Hey! Me again.
When I started to think about today's post last night I realized that as my son Lucas says often, there is "so much to say, so little time...." Well, to be completely accurate, he actually says, "so many points, so little time" whenever he's beating me at cards or chess.
Good sportsmanship is one of the many things we are working on at our house.
That and getting to the point, instead of droning on and on....
So I may have to share a bit more than just the older boy's Star Wars themed room that I had spoken about yesterday.
I hope that's okay.
So let's get to the point.
I've watched many decorating shows and many designers seem to choose one thing to base the room around. Our one thing was this quote from Yoda.
"Do or do not, there is not try"
(Now say it out-loud in the Yoda voice. It's a surefire way to get the eleven year old's eyes a'rollin'.
He says my version sounds like Grover. Which I will take as a compliment, whether intended that way or not.)
Those of you who are lucky enough to own a Cricut or other supercool cutting tool like that can make these out of vinyl yourself! (I'm sure you Cricut/supercool cutting tool owners already know and have done this, and if you have please share!)
I happen to be lucky enough to have a very close friend who sells these vinyl quotes so that's where I got mine.
Now if you take a closer look above the noise centre (aka the guitars, by the way, I'm Canadian and yup, we spell it that way. We Canucks are fancy like that. ) you will spy a couple of Star Wars decor thingies.
Shall we go to the close up?
And here is what they looked like before I printed them out:
brushes used: various from misprinted type
digial paper: more of Libby's designs
So to make these, I basically did the same thing that I talked about yesterday only switched up the sizes and fonts. The boy helped me out with the picking of the quotes and just about collapsed from laughing at the pure hilarity of the insults he chose.
(*note - we had to make "overweight glob of grease" a swear word in our house shortly after we googled, mostly because I was tired of hearing the younger boy whine about being called an overweight glob of grease).
I also want to let you know that I consider myself a digital dabbler, not a digital scrapper. I honestly only know the very basics of The Great and Mysterious Photoshop and just kind of get on there and wing it.
If you haven't played with it before, try it! To me, the best thing about digital stuff, is if you mess up it's no big deal! You haven't wasted any product and you can get a do-over.
And really, who doesn't love a do-over.
Here is the last thing that I made for Jake's room. We went to Disneyland last year and he got chosen to go up and fight the Dark Side in the Jedi Training Academy.
Definitely a highlight of the boy's life.
I took one of the photos we got from what he likes to refer as "the time I dominated Darth Maul", changed it to black and white and boosted the contrast, added a few brushes around the edges, printed it out and shoved it in one of the 100's of frames I have hiding in the closet waiting for a moment such as this and VOILA! (Almost) instant decor for an 11 year old boy's room. We placed it amongst all the Star Wars Lego (also referred to as "the Lego No One Touches Unless They Want to See Jacob's Head Spin Completely Around and Fire Come Out His Ears This Means You Lucas")
And now for something completely different....
Just a quick idea for Thanksgiving.
We had our Thanksgiving earlier this month and somehow the Overtons are very good at getting invited places for nice meals.
Call it a gift.
We somehow managed to curry invites to TWO (count'em TWO!) separate Thanksgiving dinners that weekend.
With this great power of ours, comes great responsibility.
Responsibility in the form of a cute hostess gifts.
This is what I came up with:
cute little pumpkin shaped basket which happened to be the perfect size for a stack of cookies $4.00
dishtowel in autumnal (say that word out-loud, it's fun!) colour $1.00
stack of cookies (well, I don't know for sure what the monetary cost was, but I made a triple batch and ended up eating 12 cookies in one day. I'm sure you think I'm exaggerating but I can assure you that I am not. AndI'm also sure you can imagine what the cost of that was...)
ribbon, paper scraps and cellaphane $.75
So, there you have it! A cute hostess gift for under $6.00!
I suppose I should stop for the day.
On the agenda for tomorrow:
- more cheap and easy home decor ideas
- one of the three r's and I'm not talking 'rithmatic
- some links of stuff that I have in my "wanna do" file
- possibly a layout with a little challenge (this is a scrapbooking blog, right?!)
Until tomorrow then.
PS. Here is the full shot of the other wall in Luke's room:
The bulletin board was $2 at a dollar store, the surfboard was $14 and my husband cut the letters out of MDF after I used a graffiti style font to pencil them on, then I simply got out a can of my old friend, Black Spray Paint, and sprayed them up. I really need to talk to my friend about that dresser.