Friday, April 30, 2010

Drink Tub gets a New Purpose

I found this round metal tub at a junk store. It actually came from Target. I love the color, but it was a little bright for my living room so I got out my paint brush and painted it "Contented" from Sherwin Williams. It is a sample that I had in the garage.
The tub now lives on my mantle holding a fern; one of my favorite elements of summer. I stenciled a number 3 on it because that is how many lazy months of summer there are.

Here is my summer mantle as of now.

This is my favorite part of the mantle. I have been collecting these blue glass bottles, jars, and candle holders for awhile. This color makes me happy and feels like a summer day at the beach. So does this old white picnic basket draped with my grandma's hankie. Enjoy your day! May it be a lazy one!

I linked up to A Soft Place to Land DIY Day

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Master Bedroom Makeover

Some homemade "artwork" using pictures, burlap, scrapbook paper, and number stencils. The frames are Wal Mart and garage sale finds.

I have been needing a change in my bedroom as it seems like many people are on the blogs that I read. Maybe it's a spring thing. I did not have much money to spend so here is what I came up with on the "cheap". I created this sitting area with some wicker chairs that my mom was getting rid of. I spray painted them black and made some pillows for them. The seat cushions are chenille pillows that I got at a garage sale for $1. (kind of a dark picture, sorry)This trunk was in my mom and dad's basement. When my mom was a little girl, this is what her parents put all five of the kid's clothes in when they traveled. I am going to use it to store my fabric or pictures.

I used two old wood crates to make a side table. It is good storage for magazines and books and other treasures I might find.

This is my "treasure of the week"! I splurged on this one because I kept thinking about it for days after I left the antique store. I love the antique silver finish and it was all ready to go with a long cord and plug so I could swag it and plug it in. No male help needed! I got it for $40.

These are Anthropologie inspired curtains that I found on ebay. They are actually Pottery Barn, but they're used, so I got a great deal. The R plate I got at Hobby Lobby. I hung the curtains on glass knobs from Hobby Lobby.

I am in love with the white pick stitch bedding from Pottery Barn, but I found this white matlesse at a flea market with the shams for $45. The other two pillow cases came from Goodwill and the burlap bolster I made. There is just something about white bedding mixed with burlap and flowers that I love!

I painted the shutters a blue/green next to the bed. Kind of a summery beachy look.

Here is what happens once the "photo shoot" is over...back to reality!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Easy Ice Cream Cake

I have made this cake many times for different summer gatherings and it's always a big hit! I thought I would share it with you.
Here is what you need. You can choose the candy that goes in it. That is the fun part!

It is just two layers of ice cream sandwiches with cool whip, caramel, fudge and candy/cookies in between. It's that easy! Let me know if you try it for your next summertime treat.
Ice Cream Cake
20 Ice cream sandwiches
12 oz. Cool Whip
Hot fudge ice cream topping
Caramel ice cream topping
Candy pieces crushed, your choice (m & m's, Heath Bar, Butterfinger, Oreos, Andes, nuts, pretzels, etc.)
Layer ice cream sandwiches on the bottom of a 13x9 dish. Top with one layer of cool whip. Drizzle fudge and caramel over cool whip. Sprinkle with cookie/candies (you can use two kinds together if you would like, i.e. pretzels and butterfinger). Repeat again to make 2nd layer ending with candy. Cover and freeze 4 hours or overnight. Take out about 10 minutes before serving.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

I Love Spring!

We had a great spring break! Here are some of the things we did. This one is me and my older two climbing the mountain. It was their first time and they loved it!
They made it to the top with their cousins. They were glad to be done climbing.

After our annual easter egg hunt on Easter afternoon at my sister's house.

The kids built a fort in the backyard to play in. This is their restaurant. They even decorated the tables. Like children! I love it.

Here is the house part complete with clothesline and hooks on the fence for their bags. Very inventive!

Brayden loved the surprises in the Easter eggs.

Our family on Easter. He is Risen! We have lots to celebrate.

My kids out front before church. This is the best I could do with all three of them. Brayden does not stay still for long.

My pretty daffodils, bunny, and a polka dot plate I found at Goodwill with my friend Elise.

A sweet spring table set in Makenna's room for her doll tea parties. The flower in the paper cup is just priceless and her blanket for the tablecloth! I just love that girl! Happy Spring!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Girl's Trip to Savannah

My mom and my sisters and I went to Savannah for the weekend to help my sister, Melanie, finish some last details for her May wedding. Here she is in front of the cottage where the newlyweds will be staying. Isn't she beautiful, by the way? (inside and out). She is going to make a stunning bride!
This is the park across the street. The Spanish Moss hanging from the trees just makes this place breathtaking! It was so relaxing here! Having no kids with me helped too!

Here is the Bed and Breakfast where the wedding will take place and the family will stay. What a quaint place! Savannah is full of so much history!

Here is the 4 of us in front of the river on a cold and windy night! This was after a yummy, fun, dinner.

Of course, we had to do some shopping and this was my favorite store! It was called the Paris Market. They had some of the most unique stuff I have ever seen. I could not afford any of it though even in the clearance section. It was so fun to look though!

A cool old dry sink (love the color) with some lovely lavender.

I wanted some of these numbered baskets for my bathroom!

The downstairs cellar was amazing with old, old brick floors and walls.

Can't wait until we get to go back for the wedding!