Monday, March 30, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
A Soft Place to Land
My day Unplugged was a bit of a challenge if I'm being honest! At the normal times during the day when I would sit and catch up with all of you, I didn't know what to do with myself. Let me tell you, drinking my morning coffee is just not the same without my blogging buddies! We did get a lot done though.
While the girls were in school, I started on the bathroom. I have the whole thing painted and now just need to decorate so I'll be able to show it to you soon. Here is a peek at the medicine cabinet with its new look.
My hubby got working on our bedroom. See my new "To Do" list in my sidebar? We are on a timeline here! Between Friday and Saturday he managed to get the room emptied, carpet up, nail holes spackled, and the floor sanded. Look at this gorgeous floor that was hiding underneath the carpet. I know it's going to look great once it is finished.
Then on Friday night we went to our favorite ice cream spot for a cone. Of course I forgot my camera so you are stuck with this random picture that I can take no credit for.
Overall, it was nice to have a computer break. While I just might unplug again in the future, I don't think I could ever make it a permanent change.
And on a completely unrelated note, I forgot to blog a couple weeks ago about the big dance! My daughter Ella had a Father/Daughter Dance with her Girl Scout troop. They had a great time! The theme was "Disco Fever." Not the easiest thing to dress for. We found this green, big flowered number and thought it would work just fine. The silver shoes I found for her were a big hit.
As you can see my husband was anti theme. He didn't dress like he was going to a Roller Disco but they let him in anyway.
Here is me and my favorite Girl Scout.
While they went to the dance, my parents took our little guy to McDonalds for a Spiderman toy. Darn those toys, he's been asking to go to McDonalds every day since they came out! So that left me and my Hailey. We went to TGIFridays and had a great dinner together.I'm looking forward to finding out how everyone else made out "Unplugged." Hope you had a wonderful weekend!!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
White is old reliable for ceilings. It helps a room feel light and airy, and provides a beautiful contrast between the wall color and the ceiling. But not everyone likes a white ceiling. Painting them has become a popular alternative to a flat white ceiling. There are so many other options as well as plain old paint.....hand painted murals, stenciling, even wallpaper.
In our dining room, even though we went with a shade of white for the ceiling, we used a semi-gloss for some sheen. I love how it makes the beadboard stand out.
The following are some examples I found of painted ceilings. I've been debating painting our bedroom ceiling a color that coordinates with the wall color we've chosen. Maybe a lighter shade of the green walls we are planning, or tan, or just the wall color. So many decisions!
Monday, March 23, 2009
Photo: Country Home
Oh this floor would be a dream come true!
Photo: Home Depot.com
Now my budget looks a little something like this:
I'm on a mission to make our bathroom more livable.....without changing any major fixtures. A real, as close to $0 as I can get, budget makeover. Let me give you the "Before" tour. I've had this shower curtain for 3 homes now, I think it is done for.
This is the view from the hallway door....
So tell me, which is your favorite part of this room? Is it the nasty towel holders?
This gorgeous medicine cabinet?
The pink sink maybe?
Or how about the pink floor to match the sink?
I know! You love the faux marble shower walls!
And definitely this crazy window!
I think my favorite part is the vanity that is falling apart piece by piece.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
My original plan was to make some fancy pillows with ruffles or ball fringe. My kids are total pillow abusers so I went simple and plain. At my house, pillows end up on the floor and carried around by their fringe. Since this room is where the kids hang out a lot, sturdier pillows were needed! I think they came out okay though, what do you think?
Here is the before:
With a nice throw and pillows:
So now when my son picks up a pillow with the intent of smacking his sisters with it, I won't have to worry about delicate trim being ruined.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
The silverware was plastic..... The plates and napkins paper....
Before the party, I finally got around to making my Spring banner. It was the perfect touch to our flowers and butterflies theme.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Oh no! That bunny looks hungry. Lets hope he stays away from our lunch!
I usually boil about 3 chicken breasts so there is leftover. My husband loves to take this to work. Rip up the chicken and add the appropriate amount of mayo (between you and me, I like to use much more than the appropriate amount). I like sliced grapes in my chicken salad. And once in a while some sweet relish. Then just season with whatever you like. I use a tiny bit of onion power and pepper. Perfect with a big glass of Coke! Enjoy!
Be sure to visit our gracious hostess, Designs by Gollum for more Foodie Friday.
My favorite is the nest clothespin my daughter made me. Unfortunately she does not have a store. ;)
Calendar months by every jot and tittle, Etsy.
I also had a couple questions about this TV stand. I bought this unusual table? shelf? about 3 years ago at an antique store and the store owner looked at me funny when I said I was going to put it inside the house. She had mentioned that it would be good for a plant stand on a porch. The table is definitely on the rustic side but I don't mind at all. It hasn't been painted on my watch as of yet.