Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Backyard Botanicals

I wanna do this blog thing. Really. I swear I mean it.
But then I read ALLLL the other amazing blogs written by such talented women, and I get discouraged by what I have to share. I start to question whether or not people out there in the universe reading all of those wonderful blogs would find anything of interest my little space in the blogosphere.
And then I buck up, tell myself that this is something I want to do for me, and I pop back here.
It's become a cycle. I repeatedly wrestle with my own insecurities and doubts.
That has to stop.
So here I am.

We've been on vacation and while getaways are appreciated, I always love returning to my happy place. Today I snipped a few flowers and some greenery from our backyard to spruce up the abode and settle back in.

The greenery went on my desk in a plastic wine glass I specifically picked up from Target  to use as a vase. The clay paper weight was made by our son in kindergarten and was displayed at his school's annual art show last year. It's important to me to integrate things lovingly made by our kiddos throughout our home. The metal L was a TJMaxx or Marshals find many years ago. This trio is atop some of our Sinatra coffee table book collection.

The flowers went into one of my beloved large blue mason jars that once belonged to my grandparents. The iron piggy bank was an antique find while on an shopping outing with a dear friend a long time ago. (Funny side note--I bought it before we moved into our current home, and I noticed when I unpacked it that the name of our new town is on the piggy. Happy signs!) The tin cup is an antique measuring cup that once belonged to my great grandparents.

(This photo is also a good example of something I wrestle with when it comes to this blog. We plan to update the kitchen backsplash and counters...eventually. It's on our list. I dream of replacing the square tumbled tile with white subway tiles with gray grout and the tan laminate with the ever coveted granite or perhaps something a little different, like concrete. And while I dream, I tend to shy away from sharing the current state of things.)

Small vignettes make me smile. Such a quick, easy way to pump new decor and, hence, new life into a room. And fresh flowers can add that little something to make a spot feel brighter. This is the first time I've snipped botanicals from my own yard. I have no idea why I haven't done it before, but you can bet I'll be doing it again.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

I Want to Paint It Black!

So, this isn't going so well, huh? My free time has been going to my freelance work lately. The freelance world is somewhat new to me, and I'm still trying to learn the balance between work and home while being home full time.

So in the attempt to ease back into this, I'm trying to remind myself that not each post has to be a long, over whelming, big WOW factor project. Right?!?!?!? So pardon me as I ease back into this thing.

Here I go....

No before photo and the after photo is an iPhone pic. But, it's here and I'm posting!
We added the curtians to our front door quite some time ago and I planned to paint the back of the door black...and planned, and planned. I finally got around to it! A small project that has made a huge difference! Now I'm trying to decide if I want to paint all of our interior doors black. Or maybe just the ones on the first floor. Or maybe just this one is enough. What do y'all think? What color are your interior doors? Love or hate them?

P.S. I know our horseshoe (from Churchill Downs) is considered upside down. But I look at it this way--it's showering all who enter our home with good luck! ;)

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Earthy Outdoor Wreath

I am not doing so great at getting back to this blog thing, huh? I'm tryin'! We are in the midst of staining our deck and it has become much more of a project than we had prepared for. I'll post more about the process once we are finally finished. First, we have to wait out the massive rain which set in Monday night and is predicted through the end of the week. I detest starting a big project and being forced to not finish in a relatively timely manner! I'm not a patient person!

In the meantime, I'm sharing a wreath I made for the deck. I wanted something that looked like it belongs outside, something "earthy". Here 's what I came up with:

Grapevine Wreath
1 Bag of Reindeer Moss
3 Faux Flowering Branches
Hot Glue Sticks & Gun
1 Roll of Burlap Garland

Grapevine wreaths are my favorite to work with because there are so many nooks and crannies to work with. I used a large 24" wreath for this  project. I chose reindeer moss because I wanted more of a bright green look rather than the other dried out options. And I had the faux branches already on hand.

I began by adding the branches, working my way around the wreath. I tucked the end of each branch into the grapevine and then pulled them through and  tucked them in here and there as I made my way around. Next came the moss, which I stuck wherever I could find a spot and adhered with the hot glue. I'd be more specific with the "how" if I could, but honestly, I made it up as I went!

Lastly, I added  the burlap garland and simply tied a knot. I added a 3M hook to the siding of our home over our sitting area on the deck and hung up my inexpensive, new wreath! (Don't mind the pre-stained deck.)

And here it is close up one more time!

This was the perfect project--easy, cheap and done in less than an hour!
Have you crafted lately?  What did you make?

I'm linking up over at Home Stories: A to Z & Someday Crafts.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Repurposing Rooms

One of the very first projects I took on when we moved into our new home was our family office area. I work/freelance from home and need a space to write. Our son is now in school and brings home more paperwork and homework than I was able to keep up with! We needed some major organization.

The house has an eat-in-kitchen area. Here it was before we moved in:

Once we decided not to make the dining room formal, it was apparent that we didn't need a 2nd eating area. What we did need was an office/study!

The space has undergone a few changes here and there over the past year. I've added some artwork and new bins, but for the most part the functionality has remained the same and has worked nicely for us.

Have you taken a room in your home and used it for a purpose other than what it was intended? I'd love to hear about!

Walls: Benjamin Moore Pale Oak
Desk: Ikea
Book Shelf: Target
Galvanized Wall Bins: Home Goods