Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Five Minute Clear Drawer Re-do!

So we have this ugly little set of clear drawers that we use by our desk to
house all of our office supplies.  Our desk is not really a "desk"'s a used
restaurant table, but it serves it's purpose and is working just fine for now!
Since we need these drawers I wanted to see if I could somehow hide
the contents that were lurking inside:

My solution?  Scrapbook paper!

I simply cut some scrapbook paper to size and attached them to the front 
of the drawers.  

A definite improvement and it took all of five minutes!
My kind of project!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Big Kid Rooms are here!

What a difference a weekend makes!  
Friday afternoon we got a wild hair and decided that the day had come 
to finally get moving on the big kid rooms!  Within a few short hours
we had not only the guest bedroom completely cleaned out but all three
cribs dismantled and new beds moved in! 

It was a lot of work and the rest of our house is a disaster, but 
I wanted to share a glimpse of the new rooms!  
The kids are beyond proud of their "BIG" beds.

Here they all are on Maddux's new bed!

Just when I thought they were getting so big, seeing him on this queen 
sized bed reminds me of how small he still is.

I know this picture is blurry but you can still see the 
excitement on their faces as the girls entered their new room for the first time!

Nola is so excited!

Luce was ready for us to turn off the lights and go to bed!

You can see here that I pretty much have a blank slate for the decor in this room (both rooms, really).
For now we aren't going to paint but we may change our mind.  I definitely need to 
figure out a window treatment solution.  Since the beds are in front of the window
I'm limited.  I am thinking about maybe a roman shade that will add color to the room 
and can also be pulled down to block out the morning sun.  I've researched
a few tutorials online but I'm still a little intimidated.  
Any suggestions?

So, that's where we are for now!  I'm still working on getting all of the girls clothes moved from 
the room that they all shared to this room as well as trying to organize everything that's coming back in
and everything else that was moved out of this room.  

Stay tuned for progress!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Entryway and Projects

Hello Hello!

Well, tomorrow is the BIG day!  The kiddos will be going back to preschool 
two days a week and I will get six whole hours to myself
on each of those days to work on some MUCH needed projects
and enjoy some quite time.  Bless their hearts.  They are precious kids, but 
I'm looking forward to some mommy-only time around the house!

I haven't posted in a while because I haven't done anything new around the house 
except create a huge mess!  I did update our foyer table for summer 
with items I already had lying around the house.  I stole this table
runner from the kitchen because I felt like there were just way too many
wood tones happening.  I think this helped to add a little color as well 
as some $3 grocery store flowers and the green bird candle.  

The mess that I mentioned above is all because of this guest bedroom/storage room that 
will soon be the girl's room.  You would not believe how much stuff was crammed into this room!
As of right now, what has been cleared out is now in the dining room.  Lovely.  
Here's where we are now:

Have you ever?!?  I HOPE that this weekend we will be able to clear everything else out
and bring the new twin beds in that were given to us by my in-laws.  I have their bedding
and I've picked up a few accessories for their room.  We are probably not going to paint the 
walls so I am planning to add color with accessories and art.  

Other than that, I also have plans for this guy who is in serious need of love:

My problem is that I have decorating A.D.D. and move from room to room
without ever completing anything!  I am really going to try to focus and 
utilize my new found freedom free time wisely! 

Wish me luck!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Big Boy Room Flea Market Finds

I am in the VERY preliminary stages of preparing for the kiddos "big kid rooms".  
I cannot even tell you how excited I am about decorating their rooms!  Up to this point they 
have all been in the same room so the decor had to be very neutral and non-gender specific.  
I am so thrilled about having the opportunity to now decorate a boy room and a 
girly room!  I have actually had the bedding for all three of their "big" beds for 
over a year now.  I found them all at Pottery Barn Kids on Clearance so they 
have been in storage up until this point.

I am in the process of cleaning out the guest bedroom to soon be the girl's room.
Since our house lacks much storage that room has been a catch-all junk room for the past 
three years so it's taking a while to get it cleaned out.  Once that's done, we will move the 
existing bed to Maddux's room (the room that they are currently all three in)
and then we'll set up the girl's twin beds in there.  

This past weekend my mom and I went to the Nashville Flea Market (my favorite
thing to do!) and I found some cute things for Maddux's room!

First, here is the bedding that he will be using...a Hawaiian/Surf theme: 

This is something else that I've had for quite some time.  
I found it at this Etsy shop:

I picked up a bunch of old license plates.  I'm not exactly sure what I'm 
going to do with them, but I'm thinking a gallery wall? Or maybe
mount them on some old wood???

And I just fell in love with these!  They are vintage language flash 
cards from the 1960's!  I plan on framing them...
(sorry this pic turned on it's computer is not behaving today!)

He will be using an old iron bed that has been in my husband's family for years
as well as some other hand-me-down pieces of furniture.  
I can hardly wait!  Now, what I can't wait for is them now being
able to get out of bed and scare the daylights out of me in the middle of the night!  

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

{DIY} Chevron Doormat

Morning, y'all!

Today I am sharing with you my DIY Chevron Doormat!

I wanted to add a little color to my front porch area and I wanted to make 
it something festive but also something that would last all summer.
In my opinion, you can never go wrong with red, white and blue!

I had been wanting to attempt my own DIY rug/doormat for quite sometime and 
this seemed like as good a time as any!  For this, all you need is your rug, some 
masking tape and spray paint.  The plain rug was surprisingly hard to find.  
I ended up finding this natural fiber one at Home Depot for just under $8.

After lots of trial and error To make the process easier, I measured 6 inch 
pieces of tape to make my pattern:

And then taped to the rug in my desired pattern:

Then I got busy painting:

And here she is!  I have to say, I'm quite pleased with her!  

There are a few areas of overspray of paint on the portion that was taped.  
If and when I attempt this project again I will try to be more precise with the angle 
that I am spraying to help with that.  Then again, it could just be that the tape 
didn't want to adhere to the rug at all.  Overall, I'm still very happy 
with my custom rug for under $10!

To add a little more color and add a festive touch, I simply wrapped a foam
wreath with fabric strips and added some DIY felt flowers.  
(There are tons of tutorials online on how to make these felt easy!!!)

To finish, I added a tropical looking plant and a bright red pot of flowers.
My mom got me the "Welcome" star as a gift.  (I think from Michael's?)
It goes perfectly with my "Stars and Stripes" theme!  

What about you guys?  How are you adding "summer" to your decor? 
Have you attempted a painted DIY rug?  I'm itching to try another
one, possibly for something inside!  Hmmm...???

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Little Surprise!

Sometimes it's the little things that make me smile.  Like this adorable 
little owl dish that my mom surprised me with over the weekend.  He makes me so 
happy!!!!  Just look at him!

I thought he would be a perfect little spoon rest for my morning coffee.  
He makes me smile.  

My mom found him at Michael's and I think he was $1.  I'm pretty sure she 
said that it came in other colors as well!  

Thanks, mom!  

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Cold Summer Salads

I love summer!  One of my favorite summer traditions is homegrown tomatoes.
Two of my grandparents who have passed away during the past two years 
absolutely loved tomatoes and were always sharing their loot with us.  As much as I love
the taste of homegrown tomatoes, I also love sharing tomatoes with my own little family and 
in some weird way feel a connection to our grandparents when enjoying them.

This past weekend we went to our local Farmers Market and scooped up some fresh veggies.  Yum!  
But, the hubby and I are so bored with salads with the usual lettuce, veggies and dressing 
so I decided to create my own little "cold salad" using the veggies. 

For this particular salad, I had some left over corn on the cob that the hubs had cooked
on the grill (my absolute favorite way to eat corn on the cob!  If you haven't grilled your corn you 
simply must!  Just soak your corn (husk and all) in some cold water for at least 30 minutes 
then throw it on the grill.  The corn steams itself inside the husk and it brings out the most
amazing flavor ever!)

Back to my salad, I cut the corn off the cob and then added some fresh onion, 
diced tomatoes, a small jalapeno pepper (from our own little container garden on our back deck!)
and some feta cheese.  Then I just squeezed some fresh lemon juice and added some
salt and pepper.  Oh my!  It's delish!

So easy and so yummy!  Now this is the only way I want to eat my veggies now!  
I also tried the same thing only instead of the corn I used fresh cucumbers.  
So good!  And so good for you!!!

Monday, June 11, 2012

What have we been doing for the past two months??

Hello!  For those of you who have been wondering where I've been, let me fill you in!

The kids have been out of preschool (Mother's Day Out) for several weeks now
so we have been busy doing lots of fun activities!  My three need to be busy so I've been 
focused on keeping them entertained and just enjoy the summer.  As a result, all of my
projects have been put on hold and I've had a pretty messy house and no one 
wants to see pics of piles of clutter and unfinished projects so...I just didn't post at all!

So, here's a recap of what we've been up to.  

The kiddos singing in their very first end-of-year music program!

Fun at the park feeding the ducks with Gigi and Poppy!

We went to the Hot Air Balloon Classic in Decatur, AL Memorial Day Weekend!

Perfect timing!

A rare family pic!

Luce playing some tee ball.  The girl has skills!  I see a future athlete!

She also loves helping mommy wash the never ending pile of dishes

and hamming it up for the camera!

A day at the zoo with Daddy!

This little boy loves him some animals!  He brushed and brushed this goat until
the goat finally had enough and walked away!

And they attended their very first puppet show, The Frog Prince, at the Nashville Public library!
(Luce enjoyed the show but was not about to have her picture taken with the frog!)

A picnic with Gigi

Playing on the backhoe at Mimi and G-Diddy's new house that is currently under construction

And a birthday party at our favorite Mexican restaurant! 

Whew!  So, needless to say, we've been busy!  First and foremost, I am a mom and I am trying to savor every minute with these little guys.  However, I am  a little excited that they will begin their summer
Mother's Day Out program tomorrow!  Woo hoo!  Two days a week with five whole hours all to myself to shop, clean, and tackle some much needed projects.  I have a few easy projects that I am planning but the HUGE project will be moving the girls into their very own BIG GIRL room!
I would show you a picture of the current guest room that will be their room, but I will spare you. If you have seen Hoarders then you know what it looks like.  I so wish I were kidding!  So, check back to see if I'm able to cross off all of the items on my to-so list!  

Monday, April 2, 2012

{DIY} Children's Artwork Gallery Wall

Little by little I am making progress on the family room update.  While I still have a 
few projects left, I was able to tackle one over the weekend 
and it was the one that I was the most excited about:
the children's artwork gallery wall!

I had been searching all over the internet for some inspiration and her 
solution was perfect.  I followed her tutorial almost exactly so be sure 
to check out her blog for more info.

And here is the result!

I realize that this may not be for everyone, but since
I have triplets there is simply not enough room on the refrigerator 
to display all of their masterpieces.  I really wanted
each child to have their own "row".  The wall was 
plenty big to hang three rows so I decided to just go for it!  
Plus, the hubby and I really enjoy looking at 
their sweet creations so we don't mind that it is so massive! 

Here is what you need for this project:

1 x 8's cut to size (I had mine cut to 5 feet each and the nice man
at Home Depot cut them for me for free)


Sawtooth picture hangers (two for each board)

Clips (I found these magnet clips at Wal-Mart for $1.88 for a pack of 4)

Gorilla Glue

It's all pretty self explanatory!

We gave each board a light sanding on the ends and edges and then
painted them.  (I used some of the Martha Stewart Plumage that I still 
had leftover from the buffet).  Then, attach the sawtooth
hangers on the ends of each board.  Lastly, I glued the magnetic clips right 
onto the boards using Gorilla Glue (super glue).  

Overall, I am so pleased with how this turned out!  It adds lots of color to the room
and it just makes me smile.   I look forward to this evolving and changing 
with the seasons!  

This entire project cost about $18!

You can also see the pillows that my mom and I made!  I am really
thrilled with how they turned out!  
Still on the agenda for this room:

Hang Gallery Wall of Photos 

"Frame" Subway Art

Overall, we are making progress in the family room and I 
hope to have a final reveal soon!
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