Saturday, August 29, 2009

New layout

Ben took this photo of me outside in the garden. Hot day, pasty face. LOL So of course, I had to turn it into a scrapbook page! :)
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Have a good weekend friends! :)

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Mission accomplished!

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Have I mentioned how much I love this boy??
Today I attacked the office (yeah, I am always doing something to my house) and I fought the battle...the battle of all the stray game pieces. They are sorted, ziploc-ed and shelved. Mission impossible--accomplished.
I came to the realization today that every room in the house really belongs to my son. Like I can look in every room and see toys,books,etc. And while yes, I miss adult time and adult things, I am really happy and content when I see evidence of childhood around. Someday he's gonna grow up and this little nest will be empty. No more legos stuck to the bottom of my bare foot, no more (creepy?) electronic toys going off on their own at night, and worse, no more warmy, bear snuggles in the morning. Instead I will be making phone calls saying, "Why don't you ever call your mama?!?" So hug your little ones tight today. And if your little ones have left the nest call them and say, "Why don't you call your mama?!?" lol. Seriously, life moves too fast! Who is in agreement?
Enough of the Hallmark posting. Let's talk about something more on the light side. We have plans to make hot dog cookies today. Hot dog cookies!!!
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Recipe and photo found here!
Basically you take a butter cookie recipe, dye some of it red and some hot dog bun color LOL. Then you shape it like hot dogs and bake! Gel icing--yellow and red--make great toppings. Click the link above for the detailed recipe.
I am not too sure our version will look much like the recipe...we had an incident two days ago where we attempted to make cake suckers. Ummmm...they turned out non-edible. Let's just say you *should* follow recipes and not try to substitute stuff. Which reminds me I need to go buy eggs. :)
Have a happy hump day!!!
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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

House Redux!

I have photos to share of our house re-do. Ummm...yeah I really did not think to take before photos but trust me, our house was borderline fugly. (Hint: If you look back through the archives you can probably see some of the house hot mess going on...) The living room carpet was only 3 years old but I had picked out forest green thinking it would hide stains. Three years later, I never want to see green carpet again! We tiled the living room, kitchen (yeah this is the like 4th kitchen floor we have changed in the 8 years I have owned it), and new bathroom tile. I like tile. Sooooo easy to clean ceramic tile with my steamer. So easy to wipe up spills. And so much better for our allergies.
Oh and I have to share my favorite quote with you!
"A good home must be made, not bought."
- Joyce Maynard
(as seen on Thrifty Decor Chick blog-thanks!)
So here we go...
Here's the tile:
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bathroom:
We wanted the theme to be vintage and French. We wallpapered the wall and did a copper/gold treatment on it.
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The outlets have stone plates.
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This copper mirror was a wedding gift from my cousin Carlos. It actually inspired the wall treatment and fit in well with the theme.
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French print
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bathroom mirror edge
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hook for hand towels
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hook for large towels
We said goodbye to towel bars!!
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The faucet. Love the bronze look!
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Soap dispenser.
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This is a decorative piece that sits on the sink vanity. I found it at Hobby Lobby and squealed (really!) because it matched the sink and my theme so well and it was on clearance!
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Vanity/sink.
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The bathroom trim. I stained it myself. :) We have it running on the top of the walls,too, and smaller ones on the edges.
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TP holder. We put it vertically instead of horizontal.
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Shower curtain with new bronze hooks. From Home Depot.
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My lights. My love. :)
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My favorite piece! The gold and copper fish soap dish. Made of glass.
Livingroom:
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I love the trim!!! Seriously I love it chunky.
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I am all about frames with no photos. I was really lucky my mom gave me these heavy,heavy brass frames from India. She had painted them white and they look great in my house now! I think I have about 20 of them. :)
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The entry way to Harrison's room.
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He has a new vinyl robot on his door from Michael's.
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living room
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Ceiling fan.
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Front door. The cross above the door has a prayer blessing everyone who enters and leaves.
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New red cover for leather cub chair.
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This print has so much meaning for us. I bought it online from Red Velvet Art (my fave store!), and I gave it to Ben for Valentine's because he loves The Pixies and this is one of their lyrics. But I also have always nicknamed Harrison "La" because that is how he cried when he was a newborn. It sounded like "La a la..." So its cute that it says La La I Love You on the picture. Oh, and it totally fits our living room. Serendipity, I tell you!
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Shabby chic key from Hobby Lobby.
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Our new flatscreen. And yes, that is a wooden time out chair.
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This armoire holds all our computer and printer stuff. It keeps the ugly stuff outta view.
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New curtain rods, new valance and wood blinds.
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These are vintage steel stars from some older building knocked down in OKC.
Kitchen:
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This candlelabra is hanging by the dining table. We got it from ebay.
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Custom pantry my husband Ben built. Yes, built.
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It is floor to bottom and made of pine. I painted it French Chocolate. Love it!!!
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Kinda blurry but this is our new kitchen window.
I love it soooo much!
So that's the deets on our home renovation. And my dog Kipper aka DJ Kipper approves!
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Friday, August 14, 2009

Featured Friday-Sarah Miller

Guess what time it is chickadees???
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Featured Friday!!! Have you missed it like I have? I think its been a month or so...
Today we are going to look at Sarah Miller's unique and fun creations!
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Sarah!
1.Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m a wife, mother of four grown great kids, and a grandmother. I’ve been an artist since as long as I remember. I’m almost six feet tall on a good day.
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Thanksgiving card. Love it!
2.What inspires you?

What inspires me is everything. I know that sounds like a cop out, but I get really blessed by looking at nature, people, fabric, some artistic blogs and I loved Home Companion magazine, but it is not published anymore…bummer.
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Way cute!!!

3.What advice would you give to a beginner?

Depends on what type of beginner. If this beginner is a creator, of any sort, they should practice, practice, practice. Hang out with other creative people. Inspiration flows like lava in a group of creative folks.

4.What is your favorite medium or tool to work with?

My favorite medium is watercolor, then fabric. I’m also a nut about paper-crafting.
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Very spring-y!
5. How do you find time to create?

I have health issues so I actually block out times on my calendar, and if I’m having a bad health day I move the time to the next day.
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Summer card :) I love how it unfolds!!

6.Where do you spend most of your time creating?

In my laundry room where my studio is located.

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This card is so elegant for Mother's Day and I love the colors!
7.What got you started?

I’m from a long line of artists; all it took was a crayon.
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I love how the ribbon is woven around the edges of this Thanksgiving card.
8.How would you describe your style?

Realistic
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Stunning.
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I really adore this yo-yo Christmas tree and want one myself!!!
9.What do you enjoy most about creating?

It is a stress reliever.
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Adorable sunflower basket!
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The inked edges are an awesome touch!
10.Where can we see more of your work?
You can see my artwork on www.stetlerarts.com and my paper-crafting art on http://stetlerarts.blogspot.com


Thank you Sarah!!! :) Much love!

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