Friday, February 28, 2014

Five Favorite Friday

 I've been a little MIA lately...
Life has got me super busy. We've been working on our yard, landscaping, front porch, and more! Love having a pretty house!
Then work is trying to kill me...so I'm cranky most days which doesn't induce a happy blogger attitude...boooo!

Here's some fun things I'm loving this week!


Cute Emergency!
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A little DIY...
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Who doesn't love making workouts fun?!
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Just sayin'...
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This is adorable!! Hand written recipe cards from your mom/grandma!
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Have a GREAT weekend!!

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Fredericksburg For a Day

Some of you may have seen me instagramming and tweeting last weekend. My sis won a day trip to Fredericksburg in a a private plane and decided to take me!

Ready for take-off!



We arrived in Fredericksburg and the weather was gorgeous! Perfect for this trip!



We walked around, checked out some of the old buildings, shopped, drank wine, ate yummy Mexican food. It was a nice little trip. I'd never been to Fredericksburg before so it was a treat!


On the ride home we had to most beautiful sunset!! 
I felt like I was on cloud nine...
Literally....we were flying the clouds!! :)


I hope ya'll had a great weekend!
Happy Monday... :/

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The Day I Discovered Music

So you're probably thinking that day was a long long time ago...

It was today.

I spend a lot of time out in my garage working on projects. If I don't have a building or painting project I don't know what to do with myself. Sometimes my hubby is helping me, but usually it's just me.

I like the quiet alone time. I get time to think with no interruptions, which is nice. Although it's nice... I am in my own head all day, do I really need more time to over analyze everything?!

Today I decided to grab my ipod and headphones while I worked. I have NO idea why I didn't think to do this before...


Brilliant!

I discovered that my workout playlist is perfect for my DIY playlist! It's high energy and gets me excited. 

The best part? You can't sing at the top of your lungs in the gym, but in my garage...it's fair game! 

So, I need some more music for my playlist. What's your favorite high energy song?
Let me know in a comment below!

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Blog Facelift

Some of you may have stopped by yesterday and seen the new look. If you didn't get a peak yesterday, I'm glad you're here today to see my gorgeous new blog design!!

The new look is clean and fresh and it's just the facelift I needed!

I'm blessed to have a talented friend that did such an amazing job on my blog! Bree at The Thing About Joy is the master behind the look. 


Take a look at her blog and her blog design section to check out her killer deals for blog design!

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Valentine's Day Hearts

Valentine's Day is coming up and I recently received a request to make these large hearts for a yard or front porch. The perfect Valentine's decor to make a statement!


I started by drawing the heart on builders paper to get the right shape.


I traced the heart on the wood and got our jigsaw out to cut out the shapes. 

This was my first time using the jigsaw and I loved how easy it was!


We got paint samples and picked a good pink and red.
Watermelon Pink & Frosted Pomegranate were the winners!


 After painting the hearts they were cute but needed a little pizzazz.


I used my black coffee glaze with a little paintbrush and applied it in random spots all over the hearts.


Then blended it in with a damp rag.


The hearts were finished with polyurethane to make sure they withstand the weather and included fold-able easel stand in the back. 




I'm sure these hearts will looks adorable on her porch!
Happy Valentine's Day!!

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Two-Tone Nightstand

I'm so excited to be sharing this project with you all today!
I turned and old beat up nightstand into this cute trendy two-tone nightstand!


I started with this nightstand... it was beat up, scratched, and not too cute.
It used to be our guest bedroom nightstand but after a few moves, it had seen better days. It was time to spruce it back up!


I started out by sanding it quickly with the orbital sander, then priming it. My primer was kind of dried up so I didn't have much left. I put on what I could and prayed it would do the trick!


I want to shake things up a bit and do some new projects with new ideas. I decided to paint the outside of the piece with Cincinnatian Hotel Abbey and the drawer fronts in white. 


I wanted to add some detail to the nightstand. Here I'm testing out some options...

A silver knob for a more modern approach...


Or a decorative wood ornament in the contrast color... 

After getting some opinions and going with my gut, I chose this option. It felt more my style.


 All done!











I hope you liked seeing this transformation!

As much as I love it I don't need it for my house, so up for sale it goes! 

If you need a cute new nightstand let me know!

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Dining Chair Update: Adding Design with Transfer Paper

Some of you may remember my recent post Cane Back Chair Makeover.
 I mentioned that I would be adding a graphic art design to the chair. I searched Etsy and found the perfect art for the chair, then purchased Lesley Riley's "TAP" Transfer Art Paper.

I'm loving the added detail, and I want to show you how I did it!


I started out with the reverse image on my computer (the Etsy download came with the reverse image as well as the regular so I didn't have to spend time figuring out how to mirror the image!)


They instruct you to use an inkjet printer...I was pretty sure that's what I had...so I went for it! :)

*BEWARE* They say to use the "white" side of the paper. In looking at the different sides I first chose the side on the right. It looked more "white" to me, even though it had some speckled color.  WRONG CHOICE!!!

Please pay careful attention to this so you don't waste a sheet of this semi-pricey paper!

The CORRECT side it the side on the left (with the star). If you look closely you can see there's a clear film on it.


Once the image is printed, trim the paper close to the design.


Next, go to your chair or piece of fabric...


Place the image where you like it. Make sure you have it on straight and even!


Your iron should be preheated on the hottest setting.


Make sure your image doesn't move in the beginning. 
Once you've pressed the iron down it should begin to stick to the fabric. 
Move the iron around evenly and get your paper very hot.


DO NOT let the paper cool! You must start peeling the paper off while it's still HOT. (You may want tweezers to help peel it off so you don't burn yourself!)
 

Ta Da!!!!


Don't you just love it?!
I think it added the perfect detail to the chair!


I hope this little tutorial helped explain how to use the Lesley Riley TAP paper and that it took all doubts and concerns out of the way! 

This was the first time I used it and I didn't test it on anything first because I didn't want to waste the paper, so it's not hard, just go for it!

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