Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Don't Forget!

Just a quick reminder that tomorrow is my big giveaway event!

Every hour from 9am-6pm tomorrow I will be featuring a new shop with a giveaway.  I have some FABULOUS shops lined up and some amazing prizes!  It will be the perfect opportunity to get some Christmas shopping done and maybe even win a prize or two.  Tell all your friends and see ya here tomorrow.  You won't want to miss it!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Progress Report- Trim and More Trim

I thought it was about time to update you all on the progress of our new house.  My husband has been hard at work and has gotten a ton done!  But we still have a ton to do if we are going to be ready enough to move in 2 weeks.  Ahhh...!

Here is the front room as it looks now.

As you can see, I'm jumping on the board and batten bandwagon and I'm so excited about it!  Its going to look so pretty once its all painted.  My hubby has also trimmed out all the windows.  I think window casing make such a big difference! (You can see a sneak peek at my floor going in here too.  It looked great all done!)

The board and batten continues up the stairs in the hallway.

Doesn't that look SO cool?!

Ryan has also trimmed out all the windows upstairs and has added built-in organizers for all the closets.

The master closet (above) is SOOOO much better!  I can't wait!

In the master bedroom he also added crown molding to the plant shelf.  It really helps make it look complete.

And in the master bath, he has built a wood front with an access panel for the jetted tub.  The tub didn't have any access before.  Crazy.  We are going to stain the wood to match the cabinetry in there and then tile the top.  It will be really pretty.

I'm going to recreate my daughters paneled bedroom in this house, but a scaled down version of it. I decided to take advantage of having all the trim out and we paneled one wall with actual trim.  Once its all painted and the walls are a pale pink, I think it will be beautiful!

And last but far from least, in the downstairs family room we took advantage of the weird foundation bump out and built an entertainment wall.  Its my favorite part.

The actual shelves will be painted white and the tongue and groove will stay the dark stain.  Its going to be so much fun to display all my photos and lovely things here! 

And the rest of the room now has a nice trimmed out shelf on top of the foundation wall too.  It's going to be a fun space!

And on top off all that Ryan has also put back and replaced a ton of sheetrock, puttied holes, and is prepping for paint.  I'm a lucky girl.

Like I said, we still have a ton to do but its coming right along.  I can't wait to show it all painted!  (If I can only find the perfect color that looks on the wall like it looks in my head.  Its agonizing!)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Turkey Place Card Printable- Kids Craft

I know this is super last minute, but I wanted to come up with a little craft for my kids to do on Thanksgiving while we cook.  My thought was that if I could come up something that helped them feel apart of the preparations, maybe they would actually appreciate enjoy the feast more.  So I made these little turkey place cards for them to color.

All you need to do is save the image, print it on card stock and let the kids color.  You can either put everyone's name on the cards or have the kids write things they are thankful for.  Then cut them out, tape them into a ring and use as either a place card or napkin ring.

I made up one as an example.  For this one I just opened the file in MS Paint and colored it that way.  Here is how they look all made up.


I'm sure the kids will have fun making them and it will be cute to see how they color them.

Here is the file

Just click to view it larger and then save the image.  They are created to be printed on a regular letter size paper.

And here is the one I already colored in case you don't have kids to color them for you.  :)  But once again, if you want to do your own colors just open the black and white version in paint and have fun!

I do ask that you please be a follower of this blog before using these files.  And I also want to credit Homemade Preschool for the cute Turkey I used in these printable.

I hope you enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!!!

As always I'm linking to these great parties and events:

Monday, November 21, 2011

Family Motto Picture Frame

In case you missed it last week, here is my post for WYLTC.  This month's theme was "family" and everyone shared some seriously cute stuff, so be sure to head on over and check them all out. Also, the "family" link party is going on now so be sure to play along and link up!  We can't wait to see what you made!

Hello! Its Krystal from Sassy Sanctuary here today!  I'm so excited to show you guys my take on Wendy's adorable Family Rules Sign.

To be honest, I was a little nervous about this months project because we are in the process of moving to another state and my husband has packed up all the tools and moved them to our new house!  So I knew that whatever I made, I was going to have to take some help from the craft store. There is nothing wrong in that right?!

So I went to one of my favorite local stores.  (It's called Porter's if any of you have one near you) and found a 12x12 unfinished MDF frame that had a 4x4 opening.  I grabbed that and went to see if I could find some scrapbook paper inspiration and found one of those 5x7 paper packs in adorable prints.  Then a light bulb went off in my head! 

I wanted to make 4x4 compartments and use each square to place a quote.  Then thanks to pinterest I found the PERFECT family motto to put in my frame. 

Here is the final result.

Ahhhh!!!! I love it!  Seriously this is one of my favorite things I have ever made! (I swear I say that about every WYLTC project, but this time I mean it!)

So, do you want to make your own?  This is how I did it.

A- First get a 12x12 frame with a 4x4 opening.
B- Paint it a base color that goes with all your papers
C- Cut your papers to 4x4 squares and arrange them how you would like them on your frame.
D- Modge Podge the paper on.  I found it best to do the corners first and then the middle squares.
E-  Once its good and dry, cut vinyl to make a stencil for your text. (if you don't have a craft cutter, you could use Wendy's transfer method too!)
F-  Paint your text.  I found it turned out better if I let my paint dry to the touch before removing my stencil.

And that's it!

Oh.... but you may have noticed that my frame has a good amount of distressing.

Funny story about that....

I walked away from this project to use the bathroom after doing the text in one square.... and left it and my paint sitting on the counter. (Do you see where this is going?)  When I came back my 3 year old daughter had painted brown paint all over it!

I screamed.

Then I got a rag and scrubbed the thing off.  Luckily the modge podge sealed it pretty well and most of the paint came off... Except for in a few spots where I scrubbed through the paper!

Then I cried.

Once I regained my composure I decided to just go with it.  I strategically scrapped up the surface of the paper (just using my fingernails) and rubbed brown paint into the scratches.   I actually LOVE the way it looks. So yay for happy accidents!

So anyway... thats it.  My family motto picture frame.

I hope you love it as much as I do!
I can't wait to see what everyone else does!

As always I'm linking to these great parties and events:

Friday, November 18, 2011

Easy Gift Ideas

One of my friends is the Cub Scout Master in our ward.  She wanted to come up with an easy but special gift to give to all the scout leaders for Christmas.  Her words were... "I just know you can come up with something cute."

So I'm going to give myself away and expose the secret to my cleverness..... but I'm sure all of you already know my secret.


So if any of you are looking for some easy gifts to give to friends, neighbors, or extended family... here ya go!

All in one place!
(Just click image to go to my "easy gifts" board.)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Thanksgiving Mantle

I just realized I forgot to show you guys how my Thanksgiving mantle turned out!  Its basically the same as my Halloween one, just with a few tweaks.

Fun huh?!

My turkey is the star of the show.  I found the 'Give Thanks' block in my stash and thought it looked great with Mr. Turkey.   He is sitting by one of my 2x4 pumpkins.

My other pumpkin sits on the other side with my Family Rules print.

And I was super excited when I realized that my Magnetic Banner could spell out 'Thankful.'

I think it turned out pretty cute.

And yes, this post was FULL of self promoting!  haha

As always I'm linking to these great parties and events:

Monday, November 14, 2011

Our Morning News

It's WYLTC week again!  Yay!!!!  This month Wendy is in charge and the theme is "family."  With the up coming Holidays I don't think she could have picked a better theme for this month!   She made this adorable family rules sign...

And the rest of us will be sharing our take on the theme all this week, with the link party starting this weekend as always.  So be sure to come on over and check it out.  There is sure to be some great gift ideas... just saying!

And in other news... I'm excited to announce an upcoming event here on Sassy Sanctuary.

That's right!  December 1st I'm going to be hosting a giveaway day!  Every hour from 9 till 6 we will have a new giveaway to kick off the Christmas season and help you get your Holiday shopping started.  I have some FABULOUS vendors lined up so you won't want to miss it!  There are buttons on my sidebar if you want to help me spread the word.  It should be a ton of fun!

(BTW... I do have a couple spots to fill if any of you are vendors and are interested in participating in this event.  Just email me!)


Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Progress Report- Demolition

Well, we closed on the "new" house and my husband spent the last week down there starting the remodel.  And like most remodels, we basically opened up a can of worms!

Let's walk through it again shall we?....

Here is the front room.  All that's happened in here is the carpet and baseboards have been removed.

Here is the kitchen....


If you remember, we were planning on refinishing the cabinetry and replacing the counter-tops...eventually.  We did know that the disposal was leaking and needed to be replaced, but upon further inspection we discovered mold.  If fact, it was SO bad that the sub-floor below the kitchen sink had to be completely replaced!  So we took a few cabinets out, decided that they really were poorly built, abused, and falling apart, and it would be a better idea to just start over.  While it was a bit of a blow from a budget stand point, its SO exciting from a design stand point! 

The best part, once I saw the space empty, I was able to see past what was there to what could be there!  So... I made my husband rip out the teeny tiny coat closet and teeny tiny pantry and we are doing a whole new layout!  I don't want to spoil the reveal, but lets just say that I have one gorgeous kitchen in my future!

Once the closets came out though, we had to figure out a way to brace the wall. So we added a column, tying it into the ceiling.  Its nothing fancy now, but its a going to be a fun design opportunity come trim time!

Above is looking from the kitchen to the stairs.  Upstairs are the bedrooms, downstairs is the family room and some unfinished space... that we will get to later down the road.

The family room had some ceiling Sheetrock damage, so we took advantage of having the ceiling down and added can lighting and wiring for surround sound.  The back wall my husband braced so we can hang a TV from the wall and we are going to do a built-in feature over there.

Upstairs, we haven't touched the kids bedrooms or bathroom yet.  Thanks goodness, because our bathroom looks like this!

Another advantage to the ceiling being down in the basement, is it gave us access to the plumbing in the master bath.  Since there was plenty of room to do it, we decided to add double sinks in the master.  I'm sure it will be a good selling feature.

Notice the mold in here too? Yuk!  Turns out the toilet was leaking and the previous owners just let it run.  The sub-floor here is actually solid, so it just needs a good scrub and a bunch of bleach to kill everything.

Here is a sneak peek at some of the materials going back in here.

ooh la la!

So that's where we are at now.  We sure have our work cut out if we are going to move in about 4 week!  Luckily all the prep work is done and everything from here on out will be putting it back together.  Can't wait to show you all!


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