Silver vs Gold

I am into gold. I am also into silver. Before we knew what color walls we were going to commit to I bought a ton of silver frames from Ikea, and as we have been making this house our home those silver frames kind of disappeared into the paint choices we have made. Not to mention, I am kind of over looking at wedding pictures of me and Joey after four years. Instead of ditching the old frames, I decided to give spraying them gold a shot – and it was a great idea!

gold spray paint




Joey got me this amazing signed MArk Ryden piece and I decided it was time to frame it – just not sure where to hang it yet!

Here is what we did to get a flawless finish. It’s so easy, you’ll gag.

Lightly brush the metal frame with some sandpaper, prime and let dry. They spray with Rustoleum gold spray paint about 8 inches away in light layers and let dry.

Totally new frame! I am excited because they match the three brass trunks we just scored. More on that soon! What have you sprayed gold and have work out? Let me know, I am a little addicted to spray paint these days.



Officially Announcing Atlas

It’s been over eight weeks since we had our little bean. Tomorrow will officially mark two whole months! Time is just whizzing by at an unbelievable speed. We had a minor mix up with our birth announcements, but they are finally here and we LOVE them! We got the idea from a pin we saw on pinterest and edited it to our specifications. Joey and I are pretty bad with photoshop, but after the try-fail method a million times – we finally wond up with something we loved and it only cost us $15 for 50!

unique birth announcements, diy birth announcements

We used overnight prints with a coupon, but pretty much anywhere that prints postcards (and we got the envelopes from them too), you can get a one side print pretty reasonable. We picked 4X6 for these and think that was perfect for these. This would also make a super cute birthday card. Right now we are testing out a bunch of self-publish photo books, photo printers, etc – but for postcards I have always loved overnight prints because they are so reasonably priced and have only messed up once in the six years I have used them.

boy birth announcement

A tiny bit of DIY + some pretty gold heart stickers and we are ready to announce his arrival via snail mail. Happy weekend friends!

It’s a Spring Thing

I am SO OVER WINTER! I have been over it before it even started! I have been dreaming of planting in the raised bed Joey built for months now! Also, I can’t wait to get out of the house and into the sunshine with Rocket, Porkchop and Joey and Atlas. Spring, you are so close. In anticipation and celebration of sweet Spring, I joined forces with some of the most lovely ladies online to host a link party and blog hop dedicated to Spring! Please check out Emily from MerryPad‘s blog tomorrow where she is kicking things off!


Spring Thing Link Party, Spring Thing Blog Hop

Emily from link party and blog hop starts 3/5
Roeshel from link party and blog hop starts 3/12
Come back here for our link party and blog hop starts 3/19
Kim from link party and blog hop starts 3/26
We hope you will link up and join each one of us this March and share what you are doing to welcome spring!


Tiny Tree Ornament Project

DIY Ornament

tiny tree ornament

Happy happy Monday friends! We are 33 and 1/2 weeks down and have a little more than 6 weeks to go before little “A” gets here! Isn’t is crazy hou you can feel so ready, yet so not ready at the same time about something? We are working our butts off to get the nursery in order, while preparing for hosting Christmas at our house and Joey’s grandfather’s 90th birthday! A lot is going on to say the least! We still keep squeezing in little Holiday Projects, and this one is super cute.

tiny brush trees

These super cute tiny trees I found at Michaels got me thinkin’ about cute ways to display them so their tininess wasn’t lost. Then Boom!

how to make ornament

Clear ornaments! I found some plastic see-through ornaments which I think would work better than glass because super glue is what’s binding the tree to the ornament.

DIY ornament

At first we tried to drop a few drops of super glue at the base of the tree then used and old tweezer (I highly recommend using one you never plan to use again, you will ruin it) to place it. I messed up like a million times until I just dripped the glue into the ornament and then fed the tree through with the tweezer.

diy ornament

diy ornament

Once you get a grip, hold firm. About three to five drips will be enough, and also dry quick enough.

DIY ornaments

There you have it! The ornaments were 50 cents each and a bag of a dozen tiny trees were a dollar. Yep! That quick, easy, and cute. Totally fits in with our traditional Christmas this year! It’s been fun making ornaments. The one to the right is made from sculpy and then some gold ink. The imperfections make me happy and entertains Joey to no end.

One-A-Week-Wednesday with Pinterest

Hello! Happy mid week! How’s it flowin’? I decided to get a little adventurous and try something I never would have. We turned bar soap into liquid soap, and it was fun!

The lovely pick (as well as photo above) comes from a blog I just found out about via the magic of pinterest! The Farmer’s Nest gave pretty great instructions, so I won’t be repetitive and break down the deets, but I will tell you what I learned.

We used a bar of soap we had hanging around. I think it had glycerine in it. We followed the instructions and the funny part was, well, yea, I am going to just tell ya. So the recipe calls for liquid glycerin. I looked for it in the band aid isle as recommended. Welp, the fine folks at CVS did help me fine it, just not in the band aid isle. In the laxative isle. In the form of a butt injection thingie. For when you need to poop. I bought it anyway. Glycerine is glycerine, right?

Anywho, it worked just like instructed except ours had this snot like consistency. I think there was too much glycerin. I ordered some Mrs. Meyers soap bars to try again. We got about a gallon of totally usable soap. I added a little scented oil to give it an extra kick. Love it! Totally want to make more household cleaning stuff!

So, what did you get into this week? Share! 


Introducing, One-A-Week-Wednesday

Yes! Finally! I am committing to a schedule more and more in my old age, and Wednesday is the mother of all awsomeness for me now. I will be obligated to, get this, do something I have pinned on Pinterest. Yep. It’s my job people. Remember back in the Summer how Katie from Bower Power kicked off the Pinterest Challenege with Myself, Emily Henderson, and Young House Love? If you need to get up to date, check out the video below.

Also check out their Winter Pinterest Challenge if you haven’t already! Anywho…

Inspired by these past events, I decided to self proclaim a pinterst challenge weekly, to myself. Hence, One-A-Week-Wednesday. I have pinned over 200 DIY ideas, projects and inspiration on my “Let’s Make Something” board and have only accomplished one. Guess which one? The chalkboard fridge from the Pinterest Challenge! Yep!

pinterest challenge

Some projects are big (like huge-big), some are tiny. Some have more of a home ec thing going on, and other are puppy related.  Want to guess what we are working on for next week?

ikea sheep skin

One of these guys got us thinking, and we are working on getting her done! I love a good schedule and am so excited to have a “mandatory” DIY project on our plates that’s fun and inspired by other talents. We have a lot of not-so-creative projects going on around here, and this will spice reno up a bit!

10 Things to do to Prep for Spring

Hello lovelies! I am very excited Spring is upon us. This Winter was an exceptional one. More snow than I ever experienced in all my life all combined. So with great joy, I am brining you 10 things to do to prep for Spring, because after all if it’s Spring in your mind, it’s Spring outside!

1.) How does your Garden Grow?

We don’t have a green thumb. Not even close. I kill about 75% of the plants that come into this house, but I am determined to grow a garden of fruits, veggies, and flowers. I am prepared this year! Wish me luck!

2.) Purge, Donate, Trash, and Breathe.

Gotta lotta clutta? Somehow we racked up about a million boxes, filled every closet, and already want to swap out furniture we got specifically for the house – and it’s only been 15 months. Check out a challenge room, which has turned into a catch all…

Ugh..thanks goodness it’s Spring in my head and I got to cleaning out this unused breakfast nook. We have bigger and better plans for this space, and we cant wait to share. But for now, at least she’s clean.

We threw away a bunch, made a box for donations, and stored some away. We gave ourselves a one box limit for stuff we don’t use, but wanted to keep. If we don’t touch what’s in the box by next Spring, off to donations it will go. 

3.) Lighten Up!

I feel better in Spring. I like to walk the dogs, go outside, and notice things more. This year I am going to buy a bicycle and explore my “new” town more. Maybe you are into Yoga or hiking. Whatever your thing, Spring is surely the time to wash the stress away and do something you like. 

4.) Get Together

We love having BBQ’s! People in “the city” don’t like crossing bridges and tunnels to get to those of us who no longer dwell there. Hence, it’s a special occasion when we all get together to just hang out and do nothing and everything at once. Spring is the perfect time for those get togethers. It’s far enough away from Christmas, and before we start our Summer travels. Plan a get together. It’s worth it.

5.) Make Do

The sunshine aint gonna quit once Spring is “really” here! Make stuff. Fix stuff. Alter stuff! So many farmers markets will have scrumptious fruits, make a tart! Paint the house (God knows we need to!), build something, use those extra day light hours to get done what you lost this Winter. 

6.) Go Shopping!

Even if it’s window shopping. Shopping draws inspiration. It shows you the trends, what’s new, and even how to rework what you already have. We love shopping, even when we don’t buy anything.  

7.) Plan a Road Trip/Get out of Town

This is a must. What’s better than the wind in your hair? Driving down an empty highway seeing new sights? Spring is so the time for this! Plan something now! It will make you miss home in addition to creating some new memories and perhaps finding something cool to bring home with you. 

8.) Scrub, Scrub Scrub

Here is a quick guide to scrub your abode to make it squeaky clean this Spring. 

  • Pour boiling water down all sinks including, kitchen, bathtubs, and bathrooms
  • Put the winter comforters away, and pull out the lighter stuff
  • Run the washing machine with only vinegar added, your next load should be whites only
  • Vacuum and mop under all bulky furniture including the fridge, behind heaters, and inside fireplaces
  • Wipe down all small kitchen appliances and electronics, including the power cords 
  • Steam clean the curtains
  • Take down all hanging art, mirrors and picture frames and dust
  • Wash baseboards throughout house and fans in every room
  • Swap out high wattage bulbs for energy-efficient 3-way bulbs
  • Take all books and trinkets off bookshelves and dust
  • Take all rugs outside and beat them
  • Clean out closets and donate what you don’t need
  • Set up your compost
  • Set up your seedlings indoors (yay!)
  • Make some cleaning solutions* see below for some recipes
  • Clean fridge out and replace a baking soda
  • Buy new cleaning tools
    I got a little book Make Your Place, and it has a ton of info on how to make a lot of your own cleaning solutions and a whole lot more. Here are a few of my faves:
    All Purpose Spray Cleaner:
    1 t liquid castile soap
    2 T white vinegar
    3 Drops Tea Tree Oil
    1 t Borax
    2 C hot water
    1/4 t eucalyptus & lavender oil
    Mix all ingredients together in spray bottle. Don’t use on glass. 
    Homemade Bleach:
    1 c hydrogen peroxide
    15 c water
    3 T lemon Juice
    Mix together and keep in large plastic container. 


9.) Refresh

I love the smell of fresh sheets and a clean house. Which is why I love the days that follow the big Spring Clean! I refresh the decor in the house, and switch out fabrics, swap out trinkets, and it really makes me feel like Spring when I do this – with open windows of course!

10.) Enjoy!

What’s all the hard work worth if you can’t enjoy Spring?

What do you do to prep for the Spring? Do you have a cleaning list or a home made recipe for cleaning solutions? Share!

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