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Rachel's Family room

2012-10-09T11:04:28.080-07:00



1.  Barnwood frame made into a chalkboard.  Hobby lobby has great prices on the frame.   Paint a board to attach to the frame with rustoleums chalkboard paint tinted to Benjamin Moore Silver Marlin.

2. Target Hawken Woven basket for storage.

3. Paint your front door black.  This will warm up the room and tie in other elements mentioned in the previous design boards.

4.  Drop cloths used as drapes and bamboo blinds would look great in your front window.

5.  Add some pillows like the ones shown or make a few from the chevron fabric used in your master and school room.   I recommend painting your family room walls Benjamin Moore Husky.




rachel's master bedroom

2012-10-09T10:35:02.653-07:00


1.  Glass lamps like these that I made from Whole Foods apple juice jugs.  I got inexpensive burlap lamp shades at Meijer.  We can make a couple for you at some point if you would like.

2. Ikea Hemnes night stands with Ikea Knipsa bastets for storage

3. Gray chevron pillows with a "D" for your hubby and "R" for you

4. White curtain panels trimmed with left over chevron and a band of teal at the bottom to act as closet doors.

5. Teal accent wall or just a large teal square painted on the wall above your bed to act as a headboard.

6.  Fun quilt at the bottom of your bed to add color and tie in the teal color.

7. Comforter with white duvet and Euro pillows with shams.  I actually have an extra comforter and Euro pillows minus the shams that we are not using if you would like it.  It has a flat top unlike the one in the picture.

8.  Diy art above the bed.  Super fun way to add texture and color at low cost.













Rachel's Dining/school Room

2012-10-09T11:05:57.115-07:00

1.  Ikea Vika Amon/Vika Annefors to replace your current desk next to the window.  This system is meant to span the entire back wall under your window and will house Kinipsa baskets.  The expedit 4 cube shelveswill be attached to the wall and frame out the window housing Kinipsa baskets for hidden storage.  Placing a bamboo romanblind at the top of the expedit shelves will give the look that the window is much taller than itactually is and will bring a nice wood tone to the room.2. Paint your back door with black chalkboard paint.  The black will ground your roomand it will add an extra writing space to your school room.  Paint color for the walls, Benjamin Moore Alsakan Husky.3.  Cover a huge cork board with a drop cloth and trim out the edges with dark upholstery tacks.  The dark tacks will bring out the black in the door and gray in the floor.  The fabric will add warmth to the room and add nice clean lines to a display place that can other wise look cluttered. 4.  Your current table is perfect.  However, I would try turning it so that the length runs with the back wall, matching the Vika Amon desk.  Place your long benchon the side of the table when you first walk into the room from the kitchen.  Your chairscan be on the opposite side of the table and can be moved to the Vika desk when needed.  Cover your floor in large dark gray vinyl.5. Billy bookcases with wallpapered backs can go along the wall on either side of the entrance to your girls room.   Adding one above the doorway horizontally can combine the two units.   Adding doors to the bottom add hidden storage and the open above can house your collection of books.  Add basket to the open shelves to hide the art supplies and other items you would rather not look at on a daily basis. 6.  Add chevron gray and white fabric with a coral band at the bottom as a curtain to your girls room.This could be hung under the horizontal billy bookcase or if you decide to not add the shelf, hang the curtain at the top of each of the bookcases on either side of the doorway.  This will join the two units together nicely.7.  These are your trofast work boxes.8.  I would hang similar cork boards as the large one mentioned in #3 above.   Hanging three smaller ones above the trofast will add space for items you want to display.   Use more Kinipsa baskets on top of the trofast system for added storage that is nicely hidden.[...]



amy's half bath

2012-10-09T05:30:46.579-07:00




1. The vanity  painted Castle by Rustoleum.
Add a Dash and Albert rug in a 3x5 in front of the vanity.
Gray blue towels with wall hook hung on the wall to the right of the sink.   
A basket or wire bin for the top of the sink would look cute and tidy housing
soap, lotion, and extra hand towels.

2. Above the towel hook hang a letter K that is decoupaged with a map of where you and your spouse met.

3.  Target basket used as a trash can

4. Mirror hung above the sink that is framed in barn wood.  

5.  Hang a scripture sign on the wall left of the sink (the wall to right while sitting on the toilet)
Below the sign hang a couple wire bins that hold toilet paper.

6.  For the wall in front of the toilet hang matching white ikea frames with
pictures of the kids.  Under the frames hang a towel rack for extra towels.






We Are Finally Moved In!

2012-08-02T07:54:48.711-07:00

It has taken a couple of months but we are finally moved in.   There were more renovations than we expected and quite a few ups and downs along the way.  I hope to get a post together of our entire experience soon.  For now, I will leave you with a little sneak peak of one of the very few rooms that are closest to being finished.  The kids rooms were first on our list.  We wanted them to feel at home as quickly as possible.

Before:  The floors were in really bad shape.  They are actually sub-floors.  It was not in our budget to add new flooring on top.




Progress:  We still have shutters and artwork to hang and bookshelves to fill but for now the girls are enjoying there sweet little farmhouse bedroom.





Update On Garage Sale Items

2012-05-10T10:35:17.181-07:00

I forgot I have two more items that will in the garage sale that I know some of you may be interested in.  These are pictures off the web just because right now it is easier than pulling out my old school camera and downloading the pictures to my computer.

                 I have 3 Pottery Barn Wells Palampore Euro shams with inserts as well 1 standard sham no insert.  They are in really great shape-like new!                                            


I also have two Dash and Albert  pillow covers, no insert,  like the green and blue one on the left in this picture.  They are also in really great shape.


Let me know if you are interested!





Garage Sale Items For Sale

2012-05-10T09:43:43.938-07:00

         Below are  pictures of some of the items that will be for sale at our garage sale this weekend.                                                                        Black ArmoireAntique Dry Sink $40 Wine Cabinet$35 Side Table and $20 For The Pair Of 2 Bar Stools/Plant Stands Which Match The Above Wine Cabinet$10 2x3 Ballard Design Indoor/Outdoor rug $20 3x5 Ballard Design Indoor/Outdoor Rug. By The Way ,These Rugs Are So Easy To Clean.  I Take Them Outside And Just Hose Them Down And Let Them Dry.$20 2x3 Pottery Barn Kids Rug$5 White Wood Mail Organizer SOLD Still available $15 Ikea Wrought Iron Organizing Wall SystemVintage School Posters.  These May Go On Craiglist. SOLD $25 Chalkboard/Cork Board With Extra Storage On The SideSOLD $15 White Wood Framed Pink Chalkboard With Cork boardIkea Table Top With 2 Drawer Units.  $10 for the Table Top and $20 For Each Drawer Unit$25 Ikea Drawer Unit On Casters.  I Also Have Metal Legs To Match The Ones In The Above Picture If You Would Like To Use All Three Drawer Units Under The Table Top.Here Are  2 Items That Will Most Likely Be Placed On Craiglist But I Thought I'd Give You All A Shot At Them If You Are Interested.Heavy Duty Black Framed Mirror.Black Leather Sectional[...]



A Move In The Making

2012-04-14T17:20:12.979-07:00

For years my husband and I have dreamed of owning a farm.  A small farm where we can raise our 5 children and a space where they can explore and create.     We currently have a contract on a 1834 farmhouse out in the country but still close enough to shopping and the YMCA.  Woohoo!   The inspection went well so hopefully this little beauty will be ours mid May.  It's located on nearly 5 acres and has a creek (with a bridge. How cool is that?) , lots of big beautiful trees, a workshop, fenced garden, and more.   It is such a beautiful place to raise a family.We have A LOT of painting to do in order to get the house ready.   There is beadboard EVERYWHERE!  Which I really like.  No changing that.  But, the paint colors need to change in some of the rooms and all the cabinets need a new coat of paint and possibly a new color.  All of the photos shown are taken with the current owners residing in the house.  I will post after pictures when we actually own the house!  HA!Enjoy Snooping :)The Dining RoomEventually my handy hubby will plank these wall paper covered walls with 1x6's kinda like these:The kitchen looking into the entryThe wood door in the upper right corner in the picture below opens up to a spiral staircase. I'm thinking about painting the green cabinets Benjamin Moore Shark Skin.The brown painted wood floors will be painted shades of light and dark grey (maybe BM rockport and overcast) in a checkerboard pattern similar to this:Beyond the kitchen is the family room.  I'll post pictures of that room later.Kids Bathroom.  Not much to do in here other than touch ups.....and purchasing a new rug.The checkerboard floor from the kitchen will continue into the laundry roomLots to do.  Lots to paint.  Lots to be thankful for!!Thanks for snooping stopping by!![...]



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2012-01-12T15:59:57.340-08:00

So........it's been awhile since I blogged.  Over a year!  If you could have seen what this past year has looked like for us you would understand.  

I'll just say........

that it has been a faith stretching adventure.  

God is awesome.  

His church is awesome

my family is awesome 

 it's a new year

my husband has a new amazing job

we now have one more baby B than we had last year



i discovered pinterest

and I made really sweet lamps out of Whole Foods apple juice jugs   :)









Where I've Been and A Little Bit of Pretty

2010-12-14T13:00:10.663-08:00

It has been an interesting few months for our family.  We are going through quite a few changes that have been challenging and humbling to say the least.  We found out on a Thursday in August that we are expecting our 5th child and the next day (Friday) my husband lost his job. Our family is in the midst of a huge transition.  Switching gears from having 4 children to 4 and counting is huge in itself.  But now we are also transitioning to having a well paying job (which my hubby did not enjoy), to no job, to no income, and now in the beginning stages of starting a new business.  That's a lot to throw on an emotionally unstable pregnant woman!!!!I will right about the interesting chapter to the story that The Lord has been writing for us soon.Until then, I have a few pretty pictures to share.  Decorating and being creative is an outlet for me.  We changed things up a bit in our house in the early summer(when we had income).  Painted some furniture, moved a few others, and bought a few new pieces.I wanted a change in my eat in kitchen area.  I had a beautiful painting on the wall but I was needing a change as well as a place to house some of my pretty things. Here's the before: My hubby went to work building a couple shelves to take the place of the painting.  I gave them a coat of paint, pretty brackets, and went to town piling all my collectibles on top.  We wanted a new sofa to replace our tired out old one and I wanted to do away with all the green in the house.  Before:We purchased the chaise sofa from Ikea back in the early summer:  AfterA few other shots of the room:If you are wondering what the chalkboard says above the sofa:"Joined in Love Kept by God Forever Together"Our hutch used to be green.  You can see it in the previous before picture above.  I was trying to get rid of the bright colors and go more neutral throughout our house.  I left the inside of the doors green which looks great when the doors are opened (above).We also purchased a new chair from Ikea to put in place of the old black dresser.  Before:After:Hopefully I will have enough energy to share some of the  free decorating I have done around the house now that our income has stopped.  It is amazing what you can do with nothing![...]



Family and Kitchen Design Board

2010-10-22T11:02:36.339-07:00

Sherwin Williams Comfort Gray or  Granite Dust by Valspar. Antique white on bead board                                                                                                                                                     [...]






This is for YOU Angie!!

2010-06-17T06:05:59.293-07:00

Ok Ang, open your box and take out the folder.  Take a look at the first drawing I gave you. This is the layout for the wall above your sewing counter.  Most of the wall space is used for storing items that you need often.  FIRST: Peg BoardI know we talked about using your big frame as a chalkboard, but, if you haven't already, I thought adding a peg board inside the frame would be a good way to store the things you need on hand while sewing. This peg board is used for scrap booking, but you get the idea.This is the peg board I made for my sewing room.  I tried to use the recylcled can idea using scrap book paper like the picture above. Use the cans to store pencils, crochet hooks, stitch rippers, paint brushes etc.  I bought a kit specifically for peg boards that included all the hardware for hanging everything you see in the photo.   The kit even included the white bins that are above the chalkboard and the jars with the white lids.  If you decide to create a peg board rather than the chalkboard this kit would be perfect for storing all your sewing supplies.                                                                   SECOND: Shelving for pattern and file storageYou can see in the drawing of your room that I added three shelves to the opposite side of the wall from your big frame.  You have one shelf located there now that I think is too high and doesn't allow you to easily access or organize your stuff.  These are the brackets from Hobby Lobby that I was telling you about that would be great for holding up a piece of wood (for the shelf) that you get from the hardware store.  The brackets were priced at $7 a piece but were half off at $3.50.....super price.Use these shelves to store  your files and some of your patterns that you need to access often using the magazine holders I included in your box. I only sent one box to see how you liked them.  Please let me know if you like them and I will send more:) I thought you and the girls could use mog podge or hot glue to attach scrap book paper or fabric in coordinating colors to the "Inspire" letters and cork board fabric to the magazine holders. Here are a couple of examples:Click HERE to find the tutorial  for covering the magazine holders with fabric. By the way,  I was at Ikea yesterday and they have some new file holders that are already covered in a print that would match your room.  They would look great and you wouldn't have to cover them yourself.  Also, use your shelves to store your acrylic paints in a sizable bin with lid.  Any paint that does not fit in this bin store in the craft supply bin that fits under your counter.I also included a couple of paper boxes with a place for sliding in a label for you to place under your shelves to hold some of your patters.THIRD: Fabric storage wallLook at the next sheet which is the new layout of your room.  I thought it would great to use the wall on the right as you enter your room for fabric storage.  Your current bookshelf that is along this wall could be moved to the far back wall during phase one of your room which has nothing there currently.   I thought this shoe organizer was a great way for you to store extra fabric scraps.  You have a lot of wall space that could be used  for storage, and since you are on a budget this would be a great way to have visible, accessible, storage for your scraps at a good price.  I thought this was a clever and easy way to add color to your room without painting[...]



Hate Mail and No Camera?

2010-05-27T17:13:50.927-07:00

Do any of you ever get comments on your blog that are in Chinese or Japanese that say mean things?  How do I make sure they can't leave a comment on my blog?Oh, and if you are that person............please STOP!!!!BTW, I am not mean.......I am quite nice actually, so if you are new to my blog please don't read the hate mail left by the big fat meanies that I do not know and who don't know me:)Anyhow,I have been without a camera to upload photos to the blog which is why I have been MIA for 2 weeks.  Lots of new stuff to share, I just need some time (and a camera) to share them with you.  So, in the next few weeks you will be hearing a lot about:Our New Church.....AwesomeWhat God has been up to with the B'sFinishing up our Homeschool YearSummer fun ideas with the familyAngie's Sewing Room FINALLY DONE! Thanks for being patient Ang:) Studio 31....still not done but I will share photos anyhowNew piece of furniture to paintShelving in the Breakfast areaEden and her mischievous waysBoys and why they wear 2 pairs of underwearMy sweet Hottie of a Husband who keeps leaving me notes everywhere to remind me of our 10 year anniversary coming up soon:)And just because I can't post something without a picture, here are a few I have been looking at the past week from the archives.Love this picture and  these boys......this picture is for the mean commenter.....totally kidding...kinda.....You might be able to upset me by leaving rude comments, but you don't want to mess with this guy...he he!!This is what I am trying to do with my family room.....minus the hardwood floors, windows, and jute rug.  Basically just the slip covered furniture.I am not redoing my laundry room again.  We all know how that turned out.  I just like the shelves in this picture which is what I will be doing in the breakfast area above my new piece of furniture I need to paint!!I really like this quilt. It is so simple.   I want to make a quilt for my new family room using mostly white with  with  some really cool fabric I bought at the Sew to Speak Quilt Shop a while back.That's all for now!  Have a great Holiday weekend:)[...]



Flower Girls

2010-05-13T10:40:11.670-07:00





Matching Sister Outfits and a Craft Room Sneak Peek

2010-04-27T07:15:52.867-07:00

This post is a bit late, but better late then never...right? I made the girls matching Easter outfits and hair bows this year. I tend to start a project then get distracted in the middle of it because I get a great idea and start another one. Before I know it I have 10 projects all waiting to be finished. So, I was lucky to get these outfits finished by Easter. This is a girl's size 7 shirt and skirt.This is a toddler size 18months skirt and shirt.Pretty much impossible to get a good picture of an 18 month old.Easter at the Lake.We have been working on the sewing/craft room for months now and it is almost finished. This weekend the shelves were hung as well as peg board, cork boards, thread holder, and wall lettering!! Woohoo!!Here is a sneak peek at the room. The dresser is painted and is ready to be filled with fabric. You can check out the before of the room and dresser by clicking here and here.[...]



Its Been a Month!?

2010-04-21T18:23:14.806-07:00

I read this story and this story(and here) over the past few weeks and.....haven't felt like blogging. Honestly, I've been sad. I love that everyone has a story and I love hearing them. These two stories are sad. Really Sad! But each of these women, whom I've never met, have forever changed my life. Their faith left me speechless and brought me to my knees in prayer. I look forward to meeting these two women someday thanks to my Lord.

I know some of you are waiting to see the sewing room or wanting me to answer your questions about paint.....but.....well read these ladies stories and you will be moved to prioritize, hug and kiss your family more, play t-ball with your boys, let your daughter style your hair, and fall to your knees in prayer!

The Lord is at work in my heart so bare with me! I will be back soon:)



Picture of the year....a little set back

2010-03-15T17:35:57.018-07:00

So I have been busy priming my big pile of furniture.

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I have everything primed and just need to paint. I headed to the paint store today to purchase my favorite paint for furniture........ever! It is a bit pricey but you don't have to finish off the piece with poly. My Dad used it on my kitchen cabinets a few years ago. Have I ever shared pictures of my kitchen....? Anywho, the paint has a super hard finish and stands the test of time.

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So, after a long day at Homeschool Co-op, the Lobby(aka Hobby Lobby), and a field trip downtown to pick up Daddy, I made it to Sherwin William and had my precious paint in hand.


Only to do this with it.......


Prepare yourself......


You can scream if you want to......


I did......along with throwing a big fat fit when no one was looking!!!!!!!


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SERIOUSLY!!!! How did I spill an entire can of PAINT on my HARD WOOD FLOORS?

GRIEF!!!

If that didn't give you a good enough laugh you may want to check out this particular day in my life. Or if you are like me and need a picture to make you laugh and my paint spill wasn't enough for you, then this one might do the trick:)



Another Project

2010-03-12T07:38:50.033-08:00

I found this table last weekend for $4.99!!

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I have been wanting a side table for my living room and this is just the one. I am going to paint it Whiteberry style. That is, once I finish all of my other projects.

Have a Great Weekend!!



Studio 31 update

2010-03-11T08:45:52.372-08:00

The walls are painted and the faux wood floors are installed. Woohoo!! We still need to paint and install trim and paint lots and lots of furniture pieces that will enter the room in the next few weeks. Like this guy......remember him. My $30 find! I can't wait to paint and distress.He has a $60 friend who wants to come home with me to live as a buffet but he refuses to drop his price. He'll come around.....I'm sure of it:)This little lady was going to be pink but I am trying to talk my little girl into painting her white.This is or new manikin (or is it mannequin? I have always been a bad speller) for the sewing room. She is going to help us out by modeling projects we are working on or have finished. Isn't she cute! My Momma got her for us:) Thanks Mom. Now she just needs a name...... I really like the floors. They are a discontinued brand from Lowes so we got a super good deal. They look and feel like real hand scraped hickory. Still lots to do.....paint and install trim, install ceiling, paint lots and lots of furniture, make fabric covered cork boards.....lots to do....lots....And if that's not enough for me to do I decided to make the kids Easter outfits this year. Which means we might be celebrating Easter a month late...he he! I am making the dresses and shirts similar to these. Although, I may make long skirts instead using this fabric:Or these.....The boys will have matching bow tie shirts or regular tie shirts.....they will be so cute. Oh, and I found an awesome little clutch purse to make for the girls to go with their dresses. Can't wait to share with you!![...]



Adding a New Project to My Honey Do List

2010-02-27T07:46:54.384-08:00

I have been wanting to paint this piano for a LONG time. Hopefully some time soon.

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New recipe, new sewing table, new dry wall....

2010-02-25T20:30:19.074-08:00

I made lentle soup the other night for the first time. It turned out really well so I thought I would share it with you.First, heat 2T olive oil in pot or dutch oven until hot but not smoking. Coarsly chop a cup of carrots, celery, and onion and add to pot. Don't forget to add lots and lots of freshly chopped garlic, 1lb. spicy organic kosher sausage chopped in small pieces, and 1lb. of dry lentles rinsed and dried.Add a can of rotel and 2qts homemade chicken stock.Cook for 45 minutes until lentels are tender. You can also purree a cup of the soup for a smoother consistency. I served my soup in my favorite Longaberger bowls/mugs my Mom gave to me. Top your soup with fresh chopped cilantro and sour cream. We dipped homemade crusty bread and flaxseed tortilla chips in our soup....YUM. It was good.I found this adorable antique dressing table for my little girl. We are going to paint it a very light pink.She is going to use it as a sewing table in our new sewing room, Studio 31. The sides open up which is where she is planning on storing her fabric stash. The middle opens as well which is where she is going to store her little sewing machine. We are planning on making a fabric covered cork board for the back side of the middle piece for pins and her inspiration pictures. Such Fun....I can't wait for the room to be finished.The drywall is up and is getting its second sanding. We are hoping to paint this weekend and soon after lay the new faux wood laminate flooring!!!! Can't wait!!This room is super small. Sorry for the horrible picture. Hopefully I can get better shots once the room is finished.[...]



Painted Door

2010-02-18T05:43:55.479-08:00

With not having a whole lot of money for a good makeover I have been looking for ways to make an impact without much cost. This door used to be white.

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I painted it black and LOVE the way it pops.

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Back to Work

2010-02-15T05:55:40.736-08:00

We finally got back to work on the craft/sewing room this weekend. Ok, so "we" actually means the kids and Daddy. I was busy loosing my insides because of the nasty flu. I hate that guy! Anyhow, the drywall is halfway up. I am so excited.Oops, that's not a picture of the drywall. But the framing is up too. You get the idea. I have a new inspiration photo for the craft/sewing room. I love all the white furniture with the pink accents. Oh, and the wallpaper!! Isn't it cute. I am going to wallpaper the longest wall where this soon to be painted dresser will sit.Enjoy your Monday.....and make sure you don't get your 17 month old's shirt stuck on her head:)[...]



Need New Furniture?

2010-01-19T05:37:28.031-08:00

I have a few pieces of furniture I am putting up for sale and thought I would post them on my blog to any locals. I have two of these armless chairs from overstock

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and a few wood pieces that we restored using the same process we used on the hutch. If you are looking for an old piece of furniture that has been professionally painted and beautifully updated let me know. I may have just the piece you are looking for!