Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Teacher Appreciation Gift Ideas

Wow... I can hardly believe that in 2 1/2 weeks my kids will be out of school for the summer.....already.





But, before I start planning our summer activities and my backup sanity plan...just in case, I need to think about those sweet teachers that have supported, cared and loved my children all year. And, while I am finalizing this years appreciation gift, I have put together a few ideas that I have done in the past, that the teachers have loved.

These canvas totes are always such a big hit. You can find how simple they are to do here.


Seeds of knowledge with a flower pot filled with garden gadgets



 'Thanks for being sweet' with chocolate bar and gift card


'highlight' of my year card with pen



You can find this collection of ideas here.

What ideas do you have and..... am I the only one anticipating the need to use a sanity plan?



grateful for~
wonderful teachers



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Monday, April 28, 2014

Gallery Wall and A New Window

I think I finally created a gallery wall in the den that I can stare at and be happy ..........it's filled with my children's art work.



My kids happened to make me the most amazing birthday cake this weekend. Now this is perfection....



and it was delish. Each of my kids baked their own layer with dad, and gooped frosting all over it.



Picked these up this week...... My first peach tree. I figured it was about time, since I live in the peach state. I see a delicious peach pie in our future. 



And finally, I was so excited to show you the full kitchen reveal this week, but this happened....a new window over what was my butlers pantry. And this time, it was all this handsome guys fault.



Some girls get diamonds for their birthday, I get windows..... and kisses!



Have a super fantastic week.


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Grateful ~
For a family that loves me






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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Spring Tablescape....3 looks...1 plate

Nothing inspires me more this time of year then natures beauty and
a pretty Spring table....




My hidden passion ( shhhhh)  is creating pretty tables, my challenge is always using what I got and today I am sharing three different looks with one pretty pink plate.....perfect for Spring.

I picked up these floral plates at World Market a few months ago......  I think it was the color, since all my plates are white.



A walk in the garden to clip a bunch of azaleas to sit in a white tea cup and some pink spray paint on a plastic charger, and I created my first Spring tablescape.



It didn't take much more effort to create the second look, other then spraying some yellow spray paint on a glass vase and on a charger. 
I love how it pulls from the yellow flowers on the plate. The combination of pink and yellow is perfect.



The third look is a bit more calmer, with the plates sitting on a silver charger and the table flanked with mercury glass holders filled with the flowers.




Now, my other challenge is choosing which tablescape I will use....since I love them all. 
3 looks inspired by one pretty pink plate.
What inspires you this time of the year?

I am joining some other 'tablesetting lovin' bloggers in a Spring table party. I know you will be inspired as you visit all of the other beautiful tables.


Grateful for~

A table to sit at







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Monday, April 21, 2014

Monday Musings

Mama and her kitties taking a nap........ all 5 girls


I love this time of the year when Azaleas are in full bloom.....


Over the weekend we converted our old sandbox into a feed shed.....


To feed these little chicks that are getting bigger each day.....



My favorite time of the day and place....mornings in my garden


What's your favorite time of the day?
I hope you had a wonderful Easter and a great weekend. 



PS. Stop by tomorrow when I share a tablescape inspired by my Azaleas.



Grateful for~
Family time
All our 4 legged friends around the farm








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Friday, April 18, 2014

Breezeway Changes Over 11 years

If there is one room in my house that needs more maintenance and updating then my hair color...... it's my breezeway. 


This room sees more foot traffic then any other space in the house. Nestled between the garage and the house, it's primary purpose is to greet you when you don't come to the front door.
So with that in mind, clutter, mounds of tennis shoes, and red Georgia clay are things that I prefer you not see when you come to visit.




Here's a few shots of the space during the last 11 years. Hopscotch anyone? Top left picture was the day we moved in. Right picture was this past Christmas. Everything else was the years in between.

I am excited about a few changes that I am about to wrap up in this space, that I think may just hold me over for the next 11 years. 


The best part, I am making the changes for next to nothing in cost, some rugs and a gallon of paint........and I can get my hair done more regularly now!

Do you have that room in your home that constantly gets the update?

I hope you have a lovely and blessed Easter. Candy, eggs, family and all that it is suppose be on this special day.





 Grateful
 my heart is grateful for you.




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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Office Reveal

Well now that my hubby's office is finished....productivity is up this week, phone calls are getting returned, emails are getting answered and my husband is making it into his office chair each day...safely with no risk of injury.





Which was not so easy a few months ago before I decided to clear the craft room clutter and give him a safe environment in which to work in. OSHA would be happy that I am complying to standards.

This is the room when we got started. You can catch up here.
A lot of this is the craft room crap pushed to his side since we worked on both spaces simultaneously.


And this is how the space looks now.



The plan, we put a wall up, we painted the walls, painted his desk, got a new rug,  added some curtains and threw a couple of pillows on the couch

First thing was to create a wall between the two spaces. At this very moment I imagine my husband was thinking "You stay on your side and I will stay on mine". Ha...I don't blame him.





Paint the walls. I chose SW white for the top and ceiling and SW Mindful Grey for the bead board.




The table, that use to serve as my craft table and was once my sisters kitchen table 25 years ago, got freshened up and is now my husbands work desk. I sanded the top down and added 2 coats of the Mindful Grey. His old desk is now my kitchen table. You can read about that here. It's a love story. Really it is.



Since this room gets a lot of sun during the afternoon I chose a dark pewter color velvet like cotton fabric for the curtains.


The rug is indoor/outdoor from Home Decorators Collection. The Stools are from Pier One (purchased a few years ago) and I freshened them up with a couple coats of paint.


The couch/futon we have had for several years. I added some grey and jute trimmed pillows and a grey throw from PB to make it more cozy for lunch time naps. I made the pattern pillows.  The light is from IKEA and the guitar in the corner.... my husband has had it since he was a teenager. 



It is such a great space and 'we' love how it turned out.  Now, I even like coming up to his office and watching him work.... but not for too long. I would hate to be in the way of productivity.




PS- And for those of you wondering, the craft room is DONE. Can I get a  'yay baby'.  Here's a peek of the space and also what my husband walks through everyday to get to his side. I will share next week.




Grateful
That we finished this project and my husband has a
 great space to work in each day






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