I’ve moved!

Happy Thursday everyone. It may seem like I haven’t written in a while but the truth is I’ve moved my writing to a new blog. You can find me at laughingabi.com (this blog was laughingabi.wordpress.com) and catch up with all the things I’ve been doing in the new year. I hope you will check it out. I’ve missed you.

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Creative blog discoveries!

I woke up at 5:00 this morning. FOR. NO. REASON. So I decided to enjoy a cup of coffee and some uninterrupted online time where a random Twitter click sent me into a DIY/craft/decorating frenzy. It started here with Kim at Today’s Creative Blog. She highlights a different creative blog every day. I can’t think of a more perfect idea. SUBSCRIBE!

Today's Creative Blog

A few caffeinated clicks around Kim’s site led me to Diane at In My Own Style. She writes about making things beautiful – everything from elegant DIY glass paperweights to outdoor tuna can lanterns.

In My Own Style

Then I took it too far. I clicked into the creative abyss. I visited Kim and Diane’s Pinterest pages. Now my kids are late for camp, my coffee cup is empty (gasp), and I am drooling on my keyboard. Sound like a perfect morning to you, too? Check out the links and get inspired!

T is for Tree Mural: A-Z Blog Challenge

A couple weeks ago I posted a picture of the “fashion girls” mural I painted on my daughters’ bedroom wall, and I promised to show you the mural that took its place. Here it is!

tree wall mural

The design is based on a picture my daughter found in this book, A Guide to Pixie Hollow, which explains some of my “artistic” choices. For example, you might think I painted random gold, glittery, vertical stripes in the trunk but those are actually pixie dust waterfalls. (This tree is where the pixie dust is created.)

tree wall mural

And those mysterious things stuck on the tree trunk? Those are the fairies’ houses. They light up at night and cast fun shadows across the wall.

tree wall mural

When I was done painting and stapling up all those branches I decided to add some patio lights to finish off the whole thing. See my baby snuggled up in her Tinkerbell bed tent under there?

tree wall mural

This was my first attempt at painting a tree and while I’m really pleased with how it turned out, it was a big challenge for me. Anyone out there done this before? Thinking about giving it a try? I would love to hear from you.

Q is for Quote On The Wall: A-Z Blog Challenge

Long, long ago in a land before Uppercase Living and Cricut machines, I wanted a quote on my kitchen soffit. I decided to test my DIY skills and freehand it. Here are the results.

quote on the wall

quote on the wall

quote on the wall

quote on the wall

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quote on the wall

quote on the wall

In wine there is wisdom. In beer there is strength. In water there is bacteria.

I’ve considered re-doing it using some of today’s new tools to make it look more professional and polished. But I always decide against it. There’s just something I love about knowing I did it all by myself!

P is for “Peace, Love & Shoes” Pillow: A-Z Blog Challenge

This started as a plain, inexpensive body pillow from Sam’s Club. All I did was tweak it a little for my daughter’s room.

peace love shoes pillow

It was a really simple project. Unfortunately, I don’t have any photos but here’s a quick description.

1. Carefully open a side seam far enough so you can remove the stuffing and easily work with the fabric.
2. Use chalk to draw your shapes on a piece of felt and cut them out.
3. Pin felt cut-outs to front of pillow.
4. Top-stitch around outside edges of felt shapes. (Slowly & carefully!)
5. Restuff pillow and sew closed.

Tada! I love taking a cheap, boring thing and totally personalizing it to fit my home

This post is number 16 in a series of 26 inspired by the A-Z Blogging Challenge. Click over and see all the amazing bloggers working their way through the alphabet in April.

M is for Memo Board: A-Z Blog Challenge

I find these memo boards all the time at stores like Target, Kohl’s or Bed Bath & Beyond.

memo board

Unfortunately, they never seem to be the right color or size for my space. So I decided to make my own. I wish I could say I have a tutorial to share but I made them long, long ago, before I even knew what a blog was. I can tell you I used a painter’s canvas for the board and a piece of remnant fleece for the padding. (I’m posting pics of two different boards I made – one for each kid.)

memo board

memo board

My favorite part of the project is the decorative brads I found at the scrapbooking store. They made the project much easier and much cuter.

memo board

memo board

memo board

Again, my apologies for the lack of instructions. I need to recover both of these boards because my daughters’ tastes have changed so much since I originally made them. I promise to take lots of pics and post a tutorial then. Promise.

This post is number 13 in a series of 26 inspired by the A-Z Blogging Challenge. Click over and see all the amazing bloggers working their way through the alphabet in April.

L is for Litter Box (Yes, Litter Box): A-Z Blog Challenge

We have two cats, one for each daughter. It wasn’t until we brought them home that I realized there were only two uncarpeted places to put the litter box.

1. Next to the front door – After all, nothing says “Welcome to our home” like the warm aroma of cat urine.
2. In the kitchen – As a general rule I like to minimize any confusion between the smell of my cooking and the smell of cat poo.

Since I couldn’t talk the Hubs into tearing up all the carpet and installing hardwood floors, we came up with this kitty cat outhouse. It’s located in our garage with a kitty door leading in and out of the house. We also included a hinged gate on the side so when it’s time for poo scooping you can open the gate, slide the litter box out, scoop, and return everything back to its place.

L is for Litter Box

L is for Litter Box

L is for Litter Box

L is for Litter Box

Hubs built the frame out of scrap lumber then I wrapped the whole thing in chicken wire. It’s attached to the garage wall with simple hook lock thingys like you see on the door. We had to install a little shelf so the kitties wouldn’t fall and break a leg every time they had to pee. And we also placed some scrap MDF boards over the top so we could store things there. (Yes that is a patched hole under the shelf where I cut the drywall in the wrong place.)

Inside, the kitty door fits discreetly between the front entry and the staircase. Most people don’t ever notice it. More importantly, they don’t notice the smell of two very healthy, very regular kitty cats living there.

L is for Litter Box

L is for Litter Box

Do you have a clever way of storing pet supplies? Or a special place for your pet to sleep or play?

This post is number 12 in a series of 26 inspired by the A-Z Blogging Challenge. Click over and see all the amazing bloggers working their way through the alphabet in April.

K is for Knit Sweater Pillow Cover: A-Z Blog Challenge

I’m kicking myself right now for not taking a picture of my sweater before I chopped it into a million pieces. A found something similar to help you get an idea of how awesome this project really is. Kinda like this one but with no zipper or hood. And with a beautiful circle pattern knitted into the back. And longer. Other than that, they’re exactly the same.

K is for Knit Sweater Pillow Cover

It was originally from White House Black Market but I found it at a resale shop for $12!

K is for Knit Sweater Pillow Cover

I started out by simply wrapping the sweater around my down pillow insert and trimming off the sleeves. (I’m happy to report that the whole thing did not unravel into a fat pile of white yarn as I feared.) Then I attempted to sew up the holes I had made. It looked like crap. Like a sweater with the sleeves cut off. I had nothing to lose at this point so I just kept working. It had to turn into something eventually, right? After several determined hours of cutting, stitching, trimming, cussing, ripping out stitches, and drinking vodka, I came up with this.

K is for Knit Sweater Pillow Cover

K is for Knit Sweater Pillow Cover

Nice, right? See the circle pattern I was telling you about? I love the texture on my red leather chair. Yummy. My advice if you want to try this project is to be flexible. Don’t try too hard to follow a pattern or treat the sweater like a regular piece of fabric. It’s going to be bumpy and lumpy and a little hard to manage. Just keep at it and in the end you’ll have a fabulous upcycled pillow cover.

This post is number 11 in a series of 26 inspired by the A-Z Blogging Challenge. Click over and see all the amazing bloggers working their way through the alphabet in April.