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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

The October Calendar

Well, after all that painting last weekend, I finally got to the October chalkboard calendar. I know, I'm a little behind. The kids kept reminding me of that.


 
 
I DO honestly miss the calendar when it isn't up to date....besides all the extra math I have to do to figure out dates based on the previous month. Ha!

 
 
 
Okay, so now we're good....for the next three and a half weeks anyways.





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Monday, October 6, 2014

A Playroom Update

Good Monday morning everyone! I hope you had a great weekend!

Ours was....I'm tired of saying "busy," so I'm going to say "full."

It actually started on Friday when Hubster took a day off from work to help me....you won't even believe it....PAINT THE PLAYROOM!!!!  Hooray!!

We worked hard on Friday. Hubster continued to work like a dog on Saturday while I went and watched our daughter run in her cross country meet.

Sunday morning we had our normal church activities. After church we celebrated this guy's Gotcha Day. It's been fourteen years! FOURTEEN! I can still remember the excitement mixed with panic when they first placed him in my arms in that Kolkata hotel room and I became his Mom. He has come such a long way since then. And my, how the time flies!

(He loved that Dad picked him up a crown at Burger King. He wore it until he went to bed last night.)

 
 
So back to the playroom.....
 
I thought I would give you a little update about what was accomplished over the weekend.
 
 

 
 


First, we had to finish cleaning the room out a little bit. Then we got to the painting (SW Sea Salt. You can read my process in choosing this color HERE and HERE.)

As you can see, we also took a big step (for us) and painted the doors "black."  The color is actually a very, very deep brown, Fired Earth by Valspar.

 
 
It took a little convincing for Hubster to see the vision, but we're both really happy with how they turned out. There are three doors....our front entry door (which hardly gets used), a bedroom door, and this coat closet door. On Friday, we also went out to Lowe's and purchased a new door for the closet. The original door didn't match the others, plus it had been painted over a couple times and wasn't in the greatest shape.
 
Here are the before and after photos.....



 
 
On Saturday, Hubster finished painting the trim, cleaned the carpet, and put together the IKEA Kallax shelves that I purchased back in June. I told you he worked like a dog!


 
 
I can't wait to fill up these cubbies and make them look pretty.
 
I found this wall art at Hobby Lobby a while back at 50% off. I thought the cheerful colors would be perfect for this room. Plus, the kids love maps so it's perfect.


 
 
 
Obviously, we still have some projects head of us. I'm thinking about what kind of window treatments I would like. And in the meantime, we are seriously considering replacing the windows in this room. There is a crack in one that has been there since we moved in (eleven years ago this month!) So hopefully we will get that taken care of before the weather gets too cold as it does cause a bit of a draft in the room.
 
Plus, I'm still in negotiations with Hubster about a new couch and chair, so we'll see. The ones we currently have are still pretty sturdy. They were handed down form my in-laws, but we've had them going on twenty years and between three kids and a dog, they have seen better days. And I'm a little over the country blue plaid, you know what I mean? 
 
So there's still a list of things to do before we can call this room "DONE," but I finally feel like we've made some progress.

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Beauty To Share

The other day I made a trip to Trader Joe's. I love Trader Joe's. Do you? I have a weakness for their frozen food aisle.

Unfortunately, the closest store to me is about a half hour away. Every once in a while I get the urge to make the trip up there though. Another perk of going to this particular store are the beautiful flower beds and containers gracing the shopping center that it is in.


 
 
Even though Fall has arrived, I was fortunate enough to catch their Summer flowers before they are spent. I don't know how they are able to keep them looking this good for so long. The only sign of Fall were the dried hydrangeas.



 
This was a creative display. All the different plants are planted in little "pockets" on a wooden frame. I loved all the little houses.
 
 




Trader Joe's own pumpkin displays outside the store looked lovely too.

 

 

 
 

All the colors were just stunning and I wanted to share them with you. Have a great weekend!
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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Decorating The Porch For Fall 2014

On Tuesday, I  finally got our porch decorated for Fall. It was a rainy day though so I had to wait until yesterday to take some photos.


 
 
It's just a little different than last year's porch. I knew I wanted the leaf garlands to go all the way to the ground this year so I picked up a couple more this year.
 
 
 
 
The burlap wreath that I made last year didn't stand up too well to the elements. But I found this fairly inexpensive corn husk wreath at my local craft store and just reused the sunflower picks from last year's wreath that I loved. And then I hung it with some wide burlap ribbon.
 
 
 
 
I bought a large potted mum and put it in a galvanized bucket. I pulled this little stool out from our living room. Both the bucket and stool came from my grandparent's house. The stool was made by my great grandfather. And of course I added some pumpkins.
 
 
 
 
I love all the bright Autumn colors that welcome people to our home. Are you getting ready for Fall at your house?

 
 
 

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Fall Home Tour

Fall is officially here and the house is decked out in its Autumn glory! I love bringing these colors into my home for the season.



C'mon in and I'll show you around. Someone is taking a little nap, but he won't mind if you come in. Despite how it looks, he LOVES having guests.



Let's head into the kitchen first. I tried to tone down the orange this year, but I just couldn't help myself in the kitchen. I love using these preserved leaves.

 
 

 
 

 
 
 
Some mums in a basket for the table. They are a really inexpensive way to decorate the table for the season.
 


 
 
And some more mums grace the dresser.


 
 

 
 
 
I loved these green pumpkins that I found at Michael's.
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 
As usual, I kept the hearth area simple.
 
 
 

 
 
I gave this guy some leaves to play in.
 
 
 
 

 
(Looks like someone decided to move to a more comfy spot.)
 
 




Well, that's about it. I hope you enjoyed our little tour! Next week I'll have some porch d├ęcor for you. Stay tuned!
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