Thursday, February 2, 2017

Make Your Own Teepee


Make your own teepee


Let me just begin by stating that I made this teepee twice. 

The first time I made it was with a queen size bed sheet. It was ok, but I would have had to cut around the bottom to make it look more finished. It served its purpose and my grandbaby loved playing in it. Until I remembered that I had a huge piece of canvas I had bought off one of those facebook garage sales! :)

I have no idea how many yards of canvas this was but I was determined to make the teepee using mostly things I had on hand. I had the canvas, I had hot glue and glue gun, and a borrowed electric stapler. 

First I bought five 8 foot 1x2s white pine pieces cut down to 6 feet tall each. Then I had my son drill a hole about 3 inches down from the top big enough so that the rope would fit through. The rope is actually white nylon cord because I didn't want a messy rope. You take the rope and put it through all the holes and tie it up but not real tight. Just enough for you to shape the frame on the floor. Then I just measured each triangle shape from stick to stick, and cut the canvas. Some of it wasn't as tall as the frame, so I had to just cut and paste it. Remember, I had NEVER made one of these before. 


 
You can see above how I pieced it together. I used high temp glue to glue it to the wood frame. 
My reasoning was that if I didn't like it, it wouldn't be too hard to take it apart and start over. I continued until I had covered the entire frame then worked on the front entrance. 
You can see here how I kind of cut the entrance when I was first working with the sheet. 
I then decided I wanted to cut out a little window and add a window shade. I bought a yard of fabric that was on sale and decided to make the shade out of it. I also thought I'd put a piece of the fabric across the front just to dress it up a bit. 
I hot glued it as well. I then took the electric stapler and stapled the canvas to the frame being careful to leave a bit so I could fold over and cover the staples. Some of it I didn't do very well and you could still see the staples. I then got some burlap ribbon I had and decided to cover where the staples were on the frame. It looks nice! 


The window was a little tricky. I measured the fabric that was going to cover it and then cut the window out slightly smaller. There were frayed edges on the window, so I took some of my fabric and make some trim, again using hot glue. The window shade is made from a piece of canvas glued to the fabric to make it sturdier and easier to roll up and down. I had two wooden dowels I had bought at Hobby Lobby some time ago and I cut them down to fit. I simply hot glued a piece folded over to make a sleeve so the dowels could slide into. 
I also made some tie backs for the front from the same fabric and you guessed it...hot glue! 
I have to say it has held up very well! My 3 year old sweetie and I play together in her teepee every weekend and eventually it will go in her home so she can read in her bedroom. 

If you've ever wanted to make one I say go for it. Whether you use canvas or a sheet, heck even some curtains that you cut up, I bet your kid will love it. And best of all it was made by YOU.


Until next time.

xoxo 
Patty


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Over 40 and Fashionable!





You know what they say....40 is the new 30! Am I right? Well grandmas are the new hot mamas!! 

I have started posting my daily outfits, or #ootd on Instagram. I am a firm believer that we can look great without spending a lot of $$$.  Join me on Instagram 
with my handle simple.beautiful.life
or click on this link

Follow me there and 
don't miss out on some upcoming giveaways to my favorite stores like: Target, Kohls and JCPenney :)

My outfits are age appropriate and are great to wear to work. I feature outfits that you can build on with just a few basic pieces and then add accessories to change it up!
Here are some examples:







Get all the details of where to buy these items on my IG feed.


I'm even trying out a new skin care regimen using Olay Pro products. These are products I buy myself. So the results are real results. I'm on day 20 of using them and I can already see a difference in the tone of my skin. 
Here's a pic I took when I was just beginning my regimen:

I hope you join me there. I'll share some of my outfits here as well for those of you who don't get on Insta.


Until next time.
xoxo 
Patty

Better Late Than Ever-2016 Recap

So many things to catch up on and so many stories to tell. I'll begin in October. You know I love to spend time with my sweet grandbaby and having her over every weekend, well it's just the sunshine I need every week :) 

I loved spending time with her and my son carving jack o lanterns and roasting pumpkin seeds. I loved decorating our little front porch entrance to our apartment. You can see my witch sign here that I've been making for others for years and I finally made one for myself. 




We even made a couple of deco mesh wreaths. One of Jack Skellington which we hung on our balcony!

I love it.

We then celebrated Thanksgiving at our favorite place-Tanglewood Resort at Lake Texoma. No cooking for me! 
We had a wonderful Christmas in our little place, with our little family. That's the best type of celebration for us at this place in our life. I even had the energy to make these sweet, hot chocolate shaped cake pops, complete with "marshmallow toppings". This was a chore, let me tell you. Over 4 hours of time, but oh so worth it!





This one is of the cake pops in progress 
Not perfect but my co-workers loved them!
{credit for cake pop idea and recipe goes to Bakerella.com}

So that's a wrap for now. I have SO much to share with you guys. 

Thanks for stopping by. 

xoxo 
Patty




Thursday, December 1, 2016

Useful Things (Grown Up Coloring Book)




Have you all seen all the adult (why do I feel weird saying that out loud??) coloring books?

We have a special day at my office where we get together during lunch and color. Yes, you read that right-we have coloring time! 

It is so relaxing! It helps us refocus and feel refreshed and ready (well, maybe not THAT ready) to get back to work. 

For the longest time, I've been wanting to buy one of these coloring books, but whenever I'd peek inside of one, I was kind of Meh...

But when this book arrived, I immediately opened it and fell in love! First of all, I love coloring faces. I don't know what is more mesmerizing to me than looking at drawings of eyes.

Here is the cover


It is called Cosmic and Eternal Love by 
Amrita Sen
and let me tell you the art work is stunning!
It comes with a music CD and the music is beautiful!
I'm telling you you must get this combo.
It officially comes out in January 
You can get it here:

Amrita Sen Coloring Book

Here's the inside:
You can see the CD that comes with it



A page that I've been coloring.

The Cosmic and Eternal Love Coloring Book by Amrita Sen is no ordinary coloring book. Sen weaves a traditional Indian love story into incredibly detailed black and white drawings that makes this book a joy to color. The book also includes a musical CD featuring songs by the artist herself which compliment the classic story. Cosmic and Eternal Love truly engages all of the senses!

I received this book to review but received no monetary compensation. My opinions are mine. 

I can't wait to continue to relax with my very first adult coloring book. 



Until next time!
xoxo

Patty

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Looking Forward - Caribbean Cruise

So for the past year and a half we have been planning (and saving) for a cruise. We've NEVER been! Y'all I'm so excited! But with the move last year, sending my boy off to college, well we had to do some rearranging. So it's set for next Spring! Hurray!

It's going to be a little hard shopping for swimsuits and summer wear during these cold months but I did find this really awesome site for boardshorts!
I was contacted to see if I wanted to review their product, and being that we are going on a cruise next Spring, I said yes.

My 14 y.o. son will be wearing these on the cruise. 
He has worn them around the house just as shorts. He loves them! They are so comfy and can be worn as regular shorts and used to get in the water. 
Winning!
Here's the pair he received:

Just Bones Boardwear shorts have a unique adjustable waistband that creates the perfect fit for your child, whether on land or in the water. The shorts feature an adjustable waist that discretely hides underneath a Velcro® flap at the waistband in the back.
Y'all that sealed the deal! My kid loves that they are adjustable. They are super soft and fast drying so you can hit the waves and then wear them around town. 
You can find them here:



They are for both boys and girls.


You can check out all the styles and colors at 


And you can see the video of how easy it is to adjust them here:

We will definitely be ordering some for my older son to wear on our cruise!

I highly recommend these board shorts. 

Until next time!

xoxo 
Patty







Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Anniversary and Looking Good




Hey, hey!! I haven't been blogging about my projects as often as I'd want to. 
Times sure are hectic with a full time job, home schooling my boy, my photography business and well...life.  We did take some time last weekend to celebrate our 29th wedding anniversary! 
The husband and I went and spent one night at the Doubletree hotel in downtown Dallas. 
What a treat that was! 
No kids, no dog, and super comfy bed and pillows (I need to buy those for the house! Seriously)
I've been on Instagram a bit more, so you can catch updates there. I have been thinking about how as we get older we don't really pay attention to how we look. Well, at least that's where I was headed. I decided that looking good makes me feel good and you don't have to spend a ton of moolah to do that. I will be posting my daily outfits on IG once I figure out a good place that gives me good light to put a full length mirror. The fashions I wear are, of course, for women over 40. 

scarf - Hobby Lobby {yes you read that right!}
Dress-Old Navy
Boots-Target 
Close up of the scarf
Really digging those metallic arrows right now.
I will also be sharing some  beauty tips ;)
Right now I'm loving this super easy to carry compact from maskcara.co
I currently use this one:


And I also have the brush:

These are all items I have bought and paid for myself, so totally unbiased. 
I love that I can carry the foundation compact and brush in my purse for a touch up during the day. Except, even with my very oily complexion, I find I rarely have to touch it up! I was so pleasantly surprised.



Anywho, here are some pics of my anniversary weekend

                                                                Getting dolled up!
                                                Kicked off my boots after a lot of walking downtown!
{boots-Marshall's 
Kate Spade wallet-ebay}

                                                 An IG post

Me


That's it for now. I will definitely be back with a vengeance (well maybe not exactly a vengeance per say) tomorrow!

xoxo
Patty





Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Transforming Trash to Treasure-French Country Desk with Mineral Paint

French Country Desk Redo

Hello everyone! Can you believe summer is over? Well, here in Texas it's faaaarr from over given that we still have 98 degree days! I am certainly looking forward to autumn! My head is swimming with crafty, decorating ideas I can't wait to share with you.


But first things first. The winner of the 16x20 Canvas from Canvasfactory.com is
***drumroll***
Entry #6
Amanda Woods!
Woo hoo!!
Please contact me as soon as possible either through my facebook page or via email
at salmar70atgmaildotcom
so I can get your code to you!

Congrats!

So you all know by now that I love to redo furniture. 
A few months ago I saw a deal I just couldn't pass up.
It was this really cute but "had seen better days" French style desk and hutch. 
I dragged my hubby over to the other side of Dallas to pick this up.

It had some pretty bad damage to the desk top.
Nothing a little sanding couldn't fix. 
So I sanded it down, smoothed out some of the rough edges and got it ready for its make over. 
Now, it gets pretty hot in that there garage. 
I had to get my husband and big guy son to move the desk inside the apartment to paint it. Agh!
I had already prepped it by removing hardware, taping off the areas I didn't want to paint, etc. 
I used Fusion brand mineral paint in "Sterling".
It came out beautiful!
The great thing about this Fusion brand is that it covers so smooth and gives a nice satiny finish. It's not chalk paint so it doesn't have the "forgiving" quality of Annie Sloan's paint where I could sand and distress it after a few hours. This Fusion paint is latex based so if you need to distress you need to do it pronto.
It does leave some brush marks, again, it's made to resemble the chalk painted look but with a much easier application.
Here are some after pics:

I just love the way the pale grey color looks against the gold rubbed hardware. I took the original hardware and simply used Rub N Buff brand in gold. I have used it again and again and the result never disappoints!



Here it is without the hutch.
It was missing the lap drawer pull but I simply went to Hobby Lobby and got one there and used the Rub N Buff on it.




I decided to use paper to cover the inside of this area. I think it looks awesome! It's simply a good quality wrapping paper found in the gift wrapping aisle at Walmart! 


 I measured and cut the paper and then used glue dots to secure it and make sure I liked the way it looked before using a good quality scrapping glue to adhere it. I used a very sharp blade to cut around the hardware. 




And here she is with the hutch! I love it! Now painting those skinny cubbies was a $#^&*
I had to go over it and over it. (Note to self: don't get anything with cubbies again to paint)




I wish I could have kept her! I love the detail on the top there. I also love the fact that it came with a corkboard. How nifty is that? (painting around it...not so nifty)

Almost forgot-I sealed it all with three to four coats of this wonderful gem:

I used the satin finish though.
So there you have it. 
From this:

To this:


I heart transformations. What have you been working on?
Leave your link in the comments section. I'd love to come have a look.

Until next time 
xoxo
Patty








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