Fall Wreath – A Pinterest Fail (My Fault)

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Once upon a time (last week), some friends and I decided to get together and try to make the wreath you see above (click pic for source).  This blogger said that he took her 20 minutes to make it.  I’ve never made a wreath before, but I figured it shouldn’t be that hard.

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WOW!  Doesn’t it look amazing?!  I mean, it looks exactly like the example above.  Am I right? No really, look closer.  Give it time, you’ll see it eventually.  Lolz.  It’s just so sad and pathetic-looking.  I ended up spending 4 hours (really only like 2 actual hours of being productive) working on it and I came home with this.  I would not give up though.  To be fair, I didn’t have the right kind of burlap.  After getting the correct supplies, I worked on it over the weekend (about an hour total) and produced a finish product.

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Much better.  I’m kind of digging it.  A little proud of myself.  It’s not the same as the Pinterest one, but much of the burlap she had was unavailable, so I just kind of made stuff up as I went.  Good ol’ trial and error.  Also, watching a two minute YouTube video did wonders for me.

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Don’t be surprised if the next time you see my front door it’s a different color and has a new handle.  I’m in all out remodel mode and nobody can stop me now.

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I’ve been ready for Autumn for over a month now.  I could “feel” it in the air.  I don’t do a lot of decorating for Autumn, so it will be this and some random pumpkins around the house. I did spy some cinnamon scented pine cones at the the grocery store that were subtly calling my name.  They’re on my list to pick up this week.  They smell so amazing and I just can’t resist!

Getting Back to Painting

Happy Friday!  I’ve been somewhat laid up after injuring my toe from the half marathon I ran (here).  It’s been almost two weeks since I’ve been able to put on close-toed shoes.  It sounds pathetic.  I get it.  It seriously hurts so badly though.  I haven’t been able to run since then, which is both good and bad.  It’s freed up quite a bit of time for me and I’ve gotten back to painting (woot!).  On the other hand, I feel sluggish during the day from not working out.  I can’t wait to get back to my normal routine.  BUT, until then, I am LOVING all that is getting done around our humble abode :)

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I picked up this little shutter for a couple of bucks a few months back.  It will look super cute painted white and will go in the master bedroom, I believe.

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Because I just can’t leave things alone, I decided to throw some paint up on the wall.  It really helps motivate me when I do this.  Having a spot like this on the wall will drive me a little crazy, so I tend to get the task done a lot sooner.  It used to drive the hubby nuts, but we’ve been married almost 10 years and he just kind of goes with the flow now.  It’s a white-ish/cream-ish color.  Very neutral and basic.  I like it.

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Say what?!  Am I painting everything???  Why yes.  Yes, I am.  And I like it. This will be a dresser for my Little Miss’s room.  She wasn’t a fan when I told her what I was doing, but now that it’s going white, she’s warming up to the idea.  It will be a space saver in her room.  The hubby is fully on-board with this one because he likes floor space.  Win-win :)

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When I’m not painting or doing home projects, I’ve been playing outside (and pulling loooots of weeds) with the kiddos.  This January has been so gorgeous.  I love it.  Life is good.

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The kiddos got these easels from my mom and dad for Christmas.  They get used so much throughout the day.  Great gifts!  This one is writing with his left hand here, but he also uses his right hand at times.

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He mostly uses his right hand when he eats though, so I’m guessing he’ll be right hand like his brother.  And yes, I did just give him the entire container of ice cream to eat out of.  I have no excuse, I just let him do it.  My house, my rules ;)

Well, that’s what I’ve been up to.  I can’t wait to post pics of all my projects completed.  Hopefully sooner than later.  The bathroom has been all prepped and the first coat of paint goes on tomorrow (would’ve been tonight, but Parenthood was on….pass the tissues please).  It’s a 90% chance of rain kind of day, so we’ll be stuck inside.  Sounds like a perfect day for painting :)  Have a great weekend and Go Seachickens Seahawks!  (I’m a Broncos fan, but they obviously didn’t make it.)  Oh ya, and the Super Bowl is here in Phoenix, so I’m locking myself inside to avoid the sea of people.  Yey for being an introvert!

 

We’re Making Progress in the Large Living Room

Hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day!  I wish I could say we relaxed and didn’t labor. The hubby worked much of the day and so did I (ya know, scrubbing toilets and scraping water balloons off the brick in the backyard…fun times).  Luckily, we had our fun on Saturday and Sunday by enjoying our time playing with the kiddos and going to the splash-pad ;)

Anyway, I realized it was eons ago that I said I was remodeling the “large living room”. Although I’m not done with it, I figured an update might be appropriate.  That, and I just washed the slipcovers on the sofa.  I know a big, dramatic reveal would have been fun, but let’s face it, who knows when that would happen.  So, here we go.

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Here’s what it looked like before.

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A shot of the other side of the room.

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And the after.  You’ll noticed that I had to install some corner protectors on the coffee table I made (here).  Gotsta protect those little humans of mine ;)  Also, that wall needs something.  I get it.  I’m thinking some canvas prints of the kiddos?  An electric fireplace? You know, for all those freezing cold nights in the desert…duh.

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I like the nice little seating area created for reading a book, enjoying a nice cup of coffee or watching the kids play in the backyard.

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The brown blinds are gone and brighter white curtains have taken their place.  So much brighter.  Take note that the brown trim is still there.  Yup, not happy about it, but all in due time my friends.

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A nice little basket to hide blankets, toys or whatever else the youngsters put in it.

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This wall above the sofa is a blank canvas just waiting to be decorated.  However, I’m just not sure of what to do yet.  I have some ideas, but I’m still not 100% sure of what I want. Maybe I’ll surprise the hubby and hang some antlers.  Could he love me anymore?!

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Aaaand, the other side of the room still looks like this.  Toys R Us threw up over here.  It’s ok.  No really, I’m fine with it.  Did you even notice the little bambino there or did he blend in with the chaos?

See that tv stand/armoire on the left?  Well, that will be painted.  Probably white, but we’ll see.  I’m kind of indecisive lately and it’s driving me a little bonkers.  I think I have writer’s block, but with decorating.  I just really don’t have a clue what I want.  Also, I REALLY want to put that gray dresser in the little lady’s room, but she’s holding on dearly to her baby one (changing table).  One of them has to go, but she doesn’t want to give up either of them.  I’ll let you know who wins that battle.  Until then, I’ll keep on painting things I’m 100% sure of.  I’ve painted the master bedroom, office and a what seems like a million pieces of furniture.  Slowly, but surely, I’ll get there :)  Maybe, just maybe, if I get my rear in gear, I’ll have some pics of the master bedroom next week.