Friday, September 26, 2014

Thankful trees and chalkboard walls

People, fall is here.  I can barely believe it- I'm not sure where the summer went....  But it's the start of my favourite run of the entire year- fall/Thanksgiving/Halloween/Christmas.  If you follow  me on Pinterest, you'll know (and probably be annoyed) that I've been pinning Christmas ideas for awhile now.  I can't help it.  But this post is NOT about Christmas- calm yourselves, unclench your jaws, put down the eggs.  I wouldn't do that to you.... yet.  ;)

A Thankful tree.  While reading one of my favourite blogs Jones Design Company, I came across this post and pinned it.  I loved the idea.  I really want to teach my kids to be thankful for all that we have- to be gracious.

I have a little nook between my kitchen and living room, that serves no purpose, and I knew that it would be a perfect spot for our little tree.  First I had to raid my dad's garage and get a little metal shelf to fill the spot.
I had picked up a vase/bottle thingy one day when I was out thrifting- I knew it would come in handy for something.  Elise and I went out in the yard, stick hunting and found some that had come down in our last wind/rain storm.  I plopped them in the bottle/vase- voila.  Love it.

I went to Emily's site and downloaded the thankful tags.  There are a few different designs, all are so cute.  I had a hard time deciding between these and the foxes.  I just printed them on my printer on some creamy cardstock, cut them out, punched a hole in the top and tied some butcher twine I picked up at Michael's last year on them.

I knew that I needed to add just a little something else, probably cause I didn't feel like vacuuming.  I went down to my craft space and went through my stash of chipboard letters and spelled out THANKS.  They were pale purple, so I painted them with some gold craft paint and while they were still wet, covered them with a fine gold glitter.  Dollar Tree baby- they have some awesome glitter.  I was just in there the other day and all I bought was oodles of glitter.  I think the cashier thought I had a problem.  

Photo: It's leg day! Join me in some...GLITTER SQUATS!

So I put my tree and my little vignette together.  Ah, I stood back and thought.... I really need to paint that wall.  (The tape wasn't there at the time, I took the pics after I decided to paint)

Yeah, that's what I thought.  Now these pics make my walls look BRIGHT green.  They are green and a little bright, but not the glowing neon that they are in these pictures.  I really want to paint the kitchen and tone it down, big time.  I have some other things I want to do in there too, so I'm not painting it till we decide what the plan is.  Anywho, I've been wanting to paint a chalkboard wall in there since the summer.  I had already purchased the paint, and I figured now is as good a time as any.

I grabbed the paint and stirred it up.  (It's the Rustoleum chalkboard paint, and I just picked it up at Home Building Centre in my town- it's just on the shelf in the paint section.)  The instructions say it's best to roll it on with a roller- I grabbed a high density foam roller, cause that's what I had, and away I went.

First coat.  I was a little nervous about how much the evil green was bleeding through.  The instructions say 2 coats, if needed.  Um, yeah.

You can't put the second coat on for four hours, and I had to go to work, so I finished it up (2 more coats) the next day.  I love it.

As you can see, I haven't written on it yet.  The instructions also say (me following these instructions is a BIG deal, as I usually think they are just "suggestions") that the paint needs to cure for 3 days before you season (rubbing chalk all over the surface, then wiping off) and begin to use it.  You'll see it in action soon, I'm sure.

Last night was the first night we did some "I'm thankful for" tags.  We each did one.  I have 20 of them, so we can do this up until Thanksgiving, and then we can keep it up and be reminded what we are thankful for.

I think it's a good exercise for all of us- I'm really curious to see what we come up with over the next couple of weeks.

Be sure to visit Emily's blog, and check it out.  She has other wonderful things available to download- and her house has been inspiring my decorating lately too.  
Have a great weekend, and be thankful!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Country Living Fair 2014

This past weekend, I hopped in the car (with my folks) at dark o'clock and headed down to Columbus, Ohio for the Country Living Fair.

I.  Loved.  It.

Maybe Country Living mag isn't your thing, you may want to skip this post.  It's totally my jam.  I live in an old farmhouse, with (shock) a couple of barns, and I grew up in the "country" vibe.  This isn't the old country style of the 80's though....with ducks and geese and wallpaper border and burgundy and dusty rose and tole painting.  Oh the memories.  It's more modern.  It's a bit of fancy, a bit of rustic, a bit of nature, a bit of industrial.  It's kind of whatever you make it.  (But it's not geese.  It's owls, but it's definitely not geese.) You can mix it all together and get this eclectic mix that has character, personality, history.  That's what I love.

It was all there at the fair. 

 I wanted to buy EVERYTHING.  But, I didn't.  Much to Tim's relief.  I came home with money (!), a couple of small pieces, inspiration and the overwhelming desire to go back.  If you're an HGTV watcher, Cari Cucksey from Cash and Cari and the RePurpose Shop, was there with a booth and displaying her new line of paint.  The colours are gorgeous.  Yummy-licious food- man, we had a killer lunch.  It was just a great day- if you have a chance to go - there's another date in October in Georgia, if not, it will be back in Columbus next September.  I'll totally be there.

I'm still kicking myself that I didn't buy any of these.  I get a little overwhelmed at things like this.  I'm probably a little annoying to shop with.

My girl would totally have made me get her one of these beautiful tutus.  She's so fancy.

I LOVED these metal letters.  I was on the hunt for a W, dang it all, I didn't find one. 

Don't mind my goofy grin.  I was totally geeked.  And I was hanging with a couple of my fave people.  


Another stellar addition to the weekend- was this little dude.

Graham Douglas

My one and only nephew.  He's a little pumpkin.  We adore him.  And his big sissy too!

Totally geeked over him too.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

hey, hey, hey

Imagine that title in the voice from Fat Albert.  Yup, that's how I roll.

Thanks for stopping by my little space here out in the blogosphere.  I'm testing the waters out- my nest is now empty (during the day) since my littlest has started kindergarten.

Isn't it nice how her brother is taking care of her?  I hope it lasts.  I'm home by myself now- except when I head out to work (part time) and I am sure I should probably be cleaning more, doing more housewifey things....a little dust never killed anyone.

I have this love/need to make things, to create.  I get loads of inspiration from other blogs, from Pinterest and from poking around thrift stores and my dad's garage!  (It's a gold mine!)  My hope for this blog is to inspire you too.  I'm kind of an all-over-the-place girl, my thoughts ping pong in all kinds of different directions- so this blog at it's birth will kind of be all over the place too.

I get so excited to share things that work- like new recipes, (This is what I'm making right now- I just had to get up and get them out of the oven)

projects, craftiness, decorating ideas- so instead of annoying my friends at work and on facebook, I thought I would branch out.  :)

You can do all these things- for reals.  You can use a saw.  You can paint.  You can bake a cake. Really, there's no end to what you can do.  Sometimes, you just need a little inspiration.  And maybe a kick in the butt.  I'll provide the inspiration- but no kicks.  I'll even tell you what turns out to be an epic fail.

I hope you get some ideas and have a few laughs.

ps.  come on over and hang out with me on FacebookPinterest and Instagram.  No twitter. I don't tweet.  I hate birds.