Friday, October 28, 2011

Happy Weekend

This was what we had on our trees 2 days ago. I had to go out and shake all the snow off the trees so the branches wouldn't break. Pretty, isn't it?

Have a great weekend!

Monday, October 24, 2011

A New Painting, and A Lamp Makeover Using Chicken Wire

"Pink Garden" for sale. Click here to view.

My children are in school this week after Fall Break. It went by so quickly, yet it seemed to last forever!

Even with them being at home, I completed so many projects, including a makeover for my younger daughter's room. I will post pictures soon.

 Anyhow, I have had the above painting for a while now, and I have finally listed it.

I picked up this lamp at the thrift store:
It was bright brass, but I liked the shape. So, I purchased a can of Rustoleum spray paint in Champagne Mist, and spray painted it. I took apart the lamp shade, and used the base to wrap chicken wire around it to make a new "shade". I think I like the new lamp now:
This is my daughter opening presents at her birthday party/sleepover this past weekend. 

I hope you all are having a great Monday!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A Friend's Gallery Wall

I went to a friend's home for a monthly coffee morning. She has 3 gorgeous, talented, and freakishly genius kids. Why not showcase them in her family room? 
(Photo taken with iphone-sorry!)

Have a great Wednesday!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Fireplace Makeover

My Fireplace mantle got a makeover last year. It used to look like this:
I loved the new mantle. However, the rest of that wall looked like this:
It kind of had a split personality with the dark wood moulding at top, and the distressed mantle in the middle. Risking ruining the fireplace crown moulding and built-in bookshelves, and the re-sale value of our house, I went ahead and painted that moulding on top of the brick:
My husband said it was too white compared to the mantle which was aged and distressed. I had to agree, so I went and did a little aging. And, since I can't leave well enough alone, I also went and painted the brick. I never loved it in the first place, I thought when we picked it out, there would be some more variation in the colors. On a whim, I decided to paint. I figured I went this far and there's no going back.....
I'm glad I took the risk and painted the brick and moulding. Next up, the built-in bookcases. Do I dare? I'm still pondering this one. The other end of this room is our kitchen, which is a dark cherry. I would love to paint the bookcases a dark grey, but would I completely ruin them? Would I turn into the dreaded "former homeowner" if we ever sold this house? And, while I'm questioning myself, why did I not tighten those slipcover seats before I took these photos?

If you want to see how I distressed the mantle, click here.

I'm linking with Miss Mustard Seed.

Have a Great Weekend everyone!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Weekend in Vail

We spent this past weekend in the Vail Valley here in Colorado for my oldest child's soccer tournament. The colors were beautiful. I had my big camera with me. Me, with my camera that I take everywhere-FORGOT to take pictures of the scenery! I was so obsessed with the games, I completely spaced out that I should be taking pictures!

It sorta looked like this up there:

A teammate's grandfather took some awesome pictures:

I think I'm going to turn this into a 16x20 poster for her room:
The viewer can imagine what happened next.

The result from the tournament? First place!