Tuesday, February 26, 2013

What I Wore

For real. It's a WIW. I actually did it. It's been a long time coming. Like over two months now. The picture quality is terrible and I apologize. I don't really have a place to take pictures since the bedroom is torn apart. It was also raining.

shoes : Target

thrifted maxi skirt and jacket. Meijer cardi. Target scarf. Gifted hat

I'm trying. I'm trying really hard to get back into the swing of this. It's been a journey finding my style again. There are lots of things I haven't worn, simply because I wore them, before. It's different, not like finding your style. But going back to your style, hoping that it's all the same.

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Rae Gun Ramblings
The Pleated Poppy
Rolled Up Pretty

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Another DIY Abstract Painting

So I've had this painting forever. It was one of the first things I bought for my house, when I was pregnant with Story, five years ago. I went through a purple and green phase and I'm ashamed to admit it lasted a whole lot longer than it should have... Any way. I had this painting. It worked well with our bedroom in N.C. But that was the last time I had it up.

This is the best picture I have of it, but it's the big one in the left hand corner.

I liked the size of the painting and the frame wasn't in terrible condition. I have been looking at our local Goodwills in hopes of finding decent sized art (that wasn't ugly) I had been looking for a while before it hit me : why not just paint over the painting I already had? So that's just what I did.

It look a few coats of primer before I had even coverage. It's not canvas but not a regular print. It's on some sort of cardboard-ish material that was then printed on but was covered in texture. Real weird. 

I really had no idea what I wanted to do. I looked around Pinterest for a while, found one painting that looked pretty decent, and then decided to just wing it.

 Art Crush - Abstract Painting by Caroline Havers
Caroline Havers

But you know what? Turns out I have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to painting. I've heard a lot of people say there is no wrong way to do an abstract painting. I beg to differ. Pretty sure I do it the wrong way.

You know those ugly painting you see all over hotel rooms? Yeah, I can do that kind of art. Not sure what's up with the brown circle? When is a brown circle ever a good idea?! 

I tried fixing it. Hahahaha!!!!!!! As you can plainly see I have no idea how to make art. So I did what any horrified individual would do. I covered that baby in glorious black. 

So much better. I know it's not as visually stunning as the painting I was aiming for. But there is something about the subtleness that I enjoy. Which is the most important aspect of the entire painting. It is after all, in my personal nook. I like how when you look at in from different angles the blue really stands out. 

It was a fun learning experience. I did enjoy the ill fated attempt. I might even try it again. I do get excited when I see my personal paintings.

To see the rest of the room {pt 1} 

Friday, February 22, 2013

Project Nook {Part 1}

I've been slowly chipping away at the bedroom rehaul.Originally we had planned on dividing half the room, turning it into a nursery. Since we won't be doing that any longer, I wasn't sure what to do with the rest of the room. We had already gotten the dividing track, and I really liked the idea of turning a too big space into two smaller, well used spaces. After a few talks with Jordan, we decided to turn it into a library/seating room.

Keeping it real here, this space is in the extremely rough beginning stages. I've ordered the dividing curtains and they should be here next week. The ones I have up right now are very temporary.

The plan is to have this entire wall be covered in bookcases. I have one left to put together.

I pretty much have all the items needed to complete the space. Just waiting for a few small things to happen and then I can really put it all together. I sat down in the rocker this morning and finished the book I was reading on my Kindle. It was the greatest thing ever. So relaxing and peaceful.

Here is a list of things left to do on this side of the curtain.

Build last bookcase
Hang small curtain rod for window
Pick out panel for window (possibly Navy/Gold)
Hang DIY painting (more on that later)
Add shelves
Find books to fill bookcases - A LOT-
Rug for space
new end table
art for above cases
new lamp

Friday, February 8, 2013

Spray Painted Giraffe Heads

Back in the summer I picked up a pair of giraffe heads at Goodwill. I wasn't sure exactly what I was going to do with them but I imagined them a fun color, possibly in the bathroom. Maybe as a towel holder.

They were sort of beat up. I knew that I would be painting them so it didn't really matter. I sanded them a bit just to rough up the paint.

I then lightly sprayed them with a bright white primer.

I liked how they looked just white so I decided to cover them with a white spray paint. Jordan pointed out that the hole was too big for a rod and wouldn't work very well as a towel holder. I was still convinced that I wanted them in the bathroom. We decided just to hang them on the wall as a decorative piece.


I really like how they turned out in the bathroom. I think they will be able to be used in our next bathroom or other places in the house. The best part is they can be painted any color I choose.

I'll be back with more bathroom related posts later this week. Stay tuned. I hope to have a full reveal by next week. You can see the other bathroom related post here.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Dark and Moody Full Bath

Last weekend, the same weekend we painted our kitchen, we also tackled our main bath. It's a small room with no natural light. The cabinet is pretty old and beat up, as is the counter. But we're working around it.

We decided to paint it a dark, moody color. It's Poppyseed by Behr. Here is a before to show you what we were working with.

 The tile, counter and sink are all off white. In an idea bathroom, they would all be bright white.

The giraffe heads were thrifted from Goodwill for $4.99 each. They were spray painted bright white.

There are several other things we would like to see happen in this room. Most of which are just small decorating. I think it will really tie the room together.


Frame out mirror
add towel hooks
hang art
replace rug with one that matches
possibly replace shower curtain. We're thinking plum and lighter gray accents

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Our Loss

This is my second attempt at writing this post. The first was really sad and negative. That's not what I want to share. I want to share the truth, but in a way that is best for all.

We suffered a miscarriage a little over a week ago. We were 9 weeks 5 days. We had been trying to get pregnant for a few months prior. We were really excited about this pregnancy and as you can imagine just as equally devastated when it ended. It's been a rough week. But we are slowly healing. We're finding normal again. A normal that doesn't involve the baby we thought.

I had a few projects to share on here. Most of which were baby related. We're taking a step back and replanning things now. The same with the WIW posts.

We are going through a tough time, but something that so many others have experienced before. We're mostly just learning how to move on after a loss. 

 We are doing alright. We're getting through it. We are taking this new found time and using it to better ourselves, and our family.

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