Wednesday, August 3, 2016

My Crazy Summer - I Haven't Blogged! What???

Whoa!  I've been SO busy this summer teaching tennis, stringing racquets, visiting Walt Disney World, and just doing summery things that I just noticed I haven't blogged since June!  WHAT?  OMGosh - NO way!

I was able to sneak away twice to Disney World in between tennis sessions!  It was fantastic as I was able to try the new much-awaited attraction FROZEN EVER AFTER in EPCOT!   I actually teared up a little bit during the ride.  I was THAT excited.  I have a huge love for FROZEN and I carry Disney magic in my heart so this was quite the epic day!

It was SO fun meeting up with magical Disney World cast members!  

I've also been perfecting the summer fruit smoothies and with the hot summer, they have tasted SO yummy!  And they are healthy and low in calorie - BONUS!

I spent an awesome 4th of July weekend in Michigan, one of my absolutely favorite states.  And I LOVE the 4th of July holiday so it was just a wonderful few days!

I feel sort of guilty about neglecting my blog, but sometimes you have to live your life in order to have something about which to write.  I have a few projects on the horizon so I will be posting in the next few weeks for sure.  Some of the projects are boring like staining a deck and cleaning the garage.  But I am working on a pretty unusual "touch of Disney decor" about which I'm pretty excited.   Thanks for the quick read and I hope to see you all back here in a few weeks!  Cheers!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

A Pinterest Success! T-shirt Hack to a Cute Halter!

We have all seen those hideous, yet hilarious Pinterest fails!  We usually end up watching them at parties or in groups and they never fail to incite uncontrollable laughter.  It's so nice to see that we are not alone in our failed attempts at the perfect Pinterest lifestyle!

However... I finally came across this awesome looking NO-SEW t-shirt hack that I decided to attempt.  And guess what.... IT WORKED!  Yay me!  I'm no longer a complete Pinterest failure!  ;-)

I found this XL junior t-shirt at Wal*Mart on clearance for $1!  A dollar!  I'm a huge Star Wars geek so I knew that I was buying even if I used the fabric for a pillow, etc.  Then I found this amazing t-shirt tutorial on the Wobi Sobi blog - her blog is AMAZING!  Go check it out...  She is so awesome!  You seriously won't ever want to wear a normal t-shirt again.

I was heading down to Walt Disney World this past week to visit Mickey, Belle and all my Disney friends and I didn't have time to attempt this before I left.  So I packed my shirt and a pair of scissors and did this in about 15 minutes in the room before we headed out for the day.

I couldn't be happier with the results!  It was perfect to wear in the 95 degree Florida sunshine and to meet Kylo Ren and Chewbacca at MGM (aka Disney Hollywood Studios)!

I'm not going to show the steps necessary to do this as I don't want to steal Wobi Sobi's thunder so PLEASE do yourself a favor and visit her blog!  You will be so glad you did and you will get lost in all of her designs and no-sew options just in time for summer!

When something is this awesome and turns out so well, I felt the need to share.  Happy Cutting!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Look In Your Closet for Decor Inspiration: Navy & White

I recently read an article which had a pretty basic, yet amazingly brilliant premise.... LOOK INTO YOUR CLOSET TO INSPIRE YOUR DECOR.  I wish I could remember where I found this because it was a really intriguing piece.

It was basically saying since fashion and style is such a personal thing unique to each individual, it is a pretty accurate representation of our likes and dislikes.  After reading this article, I most definitely DID NOT have to run upstairs, throw open my closet doors and find my inner design guru.  My go to color - has been and always will be - NAVY BLUE.  Its seriously like an obsession.  My car is navy blue, my living room and dining room are navy blue,  I just love it!

So, when deciding to give my foyer a Spring spruce up, its no surprise that I chose to add a pop of navy and white!  And so far, I LOVE it!

This was my foyer and don't get me wrong - I LOVED the yellow but I found it to be a tad boring after a while.

So I decided to jump on the industrial chic bandwagon and strip the black buffet and make in industrial and paint the traditional wall with chalkboard paint.  And it was SO fun .... for about a month.  It just wasn't me.  It was fun to draw and be creative but I wasn't feeling all WELCOME HOME when I walked in the door everyday.  So I'm changing it AGAIN.  LOL

I washed the chalkboard wall, allowed it to dry and simply primed over it with a white primer.  Then I taped off the lines with painters tape and went to work!

 TA DA!  I absolutely love it and the best thing is that is was FREE!  I had all the supplies and paint already and so once inspiration hit me, about three hours later, I had the finished product!  And I really, really like it.

My $39.99 buffet from a thrift shop is also getting a makeover.  First it was this.  Bleah.  Then my sister surprised me and painted it black which was really pretty.  And then I stripped it and made it pseudo industrial and now its going grey (sadly, just like me - ugh)!  I'm really excited about the total change in the foyer just using paint.  I'll post more updates as they happen!  The warmer weather has me now doing outdoor projects and clean up.  SO much to do!   As always, thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Spring Decor at The Village Shoppes! Shop Local!

I'm a Midwest girl... born and raised in Illinois and always a wanderer to the neighboring states of Indiana, Michigan, Iowa, and Wisconsin.  Its so wonderful to have so many amazing states available for an enchanting day trip.  

It was a GLORIOUS weekend here in the middle part of the country and we were headed on the annual pilgrimage to South Bend, Indiana for the University of Notre Dame Annual Blue Gold Spring Football game!  In the past, it has snowed, sleeted, rained, etc and we have sat in Notre Dame Stadium watching this glorified scrimmage.  However, on this Saturday in 2016, it was 75 degrees and glorious sunshine!  We could not ask for a better day!

Due to construction on the toll road from Chicago to Indiana, we took the back roads and ended up on Route 20 East, right past one of my favorite stores in the world, The Village Shoppes in the quaint Midwestern town of New Carlisle, Indiana.  Check out their website here.  If you are a reader of my blog, you know my penchant for this store as I have posted about their insanely amazing holiday open houses which is a Christmas tradition in my world.  You can see those posts herehere, and here, 

As we drove into the town via the detour, he says, "Are we stopping?"  I knew he was eager to get to South Bend which is just up the road but I find it nearly impossible to pass by and wave.  So yes, we took some time out of our day to browse the beautiful Spring decor and all things rabbits and birds!

This cake plate is SO adorable and to add the tiny bird statues to make it look like a bird bath made me want to buy the entire vignette.  But I resisted!  Even though it was totes adorable!

A big clock and shiplap!  It totally looks like an HGTV inspired Fixer Upper space for sure!

Such a beautifully styles buffet and that metal flower on the wall .... SWOON!  ;-)

I love the iron accents adding a touch of glamour to this grouping.  Love the green!

They also have assorted women's clothing, accessories and sandals.  I absolutely fell in love with this lace tank topper you can wear over any plain tank in your closet.  It is by Noelle and I swear I could have purchased one of these in every color!  

Something completely enchanting about this small platter enhanced by this watchful little birdie!  

These wall mount branches are always to intriguing to me.  In their Christmas displays, they have snowflakes and ornaments hanging down and now here they have small Spring flower pots hanging down.  Every time I am in the store, my mind spins of all the ways I could use one of these!

A birdcage turned into a lantern light - pretty ingenious!  

I took two pictures of these lamps because they are SO gorgeous!  I have never seen a lamp close to these and again I am sure I could use one or both in a variety of places in my home.  

Probably my most gasp inducing item of the day.  I am totally on a huge grey high right now and I don't see it ending anytime soon.  I have been looking for an inspiration for my buffet in my foyer and BAM - this is it.  If I could use this piece somewhere in my house, I would have snatched it up in a moment.  I love this piece so much - soft and glamourous and casual yet refined.  I LOVE IT!

This vintage door had a very cute folksy bird piece where the glass used to be.  Cute.

Is there such a thing as a "door-aholic"?  If there is, sign me up for the support group STAT!  These decorative doors can be used as a screen, wall hanging, etc.  SO pretty.

I fell in love with this piece - weathered wood frame and yet there are tri-prints inside.  So cute!

I love this shabby chic table and is a total inspiration for all those tables with broken glass, a marred top, etc.  Why not just weather some wood and make a table top!  Very, very cute!

Birds and owls!  I think one can never have enough of these creatures in one's home decor.

Daisy arrangement!  I swear I cannot look at daisies without thinking of Kathleen Kelly and Joe Fox from You've Got Mail!  You know the scene when Tom Hanks brings a bouquet of daisies to Meg Ryan who is how sick and tragically unemployed.  I love that scene.  I LOVE that MOVIE!

I love how they took a lantern and stuck a bird in it and made magic!  HOW CUTE IS THIS?

This, too, was brilliant.  So we all have that magnolia wreath for Autumn or Christmas inspired by New England holiday decor.  They added Spring flowers and ribbons to it and it was GORGEOUS!

These rabbits are completely enchanting.  If I would have bought on thing on this day, it would have been this totally adorable "rabbit on a stick".  It was very, very hard to resist!

GREIGE done right!  I like this dresser.  

And last but not least, a bar cart!  My latest obsession!  I actually scored one off of Craigslist Chicago last week and I am in the process of making it over.  I cannot wait to share it so it was nice to see this enchanting little beauty all decked out for the Spring season.  Cannot wait to decorate mine!

This particular day, The Village Shoppes was hosting a New Carlisle Treasure Hunt.  You had to pick up your "treasure map" and have it stamped by other local stores in the neighborhood.  I must say that this was completely enchanting.  I have been coming to this little town since the 1990s and for the first time, I walked up and down the main street running through the town and really paid attention to the other merchants.  I discovered more enchanting stores run by some pretty amazing and downright friendly people.  The treasures aren't always in the items on the shelves but in the owners.

The Bread Crucible!  Even the name is pretty fantastic!

We walked into this amazing pottery store called BlackTree Studio Pottery and met Steven Skinner, the potter himself.   Check out his website here.     His pieces were simply gorgeous.  He told us how he adds pieces of porcelain to add interest and texture to his pieces.  He even had these gorgeous little bowls which have now become vessels in which to bake homemade BREAD!  Like Oprah says, "I LOVE BREAD"!  We were so intrigued by his story and the possibility of homemade bread, we ended up purchasing two of these little beauties and cannot wait to try them out!  Mr. Skinner also told us that his son says they are the perfect size for a hot fudge sundae!  SOLD!

This bowl is SO beautiful with the porcelain inlays and that amazing shade of blue!  

So we did eventually make it to South Bend for the weekend and had an amazing time.  But sometimes it definitely the little "forks in the road" that leads to the best stories and memories.