Monday, March 26, 2012

Framing a Digital Picture Frame.....

A few years ago my husband gave me a digital picture frame for my birthday and I hate to say it, but I never really used it.  I just didn't like the way it looked.  It was so plain and boring to look at.  So lets fast forward five years and my whole opinion has changed.  Why, because I saw something in a store that struck the creative side of me and completely changed my whole outlook on that digital frame sitting in my closet not being used.   It was a FRAME....a custom made one to fit a digital frame.  I saw it so long ago and I can't even remember where I saw it, but I remember I loved it and I wanted one and the store was asking an outlandish amount of money for it.  When my parents were here this past week, I had my Dad build one for me.....because he can build anything (just wait until I post about an amazing Pottery Barn Teen knockoff he did for me....I'm working on that post)!

Here is my new Frame......



This project was made from one piece of 1" x 6", nails and a router...that's it!!
He started by measuring my digital frame and went from there.  I would give you exact measurements, but all digital frames are different sizes, depths, etc..  Just start by first measuring the frame you have and adjust the 1" x 6" to fit your frame.  My frame is 19 1/4" long and 16 1/2" tall and the width of my digital frame is 9".


He routed the inset of the frame so the digital frame rested inside of it.  Measure the depth of the frame and adjust the router to make it fit your frame....

Made a couple of wooden stands for the frame to stand up.......

and tadaaaa......Lookie how that frame fits in there perfectly....

I primed it a grey color so the black paint would take to it better.....

Purchased an iron piece from Hobby Lobby for $4.99 and spray painted it turquoise....


Here's a hint...if you are going to paint screws, place them in a scrap piece of peg board and paint away.....




After the primer on the frame dried, I painted it black.....

Distressed the heck out of it and put a coat of polyurethane on it....

I also distressed the iron piece....just took my sandpaper block and ran over the top of it....


Measured and screwed in my iron piece and placed my digital frame in it, securing it with screen clips.


Hope you have a great week...Thanks for stopping by!!

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Sunday, March 11, 2012

A Spring Hutch

I can't believe that it is finally springtime here in Texas....we never had a winter!  It was good to get out some of the fresh vibrant colors of Spring and decorate.  The colors really do just brighten up the entire house.  Now, if I can only keep the Easter eggs in their place...my son keeps taking them and hiding them from me.

Let's take a Lookie at What I Did.....



I made my flower arrangement out of sprigs of grass, tulips and moss bunnies that I purchased at Pier One Imports...I then tied a simple bow around the arrangement to finish out the look.



These Easter boxes were purchased at Steinmart.....


I love this domed cake dish, it was my Grandmother's.  I just adore it because it brings back so many memories of her!


Here are some Easter eggs laying on beans I dyed green.  You can read about how to do it here....


Let's take a closer look at the inside.....


I purchased some of the items this year at Tuesday Morning, Steinmart and Hobby Lobby!!!



The Spring printable came from here.....



The silver bowl and spoon set was a baby gift to our son...I love that it goes with the Spring theme....


Are these little bunny's the cutest thing ever.....Steinmart!!




Hope you've enjoyed the tour of my hutch...

Happy Spring!!!

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Friday, March 9, 2012

Spring Colored Beans.......

I finally finished decorating my house for Easter and can't wait to share with you some of what I have been up too!  I usually fill my apothecary jars with Easter grass and eggs but then I had the light bulb go off in my head to try and dye some navy beans like I did for Halloween.  If you are new to my blog, I experimented with dying beans during the Halloween holidays in orange.  You can see how they turned out HERE!  Since the beans turned out great for Halloween, I knew that some pretty pastels would be perfect for the upcoming spring season!  These beans provide a cheap alternative to fill your apothecary jars or decorative trays.


Here is what you will need to for the project...

White Navy Beans
Food Coloring (Tube or Jar)
Gallon Size Ziploc Bags
Wax Paper


Start by pouring your beans into the ziploc bag.....


Next, squirt the food coloring on top of the beans.....I ended up using the whole tube....


Zip the bag closed and start massaging the beans...you will see the color covering all of the beans.....


When you are happy with the color, spread the beans out onto the wax paper......


Let them dry for a good 24 hours.  I had some extra beans and used some blue food coloring from the Wilton jar and got a really pretty color...they seemed to dry quicker too!



I repeated the same step to get the green beans below....they turned out to be a gorgeous color green....




This whole project was less than $5.00...super easy and cheap!

Have a great weekend!!!

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