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My orange and yellow summer Sunshine mantel

In case you missed my guest post last week on KoJo Designs, I thought I’d share it with you here.

When I think about summer, I think about the beautiful sunshine.  What color is sunshine? Orange and yellow!  I needed something vibrant to last all summer up on my mantel, and up until this week, I still had it decorated from my daughters Lalaloopsey birthday party (that was over a month ago). The color orange for this series was my inspiration.  How is THIS for a fun, summery, orange mantel?

 

I am in LOVE!  I was trying to think of something BIG to span the mantel to paint orange, and a nice old pair of shuters came to mind.  I found them on craig’s list with a pretty royal blue hue, but just had to paint her orange.  Nice. and. bright.

I then wanted to include a colorful sun image, and couldn’t decide if I wanted to make something out of wood and paint it, print a picture. I eventually decided to pull out my scrabook paper and covered an existing 16×20 canvas I had, and wrapped it like wrapping paper. I then crafted the lovely sun, which rays stretch out in all directions and make me quite happy.I used two quotes that I’d love to be ingrained into my children’s heads as they go through life. The one above is simple: be sunshine to others, and you will feel sunshine. Sounds delightful, doesn’t it? If you’d like a copy of this printable, you can get it HERE. The bike used to be black (World Market a few years ago), and I like to decorate it with different color strings.  In the basket, the “fruit” are gumballs. I got this giant Ball Mason jar at Hobby Lobby. Normally $6, but half off. I had thought about spraying it silver, but I thought gold matched the motif better. I may have had some dripping issues, but I’m over it by now.  I also spray painted the quote easel the same golden color. Scatter Sunshine is another phrase I love from a song, another reminder to spread the happiness around as you go along your day. Paper flowers from Hobby Lobby.
Some people are afraid of orange, but it is a shade that makes me happy and dots my house from place to place. Be bold for the summer, bring out the orange and scatter sunshine!

I was honored that my mantel was featured at The Lettered Cottage mantel link party (they found me before I got the change to link up)!

Color your Summer with KoJo Designs

I’m so excited to be participating in Color  Your Summer with KoJo-Designs and Delia Creates. Each day for several weeks is dedicated to a different color: crafts, recipes, sewing, lots of fun-ness! Both kojo and Delia on their respective blogs, it’s colorful insanity! I met Kirstin from KoJo Designs in April at SNAP, and just adore her! I was assigned the color ORANGE, and to see what project I put together, you’ll have to head on over to  KoJo’s to check it out–I love it!  But I wanted to share with you the printable I made for the project.

I then backed the quote with two different patterned papers. To download your own 8×10 copy, click here. I didn’t actually create this lovely piece, but found it at Sweet Coconut Lime, and asked permission from her to change the colors and share it with you all here.  The original version has blues and green and yellows and so cute, go to her site to download that version. Be sure to head on over to kojo designs for more colorful posts!

 

Custom Office desk~under $50

My husband pretty much rocks. He built me a custom desk for my office exactly how I wanted it, for under $50. I’m a desktop kinda girl. I like having a place to go when I need to get things done, and it helps me set a time limit as well. I had been working out of a cave for quite some time. A black cave that was a desk armorie that could close, but who am I kidding, the doors never closed, and I had ZERO desk space, so all my papers were spread all over the floor. I wanted an “L” shaped corner type desk, but I wanted it in the middle of the room, not against the wall.  Most desks like that had an ugly backing because it was meant to be against the wall, so it just woudn’t do. I wanted to be able to just avert my eyeballs if I was on the computer when my kids walked into the room…instead of them seeing my back.  I also wanted a funky shape, I told my hubby, an “inkblot” to which he said, “o….k….” And I knew I wanted a bright YELLOW! Here is the final product, then a step by step.

We used 4 boards to start with. They measured 5ft x2ft and about 3/4 inch thick. Then we trimmed down to about the size we wanted for the surface of the desk. My hubby then re-inforced the bottom of the desk in varying ways.We wanted to shape the legs exactly as we wanted them, but don’t have the tool to do so (lathe) and Home building stores don’t even rent them. I was happy to find these legs at Home Depot. They were $10 each, which was more than I wanted to pay. I even went to Habitat for Humanity Restore to look for banister legs, but they were too thin. I went back to HD, and was delighted upon checking out that I was about to save 50% of my purchase for opening up an account, so I did it. I then cancelled shortly thereafter. So I got each leg for $5 each. (It would make the desk just over $50 if you didn’t get that smokin’ deal that I got).Hubby even installed a drawer to put stuff in. I didn’t need much space in the desk because I have a wall of cabinets right next to me, I wanted to keep it simple. My littlest one took a few of me on my phone applying some glaze after it was painted.
The yellow in the picture looks more mustard, but it’s a bright cheery yellow. It looks fantastic in my new office–a reveal that will have to wait until I finish a few little details. I am lovin’ it though. You can see a very slight peek scanning the phone pictures above.

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