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Monday, January 30, 2012

Bar Stool Makeover

  BEFORE                         &                         AFTER

As you can see my kitchen bar stools desperately needed a makeover.  Since brand new ones were not in the budget, the makeover was inevitable.
I was on a friends blog and saw her darling stool makeover. I just had to do the same to mine. Here is her colorful idea. 

Here is what you will need:
  • Sander/sand paper
  • Paint ( I prefer spray paint)
  • Fancy card stock paper (from Micheal's Crafts)
  • Mod Podge (love, love this stuff also from Micheal's)

A few years ago I made the mistake of skipping the sanding step and painted over the existing varnished wood.  My kids loved to scrape the paint off with their fingernails or whatever toy was in their hand. So I learned my lesson and sanded then painted them black this time.

I am not as bold with color as my Friend, so I went with Taupe on the top with black Fancy card stock paper.

Once I painted the top, I then traced the circle and cut the card stock.

Then comes the MOD PODGE!!! Love love this stuff.  I applied it to the top of the stool then over the card stock and around the sides.

Mod Podge makes it shiny with a hard and tough surface that is wipe-able . So no more scratching the paint and no stains.

and VOILA! Here is the finished product. Much much better than what I had before. I love my new kitchen bar stools.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Recycled Calender - Valentines

 So... remember my Christmas Advent Calender?

Well it was such a hit with my kids that I just had to keep it going.  I thought Valentines was a good Holiday to use it again.

I just used the same sheet metal.  I switched out the ribbon & I used Photo Shop to whip up a quick and personalized Calender.  I found these cute gift boxes (at Michael's crafts) and instead of gluing the magnets to the back, I just put them inside the boxes and they work just fine. I have 6 boxes for my family of 6.  Then added a couple of hanging hearts.

So instead of getting a treat everyday, my Family and I are going to fill our boxes every time we do a good deed.  Weather it's for a Family member or someone we don't know, we are going to try to do service or a good deed everyday and we get to put a treat in our box when we do so. Then on Valentines Day we get our box of goodies. 

Happy LOVE Day everyone!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Fun with Canvas

1. Canvas Hair Accessory Holder

I've heard about these before and have always knew I needed one, just never got around to it. So my daughter shares a room with her little brother and their colors are red & blue, so I thought I'd stick to those colors instead of pink & black (my fav).

Here is what you need
  • 1- canvas (your desired size)
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue
  • Staple gun with staples
  • Ribbon
  • Hooks
  • Lay your fabric out on a flat working surface. Decide if you would like your hair bow holder to hang vertically or horizontally. Lay the canvas on the fabric and cut the fabric to size of canvas, adding 1.5 inches per side. This will allow you to fold the fabric over to the back of the canvas.
  • Turn the canvas over and bring up one side of the canvas. Staple the fabric onto the back board of the canvas. Repeat this process on the remaining three sides, folding the corners in to create a clean corner. Pull the fabric tight before stapling so that the fabric does not bind when adding the ribbons.
  • Lay out ribbons and staple them onto the back of the canvas. Try choosing different widths and textures of ribbons for added interest to your hair bow holder.

  • Use hooks on the side or bottom for any other accessories. 
  • Then add Bows, Headbands, Hair ties, etc.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Rainbow cupcakes

Rainbow cupcakes

My Daughter loves Rainbows & she asked for cute cupcakes for her 6th Birthday Party. So I saw the cutest rainbow cupcakes on Pintrest but I could not replicate them, so this is the closest I could do.

  • I baked them as usual following the instructions on the box.
  • Then used blue food coloring to color the icing, then applied the base layer for the SKY. Then let that dry.

  • Next I took the edible Sparkle Gel Icing ( I picked up at MICHEAL'S) and made the Rainbows. I let them dry as well.
  • Then with the white icing I applied the CLOUDS.

I found cute Basket cupcake holders (also from MICHAEL'S) to serve them with. My Daughter was so excited to show her friends. 

Saturday, December 10, 2011

quick & easy Table Center

 This was something I threw together for a table center at my Women Relief Society Christmas party.  It took 10 minutes to put together.

*     I found the top of a Hurricane Lamp for $1 at the D.I. (second hand store) 

*     I also found a Golden Plate for $1 at the D.I. (second hand store)

*     Had 2 kinds of Christmas ribbon.

*     Picked a couple Branches of Pine from my pine tree in the backyard.

*     A bunch of different Ornaments.

*     And several battery operated 1 inch lights.

*     Glitter covered paper snowflakes (ornament)

*     Clear baggies for party favors

Looking at the picture, it is pretty much self explanatory.  I basically placed the lamp top on the plate then filled it with the different ornaments.  Placed the pine branches around the edge of the plate then wrapped the ribbon around the branches and plate.  I added the battery powered lights to add some shimmer, then threw some candy bars in clear baggies and added glitter covered paper snowflakes for little party favors.  


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The cutest Advent Calender

This is the perfect time of year to start this blog. The Christmas season always brings out the creativity in me. There are so many fun and beautiful ways to decorate, give gifts and just enjoy the holiday season.

I have a 6 & 4 year old who love anything Christmas.  In fact every time I would find and put up a new decoration this year, they would get so excited and say things like: "I love that Mom" or "this is going to be the best Christmas ever."  So I knew they needed an advent calender. So I set out looking for one for their  Christmas count down. When I found this one I immediately loved it and I just had to make one myself.  When I see cute things in homes or at the store I immediately try to figure out how I can (as everyone says) DIY (Do It Yourself), and for a lot less money.

I'm posting this a little late for December, but if you don't want to do the whole count down you can just do the 12 days before Christmas.

It was so easy, if you scrapbook at all then you'll have no problems with the decorating part. I did this in 2 days. And that was with kids, twin babies, house work, dinner & work. So really only spent a few hours on it.

So here are the supplies you will need:

*     Sheet metal. I picked mine up from LOWES 24x24 $10. (they had smaller sizes as well in rectangle)

*     Strong magnets. I used 1 inch.

*     Plastic framing. Also from LOWES I found in the door/windows department. You can also use a real     
picture frame or make your own out of molding (which I wanted too but didn't have the time)

*     Paper party favor boxes.  I found these 2x2 boxes at MICHAEL crafts. Only $5 for 20.

*     Scrapbook paper & embellishes.  I happened to have most the paper and embellishments. I found a few real cute paper also from MICHAEL crafts.

*     Craft paint (black), glue (scrapbook & tacky), and hot glue gun with glue sticks.

*     Strang ribbon & drill.

So you can start with drilling two holes in top (about 2-3 inch from edge). Next frame the sheet metal. You can cut straight edges, but the miter cut looks so much nicer. I messured and cut the plastic then painted them black. Then used tacky glue to adhere the plastic to metal.

Nexted I folded together the boxes then painted them black aswell. Then glued the magnets to the bottom of boxes with the hot glue gun.

Next I decorated each box lid with: scrapbook paper, embelsiments & number stickers for the days of the month. As a cute touch, I brushed black paint around edge of boxes.

Then thread the ribbon throught the holes & tied a bow.

Last I filled each box with treats and goodies for my two older kids to open and enjoy each day.


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Introducing the Oliphant Gals

We were told to start this blog to post all the CREATIVE & INSPIRATIONAL  projects & crafts that we do anyway. This way we can share and help others in their HOME & FAMILIES. We came up with the name 'Whooz your NANIE' by taking the last letters of our names: BeelyN, CynthiA, MelahN, JennI & CelestE we spell NANIE. It's the nick name we gave the Matriarch of our Family. She's our Mother, Grandmother & Great Grandmother. She left us with her great example of INSPIRATIONAL CREATIVITY. She loved crafts & handmade projects. We are just a few of her Daughters & Grand Daughters and it is because of her that we also love to create beautiful and fun crafts and activities, that enrich our HOME & FAMILIES.