Wednesday, March 25, 2015

How to make a Terrarium out of Picture Frames

Yup!
I made this terrarium all out of picture frames, hot glue, and duct tape.
Want to see more?
Head on over to Ella Claire where I am sharing step by step instructions. 



You will not believe how simple it was to make.


Emily



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Monday, March 23, 2015

Picture Ledges


Can you believe I built these picture ledges for under 11 dollars?
Even though it may look like a big project, they were actually super simple to make.
Today I am sharing a how-to over at City Farmhouse.


So head on over to get the lowdown!

Emily


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Thursday, March 19, 2015

New Shower Curtain in our Main Bath

I know, exciting stuff happening over here! A new shower Curtain!
:)
I get so excited over the smallest details.
It wasn't all that long ago that I shared pictures of our main bathroom makeover.
But at that time I had simply just hung a cotton tablecloth up as a shower curtain, 
knowing one day I would switch it out when I found something I liked better.
Well.... The other day while I was browsing Target, I spotted this one:
 I have a thing for navy and white stripes, so it grabbed my attention right off the bat.
And because this bathroom is used the most by my two boys, 
I knew it would be perfect for them.

I also knew it would be the perfect match for all of the blue tile in the room;
 The floor tile....
and the blue tile on the counter top.
 The bathroom has a little cubby with built in shelves, which I love to decorate.
 My mother in law gave me this cute framed printout for my birthday.  It's one of her favorite quotes.  I think it fits nicely into the room.
 Something kind of fun and unique in the room,
 is that I just used a cute little plate as a soap dish. 
It's kind of a fun way to bring in some cottage charm.

On the counter is also a few old jars.
 The smallest of them is holding an air plant.... 
I can't believe how easy this has been to keep alive. 
 I see more air plants in my future.
I love how something as simple as a new shower curtain can change the whole look of a room.
That is why I get so excited over all the little details.
It's the details that define a room and make it feel special.

Thank for stopping by,

Emily


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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

My little Jax was begging to make Chocolate Chip Cookies the other day.
And so together we made these ones.
They turned out so delicious, that we just had to share the recipe.
Now, I prefer whole wheat flour because I think it taste better,
 but obviously these cookies could also be made with regular white flour. 

 Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

- 2 1/4 cups of whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 sticks butter, softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; set aside. 
Beat butter and sugars until creamy. Add vanilla and eggs; mix well. 

Gradually blend dry mixture into creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chips.
Drop by large tablespoon onto greased cookie sheets. 
Bake for 11 minutes or until golden brown.

Makes approximately 2 1/2 dozen. 


Enjoy!




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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Choosing a paint color - Why must it be so frustrating!?

So, I have recently painted our living/dining room.
Now, I could just show you what it looks like and say, "look! I painted our walls a new color!" And you may think, "Wow! that girl just picks a color and goes for it!"
Ha Ha Ha!
But that is SO not the case. 
Sure, painting the walls is the easy part... 
but choosing the color - now that is where my frustrations lye.
I put so much time and energy into choosing a paint color.
Here, let me show you my process;
I hope you have your coffee in hand, because this is a long one.

Now lets start at the beginning......The very beginning!
This is what the living room looked like when we bought the house a couple of years ago.
Lots of Tan!
 I chose a few color samples to pick from and shared them in a post here.  
Many of you agreed that Valspar-Sidewalk was the best choice.
And it looked beautiful on the walls.

Well, not too long ago, I decided that I wanted to paint all of the trim a bright white.  
As you can see from the below picture it was actually a light cream color before.
It was a lot of work, but I was so happy with the results.
Although, painting the trim white totally changed the look of the paint color on the walls. 
They went from a soft gray-blue to a bland cement color. 

I thought about painting them Benjamin Moore - Gray lake. Which is such a pretty color, but then I decided I wanted a color that would make the molding stand out more.
After staring at a million paint chips, I decided to stay with a blue-gray color and found some from True Value that I really liked . 
 Then I could use a darker gray as an accent color, perhaps on a piece of furniture, or my front door....yes! the one I just painted bright blue.
So I went to Lowes and had them mix up some samples.
I came home and immediately started painting squares Everywhere!
Then that evening I was watching the movie, Blended, and Drew Barrymore had brightly colored walls in her cute little house. I was inspired!
The next morning I started going through all of my sample chips looking for brighter colors,
which I then added to the mix.
My husband will give me his advice if I ask, but otherwise doesn't give too much 
thought about paint; which is actually really helpful.
He suggested that I stay away from the bright greens.
His top pick was the True Value color, Old fashioned.
So I painted a bigger section in that color.
I was also leaning heavy on another True Value color, Powder Gray. So I painted a section of the wall in that color as well. 
I know they look pretty similar.
I chose to go with my husbands opinion, and plus, the 'Old Fashioned' had the same blue tones that are in a bunch of my pillows and other decor.
 I tend to lean in that color direction when buying new things for our home.

SO, I went back to Lowes and picked up a gallon of the 'Old Fashioned'.
 But as you can see, the color was off!
Why was the sample a true match, but the gallon size was not??
Why?
So I had a decision to make:  
1. Go back to Lowes and have them re-mix it, but would they even be able to match it?  
2. Go to True Value and have them mix it- since it is a True Value color after all.
Or 3. Go with Valspar, 'Seashore Fog', the color we used in our master bathroom, which is actually pretty close to 'Old Fashioned'. However, I would still have to buy more of that paint.
Aaauugh!!!! 
 Do you have this much trouble with choosing a paint color 
or is it just me?

In the end, I decided to just go with the color I was given.
Which was probably the best choice of all! I even like it next to the blue door.

It has just a touch of the Drew Barrymore brightness that inspired me.
And there you have it, this is the way I choose a paint color!
Next up... painting the ceiling!
I will share more once I get the room all put back together.

What are your thoughts?
Do you think I am making a good choice?
Either way, knowing me, I will probably re-paint it in a year or so.....
and start the whole paint color process over again
:)
Thank you for stopping by,

Emily


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