Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Exciting News!!

Hey everyone!  I have been hiding from you, waiting to share our good news.  I have been thinking of decorating a new room a lot lately. 

Bunny Nursery

A nursery!  That’s right we are expecting a baby this Summer!  We just found out this week it is a baby girl and we are thrilled.  Although, I am feeling like my intuition needs a check up, I have been convinced it was a boy,  All the while, most of our family thought it was a girl.  So, needless to say I was surprised!  We feel so blessed and we could not be more excited.  Now I just have to start planning a girl’s nursery, a boy nursery was fully complete in my mind, lol!.

I will open up those secret Pinterest boards so you guys can see what I am thinking.  I can’t wait to start decorating the nursery and sharing it with you guys.  I have learned a lot about babies and baby needs in the last few months but one thing I know is the decorating.   

I am 18 weeks along and just starting to see a little bump.  Now that we know the gender I already feel more connected. 

I hope you will enjoy the journey with me.

 

April

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Painted Bath Cabinets

Over the weekend I finished a project I have wanted to tackle since Summer.  I painted my bathroom cabinets!  I have never liked that the bathroom cabinets and the kitchen cabinets looked the same.  Originally when we planned this house the builder was going to paint the kitchen cabinets white, but once they were installed we loved them dark so we left them as is but that left me wanting a change for the bathroom cabinets. 

I bought the paint for this project in the Summer and it’s been waiting on me.  I also purchased new bath mats and towels in the Fall to spruce up the bathroom but still hesitated on painting.  Now I can check it off the list! 

Credenza Cabinets

It makes the bathroom look so much brighter!  Just what I needed on these long cold days of Winter. 

Here is the before.

before

After.

Painted Bath Cabinets

This was an easy paint job as I used chalk paint so there was no prep work to be done.  I also cheated and didn't paint the backs of the doors.  It took most of the day Saturday to get it done but by that night we had the doors and hardware back on so it didn’t disrupt the use of the bathroom. 

Upclose Cabinets

Here is a close up of the rugs I bought at Target back in the Fall from the Threshold line.  I love these rugs!

New Rugs

They are neutral but add just a little color with the orange and it ties in well with our bedroom.  These are not pictured with the cabinets, they sit in front of the tub and toilet.  I have white towels and matching orange hand towels.

I also have a bathroom shelf in this room that went through a before and after some time ago.  This was a $7 estate sale find!

Bath Shelf

I knew this was perfect for the bathroom.  Here is the before.

 

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After some white spray paint it looks much better!

White Bath Shelf

I am in love with the new look for the bathroom, what do you think?

Painted Cabinets Bath

April

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Neighborhood Development Update

Happy Weekend!  I have been traveling for work this week and it always feels good to have some time at home after work travel. 

Just wanted to give you guys an update on our development for those of you following along.  2014 brought much success with selling lots to builders and they have been very fortunate to sell homes quickly as well.  The neighborhood is filling up quick and it is so nice to see our vision come true. 

New Sold Home

Recently Sold

Towards the end of 2014 up to now we have sold 4 more lots and have 4 more under contract.  On the sold lots the builders have already started construction and if the rain holds off it won’t be long before these homes are ready for Spring buyers.

New Home Build

New build 2

Under Construction

There is one completed home in the neighborhood for sale and one almost complete.  There are 3 in the beginning stages of construction.

New Blue House

For Sale

We are very blessed that things are moving at a quicker pace.  We started with 43 lots and have 14 more available for sale.  The 14 left are in the back part of the neighborhood and they are beautiful lots with more wooded areas. 

We are hoping for the continued success in 2015!

 

April

 

Monday, February 2, 2015

New Year–January Recap

Hey Guys!  I know I was totally absent in January!  I know I say it all the time, we’ve been busy…that’s life huh!  Well we have been busy this new year but I have been resting quite a bit and taking a break from the normal hustle and bustle of household chores, projects, and crafting so far in 2015. 

Work has been crazy busy, January is typically a slow time but not this year.  The building industry is really booming again and tile is in much demand and I could not be happier about that. 

I finally decided 2015 was the year to hire someone to clean my house.  I found someone  wonderful that is coming every two weeks and it is such a blessing.  It allows me to focus on other things that need doing around here.

I did tackle one project that had been on the list for quite some time, a new mirror for the bedroom.  I bought a cheap over the door mirror and Will built the wood surround.  I painted it white in chalk paint.  Will did most of the work on this one and I can’t take credit, thanks babe!

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I’d been wanting a new solution for sometime, we had a nice mirror here but it had feet and got in the way of the closet door to the right of it and the screws never held tight and that caused the mirror swing.

Before.

Mirror closeup

Needless to say I am happy with the change. 

I’ve also been working on little projects around the house like paint touch ups, cleaning out closets and refreshing house plants and terrariums.  Nothing really exciting but things that must be done.

Terriarium

I hope you all are having a great 2015 so far!

I’ll be back later this week with a neighborhood development update.

 

April

Sunday, December 21, 2014

DIY Christmas Gifts

It’s almost here!  Christmas is just 4 days away!!  I  am looking forward to some down time with the family. 
Today I am sharing with you a few DIY gifts I’ve given this season.
The first gift is wine.  This makes a great hostess gift for all those parties this time of year.  I put these together for some of my customers.
Wine Wrapping
Obviously, I didn’t make the wine…LOL.  The wrapping here was easy.   I simply cut scrapbook paper to wrap the bottle securing with washi tape to the back.  I cut the tag out of the same paper.  The hole was punched with a 2” hole punch.  Super easy and you have a nice tag to write a message on.
The second gift is another that I put together for a few of my customers.  I love nail polish and often times I am complimented on my nail polish colors and thought this would be perfect gift.
Mistle Toes 2 
This was an idea I got from Pinterest.  The original source is from Ivy in the Bay.  That is where you can find the free printable tag. 
A few tips:
Print the tag on cardstock. Use the non-plastic snow if you can find it because otherwise it clings to the bag.  Also, using a piece of cardstock in the bottom of the bag with a dot of hot glue, this helps the polish and lotion stand up straight.
The third gift was my favorite!  I made Body Butter, Body Scrub, and Face Scrub.  These are all natural and organic and I had fun learning about what oils to use to make these. 
This was another idea I found on Pinterest.  The original pin was from the website  Lia Griffith, Handcraft Your Home.  Happy to report this was a very successful Pinterest find.   The free printable labels were great and the instructions to make the lotions were superb and easy to understand.  I encourage you to check out the original source here if you wish to give them a try. 
I was pretty much sold when I saw them packaged in Weck Jars which are my favorite. 
Lotions
I wrapped these a few different ways.  The first in a small basket with tissue paper. Lotions wrapping basket
The small face scrubs with a ribbon and decorative tag.
face scrubs
The body butter and body scrub stacked with a ribbon and tag tied around them.
Body Scrub
I can’t say that any of these DIY gifts are great money savers but it was nice to make and put a handmade touch on them all. 
Please be sure to visit the original sources.
Have you guys been making any gifts this year?  I’d love to see them if you want to share them with me on Facebook.

April