Friday, March 24, 2017

~a soothing neutral home tour~

This home via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles has me speechless.
It's so beautiful inside and out.
I hope you love it as much as I do!

I hope you all have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

~graduation party planning~{part 1}

We have a senior in the house!
This has been such a stressful year to say the least. 
Looking at and touring colleges, applications, testing, traveling, etc.
I had no idea how much work it is!
Not only is it work for us, but it's even more work for our daughter Savannah.

We are so proud of her.
She has been accepted to the 5 colleges she applied too.
She still has not decided which one, but the deadlines are approaching.

To keep things from getting to serious, we have been planning her graduation party and having so much fun doing so.

I have to say, Savannah and I are pretty much best friends, and this party planning with her has been so much fun!

We decided to host the party at our house, in our yard. It will be in June so I am hoping for sun.
If not, we will have to bring in tents.

The first thing up was to create her announcements.
We knew I wanted Minted to create them, they truly are the best in my opinion.
The quality is great, there are a ton of options to choose from, the shipping is fast, and the service is impeccable. I also have to say the fact that they print the address' on for you had me sold. 

Savannah chose these gorgeous ones by Lauren Chism, and these stamps.

I am in love!

The backside has another photo and a personal message from her.

We also ordered save the date cards through Minted.
These are the ones we chose, by Sara Hicks Malone.

And onto the invitations to the party, we ordered these 
by hooray creative,
with sparkly gold liners!
{Savannah loves sparkles!}

We did custom stamps on those too with the word Grad on them.

They were just all shipped out and I feel so relieved, one thing off the checklist!
The party is is June and I promise to update more of the planning and progress, as well as some DIY ideas as we go along.

Until next time.....


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

~slow cooker chili pot pie~

Slow cooker chili pot pie.

My husbands two favorite foods are chili, and pot pie.
So for his birthday I combined the two and made chili pot pies!

They were so delicious and super easy to make since the majority is done in a crock pot.

The recipe for the chili can be found here.
It cooks for 8-10 hours, so put everything in in the morning, turn it on low and leave.
My kind of cooking!

Then you make a homemade cornbread and after scooping some on top of the chili, you bake the whole thing for 20 minutes.
I used these cups.

It was so good!
Props to the person who came up with this!

Comfort food at it's finest!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

~how to age new pots~

This is a very easy method to make your new terra-cotta pots look like they've been around for ages.
The trick is adding layers.
To achieve this look I started with a dry brush of cream paint.
You can use white or any light color.

Then I stippled on some dark grey in random spots, using a very 
dry brush.

While the paint was still a bit wet, I used a dampened paper towel to "blend" the 2 colors together, concentrating on getting rid of any brush strokes.

Finally I used a combination of dark wax and light wax, and applied it randomly with a paper towel all over the pots.
If you don't have wax, some alternatives would be:
watered down brown paint and varathane in a matte finish, and or shoe polish.

With a clean paper towel or rag, "buff" the entire pot.
That's it! You are all done!


Monday, March 20, 2017

~miss Maisy~

Happy first day of Spring friends!

Before we get to Maisy, our adorable bunny, let's take a walk back in time.
I have had so many questions and comments on this piece of art over our bed in
It's a gorgeous piece of art of a deer in the snow and it's covered in glitter and sparkles and says, "Deerly Beloveds"

This piece was made by my uber talented friend Rhonda Addison.
Rhonda is one of the sweetest kindest people I know, with a heart of gold.
She's one of those people you just want to be around, and give a giant hug.
She shares her big heart and talent in creating these wonderful one of a kind pieces of art with overlays, wording, crowns, glitter, and vintage jewels. 

What she creates is purely magical.

So fast forward many years, and Rhonda and I are still friends, even though she's moved :(
and she sees a picture of my furry friend Maisy and wants to create a piece of art with her picture!
I just about died. If you know me at all, you know I hold a special place in my heart for my pets.

So I did a little photo shoot with Maisy and sent off photos to her.
Below is the picture that was chosen.
Isn't she the sweetest?

Then this photo went through this process:

Are you ready to see the final Maisy art?
This canvas art piece is layered with Acrylics, Crystal Glitter, Pearls, Rhinestones, Vintage Jewelry and all things Sparkly.

It is true. 
Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.

I seriously could not be more in love with this. You have to check out her website and see all her other creations.
If you look at the crowned barnyard collection you can actually buy one of these Maisy pieces!


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