After Thanksgiving, we continued our tradition of buying a locally grown tree (except for last year for some reason). The tree farm is on 100 acres out in the country and it's beautiful. We lucked out and picked a gorgeous day, high in the high 50's to mid 60's (I can't remember). It was a little warm for Lily to wear her big coat but it was windy and it's all we had, so we took the middle layer out and she just had the outer shell. It worked!
Lily had fun for awhile and then she kept asking "when are you going to find a tree!?" It was cute. She already has her tree decorated in her room and so she didn't really care about this one.
And here it is...
Yes, it's a bit Charlie Brown like with the giant hole but I liked how it wasn't so super full. Some times I seem to find the ones that make it almost impossible to see my ornaments and then what's the point of decorating if you can't see anything? Plus, I have a few super big ornaments that I knew would make it work.
Here's Nate. He's in one of my carriers. He was out the entire time. Next year will be different, I'm sure!
Lily following Doug as he drags the tree to the pick up location. The owners come around with a tractor and trailer and load everyone's up and takes it back to their barn to get them wrapped.
I forgot to get a picture of it on my car. Luckily when we bought my new to us car, it came with a luggage rack. Doug, of course, pointed out that if we had bought the truck he wanted, we could have all fit into it and just thrown the tree in the back. Maybe next year!
I'll be back with decorated tree photos soon. The weather has been dreary now (hello 17 degree weather!) so our living room is a little dark. But I'll get them on here soon, I promise!
A couple weeks ago, I started checking out appliances online as more of a dream for our kitchen than a need. We did need a new dishwasher but we can't remove ours until we bust out the tile that was installed after the dishwasher was. Stupid, I know, but I didn't do it. Our oven and fridge had seen better days as well, so it was going to happen sooner or later.
Enter Lowe's. I found out that they were having a great sale and after some price checking, I could get all three appliances (fridge, range, dishwasher) for maybe $100 more than the fridge ALONE at a local store. They were all on major sale so we jumped in and bought them.
They were installed this week and I couldn't be happier. I showed a picture on Instagram and Facebook and had a few people ask me about them, so I thought I'd share. After checking on their website, the sale pricing that I received is no longer, but they do still have them on sale.
I will say one thing - and no, I'm not getting paid by Lowe's at all (no one really knows who I am anyway but I wish they did!!!!) - but wait for sales! After telling the sales guys I wanted the three appliances, I also received an additional 5% off because I asked. Now, I did say "Can I get this now or do I need to come back with my dad and use his card?" but that was it. They didn't check if my dad really has a card. He does, but that's besides the point. So, I paid right there, and they gave me the 5% off the additional sales going on. Score for me!
After taxes and an additional warranty, they were a little over $3000 for the three appliances. I say that's pretty good considering the price before discounts on the fridge.
Now, who wants to help demo some tile?!?
Here are the three pieces I bought... I took screen shots so all the numbers were there. I went to their website, searched appliances and Samsung and they're some of the first that came up. They all match too because we know that's important!
Are you ready for Christmas?! Are you decorating? Are you done shopping? I'm done decorating although I could have added a bunch more, we have boxes that weren't even open this year! And as for the shopping, I'm done except for a few little odds and ends and I've even started wrapping most of them. I'd be done if some little guy would let me have a few moments (that I'm not using on here at least).
But, this post is about a DIY wreath using what I had on hand to make it work. The supplies included a wire hanger, a white feather boa and some tape. That's it.
I originally wanted to use one of my wreath forms but it was too big and would have required me to buy another boa, which is what I am trying to avoid. The other wreath form I found was way too small. So I walked around the house while Nate was napping and figured out I could easily make one from one of our stray wire hangers (we don't actually use these for clothes, but I keep them when I find them to use for art projects at work). I then bent into a circle, twisting it to keep it together.
The "hook" of the hanger eventually got bent down too but I had thought of trying to use it to hang the wreath from but it didn't work and looked bad.
So, at the ends of the feather boa, there are the knotted strings. I slipped one of those over the hook and started to wrap the feather boa around the circle, weaving it in and out all the way around.
Once you're at the end of the hanger, simply tape the other knotted end (just like the one above) to the hanger. This part got a little tricky as the feathers went everywhere and made it hard. But now you're done!
Grab some ribbon (I chose a dark blue ribbon from my giant stash), simply wrap it around the wreath, and taped it to the back of my dining room mirror.
I've given thought to adding something else to it, like a small bird or ornament but for now it's just a plain wreath to add some texture. I may enlarge it next year too, who knows!
Before I get crazy with the Christmas posts, I realized I should post about Thanksgiving.
I also wanted to give a huge thank you to Kim at Made in a Day for featuring my driftwood heart art canvas. It's my very first feature!!
The day before, I made my great grandmother's famous potato rolls (yes, made with mashed potatoes) and a gluten free caramel pecan pumpkin pie. This photo shows the rolls as they were rising again and after the pie was baked. Both were delicious if I say so myself!
My mom's awesome Ragdoll cat, Mo.
The pie... yum!
The spread. A lot of food for 4 adults, a 4 year year old and a baby. Yep, it was just us and my parents this year.
My mom's dog, Kasey. Aren't those pitiful eyes?
Papa and Nate
Doug and Lily
90% (or more) of Lily photos are blurry. The girl is always moving!
Note to Doug (hi Hubby!), I am not going to redo our living room. BUT, if I could (as in we won the Power Ball), this may be what it would look like.
Now... for the fun..
As I spend a lot of time online during my maternity leave (my iPad and I are besties), I have realized I like a lot of different looks. However, there are definitely things I've always been drawn to and these are a few of them.
1. This Chair (from Pottery Barn). To be honest, I'll take this whole room (except the stuff in the background). Wood floors, layered rugs, bright light from windows, wood accents, and a great lamp. Pottery Barn knows how to do it.
2. Bright walls, natural textures (blinds, animal prints), lighter furniture (to balance out the leather chair shown above) and mismatched accessories. Plus, the window trim that's the same as in our house.
3. Built ins and window trim. I'd change the tile of the fireplace though and find something larger for above the mantle. Doug and I were just talking about this last night and looked at a few possibilities. Our windows are larger and I'd probably prefer doors on the book cases but I do like this look and we're in agreement on that!
4. The contrast between the lighter colors of the wall and fireplace surround compared to the wood and dark bricks is just gorgeous. I don't care if the fireplace is functional or not (ours isn't), I love how they decorated the inside.
5. Wood floors. Aren't these gorgeous?!?! Layer a few rugs, add some leather, and some lighting, and I'd be one happy girl.
All photos can be found on my Pinterest board, Living Room.
A couple years ago, I made this painting for a coworker who was getting married. She used baseballs and red in her wedding and I chose gray for a neutral background. The canvases were thick so they could stand up (as shown below) or be hung on a wall.
I love the texture of the ball and I gave it a little color so it wasn't just a bright white circle.
I also used some silver in it and a little edging in black.
The gray background all came together in a circle at the middle point, if hung as a 2 by 2, for added interest.