Thursday, July 26, 2012

For the Love of Moms!

Being a mom is the best, the hardest, the most rewarding, the most painful AND the most important!!  I love being a mom and I love my mom and I miss my mom terribly.  But I do not want to write another sad post, I want this to be happy!

What do you love about your mom?  I loved how my mom prayed for me daily.  I loved that I could call her up and ask her advice and she would know what the Bible said about any situation.  I hope I am passing that on to my kids too.

What is something that your mom did, that you are passing on to your children?

What is something you ARE NOT passing on to your children?  I will not pass on my mom's perfectionist cleaning regime!!  ha ha, ok I am a little germ obsessed (thank you mother)  but my house does not look like a museum.

Here's to all of us mothers or future mothers...... the world would stop without us!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

My DIY wall stripes!

So I started watching Craft Wars, it's "ok".... but on one show I saw a contestant, Mandi, and she had the cutest intro with a picture of a room she had redone.  I loved it so much I looked up her blog and immediately went to work on her striped walls project. 

I picked a small space, the hallway going to Sophie and Portia's rooms, but it was still overwhelming to me.  But it turned out great and I love it!

My hallway before, Cottonballs by Benjamin Moore.  Pretty boring.

A pretty small space, I thought it would be a snap.  Maybe I should tell you I'm not really a details project person.

All taped up, you can find detailed instructions at Mandi's blog.  I followed them to a T.  T is for tedious.  But I know if this is going to look nice it takes time. First I took a level and drew lines 3 in. apart down the walls, that was the worst part I think.  I hope I'm not discouraging you from trying this, I just didn't expect it to be so time consuming.  I have a new found respect for people like Mandi who do this all the time and then photograph it and blog about it.

OH and you may find like I did, that your house was built without using a level!  Not sure how the home builder did that, but I guess that's why he is no longer in business!

So you can see at the bottom of the above photo, you put on a coat of the current wall color first.  I put that coat on to keep the gray from bleeding under the tape, that's what Mandi said to do, so I did it.
Here is my gray coat below.

AND.............................................. WA LLAH!!  I love it!  Don't you?  So all the prep work was worth it.  The blue tape took off some of my original paint when I took it off and in one area a huge chunk of the gray lifted too, but I will just touch it up.

I would love to paint the wall cabinet door a hot pink or a mustard yellow, however I don't think my husband would look to kindly on that!

So now that, that is done.... I may venture into another project.  I may stencil a pattern in my half bath instead of wallpaper.  It would be much cheaper, but again very time consuming.  But I think I'll try.

So what do you think??
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