Saturday, December 31, 2011

{Happy New Year}

{via Pinterest}

{What An Amazing Day}

We had an amazing Christmas! I can't say that I'm sad it's over with.  As much as I loved our Christmas tree this year I was super happy to see it go so that I could have the space back in our house. 

Landry wasn't amused by all that Santa left her but Mom & Dad sure did enjoy celebrating her 1st Christmas.  We both couldn't wait for her to wake up even though we knew to her it was just another day. It's amazing being able to share Christmas with your children. 

She did love the purple dog.  She talks & says her name.  She would laugh at her when she would talk to her & then look at us & smile like we had something to do with it.  The other toys are bit big for her right now but I know once she gets to where she can sit up by herself she'll really enjoy them. 

We hosted this year & it was so much fun.  We didn't do the traditional Christmas dinner.  We had steaks, corn casserole, broccoli rice casserole, pineapple casserole, green beans, mac n cheese, mashed potatoes, salad & rolls.  Desserts were Earthquake cake & banana pudding.  It was all delicious!

After we opened gifts & ate lunch we sat outside around the fire pit & just talked & laughed. 
We are so truly blessed.

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas! 

We've worked on some projects this week & have a few more up our sleeve to share with y'all.  I'll be back to regular posting next week! 

Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

{Merry Christmas}

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!

Friday, December 23, 2011

{Duck, Duck, Goose...}

 We are in the process of planning a remodel for our bathroom.  It's actually come a very long way from where we started!

This was the bathroom when we  bought the house in August 2006. 
It was hideous!  And it stunk so B.A.D.!

It's come along way from where it started but as most rooms in our house it's going to change pretty soon. 

It's definitely brighter.  It's a small bathroom but the only one we have.  It works for us although if we stay in this house we'll be building two more sometime in the next few years.  

So the whole point of this post was to show you a recent project I worked on.  We purchased this piece from Target several years ago.  It was kind of boring so I decided to give it a makeover with some ASCP.  After looking at all the colors over & over again I decided on Duck Egg.  It's a gorgeous color! 

Not the best before picture.  I always get so excited to start a project that I forget to take before pictures.  Anyway, after a coat of Duck Egg & clear wax it's now this gorgeous beauty!

It looks more like a custom piece than an off the shelf piece.  I absolutely love the way it turned out! 

I cannot believe that Christmas is in 2 days.  We are so excited for Landry's first Christmas we can hardly stand it.  She has a horrible cold though & we are hoping it's gone before Santa comes. 

Hope everyone has a great Friday!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

{Happy Birthday, Ashley}

I had scheduled for this post to post yesterday morning but for some reason it didn't & posted the hallway post instead.  Anyway, yesterday was my husband, Ashley's 31st birthday.  He's an amazing husband, best friend & father to our girls.  

He's the kind of man I hope our daughter will marry one day.  He's a hard worker, kind, loving, extremely patient & hilarious!  He makes me smile when no one else can.  And still gives me butterflies every time he pulls up in the driveway.  

This pic was taken when Landry was still in the NICU.  It's one of my favorites.  She always held on tightly to his finger. 

This one was taken one night randomly as he was carrying her to the bathtub.  I always have my camera handy & ready to go for moments like this. 

I wish y'all could see the way he looks at her.  You can see his love for her & it melts my heart every single time. 

We had a great night celebrating with family & friends!  We are so blessed to have him in our lives.

Happy Birthday, Ashley!
We love you!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

{Horizontal Hallway}

I had mentioned in a previous post that I was loving the striped walls I was seeing all over Pinterest!  I finally decided to just bite the bullet & get started.  My awesome husband helped with the project because it was definitely a two person job.  He did the math which turned out to be easy because from baseboard to ceiling was 90" & I knew I wanted an odd number of stripes so the top & bottom would be the same color.  Our stripes ended up being 10" wide. 

We used a long level marked the stripes with a pencil & then taped them off.  We got confused in the beginning & were forgetting that tape couldn't be put in the stripes that were being painted.  That's confusing isn't it?  Yeah, I just confused myself. 

Once we got going it went pretty fast.  In all it took us about 2.5 hours to pencil & tape off everything.  I couldn't wait to get the paint on!  We kept the original color because we love it.  It's Ralph Lauren's Oatmeal mixed in Behr paint.  The color we chose to be the other stripe is by Valspar.  It's called La Fonda.  Did you all just think about Napoleon Dynamite too?

It's a a few shades lighter than the RL Oatmeal. 

The whole project took us about 4 hours from start to finish.  We did one coat of paint for the stripes.  It covered so well that it didn't need another one.  It turned out amazing.  We still have to erase what's left of the pencil lines but that won't take much time.

I've ordered a new light to get rid of the hideous builder one I purchased when we bought the house.  It's the Moravian Star light from Shades of Light.  I cannot wait for it to arrive & be hung!

Only thing left to do is find a runner that is long enough.  I've thought about buying two if I can't find one.  The one we have now is okay but it's just too short.  I found a gorgeous rug at West Elm & placed the order but later got an email saying it was on back order until the end of February.  I decided against it hoping I could find something I like just as much & that I wouldn't have to wait that long for. 

The hallway is coming along nicely. 

Monday, December 19, 2011

{ASCP - Paris Gray}

I've been a longtime fan of Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint.  I bought my first can 10 months ago & have been addicted ever since.  It's the smoothest paint I've ever used.  The coverage is amazing & I love that there is no sanding or priming required.  There's no smell which is awesome because we have a special little lady in the house that doesn't need all the chemicals most paint has. 

Anyway, I just bought Paris Gray from Classic Wall Finishes.  I love Patty & Karen.  They are both awesome & so friendly.  You don't find customer service like that anymore. 

Last year I painted a piece I purchased off Craigslist in a white from the Martha Stewart paint line.  I had originally thought I wanted to paint it Arles but it was too bright on its own so I mixed it with a little Old White and loved the color but it just wasn't what I was going for.  So I went back to the drawing board & decided that Paris Gray would be the way to go. 

It turned out amazing!  It's probably one of my favorite pieces of furniture in our house! 

Excuse the mess around & underneath the piece.  This room is a work in progress. 

I ordered the Handstamped Cursive Writing knob from Vintage Skye.  Their knobs are amazing!  I cannot wait to find another piece to paint so I can order more knobs from them. 

Hope everyone has a great Monday!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

{A Much Needed FaceLift}

I've been wanting a facelit for a while but never seem to get around to finding someone to do it because that just isn't my thing.  So long story short I found The Mustard Ceiling from one of the other blogs I read {can't remember which one} & fell in love with her blog!  She ran a Black Friday sale & I knew it was my opportunity to do get this blog a much needed facelift. 

Elizabeth is amazing to work with.  She really listens to what you want & at the end of the process you have a beautiful blog to show off!  She is extremely talented & very patient.  So if you are looking for a facelift you should check her out.  She's pretty awesome. 

I'm in the process of cooking The Pioneer Woman's Chicken Tortilla Soup so I'll back later to update y'all on some of the projects we've gotten done around the house. 

And just because I can't get enough of her I'll leave y'all with a picture of our beautiful sweet Landry who turned 6 months old on December 2nd!

I tried every thing imaginable to get her to smile but she just wasn't having it.  She loves bathtime & Mom was interrupting it with picture taking.