June 13, 2013

Painted Tin Cans For Wall Decor

Today I'm going to share with you a little something I came up with to add a little touch to my wall above the T.V. It wasn't easy to decide what to put above the T.V. simply because you don't want it to distract from the T.V. while watching it, but yet at the same time I didn't want a plain white wall. Of course I would rather have a painted wall but since we are renting you just have to make the best out of what you have. That's where decorations are important.
I had seen where people were putting glass bottles on the wall with a piece of wood. I thought it was so cute but since I had put some glass bottles on my fireplace that kind of scratched that idea. When I first was coming up with a plan to decorate my living room I wanted to stick painted cans with flowers in them on my in tables but it just didn't look right, so I gave up on that idea. Then it hit me to put the painted cans on a block of wood above the T.V. It looked perfect! Not too much decoration, but just the right touch. Plus it was super easy which is always an added bonus.
So let's get started on how to add a simple touch to your walls that looks great but yet don't cost much. Sorry for the lack of step~by~step pictures but as I had said before I hadn't planned on having a blog so I didn't take step~by~step photos. But if you have any questions feel free to ask.
First I saved 3 cans from some vegetables. I cleaned them out. Once they were dry I painted them with the paint I had bought from Lowes. I just bought the samples and I have had plenty to use for my decorations in my living room and it only cost me $9.00. I actually painted them with primer first then put a coat of paint on them. I had planned on painting the tin can until the white didn't show but I liked how the white looked so I left it.
 I had bought some wood that was already cut, I bought mine at Hobby Lobby. I painted it and let it dry. I think I put on 2 layers of paint. Once it was dry I drilled a hole where I wanted the cans to hang. I then drilled a hole in the can. I put a screw through the wood and into the can and tightened it with a nut. As you can see in the picture the screw is a little big but I don't care. As you get to know me I'm not a perfectionist in the craft area. It was going to be covered with flowers and as far as I know nobody is rating my decorations. I'm the one who has to look at it daily and it don't bother me esp. since you can't see it hanging there. I then added some flowers and hung them on my wall! Also I drilled the hole after I had painted it and as you can see it scratched the paint, so if you try this I would drill the hole before painting it.

I added some flowers for a nice touch and a little flower decoration to the tin can for some finishing touches!
 Simple, cheap, easy and looks good (well at least I think so)! My kind of decorations! So what do you think was it the right touch above the T.V.? There really is so much you can do with a painted can with flowers in it. In my opinion it's a great decoration for any part of your house. Oh please excuse the Superbowl game, my husband is a Baltimore Raven fan and when he has nothing to watch he watches the Superbowl and the playoffs, and turns the T.V. directly towards his 'chair'. I'm lucky I was able to get a picture in. If you have a husband I'm sure you know what I mean.
Now that I have finished blogging about this part of my wall here's the finished product of one of my walls in my living room! On one side of the fireplace I have family pictures and on the other side are my tin cans with flowers in them. Then of course there is my fireplace. O.K. so I need to take a photography class. I know I don't take the best pictures but I hope it's good enough for you to get the 'picture'. Can't wait to share the rest of my living room with you!

June 9, 2013

Recitals + Birthday Party = Busy Summer

I feel like I have been away from blogging for months. It's almost been 2 weeks but I have been so busy that I put what feels like a years worth of things into a couple of weeks. Anyone else feel that way since school has been out??? My kids are keeping me soooo busy.
I went to church this morning and after this post I'm going to put my feet up for the first time in a week. So today I'm going to share with you why my kids have been keeping me so busy....
My oldest daughter is in dance and recitals were Friday and Saturday. If your kids are in dance you know what I am talking about. It's a big deal. The last 2 months they add extra practices in and the last 2 weeks they are doing rehearsals for a whole week (except on Sundays) for 5 hours. That's tuff on a Momma but I'm sure it's even harder on the kids, but when it was all over with my daughter's smile said it all :) She was so beautiful (I'm not just saying that either because she is my daughter) in fact they are all so beautiful! It was definitely rewarding! I loved the show!
In the midst of all that my younger daughter's birthday was on the same day as Jaden's recital so we had the choice of doing her birthday before or after the recital. We chose before because Jaden was going to her Dad's house for the summer, right after the recital. So we snuck in a birthday party earlier that week for Cameron so Jaden could be there. Was I ever busy! Can you say chaos chaos chaos!!! On top of that Cameron wanted a sleepover so Cameron had a sleepover. Let's just say I haven't had a chance to recover but I'm taking full advantage of today and most likely tomorrow!
So who's ready to see some pictures of this past week????
Let's start with Jaden and her recital!
 Can you say Ms. Attitude?????
 Jaden in full costume (she was a horse in Cinderella)
 The kids loved the show!!!
 Cameron with her big sister :)
 Zane with his big sister :)
My babies and myself  
Love my girl 
 Family pic (not sure what the hubby is looking at)
 I just love this pic!!!

I didn't post any pics of the actual recital because I don't like to post pics of other people's kids without permission, but isn't she just stunning?

Cameron requested a rainbow party so she got a rainbow party!

Now for Cameron's birthday!!!
 Cameron and the cake she wanted (Rainbow with a waterfall)
 The cake I made for Cameron
 Rainbow layers
Daddy's little girl
All of us...Jaden had rehearsals :(
Don't mind the the bathing suits we also had a water party (you can't have a rainbow unless there is rain)!
The rainbow table
I'm on cloud 9 (it so happened that Cameron was turning 9 so I thought this would be a perfect decoration)
The bottom half
left side of table
middle of table
right side of table
The birthday girl herself blowing out the candles :)

I wish I had more time to decorate the cake but when putting together a party and decorating a cake you only get so long to decorate, but it still turned out good.

I decided to go with rainbow sweets....
I told my husband "I feel sorry for the parents when they pick the kids up, they are going to be all sugared up."
My husband says to me "Did you forget Cameron was having a sleepover?"
Me: "What in the world was I thinking?" "I can't believe I forgot." lol
So that's how that went down. Note to self, remember not to have lots of sweets when your child is having a sleepover!

Overall I loved the rainbow party! I hope I can do a blog post soon about the birthday party that goes into more detail. Until then I hope it gives you lots of ideas and if you have any questions, feel free to ask!

So now you know what's been keeping me on my feet and busy this past week. Well time for this post to end and for me to take a nap! Have a wonderful summer and don't forget to stay busy!

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