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Basket O’ Phones

This basket of cell phones might be my most favorite post ever on Pinterest! Seriously, how many times have you been with friends only to see him/her looking down at his/her phone and not paying attention to the conversation? This is a fantastic idea for your next gathering of friends!

I am totally guilty of doing the same thing – we all get so wrapped up in our own lives and social media plays such a big part in this. Checking Twitter, email, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, etc…you forget that you should be enjoying the present and the time with the people who are in front of you and not on your phone!

I made an effort the past week to only check my favorite social media apps three times a day instead of three times an hour and it felt great! (yes, 3x/hour seems excessive but once you’re hooked, that actually isn’t that much. I promise.) It felt weird at first but then it felt good to know I wasn’t chained to making sure my timeline was constantly up to date or I wasn’t missing the latest picture that was uploaded.

This basket o’ phones might be showing up at the next event I host…watch out! ๐Ÿ™‚

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You know how I know I’m getting old? My friends are going through things that I thought we were way too young to experience. Death, infertility, divorce…the list goes on and on. It makes me sad and gives me a heavy heart.

The good news is that I also have friends who have amazing things happening – babies, marriage, job promotions…that list goes on and on as well. Unfortunately, the bad news stays with me longer and as someone who wears her heart on her sleeve, is hard for me to handle. I like happy and fun, not sad and solemn.

I’m going to take a five minute break from the blog and probably most social media so I can regroup and just pause for a moment. Life is going faster than I can blink – it still gets me that its mid-October already! I’ll be gone just a week or so…don’t miss me too much. ๐Ÿ™‚

Take a pause and break in your lives sometime soon as well – you never know when those precious people in your lives or precious moments that are happening will be gone and just a memory.

xoxo

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Some friends of ours purchased a new home this year and they needed help finding some new furniture. First on the list was something for their kitchen that would hold their china and other nice dishes.

I found this buffet with hutch on Craigslist for $175. I sent the link to Becky & Kyle and two days later, it was in their garage, ready for a little paint and glaze action.

It was a great piece and in really good condition. All of the wood in their house is a gorgeous dark color so I know they were excited for something a little different but they were aprehensive about how it would turn out. I knew though, I knew! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here it is in all of its glory – gorgeous! Both the hutch and the buffet were given several coats of paint, using Kyle’s paint sprayer, and then glazed with a black glaze using the technique of brushing on with a foam brush and wiping off with an old rag. It was fun showing them how it didn’t have to be perfect, it just had to be what you like.

Some spots don’t have a ton of glaze and some have a lot but it turned out exactly how I thought it would and probably even a little better than they expected! The hardware that is shown is all original to the piece. Kyle spray painted it all with several coats of Oil Rubbed Bronze and I love the contrast it gives to the buffet! It is amazing what looks ugly and what looks beautiful with some help from great spray paint.

Here is a look at the buffet part again. She was in good condition, just needed a little something-something to gussy her up!

And here is the after again. I am so pleased with it and so happy Becky & Kyle were willing to take the risk and go with my idea! It was fun to work with them and see them enjoy the before and after process as much as I do.

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Hereafter

Hereafter is here!! You should immediately run out and get a copy of this book, written by my friend Tara Hudson! I’m so excited for her and can’t wait to see what happens with this book and the other two in the trilogy. It feels surreal that the book is officially released and I didn’t even write it! Hah! For all details, as well as where to purchase the book, check out Tara’s website.

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I have another friend, Chelsey, who has an amazing before & after to share with us! This one takes us outdoors to her front yard.

This is the front of her house before. Monkey grass and hedges galore!

And here is the after!! Check out that front porch now, you can see it! It looks so great and I know she will put out some super cute furniture!

Here is another part of the front yard and its before shot.

And what a wow of an after! When this grows in at the end of the year, it is going to be even more incredible. I am so excited for her and the over-the-top transformation of her front yard!

Here is one last before of her front yard…

And a jaw-dropping after! We just trimmed our monkey grass and it really does make such a huge difference. The darker mulch does too – this is one thing that is an easy and cheap update for everyone’s garden beds! I think you’ll all agree that this before & after is phenomenal! Thanks for sharing, Chelsey! It all looks so great.

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This weekend, I co-hosted a baby shower for one of my high school friends. Inspired by a post from Hostess with the Mostess, we decided on an orange and navy theme. At the time, our friend knew she was having a boy but hadn’t decided on colors for the nursery or any kind of theme so we ran with the navy (for boy) and orange (for OSU) color scheme.

I was put in charge of decorations, so I knew we needed to start with a banner. Since I don’t have a fancy Silhouette or Cricut machine, I had to make it by hand. I’m pleased with how it turned out! I traced circles on the orange/white paper and navy paper using two different sized glass mixing bowls. I strung the circles together by jute twine I already had on hand. This was a pretty cheap and easy project!

Our spread of food! There were some really cute blue and white iced cookies, as well as the blue and orange cake.

The drink station…water, mimosas and a pink lemonade/sprite mix that was delicious!

I framed the shower invitation and used some navy paper to mat it. I used my mason jars as candle holders. The orange and white ribbon was tacked on with hot glue and then the navy ribbon is tied around loosely. There are little candles in the faux snow that burned during the whole shower and worked really well!

We took the mom and dad’s baby photos and framed them, as well as the sonogram of little baby Luke. I love seeing the parents and the future child together!

A close-up shot of the three frames. I had the silver and orange frame on hand. The navy frame is a 5×7 frame from the Dollar Tree that I painted with navy acrylic paint.

Custom sonogram frames can get pretty pricey so I cut out a shape to fit over the actual sonogram picture using more navy cardstock and wrote out baby’s name with a white marker. Once the shower was over, I transferred this to the DT frame so my friend could put it in the nursery. Her mother-in-law is helping her decorate the nursery so she was excited to have this, plus the banner, to put up as decorations.

Here is a close-up of the mason jar candle holders. I am currently obsessed with using mason jars for everything! Later this week I’ll post the jingle bell mason jars I made.

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So my friend Heather (Hi Heather!) says she likes to stalk my blog (stop stalking and just become a fan/follower!) and introduced me to another blog, Derek+Catherine, that I now love! Her friends from Texas are great designers/photographers/DIY explain-ers and I found a project that I am dying to try. They made it look so easy!

This is the button-tufted headboard that I can’t wait to make! I love the look of these and love that I now have great directions to make it on my own…with some help from three people and a compressor nail gun… ๐Ÿ™‚

Check it out here – such a ‘no duh!’ moment to use a sheet of pegboard instead of drilling holes through a sheet of plywood…love it! http://www.derekandcatharineblog.com/?p=166

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