Friday, September 28, 2012

Falling For Fall...

Haven't we all fallen for fall?  Such a nice time of the year!  I pretty much like to change things up every year so this year while I was cleaning the garage out I noticed our old wheelbarrow that had a flat tire.  I thought to myself- Oh I'm totally using this!  And I did....

It's the perfect prop for all my pumpkins and fall decor!  I got the little tin can idea with the house numbers from pinterest but I can't find the pin!  Anyways I got the cans from Michaels, painted a circle, painted some dots around it, and then used stencils for the numbers. This is really an easy project and fun! 

Ahh, the chevron pumpkin.  It's not as easy as it looks.  There are some tutorials out there and maybe it's just me but I find it very hard to paint zig zags on a round object-taping doesn't seem to help but it turned out good enough;)  I love painting pumpkins though!

The other funky, white pumpkins with the stripes came that way and I got them at Harris Teeter.

Fun burlap wreath!  I'm trying to get a video tutorial up because I find that some of the tutorials I found were only pictures and they don't really explain how to do it.  It's easy once you get the hang of it though and then you can just hot glue things onto it or stuff things in it.  For the "D" I just got the letter from Michaels and traced it onto chevron fabric then used adhesive spray to stick it onto the letter.  I hot glued it and also used clear ribbon to secure it.

More painted pumpkins!

So I painted my door black and I find it funny that I got so many comments about the previous color in my "Let The Decorating Begin" post.  That was the color before we moved here so I don't know the name of it but I felt like my wreaths weren't "popping" (especially burlap wreaths because of the similar color) so I painted it black but now I think I want to paint it a fun blue.  Don't worry, not turquoise!;)

And more painted pumpkins!!  They were bright orange last year and I went with more of a silver, gold theme for the front door so this was an easy change.  Just sprayed them and added the polka dots.  That door mat is from Target btw.

I ♥ fake candles!

These cute bins are from Tuesday Morning.

So this was fun to make.  The white frame is from Michaels (I sprayed it white), you can find them in the wood section, then I found the chalk board paper at a store called Archivers, I then hot glued the chalk board paper unto burlap, glued the burlap onto the back of the frame and you have a very simple chalk board!  I made the little banner out of burlap, jute string, scrap paper and letter stickers.  Ignore my terrible handwriting;) I wish I had better handwriting.

One other fun thing I added to my decor this year and I will definitely be using more of this for Halloween and Christmas is the deco mesh stuff!  I love it!  Have ya'll tried it?  Lots of fun to work with- you can get it at any craft store in all sorts of colors.

So this weekend is a great time to get out your fall decor and start decorating!  Fall for Fall if you haven't already! Pin It

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

What I Wore Wednesday....

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Now before we get started on the real stuff (promise there are real outfits in this post!), I've been asked what I wear when I'm cleaning the house or when I'm working on projects/crafts around the house.  Ya'll should know that I'm not always "dressed", meaning that I look presentable.  I work out most days and many days I stay in the same gross, sweaty clothes all day long.  Yep, I sure do, just keeping it real.  Especially if I'm going to be cleaning the house or working on some craft.

So here are just a few examples of what I look like quite often and I go to stores looking like this, my kid's schools, etc.  It's not my pajamas but I'm not too sure you'd want to come within 5 feet of me;).  Here we go and we're takin' it outside....

 See, not so pretty;0
Well we need to do this the right way soooo...
Jacket:  Target-champion brand
Top:  Under Armour- I'm thinking Dicks
Shoes: Asics
Pants:  Lululemon- quite possibly the BEST workout clothes EVER!  The fit is amazing and everything is super comfy.  Seriously, if you're into working out, you must check this store out but it is pricey.  

But I don't always spend a lot on workout wear...
Top:  Target junior section-size XL-lol-I think it was $12- sometimes shopping in sections that you otherwise have no business shopping in can work in your favor!
Shorts:  Marshalls-$15 for a decent pair of running shorts {little underwear are included-I hate when I look at running shorts and the little underwear aren't in there, what is that?!  Who would run in shorts like that?!} Anyways, you can't beat $15;)
Shoes:  Nike- Dicks

Alright, so onto the more presentable outfits that I wore...

Dress:  Target
Sweater:  Target
Boots:  DSW
Necklace:  Target

Sweater:  Target
Skirt:  Gap outlet
Shoes:  Target
Scarf:  Target
So if you're going to wear little booties with a skirt, the skirt has to be shorter.  You can't wear a skirt that comes to or just above your knees or you'll looked like you been chopped in half.  It just doesn't work.  It's not flattering. So either shorter skirt or shorts with tights or keep these shoes for jeans and pants.

Shirt:  TJ Maxx
Pants:  J-Crew- (These are probably 15 years old!  Found them in my closet- don't ever get rid of anything from J-Crew because it rarely goes out of style!)
Shoes:  Old converse- think I got them from Marshall's several years ago but they probably still have them because Converse doesn't go out of style either.
Necklace:  Local boutique
Belt:  Target- every girl needs an animal print skinny belt because it goes with just about anything and makes a simple outfit a bit more fun-IMO.

Sweater:  J-Crew
Shirt-J- Crew
Corduroy Skinny Jeans:  Target
Shoes:  Target
Necklace:  Vestique
I love wearing unexpected pops of color in the fall!

Monday, September 24, 2012

The Past Week Through Instagram....

So to sum things up around here lately:

  • Bennett is doing really well in school- I think he gave them a pretty hard time the first week but now that he knows the routine they say he is adjusting well.  He loves to snuggle though as soon as he gets home, which I don't mind one bit!
  • Getting ready for fall/halloween!  The outside is decorated-I'll share this week and I decided to go with a Grease/50's theme for the kids.  I'm making Harper and Bennett's costumes-it's gonna be cute!!
  • Yard work and football consume our weekends now and the girls are obsessed with running, since we did a race last weekend.  Both girls ran 2 miles on Saturday with just a little walking;)
  • Even though it's fall, it's still in the 80's most afternoons so the girls shiver at the bus stop in the am but are running around in shorts in the pm-that's fall in NC for ya!
Happy Monday!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Fall Around the House...

Fall decorating has begun!  I've got a fun wreath to share with you and tutorial but for now here are a few "Fall Around the House" pics...

 The porch.  We can finally enjoy it again, now that the temperature has dropped just a bit.  

 I'm just loving this old mantel through all of the seasons.  So much fun to decorate!  For $70 it wasn't a bad purchase!  

And a little "here and there" fall decor inside.  I painted this cheap wine cabinet a fun yellow- I will share that post another day as well-all I can say is Chalk Paint- ♥ it!  

 The main mantel.  

The other side.  One of my favorite tiny decor purchases has been that red truck.  I got it from Hobby Lobby two years ago and I've used it for every season.  He's either hauling starfish, pumpkins, pinecones or christmas ornaments;)

Apothecary jars are great year round for all kinds of things!

Pumpkins on candle sticks...easy decor!

These windows (I've got two on each side of the fire place) have been fun to decorate for the seasons too.  I got them from my mom but you can find old windows at most antique stores for around $15.

Dining room table.  I just went with something simple and used things I already had- old wreath, cake platter, old pumpkin thing and another old tiny pumpkin I spray painted white.  I got the burlap table runner from Michaels.  

  Next time we'll head outside for more fall decor.  Love this season! Pin It

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Decorating With Turquoise....

So my current favorite "splash of color" would have to be turquoise/aqua/teal/robin's egg blue.  There are so many variations of this fun blue!  

A while back I decided the dining room needed a change.  It was boring and too traditional.  The brass chandelier was not cutting it for me and while I wanted to purchase a whole new one, other big purchases were made so the chandelier was put on hold.  But I couldn't stand it anymore.  It made me cringe every time I walked by it so I got my paint brush out and went to town...

Here she is, in all her glory... my turquoise chandelier.  Oh how I love her so.  She just needed a little face lift.  Brass be gone!  I added some shades and did a little Pottery Barn knockoff with the jute string around the shades.  {Just hot glue folks!}

A closer look.

I also took down the white blinds and added bamboo shades and since I had extra fabric from the porch makeover I made some curtains. I discovered some chevron fabric in the attic and added some pillows (you can see them in the first picture).  Just nice little pops of turquoise-takes a more formal/boring room to a new level.

Another shot- you can see that I carry the turquoise into the play room-I'm crazy for turquoise!

How could I forget?  We must see a before!  So here's your before. So much better don't ya think?

Here's some more turquoise- these lamps were a grayish blue {from Lowes} and while they were nice I wanted them to be funkier.  The shades are from Lowes too.  I'm telling you, Lowes has stepped it up in the decorating department!  {This little table by the way gets a whole new look in an upcoming blog post...stay tuned!}

Yep, I would have to say my decorating style is Traditional/Funky with a tiny bit of Shabby Chic.   Totally made up.  Because I'm not modern, not contemporary, not totally traditional.  And too much shabby chic scares me because I'm a neat freak and shabby chic can look sloppy if it's over done, in my opinion.

Traditional /Funky with a tiny bit of Shabby Chic;)

Anyways, more turquoise decor in the playroom!  {Mirror from Tuesday Morning} {Chevron curtains from etsy}

And I went a little crazy and painted the back of the cabinets in the kitchen as well as those 4 knobs.  Again, traditional/funky;)

So what's your decorating style?  Wanting to change it up?  Go for it!  Pick a fun color and run with it! Pin It

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

What WE Wore Wednesday....

So my mom was in town over the weekend and I convinced her {because she's very stylish;)} to participate in WIWW!  So this time it's WWWW!;)  Linking up here:

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Here we go....{btw, mom wasn't crazy about having her face in the pics-just do you don't think I purposely cut her face out;)}

Mom- Church
Sweater:  Target
Shirt:  Old Navy
Skirt:  J-Crew
Shoes:  Target

Dress:  Old Navy
Tank:  Target
Necklace:  Local antique store
Boots:  DSW
Watch:  Target

 After church
Same Tank:  Target
Sweater:  Old Navy
Jeans:  Sevens from long ago
Shoes:  Target
Necklace:  Antique store

Mom changed out of her "after church" outfit before I could get a pic;)

 Top:  Old Navy
Necklace:  Target
Bracelet:  Target
Jeans:  H&M
Shoes:  Target

Sweater:  Target
Shirt:  Target
Necklace:  Silpada
Jeans:  Chicos
Shoes:  Target

Top:  {stars, not dots;)}  TJ Maxx
Necklace:  Target
Bracelet:  Not sure- maybe Stein Mart a long time ago
Purple Jeans:  TJ Maxx
Shoes:  Kohls

2 take aways here:  My mom loves Target too;)  and I love that she is still so stylish!  

Monday, September 17, 2012

Make You Smile Monday....

I hope this made you smile;)  

Now lets just hope Bennett actually smiles for the photographer at school!

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 Sweater: H&M
Shirt:  H&M
Pants: H&M
Shoes:  Carters