Monday, February 27, 2012

Got Stationery?

A few weeks ago, I had a giveaway to celebrate my 100th post! Along with the winner's stationery, I bought a few more for gifts.

With a VERY quick turnaround- I got this in the mail.

It came in this great bag...

Don't you love!! Check her out and get your own stationery--you will love it too!!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


Last week, I mentioned that I had finally made a decision on what to do in my powder room...

This is my  plain-jane builder-basic powder bath. I did originally select a pedestal sink because the room was so small that I did not want a huge cabinet in there. Although I do miss the storage, I think it looks great and keeps it open in there.
I played around on sketchup to come up with the scale and pattern for the stripes.I ended up doing 10" stripes centered on the height of the wall. This left a small stripe at the top and the bottom of the room. Otherwise- it looked either bottom- or top-heavy.

Over the weekend (between little man's naps), I measured out the stripes. I heard of a few different ways to paint the stripes and after deliberation, I drew lines with a level across the wall and then taped them off with Blue tape--

P.S.  I would HIGHLY reccommend edge lock-- I ran out almost at the end of my taping off the stripes and used the cheap brand without edge lock and had a lot of bleeding without the edge lock!

I had a hard time deciding on a color...
Greg helped me narrow them down to these "few"

and I narrowed it down to these.... eventually landing on the center one-- (it worked best with the floor tile)

I decided on Benjamin Moore's Revere Pewter in a Semi-Gloss (the base coat is Sherwin William's Crisp Linen in flat enamel)

On Monday I finally painted the stripes. As soon as I could, I slowly removed the tape!

Here are the results! 

I love how the light is now on a darker stripe. Somehow it looks 'more better'- haha! When it was all cream in the room, it just looked to harsh in the room- now it makes much more sense!

The switch plate blends in with the wall pretty well. I wish I could say that I did this on purpose--but it was just luck!

This picture shows the truest color for the room. 

I still have to go back and touch up where the paint bled under the cheap tape and a few places that I painted over the tape onto the cream stripe, but that will again happen between naps and eventually will get done.

I still haven't hung the mirror or art yet. I want to make sure the wall is good and dry before I put anything up!

What do you think?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Put some spark back in your prayers!

I ran across this article and found it to be such a wonderful and enriching prayer schedule. I am going to start this for Brodie ASAP. I thought all of you might like it as well.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Addicted to Pinterest?

An interesting Article that I read today-- long read but good points.

Why is Pinterest so addicting?

 “Pinterest is a place where we can demonstrate: ‘If it weren’t for all those mundane things that I do that I post on Facebook, this is what I would be doing and consuming. Here is my real self,’”

So true. I am now trying to make those wants into reality. How about you? Any Pinterest inspired projects going on?

Here's what I have been pinning lately!

What are you pinning?

Follow my pins.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Got something brewing...

Hey guys--sorry no Valentine Story post yet-- something is messed up with a few of the pictures. I am hoping to have it fixed and resend it today!

Anywho... I was playing on pinterest and have decided on finally getting to work on my powder bathroom. If you didn't know- it is one of the MANY rooms that I want to tackle this year.

Since it is such a small room, it really won't take long to make a huge transformation....

There are no windows- so it has to stay light and airy without compromising on a punch of color.

Without further ado, here's a clue to what I hope to accomplish this week...

 all images via my pinterest board

For all those who have ventured out and painted stripes--any suggestions?

Monday, February 13, 2012

What's your favorite Valentine's memory?

I love Valentine's Day! And tomorrow you will find out why...

But today I want to know what your favorite memory of Valentines day is... whether it's a great date, fun night with the gals, funny story- whatever!
Send your story my way! I am going to choose a few of them to feature tomorrow~ Thanks!
Email me @ with your story!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Photo Update

I have realized that my pictures of my house on my websites are WAY out of date-- I mean it still looks like a construction zone in a few- ha!

So I went around this week snapping some pictures:

Family Room


Breakfast Area

Master Bath

Stay Tuned for the Bedrooms and Bonus Room pics!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

And the winner is....

Amy! Email me with your initials and shipping address and I will get the notecards out to you!!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Great Find- Part 2

I must have kids on the brain, because that is ALL I am pinning these days on Pinterest.


Does your kid have a great talent for drawing and have drawings of made-up creatures, super heroes, and even monster trucks?

Well, this lady @ Child's Own Studio can take those drawings and make them soft toys!!!

Brodie is no where near being able to draw one of these bad boys- but as soon as he can-- he WILL have one of these!!

And surprisingly, they are quite reasonably priced! If you decide to get one, please let me know how they turned out!!!