Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Trashtastic Tuesday- DIY Painted Doormat

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Hey all!  Welcome to Trashtastic Tuesday! This is a little series around here where I show you something that I thrifted, sometimes I make it over, sometimes I don’t.  Or it may be something that I have owned and I am tired of, or no longer like, so I make it over.  But nevertheless, it is usually something that I paid very little money for.  Today’s project is a DIY painted Doormat.  Door mats can be kind of pricey, don’t you agree?  Well. I didn’t want to pay the expensive prices, but I wanted something unique and a little sassy, so I decided to buy an inexpensive doormat from Ikea and paint it myself.

Mini Makeover Challenge With Cultivate Create

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Hi all!  I am guest posting over at Cultivate Create today.  The lovely Amanda invited me to participate in a mini makeover challenge.  The rules were that I had to make over an area in my home using zero money.  I made over this small wall in my hallway using old salvaged fence posts.  Please hop on over there to read more about how I completed this project, whether I succeeded in spending no money, and of course, to see lots more pictures of this project!  I am thrilled with this transformation!


Monday, July 27, 2015

Help Me Get to Know You- & a Giveaway

Help me get to know you by commenting on this post for your chance to win this swag bag!

Today's post is going to be different than most of the posts I write.  As a matter of fact, I have never written a post like this before.  I am writing this as a direct result of the things I learned at the Haven Conference.  If you read the post I wrote about my Haven experience, I talked a little about the fact that I need to get to know my readers.  And that is mostly what today is about.  I need to get to know who my readers are, what makes you tick?  What do you like or not like about my blog?  But I also want you to get to know me better.  We went straight from Haven to a family vacation in Charleston, SC.  So throughout this post, I will also be sharing pictures of that vacation.  I thought you might enjoy that, and if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you may have seen some of the pictures I shared there.  And at the bottom of this post, don’t forget to read about how you can win the giveaway I am offering today.  I wound up with an extra Swag bag, courtesy of Home Depot, and I decided to give it away to one of my readers as a thank you for coming here and reading this little blog of mine.  You have no idea how much I appreciate you!

Friday, July 24, 2015

My First Experience at Haven Conference


Many of you already know that I went to my first blogging conference last week.  The Haven Conference is for DIY bloggers.  In October, this blog of mine will be three years old, and this was the very first time I have went to Haven.  I first learned about Haven from so many of the blogs that I read on a daily basis.  I would see them write recaps about being there, and share pictures of the fun they were having on social media.  And I envied them.  I knew that a blogging conference was where I needed to be if I wanted to get serious about blogging.  But there were two things stopping me from going.  #1- I couldn’t afford it, and #2- I was paralyzed with fear.  The fact that I couldn’t afford it may come as no surprise to you, since I am the girl with champagne taste and a tight budget (it says so right in the header of my blog, after all). 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

While I was Away...Adventures at The Haven Conference and Charleston, SC

Hey All!  It has been over a week that I have been completely away from my blog, and it seems like forever!  Did any of you miss me?  I sure did miss you, and this little blog of mine!  I can’t remember the last time I actually took a week away, and did not even so much as check up on the blog.  But it was a much needed break for me and my family, and, even know I was away from the blog, part of my time away was all about blogging, because for the first time ever, I attended the Haven Blog Conference!  For those of you who are not bloggers, Haven is a DIY bloggers conference, and it was one of the  most amazing experiences of my life.  I am going to start working on a post to tell you all about it, and I learned so much about how to help my blog flourish, so stay tuned for that! 




My mind is swimming with ideas for the blog since Haven (serious brain overload people), from the rock star swag bag to the rock star bloggers, I was in awe of the entire experience.  I learned so much, and I met and saw so many bloggers whose work I have admired for years, and some whose blogs I didn’t even know existed, and can’t wait to go and read now that I met them! 





I will be sharing more about Haven and our trip with you soon, and hopefully resuming my regular blogging schedule and bringing you some amazing content that you will enjoy.  And if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, I have shared some pictures of what we have been up to over the past week.

My whole family went with me down to Atlanta for Haven, and they enjoyed spending a couple of days there.  After that, we traveled down to Charleston, SC, and spent 4 days there.  You guys, if you have never been to Charleston, I strongly encourage you to add it to your bucket list.  We fell in love with that beautiful city, so much so that we have been fantasizing about moving there one day. 






We spent two days at two different beaches- Sullivan’s Island and Folly Beach.  The water was warm, the sun was shining, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading a good book and watching the kids explore and play. 




We spent time at the gorgeous Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, and it was like a magical fantasy land.  Even the kids were in awe!






And of course we strolled around Historical Charleston, and fell in love with the gorgeous city. 



It’s difficult to be away from my blog for so long, but the memories we created in Charleston made it all worth it.  Spending time with family is more important than any blog post I ever could write.  And since I spend so much time blogging when at home, sometimes the kids just need my undivided attention.  That is what feeds my soul more than anything else.  The things I learned at Haven, and the connections I made with other bloggers will hopefully help me to improve and grow my blog, and that is why I went. 

So I am back, baby!  Just give me a minute or two to recollect, and organize myself, and I will be back to blogging as usual real soon, and hopefully better than ever! 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Trashtastic Tuesday- Thrifted Tray Refresh

A Thrifted silver tray gets a refresh with a little gold leaf metallic spray paint.

Hey all!  Welcome to Trashtastic Tuesday! This is a little series around here where I show you something that I thrifted, sometimes I make it over, sometimes I don’t.  Or it may be something that I have owned and I am tired of, or no longer like, so I make it over.  But nevertheless, it is usually something that I paid very little money for. My Trashtastic project for this week is this lovely silver tray that I freshened up!  I purchased it at a thrift store for $2.99.  The tray was in really good shape, but I didn’t like the handles.  They were black, and in my humble opinion, they were cheap looking.  I thought they would look much better a different color, but at first I used it on my bookcase as is.  You can see it in the picture below. 

A Thrifted silver tray gets a refresh with a little gold leaf metallic spray paint.



Mixing metal finishes is something that I would have never done a few years ago, but I have been becoming more and more of a fan.  When a room has mixed metal finishes, it just gives so much more interest and dimension to a space.  It gives a room more of a collected over time look, which really appeals to me.  Silver, gold, copper, bronze and brass can happily live together in any room.

A Thrifted silver tray gets a refresh with a little gold leaf metallic spray paint.



Lately, I have been more freely mixing metal finished around my home for a layered and textured look, and I like it!  If you don’t want to mix metals, you can also mix metal finishes to give a room more interest.

A Thrifted silver tray gets a refresh with a little gold leaf metallic spray paint.



I decided that spray painting the handles on this tray a brushed gold would make an interesting contrast with the silver tray.  So I just unscrewed the existing handles, and gave them three coats of Krylon Short Cuts Metallic Spray Paint in Gold Leaf.  And I love the way they look now!  While the handles were off and being spray painted, I gave the silver tray a good cleaning too. 

A Thrifted silver tray gets a refresh with a little gold leaf metallic spray paint.



If you look at the picture below, you will see brushed gold, shiny brass, shiny silver, and rustic looking silver, all in the same space.  You might notice the rustic silver candle to the right.  The label on it was wintery looking, so I just cut a piece of printer paper, wrote Fresh on it in green Sharpie, and taped it over the label to make it look more summery. 

A Thrifted silver tray gets a refresh with a little gold leaf metallic spray paint.



You might notice my collection of vintage suitcases to the left of my bookcase.  Love them!  But the lamp you can see here is getting a makeover real soon.  I already have the supplies to do it, so now it is just a matter of finding time to get it done.

A Thrifted silver tray gets a refresh with a little gold leaf metallic spray paint.

A Thrifted silver tray gets a refresh with a little gold leaf metallic spray paint.



I love the way my living room is coming together, especially the gallery wall that you can see a glimpse of in this picture (read more by clicking the link).  I also recently painted my living room, and I love the new paint color, which is called Gray Owl. 

A Thrifted silver tray gets a refresh with a little gold leaf metallic spray paint.

A Thrifted silver tray gets a refresh with a little gold leaf metallic spray paint.



Three light coats of spray paint on these handles was all this little tray needed to go from drab to fab!  It is just a tiny little detail that some people would not even notice.  But every time I see my silver tray with gold leaf handles, I smile! 

A Thrifted silver tray gets a refresh with a little gold leaf metallic spray paint.

A Thrifted silver tray gets a refresh with a little gold leaf metallic spray paint.



What do you think of this small change that refreshed my little tray?  I think it is certainly Trashtastic!  How do you feel about mixing metals in a room?  I would love to read your thoughts!  Feel free to comment in the comment section below, I love hearing from the people who read this little blog of mine!

A Thrifted silver tray gets a refresh with a little gold leaf metallic spray paint.

Thanks for joining me at Trashtastic Tuesday today!  If you like today’s post, please feel free to check out all of my other Trashtastic Tuesday Projects. 

We will be leaving in a couple of days so I can attend the Haven conference (yay!), and then we are taking a vacation to Charleston, SC.  I have never been to Charleston, so I an extremely excited to visit.  I hear it is really beautiful there, and my daughter and I are planning to tour a plantation.  So I will be taking several days off from blogging.  But when I come back I will hopefully have many fun things to share, and I will have many new inspirations and goals that I gain while attending Haven.  And of course, I will be sharing all about my first trip to a blog conference, so stay tuned!

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Friday, July 10, 2015

How to Have Long Luscious Lashes without Falsies

I have read things about 3D Fiber Lashes, but I had never tried them before until now.  Have you tried them?  They are supposed to give the same effect as false eyelashes, without actually applying falsies.  And I don’t know about you, but I despise false eyelashes because I am horrible at applying them.  So, when I was approached by Mia Adora and offered an opportunity to try these, I definitely wanted to try them.  My daughter tried them as well, and I took some before and after pictures of both of us, so you could see the difference in these lashes.  If you want long, luscious lashes, and don’t like to mess with falsies, give these a try!