Monday, March 30, 2009


This isn’t going to be some awe inspiring post but I’m going to share my Friday with you…

It was a great day! It was warm and sunny…The only bad thing was that I forgot to take pictures.

I turned off my TV, my computer and used my Blackberry for phone calls only.

The morning was the toughest. Usually when I wake up I turn on the news and catch up on any shows I fell asleep for the night before while my 3 year old is still sleeping. I got started on the housework right away instead and got a lot more accomplished which was really nice.

After breakfast we made cheerios necklaces then set off to Kohl’s so my girl’s could spend their gift cards. We met my mom and sister for lunch at Panera Bread (yummy! Got some bagels for the weekend too) and walked around the mall. We spent the rest of the afternoon playing outside, driving the John Deere power wheel tractor, playing on the swing set and drawing with chalk on the driveway. Then my mother-in-law came over to babysit so hubby and I could go to the opening night/awards reception for the art show. I won 3rd place BTW. Hubby did turn on the TV after we got home from the reception but i still stayed away from the computer.

With no other distractions in life you have more time to enjoy the little things. I’m going to make a point to do this more often.

Go see how everyone else did at A Soft Place To Land.

P.S. If you haven’t tried Panera Bread’s Cinnamon Crunch bagels they are seriously yummy…and addicting!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Eye Candy

Excuse me while I wipe the drool from my chin…I just finished looking at the new Restoration Hardware catalog…

These are some of my favorites…

Warner Upholstered Bed


Gun Barrel Salvaged Wood Dining Table

Salvaged Wood Sideboard

Furniture Factory Cart

Nantucket Sofa

Trestle Salvaged Wood Dining Table

Mayfair Steamer Trunk Collection

Ah, now to win the lottery!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

I'm So Excited!

I want to share it with the world! I entered my first art show in the photography catagory and just got a call that I won an award! I'll find out Friday night at the awards reception what place it is!

Crafty Wednesday

The little get together after my girl’s baptism turned into an even smaller get together so I changed my plans some.

I went with an easier and simpler centerpiece.


The buckets came from Target’s $1 spot and here’s a tutorial for the Dahlia flower. I just stuck a piece of floral foam in the bucket so the stick for the flower would stand up then covered the foam with some gift basket filler stuff.

I also made a quick and easy favor.



Seed packets were 10 cents from Dollar Tree. I cut a strip of scrapbook paper and wrapped it around. I used a baptism stamp, colored it in, and punched it out. I printed the poem and glued everything together.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009



I’m sharing my love of toile!

I’ve figured out I don’t have nearly enough toile in my home. It’s pretty much limited to my girl’s rooms.

I had made a crib bedding set using Central Park toile for my oldest and when she moved into a big girl bed I turned the bumper into a couple pillows.


This ragamuffin garland has touches of toile and I tied strips on to her name letters.


I think toile is the perfect touch to a shabby chic room. These are curtains in my little ones room that I made using Central Park toile.

IMG_0474Sorry the pic is dark but she was sleeping.

Lastly, I got this great bedding for when my little one moves out of a crib.



Thanks for stopping by on the toile tour!

Check out all the other toile fans over at the Pretty Organized Palace.

Monday, March 23, 2009

The Great Chair Debate

Anyone want to weigh in?? I got new dining room chairs with our wonderful tax refund. The idea was to have the slipcovered upholstered look for the end chairs and Napoleon chairs for the side chairs. I found slipcovers that I loved and found these end chairs at Pier 1 to put the slipcovers on.



Well, I brought them home and hubby hates the slipcovers and refused to let them in the house. He loves the chairs though. Of course I wasn’t happy that my vision wasn’t coming to life so I set off to find some other chairs. Store after store I was coming up empty handed until I walked into TJ Maxx to return a couple things and saw two of these chairs in the window on clearance.



I loaded them in the car and set them up at the table. Hubby doesn’t like them. He says they’re too big and too comfortable?!? He wants to keep the leather parsons chairs from Pier 1 with no slipcovers. What’s a girl to do? I’m really disappointed that the idea in my head is being crushed. I’m trying my hardest to convince him they need to stay! He just keeps complaining that he’s let me make all the other decorating decisions and he’s the one that sits in the chair. Someone please tell me that the chairs I love are ugly and don’t look good at the table so it won’t be so hard if I have to return them.

P.S. The table is going to be refinished black this spring/summer.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Unplug Friday

I'm going to participate in Unplug Friday 3/27/09...You can read all about it on A Soft Place to land. Time to start the family activity plans...

Friday, March 20, 2009


I just discovered there is a such thing as a candy buffet! My wedding would have been so much better if I knew half the things I do today. I’m going to share this idea with my friend that’s getting married in June. I may have to do it for my kid’s next birthday party. Here are lots of yummy pictures…




Head on over to Hooked on Houses to see what other people are hooked on…

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Adventures With Spray Paint

Why did it take me this long to discover spray paint? All the wonderful blog ladies out there have given a new meaning to the word. They have done things I've never even thought of. I've finally realized just to look at the shape of something and not the color. Spray paint fixes everything!


I picked this ugly rooster and bunny up at Family Dollar. The bunny was $1 and the rooster was $2.


A coat of glossy white spray paint and they’re beautiful!



I got these four birdies at Dollar Tree.



Just some pink and white paint and they are good to go.


This shelf didn’t match anything in the room.


Much better!


I really liked this lamp but it didn’t look right on a black table.


So I gave it a coat of glossy white spray paint!

Now go grab some spray paint and transform some ugly things into pretties.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Crafty Wednesday

My girls are getting Baptized on Sunday and we’re having a little get together after so I’m in the midst of making some centerpieces and stressing out over the preparations. I’ll post photos of them when I’m done but for now I’ll show you my inspiration photo.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Spring Is In The Air

After all it’s going to be 38 degrees on the first day of spring…I’m changing the “innerds” of my apothecary jars in hopes that spring will really be here soon. Here are some ideas I found…

pretty eggs... by tinalee56.

Easter eggs, you could do wooden or plastic

Jar O' Ribbon by gemgirlart.

I like this idea too with more spring like colors.

robins egg soaps apothecary jar

Love these soaps!

Some other ideas I couldn’t find pictures for…

Other kinds of Easter candy

Split peas for a green spring color

Ceramic bunny with moss or Easter grass

Monday, March 16, 2009

A Quick Project

I was flipping through magazines at CVS while waiting for ANOTHER antibiotic prescription (I should buy stock in the pharmaceutical companies) and came across a neat idea. I liked it even better because I had the materials already at home so I decided to make one myself. All you need is a vintage hand blender thingy, a small wood plaque and some paint.

Paint the plaque the color of your choice.

Then just nail or screw the blender thingy into the plaque.

You can use it to hold recipe cards, notes, etc...
Now to find a place to put it...