Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday Favorites (Target)

Most of the items below are new arrival items at Target that I would love to have in my own home.  It may look like a hodgepodge of mismatched things, but they would all go in different rooms,  hence the wonky color combination.

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While I'm on the subject of Target, I wouldn't mind having either of these accessories (hint, hint to those that need birthday ideas!) Kidding (not really).

Black and gold stud earrings $7.99
I couldn't find them online,  but they also have these earrings in gold and mint.

Statement Necklace $16.99

Happy Easter and have a wonderful weekend!
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Balancing life and blogging...

I recently was awarded the Liebster award by Liz over at crEATe (Thanks again Liz!) and one of the questions she asked me was how I balance life and blogging.  Finding balance in my life is something that I always struggle with and I'm sure I'm not alone.   I feel guilty when I work, I feel guilty when I don't work, I feel guilty when I don't spend enough time with my kids,  I feel guilty when I DO spend time with my kids and don't get housework done, the list goes on.  There are only 24 hours in a day and it never seems to be enough time.   I work 4 days a week, so I feel like the days I do have off I need to spend time with my family.  But what about friends?  What about doing something for myself?  It's a constant struggle to find balance.  So, with all this going on, how do I find time for blogging, projects and things that make me happy?  I've realized that I DO need to make time for myself, just like I need to make time for my family.  Blogging has been a HUGE part of my life and something that I am passionate about.  I love doing projects and sharing those projects and ideas with others.  So, just like making time for everything else in my life I make time for what makes me happy and I shouldn't feel guilty.  At least, that's what I try to tell myself.

I will admit that I stay up way too late.  I know I should go to bed earlier and get better rest, but I love when the house is quite and I have time to myself.  I do most of my blogging at night.  That could be doing projects, editing pictures, writing posts or reading the many other amazing blogs that I follow.

Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day and has to choose how those hours are spent.  Here's what works for me and how I find time with working and having two little ones around the house.

  • I do a lot of things when the kids are sleeping or not home.  My six year old doesn't nap and my three year old naps occasionally, but I try to make them have quite time in the afternoon.  This not only helps them relax, but gives me a chance to get some things done.  My son goes to preschool 2 days a week and my daughter is in full time kindergarten.  When I am home during the week I actually have a few hours to myself that I try to get most of my projects done during that time.

  • When I do projects with the kids around I try to involve them as much as possible.  My son LOVES to be right beside me helping me out with whatever I am doing.  I love that he enjoys learning and getting involved.  I admit, sometimes it can be frustrating and take me longer to get things done, but it's nice he likes to "help."  Kids learn so much by observing and getting hands on experience.  If I'm doing some sort of craft project, my kids are usually at the table doing a project that is appropriate for them. 

  •  Some projects take more time and there is no way around doing them while my kids are around.  During these times, my husband is usually at home to keep an eye on the them.  When this happens, I try to take a break and do something fun with them like going to one of the  local playgrounds or exploring in the woods. 
The bottom line is, you don't have to feel guilty for doing things for yourself and what makes you happy.  Every mom needs some time to recharge and a break from being a mom, spouse, employee and friend and do something for themselves.  

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

30 Easter Basket Ideas (Besides Candy)

First, a little basket stuffer that I put together for my daughter's basket.  When she was younger we painted her nails for some special occasion.  I thought it was cute, but I had no idea I was setting myself up for disaster.  Ever since, she has not gone one day without having nail polish on.   At least it's a great stocking and Easter basket stuffer.  That's a major bonus of having a girl.  If you have boys then you know how hard it is to come up with stocking stuffers.  You can only buy so many match box cars and monster trucks.

I knew my daughter would love fun nail polish colors for Spring and Summer, so I picked up some  for her Easter basket.  Instead of just throwing them in her basket, I put them inside large plastic eggs from the dollar store, slipped the eggs into clear craft bags and sealed them off with fun scrapbook paper.

Each year we take our kids on an Easter egg hunt, which they end up getting tons of chocolate and candy.  This year we went on two and the kids have more than enough candy already.  So, for their Easter baskets I bought their favorite candy (M&M's for my son and skittles for my daughter) and a few other special treats and filled the rest with non food items.  

  • Nail Polish
  • Hair ties and bows
  • Head bands
  • Match box cars
  • Small princess figurines
  • Coloring books and crayons
  • Lip gloss
  • Bathing Suit
  • Sun Glasses
  • New outfit
  • Bubbles
  • Play dough
  • Pajamas
  • Flip Flops
  • Silly Putty
  • Glow Sticks
  • Books
  • Jump Rope
  • Legos
  • Side walk chalk
  • Sand Toys
  • Gift Cards
  • Bouncy balls
  • Pool toys
  • Movie tickets
  • Tooth brush
  • Fun socks
  • Card games
  • Stickers
  • Tattoos

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

From Curtain Panel to Bedskirt

Finding the perfect bedskirt is definitely a challenge.  Bedskirt options seem to be slim to none unless you're buying a complete bed in a bag set or want a common basic color.   Both of which I was not looking for.  When it came to my daughter's room I really wanted a fun pop of coral for her bedskirt.
I'm gonna say right from the beginning that this IS NOT THE APPROPRIATE WAY TO SEW A BEDSKIRT.  This is the cheater way for those that don't like sewing.  When it comes to projects I want it done and I want it done now.  I didn't want to waste time measuring and figuring out how to make a bedskirt.  In case you haven't realized yet, I am extremely impatient.  I blame my dad.  So, I cheated and made a bedskirt with minimal sewing involved.  If you can sew a straight line, you can make this bedskirt, I promise!

I picked up a curtain panel from Target that was the perfect color match for my daughter's room.  I took the panel and folded it into thirds to cut three even pieces.  My daughter has a full size bed and I had fabric leftover.  This method may work for a queen bed, but please measure since I can't say for sure.
 This leaves you with 2 pieces with 3 sides hemmed and 1 raw edge and 1 piece with 2 sides hemmed and 2 raw edges.

I took the two pieces that were hemmed and pinned them right onto the box spring.  Yup, I pinned them.
When I got to the corner I wrapped the end around slightly.
I did this on both sides of the box spring.  For the front of the bedskirt, I measured the length of the box spring, included seam allowance and then hemmed the bottom and sides of the last piece of fabric.

Simple right?  This is one of those projects that is easily obtainable for those that don't sew.  This project may have taken me 30 minutes and you would never know by looking at the bed that it's just pinned.

I do like to sew and can do things the right way when I take the time.  If you haven't seen the London shade that I made for my master bathroom, you can find the full tutorial here.

I've also made many pillows (here and here) and there's the fabric bags I made for my kids (here).

Monday, April 14, 2014

Weekend Randoms...

My husband and I got the pleasure of attending the Alzheimer's memorial ball on Saturday night with a great group of people.  Incredibly, over $600,000 was raised by this one event.  This is a cause that is very close to my heart as my paternal grandmother passed away recently after struggling from the disease for a number of years.  It is such a devastating disease that is incredibly hard to watch take over someone's mind and body.  I think of my grandmother often and miss her greatly everyday.

The view from our room was amazing.

I just couldn't resist taking a picture of the polishing shoe mitt.  I have to say, I have never stayed in a fancy enough hotel to have a polishing mitt.  
At my grandmother's funeral, her four grandkids sent an assortment of plants instead of flowers.  Each of us now has a plant and I am hoping and praying that I can keep this one alive.  It's so nice to have a living plant around in remembrance of someone special.  We also have grasses planted outside our house that were given by a family friend at my grandfather's viewing.  Not only are they at our current house, but we also had some at our previous house.

On a lighter note, we also carved out some time on Sunday to till and expand our garden.
My husband made me try the tiller, which lasted a whole 30 seconds.  I do not recommend tilling a garden in flip flops!  That was my excuse to pass the job along to my husband.
I also worked on another project for my daughter's room, which I'm hoping to share later on in the week.
We had such a great weekend, until we came home and realized our 10 year old Tabby was missing. He's an inside cat and we believe my son left the door open and he got out.   When he's gotten out in the past he's always came back meowing at the side door.  Well, this time we haven't been so lucky.   Please pray that he's safe and comes home soon.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Liebster Award

Thanks to Liz over at crEATe for nominating me for the Liebster award!

The Liebster award is an award given to bloggers with less than 500 followers as a way to get to know eachother and build the blogging community.  

Here are the rules:
Thank the blogger who nominated you
Answer the 11 questions that you were given
Nominate 11 other new bloggers with less than 500 followers
Post 11 questions for the nominee to answer
Let each blogger know about the nominee

1. How long have you been blogging? I started blogging in September of 2013.
2. How do you balance life and blogging?  I could dedicate a whole blog post to answer this question!    It's definitely tough to find balance for anything in life.  I do a lot of projects in the evening and on the weekends, if my kids are around I try to incorporate them in some way.  I edit and write all my blog posts at night while the kids are in bed or on my lunch break at my day job.  Blogging has been such a great creative outlet for me, so I never feel like it's a chore.  Just like making time for my family, friends and household responsibilities, I make time for blogging.
3. If you could have a dream house, how would it look?  Oh, that's a hard question.   I tend to like more traditional style homes with open floor plans.  I don't like your average cookie cutter home, so lots of molding and character is a must.  
4. What is the story behind your blog name? I wanted a name that related to myself and my family.  Our family of four lives in a small house, so it was only fitting that I named the blog Little House of Four.
5. What is your favorite season?  Spring!  I love the warmer weather and longer evenings.  The weather is perfect and being outside is enjoyable.  
6. What has been your most popular post?  My Trash to Treasure File Cabinet that I covered in wallpaper has been my most popular post.  It's also one of my favorite projects so far.
7. What is the first blog that you ever followed?  I believe it was Young House Love.
8. Why did you start blogging?  I have been reading blogs for quite some time and enjoyed all the creative projects and inspiration.  I love doing DIY projects and decorating that I felt like it would be a great way for me to express myself and share my ideas with others.  I also love the idea of not only reading blogs, but now interacting more with bloggers and building new relationships.
9. White or wood trim?  White!!!
10. Have you ever gotten a strange reaction to people finding out that you blog?  Not really, but some people have no idea what a blog is!
11.  Do you have a celebrity look-alike?  No and I'm sure that's a good thing!

Now, it's time for my nominees! 

Yes, I broke the rules and have nominated 5, not 11.  I like to make up my own rules sometimes :)  Here are my 11 questions for my nominees.  Ready, set, go!

1.  Would you rather hire out or DIY?
2.  Are you an early bird or night owl?
3.  Where do you find most of your inspiration?
4.  What is the craziest thing you have done?
5.  What is your favorite color combination?
6.  What is your favorite decorating piece in your house?
7.  What is your favorite blog?
8.  Why did you start blogging?
9.   If you could go anywhere in the world, all expenses paid, where would you go?
10.  Where do you see yourself in five years?
11.  If you were given a $1000 gift card to any store, which one would it be and what would you buy?

I'm looking forward to reading about their answers and again, a big thank you to Liz for nominating me!

Have a great weekend!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Tissue paper flowers and burlap garland

The other day I shared some tissue paper flowers that I made for my daughter's room and today I'm sharing the finished garland.  As many of my projects do, this project just evolved as I went.  I often raid my craft closet for supplies and end up making a mess all over my dining room table and this project was no different.

I started out by cutting a scrap piece of mail into a triangle template, which I used to cut five burlap triangles.  I also cut out five smaller triangles out of scrapbook paper.
I stenciled the letters of my daughter's name on the scrapbook paper then glued them to the burlap.
  I folded the burlap over the twine using hot glue.
A little pom pom fringe completed the flags.

I really like the garland, but I'm not completely feeling the burlap in her room.  I may end up doing different "flags"  once I get the rest of her room together.