Tuesday, October 21, 2014

From Basket to Side Table

You remember that basket? The one I bought on clearance at Target for still way more than I should have ever paid for a basket? This basket that made it's debut in my summer living room tour? Kuzco's poison? That basket?

From Basket to Sidetable

From Basket to Sidetable

Well, now it's table.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Blogging Crush Series::Happiness with a Side of Tea

Hi everyone!  I hope your week has been great so far! Today, I took my Friday post over to Happiness with a Side of Tea. I am very excited that I get to participate in Jazmine's Blogging Crush Series! 

I appreciate Jazmine giving me a change to share some things about myself over on her blog. She asked me 20 random questions and I had a blast answering them. Some really made me think! So if you want to know a little more about me, things that I've never shared on here before, then head over!

I'm the last blogger in the series which means there were many awesome bloggers before me. You can find all their previous posts at Happiness with a Side of Tea. I encourage you to check them out! It's been wonderful getting to know some of these awesome bloggers and I know you will love them too!

Have a great weekend!

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

An Office Gallery Wall

This year I've slowly been working on organizing and decorating our little office space. It's always been the downstairs dumping ground but I wanted to change that, especially since both Hubby and I use it as a creative space. It can also be seen from the living room with no door to close it off. I think the room is technically supposed to be the dining room but the internet hook up is in there and we have our table in the kitchen.

It's coming along slowly, mainly because I'm terrible at organizing papers. Give me something I can decorate with and I can organize it. Random papers, not so much. Hubby and I are working on that part together.

For the longest time, we had a big, blank, white wall above the desk. Big white walls can be the equivalent of a white piece of paper that you have to write on for homework. It's a love/hate relationship. All that potential just waiting to happen, yet not knowing exactly where to start or where you want to end up. I finally decided to try a gallery wall.

Over the summer, I have been picking up cheap art at various thrift stores around town. Mostly blue and ocean themed. I didn't really intend for that to be, it's just what I was drawn to.  After the first few pieces, I knew I wanted an ocean themed gallery wall somewhere in our house. So I tried the office.

An Ocean Themed Office Gallery Wall

Friday, October 10, 2014

Inspiring Creativity :: It's Ok to Fail

Have you ever said, "I tried doing XYZ once but it didn't work."? Have you heard someone else say it? I willing to bet we all have. A few weeks ago, I came across this tweet from Jon Acuff:


The life of a creative is messy. Some of the very best things in life are. Relationships, children, art, creation itself. All of life is messy but beautiful.

Creation is messy. Sometimes it doesn't turn out the way you planned. So pick yourself up(or your paintbrush) and try again! Too many people give up on the first try.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

September Review {2014}

Happy October everyone! October is my favorite month and I'm so happy it's here! The cooler weather has also arrived with it and this makes me one happy gal.

We decided to celebrate by making a big batch of pumpkin muffins and catching a cold. All four of us have been home keeping company with Netflix and the tissue box. Has anyone else noticed that kids still have energy when they are sick? How do they do it?!

Let's take a look back at September!

September Review 2014: painted door, fall decor how-to, fall mantel, decorating mistakes, kid clothes storage

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Friday, October 3, 2014

DIY No-Sew Zippered Pillow Cover

You read that right. A completely no-sew zippered pillow cover for fall. Made out of napkins I found at the thrift store!

DIY East No-Sew Zippered Pillow Cover

I recently bought a bottle of permanent fabric glue to use for another project that, ultimately, the glue didn't work for. I loved the idea of it though so I wracked my brain to try and come up with something else I could try it on. And then it hit me: pillows. And why not attempt a zipper?

Usually I sew pillows because I really want them to hold up. We use them a lot! We sit on them, eat on them, the kids wipe their snot on them, spit-up...yes, we know how to be rough on our pillows. I wasn't sure if the fabric glue method would work or not, but I wanted some new fall pillows and I wanted them fast!

I picked up three Dwell Studio for Target napkins at the thrift store specifically for turning into pillows. I couldn't pass on that print even if there were only three! But I only needed two of them for this pillow. For this project you'll need:

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Neutral Nautical Fall Mantel

Woohoo! Mantel time! I am so very happy that I live in a house that has a fireplace with a mantel. Mantels are one of my favorite things to decorate because the kids can be running amuck and have toys scattered everywhere but that mantel will still be nice. It will look down on the mess from its lofty heights and laugh.

My second favorite thing to decorate is the couch, but you know all those pillows and blankets will always end up as lava or a tent.

Mantels are so much fun to decorate and fall mantels especially so!

Nautical Neutral Natural Fall Mantel

I call the look Nautical Neutral Natural Fall Mantel. Not really, but that is how I titled the pictures when I saved them. It makes me chuckle. If it doesn't make you chuckle, well, you're probably a normal person.
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