Friday, January 27, 2012

A Book Party!

I am really not much of a reader.  I wish I loved to read, well maybe that would be a bad thing. It seems if I find a book I love I can't put it down until I have read the whole thing and any sequels there may be.  During this time my kids seem to run wild and the house becomes a mess so maybe I better stick to my kind of book parties.

My daughter and I had lots of fun making this together.  She enjoyed ripping the pages out of the book {I hope I don't find any other shredded books around the house.} and I glued them all together.   I added a burlap rose to the center to top it all off!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Whats cooking!!

This kitchen is actually an add on to the house.  The previous homeowners added it on about 2 years ago.  When we first went through this house I fell in love with the kitchen.  I loved the farm house sink, the large bar, the pine plank flooring, and the light cabinets.



 I am so happy with the transformation.  This kitchen was quite the journey, it really pushed me out of my comfort zone and forced me to take a few risks.  I really like high contrast so I thought I wanted dark granite.  When my husband and I went to pick out the granite I didn't see a dark granite I loved, I was so sad, I took home some samples of light granite to see what I liked with the cabinets.  Trying to match cabinets with a sliver of granite is quite the task.  I stewed over it for a few days went back to the granite yard a few times and finally decided on this granite, and I couldn't be more happy with it.  The best part about this granite is you can't tell when it is dirty.  Very helpful with kids.

My next task was the backsplash.  I have always really wanted a glass backsplash.  Being that we have SO much area to tile complete glass was out of the budget.  I was determined to have at least a little glass, this is what we came up with and I love how it turned out.  The glass tiles bring in the color but doesn't overwhelm the space.

My husband and I put up the backsplash.  Yes, this was our first time.  I thought we would just start it one night and be done.  Boy was I wrong, we got a row and a half done in one night.  I believe it took a week to get it all done!

I never realized there was so much to tiling.  Make sure it is spaced right, don't put too much mastic on, don't put too little mastic on.....etc etc etc.  I have a new found respect for people who tile for a living!  It was worth it I loved how it turned out!

We also put knobs on the cabinets.  I looked high and low for square knobs and ended up finding them on Overstock.  I am so pleased how they look on the cabinets.

I also repainted, I wanted to make sure my paint was lighter, as I didn't want your eye to go straight to the paint I wanted the cabinets to stand out.

I love this light, the previous homeowner put it in.  I love that it hangs over the sink, at night when I am doing the dishes I turn off all the lights except this one and I love the mood it creates.  It KIND OF, notice the kind of, makes doing dishes fun! 

We really wanted a new hood for the stove, but we ran out of money as they can be quite pricey, so I invested in a can of spray paint and sprayed it oil rubbed bronze!

I love how my kitchen turned out.  My daughter and I have made sure it is broken in.  We have spent many hours in there making treats.  We do share, what we don't eat first!


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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

2011 We Loved You!!

I have a love for photography.  A picture to me says a million words.  Needless to say I have tons (which translates to 1000's) of photos that just sit in my computer begging to be put to use.  As more children come there seems to be less and less time to scrapbook, which made me sad, as I love to look at scrapbooks.  

SO....for 2011 I made a 100 page book with as many events and pictures as I could squeeze in.  It is my way of journaling and recording all the amazing things that happened last year! 

As I said earlier I love to take pictures, our trip to Disneyland for Halloween resulted in 1500 pictures.  So I made a book for our trip to Disneyland as well!

I leave these books out on the coffee table, my girls love to look at them as well as guest that come to visit.  It is a great way to capture, in a mess free way, all the fun things that happen in a year!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A Tinker Bell Birthday

It was my birthday yesterday..... one year older and wiser too right?

My 3 year old really wanted me to have a Princess birthday party, I do love the Disney princesses but I love Tinker Bell even more, so we compromised!

She bought me a bag full of my very own Tinker Bell toys and helped dad pick out a Tinker Bell cake complete with more toys!

My husband took me to IKEA....for my first time!  WOW, what a store, I found some fun things for my house.  Pictures to come as soon as I finish my Bedroom!

I also got to go shopping BY MYSELF.  Not that I don't love my girlies my brain just seems to work better when it is alone!  So I got me a few things for my kitchen.

Here is a sneak peek of my kitchen.  It is almost done too ( I feel like I say that a lot LOL)

I love Glass AnyThInG glass really ..... I wanted to decorate my kitchen with things that were functional.  Sometimes when I get too much going on it feels more like clutter than it does decorations.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Bathroom REDO!!!



 Don't mind my daughters pink lego!  :)

This bathroom has been quite the reno.  We thought we would just do it in a weekend right?  LOL we sure fooled ourselves!  But it is finally done and I just love how it turned out.

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