Saturday, December 31, 2011

Dining Room Changes

Merry Christmas & Happy New Years Everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and you're now getting ready for a new year.  I know I am!  I'm getting ready for this baby to come out pretty soon (another month, maybe..).  The Christmas decorations have come down :(  It was sad taking it all down because I just felt like I put them up only a month ago!  Why can't we keep our Christmas decorations up all year round?? :) Just kidding...that would be weird.

So we've actually made quite a few changes around the abode in the past few weeks.  Some big (not really) and some small.  Mostly small.  Like painting the hallway that leads from the dining room to the kitchen, painting the half bath (that needed it so dang bad!!), buying a few new things for the living room and moving some things around, adding some huge, tall mirrors in our entry way on the stairs, and then what this post is about; the dining room.  Nothing major, just wanted to show you how pretty it looks now, now that is more complete. But let's take a look at what it looked like before I re-styled it.

And now here she is in all her glory!

This is what you see when you walk in.  I moved the two end chairs to the corners of the room and would like to get some little pillows for them so they don't look so naked.  I have set the table for four.  Below, you will see the new set up on the table.

The table runner is new and it's from Home Goods.  The gray place mats are also new, also from Home Goods.  The vases are the same and the candle holder in the middle is from Ross I bought over Christmas time.  Now I hope you notice what's in it...Yep! Sparkly, silver ornaments.  They are staying. :)  I think they look so pretty and really go with the room.

I decided to place the holder on top of my Tiffany plate that I got from a dear friend when I got married.  It is just so beautiful, how can you not show it off in a dining room?  I got some new art pieces for the big wall from Kirklands (allllll on sale).

Pretty, huh?  The colors in those pictures go perfectly.  I'm pretty sure it was meant to be.  Oh and because I got them both for $10.99 @ Kirklands.  I just fell in love with the scrolly looking piece.  It totally mimics the scrolls on the rug.  Overall, very satisfied with the big wall.  I have a mirror I bought on Amazon awhile ago that normally hung over our fire place.  Well that mirror was replaced by a MUCH better one (also from Kirklands on sale, more on that on another post). So I decided to stick her in the dining room.

Looks better there, for sure.  Here is another view from the hallway.

Oh, P.S. Those white plates on the place mats are from Target.  They are plastic and only cost $1.79 a piece! I really didn't think it would matter if they were plastic...We aren't really going to eat on them, they just for show!

So those are some changes in the dining room!  Hope you like what we've done.  Like I said, we have some other changes in the house I will show you soon.  Have a great New Year's and see you next year! :)


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Additions to the nursery!

Hey Everyone!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and I hope everyone has started decorating for Christmas! :)  We put up our tree the day after Thanksgiving and started decorating the house for a few days after that.  I love this time of year, I mean, who doesn't!?  The only thing I could do WITHOUT is the extra traffic, the extra long lines everywhere & the rude people who are not considerate during this time of year..Wow, I sound like Scrooge :) I'm just kidding, that's just what you get at the end of the year. 

To the nursery - We have made some more additions to the room since the last post.  We finally got the glider in (thanks Mommy!) and Scott put that together with the help of Liam, of course.  We got our rug in too!  Both on the same day.  I decided to get a white rug.  I just couldn't find anything that matched what I wanted in my head!  So white it was and I am so glad- it looks so pretty with the pinks and the gray and the white furniture.  We got the bumper and the sheet for the bed because remember, I am making the crib skirt.  I will have a post about that soon.  I need to finish making it!  I know-this is a busy time of year, people! The more I look at the curtains, I just love them even more! Here are a few pictures of what we have so far.  Oh, we also hung up the awesome mirror too. 

Liam helping his Dad
Ummmm...Be-still my heart! Look at them! :)
Here she is in all her glory

The bumper in the crib, just not "hooked" up yet

The new rug! Perfect size for this room. Pretty much fits the entire walking space so you're always standing on soft, cushy-ness. :)
So that's where we are right now.  I still have a few things I was going to paint and hang up and I still can't decide what to put on one wall.  I'm thinking some nice long white shelves - You can never go wrong with shelves.  We'll see, still deciding.  I hope y'all like the additions to the nursery!  Crib skirt to come and some wall accessories.  So, to be continued!

Have a great day and an upcoming weekend!  Get some Christmas shopping done! :)


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

No Sew Curtains - Nursery!

Hello Everyone and Happy Thanksgiving Eve! :)  It already smells so good in my house, thanks to my awesome Mother In Law who is preparing some dishes tonight. :) I am here to bring you some more news about the nursery and where we are today!  Already moving forward with everything pretty quickly.  

So you remember on my last post when I talked about some curtain panels I wanted from Target.  Here they are here.  It was the exact color pink I wanted and I just loved the simplicity of them...Not to mention the price!  Hello $20!  Well they have been out of stock for so long, I decided to make my own.  I was done waiting.  I went to Hobby Lobby and found the perfect color pink AND it was only $2.99 a yard.  I needed 6 yards so that makes the price = $18.00.  Cheaper then Target (plus I was going to have to pay shipping!). I used stitch witchery, so no sewing and done so quick and looks awesome.  Also, I don't really like using the curtain ring clips that you can buy, plus that's just an added expense so I made my own little loop at the top to secure them on the curtain rod.  Once again, so simple and these babies look like the real deal :)  Here is how I did it - and you can do it too!!

First, measure out your fabric on the floor (seen below) and then cut the length you need.

Next, you'll lay your fabric on the ironing board and give it a good iron to get all the wrinkles out.  Pick an end of the fabric and fold the fabric over as much as you need to make a loop to hang up your curtains.  

Put the stitch witchery under the fold and iron.

Now you have a nice little loop across the top of your curtains to hang them up.

 I had to hem the bottoms of the curtains just a tad, but here is the final product!

 I love the way it looks against the gray and all the white!  Perfect!  You would never know these were hand made (if I do say so myself..) :) Also, we bought the mirror for above the dresser!  Garden Ridge Pottery, baby!  Good deals and awesome mirror.  Seen below - Check out the detail.

 Obviously haven't hung it up yet, but we will.  We also bought the glider and ottoman! :)  Free shipping.  Should be here in a week or so.  Can't wait to show you guys!  Hope you enjoyed the tutorial and enjoyed the new updates.  More to come.  I am making the crib skirt tonight so I will be back soon with that tutorial and new look to the crib.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Nursery Update!

Hey All!  So sorry I have been MIA lately - We were out of town all last week because my sister in law, Susie, got married and I was her Matron of Honor and Liam was the ring bearer and Scott was a groomsmen :) Yes, it was a family affair!

Yes, we look so cute! :) Liam and I were gone for the whole week and then Scott joined us at the end of the week so while we were gone, he put the crib together and picked up the dresser from the guy we bought it from on Craigslist.  I did a few things last night and I was able to hang them up in her room so I wanted to share the progress as we are today!  
Here is her name on the wall :)  I simply bought some letters for $1.99 at Michaels and painted them pink and then added the white dots because her room is kind of a "polka dot" theme.  Just little hints of that around the room. Those frames are from Ikea for $3.99 a piece.
Here we have our naked window that is in dessssppppparate need of some curtains.  Ok, so I have the ones I want picked out - they are from Target and they are the PERFECT color pink (Barely Pink) but they are out of stock online (& not for sale in store) and have been out of stock for months! I'm getting impatient...  
The crib :)  Love it!  Scott put it together and its from Wal-Mart - we got an awesome deal.

Close up of her name on the wall

Ok, in this corner will be the glider and ottoman.  Have that picked out as well from Target, just haven't purchased it yet.  But that's the spot for it!

Yay!  Our awesome 9 drawer dresser made from real wood - A Craigslist find from some guy that refinishes dressers and repaints them. - So nice :)  Just need to add some liners in the dresser

Little project I did.  Repainted this frame I had, white, then added the scrapbook paper then taped her sonogram pictures to it - Voila! Instant, free art.  I'll eventually change out the sonogram pics and put pics of her in there.
So there you have it!  It's coming along.  We just need to make a few more purchases.  The rug, the glider & ottoman, the curtains, a mirror and then of course some miscellaneous items.  Also need to add some more art to the walls and get a cute lamp.  We're on our way!

Thanks for reading and I hope to have some more updates soon :)


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Halloween Night & Some nursery updates

Good Morning, everyone!  I hope everyone had a great Halloween!  Let's just say I am glad it's over!  I was so exhausted after the little pirate went to bed.  Which wasn't until 9:15...I let him have ONE dum dum and ONE piece of chocolate and he was literally running in circles around the house.  This is why he doesn't eat candy and/or sugar!  But he had such a great time trick or treating.  He was a pirate this year (his choice). Here are a few pics of him getting ready...I was trying to put black eye liner on him..wasn't happening.  I also drew a little mustache on him :)

So here he is all done - 

He did so good going up to the houses and saying "trick or treat!"  He loved it, he just kept saying it over and over.  

Overall, it was a great night.  Apparently, our neighborhood is THE place for kids (and old teenagers) to go trick or treating.  I have never seen so many kids and people in my life!  We went through alllll of our candy pretty quick.  Glad its over! :)  Next year for Halloween, I'll have an 8 month old AND a 3 1/2 year old to take around :)

We bought our crib yesterday! YAY!  And the mattress, but that isn't that exciting.  We got it from Wal-Mart.  Very pretty and had great reviews so we bit the bullet and got it.  Scott has also starting painting the nursery.  It looks so good!  He just wants to do one more coat and we are done!  Here is a sneak peek:

It's kinda hard to tell the color, but it is the exact gray I wanted.  With all the light pink and white, it is going to be so pretty!  I'll be posting some more pics hopefully tomorrow when the hubby finishes painting today after work :)  Yes, I am a slave driver! 

Christmas is right around the corner!! Yay! :)  Take care everyone!


Sunday, October 30, 2011

Boo! Halloween is coming!

Hello readers! Hope everyone is having a great weekend!  So today is Sunday and that means tomorrow is Halloween!  I loved Halloween as a kid, of course, but you know, as you get older it gets less and less fun but once you have kids, it all comes back! :)  You get to re-live all the fun Halloween stuff; ie. the pumpkins, the decorations, the candy (my fav.), the costumes, fun Halloween projects with the kids, and of course trick or treating!

Liam is obsessed with pumpkins!  So naturally we took him to a pumpkin patch a few weekends ago and he loved it and we went home with 6 pumpkins!  Here are a few pics from that experience:

He had so much fun and did NOT want to leave.  So the next weekend I thought it would be fun if we painted a pumpkin!  I bought him some Crayola paint and put him outside on the deck and he went to town.

His finished masterpiece! :)

I'll be back after Halloween to show off his little costume and hopefully he had a good time trick or treating!  This is really his first year to understand whats going on and he's been practicing saying "Trick or Treat!"  He's ready.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Halloween and make sure you are careful!  Check your kids candy :)