Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Big changes are coming

Yes, I'm still here! Sorry I haven't posted in awhile. After completing my master bedroom makeover I just needed a break from projects and crafting for awhile plus I've been trying to catch up on some of my scrapbooking.

After all the craziness of the holidays have passed I promise to share a big change that is going on in our home! Here's a hint though...I might be playing musical rooms once again. Think formal to more functional!

I'll be sharing some sneak peeks on Facebook and Instagram!

Thanks for coming by.


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Finding the perfect lampshade

Recently when I was working on my master bedroom makeover I decided to keep my existing lamps and just change out the shades to save money. I thought it would be an easy task to just switch out the shades. Nope, it took me a solid week and many many trips to several stores to finally find the perfect lampshade.

I feel in love with the color and pattern on this shade but it was to large for the lamp.
I thought this one was perfect until I put it on my lamp. Way too small!
In the store I thought this shade would be too large, but when I got it home it was the perfect fit!

The nice people at Target probably thought I was crazy buying and returning shade after shade.

Moral of the some research before heading to the store. Measure your lamp and existing shade!

I found some great tips here at shades of light. Such as, the diameter of the bottom of the shade should not be greater than the height of the lamp body (to bottom of socket). So if you are in the market for new shades I would suggest heading over and doing a little reading first.

Have a great day!


Monday, November 26, 2012

DIY bed skirt

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Last week I very proudly showed you my master bedroom makeover.

It's hard to tell in the photo, but our bed is on raisers (long story but my dear husband wanted to be able to store one of his workout machines under our bed). When it came time to shop for new bedding and a bed skirt I couldn't find anything long enough. Standard bed skirts (aka dust ruffle, weird name) were way to short. So with little to no money to spend I decided to whip something up myself.

I headed to our linen closet and pulled out two rarely used white twin size top sheets. Then I cut each in half lengthwise.

 I used pins to attach the sheet directly into our box spring. I used three halved sheets, one for each side of the mattress. The sheets were the perfect length and I could pin them to the correct height.
 I made sure to use the hemmed part of the sheet not the cut part as the bottom of the bed skirt. 

So far we've had our bed skirt on our bed for a month and it hasn't budged (even with kids hopping in and out of our bed).

I love FREE!

Have a happy Monday!


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Master bedroom reveal

Today I am finally ready to show off my newly decorated master bedroom! It took a little longer then I planned, but I am truly happy with the results. Plus, I was able to keep this makeover under my teeny tiny budget!

Just to refresh your memory here is a look at the BEFORE.
We simply moved in and unpacked and left the room like this for the past year and a half.

Here it is TODAY!

Just for fun I added some side by side shots.

As I mentioned earlier I was on a tight budget with this room. I saved money by using all of my existing furniture and painting it. I also shopped for bargains and threw in some DIY projects. I was able to complete this room for under $300.00 total! {cheering}

Here is my project breakdown

1. Paint for walls Behr elephant skin from Home Depot $80.00
2. white paint for trim and furniture already had
3. White duvet set from Target $79.99
4. White dust ruffle DIY project FREE
5. Lampshades from Target $34.00 for both
6. gallery wall frames from around house plus a few more from Michael's at 50% off just $20.00
7. Artwork DIY FREE
8. Curtain rods and hardware Ikea $17.00
9. Painted stripe curtains DIY with white panels from Target $20.00
10. Canvas artwork over armoire Hobby Lobby 50% off $15.00
11. Black baskets under nightstands Target clearance $24.00
12. Chevron window valance DIY already had fabric FREE
13. Accent pillow Hobby Lobby clearance about 6 months ago $5.00

Now I can actually enjoy spending time in my bedroom instead of cringing every morning waking up to bright gold walls!

Of course there are always things that can be done in the future {like a cozy little reading chair in the corner} but for now we are HAPPY! After a break I'll have to tackle our gold and blue master bathroom as well!

Thank you for coming by today!


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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Master bedroom progress

I am so excited to share with you that my master bedroom makeover is almost complete!
You know when you first start a project and you're all busy busy busy. Then you get to that midway point and you begin to lose your energy and slow down. Then finally you see the finish line in sight and get that last burst of adrenaline. That is how I've felt for the past month. Up down and up again. I've had fun though seeing all my planning come to life!
Today I am working on a curtain project for the room {sorry no more pics until the reveal}. Here is a recap of my room to do list.
Master bedroom
paint trim
paint room
paint furniture
find new {inexpensive} bedding
new or repurposed lamps
diy artwork
gallery wall
spruce up ceiling fan
It feels great to cross all those items off my list! Can't wait to share the finished room with you shortly!

Friday, November 2, 2012

A look back at my first year

It's hard to believe that I started this blog exactly a year ago today! I ask myself this question daily "where has the time gone"?

I began blogging a year ago because we had recently purchased our forever house and I wanted a way to document the journey of making a house our home. I never imagined it could be so much fun or so much work! I'm still amazed when I read your nice comments and think "wow someone out there likes what I'm doing". My blog might not be well known or have a ton of sponsors {or any}, but I don't mind I kinda love it just how it is. 

So in honor of my blogiversary I am going to share some of my favorites from the past year! 

One of my first projects was painting the stripe curtains for our family room. I actually love those curtains so much I plan on making another pair next week for a certain room in my house!

One of my favorite rooms in our home is my daughters room, if I were a little girl again I would want her room! We've made a few changes since I posted this and I'm hoping to share some updated photos with you soon.

Another early on project was decorating my children's bath room.

One of my all time favorite makeovers was my striped entry. The difference is amazing and I still love it today!

I also shared my favorite room in our previous home and why it was so special to me.

One of my favorite art projects was the domino art I made for our basement makeover.

I enjoy planning parties and shared my daughter's mad hatter tea party and my carnival ideas!

Honestly I could sit here all day because I've come to realize that almost all of my projects and makeovers are my favorite!

I want to thank all of you who have been reading my blog for a year or just a few days! You make blogging so much fun for me and I always look forward to hearing your responses to my makeovers and crazy ramblings {we've all had our share of those}. THANK YOU!

Have a fantastic weekend!


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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Pinterest challenge pumpkin birdfeeder

This afternoon my daughter and I attempted another Pinterest challenge!

I came across this idea a few days ago and thought it would be the perfect thing to do with some of our leftover pumpkins. Plus this was something fun that my daughter could help me with.

We started by cutting a cleaned out pumpkin in half. Then filled it with bird seed and used some jute rope to string it to the tree {we were quite the scene trying to attach that rope to our tiny tree}!

My helper {she thought she looked like a lion}.

The first time we used a large pumpkin without thinking that it had to hang in our wee little tree. Luckily we also had a small pumpkin that was the perfect size!

It was a quick and simple project to do with my daughter, can't beat that!


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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Master bedroom sneak peek

If you are wondering where I've been this week the answer is simple...slaving away on my master bedroom.

I love finally having a large master bedroom and bath, but WOW so time consuming to paint. It took me three days to get our bedroom painted. Here is a sneak peek of the color I chose.

Our master bedroom is large and gets lots of natural sunlight so I decided to go with a darker shade of gray.

The color is elephant skin by Behr.

Now I've moved on to painting our existing furniture {remember that budget}. Here is a sneak peek of how that is going.

Yes, I am painting furniture in our bathroom!

As you can see I still have quite a few things to complete in my master bedroom makeover.

Master bedroom

Paint trim
paint room
paint furniture
find new {inexpensive} bedding
new or re-purposed lamps
diy artwork
gallery wall
spruce up ceiling fan

It helps me stay focused and on schedule when I keep a list of what I need to do. I'm hoping after today I can cross one more item off that list.

 I know I will be painting with the windows open today since we are having such warm weather this week here in Ohio! Love it!


Monday, October 22, 2012

I just want to send a quick THANK YOU to Courtney from A Thoughtful Place blog for featuring my organized lunch drawer today on her blog. I love her blog and she has some other fantastic features today so head on over and check them out!


Friday, October 19, 2012

Coupon savings

Sorry no craft projects or bedroom makeover pics today folks. Nope, today I am excited to share some great shopping and couponing deals.

I'm not exactly new to the world of couponing, I've always used them here and there without much planning involved. This past month I decided to get more serious about coupons and more importantly about saving money!

The first thing I did was find a great online source to help me out. Savings lifestyle notifies me of deals in my area and freebies as well.

The second thing that I still need to do is put together a coupon binder. I'll share this with you when I complete it.

Yesterday I made two trips to Kroger {my main shopping source}. On the first trip I picked up these items.

Total cost after coupons was $20.98 plus I received two $5.00 off future purchase coupons.

After my daughter's dance class last night I couldn't resist stopping again {we drive right by the store}. On this trip I picked up ten boxes of Betty Crocker potatoes and six packs of gum. Total cost after coupons was $2.87 plus I also received two more $5.00 off coupons!

My kids think I have went off the deep end with all the potatoes we now have in our pantry!

If you have a Kroger in your area the prices are good until Sunday. Betty Crocker potatoes are on sale for $1.00 and  when you buy five you receive a $5.00 off future order coupon. It's like getting them for free!

Good luck with your shopping!

Let me know if you have any coupon secrets or tips for me!

Have a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, October 18, 2012

The beginning of one MASTER makeover

We've been in our new home for almost a year and a half now, and still our master bedroom sits untouched. I guess I was putting off this room for several reasons. First, I wanted to have a large budget for this room so I could get new everything. Secondly, our master bedroom is HUGE with vaulted ceilings and lovely brown trim to paint. Lastly, nobody really see's our bedroom anyway.

Wrong, wrong, wrong!

Time to get real!

 With three kids and tons of activities I won't have the budget for new furniture until they are out of college! Yes, I will have to spend lots and lots of time painting. Yes, everyone does see our master bedroom especially when you have a new home and visitors want a tour. 

So last weekend I decided to start the makeover. I began with my favorite thing in the whole world...painting baseboards and trim! I worked on the trim off and on for three days, but it is finally complete!



It makes me so happy to see all that fresh white trim! Next on my list is painting the walls. I am so tired of waking up to gold walls every morning!

I promise to keep you updated!

You can also see sneak peeks on instagram...Amyhomehappyhome


Monday, October 15, 2012

Everything's gonna be alright!

Happy Monday!
Hope you all had a relaxing weekend!

I just wanted to pop in and share with you a custom wood sign I made last week for one of my husbands friends.

If you want to see how I make my signs you can check out my tutorial HERE.

Over the weekend I started a huge, gigantic, master of a project! Hmmm wonder what it could be? This one is going to take some time, but I'm so excited to have finally gotten the ball rolling. I'll be back tomorrow to share.


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Thursday, October 11, 2012


Guess what today is?


I just thought that was neat!

Anyway today I wanted to invite you to join me at Instagram.
I'm just now learning about it and I would love for you to follow along {Amyhomehappyhome}. Leave me a comment and I'll follow you back!

I also recently added an Instagram feed to my sidebar. It was so easy, I found a great tutorial HERE. I was able to set it up in under five minutes!

Looking forward to seeing you all over at Instagram!


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Basement bath mini makeover

If you read my post on Monday then you've probably guessed that the next room on my makeover to do list is a bathroom.

Monday I showed you these fabric covered frames that I made on the cheap.

They are now hanging in their new home in our basement's half bath. There is a reason you've never seen this room before. It was {past tense} a dark and dreary room that nobody wanted to use, including myself. The walls were a dark gray and the lighting was awful. 

Since my budget {nearly nonexistent} didn't allow for any major changes to the room I decided to brighten it up and make it a more pleasant space.

Here is the before...

Here is the after...

To brighten up the space I painted the walls the same color as our basement {a lighter shade of gray} and added a new light fixture. WOW, just doing those two things made the room feel so much lighter. 

The budget didn't allow for a new mirror {I did look and drool over a few} so I spray painted the existing mirror white.

The fun part was adding all the cute accessories which I picked up at Hobby Lobby {all at 50% off}.

I'm so pleased with how the room looks now and glad that I was able to complete this mini makeover on a mini budget! Total spent on this room was right around $80.00.

Thanks for coming by!


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