2012 Resolutions

December 30, 2011 at 11:04 am (Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Does anyone ever keep resolutions?  This year I am not going to use the same old resolutions, eat healthier, exercise more, and be more positive.  Nope.  This year I am going to try some fun resolutions that I may actually keep. 

1.  Finish some projects around the house that make me feel happy.

This ribbon organization box is on my list.  I love being organized and using this to wrap up some pretty gifts would definitely make me smile:

 

 2.  Make more handmade gifts.  I think I have the ability, now I just need to believe in myself!

I think these candles would be so cute as gifts!

 3.  Cook more.  Yes, read it again.  I’m sure Jeremy needs to read it 3 times.  But, I’m serious!

This steak and mushroom dinner and the rum balls look like two amazing recipes to try!

 

4.  Host more gatherings at our new home! I mean go all out.  Invitations, decorations, food…

I want to feel like Martha! 

 5.  Make progress with the furniture business.  I’m in no rush to jump into opening a full on shop yet.  But, I would like to try some of my projects in a shop.

A bench like this made out of two old chair would be super neat!

 

 What are you resolutions?? 🙂

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Beautiful Inspiration

June 23, 2011 at 8:41 am (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Desire to Inspire recently featured the works of Claire Larritt-Evans, the ultra talented designer behind Fenton & Fenton.  I found every single image inspiring! This was my favorite:

 

 

Oh, and did you notice the antler chandelier, again? 

Go check out the rest of the awesome photos here:  http://www.desiretoinspire.net/blog/2011/6/21/claire-larritt-evans.html

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The Wheels Are Spinning…

March 2, 2010 at 2:59 pm (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

The wheels in my head are spinning, the ideas churning around.  I said before that I have some big projects in the works, and when I said big I actually meant HUGE.  Here is a bit of the funky inspiration that is going on right now.  Soon I will hopefully be able to let you all know what is going on around here!

I love the shape of this sofa and the bold pattern is growing on me.  Just wait until I can tell you why I am thinking about buying this baby!

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Tid Bits and Projects

July 21, 2009 at 11:02 am (Projects, Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

It seems like I havebeen so busy around here… but where is my progress?  I have so my projects currently on my plate, and have been working on them, really!  But, none are officially completed yet.  So, I thought I would just fill you in on some of the tib bits going on around here and a few of the before shots of some current projects. 

Some awesome flowers have sprouted up in the back yard.  I forgot that I had planted them there in the spring!  I love lillies, any kind, especially orange ones!

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We are also still taking care of Gillian, the salamander.  He is still in the rubber tote sitting on the table, grossing everyone out.  But, we are searching for a small tank to keep him in.  In this picture he is right next to the end of the leaf.  Those two black dots are his eyes; he is burrowed in the dirt.

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The dogs made a nice mess for me to clean up this morning.  They decided that the five minutes they were left alone in the yard was just long enough to dig for moles.  Here they are trying to look all innocent and quite muddy!  Also check out Marley’s new collar.  She thinks she’s tough!

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And, here are just a few sneak peeks of the projects I am working away on…

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Stay tuned…

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Our Engagement Party!

June 22, 2009 at 10:29 am (Tid Bits, Wedding Plans) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

We finally had it!  It’s all over, even the cleaning up!  It all went great, and we also wanted to thank everybody for coming and for the great gifts and cards!  And, I have a few pictures to share!

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The above is the general view of the backyard before the party.  The picture doesn’t really do it justice.  It was really nice, relaxing, and cozy.  It was impressive for those who had seen our backyard a few months ago when we moved in!

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The above is the table before all of the food.  The vintage table clothe came from Fred and Ethels.  The vintage letters are always hanging in our bedroom, and of course we had to have a big diamond!  Isn’t that silverware bucket cute?  My mom found us that.  We also had some big dice (of course!) on the other end.

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There were antique Ball jars scattered on the table tops and even in the grass that held candles for lighting up the night.

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I love all of the paper lanterns.  These were so easy, they had batteries!  And, they were only a couple of dollars at the dollar store!  They set a nice mood.

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And at night everything glowed! 

I hope some of these simple, but fun ideas help you with your next party.  I loved them so much that I will use some of them for our casual BBQs and bonfires!

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Picnic Tables and Hammocks

June 17, 2009 at 7:46 am (Home Changes and Additions) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

We are getting there!  Almost ready for the party!  And, not to mention, an enjoyable and usable summer yard!  I snagged this little red pillow and teal votive holder yesterday:

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It feels cozy now.  And don’t worry about that plant hanger behind the table.  Something has a spot there, but I will show you in the party pictures.  We also got the hammock in the mail and hung it the other day.  If you have never relaxed in a hammock then you haven’t lived.  This is the coziest spot in our home now!  I can see that Tony will never get the yard mowed now! 😉  I also added a couple pillows there.

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Also don’t mind the bushy, patchy grass.  We are letting that grow as long as possible before the party so that the freshly planted stuff has time to get strong before all the company tramples it.  The grass we planted just a few weeks ago has really taken off though!  (Probably thanks to all of the annoying rain we have had!)

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Look how long and thick some of it is already!  And, see the spruced up chair in the background?  I will post more on that project soon.  The dogs also say hi!

One more thing we added over the weekend was a vintage fiberglass picnic table.  My grandparents have had this table ever since I can remember, and now it is ours.  But, it is sun faded and scratched.  I am looking for a way to refurbish fiberglass if any of you out there have suggestions.  I read that some people have had luck with Penetrol. I tried that last night.  This did give it a great shine, but as far as bringing back color, I didn’t think it worked.  Not to mention it would never bring back the one extra faded area in the middle!   Here it is, and let me know if you have any ideas!

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Sweet, huh?  Don’t worry, the yard won’t be so stuffed full of junk when the party is over.  The other picnic table goes back to the previous owner of the house.  We are just using it for extra seating.  This gorgeous guy stays! 🙂

P.S. I just wanted to say that Tony has put in many hard, hot hours cutting and dragging out tree limbs and overgrown “things” from this yard.  Even though there are still some naked patches and unruly weeds it has come a long long way from the unusable yard it was when we moved in.  Thanks Tony! 😉

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Wedding Decisions and Last Minute Changes

May 27, 2009 at 1:37 pm (Wedding Plans) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Well, it’s getting to be that time… the time when we need to start making actual decisions and booking things for the wedding.  We had a plan.  Small church wedding, outdoor reception, simple, vintage, black and white, and elegant.  I had a book full of clippings and notes.  And what happens?  We get a new, completely opposite idea and are making some last minute changes.

We are now contemplating the idea of a destination wedding.  A beach, sand, sun, bright colors.  We are meeting with a travel agent and looking at the possibilities.  It doesn’t sound like what I (thought) I had always wanted.  But, oh, how it does sound amazing.  Maybe it sounds so perfect because it’s what WE want and not what I had imagined as a little girl.  Well…we are pretty serious, although not yet booked, about the idea of a tropical getaway wedding with the closest of family and friends. 

 So, in my new planning stages I have been searching for new inspiration. I don’t like themes, and cheesey matchy-matchy decor, but would like to have bright, elegant flowers…not sure what else? 🙂  I thought I would share a bit with you:

This peach and teal combo looks so fresh and beach-y.

 

These centerpieces look beachy and summery, but not too frilly. 

 

Lilies are my favorite flower, and they work well for an island escape wedding.

 

Red and yellow would be a bright, fun combo of color.

 

 

As would teal and yellow!

Yup, I’d have to do this.  Or write my new name for the first time in sand.  Aw. 

Any tropical ideas for us?  Suggestions?  I will keep you all updated on what we decide!

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Engagement Party Decor

May 26, 2009 at 3:34 pm (Inspiration, Wedding Plans) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

We are finally ready to throw the long awaited engagement party!!  We have been patiently (or not so much) waiting for good weather and a finished yard in order to throw an outdoor fest.  We now seem to have both (or as good as its going to get).  So, bring on the party! 

I have a few simple ideas swirling around in my head, but for some fun inspiration I put together a few photos I’ve spotted. 

This idea is so simple and cute.  Although the picture is more fall decor it could easily be summer-y with some sand or shells in the jars!

This scene is so pretty.  We already picked up some red paper lanterns that are perfect to go under our trees around the fire because they are battery operated.

These vintage letters would look neat in our yard showing our initials or wedding date. 

I love the colors of this space.  We hope to use some random candle-light as this photo does.

Are you all in the mood for some outdoor time yet?  We will keep you updated with our party pictures- the party is on the 20th of June…

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Counter-Tops!

May 22, 2009 at 7:39 am (Home Changes and Additions, Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

They are in, and it’s official- I love ’em!  Here is a dark before to remind you:

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What an improvement, don’t you think!?  It is all coming together so nicely.  We do have a few more projects in the works.  See that vent pipe above the stove?  That is getting boxed in, no more tacky-ness.  We also have a great set of lights that are being installed which I will reveal later.  A few creative touches are in the process as well.

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What do you think?  Suggestions?

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Antique Treasures

April 8, 2009 at 8:18 am (Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

My grandmother just sent me a box of antique jewelry and doodads!  I was so excited last night to rummage through all of the sentimental pieces.  I’m not sure what I am going to do with all of it, but I have some creative ideas going.  Here is a peak at the goods:

The island covered in all the treasures.

The island covered in all the treasures.

 

I really loved this little tray.  My grandma said it was very old.  I thought it might look cute in the bathroom when we get in refinished.

I really loved this little tray. My grandma said it was very old. I thought it might look cute in the bathroom when we get in refinished.

 

A gorgeous cameo and some really pretty crystals.

A gorgeous cameo and some really pretty crystals.

 

Another cameo and a very old pin and rings.

Another cameo and a very old pin and rings.

 

Two old jewelry boxes and a sweet locket.

Two old jewelry boxes and a sweet locket.

 

This box was special because my uncle made all of these turqoise and jade rings and pieces.  His sign is a paw print and is engraved on the back of each piece.

This box was special because my uncle made all of these turqoise and jade rings and pieces. His sign is a paw print and is engraved on the back of each piece.

 

Exciting huh?  I will let you all know what I do with some of the pieces… I can feel the creative juices flowing…

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