An Early Spring for My Princess

I know for a lot of you out there Spring can’t come soon enough. For us out here in the desert, it seems like it’s been here for a week now.  After surviving our first summer in Arizona, panic as begun to set it.  With the cold weather disappearing, that means unbearable heat will be here soon.  Still, I can bring a ‘lil spring time to my Alie’s room for her.  I know the pretty flowers and colors of spring will make her smile. 
Alie got this Sleeping Beauty poster from her Auntie Julie’s Mom.  Instead of it being rolled up, it was flat with a piece of cardboard behind it.  If you remember my messy room post, then you may remember reading about my odd obsession with saving pieces of cardboard.  I mean really, isn’t there ALWAYS something you can do with it!  So, I have this nice big piece of cardboard and some turquoise paint.  My sister Kari bought me a few different vinyl wall art sets.  One of them was perfect for Alie’s room and PERFECT for what I decided to do with the cardboard.

Because I am a bit of a klutz, I lined my kitchen with plastic.
Then I painted the cardboard.
Then I added the vinyl stickers and made some faux grass from tissue paper.
To make the grass I cut up tissue paper into squares.
Then, I folded the squares like so.
And glued them onto the board.
This is what it looks like up on her wall.  It’s kinda cute isn’t it?  She LOVES it!!
Thanks for stopping by! 



Blog Swap with my GOOD friend Sunny of Life in Rehab

Hello there, fans of AliLilly!
What would you do if your house caught on fire and there was $100,000 worth of damage, 
not including your possessions?
If you’re us, you fire up the circular saw and start a blog so you can drag the internet along on your journey.
I’m Sunny Pritchard, head loon and proprietress of Life in Rehab, a blog about the misadventures of a family trying to dig their way out of the charred rubble of their beach house in gorgeous South Florida.
This is not your usual neutrals destination.
My children, known as the Minions, serve as slave labor while we demolish, reframe, sand down, install, repaint, reupholster, and upcycle everything from couches to wine boxes. You think I’m kidding? Come see some of the things we’ve done!
We brought our smoke and water damaged sectional back to life with a few bottles of dye.
The big mirror in the dining room became a blog star after her turquoise face lift.
We turned mismatched bargain patio furniture into seaside black elegance
…and helped the chinese delivery guy find my house!
Holiday projects on a budget? How about some Chandelier Shade Ghosts
 
We’ll show you how to use jar lids to solve a little insect problem.
 
And over here, your bad habits might actually come in handy!
Come on over for a shot of caffeine and a smile. Here at Chateau Inferno, we’re about six miles south of Normal, but we have some serious fun while we’re at it. Please do drop by and join us!
 And many thanks to my dear bloggy buddy Ami and her delicious little dollop of a daughter for allowing us to disrupt the creative genius around here for a day! Love you guys!

Blog Swap with Stacy from Not JUST A Housewife

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Hi! I’m Stacy from Not JUST A Housewife and I am happy to be swapping with Ami today!
 I am a stay at home mom to 4 little boys and I love it! Don’t get me wrong, it can be hard. Sometime down right crazy! But in between loads of laundry, at nap time, and into the late hours of the night I am able to find some “me” time. It helps keep me sane!  Here are some of the things you can find on my blog.
I refinished this antique desk. You should see what it looked like before! I have a tutorial on how I did it HERE.
I needed more lighting in my front room but my hubby was unemployed at the time and I had zero budget for one. So I made this floor lamp out of scrap wood left over from other projects. Then I hand painted one of my own design on a lamp shade I had. I did have to buy a $10.00 lamp kit but I think it was worth the splurge! See the complete tutorial HERE.
With 4 busy boys I am always looking for fun activities to do with my kids. They love this felt face activity! I cut out a bunch of different noses, different eyes, mouths, etc and they can make their own faces however they want over and over. See how to make them HERE.
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 If I can’t find the right fabric I just paint my own!
See how I fixed up our old bathroom for around $75.00!
I also recently stenciled my entire bedroom ceiling. It took 4 days because I had 49 million interruptions, but it was worth it. I love waking up to a pretty ceiling! You can see more picture and how I did it HERE. There is also a tutorial on how I made the Chandelier HERE.
 I host a linky party on Tuesdays called Show me what ya got! So come party with me on Tuesdays :)
I have an etsy shop called The Housewife Boutique too. I recently added a ton of necklaces, hair clips and headbands.
You can visit my shop by clicking HERE.
I also sometimes chat about “mom” things like BABY WEIGHT, bad days, traditions, cleaning, etc. So come and visit me sometime at Not JUST A Housewife :)
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