Fab Feature – The Lettered Cottage

You guys know that I love to incorporate a sense of whimsy into my life and home. When I saw this absolutely incredible powder bath makeover from The Lettered Cottage I knew that I might have found my whimsical home décor soul mate in Layla. I am dying over that bird wallpaper!

You can view all the details about this fabulous room by clicking here.

Powder Bath Makeover by The Lettered Cottage - Click on photo to pin from original source.

Powder Bath Makeover by The Lettered Cottage – Click on photo to pin from original source.

I love what she did with this basic builder and oh-so-brown bathroom. Man I cannot wait to own a home of my own so that I can *hopefully* make it as fabulous as this!

Before & After - Powder Bath Makeover by The Lettered Cottage - Click on photo to pin from original source.

Before & After – Powder Bath Makeover by The Lettered Cottage – Click on photo to pin from original source.

Fab Feature – Pure Style Home

So I’ve been reading the blog Pure Style Home for years now and I have to say that Lauren is just fabulous.  She’s a decorator and textile designer and I swear she’s also a magician.  Just look at what she’s done to the loft of her own home!  I’m crazy jealous!

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I mean seriously, how do people like Lauren come up with these incredible ideas?  I think I’m pretty creative and have a good eye for things but I never could have created such an incredible space from what she started with.  Lauren, when I buy I home you’re going to come decorate it for me right???  It’ll be a long drive from Virginia to Texas but I’ll get down on my knees and beg if I have to!!

Fab Feature – That’s My Letter

So I came across this absolutely insanely creative project through a blog that I read religiously called Knock Off Décor.  It’s an industrial-style twin bed created by a blogger called That’s My Letter through a partnership with the ever fabulous Ana White.

Honestly I’d never heard of the blog That’s My Letter but that’s one of the many reasons why I love blogs like Knock Off Décor that feature some of the best posts from other bloggers – you find some of the most creative people that way!

Ok.. so.. onto this absolutely insanely creative project that That’s My Letter and Ana White cooked up!  It’s an industrial-style twin bed.  You can find all the details including a material list and easy to follow step by step instructions by clicking here.

Inspired by both the Pottery Barn Owen bed and RH Baby’s industrial steel pipe bed they married the two designs to create their own diy version.

As always, please pin from the original source!!

As always, please pin from the original source!!

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Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock or you’ve never heard of Pinterest then you’re probably aware that using iron or steel plumbing pipe is all the rage these days.  Mostly, I’ve seen it used to build bookshelves like the one below but I’ve NEVER seen it used to build something as incredible as this bed!  How awesome would this be for a teenage boys room???    And, if you’re not a fan of the natural wood and steel pipe colors you could always stain the wood and/or spray-paint the pipe to give this bed an entirely different look!

As always, please pin from the original source!!  Click on photo for direct link.

As always, please pin from the original source!! Click on photo for direct link.

If you want to check out some other amazing posts by That’s My Letter I highly recommend these:
Wood Planked Quilt
Fox Costume
Industrial Cupcake Stand

Giveaway!

Hello my friends!  I’m hoping that it just escaped your attention that in my last post I announced a giveaway.  I haven’t received any entries yet and I’m SHOCKED because Spoonflower is just so darn awesome!

So, I’m extending the deadline for entries out another two weeks to 11:59pm on Tuesday, March 18th.  Click here to go to the post with the giveaway entry instructions!

Window Shopping Wednesday – Spoonflower (and a GIVEAWAY!!)

Hi all!  So have you heard of Spoonflower??  Honestly I never had until one of my favorite blogs, Young House Love, featured them HERE.  I love the idea of being able to custom create your own fabric and I especially love it for the way the Petersik’s have used it… creating fabric from their kiddo’s own drawings.  Can you imagine making a quilt out of that someday (or, more realistically, paying someone to make a quilt out of that someday)?  Your kids passing it on to their kids and so forth and so on???  How incredible would that be?

They have all kinds of fabric options – Quilting Weight Cotton, Basic Cotton, Voile, Jersey, Canvas, Sateen, Silk, Twill…the list goes on and on!!!  Even better – they’ve branched out now and even offer Wallpaper and Gift Wrap!!!  You can view an entire list of all of the options here.

Not creative or don’t have kiddos to draw some art for you?  No worries!  They have tons of other peoples creative ideas that you can purchase as well (and they’re pretty darn awesome if I do say so myself).  Go shopping with me!!

Mermaids and Paper Boats

I think this Mermaids and Paper Boats fabric is just adorable.  I love that it’s girly without being all pink-and-sparkles-exploded-everywhere type of girly.

Urban Dragonfly

This Urban Dragonfly fabric would be great in a quilt.

Christmas with Love

I know it’s only February but Christmas is my favorite holiday so you know that this Christmas With Love fabric caught my eye!

Star Constellation

Wouldn’t this Star Constellation wallpaper totally rock if you put it on the ceiling of a kids room?

graphic fall leaves

This Graphic Fall Leaves giftwrap would look absolutely amazing with metallic ribbon.

Cute baby dragon

I know several of my friends kids (and, ok, several of my adult friends too) who would squeal with joy if they received a present wrapped in this Cute Baby Dragon giftwrap.

Retro ski fox and grizzly bear

And last but not least one more Christmas themed item… this Retro Ski Fox and Grizzly Bear giftwrap.  Eek!  So cute!

Okay okay, now that I’ve shown you a few of the wonderful items that Spoonflower has to offer let’s get down to the part I know you’re all waiting for… the GIVEAWAY!!!

What do you get if you win?? A credit for one yard of custom printed Kona cotton fabric!!  That means you can order one yard and get it for $0 or you could order 60 yards and get one free.  Your choice!!  :)

How do you win??

So here’s the deal – leave a comment below (scroll to the bottom where it says “Leave a Reply”)… when you do so, there’s a place to leave your email address (don’t worry, no one can see that but me) – make sure you do so or else I won’t be able to contact you if you’re the winner and tell you how to claim your prize.  On Wednesday, March 5th I’ll use Random.org to choose a winner.  Entries close Tuesday, March 4th at midnight Entry date has been extended!  Entries close Tuesday, March 18th at 11:59pm so don’t dally!

Disclaimer:  I was not in any way compensated for this post.  I just think that the items that Spoonflower has to offer rock.

Fab Feature – Orchard Girls

If you’ve been reading my blog for any point of time then you know that all of my kids have four legs and a tail.  If you know me at all on a personal level then you know that the only kids I will ever have will have four legs and a tail.  That being said, I can still appreciate super cute kid stuff like this fabulous little boy nursery mood board from Orchard Girls.

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I mean really, how stinking cute is that??? Let’s play the favorite part game!  Mine would be that woodland painting with the Pinterest link that, of course, leads to nowhere.  Go figure.  Ha!

Be sure to come back on Wednesday for Window Shopping Wednesday because I’ll be hosting my first ever giveaway from a shop I L*O*V*E!!! See you soon!

So some things have changed since we last talked…

move

We moved.

Old house: owned, 40 years old, major renovations needed, 2 stories, 2500sqft, enormous corner lot, 45 minute commute (for me)

New house: rental, less than 5 years old, no repairs needed, 1 story, 1100sqft, itty bitty postage stamp lot, 1.5hr commute (for  me)

What I’m loving: NO MORE REPAIRS!  One story.

What I’m tolerating: 1100sqft.  1.5 hr commute.

She sleeps in the sweetest positions.

Abbie sleeps in the sweetest positions.

How can you not fall in love with this??

How can you not fall in love with this??

The day she came home.

The day she came home.

Aurora and Widgit... also known as sweet n sassy.

Aurora and Widgit… also known as sweet n sassy.

We have a new addition.

Her name is Abbie and I am head over heels.

It was NOT an easy transition.  The dog (Lita) adjusted fine other than giving me the “another one?!?!” look when we brought Abbie home.  Aurora (our chubby longhaired Maine Coon mix) was fine within a day and immediately tried to start bathing Abbie.  Widgit (our white/tabby problem child) was an absolute nightmare.  She hissed and growled and became abusive (to the cats, to us, and to the house) and it lasted for weeks.  Things have *mostly* calmed down now.

vegan

Hubby and I did a two week soy-free, grain-free vegan detox at the beginning of the year.  I actually enjoyed it so much that I’m trying to maintain it.  I’m doing what I refer to as the 80/20 plan meaning that 80% of the time I’m a soy-free, grain-free vegan and 20% of the time (or 4 meals a week) I can eat something I normally wouldn’t (like fish or quinoa).  I keep getting on the wagon and then falling off and then getting back on again but I’ll tell you this – I absolutely 100% feel better when I’m ON the wagon.  (If you’re wondering why we’re soy-free, you can read more about that here.)

What major changes have happened in your life in the last 6 months?  I’d love to hear about them.

Back in the Saddle… Or am I?

So… I’ve been debating.  Do I want to return to blogging?  I can’t honestly say that I have the answer to that 100% figured out.  I enjoyed it for the most part however, if I’m being honest, it’s a lot of work.  More so that you would ever think!  And I’m writing an itty-bitty-hardly-anyone-knows-it-exists blog!  I can’t honestly even begin to imagine the kind of work that goes into blogs like Young House Love (one of my faves, btw).  While some could argue that Sherry & John (from YHL) blog for a living (which they do) they also have a kiddo running around.  AND, they’re DIYing enormous projects!  I’m lucky to get a tiny craft project done.  Let’s face it.  We’re busy.  Or, at least, 99% of us are.  If you’re part of that 1%, you’re doing something seriously wrong.  There is absolutely no excuse to be bored these days!  So, like I was saying… blogging takes a lot of work.  My original reason for blogging was because I was bored at my job.  But, I’ve been at a new job now for over a year and I’m no longer bored.  I thought I might try to make a tiny bit of spare change by offering ad space on my blog but honestly, I think that’s going to make for more work – and I quit blogging because of the amount of time it was taking me.

While I know that the argument could be made that I can always blog sporadically I just don’t think I can do it.  I’m pretty OCD.  I live and die by a schedule (or so it seems).  I don’t do things all willy nilly.  I need a PLAN.  I need an OUTLINE.  Strange as it seems, blogging “when and if I feel like it” would actually cause me more stress then blogging 5 days a week.

Am I coming back?  I don’t know.  Part of me misses blogging and wants to recommit but there is definitely a voice in the back of my head saying that I’ll be burned out again in a few weeks.  I don’t want to do things in half measures.  Either I’m going to blog, or I’m not.  Simple as that.

Anyone care to weigh in with any words of wisdom here?

Sidenote:  funnily enough, I wrote everything before this sentence I drafted back on September 24, 2013… I obviously haven’t had either the time or the desire (or both) to get back into blogging.  And then something funny happened.  I got featured on another blog just this week (you can see that here).  Honestly I have no idea how the author found me considering I haven’t blogged since July but I digress.  So here’s the thing… that ONE feature post gave me more blog views in a single day then I’ve had in the entirety of my blog to date.  How crazy is that?  I’d be lying if I told you that I’m not excited about that.  So… now I’m back to considering blogging again.  What do you think???

Checking In

Well if you were an avid reader then I owe you an apology for just dropping off the face of the planet.  I just got so completely overwhelmed with my life that something had to go and it had to go NOW!  So, I dropped the blog.  It’s been nearly 3 months!  I still am not 100% sure if or when I’ll start posting again but I just wanted to check in and let you know that I’m not dead.  J  Hope you’re all doing great.  HUGS!

Recipe Review: Paleo Granola

I’m not normally a nut person or really a granola person for that matter.  However, in an attempt to start eating healthier I’ve been trying to add nuts to my diet and remove many kinds of grains.  I came across this recipe via Pinterest and decided to give it a whirl.

Paleo Granola
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Paleo Granola

Serves: 6

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup raw pepitas/pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds (no shell)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 cup raisins (or your favorite dried fruit) (I used the raisins)

DIRECTIONS

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THOUGHTS

  • This dish is delicious!  The sea salt is essential so make sure you don’t leave that part out (I probably used closer to a ½ teaspoon though).  My husband liked this dish so much that he’s actually hiding it from me somewhere in our house.
  • While the directions call for placing several kinds of your nuts in the food processor at once, I found that since almonds are harder than cashews, for example, they ended up not chopping up while the cashews were in itty bitty pieces.  The next time I make this (and there WILL be a next time) I’ll chop each type of nut individually.
  • This dish is so filling.  I didn’t realize such a small amount (less than a cup I’d say) could make me so full.  I was full for hours afterwards.
  • I served this with vanilla almond milk and I thought the vanilla almond milk made it too sweet.  Next time, I’m going to try it with plain almond milk instead.
  • This is crazy easy to make and really requires no skill as long as you own a food processor.
  • My huge thanks to Paleo Cupboard for sharing this recipe!

You can view all of the recipes I’ve posted by clicking here.

Remember, today is the 14th so it’s your day to practice a Random Act of Kindness in honor of Sandy Hook Elementary.  I’d love to hear what you do!  Please feel free to leave comments!  I will be posting my RAOK on the 16th.  See you then!

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