Thursday, July 31, 2014

On Adding Pom Poms To Curtains

Lately, I've been crushing on all things pom-pom.  I see them around the blogosphere and think how fun and retro they are.  As I cruise around thrift stores and flea markets, I always keep an eye out for great steals and deals. And then, I hit the jack pot when I came by a whole bolt of retro pom-poms.

Even crazier, they were only $3.00 for the WHOLE bolt!  Big score!  I knew that I had been wanting to incorporate orange into the girl's room and this was the perfect way to marry my love for pom-poms and my desire to add orange.  We already had basic white curtains in their room, so adding the pom-poms was a cinch. Down came the curtains for a washing and then a sewing.

Just stitch the pom poms straight down the edge and in mere minutes you've taken your curtains from blah to trendy. The sewing was easy breezy. I just love simple projects that visually really change up a room. And, here is a sneak peek of the window all dolled up.

Stay tuned as we continue to change up the girl's room leading up to the big reveal. Thanks for stopping by y'all!

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Zucchini Overload

We have a few all-stars in our garden this year and one of those is zucchini. It's coming out of our ears people! No matter what cabinet or door I open in the kitchen, zucchini! It's everywhere! Don't get me wrong, I'm grateful for the bounty, but come on y'all, you can only stand so much squash! So being the creative little soul I am, I had to come up with some new ways to serve up this bad boy. I've pinned quite a few of my findings on my Pinterest boards and today I thought I would try this one for lunch. With kids, you've got to get creative and be a little sneaky. I knew that if I was to get any more zucchini into them, I'd have to hide it! This recipe has a cute little name and LOTS of cheese involved, so I figured it would pass the kid test. It did! Score! My seven year old said, "can I have some more?", yep, success! Here's the link back to the original recipe and here was my take on it today:

Zucchini Pizza Bites


Zucchini {1 per person approx.}
Marinara Sauce
Mozzarella or Cheddar Cheese
Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper
Favorite toppings

Pre-heat oven to 450*. Slice zucchini in 1/2 in. widths. Place in large bowl and coat with olive oil and salt and pepper. Then arrange them on a foil lined baking sheet {for easy breezy clean up}. Spread the marinara sauce on tops of all slices and then generously sprinkle with grated cheese. I had cheddar on hand, so that's what I used. I didn't put any other toppings but you could add anything else that suits your fancy! Bake for 5-7 minutes, then turn oven to broil for another 5 minutes so that the cheese gets a little brown and bubbly. Enjoy!

The only downside I found to this recipe is that they take too long to cool! I may or may not have burned my tongue seeing as how I have NO patience at all! They were delicious and such a simple and healthy lunch. Don't forget to pin to your boards so you'll have the recipe filed away! The first of next week, I'll be sharing another great recipe to help use up your garden bounty. Thanks for coming by today y'all and have a great week!  

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Through Rose Colored Glasses

This happens to me sometimes, maybe to you too, I browse through some of my favorite blogs looking for a decorative inspiration and I leave feeling quite inferior. Their EVERYTHING looks so perfect. Their photos shine and every room screams perfection. While I am truly inspired by their projects and their ideas do get my creative juices flowing, all those perfect shots leave me feeling a little a lot deflated. 

Yesterday, Danielle over at Blissful and Domestic, honored me greatly by featuring a tour of our home on her blog. I am blown away by her kindness and it was such an absolute thrill to see our little house being featured, but it also left me feeling a little hypocritical. I've posted about this before, but I think it's so important for us all to remember. The glossy images we see on our favorite blogs are only a tiny bit of the whole truth. I think we bloggers that write about room re-do's and before and afters, owe all of our readers the whole truth. Our homes don't look like those photos on a daily basis. I know mine sure doesn't! We are just really good cleaner-uppers I think. I'm able to get it all staged well for the shot, but it is usually a mess again before I even get the pictures downloaded onto my computer! 

So the next time you begin to feel a little inferior after gazing at some one's stunning photos of their home, or magical re-do, remember these unedited shots of our home and that we all need to get real sometimes, don't you think? We owe it to one another to be honest. Sometimes my house is a wreck. Sometimes other things take priority and cooking and cleaning are last on the list. That's OK. That's life! Now brace yourselves for a reality check.............

What can I say, more often than not, the bed just doesn't get made!

The sad truth, we have six house dogs {yes, I know, a slight hoarding issue} , and this is what happens if I don't vacuum every other day. But, on a positive note, if you go barefoot down the hall, it's kind of like ice skating. Cool, yes?

He's seven, need I say more?

They're a tween and a teen, even worse than the seven year old on most days!

And laundry is behind too!

Sometimes it's just like this. Other times it's not. So later in the week when I post the after photos of our girls bedroom refresh, keep this in mind will ya.......

My favorite part is the cotton balls peeking out of the drawer. I couldn't have even staged the scene with so much realism!
Just keepin' it real people, just keepin' it r-e-a-l! 

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Friday, July 25, 2014

A Late Summer Mantel

Well, dare I say the words, summer is slipping away. It'll be August in mere days. Around here, since we homeschool, we say that it's summer till mid September, just 'cause we can! After Wednesday's camper crush post, you can probably tell that I'm feeling a might bit adventurous and I wanted our mantel to be a bit adventurous too. A little while back, I wrote about our late spring mantel, and honestly I've had that one up until now. Usually, I do a summer mantel with lots of beachy items that I've collected, but this year I was so in love with my cow print in all her glory, that I just left the mantel as it was all these months. I was finally ready for a change, and since I have adventure and campers on the brain, I've been collecting some fun pieces to reflect my adventurous spirit. 

I decided to leave up our old "barn door" that we made because it really helps to lighten up all those dark rocks. I also left up the white banners, the more white, the more bright- a great decorating tip for renters! I found the white paper fans and thought they added a little bit of whimsy. This look will keep me happy until I start to feel the cool crispness of the fall air, and then it'll be time to think about Thanksgiving and the upcoming holidays. I'm sooooo not ready to welcome any of that yet, so I'm going to stay adventurous for as long as I can! Thanks for stopping by today!

Source List

"Let's Sleep Under The Stars" print:  by Katie Daisy at Etsy
"Everyday Is An Adventure Embrace The Journey" print:  by recipe for crazy at Etsy
"VW Bus" print:  by Lemonade Makin' Mama at Etsy
Metal Ampersand:  Habitat for Humanity Restore
Banners handmade by moi

On Fresh Starts

Good morning y'all! You may be noticing that I've made some changes here at the blog. I've wanted for a long while to simplify my blog design, and I finally sat down and began to do some thinking about how I wanted it to look. You know? I want it to have a certain vibe, so that even though we may not know one another in "real" life, we can still feel like we've known one another for years. Share some laughs, some tears, some coffee and share our stories. When I first began this blog only a few short months ago, I wasn't sure if I'd even like this blogging thing and I just never dreamed anyone else would ever stop by! But, I'm lovin' it, and some of you precious people do come by to visit so I thought it was high time I made some changes that would be more reflective of who I am. I'm a simple, small town girl that loves white spaces and colorful vintage treasures. I adore homeschooling our kids and raising free range chickens. I love cloth napkins and old china. I like clean and crisp and I wanted my blog design to reflect those parts of me. So, the look may have changed, but it's still little old me doing the blogging and sharing about the real. My Facebook Page got a new look too. Go by some time and take a look. Love you all!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A Camper Crush and A Dirty Laundry Update

I've just got to write about my camper crush before I explode! I want a camper- like in the worst way! Anybody out there with me? I want a vintage pull behind camper about 16 feet in length. 

Isn't that just the cutest little thing? It's going to be a long process of saving and finding just the right one, not too terribly far from home, for just the right price. This is going to be quite an exercise in patience, thank you God for yet another of those {I say while clenching my teeth}! I want one so badly- I can see myself sitting there at it's lovely little dinette, relaxing after a long day hiking and exploring. 

The peaceful sounds of the evening melodies of the cicadas lingering in the background as I rustle up some dinner on the cutsie retro stove top nestled inside my little vintage wonder. Yep, I've given this a lot of thought! I welcome the challenge of the redo, with all it's painting and sewing, bring it on I say!

But alas, it's patience that's the most laborious for me. I'm sooooo not good at patience, which is why God keeps setting forth these challenges for me. 


See my problem? I'm in a hurry to finish learning how to be patient. Mercy, I've a long way to go! And just in case you know of one of these puppies needing a new home for dirt cheap, shoot me a message will ya? Just sayin'............

And in other news- my daughter and I are both patting ourselves on the backs because we haven't changed out of our first outfit choice even once since my posting of And More Dirty Laundry. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, follow the link here back to my original post. This is monumental for us both since usually we feel we just don't look "right" several times before heading out the door. This is good right? Progress, yes? How are y'all doing? Are you loving yourselves more? Do it, won't you? If we can do it, you can do it! Hugs to you all!

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Teen Girl's Room Refresh {Before}

Hi y'all! We are really busy over here trying to freshen up the girl's shared room. I love it just as it is, but the girls wanted more of a teen vibe going on in there. Here's how it looks now.........

and here's some of the goodies they've chosen to change things up a little- new fabric to make pillows......

shelving and lots of pillow inserts from IKEA..... 

and new duvet covers also a bargain at IKEA.....

and here's the corner that's getting the most attention. It's where they keep their shared desk........

And to add just the right amount of funky, a disco ball....

Stay tuned everyone. Hopefully, this won't take too long and I'll post some after shots soon! What's changing at your house right now? We are just about to repaint our master bedroom and finally make some headway in the kid's shared bath. I've put off re-doing their bath f-o-r-e-v-e-r, and it's just high time I dive right into that project. Have A Manic Monday Y'all!

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