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 Wil that he had impeccable timing to say the least!  Once I remembered to measure my rug, I let Wil know which one I wanted and he had it sent out right away.  I chose the RugPro for laminate floors.  I ordered on Monday and it was waiting for me on 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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Sunday, December 17, 2017

5 Golden Rings Holiday Party

Last Thursday was my holiday party at work.  We've been following the 12 Days of Christmas for our themes and this year was 5 Golden Rings.
I made these Golden Rings with styrofoam wreath form from the Dollar Tree, spray painted gold.  Cody drilled a pilot hole in them for me and then I made the hole a little bigger.  I used disposable wine glasses from DT that went through the hole and held the ring upright.  A few gold poinsettias, an electric tealight and some sparkly dangles finished them off.  I loved this simple and cheap centerpiece so much! 
For some other last minute centerpieces, I used a gold charger with a small wreath and an electric candle. We used gold mercury glass candles on all of the tables with more tealights. 
The mantle was decorated with 5 wreaths (5 Golden Rings) that were decorated in gold.  We put gold overlays over the white tablecloths and even though I am not a fan of gold, this was a beautiful holiday party! 
I created the menu and made sure that everything was round in shape.  Shrimp cocktail ring, spinach and artichoke pinwheels, kielbasa coins wrapped in pastry, mac and cheese cups, firecracker chicken meatballs, veggie and cheese wreath, garlic rolls and a honeycrisp salad ring.  For dessert we had apple crisp cups and peppermint brownie bites.  Everyone raved about the food! 
Last years theme was 4 Calling Birds and I created a Woodland theme to go with it.  Instead of calling birds, I used Cardinals.  I created birch branches using empty wrapping paper and paper towel rolls and the centerpieces were tin buckets with burlap, red ribbon and an icy nest.  
Our menu was woodland themed deliciousness!
The theme for 2015 was 3 French Hens.  I created centerpieces using empty wine bottles.  I glittered cardstock Eiffel Towers and Fleur de lis that I attached to the bottle with some wintry greenery.  They were placed in the middle of an icy wreath.   
Our menu was French inspired and we even had macaroons for dessert. 
2014 was my first year working in this department and the theme was 2 Turtle Doves.  This time is was Winter Wonderland inspired and this is the only picture I can find from my centerpieces.  
Next year we will go with 6 Geese a-Laying.  If you have any ideas for me for that, please let me know!  

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Icy Boxwood Wreaths

Yep, it's been over 2 months since my last post.  I just haven't really had anything blog worthy to post about I guess.  Today I do have something to share with you though!
Back in September, I was contacted by commercialpalmtrees.com  to select a product to do a review on.  They sent me a link to silkplantsdirect.com and told me to choose a product that was under my spending limit.  Everything was out of stock so after some communication with the person who contacted me, we narrowed it down to these Icy Boxwood Wreaths.   
They came quickly straight to my address and when I opened them up, they were nice and big and full of sparkly ice.  They sat in the box waiting to be put up somewhere around my house.  Since I don't decorate for Christmas until after Thanksgiving, this weekend was finally the time to bring them out. 
At first I had planned to put them outside, but I decided that I wanted them to last a little longer and chose to hang them inside.  I received 4 of them and hung 3 of them up today.  I just used some sparkly red ribbon to hang them in each of my bay windows in my living room and I absolutely love how they look! 
This year we decided to put the Christmas tree up in our living room and the wreaths hanging in the windows was just the perfect finishing touch.  Our living room feels extra cozy and festive and I love it! 
If you are looking for some lovely palm trees or other silk plants, definitely check out these two websites and find something for yourself!  Would you like to do a product review?  Let me know and I can get you in touch with the company and you can receive some great products too!
I will try to be better and post more often but in the meantime, check out my Instagram to see what I am up to on a more regular basis!

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Fence Picket Pumpkins

It's no secret that I love pumpkins and each year I like to add a few new ones to my collection.  I have seen such cute ones on Pinterest and wanted to see if I could make some of my own.  My brother-in-law had some wide fence picketts that I drew the shapes onto then he cute them out for me.   
I used watered down acrylic paint to soften them up a bit but still leave the wood grain showing through.  Cody drilled holes for the funky stems and then screwed them together for me. 
I used burlap to mimic the tendrils on a pumpkin.  I couldn't decide if these should go outside or inside...for now they are inside! 
The hole in the biggest one adds so much character.   
I didn't white wash the back of them so if I wanted to, I could turn them around and achieve a different look. 
Here is a little fall vignette that I have up against my wall.  See those stacked boxes behind the wreath?  It's new flooring!  Lowe's was having one heck of sale so we bit the bullet and bought enough to re-do the whole house. 
Cody started in the kitchen but has a long way to go.  So far, I am loving it and can't wait to get it all done.  Here is a picture, with Cody modeling his favorite pair of Jordan's!  
The Tuesday after Labor Day, Bella was hit by a car and broke her leg in 2 places.  Thank God it was just a broken leg, we could have lost our baby girl.  A surgery and a couple thousand dollars later, she is on the mend!  She has a cast on her leg and has some follow up appointments but she is back to her normal crazy self! 

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