Monday, May 24, 2010

a beautiful weekend

Hey Everyone!! Did you have a wonderful weekend?? We sure did!! This weekend we got to babysit my husband's nephews, and it was such a fun time!! I love being an auntie, and it's so much fun to spend some quality time with the boys while they are still so little since time just flies by! I totally cherish every moment that we get to spend with them, and it melts my heart that they enjoyed spending time with their uncle & auntie.  Of course, I had my camera out ready to snap some cute shots of our weekend together, and I wanted to share them with you!

Uncle Scott & Rowan fighting.  Row is all about Star Wars these days.

Sidewalk chalk, drawing Star Wars characters.  Do you see the theme here??

Hanging with little Brinley, trying to keep him from eating grass! :)

Stealing a smooch on chubba chubba cheekies! Can ya blame me?!

Overall, we had an amazing weekend!! The weather is starting to really be super gorgeous & summer like and I could not be happier about that!  Oh, and in other exciting news, they FINALLY put the fountain up in my backyard pond, which is the highlight of the weather being warm! I love being able to open up the windows on a breezy summer night and listen to the sound of water, there is nothing better!!

Have a blessed week ya'll!! Lots of love from me to you!!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

mid week pick me up

Is it just me, or has anyone else had a ridiculously crazy week?? I felt like after Monday I was ready for the weekend!!! At least we are almost there, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!!!

Anyways, last Friday I got to babysit my sweet little nephew Kaden while Mommy ran some errands, and I just LOVE that little boy! We had fun playing outside with chalk, and when we came inside he decided it was time for a little snack without asking his Ti-ti Kimmy.  I had a stack of homemade chocolate chip cookies on my kitchen table, which by the way I have no idea how he knew that, and I turned by back for two seconds and this little monkey had a cookie stuffed in his mouth.  It was too funny, I had to shoot a quick video of him.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

customizing a store bought piece

Before I was introduced to this wonderful world of thrifty DIY-ness, I used to have a tough time find the right pieces of furniture for my house.  Either something was the right color, but there was something off about another part of the piece, and so I would have to spend a lot of time searching for something that met everything I wanted, and we all know that those pieces are pretty non-existent or very few and far between.  My whole perspective in looking for pieces to add to my house has now changed because I now am so very aware of how easy-peasy it is to fix the small things you don't like.

Recently, I ordered this entryway bench from  I have always loved the bench, mainly for the size of it and the additional storage it offers, but I wasn't quite sold on the color of the storage baskets and the cushions.  It's not really that there was anything wrong with it, it just wasn't me.

So, when this baby arrived to my house, I did what I do best and revamped it slightly to fit with me.  First off, I spray painted the baskets black.   Sorry, I didn't get any pictures of this, but you all know the drill.  Just that one little change made all the difference for me!  After I finished the baskets, I debated what I wanted to do with the cushions.  I went back and forth between choosing a fun print, or keeping it classic with burlap.  In the end, I went with burlap!  Affordable, and timeless, it doesn't get better than that.

Here's the cushions before, what I didn't really like was how peachy-ish they looked against the white wood, they just kind of clashed in my opinion.  So I recovered them in burlap in my own no-sew way (which I won't disclose because it's pretty ummmm....let's say inventive and I am ashamed how I managed to do it LOL!!)

And here's the AFTER!!

I really love what the burlap added to it!! Definitely blends more with my style!

Looks so different than the basic bench that it started off as!! I love it! It's added such a cute little quaintness to my entryway!  I love how easy it was to customize this store bought piece to what I love!!

So now what I am trying to decide is if I should number the cushions 1, 2, 3 or if I should monogram them with a D? Not all would be monogrammed but maybe the center cushion and then a design on the other two? I'm torn!! I would love if you would leave me a comment with what you think would be cutest! :)

(P.S. I added this post to DIY Day at a Soft Place to Land, swing by & check out other great projects!!)

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