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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! 🙂

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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. 🙂

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.


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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! 🙂

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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