Wednesday, April 23, 2014

~one room challenge week 4~

We are on week 4 and my kitchen looks like this:

I went to take the back splash off……

It went well for about a minute.
Then big chunks of drywall started coming out which, long story short, had me removing it all.

That's the bad news. 

The good news is that we are able now to add new outlets, and have them all straight!
{they were not level before and it drove me crazy}
I got my new sconces hung.

 I also got the upper cabinets painted.
I used Annie Sloan in old white and just slightly distressed them and opted not to use the dark wax, only the clear.

 It's a subtle difference but you can tell by the photo below how yellow my old cabinets are next to the new"old white."

And tonight I am attempting to rip up the old granite tile counter top.

The measurements were taken last week and the new marble will be installed on Friday!

So, to sum up the last week:

I got the upper cabinets painted, in one day I might add.

I hung two sconces and didn't electrocute myself.

I took out the old back splash and only cursed 2 356 times.

The marble company came out and did a template for the new counter.

My new roman shades arrived but I have yet to open the box
 because it is such a dusty wet paint mess in here!

Between now and next week I hope to have the island lights put together and hung, have the skylight patched and sanded, have at least the lower cabinets painted, have the new counter tops in, have new drywall in, in order to prepare for the new back splash, and if I drink enough Red Bull, I might even be able to paint the island. 

But don't hold your breath.

To see how far ahead of me everyone else is, click on these links:


Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Looking for another cool website to buy Mother's Day gifts, or a little something for yourself?

I recently got this cool garden tote bag with my monogram from RedEnvelope.
I am so ready for gardening season. 
If this rain would ever stop!

My gardens are filled with weeds but the leaves are starting to bloom and color is starting to pop up here and there. 

I have my eye on a few more coordinating pieces…….

Because looking good in the garden is a must, ha ha!
Oh, I am also drooling over this live succulent wreath:

Besides gardening items, RedEnvelope has a ton of super cool items for you and your home.
Check it out right here.


Monday, April 21, 2014

~paper moon shop giveaway~

~a note from Mary of Paper Moon Shop~

Paper Moon Shop came up with a new line of personalized favor bags for fun summer parties!  This spring a bride came to us and asked for personalized favor bags with the bride and groom's names to decorate their reception table. They tied a special treat inside for each of their guests to take home.   We thought thought this was going to be a one time thing.  Weeks later another customer was throwing a big 60th birthday bash in Oregon's wine country.  Guests were coming from all over the U.S. to celebrate.  So, the hostess wanted to give those attending a special memento when they returned to their hotel rooms after a day of wine tasting and birthday dinner.  Paper Moon Shop created a personalized "thank you" bags.  The hostess had a great time filling the bag with wine openers, healthy snacks and plenty of aspirin!  The hotel graciously put the favor bags on each guests pillows that evening.  Paper Moon Shop just had to add this new product idea to our selection of note cards and labels

The favor bags allow you to fill and tie with your own personal touch. The bags can be used for a number of occasions like weddings, birthdays, engagement parties, showers, teacher appreciation, hostess gifts, anniversary parties… the skies the limit for customers to make their parties extra special. 

We think another fun idea this summer would be to fill the "VINTAGE JAR" designed bag with homemade summer berry jam!  A perfect gift for neighbors and friends.  

For the Fourth of July we also think adding child safe fire works into a "CHEERS" favor bag and tying with a red white and blue ribbon would be a fantastic touch.  With graduation around the corner filling one of the "CHEERS" favor bags with a gift card and a memento to their future college would be a fun way to celebrate the graduate.  

Thank you Mary for this generous giveaway which 
includes a $50.00 Paper Moon Shop gift certificate .  Simply go to and "PIN" one (or two) items on Pinterest.  Each item on the website has a "PIN" button.  Simply click on it then come back here and leave me a comment which one[s} you pinned!

I will pick a winner and announce back here on Friday.


Saturday, April 19, 2014

~happy Easter weekend~

How old do you have to be to stop getting Easter baskets?
I say you are never too old for a basket filled with candy!

This year I stuffed these giant buckets from Ikea full of goodies.
I got some cute stuffed bunnies at World Market and a lot of candy from peeps.

The girl version:

 And the boy version:
 I also added old fashioned sodas from World Market,
 and the giant paper eggs are filled with fun goodies. 
They are from Ikea.
 Now I just need to find a place to hide these giant buckets……

Have a relaxing and fun filled Easter weekend friends!
I will be back Monday with a giveaway.


Friday, April 18, 2014

~pillow cover winner & 3 more EAT signs~

We have a winner for the 6 wilson pillow cover giveaway!
Thank you to all who entered.
The winner is Teresa who writes the blog Magazine Your Home.
Teresa said she likes the classic blue and white.
Cannot wait to see what you pick out!

 I had a few more people asking about these EAT signs in my etsy shop.
So…… I made 3 more and they are ready to ship.
They are probably the last ones I will ever make.
I've made 5,000 dozens of them and I might go a little insane if I have to make them again :)
Get em while you can!


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