Poofy Cheeks: January 2011

January 31, 2011

Goodwill Frame Transformation - Dry Erase Menu

I woke up on Saturday morning feeling pretty thrifty. Since Mike was at work, the boys and I headed to Goodwill. I walked out spending $11. I got everything pictured below plus a child’s suitcase that Wyatt just couldn’t live without. (Did I mention that he wants to take it everywhere we go, filled with Thomas toys, and makes me put it in the trunk? LOL!)

Goodwill Frame Transformation

Now I have seen some really cool dinner menu’s for planning out each week’s meal. I instantly knew I wanted to do something like that with the frame.

BEFORE
Goodwill Frame Transformation

I took out the picture and glass then spray painted the frame on my ‘spray painting tree’. As you can tell I have used it a time or two before!

Goodwill Frame Transformation

Then I created grid with the days of the week on my computer and printed it onto solid turquoise/blue cardstock. I used a lighter color to print out ‘Sapp Family Menu’. Then I put the glass back into the frame and arranged the papers and a piece of ribbon - using tape to secure them.

Goodwill Frame Transformation
Goodwill Frame Transformation

I then placed the back onto the frame and turned it around to find this…

Goodwill Frame Transformation

I consider this one successful transformation! Now I can use my chalk markers on the glass and wipe it clean each week. I’m linking up over at Craft-o-Maniac, These Creative Juices, A Diamond in the Stuff and I Love Naptime!

BTW – Here is my menu for this week!
  • Monday – Baked Potato Soup
  • Tuesday – Steak with broccoli salad
  • Wednesday – Peas and Cheese Tortellini
  • Thursday – Fiesta Chicken Chowder
  • Friday – FFY (Fend For Yourself (cause this momma has to work!!))
  • Saturday – Honey Goat Cheese Chicken by Paula Deen
  • Sunday – SUPER BOWL!
Come back tomorrow to see how I used some other goodwill finds and Target dollar spot items to create a Valentine’s entryway!
Enjoy,

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January 28, 2011

PB Knockoff Silverware Paintings

Since November I have had my eye on these silverware paintings from Pottery Barn. From the moment I had my eye on them I knew I could do something like it for much less. When my sister-in-law asked me what I wanted for Christmas I told her two canvases. Now a month later I finally got the motivation to paint the silverware. They don’t look exactly like the PB ones, but I am beyond satisfied with them!

These are the PB silverware paintings- (which btw are no longer available?)

Pottery Barn Silverwear Paintings

These are mine- I painted mine in brown.
Pottery Barn Inspired Silverwear Paintings

Wanna know how I did it?
I gathered my supplies -
  • 2 12x24 canvases
  • Paintbrushes
  • Acrylic paint (I grabbed brown)
  • Poster board (or other thick paper)
  • Pencil
  • Inspiration picture
Pottery Barn Inspired Silverwear Paintings

Then I took a piece of poster board (I actually used a thick water color paper that I had laying around) and folded it in half. I drew one half of the silverware handle. Then cut it out. I unfolded it and had the template for my handles. I also traced part of the fork so that the spaces between each fork (stabber, pointy piece, whatever they are called – you get my point) would be evenly spaced.

Pottery Barn Inspired Silverwear Paintings
Pottery Barn Inspired Silverwear Paintings

Then I laid the template pieces on the canvas. I used a ruler to make sure the templates were centered on the canvas and then traced with a pencil. I also freehanded the tips of each fork and the spoon, but if you aren’t the best at drawing then you can use a template for this too!

Pottery Barn Inspired Silverwear Paintings

After the fork and spoon were drawn onto their canvas, I started painting the outlines.

Pottery Barn Inspired Silverwear Paintings

If you look closely you will see that I made some changes. To get rid of any pencil lines use a CLEAN eraser or white paint. (It is best to test an eraser in a small area first since some erasers just smudge and don’t actually erase!)

Then I sort of made the rest up as I went. I did pay close attention to making one half of the spoon lighter and one half darker to give the effect of light and shadow. I did the same with the fork.
Within three hours I had them hanging in my kitchen above my cabinets.

Pottery Barn Inspired Silverwear Paintings

Oh how I love Pottery Barn and their knockoffs!
 Enjoy,

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Stuffed Green Pepper Recipe

Hey! Are you looking for the Stuffed Green Pepper Recipe? It has been updated and you can find it HERE!

Stuffed Green Pepper Recipe
 
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