basket case

One day this summer the Goodwill was selling all their baskets for half price. I decided this would be a fun opportunity to pick up some baskets that had a nice shapes to them, but ugly color and make them over with paint.

I got carried away and started painting this one before taking my "before'' picture. You can see it as a long, oval shaped basket.

It was a light straw color.

I wanted it to have a Tuscan farmhouse look. First I spray painted it black and then I dry brushed on some brown craft paint.

The "after" basket.


Here is the next "before" I thought this was a really cute little basket. Unfortunately what this photo doesn't show is the basket was a very orangey brown color.

I decided to give this one a beachy look.

This basket took six different paint applications before I got it to look the way I wanted it too. Luckily I like to paint.

The final basket. I really liked the metal on the bottom of this one.

The top however also had a very orangey tone to it.

I decided to do a shabby chic/beachy look. (does that even make sense?)

I used a piece of raffia to tie a starfish Christmas ornament to it.

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nursery peek

I decorated wood letters that spell my son's name to hang above his crib. It was really easy to do, except for one part, which I'll get to later and they turned out really cute.

You can find all kinds of wooden letters at the craft store in all kinds of sizes. I got mine from Michael's and they were already white. I painted the sides with green and blue craft paint and used scrapbook paper to cover them. A tip on choosing scrapbook paper is if you buy a book of paper the colors are all coordinated for you.


I traced the letters on the back of the paper. Doing my best to line up the pattern the way I wanted it to look on the front. This paper has pattern on both sides so it's difficult for you to see that I've traced it. Cut it out and then just decoupage it on. I used modge podge.


Here is the finished project.

Close ups of the letters so you can see the cute paper.




I had to cut out the "I" twice so the pattern lined up nicely.

Okay, here's my confession, the letters were really difficult to hang. I had lots of nail holes to fill in and paint over when I was done. I now realize that I should have measured from the ceiling down.


Another project I did in the nursery is change this lampshade. The theme for the nursery is woodland creatures so when I found this faux bois style lamp at Target I fell in love. I chose this linen lampshade to go with it (also from Target). But I was not crazy about the beads going around the bottom.

I clipped of the beads and trimmed it out in some cute ribbon using fabric glue.

Blue is perfect for a baby boys room and I like how the chocolate brown stitching coordinates with the dark brown lamp.

Check out more projects at Metamorphosis Monday.

cloche party

Thanks to Marty for hosting this fun cloche party! To see more click here.

Well I'm starting out the cloche party by not showing you a cloche. I'm a rebel that way, ha! My acorn collection just didn't look good in any of my cloche so I put them in an apothecary jar instead.

Sweet little pumpkin in a metal cloche. Shredded paper is in the bottom along with berries from a tree in my backyard.

These little balls were at the dollar store. They came in the natural color and I spray painted half of them sage green.

A mini cloche as part of a larger Fall display. I had a lot of fun putting this together.

One of my acorns in the baby cloche sitting on an antique book.


I saw the mini cloche at Ross and got very excited.

The pedestal was missing so it was only one dollar. Woo Hoo!

When not being used in a Fall display it sits on top of my china cabinet with a little nest in it.
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scenes from labor day

We spent labor day hanging out at the park.

The boys hanging out under a big shady tree.


They are so sweet together.

Levi is very entertained by his big brother.

Grant loves to make him laugh.

Levi touching grass for the first time. He thought it was pretty interesting.

Enjoying the shade.

"our tree"

This goose was so noisy. He was honking up a storm.

"Where are the ducks?"

Here they come. We brought bread to feed them.

They enjoyed it.

We saw dragon flies all over the place.

Lots of peacocks live at the park.


They were enjoying the shade just like we were.

You could take a horse drawn carriage ride. Maybe when Levi is older we will do this. It looks like fun.

Thank you Susan for hosting Outdoor Wednesday. To join the party click here.