Thursday, August 30, 2012

Sharing the lab love!

Porter has a DEAL for you!!

Now through Sept 3rd is having a big sale. A "Labra" day sale!! Save up to 25%!

This is huge! I've never seen them have a coupon this great (maybe I've been missing them?!) and FREE shipping when you spend over $30 (that's easy!)

Now it's back to sunning myself, enjoy!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Weekend Wrap Up- It's football season!

My BFF is like most of my friends.  She is extremely creative, talented, motivated and hardworking (not to mention smart, beautiful, and brings joy to my life).  These girls love a new and fresh idea (or one shared 110 repins later on Pinterest), but they always leave it to me for execution.

Once she bought her ticket to come visit, she decided we needed to make a wreath (or 2 or 4).  We both wanted a football one since football season is upon us (as much as I LOVE a good football game, my husband,  makes his weekend schedule around who is playing and when).  And IF it happens to be East Carolina, you can guarantee he is unavailable for the any pregame, the entire game, and any amazing highlights any network decides to share after.  And if they don't he will probably check you tube to catch anything he may have possibly missed if he so happened to blink.  Thankfully, I went to East Carolina as well, so I share a smidge of the spirit that he does. 

I made a wreath board on pinterest, for Kelly to look at of my faves. We decided on the rag wreath that Krystal at Sassy Sanctuary had done. Here is her picture.
After reading her Halloween rag wreath tutorial (which is really good, so I don't have too..woo hoo), I went out and started looking for fabric. She used 8 yards (4 patterns/2 yards each). Since we would be doing purple and gold I went for 1 yard of each (and I have LOTS leftover). But I did cut my strips the same (6"x1") and double knotted (as she suggested)!

My absolute favorite football wreath I pinned was the houndstooth Alabama one. Just because I don't think there is a pattern better than houndstooth!! But when people come over and ask me if I went to Alabama it might be a little awkward to say no.

I do think ours is a little on the light side, because I used fabrics with a white background (ie the argyle) but I went for fabrics I liked, not just color. And I would not buy the licensed ECU fabric again. It's higher priced AND you can't see it! I do love our football pin that we made. Overall I think this wreath is super cute and I can't wait to hang it on my front door! Kick off is Saturday! Here's a little Pirate Pride video to get you pumped's on a constant repeat feed at our house!
Half way done!  Kelly went around and I did section by section.
Yellow Pirate
Purple Pirate

Thanks Krystal for the inspiration and the excellent tutorial!
Linking up with Beth at A2Z & & Wow Us Wednesday on Savvy Southern Style!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Abra Bowdabra

My BFF & I tried out the Bowdabra this weekend. 

We started on Thursday night.  We were so excited to make Little Miss some bows!  And then we were so frustrated (this might have resulted from not watching the instructional DVD that was included) that we ended up putting it away until Sunday night (we were busy doing other things trying to impress Martha).

Still refusing to watch the DVD, we thought a little Fat Tire and Cakebread would help us instead. 
It got ugly.  Very quickly. Small pieces, slippery ribbon, hot glue gun, bows that were too big, too small....Martha would not be pleased.

According to Kelly the BOWdabra is BOWlogna
Looks like we have something else to shop for on Etsy!

Friday, August 24, 2012

A visit and a coupon!

I don't coupon much, ok rarely.  I always use my baby coupons and a Michaels coupon.  Because they are always around!

But check out Michaels deal for today and tomorrow! 15% off everything including sale items!! I LOVE it when they do this (sometimes it's 25%)!

My BFF is in town and we are making some wreaths. It has nothing to do with my One Word Wednesday, I'll explain that on another day!

And apparently we are also making some bows. Because someone bought a bowdabra. Break out the wine.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Pour some sugar

Remember these beauties

I blogged about them here when I first got them. I was so excited. Needless to say they took a lot more work than I thought they would. Those beautiful painted flowers & fruit would not come off! I decided to make the "chalkboard" go all the way around the jar. I cleaned, prepped, painted, personalized....and my best friend took them home with her.
The greenery you see is the inside (behind the paint). I don't have a picture of them filled, since they traveled by air back to FL, we decided it was best mot to fill them! Hopefully she is enjoying them as much as I am missing them. I'm sure she is excited to come in a few days and scout out what she will take back this time.

And you are welcome for the Bon Jovi brain worm! Check out some other fun tips and tutorials over at A2Z

Monday, August 20, 2012

"HI" Chair

This high chair was perfect for getting me on a furniture kick again.  It belonged to my father in law.  So needless to say it's not as safe as it needs to be for little miss but will be super fun for her and her baby dolls!
It took a good bit of time only because I'm working during naps. It got sanded, primed, painted, distressed, white circle, pink circle, monogram and a poly top coat via spray paint! I'm in love. I wish she could use it now. Here she is in a favorite dress (of mine) worn at the rehearsal dinner of a dear friend. I love the color combo and thought it would be perfect! The quality of the picture is awful (from my cell) sorry.

I'm ready for some more projects! Thanks for waiting patiently!

Friday, August 17, 2012

I'm baaaaccckkkk

Wow! Jan 24th was a long time ago...that was my last blog post. I guess having an infant not to mention a 2 and 4 year old will do that to you! Now I have a big girl pulling up (TODAY!!) and an almost 3 and 5 year old! Yikes.

We've had a busy summer with lots of travel with some not so high points. I've been enjoying my favorite blogs and a little envious that others seem to be able to manage their time better and have a family, complete projects AND blog! But my time will come and I'm just going to do what I can when I can!

However, I have learned something from one of my favorite bloggers, Erin, at Richmond Thrifter. I love her projects, but I also love that she doesn't do that much detail. All I need is a few minutes to read and look at the pretty pictures! There are so many tutorials out there, not every post needs to be long winded. I guess I just felt this way because every blog I read seems to be that way! So, I'm going to try to take a lesson from her. Complete some fun and pretty projects and you can figure out how on your own..or comment or email me!

So here is my welcome back project. I'm so giddy I could just sit and stroke my new high chair!

Here's the before (sanded):
Sneek peek:
One little tweak and I'll post the final picture tomorrow!