pinning for love

This morning I’ve been pinning ideas for valentine’s day crafts and homemade valentines for the kids to give to their friends.

I am not sure what we will end up going with this year, but I thought I would share the ideas we used the last two years…

2014

wild thing 10{click on the photo for the original post}

 

2013

color my world 8{click on the photo for the original post}

You can also visit my valentines day pinterest board for more no candy valentines ideas.

home is…getting the creative juices flowing.

{our yard} pallet xylophone

I’ve had 3 pallets in our backyard for almost 3 years.

I had one idea for a project and it just didn’t end up working out.

So, the pallets leaned against the fence for the kids to climb on and look over into our neighbors yards.

Until a couple weeks ago.

I took a jigsaw and a dremel saw-max to the pallets.

Now, I have a few projects in mind for the pallet parts and pieces.

Here is the first one…

pallet xylophone 1

…pallet parts and pieces…

pallet xylophone 2

pallet xylophone 3

…power tools…

pallet xylophone 4

…paint…

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pallet xylophone 6

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…and a puppy dog helper.

pallet xylophone 8

pallet xylophone 10

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{You can see another spray paint project that I have been working on…trying to add more color to the backyard!}

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Once all the boards were painted I just screwed them into the partial pallet.

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I just lightly spray painted the pieces so that they have a weathered look.

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The final product makes me smile.

home is…pallets, paint, and power tools.

 

 

lighting up the world

Globes.

They are everywhere.

Really, they have been the last few years.

A few weeks ago mother in law emailed me asking if I had seen the February issue of Country Living because a project looked  similar to the globe lights I was selling in my etsy shop, colton+cadence, last year.

vintage globe lightcountry living::february 2014

When I finally got around to buying a copy it was similar, but not the same. {I love the idea of drilling the holes and may give this a try if I find a globe thirfting}

Then, when I flew to Colorado last weekend I picked up the new Vintage Style magazine and found another photo of a globe light just like the ones I was selling on etsy.

The fact is, I wasn’t the first one to come up with the idea.

I mean, I had it in my head, made one for a graduation gift a few years ago, and then started selling them on colton+cadence.

When I started selling them on etsy, there wasn’t anybody else selling them, but I did see a few photos of similar lamps on Pinterest.

There are still only a handful of shops that sell them and I am not sure why.

Maybe it’s because they are so easy to make on your own.

Anyway, they seem to be HOT right now, so I thought I would share my tutorial {originally posted in August 2013} on how to make them once again.

{diy} globe pendant light 1

It’s much like my tutorial for the mason jar pendant light, but easier!

Supplies:

  • globe
  • pencil
  • exacto knife
  • light kit (i get mine at IKEA)

{diy} globe pendant light 4

{diy} globe pendant light 3

How to:

1. Cut globe in half…most globes are made of cardboard or chip board and are put together as two pieces at the equator. You can cut along the equator with an exacto knife, but there usually a supporting ring of thick chipboard at the equator that you cannot cut through. I actually put pressure on the equator (with my hand, elbow, or knee) like you do with those pop open cans that cinnamon rolls come in. I do it all the way around the equator…careful not to crush the globe…and it usually comes apart on it’s own without any cutting!

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2. Trace around your light socket at the top of the globe and cut a hole with your knife. There is usually a metal ring in between the layers of the chip board at the top and bottom of the globe (where they usually attach to their stands). This is usually the same size as the socket, so if you hit metal, just cut to the outside of the ring and you should be OK.

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3. Insert your light kit into the hole and secure.

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4. Insert light bulb. I always use a low wattage (40 watt) or fluorescent bulb for safety since the globes are made of paper.

You can also embellish you globe on the inside or outside like I did with these…

{diy} globe pendant light 2

home is…making the world a little brighter.

oh boy

I spent last weekend in Colorado so that I could co-host a baby shower at my mom and dad’s home.

boys love toys {a baby shower}

I was in charge of the invitations, decorations, and activities.

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My mom provided a beautiful venue, and with help from my aunt, delicious food to snack on!

It all came together on a sunny, Saturday afternoon in the Colorado foothills.

I have to say that i think it turned out fabulous!

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The main decoration was actually our activity of decorating onesies for the baby.

Vintage toys, bright pendant banners, tissue puffs, paper lanterns, and scrapbook paper flags were scattered around the food and activities for extra pops of color.

boys love toys {a baby shower} 3

The decorating a onesie activity took most of the first hour, but was a great ice breaker for a large crowd of people.

Once most of the guests were done with the onesie activity they began to eat and  fill out a “Wishes for Baby” sheet that the parents can make into a book or put in a scrapbook.

The last 45 minutes were spent watching the baby momma open the gifts. So much fun!

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Best of all…I got to spend time with some of my favorite ladies that day! My mom, sister, niece, aunts, and cousins!

I will follow up next week with the details about how I made the decorate a onesie activity pretty easy for a big crowd of people, and the rest of the details about the invites and activities!

Stay tuned!

home is…celebrating new babies.