Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Spray paint fever

I got back from Arkansas on Monday, and had ideas going through my head the whole [6 hour] drive back. While I was there my mom gave me an old chair that belonged to her grandfather. It is wooden, weathered, and crooked, but I love it. It has been outside for years with no seat in it, so I got my dad to help me weave a seat using hay bailing twine [thanks Tasia]. I then framed a photo of her grandpa and grandma to hang on the back. She said that is what she remembers about him...him sitting in this chair on the porch and rocking it back onto the back legs. I have more plans for it, along with my old suitcases and vintage fan, but it isn't together just yet. Here is the chair as is: 

I am considering painting it teal. I think it would look fantastic, but I am struggling with changing the rustic,weathered finish. 
Yesterday I put my paint jeans on and got busy! I had been planning to do a couple of paintings for the dining room as well as one for the bedroom, but I had been putting it off for some time. Finally I just took my ideas down to the basement and accomplished quite a bit. I completed this piece for the dining room: 

I also made this from a scrap of wood my dad gave me. I love how the spray paint put a super thin coat so you can still see the wood grain.  
While in Arkansas shopping with my mom she saw a sign that said "Welcome Home", and loved the words but not the colors. She asked if maybe I could make something similar so I put this together on another scrap piece of wood. It is actually nothing like the one we saw, but I was very pleased with how it turned out. Turns out blue painter's tape is not the devil after all!

I also painted a few things for around the house including some old frames and an L that I had bought at Hobby Lobby some time ago. It went from black to silver and the frames were brightened up with some purple, green, and teal. The gray frame was a cheap [looking] silver with black, but I liked the detailing once I painted it a flat gray. I never remember to take before photos...

I also found this cabinet door yesterday that I had painted last summer. When we bought the house the garage was disgusting. It had an old cabinet with the door hanging off [I won't tell you what was in the cabinet..ick]. I finished removing the door, gave it a light sanding, and used this creamy white spray paint to brighten it up. I kept the hardware, but I am not sure what purpose this will serve in the end. I am still debating. I don't want to cover up the diagonal lines in the inset part of the door too much. I have considered a photo board or a jewelry display.

Phew! That was a lot! I like having lots to post, and I am not done yet! I plan to have more projects completed by the end of the day. 

Be happy...and crafty! 


Tuesday, March 22, 2011


I was really excited when we were buying our house, and I found out it had a tulip tree. Now I am finally getting to enjoy it! Today it has these gorgeous buds! I am just hoping I don't miss it in full bloom while in Arkansas this week! 

Be happy...and Springy!


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Pom Poms and "Paper flowers"

So last night while Nicholas watched The roast of Donald Trump I had to keep myself busy. I have a hard time just sitting down and watching TV without having my hands busy. So I got my big pile of yarn [Thanks, Aunt Patti], and I made some pom poms. This morning I put them on some of the curly willow branches that are all over my house. I plan to get more colors of yarn for these. I love my vase with just two flowers from this post, but I think a large bouquet of them would be cute too!

This morning I have had trouble focusing on just one project [as always]. I have so many different things I want to do that I just get a little all over the place. I did some cleaning and organizing in the craft room yesterday, and that has helped a lot. However, I still want to do more projects that I have hands for. 
Mini Rosette Metal Headband

Newborn headbands
I am honestly not sure of the durability of these because I had the flowers already, and I am not sure what they are made of. They feel very papery and lightweight, but they are nearly impossible to tear. I plan on trying them out on my next newborn session for sure. 

Earrings [same "papery"] material

These may go to my sister for a test run on durability.

Though my to do list for today is long, I hope to accomplish some hand embroidery and increasing my inventory of the Metal Poppy Headbands as well as the rosette earrings.

Be happy...and pretty!


Monday, March 14, 2011

Newborn Rosette Headbands

I have been meaning to try a smaller version of the rosette headband for babies, and I love it. I can't wait to try it out on my upcoming newborn photo sessions!

[I photographed the baby band with the standard size for older girls to show the size difference]

Be happy...and bright!


Thursday, March 10, 2011

poppy headband

These are some of my newest hair accessories. I originally made one for my sister to match her "America's Next Top Mommy" shirt I made her. I liked it too much, and just had to make more. They are super simple, but too cute! There will soon be a rainbow of colors available! 

I am considering opening an Etsy shop...any advice, suggestions, or thoughts? 

Be Happy. 



This is a hand embroidery project I did MONTHS ago. It was one of my first endeavors...on a scrap piece of an old sheet. It is kind of lumpy and bumpy, but I still love it. I thought about making another throw pillow, but I didn't want to distract from the simplicity of the camera nor clutter my couch any more. I have struggled with what to do with it until yesterday. 
Duh...this was easy enough. 

This is while it was still sitting on my craft table, but it has a new home on the mantle. 

Be Happy. 

-Katie Beth

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Be Awesome

So I have had a bit of a break from blogging anything and really from doing anything to blog about. I made a trip to Arkansas and had a great time selling my hair accessories. Then I had a great visit from a good friend, and today I got back to creating. I bought this great place mat from Kohl's for a dollar or two, and I knew it could be something cute. I loved all the colors. I also found a saying similar to this [unfortunately I can't remember where], and I just kept thinking about it. I modified it a bit, printed it up, and attached it to the place mat with a ribbon for hanging. I wish I had more wall space to hang things such as these! 

Be happy...and awesome!