Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Wood Buoys
 The other day I was on Pinterest and came across the cutest, little pink beach cottage.  I don't know about you, but I daydream about one day, having an adorable beach cottage with a picket fence out front decorated with brightly colored buoys. 
My husband happened to have a bunch of scrap wood out in our shed, and he was totally up for the challenge.  Plus, any excuse to play with his power tools...he was more than happy.   
 Here is how one of them started out.  He trimmed up all four sides and made them come to a point.  Then, he cut the very tip off and drilled a hole straight through. He made it imperfect on purpose.  We wanted it to look rugged and worn.
 I painted it all white and taped it off where I wanted the color separation. 
 For this one I chose Orange, White and a Light Blue.
 I originally started out making only two, but my husband was having too much fun making them for me.  We made four all together.
 After I was done painting and sanding them(they have to look used) I put a thick coat of finishing wax on them.
 Here they are strung up with some rope and hung from our back fence.  My husband took the smallest one and drilled a hole in the bottom then inserted a dowel to make it look like the many buoys you see hanging everywhere along the coastal waters of Maine. 
 After researching them a bit, I learned that they were originally made for catching Lobsters.  Each fisherman would have their own colors so they were easy to decipher. 
I loved this project.  It was something my husband and I had so much fun creating.  Plus, it was Free other than the .89 cents we spent on the rope.  Under a dollar is not too bad. 
Summer is definitely coming and these cuties are giving our back patio some East Coast charm.  I love it!
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Thursday, May 17, 2012

There are moments in life that you will never, ever forget!  Yesterday was one of those times.  Watching our first son go to his very first T-Ball practice.
{Easton, Jaxon}
Baseball, is a huge love for our family & we've been waiting for this day for quite a while.
Seeing him dressed up in his little outfit....aahhhh, it just melted my heart!
We know not every kid takes to a sport that their parents love, but for the time being it's just fun to watch him play and interact with other kids.  He's learning authority, teamwork & how to have fun.
We are so proud of our oldest boy!
 I think he's teaching us something as well...how to slow down and savor every precious moment!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Happy, Sunny Friday!
Happy Friday Everyone!  The weather in the 10 day forecast around here is looking amazing.  We're supposed to be in the high 80's by Sunday.  I LOVE IT!  It's Friday, we're having a yard sale tomorrow, Mother's Day is on Sunday....this weekend is shaping up nice. 
To all my blogging friends who are Mommies, I hope you have a Fabulous Mother's Day Weekend! 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Makeover Or Not?
I need your opinion! 
I found these adorable owls at a Thrift Store and can't decide if I want to give them a makeover or not?! 
I sort of love their vintage quality, yet I love the look of a solid color statue. 
My Husband and Brother think they should go Orange, but I'm not sure.  So, all opinions are welcome.
Please HELP!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Mother Daughter Tea
 With a Touch of
 Breakfast At Tiffany's
All last week I helped my Husband with the decor for his Mother Daughter Tea event that took place on Saturday.  The theme was Breakfast At Tiffany's.  My Husband likes to keep the budget for decorations low, yet still wants it to be cute.  Thank goodness he has a wife(Me) to help him out!  I love the challenge. 
Here is what I came up with. 
Above is a thrift store picture and frame that I spray painted white and gave a coat of Chalkboard paint.  Easy as a welcome sign for the event and it can be used for any future events.
He wanted to use flowers, but they can get pretty spendy.  Instead, we used something cheaper, but still made the tables look very feminine. Baby's Breath worked wonderful.  We also found a pair of black heels at a Thrift Store for the welcome table and borrowed some pearls from one of his wonderful co-workers.  Thank you Linda! 
My Husband is amazing at making brochures and fliers.  This is the cover of the brochures he created. 
There were six, smaller tables that had these centerpieces.  We used regular blue gift bags(just cut off the handles) and stuffed them with white tissue.  We also collected Mason and other canning jars to use as candle holders. 
The vases were made out of used, tin cans that I wrapped with some dollar store white ribbon and hot glued on loose beads that look like pearls. These were also filled with Baby's Breath.  I think it turned out pretty cute for the budget. 
Here is a close-up shot of the tin can vases. 
Of course we had to make some tissue paper pom poms.  We just made a large bunch of them for the center of the room in blue, white and silver. 
These were the centerpieces for the larger tables.  We used one large Mason jar as a candle holder.  We also did the gift bags, but in a larger size.(wouldn't you love the get a bag that big from Tiffany's?)  Finally, we spray painted bottles in a pretty turquoise color form Krylon called Blue Ocean Breeze.  We used the bottles as a vase for more Baby's Breath. 
I've never been a fan of Baby's Breath, but just by itself, it's actually kind of pretty, light and airy for decorating. 
Here is a close-up of the bottle. 
I didn't get to attend the actual event.  It is called Mother Daughter Tea and I have two boys.  So, needless to say I didn't get any pictures during the event of performers or of the buffet.  I did get to see some of the treats before and it looked pretty tasty. 
I hope all the ladies that attended the event enjoyed their time and enjoyed the atmosphere. 

Friday, May 4, 2012

Rustic Box
 Finally, I have pictures of the box to share with you! 
A few months ago, I pinned a box like this from Shanty 2 Chic.  My Sister happened to see that I had pinned it and gave me a call informing me how cute she thought it was and that her husband, Scott could easily make it.  She asked me,"Would you want one?"  What do you say to that?  UH, YES PLEASE!  She told me he knocked it out in like a half hour.  A little info about my brother-in-law Scott...his background is in construction and he is amazing at building anything. 
A huge, huge thank you to him for making this for me!  I love it
 Now, because I didn't build it myself, I don't have a step by step tutorial.  However, I took several close-up pictures of how it's put together.  If you'd like a step by step tutorial, you can see a similar one {HERE}
 The short sides are 6 and a half inches long.
 The long sides are 2 and a half feet.  Perfect for our long kitchen table.
 The edges are cut at angles!

I hope the pictures helped with how it was put together.  Because all my Mason jars are being used this weekend for a Mother Daughter Tea event(I'll be sharing photos all next week of decor) I put in a temporary filler. 
I am so excited to have this box.  Can't you see the decorating potential for every season?! 
Happy Friday everyone!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Mother Daughter Tea
I think I've shared with you before that my husband works for our local Parks and Recreation Department.  He gets to plan all sorts of fun events and classes.  Lucky for me, he asks for decorating ideas for these events.  I love it. 
This weekend he has and event called Mother Daughter Tea.  Now, I don't have a daughter, but I'm totally up for decorating. When you're a blogger and see all the fun ideas floating out in blog land and Pinterest, it's heaven to be able to put some of the ideas to use.  All next week I'll be sharing the details and decorations.  I finally get to tap into my girly side(I live with all boys). 
This years theme:
Breakfast At Tiffany's
Can't wait to share everything with you!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Changing Colors
 The day I took this picture was the day I broke my old camera!  I snapped this shot and then put my camera on top of the car.  Well, you can guess what happened to it next.  Luckily, my oh so sweet family bought me a new one and I can finally share new pictures of our bench.
Goodbye Yellow Bench! 
 Hello Martha Stewart Duck Egg Blue!  The perfect mix of a Blue-ish Green.
 Ahhh, so much better!  I love this color.  I painted it back around Easter, and it was perfect for a Spring makeover.
 It adds so much interest to a home when you have a larger piece of furniture painted in a bright, cheery color.
 I had to add these pictures onto this post.  Our pretty girl, Penny was being such a good model!
Way to stand and look over your shoulder Penny!