Sunday, August 10, 2014

What is done in love is done well.


 
 
 
 
 
Loving this beautiful quote from Vincent van Gogh.
 
"It is good to love many things,
for therein lies the true strength,
 and whosoever loves much preforms much,
and can accomplish much,
and what is done in love is done well."
 
 
 
Speaks to my heart. Have a lovely day.


Monday, March 3, 2014

Chalk Paint!

So I've fallen in love with chalk paint! No room is safe, no furniture off limits!

 Paris Gray, French Linen and Duck Egg blue. The stuff  IS gorgeous!

 
The picture below inspired me to paint my baskets in Annie Sloan's French Linen.  
 
 


 
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I came across this color swatch on Pinterest and experimented with the Pure White + French Linen + Coco
and combined it with a chalk paint and sanding technique I saw here on YouTube
 
 
 
I was thrilled with the final result. I thought it resembled the pricey 'Restoration Hardware look'
but without the price!
 

 
 
 
 
Just below is an image and link to Restoration Hardware where their weathered frames range from $60 - $90 each. Yikes! 
Weathered Oak Gallery Frames - Stepped
 

 
I love still life photography and would love to take a class sometime when the schedule allows.

 
 I picked this piece up at a consignment store a couple weeks ago. It was in need of a little love and a fresh coat of paint, so I used the Duck Egg blue.
 
 
 Isn't this color so tranquil and dreamy? I went over it with just one coat. I like the way the cream color peeks through. I do think I'll sand and distress it then try to post an updated picture.
 
 
Look how pretty she is now:)
 


Carry Grant and Irene Dunne in "My Favorite Wife" 1940. Such a great movie. I watched it a couple nights ago. By myself:)
 
 Cary Grant and Irene Dunne in "My Favorite Wife", 1940
 
Did I mention we've cancelled cable! It's been great. I no longer have that negative pull to unwind to one
of my guilty pleasure DVR shows and neither does the hubs. I feel as though it's really improved our relationship. For example, now I just make him watch old romantic movies with me;) Ha! I'm kidding.. but I do think in someway it's brought us closer together and the kids aren't watching as much T.V. either. Win, Win.
 
My bestie gave me this Cary Grant collection a couple Christmas's back. I love it!
You can find it on Amazon.
TCM Greatest Classic Films: Legends - Cary Grant: My Favorite Wife / Night And Day / The Bachelor And The Bobby-Soxer / Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
 
 
What's your favorite Cary Grant movie?
 


Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

So long summer


Don't get me wrong you were swell and all, but I'm a Fall girl at heart.
 



 















 
 















 



Pssst...


I spy Fall!!!
 

Friday, April 19, 2013

Cookies,Cakes and Pie Oh My!

Since I've been breastfeeding I've had an intense sweet tooth that's inspired me to do more baking than normal. Late night feedings have had me up scrolling through recipes on Pinterest and food blogs. Here are a few recipes I wanted to share with you, the cookies and pie I've posted are two new recipes I've tried
and the dump cake an old favorite of ours. I was thinking of doing something like an under 'Five Ingredient Sweet Tooth Fix' to blog about? A challenge with a sweet reward. So far I have two recipes that would fall under that category, take a peek.    

Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies
 We baked and decorated cookies for Easter. The recipe is linked below, just something fun and easy to do with the kids plus they enjoyed delivering them to our neighbors and friends.






 

Peach Dump Cake
 

This is one of my very favorite in a pinch and need something sweet now recipes. While it does take some time to bake, it takes no time to throw together.
Ingredients:
1 29 ounce can of peaches
1 box of yellow cake mix
1 stick of butter (melted)
Cinnamon to taste
 
Directions:
Pour peaches with syrup into a greased 9x13 baking dish. Sprinkle yellow cake mix evenly over the top of peaches. Sprinkle cinnamon over the cake mix and peaches. Pour melted butter evenly over cake mix. Do not mix! Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until light golden brown and bubbly.
 
I didn't have the large 29 ounce can of peaches the recipe called for, just a small one in the pantry but got lucky scoring 1 of the kids peach fruit cups. I combined the two together and it worked perfectly.  


Two Ingredient Cookie Pie

 
 
Ingredients:
1 roll of refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough
1/2 cup chocolate chips
 
Directions:
 Press half the cookie dough into the bottom of a pie dish, sprinkle chocolate chips over the cookie dough, then crumble the rest of your cookie dough over the chocolate chips. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
 

If you have a craving for a warm fresh out of the oven chocolatey gooey centered melt in your mouth cookie, this recipe is for you!
 



Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Vivienne Elise


 
What can I say? I'm so in love with her. How our family loves her. How God loves her. She is just so precious. Thankful for this gift.  
 



 
There are blessings every day.
 Find them.
Create them.
Treasure them.
 
  
author unknown
 


 

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Almost time



Posing with the bump this morning with just 2 weeks left to go, if she comes on time that is. My first came 2 1/2 weeks early and my second came a week late. Time will only tell, until then my heart is overwhelmed with love for her already. 
 
 
Her coming home outfit along with a little felt flower I made for her.
 
 
This is just random but I love it. I found this glass container at an antique store downtown and originally thought I'd put a few pretty handmade soaps inside that I spied there too. I also picked up an inexpensive pearl necklace and when I went to ring up my items the lady at the register placed the pearls inside the glass draping them over the soaps, I thought her unintentional display looked so pretty that when I got home I ditched my idea and went with the one she gave me. What do you think, don't you love a good find? :)