Sunday, June 2, 2013

Graduation and Front Porch Summer Decorating

My posts have been very few over the last few months. I've been working more hours at work which limits my time at home while trying to work on projects at home. Very hard to find time to maintain a blog with that kind of schedule. Thankfully I don't have the added pressure of keeping a schedule for my readers since my blog isn't about making money!!

This is real life decorating when you work full time outside the home! It isn't organized or always pretty but it is REAL!!

Our youngest son just graduated from high school! So proud and ready for the next stage of life for him and for us. Just so you are aware, Mr. Creative is 6' 2" and I'm 5' 11" so it is quite obvious that our baby boy is 6'6" because I look short!!

Of course graduation meant a "graduation party"! That means let's try to kill ourselves to get all those things done around the house that we have just let go over the past few summers! We patched asphalt, cut a quarter mile of weeds along the road, power washed the house and decks, stained the porch and deck, painted outside furniture, painted the inside two story foyer/family room and painted inside furniture. There was still more things that needed to be done that just didn't make it!

I'll show you the front porch today! Those boxwood bushes need to be pulled out and new landscaping planted. Maybe this fall!

The wishing well that hides our well pump got a nice coat of redwood stain! Oh and a basket of flowers.

I stained the glider again and made some flower arrangements. I've decided to go with faux flowers on the porch now because we are gone most every weekend in the summer and real flowers die if not watered everyday! Not interior decorator appropriate but a real life adjustment!

The rocker used to be the old dark stained kind that we got from Mr. Creative's grandma. It wasn't getting any use inside so I decided to paint it white and move it to the porch. Now someone sits in it almost every day!

Another view from the side.

A view from sitting on the glider. Shadow isn't supposed to be on the front porch but he found the gate opened and sneaked his way up there! I have two hummingbird feeders that they are just fighting over. I enjoy sitting out there and watching them!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to post pictures of our foyer sometime soon!


Friday, April 19, 2013

I was Flooded In!

What an unbelievable spring we are having here in the Midwest. Last summer was a severe drought. This winter was average but maybe a little warmer than normal. This spring has been crazy! The first day of spring gave us 8" of snow! Now we received 4" of rain! 

Here is what it looked like off our back deck! There are two hillsides that come together behind our house. We have a drainage pipe that couldn't handle all the water and leaves so it began to fill and overflow into our yard.

As it flowed past our deck towards the slope to our lower area.

Rushing down the slope.

Following the run off channel towards our road.

At the bottom where it went everywhere in the lower yard. You can kind of see our house up on the hill.

The river of water flowing down our gravel road. It looks like gravel but it was solid water all the way!

One of two low water bridges we cross. I couldn't get to the second one, obviously. There is a piece of concrete under that water somewhere!

Crazy times! I had one boy stuck at home with me and the other boy on the outside wanting to come home after school! The good news is that it takes a lot to make it do this and it goes down low enough to drive through within an hour or so of the rain stopping/diminishing.

I hope everyone else is safe and sound! Have a great weekend!


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Welcome to Spring in Antarctica!

Well, not quite that far north... March 24th in Missouri and it's snowing. More than that, it is STILL snowing! They're thinking 8" or more by the time it is done today. 

C R A Z Y!

I will say, it's the prettiest snow we have had in a few years!

It must be wet enough that it is really clinging to the trees. 

Stay warm everyone! Have a blessed Sunday!


Saturday, March 16, 2013

The End of Google Reader...

Am I the only one that uses Google Reader? I use it to look at the over 200 blogs that I follow. I just found out that it's going away here soon, July 1st to be exact.

After receiving an email, I've started going through all the blog posts that I starred and I'm pinning what I liked about them.

For my favorite blogs, I'm looking to find if each one has a Facebook page.

In addition, has a post about the top 5 alternative readers.

I'm checking into this Feedly for a replacement of Google Reader.

I don't know how the rest of you bloggers are able to keep up with blogs posts. Our internet is rather slow, so pulling up the actual blog page that uses large pictures takes a 
some time. If you multiply that time by 100 posts per day, I would be spending WAY TOO much time on the computer. With the reader, I can scan down all new posts and if a picture catches my eye, I can stop and read it or click on their post to go to their webpage.

Of course, I have a small list of favorite blogs that I book marked so I can go directly visit their blogs at least once a week. That would be the other bloggers that are so sweet to check in on my blog once in awhile!

Well, I guess I'm done complaining. I have a few months to get through all those saved blog posts and to move over to a new reader. It's just the older I get, the less I like change!

Have a great rest of the weekend!


Thursday, March 14, 2013

Faux Roman Shades

Last week, I decided to drag myself out of the hole I was in and be productive. I have a long list (like four pages in a Word document) of things that need to be done around the house. Since we are a little cash poor this month, I'm trying to work on projects that I already have the supplies needed.

This leads me to our Master Bedroom. I've been working on it for awhile but it still isn't ready for a reveal. Soon, very soon, I hope. The bedroom has a vaulted ceiling so we hung the drapes high. This left a bare space between the curtain rod and the frame of the window as you see below:


Excuse the very poor lighting and picture. I took it just before Mr. Creative started to hang my shade! Here is an after shot.

I had some fabric in a sort of plaid print that had the colors that are in the room. Blue with brown and cream. Mr. Creative made me two 1x2 pieces of wood the length I needed to hang past the window frame but hidden under the curtain panels.

This definitely isn't a tutorial. This idea was in my head and it came together as I went along, so there aren't any "in progress" pictures. Basically, I hemmed the sides and bottom, pressed the top over and pulled the fabric up in two sections to make the folds. I tacked the folds in three places to hold and then pressed the shade smooth. We then stapled the folded over top to the board and Mr. Creative screwed it into the wall. Of course there was a lot of measuring to get them even for sewing and for hanging!

I really like the way they turned out. It gives the windows a more finished look.

Here is the other window. As you can see, privacy isn't an issue for us so they are stationery and not very long.

You can see part of the table I painted the other day in the picture above.

I'm very happy with the way they turned out. The room is slowly coming together. I ordered some dark brown Briwax to try on the white part of the table on Mr. Creative's side of the bed. His dresser has to be painted as well. I finished the armoire but haven't showed it yet.

I hope this little project inspires someone to try something they aren't quite sure how to do. It's amazing how things can turn out when you take your time and try. This project took most of the afternoon.

Thanks for stopping by and have an awesome weekend!


Saturday, March 9, 2013

Painting While the Sun Shines!

Here in the Midwest, it has been gray and cloudy with snow or rain for what seems like a month. It was raining this morning but by noon the sun was out and it was 60 degrees!

I thought I better use my time outside wisely. Using my brute strength, I dragged this little table out to the garage. Good thing it's made of pine! I sanded and cleaned her up before deciding what color to paint.

The plan was to stain the top dark and paint the base off white. However, the previous owner must have spilled candle wax on the top. No amount of sanding could get it out of the bare wood. Of course I tried to stain it but it came out spotty.

Skipping on to the base while I figured out what to do with top and shelf, I decided on Heirloom White by Rustoleum for the base.

 Mr. Creative said the stain that I tried looked black so why not just paint it black. So black it became quite quickly.

So my well built but ugly table that I bought on Craigslist for $40 turned into a sharp looking piece of furniture for our bedroom.

I will take better pictures once I finish the black with some wipe on poly and put her in our bedroom!

Have you been busy while a sneak peek of spring happened?

Remember to set your clocks forward tonight or you will miss most of church in the morning!!


Saturday, March 2, 2013

Movie Night - Safe Haven

I don't get to go to the movies very often. Not a luxury that we spend on ourselves. Most of our movies are from the wonderful Netflix. 

However, today I met a friend for lunch and a movie. She lives near Lake of the Ozarks and I live near St. Louis so we meet half way at a small town in Missouri that has a cinema that costs $6. I was able to get a ticket, small popcorn and soda for less than $12! That is much more affordable!

We went to see Safe Haven. I really enjoyed it and I'm sure most of you have already seen it! 

I always loved Julianne Hough on Dancing with the Stars. Her and her brother, Derek, are so talented. I miss her on the show but think she did a great job in this movie. Of course, Josh Duhamel is rather attractive and talented as well!

One of my favorite things from the movie is his house. This house is what I call a Victorian style farmhouse that I just love. There is just something about the bay window, little porch and metal roof that says peaceful and home to me. 

I wonder if Mr. Creative would build it as a retirement home for us????? 

Well, hope everyone is having a good weekend! I'm ready to be lazy now!


Friday, March 1, 2013

Family Room Mood Board

Do you start dreaming of working on another room before you have finished the last one? I'm so bad about doing that as you will soon see.

Our master bedroom is at a standstill because I need to paint and stain a table as well as the chest of drawers. Not something I want to do inside the house during the winter.

Since it has been snowing, I decided to do a little planning for my family room makeover. I haven't been happy with what I have done in my family room. I didn't plan it out and began trying to bring what I had together. I have to plan...for months! I am starting over using a few key pieces that I have to keep!

I follow Sarah at The Yellow Cape Cod and love her designs and style. I have been studying her mood boards for some time now. She has a reasonably priced design service for what I call "real people"! I still can't afford to do it so I keep plugging away with my minimal budget using her ideas for inspiration.

My other problem is that our style has to be a little more rustic. With a family of all men who hunt, there are a few trophies around that need to be incorporated into the room.

Enough is what I've come up with so far! 

Please tell me your thoughts. It seems to be coming together better now that I have it on a mood board instead of inside my head giving me headache!

Have a wonderful weekend!


Friday, February 22, 2013

Snow Day!

It's hard to believe that it has been a month since I last posted! Life has a way of taking control of your time and energy. I haven't been that busy but I haven't had the ambition to work on any projects either. So I guess I took a little break. Winter has a way of doing that to me. Does anyone else suffer from the winter blues?

Here in the Mid-west, we had a little winter storm this week. I thought I would find the camera and shoot a few pictures of the landscape. We live on a hill and this driveway is a bear to shovel. Not sure what we would do without those two teenage boys to help us!

Here is what happened during the last snow/ice storm. Our oldest son couldn't make it all the way up the driveway so he parked his car and came in the house. When he went back outside, it was GONE! It slid down the side of the driveway up against a tree!

Needless to say, the boys make sure they shovel the driveway clean now!!

Hopefully I will feel like doing some projects and posting more soon! Have a wonderful weekend!


Monday, January 21, 2013

DIY Upholstered Headboard

I've been working on the vignettes in the living room but they just aren't quite ready for posting yet! So until then, I decided to show the Ballard Design upholstered headboard that we wanted but couldn't afford so we had to do a DIY version!

It turned out just awesome and I am so happy with how it looks here in the room! I especially love the cost of $75 compared to $500! I did change the shape somewhat because our room is full of "curves".

You are also getting a sneak peek at the progress in the bedroom! I began the master bedroom remodel at the same time as our master bath because they are connected. I still have a few more things to do before I show more pictures. I definitely need to work on my pillows before the final "reveal"!

Let me give you the basic steps we went through to make this headboard.

Mr. Creative measured and cut the curve I was wanting from MDF. We have a queen size bed and he measured for the size based on where we wanted it.

I purchased the dense foam from Hancock Fabrics when they had it 40% off. Foam is so expensive. We had to cut pieces to fit at the arch top with the electric knife.

First layer is a canvas drop cloth that I purchased at Walmart. I believe it was the 6x9 size. I washed it with bleach and dried it. After having it folded for so long, I had to iron it and use a damp cloth to get the creases out which is the damp spots you see there!

Well, we got carried away and I didn't take pictures of every step! So I will walk through what we did up to this point. 

We laid quilt batting on top of the drop cloth, then the foam and last was the MDF. We began by pulling the fabric tight, stapling from one end to the other leaving space to finish the corners last. Mr. Creative had to do the corners because I just couldn't get them to look straight and neat.

I wanted nail head trim but the budget just didn't allow for it. I decided I would hot glue brown braided trim to the fabric instead. Measuring two inches from the edge, we drew a line so I knew where to glue the trim.

The trim went quickly because you can't waste any time when using a hot glue gun!

Mr. Creative made a French cleat to hang the headboard. Here is an example of a French cleat and a link to instructions to make one from wood.

Here she is hanging on the wall!!!

A close up showing the fabric and trim.

Another picture with the bed made up.

Here you can see a little more of the makeover in our master bedroom!

Another picture from the other direction. Lighting isn't real good with my camera.

At the foot of the bed is another project I just finished, too! Hopefully I can show more soon.

I have so many projects going on and it would help if I could just finish one room before jumping to the next project. Am I the only one that does this?

I'm linking up to Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at what I've been working on!

Have a great week!



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