Holiday Home Tour & A Big Accomplishment

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Pretty Handy Girl's Christmas Home

Guess what! BIG NEWS!!! I FINALLY finished our kitchen remodel. I completed most of the work over the summer, but had two key components that I had to install. They are big, chunky and I am truly in love with them.

Pretty Handy Girl's Christmas Home

I’ve been waiting for some free time to get these puppies up, and the time finally came. On November 30th, (13 months after our little leak, but who’s counting) I installed two shelves on the tile wall in the kitchen. Like that it was…BAM…Put a fork in it, this kitchen is DONE!

Because I know you’re wondering where I got those gorgeous corbels, I got them from Southern Accents Architectural Antiques! And even though they are in Alabama, you can shop there online or ask for Garlan and he’ll hook you up with ANYTHING you want. In fact, would you believe that these corbels are brand new? Yup, I designed them and SAAA made them for me. I painted and distressed them (tutorial to come) to look like they are salvaged.

Now that the kitchen is complete, I’ve been enjoying decorating for Christmas. If you remember, last year our kitchen looked like this and decorating was low on my priority.

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This year, I’m REALLY enjoying adding that holiday jewelry and decorating. I will be showing you the full kitchen reveal and pictures of the rest of my home as part of the Christmas Home Tour hosted by Just a Girl. Check in with her tomorrow morning for the start of the tour!

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The line up of homes is truly spectacular:

Monday:
Just a Girl
Nesting Place
Hi, Sugarplum
Tatertots and Jello
Remodelaholic

Tuesday:
Shabby Nest
Life in Grace
Not Just a Housewife
All Things Thrifty
Funky Junk Interiors

Wednesday:
Thrifty Decor Chick
Storywood Designs
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Southern Hospitality
Our Fifth House

Thursday:
Sand and Sisal
A Place for Us
Songbird
Pretty Handy Girl
Beneath My Heart

Friday:
I Heart Organizing
My Blessed Life
Emily A. Clark
A Thoughtful Place

Are you ready for the tour? I can’t wait to see all the fabulous décor. I’m really ready to sit down with a cup of cocoa and enjoy the holidays. How about you?

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Peacock Pride Room Reveal {and Win a $10,000 Shopping Spree at La-Z-Boy}

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Peacock Pride Room Reveal + $10K La-Z-Boy Giveaway

The day has come…you get to see the room I designed around my La-Z-Boy sofa!

Peacock Pride Room Reveal + $10K La-Z-Boy Giveaway

AND, you could win a $10,000 shopping spree from La-Z-Boy just by voting for your favorite sofa. (Voting ends December 20th.) All the details are on the La-Z-Boy Facebook page.

When you head over there, you can also watch this short video explaining why I chose this sofa and how I decorated my room around it.

Peacock Pride Room Reveal + $10K La-Z-Boy Giveaway

But, that’s not all…

…I have something very special for my sweet and very special readers! I have been authorized to give a $1,000 La-Z-Boy gift certificate to one lucky reader! I won this gift for you by being the quickest tweeter. (All that tweeting finally comes in handy.) Scroll to the bottom of this post to enter to win that giveaway.

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So, are you ready to see my room? I kind of miss it now that I’m back home. [Read more...]

Pretty Handy Girl 2012 Year in Review

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2012 was a jam packed year. It was filled with adventures, triumphs, and destruction. But, overall it was filled with a mass of accomplished projects. I shared some great tutorials with you and these are just a few of the best from 2012!

One of my favorite transformation tools is paint. Whether it be spray paint, craft paint or glazes, the changes can be amazing. These are my favorite paint transformations from 2012: [Read more...]

Things I learned from my Dad – A Father’s Day Tribute

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Dad, letting his daughters put barrettes and ribbons in his hair

Happy Father’s Day to the best Dad in the world…Pretty Handy Dad! That’s him above, sitting patiently while my sisters and I braided and ponytailed his hair.

My Dad is a pretty amazing guy. I met him in the delivery room the day I was born. For those of you that were born in the early 70′s, having the father in the delivery room was pretty rare. Normally they stood guard by the waiting room door waiting for news of the birth of their child. But, not my Dad, he was there for every one of his daughter’s births.

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The best advice my dad ever gave me was not necessarily in spoken words. It was more of a belief he had that was evident while I was growing up.

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Habitat for Humanity ReStore Talk in Atlanta, GA – Sat. June 23rd

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We interrupt this fabulous weekend to bring you an important announcement:

I’m headed to Hotlanta! Woo hoo!

I’m headed south this coming week to attend the Haven Home Conference. While I’m in Atlanta I couldn’t miss the opportunity to check out the local Habitat ReStore. I hear they have some fabulous furniture right now. And you can bet I’ll be checking out some of the light fixtures they have in stock.

Won’t you come join me and hear my empowerment talk? I’ll share with you why I think everyone is handy but may not know it yet. Plus, I’ll be giving tips on how to decorate on a frugal budget using common ReStore finds!

So hop on over to the Atlanta ReStore on Saturday, June 23rd at 2pm. The store is located at 519 Memorial Dr., Atlanta, GA.


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I’d love to meet you and give you a squeeze ;-)!

If you think you would like to go, please email: restorenewsletter@atlantahabitat.org Put “Brittany RSVP” in the subject line so they can be sure to set up enough chairs. Hope you can make it!

 

On the Radio and On Blogger Jealousy

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Hey, this is just a quick little post to let you know a few things:

1. First, thanks for all your comments yesterday about my son being in the hospital. The stories you more experienced Mama’s had to tell about your own accident-prone kids really lightened my day. My son was released tonight and we are all back home and under one roof again. We’ll be laying low for the weekend and trying to keep him hydrated.

2. Do you wonder what I sound like? I was on Fave Craft Radio the other day with Amy from Mod Podge Rocks! Amy also interviewed Anna from Mochi Mochi Land and the dynamic duo Cathie & Steve from DIY Network’s Creative Juice. My interview comes on right after Cathie & Steve, so it was almost like I met them! I came sooo close.

Amy, Simone, and I had a blast talking crafts, makeup and Pinterest! Hear what my biggest Pinterest pet peeve is and what I secretly use Pinterest for.

3. I recently wrote a post for Crafterminds about Why You Need to Stop Comparing Yourself to Other Bloggers. This is a true “written from my heart” post that I hope will inspire bloggers to ease up on themselves and help curb jealousy.

TTFN (ta, ta, for now!)

 

Best of Pretty Handy Girl 2011

It’s the end of the year and I know y’all have been busy. So, I thought I’d give you the cliff notes version of Pretty Handy Girl in 2011.

Gift Bucket Liner from Goodwill Pants

How to Paint a Dandelion Wall Mural

Fork Photo and Note Holder

Spring Paper and Button Flowers

How to Paint Doors the Professional Way

 

How to Paint Like a Pro Series:

 

Build Your Own Ladder Display Shelves

Photography Secrets for Shooting Indoors

 

Toilet Repairs Series:

 

Dream Big Butterfly Window

Backlit Cut Out Bookcase

Rustic Wine Crate

How to Replace an Ugly Hollywood Strip Light

Board and Batter Tutorial

How to Make a Branch Towel Bar

Light Bulb Comparison

How to Install Low Voltage Landscape Lighting

Ombré Paint Chip Lampshade

 

Cabinet Door Revamped to Chalkboard Message Board

Kitchen Cabinet Turned into Shoe Storage Bench

 

Dollar Tree Placemat Garden Flag

 

Beveled Glass Light Fixture Ornaments

DIY Matchbox Car Race Track

 

And Finally, A Whole Slew of Power Tool Tutorials:

Compound Miter Saw

Jig Saw

Finish Nailer and Compressor

Cordless Drill

Circular Saw

Table Saw

Band Saw

I don’t know about you, but I’m super excited for 2012! I hope you’ll stick around for some more DIY tutorials and empowerment!

Did you have a favorite post of mine this year that I forgot to mention? Do tell! Chosing from almost 200 posts makes for some tough decisions.

Make Your Own Monster Dolls on Parentables

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I’m so glad you guys like the Saffron Marigold giveaway! Beautiful linens, right?!

And now from beautiful linens to ugly dolls….not much of a segue there, but whatever.

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Aren’t they cute?! Okay, they may have a few imperfections, but I don’t want to hear about it because my boys made them! That’s right my 4 and 7 year old boys made their own Ugly Dolls. With a little help from me.

Last week, before I got REALLY SICK, we spent some quality time together making monster dolls. I can’t begin to tell you how rewarding it was to let them take the reins and design their own monster stuffed animal.

My oldest's sketch of what he wanted his monster to look like.

I let them do as much as possible so they could feel a HUGE sense of accomplishment when they were done.

7 year old cutting out the body

My 7 year old really dove in and enjoyed every aspect of making his monster. He even used the sewing machine with my help. My 4 year old needed a bit more guidance and help. He was very tentative about the sewing machine, but I convinced him to push the pedal. After one time pushing it,  he was LOVING puttin’ the pedal to the metal! LOL!

They both were so proud of their monsters. They tote them everywhere and tell friends and family, “I made it!”

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I have the entire tutorial for making monster dolls over at Parentables today. So, grab your little ones and head on over. It is a perfect way to spend a summer afternoon together.

 

 

 

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A New Venture – Parentables

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It is time to make a big announcement, do you have your horns and confetti ready?

I’ve been writing for Parentables which was just launched by the TLC television network. Parent-a-who? Parentables, it is a really cool new site that is full of posts from some truly awesome contributing writings (other bloggers that rock). And they are all geared towards you, the CHO (Chief Household Officer)! Whether you have kids or not, Parentables is a great location to learn and share information. There are articles on cooking, organizing your home, great vacations, home décor, craft, celebrity gossip and of course DIY projects! Want to learn more? Head on over to Parentables, “Like” them on Facebook, or “Follow” them on Twitter.

So, what does this means for you, the Pretty Handy Girl reader? Not much, you will still get approximately 3-4 posts a week from me. However, if that isn’t enough for you, I will also be sharing a couple of extra posts a month over there! I’m also hoping it empowers a few more people to try their own DIY projects.  So, we may see a few more followers over here (I hope you will welcome them with open arms.)

In the meantime, I’ve posted some oldies and some goodies on Parentables, so check ‘em out:

How I Learned to Fix, Repair, and Build Almost Anything (and You Can, Too!)

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How to Reupholster a Dining Chair (Even if You’re a Beginner)

Glass Magnets

How to Make DIY Glass Bead Magnets with Kids

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How to Build an Easy Mulch-and-Stone Pathway

How to Remove a Broken Bulb Safely

Essential Tools To Build Out Your Toolbox

On a side note, did anyone catch a peek at the Supermoon the other night? I brought the kids with me to the highest hill in Raleigh and we got to see it. Then I took a bunch of photos with my camera on the tripod sticking out the moonroof of my car. I’m sure I got some laughs from puzzled drivers. But, hey, what can I say, I’m crazy like that. Here is the best picture I got, it is kind of fuzzy because of the cloud cover:

Super “Cool” Moon

Top 10 Reasons to Do-It-Yourself!

So, I still haven’t convinced you yet? Let me give you a few reasons to try a DIY project yourself.

1. Save Money, Save Money, Save Money, (do I need to emphasize this again?)

2. If you are trying to repair something, you will either fix the problem or need to call a repair person anyway. (That being said, recognize your limitations. Don’t take on a complicated electrical project if you don’t know what the black, white or green wires are!)

  • Now, if you do end up calling a repair person, stick around and watch how the repair is made. Ask questions. A lot of times you will realize that you could have done the repair yourself and next time you will!

3. If you are human and able to follow directions, there is a 95% chance that you will succeed. There are so many resources to assist you:

  • instruction manuals that come with the item to install
  • online resources, try googling “how-to” instructions
  • ask a home improvement store employee for advice
  • search for instructional videos on Youtube.com
  • check out a DIY book at your library
  • buy a DIY book at your local home improvement store
  • ask a friend, family member or neighbor who you know has the skills

4. You can complete your project now instead of waiting for someone else to do it.

5. You never know how you will like working with your hands. You may find it very relaxing.

6. Learn something new. It improves your brain functioning and protects against Alzheimer’s.

7. Loose weight. If you involve yourself in a DIY project, you will probably sweat a little! You will likely be climbing, moving, and staying busy.

8. You won’t know if you can do it until you try.

9. Bragging rights.

10. The sense of accomplishment you get when you succeed is HUGE!!!