Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Painted Footstool

Are you ever afraid to try a new technique because you aren't sure how it will turn out?  I have been wanting to try painting a fabric covered piece of furniture for awhile now but was just too scared for fear of ruining it.  When a friend of mine recently posted a picture of an arm chair he painted, I knew it was time for me to break out of my shell and try it for myself!
Of course I wanted to start small so I decided that my little footstool that I got at an estate sale years ago was the perfect piece to try it out on.  I got it for my reading nook and it has been covered with a blanket just waiting for a makeover. 
I didn't want to do anything too crazy to it and I wanted it to be versatile.  I use it for props in photos so it needs to be able to be used in many different situations.  I decided white was the way to go.  I researched online about painting fabric and what I would need--acrylic paint, textile medium and a spray bottle of water.  I have to say, it turned out great! 
It took quite a few coats of paint to cover up the bright pattern, but with the heat outside, it didn't take too long to dry.  My husband and his brother thought I was crazy for painting it but I don't care what they think.  I love it! 
The final touch was the eyelet lace going around it like a skirt.  One yard of lace fit perfectly around this little stool.  It is just tacked on there with a straight pin so I can change that up as I want. 
I think I might have to try my hand at painting something a little bigger next time.  Probably not a couch or anything that big, but maybe a small chair! 
It looks pretty cute in my little reading nook.  Now I will have something pretty to put my feet on when I am in there reading a good book.  I am so glad I took the plunge and tried painting fabric!  Now what else can I do that I have been to afraid to try?


Monday, July 13, 2015

Fresh cut lavender

Remember back in the spring when I got a beautiful, fragrant bouquet of lilacs at work?  Well today, I have a beautiful, fragrant bouquet of fresh lavender!  And yes, this is from work as well!  The founder of this college was a botanist and this campus is full of lots of pretty flowers, foliage, plants and trees.  I take full advantage of all that mother nature has to offer me here at work.
The bees were buzzing all around so I didn't get too crazy...I didn't want to get a bee sting after all.  I hung this pretty little bouquet on one side of my Paris banner and as you can see, I am going to have to go cut some more for the other side!  It has a slight cat pee smell, but I really only smell that on my hands. When I googled it, it said some kinds do smell like that...great!  But it's pretty!
One of these days when we get our forever home, I will grow a lovely bunch of lavender in my yard.  It will be mine, all mine!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

4th of July decor & more

I found the cutest little bottle crate at the thrift store the other day and swooped it up as soon as I saw it.  It was painted a nice enough grey color, but I wanted it to be a little more neutral.
So out came the white paint so that I could make a fun Fourth of July decoration. 
With some cleaned out Starbucks bottles, some patriotic fillers and a nice red, white and blue bow, I made a really fun centerpiece that sits on my mantle. 
I thought about painting the crate red, white and blue, but I wanted to be able to use it for any holiday or occasion.  Painting it white will make it a lot more versatile. 
I usually try to make one new decoration each year but this year I made 2.  I saw a tutorial from Confessions of a Plate Addict on making your own rag balls.  I had been wanting to try making my own so off to Hobby Lobby I went and found the perfect stars and stripes fabric. 
I kind of like the crazy strings and think I will leave them nice and rustic like that.  I have a feeling there will be more of these rag balls in my future! 
On the same thrifting trip, I also found this tray that is in serious need of a makeover.  I am not quite sure what I am going to do to it so if you have any ideas for me, let me know!  And I'll be sure to share the makeover when I get it done. 
I also found another one of these vintage clam shell metal serving tray.  This one is a different color and pattern than the one I have and I am pretty sure I have started a new collection! 
I have the week off for 4th of July and I can't wait!  I have nothing planned really but will take full advantage of being home.  It's 109° outside right now and has been sweltering all weekend.  I will probably just try to keep cool all week!


Sunday, June 21, 2015

Gnome Home in the Mountains

At our lovely camping site up in the mountains, we have this awesome stump that you can see out the front door of our camper.  It needed something.  That something just happens to be a gnome making this stump its home!
We found a gnome at Rite Aid, on sale too!  Cody cut a piece of pallet into a door and I painted it a nice, bright blue.  Then Cody painted a window on it and added a little crystal knob.  When we went up there this weekend, we got the gnome and the door all set up. 
The gnome doesn't have a name yet...any suggestions? 
He is a solar-powered gnome and the 3 butterflies on him light up.  He looks extra bright in the dark of the mountain night. 
This gnome home is need of many more things.  We gathered some rocks to give him a little landscaping and curb appeal but we aren't done! 
I've started a board on Pinterest called Gnome Home Ideas.  I am going to start creating so that when we go back up camping, we can really help our gnome feel at home!

Sunday, June 14, 2015

An Anniversary gift that leads to a makeover

I have had these prim stars for a few years now and have always intended on painting them.  It wasn't until this weekend that I finally painted them, all because of an Anniversary present that Cody got me!
I painted the stars gray, pink and aqua.  My favorite colors and those colors match the gift that I got for my 6th Anniversary! 
Cody was so sweet and bought me this super adorable set.  It is an apron, 2 dish towels, 4 pot holders and 2 oven mitts.  He knows me so well and picked out the Paris design.  Since I wanted to hang my new goodies on my little vintage shelf, I had to paint my stars to match. 
The pink polka dots, gray Eiffel towers and the tiny little aqua dots are so cute. This corner of my kitchen is the cutest spot now.  Cody is a smart guy...buying me such adorable kitchen things guarantees that I will be in the kitchen whipping up something delicious! 
These below are the kitchen towels.  They are square and I probably won't use them as kitchen towels but maybe as napkins instead.  I might have to set a pretty little Paris and pink table soon. 
There are 2 Eiffel Tower pot holders, 2 pink polka dot pot holders, 1 polka dot oven mitt and 1 Eiffel Tower oven mitt.  Aren't those little pink bows precious? They are so pretty that I might have a hard time using them. 
Last night instead of going out to dinner, we stayed home and made our most favorite dinner of all. 
 Grilled Ribeye
BBQ Shrimp
Lemon Pepper Asparagus
Fried Potatoes
French Bread
And Lemon Meringue Pie for dessert
We love to cook together and we make some delicious food if I do say so myself! 
Thank you Cody for such a lovely Anniversary gift! I love that you know me so well.  Six years have come and gone and I am so glad that I get to spend the rest of my life with you! 
Today we are taking it easy.  I am going to sit out on the patio, sip some tea and catch up on my Romantic Homes magazines.  Have a great week!
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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Painted Metal Tray & Lemony Treats

We had a yard sale at work last week and I of course did some shopping while I ran the show.  I got lots of VHS movies for the camper, a couple purses, a Thanksgiving tablecloth and this silver handled tray.  It was in pretty rough shape and couldn't be polished back to good, so what did I do?
Painted it of course!  It looks pretty sweet all painted in white.  The handle wouldn't stay standing so I tied some bright yellow lace onto it so that it would help the handles stay. 
Of course it needed something more.  So I made some Lemonies aka Lemon Brownies.  Here is the recipe I used from My Daydream Kitchen.  I didn't have any lemons so I used some lemon oil and Realemon juice.  I also added some white chocolate chips to the batter.  They taste so fresh and are yummy! 
See, now doesn't my little tray look even better holding a batch of Lemonies?  They match the lace perfectly!  The brownies are sitting on a doily for food safety and to add to the charm. 
And it has been so hot here suddenly, that I have been craving thirst quenching drinks like Peach Iced Tea and sweet and sour lemonade.  Since I was already using Realemon juice for my Lemonies, I whipped up some lemonade following the recipe on the bottle.  I get the big bottles from Costco and they usually last me awhile.  This recipe is simple and only requires 3 ingredients--water, sugar and lemon juice.
I love putting my fresh lemonade into these French Lemonade bottles.  Two batches of the lemonade recipe fills these bottles and there is even a little left over to have a glass to enjoy.  I've got to go pour myself a glass right now!
If it's hot and steamy where you are, or if you just wish it was, whip up some of these delicious lemon treats to help keep you cool!


Sunday, May 17, 2015

Graduation, flowers & fun purchases

What an extremely busy week I had!  Graduation at the college I work for was on Saturday and we worked a lot of hours getting it all ready.  We prayed for no rain and got our wish though it was a bit chilly and there was lots of wind.  But we made it through the busy week of events and we did it all without a manager to guide us.  
The first event of the week was a retirement party for the president.  Here are the centerpieces I made.  I wanted to highlight the past 6 years of his time as the president and searched high and low for different photos to put in these flower pots.  Everyone loved them and I will be giving the photos to the president and his wife.

Next up was Commencement Eve Dinner.  This is a special dinner and I got to buy fresh flowers to use in the centerpieces.  I tied some purple tulle around a black box and inserted a little gold bling in the bow.  Then I arranged white hydrangeas, yellow roses and purple daisies into a vase that I put inside the box.  They were very pretty and guess who got to take the flowers home?  
 Me of course!  I took all the roses and made them into one big bouquet.  They look so pretty on my rose clothed dining room table.
I made another bouquet with the hydrangeas and daisies.  I am hoping that the hydrangeas will dry nicely so that I can save them. 
I took two of the blooms and transplanted them.  I hope that it will work and that I can get some hydrangea starts to plant.  But if it doesn't work, I think I will be okay!

Today when I was at the hardware store with Cody picking up a sprinkler, I turned around and saw these in the canning section.  Lids and straws for wide mouth Mason Jars!  I got a set because I just couldn't pass them up for $5. 
I love drinking out of Mason Jars and these will be great to take up camping next weekend.  I also picked up these cute red gingham plates and napkins from Dollar Tree.  These will be perfect for our first camping trip of the year next weekend for Memorial Day! 
I recently started watching Parenthood on Netflix and I just love Monica Potter.  After Googling her, I found that she has a store that is absolutely adorable called Mrs. Potter Home,  It is just my style, and is probably yours too!  I bought myself this super cute beachcomber bag in jade and gray from her site.  I love the size of it and will use it all summer long to take on camping trips and what not. You should check out all the pretty things she has for sale, I am sure you will find something you love! 
Yay!  Memorial Day weekend is upon us and I can't tell you how much I need a three-day weekend!  I hope you all have a great week!

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