Dead Air

Friday, June 29, 2012

I am sorry for the dead air on my blog lately...there has been a lot of craziness surrounding my life at the moment.

First, my cousin-in-law was killed in a hit and run, my other cousin-in-law was diagnosed with cancer, then my best friend's dad died in a freak accident and then after getting home from his funeral I found out that an old friend from highschool died as well this week. 

It all reminds me how short life really is and how life can change on a dime. 

Sometimes I wonder why on earth I write a blog...I mean does it really matter? 

Does it matter that I tried a new type of paint or that I found the perfect fabric for my new chair?  It all seems so trivial and self-centered. 

I have sat down several times in the last week to write a post and I am just blank...

I have furniture in my garage, ready for me to tackle, and I am just blank...

I have toyed with giving up my blog completely, not because I don't enjoy it, but because I feel it isn't where I should be spending my time.

One of my biggest fears in starting a blog was that people would think I was starting blogging to get attention and show off my crazy, amazing, talented design skills ;-)

If you have been following for any period of time, you deifnitely know that isn't the truth! 

In thinking about all of this lately I realized how much I have missed blogging and creating.

Home decor or any other hobby isn't a waste of time, it's a stress reliever and good for the soul.  DIY projects have become my thing, I never expected it and I definitely didn't possess a natural talent for it, but I am addicted! 

While God, my family, my friends and my work are the most important, somehow without tackling a new project I don't feel quite whole...

I mean who doesn't feel good about a great ugly duckly to beautiful swan project?



So today I am happy to say that I am back and I feel refreshed and excited to start creating and sharing again!  I even bought some paint and fabric today ;-) 

Friday Funny #10

Friday, June 22, 2012

Hi everyone!!

Happy Friday!!! 

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and enjoy a laugh...

I promise that I am not a mean and malicious person, but I just might wish this on you if we were in a fight ;-)

I mean seriously how many times have you done this...OUCH!!

How to Make an Outdoor Rug from a Tablecloth

Friday, June 15, 2012

So now that I showed you our new backyard, it's time to show you some of the details.

As you know from my Pinterest Inspired Bathroom, I absolutely love trying out new projects to see if they are all they are cracked up to be, and today's post is no different.

I talked about some outdoor flooring ideas that I loved in one of my very first blog posts here, and I have been dying to try the outdoor rug project.

I actually bought a clearance table cloth from Target that I loved last year in preparation for this project...I certainly didn't realize at the time that it would take a year before we started on the back yard.

I used her same method of simply rolling on some water based polyurethane...

outdoor rugs, tablecloths, target

I coated the underside of the tablecloth first and let it dry and then did 2 coats of poly on the top side.  I had exactly the right amount of poly in this can.

It got a little bit more stiff and I can wash it right off when the dogs and kids get it dirty! 

It is a perfect solution for an outdoor rug! 

tablecloth turned outdoor rug

This rug cost a total of $32 ($22 for the poly & $10 for the clearance tablecloth).  Outdoor rugs are quite expensive, especially if you want one with a pattern and there are so many colors and options to choose from in tablecloths, it is a genius solution!

I'll be sharing this post over at Mom's Fun Money and linking up here.

We Have a New Backyard - Phase 2!!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Our backyard is almost complete!  I am so excited to share how far we've come in the last week!

In case you missed it, you can catch up on the before here.

Pretty amazing transformation if I do say so myself!

Okay...not quite...remember we are on a budget guys!  This is our friend's beautiful pool where my husband installed some amazing lights :)

Here is our real backyard...

We still have a little ways too go, but it is a far cry from where we were a week ago...

I'll be sharing some more details soon and the final pictures when we finally finish!

Linking up here

New Backyard - Phase 1

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

So I always tell you that when there is a lag in my posting it is for good is no lie!

We have been so busy on one of the biggest projects we have done.

After a year of renting this house we are finally getting a back yard!!

Just in case you couldn't tell from all the exclamation points, I am really EXCITED!!!!!

This is why we haven't had you over for any grand parties or BBQ's this past year...

Just gorgeous right?! 

Thanks to good friends and family and of course my amazing husband who might not be as fond of me at the moment ;-) we are really getting somewhere...


Can't wait to show you more this weekend!! 

On second thought...who really needs a lawn after all?

Giveaway for a Cause Winner!

Saturday, June 2, 2012

I am happy to announce out Giveaway Winner...Brooke!  What a fabulous name she has too ;-)

Brooke you get an item of your choice (up to $30) from Restore Innocence shop!

Not only that, but all of the proceeds will go to their amazing foundation to help the victims of child and sex trafficking...

I think I am going to have to get myself this ring as well...I just LOVE it!!

Forget Me Not Ring

Congratulations Brooke!  I can't wait to hear what item you choose!