Tide Oxi Blogger Challenge Pumpkin

Tide Oxi Blogger Challenge Pumpkin
Tide Oxi Blogger Challenge Pumpkin

I’m back with another post for the Tide Oxi Blogger Challenge that is “out of the box and rule breaking”.  You can see how amazing this product is my first use of it in the bathroom where I used it for its intended purpose.  Here is my disclaimer because I don’t want you to judge using the product in your laundry based on this post.  Tide Oxi is an awesome product!  This project is a total rule breaker from the usage directions on the package.  I just roll that way and want to try things in a way that they are not meant to be used.  If you follow the usage directions you will have no issues, because that’s what directions are for.  This was a challenge after all, so I had to think what is an unexpected use for Tide Multi Purpose Oxi Stain Remover.  TideThatOxiThank you Tide and Home Depot for providing the products I used for this project.  Tide states that there are 225+ uses for this product, so this is definitely in that “+” category!TideThatPumpkinFinished1This is my first fall post as I’m trying to get into that gear.  I think I’m barely grinding into 1st gear because I don’t want to let summer go.  The first thing I did was to take some orange cotton fabric and put it on top of a bowl.  Next I made a really thick paste with Tide Oxi and hot water.  (This is where I break the rule!) I mixed this stuff in a ratio greater that 3 times what it states on the directions.  It was VERY Tide Oxi heavy.  I put this paste on the cotton fabric in the shape of a pumpkin and let it sit for 2-3 days.TideThatPumpkinOxiWhile this was hanging out, I worked on a frame.  I wanted to stretch the fabric over the frame like a canvas.  Bracken helped me cut a 1×2 piece of pine from Home Depot into a frame.  The good thing about this project is that you can make it any size you want!  DSC_5071After the pieces were cut, we laid out the frame and squared it up.  As a side note, I love the texture of G’s welding worktable.TideThatPumpkinFrameLayoutNext we used a finished nailer to complete the frame.TideThatPumpkinFrameNailingAfter a few days, I rinsed off the Tide Oxi paste and threw the fabric in the dryer.  Once it was dried I stretched it around the frame like a canvas and stapled it on.  Look at this awesome tone-on-tone pumpkin I ended up with.  It’s so subtle and I love it.TideThatPumpkinFabricStapledNow I spruced up the pumpkin by adding all the details with some twine.  I just cut pieces and glued them on there.TideThatPumpkinTwine

I let the glued on twine dry, and then added a piece of tree bark for the stem, and twisted a little curly vine from some brown wire I found in the floral department at Hobby Lobby.  Look how cute this rustic pumpkin turned out to be.TideThatPumpkinFinished2

I hope this project isn’t too out of the box for the Tide Oxi Blogger Challenge, because it will be appearing on our Fall Fantle (my faux mantle) when I jump into 2nd gear for fall.

 

 

 

 

 

Tide Oxi Blogger Challenge

Tide Oxi Blogger Challenge
Tide Oxi Blogger Challenge

I am so excited because this is my first sponsored post!  When I went to Haven I signed up to be considered for the Tide Oxi Blogger Challenge sponsored by Tide and Home Depot.  Then at the end of July I got the email that I was chosen to participate!  WooHoo!!!  So I got a Home Depot gift card in the mail to go purchase the Tide the Oxi Multi Purpose Stain Remover, and then had to come up with a way to use it in our home.  I don’t know if you have seen the commercial with Jonathan Scott of the HGTV show Property Brothers and Buying and Selling, but there are 225+ uses for this stuff.  You can use Tide Oxi Stain Remover on carpets, fabrics, outdoor furniture, and basically any room in your house.  Tide isn’t just for the laundry room anymore.  So with 225+ uses I wandered around our home to determine what project I wanted to do. That night I went into our bathroom to run a bubble bath and it hit me, clean our dirty bathroom tile. TideThatOxiWe have slate tile in here with lots of little textured indentions.  Can you say dust and soap scum magnet?  I love the tile and its natural feel, but I sure didn’t think about cleaning it.  Here is all the dust and soap scum we end up with.  Bear with me on these photos because it is hard to shoot gray tile in a bathroom with low lighting.  Plus my photographer skills are polar opposite of a professional photographer.  But you can see all this white grossness on the gray slate tile.TideThatDirtyFloor

I’ve tried so many different cleaners in here to keep this floor clean.  What I end up with is that either it doesn’t get it all clean, or it leaves a film.  This just gets me frustrated and I just decided to live with the white dust and soapy scum in all the little crevices. I felt as though it was a cleaning money pit.  Like I said, I didn’t thing this through when we picked the tile.  Love is blind!

I got my bucket and mixed up Tide Oxi Stain Remover per the directions for hard surface cleaning.  You mix a scoop filled to level 4 with 1-gallon of water.  Mixing it with warm water helps to dissolve all the Tide Oxi (it states this on the directions).  Then I was on my hands and knees doing this for about 40 minutes, because we have a huge bathroom that needed LOTS of cleaning and scrubbing.TideThatScrubBrushI scrubbed the floor down with Tide Oxi, and then wiped back over it with clean water and a sponge.  After I wiped it down with clean water, I used a towel to dry it off.  Oh my gosh was I impressed!  Our bathroom tile has NEVER looked this good besides when it was installed.

I started with white spotted gray slate tile, and ended up with clean ALL gray slate tile.  Thank you Tide Oxi for taking the white ickiness out of the tile.  Here are some comparison photos so you can see the before and after.TideThatWhiteStuffFloor

TideThatWhiteStuffFloorCleanedAnd here is one of the whole floor where you can really see all those white colored indents in the tile.TideThatFloor

TideThatFloorCleanLet me just tell ya that Tide Oxi has made a believer out of me!  It was lots of scrubbing but is sooooo worth it.  I just haven’t convinced my knees and arms of that yet.  As much as I hate being on my hands and knees scrubbing, I’m so glad I took the time to bring this tile back to life.  Guess what’s on the to-do list for this weekend?  The other bathroom!

 

$3 Target Bag Makeover

$3 Target Bag Makeover
$3 Target Bag Makeover

I hope you all are doing great!  I’ve been meaning to post again, but remember on my last post where I told you about the computer problems.  Well, I just got it back and now it’s time to play catch up!

We’ve been getting ready for school to start around here.  Bracken started last Monday, and Revyn starts tomorrow.  Where did the summer go?  Oh well, it’s back to routines around here.  Revyn is excited because this is the year that she gets to drive herself to school.  I’m a little sad, but excited at the same time because it will free up some time for me.  I don’t have to be chauffeuring this year, so maybe I can use that time for projects and finishing up some stuff at the house.

If there is a Dollar Bin in a store, I’m on it like a chicken on a june bug.  You never know what you will find there!  Like these $3 bags from Target.TargetBagsMaterial

I picked up one of each style just knowing I would come up with something for these cute bags.  Well, it didn’t take long.  All I had to do was raid my ribbon stash, and pick us some flowers in the paper crafting section.  Break out the high temp glue gun, and then bam here is what I came up with.TargetBagsFinishedAren’t these absolutely adorable!  I just love them!  I think they would make cute book bags for starting school, a gift bag full of fun stuff for your kids teacher, or I’m thinking I may just use it for my purse.  Here is a closer look at each one and what I did to gussy it up a bit.

This one had the teal handles so I just found some ribbon to play off that color.  Who doesn’t love polka dots?TargetBagTeal

I just glued 2 strips of the floral printed ribbon around it, and then added the smaller polka dot ribbon so you don’t see where the 2 strips come together.  Where the ends of all 3 strips came together, I added the vertical strips of polka dot ribbon to cover that up.  Then I added the ever popular “cheer” bow to the handle.

The next one comes with the white bottom, and was just screaming burlap and lace to me. TargetBagLaceSo I wrapped some of the burlap and lace ribbon around it, then just added some burlap and lace flowers I picked up in the paper crafting section.  I thought this would be my favorite, but I have to say I love them both!  (I’m just now noticing the loose thread on the bottom of the white and tan bag.  Oops! my bad!  Life happens!)

Go ahead and spend $3 bucks on a bag and add some ribbon and embellishments.  You will have a super cute gift to give that didn’t break the bank.  It just cost you a little time, and more importantly it let you exercise your creative juices!TargetBagsMakeoverV

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School Approved Distressed Jeans

School Approved Distressed Jeans
School Approved Distressed Jeans

I’m trying to get this post out before Brack heads back to college.  My laptop mouse pad went out so it’s at Apple getting repaired.  Thank goodness I bought Apple Care because that little fix would have cost us $460.  OUCH!  So I’m using his computer real quick before he heads back.  (Insert me sobbing here because I can’t believe it’s that time again.)

Anyway, I’ve spent the weekend doing a little mending for the kids.  Mind you I am NO SEAMSTRESS!!  I just know enough to somehow get done what I need.  Anything over my expertise goes to a tailor.  Which doesn’t take much.

Apparently, the fashion industry hasn’t got the memo from the schools on approved jeans.  They just keep distressing them, the kids keep wanting them, and the parents keep having to remind them they aren’t school approved.  Anybody else feeling my pain?  My daughter loves these jeans.  She is doing a demi-plie to show you how distressed they are.JeansHolesNoLaceYes, we bought them this way.  She wore them some this summer, but she can’t wear them to school.  So she can up with the idea to add lace to the underside.  Sounds easy, right? But it was a trial and error process.  At first I just sewed regular lace under there that she had picked out.  Mistake #1!  Then I sewed it on EVERY hole, which was Mistake #2!  She put them on, liked them, then sat down and it ripped right out.  So I had to rip out every one of those and figure out plan B.

Plan B is using the stretchy lace and stretchy interfacing.  That way it takes the movement at the knees.Ummm, why didn’t I think of that to begin with, duh!JeansLaceMaterialThis is the interfacing I used that is shown at the top in the picture above.JeansLaceInterfaceThis interfacing has the glue on one side.  I ironed it to the stretchy lace per the directions.  Then I cut patches that would cover each hole.  Here is how it looked after I sewed it on.JeansLacePatchesInsidePlease don’t critique my sewing because I’m not a seamstress.  I made two passes to secure the patch.  Here is how it looks from the front.JeansLaceInsertPatchThe stretchy interfacing and stretchy lace work great!  Here is a shot of her knee bent while she sits.

JeansLaceInsertSuccess! Problem solved!  No skin showing so she can wear them to school.  I really zoomed in on the other picture above, but when she has them on you really can’t see the stitching of the patch.  However, she tells me it’s no big deal because they are distressed and vintage looking.  Which is what she was going for.  This girl is a gypsy at heart and loves lace.  I hope this inspires you to make a few more jeans work for your kids this school year.  That way you’re not buying school jeans and then distressed jeans for those “cool” outings.

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A Trip To Back In The Day Bakery

A Trip To Back In The Day Bakery
A Trip To Back In The Day Bakery

I hope you’re not tired of hearing about our vacation because I have one more thing to share with you.  If your just catching up, we went to Tybee Island, Georgia this summer.  You can read about it here and here.  While there we did experience a few days of rain, but it didn’t put a damper on our vacation.  One day when it rained we decided to make a trip into Savannah and ride around.  Then I remembered about a place I had read about years ago through Paula Deen.  i was so in love with it that I bought their cookbook.  Can you guess where we went for lunch?  It was at Back In The Day Bakery!BackInTheDayCookbookThis place is AWESOME!  I fell in love it with it because who doesn’t love baked goods combined with vintage decor!  Now that’s a combination for me, that’s right up my alley!  From the moment I walked in I was happy dancing on the inside as just looked around at all this amazing decor.  I asked if I could take some pictures to share with all of you, and they told me absolutely.  So here is what all I took on my phone.  Thank you Back In The Day Bakery for allowing me to share your great place with others.

Look at all these goodies.  It’s definitely good-bye calorie counting.  But hey, I’m not here very often so a little indulgence won’t hurt.  If I lived closer I might be taking home a little something sweet a few times a week.BackInTheDayBakeryCaseI just Love vintage things, so these cupcake trays caught my eye.BackInTheDayCupcakeTrayNow look at all this homemade bread.  It reminded me of buying fresh bread when we were in Paris years ago.  All this rustic bread is also used for their sandwiches.BackInTheDayBreadCaseHere are the sandwiches we ordered.  We all ordered something different and shared.  They come served in a pie pan.  How cool is that!  Ain’t that the cutest idea!  All these sandwiches were absolutely delicious!  See that half eaten cookie?  Yep, we did dessert first while we waited on our sandwiches to be made.  After all it is a bakery, so that gives you a pass to eat dessert first!BackInTheDaySandwichesNow let me show you all the amazing vintage decor in here.  Look at this water jug and condiment bar/scale.  Getting water out of this jug makes it taste ten times better.  I need one for my fridge.BackInTheDayWaterJugBackInTheDayScaleBefore we left Cheryl Day came out into the bakery, and I was able to get a picture with her.  I wanted to tell here how we absolutely loved her bakery, the decor, and the delicious sandwiches.  Look at her merchandise shelves in the background.  See, it’s all in the details and the Day’s have definitely mastered that.BackInTheDayCherylDayI was a little sunburned and had gotten caught in a down pour earlier, but I didn’t care.  I was so excited to get to meet Cheryl.

So if your ever in Savannah you need to make a trip to Back In The Day Bakery.  BackInTheDaySignYou will enjoy the Day’s decor and their great cooking talent.  Grab some sweets and sandwiches, sit down, and enjoy the experience.  We did!BackInTheDayLunch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tybee Island, GA Vacation Part 2

Tybee Island, GA Vacation Part 2
Tybee Island, GA Vacation Part 2

Well, I’m well past my Friday promise of part 2 of our vacation.  Sorry about that, but life seemed to just happen over the last few days and I had to enjoy the moments with the family.  I’m back and ready to continue with more amazing pictures and the awesomeness of Tybee Island.  I hope your ready to have a beachy time because I’m going to share one of the most fun things we do here.

I didn’t include this in the last post because it fits more appropriately here in this post.  Up until 2010, I had NEVER even heard of Tybee Island!  Can you believe that?  Now it’s one of our favorite vacation spots.  In 2010, I had foot surgery and was limited in getting around for over a week.  So what did I do…..read blogs!  Thank goodness I did so I could learn about Tybee!  I must confess that one of my favorite blogs is The Lettered Cottage.  You probably have figured that out from this post about Chapel Market.  Layla and Kevin are the most inspirational people, and I would give anything to sit down and have a dinner with these two.  I’d love to get know them better, because they inspire me more than they know just through social media.  So as I was couch bound, I came upon this video of theirs that I bet I watched a dozen times.  Click over to their site and please take the time to watch the video at the bottom, because this began my love for Tybee Island.  Click here and watch the video and then come back.

Is that not awesome!  I know your all saying, “I want to go to Tybee!”  That’s what I said when I saw it, and then we planned our first trip!  The first thing we did on both trips was book a trip with Sundial Charters and to do the Little Tybee Unplugged Tour.  TybeeBoatTripSoooooo worth it!  We’ve done it twice and will do it again and again.  When you find a good thing you just want more and more.  When you get there you are the only ones walking the beaches.  It feels like it’s your little own little piece of paradise to enjoy for awhile. Here is a great reason why we do this tour.TybeeSandDollarPlantsThis picture is NOT staged.  G actually found the sand dollar just like this!  Doesn’t that just get your shell hunting juices flowing.  After I watched the video at The Lettered Cottage I told the kids, “I want to find sand dollars like this.”  And we have twice now.  We found sand dollars all over Little Tybee as we walked down the beach.TybeeSanddollarsHere is the load of sand dollars we found.  The best thing is that only 3 broke on the flight back home.  These will be displayed in our vacation souvenier jars.TybeeSandDollarFindsThere is also a few pieces of awesome driftwood on the island.  There is just something about the texture of drift wood with the sand and sea that just makes my heart smile. TybeeDriftwoodYou feel so close to nature and something so awesome that God has created for us to enjoy.TybeeBirdsThank you Rene for the awesome trip!  This is her after she dropped us off, as we stood on the beach wishing we had all day with her.TybeeSundialCharterReneAs I sit here and type this I just keep wishing I was going back.  Sunshine and the Sea soothe my soul!  There’s just something so calming about the waves on the sand.  Oh how I wish I had a little beach cottage!TybeeLeaving

 

 

 

Tybee Island, GA Vacation Part 1

Tybee Island, GA Vacation Part 1
Tybee Island, GA Vacation Part 1

Have you went on your summer vacation already?  Maybe your on it as I type enjoying the last days of summer.  Or maybe your back home dreaming of where you are going next summer.  (That’s where I am at!)

We took our summer vacation to Tybee Island, Georgia this year.  This is our second time here, and we LOVE this place!  So I wanted to share this awesome island with you so that maybe you can make a trip there.  Why is it awesome you ask?  Well, this place is so laid back, not commercialized with high-rise hotels, and it just has that small hometown beachy feel.  So sit back and relax as you read about this awesome little island, and……

TybeeWelcome

We stay on the North end of the island where the Savannah River meets the Atlantic.  The South end is busier with the pier, shops, restaurants, and more condo’s.  On this North end you still get the tidal action, but the awesomeness of this side of the island is the dolphins.  You can watch them all day from your balcony or the beach.  Which we catch ourselves doing a lot of this.  We literally watch this.TybeeDolphinsSource of Picture:  Captain Mike’s Dolphin Tours

Yes, that is actually what you see!  We saw a Sea World Dolphin show many times.  They would come up like this 5-7 times in a row!  It was awesome and so exciting to watch!  On a side note, see that beige painted house in the background?  That house is right next to the condo we rent, and 2 years ago it was for sale.  I watched it on the market, it sold and I was sad.  I want that house, and I want to move to Tybee.  It was for sale again this trip, problem is I have to win the lottery to buy this house.  But I keep dreaming because I want this to be my daily view!

While we were there some interesting weather happened.  One morning the tornado sirens went off, and being the unsafe people we are, we ran down to the beach to snap a few pics.  We weren’t the only ones out there, because people were on the beach and their balconies watching this.  It was over the ocean, not over land, and we are a family who enjoys watching storms roll in.  Being from the country, we get excited watching a lightning show or the clouds as the storms roll in!  That’s just how us country folks roll.  Here is what we saw that day.TybeeWaterSpoutsSee those finger things going down to the water?  Those are water spouts that were forming up from the ocean into the clouds.  This weather event even made it onto The Weather Channel tv station the next day.

Besides watching all the storms, we mainly did a lot of being lazy on the beach.TybeeBeachingA big thank you to my friend who left us these two chairs.  She was there the week before us and bought these chairs, and then left them at the rental company for us to use.  So we only had to buy 2 more chairs so the 4 of us could just chill on the beach.  There may have been several pina coladas and cold beers involved in G and I relaxing on the beach.  It so nice to just sit there letting the tide roll in keeping you wet.  It’s so easy to to also let sound of the waves drift you into a nap.  I probably dozed off a time or two.

Here is what I think is so awesome about Tybee.  It is the tidal change.  This is the biggest tidal change I have ever seen.  Let me just show you with this picture so you get the full effect.TybeeTideThis sign was right on the beach by our condo.  The picture on the left shows it at low tide, and the picture on the right was at high tide.  To give you a visual, that dark wet part on the bottom of the sign on the left is about 6 feet tall.  So the tide changes over 6 feet each day.  Isn’t that crazy!

One day we went into Savannah to walk around the parks and river front.  The best part was meeting a friend I had made at the Haven Blogging Conference I attended back in July.  I was on Facebook and found out DeDe from Designed Decor was vacationing at the same time over in Hilton Head.  What a coincidence!  We exchanged texts and then met up for dinner in Savannah.  We had a fun time meeting each others family.

The next activity we did was rent a kayak.  Revyn was really wanting to kayak, so she found our all the details and then bugged us to do it.  We ended up renting one for the afternoon.  I wasn’t sure about it, but it turned out to be a lot of fun.  Thanks Revyn for talking/begging us into renting it!  When we got to the kayak place the kids were getting instructed as G and I watched and snapped pictures.TybeeKayakInstructionsBracken got in and then Revyn.  Once Revyn sat down, here is how they ended up.TybeeKayakInWaterYep, Revyn crushed that tipping fear before they even got out away from the dock.  After this it was smooth kayaking once they got the paddling down.TybeeKayakingThey paddled around then made it over to the beach outside our condo.  We all tried it and paddled around trying to close to the dolphins.  All those yellow boats in this picture are Captain Mike’s, and he cruises out in front of the condo we rent several times a day to show people the dolphins.  I have to admit it was so much fun!

This post is getting pretty picture heavy, so I will break this into 2 different posts.  Please come back on Friday to read about our awesome trip to Little Tybee with Sundial Charters.  You don’t want to miss it and see what we scored over there.  See ya on Friday!

How To Make A Fabric Covered Bulletin Board – Online Fabric Store

How To Make A Fabric Covered Bulletin Board – Online Fabric Store
How To Make A Fabric Covered Bulletin Board – Online Fabric Store

I hope you’re enjoying some sun shining days of summer.  We are soaking it up!  Sunshine makes my soul happy.  In between enjoying the sunshine, I actually did another project to share with ya.  Remember my trip to Haven?  Well, during that trip I got some amazing fabric and tacks from the Online Fabric Store.  Click over and check out all the amazing Fabric they have!  You will find something that makes you happy.

I got a few yards of this fabric, but wasn’t sure what to do with it.  Then as I was gathering up stuff we took out of Revyn’s room when we redid it, I came across a bulletin board.  That’s when the light bulb went off and I thought of this little project.

FabricBulletinBoardCorner

I decided it would make a great message board.  After all, who doesn’t need more places to tack up memo’s, lists, and inspiring quotes.  I know I can’t have enough places.  Either that or I have to face the fact that I can’t remember or focus on my to-do lists.  I prefer to just go with I need more space to tack things up because I’m so inspired.

Anyway, I took a plain bulletin board you can pick up at Wal-Mart or Hobby Lobby.FabricBulletinBoardSupplies

Then I painted the edges of the bulletin board black to match the Online Fabric Store fabric.  Next I cut the fabric approximately 1-inch bigger (1-inch bigger on width, and 1-inch bigger on length) than the dimensions of the cork part of the board.  Once I had it all cut, I ironed a 1/2-inch seam fold all around the edges.FabricBulletinBoardFabricSeam

Then I took the tacks that I got with the fabric and evenly spaced them along the edges to hold the fabric in place.  Ta-Da, you are done!  It took longer for the paint to dry, than to assemble the whole thing.FabricBulletinBoard

My friend Lisa over at Concord Cottage also got some fabric at Haven.  She made some awesome looking pillows with hers.  Click over to see her new throw pillows and the great tutorial to make your own.

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Fabric is so versatile, so don’t be afraid to customize projects for your home.  You can always find fabric that gives you that look you are thinking of.  Take a chance, get some fabric, and let your creative spirits free.

 

 

 

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!

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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.

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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!