Thursday, August 30, 2012

A little project; a little paint; a little aggravation

Did you ever start a project thinking, "this will be quick and easy."  Yeah, that was me this week.  I had this little mail organizer I bought at a yard sale for just $1.  I wanted to paint it and make it all pretty in my own Lewisville style.  It should only took me a day, just a few hours... so I thought.  But I tell you, this mail organizer had it in for me from the beginning.  What could go wrong- did go wrong.  It's a conspiracy I tell you.

But I persevered and got it done.  Here it is ...two days, painted, sanded, repainted, aggravated (that's me), but done!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tips and Tricks #19- This and That

It's Tuesday and we love Tuesdays!  Why?  Because around here, we share tips and tricks from around blogland, pinterest, and my own pointers from Lewisville.  If you haven't signed up to follow Lewisville Love you can head on over to the side bar and pick from all the social media outlets.  What's your favorite?  What's easiest?  I typically find facebook to be my personal favorite, but it's only because I like being entertained, and facebook makes me laugh.  What can I say;  I have funny friends!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

It was a thrifty weekend!

Hello! Hello!  I woke up this morning to the very best coffee made just for me by my one and only.  That was sweet, but what was even sweeter was the chocolate croissant he brought me from my new favorite French bakery.  It's my birthday, and my family does a little spoiling on me.  I can't protest all their efforts; that just wouldn't be fair.  Later, we'll go out to dinner and I'll open up my munchkins home made gifts and cards. They can't wait to hand them to me, and I look forward to it every year.
My kids are always exited for birthdays, no matter whose we're celebrating.  All week I heard, "Mom, only 6 more days till your birthday!  Only 2 more days now; are you excited?  Only 3 more hours!"  I'm 39 today!  I feel great. I get to stay home with my kids, and I have husband who loves me.  I'm a blessed girl, and I'm very thankful!
Today, I plan to do a little painting, watch a Jane Austen movie, and drink iced coffee.   That's my kind of day!
I've had this thrifty post ready for you all for a while.  Hope you enjoy!

I have found a new favorite thing to do on Friday mornings.  It's going to yard sales.  I haven't done a whole lot of yard sales in the last few years.  I've had the same thoughts toward yard sales as I did toward thrift stores- you can read about that HERE.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Tips and Tricks #18. Party Ideas with BALLOONS!

Well, here we are.  It's the first week back to school for us here in Lewisville, and that means we are back on a schedule!  Woohoo! I love the capricious variety of activities we get to enjoy during the summer, but there's something about being on a schedule that is a welcome change.  I welcome it at least; my kids not so much???

Now, it's back to a compartmentalized schedule- home school now, clean at this time, work on a project here, blog later, and so on and so forth.  It will take us a while to get back into the school groove.  The weather has been exceptional though, and we love getting out to the pool a few times a week.  We're going to milk that until it snows I'm sure.

But enough about that.  I know why you're here.  It's Tips and Tricks Tuesday!  Today's post is all about adding balloons to your party.  My tips come Pinterest (my 'Party' board), so if you would like to pin the tip on a board for yourself, head on over to Pinterest and become a follower.  You can click on the icon on the top right bar to make it faster.  There are other ways you can follow Lewisville Love too, and I would LOVE that!   You can click to follow by  facebook, twitter,  or follow by email (no junk mail- I promise).  You name it; we'll have you connected 24/7.

So let's Party- with BALLOONS!

Tip 1.  Glitter filled balloons! So easy and what a great idea for a party.  You just fill the balloon with glitter before you blow it up.  Be careful not to breathe in though while you're blowing.  You want the balloon full of glitter, not your mouth. 
 Tip 2.  If you're having a party at night, your balloons can still stand out by adding a glow stick in each one!  What a great idea.  Glow sticks are sold at all the $1 stores.  They make a beautiful luminous light, don't you think?
Tip 3.  I tried to find the source for this, but to no avail.  The idea is great, though, and very sweet.  Pin pictures to helium balloons for a different kind of chandelier over the table.  This is a great way for guest to "see" the memories other than on a picture board.

Tip 4.   Here's a great way to add a balloon garden to your party.  Stake your helium filled balloons to the ground using golf tees.  Vary the lengths for more impact.  Think of all the great possibilities.

 Tip 5.   I just saw something like this on HGTV's Design Star, and I just think this looks so pretty.  Cut up plastic table cloths and hang them on the ceiling like so.  In the center where they're gathered, add a bouquet of balloons.  This definitely stands out!

Tip 6.  Balloons and streamers always go together.  Here, they make a nice back drop.  Notice how the colors of the balloons are bunched together, but the streamers are shuffled.  Nice job.
Tip 7.  And for those of us who are blessed with snow days, how about snow balloons.  This is a very creative and inexpensive way to add color to all that white.  Fill your balloons with water and food coloring.  Swish. Let them freeze outside overnight, then cut the plastic balloon off of them.  You're left with a colorful path.
So are you planning a party soon?  There's so much you can do with balloons to make your party a decorating success!  I hope you found the balloon tips helpful. We'll see you back here on Thursday!


Saturday, August 18, 2012

Home school room inspiration

The school books have arrived, the calendar is set, and we are ready to start school!  This will be our 8th year homeschooling our kids, but it's our very first year we'll be starting in August. "Very strange and not right,"- my kids keep reminding me.
When we started homeschooling  , we lived in Idaho and set aside a bedroom as our office and kid's school room.  As the family has grown and moved a few times, we no longer have an extra room dedicated as our school room.  Our kids make due with what we call our "kitchen table".  Home school storage is always a problem for us though.  This year, I have a plan, but you won't get to see it until later this week.  The pictures below are what inspired me to get my home school organization act together. With so many home school families now, there are many great ideas out there.  Here are a few I found.  Whether you home school or not, these are beautifully organized rooms to inspire us, and don't we all want that?

I like the long table acting as a desk for 3-4 students.  The cabinets underneath are a great way to seperate and store their work.

Bookshelves fill this room and keep everything nicely organized.
I like how every child has a their own calendar and dedicated space.  

Putting the kids work in frames and hanging it on the wall is a great way to display their efforts.
For little ones, little desk are best.  Ask local schools if they're getting rid of any.  You might surprised how willing they are to give them away.  Again, separating kids with these 10 drawer organizers is very smart.

One of my favorites!  I'm looking for a brown map like this, maybe not quite so big.   This is perfect for older kids and can be used as a hang out room and school room.

Moms know what works for their kids.  Every homeschool space is different, and I love that this mom painted an old table.  The charts on the walls and school chairs complete this great space.

  Most homeschool families I know do their schooling around the kitchen table.  That's exactly where my homeschool space is too.  So how do you incorporate school while keeping your dining decor?  Share the space and keep it organized.

Bookshelves are key for us, but our bookcase fell apart after our move.  We fixed it as best we could last school  year, but it finally died right before school ended.  I had time to think about what I really wanted with our limited space.  That's the key to your organizing and decorating.  You can't use someone else's space or their organizing unites.  I always think about what I know will work best in the best place for our family.  With that, no other space can compare.


Thursday, August 16, 2012

10 Tips for New bloggers who want to add Blog Bling!

(I've only been blogging for 6 months, and I've enjoyed every bit of it- except the parts where I had no idea how to do something technical when it came to blog design. If you're a new blogger, I hope you'll find some answers to your questions.  This is really the second part to Blogging for 6months and what I've learned,
and it's all about the silent side of blogging- tech stuff.)

Home blogging is a great community to be in, and I love being a part of this group of women that share their resources. Everything I've learned about blog design has been because other bloggers have given such great  tutorials.  Technical blogging tips are difficult to read and write about. Here are a few of my favorite tips that have helped me with my blog. I hope you find what you're looking for- blog on!
Here's my "Get Connected bar", made with the help from these tips

Here's the Nerdy side of blogging and how I learned some technical things.
1.  If you use blogger, make sure you back up your blog.  Google "owns" your blog and some blogs have disappeared.   Back up your blog every week; once a week.  Go here to learn how to back up your blog- Funky Junk Interiors.

2.  I use picmonkey for my photo editing.  To learn about photo editing and how to make a water marks on your photos (like the iced coffee picture below), go here to It's Overflowing


3. I learned how to make a "Grab Button" with an html code in the box below for other people to grab and put on their blog.  You first have to store your photos on a site like Picasa or Photobucket.  I use picasa since it is also google and linked with everything on my blog.   I followed these easy steps from- Country Mama Cooks.

Here's my button.  I designed the look using Picmonkey then headed over to Country Mama Cooks for directions on the grab box.

4.  For months, I couldn't figure out how to make a "dessert bar".  It's that bar above with facebook, pinterest, twitter, etc. To have all your connection icons in one place looks great, but how do you do it?  Something Swanky goes over every step so that even this new blogger could do it.   She has many great tutorial on how to make a navigation bar and design a new header. Visit her and follow her instructions.  She shares it all!  Thank you. Thank you. 

Here's another header I created using picmonkey.   I like having choices.

5.  And since I didn't even know how to change the color of my blog background, here's my own tip. I created a new blogger blog just to play around with all the setting without hurting Lewisville Love. Start a "new" blog that you don't intend to post or blog in at all. Go to templates and hit customize.  You can change everything.  This may sound easy, but I had a standard template for months because I didn't know how to change it and make it my own.  Be creative and experiment in the "new" blog without compromising the real deal.

6.  Link your words or link your picture?  I prefer linking pictures like the pictures on this post. If you click on any of the pictures, you'll be redirected to a new page in another window.  If you want to link a picture to an older post or another webpage,do the following.

   1. Insert your picture in blogger as usual.  
   2. In a new window, go to the web page you want to link to and copy the address/URL like 
   3.  Go back to blogger- hit the LINK button at the top of your blogger page and paste the link into the "web address" box.  The "text to display" should be empty. (I have to hit link twice-not sure why?)
   4.  Hit ok and you're back to blogger.  Then you can click on the picture and "add caption".  If you add your caption  to the picture first and then click on "Link", it will only link your caption.  
Here the difference:
Click on the picture to be directed to this post.

Click on this highlighted caption to be directed to the post
7.  To Link words like Lewisville Love- copy the url (web site or page) in another window,  go back to blogger and highlight your word, click on Link and your highlighted word should be displayed in your text box.  Paste the url in the web address box, (you can check the box that says open in another window- people like that), hit ok, and you're all linked up to something else. Hope these make sense.

 8.  Want to add a pinterest pin it button to each post?  This was the very first time I played around with html coding.  It was a little scary but I followed the directions to the exact T; step by step and checked and double checked each direction.  You can just google "how to add a pinterest button to your blog" and you'll get lots of information with different Pin it Button looks.  I happen to follow the directions by Marriage from scratch.  They were easy.

9.  I use LinkWithin. At the bottom of each post (like this one), you can have pictures from your blog archive appear leading readers to related post. It will say, "You might also like..." with a number of pictures from previous post.  I love this widget (that's what it's called) because I've used them several times myself while visiting other sites. It 's also super easy to add.  Follow these direction from BenDaggers. Again they're easy and they'll only take you a few minutes to do.

10.  For even more blogging tips, go here to At the Picket Fence.  They did a 3 part series which was really helpful and I'm sure they can answer any questions I didn't cover.  Thank you ladies. 

I hope you found what you're looking for.  I had so many questions when I started blogging, and there are still "things" I want to do to enhance Lewisville Love.  If you're not sure about any of the tips, leave me a comment and I'll do my best to help.  

 I link all my projects with some wonderful blogs.  To visit them, go to the {Link Party Love} page found at the top of this page on the {Home} bar.
Also linking to:
Between Naps on the Porch
Savvy Southern Style
No Minimalist Here
The Shabby Creek Cottage
Saved by Love Creations 
Miss Mustard Seed
Funky Junk Interiors
Coastal Charm 
Restore Interiors
Tip  Junkie

Blogging for 6months and what I've learned

Hey, It's my 6 month blogiversary! WooHoo! To celebrate, I'm recapping what's been happening here in Lewisville for the past 6 months.  Warning: this post may take you 6 months to read, so grab a cup of coffee and relax with me a bit.

 Yup, I've been sharing my heart for home for 6 whole months now!  I can not believe how much time has gone by since I set out on this journey of blogging.  Every post and every project has been a great adventure.  Crafting and painting and getting in "way over my head" at times, has always been part of my daily routine.  Sharing it with you all is just an added perk in this lady's life.  Let me just say thank you  to all of you who come by regularly and read my post.  Thank you for leaving such kind comments.  You sure know how to make a girl feel special!  As I give you a recap of my DIY life in pictures (click on the pictures to read about the project), allow me to give you the history behind Lewisville Love and how it got started.
My very FIRST paint project.
About 2 years ago, I attempted to clean out my junk drawer.  I know this sounds easy enough, and come on, let's be honest- it's a junk drawer.  We're not talking rocket science.   I'm thinking, no problem.  I graduated from college (Go Bruins!); I was a high school teacher; I'm raising and homeschooling 3 kids now; how challenging can a little junk drawer be?  After an hour (or two) of cleaning, and organizing, and throwing away trash, the drawer was no where near being cleaned.  I conceded.  The junk drawer had won and I had failed.  ( I should mention now that I get a little side tracked when it comes to cleaning.)
My first post & thrift store makeover.  I accidentally clicked the "Publish" button 2 weeks before my launch.  Oops.
But I would not go quietly.  Oh no!  I needed a plan of attack, and I found one.... by accident.  Yup, it all started with an accident.  I was reading an article on Dave Ramsey's site about organizing your weekly menu to save money.  I had to see if there was some tip I hadn't implemented  in Lewisville yet.  While reading there, I stumbled on a link that said,"clean your junk drawer in 15minutes". Say what!?!? They were obviously lying, but just out of curiosity and to prove their outrageous deceit, I thought I should check it out.
I got crafty with paper.
That link lead me to another link, then another, until I stumbled upon this great organizing blog called Delightful Order.  There I found a really, really organized women and she was showing the world how everyone could be organized too.  Her pantry was amazingly organized and beautiful.  Yes, her pantry.  The kids toys and rooms and every nook in her home was just- beautifully organized.  It was inspiring, and on her blog,  she showed other blogsites that inspired her.  I clicked on them of course. That lead me to other decorating and do it yourself blogs, and after weeks of reading and finding a whole new world of home blogs,  I decided to act on everything I was learning.  I painted a chair, then a room, then a dresser, then a desk, and then after a few projects, I thought maybe, just maybe, I could start a blog too. 
My most popular post.  Apparently we all love cheap and green cleaning.
I prayed, and waited, and prayed, and waited.  I didn't want to start something that I couldn't finish or continue doing well.  In the meantime, while I was taking the time to pray and wait, it seemed like everything I read and every Bible study I heard had to do with "doing something", living your life out loud to God's glory, and taking steps in places we didn't think we'd go.  Hmmm, ok, that sounds a little like me right now?  I'll just give that some thought and take it into consideration. 
Inspired by the Olympics, my must read inspiration post.  You'll like it. I promise.
There were logistical considerations too.  I'm a homeschooling mom.  Could I blog and homeschool while still keeping up with my home and family life? (not to mention my sanity)  I didn't want my family to suffer in any way, and we've all read how this so often happens with mommy bloggers. We've even had to say good bye to a few of our favorites because it's so easy for a blog to take over your life.  They wisely have set their blogs aside and given priority back to their homes.  I knew that if I was going to do this blogging thing, my priorities would have to remain in tact- the Lord first, then my life as mom and wife, a life I'm really thankful for by the way. 
My $1 art project and the first project to be featured!  Oh Happy Day!
 The other consideration was that we just moved to Colorado.  Could I blog about a home I'm renting temporarily? Would there be enough to talk about and share?  Silly me.  When has a women ever not had enough to say?  Ok, so those considerations were all in check.  My husband was on board and rooting for me as my biggest cheerleader.  The door was open and I just needed to walk through it.  Scared? Yes.  Would it fail?  Quite possibly.  To be honest,  at this point, I was more scared of not trying.  "Everything worth doing is going to be tough in the beginning," I told myself.  Alright.  I'm going to do this.  I'm going to start a blog.   Then, there was that last thing- the blog itself.  Dadadum.  How do you start a blog anyway?
I saw my self on Pinterest!  Can you paint laminate? YES!
I had no idea what it took to blog. The word blog means weB Log, but home bloggers don't just log/write.  We design, decorate, organize, create, and the beat goes on. There are pictures to take, photo editing to be done, labels and printables to develop,  link parties and link parties to link your work.  And when people come to visit your blog, you want it to look nice- look custom.  I wouldn't be hiring someone to design my blog.  I would have to learn everything on my own. It couldn't be to difficult though, right?  There are so many bloggers, and blogs, and projects, and homes, and every one does such a great job giving tutorials and how to's.
Silly me, again.  I truly underestimated what it really took to blog.   I didn't know the difference between blogger and wordpress; a domain name or URL.  HTML codes?  a what a what? How do you design a blog? I had no idea.  But I would time.

My personal favorite project.
So I decided to start with something easy and blogger seemed like the most logical choice since I had a gmail account.  I know; it really makes no sense, but that's how I think.  Now, my only problem was coming up with a name.  It was my most difficult decision.  It took me weeks.  A name says so much about you, don't you think?  All the good ones were taken of course, Censational girlPioneer Woman.  The Inspired Room.  Thrifty Decor Chick.  Oh the dilemma.  What's in a name?  What is my name?  Then it came to me.  Lewisville, Colorado is the city where we're landing. Ok, it's not really spelled like that, but I like my way better.  And since the dot com wasn't taken, Lewisville Love was born.

Every Tuesday I share Tips and Tricks for you home.
I used blogger's pre-made templates and for 6 weeks before I launched my blog. I experimented with design and learned about adding widgets- all those things you see on the side, also called a side bar.  I celebrated when I figured out how to add facebook and pinterest.  If you're patient and read through things, you can add anything you want to your blog.  It did take me some time though to figure things out.  Maybe I'm just slow, but I'll be 39 in a week and learning something completely new and technical was a challenge I would face head on! Bring it!
I almost didn't write about this, but it had so many hits and tied for the most comments.  Go figure?
I picked Valentines Day, February 14, as my launch into the big blog world.  Lewisville Love launching on a day of "love", ya- I'm all drama that way sometimes.  I wrote a few post so that when people did come, there would be enough content to keep them interested.   I was shooting for having 10 post ready for people to read that first day.  I think I only had 5; maybe 4.  I told friends and family and expected everyone to be my instant followers and friends on the blog.  They weren't.   Wait a minute.  Is it supposed to work this way?

A favorite (and cheap) craft project.- From box to basket
My goal was to blog at least 3 times each week.  Three post doesn't seem over whelming, but I quickly learned I just couldn't do three blog post.  The writing comes easy for me, but what we don't see behind the scenes is the prep, photography, editing, and the actual time it takes to do the project.  For now two post a week is perfect for me.  Will it increase as time goes on?  Hopefully, but I'm constantly keeping my priorities in check.
An easy, must know recipe for every mom out there.
The hardest part about blogging is wanting to see your blog grow exponentially overnight.  I constantly have to remind myself this is a marathon I'm on, not a sprint.  I really love working on my home, but it takes time to get things done.  Since I'm thrifting my way to a beautiful home, it may take more time.  I've enjoyed sharing my projects with you and sharing a part of my life. Blogging has been my labor of love, and  a much needed creative outlet for me.  I wrote the following 6 months ago when I started.  It can be found on my "About Me" page.  It's still very true today.  

I still have these on my table after 2 months.  They still look good!
"This blog is meant to inspire and encourage every one of you who aspire to live an abundant life, all while pouring a little love into your home for your family and all who enter it.  My greatest desire is to live a life worthy of my calling.  My calling as a wife and mom is ever dependent on my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  It’s from Him that any creativity from my work comes.  My prayer is that you would be blessed as you read this blog, and may your home always be filled with Love."
For those of you who are starting a blog or thinking about- Go for it!  There's plenty of room out here in blogland and we're awaiting your brilliance!  Share it with us.  
Another quick paint project. I should have named this blog "Just Paint It!"

Six months isn't long, but here's what I've learned:
1.  Be patient.
2.  Set a launch date and work on having a few post ready when you start.
3.  Set your goals for the blog and your personal blogging schedule.
4.  Link your projects to blog parties (both large and small) to get your name and projects out there.
5.  Eventually, you will be featured.  Be patient.
6.  Eventually, people (besides you mom) will follow you.
7.  Don't expect all your facebook friends to be your blog followers.
8.  If you see a post about the the technical side of blogging, like how to make a navigation bar or party button, read it.  You can do this yourself without spending money hiring someone to do it for you
9.  Leave comments on other new blogs, encourage other bloggers, and make friends.  
10.  Have fun with this. There will be times when you're down concerning blogging.  Remember why you started and remind yourself of where you want to go with this.

My thrift store shopping rules and my new fave store!
Home blogging is a great community to be in. Everything I've learned about blog design has been because other bloggers have shared their resources.  Technical blogging tips can be difficult to read and follow, but a few home bloggers have done a great job sharing this information, making it easy for us who are "technically and computer challenged" to understand and take action. Go here for 10 tips for New Bloggers who want to add Blog Bling.  I share where to go for photo tips and blog design tips.

Valentines Day= Launch Day.  I made a heart cake.

I hope you enjoyed my crazy review.  It really has been my great adventure! If you're not a blogger and read everything, thanks for hanging in there.  Have a great week everyone.  I'll see you back here on Saturday.  I have an extra post this week!  Ironic, isn't it?


I link all my projects with some wonderful blogs.  To visit them, go to the {Link Party Love} page found at the top of this page on the {Home} bar.
Also linking to:
Between Naps on the Porch
Savvy Southern Style
No Minimalist Here
The Shabby Creek Cottage
Saved by Love Creations 
Miss Mustard Seed
Funky Junk Interiors
Coastal Charm 
Restore Interiors
Tip  Junkie

Monday, August 13, 2012

Tips and Tricks Tuesday # 17

Wow, it's the middle of August and school for the kids is right around the corner!  EEEK!  We start on Monday, and no, I am not ready for the school year to begin.  This will be my eighth year homeschooling my kids, and at the end of each summer, I lament its end a bit. Lament. Lament.  Tear. Wipe.

I decided I needed to get my home schooling act together this week (I am after all the teacher). I know, nothing like waiting until the last minute.  The home school mom's meetings and curriculum buying has been getting me motivated again.  I've even been looking at home school rooms to get even more inspired.  More on that later this week.

So if you're new here, every Tuesday I pull together a few tips and tricks from my home, blogland, and pinterest in the hopes you'll find something to help you in your home.  Feel free to look through the past T &T's.

But for today....

Tip 1. Here's a great way to clean your fruits.  Fill you (clean) sink with water and add a cup of vinegar.  Let your fruits soak for 10 minutes and the dirt and wax wash away.  This is a great natural cleaner.


Tip 2.  How cute is this?  Add a silk flower to the back of your knobs on a dresser.  It's instantly decorated!  Perfect for a little girls room.


Tip 3. Here's another tip for your decorating files.  Most curtains come in 84 inch lengths; the "don't" picture below.  If you go up one size and hang higher, 95 inches and the "do" picture below, you bring an all new look to your room.  I've been implementing this around my house, but not everyone carries the longer sizes.  Think outside the box;  table clothes come in the same sizes as curtains!

Tip 4.  We can always use this last tip.  For some, this may be a review; but for others, this may be their first time getting to know their food.  We're all looking for ways to save money.  When you see your favorite foods on sale, buy! buy! buy! and freeze or store in the pantry.  Here's a list of how long items last in both.

Tip 5.  August if the best time to buy school supplies including computers, summer clothes/ swim suits and flip flops,  and of course garden plants and lawnmowers.  Did you know it's also the best time to buy dehumidifiers?  Apparently, people aren't all that interested in sucking the air out of their rooms on hot August days- go figure.  This leads to the merchants putting them on sale during the month of August.  So if you have little one's who suffer severe winter colds, you might want to think about getting out there and finding your deal.  Happy shopping.
That's it for today.  Hope you all found something you can use to bless your home and those in it.  I'll be back tomorrow to show you my home room/ organizing inspirations.  Have a great day, everyone!


I link all my projects with some wonderful blogs.  To visit them, go to the {Link Party Love} page found at the top of this page on the {Home} bar.
Also linking to:
Between Naps on the Porch
Savvy Southern Style
No Minimalist Here
The Shabby Creek Cottage
Saved by Love Creations 
Miss Mustard Seed
Funky Junk Interiors
Coastal Charm 
Restore Interiors
Tip Junkie

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Bathroom update

Hello. Hello!  So do you like the new look to the blog?  I've been working on my blog design, and I finally figured out a few things.  I'm still playing with colors and  still have a few things to fix, but blog design is really fun!  Who knew?
Ok, so I know it's been a while since I talked about decorating or painting.  This blog is really about Do It Yourself projects and home life, but there hasn't been much DIY going on here at Lewisville.  Is it just me or does this heat squelch all your desire to do, movement, chores, cleaning, etc?  Take your pick at what describes you best.  They all pretty much describe me.  This heat is wrecking all my plans to get things painted and done this summer.  You can't paint when it's so hot either.  The paint will bubble up or crackle lines will appear.  Paint is snobby that way. 

I have been making a bit of progress, small though it may be, in the kid's bathroom.  I first talked about my desire to transform our plain jane bathroom into a beach themed decor knockout HERE.  Am I close to getting it done? Nope. But it will get done.  I see the light at the end of the tunnel.

I started with this.  The tradition white color on the walls and a very old shower curtain.  This bathroom is shared by two tween girls and one rambunctious boy.  Coming from California, a beach themed room seemed perfect.
The first thing to change was that paint color.  I used up my free quart of "Venice Beach" from Ace hardware.  Then, I shopped and shopped for a beach shower curtain.  I didn't care for anything I found that was beach themed, and by the way, when did shower curtain prices skyrocket to the ridiculous prices they are right now?  Nonsense, I tell you.
I did manage to find this gem though at TJ Max for only $15!   I love the stripes!  It's not at all what I was thinking for the room, but I think it works?  I hung it up so I can see if we all can live with it.  So  far yes.  It's a great, heavy material and I think I can still make it beach looking.  That's what I'm telling myself anyway.

Then I walked into a Hobby Lobby for the first time in my life the week my mom was down visiting.  Where have you been all my life Hobby Lobby?  We don't have HL's in California and this was certainly a dreamy experience.  For those of you who are deprived of shopping here, they are like a Michaels, JoAnn's, and Home Goods all mixed together.  I've never been in a Home Goods either, but that's what I hear.

Anyways, I found this in their discount aisle.  It was only $9 and it was exactly what I wanted for the kiddos to hang their towels-minus the kiddy paint colors.  I decided to take it home and paint it, but the kids were torn about getting rid of the fun surf board colors.  We protected them...for now.

I did a little sanding and used spray paint.

Now to hang it up-the easy way.  Use a piece of masking or painter tape across the area to be hung.

Mark where the nail will go with a marker.

Then take the tape off and stick it where you you want to hang your picture/ frame. Hammer in the nails where you made the mark on the tape.  I eyeball it when it comes to leveling , but that's the beauty of using tape first.  You can take it off and re-stick it as many times as you need to.

Hang it up and pull your tape off the walls.  Thank you to my lovely assistant- daughter number 1.

After, I stood back and realized the surf boards and shower curtain did not work well together. We just may have to paint those boards after all.

But wait;  there's more!  I found a great basket at TJ Max for just $5.  It's to big for this space though, so it may not make it to the final reveal.

And look at this surf board clock I bought at my favorite thrift store for $3.  It works too!  This is what you would call a long board and very old school.  Dude. See, I speak surfanese!

I also have these craft projects my girls did last summer at camp.  They look beachy, don't they?  And they each went to surf camp the year before and were given these surf trophies.  Perfect!

Slowly, it's coming together.

But there's more to do.  I still want to add shelves above the toilet, and I have a few paint projects I want to do to complete the room.  If this weather would only cooperate with what I need to do.

I never thought decorating a bathroom would take me so long, but I've found patience to be greater help to me than my anxiousness.   What do you think so far?  

Have a great week everyone.