Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Den ~ the updated look has started...

Four things done

New wall color - Nomadic Desert
New throw pillows - Homegoods
New area rug - Tuesday Morning - Mocha
DIY - new ottoman cover - Cutting Corners Fabric

I found a product called NU Foam - by poly-fil at Joanne's Fabric.  I cut my fabric for the top piece, leaving about two inch extra of fabric on each side.  I centered the damask pattern on this piece.

After I measured and cut the four sides, I just pinned the sides to the top piece and sewed them together along each seam.  

I used a staple gun to attach the bottom edges, so the button feet show for a modern clean look.
Then I added button trim.  You just have to see the buttons close up.

I found these buttons at my newest addiction website.  Pick Your Plum.  You won't be able to go there and buy them.  Each day the item they sell changes.  After the day it is posted, you can no longer purchase that item.  Sometimes popular items get posted again.  You just have to keep looking everyday.  
The buttons could be customized with any words you wanted. Buttons aren't cheap, but these were.  Eight personalized buttons, $7.99 total.  

Oh, the walls were a dark green. Green walls are gone and now a yummy fresh brighter creamy color.

Raylyn loves the new super soft rug.  She was the first to try it out.  It is a chunky super soft shag.  Did I mention how super soft it is?  I got a thumbs up from ALL three of my girls.  I had my choices down to three rugs and then took my decorator to make the final selection.  (Decorator as in my youngest daughter, a degree plus a great eye for all things home).  Nice to get some use out of those college dollars. wink,wink!   

Raylyn has found her hands!  Who agrees she looks like a china doll?!  A three month old doll!  

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Boys of the summer

 I had a chance to attend a Texas Rangers baseball game.  Great seats number one!  Great weather, only  90 degrees in August in Texas and the sun was to our backs.  Great, I got to see Darvish pitch.  Truly still an All American experience.  Military was honored several times, families still can afford to attend a game, Texas Rangers colors RED, WHITE and Blue and the word God is used in song and everyone sings!  

Yep, God Bless America, land that I love.  Stand beside her....

Great weekend and we got to babysit too.  Girls of the summer!

My niece Sydney stopped by on her way back to TX A&M for her fall SENIOR semester.  She will have her Aggie ring next time I see her. 

Thanks Ann Marie for bringing the strollers.  We did take three walks over two days.  

Maybe a future Tiger.  You never know, but her Dad would freak, he is a huge U of Texas fan.

Summer lovin' happened so fast.  Where did the summer go?

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

L.A. as in Lower Alabama

The countdown is on...

We are coming back soon.  Family vacation.  I can't wait to introduce the son-in-laws and new grands to this wonderful place.  I see putt putt golf tournaments, sun-screen, beach tents, flash light crab hunting at night in our future.  Of course a stop at the shark mouth souvenier shop.  Do air brushed t-shirt lovers agree?! 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The perfect man and a prayer

My daughters and their husbands are molding precious little christian women. Somewhere parents out there are molding the perfect little christian men for them.  For this I pray and that one day their paths will cross at the exact right time.  


Sunday, August 11, 2013

My first cornice board

I have always loved the look of a window treatment with a cornice board.  Thanks to tutorials on Pinterest I was able to create one for under $30.00 and it only took about two hours.  ( I was babysitting  my 2 month old grand-daughter at the same time ) Yes, I multi task well and a very content baby helps.  

 My supplies
1/2 inch foam core board (2)
Quilt batting ( you will need more than 36X45 ) 
Glue Gun
Staple Gun
Fabric (1 1/2 yards)
Nail trim (Ebay buyer see below)

I measured my window and cut the front and sides from the foam board.  You could use an exacto knife, I had my quilting rolling cutter thing to use.  Doesn't matter if your edge is ragged, you end up covering with batting.

I hot glued the sides on and hubby nailed the sides while I held it tight.  That was the only time I needed a second set of helping hands.

See the blue tape.  That is where I had to seam my front board piece to make it long enough for the window.  I hot glued some very flat lightweight boards to the other side to add stability.  (think paint stir stick)

I then just cut fabric and batting slightly large than my board and stapled gunned to the back.

How to install?  I would not be attaching mine to the wall.  I already had a very sturdy curtain rod from a previous window treatment that I couldn't get down.  So guess what? It would be my frame for the cornice. 
I hot glued ribbon loops to the back of the foam board and....

looped them over these!  The foam board is super light weight and I just adjusted the clips to match where the ribbon loops were located and done.  Five minute installation. 

Before, with old metal curtain rod.

After - cornice board glam!  

Room way before... during the three room switcheroo. 

Guest bedroom ~ ready, done, love....

Friday, August 9, 2013

Can you love a sink?

I do..

Huge, shiny, new, farmhouse size and all mine.

You love it so much you buy a protective shield for the bottom of it. 

You love it so much that you buy a push button garbage disposal for it.  
You love it so much you buy a new faucet too!

You love it so much you only accessorize very mildly.  So as to make the sink look so much better.  

You love it so much that you stand a chair to take a picture of it from above the new lamp pendant that you just might like even more.  Sigh.... OK now I am dizzy are you?

See what I mean.... pendant love... mercury glass... doesn't take much to please me.

You would not believe how wonderful it is to rinse large pots and pans!  

Would you love a farmhouse sink?  

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Three weeks of company

Yes, from July 19th to August 4th, WE HAD COMPANY, each and every weekend.

It was fabulous.  18 for lunch no problem, babysit a two month old no problem, remodel a kitchen ceiling no problem.  Garbage disposal not working the last week, PROBLEM.


Chris and Indiana J. 

Raylyn and Great Uncle Larry.

Great Nanny 

Great Uncle Larry and Great Aunt Rhonda

Great Gram, Hadley and Layton

Some of the gang. 

Let's just say, there were birthdays celebrated, wishes made, (see above) babies held (see below) .  My bank account is drained, but I would do it all over again in a heartbeat!  Love my family more than ever.

Oh and I fixed the garbage disposal all by myself!  Yay, ME!

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