Wednesday, April 30, 2014

40th Fiesta!

A few weeks ago, we had a SURPRISE 40th Fiesta for Eric's Aunt. I think we really surprised her and everyone seemed to have a good time. Some of these ideas would be great for Cinco De Mayo. In fact, I plan to use them again:)

We had the party in her back yard so we only had about 30 minutes to set up!

The tassle streamers were really easy to make! I followed this tutorial...
sort of. 

The centerpieces are cans from the grocery store filled with paper flowers. Since the flowers are so light, I had to hot glue them in!

Can we talk about this cake topper for a little bit? 
Super easy, too (I just used the leftovers from the cupcake toppers and paper flowers). I will definitely be making these toppers again...can you imagine the possibilities? 

And then there are the festive cupcake toppers. I think these will be making a debut on Cinco De Mayo. These are super easy to make as well. I got inspiration from this tutorial .

Why is it so hard to get a picture of multiple kids looking at a camera?

Overall, I think it was a hit! Here's to 40 more great years, Jana!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Vote for Riggs!

Happy Friday!

Yesterday, I entered Riggs for the Orvis Cover Dog Contest!
I think he's gonna win:)

Have a great weekend! We're headed to Charleston!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Our House: Before and After

Hey y'all! How have ya been? I've decided to come out of hibernation! The weather, trying to find a house in a different state, having a house on the market, packing, moving, and unpacking took up most of my time. Hopefully you'll be seeing a lot more of me.

Today I'm sharing some before and after pictures from our Ohio house. Maybe I'm biased but it looks like a totally different house.

Keep in mind that we weren't there for long and it's far from "finished"...
 the pics are from the listings.

The front door opens into the living room...

 The dining room...

We gave the kitchen a facelift...just in time to move. Seriously. We "finished" the day we put the house on the market. I wish I had gotten better pictures. The day we put it on the market was the same day we left to go home for Christmas. When we got back, it was sold!
 We added cabinets to the left wall and where the refrigerator was on the right wall. The cabinets are Project Source Unfinished Cabinets from Lowe's painted in BM Dove White.
The cabinet hardware is from Home Depot.

  After much debate, we chose the Ikea numerar birch countertopWe Eric stained it with 2 coats of minwax dark walnut stain and then sealed it with 3 coats of Waterlox. The backsplash is actually thermoplastic made to look like old tin. It was pretty easy to put up- as in you can cut it with scissors and put up with adhesive.

 We widened the door to the dining room and exposed the brick!  I love exposed brick...I hate exposing it. It is a PAIN! The trim is also painted BM White Dove and the walls are SW Frostwork Silvermist.

Last, but not least, we added a deck! I love the southern cross detail! We were only able to use it for a few months before we froze!

Well, that's our Ohio house tour! Many of the projects were never completed...
 Let's see what we accomplish with our new house!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Since We Moved...

  • We've spent a day with no heat and frozen water pipes
  •  had 2 winter storms
  • gone to the Thai restaurant twice
  • and Vintage more than that
  • unpacked almost everything
  • primed our den (everything is closed due to the storm so I can't go get paint:( )
  • made a trip to IKEA and to pick up a washer and dryer with Jana (All the way to Charlotte, with a giant trailer, no man and a 6 week old baby!)

  • painted our bedroom
  • picked up a wonderful dog portrait (more on that later)

  • Our house is feeling more like home and I'm loving it!

As I'm typing this, I'm sitting by the fire. Eric is in his office working-they sent everyone home at 9:30 because of the storm.
 Pray our power doesn't go out!

Once the storm passes and people are done eating their milk sandwiches, I'll be able to go buy the rest of our paint. Hopefully that will be soon so I can give y'all some updates on our new home!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Super Bowl Food

With the Super Bowl approaching, I thought I would do a little round 
up of great party appetizers!

We won't be having people over this year. Wait, maybe we should have an unpacking/Super Bowl party. I'm sure the guys would be down with that. ha! 

I don't think you can go wrong with any of these...
 most of these are SUPER EASY to make and there's something for everyone!


Happy Tuesday!

I'll be back sometime soon to update...
This is our last night in Ohio! Wish us luck driving to the warmth snow of South Carolina. Yes, snow. Can you believe it?

Monday, January 27, 2014

Hartsville, SC: A Sneak Peak Into Our New Town!

Happy Monday! I hope everyone's weekend was warmer than ours!
We have several inches of snow on the ground and the low for today is -13!

The movers are here and we're getting everything ready to go...
if the weather cooperates:)  

In a few days, Hartsville, SC will be our new home. 
Here are a few pictures that I've found to show you...

A few pictures of downtown..

Prestwood Lake

 Kalmia Gardens

 And you can't forget Yogi's:)

Friday, January 17, 2014

Mama Said...

It's been one of those days...

Enjoy a few quotes and funnies.

and just relax. easier said than done.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Our New House: The Den Plan

Well, we move in two weeks! Crazy, right?

I recently wrote a post on making our new house a home. You can read it here. I still have every intention to do so! To do that, quickly, I have to use what I've got. Let's be real, I can't go out next week and buy everything I want to decorate our house.  I want to live in this house, and then see what I want to do with different rooms. But no matter what, I'm going to make it feel like home. 

The first room I'm going to tackle is the den. I feel like we'll spend most of our time in there so I want us to be able to enjoy it right away. I've done my best to incoroporate Eric's "style" birds and hide into this space. After all, it's his house too!

Instead of coming up with a master plan, I've come up with a few phases. Sure, these may change along the way, but I think I have a pretty good starting point. We already have a lot of these pieces which will make it easier to accomplish soon. . 

I know that I want the walls painted white...
actually, all of the rooms will be white. 

 Phase 1:

 (Eric's favorite board)

 Both of these boards are considered phase one. The only difference is the cow hide rug (which we already have). 

Eric likes the 2nd one better, I like the 1st.

Phase Two: 

(My favorite board)

 In Phase Two, I want to get a Persian rug and a new coffee table. 

I planned the room around this coffee table. Even though it's not in Phase One, I wanted to plan. That's why you see green throughout the rooms on P1! Remember, I want to make it feel like a home starting with what we already have. If you plan, you can reach your long term goal, step by step.

To give you (and Eric) an idea of the furniture layout, I've placed a few items in a picture. Thank you, Photoshop:)

Which board you you like the best?

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Kate Mullin

I'm always looking for great pieces of art. 
I was pleasantly surprised while browsing One Kings Lane yesterday.
Meet Kate Mullin.

Here are a few pieces that I fell in love with! Next time I'm in Charleston, you can find me at her gallery:)

Monday, January 13, 2014

Wisteria Clearance: My Favorites and A Room Design

Happy Monday!

Over the weekend I was browsing some online sales. Y'all, Wisteria has a ton of great items on sale right now. There are so many items that I want. 

There are so many pieces that coordinate so well. As I was looking, I kept thinking "big boy room". I've seen so many "big girl" and "big boy" on Pinterest lately. Have you?

Well, I decided that I would design a room from these great sale items. All of the pieces are form the Wisteria clearance section!, boys room, sale, clearance room, budget room, transitional room, antelope,

No, it's not everything you would need for a bedroom,
 but I think it's a pretty good starting point!