Tuesday, February 23, 2010

When is Spring coming????

I'm so tired of winter! We are all sick yet again. This time it's ear infections, strep throat, and bronchitis. YUCK!!! I can't wait until SPRING and I can open all the windows and get some nice fresh air in here!! I tried it a bit yesterday, but when it's only 30 some degrees it's not very helpful! ;) We are on the mend though, so that's good. We are also in the middle of several remodel projects (finishing things up so we can sell our place and start building) which is VERY exciting! I'm going to have to see if I can dig out a before shot of the worlds most hideous bathroom (aka our master bath)... yikes it was bad. Let me put it this way... we don't use that bathroom. Whatever crazy person put this bathroom in, must have had something against privacy. The bathroom is open to the bedroom. I mean wide open, no door, doorway, nothing. Just a transition strip on the floor to mark the end of the carpet and start of the ugly pink and grey linoleum. This big ugly 1980's blue and brass octagonal shower sat about 2 ft. from our bed and the toilet was only behind this little 1/2 wall. It was crazy. It looks so much better already, even when the whole thing is torn up!

Well I hope you are all staying healthy and well! Have a great day!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


I think we're finally really going to do it. This year we are going to build our little "farm house" (as the kids call it). We bought a beautiful piece of property a few years ago and have been waiting for the "right time" (really is there ever the perfect time for such an undertaking??) to sell and build. We have a floor plan in mind, and now we just have to get it to our guy who's going to put all our ideas into one cohesive home. I've been looking at and looking in magazines, books, and on-line for a long time for inspiration, ideas, and must haves for our home. It's very exciting!! These are 2 kitchens that I just love. I love the darker floors with the simple white cabinets and black/dark grey counter tops. So elegant, classic, and simple. I also love the idea of painting the island (see the blue island in the 2nd photo) in an accent color... definitely going to do that too... and WHOO HOO!! I think I finally convinced my hubby that we should do the white "subway" tiles as a black splash. See the long skinny white tiles in the first photo. I just love them!! It's a good thing I've been working on converting him to my style for some time now. He is always a little slow to come around. I don't know about your hubby's but mine always says, "I don't care, decorating is your department," and then disagrees with every decision. :) If he could design the our house it would be floor to ceiling dark wood, timbers, big beams, rock work, dark leather, with a gazillion deer, elk, etc mounts hung on the walls. For me it would be a bit like a gigantic animal tomb. Don't worry though, he will have his own man cave in our home.
Love these floors and counters!!
These simple cabinets are great!
Well here's hoping this is the year we really get to do it!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Girls day crafting!

Maddie and I had so much fun making Valentine gifts and decorations this year. She loves to craft with me. For those of you who know Maddie I'm sure it will come as no surprise that she decided we really needed something fancy to wear as we worked. She put a coffee filter on her head and said we could make hats, so that's what we did. Maddie's "beautiful" hat was made using coffee filters, cupcake liners, curling ribbon, feathers, and a big fake jewel. She loved it! We had a wonderful mother daughter afternoon and made some special gifts her Grandma is going to love. (if your looking for ideas the house of 3 has some great tutorials and easy projects to do!)

Have a great day! I'll be working on my etsy shop this week, adding some new stuff and getting ready for a sale to clear out some other goodies. Stay tuned...

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentines Day!!!

Just sharing a bit of our lovey dovey decor! The kids just love holiday decorations, so each year we add a bit more to our stash! Have the most wonderful day and be sure to let everyone you love just how special they are!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Happy little decorations...

I love making banners and garlands. They would be strung all over the house all year round if I had my way... :) These are a few of my Valentine garlands that are hanging in my house. My daughter Maddie and I made the "puff ball" (as she calls them) garland and the doily garland. The honey comb hearts were a fun dollar store find.

Friday, February 12, 2010

A Valentine Freebie!

I'd thought I'd share a little freebie I made today! Here are some printable love coupons you can use for Valentines day! They'd be super cute bound into a little book and given to your sweetie, a friend, or family member! They'd also make cute embellishments for scrapbook pages and cards! Simply click to enlarge and save to your computer. Then print away for some Valentines fun! Happy Valentines Day!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Crazy crazy crazy!

My sweet Maddie girl!
Oh my what a whirlwind! We got back from our WONDERFUl vacation (more on that later...) and I got hit with a terrible cold/flu/stomach bug. I'm finally starting to feel normal again but now I'm soooo far behind. The bookkeeping is piling up, laundry, housework, the kids have Valentines Day parties to bake for and Valentines to be made, errands up the wazoo, orders, and hubby is out on a business trip! Yikes! I'm hoping to get my Valentine goodies in the shop before it's too late! Good thing we scrapbookers have to wait until the holiday is over to scrapbook it! I'll be in and out for a bit trying to catch up! I'm hoping to finally get some scrapbooking done too. I have lots of inspiration, like the picture of my daughter above!