Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A Few Things Here and There

Here is our new kitchen faucet…we absolutely love it! 

It almost makes me want to do the dishes!  This was a great, quick 30 minute project for my husband and I, to do together.  I already had changed faucets before but I wanted to let my husband be involved since he really enjoys learning new things.

 This past Friday our fair started so I have my hands full since the kids have off school!  Once the fair is completed (September 29) I will have a post on some of our favorite things from it.  To date we’ve been consuming tons of apple dumpling and cider!  Oh and my new *favorite*…Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream.  That is heavenly, really tastes like a real pie and “screams” fall time!

Now that it is starting to feel like fall time, we are starting to get into the mood to decorate for fall.  I had already started some on our porch (as seen in this post).  We made a few ‘fall time’ purchases at the fair, which I will showcase at a later date.

Here is a free quote printable that I typed up.  I saw it somewhere else but did not like how it was being used with all dark colors.  You can find it here!


Hope you enjoy!!!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Fall Time is Fallin' Upon us!

As fall time is starting to settle upon us, it puts me in the mood for apple cider, apple dumplings, going on hay rides and of course Halloween/Thanksgiving!  This is the “bearable” time of the year for me running.  During the summer sometimes it is so hot to do my daily run outside that I just have to resort to being inside on the elliptical.  In the fall time I typically can average well over an hour and not mind.  This is the easiest and best form of exercise to me!  

Seeing all the leaves change and fall off is really exciting for my children!  Here is my favorite photo from our NYC trip from last fall.  We go to NYC at least once a month so seeing it change from month to month is very neat.

As we start to enter into fall time, so do the amounts of sweets and treats.  I am not a fan of chocolate (which is probably not a bad thing)! I really love pumpkin pie- that is truly one of my favorite things!

Here is the Halloween Themed cake that I made last year.  My oldest helped me with it and her favorite part was making the big spider!  We love making really neat cakes together, and over this past year (from when this photo was taken till about now), we have really gained lots of cake and decorating skills!

I haven’t gotten my “Halloween” inspired wreath out yet (it is a bit too early) but for now here is a photo of the burlap one that I made a few weeks ago.  This was a very simple DIY.  I already had a spare wire wreath lying around, and a huge roll of burlap (I bought all of it a few months back with the intent of making it someday)!  The rustic letter “T”, I had used previously for an anniversary party that my husband and I threw with close friends and family.  I have always planned on using burlap for projects and was pleasantly surprised it wasn’t as messy to work with, as I thought it would be!


Oh, in case you may remember, our Moss Covered Letter for the time being has a spot on our porch! That is still one of my favorite projects!


Hope you enjoy!!!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Our Trip to La Festa Italiana!

Labor Day weekend we went to the Italian Festival- La Festa Italiana, which is located in our neighboring city of Scranton.  It encompassed the whole courthouse square and had a variety of food vendors and crafts to purchase. Also there were bands playing music, and a few different shows to watch and enjoy.  My husband loves trying new food so that was lots of fun for him!  

One of the streets

There was lots of buildings and scenery to photograph so that made it worthwhile for staying.  

At the courthouse square
It was about 90 degrees out that day so we were trying our hardest not to get too hot so we kept going to the "cool" areas!

The nice shade arch they had which helped against the sun

The Electric City has lots to offer for day trips, and one of our favorites it the Steamtown National Historical Site.  There you can see tons of locomotive trains, ride them, and explore the museum. 

Train Yard

  Hope you enjoy!!!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Life in the Busy Lane!

As I have been very busy the past few weeks, I haven’t been able to write.  From fulfilling orders, to going away to various places, we have been busy!  Now that life is settling and we are getting back into the scheduling that back-2-school brings with it, I am finding more time.  I have just got all my paperwork approved for being a co-leader for Girl Scouts.  Lots of paperwork had to be filed along with all the background checks, all which were processed easily and good to go!!  Some of the paperwork was similar to what I had to do to volunteer at my children’s school, so I was familiar with the process.   

Along with all that, I have been truly blessed with the amount of orders that are coming in!  I have several blog posts all ready to be published for the next few days so starting tomorrow there will be a new one!!!

Hope you enjoy!!!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

A Window of Delight

We have been working real hard to finish up and get some photos of our redecorated office.  This office is now cheery and you have the vibe energy of wanting to get work done in it! ;)
Yesterday we decided to make a ‘new’ valance.  We have been seeing all different colors of this on Pinterest and decided to give it a shot, since it isn’t too hard.  You can use scraps of fabric or just go to the craft store and get one of those rolls of coordinating fabric (like we did since there was a 40% off one item coupon this week).  We then looped them around the rod and it looked like this:

A close up of the valance we made!
Quick, easy, and a fun new look for the window!

The whole window in the office

The jars next to the window were bought off of Etsy from Beach Blues.  These match our window valance and the wall color perfectly.  Amazing!

Jars from BeachBlues on Etsy
The floor in the office just ended up being painted a glossy floor paint.  The color was Cancun Sand, which appears to be a nice, warm cream color.  
The view into our office

We will probably be putting the foam mat that we had on the floor next to the train table for the kids to sit on while playing with it.  I also want to change what I currently have on the shelves…not quite sure exactly what I want but will figure it out!  At this moment I am very satisfied with our hard work and just in total bliss over the turnout of our redecorating of the office!

Hope you enjoy!!!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

A Fresh, New Office to Work in

Here is a quick peek as to what we have been busy with lately...

A quick phone picture...
This photo was just taken on the phone and before we decided to put our new trim down.  Hopefully by the end of the week I will have finished photos of our newly redecorated and half reno’d office!

Hope you enjoy!!!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Now that Everything Seems to be Falling into Place...

Now that everything seems to be falling into place and sort of back to normal after getting our new flooring, I will show off some photos of our master bedroom!  

The beautiful king size sleigh bed

The view into our bedroom

 We love how light and airy our bedroom seems, and just to think we really only changed 2 things in it.  Firstly the flooring; we went from really dark to bright and light.  Secondly instead of putting our bi-fold closet doors back up we decided to do what we have done in the kids’ bedrooms and hung curtain panels!  Now we have full and total access to each of our closets and we,  I won’t be breaking the doors anymore!

Our closets with the curtains

 I really try to limit what I put on top of the dressers and nightstands.  It makes the room feel not cluttered.  On my nightstand I just have the lamp, alarm clock, vase, and one of my favorite collectables (an elephant my good friend had given to me as a gift).  I was told that if the elephant is pointed towards the door bring good luck, so I always keep it there, just in case!
I try to keep the nightstand very limited with things

I found these awesome printable faux chalk labels on Pinterest yesterday!  (The link will take you directly to where you can pick the design.)   
My inspiration that was on Pinterest
They look very real and I decided to give them a try on our canisters.  As stated they do use a lot of black ink, but well worth it!  I printed them on a whole shipping label sheet and then just cut and trimmed.  A good plus to them is the ‘chalk’ doesn’t wipe off!!! 

Our canisters look really nice with the labels

Here is a sneak peak as to what my next post will be about:

Our family binder
Our Family Binder!
Hope you enjoy!!!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Snippets of our Office Redo!

Today I am going to start giving some preview of the things we have done in our office for our mini-reno!  These hanging folders on the wall were a really great idea!  

2 of the hanging wall folders

I had bought these a few months back, when in almost all my home magazines that I receive had a 40% off one MS product at Staples.  I figured I would try them and they are pretty cool.  I just love the color of them and how convenient they are for me.  I can give each person in the household a dedicated slot to put papers in. This really is handy for my husband since he is always misplacing papers.  The smaller folder is being used to put bills in that need to be mailed out.  I still have another package of the bigger folders and will hang them near these ones soon. 

While shopping at Target the other day, my daughter spotted this lamp that had a shade that was entirely covered with feathers.  This lamp was approximately $40.  I knew I still had some white feather strands still left so we just went and bought a lamp that she liked!  When we got home we sat down and hot glued the feather strand around and around until we got this:
Feather Lamp

It looks awesome and we DIY'd it together!

Hope you enjoy!!!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

All of our Decorated Porch and Garden

Okay…I finally sat down and got a great roundup of our porch and garden photos for on here! While watching the Olympics I have been sitting on my computer getting some of the ‘best’ photos that showcase our hard work on the porch and outside the best! I hope everyone is enjoy the Olympics as much as we are!
Our flower garden mid-summer
Back in April, our family constructed another garden but this one is right below our porch.

Close up of some of our flowers
Now for the main showcase: our porch. We kept our bistro table a bit spaced from our new ottoman bench that we built, so we have 2 different ‘sections’ on the porch. Everything just seems to go together and compliment one another. As pictured is our painted rug.  Here is the DIY post for the painted rug that we did.
Ottoman that we built and our painted rug
Bistro table set and our 'Love' sign we made
As for our house door, we have our Moss Covered Letter, which ended up being added to an unused spray painted picture frame. Here is the post from when I made the Moss Covered Letter. The ‘welcome’ sign was one of our best purchases off of etsy! This sign is just so simple but neat looking that we just had to buy it.
Moss Covered Letter on our front door
Welcome sign we bought off Etsy
Now on to our collection of old looking things. Our Pepsi-Cola wooden crate was a yard sale find (my first yard sale experience I have ever been to). The silver star on the top is something my oldest daughter and I basically just threw together. We gathered some sticks up and hot glued them together, then spray painted them. The mason jars are still a work in progress but I am sure you get the picture.
Pepsi-Cola crate we got at yard sale, and the DIY star
Mason Jars that aren't quite done yet!
Finally we have our plants that sit on the porch. During cold months these plants do find a way into our home, but for now while it is really nice out they can stay there! The hats hanging on the wall were an cute idea that my mil told me to do a few weeks back.  The lights that we have strung all over the porch are my favorite outdoor lights ever.

Plants and the hanging hats

Outdoor lights that we l-o-v-e!
This week is flying on by and it is August already which means Back-2-School time is rapidly approaching. On the next post I will show off my Household Binder that for months I have been trying to get together and finally finished it! I will also little by little start to show off our office reno!


Just wanted to also include we were featured in a treasury on Etsy and just wanted to include the link to see our 'Teacups' Flower Girl Ivory Tutu Dress' in it!!!

To send this post off, here is a photo of our cat "Cupcake", while we were taking the photos of the porch!  
A sleeping "Cupcake"
Hope you enjoy!!!