When I picture the windows open in a room, I imagine warm sunshine streaming through as the wind gently blows the curtains. Fresh air hits me and I am compelled to take a deep breath. The refreshing energy fills my soul. Of course there are only certain seasons when it's practical to open the windows, but my goal is to fill my heart, home, and family with a beautiful serenity that always makes me think the windows are open!

Thursday, June 24

Little Girl’s Room Wall Art and Reveal

Okay, so now that I’ve finished the painting, trimming, stenciling, and curtains in my little girl room,  I’ll show you some simple wall decor I did.  Then, I’ll do a quick room reveal from start to finish.  I love the peacefulness of the lavender colors in this room.  To be honest, some days when the little ones are napping, I go sit in there and just enjoy the serenity.

On the walls I wanted to put verses from Proverbs 31 to  inspire my daughters to be kind, loving and God-centered women.  But when I priced custom vinyl lettering… OUCH!  I could MAYBE afford one, but not all eight that I wanted to do.

Here’s my creative and much MUCH cheaper solution.  For under $15 I purchased a package of 10 clear, full sheet labels from Amazon.

label paper                

They work in an inkjet printer, so I picked my favorite font,  Pavane, and designed my verses to fit on an 8.5 X 11 inch paper which I then cut out.  Here’s the end result.



I ended up printing 7 of them.  The last one I printed on Sew-In Computer Printer Fabric that I got at Jo-Ann’s a while back.

label paper 

With a coupon, it was less then a dollar per fabric sheet.  Then I sewed the fabric sheet into a pillow.


And now to reveal the room redo from start to finish…. Drum roll please…

Original Wall Color origWall2

Lavender Paint in Two Tones shown here

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Chair Rail Added shown here


Stenciling Completed shown here

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Curtains Sewn & Hung shown here


And last, the completed room:  Bible versus on the wall. Furniture moved back in place (I would LOVE new furniture, but alas, that’s not in the budget);  My favorite quilt and pillows on the bed (I made these years ago).  When my little one is ready to come out of the crib, we’ll put rails on the bed and move her in.  Until then, Grandma and Grandpa still have a place to sleep.   :o)


Hope you enjoyed it.  Have a great day!


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Wednesday, June 2

Simple Way to Transpose a Baby Sleeper

I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.  And a big thank you to all the men and women who have served our country, especially my husband, father, and uncles.

This is such a simple redo that I almost didn’t share it on here.  But then I realized that no repurposing project is too small to capture somebody’s attention and inspire them.


When I was pregnant with my first, we knew it was a boy, but still tried to buy neutral baby colors since we intended to have more children.  Let’s face it, baby stuff is expensive!  I didn’t want to re-buy EVERYTHING just to get girl colors if we had a girl next.

Well, indeed, our next two are girls.  And for the most part it’s been easy to exchange the blue blankets in the nursery with pink blankets and dolls to make it look girly.  But one purchase I made on EBAY before my son was born was a blue co-sleeper.  I got a great deal on it, but since it was pre-owned I couldn’t choose the color.  Blue worked fine for my son and we didn’t actually use it much for my first daughter, but now we use it a lot with the second daughter since the first is still in the crib.   Long story short, little girl #1 is not ready for a toddler bed so she’s staying in the nursery crib for a while and baby girl #2 is going into the big girl room with the co-sleeper… for now.  But it’s BLUE!  And I just finished decorating that room in shades of lavender!  What’s a mom to do?  LOL!
blue sleeper

Well, go to the thrift store, of course!  That’s where I got two big rolls of lavender gingham decorating fabric for a dollar each!  I know they look solid in the pic, but really they have a tiny gingham pattern.
 fabric rolls2gingham print

They are the perfect size for twin bedspreads and eventually will be used for that, but for now…

… I’ve wrapped them around the blue co-sleeper for baby girl.
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Super cheap, Super easy way to make this blue baby bed look more girly.
Have a blessed day!


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