Sunday, February 27, 2011

My Jammie Shirt

This post is more or less for me to document the great love my daughter has for her beloved Jammie Shirt.

That's pronounced "jahmee"

Here is my favorite part.... it's my shirt from 3 yr preschool!!!

{for some reason we did 2 shirts this year and the only photo I could find is of the other shirt}
{I am the one on the right, in the middle is my friend Michelle, I think she reads the blog and may kill me for posting this, but come on... we are 3!! and went to school all throughout middle and high school!}

Here is my little stink bug in my 1990's preschool shirt, complete with puffer painted name on the back!!!

She loves this shirt sooooo much that at naptime she requests a full wardrobe change to wear her "jahmee shirt" 

I think it is soo sweet how she loves something that was mine.

Despite it's paint splatters, haha
Is there anything more special than your child loving something from your childhood??

I am linking up to Sentimental Sunday over at Cha Cha's.

Monday, February 21, 2011

A Place to Dine

So... my dining room... has had more than it's share of a quarter life crisis.
She is now on her 3rd set of dining furniture.
First my memaw's set..
Then my nanie's set of furniture...
And hopefully now my own!! {and final set}

Here is a diagram of the layout of the room 

3 walkways, one window and a complete focal point in our home. 
here it was when we first moved in.
Then the dining room looked like this. 

Lovely solid wood furniture just not me.

So with my husband's gracious heart he is allowing me to make the room my own!!

Sooo as I move to sharing our new pieces what do you think we need to do rug wise??

The rug you have seen in the room so far looks way too good in my master bedroom to move it back into the dining so I am looking at bare floors for the time being.

Here are some things I was trying out....

Patterned, bordered, ... traditional.
cream, basic, more casual and transitional in style
striped, added depth to the room and modern in style??

*we are leaning toward the striped {that's what hubby likes..}

What do you think would look good in the room?

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Our Love for Books

It's true!! lil' bit loves books, I just had to capture her face when I told her I bought some new ones!!

We wake up reading and go to bed reading; we have even been known to crawl in bed mid-day and read!

Right now we love...
.curious george
                  .adventures of dick and jane
.nursery rhymes
               .chicka chicka boom boom
         .any fancy nancy book.

On my bedside table is The Tipping Point. {pretty good so far}

What are some books you are enjoying reading??

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Oh to be Two, and Snow

Let's see I need to catch y'all up on lil' bit from December on...
First thing first...

My heart skips a beat to hear her precious little voice resound through our house. 
Here are some of her favorite things to say...
  • Momma, puppy smells grossie {yes she says grossie}
  • Dada... Come change Bitsy {this is our bitty baby who now goes everywhere with us and may be making her debut on the ole blog before too long...}
  • I want to wear my jammie's shirt 
  • Always asking about her sweet friend Jordan, he is now endearingly referred to as "My Jordy"
  • Puppy, no your bad. {why is it so funny to watch a 2 yr old reprimand a dog?}
  • I wanna watch my show... {yikes... promise its only 1 hr a day.... 1 mickey in the morning and little bear at night}
  • let's go to my grahmie's house. or mom-mom, she still hasn't decided what to call my mom.
  • oh and the best... I'm nakie, look momma I'm nakie.
I must admit after the terrible week and a half of potty training she has been an angel....
until she cut 6 inches off her hair, picture a solid cut above the earlobe and extending behind the earlobe... and the scissors were put up and I was only 5 feet away.. I just happened to be watching the mirror as I blew dry my hair while this occurred. 
I got a little upset, then laughed... Mom had a friend once tell her when they do something really bad breathe, then grab your camera because you will want to remember that for the rest of their lives...
so I will be sharing several pics over the next few days.

But you must see the snow we have been getting here in West Tennessee.. for us this is just insane!!
as you can tell my husband grew up at the beach and has never really played in the snow, so over the past few weeks he has taken full advantage of this.

trust me the boys had fun!!
Luke also took this as prime opportunity to snag an egg and cheese sandwich... little stinker!

here we are a few days later, not as much snow but much much colder!!

you might be wondering where in west tennessee are hills that look like mountains.

well my sister knew of this place near my parents and since we were snowed in it made since to head out there.

its the dirt plowed side of a land fill and trust me there was NO SMELL!!


baby wasn't so sure at first
but Aunt A talked her into it pretty quickly

did I mention the temp was 9 degrees with a windchill of something ungodly... IT WAS COLD!

then.. she became a sled hog and would cry as others jumped on...

we must work more on sharing!
now it was time for the super big hill.
and everyone loved it except miss "I want to do it alone!"
after about 30 minutes we were frozen solid and our clothes were sopping wet.
poor thing has on at least 4 layers here....

be back with more tomorrow.

Monday, February 14, 2011


Did you hear the exciting news??
I am having an earring giveaway over @ thisblessednest
Here are a few examples of my work.

*these can be made in red, clear lucite, or black

*these also come in white and red and the hoop can be smaller.
*or if you would rather a half scallop those are lovely as well.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Master Bedroom Reveal

well guys... with our internet out for exactly 26 days I found plenty of time to "get to work" on our master bedroom. 

First thing I did was plan... for ohhhhh 3 years.... then when I couldn't entirely decide what I was wanting I began to do what I do best. I collected pictures of inspiration rooms!!
Don't tell me you haven't seen at least 10 of them, they were kinda starting to take over my life. 
But to appreciate the after you must know the before.
shall we?

{please note these are nasty iphone photo's and i apologize for the dingy quality}

 Recently a very dear friend of mine found a "treasure" and quickly called to share her find. 
Someone living near them was throwing out 6 perfectly fine windows!!!
I immediately begged with everything in me agreed to take two of them off her hands and my wheels began spinning.
I wanted mirrors, so i googled, and blogged and found out about a paint Krylon makes called Looking Glass paint.
It is not a true mirror when completed but after 5 light coats of paint it definately renders a mirrored like look. 
Once the windows were hung I had a slight vision and where the room was headed.
my wonderful mommy made my pinch pleated drapes for me for christmas.
and they are a story in and of themselves....
you see we had been looking at fabric for quite some time and just weren't finding anything..
a trip to ikea!!

the Lenda drapes were exactly what I wanted; a slight variant of color with a subtle tick in the fabric... however they needed the pinch at the top.
after lots of ripping apart and investing only a minor fortune into doctor's flannel and lining voila, here they are!!
The rods and rings I stained but they are the Allen Roth collection from Lowe's

{are these walls not screaming for some crown molding?? only room in the house without any, wierd huh?}

Some of you are probably wondering why I have a baby bassinet in my bedroom.
As I briefly mentioned before another dear friend of mine is allowing me the privledge of watching her sweet baby girl!! Baby C will be with us 2 days a week starting thursday till mommy is out of school for the year. {her mommy teaches 4th grade}
So, we will need a place for Baby C to nap and I found this bassinet at a children's consignment sale for $35.00 and I just couldn't pass that up!
Hoping to recover the bumpers with a white linen fabric and make an inverted pleat skirt to cover the frame.
*as you can see from the picture I tried to make a bumper out of some leftover minky dot I had laying around. Not only was mine to short and squatty it resembles a neck roll. Who knows, maybe I will go buy some rice to put in it and make it just that, a neck roll.
Now, back to the room. Here is the view you see when you enter the bedroom from the hallway.

We did remove the mirror which was attached to the dresser for a more "eclectic" feel. My only quam with this collection are the dark slate mats on the pictures.
do you think they should be white?
friends who have seen the room in person are all saying different things, I need your help people.

On to the lovely chair in front of the bed, I have always loved this chair, she has a twin sitting at my mom's but her twin broke her leg a few years ago and because of where the break is located the furniture medic is going to charge $165.00 to repair!! OUCH!!
So for right now the chair stands alone; but not in this fabric.
what do you think of this??

would you like to see more tone on tone or is this my chance to bring in my pop of color??
and if I bring in color is it bold and graphic or soft and floral??
check out her features, she really is a beauty, do I paint her mahogony or leave it?
clearly the room is not fully complete!

{yes, that is a feather on the floor, it comes with the territory of having a feather comforter, mattress pad and feather pillows; alas my work is never done}
now onto the bed... I have been drooling over the Centsational Girl's stenciled wall for quite some time.
only problem that stood in my way was there was no stencil to go off of.
so I bought 2 poster boards and spent a whole naptime drawing out the perfect replica of her image.
{click on image to go to her post}

I used this small image she shared and began my free-handing.
{credit centsational girl}

and this is what I came up with.

It took me ALOT longer than it took kate; 18 hours of work to be exact. 
but i am a complete and utter perfectionist sooo whatev... its fine!
now all i need is a pop of color on the bed and some crown molding at the ceiling.
here is the other wall of our room. We are lacking about 3 more plates, 
 another trip to Michael's for plate holders. haha.
Now for the real nitty gritty of the room. 
The nester has a very similiar sleigh bed to ours.
here is her bed before.
and here it is after.
{click on image to go to post}
holy I am in love is a complete understatement
here is casey's rebuttle to painting the bed which are very valid points
  • the bed is actually really good quality
  • just because we got a really nice bed on sale doesn't mean we need to paint it {me "it was on sale, who cares so i don't feel as bad for painting it"
  • white?? again?? don't laugh he says this ALOT
  • him "the bed has inlaid burlwood" me "so, i still want white", until we got married he had no idea what burlwood was.
So because his points are valid... the bed may remain stained....

*did you notice how similiar our chair's are?? I mean do we shop the same places??  her side tables are in my entry, same bed, same lamps (unintentionally the same, promise), same chair style.. wierd!!
Now for the bed and regarding adding a pop of color, do I bring in more of the butter yellow, go with blue or try something wild like the brightest kelly green imaginable???
I think a trip to the fabric store is in order here. 
 and the wreath....
this is all Jones Design Company's fault.
she would make the stinkin' cutest book-page wreath my eyes have EVER seen!!
{click image to view tutorial}
do I make one of these beauties or...
add a starburst??
{credit unknown. i do apologize for not knowing, I have had this image saved for a few days and forgot to note the origin, if it's yours please forgive me ;/ }

So there you have it, the reveal of the done but not complete master bedroom.

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