Friday, July 29, 2011

Some Goodwill Finds turned Beachy Family Room Vignette

All summer, I've been wanted to change it up a bit in the family room.  I love just switching out a few pieces to reflect the season. However, we've been busy with camp and our river staycation, and basically just wanting to spend time with the kids while they are home. But recently I was able to squeeze in a Goodwill trip, and just happened to find a few items I thought I could use to create the beachy feel I had in mind.

So, here's what I started with.

I know the owl is not beachy, but you can't feel like a true blogger if you don't have at least one white owl in your house, right?

So, after some priming and little spray paint, this is what I ended up with.

I so wish I could remember where I got this printable, but I can't find it anywhere. Clearly, it's something I found before I discovered Pinterest, or I would have it's exact location saved! If you happen to be reading this, and want credit for your cute little printable, please speak up!

I found the starfish at Ben Franklin, and the sea oats from Michael's. (That's what my husband has informed me that those wispy branch thingys are, because apparently they block his view of the T.V.) Men, right?

I'd been eyeing these lanterns for a while in Ben Franklin, but didn't want to pay $20-$25 a piece for them. When I stopped by there to search for my starfish, they were having a sidewalk sale. And, there under one of the tables, were these two lanterns for $3 a piece!  I have HUGE plans for these babies. I'm thinking cranberries at Christmas, gourds in the Fall, eggs in the Spring. You get the picture, right? Ok, so for right now, I added a few shells we had from a trip to the Outer Banks, as well as the starfish. 

I also found this cool basket at Goodwill as well.  Great for holding all kinds of goodies.

I just love how the little owl turned out. Isn't he cute?

I hope everyone's having a wonderful week!

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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Haven Conference for DIYers! You can't miss this!

Recognize any of these talented ladies? Ever wonder how they do some of those amazing projects they do? If so, you won't want to miss Haven. It seems while I was dreaming of Blissdom, all my fave decorating/DIYing/thrifting bloggers were coming up with this wonderful idea of their own! Looks like this one will be next June in Atlanta, GA, so mark your calendars!  This looks like a party you won't want to miss! Now, how am I supposed to choose between Haven and Blissdom? Decisions, decisions...

Monday, July 18, 2011

My CVS Haul for this Week

Scott paper towels (6-roll)
Pantene shampoo
Pantene conditioner
Cottonelle moist wipes
(2) Oral B toothbrushes
Zyrtec 5-count
Crest kids' toothpaste
(2) 12-packs Diet Dr. Pepper
(1) 12-pack Diet Pepsi

Total retail price:  $62
Total out of pocket with coupons & ECBs: Nothing!!!

I did this in two transactions, and have $3 in ECBs to use next week!  Did I mention I love CVS?!

To see how to do this, go here.

I hope everyone's having a super week!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Before & After House Pics w/ new Shutters & Red Door {& a Little Exterior Vinyl Project}

Update: The mailbox vinyl, door knocker, and rocking chair embellishments are now available for purchase in my Etsy Shop.  Just go here:

Happy belated 4th to everyone!  We had a pretty good thunderstorm here last night, but luckily, it cleared up long enough for us to squeeze in a little fireworks action! 

In other news, our black shutters finally arrived!  We had them hung while we were on vacation, so I actually had to wait a few days until we got back to see them, and get that front door painted.  I can assure you, the suspense was killing me!  Our old shutters were badly faded.  Happily, they were under warranty, and so we were able to replace them free!  We even got to choose another color if we wanted, which I was thrilled about since we didn't get to choose our original color.  I decided to go with black, as it feels like a classic look to me.  My biggest decision was whether or not to paint the front door red, like I have always wanted.  After going back and forth for a while, I decided to go for it.  After all, it's just paint, right?

So, here is the before picture.  Pretty blah, right?

Check out those ugly faded shutters. Yuck!

And my 4th of July banners and flag didn't really seem to stand out. {Yawn}

And now for the after picture:

And my new red front door:

I picked up the numbers and door knocker at Lowe's.  And then added a little personalization to the knocker, using some white vinyl cut with the Cricut.

I browsed Ben Franklin for a new wreath, but didn't like any of the ones I saw.  So, I grabbed some flowers, a couple of faux artichokes I liked, and this great houndstooth ribbon.  I ripped everything off my old wreath, and added all the new stuff.

And then I got a little carried away.  That's what my 7-yr-old daughter actually said to me as I was doing all of this.  She said, "Aren't you getting a little carried away with the porch, Mom?"  Kids are so stinkin' cute right?

I like the look of the vinyl so much that I thought I'd add some to the rockers as well.

Oh, and the mailbox too.

I guess maybe I did get a little carried away.  But, just wait until you see what I have planned with black vinyl on the garage door!

I hope everyone's having a great week.  I'm linkin' up to these awesome parties:

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Saturday, July 2, 2011

{Some 4th of July Eye Candy for Ya!}

 Normally, I'd have been busy craftin' up some cute red, white, and blue decorations this week, but we took a relaxing week long staycation at my husband's parents' river cottage this past week. I thought I'd squeeze in a blog post or two, but I couldn't get their dial-up to work for me. Can you believe I spent a week with no internet connection?! I couldn't let the 4th pass by without sharing a little eye candy, though. I may not have been busy but I can assure you my fellow bloggers sure have!

How's about some adorable dessert kabobs from The Meringue Bake Shop? Yum!

I can't imagine ya'll missed these patriotic candy apples from Tidy Mom. They are just too cute!

Clair came up with this genius idea to color her popcorn to match the holiday! Can you imagine the possibilities for Christmas, St. Patrick's Day, Halloween, etc? Check it out over at Clair's Creations.

I can just see getting the party started with these pop-rocks rimmed cocktails I saw over at Pizzazzerie. So pretty!

Looks like you can celebrate while still sticking to your diet with this festive fruit flag. See it over at Randy Son of Robert.

Wow, I just noticed a lot of these are food. I think I'm seeing a theme here! Okay, okay, I found a few non-food items:

How's this sweet doiley bunting I saw at The Scrap Shoppe Blog?

Or this fun star-spangled wreath over at The Cellar Door Stories?

And don't tell me you can resist this little Independence Day ruffle diaper cover. Check it out over at Daydream Believers.

And this last one really deserves a post all it's own. I thought I'd share my new favorite Etsy shop with you. It's called Anders Ruff Custom Designs.  They have the most precious party decor you have ever seen! This one picture doesn't do their July 4th party justice, so here's a few more:

See what I mean?

I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful 4th!