Sunday, September 28, 2014

LEGO (Duplo) Table

Finished product. Total cost was less than $40
One thing people need to know about me, is that I rarely come up with an idea on my own, but I can copy Just about anything. As the quote reads: "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery". Be flattered that I copy you and if you don't want me to copy you, don't splatter your awesome creations all over Pinterest, because I am there and ready to pounce! With that said, I always give credit where credit is due.  

Several months ago, I saw a  "pin" of a super cute LEGO table on a blog called Fussy Monkey Business.  A super talented gal makes all sorts of awesome creations. I just knew I had to make one of these. I am sort of obsessed with these vintage  "high - low" tables that pop up every now and again. I have painted two and every time I ran across another one, that LEGO table ran through my mind. I came across the perfect table a few weeks ago and picked it up for a cool $15. 

The weather has finally turned minutely cooler and I was anxious to get back in the garage and paint. The LEGO table was the first thing I tackled. Mountain Man was at the cabin, so I took it to work with me one day and asked one of our kind hearted maintenance guys to cut a hole in the top. My excitement turned out to be a mistake. NOTE: If you ever make one of these, be sure you are wise enough to have a basket picked out BEFORE the hole is cut. duh! Finding the right basket or container was my biggest challenge and am still on the look out for just the right one. I love, love, love painting things red but I didn't want to be too much of a copy cat :o) and make it identical to Fussy Monkey's, so I bought a sample jar of Valspar, Boo Boo Blue and did a homemade chalk paint.  That cost $3 so my total cost was now up to $18 and some change. I went to Toys R Us and bought a 15" x 15" LEGO building plate and almost fell over when I saw the price. $18.99 + tax! I suddenly remembered why my kids didn't have many LEGOS growing up. We simply could not afford them.  As I walked up and down the FOUR isles of Lego merchandise, I felt like a bad mother, that I deprived my kids of something special growing up. So many cool things to build! 

Suddenly, a little voice in my head reminded me that thanks to my sentimental husband, we still had a bucket of LEGO Duplo building blocks in the attic that my son received as a gift over 26 years ago. My daughter played with them as well. My LEGO table quickly turned into a Duplo table and I decided to surprise my daughter and grand baby with it for his first birthday. I swapped the LEGO plate for Duplo (same price) and dug the blocks out of the attic. Due to my eager beaver decision to cut the hole before I had a basket, I bought (and returned) several baskets trying to find one that filled the hole just right but ultimately settled on a plastic bucket from my craft room (I love shopping at home!). It is a blah semi clear plastic so I wrapped the top with some yellow duct tape to give it a little fun color. 

Mom and Dominic are both very happy with it. If he becomes a LEGO enthusiast when he is a little older, it will be easy enough switch the plates out and SHE can buy his LEGOS!  Thank you for the great idea, Fussy Monkey!

Happy Birthday, Dominic! Grammy and Grampa love you and your mama a bunch.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Encouragement Cards

This weekend, I am attending our annual STARS retreat in Kerrville with 40 women who we have been preparing and praying for the last 10 weeks. I made these cards as my love letters for each of them. Totally different than any card I had made before but I am mostly pleased with them. I knew I wanted to use an old hymnal that Mike had found in the attic but when it came down to chopping it up, I got kind of sentimental and decided to scan a hymn and make copies. I distressed the copies (first time) with Tim Holtz' distress ink then stamped a flower on top, added a little bling and  finished by adding Mathew 11:28 to the inside.

Peace and Pretty Paper!
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Saturday, October 8, 2011

Happy Anniversary Horace and Darlene

Horace and Darlene celebrated 15 years of marriage today. I used my new Stampin Up owl punch and made this little card for them. (H-Man has his eye on Darlene! Isn't it cute?)
Need to to go. I am working on 40 special cards for an upcoming event next week. I have a lot to do! 

Peace and Pretty Paper,
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Monday, October 3, 2011

Under Construction

Please pardon my blog mess. I was attempting to add the super cute background and header Cheryl created for me and I have totally destroyed my layout. Ho hum... I'll brush up on my HTML and get it up and looking pretty tomorrow...hopefully.

Peace & Pretty Paper


I made these ornaments for each of the girls on our Florida getaway. I cut the letters out with vinyl and cut some scrapbook paper circles and put them in the bulb. Easy schmeasy!

Peace & Pretty Paper,

Cards, Cards & More Cards

I have made more cards than anything else lately...and used every stinkin one of them. I love giving hand made cards. Need to go, I need 40+ for an upcoming project. Will I make it? I hope so!!!!

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

My Productive Day

Some ladies get together up at church once a month and scrapbook. I decided to join them today and invited the lovely, Cheryl Gembler to join me. It was a relaxing and fun day. (I always have fun with my rock star friend!) My card stash is quite low and I have tons of paper so I decided to make cards using scraps and left over supplies. These are some of my better creations from today.
Cute little (free) digital stamp cupcakes....I love to color!
The inside sentiment...I LOVE it!
Scraps and a rubber stamp.

Such a happy card!

I wish I had some more of these scraps. I think this card came out quite nice. The sentiment is a rubber stamp.

I love this little guy! He is a digital stamp I colored wih copics.

Peace and Pretty Paper,


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