Monday, September 1, 2014

Your Designs This Time No. 25 and a $120 Paypal Giveaway!

I have some really exciting news to share today!  Not only is it my one year blogiversary (one year, how did that happen so quick?) but I've teamed up with a few of my blogger friends to offer one of you $120 in Paypal cash!  Cash that can be used to buy whatever your heart desires.

Before I get to the giveaway and link party, I want to thank each and every one of you for supporting this blog by reading and commenting.  I love interacting with you all and feel so fortunate to have met some amazing and talented friends and bloggers.   Not only do I have this great giveaway for you, but I will also be giving away one of my Pallet Pumpkins that I shared last week.  So, don't forget to stop back on Wednesday for your chance to win!

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This Command Center from Hawthorne and Main is to die for. Absolutely beautiful!


 House of Hawkes have created the perfect DIY faux marble desk. Stunning!
 How fun are these Rustic Shutters from The Cookie Puzzle? Rustic+Shutters+1 
 After a long search for the perfect shade of gray paint, Table and Hearth's bedroom transformation turned out wonderfully. DSC_0033+a 
 Can DIY wine storage get any simpler than this amazing wood crate wine rack from My Anything and Everything.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

{Friday Favorites} 12 Beautiful Girl Rooms

Happy Friday!  Do you all have big plans for the long weekend?  We have a jam packed weekend full of cookouts, a birthday party and a family campout.  The kids have been wanting to campout in the yard, so we promised them we would pitch the tent, roast marshmallows and sleep under the stars.  I wonder if they'll notice if I sneak out of the tent and sleep in my own bed.  I don't mind getting dirty, but sleeping on the hard ground in a tent when I have a nice soft bed just a few yards away is not my idea of a good night sleep.  I guess I'll just have to suck it up and take one for the team.

For this weeks Friday Favorites I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite girl bedrooms.  I just recently finished my daughter's bedroom makeover and many of these rooms gave me inspiration for her makeover.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Pallet Pumpkins

When I did my "Hello Sunshine" pallet sign I mentioned that I was done with pallet projects.  Well, since we still have a few pallets laying around the house, I just couldn't resist another project.

Fall is just around the corner and that means it's almost time for all the fall festivals and activities.  Some of my fondest memories with my kids are playing in the leaves and going to the local pumpkin patch for a hay ride and pumpkin picking.  With pumpkins on my mind and pallets in the yard I decided to combine the two and make pallet pumpkins. 

I started by cutting the boards apart with a circular saw. Once I had the boards cut from the pallet I started cutting them into smaller pieces.   I wanted the pumpkins to look rustic, so I didn't worry about my lines being straight or measuring.   Plus, it was about to downpour and I had about 2 minutes before the rain was about ruin my project.  There was no time for perfection. 
I layered the wood until it formed a shape that resembled a pumpkin.  Once I was happy with the shape I glued each piece together with wood glue, tightened them with clamps then let them dry overnight.
I know pumpkins are orange, but orange pumpkins would stick out like a sore thumb in my house.  I decided to do a white wash technique by mixing gray paint with water.   I applied the paint to each pumpkin then wiped off the access paint with a paper towel.  

I let the pumpkins dry overnight and the next day worked on the stem.  My original plan was to use wood pieces that I had in my craft stash, but my husband thought that was a horrible idea and told me to use tree branches.  Of course it was pouring outside, so I grabbed my rain boots, rain jacket and his golf umbrella and went down to the woods in search of a broken tree branch.  I have to agree though, his idea was better than mine and the branches looked much more realistic.

Out of all my pallet projects, this one is definitely my favorite.  I ended up making 5 of them (yes mom, you can have one!) and would love to offer one as a giveaway if there is enough interest.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

"A" New Fall Wreath

I know, I know, it's not even September and I'm already talking about Fall.  Hey, at least I haven't gone straight from Summer to Christmas like the department stores.  In my defense, school started yesterday and in my eyes that means Summers over. Whomp, Whomp.

I guess I can't complain too much since Fall is one of my favorite seasons to decorate for and I just can't wait to get started on my long list of projects.  While on vacation a few weeks ago I took some supplies with me to start working on my Fall wreath, particularly covering up this plan boring letter "A" with some moss.
I've never worked with moss before and had no idea it would make such a mess.  Looking back, I should have did this project outside to minimize the clean up.
It looked like a chia pet until I gave it a good trim.

Once I got home from vacation, I worked on assembling the wreath.  I picked up a few Fall picks from the craft store, which I pulled apart and stuck in the wreath one at a time.

I love how the colors blend in so well with the entry and living room decor.   I may even keep this wreath up all year long!

Can you see the dents in the door?  Our current front door is metal and that's the whole reason why our new door is fiberglass.  We actually have the new door sitting in our shed and I can't wait to get it installed.  It's a craftsman style door that I think will change the entire look of the front of the house.  It's the exact door I wanted for our mudroom entrance, but my husband had strong opinions on wanting an all glass door for the mudroom.  I figure since he lets me make all the other decisions, I would give in to his one request.  I hope he doesn't expect the same compromise with the kitchen.  If he's claiming the garage, I'm claiming the kitchen.