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Halloween at our house & a bat diy tutorial.

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared anything around the house. It’s been a while since I’ve given any kind of tutorial about anything. It’s been awhile since I’ve wrote about anything other than what I’m wearing or how busy I am, if I’m really honest.

Monday’s are typically work-at-home days for me. I love this because I can multi-task, like throw in a load of laundry, vacuum the car, or decorate the house for Halloween in order to surprise the kids.

Can you figure out which one of those three I did today?

The kids loved that when they walked through the door our house was ready for Halloween. Lexie said, “is it a haunted house?!” and they loved even more that I had a fun after-school-snack and surprise for them. & I loved that it bought me a few more minutes to get a little work done before diving into homework help and dinner prep.

Oh…and one of my favorite parts of our Halloween decor? The bats are back! Here’s a simple tutorial. 1) Buy a piece of black poster board and cut it into like 4×4 inch squares. 2) Cut the top of the bat. 3) Cut the bottom of the bat. 4) Crease the wings & then tape ‘em up.

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& finally…here’s halloween at our house (or our little haunted house, as Lexie called it) this year:

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The girls’ new room, almost.

During spring break, I started making over the girls’ bedroom. Since they’d be starting kindergarten, I figured it would be the perfect time to give them a bigger girl bedroom, with more space for them and desks to do work on.

It’s still not finished, but we’re getting there. I feel like any project we start never really has an end point because I’m always updating and redoing things it seems.

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This is looking into their room from the door. I want to add wire baskets near the head of their beds next to the windows for books. I’d also love to get rid of those bean bags but they love them. Maybe I can find some new covers for them that would match the decor a little bit more.

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This wall is pretty much done. I need to add push pins to the pinwheels because right now they are just taped up there. There are also a few nicks in the pain on the dresser that I need to touch up and then seal off. The only other thing on this wall I want to do is paint the doors of their room (and the kid’s bathroom and Tucker’s door) black to match the rest of the doors in the house.

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The gallery walls for the girls are not done. I need to add to it, change out the bird canvas with something else. I’ve got an idea of what I want to do on that one (I made the bird one, I plan to peel off the scrapbook paper that is one it and repaint over the canvas to make a new piece of artwork).

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I also need to add the girls’ names above their beds. I haven’t quite decided how I want them to look yet, but they’ll go just above their beds and below the butterfly garlands my mom made.

I love the direction the room is headed. It feels like the room has come so far, but still has so much farther left to go. I also updated these picture on our home tour page, just in case you wanted to see the rest of the house (it hasn’t been updated in a while but there hasn’t been much change as far as house projects go lately).

In need of a little project time.

I started redoing the girls’ room during spring break. We painted, rearranged the furniture, and put out their new bedding. Since then I haven’t done much more. A few accessory pieces here or there and that is about it.

There is a lot I still need to do, I just haven’t had the time to do it. I’m hoping once summer starts I can get a little project time in. Here’s a little bit of what it looks like right now.

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I picked up these desks from Ikea. They are really part of a storage system, but work out perfectly for the girls. I love them because the set up we have here (with the shelf above) is just like my desk. Something that the girls love, too.

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I love when I find the girls in this space, just enjoying it.

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Can you tell they love these twirly dresses? This was before we went to a party and they were testing them out. On this wall is their dresser. I want to paint the drawer fronts, I was thinking ombre with shades of turquoise.

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The butterfly garland was made by my mom. I love it. The two orange hearts represent the girls. The gallery wall isn’t finished. I need a few more prints and to change up a few things, as well. On the bird canvas I plan to repaint it white and do some polka dots (something I saw on Pinterest).

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I also want to put the girls’ names above their beds, just under the butterfly garland. I’m thinking about doing it with scrapbook paper and stringing it on something pretty (ribbon or yarn).

So, that’s that. Now I just need to get the project bug back and get on it. I think the last project I really worked on around the house was their room, so that is a little odd. Usually I’m raring to go when it comes to DIY around the house. Gotta get out of the funk.

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