Friday, March 24, 2017

Rustic Woodland Nursery Reveal

Hey guys!  As promised I've returned to the blogging world to share with you the Rustic Woodland Nursery makeover that my friend Katy, her husband, Jake, and I worked on for our friend Ashley.  ;)

As mentioned in my last post, we had a blast and I learned soooo, soooooooo much from my friends Katy and Jake!  Oh my word, they're incredibly talented.  I swear the projects they were whipping up would have taken Jon and myself at least six months to complete.  It was awesome to watch!

Okay, so...are you ready?  Let's goooooo!!!!!

First, the before pictures...

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Those closet doors though.  Love, love, love them!

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Aaaaaaaaand the afters...

Okay, so - check out this crib that Katy painted with some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint!  I'll have to show you the before pictures of this piece.  The before wasn't bad...not bad at all, but the way Katy managed to blend the wax and paint together to give it a rustic look is unreal and it turned out to be stunning!

  When she had finished painting the crib she had sent over a picture of the finished product, but I thought she was actually just sending me an idea/inspiration from Pinterest or something.  Nope.  It was HER finished masterpiece!  I was speechless! 

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See that round sign over there?  That one I made.  Unfortunately, while I was working on it some white paint hadn't dried all the way and once the stencil was removed a bunch of paint had bled through.

I was bummed.

I ended up touching it up with a bit-o-paint here and there.  I was still a little unsatisfied with the finished product, so I ultimately decided to distress it.  It ended up turning out to be super cute after distressing it a bit and the imperfections suddenly didn't look so bad...actually, all the imperfections made it look that much better!  Isn't it funny how stuff works out like that sometimes?

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Katy and I knew we wanted to print off this art (below) that we had found from this Etsy shop.  However, we were following a strict budget and knew that purchasing traditional picture frames would take up a majority of the cash we had on hand.  Katy, being the ultimate crafter, came up with this idea of using clipboards to display the photos.

I got to work on this project right away and I can't wait to share with you how easy and affordable these were to make!

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This dresser.

Oh my gosh, this dresser!  Katy also painted this dresser.  She knew she wanted to add the deer knobs to the front drawers and I just think it's the cutest.thing.ever.  The first time I saw this finished dresser/changing table I'm pretty sure I peed my read right...I said it...I was THAT excited!

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Oh and see those pictures up above the changing table?  Katy made those at our little sprinkle we held for our friend Ashley last month.  It was a surprise sprinkle with a bit of pallet/wood/board painting on the side.

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Katy and Jake also made these shake awnings.

You guys, the two of them made these awnings like it wasn't even a big it was nothing.  The moment I spotted them I pretty much reacted like an Oprah Winfrey audience member who had just won a car.  Ha!

Obviously they didn't give the awnings to me, but I was still extremely excited for Ashley, who now gets to walk by these sweet shake awnings


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Oh, oh, oh - Here's something I did.  I bought that baby sweater.  It has elbow pads and it's ridiculously adorable, much like that gold antler hook.  See?  I do things, for baby sweaters...  Hahaha!

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Okay, no seriously...I actually did do a bit more than shop and make clipboards - I gave Ashley's rocker a makeover and painted it white!  I tried soooo stinkin' hard to make this look decent.  I purposefully chose Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for this rocker and I learned a lot while working on this project.  I'll be blogging more about it next week!

Katy's mom even got in on the nursery-makeover-action and made slipcovers for the original cushions with this gray fabric!  Genius, right!?  It's a completely different chair...but not really...but kind get the idea... ;)

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After six hours on Sunday we had taken this room from being an empty space without a place to rock a newborn, to a rustic nursery ready for a baby and his Mama to enjoy lots of snuggles, cuddles and giggles!

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What a difference a bit of decor can make, eh?
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Thanks for stopping by and checking out this Rustic Woodland Nursery Makeover!  It was soooo much fun!

Oh and if you're looking for any of the products in this space, here ya' go...

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I have a few tutorials coming your way, so stay tuned for those coming next week.  Also, I've been asked about my board and batten project in our master bedroom.  I need to order a couple of pillows and I'll be sharing that space ASAP!  WooHoo!

Thanks for the visit!

Marie :)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Weekly Recap

Whew!  You guys, I feel like I've been going non-stop over here.  It's been crazy lately, but a good kind of crazy.  Oh my gosh and let's not forget that spring has officially arrived and that I also spotted a bunch of robins whooping it up out at the bird feeder today - so YAY for that!  Spring is by far my favorite season!  Ahhh!  I'm soooo ready for warmer temps...and leaves...and flowers...and green grass...and to actually go outside...  Bring it on, spring!

But first, blog.  ;)

Last Monday started out with Henry having to dress up as a job he'd like to have someday for his school's March Reading Month.  He chose to dress as a teacher.  At one point he told me, "But Mama, I don't have any teacher clothes!"  Lol!  It was a real concern for him.  A sweater vest and a bow tie for the win!  Doesn't he look dapper as a teacher?  Hmm...although I'm not sure many teachers wear light up shoes...or maybe some do...I don't know.  *shrugs shoulder*  ;)

Professor Henry...

After school on Monday we came home and worked on a St. Patrick's Day craft since I've been majorly slacking in the craft department these last couple of months.  I'll go ahead and blame it on the weather.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, I started painting a chair (this is just one coat) for the nursery makeover for my friend Ashley.

On Thursday Sara and I (and our little ladies) ventured out of town for a few hours while our boys were in school.  Oh man, it felt great to get out of the house and step into a Panera, Hobby Lobby and Target!  Oh my gosh, we had so much fun!

On Friday we sported our green and celebrated St. Patrick's Day!  My Great Grandmother's maiden name was Smiley...  It doesn't get more Irish than that!

I didn't really have much planned for St. Patrick's Day so at the eleventh hour the kids and I whipped up this leprechaun trap!

As you can see, our leprechaun got away but he managed to leave a note for the kids along with a trail of Lucky Charms...that messy leprechaun forced me to sweep silly leprechaun!

On Saturday we attended a birthday party at our local bowling alley for some twins from Eliza's preschool.  The kids looooved it.  Everyone was so nice and welcoming.  We had a fantastic time!

Later that evening, Henry and I got all dressed up to go to our first Mommy/Son Dance!!!

Henry danced all night...well...for an entire hour anyway.  LOL!  Let me tell you, boyfriend has got some moves!  Oh man, he was so excited to start dancing!  At one point he even proposed to me.  This boy, I tell ya'.  Love him.  I said, "yes," of course!

Here he is already dancing while we stood in line to have our picture taken...

On Sunday I headed over to my friend Ashley's house and met up with my friend Katy and her husband, Jake to get started on the nursery makeover.  This is all I'll show for now, but I promise a full reveal sometime this week.  Also, I need to tell you that Katy and Jake did the majority of the work.  You guys, this couple is crazy talented and I learned sooooo much from the both of them!  They need their own tv show or something.

This pic below provides proof that I was actually there and that I contributed a little bit...and by a little bit I mean...I was there...mostly to eat snacks...and hold things in place...and occasionally hammer a few things in place...and take a nap... Ha!

No, I wasn't really napping.  Or was I?  Stay tuned.  Dun Dun Duuuuun!

Meanwhile, this happened to my own house while I was away for six hours...


On Monday, this meme made me laugh...

...she's three, but I can relate.

That's it for now, but, like I said up there ^^^, I'll be back sometime this week with that nursery reveal!  I promise.  It's too good not to share!  EEK!

Marie :)

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Weekly Recap and Tuesday Talk and Sleeping Kiddos

Hey guys!  How about a little Weekly Recap and Tuesday Talk today?

We had a busy week last week, as well as a busy weekend!  Jon and I woke up yesterday and both agreed that we already couldn't wait for the weekend to begin.  Is it bad that I countdown to when I can consume an adult beverage?  Ha!  Anywho, here's what we've been up to over here.

As some of you may have seen over on IG, I began the board and batten process in our Master Bedroom a little over a week ago.  I'm happy to say that it's approximately 99% finished.  I have a little touch-up work to do then it's done!  Woo-Hoo!  

We've been having lots of Nerf wars!

Jon bought this for himself Henry and I must admit, it's been pretty darn fun!

The snow came back...then it left...then it came back it's raining.

The cutest little design assistant helped me measure out the board and batten.

I joined the gym after a three month hiatus.

I can't selfie.

The kids had their second dental appointments.

I enjoyed some early morning cuddles with my girl!

We also enjoyed a bit-o-lunch at one of our favorite coffee shops (no coffee for her, of course - oh how I wish I could bottle up her energy).

We had a tornado February.  Crazy!  We grabbed the kids and put them in our guest bedroom in the basement.  They never woke up!  Not even with the sirens blaring and the rain and wind pounding the house.  Geez, I wish I slept that well!

Look at those cuddles.

We introduced the kids to Harry Potter.

 Henry wanted Jon to build something similar to this (except without the chair and much smaller - soooo not the same thing at all) for out next to our swing set to share with the neighbor boys, so Jon worked on that this weekend.  I can't wait to share it with you guys!

Eliza took a nap!  A real nap!  She's been taking naps here and there lately and, oh my gosh, I could get used to it.  I love her more than anything and she's a hoot when she's awake, but to have a break once in a while, just like the good ole days, would be aaaaahhhh-mazing!

Jon and I put the nail gun to good use and got the boards up in our bedroom!  EEK!  Like I said up there ^^^^^^ we're so close to being done you guys, so close!

My girlfriends and I threw a small surprise sprinkle for our friend, Ashley!  Her nursery theme is, "woodland nursery," so instead of making a huge cake or cupcakes (especially since there were only six of us whooping it up), I made these doughnut hole hedgehogs as a dessert.  They were so easy and fun to make.

Look at all this deliciousness that my girlfriends brought to the sprinkle!  I'm telling you, my girlfriends make THE best food!

We also incorporated a little pallet painting party within the sprinkle itself.  I made this sign for the nursery.

After a long and exhausting weekend, I headed to the spa.  The owners used a new technique where they drench your hair in water over and over and over again.  They then add gel to your hair and attempt to brush it out and blow dry it simultaneously.  They were a bit rough at times.  I believe my services added up to something like "one-hundred twenty dollar bills"...well, that's what the shop owner, Henry, told me anyway.  I've yet to pay them, but I'm hoping they accept payment in kisses.  ;)

It was somehow very relaxing and it was exactly what I needed...especially since I NEVER go to the spa.  So who knows, maybe they're on to something?  LOL!

That's it for me over here.  Just trying to smile through the cloudy weather.  Happy Tuesday, friends!

Marie :)
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