Monday, April 24, 2017

WORKS IN PROGRESS


I share projects that I'm working on and sneak peeks pretty regularly on my Instagram Stories, but I realized you all don't usually see little bits and pieces of what I'm working on until I'm sharing the finished product.  So today, I thought I'd share a few of our works in progress with you, too!

Last year our outdoor focus was on the patio, and since it's all finished up this year we're focusing on on our back yard landscaping.  We've done a few things here and there over the years, but that basically consisted of plopping a few knockout roses in a bed and calling it good.  The roses all got diseased last year, so we tore everything out and we're starting from scratch in the back yard.

We dug out an entirely new bed outside of our bedroom on one side of the patio,


and enlarged the bed that is on the other side behind the patio fireplace.  That's the side with the gate to the front and where we keep our trash dumpsters and firewood stack, so we're going to try to be strategic with our planting to hide those more unsightly things on that side a bit.  You can see that we've already stocked up on mulch, did you catch the 5 for $10 sale at Lowe's this week?


We've been working to kill the grass in the new beds and hope to bring in a load of good dirt to mix in this week so we can start planting, and I'm planning to use some of the brick from the old patio to line the edge of the bed.

I also need to get something planted in these pots this week.  Last year I had hibiscus in them, but I'm leaning towards planting some type of small evergreen tree in them so they'll have color year round.  I'll be checking out some options but if anyone has a suggestion for evergreens that do well in containers (in Oklahoma) I'm all ears!


We also replaced the bushes in our front flower beds last week.  I've had Indian Hawthorns in these beds for a few years but wasn't loving them there, and wanted to put in boxwoods to start a hedge.  These were a really nice size and I found them for only $15 each at Walmart.  I'll let them grow for a while and then start trimming and shaping them up.  We saved the bushes we took out and I'll use those in the new beds in the back yard.


The other project that I'm super excited about is our new front door.  We've been wanting to replace our current door for a while.


After starting a preliminary search for one, I realized that exterior doors are expensive!!  I totally understand the value of a good, solid door, but we don't really need a new door other than feeling like ours is getting dated, is pretty common for our area, and is not really our style.  We DO need new windows, which will also be a huge expense, so I thought I'd explore some options to save money on a front door.

I was completely ok with finding a used door that would be the right size for us, and was even getting excited about finding a plain, flat wood door and adding moulding to it myself (it's not hard!) in whatever pattern I desired.  So, we went to one of our local Habitat ReStores, and hit the jackpot on our first try!  I found this awesome solid wood panel door for $25!!!  One side has a pretty thick paint job that I'll strip or sand down, and there's a small crack or two to fill, but it's solid overall and I'm very happy with it.  It's about an inch taller than our current door so we'll just trim it a bit and hope that everything lines up right for installing it.  We propped it in place just to get an idea for how it would look-


I was not concerned about losing the glass in our door at all, in fact, I wanted a door with no glass.  With the sidelights and big dining room window right next to the entry, we have plenty of light coming in already.  Plus, with the oval window, most wreaths and door hangings always looked a little awkward.  And, now I can find a really cool brass door knocker to add to the front.


I've been ready to move away from black on the door as well, and here's some inspiration for where I'll be headed. Ann from On Sutton Place has so many similar things at her house that help me to see this color combo would work for me... similar brick, black planters and light fixtures... my shutters are black too and I think the blue will be a nice pop of color on the exterior.  Isn't her new Spring wreath pretty, too?


I also love this door which is a bit brighter blue, so I've got a few swatches to test out taped up on the door right now.  I'll probably paint the tan trim around our door white as well for a crisp look with more contrast.  (We're actually considering painting all of our trim white some day.)

Modern Masters is a company that sells specialty front door paint, that doesn't fade and dries quickly so you can paint a hanging door without removing it.  I found this free Front Door Paint app (for iPhone or Android) on their site to test out some of their colors.  I think the colors in the app are a bit off from how the colors appear on their website, but it still gives me a pretty good idea of what it would look like.  Imagine a brass handle and fun door knocker... I can't wait to get this project done!




Other than that, I've been cleaning out nooks and crannies in an effort to majorly declutter, and preparing for a huge garage sale!  This past weekend I hit the attic... does anyone else have an attic full of Lego boxes that your child won't allow you to throw out?  ;)  Hope to show you some progress on these projects soon!



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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A FEW OF MY FAVORITES, ON SALE!


Hey y'all!  I hadn't planned a post today, but one of my favorite sites is having a store-wide sale, so I wanted to pop in and let you know about it before it's over!


Without question, this is my favorite little clutch to carry.  It mixes and matches beautifully with lots of patterns, or dresses up a solid t-shirt and jean combo in a flash!  Several colors available.

Pom Pom Clutch (25% off with code "celebrate" at checkout)




This tassel has been getting lots of screen time in my photos lately, I think I need a match now that it's on sale!  It comes in 2 other colors, too, if pink isn't your thing.

Pink Tassel Charm (25% off with code "celebrate" at checkout)




I wore this outfit to church a few weeks ago... pattern on pattern + color = LOVE!  The agate necklace is another favorite that's included in the sale.  Also, I've had these green pants for years and they're so fun to wear especially at Christmas and in the Spring.  I've found a very similar pair to share with you, and they're more than 1/2 off right now (on sale + an extra 40% off at checkout!).  Lastly, another great staple in this photo is the striped popover top, and it's on sale too.  I've worn it so much and it's great to tuck in, leave out, dress up, or dress down!

Agate Necklace (25% off with code "celebrate" at checkout)
Green Pants  ||  Slimmer Fit Green Pants  ||  Pinstripe Popover (extra 40% off with code FORME) 


Here are the necklace and pinstripe shirt again when I visited my sweet friend Pam-


Remember, Mother's Day is just around the corner, and there are SO many good things to choose from included in this sale!  Here's a few more of my favorites-

The straw pom pom clutch is so fun and versatile for summer, and I'm loving the twist on a leopard clutch with the black and white dalmatian spot.




I already own the leopard cuff and tassel wood bead bracelets below, love them and wear them often.  I think the multi tassel bracelet needs to go in my cart, too!



I also own the turquoise bead tassel necklace (just wore it on Sunday for Easter) and a very similar ox bone wood bead necklace that goes with everything!




I'm not sure how long the sale will last, so if you have your eye on something, don't delay!


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Thursday, April 13, 2017

PRETTY PINK AND GREEN EASTER TABLE


A few weeks ago I posted a photo of one of my Easter tables from years past on Instagram, saying that I hadn't come up with a plan for this year's table yet.  One of my followers said that she'd like to see my take on pastels.  My first thought was "I don't do pastels", but the thought stuck in my mind.  So, although there is still some punchy color, I guess this is as close as I get to doing pastels!



I browsed the Dollar Spot at Target last week and found a pack of hot pink honeycomb balls (in the $3 section).  My sister reminded me that she still had some left from her wedding, and inspiration struck for this year's table.  I've been a fan of paper party decorations for Christmas (see here and here), so I thought it would be fun to use them in a tablescape too. My DIY candelabra anchors the center of the table, and I used the honeycomb balls as a makeshift runner.  I couldn't resist adding a few mirrored balls in there, too, for a bit of sparkle.


I had planned to use some cute green straw bunnies that I've had for years in the center of each place setting, but when I dug them out some were missing and they were not in great shape.  So, I improvised and pulled out a small tub of cotton candy that I was going to give to the kids on Easter (oops) and split it up into small bowls.  You can't leave cotton candy out for long, though, or it starts to disintegrate and get hard. #lessonlearned  Oh well, my son actually likes it best that way and didn't have any trouble polishing off a bowl full after I finished with the photos.


Lowe's has the small pint containers of geraniums for $1 each this week, so I picked up several and used 4 in each milk glass container flanking the candelabra rather than cut flowers.  After Easter I can add them to some of my outdoor pots.



 

I picked up some gingham fabric from Hobby Lobby and made my napkins, finishing them off with my monogram.  


The pie is ready in the freezer, the table is set, and we're ready for a house full of family on Sunday!



And even though our day will be full of church and family and fun and games, I pray our hearts are prepared to celebrate the true meaning of the day...  JESUS IS RISEN, and He knows YOU and loves YOU!!  If you don't have the privilege of having a personal relationship with Him, I'd love to share more about that with you! 

Similar White Tablecloth  ||  Similar Honeycomb Balls- pink multi, white, white multi size  ||  Mirrors


Need more table ideas?  Check out last year's Easter Table here-


Two years ago-


And plenty of Easter tables from the past!
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