Thursday, November 25, 2010

Appliques for Ava

Brittany gave me the idea of ordering some appliques from for Ava to inexpensively jazz up (that's something my grandmother would say;) some tees! I bought 6 appliques for around $16. Old Navy and Target have good solid t-shirts. I especially like the $6 shirts from Target. Last night I ironed on these two for Ava. She'll wear the cute acorn today to my parents for Thanksgiving. Cost of today's shirt: $10.50.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


10 Things I'm Thankful for This Thanksgiving:
1. my personal relationship with Jesus
2. my husband of almost 8 years who knows what I am thinking before I say it
3. our healthy, sweet, smart, beautiful daughter
4. my parents who would do anything for me
5. my amazing sister and the way we always have something to do together and talk about;)
6. the safe delivery of my healthy nephew who is 10 days old today
7. our super-cool church family
8. my mother-in-law, brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, grandfather,  & aunt
9. the perks of teaching;) enjoying this week of vacation with the ones I love
10. joy and the ability to find the silver lining in adversity

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Jeanine's House

Jeanine and I were introduced to one another about 12 years ago through a college recruiter who thought we'd be great roommates. I had no idea that day that I would meet a such a wonderful lifelong friend! God has been so faithful to send the perfect friend in each season of my life. We lived together for two years at community college-- we probably had the cutest on-campus apartment thanks to her mom, Jill, a very talented seamstress! Maybe that's when my love of all things decor began! Jeanine and I were often thought to be sisters while in college together. We thought it was hilarious! Now we live about two hours apart and get together several times a year to catch up, and we ALWAYS shop! That girl is the best shopper I know!! This past weekend Ava and I thoroughly enjoyed spending the night with Jeanine in her new home. I can't believe she and her husband, Eric, have only lived here for ONE month. It is so together! I didn't take as many pictures as I would have liked because we were all getting ready for the housewarming party...
at our dorm cookout about 10 years ago!

So gorgeous!!

Jeanine found some GREAT rugs at TJ Maxx! I love this one.

I love the master bathroom. The chandelier is such a pretty touch!

I really like this tile in the shower.
Our friend Carly and her future sister-in-law did a wonderful job of throwing the Housewarming Party.

I really like the separate office decorated in Mississippi State.

Of course, I love this old rustic chair!

very pretty half bathroom

I want a Thanksgiving plate like this!

We were last minute trying to make wreaths before the big party:)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Maria's Home Classroom

I've known Maria for many years now. I met her at community college and remember that she was she and her boyfriend (now husband) Tim went on the Biology class spider hunt that my room mates and I attended (strangely, it was really fun!) When Ron and I decided to search out a new church home that was closer to our house, I was excited to know at least one person: Maria! To know her, is to love her! She and Tim have been married almost nine years and have four gorgeous children: Elijah, Hannah, Graham, and Grisham. They have followed God's prompting to homeschool their family. Last night, we went over to hangout after church. I hadn't seen the finished classroom until then, so I was super-impressed! I am very interested in homeschooling Ava, and I enjoy listening to Maria's ideas, struggles, and triumphs! 

I love this scrapbook/decoupaged table!

Her mom painted the tree.

Maria is the person that inspired me to start yard sale shopping. Every time I complimented her clothes or her children's clothes, she always told me that she found them at yard sales. She has also found lots of her school supplies at yard sales.

This room is the bonus room upstairs: the perfect place for a classroom.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

It's That Time of Year

I just love this time of year.  One of the best perks of being a teacher is Christmas break, I love getting to enjoy the holidays and not think about work for a couple of weeks.  One of my favorite parts of the holidays is going to the mailbox and getting photo Christmas cards.  We put them on the fridge and look at them throughout the year.  We always send out a photo card so I was thrilled to see Shutterfly was offering a special promotion for bloggers.  I used Shutterfly last year for our photo cards and loved the way they turned out.  

Here are some of my favorite designs for this year:

If you interested check out Shutterfly here.

I'm even thinking about getting my daughter some of the photo stickers.  I know she would love them.

Can't wait to take our pictures and send out our card!!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tara's Master Bedroom

I got a phone call one day from a sweet husband named Matt who wanted to do something special for his wife, Tara, and mother of three young boys. He saw things I'd done at my friend Niki's house and wanted to know if I could makeover their master bedroom. Yes! They were great to work with. Tara was so surprised when I came to her door with my paint samples and notebook. She expressed that she wanted something romantic and calming (a no kid and no dog zone;). First we picked out this paint color: a Sherwin-Williams gray-brown. Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures before they painted the walls, but it was painted a "builder's tannish-beige". Then we decided that the oak furniture should be painted black. Isn't it crazy how just painting the walls and furniture make the room look totally different?! 

Then the fun began: shopping for bedding and accessories for their room. My first stop was at my "old-faithful-I-know-I'll-find-good-stuff": Marshall's! It didn't let me down. I found three curtain panels with silver grommets on clearance and a great pair of lamps. I threw in a wicker basket, a beautiful chocolate brown pillow, and huge glass candle holder too.

Next stop: Target. Tara told me that she really liked the romantic look of the kissing pleats bedding from there. There were three color choices, and I decided on the white since the walls, furniture, and curtains were on the darker side. I knew white would keep it light and fresh. I don't normally love a bed-in-a-bag but this one looked great and when you're on a budget it's really cost effective! I also found a sheet set in a beautiful shade of blue that blended nicely with the curtains and the softest silvery gray blanket you've ever felt to add to the luxurious feel I wanted for Tara. I picked up silver, chunky curtain rods, a white pillar candle, and small glass lamp.

I really needed something to make a big impact over the bed. They didn't have a headboard. I remembered that Gordman's often has unique decor items that are very reasonably priced. I was thrilled to find a 'sunburst' mirror there! I love it! It added just the right touch to the room plus it looks great against the wall color. While in Gordman's I found the little Eiffel tower statue (romantic, right?) and "It's a Wonderful Life" plaque. 
Last stop is a local discount decor store called House to Home: the perfect place for grasses and things. I found the antique-looking dress form and grass for vases there. 
Here's a breakdown of what I spent:

Marshall’s: 2 lamps, brown pillow, 3 curtain panels, glass vase, wicker basket
Target: sheets, blanket, bed-in-bag, 3 curtain rods, glass lamp and shade, white candle, cherries
Gordman’s: mirror, Eiffel tower, “It’s a Wonderful Life” decor
House to Home: dress form, greenery
Total: $526.25

Then, I "shopped" her house for extra things I could use. She had a pretty red vase from Southern Living at Home and the gorgeous wedding picture! Niki came over to Tara's and helped me put it all together. We kept Tara out of the room until the "big reveal" (I felt like we were on HGTV for a minute;).

 BEFORE: Try to envision beige walls...You can see her comforter on the floor- not bad, but she was tired of it.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween Weekend

Halloween weekend started with a costume party at one of my best friends' house; I borrowed one of my students' costumes because I didn't want to spend much money right before Christmas! I did have to swing by Goodwill to pick up the pink sweatshirt for a few dollars:) 
I haven't cooked in weeks, so I stocked up at Walmart. I made cowboy soup and chicken pasta and salad and corn bread- YUM! 
Poor Ava was not feeling well this weekend...runny nose/eyes/cough:( We didn't take her to our church's harvest festival Sunday morning because it was so chilly outside. Ava and I took a long nap too!
Later that afternoon we helped Brittany finish up Reid's nursery. It looks great!
Then we took Ava to a few houses for her first trick or treating experience (the past few years, we've been to my parents' church for their big fall event instead). I think she thought we were just going to one house because at the following houses, she kept asking, "What are we doing now?" She walked up to the door so big and said, "Trick or Treating!" It was priceless! I love her!!

I kinda looked like a brunette version of the 80s Madonna?! Christie and Anna were vampires, and Niki was Barbie (her husband was Ken with his sweater wrapped around his shoulders- too funny). Christie complained all night that her fangs were giving her lock jaw;)
Here's our little Candy Corn! She said that she was a GIRL candy corn. I found her costume and treat bag at yard sales for $1.50 total.
She is such a sweet child! You can tell she doesn't feel her best...