DIY · For The Home

DIY Hexagon Cork Tile Bulletin Board

My craft room/studio is always a work in progress. I'm a visual person and I found I needed a bulletin board of some sort to hold onto items I wanted to see for inspiration on a daily basis. The idea of a floor to ceiling cork wall was on my brain but wall space is… Continue reading DIY Hexagon Cork Tile Bulletin Board

Crochet

Crochet Crown

Dusting off my crochet skills this month and thankfully my hooks feel at home in my hands.  I received a custom request for a little pink crown and I was able to whip one up in no time using a helpful tutorial I found here.  It had been a long time since I made one… Continue reading Crochet Crown

Sewing

Marine Baby Essentials

I'm finally getting around to tackling projects I've wanted to do for a very long time. One of them is a Marine bib and pacifier set for the Etsy shop. I've had these bib prints for a couple of years now and just haven't had the time to really do a lot with them. I'm… Continue reading Marine Baby Essentials

Crochet

Yarn Season is Here!

Winter is coming and I can't wait to start hoarding all the squishy yarn! I recently reopened the Etsy shop with a handful of listings, including some classic crochet items for little ones. Like this Baby Aviator hat heading out to its new home in Florida: This Repeat Crafter Me pattern will never get old!

For The Home · Thrifty Finds

Thrifty Find – Vanity Mirrors

My usual Craigslist stalking snagged me this set of amazing mirrors!! 2 of them for $30! TWO! They are larger in size, really good quality, and were well taken care of.  I was looking for a set to use above nightstands in our spare room. These.were.perfect.

DIY · For The Home

Built That – Bathroom Floating Shelves

We are on a floating shelf kick over here at Casa Chavez.  Putting them evvvverryywhere.  Our downstairs bathroom is a full bathroom with little storage space.  I really wanted to do something with the empty space above the toilet area to maximize the space.  We went with the easy to follow Shanty 2 Chic style floating… Continue reading Built That – Bathroom Floating Shelves

DIY

Built This – Rustic Picture Frames and Patent Prints

I've learned so much in the last couple of years about wood working and "building like a girl".  My crafty friend Heather got me on the building kick by showing me how to properly use a miter saw.  Before I knew it, My Christmas lists were nothing but Ryobi tools and safety gear.  With the help… Continue reading Built This – Rustic Picture Frames and Patent Prints

Thrifty Finds

UPcycle – Entry Way Table

FINALLY!  After more than 1 year of searching for the perfect entry way "table"... I found it! Remember this progress pic of the entryway? I had a vision for this super tiny area next to the front door.  The amount of time and energy I've spent on this corner is a little much, but if… Continue reading UPcycle – Entry Way Table

Keeping it real

2015 – Keepin’ it Real

Cleaning up the dust and cobwebs off this little blog.  Wish I had exciting news to justify my absence, I don't.  But, I'm back.  Hi.  After throwing myself several pity parties the last couple months I'm ready to get back to  sharing my stories. Even though I have not been active here.... I have been… Continue reading 2015 – Keepin’ it Real

Crochet

Police Baby Photo Prop Set and Puppy Growth Spurts

The last several weeks have been extremely busy and stressful.  Feel like we are being pulled a million different directions with all we have going on.  Luckily we have a few constants in our lives:  work, crafting, and Great Dane adventures.  I will do my best to get back to blogging and decorating. Im too… Continue reading Police Baby Photo Prop Set and Puppy Growth Spurts

Crochet · Sewing

Camo Bows and Hand Painted Baby Swaddlers

To celebrate this month's holiday I've been working on some very 'Merican projects. I'll never get sick of these little bows I took the risky newbie challenge of hand painting fabric for a baby swaddle blanket. Stars and Stripes SUCCESS! These blankets are huge, 45 inch by 45inch. So I did it again with an… Continue reading Camo Bows and Hand Painted Baby Swaddlers

Keeping it real · Sewing

DIY Camera Strap and the Miserable Cow

I've had the pleasure of experimenting lately with my first DSLR camera and its been a ton of fun.  Slowly learning how to use it and researching all the tips and tricks for great picture taking.  While searching for camera accessories I came across some amazing camera straps!  Some are leather, others made from colorful and vibrant fabrics....wayyy… Continue reading DIY Camera Strap and the Miserable Cow

Sewing

Baby Teething Rings

I've been itchin' to complete some sewing projects trapped in my mind.  Carved out some time I probably should have spent doing something else to make these amazing little guys. Adorable right?!  I used a gender neutral "bumble bee" pattern for this one backed with absorbent chenille. This one in a fun baseball print is perfect… Continue reading Baby Teething Rings

Built That · Thrifty Finds

Air Plants and Vintage Drawer Pulls

Been loving the new chalk board wall in the family area of our home.  On Mother's day I came down and was surprised to see my husband has also found his inner artist. Notice the newest residents of the chalk board in the upper right corner.... AIR PLANTS! I have been scouring the house looking… Continue reading Air Plants and Vintage Drawer Pulls

Built That · Thrifty Finds

Chalk Board Wall

One of this week's house projects was monumental.  When we first moved into our home I created a memo board section on a wall near the garage entry.  This awkward section of our family room was great for keys, bags, and mail. Notice the boring beige paint (which I have sworn to vanquish from the house,… Continue reading Chalk Board Wall

Built That · Sewing · Thrifty Finds

UPcycled – Salvaged Yard Stick Bobbin Holder

You might have noticed the recent wave of DIY-ness that we've completely immersed ourselves in.  Partly because we started the year vowing to complete house projects that have been waiting almost 2 years for us to get to.... but there is more behind it for me.  When my son passed in 2010, there were so many… Continue reading UPcycled – Salvaged Yard Stick Bobbin Holder

Crochet

Little Lambs and Dog Selfies

After seeing the most adorable photo print of a tiny lamb while visiting Napa, I found myself searching Instagram for the hashtag #lamb and #lambing to fill my heart with the over overflowing cuteness.  I know nothing about lambs or sheep as farm animals, except I want one...or a few.... like a little girl wants a pony. … Continue reading Little Lambs and Dog Selfies

Built That · Thrifty Finds

UPcycled – Metal Grates into Pin Board

 Playing catch up on the blog to show everyone all the awesome projects we've been tackling at home.  While working on the custom thread holder a couple of weeks ago, we simultaneously took on a memo board of sorts. Awesome transformation right?? A little background first, my crafty friend Heather and I have a favorite salvage… Continue reading UPcycled – Metal Grates into Pin Board

Crochet

Teeny Tiny Crochet Bow and The Angry Bird

This week's happy project is this awesome crochet bow. This lilac color is one of my all time favorites and can be seen in a lot of my yarn work.  The bow is on a chain and can be worn as a headband or even as a bowtie! Find it here in the shop. Dog Chronicles:… Continue reading Teeny Tiny Crochet Bow and The Angry Bird

Crochet

Springtime Crochet Owls

I've been so preoccupied with house projects that my poor crochet hooks have started to feel neglected.  To remind myself how much I love that craft I brought out some of my favorite owl creations that were stashed away.  Took the opportunity to photograph them for the Etsy store. This toddler "purse" is done in a single crochet… Continue reading Springtime Crochet Owls