Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Firewood is what my hubby called this table and chairs as he was loading it into the back of his truck.  I called it pure potential.  I just knew she could be beautiful, and for thirty dollars, I didn't care to much if for some reason she didn't turn out.  Craigslist I love you!

I forgot to take before pictures, so here are the pictures the guy texted me.

She needed a major face lift and I was up for the challenge.

Remember the chandelier I took from my neighbors curb?  I gave her a face lift too.  Are you ready for my dining room reveal? Keep in mind it cost me a total of 40 dollars plus paint.  Thirty for the table and chairs, and 10 for the roll of upholstery fabric I got at the consignment store down the street. Drum roll..............

Not bad huh?

The weather has been amazing this week, so I actually got to paint outside without melting away.

I think I love her!

Another awesome thing about this table is that it helped me get to know my neighbors!   They are just wonderful!  We talked and talked, while I painted, and our kids played together!  Hi Kristen!:)

I actually had to paint her twice.  The first time I used glaze, and didn't like how it looked, so we repainted, and just used a sander to rough her up a bit.

I am linking up to Wendy's Frugal Friday over at The Shabby Nest
And to the amazing Miss Mustard Seed
Until my next project  
Hugs from Texas!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

New beginnings

What happens when your Husband gives you a call from work and says "How would you feel about moving to Texas?" and before I have a chance to answer he says, " The company wants us there within the next few weeks!"  I will tell you what happens, your world gets turned upside down!

So this my friends is why you haven't heard from me in a while, I frantically got the house ready to put on the market, flew to Texas twice to look for a rental, moved to a town I had never heard of, and have been trying to start a new life here in the Gulf Coast!

We decided to leave our house staged in hopes that it would help it sell, and just brought necessities with us.  It has been so hard for me, not being able to decorate here, and not have all my pretty things, but anything to help in the sell of our home it worth the sacrifice!:)

So here I sit, in an empty house, in a far off land, a land that is more humid and hot than I have EVER experienced. The first few weeks were really hard.  I am a get ready kind of girl.  I love hair and makeup.  So after a few attempts to get all Sariahfied, I have almost given up.  The curls just fall out, and the makeup melts off!  ( I did just get my hair cut yesterday  I took in this picture)

I think the girl did a pretty good job.  I will post a picture whenever I get around to getting gussied up!:)

I have to admit that there is something special about the people in Texas.  They are the friendliest bunch of people I have ever met!  We have been so welcomed in our new little town!  This has made the move so much easier for me!  A girl has got to have girlfriends, and I have been totally embraced.

I have only known these ladies about a month, and I feel like we have been life long friends!!  I love them!!!

So what is a girl to do when she has no furniture (besides mattresses)?  She starts stalking Craigslist!  Our rental is bigger than our casa in The Land of Enchantment, so we have room to get some pieces to get us by.

First off, we of course had to bring the TV, so we needed a place to put it.  Here is the ugly 70's dresser before
And here she is after

I need to find some fun paper to line the back with.

So there you have it, our new TV Stand!  I have so many more projects to get started on, but it is so hot here, I can't be outside 5 minutes without melting away!

One last picture before I go.  So here in Texas, I guess it is totally acceptable to dig through your neighbors trash on trash day.  I hear people leave all kinds of treasures on their curbs.  Never thought I would actually do it, but when I saw this chandy in my neighbors trash I could not resist it.  The possibilities just started rushing through my mind, and I grabbed it!!!!

I can't wait to show you what I did with her!!!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

A Little Love Can Go A Long Way

I acquired this when my next door neighbors moved out.
Pretty, eh? Yikes!

My neighbors 14 year old daughter used it as a dart board.
But I saw some potential in this little mistreated gem. She just needed some love.

I gave her a good sanding down.

Used some...rather, a LOT of wood filler.

Primed her.

Painted her with the colors Bon Voyage and Ionic Sky. And wah lah!

A new mini craft station for my kiddos.

It is so nice to have a place to stash the coloring books, crayons, etc. and they can access it when they want instead of begging me to get it out for them.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

From Drab to Fab

While spending time with Enchantress 2 in Central Cali, we came across a garage sale that was closing down for the day. He said, "Take anything you want". Sweet! I am kickin' myself that I didn't take more. One of the things I acquired was this drab piece of art.

I really just liked the frame and had no idea what I was going to do with it. Free right?
Well one night I was thinking that my bedroom needed something else on the walls and a friend of mine who was moving had just given me a bunch of her craft supplies which included orange paint. So...I looked to my bed pillows,

and hibiscus arrangement for inspiration. (I acquired that sailboat painting from the garage sale as well...so fun!)

This was the result. From drab to fab!

And I really like it. I am not a painter by any means but I just figured if I messed it up it was free...right?  It really adds a pop of color that our white rental walls needed.
I think it now needs something to flank the sides. Hmmm?

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

What the?!

Have you seen the "new" busty Barbie?  Yikes!  I don't have girls but there is no way I would buy this for my nieces.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


I rarely buy shoes.  Gasp! I know, I must have something wrong with me. Today however I went to Payless
to look for some spring/summer shoes and came home with these 3 pair. I was trying to get outside of my box of buying only brown or black, and while 2 of the 3 are brown or contain black I think they have sass and personality.  How do you think I did?

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to everyone!  We hope you have a wonderful day celebrating all the women in your life!
Have you heard of the World's Smallest Postal Service?   I have used them in the past to send their "World's smallest Valentine" complete with magnifying glass to read it!   This year I send out their smallest package and cards for Mother's Day gifts.  That teeny-tiny bouquet of flowers is just too sweet! 

Monday, March 29, 2010

Reunited and it feels so good!

It is not very often that all 3 of us are in the same place at the same time, so when it happens we cherish every second!!!  Oh how I love my sisters.  We are best friends~ kindred spirits.  No one gets me like these two.  They know all my secrets and still accept and love me unconditionally!  If only we lived next door!  Love you girls eternally!

And to answer a few questions about Emmy's room.  The color on the walls is Sultan by Kwal cl 21750, but I color matched it at Wal-mart.  I got the polka dot comforters at walmart.com

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Stroll Through Target

As I was on my bi-weekly stroll throught Target, the new line Liberty of London
stopped me in my tracks and I literally gasped with glee!
Oh my glory!  These pictures do not do this line justice, I wanted to buy every single thing!
This bedding will be mine..umm I mean my daughters!

And this lampshade to go on her side table!
I could not leave empty handed, and after an excited call to hubby that ended in "Calm down, it will be there for a while!"I did only end up buying the above two teir tray to put on her dresser!  I thought it would be perfect to put her jewlery/ lip gloss on!
And how fun would it be to to be matchy matchy with my girlies!  Yes, I am that girl:)  I would probably add a brown belt to the shirt.
I have a feeling I will be the owner of many of these items soon, because I do NEED this adorible swimsuit
and this amazing clutch!
I suggest going down to your local target right now, before I buy it all and there is nothing left for the rest of ya!:)

Friday, March 12, 2010

Emmy's Room Reveal

I am so excited to show ya'll  Emmy's room!!!! When I get an idea in my crazy brain, it is all I can think about until it has come to pass!:)
I have to admit though, when we got the first coat of this blue up on the wall, I was freaking out a little bit.

But I knew once all the elements came together it would all work out.

Now Miss Emmy has her very own big girl room!

A room that Mommy doesn't want to leave because  she is in love!

With the sweet little girl who abides there,

And, the way It makes her feel happy and childlike when inside.
I could have never pulled this off without the help of my friend Amber, who I called 100 times a day to bounce my insane ideas off of,

And Vinyl Silhouettes, for their amazing custom vinyl!

And a sweet hubby, who I know secretly thinks my ideas may be a little over the top, but goes along with every single one!

I couldn't be happier with the outcome!

Now on to other daughters room!:)

And because I love before and afters, here is a picture of the room before.

I am linking this post to my friend Jen's weekend wrap up party at Tatertots and Jello

To Wendy's Frugal Friday Party over at The Shabby Nest

And to Kimba's DIY party over at A Soft Place To Land