I started redecorating the guest room a year ago. Just about the time I think I’m done I’ll see something else that I want to change or add. Another project! Changing the hardware in the guest room was my latest project.
Oh, who am I kidding? I am constantly painting, changing, or updating something. My son recently called and asked what I was doing. I told him I was painting the kitchen hutch to match the new kitchen walls. His response? “Of course you are!”
I have been so busy painting that Easter in the kitchen is going to be low key this year. At least the decor part anyway!
I shared my white painted hutch, chalkboard and partially finished small cabinet with you last week. While I am so thankful that these projects are finished, I am still running behind on just about everything else. I decided to give myself a break. What gets done, gets done. If it doesn’t, oh well!
I’m back with the never ending kitchen facelift. So far we’ve replaced all but one appliance, painted the walls and the kitchen hutch. Once that was done, it was clear that there were a few more things that needed attention. Like updating the chalkboard and small cabinet that sit next to the back door.
This isn’t the best picture, but you can see what the chalkboard and small cabinet looked like before. The chalkboard always seemed a lot little too gold. I never could decide what to do with it that would look good against the yellow walls. I loved the the small cabinet, and really had no plans to change it. Then I painted the kitchen a dusty blue green and everything had to change. Continue reading →
I shared with you yesterday what I should be doing but wasn’t. I should have been painting the kitchen hutch white instead of playing hooky in the back yard.
This is what my kitchen hutch looked like up until a few days ago. I loved everything about it. I loved the color, the mismatched pulls, and the size. Then I painted the walls. My beautiful hutch no longer matched anything. Unfortunately, it was time to paint it.
I had a plan. I was going to meet my bestie for lunch and see a movie. Afterwards, I was coming home and finish painting my kitchen hutch. However, that is not what happened.
On the way home from lunch, my bestie and I saw Hare’s Nursery. Of course, we had to stop. Naturally we bought some flowers. So it is needless to say that my plans changed. I’m planting flowers when what I should be doing is painting my hutch.
If you are a Harry Potter fan I’ve got a story for you! Our niece was recently the star of her very own Harry Potter Sweet 16 party.
Our niece is a huge Harry Potter fan. Her mom has been creeping Pinterest for over a year now to find the perfect ideas for her daughter’s sweet 16 party. There were a ton of wonderful ideas, but not all could make the cut. I might be biased, but I think she picked the perfect ones!
I honestly thought that I would skip posting today. Today we celebrate the life of our sweet daddy.
It’s gonna be a tough day. I’m sure we will laugh, cry, share memories, and most importantly celebrate a kind, loving, devout, good man. The best man I have ever known or loved. So please indulge me while I take a few moments and share him with you.
For the record, I have painted my kitchen 5 times in 12 years. Thank the heavens above, I just might have finally gotten the color right with my my new kitchen walls. My family is so relieved! When we moved into the house 12 years ago, the entire house was a blah builder beige. Now, If you like builder beige, don’t hate me. We are just not beige people. Since I was a “faux finisher” in a previous life I gave the kitchen walls a lovely golden old world finish. After that fad faded, I painted it SW Knubby Wool to match the adjoining rooms. I quickly realized that I am not a tan girl, so I painted it bright lime green. Yeah, what was I thinking? Continue reading →
My Easter table reveal is here! I love Easter, don’t you? All of the beautiful spring colors, plants, easter clothes, egg hunts and family time. It just puts me in my happy place.
One of my favorite parts of family time is Easter dinner. It’s probably why I spend so much time thinking about my Easter table decor. Recently, I polled all of you dear readers and asked for your help deciding which place setting to use on my Easter table. Today I’m sharing the results of that poll!
St. Patrick’s Day 2017 is just around the corner! I don’t go all out decorating for ST. Patrick’s day, but I do like to spread a little green around the house before I get my Easter decor out.
I love St. Patrick’s day, mainly because it reminds me of spring. Four leaf clovers, pots of gold, kissing of the blarney stone, and wearing of the green or you get a pinch. What’s not to love? Since it’s a quick little holiday, I like to keep things super easy , simple, and low cost!
Sadly, yesterday I found myself saying goodbye to the refrigerator and the dishwasher. It’s been time for a new fridge for awhile, but I just haven’t been able to make myself buy a new one.
So what if it doesn’t match anything in the rest of the kitchen? Or that it has a silver dollar size hole in one of the drawers? She is a big part of our family.
My fridge even has a name, it’s Big Mable. Big Mable still runs beautifully. She faithfully makes my crushed ice and has for nearly 20 years. Mable not only keeps our food cold and fresh, she is also one of the best secretaries I have ever had. Okay, she is the only secretary I have ever had!
Have you seen Southern Living’s floral arrangement video on Facebook? It may be my favorite spring flower arrangement ever! It’s so fresh, fun and looked so easy that I had to try making one for myself!
So I gathered all of the supplies that I would need and got to work!
I recently got to do something that I have wanted to do for a very long time, go to a SiNaCa glassblowing class!
This is a photo from their website: sinacastudios.org check it out… They have a ton of classes for both amateur and professional artists.
SiNaCA is a studio in Ft. Worth, TX that was founded by several local artists to educate everyone about the creative medium of glass. Just before Christmas they offered Groupons for a glassblowing class and I thought that it would be the perfect birthday gift for my BFF Roxanne!
We made reservations ahead of time and anxiously awaited the date!
Our class was the first of two for that evening, and contained six of us. We were told that we would be making a paperweight and an ornament for that month.
Roxanne was up first. February’s ornament was a heart, of course. They let us choose the colors that we wanted to use for the glass. Roxanne is heating up the clear glass before add the color.
Adding colored glass to the clear glass.
Roxanne blowing air into the glass heart as Kevin shapes it.
Next up was the paperweight, which was a lot more hands on.
At the same time, the instructors we really good about guiding you through everything so that you had really beautiful finished pieces. Here “T” is telling me to loosen up the pressure or my paperweight was going to fall on the floor! lol!
So how did our pieces turn out?
Beautiful! This is Roxanne’s paperweight.
This is her heart.
These are my pieces. I honestly couldn’t be happier! Of course, I love colored glass and have collected it since I was three, so I’m easily pleased.
So, would I do it again? In a heartbeat and I think Roxanne would too. I had so much fun!!! The staff at the SiNaCa glassblowing class are super friendly and eager to help you make the best of your experience.
There are a few things I would share with you just in case you want to take a class.
Wear all cotton comfy clothing. No yoga pants or synthetics. It is hot and you are around fire! I chose jeans and a t-shirt, but others in class came from work so they were a little more dressed up. If you go to an early summer class, I think they close in the hottest months of the year, be sure to wear light weight clothes. It is HOT!
Go a little early to look around their gallery. They not only sell works of art, but it’s a great place for you to get great ideas for colors and looks that you might want to do.
I need your help! It was raining yesterday so I decided to browse through all of my catalogs that have been piling up. I was looking at my Pier 1 catalog when I came across their Easter place settings. They are so pretty ,soft, and totally beautiful.
This one really caught my eye! I was drooling over this spring theme with it’s soft colors. I could just see it on my table!
How was your holiday weekend? Here at the castle I’m dreaming of Spring in a big way!
Everywhere I look there are signs of Spring. In the garden, shopping and on-line, it’s everywhere. I even won these pretty garden tools and gloves at Po-keeno a few nights ago. I guess I’m not the only one dreaming of spring. Continue reading →
I started the Pink Flamingo room last summer. Yikes! I kept thinking that I would get all of the little things left on my to do list done, but no. Truth be told, I still haven’t entirely finished the guest room.
In fact, the only reason that I am sharing it with you now is that I got room shamed by a friend. Why haven’t you shared your finished guest room? she asked. What can I say? I guess I got side tracked!
It’s the 10th of the month, which means it is time for Ten on the 10th. I love the 1oth of the month, because I get to see what great ideas 9 other talented bloggers have to share. It’s like having Christmas every month! This month I’m going to share the best places and prices to buy Blue and White Chinoiserie pieces!
It’s Mardi Gras y’all! While most people are decorating for Valentines, I am walking a tight rope of balancing my Valentines decor with my Mardi Gras decor.
I was blessed enough to be in Biloxi, Mississippi over 25 years ago during the Mardi Gras celebration. Boy did I have fun catching a few beads and attending a few balls. I also learned that Marid Gras isn’t all about boobs, beer and beads. It’s also a family celebration. Continue reading →
I’m running late! I just got back from an unplanned/planned trip to Oklahoma. I’ve only been home two days and I’ve been trying to tackle laundry and dust that has grown on top of dust.
Add in a few doctors appointments and you’ll understand why I’m running late today. Hang in there with me and I promise that later today I will share with you one of the most exciting places to shop that I have found in a long time! I hit the mother load peeps
My sister has had the unfinished vanity in her room for about nine months now.
Nine months ago, I left her with an old sewing cabinet and a can of Annie Sloane paint. She assured me that she was going to get the painting done A.S.A.P.! Fast forward nine months and like a lot of us, she got busy and the vanity remained unfinished.
Valentine’s Day gifts are always a challenge for me. We honestly don’t do big Valentine’s gifts, just tiny reminders of love.
A card and dinner. A favorite candy bar or treat. Once in awhile we might go crazy and get dessert after dinner. Yep, we are the wild couple. Seriously, I think we love to give gifts that we know the recipient will love. It’s more about the giving, than the getting! Continue reading →