Sunday, June 30, 2013

Tyler's Graduation Celebration

This past weekend we had my sons High School Graduation Party.  It was a wonderful time for family and friends to gather and show Tyler how proud we are of his accomplishment.  The day was bittersweet for me.  Although I am excited for Ty's next chapter and all the wonderful possibilities, it means that my oldest baby is growing up.

I have questioned myself and reflect on his life a lot.  Did I give him enough attention?  Did I teach him enough?  Does he know how much I love him?  Does he feel loved?  Is he ready for the world?  I know this all sounds silly because I know the answer to all these questions but I am a worrier and that is what we do.

So yesterday was not just a party, it was the start of another chapter.  Another chapter not just for Tyler but for me as well.

OK, I am done being sappy.  On to the fun stuff.  Here are some fun photos of me and my boys and the fun decorations.

It is always a good day when I get to spend time with all my cherubs.

I think this just might be the best picture Ty and I have ever taken.

 Happy Boy!

I added a cards banner to an old suitcase.

I used old windows for my bulletin boards.

For the centerpieces I planted succulents in old tool boxes, an old truck, a tackle box and chicken feeder.  This added the masculine touch I needed.

It was a day for the memory books.  I look forward to seeing all the future holds for this sweet, handsome, smart boy.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Bedroom Restyle

While I am awaiting my own renovations I helped out a friend.  She needed a bedroom restyle.  She had a ton of great stuff, we just needed to pull it all together.

She made herself an amazing headboard out of pocket doors.  Very cool.  All she had to do was distress them a little.

Next thing we had to address was bedding.  She had some, but it was not pretty, so she had to splurge a little.  We found just what she wanted at Target in the Rachel Ashwell line.  Lastly, we needed proper lighting.  Marshall's is a great source for lamps.  Of course, the ones we liked were the most expensive at $49.99.  Yes, we would have liked $24.99, but it was not to be and for a little more we have timeless lamps that will work in any room in the house.

So here is what we ended up with.

Beautiful, crisp white bedding from Target.

All of the accessories she had and they have some sentimental element.  That makes the space even more personal and special.

The night stands are different but both have a dark finish.  This ties them together and makes them look like they belong.  Also notice, I have 3 pictures on the right and 2 on the left.  Always work in odd numbers.

Love those lamps.

My favorite detail was this & sign inside a vintage frame.  It was funky and unexpected and perfect.

Make your bedroom an oasis.  It doesn't need to cost a fortune.  You probably have treasures hiding out just waiting to be put to good use.

Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

She's Back

Ok, I know, ridiculous.  I have been in this limbo mode for months.  We were moving and then we weren't.  So finally I feel a little settled.  It was hard to blog during that time.  No excuse, but I just couldn't get into it.

So now that we know we aren't moving I am back into renovation mode.  First on the list, bedroom #1. Rip out the carpet and redo the hardwood floors and rip out the cheaply made book shelf.  So much better already.

Can't wait to show you what I have planned.

I promise I will be back soon.  Have a great week.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

I Have Been MIA

 I know I have been MIA.  So sorry.  I feel paralyzed right now.  As I mentioned before we are selling our house.  I spend most of my time right now keeping the house up for showings.  I am afraid to cook or start any projects for fear an agent will call and want to show the house.  On top of that,  I either have to take the dogs with me wherever I go or take them to my parents.  I will be glad when this part is over.  The good news,  we have an offer, so hopefully we are on the home stretch.

Since my creative mind never stops working and I am starting to go a little crazy, I decided to focus my thoughts on my oldest son Tyler's upcoming graduation.  We just had his Sr. pictures taken and I should be getting them back soon.  I have been scanning Pinterest for ideas and of course they have plenty.

These are my favorite invitations so far.  I like simple.  I want the color to come from the picture.  I also like a little country flair.  I will get this from the font and the picture.  That is what is great about outdoor photos, they automatically look a little country.

Don't ask me why they are all of girls.  I think a boy photo will look awesome in all of these.

I will hopefully be back to my old self soon.  I am sure once we move I will have more projects than I can imagine.  Have a fabulous weekend.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Next Chapter

We have put our home on the market and so will be moving shortly.  Y'all know how stressful moving can be.  I have put projects and crafts on the back burner cause I want the house picked up for potential buyers.  I have to be on the ready at all times.  That is exhausting.  I don't even want to cook right now, no dirty dishes.  Haha.  Good excuse.

So, posts may be sparse over the next little bit, but I promise good stuff once we get to our new location.  Having a new living space will get me all fired up with ideas.  Soooo exciting.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Havin A Blue Mood

I don't usually do blue.  My blue is turquoise, but my sister called in a favor.  She decorates her home in blues and reds.  She wanted a distressed look, so I thought it was a good time to try Miss Mustard's Seed Milk Paint in Flow Blue.  I also wanted to try her dark wax.  I am happy to report I absolutely loved the results.  I did do a light sanding even though she says you don't have to.  I wanted to make sure that the paint stuck.  My last project was a disaster when I didn't sand.  All of the milk paint just flaked off.  I will go into it more when I post that project.

The original color was a light grey, so when I distressed it the perfect amount of lightness popped thru.  When I added the dark wax I was in love.  It took the finish from so so to awesome. I will definitely do this technique again.  In fact, I can't wait to get to paintin.

To get back to Miss Mustard Seed press here.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Plate Wall

Happy April Fools Day.  I have no tricks to play on you today,  just fun decorating to share.  I head to Santa Cruz tomorrow for Spring Break so hopefully I will find something fun to post about from there.  I have been scouting out Thrift Stores and Antique Stores online in the Santa Cruz area, so hopefully I find some treasures.

Without further ado,  here is my latest project.  My good friend, Nicole, asked me to create a plate wall in her kitchen.  It turned out great and added that little something her kitchen needed.  

It is simple and clean.  I added jute twine to some of the plates just to add a little interest.


I found these plate hangers on Amazon.  I love that they are hidden as opposed to traditional plate hangers.

This is the inspirational photo I found on Pinterest.  It gave me the idea to add twine to some of the plates.

I found most of the plates at Homegood's and Marshall's.

I so enjoyed spending Easter with all my boys.  It was the perfect kick off to Spring Break.  I hope you guys have a fabulous week.  I know I am going to as I bask in the Santa Cruz sun.