit of color in an otherwise white space of the room.  Mostly, it’s unique and taken by my husband.  Can’t beat that.




Anyone else swapping out artwork on your walls like a crazy person?  

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Gallery Wall Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend!  I know we sure did!
I mentioned before that the week before Oliver was born I was on a project frenzy around my house.  We could blame it on nesting or the fact that I had a week off of work that I didn’t expect thanks to little man’s late arrival.  Everyone told me to rest up and relax while I could.  Apparently swapping out artwork and changing up frames on our family room gallery wall is my kind of relaxing.
Here’s how it looks above our couch today.
And here’s what it looked like a few short weeks ago.  Ya know, before my frenzy.

The only thing new I bought for the wall was the white and cork frame from Target.  I actually picked it up when it was on sale without any real idea of where it would go.  It turns out I love it with the hand drawn arrows I quickly threw in there.
The light wood frame holds a scrap of fabric that I love but never found a good use for until now.
I printed out the 5 on cardstock to represent our family of five (Libby included!).  Plus it was my soccer number and B.J.’s, too, way back when we were soccer super stars.  The framed canvas art was a DIY project you can read about HERE.
I still may change out the button art.  It just doesn’t seem to fit with the rest of the wall.  Although, that’s not really on the top of my priority list of things to do, like laundry and dishes and taking care of my two littles.  Pin It

Monday, April 14, 2014

Plaid Foot Stool

This thrift shop foot stool got it’s second makeover thanks to my obsession with all things plaid and my desire to add different colors into our family room (you can see the first makeover HERE).  Lately I’ve been loving red so naturally that’s the color I’ve been adding into the space.  The muted tones in this flannel fabric are a nice change from a bright, bold red.  Which is probably why I’ve used it to make a scarf and two throw pillows
The fabric I had leftover from those other projects wasn’t quite large enough to cover the stool completely.  Instead of tossing the idea out the window or purchasing more fabric, I made do with what I had.  I scrounged around my craft closet and found some gray fabric that matched the plaid nicely.  I pieced together three pieces of fabric to make one piece large enough for my project.  Once that was complete I followed the same steps as THIS tutorial.
Tada!  An instant change to this little corner of our family room.
Things in this corner actually look a little different than this picture.  Hint: Good-bye frame collage and hello shelves.  More on that another day!
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Monday, April 7, 2014

Ikea Poang Arm Chair + Ribbon Detail


Our sweet Charley turned two.  Two!  Where does the time go?  One of her presents was an Ikea Poang Arm Chair for her bedroom.  I like the shape and size and even the natural wood and cushion, but it needed a little personality to fit in Charley’s colorful room. 

POÄNG Children's armchair IKEA Easy to keep clean since the cover can be machine washed. Matches POÄNG armchair in adult size.

I contemplated painting the wood a bright color or using fabric paint to spice up the cushion, but ultimately I chose to add simple ribbon detail using pieces I already had on hand.  A little ribbon and a hot glue gun is all it took.


The chair fits perfectly in the corner by the window and Charley fits perfectly inside it.  It’s actually really sweet seeing her climb up there with a book.




It’s fun adding little bits to Charley’s room as we see how she uses the space.  Like the painted crates as toy storage and a little shelf to hang her necklaces (more on that in a later post). 


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