Thursday, January 27, 2011

The "Toy" Room

Recently {okay, maybe at least a few months ago} we re-did the formal dining room in our house.  {We use it as a toy room for the girls}.  I had been wanting to do something with the room since we moved in, but was too busy getting other areas of the house together to pay any attention to this one. 

It used to be a plum color:

Sorry about the picture quality...the light was so bright to have a picture turn out today
 We installed a new light and painted the ceiling, the walls {top color is "Sea Salt" from Sherwin Williams, bottom is semi-gloss paint in "White Dove" by Benjamin Moore}
 The wire hanging system is from IKEA.  The girls love to see their artwork displayed.  :)
 I painted a bookshelf we got for free and threw in some junk...I am thinking about maybe adding some pictures or artwork on either side of the shelf too...

Friday, October 15, 2010

More Houzz inspiration

Have you checked out Houzz yet?  I love this site! 

This is a great idea for if you are missing a drawer {ahem, Jen...} or just want to change up a dresser a little.  I have also seen people put baskets in the place of missing drawers.
The Old Painted Cottage traditional living room
traditional living room design by los angeles showroom The Old Painted Cottage

ETA:  here is an example of using the baskets with a dresser {From the Nester}

I love this display wall that Layla from The Lettered Cottage did in her guest bedroom...I am trying to come up with some ideas for a big wall in our newly painted toy room {will have to post some pics}
Lettered Cottage Guest room traditional bedroom

I love this blue door! {And the pine floors!}
color combos - blue
home design  {Source?}

Isn't this a cute bulletin board?  I have an empty frame {or 3} that I have been debating about what to do with.  I have too many ideas and sometimes that's bad because it makes me so indecisive!
Bulletin Board traditional home office

I love everything about this office...the striped walls, white furniture, the fact that it looks clean and organized... :)
Striped Tan & White Office eclectic home office
eclectic home office design {Better Homes & Gardens}

Now, go on and check it out for yourself!!  You will be inspired.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


So, it's been never meant to be that long, but it sort of just happened.  We have been enjoying the summer.  I have been just too lazy to get my pictures onto the computer and to post.  I have lots of plans and ideas for the fall though.  I'm hoping to be a little more productive then when it's not so hot outside.  Me and heat don't mix all that well for the most part.  Fall is my favorite. 

So, anyhow, I can't seem to find the site where I got these pictures from.  I'm pretty sure it was called "Found," but I didn't save the info, just the images and now I'm not sure how to get back there to link up to it.  If anyone knows, please let me know.

I just love this table!  I picture having one with different-colored chairs
I love jars.  Any and all kinds.  And colors.
I think frames are cool too
And trunks too.  But, mostly I just love that old chippy paint on them!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Summer Sausage Hobo Packets

I love almost anything grilled, but this recipe that I found (taken from the August '08 edition of Taste of Home simple & delicious) is really good! I posted this awhile back on my private blog, but thought that I would share here.  We just went camping last weekend and we made up the packets before heading out.  Then we cooked them right over the fire.  So tasty.  Hope you enjoy! 

{Makes 8 Servings} Prep: 25 min. Grill: 20 min.


1 pound summer sausage, cut into 1-inch pieces

4 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes

3 cups shredded cabbage {I often just buy a bag of coleslaw mix}

1 large sweet onion, halved and sliced

1 medium green pepper, cut into strips

1 medium sweet red pepper, cut into strips

1 small zucchini, sliced

1 small yellow summer squash, sliced

1 pound chicken tenderloins, cut into 1-inch pieces {I almost always use cooked, shredded chicken, since I often have it on hand and then I don't have to worry about the chicken being cooked}

2 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges

1/2 cup butter, cut into eight cubes

1/4 cup prepared Italian salad dressing


In a large bowl, combine the first eight ingredients. Gently stir in the chicken and tomatoes. Divide mixture among eight double thicknesses of heavy-duty foil (about 12 in. square). Top each with a butter cube.

Fold foil around mixture and seal tightly. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and vegetables are tender. Carefully open foil to allow steam to escape; drizzle with dressing. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutrition Facts: 1 packet equals 436 calories, 28 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 98 mg cholesterol, 933 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 25 g protein.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Decorating on the cheap

I have struggled since day one with what to do with this 3-sided fireplace of ours.  It doesn't have your typical mantel to decorate.  Anyone else have solutions for what to do? Maybe I will have to post some better pictures of it to get your opinion. Well, as a result of my uncertainty, I change things up on here quite frequently.  Just thought I'd post my current set-up, since I'm not sure how long it will last.  :) 

I found this empty frame for around $10 at an antique outlet (couldn't pass up it's great detail), but you can usually find them at garage sales for cheaper than that.  The wreath was 25 cents at a garage sale.  It had wooden hearts attached everywhere to it with wire.  I simply snipped them off to simplify it.  These seem to be pretty common finds at garage sales for 25-50 cents.  Look past the seasonal and sometimes over-the-top accessories on them. I have a few saved for rainy-day projects.  It is cheaper than buying the basic wreath at a crafts store.  I found the ribbon in my stash of junk stuff.  I also already had the sticks & books.  And the glass jug was 50 cents at a garage sale.  Who said decorating has to be expensive?

Linking to:

A Giveaway

Just wanted to let you know of a great little giveaway over at Heather's blog, Post Road Vintage.  Leave her a comment on this post to enter.  She also has an etsy shop with some great treasures.  Make sure to go and check it out!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Fun with Fabric Transfers

So, I followed Melissa's tutorial on how to make a cute and personalized onesie gift, found here.  I thought it was such a cute and fun idea for something different.  Here's my take on it.  I have plans to make more things using these transfer paper sheets soon. 

First, I experimented with different fonts and sizes.  You can use what fonts you already have on your Microsoft Word program, or you can download free fonts at any number of sites.  Just google "free fonts".  I used  Using your ink jet printer, print your words/monogram/initial/picture/whatever-you'd-like in a mirrored image.  You can do this by checking out the advanced printer settings.  Make sure your quality on your printer is at it's highest (not in draft mode).  You should be able to fit at least 4 on a sheet, depending on how big your image is.  {Just trying to get you more bang for your buck!}  :)  I found my Light Fabric Transfer sheets at Wal-Mart.  I got 12 sheets for $7 {sale price}.

Next, iron your shirt/onesie on a hard surface.  Such as your kids' play table, so that you can keep an eye on them...

Read directions....always...just like I do...ha-ha!

Cut out/around image/text and press down with iron to get these:

And this...aren't they cute?
 Hopefully you will now be inspired to go and create your own one-of-a-kind shirts!

I am linking this up to these sites:

Make it Yours @ My Backyard Eden


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