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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Tissue Paper Puff Balls

     "Tissue Paper Puff Balls" seems like a really long name for these cute little poofs. I'm working on a room for a 2 year old~soon to be big sister. She's my friend Christine's daughter, Annaliese. This is an already cute room that we are adding some fun elements too to help pull it all together. Along the way I want to show you some of these elements before the big reveal. These poms are going to hang above her reading nook.

     So today I want to give you a tutorial on how to make these cute tissue paper poms. {Poof, Pom, Puff ball~ all the same thing! :) I may use any or all of these terms throughout}

This one is hanging in my daughter's room for now:

Before we go too far, compare the poms. For the yellow one I used 20 sheets of tissue paper. For the large green and the smaller dark pink I used 10. The lesson I learned is that if you want to go big, add a lot of tissue paper! 

Here are the steps:

     1}  I bought these packs at Hobby Lobby and they have 10 sheets each. To get a really tight pom cut the 10 sheets in half to get 20 and stack them on top of each other.

     2}   Lay out your stacked sheets together.

     3}   Begin folding your tissue paper accordian style, kind of like those paper fans you used to make in church when you were little. ;)

     4}  Fold your fan in half lengthwise to find the center and then add a wire and twist tight.

To add some interest, scallop the ends of your tissue paper:

     5}  Start pulling your layers of tissue paper apart.

     6}  And you have a cute little pom. Use the center wire for hanging. You can use these for parties, showers or graduation open houses for a fun pop of color.

     I can't wait to show them to you in the room when we get it done!

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Monday, January 28, 2013

No Sew Infinity Scarf!

       This may seem like a "well, duh!" kind of posts but with all of the busyness lately, this idea seemed like genius to me and one of those ideas that probably everyone else has thought of except me! If there are a few of you out there like me, this post may be helpful.

     Disclaimer #2: I don't like taking pictures of myself. There's something kind of weird about that to me. Others that do it look cute, but for me it feels uncomfortable. Also I don't claim to be a fashionista, but if I can get a popular look without having to go shopping I'm totally on board!

So now that I have that out in the open, let us begin!

     All you need to make an infinity scarf is a regular scarf and a pony tail holder.

Here's the scarf the regular way:

     And here's the change to the infinity scarf:

Isn't that cute! I love how this looks! 

Here's how to do it!

First take the two ends together.

Then wrap them with a pony tail holder so that its tight.

Tuck the banded end under your top layer. {This may seem really basic but if you haven't worn an infinity scarf before you make a figure 8 with your scarf then put it over your head. Or put the loop over your head, twist it and put it over your head again!}

Thank you for indulging me in this simple post! I suppose you could sew the ends together if you wanted a permanent change. I also tried tying the ends together but this shortened the scarf too much and added a bulky knot. 

Sorry for all of the pictures of me! We will get back to our regular household stuff shortly! ;)

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

House Tour

    Welcome to Homey Home Design! For those of you who are new here I wanted to share a bit of my story and my home with you! I named my blog 'Homey Home' because that's what our kids call our house.
My blog is a jumble of decorating, design ideas, craft projects and a little bit of life!

I've been sitting on this home tour for a while. I originally put this together for Aimee at her blog Its Overflowing when she asked if I would be apart of her Dreamy Dwellings feature! In case you missed it there, I thought I'd show you here. And lets be real, I didn't really have a post for today so this will work! ;)

Most of you have seen my whole house and may be a bit sick of it! I'm sharing it today in hopes of inspiring you to make your own spaces a little homier! Our homes are the shells of our lives and they need to be a place of safety and security for our families.

Here's our home story:

Our home started out as a basic builder grade home with carpeting and oak trim everywhere. We added in the hardwood laminate flooring and have gradually updated each space making it our own. 

 When we bought our house, 12 years ago, we were on year number 5 of 7 years of infertility. We had no children and didn't know if God would ever bless us with any. We chose the best house for us thinking that if we were ever blessed with kids we would eventually need to move. Our home had 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. Its a tri-level plus a basement with a total of 1600 sq feet. Over the years we miscarried quintuplets and had 4 children, and we still live in our small home. We are in love with our neighborhood and that love plus a housing market that bottomed out helped us decide to make the best of what we have. 

     We started by adding a third bedroom on the lower level and finishing off the family room and bathroom down there. This worked for a while but eventually we had to give up our family room and create a fourth bedroom in this space. This gives our three boys their own level. We still haven't finished the basement but one day I'm hoping for a finished family room and perhaps even a craft space!

Here are my loves:

Come on in! Click on the blue links if you want to see more of a space.

{Front Porch}

    We don't have a formal dining room, just a 'dining area'. We made the most of this space by having benches build {by my dad!} to create banquette seating. This allowed us to tuck our table into the corner and give is more pass through space. Painting this square on the wall helped to define this space in an open layout.

     All the oak cabinetry was painted a fresh coat of white.

Our bedroom:

McKinley's headboard was a budget friendly design. It was painted on! 

     Our kitchen redo is my favorite by far! It is amazing how much of a difference a can of paint can make. Check out the before's here.

This is Camden's room. My husband used a projector to paint the outline of the plane on his wall {you know, one of those dinosaurs we had in our school classrooms when we were kids!} :)

Braden and Hudson share this space. This is what used to be our family room, but it also makes a great bedroom space. We used the curtains from IKEA to create a closet space that they call their "workshop". 

     The boys bathroom is a fun space that includes vintage details like my husband's tractor and matchbox cars from when he was a kid.

And here's the living room:

     We don't have much of an entry way so building this bench with my dad gave us a little spot to put shoes or boots on.

  Thank you for visiting our homey home!

Come on over anytime to see what else we're up to!

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