Weekly Digs

9/19/20 Weekly Digs

What a past few weeks, am I right? I don’t know how it’s going in your neck of the woods, but it’s been going ninety to nothing for my family. My daughter is getting married to a wonderful man in a little over a month and, oh my goodness, the amount of planning and executing that needs to be done is nearly consuming.

When I have a few minutes between work and being a wholly underpaid event planner the list below has some of the things that have made the days a tad more enjoyable. You may notice I didn’t include alcohol on this list, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t helped me…. Jk, but am I?

My instant pot. My mother-in-law got me one last Christmas and for a few months I was too afraid to use it, but wow, it’s incredible! It’s so much easier to use when you don’t have time to really think of it and you just throw whatever in there and push some buttons and before long, it’s done. I can’t find the one I have, but I would assume they all do the same thing?

I’ve been listening to a new cozy mystery series by Vivien Chien called, The Noodle Shop Mystery Series . I’m on book three on Audible and I’ve enjoyed it so far. The characters are well-written and realistic which are two important qualities in a book for me. This is one series I hope keeps going for quite some time.

This TV room Chris Loves Julia did this week is SO cozy! If this room was mine I would spend the winter binge watching TV under that gorgeous throw blanket! A look at that color on the walls! The magic of paint never ceases to amaze me. And I’m seriously considering buying their Charly couch from Interior Define. Her design style feels so homey and perfect for fall/winter.

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If you like big books of design, then you’ll probably love this book. It’s one of those books I keep finding something new to admire each time I flip through. It’s called, A Place to Call Home by Gil Shafer III. Of course, Rita Konig was the interior designer on one of the houses inside. So, you know it’s good.

Fall is finally here and I’m more than ready. Has it started to cool down in your area yet?

Weekly Digs

7/25/20 Weekly Digs

I don’t know how this week went for you, but for me it flew at the speed of light.  Probably because it was my week staycation from work so of course it couldn’t take its sweet time.  Not a lot that I had planned for the week came to fruition, but I did thoroughly enjoy spending my days not at a desk for 9 hours a day.

Here’s what I’ve been digging this week.

Domino Magazine has a podcast now called Design Time.  So far, it’s been a good listen and you know me, anything to do with interior design is right up my alley.  It feels like the host gets more comfortable every episode.

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This week I took a design course by Create Academy instructed by Rita Konig.  She is a designer based in London and is so good at what she does and she talks to you like you’re her friend which made the process fun.  She was entertaining as well as knowledgeable.  It was also fun to hit pause and translate British English to American English.  I didn’t realize we called our house items such different names. From now on I’ll be calling faucets, taps.  Also, if I could just spend one month in her North Farm house, that would be lovely (FYI, I immediately went out and bought an antique dish to use as my soap dish after one of her episodes).

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Speaking of antiques, this week I did more antiquing than I probably should.  At one of the shops I decided to ask about booth pricing, etc.  Now, I am the proud renter of a booth #47 at Through the Years Antique Mall in Fort Smith, Arkansas.  I get to start moving stuff in on August 1, and I already have plenty of goodies to fill the space!  I’ve talked about getting a booth for a long time since I’m constantly finding great things and don’t always have a place for it or it doesn’t necessarily go with my house, but now I have a place for it!  Not to mention I get to decorate my booth.  I am thinking of having an idea booklet people could look through also.  I don’t know, I’m still thinking through how that would work.  As soon as I get it going I will for sure bring you along for a viewing of the space.

Last weekend my BFF and I went to Winterset, Iowa for a night.  I can’t express how absolutely lovely the town, people, and entire experience was (I’m going to try in a separate blog post).  Let’s just say, I will be back and visit the lovely places and people we meet.  Keep an eye out for the love letter I’ve been writing to the town.

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This week I have been eating fresh mozzarella, tomatoes from my garden, and prosciutto for dinner most nights.  It’s super filling and cold so you don’t have to stand over the stove in 95 degree temps.

Other than staying up too late and sleeping in, I haven’t really been doing much else.  Next week is back to my old schedule of work, work, work.  I hope your summer has been going as well as anything can go in 2020.

 

Weekly Digs

7/18/20 Weekly Digs

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Here we are again ya’ll.  Another week has passed and I get to tell you guys what I’ve been digging this week!  Since this was the week prior to a week long staycation, work was overly stressful and busy.  We always pay for taking a vacation don’t we?  It’s worth a week of not having to put shoes on if I don’t want to.  The list I’m giving you all today is what helped me get through the week.

Vintage look of summer daisies in grass

The first one is a little risky (language and other stuff), but it’s funny and has a good storyline.  The main actor in it, Inbar Lavi, it absolutely gorgeous.  The show is called, Imposters and I’m almost finished with season one and I can say even if it goes downhill from there, it’s been worth the watch.

Next up is the office bathroom Juniper Home posted here.  I am trying to think of a way to talk my boss into letting me redo our bathrooms at work (it will never happen).  Seriously, though, Jenny has such great style.  I have yet to find anything she’s redone that I didn’t like.  If you haven’t seen the Evergreen walk-through, you should.  I would move in that house exactly how it is in the video.  I am excited to see what she does with the rest of the spaces in her new office.

One of favorite stress go-to’s this week has been frozen Kind Bars.  They’re pretty good for you from what I can tell (do your own research, I’m not a scientist), and they taste SO GOOD.  My 42nd birthday was Tuesday and I came home and ate two of these as a celebration.  Next week I’ll let you in on how I’m celebrating this weekend with a friend since my husband is on deployment.

Anyone else listen to podcasts?  I am a huge fan of them and hope more and more people come out with them for my entertainment.  I’m really digging RomCom Pod.  It’s cute, funny, and has a good story.  You can find it where ever you listen to podcasts.  I don’t have and will never have an Iphone, so I listen on the Doublepod app.

Lastly, is these curtains!  I’m always leery of buying curtains online, but the quality of these are AMAZING.  I bought them for the guest bedroom and they’re fantastic.  Just don’t make the same mistake I did and think the price is for both panels.  It’s for one panel.  I know they’re a little expensive, but is well worth it.

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Lots happening next week and I have a ton of new blog posts coming up!  I can’t wait to share them with you!

Leave me a note and tell me if you try any of these or let me know if there’s something you want me to try out.

Books · Food · Life · Weekly Digs

7/11/20 Weekly Digs

I’m decided to start a “Weekly Digs” section on the blog. I enjoy when other pages do a round-up or suggestions, so I figured maybe someone here would like one from me. Here it goes!

If you want something fun to read and like a little mystery, try the Dewberry Farm Mysteries by Karen MacInerney.  The first few are on Audible if you use that, but the last few I have read on my Amazon Kindle app.  I love a good cozy mystery.

Do you know who Boxwood Avenue is?  If not, you should.  Here is a blog post of hers on galleries walls.  She has such a lovely home and personality not to mention I get a kick out of watching her goats go with her on her evening walks on Instagram stories.  She also has many YouTube videos to binge.

Anyone else’s favorite fruit blackberries?  Thankfully, my sister-in-law and her husband were overran with blackberries in June and I was given tons.  I plan on making multiple things with them, including this wonderful Blackberry Infused Earl Grey Iced Tea.  

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I scored big at Goodwill this week with this twin sized headboard and footboard I got for $15.00!  And, I got this signed 1978 painting with an AMAZING frame for a whooping $12.00.  

The last thing I’m digging this week is tomatoes!  Yes, tomatoes.  Specifically, my homegrown tomatoes I am growing in 5 gallon buckets on my back porch!

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If there’s anything you want me to cover on my weekly digs, let me know! 

House

Guest Bedroom

Late last year I made my 2020 goal to declutter, organize, and decorate as many rooms as I could without stressing out.  Since my (grown) kids spend weekends with me often I decided I would start in the guest bedroom.  I am so happy with how it turned out!  Even my husband, who never thinks we need to buy anything, loves the room.  Heck, sometimes we find ourselves just sit in there because it’s so quiet.  By quiet, I mean clean, decluttered, and cozy.  There is a sense of calm in there that’s attracting.

This room literally started with a mattress and a frame. I created a mood board to have direction on the project and I’m so glad I did. Everything I brought into the room was brought with purpose. My favorite pieces have to be the Rome print and the dresser.

There are still have a few things I want to add/change like the lamp. For now, is a temporary placeholder until I find a permanent one. We are also replacing all of the carpet upstairs so this carpet is basically gone!  I plan on adding a thin side table by the chair, but I want to wait for the right one to come along and there’s no rush.  I’m also debating on if I want to add a bench at the end of the bed or not?  I keep going back and forth, but for now it’s fine the way it is.  And we are for sure adding a new, sleek, white ceiling fan.  We live in Arkansas and if you look at where we rank in the nation for heat and humidity, you’d understand why we won’t get rid of our ceiling fans.

Tell me what you think of the room.

Here is the product list of what I used!

Dresser: All Modern
Sheets: Amazon
Bedskirt: Amazon
Comforter: TJ Maxx Clearance!
Rome Print: Etsy
Rome Frame: Amazon
Black Sidetable: Amazon
Rug: USA Rugs
Headboard: you guessed it, Amazon
Paint: Belgian White, Sherwin Williams
Curtains: Amazon
Curtain rings: Amazon
Sconce: wait for it…. Amazon!
Portrait: Artfully walls
Floral Art: Bramble at Juniper Print Shop
DIY · House

Kitchen Counters

*disclaimer:  I don’t know what is wrong with my camera (or possibly the operator, me) but for the past six months my photos have been coming out fuzzy no matter what I do.  Please forgive the quality of the photos, but it’s going to have to work until I can get it figured out.

Everyone knows I love having a good dinner party.  I enjoy cooking when I’m not forced to figure out what to cook every single day.  That’s hard to do when I did not like my kitchen.  Whoever thought it would be a good idea to put floor tiles and grout on counter tops needs put in timeout.  Not only does it not look good, but it’s unsanitary!  I don’t know if ya’ll know this, but grout is porous and hold germs, grease, everything.  It just doesn’t belong on the counter.

Over the years we had priced getting counter tops, but always ended up with something more pressing we needed to use that money.  This was the year though, we finally were able to bite the bullet and get counter tops.  We went to Home Depot and looked through all of their options and decided on a Solid Surface in Smoke Drift Prima. Then we went home and decided to show all our friends what we picked, but when we pulled up what the whole counter top looked like (I have no idea why we didn’t do this in the store), and we did not like it at all.  It honestly wasn’t anything like the sample we choose from.  So, I went on the counter top site and looked through the full counter top photos of their options and we called and changed it to Aurora Cloud.  I couldn’t be happier with it.

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when you ask for before photos before he starts demo and this is what you get…

 

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So much work  to be done! 

So there we were, the weekend before my husband is to be deployed ripping out all the counter tops and back splash.  We had two days to get it done or I would have to do it on my own.  Normally I would be okay, but this stuff was NOT EASY to remove!  They glued particle board straight to the original counter tops and then put the tile on top of that.  It took every bit of those two days to rip them out.  But man, it was worth it.   And we removed the microwave above the stove and put a normal vent.

 

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I was nervous about the integrated sink, but I really love it.  It’s large, easy to clean, and looks great.

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The next step is the back splash and we’re going with a traditional white subway tile.  I plan to start on it probably next weekend.  Then we will paint the cabinets and lastly, floors.  It’s going to look at a different place when I’m finished.

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DIY · House

The Entryway

We moved into our house eight years ago!  The first area we made our own was the entryway.  I loved it!  I loved it enough that we hadn’t changed it in all the years since.  It just so happened to take every single one of those eight years to hone in my style and know what I wanted to do with our house.  One thing we knew for sure was the fake Victorian trim around the doorways of a 1974 build did not look good.  Why would they only put that trim in the entry and not anywhere else in the house?  Maybe they put it up and thought, “Wow, that looks bad, but lets leave it for the next people to worry about.”

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I decided it was time to change out the light and since we were doing that why not go ahead and paint the room to make the paint we used throughout the living space downstairs?  And since we were going ahead with that, why not tear out that awful trim and replace it with the same trim as the rest of the house? Also, lets pull down that grimy door bell box and spray paint it white so it doesn’t look so much like an eye sore.  So, that’s what we did.  (My husband is such a good sport and did all the woodwork and half the paint)

We’re still in process of change.  We still have to paint all the trim, but I wanted to bring you along as we get it done.  For us, we do projects as we can.  We save some, do some and sometimes that can take months.  If I waited to write a post when the project was 100% complete, I might not ever write a post! 🙂

Here is what it looked like before.

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Here is what we used so far:

Wall Paint : Vaspar Madison White
Light: Amazon
Rug: Wayfair
Art:  Hobby Lobby (years ago)
Basket: TJ Maxx (a few years ago)
Quilts · Sewing

Hugs and Kisses

I’d like to introduce you to my first finish for 2020.

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This year I’m going to try to do things a little differently.  First, I’m going to do my absolute best to post regularly!  Working a full-time job, having a ridiculous amount of kids and grandkids, and binge watching TV takes a lot of time.  My extra time is usually filled with all the sewing projects I want to get done so I don’t take the time to write about it.  BUT, I have been working on some time management solutions that (so far) seem to be working.  I’m going to also talk about home décor, budgets, goals, recipes (from time to time), and life in general.

Second, I’m going to try to keep it as real as possible.  Lately I’ve watched multiple people on Instagram showing their quilts from when they first started and all the mistakes they made and promising it will get better.  I happen to still make many of those same mistakes and I’ve been quilting for ten years.  I try to do everything right, but it rarely turns out that way.  I don’t think points have to meet perfectly, the straight line quilting isn’t so straight, and binding (I’m still too bitter to talk about binding) is my nemesis.

A quilt can be beautiful with all the imperfections.  I’m guessing there are more people out there who feel like me and get nervous about letting anyone see their quilts in person or on social media because they’re worried people are going to focus on all the things they see that are wrong instead of all the things done right.  This year I’m going to show all those imperfections along the way.  I do hope as the years pass I will get better and better, but I’m not going to stress on it if I don’t.

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Back to this darling little quilt I made for our granddaughter, Willow, who is due early April.  A few months ago I happened to make Willow’s cousin, Brielle, her baby blanket from this same line.  Brielle’s is the pastel colors so I made Willow’s with the jewel tones.  I’ll have a breakdown of all the fabrics I used at the end of the post.

The little strawberries are my favorite!  I plan to make a few accessories from the same fabric.  I’m thinking maybe a little bag with a zipper or a fitted sheet or possibly a little dress and bloomers.  I’ll keep you updated on that via Instagram.

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Notice the points that don’t meet in the center and the not so straight lines?  I still love it.

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This is the back of the quilt.  I’ve never been adventurous with the back, but I had an extra block that just didn’t fit right on the front and I didn’t want to waste any fabric so I made use of it on the back.  I’m so happy with it!  it’s by no means straight, but I love that both sides of the quilt can be used. Plus, the strawberries.  I mean really!!!  THEY ARE SO ADORABLE!

Pattern (and it’s a free): Hugs and Kisses by Sharon Holland

Solid Fabric: I have no idea, it was in my stash.

Pattern fabric: Wild Bouquet by Citrus and Mint for Riley Blake

Binding: A polka dot I picked up and forgot to check the designer….

Thread: Isacord 40 Color 0010

Estimated Cost:  The backing was on sale for $6.00 per yard and I used two yards.  I used a layer cake and since I only used half on this quilt I would say I $11.00.  I used a 1/2 a yard on binding spending $6.50.  Batting was leftover from the last full sized quilt I did so I’m not going to even expense that.  This might be the least expense quilt I’ve ever made at approximately $30.00.  Now, that doesn’t I include the cost of the background fabric that I had on hand.  I have no idea when or where I picked it up so I don’t want to guess.

If you’re a quilter tell me how long you’ve been quilting and if you’re not a quilter, but interested, let me know!  Also, is there something you want to see from me this year?

 

 

House · Life · travel

Sunflowers Galore

Who doesn’t love sunflowers? They’re big, bright, and scream summer.

Yesterday we went to the first annual Sunflower Festival at Wild Things Farm. We knew it was going to be a hot day so we were there at the 9am opening. It didn’t help one bit. It was hot as blazes! We spent an hour picking sunflowers and taking photos under the suns death rays before we were all drenched in sweat and called it quits. We did make it out with tons of sunflowers though.  My house is covered in vases of sunflowers and I LOVE IT!

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Paula, Me, Liam, Emily

After that, we needed something cold to drink so we went to the ever faithful Savoy Tea Company and enjoyed their drinks and air conditioning.

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I can’t believe how much I’ve done this month. I mean, it was intended and I have been working toward having months exactly like this one, but wow, I’m really living life to the fullest! In July I have spent a week in San Antonio, a weekend in Missouri, went to a festival, had the best massage and facial I could have ever imagined, and still had time to work out regularly. I feel better mentally and physically than I have in years.