back patio | finished

Thursday, October 23, 2014

So... it took me FOREVER to finally get photos taken of the back patio.  But it's all done and ready to be used now that cooler temps are headed our way!

As a reminder, here's where we started.

And here we are today!

The color of the coffee table was hard to capture.  It's closer to the photo below.  I'll share with you guys how I made it next week.

It really didn't take much to make it more inviting out here.  Proof that a little love can go a long ways.

To see how the patio progressed, visit these posts:

This post sponsored by Archer, my little photobomber ;)

reloved magazine feature

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Ummm.... I'm pretty freakin' stinkin' excited over here.

Do you see anything that looks familiar at the bottom of this magazine??

It's my sunburst mirror!!!  Featured in a magazine!!!  Look Ma!

Needless to say I've been on cloud 9 since this showed up at my door.  Mike and the kids are pretty much over me tooting my own horn at the house so I had to come over here and bug you all ;D

There's some great stuff in this magazine, and I'd recommend checking it out sometime.  You can find Reloved at Barnes & Noble.  I know because I went to hunt one down for my mom :)

Thank you, Reloved, for loving my sunburst mirror enough to feature it, and thank you to my awesome readers for putting up with me today!

Toot! Tooooot!!!

easy halloween decorating

Friday, October 17, 2014

Last week Izzy asked me why we haven't put out Halloween decorations yet.  I told her it was because it's still 90 degrees outside and Mommy has a hard time getting in the fall decorating mood when she's still sweating.  She wasn't having that.  So, I drug out some decor but kept it on the simple side.  Like done in 30 minutes simple side.

I kept the striped candle sticks and swapped out some greenery in a vase for a pile of fake and real pumpkins topped with a crow.  I also added a banner I picked up from Target on clearance a few weeks back just because it was $2.  I mean come on??  $2??  This is the reverse side.  I used chalk to write the Halloween.

I feel a bit like Portland (put a bird on it) when it comes to Halloween decorating, but it is SO easy and always works.  You can see in the reflection of the mirror more crows perched on my tall mirror in the kitchen.  Which means the kitchen was decorated for Halloween in 2 seconds.  Done!

Stuck a big one on the secretary.  Poor guy lost some feather over the years.

One wall in the dining room got covered in some bats I cut out of construction paper a few years back.  So cheap but way cool.  Izzy loves these things.

And... another crow.

Actually, I take that back.  Izzy's favorite decorations are the little mouse silhouettes from Martha Stewart.  They've been around a while and everyone uses them, but I just love these little things.  A few years ago Izzy would go up the stairs at night to head to bed and say goodnight to each mouse and shout out "mouse house!!!" when she would see the openings :D  Sam keeps playing with the tail of the one on the wood floors.  It will probably last one more day before it's a tailless rat.

Now that I've taken myself down memory lane a bit with Izzy I have to show you my most favorite decor ever this year.

She busted these out while I was taping up the bats.  I LOVE THEM!!!!!!!  The witch is my fav :)

I do love decorating for Halloween but it's so hard when it's still so hot out!  I need sweater weather STAT.


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