Saturday, February 6, 2016

And he shall be called…

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While I haven’t done a very good job at blogging lately, I felt this deserved its own special post.

This pregnancy has taken a toll on this body, especially trying to keep up with a very strong-willed, two year old. Naming this sweet little one that I’ve been carrying around has not been easy either. We have gone from one extreme to the other. We have made lists until we had finally narrowed it down to two.

After polling Landry time and time again, we both felt like that was for sure the one. I mean, after all, he did say it was a baby brother long before we knew for sure.

Just like Landry’s name, the first name is simply one we love…no special meaning or anything. The second name, however, is a family name- of sorts.

My great-grandfather’s name was Dorsey, but he went by Doss. It’s even on his headstone as Dorsey “Doss” Ball. In an effort to keep the flow with Drake, we put the two together for Dossy.

Landry thinks his name is Drake Bossy though. My, my, my!

We are very excited to finally name this little one. I even ordered a newborn gown with his name on it this morning to make it more official-and to keep me from changing my mind.

He’s due to be here March 28th, but my doctor is working with me to get me in the hospital a little before, so I can be home for Easter. This mama doesn’t want to miss the Easter bunny.

Until next time….

Plenty to blog about but no energy to do so. Hang in there! I’ll be back to share eventually!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

House Goals of 2016

Keeping up with life is hard. Keeping up with house projects is even harder. Despite my lack of blogging in the past few months, I still enjoy making house goals every year to help guide what I want to accomplish in working to make our house more of a home and more cozy.

Since we have a baby on the way, I’m not going to get crazy with my goals this year. I’m trying to stay reasonable and keep these goals within reach. I must say that having these goals really gets me motivated to cross some things off my list, and I usually do quite well at achieving them because I actually do take the time to make the list and keep it close by.

{One}

Complete Landry’s closet

{Two}

Replace mailbox and mailbox post

{Three}

Add finishing touches to courtyard

{Four}

Purchase rug for breakfast room

{Five}

Have artwork framed and hung

{Six}

Make some changes to the nursery

{Seven}

Get new bedding for the master bedroom

{Eight}

Change at least one main light fixture

{Nine}

Get planters for the front door

{Ten}

Have a new breakfast table made

Most of my house goals this year include very few DIY projects and more purchases. I consider it an accomplishment to complete at least half of my goals each year. Last year, I completed a total of six goals thanks in major part to my husband. Crossing my fingers to a successful year! And if I don’t, at least I’ll have another sweet little baby to divert my attention.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Finally Fall and Finally Back

Since school has started, I have been on a little hiatus. Of course, what I was too sick and exhausted to tell you all at the time was that there was another reason aside from the regular beginning of school exhaustion.

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Luckily, things are on the up and up, and I’m feeling much better and gaining some of my energy back. Because of this new found energy, I decided to pursue some of my fall decor dreams since I haven’t done that in a couple of years.

Thanks to some very generous people I have pulled this together with a limited budget and made a decent fall scene that can be used until Thanksgiving. Is it bad that I’m already planning for Christmas though?

Don’t worry! I don’t break out the Christmas decor until after Thanksgiving even though it’s getting harder and harder to adhere to that.

Starting at the front door…a small touch with pumpkins and dried limelight hydrangeas.

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And then it moves straight to the front porch….pumpkins, cotton, hay bales, ferns, planters, and a lantern to top it off.

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As for the planters, I used a combination of marigolds, creeping fig, celosia, and scaevola.

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I’ve got plans for a fall mantel, but it’s just a matter of following through with them. Hang tight…I may surprise you.

On to the doctor tomorrow for our second ultrasound of baby brother. Hopefully will have a video to share soon! We’re taking Landry, so that should be interesting. As always, keep us in your prayers for a healthy baby boy. I’m always nervous until everything is confirmed. So thankful for all God has given us!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Oh, Say Can You See

Since Independence Day is right around the corner, I wanted to add a few touches around the house to show our patriotism for our country.

This year I kept our decor contained to our fireplace in the dining room and the front porch.

For the mantel, I only used things I already had here at the house- minus the miniature flags that were like $2.50 a pack of four.

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My SIL and I made the wreath a few years ago, and surprisingly it has held on. I do believe I’m going to have to get another one though since the leaves are falling off slowly, but surely. For the purpose of this mantel though, it served the purpose. All it is is a boxwood wreath from NDI, some thick white ribbon, and a metal star that I’m sure you can find at nearly any thrift/antique type store right now. It’s simply wired together, and I added a hanger on the back of it with some thread. Use what you have!

For the rest of the mantel, I brought in my lanterns from the porch {that I scored at Dirt Cheap}, some candles, a frame that I painted red a few years ago {with a free printable}, and a galvanized bucket I used at a shower previously.

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The banner was made for Landry’s 1st birthday party last year {and will likely by used this year as well}. All you need for it is some gingham fabric, some hem tape, and grosgrain ribbon. I bought a yard of each color. You will have plenty left over, and mine is pretty long. It spanned across the back porch as a banner for the party, so that can give you an idea of the length.

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For it, I simply traced a triangle pattern that I made onto the fabric. I cut it with cutting shears, and I didn’t worry about perfection. I then used the iron and a wet cloth to connect the fabric and ribbon with the hem tape.

As for the porch, I simply stuck some more of the miniature flags into my planters I blogged about here.

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And of course, we are flying Old Glory just as we do year around.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Thrift Shop Dresser Makeover

I was so disappointed the other day when I rode through town to see the little thrift shop I scored this cute little dresser from had closed! I had such high hopes of checking in with them this summer to maybe find some other little odds and ends and maybe some more furniture.

I’m a sucker for furniture, especially tables and dressers and buffets. I’d probably buy every single one I liked if it was at the right price and was my style.

This dresser started out black and with no knobs. I was fine with that since I knew I wanted to paint it and probably would have changed the knobs anyway. There was no way I was going to pass up a solid wood dresser with dove-tailed drawers for $20.

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I painted it with some paint I had left over from painting our cabinets, Benjamin Moore Advance Paint in White Diamond.

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I ordered some knobs from knobdeals.com….very cheap, too! $5.94 for six of them! You do pay a good bit for shipping, but you still come out on the good end of the deal. In the end, it was $19.19 shipping and all. You can’t beat that! It can in just a few days though, so that was a plus as well.

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I thought the knobs tied in nicely with the lamp I bought later on from T.J. Maxx. If there is something you don’t know about me, it’s that I believe in the power of lamps. The bigger the better in my book! I hate squatty lamps in a room.

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So, there’s my new addition to the entry way. It makes me smile every time I pass by it, and that’s what making a home is all about.

Remember to see past the paint and the knobs. See past what it is and see what it could be, especially if it’s a steal!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Now what?

You’ve removed everything possible from your room. You’ve rearranged the furniture. You’ve deep cleaned behind the couches {and under them}. You’ve found those missing toy pieces. You’ve gotten all of the stuff put in another area, so you can shop what you already have later.

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The room is quieted.

Now what?

Well, you start piecing things back together and only putting the things back that truly give your room the feel you are going for. You’re not feeling guilty about not putting it all back in the room. Half the stuff I had on my bookshelves were not even things I liked. I just didn’t have a spot for them, and I had an unfilled space.

All that created was a space of misplaced stuff that stressed me out. That’s not how you should feel in you’re own home {at least because of furniture and decor anyway}.

So, I worked specifically on my bookshelves and mantel, while changing the accessories on my end tables a little bit.

And, I painted the coffee table…again.

And the end result…

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A “summer-ized” home! It feels less like fall and winter. I don’t know why I didn’t try this sooner. It made the biggest difference in how I felt in this room. I’m no longer overwhelmed by the tchotchkes, but instead I feel pleased every time I look in either direction in this room.

While I can’t do anything about the deer head over the mantel or the ugly side chair, I try to distract away from it. The big windows help with that. Have some things you don’t like in your house but can’t afford to change it? Get those eyes looking at something else instead. These are just some of the tips from the Cozy Minimalist Class by the Nester.

Here’s a side by side…of course, without toys.

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And….with the toys, just to keep things real {straightened up, of course}

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Quieting the Room

Have you ever just looked around a room and decided that you need a change? There’s just that something that just.doesn’t.fit.

In my living room, I had two spaces that bothered me to death. Say hello to my built-in bookcases and my mantel.

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Yep….that’s how our house looks on any given day. On the bright side, I usually do a quick clean-up before bed.

Not the point though.

These two walls flank either side of this room, and both places were filled with stuff. Not meaningful stuff. Not stuff with a purpose. Just stuff that didn’t have a place anywhere else in my house.

In an effort to get some control of the room and make some changes, I decided to follow the advice of The Nester and quiet the room aka take everything but the big stuff out.

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Cleaning things out makes you want to clean every nook and cranny. I pulled out the couches and wiped, vacuumed, and mopped. I stripped the couches and washed every slipcover on it. That left us with this {minus a few things you still see in the room}.

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I moved the kid table over to see if it would work there {and to vacuum and mop}, but it didn’t. Then, it was time to reconfigure the bookshelves and mantel. Stand by…

I’ll share my progress later. For now, I encourage you to do the same. Quiet the room. Start over.

And for goodness sake, if you need more tips, take the class or read the book like I’ve said a million times.