Dollar Tree wreath Fall edition

Well i am finally back to blogging! Thank you to everyone who kept asking me to blog again. Who knew it would take so much to keep up a blog! I totally have a new appreation for those who blog daily!

Back in The spring I did the dollar store challenge and made two wreaths for my front doors and I LOVED them! I mean where can you get two wreaths for twenty bucks! ( can I get an amen?!) I wanted to give you and update on how the wreaths held up for the summer. They are on a small covered poarch but when the wind blows during a storm they were not completely protected.

Here are the wreaths today as I am ready to remove them.

So I think they held up really well. Matter of fact I was so pleased with them, I decided to make a fall set to kick off my fall decorating, which will probably take most of September. This is NOT, however because I have that much in way of fall decor, but because it is hard to get into the its fall excitement when its still 90 plus degrees everyday! Lol.

So back to my current wreaths, again I hit the Dollar Tree with 20 bucks and an idea of what i wanted, came out with everything I used and about 5 things that never made it on the wreath. Lol

Here is what I got all from 1 quick trip into my local Dollar Tree.

Here is how I put them together, working on both at the same time so they are very similar.

So here ya go. My 1st step towards fall. I love them!


Painting in the kitchen has begun!

Finally, It has begun! I have been wanting to start painting my kitchen but I took forever to pick my paint colors and this will be a long project because I do not want to rush and I want us to take our time doing it and do it right. I will give you a quick update on what we did this weekend and will give updates as we complete sections. 

Before of the alcove where our pantry is and the coffee bar area. I like to think of it as phase 1 lol

We did 2 coats of primer and 1 coat of paint. The paint is Benjamin Moore Classic gray. Which I love! Thank you Starr!

Just primer above but wow what a change. 

I can not wait to put on another coat and do the trim. 

I will keep you posted on our progress! 

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Fake peonies

Okay so while browsing Pinterest I stumbled across where someone had taken carnation flowers, made a few cuts under the bloom on the green and wired a few together and boom they look a-lot like peonies! I love peonies and plan on planting a couple of them in the fall. My favorite are the Sarah Bernhardt double bloom peonies! But until then I think I have found a way of having the look without the expense of buying them. 

I brought home flowers that were left from the senior breakfast on friday and there were carnations in the arrangements so I figured what better time to try it out than now.

I cut the green under the bloom in about 4 or 5 places.

Fluff the bloom by gently pulling the flower open, just don’t pull the petals out. Lol 

Then I wired 2 or 3 together as close to the bloom as possible.

Oh my goodness is this not beautiful!!!

Now I am not a professional florist so don’t judge my arrangement too harshly, but I love fresh flowers and now I will be hunting carnations next time I am buying flowers.

Let me know what you think and If you try this. Would love to see your tips and tricks for making beautiful arrangements without breaking the bank!

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Kitty Closet for crazy cat people

As I mentioned yesterday, I am so far behind on posting and well, honestly it’s Sunday night and I am typing up several blogs that I have been trying to write but just haven’t seemed to have the time. There is this great feature that lets you just pick when it will post! How cool is that. So just to be clear I didn’t post this while at work lol!

Okay moving on to the project, we have an abundance of closets in this house. Of course they are all in use, but we took one closet and that is where we kept our two litter boxes and fed the cats (2 of them). We took the doors off the closet and made a plywood shelf for their food. That is how it was until last weekend when we decided it needed a face lift. So off to Lowe’s we went with an idea and giddy excitement! What? doesn’t everyone get giddy when they go to lowes? Okay, okay but I love lowes!

Here are pictures of our fur babies, Sweeney the yellow tabby and Misty the grey tabby. Yes Sweeney really did park her fluffy self right on top of my clean WHITE shirts! 

And like usual we forgot to take a pick before we got started but the only thing missing is the plywood and cat bowls.

We cleaned out everything and gave it a good clean and a coat of paint. I bought a quart and had some left over.

That my friends is my handsome assistant and handy man extraordinaire! 

We covered the plywood and a board with some remnant carpet we picked up at lowes for 11 dollars, and handsome handyman wrapped two boards with sisal rope.  

Then I used a valance that I already had on a tension rod to cover where the litter boxes are and added a few items on the top shelf. Now let me explain the blue rug that doesn’t match anything in the picture below. I had read were micro fiber rugs were great for helping cat not to track litter so several months ago I picked that up on clearance. I will continue to use it until i find a bargain on one that matches. 

The stool is for Sweeney, whom is a little on the fluffy side and doesn’t jump a-lot. LOL. Now I must give full disclosure. Neither cat as willingly gone up in the closet. Misty is very much a climber but is super skittish and I believe she will warm up to it, once she gets used to the change. Oh and eventually that 1970’s green carpet will come up because there are hardwoods below but that too my friends is a project for another day.

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And if you missed yesterdays dollar tree challenge check it out on the link below.

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Dollar Tree Challenge

Oh my goodness I am so far behind on blogging! Todays post was an online challenge that I saw on two other blogs that I follow. My Re-purposed life and Refresh restyle (when I learn how to share links I will ask permission and share their pages with y’all). You had to create something from items found only from the dollar tree! This was totally up my alley and I knew just the thing or should say things that I wanted to make.

I wanted to make matching wreaths for my front doors. Matching ones because I have two skinny outter shutter like doors for screen doors.

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Oh girls they came out so great I couldn’t believe they were from the dollar tree. If you have priced wreaths lately they are so expensive and I couldn’t get one for 20 dollars let alone 2.

Okay lets start from the beginning. Here is what all I bought for making my wreaths and I didn’t use some of it.

I broke out my trusty glue gun and stared wrapping the foam circle with the rope.

I forgot to pause and take a picture until I was already gluing flowers on, but as you can see I only covered part with rope.

Then I laid out kinda how I wanted them to look and started gluing. I would hop back and forth from each wreath in my attempt to keep them matching.

Then I hung them on my doors! I absolutely love how they turned out and am so glad I saw the dollar tree challenge, which made me think to make my wreaths rather than buy them.

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DIY rain boots calf expansion

 

Because we have had rain the last couple of days and the forecast is calling for at least a 50% chance of rain, each day, over the next 10 days. I thought it would be the perfect time to share this DIY. Let me know if you have any questions on any of the steps. I will be glad to help. 

Have you ever been shopping and discovered the most perfect pair of rain boots, that was surely designed and made just for you? I mean – perfect size, perfect color or design, and perfect price and then you try them on, only to discover, the calves are too tight? Oh the disappointment! That my friends, can make a girl fall out in the isle of the shoe store and do the ugly cry! Total disappointment! The tuck tail and hang ones head as you leave the store kind of disappointment. I used to believe that when the calves were too tight you just had to suck it up and keep looking. Girls, I was wrong!

It started when I ordered my daughter (she is 24) a pair of rain boots. She loved them and was so excited. When she tried them on she discovered the calves were too tight. There was much wailing and nashing of teeth! I starting looking for a fix for our problem and looked all over pinterest and wasn’t finding anything. So I took an idea from my favorite pair of my rain boots and just decided to chance it. Here is a picture of one of the boots before I started on it(I almost forgot to take a before picture, I had actually started on one boot when I remembered to snap a picture)

So here is what I did, cut a U shape out of the outside calf.  

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First project blog! Oh the excitement!

Okay guys, I am so excited to share this project! I have so many projects that I have saved from the past to put on my blog, but this is an actual, real time project blog! Lol! I am so excited to reveal my new over the sink lighting. It has been in the making for several weeks and has been ready to be hung for a couple of those weeks! But as you all know work, life and anniversary parties trump finishing projects sometimes. Hubby and I both found a pin that we liked and wanted to make something similar. This is the inspiration that use to make our light.

Now I must say that it looks so great with all the cabinets and walls painted and hubby did suggest that we wait to hang it, until after we painted, but I was so excited and loved it so much that I couldn’t wait!

We used a 4 foot long 6 inch pine board and added 3 inch board around the sides. Dave attached them with L brackets, to build the box.

Then Dave stained it using walnut minwax stain. Because it is above the sink he put a few coats of polycrylic to seal the wood from dampness and steam. Then Dave drilled the holes for the pendent lights and wired them together. I know what y’all are thinking…. that it seems like Dave is doing most of the work, wellllll ummm yeah, I plan it and he is my handy man. But don’t let that fool y’all, he enjoys the projects as much as I do. Well, maybe not that much but he has like them! Mostly lol!

Just so y’all know, I did go to Lowe’s and picked out the globes! I wanted glass globes not the wire ones like in the inspiration light. I also stood on the counter and lined up the bolts to the butterfly toggles we put in the ceiling to hang the wooden base.

Excuse the blurry pictures but I wanted y’all to see how safe this looked LOL (Denise would die! (Denise is the safety coordinator at work lol)).

Without further ado here is the finished light!

I love, love, love the light and let me assure you that no one will have any trouble seeing while washing dishes! It’s fantastic! I can’t wait to start painting in the kitchen, then cabinets. Slowly but surely our kitchen is coming together.

Oh and as a side note it makes a great light out back too! Lol

Good night y’all!

50 years

50 years! Y’all think about that for just a minute. That’s half a century, 5 decades or the big five-O (I am sure that is a real measurement of time). It takes 50 years for foam cups, leather and tin cans to decompose! That my friends, is a long time! Do you know what else it is? It’s how long my wonderful parents have been married! The Lord has blessed me with two amazing parents that not only through talk, but through actions have set the example as to what it means to love and honor your spouse and be a Christian. I am not sure how I got chosen to be part of this amazing family. I seem to find myself saying how blessed I am a lot lately. So here I am again, so very Blessed for Christian parents that took me to church and taught me right from wrong. Who punished me when I was wrong, and prayed for me and with me as far back as I can remember! (When I was little I remember kneeling around my bed and the four of us said bedtime prayers. I was scared to death something was going to grab me from under the bed! Lol just a little fun fact I felt the need to share!) So to these two amazing people that God chose to be my parents, I just want you to know how much you are loved and appreciated! I love you momma and Daddy!

Okay so suck up the sniffles and let me share some of the highlight pictures from Saturday. We had a small get together for my parents with some of the family and a few friends

Look at those beautiful strawberries!

In case you missed it, I love my parents! And it helps that I am their favorite child! LOL

Good night y’all!

Fancy Strawberries

Have you ever bought the expensive chocolate dipped strawberries? Me either! Because I just couldn’t bring myself to pay that kinda price for them. Well today was my parents 50th wedding Anniversary and tomorrow we are taking them out to eat and then having some friends over for coffee and dessert. I wanted to have something for those who wouldn’t want dessert. So I decided to make a fruit tray and some oh so yummy fruit dip and as it usually does, one thing lead to another and 15 videos and 12 pins saved on Pinterest later. I have decided that I would dip strawberries in white and milk chocolate and decorate them. I watched a videos and thought how hard can it be?

I enlisted the help of my sweet daughter and we washed and dried strawberries. Then I just melted the chocolate in the microwave and we started dipping

I Bought gold edible spray paint, gold sprinkles, and used the chocolate as decorating tools. Overall they turned out wonderfully!! But of course there were some “oops” berries which, of course we ate!

Ha for those who know Torrie, knows she added the face to the one we tied to double dip. They may not be professional but I think they turned out pretty good!

As you can also see, I figured out how to add pictures!

I will share more on our decorations and some things my SIL has made tomorrow night!

Day one!

My electronics may not survive me setting up this blog!

Well, I have had this desire to blog! I have put it off cause we just bought a house and with unpacking and everything I just hadn’t gotten around to it. So today I thought would be the day, mostly because I wanted to be able to share all our project including the good, the bad and girls even the ugly! But just getting this darn page set up has been the biggest frustration ever! (Probably not really but it feels like it today) If I could just pay someone (probably one of my kids could figure it out easy peasy) to set it up and say here Judy, just go here and type and add pictures! That’s really what I needed!! Okay, I am far enough along to have gotten to write and post but am pretty sure my page says NOTHING about me! I typed the following on my profile and then realized it was my wordpress profile not my blog! Go ahead and laugh, I was totally frustrated! Here is what I said:

I love home projects, up cycling or just giving something a coat of paint (Hubby says I paint everything!!). I guess Farmhouse chic is my style, if I have to pick one. I also love my Starbucks chai tea, belly dancing and have a slight obsession with Rick Springfield, I mean I am not overly stalkerish! I don’t own a lock of his hair or anything! (Don’t judge!)

Hubby and I just bought our first house together and we are super excited to get going on home projects. Our home was built in 1960 and hasn’t been updated since! A little scary and exiting! More exciting for me I am sure. Y’all we have a yellow dishwasher! It works but the plumbing has to be redone. Anywho…. hope you subscribe to my blog and keep up with our crazy journey! And comment! Love to have comments!

See where my frustrations are coming from! Why would I want that as my profile not my page! Ugghhh!!! I am not sure how but I can blog, just type and post but I have no idea how to change my fonts, how to change the color or add photos to my page but I can type! So the Idea is to blog about all that stuff listed above but I haven’t figured out exactly how I am going to make that happen but rest assured that if you come back I will figure it out and make you laugh in the process!

UPDATE:  (all of 5 minutes later )Well I hit publish and then I took me several minutes to figure out what everyone would be seeing and low and behold the above underlined stuff that I didn’t think I had put in the correct place… yeah well guess it was! Cause  there it was on my home page! Bless!! Hang with me I will not let this beat me!