Router Cover: Project Challenge #12

I hope you all had a very merry Christmas!

It's the last Project Challenge for 2015.
 I can't believe it's the end of the year already!
This month our groups challenge was to create something made of books or book pages.

When we had our Internet installed in our new house this summer I asked for the router to be placed in our game room, so I didn't have to look at it.
But the technician didn't feel like we were getting strong enough service with it in there so he wanted to put it in our kitchen.

We have a built in desk in the kitchen and I hate having this ugly router and ugly cords sitting out on display and I hate looking at them all the time!

So I decided to make a router cover using thrift store books.
Step one: measure your router so you buy books that are tall and wide enough to cover your router.
I chose books where there is a space between the pages and the binding so it would be easy to take all the pages out.
It turns out the two middle books have a plastic film on them which made them difficult to paint.
So learn from my mistake and avoid those type of books.


Now, confession time....
I picked up my books from the thrift store the same day we were hopping on a plane to Florida and we didn't get back until the 23rd.
So I had to put this together quickly on Christmas Eve and Christmas day (which thrilled my family).
At one point I screwed up the way I glued them and had to rip them apart and glue them all over again, so my cover is kind of rough looking, but I couldn't go out and get more books and start over again.

But, despite how rustic my router cover looks I still think it looks better than it did without one!
I added some cute desk accessories to distract from the flaws in my books/cover.


I painted the books with chalk paint and then used various rubber stamps to place designs 
on the books.
If you'd like to see another post where I painted thrift store books click here.

A big project I hope to start (and finish) in 2016 is painting my kitchen cabinets.
I've never painted cabinets before and I am intimidated by such a big job, but I know I will be so happy with it once it's done.

Now go check out what the other ladies have come up with!



Christmas Home Tour 2015

Hello and welcome to my Christmas home tour 2015!
I think I am the slowest Christmas decorator in all of blogland. :)
But better late than never I say.

Greeting visitors to our house is a large nutcracker that I have owned for at least 15 years and hope to pass down to one of my kids some day. 
I found a buffalo check basket at Target this year and was excited to use it because I am using a lot of plaid and checks in the house, as you soon will see.

Many years ago I bought this wreath at an after Christmas sale and I use it year after year.
To freshen it up this year I added this cute sign I found in Target's dollar section (it was $3.00).

Welcome to the living room. I have one whole picture for you!
I plan on working on this room a lot in 2016 so I didn't spend to much time in here.
I got the plaid pillow from Amazon and the cutest dear pillow ever from The Parsonage Queen.
The plaid deer is from Target and I got this darling coffee can from The Urban Barnhouse 
Both the deer and tree were placed in a vintage soda crate.

Moving on to our family room and our fireplace mantel.
More plaid! I found the banner/garland at Target and used a stencil to add the word Christmas to it.

I added some snowy grapevine trees, red lanterns, white deer and a boxwood wreath.
Fresh greens drape over the sides.
You can turn the lanterns on and there are star lights inside, unfortunately I couldn't get a good picture.
I found them last year at Walgreens and got them for 75% off after Christmas....score!


And what do we have next to the fireplace.....
Our Christmas tree!

I really love having our tree next to the fireplace it makes the room so festive!
We love to have the lights on every night and we really enjoy the tree.

I brought in a Santa I found last year at CVS because I just love his plaid coat and hat.
One of my Kubu chairs sports a red striped pillow and our kitty likes to hang out here.

I found a fun birdhouse with a license plate roof for almost nothing at the thrift store and added it to the bottom of the tree as well.
Early in the season I came across this buffalo checked wrapping paper and I just love it!

This year we wrapped the bottom of our tree in a beadboard collar that I made.
If you'd like more information on it click here.


Something new I added to our tree this year is touches of black to coordinate with the
 buffalo check wrapping paper.
I found these large wood tag style ornaments at Michael's.
The plaid ribbon is from Hobby Lobby.


I made the chalkboard ornaments and got the idea from The Hamby Home.
I used the same mini blackboards that she did, but I painted my frames with a metallic paint.
I also made the embroidery hoop ornaments and got the idea from The Rustic Cottage Gal.
I tried to find plaid or buffalo fabric everywhere and couldn't find any so I ended up using wrapping paper in the hoops.

Target has these super cute plaid deer this year and I bought a bunch of them!
Last year I bought a bunch of unfinished wood snowflakes after Christmas for 50 cents a piece and I spray painted them red.

Next up is my youngest son's room.
I have been working on giving him a woodsy lodge themed room so it really lends itself to Christmas decorating.
The moose pillow is from The Nest UK.
When I placed the deer head above my son's bed I was concerned it might freak him out a bit, but he hasn't said anything about it.


My son loves having a tree with lights in his room.
I placed it in a vintage minnow bucket and decorated the tree with felt birds.
I have the Santa nutcracker talk to my son at night and it cracks him up.

My kids love having lots of red in the house at Christmas time, but luckily they don't care how I decorate the dining room so I get to use the neutrals that I love!

I kept things very simple in here.
A pedestal dish with greenery and mercury glass acorns and some finials on the table.
On the wall I took a photo of a deer that I took back when we lived in Illinois and had it blown up into an engineer print.
I used the same print in my dining room last year, but this year I went bigger!

A very simple place setting.
 White dishes, white napkins and for a napkin ring a blackboard tag that I simply tucked some greens behind.

Across from the dining room is a display that I have shown you before.
A Dear Lillie blackboard print, an antler and some moss topiary that I made.
The table is from Kirkland's and the large basket is a recent thrift store find.


I want to wish you a very merry Christmas from our family to ours!


Linking up to:
The Pretty Preppy Party, Think and Make Thursday, The Creative Circle, Brag Worthy Thursday

Christmas in Texas day 5

It's the last (but certainly not least) day of the Christmas in Texas blog hop.
It's been so fun peeking into these talented ladies beautiful Christmas homes!
The yellow roses of Texas sure know how to ring in the season. :)
For the complete line up head on over to Poofing the Pillows.
Thanks for hosting Stacey! I know it is a lot of work and you did a great job!


Christmas in Texas day 4


Hop on over to Poofing The Pillows to get the full line up!

Christmas in Texas day 3


It's day 3 of the Christmas in Texas blog hop!
 I've been having so much fun checking out all these talented ladies. 
For todays line up pop on over to our lovely hostess Stacey from Poofing The Pillows.

Christmas Moss Topiary: Christmas in Texas Blog Hop

I am so excited to be a part of the Christmas in Texas blog hop.
Over 20 blogger's who live in the lone star state will be sharing creative decorating ideas, crafts, recipes, traditions and even fashion.
I want to thank Stacey from Poofing The Pillows for hosting!
She is just the sweetest!
I am really looking forward to checking out all the talented Texas bloggers this week.
Christmas time is such a fun time in blogland.
Don't you agree?

Last year I saw this pair of moss topiary at a Christmas craft show and I knew I wanted to
 make my own.
I ran out and bought the supplies, but I never got around to making them.
So when Stacey asked me to participate in the Christmas blog hop I knew right away that this was my chance to finally make them.


The pots and Styrofoam triangles are from Hobby Lobby.
The first thing I did was trim the base of the Styrofoam so it would fit snuggly inside the pot.

I then glued on tufts of moss.
I've had these for years and years.
I think I got them at Z Gallery.
I highly recommend using a low heat glue gun for this project.
(I burned myself, so learn from my mistake)


After the moss tufts were all glued on there were gaps where the Styrofoam showed through and that just isn't pretty!


So I dug out a pack of moss I got from World Market last year.
I love it because there are five different types of moss so there are all kinds of colors and textures to work with.


I once again used my handy dandy hot glue gun to glue moss on top of all my gaps covering all the Styrofoam.
 I like the interest the different kinds of moss give the piece.


Here is the finished project!
The cool thing is you can leave the topiary out year around if you wanted too.


I set up a rustic French Country display on the wall across from my dining room.
The table is new from Kirkland's, on top I placed a chalkboard download from Dear Lillie.
Sadly Staples did a horrible job printing it. They made it the wrong size and it's all faded at the top, but it will do since it will only be out this month.
I placed the print in a rustic frame from Hobby Lobby.
In front of the print is an antler.
Underneath is an old basket I found at the thrift store.
I love this minimalist look, but I realize it's not for everyone, so for fun I put together a few more looks for the table.


I added some pops of red and some whimsy for the kiddos.
I placed a buffalo check throw in the basket and we'll take a closer look for the table top.


I added some Christmas greenery with red berries and some fun elf land accessories from World Market (a couple of years ago).


My next look is a snowy winter wonderland.
I added some gray and white pillows and a faux fur throw to the basket.
So cozy!


On the table top I placed a layer of faux snow and some sweet winter houses, a sparkly star and a jingle bell wreath hangs from the top of the frame.
I thought the jingle bells were appropriate to go with the framed Jingle Bell lyrics.


But, I still like the first look best.
I'd love to hear which look is your favorite!

Now you've got to check out the other stops on the tour today!

Estelle's

Sweet Nothings

It's Overflowing

Linking up to: Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage

Christmas in Texas Blog Hop starts today!

I'm so excited to be a part of the Christmas in Texas blog hop!
The really sweet Stacey from Poofing The Pillows is hosting and things kick off at her place today.
So head on over there and check it all out.
I know you're in for some wonderful Christmas goodness!
I'll show you my project tomorrow morning.

Here's a peek at what's going on today!