Thursday, December 8, 2016

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

Ok, so I'll be the first to admit this season is just flying by. I've been quite pathetic at keeping up with everything, blogging included, unfortunately. But not to worry, we're all still alive and well, and a bit of Christmas cheer has been sprinkled around the old parsonage.


I'm still loving my old door, and it was fun to dress it up for Christmas.

So that's my little Christmas Home tour. I was craving simplicity this year, and I ended up putting 90% of my decorations right back in storage. I decided to only use my absolute most favorite things, and I'm so glad I did. A few strategically placed pieces can go a long way, and still look festive without filling the entire house with a bunch of meaningless stuff that just ends up in the way. I think in the past I had the mindset that it just wasn't Christmas if every inch of the halls weren't properly decked. But by the time New Year's rolled around, I could not wait to pack all that stuff up, and get back to my simple and neutral decor. After all, the true meaning of the Season isn't found in the decorations anyway. I want to put my focus on the true Reason for the Season, and celebrate Jesus and the wonderful hope that He brought to the world.  I hope you all are having a lovely and blessed Christmas season! 

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Chippy is my love language.

Happy Saturday, friends! 
I saw this perfectly chippy and gorgeous old door out by the road in our neighborhood, so naturally, I begged my hubby to run over there and grab it for me. 
Isn't she a beauty???
But wait.  It gets better. 
Oh yes, it does.
When he went over to get it, the old man came out and said he had 11 old doors if he wanted them, too. Yes, ELEVEN. Say what?! Um, yeah, we want them! There's even a lovely chippy aqua blue one in the pile. That made my heart sing for reals. 

I'm already excited about decorating this corner up for Christmas! 

I'll leave you with a piccy of my sweet Ollie boy, because he's just so stinkin' cute. Even if he stole my favorite chair and claims it as his own...

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Coffee Bar

Just skip the measly cup and someone invent a coffee IV, already. Anyone else? I'm talking gallons per unit. Where there is no need to sip due to burning your tongue, but it flows straight to your bloodline with all of its caffeine goodness. One punch of the button and you instantly jolt back alive and kick up your heels to start the day! Could someone get on that, please? Thanks.
Continuing on with the actual point of this post...
I recently, recently being used very loosely, purchased a hanging scale from my SIL. I have wanted one for a long time and finally took the plunge and bought it.
Here is where she, the scale-not my SIL, hangs:
Purdy, ain't it? I used to have the coffee maker on the other side, but it was a little inconvenient trying to fill the water up. Especially when it's dark outside and you're trying to get the day started before the munchkins and your eyes refuse to open and your hands won't budge to work.
See that cute little tea towel reminding you of that blessed goodness called pie? It's from So Vintage Chic and she is offering our followers a coupon: CHAPELCOTTAGE. Let me know what you couldn't live without.
If you'll excuse me, I'm off to invent that IV and to make my fame and fortune in this world.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

It's Fall Y'all!

I'm seeing Christmas stuff popping up in all the stores, and I'm just like, wait, what did I miss here, has fall even got here yet??? We're still having 90 degree weather here in the beautiful south. And this girl ain't complaining. Nosiree. I'm loving it. Those cold dreary days when the kiddos get crazy wild with cabin fever will come soon. enough. 
My fall decor is pretty simple, nothing fancy here. I love my neutrals and lately I've had the urge to purge. I'm loving simple styles, and I'd love to lose some of my clutter!

Yeah, this piccy has nothing to do with fall, there's nary so much as a pumpkin in it. 
But Ollie was just so cute... 
Humor me.

If things go like they have for the last 15 years, my notorious black thumb of death will have it's way with the mums and they'll be conked out in no time. But still I try...

I needed a new table out here on the porch so I asked hubby to bring a spool home from work. (And he did, cuz he's sweet like that.) I just love it! I probably love it even more because it was free. Haha! Aren't free things just the best??
So I'll just be sittin' out here enjoying these last warm summer days, sippin' on my sweet tea, and whenever fall decides to actually show up, I'm ready for it. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Girl's Room Redo

My little girly is not quite so little anymore. Many of her things had seen better days, so we decided it was time to upgrade her room. After giving her a firm no to an "Elsa" theme, she was pretty excited about doing the colors coral and mint green.
My first step in bedroom decorating is to find the bedding. We hunted high and low and never could find what we were looking for. I finally decided to just go with a white quilt (IKEA) and make her an accent throw in those colors (Hobby Lobby material). This room redo took waaaaaaaaaay longer than it should have because of that very last sentence. If it involves sewing, I'm the last person to jump in and get it done. HA!
 I have wanted to attempt stripes for a long time, but could never decide where. I love them in here!
I knew I wanted to involve some fellow makers in this room redo. The polka dots are wall stickers from my friend Just the Frosting. They are super easy to use and peel easily off of your wall. She has oodles of designs, including quotes and customs.
I made the sign as the same as others from my Down Grace Lane. A friend had posted this quote on Facebook and I loved it. I want her soul to be beautiful with Jesus and we've already read this and talked about it some. I want it to be a reminder to her, as well as me.
I spray painted her old bookshelf to match.
The adorable little giraffe reminds me of my niece. My friend Theresa's Crochet Shop made it and has so many adorable others. Oh my! They are just all so stinkin' cute!
Isn't he just so keeeeeuuuute?!
For fun, kicks, and giggles, I even painted her closet door. It gives that side of the wall a nice pop of color without having to add much décor.
There are several of my maker friends on this wall. The cute wooden heart cutout is from Aces of Oregon. It matches perfectly. I got the frame around it at a yard sale and spray painted it to match. I love how it pulls out the heart.
The cute little bike art is from Details2Enjoy. I did a separate post on how it was put together. Another unique shop with lots of fun things!
I won the mason jar art in an IG giveaway from Kate's Crafty Heart. Super cute! She customized it with her name. Of course my daughter thought that was very cool since nothing has her name on it.
The "Fearfully & Wonderfully Made" is handpainted by Handcrafted Brunette. She is amazing and has so much cuteness in her shop.
All of these makers are on Instagram and I would encourage you to check them out.
The gumball machine was spray painted to match, but her little brother has rubbed some off of the top from trying to sneak in and help himself.
I'm kicking myself because I passed up a chandelier at a yard sale. That would have been so cool to spray paint and hang in here. I'm keeping my eye out. Maybe something better will come along.

On a humorous note: This quilt is massive and tucked in strategically to get it to lay right. We had revival coming, so I told her to sleep with her little brother in the next room. This way the bed stayed made. LOL! However, she has slept in there since.

So, we still have a pretty made bed.

Thank you to my maker friends for collaborating with me with your products.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Floor Find

Look what we found underneath the carpet upstairs. It needs some work, but I think it's doable.
The pillow is from So Vintage Chic and has our wedding date and the kiddos birth dates. Underneath is the quote, "the best days of our lives." The B&W pillow is from Ikea. The chair, table, plant box, and lamp are from yardsales/thrift store. The sign is from Down Grace Lane.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Fireplace, Flooring, & Fall

We've been working on some projects around know, the "company is coming, so let's see how many we can attempt in a week" kind of projects? Surely we're not the only ones who do this.
I shared the kitchen flooring earlier, but we actually put the same flooring down in the piano/dining room, living room, and hallway. I love it!!!
I, also, wasn't happy with how the fireplace turned out before. It was too bright, but I thought it was going to be a big job to fix. I saw a tutorial on IG on how to paint a faux brick and it got my wheels to spinning. I dabbed a small tiny amount of light gray paint on a paint brush and then sporadically painted the brick. As soon as I painted, I took a wet wash cloth and wiped it off. It looks soooooo much better. It gives it a little more dimension.
As you can see in the picture, we re-tiled around the fireplace, too. The red tile stuck out like a sore thumb with all the changes. Once I get my new light hung in the living room, I think it's done...for awhile. HAHA!!!
While I had a big mess on my hands pulling everything from one room to another, I decided I might as well go ahead and decorate for fall. I'm not totally loving how it turned out, but it is what it is for right now. I see pictures on good o' Pinterest, IG, and blogland and get an idea in my mind of what I want. Then I attempt it and it turns out nothing like I had anticipated. LOL!
And, now, it's time for a nap. Pretty sure I need to learn how to spread things out instead of attempting it all at the same time. Eh...what fun is that?!