Tuesday, August 25, 2015

{ Dwindling Summer.. & A Simple DIY Herb Sign.. }

Heyyy you all!! I hope you guys are enjoying the last bit of summer, it's been super cool & fall like here in the north & I'M IN LOVE!! I'm one of those weird types who love the fall AND winter haha eek! As I was gathering & cleaning the kitchen/dinging room up for some fall decor  { Yep, September first I start } I found this cute little herb sign I had made about three years ago..It was one of , if not my very first DIY blog project even before I started my  actual website!! I realized that I never officially blogged it so I am today!! It's a short & simple post ,but I thought I would give it some love since, it's one of my favorite neutral cottage/ farmhouse signs to use all over the kitchen year & year!! 

I thought it looked cute paired with the willow branches for the last few week's of summer..It's so neutral & was super simple to make!! I got this piece of wood with the hooks already on it at +Big Lots  for $1 , &  sanded the blue color off & painted it with cream paint. I used some black & then distressed & smudged the lettering etc..I love the weathered, imperfect/farmhouse appeal!

This pry is a little scary haha, but I just slid/wedged the sign to the top of the latter..no worries it's not above any heads..right?! ;) 

Have a great rest of the week & dwindling summer days..I can't wait to share with you all what I'm doing for our fall dining room..it's nifty!!! Are you guys ready for fall EVERYTHING? Or are you hanging on to summer still?


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

{ DIY $10 MAP ART!! }

Happy almost Wednesday all!! It's been a great few days celebrating my birthday & shopping, of course shopping haha! This weekend the hubs & I went to the cutest tavern event for needy dogs, and got to spend time with a family member we haven't saw in ages!! My mom & sister took me on the cutest little shopping spree on my actual birthday { Monday } & I loved every second of it!! You guys know I just love the quaint little towns with the cutest little gifts, but I also LOVE IKEA ;)! After our little junkin adventures in some of my favorite spots we headed to IKEA for some moreee shopping & lunch. I ended up picking up some cute things & one of those items was a $10 map { Thanks mom } ha!  I've been wanting a map for sometime now, but haven't found any that were worth buying..but this one was perfect & CHEAP! I got home & had no idea where I was going to put it... Yup, I just buy things & just go with it haha!! Today I just bummed around the house due to my back & then it hit me...stick it on the frame wall for a 3d  asymmetrical like art piece!!! I didn't want to just hang it like everyone else, that's way easy & boring, so I came up with this & LOVEEEE it!! First I called my BFA artsy sister & got her opinion, stared at it more & then decided it was staying!! 

The frames, map & cabinet/ baskets all go so lovely together! The cabinet is from +HomeGoods  !! The lamp is actually a mason jar  that I didn't like it with this decor, so I just turned it around to the plain side. The DIY lamp tutorial is on the blog listed in  { Popular Posts } on the right side of the blog if you're interested!

I love how the blue/grey accent wall looks with it!!! It's different & that's what I love!! I tried putting this in other spots in our home, but honestly it just got lost & with a frame, it was too traditional! 

Side Note: I'm on the hunt for a huge rustic wood frame, for another location ;) !

I used some 3m to hang the map. It seriously { Like all my projects } was super simple & practical!! It took me all of 5 minutes to hang this!  

** The frames were all thrifts or free finds!!

I hope you guys love this little DIY!! Now to point out all the places I want to see { Oh, honeyyyy haha;)} !! 
Have a great rest of the week & end to the summer everyone!

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

{ Summer bath refresher / update with a chippy cottage sign!! }

Welcome back!! It's one of those nights where I feel like I want to jump out of my office chair while listening to my country playlist & take on the world hahah! Instead of taking on the world I'll stick with blogging , sipping some diet Dr. Pepper & chasing our office mascot { Mr. Wibbles the bunny} around haha! I'm actually so excited to share this cute wood chippy cottage sign my hubby pulled out of the trash!! Yup, another free find & it's sooo cute! My bathroom on our main level isn't the biggest, but it works fine for me, but also needed something for summer! When the hubby brought this sign home I knew where it needed to go..after it got a little TLC!!

I loved the before colors & extra chippy look, but it was in really rough condition & after I washed it, even more paint came off , so I needed to paint it. I decided to go with cream & green chalk paint & use black for the lettering. I have a few pops of greenery in my bathroom & it was a perfect match!!

I love all chalk paint, but honestly for the price & the size I love the Americana Decor paints found at Michaels!! I love switching up colors & with the small containers it's super easy!!

I really liked it on the cabinet!!! I had to move it temporarily though because of how it's warped & could possible come tumbling down. Once I get some time I''ll secure it back up there!!

Like I said above, not the biggest bathroom AT ALL { Thank gosh we don't share} haha sorry honey , but it's clean, fresh & bright!! I love the light blue hint in the walls with the neutral cottageyyy spa accessories!

Chippy goodness,right?! I just spruced her up & then used a wire brush to distress a bit over the newer paint. Simple, charming & freeeee!! 

You guys know I'm never using or putting things where they "should" be  & actually I kinda like this sign here..Note to self, I need some new towels!!  

Thanks for dropping by again friends!! 

Have a lovely Wednesday!


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Monday, August 10, 2015

{ Red Velvet & Raspberry Mousse Parfait }

Hi, guys! So this was a spur of the moment post I wasn't even planning on doing really, but once I finished making it I thought whyyy not?! Typical me & what makes my little blog practical right haha? Anyways.. I went on a major grocery shopping haul today { blahh} &decided to pick up some stuff to bake with & well I made this yummy parfait!! I usually cook/bake a lot through the week for us, but honestly I haven't been cooking very much at all..I blame the summer haha! I came up with this little recipe when I spotted the huge pack of delicious red raspberries!! Sit back , grab a pen & paper and jot this one down for an end of the summer treat!:)

 1 red velvet cake mix
1 can raspberry filling
1 large pack of fresh raspberries
1 pack of Jello brand chocolate mousse
chocolate chips
4 eggs for cake mix
oil for cake mix
milk or water for cake mix
vanilla extract
powdered sugar for garnish


Follow the instructions for the cake { I sprinkled some sweet chocolate chips in each pan with a dash of vanilla extract }. Instead of using 1 square cake dish use two round pans or dishes , so they fit in the parfait dish! Let the cakes cool & then cut a circle in each { if they're to big to fit in the parfait dish}. I leave our range fan on to speed up this process ;)!! After you've made & are cooling the cake, start on the mousse part!! I bought two boxes & it literally took 5 minutes. Read the instructions & put in the fridge until you're ready to use. Wash the fresh raspberries & get started assembling the parfait!! The 1st layer should be mousse, the 2nd cake, 3rd raspberry filling from the can, 4th cake again & finally the last scoop of mousse!! Fill the surrounding edges with as many raspberries as possible & place a few on top!!  Sprinkle with a few chocolate chips & powdered sugar & you're done!! See super easy & yummy.


This is my own recipe so feel free to tweak it etc.. It's super simple & actually surprisingly not overly sugary!! With some ice cold milk & of course some cute straws { You guys know I'm straw obsessed ha} it's the perfect end of the summer dessert for any occasion ! 
Enjoy loves!


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Sunday, August 9, 2015

{ Practical Home Office Decor & Storage }

Heyyyy! It seems like it's been forever since I published a post...Lots has been going on or you could say lack of! Lets just get right into it, you know those spaces where you have a vision, but either budget/space or both seem to get in the way? Ya, well our home office / DIY spot is like that!! It seriously bugs the crap out of me that it's usually in disarray & well the decor wasn't really speaking to me hahah! I ended up switching out some stuff like pictures, decor, & adding some neutral storage boxes etc..It feels so much brighter & the junk aka tools are hidden away in cute organizers!! This space gets used a lot so, I wanted to keep everything from my chalk paints for smaller projects to our personal paperwork organized!! As with anything I blog  this space was done on a practical budget with items from regular stores etc..I promise there are no $400 desk or $300 chairs..yet hehe just kidding!! 

I got these cute little neutral storage  boxes for $4 at +Michaels Stores ! They're super cute, cheap &are pretty sturdy for the price actually!!

Side Note: The polka-dotted mouse-pad was a DIY, I'll be blogging it soon hopefully!! 

I've always loved this picture. It was a gift from my aunt & uncle when we first moved into our condo years back!! I thought it looked cute hanging in the office with the "Office" sign from at +HomeGoods  above it!! I mean how cool would that be to have your office hundreds of feet off the ground?! I hate heights, but love this vintage inspired picture!!

Both the crocks are thrifts & I just added some cheapy flowers for the ambiance! The old vintage stamped drawer was a garbage find!!

**The metal white flower wall organizer is  from +HomeGoods as well as the driftwood wreath!

I've been looking for a new office chair literally for months now!! I'm not paying $300 for a chair, so this garbage find one will work for now or until my back gives out eek! I'm thinking an +IKEA USA  parsons chair for support, comfort & appeal! Guess I'm headed to their clearance area soon..

For smaller projects or when it's cold out, I use the office & work table to paint, diy etc..My paints are usually all over so this basket helps keep them organized & still visible as to what I have/need to replace! The basket was a hand-me-down! 

I really hope you guys got some rustic inspiration for your office or crafty space!! I know office accessories & furniture can be really expensive , so being able to share some  simple/thrifty alternatives   was a must!! 

Have a great week guys!!


Monday, August 3, 2015

{ Simple & Profitable Garage Sale Tips!! }

Hey everyone!!  I hope you all had a great weekend. We had a long, sunny & accomplishing weekend enjoying the outdoors right in our own yard actually..weird right?! We actually held a " Vintage Sale" this weekend & it was quite a success!! I've mentioned this before ,but we "pick" all through the year &  the last 3 summers we've held garage sales & this year we held a VINTAGE SALE!!!! It was actually pretty fun & we made some fast cash off of thrifty finds & stuff I already blogged & needed to purge! Nothing is safe in our house furniture wise haha, constantly  staging,moving, photographing & swapping stuff out!!  Today I'm sharing some of our tips to bring in the customers & cash!!!

1.)  Stage your goods!!

This is a big one that many forget to do! When people are shopping they try to picture what the stuff will look like in their space or what they would pair it with, just help them out ;)! My hubby actually staged this little rug & vintage trunk with the chandy & brass pot! Give people a visual on stuff you're trying to sell!!

2.) Make a Simple/ Sturdy /Unique Sign!!

This one is also huge!! I know everyone likes to go buy the Dollar Tree "Garage Sale" signs, but honestly they're generic, small & flimsy!! We bought some $6 board at our local Home Depot & grabbed some free, yes freee scrap pieces from Home Depot to use as the stake ! I used a permanent black maker & outlined the lettering in white chalk after & tapered the corners with green. It's simple, rustic & eye catching! Instead of just using " Garage Sale" or "Yard Sale" I used "Vintage Treasures" instead & boy was that a hit!!! We had people directly asking if this was the Vintage sale & how they specifically were looking for our sale!! Now, I know not everyone is selling vintage treasures, but be CREATIVE!! 

3.) Post the sale on Craigslist!! 

Many people look on Craigslist & map out their day of where they want to hit before hand! We posted a simple ad with 3 simple pictures, time & address! Be clear & simple with a little visual! 

4.) Make sure your items are clean!!!

I get that this is a yard/garage sale, but do you like shopping dirty, dusty or smelly goods? Yeah, me either! It takes a few minutes to dust or wipe something down with water. If you don't have time to wash the stuff use some vanilla spray or antibacterial spray!!

5.) Use tables & organize items together!

Make sure items are somewhat categorized . Put all the wall decor together, clothes in one area, & furniture together displayed!! We used two black tables with burlap runners, for a more concise look. The burlap was $8 & I'm using the leftover for a project..win win!!!

6.) Offer  FREE refreshments!!

I'm not saying go buy $20 in pop , we offered  $2 lemonade with some $1 vanilla wafer cookies! People were so pleased & actually  commented how nice that was!! I mean for $2 to make someone happy & shop more on a hot summer day...It's worth the $3 in lemonade & cookies!!

7.) Price everything!!

This is something we actually learned..we actually did price everything, but some of the tags fell off with the wind etc..It makes for awkward on the spot pricing, which isn't good for the seller..haha!

8.) Make it FUN!! 

Seriously why not make the best out of the warm weather while sitting & waiting for customers etc.. We had the country music going { low } & a huge fan going for the added breeze { Thank gosh, it was 88 today } !! 

9.) Greet EVERYONE!

Greet everyone with a warm welcome & " Help yourself to some free lemonade & cookies"! I'm telling you it works!! 

10.) Be fair!!!

Don't gouge on people! If you have something marked $5 & they offer 3..Take it!! It's a garage sale & just because you paid an outrageous price or you - THINK- it's valuable doesn't mean others will!!

11.) Have a FREE box!

This also draws people in. Who doesn't like something free? #freeisforme

Well there you have it, all the simple tips & tricks to purge all your junk..I mean treasures  onto someone else while making some moneyyyy!!

Have a great week everyone!! 


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Friday, July 31, 2015

{ Rustic/ Glam Master Bedroom Reveal!!! }

Hey everyone!! It's almost the weekend yay!! I've been teetering { AKA nailing, 3m-ing & driving my husband nuts}  with our master-bedroom for the last month!! I know what you're thinking omgooshhh she's at it again with the master haha!! To be fair & honest I've done quite a few perk-ups since we moved in this house in 2012, but nothing as drastic as this..I would change out bedding & side table decor/ curtains, but nothing that was tooo different!! I got the idea in my head that I wanted more of a rustic/glam/classic/modern cottage { Yes, that's my style haha} space instead of the bright & frilly shabby chic/ granny chic feel! We've had the same light tiffany blue walls & the generic "love & dream" signs since 2008!!! I went to three stores { Target, IKEA & Michaels } over a period of 3 weeks gathering inspiration & decor goods. I hit a major sale at Michaels & scored $120 worth of stuff for $55!! When I'm planning a space redo I like to gather stuff over time to make sure it's exactly what I want & to ensure it's not rushed. I also didn't want something that was generic or looked like it stepped out of a Pottery Barn catalog { Yes, I LOVE P.B, but wanted something personalized } without breaking the bank!! You guys know I'm all about cute, cozy & practical in just about every aspect of my life, so this was no different..

So lets start with this awesome chest that is one of my favorite pieces!!  Instead of changing out the fabric I used some household bleach!! I gave it a good scrub then painted the hardware with some black chalkboard paint I had laying around &it instantly  transformed this piece!!  I love having a chest at the end of our bed for extra bedding, sheets & it adds a cute little sitting area in any bedroom with limited space! 

Side Note: Scroll all the way to the bottom for a full source list!

To get the added rustic/industrial/glam feel I love adding baskets & vintage books!! The baskets add the texture & the books add the charm!

I always try to explain to people when I'm helping them with a project that patterns & textures are the key to any space. I learned this a while ago from some talented ladies in this blog world! Adding different pattern & texture to a space , while still using similar colors will add that layering & boldness each space needs to be complete. You can see I stuck with black, tan, and white , but added different patterns with the space colors!! For the pop of color the walls & greenery took care of that!

I'm so picky with lamps & rugs..Yup, I've said this a million times before! I desperately wanted to change out our rugs, but couldn't find any that I LOVED or that weren't $300..Ya,this is a  P.R.A.C.T.I.C.A.L revamp ,and $300 for a 5x7 isn't practical.  Onto the lamp ordeal haha, I actually did replace the shades with sage green shades that were brand new sitting in my decor room forEVER! I hated the sage green, so I painted them  black!! 

I know I've also explained the panel of curtains behind the bed before, but for anyone new here it goes again..See that window to the right of the bed? Well, I hate that the window isn't centered so my lovely mum came up with the idea to use curtains, it's genius and solved my OCD issue ;)!! Anyway we've always had white grommet curtains & I got pretty sick of them, not to mention our silver rod was taped together hanging above our head #whoops! We replaced the rods on both windows to black  with rustic/industrial glass knobs! I love the black & white curtains & the effect it gives to the bed without using a typical headboard! I'm not one for headboards to begin with , but paying $3000 for one isn't only ridiculous, but not practical for the average person wanting to revamp their bedroom!!

- Sweet Dreams -

P.S. sorry about the 3rd grade handwriting haha... my finger has a chemical burn on it right now !

Although I loved the silver glass beaded chandelier we had, it just wasn't working for this space anymore. We decided to switch it out for this $9 candle lantern!! 

 Ahh this last picture has my name all over it..Fresh new IKEA magazine & a cozy clean bed waiting for me!

I hope you guys loved this room reveal as much as we both do!! It doesn't take thousands to make a space cozy, personalized, or fresh! First add the essentials like rods, curtains & bedding and go from there! Decorating shouldn't be  a rushed process { I learned the hard way } it takes time to figure out your style etc..Play around with spaces & make it your own!!

Source List:

Black & white curtains - Dollar General & IKEA
Black & white striped pillow-cover - IKEA
Tan ruffle pillows - Tuesday Morning
Black & glass curtain rods - IKEA
Cream pillow-cover - IKEA
Ampersand pillow-cover - Target 
Nightstand baskets - Michaels
Chalkboard accessory - Michaels
His & Hers sign - Hobby Lobby
Black & cream throw - Better Homes and Gardens
Tan & cream striped duvet - IKEA
Black chargers - Michaels
Glass hurricanes on nightstand - Target
Greenery - IKEA & Michaels
Metal Vases next to bed - Target
Mirrors - Thrifts
Lantern chandelier - IKEA
"&" sign - DIY
Wood tray - HomeGoods
Chest - Thrift
Nightstands - IKEA





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