Sunday, March 18, 2018

A little farmhouse full of fun

Every couple of months or so, some fabulous ladies host a Farm House Finds Sale in this unassuming little farmhouse out in the country.  It's a tiny little house that looks pretty normal from the outside.  But wait until you step inside!
They held the sale this week and I took a trip on my lunch break to do a little browsing.  This quaint farmhouse is stuffed full of fun finds.  Every square inch is covered in so many charming finds.  Each room has load of great things that belong in that room.  Here is the kitchen full of vintage Pyrex, aprons, cookbooks, jars, canisters, name it, it is probably here! 
They have everything color coordinated so if red is your thing, you know exactly where to look.  I want to know where they got all of this stuff, how much fun all of it is!
This farmhouse is tiny, just about 1200 square feet but they make it seem huge with all of the great farmhouse finds they have in here.  Each room is so charming and full of fun stuff.
The bathroom is probably my favorite room.  The clawfoot bathtub was full of vintage ticking pillows, there were bottles of perfume, hair curlers and lacy nightgowns.  It even smelled extra glamorous.
There were lots of people shopping so getting pictures was a bit of a challenge.  Plus it's a tiny space full of stuff so that made it difficult as well.  But I got some great shots of some of my favorite things. 
This chandelier was hanging in one of the bedrooms.  It was the perfect touch to the tiny bedroom.  Surprisingly, the closet was a nice size. 
It held lots of vintage dresses, shoes and suitcases.  I wish I was a tiny girl who could fit into one of these pretty dresses.  How much fun would it be to play dress up here? 
The living room was super elegant in gold, green and white.  So much vintage milk glass it makes you swoon!
The front room in the house was loaded up with sewing bits and bobs.  There were sewing machines, fabrics, buttons, thread, seam binding, thimbles.  It was a sewers paradise! 
You can only go in the back door because the front door is blocked with more stuff.  There is also an upstairs but I think that is where they keep extra stuff.  They have a garage out back full of doors and windows and the yard has chairs and fun things to use as planters.   
Now I want to buy a little farmhouse way out in the middle of no where and fill it up with things I find while out thrifting, estate saling, etc.  
Next time you pass by a little farmhouse in the middle of no where, just think what might be waiting on the inside for you to discover!  I will definitely be going back when they have their Christmas sale, I can't wait for that one!

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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Farmhouse Projects

This time of year, I am super busy at work with fundraisers and dinner auctions.  This weekend I worked on Saturday and only had Sunday to do everything I need to do on the weekends plus any other special projects.  Today I was very productive and even found time to make a new sign for my living room!
This is a project I have been wanting to do for a long time.  I picked out the perfect piece of wood and used my metal stencils for the lettering.  I painted them in with acrylic paint and sanded it to get the perfect rustic look.  I hung it above my bay window in my living room and I love it.  A simple farmhouse project that makes a big impact! 
Another fun project that I did was this really fun farmhouse style tray.  I held a fundraiser Craft 'n Sip at work and this was the project that we made.  We stained the round, put on the vinyl and added the handles.  It was a fun night and we raised some money for our Staff Association. 
It was a lot of work for me to prep everything for the event, but it was worth it.  Here is a picture of some of the ladies that attended.  We had a lot of fun and want to do it again! 
Now I need to decide if I am going to hang this tray up somewhere or use it as a tray...I am loving these farmhouse projects so much!

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

2018 Scholarship Gala-The Great Gatsby

This past Saturday was our Scholarship Gala.  Our theme this year was The Great Gatsby and I had so much fun creating the centerpieces and other decor!  Here are links to past Galas so you can see the other centerpieces I have created:
I knew right away that I wanted to do something extra glamorous and these centerpieces were perfect.  We have a grocer who donates all the flowers.  I asked for white roses and hydrangeas and they were so beautiful and luscious. 
Our facilities department came to help put on chair covers and chair bands which was a huge help.  One of the grounds guys was my biggest helper putting the centerpieces together.  I showed him how to do it and he caught right on.   
We made a total of 49 centerpieces using the Eiffel tower vases, fairy lights, roses, hydrangeas, feathers and beads.  People couldn't believe that the flowers were real because they were so perfect. 
Our goal this year was $300,000 and somehow we raised over $350,000!  Every year we break our own records and every year the gala gets bigger and better. 
Since we had so much help with the setup, we were able to get our hair done which was amazing.  I have no talent went it comes to doing my hair so I actually looked decent for once! Here we are all dressed up and ready to party.  I love the headband that I ordered off of eBay, I didn't love wearing a dress though but I did it for the occasion!
(Kate, Deidre, Heidi, Me)

This is just another reason that I love my job!

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

New Flooring is Finally In!

We finally got our floors done and it was worth the wait!  Since Cody had his second shoulder surgery in October, we had to put a lot of things on hold while he recovered, the floors included.  He finally got them done and I absolutely love them.
One of the issues we had was that our area rug would slip and slide all over the place.  I had every intention of doing some research to see what would be the best way to stop this from happening when I got an email that was exactly what I needed! 
RugPadUSA contacted me to ask if I would be interested in doing a review for them.  I told Will that he had impeccable timing to say the least!  Once I remembered to measure my rug, I let Will know which one I wanted and he had it sent out right away.  I chose the RugPro for laminate floors.  I ordered on Friday and it was waiting for me on the following Friday. 
I love that it has a firm rubber grip on the bottom that prevents the rug from slipping.  But the top also has a felt grip top that holds onto the rug from the bottom preventing slippage from the top.  We got new furniture this weekend and the rug didn't budge, even with all the furniture moving going on. 
I have never thought of using a rug pad until I clearly needed one and now I don't think I will ever live life without one!  Go check them out and do yourself a favor-you will love them too! 
I chose a rug pad that didn't offer a lot of cushion since I had a pretty plush rug to put on it.  They trim the pad down so that it will fit perfectly under your rug.  I don't think you can even tell that this rug has a pad under it. 
We still have some work to do on our living room but the makeover is coming along quite nicely.  I was in the middle of taking these pictures and cleaning my house when I got a call from my dad that my mom was in the hospital with an appendicitis. I rushed over there and have spent the last 2 days with her.  It ruptured but they got it quick enough to not cause anymore issues. She will still need to spend another day or 2 in the hospital, but I am so glad it was nothing more serious.

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Framed Chalkboard

I know I'm a little behind in the chalkboard game, but I finally found the perfect frame for one!
My favorite thrift store was having a 50% off sale and this frame was part of it.  It had a canvas in it and the lady thought that is why I bought it.  Of course I didn't tell her the truth, that I just wanted the frame! 
Gold is definitely not my thing so some white spray paint to the rescue!  My hubby cut me a piece of wood and I painted on the chalkboard paint.   
It's sitting on my buffet in the bonus room where I have it decorated for winter.  I quickly added a sweet little chalk drawing.   
I can't wait to change it with the holidays, seasons and meals!  I will also be investing in some fancy chalk and practicing my lettering skills. 
We also just got a vintage inspired record player and now we are always record shopping it seems!  I've already bought some fun Christmas albums that I can't wait to listen to next Christmas.  

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Embroidery Hoop Wreath

On a recent trip to the thrift store, I saw an embroidery hoop and decided to pick it up for 99¢, not knowing what I would do with it. 
Some Pinterest searches made me wish I would have bought more than 1 so I guess I will be going back for a few more soon!  Here is what I decided to do with this one.

I stained the hoop, added a strip of fabric that I hand wrote HOME on, added a big frosted white rose and a lace bow to the top.  It looks perfect inside my white frame.

I will probably re-do the lettering but for a quick little craft, this turned out pretty cute I think! 
We finally got our floors done and once we get the trim up, I can't wait to share our newest home makeover with you! 

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Farmhouse Box Shelf

I love it when I see something (most likely on Pinterest) that I instantly fall in love with and want to make.  It's even better when I have everything I need to make it!
My parents made these box shelves for me for Christmas many years ago.  They are a little too shiny for my taste so I sanded them down to get rid of the shine. 
We have lots of chicken wire and with a little help from Cody, I stapled it on to the back of the shelf and then trimmed around the edges.   
It's now hanging on the wall in my living room with a little jar of frosted white rose buds.  I am slowly but surely turning this wall in to a gallery wall.  
Our home projects kind of got put on the back burner when Cody went in for his second shoulder surgery in October.  He's still healing and they say it can take up to a year before the pain goes away.  I hope it gets better sooner than that! 
So that's one of the reasons I have been MIA around here.  I am hoping to be a better blogger and a better DIY'er in this new year! 
This is my first project of 2018 and I definitely love how it turned out!  I have 3 more of these shelves and lots of chicken wire so I think I will transform them all. 
Thanks for stopping by and for sticking with me while I was no where to be found!  Hope you are starting 2018 with a bang! 

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