Saturday, June 25, 2011

mantel revamp

Is it just me or has this month been extremely busy and chaotic? I honestly cannot believe that it is June 25th and next week will already be the start of JULY! That is completely insane! Minnesota weather has not been the best this past week so the fact that summer is flying by and we haven't even had summer weather makes me super bummed.  I am hoping that from here on out it will be a lot better!!

So last week, my sister-in-law and I decided to check out a new consignment store near my house and it was better than we could have imagined! Seriously the place was HUGE and it had so many awesome trinkets and treasures.  I honestly wasn't going there looking for anything but I found a beautiful mirror that I just couldn't get outta my head!  For a long time I have been contemplating revamping my mantel.  I really did like it before, but it  just kind of didn't feel like my style anymore. I am still trying to hone my style for decor and some things might still be a bit mis-match but we are getting there!

So here is the little beauty of a mirror that I found.  What I loved is the gorgeous detail on it! I am completely in love with ornate frames and this just was instant love for sure.  Here she is right before I was going to paint it, beautiful huh??

Of course, I opted to paint the frame white! Did you expect anything else from me?! I chose a semi gloss white color and even after one coat, the detail on this baby just started to POP!

Ahhh, so pretty, crisp, clean, and shabby chic like!! I was absolutely thrilled with how it came out.  For the mantle, I also wanted a nice white jar/vase but I just couldn't seem to find one that I loved.  I had seen in blogland other creative ladies who paint over just regular ceramic and glass things so I figured why the heck not try that too?  I pulled one of my many plain ol' vases out of the cupboard and decided to use the same spray paint on the vase.


  Seriously SO easy and hello it was FREE since I had this on hand already and I just LOVE how it turned out!

So here is the mantel before hand........... 
(this is a super OLD picture from when we first moved in but it was basically just like this)

And here is the new simplified mantel!

Isn't it lovely?? I love having it more crisp and simple.  The frame is just the perfect size and seriously the detail on it is adorable! 

I added some fake hydrangeas into the vase that I painted for an extra little pop.  The were 60% off so you just couldn't beat the price!  The ribbon the vase is the same ribbon wrap that I had on my bouquet on our wedding day.  It has our monogram and wedding date on it and it accents the vase just perfectly.

So what do you all think? I hope you love it as much as I do! I think it is just perfect and simple, as well as a much needed change!  I am now already thinking about how I want to change other elements in the living room.  Don't you love when that happens? One thing leads to another, and another, and another....well, you get my point!  :)

Monday, June 13, 2011

God gave me you {{Three Year Anniversary}}

Today is our THREE year anniversary and I cannot believe how quickly time has flown since we became Mr & Mrs.  To say that the last three years have been the most incredible of my life would be a complete understatement.

I have loved every single day of being a wife and being married to my best friend.  I truly couldn't have asked God to give me a better man to spend my life!  Obviously we have had our challenges and  ups and downs, but even in the days when things have been tough there is no one I would rather have by my side than Scott.  He brings out the best in me, isn't afraid to challenge me, or to tell me when I am crazy and out of line, but he is also my biggest supporter, the encourager of my dreams, and he always fights to be the best and give the best to me and to our life together.

To my amazing husband, I love you more than words could say and I am so thankful that you choose me to be your wife and best friend for the rest of our lives.  You have exceed everything I could have asked or dreamed for in a husband, and I thank God every day for you!

I cannot wait to see what the next year has in store for us!! I know it will only keep getting better and better! :)

Old school S & K {{2003}}

Engaged! {{9-9-07}}

The BIG Day! {{6-13-2008}}

...Three Years Later, still in love <3

Thursday, June 9, 2011

random thoughts thursday

Is it just me, or does it seem like weeks fly by faster during the summer months!?! I feel like when I look at my calendar of events for June that I am gonna blink and it's gonna be July already.  Can things slow down just a smidge, please???  I really want to savor every summer moment that I can.

Speaking of being way too busy, this weekend is super jammed packed with things for the hubby and I.  We have TWO weddings this weekend, as well as celebrating our THREE year anniversary on Monday.  Talk about a busy weekend.  As I am sitting here just thinking about it all, I am super overwhelmed! LOL! At least the things we have to do are fun, that always helps.  And a little added bonus is that I only have a half day of work tomorrow, and I am off on Monday. HOLLA!! :)

So, I figured before I head off into my busy, busy weekend I would recap some of the random loves/thoughts/events from this past week!!


My in-laws got a smaller above ground pool last week and on Saturday the hubby and I went to check it out and swim with my sweet little nephew, Rowan.  I am thinking that this will be the first of many swimming adventures this summer! I am so excited that they finally got a pool, my mother-in-law has been talking about it forever and I know that someday in the near future my kiddos will love that their grandparents invested in this!


I am loving the hot summer heat we have been having this past week!! Winter was especially cruel, long, and cold this year so you will not hear this girl complain about the heat.  I was one of the few who was loving that it hit 102 (yes ONE HUNDRED TWO degrees in MINNESOTA) the other day!!  I am loving busting out all my summer clothes! I just struck gold at H & M a few weeks ago and I found SO much good stuff, but this one dress is definitely a fav!

So cute right? And what is even better about it is the price, only $9.95! You just cannot beat that! Great style and it doesn't break the bank, its like something straight outta my dreams! 


One of the weddings we are attending this weekend is for one of my best friends, Rachel.  I am SOOOO excited that she is marrying her high school sweetheart, they have been waiting for so long and I could not be happier for them!  This past weekend we celebrated her bachelorette party and it was such a fun girls night out!!! There is nothing I love more than a fun night on the town with some of my favorite girls.  It's the best to just unwind and get silly!!


I have a new addictions in the food/drink category.  I think I might need an intervention!!! :)   It's the  iced pomegrante vanilla oolong tea latte from Caribou Coffee, honestly it's amazeballs!  If you haven't tried it you MUST! Seriously, just looking at this picture makes me want to hop in my car to go get one right now! It's  the PERFECT summertime drink!


I cannot believe that Monday will be our THREE year anniversary, seriously where has the time gone?!  I feel like it was just yesterday that we tied the knot, and now here we are an old married couple! Okay, not OLD but you know what I mean! Wow, what a God blessed adventure it has been so far! I cannot believe how far we have come in three years! I will post something on Monday with more about my thoughts on this, but for now, I'll leave ya with a few wedding pics that I love.  

I hope you all have a wonderful, fun weekend in the sun!! :)

**P.S. I did upload videos of the top two things on my list if you are really that interested (which I know you are cause let's face it, I am that awesome! LOL! JK)  Just click the link on the sidebar for our YouTube channel!***

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