Monday, February 3, 2014

Kitchen Update

I have been trying to post this update for a while but my camera has been on the fritz.  We finished painting the cabinets in October and I lightly distressed them.  Now I'm ready to glaze them. Any suggestions?

We started off with a standard builder grade island and then adding a few pieces of trim molding and corbels.  What a difference it has made!  The island is more of a focal point of the room.

I really want to glaze them now that the paint has cured.  However, I'm not sure how to do it.  In the photos, the cabinets look white but they're actually a pretty cream.  (I took these photos with my iPad and the colors look off.). I love the look of chocolate glazed cream cabinets.  I've been pinning away different ideas.  However, I don't want them to come out too dark or muddy looking.  Does that mean I need a lighter glaze.  The cabinets are painted a custom color with a lot of gold in it to keep in warm looking.  Maybe I should look into a honey glaze instead?  Since I'm still a bit unsure about the shade of the glaze, I have't done anything to them yet.

Here is a shot of our kitchen table.  I'm lovin' my new green goblets from the Dollar Tree.  The aqua and green look so fresh for the new year.  Even though winter has just begun, I'm ready for spring.

Linking up to The Dedicated House for Make it Pretty Monday.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

A Fall Porch

Happy Fall Y'all!  We have been so busy with homeschooling, soccer, and just life in general, that time seems to be flying by.  I can't believe Halloween is this Thursday!  I can't wait to make cookies with the kids and eat s'mores by the fire pit.  Of course, we are still waiting for the weather to change.  Our high today was 85 degrees!  I can't wait to break out the scarves and boots.  So until then, I can at least decorate for fall.  Here is a picture of our porch this year.

I wish I could come up with a way to hide all of the cords.  

We got the cutest pumpkins this year at the pumpkin patch.  I love the Cinderella pumpkins!  Looking at them just makes me happy.

This summer, we installed a brand new door.  I love the glass and how much light it allows into our foyer.  Although is doesn't look it in the picture, the garland is actually pretty thick.  I doubled it from last year and added sunflowers and sparkly fall leaves.  Since it can get really windy here in a moment's notice, I secured each one carefully with wire.

I picked up a new doormat at Target.  The other one just didn't look right with the new door.

What would I do without Pinterest?  I had pinned a clever idea this past summer that I wanted to try out for the holidays.  The "tree" is made out of a tomato cage that is wrapped in Christmas garland.  I added lights, a fall leaf garland, some deco mesh, and picks to fill in any holes.  I LOVE a project that turns out right and the best part was I didn't have to buy a thing.  I even had an old tomato cage from last summer.

Thanks for stopping by; there is more to come soon!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Busy In The Kitchen

We have been crazy busy this summer.  We had a few projects to do that got pushed back and now we finally have the time to get them done.  This is what our kitchen looks like now.

 This is what we started off with.

First, Scott put up the new hood and then we went shopping for granite countertops.  I have always loved the look of granite and I really liked the variations on the New Venetian Gold.  To cut costs, we demoed the kitchen ourselves.  You know, it's much easier watching it done on HGTV.  My wrists were killing me after using the sledge hammer all afternoon to break off the tile.  But all in all, it got done pretty quickly.

I was so ready to have my kitchen back at this point.

 And here is a close-up of everything all finished.  Scott did a great job on the tile.  I picked tumbled marble for the backsplash with bronze tiles for accents.

We found some great deals too.  We bought a new stainless steel refrigerator and an extra deep stainless steel sink.  Everything goes together so much better now!  And since I love that Tuscan look, I chose a rubbed bronze faucet that goes perfectly with the bronze tiles.

 Here's a close-up of the backsplash.

Now, I need to refinish the cabinets.  I want to paint them an off white with a brown glaze but I'm not sure which route to go.  I've seen some amazing before and afters with Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint and wax.  Our cabinets are oak and in great condition but I really want light cabinets to match the family room's entertainment center.  I just need to find a method that's really durable and will conceal the oak's natural grain.  I'd appreciate any suggestions.

So that's a little tour of what we've been working on.  Thanks for stopping by.

I'll be linking to: The Tablescaper for Seasonal SundayThe Dedicated House for Make it Pretty Monday, Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday, Our Home Away From Home for Tuesdays at Our Home, and Ivy and Elephants for What's It Wednesday.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Pretty in Pink

Finally, summer is here!  Yesterday was Maddie's last day, today is Allie's, and tomorrow will be the last day for Brenndan.  So with that said, I wanted to get my craft on.  Maddie wanted to display more of her pictures so I set out for Michael's to pick up some supplies.  I was so happy to find some great deals.  In fact, all of my supplies were under $5!

I used Mod Podge to adhere the scrapbook paper to the wooden frame. I should have painted the frame first before applying the paper, but I easily painted the sides black without any problems.

I cut the trim to hid the seam between the two papers.  The trim came with some of bling so I decided to use it as well.

And here is the finished product.  Super inexpensive and easy to make!  I think the hardest part will be narrowing down the pictures Maddie wants to display.

Linking to:  Our Home Away From Home for Tuesdays at Our Home.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Our Anniversary at South Coast Winery

May is such a busy month in our household.  We had Allie's birthday party, Mother's Day, and our anniversary getaway back to back.  Since our anniversary was mid-week, we took an overnight trip to Temecula's wine country for some much needed R&R.

As we drove up, I was reminded of our trips to Napa and our tour through Tuscany.  The rolling hills, the grapes, the weather; it was picturesque.  Here in California, we were experiencing a heat wave and temperatures were in the 100's but even that couldn't take away from how beautiful everything was.

We stayed at the South Coast Winery Resort and Spa.  The property was just gorgeous!  As part of our package, we enjoyed complimentary wine tasting upon arrival.  We had to cut through the grapes to get to the tasting room.  We tried an assortment of wine from Pinot Grigio to Merlot. My favorite was a Muscat named Daybreak.  It tasted like liquid honey.

We had dinner at the Vineyard Rose Restaurant.  The food was amazing!  I had the frutti di mare and Scott had the filet mignon.  We shared so we could have a bit of surf and turf.  And since I always have room for dessert, we got the apple butter cheesecake, simply delicious! 

I got this picture from the restaurant's website since my picture taking skills are lacking.

Here's to another wonderful anniversary and, God-willing, several more!  Thank you honey for planning such a great getaway.  I had the best time with you.

I'll be sharing at The Tablescapers Oh The Places I've Been.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

A Quick Fruit Platter

Wow, I've been out of the loop way too long.  So much has been going on lately and I really need to get back into the swing of things.  That said, I wanted to post about a really cool tutorial I saw on YouTube.

I have wanted to get involved at church for a while now.  The only problem...where to serve?  As a homeschooling mom, I didn't want to work in the children's ministry so I jumped at the chance to serve at our women's bible study on the food committee.  I made a light dinner of chicken salad in croissants/soft rolls, pasta salad, and a fruit platter.

Surprisingly, it was really quick and easy to assemble!  I even used pansies from my garden which was a great hit with the ladies.  Here is the link for the fruit platter on YouTube or you can get the recipe at Divas Can Cook.  She gives step-by step instructions on how to cut and assemble the fruit.  With warmer temps on its way, this would be a great dish to bring to your next picnic or gathering.  Enjoy!

Linking to:   Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper, Tuesdays At Our Home at Our Home Away From Home, and Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Ethan's Birthday

Wow, time is flying by lately.  I can't believe my baby boy is five!  He's getting taller and more grown up looking by the day and I wish I could stop the clock somehow.  So since I can't do that, I'll just enjoy each moment with him.  We threw him a circus themed party this past Saturday and here are some highlights.  Beware, I have a lot of photos.

 I made all of the banners and signs.  It's really a fun party to throw.  Unfortunately, I didn't take a picture of table until after the kids had ransacked it.

This was the candy table.  I made the gumball machines from a terracotta planter and a dollar tree bowl.  Then I just filled them with candy.  Also, I made cookies by simply cutting out a basic shape with a knife (I couldn't find a tent cutter) and then decorating it with royal icing.  The kids also got mini gumball machines as thank you gifts.

What's a circus party without games?  We had a bean bag toss, 3-in-a-row toss, can toss, ring toss, balloon throw, and of course, a photo booth with some props.

We also had a jumper for the kids.  It was hard getting them out of it to sing to the birthday boy.

Happy Birthday, Ethan!  We love you so much and you bring so much joy into our lives.  You are such a character and it's an honor to watch you grow up into the person God has created you to be.

Thanks for stopping by!

I'm linking up to Seasonal Sundays.