July 15th, 2014
I’m so excited about my Michaels Makers project this month. A few weeks ago I received a surprise package in the mail. I opened it up and it was full of so many fun “raw” items from Michael’s new RAW BAR line of products. I love all things burlap, so I was drawn to the 6×6 burlap canvas and immediately knew what I wanted to create.
Since we just moved into our house, all our walls are bare. This little burlap canvas was just the push I needed to create a gallery wall in my office.
When I saw the canvas I knew I wanted to use the Hazel & Ruby stencil masks because they are pretty much the easiest way to make cute crafty projects. I had a sample of their brand new “cut your own stencils” and used is to cut this “Joy” (that I hand-wrote on my computer and turned into a digital cut file) on my Silhouette cameo.
I placed the stencil mask directly on the burlap (it’s adhesive on the back), pressed around the edges to keep the paint from bleeding, and then painted over the “Joy” using a white acrylic paint.
Then all I had to do was peel off the mask, and there you have it, an adorable little canvas and the burlap is pretty much perfect for any decor. How easy was that?? Hardly any work at all.
Okay lets move onto the gallery wall. So my office had nothing on the wall, just a big white space waiting to be decorated. Inspired by this little burlap canvas, I gathered things from around the house, old frames, picked up more items and frames from Michaels, and even painted a few things. This is what I put together:
Each of the items on the wall has a story. Spencer drew this illustration of San Francisco for me 5 years ago when we lived in San Francisco.
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June 13th, 2014
I was recently asked to be part of the Michael’s Makers
team of bloggers, which basically means that I get to create and post projects on my blog once a month for Michaels, and I get to be part of a talented group of crafty women. I was thrilled to be asked to be part of this team, but when I saw what an amazing group of bloggers they assembled I was blown away that they asked me.
This month I chose to create these cute 4th of july projects with the help of the new Michaels.com
one-click projects feature (which is ingenious).
Michaels just recently launched their new online shopping website (long awaited for internet shopping junkies like me). One of the best features of their new site is the Projects section, where you can see projects and, with one click, add pretty much all the items needed to your shopping cart. Brilliant.
Surfing through the projects available, I came across a ton of great holiday projects, including many 4th of july themed projects. And because I love to plan a good party, my two favorite projects were these USA Mini Cupcakes
, and Silverware Holders
I was able to easily add the items to my cart and then I only had to buy a few more items to be able to tackle these projects.
Like a cake mix, coconut, and berries! This was actually my first time making mini cupcakes. And let me tell you, I don’t think I’ll ever make regular sized cupcakes again! They are so cute, and each cupcake uses like 1/3rd as much batter as a regular cupcake, so you get a bajillion cupcakes out of one cake mix. Perfect for my two little boys (the size, not the quantity hehe).
I also love that part of the project is displaying the cupcakes in the cupcake tin. So if you are taking this to a party, not only can you make several trays worth out of one cake mix, you have a super easy way to transport and display them.
January 25th, 2014
I should title this post “Mr. Project is the most amazing person, I’ve ever met. Lets see all the beautiful things he’s created for this house” But it got kind of wordy there at the end . But seriously, Mr. Project is so incredibly talented and hardworking, and I’m thrilled that we’ll be able to see his handiwork all around us in this new house. He did nearly all the millwork/trim/carpentry in this house, needless to say, he hasn’t been sleeping much.
When we designed the house, I wanted an entry way that had door portals so you felt you were actually inside of a room instead of a wide hallway. I also wanted a formal room right off the entry for a piano (which we don’t have yet), and a little seating area.
I thought about having columns built out to separate the spaces, but decided that columns were more formal than the look I was going for. I wanted to keep things simple, okay maybe simple isn’t the word, I wanted to keep all the lines very concise and all the trim work very flat. So a lot of detail, but simple detail. Instead of columns I went with trimmed out portals, so the trim work is all around you when you walk through. I carried this portal idea throughout the main floor, and all of the portals are 18″ deep.
Mr. Project installed all of the trim in the entryway, including the “tongue and groove” ceiling. This tongue and groove has a big “V” groove at the seams.
Our front door is one of my favorite features of the house. We had seen a similar door in a home being built, but it had stain glass “X”s. I actually found that door at Simpson Doors, and I had my door provider price out the sourced door, and a custom built door, and the custom built door was about 25% cheaper than the pre-made one. The only difference was that the “X”s would be made of wood. It turned out so lovely, and so much a statement piece. I love it so much.
I wanted an perfect paneled wall (no doors etc.) in the entry as a backdrop for my entry table vignette. I also made sure there was a plug so I could have lamps etc. there.
Moving onto the formal living/music room – We had more time than we expected to finish up trim projects (due to Christmas and new years keeping subs away), and Mr. Project asked if I had any other trim projects I wanted done. I sheepishly said that I wanted a full paneled wall in the living room, and he was happy to oblige. I think this wall took him 3-4 hours. I’m super excited for this room as the paneled wall will be white (all the millwork in the house will be white), and the wood floor will be next to it, and on the opposite wall is a huge picture window that doesn’t get direct light. So it will be a very lovely place to take photographs.
Moving to the great room… We had our builder do most of the ceiling work in the house. They build this beautiful coffered arch ceiling. It turned out so beautiful, it looks quite formal now, but once it’s painted white, it should look a little more casual beach-house. Mr. Project framed out the doors with trim above, which I think will look quite striking once there are curtains on them. The doors will be painted black. I love me some black doors. Also from this view, you can see just a peek-a-boo of the kitchen windows being trimmed out. Those won’t be finished till the kitchen cabinets are all in, so I didn’t take a picture of that space.
Here’s another detail view of the ceiling. The planking is the same tongue and groove trim boards.
I pulled out my wide-angle lens for this shoot – so you get a much better view of the linen built-ins. These are going to be painted a very pale ice aqua color. Mr. Project built this unit, and it’s just phenomenal and really makes the space look incredible.
Here is one of the door portals that I was talking about. We recessed the bedroom doors and created this trimmed-out portal effect, complete with a light in the top. All of this will be white, but the door itself will be black. Mr. Project wanted these portals to look really unique and so he mitered all the outside corners. This was a considerable amount of work, but makes them look very clean, and different.
Here’s the master bedroom portalL
This is what the doors look like (and the regular casing) – and I snapped this picture because this door is a pocket door – the first one that was installed and it made me so happy!
The nursery got some board & batten. I wanted a more masculine skinny stripe for the verticals, and I think it turned out perfectly. This will actually be painted NOT WHITE haha, it will be a mid gray color, and the window trim will all be the same color.
This room has a little niche, so Mr. Project added these beefy shelves. I can’t wait to decorate!!
Mr. Project paneled out the master window wall. The builder did the ceiling planking, and there will also be some cool beam work that will make that portion of the ceiling look like rafters/attic floor.
Mr. Project suggested a planked ceiling in the master bath, and I was over the moon excited! I’m thinking about painting it a light gray color.
I’m so loving our master bathroom. The marble and mosaic floor turned out incredibly, and I love all the trim details (not done yet!).
Mr. Project paneled out the bathtub (with waterproof/resistant material called Medex). I’m so happy we went this route instead of tile up the side. I think it makes the space look so romantic. He also paneled the window out (still missing the bottom trim piece). This space will have a pretty rectangle chandelier over it. (see Master Bath Style Guide)
I couldn’t resist a detail shot of the floor:
Mr. Project paneled out this portal just a little differently than the others due to the tile placement. I LOVE it! He used this 3″x.5″ pre-cut trim material for this door, and I love the proportion. He’s also going to panel out a the mirror part of the wall with a space specifically for the mirror etc.
And the closet system all done and trimmed out.
I love all my drawers!
And then onto the basement family room… We created a similar room-divider space in our last house to visually divide two spaces, and decided that we loved the look so much, we wanted to incorporate it into our design here. Mr. Project made the base cabinets, and they have doors on both sides. He also used these gorgeous solid live-edge walnut slabs for the tops, and then built these beefy columns to reach up to the beam that we had the framers build. I love how it makes the space seem not so big and boring.
And of course the focal point of the room, is the fireplace planking. All the corners are mitered and it looks awesome. Mr. Project just built a reclaimed lumber mantel for the space and it looks amazing. The wood here is going to be painted gray, with white shelves and cabinets.
And last, but not least, my craft closet! Lots of shelves, and this bin/cubby hutch in the middle with a space for my big elfa drawer units (from the container store).
Soooooo that’s the trim work/millwork/carpentry projects in the house. There are a few more little things, and the ceiling work has to be finished, but for the most part we’re really close to being able to paint! So so exciting! I’m loving seeing it start to look like the home I imagined, and I really just can’t wait to move in. Actually I don’t believe it’s ours, I’m going to have to pinch myself every morning when I wake up and walk through this beautiful home.
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