Sunday, July 31, 2011

Before or after?

I got my haircut yesterday and went shorter with more layers, fun and piece-y is what the hairstylist called it.  So this is how I looked after my last haircut, a slightly angled bob...

And this is how it looks now...(I'm even wearing the same t-shirt ha ha!)

I don't know about you guys but I NEVER like the way my hair is styled after I get it cut.  I have to wait until the next day when I can wash it and style it myself to really decide if I like it.  Yesterday I was NOT digging it at all.   I didn't cry this time though :) Today after styling it myself I like it and it's definitely growing on me.  Opinions?  Better before or after?
Ever had a haircut that made you cry?

Friday, July 29, 2011

Mirrors, mirrors on the wall

I'm over at Primitive and Proper today hanging out with one of my bff's Cassie!!
Head on over to check out how I FINALLY filled this blank space above my couch!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

AC broken and may need to be replaced? Go thrifting!

Ugh.  How was your weekend?  Mine was HOT!  Not in a Paris Hilton kinda way.  But more in a our AC broke on the hottest day of the year kinda way.  It was miserable.  For all of you out there that don't have central AC major, MAJOR props!  It broke Friday and by Saturday evening it was fixed but didn't really cool down in here until Sunday.  But that is not where the party ended.  Today we have discovered some wet spots in the ceiling of our bedroom.  Right on!  Looks like we have some condensation from our "fixed" AC.

I don't know about you but a little spontaneous thrifting excursion always makes me feel better!  Just going to thrift stores makes me happy but to find major scores for next to nothing is THE BEST!  I went to one of my favorite thrift stores in the area.  They have TONS of stuff and the profits go towards programs that help men dealing with substance abuse.  And they are always so nice and helpful, which unfortunately I can't say for a lot of thrift stores.

Wanna see what I found?

Two crocks, ball jar, 3 frames, railroad spike, ironstone soup tureen minus the lid, and this way cool ceramic grater.  Here's a picture of the other side:

I have never seen anything like it before.   The big crock I am using for my big kitchen utensils and the small one is for my kosher salt I keep on the counter.  The frames will most likely be spray painted and used in a frame display on some wall.  And well the rest was just because I loved it!  And here's the last thing I found.

Remember how great I said this thrift store is?  Well the guy gave it all to me for 14 bucks!  I told him to make it an even 20.  I figured it was for such a good cause and 20 was still an amazing deal!

Going to the paint store today to pick up some yellow paint for a table in the girls' room, what should I pick up for this bench?  White seems like the obvious choice but you guys always have the best ideas!

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Monday, July 25, 2011

Prayers needed

I had a blog post all typed up about some thrift store finds but after reading this and this I just couldn't bring myself to hit publish.  Please pray for Cora and her family.  And count your many blessings tonight and hold your loved ones close.

Friday, July 22, 2011

I've gone Olioboard!!

Yesterday I told you guys that I was redoing the girls' room.  Currently Natalie is in a tinkerbell toddler bed and Lily is in a crib that has been converted to a toddler bed.  Natalie is definitely in need of a bigger bed.  Unfortunately the room is not ideal for two twin beds.  One wall is taken up by a closet, the other has two windows and another has the door.  That leaves one wall which could accommodate two beds if we didn't need to open the bedroom door ;-)  Here's a series of pics showing you around the room.  I had already started painting.  The walls before were each painted a different color.  One a light green, one aqua, one yellow, and one a purplish blue.  I painted the room before Natalie was born.  I decorated around the quilt that came with her bedding set.  The new color is Ballet slipper by Martha Stewart.

 Here's a picture of the inspiration quilt.

Here are the pictures I painted above the door and closet.

I had a really tough time painting over them.  I couldn't believe how emotional I was. I'm just glad I have pictures to remember.

Okay so now you've seen the sorta before.  I made a mood board to show you my ideas.  I used the free site Olioboard.  It's awesome!  You can pick photos from their gallery and/or upload your own!
It was so much fun that I have plans to make one for my kitchen and master bedroom very soon!

Okay so here's the plan:

The wall that Lily's bed is on will be a full size bed that the girls' will share.  I found that awesome white bedframe at a furniture consignment shop.  It was quite a trek to get it but SO worth it!!  I love the details on the headboard.  My original plan was to make the girls' a duvet.  Then I realized that the quilt I made in the quilt along had the color scheme I was going for!!   With some help from Cassie I decided that I would buy a cream or white coverlet and drape the quilt at the bottom of the bed.

I found the vintage pillows on Etsy.  I LOVE them!  They will most likely go on the bed.

I showed you the nipple dresser yesterday.  It will most likely go on the wall next to the door.  Either that or between the windows.  I'll have to see once I get the bed in there.

The petite dresser I plan to put on one side of the bed and am going to paint it, not sure what color yet.  Maybe a warm yellow or a darker pink????!?!?!??  I also found a little pedestal table for 5 bucks that looks similar to the one on my mood board.  It will go on the other side of the bed and will most likely be yellow.

The aqua rug I found on Olioboard.  I thought it mimicked the pattern in the headboard.  The girls' room is carpeted so not sure with all the furniture whether or not a rug would look okay.  But I still love it!!

I plan on doing a gallery wall somewhere in the room  and I thought the reverse silhouettes would look awesome above the headboard.

I still have to figure out storage for books, whether I want to embellish the plain curtains that are already there or buy new ones, whether I needs to put up shelves, etc, etc, etc....

A lot of decisions will come along the way as I see how my ideas play out.  So what do you think so far?  I would love any and all opinions, suggestions, ideas etc.!!!  Thanks!!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Nipple knobs

Ha ha!  I bet that post title got your attention.  Don't unfollow me yet :)  I haven't gone all crude, I save that for when I meet you in person ;-)  Just keep reading, it's worth it, I promise.

I know I have been M.I.A. and haven't posted in awhile.  I have been spending less time at the computer and getting more things done and of course having fun!  I have cleaned out the garage, re seeded our tiny but overgrown with mutant weeds backyard and laid down a stone border, some sewing, mod podging, and some  furniture painting as well!!  It feels good to get so much accomplished.  All those things I plan about blogging about in the near future but for now I want to show you my furniture makeover!  I haven't shared this with you guys but I am trying to redo the girls's room.  So far I have painted the walls, bought the full size bed frame, and painted this dresser...

I got it for 30 bucks!!!  I just loved it!  I didn't take a ton of time to check the drawers because I was a tad giddy but once I got it home I found the two bottom drawers were in need of repair.  One of the drawer bottoms was practically falling off and the other had a crack in it that someone had tried to glue.

No biggie..just need to make a trip to home depot this weekend and have some plywood cut.  Cassie assured me that it would be easy.  Famous last words.
Some of the veneer was coming off on the drawer fronts.  It wasn't horrible but I thought with the drawers being opened over and over they would probably only get worse over time.  So with some wood glue, clamps, and patience they all looked like new (sorta) again!

Once they had sat overnight I was ready to sand and prime and paint!  Two coats of primer and two coats of paint later this was the result!

My initial idea was to get all new knobs, then I noticed on one of the knobs that there was a white center that had been covered with varnish or stain.  It was mother of pearl!!!

So pretty right?  Well before I actually put them all on the dresser I got this totally awesome dumb idea to paint the wood part of the knobs.  One of those looks awesome in your head but is a total fail IRL type ideas!! *palm to face.

Thank goodness I only did one.  I liked it but loved the dark wood better! :(  And besides once someone very wise ;-) pointed out that it looked like a nipple I was really regretting my decision.  So now I will be attempting to strip paint off that one knob.  Nipple knob if you will.  It's spray paint so hopefully it won't be a big pain.  If that doesn't work then I will probably paint then all a dark color or a cream.

I'll be back tomorrow to share with you the mood board for my girls' room I made and explain my plans!!  It's gonna be awesome.  Not like nipple knob awesome, but still awesome ;-)

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Summer Update

  • joined the summer reading program-check


  • zoo-check

  • pool-check

had a cute video but am having technical difficulties, arrrrgh!

  • make salt dough-check

  • build a fort (we cheated and put up a tent)-ch-check

  • paint-check

  • eat dinner on the deck-check times 3

  • story time at the library-check

  • chalk drawings-ch-check

  • go on walks-check 

  • BBQ-check

  • bubbles-check times infinity! (Lily LOVES bubbles)

How's your summer going? :)

Monday, July 11, 2011

I love lamp part deux

So apparently we have some fans of Anchorman!   Thanks for all the quotes, that cracked me up!  And now I want to watch it again.  And it looks like the trim stays!!  Thanks for your help!

I guess I am in my "lamp phase" because I redid another lamp last night.

I have those two milk glass lamps on either side of my couch both with drum shades.  Here is a picture of my sad attempt to add some color to the blah shade.

The other one looks like this...

Ha ha! I had a bigger lamp base but when I moved the milk glass lamp off of my desk to make way for my "new" lamp this was the only shade I had.  So I went out and bought another shade.

Ahhh...much better, but still blah.

I was browsing my own boards on Pinterest, yes my own boards, I tend to forget what I've pinned. :) And I saw this:


I think I heard angels singing when I saw it.  Ding, ding, ding!!! I could just paint on stripes on my shades!

So I measured my stripes so that they would be even and taped off where it would be white.

Taping was a bit tricky because there were tons of creases.  I did my best to smooth them out so the paint wouldn't bleed through.

I also tried to even out the edge by adding smaller pieces of tape so it would wrinkle.

Next I took my aqua paint and metallic pearl white and mixed them together.

The I started painting.  I was going for a subtle shimmery look but after one coat it was pretty flat.  So I painted on a coat of metallic pearl and before it was dry I added another coat of the aqua and metallic pearl mixture.  Worked like a charm!

Once the paint was dry I pulled off the tape.  I had some bleed through and only one spot that was pretty bad.  I just got out a tiny paint brush and touched up the lines so that they were nice and even.

And here it is...

sigh...I'm in love.  I love the modern shade with the vintage lamps.  And I have finally put something above my couch but I can't show you just yet but with the pillows and lamp it looks awesome, if I do say so myself!  Tonight I plan on finishing the second lamp while watching the season premiere of Design Star!!

party on...

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