Easy Kiddo Silhouettes - A Tutorial~

Okay, okay. I know that silhouette tutorials are a dime a dozen on the interweb. And if I wasn't bringing a little something new to the table, I wouldn't bother you all with this. But I figured out a little something clever and I wanted to share. (If someone has already done this...please don't tell me. I like feeling clever.)

I needed some art for an awkward spot. Long and narrow. I have been mulling over what to do for some time, and finally settled on the idea of doing silhouettes of the kids. And because I wanted to use things I already have on hand, I decided to create the silhouettes out of adhesive vinyl. (And you don't need a cutting system to do this...just scissors!)

Here's what I did...

1. I took photos of each of my kiddos in profile. I took them in front of a window because the bright light from the window made the kids images darker and made their profiles easy to distinguish.

2. I carefully cut out each profile photo, and used the cut out as a template which I traced onto the paper backing of the vinyl.
Note: make sure that you reverse the image when you trace it onto the vinyl.

3. I then used scissors to cut out the vinyl along the lines I had traced.

4. Now here is where I think I am particularly clever. (Even more clever than choosing vinyl as my medium.) Rather than sticking the vinyl to paper...I stuck each onto the glass for the frame I was using. I used a credit card to carefully smooth out the bubbles.
Note: Whenever I see decent looking wood frames at the dollar store, I stock up on them. Then I have them on hand for projects or gifts etc. It's easy to simply spraypaint the wood to my desired color...in this case white.

5. Then I placed each piece of glass back in it's frame and put some pretty patterned paper in each. The great thing about this is that I can switch out the patterned paper and completely change the look! I also love the fact that sticking the silhouettes to the glass gives the finished piece a bit of a 3-D effect since the silhouette sits "above" the backing paper on top of the glass.

Here is where they are hanging...this is one of the project areas I am currently working on. Any guesses what this area is going to be?

Have a great day~

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Frugal Friday~

As always you guys knocked it out of the park with last week's Frugal Friday.

Here are a few of my faves for this week's Round-up...

First up, Cottage Hill shared her be-au-ti-ful DIY trompe l'oeil grandfather clock. Simply fabulous!

I adored this stencilled ceiling share by Not Just a Housewife.

Need some new art? Try this paint chip wall art idea shared by Life, Crafts and Whatever.

Beautiful Inspirations Design shared their DIY bedframe.

And finally, Inspired by You shared her $10 Auction Chair. So. Jealous.

Now it's your turn.

You know the rules...

1. Please link directly to your post and not just to your blog.
2. Please link back to The Shabby Nest so that others can enjoy the frugal goodness.
3. Please leave comments for the authors of the posts you visit.

I reserve the right to remove posts that are not in keeping with the spirit of Frugal Friday including but not limited to those posts that link to your giveaway, and those that promote your products or shop. Please play fair. m'kay?

The Pull-Up Ninja~

I know, I know not much in the way of decorating posts this week. My apologies. But you know, mamahood comes first. And this is what I have been dealing with. :-)

Mr. Three seems to think pull-ups make great super-ninja headwear. Ha! Don't worry. It's clean.

Frugal Friday goes live tonight at 10:00 pm EST.

Have a great day~


My Life in Numbers~

For your Wednesday reading enjoyment.

My life in numbers...

6 - the number of people watching a movie on our king size bed last night.
4 - the number of those people that should have been in bed instead of watching said movie.

5 - the number of projects waiting for me to finish them, so I can blog about them.
3 - the number of people in this house who have conflicting activities coming up on Saturday.
1 - the number of cars we have available (since John's accident totalled our other one) to get said people to their activities. Saturday is going to be interesting.
28 - the number of times I've stayed up past midnight in the past month.
28 - the number of times I've had a hard time prying my eyes open the next morning.
0 - the number of times I've been to Target this week. This may be a first in the history of mankind. (Ah, but never fear, the week is still young.)
5 - the number of months ago that the Hubby took family portraits for his sister's Christmas cards in (not near) the Olympic fountain at the Gateway in Salt Lake. (This photo is my favorite - my nephews and brother-in-law at the fountain's highest point!)

1 - the number of books I've managed to start reading this month.
1 - the number of books I'm still trying to finish this month.
3 - the number of times I've lost and then gained back the same 10 pounds since August. It's back to Weight Watchers for me this week!
20 - the number of pounds I have to lose before Summer.
20 - the number of pounds I've been trying to lose since last Summer.
239482380 - the approximate number of photos I need to print out for scrapbooks.
4 - the number of years it's been since I've put a single photo in a scrapbook.
3824 - as of right now, the number of fabulous followers of this blog on my Google Friend box on my sidebar. I JUST LOVE YOU GUYS! Thanks for reading!
1 - the girl who loves to write this blog for you.

Have a great day~



This post is sponsored by Novica.

Have you heard of Novica? It's a fabulous online marketplace that seeks to give artists and artisans throughout the world a global platform to share their talents. As a result, it gives us, as consumers, a wonderful opportunity to purchase truly unique gifts and decor items.

I was contacted by Novica several weeks ago about reviewing their site and their products. After visiting the site, which is associated with National Geographic, I was truly impressed not only by their dedication to their mission, but by the truly beautiful products that they had to offer.

As you may remember, I was looking for something unique to accessorize the coffee table in my living room. So I searched through Novica's home decor selection until I came across this beautiful centerpiece bowl handcarved by an artisan in the Andes. It was perfect.

And after placing my order, I was impressed by the fact that I got follow up emails telling me when the product shipped and the estimated time I would receive it, and then again with tracking information so that I could keep tabs on it.

It was packaged with a beautiful postcard from the Andes as well as information on the artisan that created it. Novica really succeeded in achieving their goal of helping their customers to know their artisans and to feel a connection to the "hands that created" the piece. I look at that pretty bowl sitting on my coffee table as a true piece of art, and I'm happy to know that it was created by hand, not whipped out by a machine.

Novica offers much more than just home decor (although I do have a fondness for home decor. LOL!) They have fabulous unique and corporate gifts, and eco-friendly gifts as well. So if you're looking for something out of the ordinary, I suggest you stop by their site and see what you can find...it's definitely worth your time!

Legal Stuff: I was given free merchandise by Novica in exchange for this review, but the opinions expressed are mine.

Have a great day~


A Little Bit of Valentine's~

I started to pull out the Valentine's Decor this weekend. I thought I'd get more decorating done, but it was one of those weekends where I couldn't seem to stop cleaning the house. Which is good, I guess. Clean houses are always nice. (Oh, and I found a magic way to clean solid surface kitchen sinks that I'll tell you all about later this week...I know you're just frantic to hear about it, aren't you?)

So even though I didn't get quite as much Valentine's fun out as I hoped I would, I decided I'd share a little bit of it with you today.

First up, my cute Vintage Valentine wreath. I was inspired to make this after seeing one on the Williams Sonoma website. If you'd like to learn more, I talk about how I created this little darlin' here.

Next, my Valentine tree. I used the same spray-painted-white branches that I had as my dining table centerpiece for Christmas. I just switched out the birds and book page ornaments for these pretty glittered chipboard hearts. I heart them. Yes, the pun was intended.

I filled one of my apothecary jars with some funny pink vase filler and a sweet little cupid pixie I made from a baby photo of the Princess. You can read about how to make my famous pixies here.

The other apothecary jar contains a sweet pair of glittered chipboard X and O letters.

And just so you know, I've determined that it is absolutely impossible to get a decent photo of this corner in my kitchen....so I'm apologizing for these less-than-stellar images.

Last year, we started a tradition in our little family of writing love notes to one another during the month of February...then reading them on Valentine's Day. I made this sweet little Valentine pouch for us to stuff the notes in. You can read more about it here.

Finally, I'm afraid this is as far as I've gotten with my mantle decor so far. One little heart (although it's a pretty little heart.) But I'll tell you a little secret as to why I haven't done more. I finally got so sick of the ugly fireplace stone, that I was brave enough to approach our landlords about painting it... and they said "yes"! Can I hear a "woot woot!"? So the hubby and I will be tackling that project this week. I'll post about it, of course! And then I'll finish blinging up the mantle with some Valentines-y goodness!

Even though I didn't get much up on my mantle (for very good reason!)...I'm linking to Beth's Valentine's Mantle party...hop over and enjoy all the Valentine's goodness.

Have a great day~


This Week's Ideabook on Houzz: Zebra Print~

Abbott Houston zebra rug

This week over at Houzz.com, I'm talking about wild animals running amock in our homes! Okay, not really. But I am talking about using zebra print in your decor. Lots of fun photos in this ideabook. To read the whole article, click here.

Have a great day~


Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!

Thanks for the overwhelming response to my Love Notes for the hubby! Glad to inspire you all....I suspect there will be a lot of significant others receiving balloons and love notes in the near future (and that's a GOOD thing!)

Now for the Frugal Round-up from last week....here are a few of my favorites..

Since we're on the subject of love notes...check out this sweet tutorial from Flamingo Toes for a stitched love note...a great idea for Valentine's Day.

Finding Home Online shared her quiet winter mantle. Post-Christmas winter decorating can be tricky, and she does it to perfection.

And check out this EXTREMELY CLEVER chalkboard chandelier from Just Live Simply. I. love. this. idea. That is all.

Finally, McBride House shared her Pottery Barn-inspired mason jar chandelier. Darling!

Okay now it's your turn!

You know the rules...

1. Please link directly to your post and not just to your blog.
2. Please link back to the Shabby Nest so that others can enjoy the frugal goodness.
3. Please leave comments for the authors of the posts your visit. Help our participants "feel the love!"

I reserve the right to remove posts that are not in keeping with the spirit of Frugal Friday, including, but not limited to posts that link to your linky party, your business or that do not link back to The Shabby Nest.

Can't wait to see what you all have in store this week!


For the past few years I have chosen one word to serve as my "word of the year". My sort of mantra or inspiration for that year. This year I was inspired by the quote I shared you with you in this post.

And that quote is...

"She went out a on a limb, had it break off behind her, and realized she could fly."
Kobi Yamada

2010 was a very trying year. It just kind of seemed to be a fight right from the start. And then after John's accident, it became that much more difficult.

But 2011 holds promise for me. I think it might be the year when things come together. When my dreams start coming to fruition! But that's not going to happen unless I work hard and put myself out on a limb.

It's not an easy thing to do...to chase your dreams....to climb out on that limb. And sometimes, just as it says in the quote, once you get the nerve to climb on the limb, you hear a snap, and the limb breaks. But this year, instead of falling with that broken limb, I'm going to strap on my wings and....


Have a great day~

Frugal Friday goes live tonight at 10:00 EST


Love Notes~

Today the Hubby and I are celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary.

We went in together on an anniversary gift a couple of weeks back, but I wanted to do something to surprise him anyway.

Can I just tell you how hard it is to surprise your husband when he is still home recuperating from his accident?

So a couple of days ago, I called and ordered 15 helium balloons. (1 for each year we've been married.) Luckily, he had a physical therapy appointment this morning. So I dropped him off and while he was there, the little boys and I went and picked up the balloons.

A little side note here: when you are carrying around 15 helium balloons everyone you see smiles. I mean really, everyone. Balloons are just magic like that.

Last night I stayed up late after the hubby went to bed and printed out 15 photos from our wedding and engagement. Then I wrote one reason why I love him on the back of each photo. When I got the balloons home today, I tied one note on each balloon and left them in our bedroom for him to find when he got back from his appointment.

I pulled it off...he was really surprised. And he loved it, that old softy.

Then the hubby and I headed off for a lunch date to the Cheesecake Factory (mmmmm good! I highly recommend the avocado egg rolls...oh yeah!) where we ran into one of my fabulous readers who stopped to introduce herself - hi Emily! That was fun. And a lunch date was quite the luxury. We enjoyed some kiddo-free conversation and alone time which made the whole day special, mainly because it doesn't happen very often.

Happy Anniversary Babe! Here's to many more!!


Flower Pins: How to Make 'em / How to Wear 'em~

Hello my lovelies!! I'm in a mood for pretty today, so I'm going to talk flower pins. Oh how I love me a pretty little posy.

I'm not going to tell you how to make these babies, because darling Emily over at Jones Design Company did a wonderful tutorial on how to make them a while back and I just can't improve on it, so I'm going to link to it instead. I am going to say, however, that most of the time I see these flowers with 3 or 4 circles, but I like them to be really full, so I use 7 or 8 (occasionally more). Other than that, I follow her process exactly.

Unless you take this little cutie into account. I found that if I held each section of the circles over the flame, they would pucker up all over. And I think they make cute (and unique) flowers this way as well.

But once you have a bunch of these pretties, what do you do with them? You can add clips to the back for your little girl's hair (or your own, for that matter.) Or you can add pins to the back like I did. Then you can put them on just about anything from a bib necklace....to a shirt....

White Shirt: DownEast Basics Gray Sweater and Earrings: Target
...to a pillow....to a hat.

On the Princess: Jacket: Children's Place, Hat: Target

Makes you want to make some pretty flowers too, doesn't it?

Have a great day~


Create the Look of Etched Glass the Easy Way~

This post is sponsored by Silhouette.

A while back I found myself at one of my favorite home decor stores. (Shocking, isn't it?) While I was browsing around, and getting inspired, I happened upon a sweet mirror with an etched monogram. It was so pretty, I thought it would go perfectly in the Princess' room. I came thisclose to buying it. But I talked myself out of it because (1) the Princess already has a pretty mirror in her room and (2) I had an idea.

The Princess' mirror BEFORE

So over the weekend I pulled out some new Premium Vinyl that I received from Silhouette. This vinyl is fabulous stuff. It's frosted, and when placed on glass it has the look of etching.

So this is what I did.

I found a font that was similar (possibly even identical) to the font used on the one I saw at the store - one of the great things about Silhouettes is that they can access any font that you have on your computer. Then I cut out a large uppercase "E" which is the Princess' first initial.

After that all I did was apply that baby to her existing mirror and VOILA! the look of etched glass without the etching cream and fuss! I LOVE IT! And so does the Princess.

The Princess' mirror AFTER

And have I got a deal for you. The week of January 17-22 Silhouette is offering 2 fabulous promotions.

The first - and this one is great - is a machine deal. You can purchase a Silhouette machine for $225. And not only do you get the machine. You will also receive 2 rolls of Premium Vinyl, 1 roll of transfer paper, and a Home Decor CD. That's a $395 value for only $225.

If you already have a Silhouette machine, don't worry, they haven't forgotten you. They are also offering 25% off the purchase of Premium Vinyl.

In order to receive these great deals simply enter the code "SHABBY" at checkout.

So get yourself some frosted vinyl and try creating the look of etched glass the easy way!
The legal stuff: I am an affiliate for Silhouette. I was given premium vinyl to try free of charge.



Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday! Last week's party had so many inpsirational posts, I had a really hard to limiting them to just a few to share in my Frugal Round-up.

That said, here is just a smattering of all the frugal goodness from last week's party...

First up, Maple and Magnolia shared her fabulous writing desk and chair makeover.

Primitive and Proper linked to her clever chalkboard armoire makeover....I love this idea!

See a beautiful bathroom stencilling makeover at Isabella and Max Rooms.

Pine Cone Prim shared a darling sleepout-porch-turned-bedroom makeover.

Love this mudroom makeover at Simple Beautiful Home.

Now it's your turn!

You know "da rules."

1. Please link directly to your post and not just to your blog.
2. Please link back to the Shabby Nest so that others can enjoy the frugal goodness.
3. Please leave comments for the authors of the posts you visit. Help our participants feel the love.

I reserve the right to remove any links that are not in keeping with the spirit of Frugal Friday including but not limited to those that link to your own linky party, those that link to your business, or those that promote personal interests or businesses. Let's all play fair, mmmkay.