Friday, May 27, 2011

Two for One Special!

Wow, 2 posts in one week! That hasn't happened in a long while! I'm sure by the title you expected some type of giveaway.  WRONG! I just wanted to show a little change I made in our powder room and let you know we are leaving to go camping at the lake!

The At the Picket Fence sisters are having their Inspiration Friday Party and I wanted to join in. With the holiday weekend, I am inspired to relax in our camper (or outside of it) doing some reading and soaking in the sun!

I don't really call it camping when you stay in something like this...

Nothing fancy but sleeps much more like home!

I am trying to freshen up my decorating at the house since we are going to have a graduation/50th birthday party here in June. There will be many folks that have never been to our home so I wanted it to look just right! 

I wanted a nicer and updated rug for our powder room but it had to be in my price range. I looked everywhere but really didn't want to spend $25 - $50 on a little rug.  Walmart was the last place I checked and I found this...

I liked the colors in it and the pattern so I cut off the tags and threw her down!

This is a cracker jack box bathroom. No place to move to take pictures and the lighting isn't good except here over the sink. It is cozy, though! lol

Lot's of memories and pictures related to my dad. He will be gone 24 years in July and I still miss him!

I think I am going to buy that halogen light on a stand they use at construction sites to give me some light when I take pictures! We are shaded most of the day so there isn't a lot of sun coming in the windows! Great for keeping the house cool in the summer but bad for pictures!

Here is a peek at another project I have been working on!

I hope you enjoyed this little change and I hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day holiday weekend! Please stop over for other inspiration!

Please remember those who we have lost, both civilian and military this Memorial Day!

Take care, Bonnie

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Chalk Board Paint Project!

I know so many of you are on the chalk paint bandwagon that I want to try but I am a little slow.  So for now I am using the chalk board paint that everyone else is probably done with by now!

I had this mirror that I got at Target many years ago in the clearance section.  I don't even remember what it cost but knowing me it was less than $15!

It was in my son's rustic room before his makeover that I showed you HERE.  I decided to take the mirror out and make it a chalk board for my kitchen.

As you can see, I painted it heirloom white, sanded the edges, and painted the hardware an oil rubbed bronze.

I really like it here in the kitchen because whenever we are out of something, everyone writes it on the board so I know to buy it on my next trip to the store!

Below it you can see an in process desk transformation!  Maybe that will be my next post.

Again, here is BEFORE...

Here is the AFTER!

I am linking to Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday, Amaze Me Monday at Dittle Dattle and Savvy Southern Style's Wow Us Wednesday.  Make sure to stop by!


Thank you for your wonderful comments!  I am trying to maybe get two posts in this week!
Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Changing Things a Little in the Foyer

It's me again!  I have resurfaced with some creativity.  Working a little more than 3 days a week so I haven't had any time for blogging.  Just laundry, groceries, cooking and dishes!

When I had a few moments to spare, I was checking out a few blogs.  Liz caught my eye over at Savvy Seasons by Liz with a floral arrangement she did in her foyer.  Liz always inspires me and how she can have her new house so put together after just moving across the country is amazing to me!  Anyway, her arrangement made me remember that I made my bouquet for our wedding 20 years ago, so why couldn't I do a simple floral arrangement?

I found this container at Salvation Army on sale for $2.  It wasn't the most attractive and I thought I would paint it.  However, after I looked at it in the house, it wasn't too bad (with flowers!).

I went to Hobby Lobby where they had their floral bushes at 50% off.  They also had a clearance of 66% off but that is another post!  Anyway, I found a bouquet and I matched some brown eucalyptus with it for filler.

I already had some foam left over from who knows what project in the last 20 years!  I cut a piece to fit in the container.

I snipped the bouquet stems with the wire cutters and separated them into groups that matched.

I am more of a symmetrical person so for me I just kept it simple and even.  After I had the flowers inserted, I  stepped back to see where it needed a few more flowers.

I think it turned out rather nice.  From here I then used the eucalyptus for filler where it needed it.

This is how it turned out!  I just love it.  I have always loved arrangements and greenery around the home but there are so many decorators that just cringe about it.  It made me stop using "fake" flowers/greenery.  I have decided that I don't care anymore what the "experts" think.  I don't go overboard but I think a room needs them for warmth!  Okay enough of that subject!

How about a before picture from February for Valentine's day?  Rather lame if you ask me!

 Here are more after pictures!

Total cost:  $15 - Retail if you bought something like this:  $50
Works for me!

Here is a peek at another project I have been working on!  Don't you just love Shadow's pink tongue hanging out???

I am linking to Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday and Savvy Southern Style's Wow Us Wednesday.  Make sure to stop by!

Thank you for hanging in here with me!  I know my posts are few and far between!  Your comments keep me going!


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