back patio | before

Thursday, August 28, 2014


I mentioned last week that I built a table for our back patio.



It got me rolling on finally fixing up our back patio.  I had already rearrange the furniture in that last picture, but wanted to give you guys an idea of the set up before.  Of course, I forgot to take pictures, so I went out and moved the furniture back into the old arrangement and snapped a couple photos :D

I had already made a change to the blank fireplace when I took my "before" photos so I had to edit it out so you could see what it really used to look like.  Here's the view right out of the back door.



And the little chest I was using for a coffee table.


No cushions on the furniture because Archer pulls them off and throws them on the ground so he can lay on them.  And chew his nasty bones.  With mud covering his entire body.  Needless to say the cushions were beyond disgusting.  This had become Archer's porch.  I didn't even want to go out there anymore.  In this photo there is torn up pieces of cardboard everywhere.  My guess is it blew over the fence from other construction.  I'm sure Archer thought it was a gift from God and just went to town on it.

This is what I'm planning for the patio.


There will be a new furniture layout, which was hard to layout correctly in a cut and paste photo.  The new coffee table will take the place of the old wooden chest.  I want to add outdoor drapes on either side of the fireplace.  Flank it with some ferns in tall galvanized planters.  Add a rope mirror above the fireplace (which I've already DIY'd and will show you later).  And add some pillows, just not sure what yet.

I know black and white striped outdoor curtains have been done and done and done, but I can't help it.  I like what I like!  Mike is even on board with them.  This is huge people.

Next week I'll show you some of the changes that have been made and tell you more about the coffee table!


"I want to be a fairy princess"

Tuesday, August 26, 2014



Izzy's 1st day of Kindergarten arrived yesterday!

I am just so stinking proud of this little (I'll have hell to pay if she catches me calling her little) grown up BIG girl.  She has blossomed into the coolest thing ever and I'm so blessed to call her mine.  I'm pretty darn excited about her wanting to be a fairy princess when she grows up.  It's definitely several steps up from last year's "I want to be a beaver" :D

I managed to hold my composure as Mike and I walked her to her classroom and got her situated at her desk.  She's in a fabulous school and I have complete faith in her teacher.  The cherry on the top has to be that she has her very best friend in class with her.  We totally lucked out there!

I'm so excited for you to start this incredible journey, Isabelle!  I know you are going to flourish while making memories that will last you a lifetime.  Mommy and Daddy are beyond proud of you and we love you so very much.  Go get'em baby!!!


entry switch up

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Changing things up in the entry again.  I just can't seem to leave it alone!

Here's how it looked when you last saw it.


Since then I've moved that mirror all over the house.  Somehow it just never felt right here, but I'll get to it's new home in a bit.  

Once the mirror was gone I simply added more gold hooks.  I also softened up the bench by adding a sheepskin and some pillows.




Since I have a mirror above the buffet a little further in the hallway, I don't miss having one above the bench.



Ok, back to that inlay mirror.  It went to my bedroom for a bit before landing on the table by the stairway when I made the skirt.




...it found a new home in the niche outside our master bedroom.  I've never know exactly what to do with niches.  They seem so weird to me.



And yes, I did move that snake plant over from the entry just for this picture ;) While it doesn't bother me in real life to have a bare spot in that corner, it looked so strange in a photo.


For right now I'm feeling pretty confident this will be the mirror's forever home.  We shall see!

Which version of the entry bench do you like best?  The mirror and hooks or just the hooks?

SOURCES  // diy bench // diy inlay mirror // hooks (covered in gold Rub n' Buff) // rug and basket - HomeGoods // sheepskin // diy pillows //

i built a patio table

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I wasn't planning on building a patio table this weekend.  It just kinda happened.  That's the norm for most of my projects so I'm not sure why I'm all that surprised.  Our back patio has completely gone to the dog, and I decided it was time for change.  

I had a super cool sketch that I made a few weeks ago (ok, really wasn't all that cool), but now I can't find it.  It had all of my measurements on it too :(  Anywho... I based it off of this table.  I love this table.


It's just a cool $1,599.00 marked down from $2,950.00.  For realz.  I'll give you a minute to clean up the coffee that you just spit out.

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We good now?  M-kay.

This isn't a final reveal, but here's what I came up with on my own.  BTW, I have no clue what is up with the camera on my iPhone.  Everything ends up with a blue-green tint lately.  So frustrating!


This bad boy is fully equip with a flip top so I can store our outdoor cushions inside it.  I'm beyond done with our pup Archer tossing them on the ground so he can roll his mud covered buns all over them while chewing on his nasty bones.  Now they are safe and sound!


I'll snap some good pictures and go into detail on how I put it together.  It was actually really simple.  But for now I'm off to walk past the living room windows one more time for no reason other than to stare at it.  Tell me you guys do that too???

master bathroom hardware | progress

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

We've got vanity hardware happening in the master finally!  We've been without cabinet hardware in here for so long that I've actually had to remind myself to use the knobs instead of pulling the drawers open from the top.

I wanted something simple and found these oil rubbed bronze little oval knobs in stock at Lowes.  I placed them horizontally on the drawers and vertically on the doors.  


For the dummy drawers under the sink (those things always drive me crazy for some reason) I wanted to do something different.  It bothered me to leave them plain, but I knew didn't want knobs.  The perfect solution?  Keyhole hardware.  Or if you're wearing your fancy pants - escutcheon.



I ordered these in the solid brass and spray painted them oil rubbed bronze to match the knobs.  You can order them in an oil rubbed bronze looking finish, but Ms. Cheapo saved herself $4 a piece by getting the brass ones and spray painting them.  Done!  

I used super glue to attach them to the drawer fronts, and once they were secure, slightly sanded the edges so some of the original brass showed through.  You totally can't tell in the photos, but it helped them match the knobs a little better.

I just love those darn things!


  

I also found a carved wooden side table at TJMaxx that I'm using as a stool for putting on makeup in the morning.  It's pretty darn perfect.


Before knobs...


and after.


A lot of times it's the simple changes that make me the happiest.

Now onto the not so simple change... what to do about the mirrors in here.

5 pinterest recipes you should be making

Friday, August 8, 2014

 
I get in dinner ruts allllll the time.  The problem is mostly rooted in the fact that I don't enjoy cooking.  I've never been very good at it and so it just feels like a chore.  So, when I find something that's really, really good (even with all my attempts to mess it up) it's a keeper.
 
All five of these recipes were ones that I have found on Pinterest and are on my "eat" board.  When I get in one of my ruts that's the first place I go to find something new and interesting.  These have all been in rotation lately.
 

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I made this one last night.  In true Shelley fashion I managed to leave out two major ingredients (Greek yogurt and the Monterey jack cheese) and it still turn out super yummy.  In my defense, I'm coming down with something and feeling super crappy, hence the lack of full brain capacity.  But, the Greek yogurt and jack cheese sends it over-the-top-knock-your-socks-off-good so don't forget it.
 
 
 
The goat cheese makes the orzo insanely creamy and yummy.  I could shovel this stuff in my face all day, every day.
 
 
 
This one is so quick and easy, but tastes like you spent a lot of time on it.  Done and done!
 
 
 
I have developed a love of chorizo since moving to Texas.  This gives me my fix.  Instead of making quesadillas like the recipe suggests, I make mine taco style with soft flour tortillas.  I lay the tortillas on the skillet letting them brown while layering shredded cheese, the chorizo and pepper mixture, and then avocado chunks and feta.  Once the tortilla is nice and brown I pull it off and fold it up.  So good.
 
 
 
Whenever you want rice to go with your Mexican meal, this is it.  So simple and so good.  I want some now.
 
Are any of these recipes ones that you've had pinned?  If you try them, which you totally need to, let me know what you think! 


rodan + fields winner and my current project

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

 
Thank you to all who entered into the Rodan + Fields giveaway!
 
The winner of the Multi-Function Eye Cream is...
 
Elizabeth Gonzalez!!!
 
Congratulations!  If you haven't already, be sure to check your inbox for an email from me :)
 
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I've been starting back in on Izzy's bedroom.  Not too much has happened since I first decided the route I was going to take back in April.

 
 
I've had the pom pom curtains made for a while (even though I haven't shared those yet) and then lost steam.  I felt a second wind while going through the new Emily + Meritt goodness going on at PBTeen.  It is just so good!  That was where I originally got the idea to go with pom pom trim curtains, and also where I found the Wonderful needlepoint pillow that I had in my design board.
 
Well, while I was going through their new stuff Izzy was hovering over my shoulder going, "ooooohhhh!!!!  I want that in my room!  No.  I want THAT in  my room!!!".  When I pulled up the needlepoint pillow to remind her we were getting that for her room I saw her eyes flash wild as she asked, "Mom.  How awesome would it be if it had my name on it!  Can we do that?!"  And in a moment of pure DIY stupidity mixed in with wanting to please my little girl I said, "Yeah babe!  I could totally make you one!"
 
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Stupid, stupid, stupid.  The thing is, I don't know how to cross stitch!
 
So last weekend I went out and gathered my supplies.  I forgot a hoop, but luckily had one that goes to my sewing machine.  Here's where I am just over a week later.
 
 
I've been working on this thing constantly and this is all I have to show for after a week.  And my plan is to fill in all the remaining white cross stitch fabric with white thread.  Here's where you picture me with my forehead on the table.  I wanted to stop after the "I" but Izzy saw it and got so excited I had to keep going.  If I want to get done before she heads out to college this pillow is going to need to be a lot smaller than I originally planned.
 
Anywho, that's where I am.  DIY Hell.  Oh, and my shoulder hurts.  I have Needle Point Shoulder.  At age 33.  Ugh.
 
What projects have you found yourself in over your head with? Did you finish or toss in the towel?
 
Anyone know how to cross stitch?  I need tips! 
 

last day to enter R+F giveaway!!!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Just wanted to pop in to let you all (I guess I should be saying y'all now that I'm a Texan!) know that today is your last day to enter yourself into the Rodan + Fields giveaway!


This is no lie, amazing stuff.  I use their products and LOVE it.  This before and after isn't me (I completely botched my before pictures), but wanted you to see how killer the transformations are.



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