Sunday, July 22, 2012

Pallet project #2 - The Gate

I was inspired by  She is an incredible artist with such creative ideas.  She paints beautiful phrases, Scripture verses,and family names on wood.  This is my version.

This is how I did it.

1. Remove 1x4 off of pallets.
2. Cut the wood with a table saw to the size I wanted.
3. Nail all the boards to 2 1x4 so it is one solid piece
4. Sand the edges and boards 
5. Stain the boards with Golden Oak stain
5. Chose the size and fonts you like best and print the Scripture verse or phrase on paper 
6. Lay the paper on the wood. Using a pencil, trace the outline of each letter and it will leave an  indentation in the wood
7. Lift up the paper and paint on the words
8. Buy two gate hinges at Lowe's for $8 and screw them unto the board

Hanging the gate - 
1. Find a stud in the wall and screw a cut 2x4 in the wall.  Screw the gate into the cut 2x4.
2. Sit back and enjoy how crafty you are!

Stay tuned to Pallet project #3

Happy Summer,


Friday, July 20, 2012

Magic makeover on and old shirt

  I bought this shirt at Goodwill for $3.  Thought I loved it, but after wearing it I realized it had some major problems.
#1 Sleeves too long  
#2 -material to tight on my tummy.  No matter how much I sucked didn't look cute.

Please excuse my freezy hair.  It was a long day with my kids ...

So I got to thinking....maybe I will cut the sleeves and bunch up the sides.

I cut off about 6 inches and did a basic hem around the sleeve.

Then I added some elastic to the sides.  I sewed the elastic in place, and then pulled the elastic tight as I went down the shirt.  When you release the elastic, the material will be bunched up.

In just 15 minutes, I had a new shirt that I really do love.

Happy sewing!


Saturday, July 14, 2012

Pallet Shelves

Pallets,pallets, see so many ideas on Pinterest about pallets.
 I love them and have had so much fun using them for inside and outside of my home. Probably because there are free!  My easiest project was pallet shelves.

1. Cut your pallet into thirds. Depending on the size of your pallet, you may only want to cut it into 2 pieces.  A circular works best, but you can use a sawsall, jigsaw, or hand saw.

You are almost done!  I stinkin' easy.
2. Screw on a piece of 1x4 unto the bottom of the shelf.

Whala!  A great rustic shelf.  You can leave it rustic like I did, or paint or stain it.  So easy and free.

 3. To mount, find the studs in the wall and screw your shelves right to the wall.
4. Fill in the shelves with frames, artwork, old books, floral arrangements, etc..  Try to use lots of textures and color.

Stay tuned for my next pallet reveal.....

Happy Summer ,


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Week 2 : Summer "Hits" and "Flops"

We sure are having a great summer! Lots of time at the beach and pool and I think we have eaten an ice cream cone everyday.  Yum, Yum...  lets hear some more about our Summer  "Hits" and "Flops".

Hit#1 Slime

This was a HUGE hit!  My boys played with it for over an hour.  I kept seeing recipes all over Pinterest, so I thought I would give it a try.
Recipe:  1 bottle of 4oz Elmers glue
              1 1/2 c of water
              food coloring
              1 tsp of borax  (you can find this with the laundry detergent at the store)
I found a great step by step with pictures on

1. Pour all of glue in lg mixing bowl with 1/2 c of water and stir
2. Add some food coloring
3. Mix 1 cup of water and borax together in separate container then add to the glue
4. You will instantly see a cool science experiment. The gook separates and its ready to play with.
5. Discard extra water. The more you play with it, the more solid it becomes.
6. Store in ziploc bag and you will have many hrs of entertainment.

Flop # 1 - A Vacation Trip Timer

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I was so excited about this one.  We were headed for a 8 hr trip to vacation with family.  Came across this great idea - or so I thought.  
You take ribbon or elastic of some kind and tie it to the hooks on each side of the ceiling in your car.  You then mark it off for how many hrs  you will be driving.  Tie a car to the ribbon.  A child gets to move the car over for each hr that passes.  No longer will you hear "Are we there yet?" Right?......

NO, NO, NO.  Instead of that we heard, "Can I move the Car?"   "Its not FAIR,  he moved it the last time!"  "Has it been an hour, yet?"  Topped with the fact that they had to take off there seat belt to move the car.  Uuuugggg....  You try to make it fun...and sometimes you just get headaches.

Hit #2   Mattress Surfing

Take an odd crib mattress, hold on tight and slide down the stairs.  
Now what kid wouldn't have fun doing this?

Hit # 3 Tree Climbing Advetures

My boys made this game up. - Adventure Tree Climbing.
  I bought these plastic rings at the thrift store for $2.  (I knew we would find something to do with them.)  
Real Simple - the boys throw the hoops into a tree, climb the tree and shake the tree till the hoops come down.  I know, sounds stupid.  But they have so much fun with it.  

Tie for a Hit and Flop - Making our own Bubble Gum

So we got this kit from a friend to make our own bubble gum.  Of course, the boys thought it was the best thing ever.
 Positives -  Boys has fun, it made ok tasting bubble gum, something to fill our day with
Negative - It made a huge mess, boys quickly lost interest stirring it, you have to kneed the gum for at least 10 minutes with your hands ( so after those little hands are smashing it for 10 min, I wasnt crazy about  taste testing)

All in all, it was a tie.  But it did make some good bubbles.

Hows your summer going?  

- Steph

Friday, June 22, 2012

10 minute pillow slipcover

This is the easiest way to make a slipcover for your pillows. In just 10 minutes you will see results that are amazing!

1. Get a pillow and cut fabric so that it is 2 inches bigger than the pillow on the top and bottom and long enough on each side that if you fold it, the fabric overlaps by 6 inches.

2. Unfold the fabric and hem the two short sides.

3. With pillow inside, keep the fabric inside out and pin the fabric so that it is fitted.

4. Remove pillow and hem two straight lines on the sides of the pillow.

5. Turn right side out and you have a beautiful slipcover pillow.



Happy sewing!

 - Steph

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Summer flops and summer hits!

Summer is officially underway at the Gammons house.  In order for me to remain sane for the whole summer, I spent some time looking at various blogs and made a list of activities that my kids would enjoy.  I thought it would be fun to tell you what has been a "Hit" and what has been a "Flop".  I will be sure to up date this list through out the summer.  Here goes....

Hit #1 - Jazzing up our thrift store razors

My boys have been asking for Razors for awhile now.  I almost cried when I found both of these at Goodwill for $10.   They were used and the purple handle bars had to go. I bought some fun Duct Tape at Michaels for $5 and went to town. (they have so many fun colors and patterns..from pok-a-dots to skulls)

The kids were so excited for their one-of-a-kind scooters.  Even little sister wanted some on her scooter.

Flop #1 - Ice Cube Painting

I didn't even take a picture because the kids lost interest in about 30 seconds.  I took an ice cube tray and filled it with water and food coloring.  Allowed it to freeze and then paint with the cubes outside on paper.   Problem - the color wasn't very bright and the paper was tearing because it was wet.  So we just broke out our traditional paint and brushes and finished being artists.

Hit #2 - Baking Soda Volcano

I was really surprised that all my kids had fun with this (ages 6,4,and 2).

1. Pour Baking Soda on plate.
2. Put food color in a cup of vinegar for the lava.
3. Use a medicine dropper to squirt the vinegar on the soda.  fizzle fun!!!

They probably played with this for almost 45 minutes!

Flop #2 - Homemade Pizza

So we fun making it...but it just tasted gross!  Mikey said "I just like how that other guy makes it.  You know the kind we usually get. He just makes it better"  He is referring to "Little Caesars"
I guess I will have to go back to Pinterest and get a better recipe.

What have your hits and flops been this summer?  Would love to hear......


Thursday, May 24, 2012

Mirror, mirror on the wall....

I will have to admit that I am totally addicted to my local thrift store.   Everyday I drive by,  I want to stop.   My heart starts to beat faster and I get the shakes....ok, its not that bad but I do feel like everyone else is getting all the good stuff!  But, I have resolved to stop just once a week.  I am usually in and out in about 15 minutes.  This was my latest purchase for $8.

It is a solid antique mirror that is over 60 years old.  (dates are stamped on back).  It was stained wood and a little beat up, but after I sanded it and put a fresh coat of paint it was good to go.  Lily loves looking at herself in the mirror and playing dress up is at a whole new level.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Teacher Gift

   Summer is almost here and that means we need to give a big thank you to all our children's teachers.  This is what I put together for my teacher gifts.

I rolled up a fluffy beach towel, a Sprite, and a favor bag full of candy and granola bars.
Tied it with a pretty bow and attached this poem I wrote.

I put the poem on card stock paper and had my boys sign their names at the bottom with a crayon.
They were so excited to give their gifts to their teachers!
This was another one with a different ribbon.

There are so many great ideas out there for teachers!  
Now I need to start planning my summer for my kids......

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, May 17, 2012

Date Night

Had such a fun date night with my hubby!  
We went out to dinner and then went to Fear No Easel.  

It was a 2 hour class where we painted these masterpieces.  I thought for sure my painting was going to be better than Ryans.  We covered up the names and asked my mom to pick which one she liked best.....My mom picked Ryans :(.  

Even though I didn't win,my love tank was filled. He looked adorable with his painting apron on with 30 other ladies.  Thanks sweetheart!

Which one do you like best?  ....please pick mine

Monday, May 14, 2012

Kids say the cutest things!

For the past six years, I have told myself to write down the funny things my kids say so.....
    I finally did it. 

 I bought a simple leather journal and keep it on my dresser in the living room. It is nothing fancy, but the inside pages are priceless.  Here are just a few of my favorites:

Mikey -

"dew da" - donut

"Do you know where dreams come from?  They come from my pillow."

"Mommy, I am ready to kill my eggs" (referring to dyeing his Easter eggs)

"I need some jello, for my hair" (meaning gel)

Mikey asked Jesus into his heart at school.  I asked him about it when he came home.  He said,"I asked Love to come into my heart today."

Jacob -

For about 6 months, everytime he would sit down at the dinner table he would say, " I do not like dinner, I only like lunch!"

After dressing head to toe in camo, he asks me while playing inside " Hey Mom! Can you see me?"

Lily -

"Ta,Ta Tunda" -  Kung Fu Panda (her favorite cartoon)

"Top Parts" - Pop Tarts

"Ne Ne" - Candy (one of her basic food groups)

What funny things have your kids said?  I would love to hear.....

 - Steph

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Homemade Laundry Soap

Now that I have refinished my laundry room, I thought I would try to make some homemade laundry soap.  I kept seeing all these directions on Pinteres.  I decided to use the one I found on
She gives great step by step directions with pictures.  I was amazed at how easy it was and all of the ingredients I found at Wal-mart.

Bar of Soap
Washing Soda

I have washed a few loads with the soap and it works GREAT! It took about 45min to make, and like I said before.... sooooo easy.  The best part....the cost.  Laundry Detergent can be so expensive, and with a family of 5 we go threw it like crazy.  It cost me $14 for the ingredients, but I will be able to make at least 10 more  gallons of detergent.  And I didn't even have to clip a coupon.

Well, its the my laundry awaits!

 - Steph

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Family Art

 I am sooo excited to show you this project.
 I have been thinking about it for months and I finally got it done!

    I found this adorable nest in my backyard and wanted to do something with it.... I thought it would be clever to represent our family by putting 2 blue eggs for my boys and 1 pink egg for my sweet baby girl.
So this is what I did...

1. Take a raw egg and poke a hole at the top and bottom with a safety pin.  Blow into the top hole and the raw egg will come out of the bottom.  Rinse it out and you have yourself an egg.   (You can skip this part if you do not wish to keep the eggs as decorations or for an extended period of time)

2. Dye the eggs.  I used vinegar, water, and food coloring.  (Measurements are right on the back of food coloring box)  I then specked them with white and brown paint. I use a small paint brush and just throw paint at the eggs. It is quite fun!

3.I was blessed to have the best photographers in the world, Billy and Rachel Hyer from Hyer Images, take my picture.   If you are doing it yourself, take the picture outside on a sunny day.

4. Add your family name and the date in which you got married

5. I watched Group On like a hawk, and bought a photo canvas deal.  It was a 16x20 canvass  for $39

My nest proudly hangs in my hallway, and it makes me feel so blessed and happy to see my sweet family art.
What would your nest look like?

- Stephanie

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Perfect Flower Pot

All you need to remember in potting your flowers is three simple words.....
                     Thriller, Filler, and Spiller

                     Thriller - a plant with height
                     Filler - a plant that will fill out nicely
                     Spiller - A plant that will hang down

There is nothing like a beautiful pot of flowers to welcome people into your home.
 Happy Spring everyone!!!!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Window Art

I found this great window at the Habitat for Humanity Restore.

The Restore sells amazing things that can add instant character to a space.  They usually sell their windows for about $10.  It was pretty beat up when I first bought it.  Sorry I don't have a "Before" picture.

1. Sanded and washed the whole window frame
2. Taped the windows with painters tape
3. Painted and antiqued it (look at my older posts about the technique that I use)
4. Had my sweet husband hang it up and it was done!

I really get excited about decorating an entire wall for $10

Sunday, April 15, 2012

My garbage pick find!

Now that I have completed all the three Hunger Games Books I can get back to my crafts.  Sorry that I haven't posted in a while, but those books sucked me in.  I was even having dreams that I was in the Hunger Games!

Anyways...last week I garbage picked this adorable chair.  I loved the curves and that fact that it was solid wood was priceless. My husband always laughs at the things I find on the side of the road.
 Lets get to work....
1.  Unscrew the seat and remove the old fabric.
This seat had four layers of fabric.  Wow...where has this chair been?  I love to think about the history of furniture.

2. Sand the chair with sandpaper.  I also removed the flowers using a screwdriver and hammer.
3. Paint whatever color you like.  I chose white because that is what I had in my paint collection.
4. Let dry and sand edges with sandpaper
5. Apply a stain on the edges with a rag or sponge brush.  I used MinWax Dark Walnut.
6. Take a clean rag and immediately wipe off stain.
7.  Take some fabric and with a staple gun, staple fabric on backside of chair seat
8. Screw seat back on chair and you are done!!!
Total time of project...2 hrs.!

What have you garbage picked lately?

Friday, April 6, 2012

Still working on the garage....

Week 5 of Mission Organization is going slowly....  My garage is like this deep dark pit.  I clean it out and the next day it is a disaster. I dream of the day when it is totally organized.  Until then, I will chip at it slowly...
This week, I was able to get some shelves up and buy some more containers to organize....Have I told you how much I love plastic containers?
This is the Before...

And the After....

So much better...  I put a cute hook on the side of the wall for my big beach bags.  Installed two more shelves and bought 2 bins for my extra cleaning supplies and paint supplies.  I would have gotten shelves the same size as the original ones, but they were free so I can't complain.

I truly feel, the best part of getting organized, is that you have more room to play.....

So with some of my clutter gone, I had room for this beauty!
I scored this huge chalk board at the thrift store for $5....yippee!  Its a little beat up, but my kids have been loving it. I will probably get some chalkboard paint and fix it up, but for now - its great! I also screwed two hooks into the wall which holds the buckets of chalk.  I love having the chalk board in the garage because it keeps the mess outside.  

What have you cleaned out lately?  I would love to hear......

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Easter Decorations and more....

Can I just tell you how much I love Pinterest?... From cooking, to crafting, to decorating, and to styling it is my new LOVE.  Easter has been so easy and so much fun this year.  Here are all the fun things I found and the blogs to get the tutorials....

1. Glow in the dark egg hunt....Picture and Idea from -

This was sooooo much fun!  I took a dozen plastic eggs and glow sticks from the dollar store and filled each egg with a glow stick.  We turned off all the lights in our house and played for a long time with the kids.  Also, you can put the glow sticks in the freezer and they can last for at least two days.

2. Easter Wreath  -  Idea from Mom&

This was a lot of fun to make.  Cost of materials - $10
Straw wreath - $4 from Michaels
2 lg bags of eggs - $4 from Walmart
bag of grass - $2 from Walmart

3.Easter Banner - Idea from

This was so easy and cost me $0  ...these are my favorite crafts!!
I took paint chips from Lowes and made an egg shape.  Punch out two small holes at the top of each egg and thred some ribbon threw it.   Used my Cricket to make the letters and thats it!

4. Dining Room Table Deco

 All of my kids love playing with these decorations.  I found these adorable ceramic bunnies at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore for $.50 each.  I couldn't pass them up.  Then I placed grass down with eggs. Its so bright and colorful.  I also added jellybeans under the candles for some more pizzazz!

And lastly, my centerpiece that I wrote about last week is finally getting some grass.

Happy Easter!  Thanks for stopping by....