Monday, October 31, 2011

featured AGAIN!!!

happy halloween!!!
i am taking a break from sitting on my porch handing out treats to adorable kiddos in my neighborhood!

now that halloween has come and gone, it is time for thanksgiving.
last year i created a burlap banner to decorate our fall mantel and that is being featured tomorrow morning over at Young and Crafty.

so don't forget to check it out!

Young and Crafty!!!
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

{for the love of cranberry creek}

this weekend was spent in the beautiful mountains of north carolina. 
we celebrated my 30th birthday with a few of the most amazing people i know.
yes, 30. 
three. ohhh.

this is the third year that we have went to cranberry creek. it is a long and relaxing weekend that i look forward to every fall. the colors are vibrant, the nights are freezing cold, and we always make delish meals... this year was no different!
we had two new guests this year - my very best friend in the WHOLE world, crystal, and her husband, justin. they made the drive from west virginia.

here is how i would describe cranberry creek - it is a cabin that sits on an amazing piece of land nestled high in the mountains. water lines the propery and trees stretch to the sky. it's always blue skied and beautiful. it's always cold enough for a bonfire.
it is perfection.

here are some images of the amazing cranberry creek -
our pups, oliver and emme, know cranberry creek as soon as we pull up the hill. they both know they are in for a weekend of stick fetching, rock searching, and running free around 13 acres of land.
they. are. in. heaven.
 ellie had lots of time to run around as well. she is the funnest little girl and so full of life!
isn't that the cutest face!
david and i wanted to TRY to get a picture of the two of us with our pups... this was quite the task, but finally we succeeded! (thank you crystal!!!) in most of the pictures one of the pups would try to jump or run... but i love those just as well as the ones that did turn out.
 and finally... the perfect family photo!
and a lovely photo of crystal and justin - they are such a fabulous couple!
already looking forward to next year at cranberry creek...

as for turning 30, i truly feel no different today than i did yesterday. sure, growing up and dreaming how my life would look at 30 i may have had some different ideas... like owning my dream home and maybe having a kid or two. instead, we own a beautiful home that we don't live in but rent out, and live in a rental! and no kiddos yet, though our two pups are as spoiled and loved as all the children we know.
though my life plan has taken a few unexpected but very welcomed turns, i wouldn't trade where i am at in my life for anything in the world. i feel that i have everything i could possibly need, including the most amazing husband ever created. i have a family that has built me to be the person i am today, the greatest friends, a strong roof over my head and a super super super comfy bed to rest my weary head in at night.
yes, when i go to bed each night i have MUCH to be thankful for.
of course, there is still lots to do, but i am now realizing there is so much time left to work on those things.
i anticipate that my thirty's will bring much more happiness than my twenties! 

Friday, October 21, 2011

Guest Posting at delicateCONSTRUCTION tomorrow!

Good morning y'all.

We are off to the mountains for a long weekend and wanted to send a quick note letting everyone know that I will be guest posting tomorrow morning over at delicateCONCTRUCTION!!! (YAY!!!) I'm super excited about this opportunity and have loved this blog for a long time, so it really is an honor!

So don't forget... Tomorrow morning! delicateCONSTRUCTION.  Happy weekend to you all.
Thursday, October 20, 2011

DIY photo ledge via Ana White

i hope everyone in blogland has checked out this amazing gal and all her skilllllz.... seriously, she is amazing and can build everything imaginable. the hubby and i have been scoping out her website every single day, looking for weekend projects. after building our pottery barn inspired table, i decided that i wanted a photo wall above it. hanging a billion photos is so aggravating to me so a photo ledge was a brilliant project to take on.
enter ana white's 10 dollar ledges.
HERE is where you can find the plan.
so off to lowes to went to get our supplies!
fortunately, i have an awesome husband that owns this....
i mean seriously, have you ever seen anything so adorable?!?!?! god, i love that man so much! and it is SUCH a plus that he is handy and can use power tools like nobody's business!!!
anyhow... regardless what kind of situation you are in - whether you own a circular saw or not, you CAN do this project. lowes and home depot will cut your wood for you, and for this project, you may or may not need any cuts period.
your supplies for this project are 2 1x4's and 1 1x2 boards. those boards will make you an eight foot photo ledge. in my case, i needed a four foot, so i only purchased 1 1x4 and 1 1x2. we cut all three boards in half and tossed the leftover 1x2.
all you do is glue your 1x4's together and screw them in... PREDRILL or it WILL split! then tack on your 1x2 strip to the front with finishing nails.
and there you have it. a photo ledge.
we painted ours white and it was ready to hang! simple and PERFECT!
sanding all the boards
nice and smooth and ready to assemble
we added wood glue to join the boards then used wood clamps to hold them together. 
we tacked on the front 1x2 strip with finishing nails.
painted white
and looking amazing on the wall! 
hopes this inspires someone out there to pick up a piece of wood and build something with it! i promise you... it is the MOST rewarding feeling :)
Monday, October 17, 2011

DIY Pallet Crate

as promised, here is the tutorial for the ancient pallet turned crate.
enjoy =)

a pallet has been sitting in my yard for about six weeks now... a verrrrrrry old wooden pallet that we found on the side of the road. finally this weekend, we ventured outside to dismantle this hunk of beautiful wood to make a crate for our vinyls. little did we know the headache it takes to dismantle one of these things... geez. but we won. we dismantled every last piece of wood this pallet had to offer!
it started like this - sitting on our work table. we quickly found out that we would be turning this thing upside down and sideways about a bazillion times. lots and lots and lots of hammering. i mean... looooooooooooooooooots.
but in the end, look at all that beautiful aged wood. i really can't imagine how old this pallet was. the nails that were used to hammer it together were completely rusted and also twisted, so getting that completed was a true pain. there were also a million staples, and not just regular ole staples, staples that were about 4 inches long. yeah, a beast. but we had our minds set to make a vintage looking crate from reclaimed wood to house our vinyls... and that is just what we did.

*you will definitely want something to hold all those bazillion nails and staples... otherwise, a  tetanus shot will be number one on your to-do list...
(see those twisty rusty nails... now you can see what i was talking about... b.e.a.s.t.
we made our sides first, then measured the width by adding a record. when we got our correct measurements, we screwed side strips to hold everything together. then added a simple wood bottom.
and voila. yet another building score! and look how great it looks holding the vinyls...
i love how the color of the wood is different on each plank. i promise, i didn't plan for that to happen! it just did.
the joy of building.

Friday, October 14, 2011


yes, it is true.
my DIY pottery barn inspiration table was featured on a fabulous blog that i follow and dearly love!
this gal gives me daily inspiration, and also led me to build a table nearly identical to her own.

check it out -

(i'm pretty pumped about this!)

thank you so much to girls with good taste! your blog name speaks volume.

Monday, October 10, 2011

{pottery barn inspiration table reveal + amazing treasures}

so the big reveal is FINALLY here!!!

HERE is the link to part one of our building process for the pottery barn inspiration table.
and HERE is the link to part two.

and now, here is the inspiration photo that began all this beautiful building madness - 
i had been drooling over all the pottery barn work benches and console tables for quite some time now... this table could not have been more perfect and i knew that the second i saw it! 
the way this crafty gal decorated her table was EXACTLY the way i wanted mine to look... the vintage suitcases, the rustic metal... my kinda style! (thank you, thank you!)

so without further ado... here she is!!!!!!!!!!!!! all decked out with fabulous vintage decor!
here is a close up view of the top-
and a close up view of the bottom shelf (that took FOREVER to build).
 and we even added casters to the bottom!
we are so in love and i still can't believe we built it!!! 
for the stain, we ended up mixing two different oil based colors together to get what we were going for. i let everything dry and sit overnight, then applied minwax finishing paste to the whole table. 
to make this post complete, i must add all the other beautiful features in the photo. 
the photo ledge above the table we also built. it is an Ana White plan and was SO unbelievably simple to build. 
the crate sitting on the floor beside the table we built using an olllllllllllllld wooden pallet we found on the side of the road. 
(the ledge and crate will both have posts of their own explaining exactly how we made each.)

and all that beautiful decor was vintage items that we found buried in david's grandparents garage...
like this tiny leather suitcase that is lined with silk fabric. and LOTS of blue mason jars.... 
i really couldn't believe my eyes. really. 
i can't even begin to tell you how happy this made me.
three lovely blue bell's are displayed on one side of the table. all three different sizes... all beautiful!
 another larger suitcase that fit the bottom shelf perfectly.
 an amaaaaaazing old rusty metal railroad lantern
an old west virginia license plate, with the year that david was born. 
and this old metal sprinkler hose that still turns like a champ! 

we really couldn't be more pleased with how this turned out.
sometimes the building got tough, and there may or may not have been a few yells let out... but every second was worth it. we really did have a blast through the whole process.

here are a few more treasures that we collected from davids grandparents -
tools for davids collection like a router, another circular saw, and a ton of clamps.
two beautiful quilts that i will forever cherish-
a beautiful brooch -
about 100 different vintage sewing patterns -
and loads of thread on wooden spindles -

all treasures.

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