Tuesday, December 1, 2009

J.O.Y.


Today was

"project day"

for me around here.

Finally!

The boys were at school and Will took Ellison out for the day so that I could get some things accomplished without the endless interruptions that occur when everyone is here.

I was alone.

In my own home.

(I was giddy!)

It's a rare occurence, so I took full advantage of it.

One of my projects was to get the built-in-cubbies in the entryway ready for Christmas. Since this is our first winter with our newly built organization system, I went through each of my boxes of Christmas decor looking for just the right items to dress them up.

Garland and berries were a given.

Pinecones too.

And red Christmas balls.

But I didn't have anything to fill the empty space in the display cubbies.

So I added a little...

J O Y


I had Will cut three 4 & 1/2" x 12" strips of pine board that I could lean against the back of the cubby. I wanted to add more green to the decor mix, so I painted them an apple green and then washed the boards with a watered down mix of black and brick red craft paint. (This was a use-what-you've-got project, so I made do with what I had)...


I painted on the letters the same way that I did on the oar in our Master Bedroom. I wanted these letters to have a hint of sparkle, so after the white paint dried, I went back over it and painted on a thin, white line of paint following the right hand side of each letter. It acted as my glue for the glitter...


It took no time at all and I think they turned out great!




The apple green ties in perfectly with the ornament wreath that the boys and I made last night...


I'll be posting more about this in a few days, but for now I'll say...

if you follow Sarah's instructions to a T, you won't have any problems.

If you don't, well...you may end up just as frustrated as I did!



Don't get me wrong, the wreath is super cute, inexpensive (a pack of 5 shatter-proof ornaments for $1.00 - nice!), and easy (I use that term lightly) to make, but if you don't take the necessary preparations, it ends up being a huge pain...


I'll be making another wreath, for sure.

This time following her instructions...


I would love to make a pink wreath for Ellison's room.

A blue one for Owen's room.

William would love a green one of his own.


They're addicting, I tell you! You can't buy a wreath this cute for this cheap!


I had other plans for this wreath when I began the project, but it turned out much smaller than I had anticipated. I had about 40 ornaments to work with, so if you're going for a big wreath, you're going to have to get lots and lots of ornaments!

This one found it's place hanging on a hook in the entryway...


As for the overall look...

I like it...a lot!


I did another project in the entryway today.

A big one.

But it's not quite finished yet.

I've been wanting to do this for so long...

but I had to be sure that I was making the right decision.

Turns out...I did!

Can't wait to show you!




P.S. I am posting this over at:

67 comments:

Shanade said...

I love it! Oh how I wish I had an organization cubby like that for my laundry room. Sigh... someday.

lkjatl said...

Love it! The wreath is great. I'd like to make one too. And yes, Sarah's directions are clear and easy-peasy!! A sparkley pink one in Ellison's room will be darling. I wish I had a spot to put some "lockers".

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Absolutely adorable!!!
I know what you mean by "being home all by yourself"...it's like all the gears in the brain start to function at full capacity. Hee-hee!
Beautiful job!
M.L.

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

Ooooh I adore the decor in the cubby!! The colors are FAB! And I saw that ornament wreath and LURVED it and then see my name! :) Thanks for the shout out. I'm obsessed with these now, I'm making more too. :) I'm linking to this on my Facebook page.

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

Absolutely charming...and what other project are you hinting at? My bet is that you painted the front door!
Janell

Mama Thompson said...

I LOVE the ornaments hanging off the garland...I think I need to do that to my living room shelf to add a little more to that space. I also have my balls for an ornament wreath...was hoping to get to it today...but Lil D opted out of a nap, so no projects for me. Does Will want to head down my way and take Lil D for the day???:)

Traci said...

So VERY cute! I have to ask - is the cubby a built in or did you buy it/have it made? :)

Robin said...

fantasic job. I love the colors together and the creative way you used the pincones. I love to use pinecones in my holiday decor but they always seem to look odd to me. Your whole area looks amazing!

Hopeful Housewife said...

How cute! I love that you decorate even the most utilitarian things! I hope to have one of these in my home one day!

Bella Casa said...

That brings me JOY! Very pretty!!!

Tricia Anne said...

Good Morning.
Your entry way looks beautiful. Thank you for the directions you used for your "joy" boards and a link to learn how to put the wreath together. I am heading that way now. I posted yesterday and reposted today the wreath that I made. Today's has more color. :o)
How wonderful to have a day alone at home. That is my day today. I am in heaven! :o)
Have a nice day.
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

maura said...

That is the sweetest entryway! I love the Joy signs and the wreath. You are so creative. I am looking forward to reading about your "big" project soon. Keep up the good work!

Domestic Princess said...

Super cute! I love it!

Kelly said...

That is STUNNING!!! I love it...the colors, the wreath, the JOY letters...everything!!!!!

Fawn@Party of Five said...

Beautiful! My favorite part is the glittered glue... love the hint of sparkle!

Sherri @ Design2Shine said...

Simply stunning. Just the RIGHT mix of everything. I LOVE the letters and the apple green. AwesomeNEss!

Miss Obara said...

Really really cute. I love those colors...and i'm glad you had fun working on it....alone!

Toronto mls listings said...

Very, very nice, I have to admit. Great Christmas decor, red and green go together SO well. And I must say that this post matches the title of your blog - these are the things that make house a real home.

Best regards,
Elli

Cottage Dreamers said...

I can relate to becoming giddy while home alone! I also love that cubby, I've always wanted one. What a good idea to decorate it!

Valerie said...

So, so cute! Can't wait to see what you do next!

Nina Patricia @ The Adventures of Nina Patricia said...

love it, love it, love it!!!!

AnNicole@Our Suburban Cottage said...

Hello gorgeous! That couldn't be more perfect if you tried. Great job!

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

What great projects! The JOY letters turned out beautifully! Great job :)!
Blessings,
Stacey

meridithdudley said...

Love the color combo. I don't think I will ever tire of seeing red and green decorations at Christmas. Just call me old-fashioned.

Misty said...

I love it! Your blog is always such an inspiration.

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

Oh my - it looks fantastic. You put us all to shame!

Bella's Bowtique said...

Okay this looks like something I can tackle Karla!!! I love it. I went to Fred Meyer today and bought a couple of boxes of shatter proof ornaments. The glue gun is plugged in (well at my house my glue gun is ALWAYS plugged in) - and just waiting for Tom to get home. I'm going to attempt TWO to hang in our living room next to our big mirror. I can't WAIT. :) Thanks for the inspiration.

Kasey said...

How Flipping cute is all that! I <3 Green so I LOVE all the green Christmas balls in the little wreath! :)

Photographing Mom said...

Looks beautiful, Karla!

Tracy said...

Oh how I love how your entry turned out! Love the JOY signs and that adorable wreath! Just might have to look up those instructions and make one myself! ; ) Looking forward to seeing what your giveaway holds...I have a small one going on right now, too...stop on over!

Blessings,
Tracy

PlantSomeRoots@Lakewood said...

The apple green is a nice color choice for your holiday decor. Fantabulous job!
Living it up at Lakewood,
Cindy

Kammy said...

Very cute - love those wreaths !
Kammy

pk said...

pk @ Room Remix

I'm still so distracted by how much I love those cubbies that I'm having a hard time focusing on the Christmas decorations! :-) I do love them though - love the color scheme, the wreath, the JOY, the whole thing. Great job!

Melanie said...

I have to say, I can't wait for my son to go back to school in January:) I love him to death but he has been home since the end of May and it is time for me to have the house back to myself during the day. He is 15 yrs. old and a complete joy BUT mom needs some alone time:) We have been homeschooling since we moved across the country and felt like it was the best thing for now. 10th grade....here we come!

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Oh my, your cubbies are GORGEOUS! I love your "joy". the glitter is a perfect touch.

Aura said...

TOO cute, this should be in a magazine! I made a lot of my decorations this year, but I'm running out of time so I might have to make these next year. I love the shade of apple green, that's my color through our entire house, and my main color scheme this year for our decorations.
Have a great weekend!

Mimi said...

I just love the way you have decorated your cubbies...that wreath is darling. Thanks for sharing.

Shirley said...

Oh, that is so pretty. Simple and not overdone. Super job!!

Jeanne Selep said...

Beautiful project. And I went to a bunch of the places you referenced - Now I'll be checking out so many more blogs...

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

It all looks ADORABLE!!

Vicki said...

Hi, Karla,
I love how you decorated your cubbies. Your "joy" letters and cute little wreath were the perfect touches for it! Thank you for sharing! Blessings to you! Vicki

Marianne@Songbird said...

I love those cubies! They look so great on their own. But you dressed them up very nicely. Can't beat that color combo and glitter too!

Sandy said...

I absolutely love this. You did such a great job!!

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

LOVE this. Remarkable!

Hootin' Anni said...

Ditto on "Linda" comment just above me....your work is absolutely remarkable.

Love the colors!!!!

Come see what I did with my blue cobalt glass candle holder I found at the antique store...


CLICK HERE

gina said...

First of all- I wish I had one of those entry orgnaizers for my mud/laundry room! Second- it looks so FESTIVE!! You did a great job- I love the apple green mixed in with the traditonal- fun. :)

PattieJ said...

Love this idea!! I'm going to have to try making one!

Teresa said...

Man, I'm so coverting your mud room hutch!
Love your christmas decorations.
Thanks

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

That looks great! I love it ~ the JOY and the decorating overall!

Heather at Happy Chippy Junk said...

OOOO I love this!! I love the lime green and the red and I love the JOY!! So great!!

2sisters said...

It turned out beautifully!!!

Miss Mustard Seed said...

I love it! The wreath is so cute and all of the fun touches are homey and inviting. I hope no one actually hangs their coats and bags, there! :) Also, I know the joy of being home alone. It is awesome!

rebecca said...

Karla I love this!Thanks for linking it to the Show and Tell fun over at Blue cricket! I am off to spend way too much time on your blog!!

Becca @ Blue Cricket Design

down pillow said...

Sooo sweet - love it :)

Andy Porter said...

Holy comments Batman! I guess we like it!! It looks SOO good!! It makes me happy!!
Thanks for linking to Poppies!

Jane said...

I absolutely love it!!! It looks so crisp and clean and JOYFUL! I am so loving your blog!!!

Its So Very Cheri said...

So pretty. I LOVE the red and green together--thanks for linking to the party.
I will click to follow and add you to my subscriptions if you have that feature on your blog.

Cheri

Christine said...

I love it! Everything looks so great!!

Its So Very Cheri said...

You've been featured--come check it out.
Cheri

steffany said...

The JOY is my favorite, but I love everything you have, thanks for sharing. Your blog is amazing.

Jeanne said...

Your cubbies look awesome! I love the apple green with red for Christmas so much more than the standard red and green! If you get a chance and can do so please mention what font you chose for your Joy letters. I quickly looked through my fonts earlier and didn't find it. I'm hoping to copy your Joy boards soon!!!

Mrs. Nepper said...

Again, so fabulous!

Centsational Girl said...

So so gorgeous - I absolutely love it. Those colors are so stunning ! Thanks so much for linking up !

Kate

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Karla,

A resounding applause. This is AWESOME! And INSPIRATIONAL! Thanks for linking up to Thrifty Thursday, sweet friend!

Leigh
Tales from Bloggeritaville
www.lbratina.blogspot.com

eddieross said...

Very sweet! Love it all!

Eddie

Anonymous said...

I LOVE your cubbies and locker system So much. I showed my husband and begged him to make me something like it!! Check out my blog to see how much it is like yours!! Thanks for sharing, I really enjoy your blog!!

shawnajb said...

I am the one who copied your awesome cubbies and lockers!! I am new at this. I did not want to be anonymous in the first post.