Spring Has Sprung

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Happy first day of Spring! One of the fun things about moving into a new house is being surprised by what pops up in the yard in Springtime. Even though we did a complete overhaul of the landscaping around our house last Fall, we still had these beauties show up this week. I was so excited to see them. Spring is my favorite season and one of the reasons is because of the lovely flowers. I’m also excited to see the tulips we planted peek out soon.

What are you doing to celebrate this first day of Spring? What’s your most favorite thing about this season?

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Settling In

We are getting settled into our new home and the new school year (my baby started Kindergarten… sniff, sniff). I’m a little sad to see summer come to an end, but I’m anxious to get back into a “normal” routine after the busy and hectic year that 2013 has been so far.

We’ve been in our new house for three weeks now and have tackled quite a few projects, some big and some on the smaller scale, and while we aren’t fully complete with some of these projects we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel and are finally able to slow down a bit and just enjoy living here.

This home was a foreclosure so there were quite a few things that needed some attention right away. Although thankfully, the bank replaced the flooring and appliances and painted inside and out before we even saw the place, there were other things like a hot water heater that didn’t work, a garage door with no opener, a faulty garbage disposer, no window coverings… etc. Things that you come to take for granted in a normal purchase situation. ๐Ÿ™‚ Despite all of that we are really loving our “project” house. It’s been hard work but it’s also been fun.

My most favorite project we’ve done so far is our kitchen… which of course wasn’t a necessity to be functional, but I knew I wanted to update it and before moving in seemed like the best time to do it, so we went for it and I love the result.

Here’s a pic of what it looked like before we moved in:

Kitchen Before And here’s a pic of what it looked like after we did a few updates…

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I’m so thrilled with how it turned out! ๐Ÿ™‚

Now, we’ve moved on to bigger fish and started a much needed update on our yard. Ugh. We have a pretty large yard that needed a lot of help. The foundation had a bit of settling over the 3 years that it was vacant and so we had been getting some water in the basement. The yard had a lot of dips and was very uneven which wasn’t helping the water drain properly away from the house. So the last week and a half has been spent ripping out nearly everything in the yard (except for a few choice trees) and starting over from scratch… bringing in new dirt to even out the yard and eventually we’ll have some new bushes, shrubs and stuff to prettify it.

Here’s a few in process photos from our yard adventures:

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It’s going to be fun to see what this place looks like when we are finished.

In the meantime, while the work is being done on the outside, I’m busy putting the inside of the house together, unpacking and settling in. I hope to share my new art space with you soon and will be posting some new things in my shop in the coming weeks.

Getting Settled


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For the most part we’ve unburied ourselves from underneath the boxes and have settled back into Kansas life. It pretty much feels like we never left… with the exception of a different house in a different neighborhood and a different school; life is pretty much as it was when we left. We are grateful to be near our family and friends again, but of course miss those we met in Colorado, but it really feels as though this is truly where we belong. Home Sweet Home.

Just thought I’d share a few fun photos from the move.

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An Un-Five Things Friday

Unfortunately this is the sight of my desk at this very moment… and sadly, the rest of my house doesn’t look all that much better… although… I did manage to get the bathrooms cleaned this morning!!! Yay! ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, because of this mess that has finally caught up with me and because I’m finally starting to get some of those new years goalsย (these and others not mentioned)ย outta my head and into my heart I’m not going to be posting a Five Things Friday today!

I do hope that you have a wonderful weekend & I’ll see you back here next week! ๐Ÿ™‚

Halloween, Fall Mantle & Sailing Away

ย Hi Everyone! Hope you all had as happy of a Halloween as we did! Here are my little Halloween cuties all ready to go trick-or-treating! They scored on the treats and had a ball… now what to do with all that candy!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s my updated Fall mantle (finally)… Everything except for the “Give Thanks” saying I already had on hand. I was excited with how it turned out! In the frame I used a piece of fabric and plan to switch it out with the seasons! I think it’ll be fun! I’d like to maybe add a little wreath in front of it for a little more interest. And, what do you think about that art you see on each end? Masterpieces created by my sweet kids!

I handed them the canvases and some paint colors that coordinated with the rest of the mantle and told them to go crazy and fill it up! And that’s just what they did! Such a treasure!

Well, we are heading off on our cruise today. I’ll be back next week with all the fun, juicy details! Have a good week!

Boo to You!

Hey there! Happy Halloween!!!

Just thought I’d do a fun little Halloween post today! I made these two pieces of art over the weekend and wanted to share with you how easy these are for you to make too! Maybe you’re looking for a little last minute fun Halloween project for today!

Last month I ordered these cute vinyl sayings from Pick Your Plum. Even though these are no longer available you could easily make them yourself if you have a silhouette or you print out some images to adhere to your canvas.

So,ย I started with two blank 6×6 canvases and painted one yellow and one orange. On the “Boo!” one I used my Crafters Workshop Harlequin stencilย with orange paint, then went around the outside and highlighted with a bit of black & metallic gold paint. My favorite way to do that is simply with a paper towel dipped in the paint. After that, I adhered the vinyl and covered with gel mediumย and VOILA! ๐Ÿ™‚

For the witch hat, I started with the orange paint and then smeared a bit of dark purple around the edges, then I took a bit of bubble wrap and dipped it into my yellow paint and dabbed it on in a couple of spots and then adhered the witches hat!

And that’s it! No tricks here, just two super cute Halloween decor items to add some festive fun to your home or to give as a gift to that fabulous Halloween party hostess!

Hope you have a fun and safe Halloween!

Five Things Friday – Fall Around Here

Around here, it’s starting to look a lot like Fall; and even though October is almost half way over, it’s not quite feeling like Fall as the highs are still in the 80’s, which isn’t really normal for Kansas City, but hey I’ll take it over the frigid Winter that will eventually come. We are soaking up our days outside and at the park because it won’t be long before we are house bound and bundled up under blankets donning our slippers! ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, I thought that for today’s Five Things Friday I would share a little bit of Fall decorating that I’ve managed to pull together around our house!

1. Remember back on this post I shared this Fall shelf that I liked, well I did manage to recreate it with my own little spin… thank you toย Jess of The Real Housewives of Bucks County for your inspiration! ๐Ÿ™‚

And… here’s my finished shelf!

I followed Jess’ advice and just printed the “F” and “A” onto different colors of cardstock, the “L” is a yarn wrapped chipboard “L” I picked up at Hobby Lobby and the second “L” is a white chipboard letter on brown cardstock! Fun, festive and easy peasy! ๐Ÿ™‚

2. Ok, so here is my Fall wreath… the reason this photo is not of the wreath hanging on my front door is because our house faces South and therefore our front door can tend to get really hot this time of year and through the Winter and so my hot glue melted a bit and a few of the flowers fell off! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ So, I will be spending a little time this weekend gluing them back on and hopefully get them to stick for good! It’s really so pretty if I do say so myself! ๐Ÿ˜‰

3. I just had to share this little display I made on our end table of a ceramic pumpkin, a frame with some Fall themed patterned paper & a sweet photo of my little guy when he was only months old sitting on a pumpkin! Love, love, love that photo!

4. This was a fun little find from Hobby Lobby that my daughter picked out; it was so fun and affordable and I was happy to add a bit more “Halloween” stuff to our Fall decorations. And here’s another one I picked up at Hobby Lobby too…

5. I have plans to hopefully rework my mantle this weekend and will be using a bit of this fabric in the mix. I picked it up from my friend Tammy at Marmalade Fabrics. Go stop by her shop if you are into fabric… she has a great selection of modern fabrics!

So, what do you think? I’ll come back next week and share my completed (*crossing fingers*) mantle and hopefully some more art! I’m closing in on my goal date for opening my Etsy shop and I can’t wait!!!

So what’s your favorite Fall decorations? Have you picked up anything new this year to add to your collection?