reloved magazine feature

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Ummm.... I'm pretty freakin' stinkin' excited over here.

Do you see anything that looks familiar at the bottom of this magazine??

It's my sunburst mirror!!!  Featured in a magazine!!!  Look Ma!

Needless to say I've been on cloud 9 since this showed up at my door.  Mike and the kids are pretty much over me tooting my own horn at the house so I had to come over here and bug you all ;D

There's some great stuff in this magazine, and I'd recommend checking it out sometime.  You can find Reloved at Barnes & Noble.  I know because I went to hunt one down for my mom :)

Thank you, Reloved, for loving my sunburst mirror enough to feature it, and thank you to my awesome readers for putting up with me today!

Toot! Tooooot!!!

easy halloween decorating

Friday, October 17, 2014

Last week Izzy asked me why we haven't put out Halloween decorations yet.  I told her it was because it's still 90 degrees outside and Mommy has a hard time getting in the fall decorating mood when she's still sweating.  She wasn't having that.  So, I drug out some decor but kept it on the simple side.  Like done in 30 minutes simple side.

I kept the striped candle sticks and swapped out some greenery in a vase for a pile of fake and real pumpkins topped with a crow.  I also added a banner I picked up from Target on clearance a few weeks back just because it was $2.  I mean come on??  $2??  This is the reverse side.  I used chalk to write the Halloween.

I feel a bit like Portland (put a bird on it) when it comes to Halloween decorating, but it is SO easy and always works.  You can see in the reflection of the mirror more crows perched on my tall mirror in the kitchen.  Which means the kitchen was decorated for Halloween in 2 seconds.  Done!

Stuck a big one on the secretary.  Poor guy lost some feather over the years.

One wall in the dining room got covered in some bats I cut out of construction paper a few years back.  So cheap but way cool.  Izzy loves these things.

And... another crow.

Actually, I take that back.  Izzy's favorite decorations are the little mouse silhouettes from Martha Stewart.  They've been around a while and everyone uses them, but I just love these little things.  A few years ago Izzy would go up the stairs at night to head to bed and say goodnight to each mouse and shout out "mouse house!!!" when she would see the openings :D  Sam keeps playing with the tail of the one on the wood floors.  It will probably last one more day before it's a tailless rat.

Now that I've taken myself down memory lane a bit with Izzy I have to show you my most favorite decor ever this year.

She busted these out while I was taping up the bats.  I LOVE THEM!!!!!!!  The witch is my fav :)

I do love decorating for Halloween but it's so hard when it's still so hot out!  I need sweater weather STAT.

slipcovered nightstands

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I want a new dresser and nightstands in our master bedroom so bad.  SO BAD.  The dresser holds my husbands t-shirts and socks.  Every time I put laundry away in there I have to very carefully and very slowly open the drawers so they don't fall out and land on my feet.  It's not a really well made piece to begin with and it has gone through 7 major moves.  I keep telling my husband, "babe, it's time".  

A little background - He has a VERY strong attachment to this bedroom set from his bachelor days.  It was purchased for him by his mom who has since passed and he doesn't want to let it go.  It was a miracle of all miracles I got him on board getting a new headboard a couple of years ago (even after having the old sleigh bed literally fall apart on us in our sleep, it was still hard for him to let it go.... to the guest room).  The drawers on the nightstands have the same problem as the dresser.  We don't keep anything in them so it hasn't been a functional problem.  I'm just over them.

So, since the dresser has major function issues there just might be a chance that gets replaced some time in the future.  Pray for me.  As far as the nightstands go, instead of pulling them completely out from under him I came up with a sneaky solution.  Slipcovers baby!

I still haven't found my SD card to my camera and I STILL haven't gone out to buy a new one.  So for today, you're going to have to make due with some iPhone pictures I took of my "new" nightstand to show my mom :)

Underneath is the oldie.  I made it exactly like I made the one for our old entry table.  I even used the same painter's dropcloth since I already had it on hand.  The only thing I did extra was add the little tabs and buttons to the sides.  The whole thing cost me $0.00.  Zip, zero, zilch.  Ba-bam!

Since the fabric is stapled to a piece of plywood instead of the nightstand itself, there is zero damage AND I was able to beef up the size a little more.

Husband is happy he still has his furniture and it didn't cost him a penny.  I'm happy I no longer have to look at it.


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