Month: September 2015

It’s All in the Details- Super Simple (and Cheap) Drawer Liners

At times I didn’t think the updated hutch project would ever come to an end (check out the sneak peek here), but I’m so happy to report that I painted the last bit today!  Hooray!!  It’s so tall that I have to wait for Brandon to come home from his shift at the firehouse to help me mount the cabinet doors on the top…I can’t reach that high!  I’m not kidding, this thing is a giant- even in our garage it looks big. In the meantime, I wanted to share a simple project that I incorporated into my updated hutch.  I wanted a fun, unique touch for the hutch, and finally settled on striped drawer liners.  Sometimes, the details really make the piece.  Okay, all the time the details make the piece.  I stayed with a clean and simple color palette when designing this hutch- Sherwin Williams Denim and Pure White.  So…I knew I wanted some fun details to finish this redo off right.  I picked out this blue and green striped paper to finish …

Fall Harvest Zucchini Bread

Fact number 1:  I love to bake.  I like to think it’s in my genes, handed down from my grandmother’s side of the family.  They were real bakers and owned a bakery, while I just like whipping up treats for my family in the kitchen.   Fact number 2:  I also really, REALLY try to eat healthy most of the time.  I also believe in moderation…taught to me by my dad!  So…one of my favorite “healthy-ish” treats to bake this time of year is zucchini bread! I’ve tried lots and lots of recipes and variations on zucchini bread over the years, and this one is my favorite.  I think it makes the most moist and flavorful bread, and I love the combination of cinnamon and zucchini.  I stockpile zucchini throughout the summer (I especially love to acquire what I like to call “zucchini baseball bats”- those huge, overgrown zucchini that are really not the best for eating- you can make several loaves of bread out of just one of those suckers!)  When my little gardeners …

Updated Hutch Sneak Peek

I thrive on being busy.  I’ve found that the more I have going on, the happier I am.  When I’m busy, I’m getting things done and I love the feeling of accomplishment.  But…there does come a time when busy becomes CRAZY…and this past week crossed over that fine line. Not only was I wrapping up the biggest furniture redo I’ve ever done (except my kitchen cabinets), but we were also having a yard sale this weekend.  And, just for fun, I decided it was the perfect time to change my entire blog theme.  (Those who know anything about WordPress…you know this puts the capital C in CRAZY!  But really, isn’t the site looking beautiful?!  Well worth the many hours of searching for perfection.)  Top that off with my husband taking a class during the week and being gone for 3 days, my normal “mommy duties”, a full time job, and I was feeling a tiny bit STRESSED this week.  It was the kind of week where I was constantly working on one task, while mentally strategizing the next …

Life Lessons: Giving Your Personal Best

As a momma, sometimes I get reminders of some of life’s most valuable lessons, smack dab in the middle of the most unexpected places.  Yesterday, it was during parent pick up at my son’s elementary school.  In addition to the smiling face, adorable “hey mom” wave, and him running over to greet me while slipping his hand in mine (thankfully he’s not too old for that yet), Brady couldn’t wait to show me the certificate he had received during the school day. The certificate was for “Giving His Personal Best”, and he was chosen by his teacher as the representative for his class in this school-wide award.  Of course, I was over the top proud of him.  But, here’s the really special part.  Brady won this exact same award last year.  He must be an expert at “giving his personal best”. You know what?  That brings a couple of tears to this momma right here.  And you know what else?  It makes me stop and think about my own life.  Do I always give my …

How to Capture Life through Great Photography

This image says it all…without saying a word. This image is also my inspiration as a photographer, my perfection to strive towards, and my childhood in memory form…all bundled together in a nice, neat little package.  The man behind the camera of this precious and meaningful shot was my father.  As a photographer and artist, he was often behind the camera, capturing life’s moments and my entire childhood.  I used to joke with him about memory book after memory book of images of me as a baby, each shot almost identical to the last, save the occasional smile or sneeze.  He loved to use me as his subject, to practice new techniques, different lighting, different methods of developing the negatives.  The result?  A lifetime of memories…captured and preserved forever.  Today, I can’t thank him enough.  Not just for those memories he saved for me, but also for the lessons he has taught me about photography. I can remember conversations about photography that I’ve had with my Dad over the years.  He hates posed, perfect shots- …

Master Bedroom Makeover- Part 3 (Curtains!)

I’m continuing on with our Master Bedroom Makeover update today.  In case you missed it, here are Part 1 (painting furniture) and Part 2 (DIY headboard).  After sanding, priming, and painting two of the three large pieces of furniture in our bedroom, plus stripping down the hardware and repainting it as well, I was quite ready for a different aspect of this bedroom redo!  I decided to let the last piece of furniture sit for a little while, and instead switched gears to some of the sewing items I had in mind for this new space. I looked at LOTS of options as far as fabric was concerned.  Looking at fabric sometimes consumes me.  I think I spent the better part of one entire afternoon browsing online.  I kept coming back to a pattern called Manchester Premier Navy by Premier Prints.  I ended up ordering it online from fabric.com .  (I really like this site!  If you spend $35 or more, you get free shipping!  I needed 6 yards of fabric, so I qualified.)

Mudroom Organizational Bench- Part 2

The mudroom organizational bench I helped Kristina design is now complete!  (If you missed Part 1 of this project where I created the bench seat cushion, you can find it here.) The rest of this build was pretty simple; it was really just a matter of connecting the existing pieces that Kristina had purchased.  She had the bench seat, and the hanging shelf already, so we simply measured and cut bead board for the backing.  We also cut bead board to fit inside the shelves, as they were originally open and exposed the wall.  We touched up with a little paint, used super duper Command strips (the velcro style ROCK!) to hang the bead board, and were ready to go!

My Whole 30 Experience and Tips for Survival

In May, I completed my first Whole30 (I wrote briefly about it here).  I’ve had lots and lots of questions about this experience, so I wanted to write a more detailed post to try to answer them all!  I like to say that completing the Whole30 was the “easiest hard thing” I’ve ever done.  Basically, it’s a very strict paleo style diet that allows you to eat veggies, fruits, lean protein, and good fats.  Yup- that means no sugar, no alcohol, no grains, no legumes, no dairy, and no snacking. I should probably start by explaining why I chose to embark on the Whole30 challenge in the first place.  I was in an “ehh” kind of place in my life.  I didn’t feel healthy, I was overweight and desperate for a change.  But in addition to that, my chronic hives had returned with a vengeance and I was on way more medications than I felt comfortable with to try to control them (FOUR Zyrtec a day people!!)  I was constantly tired, moody, bloated…you name it …

Mudroom Organizational Bench- Part 1

Today’s post is one that I’m very excited to share with you!  I was recently asked to help design a mudroom organizational bench for one of my very favorite people!  My cousin, Kristina, had purchased a white bench seat and matching white shelf, and she wanted to incorporate them together into one functional piece for her mudroom.  As soon as she mentioned the words “organization” and “bead board” I was in…but really just getting to spend time with her was enough.  (I mean really, we had way more laughs inside Home Depot than is normal I’m sure!) The first step in this project was to create a cushioned top for the bench.  I knew I wanted to use foam and adhere it to a piece of wood with my staple gun.  Kristina had fabric in mind, so after a quick trip to JoAnn’s to get the foam we were in business.  This project was SO EASY!