Monday, October 31, 2011

Before & After Sunday

We had a pretend Nor'easter here Saturday night and we lost power. AGAIN ! Because I couldn't sleep I started to think of things I could do to switch things up in the office. I have a very old file bin, that broke and had a hot pink lid. It so didn't match our office. I haven't been able to find a new one nor have I wanted to spend money on a new one, so I improvised. I took some fabric, wrapped it around, secured with some hot glue and spray painted the lib. Voila, like new.
Here is a shot of the "old bin."

And one of the "new."

Some close ups. I really need to do something with the hardware on the cabinet... but where in the world is a screwdriver????!!! Calling my husband lol...

*** Scratch that, found what I needed and sprayed them... Ta-da




And then because I was bored and should have been using my time more wisely, I decided to add rosettes to a lamp in the office.
Here is the before lonely lamp...


And here is the after. They are pretty easy to make once you get the hang of it.

A close up ( I so need a new camera, terrible shot)


So that's how I spent my Sunday, amidst cleaning, studying and killing time till the husband came home.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Suit Up

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Whooooooooooooooo?????????


When I started this blog I hoped I would get some views and some followers. Lately I've noticed my views increase every so often. I only have 10 actual "followers" but I see more views then that and I don't know if my "followers" are actually reading. So I have a favor to ask. If you read my blog, would you mind just commenting to let me know. You can be anonymous or not, just curious to see who actually comes around. Oh and if you like the above print you can buy it where I found it.
http://papernstitch.com/product/owl-who-print

How cool this this? I found it during my search for owls. Not sure if it's real or not but it's super cool.


Enjoy your weekend !

Thursday, October 27, 2011

So....

How did you sleep last night? Was the temperature just right? Not too hot? Not too cold? Did you have enough to drink? What about eat? Did you have to walk miles to be safe in your bed? Did you have to sweep water away from where you could rest your mat to lay for the night?
I am sure none of us had any issue sleeping last night, but across the waters there are many that have these frightening conditions nightly. Right now the LRA is invading someones "safe" home and terrorizing many people in Africa. Did you even know that this was happening? Have you ever even heard of the LRA? http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/para/lra.htmI
I will admit I certainly didn't and I'd like to think I do not live under a rock, but I honestly had no idea that this was going on.
Last night my church hosted an organization called "Invisible Children." http://www.invisiblechildren.com/
This organization is trying to help end the abduction of children for the use of soldiers and stop the terror for many that is going on in Africa right now. They have already helped so many people there. The documentary http://vimeo.com/20856329 that was shown blew my mind. They have even raised enough money to set up an early warning system, similar to our 911 system we have here in the states. Can you believe that there was nothing like this before this organization got involved? What would you do if you were being hurt and there was no one to call. Scary thought right?

You can help too. 100% of the purchase of anything from their shop goes to the cause. Pretty amazing right? Head to their page, buy something, feel good about making a small effort to make a big change. http://store.invisiblechildren.com/
There are many ways to get involved too, so please check out this link. http://www.invisiblechildren.com/frontline

Sadly, we personally could not to commit to join the Protection Plan but we ended up buying some things from the store that was set up. One of the purchases was a hand made bracelet that came with a video about a boy named Emmy. Here is the trailer of Emmy. So terribly sad.
http://vimeo.com/15822391


Get involved with something. Make a difference.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

So ugly they are awesome....

There is just something about these that I love. They are $28.00 for a set of two and the shipping is $10.00, so they would be $19.00 each. Not too sure if they are worth it but I love them ! They would be an awesome addition to my living room.

I also have been wanting to get this sign for a very long time now.



It's a vinyl sticker on from Etsy and I would love to place it under our wedding picture that hangs in our living room. I am very torn if this picture should still be hung, it's large and we've been married for almost 4 years... Not too sure. Opinions? Here is an older picture of the room., but the picture is still hung where it is...


If I decide to take down, I'd hang something else there but I am not too sure what...

Monday, October 24, 2011

Pumpkins

It does not matter if they are heirloom or regular old pumpkins, I love them. There is not much about the Fall that I do not like, well maybe I don't like raking. So back to pumpkins, over the weekend I decided to paint two of mine white and put a bit of brown on them to make them sorta shabby chic. Here's some pics tell me what you think?
I also took two of my faux pumpkins from inside and glittered them.
Oh yea that little pumpkin scarecrow on the left of my door, he's been around for ages. Ain't he cute?




This shows you the glittered pumpkins up close. Pardon the wax paper they were on there to dry.


Friday, October 21, 2011

BHLDN

For those who may not know, Anthropologie has a wedding website now. They have gowns, dresses, jewelry, shoes, and even gifts you can buy for the wedding.
In honor of our upcoming anniversary, I figured it was a good idea to have a wedding inspired post. I would marry Keith a million times if I could. Just for fun here are some items I would wear.



Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Silhouettes

The first time I saw a silhouette was in my grandparents home when I was younger. They had three that were of my two cousins and my oldest sister. If I remember correctly, they hung in their stairway. I loved them. This should have been the first inclination that I would always love all things artsy. However, I didn't tune into this until much later in life.

The first set of silhouettes that I made were of my husband and I. We do not have children yet so I chose to do to them of ourselves using pictures from our wedding.

The next set I made was of my niece and nephew for my sister birthday.


And lastly, my best friend and I like to make things for each of our birthdays. This year she sent me an adorable canvas she made me and I sent her a silhouette of her pup.


I love the look of them so much I even set up shop today on Etsy. So if any of you like them out there you can now order a custom made one from yours truly ! Thanks for looking ! http://www.etsy.com/shop/KOKOPELIA?ref=si_shop

Monday, October 17, 2011

To curtain or not to curtain...

That is the question. For months I've been looking for curtains for a our room. This past weekend I went on a hunt to find the perfect ones. I am still uncertain with my choice. I love the pattern and the color of what I chose, but I think the length is what I am unhappy with, I think?

Here is the before picture with the old verticals.

And another shot with the current bedding

And now with the curtains. Maybe I should have taken the picture in the daytime? Not sure what's throwing me off but I know I don't love it.



Close up of the pattern and the tie back hardware.

And close up of the curtain rod before the touch ups.


I think it's back to the drawing board this weekend...

Friday, October 14, 2011

Funky Cold Medina

Happy Friday. Here are some vintage lovelies that I am currently wishing I had ! Have a good one peeps.




Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Things I make

A book wreath, so farmhouse chic and awesome.


Silhouettes, can be your kids, your animals or hey even yourself.
This is my bestie's pup

This was of me and my husband from our wedding day.

And your name sign, either you last name, your kids name or even your name.