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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Dude Where's My Tree??

Merry Christmas from The D'Andrea Family!!!

We had an awesome time making our Christmas card this year. Our little guy recieved this car as a Christmas present last year and is mildly obsessed with it. He is equally obsessed with his chainsaw so we figured why not put them to good use! We picked up a $14 tree from home depot went to a local park and let the madness ensue.  We took pictures for maybe 30 minutes until we had all the shots we wanted. Once we got home we uploaded them to Shutterfly and voila!

Hope you enjoy!





Outtakes :)

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Gobble 'til you Wobble!

Happy Belated Thanksgiving! Per usual I am late to the game with all things blog related. 

Here is a quick rundown of our Thanksgiving table setup. We had eighteen people eating dinner at our house this year, so we borrowed two long folding tables from a relative along with folding chairs to accomodate or large family. Luckily my mother loves to entertain so I was able to borrow white table linens and chair covers from her. The rest was fairly enexpensive and easy to obtain. 

First I picked up three mismatched white pitchers from homegoods that I filled with babies breath and lilies (purchased from ShopRite the morning of). Next I picked up some gold candlesticks and three gold votives from target for a total of $10. These votives are similar to the ones I bought. I then bought these gold chevron paper placemats from Carol and Company. Let me tell you they were perfect for this messy crowd! It was wonderful to be able to throw them in the trash at the end of the night and not have to worry about stains on cloth placemats.  The plates were purchased at Marshalls for around $30 total. I found them here online but since I purchased mine at Marshalls I was able to to get a 10 pack for about $7. For around $70 I was able to pull off a pretty cool setup. Next time I'll iron the seat covers though!
















Thursday, November 29, 2012

DIY Christmas Wall Hangings

I love Christmas time just as much as I love decorating which is... A LOT!  So naturally when my two loves come together my creative juices start flowing.  While staring at two Ikea picture frames that I had laying around, I thought why not change out the contents for something holiday themed!  

In the past I have made a ton of sayings in photoshop followed by framing and matting them to display in my house so this really is not something entirely new to me, but it is a really simple and cost effective way to add to my holiday decorations.

First thing first, I chose the two sayings I wanted to display.  I went with "Baby it's cold outside" and "Have yourself a merry little christmas". 
Next I took to photoshop to layout my design. 


 Once finished with my design. I saved the file as a .jpeg, uploaded it into Shutterfly, and ordered two 8x10 matted prints of my designs.

 

This is what they looked like when my prints came in a whole THREE days later. 
(Yes, I know three days doesn't sound like a long time but to an impatient decorator such as myself this is an ETERNITY!)


Once I had these babies in my hand I was ready to finish my project. 
The only steps left were to change out the contents and hang them up on my dining room wall which is noticably bare.








 Ten minutes later and VOILA all done with my $8 project!



and here are some other pictures of our holiday decorations for good measure...including our 2012 Home Depot Nut Cracker! 
(yes we are dorks, so what?)







 Also, because I haven't blogged in a VERY long time here are some of our pictures from Thanksgiving. 

Enjoy!







Friday, May 18, 2012

Nursery Time!

This post has been a long time coming.  When we bought our house I always dreamt of what this little nursery would become.  Once we found out we were welcoming a little boy I couldn't wait to get started.

It took me a solid three months to settle on bedding and colors but from day one I knew I wanted there to be a painted mural in the room.  I immediately enlisted the help of my amazingly talented best friend Kevin to create a mural on at least one of the walls.  After much deliberation and ideas ranging from trees to rocket ships I finally decided on a star wars themed mural. Once that was settled my handy husband got to work.  First he took down the creepy toy dogs handing from the ceiling fan and spray painted the hideous multi-colored fan blades. He then built three custom shelves that I had seen a tutorial for on younghouselove.com (awesome blog), along with a built in toy chest above the stairwell ledge.  My grandmother then helped me sew a custom brown and ivory chevron bench cushion and window valance. After putting all of the pieces together we were left with Aiden's nursery. I still have a few finishing touches to add as far as accessories go, but other then that the room is now complete. Below are the before and after pictures.

I hope you enjoy.


Before...



After...