Friday, June 29, 2012

Project Pinterest Challenge: 2nd Place Winner!

Whoohoo!  I'm super excited to announce that my DIY Pallet Farmhouse Table placed 2nd in the Project Pinterest Challenge!  I want to thank everyone who voted for my farmhouse table...this is just Part I of the table - Part II is coming soon!  Please go to Two Yellow Birds and check out her post on the Project Pinterest Challenge.

Here are the other winners of the Project Pinterest Challenge:


3RD PLACE:
Faux Silver Bowl @ Morena's Corner



2ND PLACE:
Pallet Farmhouse Table @ House Made Home



1ST PLACE WINNER OF THE COMPETITION:
Lemonade Stand @ Reenie Jae Creations




Congratulations to everyone that participated...Let's keep the projects coming! ;-)


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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Drum Roll Please!


I have decided to have guest posters on my blog. If you have DIY project, organizing tip, decorating idea, or anything that seems to fit in with my blog please share it with me!  You don't have to have your own blog to be featured as a guest, just click on the "Be My Guest"  tab at and you can share your projects and ideas at House Made Home!



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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Caulk like a Pro: Cracks are Whack!

Lots of DIYers cringe at the thought of caulking, but believe me, you can caulk like a pro if you follow a few easy steps. The most important thing, is to buy a high-quality, dripless caulking gun. "Dripless" simply means that the caulk will stop oozing out the second you take your finger off the trigger. Believe me it's worth the extra $$$, I know from experience!
Ready for some tips?
  • Always use paintable caulk...at least I always do! 
  • Cut the nozzle off at the size appropriate for the caulk bead
  • Avoid stops and starts. Lay a bead for as long as you can reach comfortably.
  • Gently smooth the bead with a wet fingertip. [Keep a small bowl a water by your side]
  • Always cap the tube when not in use to keep the caulk workable [I put a brad nail in the head of my caulk]
  • Touch it up with paint if necessary.

Follow these tips faithfully and you'll be caulking like a pro in no time rather than cursing like a sailor!

And believe me knowing how to caulk will save you in the long run!  I just had to put my skills to use this weekend when I was fed up of looking at the cracks going up the stairs.  I HATE cracks!  I mean our house is new and even though I know the cracks are because the house is settling - it looks BAD!  But all it took was a little patience and a lot of paper towels :-)















Easy enough?

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Guest Room / Office : Photo Wall Collage

Do you have a big empty wall and need to dress it up?  Well I did...but not anymore!


I grabbed my thrift store frames, printables, spray paint and pictures and went to work.  I wanted to stick with a color pallet to avoid visual chaos.  To give my collage more visual interest, I mixed colors, frame styles and sizes.  It looks great when you mix in one round item with all of the other frames, just to break up the shapes.












Again....another project checked off my list and cheap!

All of my frames costs less than $20 from a local thrift shop, $8 spent on Rust-Oleum Satin Eden and Lemon Grass spray paint, printables - FREE!

I am loving my photo collage and for under $30...I consider that a steal when that is the cost of some sizable frames.


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Friday, June 22, 2012

Project Pinterest Top 12 Finalist!

I am super excited to announce that I am one of 12 finalist who linked up in the Project Pinterest Challenge...I guess my Weekly Pinterest Challenges have paid off!




There were 108 entries and I can't believe that my DIY Pallet Farmhouse Table has made the first cut.

In order for my pallet farmhouse table to continue on in the challenge and hopefully make it to the Top 3, please visit Two Yellow Birds Decor or The Taylor House and VOTE for me!!!!
 
**VOTING will CLOSE next Thursday, June 28th at Midnight!!**
 

The Top 3 finalist will be announced on on Friday, June 29th!

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Mold Me Too!

I've had a very busy weekend working on revamping my bathroom.  I absolutely love how it turned out and couldn't wait to share it with everyone.  Everyone has fallen in love with this wall molding project [and so have I] and I wanted to do the same thing in my half bath downstairs to add a little drama.

I'm not gonna go through the whole "How To" instructions....you can check those out HERE.  But what I will share is that this time we used caulk instead of compound which was a whole lot easier and chose to paint the molding the same color as the wall to save on paint time...and I LOVE IT!
















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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Silhouettes : Cheap!

I have fallen in love with silhouettes!  I see them in magazines, blogs, and on Pinterest.  There's no need to spend money to buy silhouettes -- make your own!

Cheap. Easy. Stylish. Silhouettes.

 

Here are 5 easy steps to create your very own silhouettes...


1.  Take a side view photo of whomever or whatever you want to make a silhouette of, or do what I did and find an old photo that has been taken from a side view.



2.  Reduce or enlarge the photo to fit the size frame you would like to use.

3.  Carefully cut around the photo while holding it against the desired paper for the silhouette, especially around the facial features.




4.  Glue it to the desired background. [I used white paper that I had already typed her name and age on the bottom of the page]


5.  Frame it!









So....whatcha think?  Easy huh?! All for under $2.50

Cost Breakdown:
  • Frame - $0.99 [Thrift Store Find]
  • Photo - Free [Printed at home]
  • Poster board - $0.50 [Dollar Tree]
  • Glue - $1.00 [Dollar Tree]
Grand Total - $2.49

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Monday, June 11, 2012

It Doesn't Make Any AdSense!




I got a very distrubing email yesterday after an eventful weekend.  It was from Google basically telling me that I got the boot from AdSense, I was shocked!  Invalid activity!? Please....I was pissed! [sorry, but at times I curse like a sailor]  I sent in the appeal form and they explained that in 1 to 2 weeks I would hear back on whether they would restore my AdSense account.  So wouldn't you know....I got an email today saying that it would not be reinstated!  It totally sucks!  I never clicked on my own ads or anything, I feel like the advertisers received FREE advertisement and as soon as I started building money, they take it all away!?

Has anyone else had this problem?  What are some other sites that will generate traffic and money through advertisements other than AdSense?

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