Wednesday, May 23, 2018

School's Out For Summer!!


In our area school will get out at 12:30 today and it is officially SUMMER!!

I love. love. love Summer and it seems to take longer to get here every year!!
#hurryupsummer

This is what I would like to do ALL Summer!
Are you a beach person or a mountain vacation person?


   
This year's beach hat is fro the Dollar Spot at Target!

I'm Team BEACH all the way!

We are not sure where we are going yet!!
I can't believe I just wrote that! 

We have been waiting to see if perhaps, just maybe, our condo that was flattened
 last Fall by the hurricane might, just maybe, be ready by July.

Nope. 

I'm headed out to spend my June 
living out of a backpack on Mission trips but believe me - Mollie is on it!!
She is a researcher extraordinaire and she is determined to find our little July spot
 in a paradise somewhere. :)

We are going to (practically) throw a dart at Florida, 
find a place to hang our (beach) hats 
and have an adventure!

Maybe it will be as funny as the one I talked about here.

Where are you going this Summer? 
Like, I really want to know! 
I want to know about great places to visit!!
So dish!!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

One Room Challenge. It's A Biggie! Week 6.

Week 6 is Reveal Week. 

One Room Challengeâ„¢

I have been missing from the ORC since Week 2.
#insertsadface

Sadly, I had to step away due to situations beyond my control. 
Two different out of town trips, new responsibilities at my "day job" 
and an unexpected hospital stay for Mollie (she's on the mend!)
meant the room had to take a back seat. 
Another challenge with this challenge was that it was not at my house - it's a 30 minute drive. 
On a good Atlanta traffic day!

But I am determined to finish this room for the clients to enjoy.
I have a storage room full of goodies I'm planning to use!
I will post on my Instagram when I get going again and when I complete it!
I hope you will follow along on IG and see how it all finishes up!



My previous, completed ORC's are my entryway,  my guest bedroom (again),  my master bathroom, our library (formerly a dining room)mollie's bathroom - a fun mother/daughter project, and my first ORC, my guestroom - the first time, many lessons learned. 
Six One Room Challenges (excluding this failed attempt).
 Five rooms greatly improved and now functioning beautifully for the way we live. 
I'm still a fan of the ORC - such a great motivator!


And now I'm going to work my way through all the inspiring rooms
that are completed!!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

One Room Challenge - It's A Biggie! Week Two.


My tombstone will probably say: 
"She painted everything white. Everything!"

Luckily Mollie helped. 


We quit counting how many coats of primer and paint.
Sometimes it's better not to know :)
They don't call it a One Room "Challenge" for nothing!


Hopefully we can get all of that red and yellow covered
 with white fresh white paint and move on to the fun stuff.
Please come back and see.
It's going to get better. Promise.


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Thursday, April 5, 2018

One Room Challenge - It's a Biggie.

Literally and figuratively.

I'm thinking out of the box on this one.
Again, literally and figuratively.

My One Room Challenge space is not at my house and it's definitely got the "challenge" part covered.

My "room" is in the basement of a church.
It houses the offices of a non-profit that serves the homeless and transient population in our area as well as families that just need a little help to get "back on their feet."

The room I've chosen (or maybe it chose me!) is supposed to function as a client waiting room and gathering spot before classes, meetings or appointments.

But no one ever "gathered" there. 
Wonder why? 


 This is not trick photography.
I'm not trying to make it look worse :)


The floors are dingy "white" and turquoise checks (They are clean-ish just old. Really old.)
and the walls are painted bright yellow with red trim.


What the room does have going for it is that it is big so we can create a couple of useful areas within it. It has a lot of windows and light considering it is the basement of a huge, old church AND they have given me free reign to do whatever I wish.
 I guess they figure there is no way I could possibly make it worse :)

There is zero budget for this and a long way to go. 
I do have access to the donation center affiliated with this program and can pull lamps, frames, possibly a chair or two from there.
I have also already put a couple of things from my house in the storage room over there that I plan to freshen up and use. 
And there is a 5 gallon bucket of WHITE paint.

The blue velvet couch is staying. I'll be cleaning that baby ASAP. 
The matching chair has wandered off since I took these pics but that may not be a bad thing. 

And I have a plan! 
Ans some inspiration pictures, too!!

Rugs are the only hope for the floor. It can't be changed or repaired so I have to work with it or ignore it and cover it up. I'm planning to find a BIG rug and cover as much as possible and hope the eye is distracted from the ugly floor!
A gorgeous warm Oriental rug would be great with the blue "velvet" couch.
Bodrum Persian 4-Foot x 6-Foot Vonda Area Rug in Pink
via


And a friend from church was downsizing 
and gave me these two amazing, beautiful, family antiques.


                                           
                I have plans for these!

And there are 4 windows so I will use my old trick of turning sheets into curtains.
(Tutorial here.)
 I'm thinking about something like this:



And I've gathered some art for a gallery wall, some fabric from Goodwill for pillows and I want to add books and magazines. There will also be a TV with movies that they can watch before or after appointments and meetings.
The plan is to make this so inviting that people will actually use it!

I'm thinking  something like this:

GREENWICH VILLAGE LOFT

Wall Around the World: A Gallery Wall Series by Little Gold Pixel • Part 4: Upcycled Eclectic Gallery Wall in England • Modern, glam, thrifted • #hometour #decorideas #interiors

Who Says Neutral Is Best?: Rooms Featuring Sofas in Every Color

Let's see if  this place can be transformed in 6 quick weeks 
(and as usual I'm out of town twice during this ORC!!)

It can only get better! Am I right?

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Monday, March 12, 2018

When A Little Bit of Your Heart Is In...

... Honduras.



I am deep into mission trip planning.
I have never created a GoFundMe before.


But I'm posting the link to my fundraising campaign here.


I'm not fundraising to pay for my trip. 
I am fundraising in order to do "more" while I'm there.


If you wish to make a donation
 - and every dollar makes a difference- then please follow this link .



And thank you!


You can read about my previous mission trips here, here, and here.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Bamboo Friday: Too Much?

This guy may have taken one of my favorite hashtags,
 #nobambooleftbehind, 
a bit too seriously.

photo by @hasan_baran

Happy Bamboo Friday!
Hope your weekend is fabulous!


Friday, February 9, 2018

Bamboo Friday- Kitchen Table Edition

Today's Bamboo Friday is about my kitchen table. 
Pretty mundane stuff, the kitchen table, except I hunted and hunted for mine.
And I love it. 

You can read the story of how I found my table at Goodwill here.
It's a good story - I really could not make this up.

Here it is the day I found it at GW.


A couple of small dings on the table. Fixable.
The leather wrappings had a bit of wear 
but I'm fine with vintage bamboo looking a bit vintage. 
And they were all original and nice and tight. No loose wrappings.

All 4 chairs were sturdy. 

But...

Changing the seat fabric was no problem.
The bottom of the chair back was worn on every single chair. 
This might prove tricky but the price was so, so low because of this. 
I thought I could figure something out. 
I bought it. 
I mean, it was exactly what I wanted.

And then I did nothing. For like a year. I know.

I couldn't quite figure out how to replace the back without possibly damaging the bamboo around it. If that happened then I would have to do some serious repairs and probably paint the whole set. Not the end of the world but still.


And then one night it came to me how to take out the old broken woven insert
 and replace it with a fabric panel!!

And then because it was just a few days before our annual Christmas Brunch
 I decided to give it a whirl!
#lastminutemuch?


It worked. My husband cut out the old woven insert very carefully. I made a pattern, cut the fabric, slid it into place and edged with blue cording I found at Wal-Mart (yep!) on a small roll for $1.00 per chair
I love it when a plan comes together. 
The fabric was supposed to be used during my Entryway makeover 
during the previous One Room Challenge but it didn't make the cut.

Lucky me.
It was perfect for the chairs and I had just enough!


Looks good with animal print too!!

Happy Bamboo Friday from my kitchen table to yours!