Thursday, February 9, 2017

Military Inspired Look

For not being the biggest sports fan, even I could appreciate the excitement and anticipation for the Super Bowl. We had a birthday/Super Bowl party, which was epic! Great food, friends, and some fabulous wagers and bookie skills made the party so engaging for everyone. Oh and what a game?!?! Made overtime history and down to the very last second had everyone on the edge of their seats…what a comeback!

OK ok, enough sports. My fabulous outfit was the biggest touchdown in my mind 🙂 I found these BRAND NEW (with tags) ELLE jean leggings for $6 and this stunning embellished military ZARA jacket for $9 from my fave thrift store. The heels were a clearance of a clearance from $49.99 to $14 at Marshalls. Combining the sleek jeggings, white tank, and adorable fringe heels was a great way to get the military inspired look but in a feminine way…if I do say so myself 🙂

I was so embarrassed trying to snap some photos before the party and trying to beat the sunset, thankfully Willie got a few and we had a super helpful kitty down at the barn! Just hope no one from the party laughed at my horrible modeling skills.

Is everyone ready for Valentine’s Day? If you haven’t entered the giveaway yet, it ENDS TONIGHT! Also, I created 4 Easy {and Insanely Adorable} Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids for Kalyn with Creative Savings Blog. Hope you check that guest post out and send me any photos if you create the crafts using my tutorials! I would love to see them!

Happy Thrift Thursday!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Valentine’s Day Giveaway

I’m super excited for my first blog GIVEAWAY!

Valentine’s Day has been such a fabulous holiday for me that I want to share the LOVE! The past few months have been extremely harsh on social media, so I thought what better way to remember love, kindness, romance, and friendship then a stunning sign from To Each His Own Designs with one of my favorite Tim McGraw song lyrics. Tim McGraw has been one of my favorite artists ever since I met Willie. Willie really introduced me to country music and won me over my singing Tim McGraw love songs to me in his pimped out old Grand Marquis car he had in high school. Those magical moments with him, I will cherish forever.

I am running out of gift ideas for him, so this Valentine’s Day I’m doing something a little out of his comfort area and treating him to a couples massage. Then planning on happy hour and dinner, so we have a REAL date night without Hartley. It will be so nice to have his full attention and remember our first date that happened on Valentine’s Day 13 years ago!

If you haven’t shopped for Valentine’s Day yet and are in a pinch, this is what I’m loving on Amazon for speedy delivery:

    1. Keepsake Love Quote Box with daily words of love
    2. Art Naturals Aromatherapy Candles with Essential Oils
    3. ArtNaturals Essential Oil Diffuser and Humidifier (built-in bluetooth speaker, alarm & clock)
    4. Starbucks Gift Card or Starbucks Stainless Steel Cold Cup
    5. Amazon Gift Card
    6. Heart Embossed Leather Journal
    7. Watch Box for Men

Here’s How to Enter

  1. Like Loves the Find and visit To Each His Own Designs Facebook pages
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

DIY French Country Dining Table

I cannot believe it’s 2017! 2016 was a HUGE year for me. Settling into new work requirements, working on expanding my blog, and the biggest change was selling our first home and buying a new one which was a HUGE process. Having 5 months in our new home, I’m finally getting things into place and able to feel like I can make it my style. I’ve gotten two bathrooms completed, created a media console, cleaned out and mulched the entire yard, in the process of creating an adorable “big girl” room for Hartley (ekkk I cannot wait to share), and finding this beautiful claw footed table to refinish. For years I’ve dreamt of finding a table like this and was super jealous when one of my beasties inherited one and refinished it into a stunning piece in her home. But just one lucky trip to the Habitat for Humanity I found one for myself. It was love at first site. There was no way I was going to leave the store without this table being mine. Can you believe the table was only $60 and the 3 chairs were $20 a piece = $120 for an antique dining set!
 
I will say this table took me a lot longer than I had hoped. With social calendars, work travel and getting ready for the holidays I found the only time to work on it was after getting Hartley to bed. So a few very late nights, frustration, and guilting Willie into helping…it’s FINALLY done!
The Steps:
  1. Sanding table top and chair seats
  2. Staining table top and chair seats
  3. Matte Poly table top and chair seats (2 coats)
  4. Chalk Paint (Annie Solan Paris Grey) table and chairs (2 coats)
  5. Chalk Paint (Annie Solan Old White) table accents (2 coats)

What I used:

  1. Orbit Sander
  2. For orbirtal sander I started with 120-Grit Sandpaper then did a overpass with 220 Grit Sandpaper
  3. Sanding Sponge 120-Grit, Fine for around the chair spindles
  4. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey and Old White
  5. Annie Sloan Wax
  6. Regular Paint Brushes for paint
  7. Trim Brush and Art Brushes for the detail
  8. Painters Tape
  9. MiniWax Stain (I mixed Expresso and Red Oak)
  10. Staining Rags
  11. Satin Polyurethane
  12. Foam Brush for Poly

The details are just fabulous! For adding the white detail paint I used small art brushes, tape, and a trim brush. I tried covering all the areas I wanted white even if it meant going into the grey a little because the final step was to use an angled trim brush and carfully follow the lines with the grey paint to cover and white overflow on the detail sections.

I am in LOVE with the end results and the stained top pattern is STUNNING!

Before and After:

 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

NYE Look 2016

Happy New Year and Happy Thrift Thursday!!

First off, I apologize that my site has been down. I made an impulse decision to move my site from Blogger to self-hosted WordPress and it took more money and time than I thought it would. But I’m up and running now! I changed the look a bit for a simpler, more vintage look that goes more with my personality. What do you think of the new look? Hoping this will be the last major revision for a while and I can focus more on branding.

This New Year’s Eve was fantastic. Simple with very little expense. Since Willie had a late night the night before watching sports, so while he snoozed, I seized the day and got a fabulous weight workout in at the gym. After a revitalizing shower, I got dolled up…which NEVER happens. I wanted to feel like I was doing something special, but not look overdone, so I debuted my new corduroy overalls I got on clearance from Target. A little fancy but still casual enough for the day we had planned. We stopped at our favorite local café for coffee and of course Hartley walked out with a delicious cookie, but the photo opportunity was just too good I couldn’t resist getting it for her! We took a few photos in the historic town (Willie is getting pretty good at his photographer and patience skills).

Then we headed on to meet our friends at an indoor kids bounce jungle gym. Hartley couldn’t believe her eyes. The expressions on her face trying all the slides, tunnels, and learning to climb by herself was just amazing. After bribing her with the rest of her cookie, we finally managed to get back in the car and head to a brewery next door for “we survived the chaos” drinks. Then yes…we are old…we did our grocery shopping…and then just had dinner and watched TV together. We are hooked on a new TV series “Shooter”, if you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. Boring but magical. Willie didn’t make it to midnight, but for some reason I couldn’t fall asleep, so unintentionally I did make it!

So that was our BIG night.

My NYE look:

  • Xhilaration Overalls – Target $8.99 (although online these are still full-price, stores put things in clearance all the time, so check often and if you LOVE something online, it’s worth going to the store and looking for it in the sale items)
  • Ralph Lauren Black shirt – Marshals $12.99 (I could probably find something similar at thrift)
  • Chicos Black Jacket – $5 from thrift store (brand new condition something very similiar on Chicos site is $199! Holy cow!)
  • Jessica Simpson Boots – DSW $30

Thank you all for your continued reading and support of my blog. Please remember that as a small growing blog, if you invite friends, comment, like, tweet, pin, share it greatly helps!

My goals this year are to keep expanding my blog (didn’t quite reach my 2016 following goals, so really need to step it up), do more yoga and look into getting a teacher certification, and explore the idea of opening an Etsy shop. Oh and the biggest goal family-wise is to get my daughter potty trained so she can start pre-school in the Fall!

Hope your 2017 is as fabulous as you are!