Thursday, October 29, 2009

Hand Sanitizer (bottle) redo for Transformation Thursday

I am joining Transformation Thursday over at The Shabby Chic Cottage.

My transformation is a hand sanitizer bottle. In my excitement to start the project, I took this picture after I had taken the label off.

All items shown below were only $1 and were from Target and Dollar Tree.

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I just put some sheer pink ribbon at the top and bottom then embellished the bottle with the flowers and rhinestones. This bottle was made for a friend of mine who LOVES pink. I also made one for me and it was done in black and white but am not showing you that one b/c I scratched the bottle trying to get the label off. THEN, I found some Goo Gone in my cabinet. *sigh*

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You could do this with any bottle, soap or hand sanitizer, but I really liked the shape of this bottle.

Thanks for stopping in....


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Clock to Cloche and more of my winnings from Chester and Donkey

I'm joining Kimba's DIY day at A Soft Place To Land. Go check out some great ideas!

Today, I am sharing more of my winnings from Jennifer at Chester and Donkey.

I’ve told you about more of my winnings here.

I found the clock (and tray) at my local thrift store, His House and squealed when I saw it because I remember Jennifer's post about turning one into a cloche. I knew when I received her package, just what to do w/ the clock.

The tray you also saw here.

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I took the clock part out and spray painted the bottom with Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint. I found the finial at a hardware store and it matched the paint perfectly so I glued it to the top. I placed the pumpkin from my winnings inside and tied a bow at the top. The ribbon came from the Dollar Tree and is sheer with pumpkins on it.

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A close up of my new cloche.

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Thanks for stopping in and please remember to go check out Kimba's for more great ideas!


Monday, October 26, 2009

Stolen....Blog Award.....

I stole this from my friend Kelly's blog.

1. You Can Only Use One Word.
2. Pass this along to 6 of your favorite bloggers.
3. Alert them that you have given them this award.
4. Have Fun!

The Fun Part:
1. Where is your cell phone? beside
2. Your hair? short
3. Your mother? helpful
4. Your father? nice
5. Your favorite food? Chinese
6. Your dream last night? none
7. Your favorite drink? shimmy Chardonnay :)
8. Your dream/goal? photographer
9. What room are you in? kitchen
10. Your hobby? thrifting
11. Your fear? HEIGHTS!
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Happy
13. Where were you last night? Home
14. Something that you aren’t? Patient
15. Muffins? Nah.
16. Wish list item? Kurieg
17. Where did you grow up? Lexington for the most part
18. Last thing you did? swallowed refer to #7-HA!
19. What are you wearing? jeans
20. Your TV? Overused
21. Your pets? cats
22. Friends? supportive
23. Your life? Hectic
24. Your mood? Relaxed
25. Missing someone? always
26. Vehicle? Tahoe
27. Something you’re not wearing? shoes
28. Your favorite store? Goodwill TJ Maxx
29. Your favorite color? red
30. When was the last time you laughed? Today
31. Last time you cried? last night
32. Your best friend? D
33. One place that I go to over and over? daycare
34. One person who emails me regularly? alot
35. Favorite place to eat? Chuck's :)

Here are the ones I have tagged:

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Happy Anniversary to my Husband!

On October 20, 2003 at 4:00 PM hubby and I were married.
It was a day I will never forget. The day I married my soul mate. The day I finally became happy and complete. And incase anyone is interested, here is the story of how it all happened.

We had a cruise planned long before we decided to get married.
The closer the vacation came, the more we were 'tossing' (half joking) the idea of getting married on the cruise, in the Bahamas. Then, we started to get serious and looked into getting married on the beach there. That got to be too complicated, so we decided that the beach in Charleston, SC was just fine. All we wanted was us, and our toes in the sand. Afterall, the cruise ship was leaving from that port anyway, so 'why not?' We hired Mobile Marriage, a photographer (Sorry forget who it was), and found a quaint spot on the beach for our special day.

Oh wait....did I mention we eloped!? We did!
We had secretly planned this special day without anyone else knowing (except another couple who happened to be going on the cruise with us).
We planned a 'reception' (aka party) for several weeks after we got back and were sending out invites to that before we left. And 'before' I mean RIGHT before. You see, we got married in front of the lighthouse on Sullivan's Island and several months before the cruise/wedding, we went to take pictures of the lighthouse (b/c we were going to print it on the invites). As we were leaving the beach, my wonderful husband got down on one knee and officially proposed, with a ring and all! (we had been saving money for the cruise and to buy a house so we had only planned on wedding bands)
So, we printed the invites, which turned out to be 'guess what we did!' announcements as well and stuck them in the mailbox before we boarded the ship. The front said 'On October 20th, 2003....' and the inside said 'We got married!' then went on to include the party details.
We imagine the phone lines were BURNING up about two days later. Sure enough, when we got back on land and turned on our cell phones, we had several messages.
Happy Anniversary to my wonderful husband, soul mate, and amazing father of my kids!

Thanks for letting us share,
The Anderson's
Est. 2003

It’s Fall, Ya’ll…..and DIY day!

I'm joining Kimba's DIY day at A Soft Place to Land. She is also doing a giveaway so please be sure to check out her site for the details as well as links to many more DIY projects.
Speaking of giveaways.....I recently won a giveaway from Jennifer at Chester and Donkey. It was my first win and I was SO excited to receive my package.

Incase you didn't see her giveaway post, this is what I won.

I am going to do a series of posts that will showcase these within my home.

I took some gold scrapbook paper and cut it to fit the frame (which was a beautiful green color...and perfect, but I just started 'splashing' green around my house).

Then, I took some faux leaves from the Dollar Tree (I love that place) and glued them onto the paper.

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Then, I took that pumpkin and gourd....also from the Dollar Tree (bag of 6 at that!) and cut them in half, painted glue on them and sprinkled them with orange glitter.

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Then, I glued them onto the leaves in a random pattern. Like the way it turned out?

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I do! And here is it's new home on my Fall mantel.

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Thanks again Jennifer!


Monday, October 19, 2009

Pink Week!!!


It’s Pink Week at I Heart Faces and I am pleased to join this week as October is Breast Cancer awareness month. A dear friend of mine battled Breast Cancer for many years and passed away March of last year. She continues to be my true inspiration and although she never met my son, she did get to meet and hold my daughter. Therefore, I thought I would share a photo of my daughter in Kathy’s honor.

Kathy—I miss you every single day! Love you!

And here is Gracie-girl today…..she misses you too!

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I found some great deals lately….

Hi, my name is Reid and I am addicted to thrifting!

I'm linking up to 'I'm a Flea Marketer' party. It is their first blog party so go check out the site and see other great finds!

I found all of these things at His House (which is like Salvation Army, if you didn’t know).

All for $3!!

I got a bag of stick on bows (yes, I use these ….cheap, I know but it works well with cats and kids picking around the tree, see that is one of said kids in the background). I also got two small wooden frames, three packages of ornaments, the long wooden ‘basket’, another glass bottle (to fit my other addiction of glass bottles), and this white creamware made in the USA.

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Thanks for stopping in....


Friday, October 16, 2009

It’s So Very Cottagey Home Tour

I am featured at Cheri’s It’s So Very Cottagey Home Tour here. It’s her second week and I am so thrilled to be apart of the new excitement! Please bookmark her or follow her and see the great tours each week.

Please go check out Cheri’s site for more great home tours (she’s doing 3 homes a week!). Not only am I featured in her second week of Home Tours but I was featured in her most recent post today, here. You can see that post here, and see my Fall craft project.

Welcome to my home!

My husband and I have lived here 6 years. We looked at probably 10 houses and when we walked into this one, we knew it was ‘the one’. No work was required but we knew we wanted to change a few things, right off.

This is the front of our house in the RARE snow we had last year.

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This is the front of my yard, in the Spring.

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This is the entryway into our home. The light fixture has since been painted Oil Rubbed Bronze!

When we moved in, all the walls were painted white. And when I say all, I do mean ALL.

All. White. Walls. Everywhere.

We weren’t in the house long before we started painting, however will admit that the walls you see here didn’t get paint until about two years ago.

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This is our den, looking in from the kitchen. Ignore the toys.

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This is another shot of our den from the other side of the room, beside the fireplace.

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Sorry it’s a little blurry, but here is a shot of wall behind the couch. This is one of my favorite walls. The mirror was my grandmother’s and is VERY old. I got this idea from Pottery Barn. The photos I took myself.

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This view is from my bedroom door. It’s hard to see the color well in the pics but I LOVE this color. I saw it in someone else’s house and knew that was the right color. It’s Mannered Gold, Sherwin Williams.

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A closer look of my favorite wall. Sorry, I just can’t resist it……

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This is the guest bathroom which is located just as you step in our entryway. It desperately needs updating and after the Holidays that is one of our first projects. Wallpaper will come down, mirror replaced and decor probably revamped. Now, what color should I paint it? I am loving a pumpkin color, but what do you all think? I already have a new light fixture for it, found at His House for $3!

Oh, and the gold you see in these pictures, has also been painted with Oil Rubbed Bronze….that weekend, nothing was safe in my house!

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If this were Cribs, I would say ‘Here’s where the magic happens’ … But, it’s not so welcome to our bedroom.

What’s that you ask? What kind of headboard is that?

Well, I’d love to tell you more about that. It’s actually two doors I found at His House (Ya’ll DO know what that is, don’t you? Sorry, I should have explained earlier. His House is like Salvation Army) for $5 each. (The bottom door you can’t see because of the pillows, sorry.) But, picture them in white paint, peeling. Hubby stripped them and stained them a dark mahogany. I put on some brass hardware I already had and a glass doorknob from another house. We bolted them right in the wall.

The next picture is the opposite of the room from the bed. Excuse the wipes holder. And I really don’t like the scrolly stuff around the top of that insert. Ideas?

We painted the walls Latte by Sherwin Williams.

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Here is the (again)white master bathroom. We haven’t gotten around to redoing this yet, but it may be a 2010 project also. The walls are wallpaper and is in satin and shiny white stripes. EEK. I do, however, love the size of it and love that it has a big fan in there.

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Oh, and doesn’t two master bath sinks scream ‘Marriage saver!’

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Here is our kitchen. I don’t really like it hate it but we realize we will need to pay someone to redo it. Maybe in year 2011!?

The counters are terrible and I would really like it more open to the den…oh, and a little larger would be nice. We spend most of our time in here so it would be worth it to us. And I never thought I would be one to have stuff all over her fridge, but here ya go.

The walls in the kitchen are Kilim Beige, again SW

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Here is our dining room. I’ve always wanted a nice dining room, and to me, this is it. Again, the walls were white and I thought I wanted a yellow dining room. We painted it yellow and it just didn’t look right plus I’ve always wanted a red dining room –why do I listen to others so much!? It took Hubby many MANY coats but in the end, we love it. The color is Valspar Fabulous Red. The light fixture has also been….yes, you guessed it- painted with Oil Rubbed Bronze.

The china cabinet was my grandmothers and is filled with all her old china. It’s fragile but I love it. And, I do try to keep the babies out of here when possible.

Lately, this area has become my craft staging area, but has also been known as ‘EBay shipping and receiving’ (thanks to Hubby).

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Now, let’s take a stroll upstairs. This is overlooking the balcony that separates both bedrooms. See the toy pile in the right…let’s just say that Toys R Us has put a warrant out for some of their toys.

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This is the larger of the two rooms and current but not for very long is my step son’s room, but soon to be my daughters.

The wall color is Nomadic Desert, SW.

Notice the lights I ‘let’ him put up around the window…..Yeah, I had a weak moment.

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Across the hall is the nursery. Currently, both babies are in the same room and it’s really cramped (hence the clothes stacked up on the toy box that will get a makeover soon)

All the furniture is painted black gloss. The dressers came from His House and were $25 each. The crib was mine when I was a baby. My mom saved it for me and I’m so glad I did. It’s still in great shape and with a coat of gloss black paint, looks like brand new. The changing table (not pictured-because that side of the room was HORRIBLE) was a craigslist find for $25 and is also black.

Wall color is Yellow Frost by Waverly Home Classics.

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A bathroom is between the bedrooms, in the hallway. It has the same wallpaper bathroom theme and will get a makeover eventually. The wallpaper is off white and khaki stripped.

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Want to see one more bathroom?

Well, it’s almost a bathroom.

Remember, I said the babies are currently in the same bedroom. Well, that’s all about to change! The plan for the last year *sigh* has been to redo our FROG (ha—anyone heard of that before? It’s Finished Room Over Garage), add a bathroom and move step son in there so the babies can have their own rooms.

Before, the FROG was just a TV/Computer room and we rarely spent time up there. We knew if we moved step on in there, it really needed a bathroom so the Hubster took on this ‘little’ project. We (ok, HE) have learned a lot and it’s been trying at times, but will be so worth it. I am planning a whole post around this renovation so please make sure to come back and see the before, during, and after. I’m amazed and know you will be too!

Until then…here’s a sneak peek. A shower was installed and tiled. And my favorite, a pocket door leading in! Yes, hubby did it all! Plumbing, wiring and everything! And No, he’s not for hire. (you’re welcome Hubby)

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This is the entry into the ‘back’ of our house. But, it’s not truly the back, but is the side, going into the kitchen.

And my favorite flower…hydrangea. It does really well and I have three more beside it.

The red dresser was a His House find, $25, and although it’s here now, the plan is to give it a coat of paint and put it in my daughters room.

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I know I should stop there, but I just can’t resist adding a few pictures of my home at Christmas. It’s my favorite time of year and last year, I really outdid myself. I put up 5 trees. Three inside and two outside. Below is our main tree and although you can’t see the details well, the colors were black and gold with feathers and a ton of white lights (about 1500!). Below is also our entryway with the front door (which is open) in the reflection of the mirror.

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This is a view of our breakfast area, which you didn’t see above but it’s opposite the kitchen picture you saw earlier.

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Our dining room, decorated for a party we decided to have (we haven’t had one since we’ve been married).

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This was the porch, same party. Tree was decorated with old style ornaments.

Like the bar area?

Stocked and all ready! Yes, you’re welcome this year!

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Here is our bedroom.

This tree was decorated in all white, some silver, and ice skates and ice cycles.

And I am really laughing that ‘the naughty chair’ made it into the photo. See it in the bottom left? teehee-oops!

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Somehow, I forget to get a picture of the front of the house and the tree on the front porch. *sigh*

But, the front has garland, white lights and red bows. Simple.

The front porch tree was done in big ornaments and had a polka dot theme.

Well, I know it was a long one but there is the tour of our home. I hope you enjoyed the tour and I really hope you check out Cheri’s posts every Friday to see more great home tours.

As always, I LOVE comments so please leave me some!