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I love the 99 Cent store. I really love the 99 Cent store. When I need to fill up a space on the cheap, it's the place to go!

Here's a simple project I did for our bedroom, for about $8.

Dollar store frames + Vacay pics=  cheap gallery wall!
I've been working on our bedroom lately (update pics at the end of this post).

 It fills up my naked wall, and helps hide an ugly vent from our shower on the other side of the wall.

I had 5x7 pictures printed of some of our favorite vacation spots, like Santa Monica and Laguna Beach. I'm hoping somehow they will infuse a relaxing aura and trick my brain into thinking I'm actually still on vacation. Wishful?

Master bedroom Update
I rounded up all the dirty laundry and piles of tissues (we all had the flu last week, bleh). Let's swing around and see how the rest of the room is coming.

Compared to our previous house, our room now has a pretty different look. Remember this just a few months ago? Pre Craigslisting the bedroom set.

Here's where it's at now:
Gray, yellow, aqua midcentury bedroom. clever nest

Gray, yellow, aqua midcentury bedroom. clever nest


Still a ways to go, but getting there, right? Here's what's new.

Two new matching dark wood end tables from Macy's furniture outlet for $99 each. Woo hoo! Love those pulls :)
Gray, yellow, aqua midcentury bedroom. clever nest

A tall dresser from Mathis Brothers, clearance section. And was $360. I love it's lines, and how it grooves with the end tables without being matchy matchy.

If you piece together a bedroom set, the rule of thumb is to keep all pieces within 3 shades. Personally I'm a fan of more of a collected look. But if a matched set is your thing, I'm behind you!
Gray, yellow, aqua midcentury bedroom. clever nest
So happy to get these 3 pieces for under $600 total! The Midcentury modern look makes me happy too :)

This midcentury Starburst mirror is from the Martha Stewart line at Home Depot for $35!
Gray, yellow, aqua midcentury bedroom. clever nest

Our DIY nailhead headboard still needs to be mounted on the wall. But the low profile is growing on us. What do you think, leave it as is or hang it up?
Gray, yellow, aqua midcentury bedroom. clever nest
I'd like to add framed art above each night stand. Maybe a pop of aqua?

Still trying to figure out what to do with our wall of mirrors, yikes! No hiding unflattering angles in this room, if you know what I mean... *cough.

We rent, so no swapping doors... but, decals? curtains in front? thoughts??
Gray, yellow, aqua midcentury bedroom. clever nest

Our sink area got a flower arrangement from Michael's this week too.
Gray, yellow, aqua midcentury bedroom. clever nest

My, my don't we look fancy now? All faux flowers and all?
Gray, yellow, aqua midcentury bedroom. clever nest

I felt a bit "wild" by picking some hot pink blooms. A bit of a risk, but I think it works pretty well!

I'd also like to get something more substantial framed on the wall over there above the towel rack.

Doing any updates lately? Got any 99 Cent store decor projects to share? I'd love to see them! Send me a link in a comment :D

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Leaky Hairy Craft Fail!

Leaky hairy Sensory bottle craft fail -clever nest
You can't win them all.

Actually, you can win them all. If you are really stealthy and sneak any and all craft flops immediately into the trash.

But I am not so proud.

I am human, and it's statistically likely that once in awhile I will be visited by the horrible and dreaded... Craft Fail!

(Btw: I submitted this project to Craft Fail 'cause I figured if you can't live in fame, you might as well live in infamy. Hoping it gets selected! :)

Sensory Bottles, The Fail
While trying to be a good mom and make something for my kid once in a while, I ended up with a gross, leaking hairball.

Leaky hairy Sensory bottle craft fail -clever nest

I saw these sensory jars from The Iowa Farmer's Wife and thought,
Sensory bottles from water bottles. For preschoolers

 "fill water bottles with stuff and water? I can do this!"

O how the simple can be deceiving.

I scuttled off to the party store and came home with a bag full of fun, shiny things for my kid to look at inside this bottle.
Hilarious craft fail making sensory bottles -clever nest

I chose glitter, googly eyes (I use them for clocks too!), confetti, buttons, food erasers, lizards  buttons, shells, and food coloring. Also used (picked up from the floor and dryer vent)- change, bells, and beads.

I emptied a molasses jar and tried to remove the label and gummy stuff without any luck. I know there's a Pinterest for that. Isn't there a Pinterest for that?

No matter. I figured I'd deal with it later. For now, sticky sensory!

I filled the sticky bottle with all manner of sparkly and neon baby eye catching things and screwed the lid on tight.
Hilarious craft fail making sensory bottles -clever nest

Hmm, a bit murky in there... no matter. I was on the path to baby entertaining awesomeness!

Without really reading the directions (directions? shmerections!), I hot glued the top on after screwing it on. Mistake. Instead of securing the top so Mr. Andrew couldn't open it up, it leaked. And now I couldn't open it up again to fix the problem.

Uh, water sensory!

Know when you're beat
Here's the hot mess. I just can't believe I messed up filling a bottle with stuff and water.
Hilarious craft fail making sensory bottles -clever nest

this craft fail is hilarious! -clever nest

Avert thine eyes. It looks nasty. It is nasty. And it's not getting anywhere near my child.

Oh, and yes, those are FREAKING HAIRS on my baby's sticky leaky sensory bottle from the label I couldn't get off.
this craft fail is hilarious! -clever nest

I showed it to Andrew. He didn't want anything to do with it.

At this point it's not even worth fixing. I cave. I'm out, alright?!?! You win, you stupid Sensory Bottle! You broke me. Thanks for nothing!

ahem...

Off to go let my baby play with rocks and dirt instead. I'll leave this hard craft stuff to the professionals.

How about you? Any bombs to share recently?








Big House Plans for 2013!

Ah, resolutions. 

We make 'em mid-December, gear up to start cutting sweets and hitting the gym come January 1st. Then, by January 2nd it all falls apart. We realize that it sucks to live without chocolate, and sweat unattractively in public, and decide this resolution thing is for the birds.

Did you make a resolution for the new year? 

How's it going for you so far? 

I hate making resolutions only to see myself breaking them. Thus I don't aim very high. Which in a way helps insure my chances of success. As in, "I won't eat this cookie that just fell on the floor" kind of thing. Small, but successful

Actually,  I'll tell you what my New Year's reso-to-try-not-to-fail-solutions are in the coming week! And no, that cookie did not get eaten.

Big House Plans!
I'm making a tradition of using the New Year to take inventory of my plans, hopes, dreams for my little nest! I started this tradition last year, for our old house. And now 2 months into our new place, it's quite timely.

I'll pop back here throughout the year and check off the projects as I tackle them. Here's goes nothin'.

The list is all-inclusive, thus a bit of a longie. If you conk out and escape back to Pinterest half way though, I understand.  This is my "I said it on the blog" accountability. No wussing out, no turning back.

Here's my big ol', not messin' around, la la la list!

Living room
This is where we do most of our living, entertaining, and playing. I kind of want it to be fabulous.

I'll post a more recent pic soon, one that has furniture at least. Just imagine couches on the right and back, and a TV on the left. 

I don' think it'll take much to get this room significantly more awesomer. Here's my plan:
1. Staying with my happy color palette of aqua, green, and yellow. I want to add some sweet character with art and antiques like this pic from Decor Pad .
2.Curtains! I like this retro print from Fat Quarter Yardage
3. Handles for buffet. Embarrassing: I took the hardware off over a year ago. It's time to finish this gal already : / Love these from Amerock Hardware.
4. Shelves for over fire place, a la Young House Love
5. Paint my lamp shades. I've got to figure out what kind of pattern to do on my plain jane shades. Something crazy like this pattern from Darrell Nettles' painting?

Dining Room
A few major tweaks needed in here, and I should be good to go!

Here's my simple mood board:
1. Resurrect my Plate Wall from the old house. Loving MMM Crafts version :)
2. Mid Century Buffet. I absolutely pine for something like this one from  Revitalized Artistry .
3. Something to protect the table. I've got to find some way to keep our new Craigslist table (pics soon!) from getting scratched, without using a table cloth. My 15 month old son thinks table cloths are for performing magic tricks with, namely the one where you yank it out from everything that's on top.
4. Family Birthday Calendar like this from Crafty Endeavor. Isn't it cool?
5. I need a little shelf or stand to hold pencils, a waste basket, and other odds and ends I have to keep out of Andrew's reach!
6. Hang my mirror from the old house 
7. Replace old family pics in my DIY Family Tree
8. Add curtains
Music Room
I've decided that's what I'm calling our strange little alcove between the garage on the left and our bedroom on the right. It sounded more classy.

Three wishes in here:
1. Buy a bookcase and shelves. I checked out this beauty from 1st Dibs, and found out it's only $10,500! hahahaha...ha.
2. Decorate shelves in a cool way, a la Emily Henderson
3. Add some curtains and give it a more cozy feel

Master Bedroom
Sanctuary! This room is coming along nicely, more pics to come I promise!

A few upgrades in here too:
1. Curtains. This is becoming a broken records, I neeeeeed them...everywheeeeeere! 
2. Add art. Possibly framed wallpaper samples?
3. or these?

Kitchen
Get ready for the biggest goal/dream of the whole list. And it's happening right here in the kitchen.

Don't forget, we rent, not own this place. So no blowing out walls or anything sweat related like that. But exiting for me just the same!
1. Build an island! We will have to make a free standing unit, since we can't secure it to the floor. I've priced cabinets at Lowe's, and I think we can handle this. More to come!
2. Some fun dish towels like these
3. Add art to the desk area
4. New rug, navy and white please 
5. Curtains? I can haz curtains?!?
Hall Bath
This room is dying of color deprivation. I need some big pops of color in here, stat!

Color, here you come:


1. Fun art like this fishy friend from Koi Freaks
2. A colorful shower curtain like this Fabric Paradise
3. or this Sew Mama Sew?
4. or this Fat Quarter Shop??
Andrew's Room
I'm not 100% sure what to do in here yet. Here's my plans thus far.

Just want to add a rug and hang some art, and ... curtains!

Guest Room
We'd love to keep from letting this room become a quazi office/ catch-all junk room. Since we're a bit further away from our family now, we'd like to keep this room ready for guests!


A few things to do:
1. Organize the junk in here now!
2. Buy a bed (we've found it's nicer to offer a bed rather than cold laminate floor when guests come over.)
3. Get a Craigslist dresser
You made it! 
To the end of my extensively long and painfully thorough To Do list! Without cheating on me with Pinterest even once! 

Last, but not least is... our patio. Our sad, sad patio.

Talk about wap to the wah. 

Boring! Come Spring I'm planning a major jolt of style to this space!


1.Buy a comfy set of table and chairs
2. Add cafe lights (excited about this!)
3. Fire pit
4. Try a project like Makely School for Girls. I want those ugly wooden walls to do something. I don't want to spend too much on this project either. I'm thinking paint a bamboo screen with this herring bone pattern?

Hitting the Ground
That's it! That's enough. Making this list totally pumps me up and I feel like I can start attacking it one room at a time. Do you ever feel like if you just write it down it doesn't seem so overwhelming anymore?

Woo hoo, here I go. Wish me luck!
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