Saturday, October 14, 2017

Living Room Refresh

Hello friends and welcome back or welcome if you are visiting for the first time. I thought it was a good time to write a blog post since I have a little extra time on my hands today. I have been trying to do some fall cleaning and a little sprucing up around the house and thought I would share my living room with you today. Not a lot has changed, but enough has to share so here we go. 

Back in April I shared that I moved my vintage record cabinet from the craft room to the living room. It is still here and I like it here for now. I did change the decor on top but that is all. We are hoping to build an entry off the front of our home eventually. I have always wanted an entry with a coat closet and a place to drop things off to keep the living room a little less cluttered. That is a project for down the road though as we have other more important things lined up first. We are still working on the master bathroom and then the master bedroom will be next. I am so ready to finish those rooms! 


I purchased new living room rugs. You can see the one at the door here. It matches the bigger one. I also took down the dark grey patterned curtains and put up some tan and white ones that let more light in.


You can see the big rug here. I love it...the colors are cream and tan with cerulean blue as an accent color. It is really pretty. I purchased them from Wayfair.


I also purchased some new pillows at JoAnne's Fabrics earlier in the week. I love the black and cream buffalo check and think it is perfect for fall and winter. 


 I love the saying on this pillow. 
Our home is very important to us...it is our happy place!



A few weeks ago I purchased the wooden box at Michael's to house the dog toys. 
It says Play. :)


I found this pretty cream and green bouquet at JoAnne's also and love it. I am using more subdued colors for fall this year. I just placed the bouquet in a vase and sat it on top of a place mat along with a couple coffee table books and a coaster.

Isn't it pretty?


I printed a new piece for the gallery wall clipboard. I still love my gallery wall!


I purchased a snuggly, soft new blanket to coordinate with the new rug and curtains a little better. I really want to recover my ottoman but haven't gotten around to it yet.


I placed this pillow from Ikea on my chair as well since I bought the new ones for the couch.


The copper chicken wire basket on the bottom shelf of my side table holds magazines as well as tissues, lotion, and a couple different zipper bags that contain anything from earbuds to eyeglass cleaners. I like to keep often used things handy.


The top just holds a cute Hobby Lobby frame with a photo of the hubby and I, a candle from Target which smells heavenly, a coaster, and a small lamp.


No major changes, but just enough for it to feel fresh and new again. I am enjoying the simple changes. Hopefully I will have a new bathroom to share soon! 


I hope you are doing well and enjoying fall weather. We haven't had any real fall like weather yet...just a hint in the air occasionally. Enough to make us want it to hurry up and get here. Have a lovely week ahead and until next time.....


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Weddings, Babies, and Shopping...Oh My!

Hello friends...pull up a chair and visit! 
I'll be sweet and let you sit in my pretty new hot pink desk chair! It makes my happy place even happier, don't you think? 


I thought I would pop in and share a few happies from the past few days. Life has slowly resumed to normal after Irma left town. We were without power for 5 days but no complaints here....my home is still standing and for that I am forever grateful! 
 The hubby and I went out over the weekend and I had the urge to do a little shopping. I went to Michael's and TJ Maxx and had success in both stores. I found this little cotton pad organizer for the bathroom...if we ever finish it!


I also found this sweet little sign at TJ Maxx and it had to come home with me. The concept of Hygge was a new one to me when I first heard the word in the spring. I love it and bought two books about it. This is the lifestyle I have always adored...maybe I'm Danish. :)


I bought this metal basket to use in the master bathroom as well. We are using satin nickel fixtures and I thought this would tie in nicely to organize something.


I  bought a new lanyard for my school ID and keys and a cute new pencil bag at Michael's. I am such a sucker for black and white stripes!


I also picked up these cute little organizing bins. They were 60% off and super cheap. 


The adorable little treat bags called my name as well. I will bake some cookies to share one day soon. They have a clear front to see the cookie inside. 


I love these Iris bins for organizing at home and at school. These went to school with me. They were on sale 3 for the price of 1!


I also snagged a couple MAMBI sticker books which are my favorite for my planners. They were half off that day as well.


I picked up a few other things, but they were gifts so no sharing on the blog....just in case! We visited my mother-in-law over the weekend as well and I couldn't help but pick acorns off some of the hundreds of fallen branches from the hurricane. I will place them in a bowl or jar for fall. By the way, my mother-in-law had her PET scan today and her cancer is still gone! Such amazing news! She has lost two of her sisters in the past two weeks though so that is sad news. Tomorrow is the funeral for one of them. 


Happy news again....my cousin has a new baby girl and I am just a tad smitten with her....is she not beautiful? Miss Clarissa has stolen my heart! 



While shopping at TJ Maxx over the weekend, I picked up these two adorable chairs on clearance for my classroom. They are the cutest!


And finish out our little classroom library perfectly.


I went to Miranda's childhood best friend's wedding last night. It was absolutely gorgeous! As was my Miranda...see for yourself. She was the maid of honor.


The venue is a farm not too far from my home. It is called 7 Hills Farm and is absolutely idyllic for any event but especially a wedding.


Look at the bathroom counter! A huge slab of cypress with buckets for sinks and pitcher pump faucets. I love the huge chain holding the counter up!


And here is the happy couple...Liz & Alex.


The barn from the outside.


Chandeliers hang from the open rafters throughout the barn.


The ceremony spot was all lit up when I left the reception. Beautiful...that's a chandelier hanging in the center.


The silo, which serves as a serving spot/bar was so pretty lit up as well.


Everything was gorgeous! I enjoyed it so much. 
I hope you all are having a lovely week. Tomorrow is Friday and I am so happy. It has been a good week but a super busy one and I am ready for some down time. I hope you all enjoy your Friday and weekend. Until next time.....


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Hurricane Aftermath...Goodbye Irma

Hello friends! I am popping in quickly (while the generator is running) to thank you all for your thoughts and prayers over the past several days. Most of you know due to social media that my family and home survived Hurricane Irma. This was the worst damage we had. A large tree down on out power line. It snapped the wires and blew the transformer. 


The wire was holding it up here but it snapped from the weight and came all the way down.


Thankfully my home was unscathed. My dear hubby and son worked hard to get the windows boarded up and even welded these anchors for each side of the porch which have a tire rim welded to the iron bracket and buried in the dirt. A strap went all the way across the roof of the porch we built this year. It was tightened down to hold the metal roof intact. As you know, we live in a mobile home and many times the roof comes off in really high winds. They say this is largely due to the structures that are built on to the home. Even though we used hurricane straps when we built the roof, we didn't want to take any chances so the hubby welded these and they worked like a charm!


He also attached extra 2X4 support beams here and there around the porch. 


I cannot tell you how grateful I am that we sustained no damage to our home. 


The yard is covered in debris but that's no big deal. It can be and already is partially cleaned up.



Throughout the waiting game, people tried to remain high spirited and many funny memes were spreading across social media. Here are a few of my favorites.....








These were screenshots from my phone but I thought they were too funny not to share. Oh my goodness...the waiting game was the longest! Life has yet to return to normal for us...we still have no electricity but that's OK. It's a small price to pay and we are among millions that still have no power. So many lost everything so I refuse to complain. Gas is still in short supply and there is a limit on the amount you can purchase. Grocery store shelves are near barren of quick food and the deli and bakery cases are pretty empty too. School resumes for teachers Friday and the students return Monday. I have heard from several of my student's families and they are all ok. 

I visited a few of you but had no time to leave comments. I will try to soon, but for now, thank you all again. I am eternally grateful for your thoughts and prayers. They were definitely felt. Florida as a whole will need your thoughts and prayers for some time, so keep them coming.
Until next time.....

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