Crate Painting

Crate Painting
Crate Painting

I can’t believe it is the end of July already.  Where has summer gone?  After July 4th it seems our summer just flies by at full speed.  However, we are going to squeeze every last bit of hot sunshiny days out of it!

I hope you read my past post about going to Haven because this project was some SWAG from there.  If you didn’t read it, click here and find out how awesome Haven was!  As I told ya in that post, I attended a painting class as my last conference class and loved it.  Stacy from Not Just A Housewife and Brooke from All Things Thrifty provided so much information that we only had 10 minutes left in class to finish a paint project.  Our project at the end of class was to paint a crate provided by Crates and Pallet in whatever way inspired us.  Click over to their website because they had a vendor booth at Haven, and have some amazing crate products.  Lots of crates and pallets that can inspire you for gifts and projects!

Problem for me was that 10 minutes was not enough time after they showed me so much inspiration.  There is a great pinterest board that is on Stacy’s that shows all the amazing inspiration they showed us.  I was totally inspired by all the stained with paint projects she showed us.  I love stained wood, but for some reason the combination of the stain with some accent painting was really speaking to me.  Having only 10 minutes to complete what I was wanting to do  wasn’t going to happen!  So instead of rushing through, I just packed my crate and brought it home.  I’ve been back and forth on exactly how I wanted, but I finally made up my mind and went for it.  Sometimes you just have to dig in and slap some paint on it instead of constantly second guessing yourself.  Here is what I ended up with.CratePaintedEven though summer is flying by, I still have the beach on my mind.  A nice relaxing beach vacation of sitting in the water and letting my cares drift away.  I thought the blue triangle was like a sail boat sail, and then I liked the letters spanning across the stain and the paint.

I started this project with this crate and some stain from Minwax in dark walnut.CrateandStainMatlA little stain, a little paint, and a little effort ended in this amazing crate.  I just love to summer beachy feel.  It can hold a plant, magazines, or just anything you need to tidy up.  CratePaintedTopView

Thank you Crates and Pallet, Stacy, and Brooke for the amazing project supplies and inspiration!

 

 

Haven & Love 2014

Haven & Love 2014
Haven & Love 2014

Warning:  This post is picture heavy, but I hope you take the time to check out all that’s here!

As you are probably aware, it has been busy around here.  G’s uncle that we have been taking care of for the last 10 years got very sick the first of June, and then passed away this past Sunday night.  He was 94 years old.  We had a funeral yesterday, and amongst the sadness all I could see was love.  Back on July 6th I read this post over at The Lettered Cottage on What Love Looks Like, and it impacted me more than I realized.  Ever since I read Layla’s posts about this it has been on my mind to look for love in my everyday life.  I have to share this picture with you, because this is what 62 years of love looked like this week.  This is what broke my heart, and made the tears flood from my eyes.  They didn’t have any children, so it was just the two of them for 62 years.  I encourage you to click on the link above and read her post on “What Love Looks Like” because it will totally change what you see each day.

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On a brighter note of Love, I’d like to share some Haven Love I experienced last weekend. The new friends I made and the fun times I had helped to get me through this week.  This was my first ever bloggers conference, I wanted to go to one, so I bit the bullet and bought a ticket for it back in March.  I was excited about going even though I wouldn’t know anyone.  However, I was just a little nervous as it quickly approached.  I had booked my room at the hotel the day I bought my conference ticket, so now I was rooming by myself and not knowing anyone else going.  Can you say loner?  Then the week before the conference someone posted that they had just got a ticket and needed a place to stay.  So I thought why not.  So in one week I went from rooming by myself to having two roomies!  I’m so glad it worked out that way, because I met two great ladies.  They are beautiful, fun, and amazing women.Haven2014RoomiesIn this picture is Karen from Somewhat Quirky Design, me, and Christine from Let’s Get Crafty.

At the conference I met LOTS of bloggers.  Many I already follow, but many I have added to my blog following list!  Here is a pic with one of my FAVORITE bloggers!  KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms.  I first met KariAnne at Chapel Market, and she actually remembered me.  This chic is the bees knees!  She is so real, down to earth, and is a complete hoot to be around.  I would love to be her neighbor.Haven2014KariAnnHere are the ladies I became close friends with, and who have lifted my spirits since I returned home.  This is an amazing group of talented women.  Please click over and check out their blogs.  They helped me so much, and are such an inspiration.  I consider them my mentors as well because I am WAY behind the blogger curve compared to them.  Meet my Haven friends!  Here’s a pic of us all from the last night at the Ryobi / Home Depot Dance party!  Talk about a party!Haven2014RyobiPartyFrom the back it’s Lisa from Concord Cottage, me, Suesan from Frou-Frugal, DeDe from Designed Decor, Karen from Somewhat Quirky Design, Susan from Oh My Creative, and down front is Christine from Let’s Get Crafty, and Jeanette from Snazzy Little Things.  I miss them already!  These are the ladies I spent my weekend with.  We spent time just getting to know each other over dinner or just sitting and chatting it up.  I wish we at least all lived in the same state, so we could meet up and have some girlie time.

Haven2014DinnerSatOk, so it wasn’t all friends and being blogger star struck.  I actually did do some classes, and I actually did learn some things!  Friday we started out with an opening session from this guy….Haven2014ChipWadeYep, that is Chip Wade from HGTV’s Elbow Room!  This guy spoke near and dear to my heart.  He is an engineer, I’m an engineer, so I totally digged his talk.  I’ve seen a few episodes of Elbow Room, but when I got home I started my DVR so I don’t ever miss an episode.  You should watch it!  Talk about out-of-the-box thinking!

The rest of the day I spent taking classes on the business of blogging.  I realized how much I do not know!  It even had me a little frustrated and wondering what the heck I’m doing.  But then I realized that I enjoy blogging in this little piece of cyberspace, and that I want to keep it up.  So all those frustrations became a list of challenges for me to figure out.  Who knows, I may become a techy person after all of this.  Since I got a little frustrated Friday, I decided to do some fun classes on Saturday.  I have to admit these were some of my fav’s!

I started the morning off with a class on tools from Kreg and Ryobi.  We got to use all sorts of power tools, and learned some little useful tips as well.

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Then I went to a class that was given by Southern Living Plants on Outdoor Spaces.  I needed a class like this because I have a black thumb.  This class was my favorite and I came out of there with some pot planting ideas I’m going to try.  I think I got this!  This little southern lady, Carmen Johnston totally boosted my self-confidence and rocked my plant world.  That’s her in the center in the blue shirt and apron.  She is the absolute most adorable southern lady I’ve ever met!  I wish she was my neighbor so that I would have a gorgeous yard!  Plus I would love to just sit and chat with her over some sweet tea in the garden.Haven2014SouthernLivingGroupLet me just show you some of the amazing plants she whipped up in literally minutes!  The first is a herb garden in two pots that I will be trying very soon.

Haven2014SouthernLivingHerbs  Haven2014SouthernLiving

The last class I took was on painting techniques from Stacy at Not Just a Housewife, and from Brooke at All Things Thrifty.  These two ladies knew anything and everything about any type of paint you wanted to use!  From lacquer and oil based, to latex and chalk paint.  Here is Brooke telling us what is required to paint with lacquer.  She’s all about the safety, and looking awesome in her respirator!

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There was also many booths that you could visit with and build relations with.  As you may know this is one of my favorite companies, Southern Accents Architectural Antiques.  This place became my favorite back when we went to Chapel Market, and we met the owner Garlan who is an absolute gem!  He has so many great antique finds.  If only I was closer to Alabama.  Click on the link above and check out their amazing stuff!  By the way, I want this flag!Haven2014SAAAHere is some fun at the Moen booth!  So glad I visited them because I found out they carry an apron front sink I’ve been seeing magazines that I want!  Hopefully this picture will win me a Kitchen Makeover!  Crossing my fingers!!!!!

Haven2014MoenThis was a little project challenge with Home Depot and Proctor & Gamble on the cleaning part of projects.Haven2014BrightIdeasThis was such a fun weekend with LOTS of learning, lots of fun, and lots of new friends!  I’m so glad I got the opportunity to be a part of this amazing weekend of pure awesomeness!  Thank you Haven!

 

 

Crap Room To Craft Room Part 2

Crap Room To Craft Room Part 2
Crap Room To Craft Room Part 2

My life is in full speed to the top of stress mountain right now.  The fun part is that I went to Haven last weekend and had a blast.  For those of you who don’t know, Haven is a DIY Home Bloggers Conference.  It was a total blast!!!!  I’m working on a post to share with you all, so I can share all the fun and great things I got to be a part of.

I got home Sunday evening exhausted, and it’s been full on stress since then.  Sunday night our uncle that we have been caring for passed away.  He had been doing bad since June 3rd, so we knew this day was quickly approaching.  Since Sunday we have been funeral planning, and there is LOTS to do to in that avenue.  Along with that, we are moving his wife to a different nursing home on Monday.  Let me just say I have lists of stuff we need to do all over the place.  Total unorganized clutter and stressful chaos right now.  I was talking to someone today and heard the best advice!  She told me to just breathe.  Is that not the best advice for when you are COMPLETELY OVERWHELMED!  When you slow down and just focus on breathing, those things that are stressing you out seem to diminish.

Speaking of chaos, I want to share a craft room update with you.  I haven’t gotten super far on it since our uncle had been sick, because he got real sick not long after I started.  I promised you an update, so I want to share what I’ve actually got done.  Hopefully this will make me more accountable on getting it done.  If you missed the beginning post on Crap Room to Craft Room, click here.

Now let me get to sharing.  We started with a paint job on all the walls, and it took lots of paint.CraftRoomPaintRollerRather than moving everything we just pushed it to the center and covered it in plastic.  It was a tad challenging painting around everything, but we made it.CraftRoomPaintingAfter the paint dried we ripped away the plastic and started moving things around.  It took awhile to figure out where all the furniture went.  Some of the stuff above left the building, while a few others were brought in.  Here is one wall we actually have some thing hanging on.  There isn’t a lot of wall space in here, but this one little spot makes me feel like something is 90% complete.CraftRoomArrowLightYep, that is just a tiny snippet of the room that is a 90% complete spot.  While an actual 85% of the room is still work in progress.  That sentence makes me cringe!

Another spot that is close to being done is our IKEA Expedit shelf.  I just finished up the open shelves tonight.  What is hanging me up in this whole process is organizing all my stuff.  I have enough crafting stuff to be a strong contender in opening my own craft store.  CraftRoomIkeaExpeditHere is another cabinet I’m using to organize all of my stuff.CraftRoomUpdateCardCatalogI seriously had no idea I had accumulated that much stuff.  Which is why you see all the little post it notes on everything.  I had to think of someway to mark where I’ve put stuff, because many things moved several times before settling in.  Plus I’d put things up, and then several craft boxes later I found more of the same stuff.  So instead of getting frustrated, I just started writing it down on post-it notes.  I’m excited that this is coming along.  I can’t wait to share with you when it’s done.  But you will have to be patient with me because a lot is going on.  Come back later this week so you can see all the fun photos from Haven.

 

 

Welcome Aboard Nautical Wreath

Welcome Aboard Nautical Wreath

Welcome Aboard to our nautical party!  You probably read how we used what we had for our Nautical 4th of July celebration here at home this year.  So today I’m going to share with you how we made our Welcome Aboard wreath in about 30 minutes with material we had on hand.

First, I have to let you know that we are still trying to figure out everything with G’s aunt and uncle we take care of.  He isn’t doing well, and we are having to change into a nursing home.  Plus we are dealing with lots of other issues that come when you make this move and try to get some financial aide.  Nothing is easy with elderly care.  UGH!

On a brighter note, here is the wreath I’m going to share with you today.WelcomeAboardWreath

Oh yea, one more thing since we are talking about Welcome Aboard!  Yep, my mind takes a little wandering trip like that.  I’m excited to tell you that I am going to my first ever blog conference this weekend.  I’m excited but nervous.  I’ll have to tell you all about it when I return.  So come on back next week for all the details!
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Ok, back on track about the wreath.  Here is all you need.  A styrofoam wreath (mine was 16-inches), sharpie, nautical rope (bought mine at Lowe’s), red ribbon, letter stencils.

WelcomeAboardWreathSupplies    WelcomeAboardLowesRope

 

First, trace your letters onto the wreath.  I was lazy and didn’t want to search for the right stencils, so I just used a pencil and it indents into the wreath. Then I traced around them with the sharpened pencil.

WelcomeAboardWreathLettering  WelcomeAboardLettersTraced

 

Now you are ready to color in your letters with a sharpie.  You can use paint as well, but once again I’m lazy like that here lately.  I was looking for something quick and easy to decorate for the 4th.

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Now lets assemble this thing!  Wrap red ribbon around the wreath.  Your points are like the ends of letter X placed on top of the wreath.  Wrap it on there and then just pin or glue it to the back.

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Next glue the nautical rope around the edge with a glue gun.  Make sure your nautical rope points are at 3, 6, 9, and 12.  Now your ready to hang it out to welcome your guests to your nautical party!

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Happy 4th of July – Nautical Party

Happy 4th of July – Nautical Party

HAPPY 4th of July!

Our 4th of July plans have been up in the air due to my husband’s aunt and uncle that we take care of.  They are 94 and 95 and he isn’t doing well.  So we thought we better stay home just in case anything happens.  Taking care of them, touring nursing homes to move them from assisted living, has consumed a lot of our time.  Which is why I haven’t been posting much lately.  So today we are just hanging by the pool, sitting on the deck, and having a relaxing day of doing NOTHING.  We don’t do that often, so it’s nice because we have been STRESSED to the max here lately.  Right now we are watching Beachfront Bargain Hunt on HGTV.  Our dream is to own a beach house because we LOVE the ocean and beach.  So watching this is a fun family thing we do.  It’s a lot cheaper and easier shopping.

We decorated the deck after the huge rainstorm yesterday evening using stuff we had on hand since our plans have been up in the air.  We used some of this for Revyn’s small get together on her 16th birthday.  Nothing like raiding your stash to come up with a festive place to celebrate.  So here is where we are celebrating today.  Welcome Aboard.NauticalWreathOur table is set with plate settings and some decor that I purchased from IKEA back in April.  Luckily I bought enough to do Rev’s small feet together and have some left over for today.   We decided to use it again as well as raiding our sea shell stash.  Here is the table we will be eating hot dogs at today.NauticalTableSettingI have drooled over the lanterns in Pottery Barn that they fill with shells, so we did our own.  We already had this lantern, and the shells were from all our beach vacations.  I love this little red white and blue painted shell Revyn picked out while we were shopping on one of our beach trips.  I think we have had it for over 10 years and it just fit perfectly for today.NauticalLanternHere is an up close view of the IKEA place settings, except for the flag sunglasses.  I had ordered these sunglasses back in May for a fun surprise today.  So I put them as napkin “rings”, so everyone can have a pair to party with.  Bracken bet us the coordinates were in Sweden, so he got on the computer and sure enough they were!  Mollsund, Sweden, population 327 people.  Bracken said whoever made these must like this little village.  Yea, we are that nerdy family!NauticalPlaceSettingAnd our guest for today is Miss Sailor.  She is our tribute to our military service men and women who helped give us the freedom we area celebrating today.  Thank you!NauticalMannieI hope you are all celebrating the 4th of July with a bang!  Enjoy a hotdog, sit back, relax, and enjoy the fireworks!

 

 

 

 

 

Red White and Blue Berry Celebration

Red White and Blue Berry Celebration

What’s up blog world?! I am Bracken, Shannon is my mom. She has been super stressed this past week, so she asked me to be a guest blogger. I haven’t done this before, and to be honest wasn’t sure what a “guest blogger” was. So here it goes…

Summer is my absolute favorite time of year. The long days, lightning bugs in the evening, jumping in the pool, going to the beach and staring up at those Texas summer nightime stars are what brings me happiness. I have especially been enjoying the pool here lately. One more thing that I love is grilling with my dad, and all the other sorts of summer food that goes along with it… especially desserts :). So, I’d like to share with you a summertime dessert that satisfies everyone’s tastebuds. A Red, White and Blue Berry Celebration:

First you will need 1 angel food cake, 12 oz. cool whip, container of blueberries, blackberries,strawberries and raspberries. BerryTrifleCakeBerryTrifleBerriesNext cube the angel food cake.BerryTrifleCakeCubedThen dice up all berries and mash with potato masher. This ensures all the juices are released, and makes it taste better. (plus it’s fun to mash up stuff)BerryTrifleBerriesChoppedThe next step is to get a very deep trifle bowel, and layer the angel food cake berries and cool whip to the top. Finishing with cool whip and berries on top to make it look super professional when serving. I hope you and your family enjoys the long weekend, time with each other, and the food that goes along with the 4th of July. Also, don’t forget to thank those military members that make it possible for us to celebrate our freedom. BerryTrifle1

 

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Changing Up The Shrimp Boil

Changing Up The Shrimp Boil

Well, if you follow me on Facebook and Instagram you know I’ve been up to my latest project this weekend.  Crap Room to Craft Room decorating.  I’ll share some “where I am now” in here pictures with you later this week.

While I was working on the craft room, G and Bracken offered to do supper tonight.  They both decided to do a crawfish and shrimp boil because we have lots of fresh corn from G’s parents garden.  We’ve already been eating it several times this week, but they wanted to cook it in a different way.  We went to the grocery store after mass to buy what we needed.  Guess what?  Crawfish is out of season!  Fresh corn is in, but crawfish is out.  So we opted for just a shrimp boil.

We are trying to watch the carbs around here, so I was trying to think of something to substitute for the potatoes.  We already had corn and I didn’t want to load up on the carbs.  What would hold together and cook up like a potato?  Cauliflower!  We added it in place of the potatoes and I have to say that we actually like it more.  Here is how it cooks up.shrimpboiltall

It is absolutely yummy!  When doing your boil, you start with the corn, then add the cauliflower about 4 minutes before you add your shrimp.  I hope you try it, because it is worth it!

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Chicken Feeder Organizing

Chicken Feeder Organizing

Do you have that one spot in your house where when you walk in the door you dump everything in your hands?  We do, and it’s the end of our kitchen cabinet and bar.  It’s a catch all for mail, magazines, keys, phone chargers, and anything else in our hands.  Why is it so easy for that spot to develop?  I’m sure it’s my laziness, but I like to call it convenience!  So now I’m trying to figure out how to organize all this stuff.  Yesterday I started with phase 1…..the mail, note pads, small purchases I haven’t put up, and some of my coupons.  Doing these projects is part of my 2014 one little word motivation, Clear.

We had bought another chicken feeder at Texas Antiques Weekend from the same people we bought Revyn’s from.  You can see how we used hers here.  After we bought it, I put it up and forgot about it.  Then I came across it this past weekend while I was looking for something else and decided to put it to work!  Here is what we are going to start using to keep this stuff organized.ChickenFeeder

ChickenFeederTopIsn’t it awesome!  I love the vintage junky character, a little rust, and the unexpected use.  The “Abundance” paper is a a small pocket I made from scrapbook paper to hold my abundant amount of store coupon cards.  I’m really loving how it worked out.  Now, I just have to figure out a way to organize the numerous phone charges.  They are begging to be rescued from their tangled mess.  I want it to be vintage and junky also, so it’s off to digging in the shed again.

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Crap Room to Craft Room

Crap Room to Craft Room

This morning I was getting my Jazzercise on, and my great instructor Gina said “What are all of you doing this weekend?”  As I’m huffing and puffing, it came to me.  I thought that’s what I’m blogging about today!  I decided to do a little series on turning my crap room into a craft room.  I’ll give you post as I get stuff done until it is finally complete!  This craft room is going to be done with what I have, so it will have LOTS of salvaged goodness in here.

This room has housed a pool table, more appropriately a laundry folding table which we ended up selling on Craigslist.  Then we put a couch, tv, and the kids xbox and wii in there to set it up as a game room for them.   Then we sold our sectional we were using, moved that couch back into our living room, and then it housed 2 couches I was having recovered.  These were going to be for our living room along  but I wasn’t sure on the fabric I wanted.  So while I went back and forth on the fabric I wanted to use it became stuffed with college stuff for Bracken’s apartment.  You can see all this clutter back then here.

Then those couches finally got recovered and moved into our living room, and this room then began collecting all sorts of crap.  Here is where we are today.CrapRoomNo, it’s not an episode of hoarders!  However, it comes close.  Some of this was from cleaning out for Revyn’s room redo, some is collecting for the vision of a craft room I have in my head, and some is garage sale stuff.  The couch is a hand me down from my mom, because I think I’m going to recover it use it in here.  So here is what I’m starting with to turn this crap room into a craft room.

Lots of work, lots of sorting and cleaning, and LOTS of patience await me.  So to answer the question at the top….This is what I’m doing this weekend.  What are you all doing this weekend?

 

Our Family Summer Bucket List

Our Family Summer Bucket List

Summer is our absolute most favorite time of year (along with Christmas season). I know I’ve told you that several times, but isn’t the sunshine and long days fantastic. I’ve been seeing all sorts of bucket lists in blogland here lately, and Pretty Thing and Co. inspired me to do one.  This year we are listing all the fun things we want to do this summer.  Plus we will be adding to it as the summer goes along and more things spark our interest. We thought we would share it with you today, so it makes us slow down and enjoy the summer moments.DSC_0347Summer is a time for fun and relaxation, but we seem to get in same rushing around schedule that we have during the school year. This year though we slowing it down and enjoying the simple things. So here is what we are going to be up to this summer.

  • Go fishing in our tanks.
  • Go to the Texas Coast and Swim in the Gulf.
  • Have “Taco Tuesday” cooking different types of tacos.
  • Cook gourmet hamburgers over the weekends. (Thanks HEB for this one!)
  • Visit the East Coast.
  • Spend some Fridays at the Auction barn.
  • Picnic one evening.
  • Spend LOTS of time on the deck and swimming.
  • Start and Finish my craft room!
  • Day trip to a natural spring pool.
  • Have a deck party and have a Hot Dog Bar.
  • Get my license! (Revyn)
  • Watch lightning bugs in the evening and just catch up with one another.
  • Find someplace to let our Chinese Lanterns go.
  • Spend more time outdoors soaking up the summer sun (with sunscreen of course).

This is what we are starting with to spend more quality family time together.  I think it will be fun to come back here and see what all did during our summer of 2014!  What are you slowing down and doing this summer.