Saturday, March 31, 2012

~where would I be without you?~

I love my sponsors, yes I do!
I'd like to take today to give a shout out to them and I hope you take the time to click on their links and see what they are all about!

First up.....
{and in no particular order}

Lisa Leonard designs.
I know you know her! 
She's a great artist and a great person through and through.
She is very generous
{I'm sure you see giveaways all over blog land for her products}
Remember Lisa when thinking about Mothers day gifts!

Next up is........

My friend Janette Mallory!

Janette is a wonderful interior designer who takes you through some of her work on her blog here.
I did a post here about a design she did for the lead singer of the group Five For Fighting.
She's a rock star and has transformed many stars homes!
Don't forget to check out her portfolio here!

Patricia from PVE Design is a goddess in my opinion! 
Have you seen her work?

I am so excited because I have commissioned her to create a 
work of art using a picture of our homes exterior!
I can hardly wait till it comes! 
Check out some of her illustrations here.

The Covered Porch....

Talk about darling designs.
This is a must see place for personalized stationary, note cards, and tags.
She makes the cutest pillows too.
You know I am a sucker for pillows!
Check out her shop here.

"Let the beauty we love be what we do"
That is my friend Patricia's motto at Tippy Stockton Designs.

This woman is truly one of the nicest women I have ever met.
She always has a smile on her face and guess what?
She creates the best jewelry!
Check out her shop here.
She also sells gift certificates which I think is really cool if you want someone to be able to pick out their own design!

Next we have........

Amber makes the cutest bags, pillows, table runners, you name it, out of ruffled burlap!
I love me some burlap and I love lots of ruffles! 
Click on the Ruffled Daisy link above to take you to her etsy shop!

Windows By Melissa is another etsy shop that dresses your naked windows!
She also makes very affordable pillows!
Check out her shop here!
She also does great giveaways on her facebook page, so be sure to check that out!

My friend Cindy owns this fabulous local shop called Haley's Cottage.
It's in quaint downtown Kirkland Washington and is a must see if you live in the area and haven't been already!
{it's also next door to my favorite restaurant, Cactus!}
Haley's Cottage also carries Annie Sloan Chalk paint! 
Good to know right?
Cindy also puts on a French inspired flea market every July that I am hoping to be a part of~stay tuned!

Next we have.........

What can I say about these stencils?
Honestly, I can't say enough good things.
Great quality, great prices, fast shipping, imecable customer service......
Visit their shop here.

The also have just started a blog
{with some great giveaways}
and featured a project I did here!

 In the market to list your house and or shop for a new one?
Tanya is your gal.
She is professional, friendly, and knowledgeable and will do whatever it takes to get your house sold and find you the house of your dreams!
Visit her here!
Love this girl!

I am currently accepting 4 new sponsors!
If you would like to advertise here please email me at 

for further details!
Happy weekend!

Friday, March 30, 2012

~blueberry lemon bread & 2 winners~

~mom's blueberry lemon bread~
1/3 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons grated lemon peel
1 cup fresh blueberries

for the glaze

1 cup powdered sugar
about 2-3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice

Grease and flour bread pan. Combine the butter, sugar, eggs, and lemon juice. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. 
Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture, alternating with the milk. Do not over stir. Gently fold in the blueberries and lemon peel.
Bake at 350 for approx. 1 hour.

Pour glaze over warm bread.

The winners of the Lisa Leonard giveaway can be found here and here!
Come back Monday for another giveaway I am giddy about!


Thursday, March 29, 2012

~a spring table setting~

 I have had a horrible migraine for the past couple days, so I was in need of 
a little sunshine in my home!
 My starting off point for this spring table scape was these bright yellow daffodils.

 The kids got in on the fun and created these cute paper daffodils with jelly belly centers.
They used scrapbook paper and cut out the shapes.
You can find the full instructions here.
 I had a couple of these white ceramic eggs, so I filled them with crinkly paper
 Easter grass and leftover jelly bellies.
 What kind of spring meal is complete without lemonade? 
 I found these fun little striped bowls at a store called Joyworks in Snohomish Washington.
They also had polka dot ones, very cute!

 The napkins are paper and I got them at Tuesday Morning.
 Along with the daffodils, the centerpiece is a wire nest with moss and rock eggs under a cloche.
 I actually got the nest and rock eggs at a garage sale last summer.
 I used my everyday white dishes and glasses.
 As you can see by the rain outside, 
this bright yellow color is much needed in the pacific northwest!
I printed the place card holders from here.
 I added a few daffodils that broke off to a little pitcher on the shelves.
 And, there you have it, a very sunny spring table setting.
I hope you are all having a day filled with happy colors!
Linking to Dear Lillie.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

~end of month etsy sale~

Enjoy 15% off EVERYTHING
in my etsy store
{link at the top of this page}
using promo code 

Monday, March 26, 2012

~lisa leonard giveaway & questions answered~

 First of all thank you so much for all your sweet comments on Cody's room makeover!
It's so nice to hear from all of you, and I am hoping I can answer some of your questions today!

First off though, I'd like to get to today's fabulous giveaway brought to you by Lisa Leonard Designs.
Y'all know I just love Lisa's jewelry, so I am thrilled she wanted to do another giveaway!
Lisa has a new pewter line of jewelry, you can find it here.
Mighty gorgeous if I do say so myself! 
Today she is offering 2 of you readers each a $50.00 gift card to her shop!
All you have to do is sign up for her newsletter here, and then leave me a comment back here letting me know you did so!
I will pick a random winner on Friday!
Good luck to all of you!

Now, a lot of the questions I received were on the wire basket on Cody's nightstand.
It was a gift from my mom last Christmas and she got it at a hardware store that sells home decor as well, located in Snoqualmie Washington.
I thought it was made by Two's Company, but it hit me today that the brand of it is Creative Co-op.
I found some here, 
sold in a set of three.
I searched the internet and couldn't find the one that I have.
It is larger, standing about 21" tall. 

Another question I received was about the drop cloth curtains. 
Someone was asking about the seam in them and wanting to know if it was pintuck detail.
Well, I wish, but no, it's the seam that came in the drop cloth :) 
I didn't do anything fancy there!

The sliding door seemed to be quite a hit as I got a lot of emails inquiring about it.
One person said they got a bid for a professional to install one for $1800.00.
Um, I don't think so.....
The whole tracking system was under $150.00.
I have a friend who gets hers at the feed store.
Just ask at your local hardware store or feed stores.
I do know our Home Depot did not carry them.

I LOVE how the window looks bigger......
I got the idea from here, check it out, this girl is so smart!

Also, by no means are we rich.
We do everything on a budget. 
I realized after I did that post there was a lot of Restoration Hardware this, 
and Restoration Hardware that. 
Let me clarify. 
We have a Restoration Hardware Outlet close by and I shop sales.
Also, before I bought anything new for Cody's room, I sold something first to friends or on craigslist.
Not that I feel like I need to justify this all to you, I just don't want to come across braggy.
I splurged on some things, but skimped on others, like the free posters for example.

So that's it, it you have any other questions, feel free to email me:
as I'd like to leave this comment section open for giveaway comments! 
Hope you are having a wonderful day!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

~Cody's room reveal~

It's done, it's done!
We are all so happy with the way his room turned out.
I was a little sad to say goodbye to the cowboy room, but now that this is done, I am so glad we did it!
 The concept was a "skateboard" room. 
A little more grown up than the cowboy room, something he could grow into.
 Faux fur beanbag chair from Restoration Hardware.
 I painted the lower half of the walls with Annie Sloan old white.
It went on like a dream over the red.
Love the no priming with Annie Sloan!
The top of the walls are Martha Stewart Seal, a good rich grey.
 These lights are Restoration Hardware. 
We turned them into "plug In's" and ran the cord behind each curtain panel.
 This whole wall is a collage of skateboarding posters and pictures.
I framed them all in matching wood Ikea frames found here. 
I think the entire wall of frames was under $100.00.
The posters he got from our local Zumiez for free.
You just have to ask at some stores what they do with their leftover advertising.......
I made the skate eye chart here.
 I changed out the rusty star pulls on his cabinet for polished nickel ones from Home Depot.
All the old locker baskets hold his books.
I also kept his closet doors, giving them a fresh coat of old white Annie Sloan chalk paint.
 I really like the contrast of light and dark in here.

 On one nightstand I filled a wire basket with sports equipment.
The lower shelf has some skateboarding magazines.
I believe this basket is made by Two's Company, I love it.

 The other side of the bed.
 The globe is from World Market, the clock is vintage, the book is vintage, and the gear art I made copying a Restoration Hardware one you might remember from this post.
Everything sits on top of a vintage light grey wood tool box.
 The end tables are from World Market, you can find them here.

 I am obsessed with monograms and these pillows from Ballard Designs.
 I already had the bolster pillow.
The duvet and pillow cases are Thomas O'brien from Target.
I picked them because I think they look like men's suiting.

 Basket, which doubles as a hamper from World Market.
You can find similar ones at Pottery Barn, but these are about $100 less.
Kinda a no brainer for me.
 His bed was the starting point to the whole room.
We knew we wanted to upgrade to a queen size, and I knew I wanted something upholstered.
I started searching online and in local shops for leather beds only to find out they cost a fortune.
Then, I stumbled upon this one on craigslist.
Queen size upholstered chocolate brown leather foot board and headboard.
It was inexpensive, real leather, the right size, and just what we were looking for.
 I wanted to visually make his short window look taller, so I added moulding close to the ceiling and inexpensive bamboo blinds are hung just below it.
It creates the illusion that the window is bigger than it is.
I sewed the curtains using 2 drop cloths from Home Depot.
They are long, like a little over 100" long.
I wish I had a better picture of the rod, but I don't.
My husband bought a wire pipe from Home Depot and all the fittings to make this sturdy industrial curtain rod.
Unfortunately the coolest part is hidden by the curtains.
I sprayed the whole thing black and up it went.
The faux fur blanket is from World Market.
 My personal favorite addition to this room is the sliding barn door for his bathroom!
My husband bought the track at a local hardware store and I sprayed it black.
I found the door at a salvage yard for $30!
I didn't have to do a thing to it! 
 It's a odd size, super wide, 36" x 81", so I was lucky to find just the right one!
 I just need to touch up the right hand side with a little Annie Sloan old white and it's good to go!
{oh, and touch up those bolt heads with black paint}
 I painted his bathroom with country grey by Annie Sloan as well. 
I really wanted to try this paint on walls and am so glad I did.
It went on like a dream and the overall look is perfect!
I left his existing cabinet and sink, but added this
I got the hook at a garage sale and painted it with the seal paint from Martha Stewart that is on the upper walls in his room.

 Clock is from Ikea.
 I still need to change out the faucet
{One has been ordered}
and I'd like to get this shower curtain.
 I think fluffy white towels are a must for any bathroom.
{Although I'm not sure how long these ones will stay white!}
 Another shot of the curtains......
 And, just in case you don't remember the before.......
I'd love to hear your comments! 
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