Friday, July 26, 2013

My Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

To you who have already read about my kitchen cabinets, you may skip this post. I'm doing a special linking today. :-)

About a month ago, I decided I would do something about my hate-affair with my kitchen cabinets, and the outcome is beyond my expectations.

Here is a "before" picture, after I had taken off the cabinet doors, hoping to spur myself forward with the painting project. (You can read more about it all here.)

And here is a picture of my cabinets now. I chose an unconventional color, but it is the wow factor I've been wanting.

I hope you love them as much as I do.

 ♦ ♦ ♦

I'm linking to Cindy's Show and Tell Friday.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

In Praise of Soy

Miss Audrey Emeline, sleeping soundly on my couch.
Immediately following her birth, Audrey slept round-the-clock. After a few weeks, however, she started fussing a lot and crying out from obvious gas pains. She slept very little in the day and was constantly twitching.
After much thought, her mother decided to try Similac's soy formula for infants. It worked like a charm. Audrey is now sleeping soundly again, and so is her mother.
P. S. Nonni is happy, too.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Mosaic Monday - Audrey and Me

My new little granddaughter has captured my heart. I knew she would, of course.
Linking to Mosaic Monday.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Bedrooms Beautiful

My next decorating project (now that my kitchen cabinets and Audrey's room are done) is my bedroom. Right now, it is a total hodge-podge of leftovers, you might say. I love my furniture, but nothing else has been a priority.

The room is painted a dark taupe, and although it isn't an unpleasant color, it doesn't draw me in on any level. I figure I have two choices: 1) I can repaint it, or 2) I can work with the existing color and lighten up the room with linens and accessories.

With that in mind, here are a few bedrooms I like:

I don't have a beach outside my window, but maybe beach colors would have the same effect?
I like this room, but I think I'd pop it with one more color.
White linens have always appealed to me, and isn't the chandelier wonderful?
Another brown and white room. Simple but elegant in its own way.
The tiny touch of pink is perfect.
Another beachy room. Maybe I should just move to Florida.

I love the uniqueness of this, and the color combo is so classic.
Love, LOVE this. My colors all around. 

I have the perfect wall for a fireplace. They make pretty fake ones now. Maybe this winter...

Is this fabulous or what? So quaint. So cozy.
Another fireplace.

Well, dear ones, I could spend all day doing this, but I guess that will conclude my Tour of Bedrooms. I do trust you have enjoyed it as much as I have.

I'm still honing my personal vision some, and looking at options. I have to work with my space and not get bogged down in what I don't have - no beach outside my window. Repainting seems daunting at times, but I'm leaning that direction. In the meantime, sweet dreams, y'all. ♦
All bedroom pictures are from Houzz.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Vee's Note Card Party

I've loved photography since I was a teen, and nowadays, I can't take enough pictures of my new granddaughter, Audrey Emeline. Here is a very special one I took recently.

My sister was feeding her, and my adorable two-year-old niece was standing close by. I'm not sure what the note card would say, but I'm sure it would say something wonderful.

If you love photography, click on over to Vee's Note Card Party.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

My Kitchen Cabinets ~ From Boring to WOW!

When I bought my house in 2007, my kitchen was my least favorite room. Although it had been updated with everything new, it was boring beyond words. The counter tops and the white appliances weren't that big of a deal. It was the light oak cabinets that drove me mad. I hated them every time I flipped on the light switch.

My kitchen cabinets on move-in day. Dreadful.

As a single woman with a full-time job, however, I figured I wouldn't be in the kitchen that much. Out of sight is out of mind. Let the good times roll.

I wish I could tell you that the next few years found me embracing the cabinets and letting the good times roll, but that would be a lie. No matter how many good times rolled, the cabinets remained a source of angst.

Replacing them seemed wasteful (since they were only a few years old) so I decided a paint job would have to do, and I would be the painter. Never mind I had no experience painting cabinets, I would make it work. I even removed a few cabinet doors to bolster my decision, but alas, it did more harm than good. The more I pictured myself painting my cabinets, the more terrified I became.

Thus, I lived without the doors for the next few years, still hating the cabinets with every breath I took.

My cabinets after removing doors. Still dreadful.

If you've nodded off by now, you're going to miss the good part, so I do hope you're still with me.

Last month, I decided that six years is long enough to hate anything, so I did what needed to be done and called a contractor.

The color I chose isn't your typical color for kitchen cabinets, but it's a color I love, and I thought it would best compliment my black counter tops and white appliances, while giving the room the wow factor it so desperately needed. I wasn't disappointed!

Are you ready for the big reveal?

Drum roll, please!

 Welcome to my new kitchen!
(I bought the ceramic table at an antique shop in Galveston, and it makes a perfect island.)

 - What a difference a coat of paint made! -

For the first time ever, I can say that I truly love my quaint little kitchen. It brightens my mood every time I see it, and I'm hoping for many years of happy cooking.

I'm linking up with Cindy's Amaze Me Monday. I'm also joining Metamorphosis Monday and Blue Monday. Hope your week is beautiful. ♦

Friday, July 5, 2013

DIY - My Bunting Banner

I recently made this bunting banner from a Texas map my mother was throwing away. The map is dated 1969, and it was purchased by my parents the year we moved to Texas. With such sentimental value, I knew it would be perfect for the travel-themed room I was preparing for my soon-to-be-born granddaughter.

Bunting banners are really fun to make with endless possibilites. Here's how I made mine.

Using card stock, I created a 5 x 9 pattern.
Once the pattern was made, I traced along the map, making sure any significant cities were visible on my flags. For instance, since this was for my granddaughter's room, I made sure the town her great-grandparents live in was visible, along with the town her mother was born in, and the city I currently live in.
I wanted to protect the flags from wear-and-tear through the years, so I decided to reinforce them with card stock. I used Elmer's glue and a small artist's brush.
There are countless ways to bring your bunting banner together. I chose grosgrain ribbon. I selected bright orange to contrast the soft hues of the map. If you choose this method, make sure your ribbon is wide enough to fold in half.
Once folded, I pinned the flags to the ribbon to secure them for sewing. (Since I have no sewing machine, my sister sewed the flags into place for me. Thanks, Dayle!)
Finally, I wanted to add something to give the banner a more "girlie" feel, and I decided on buttons. I searched a long time before finding these adorable whimsical ones at Michael's. I thought they were perfect.
Once the buttons were sewn on, it was time to hang!
Despite my lack of craftiness, I love how it turned out, and I think I found the perfect spot.
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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Audrey Visits the Great-Grandparents

Saturday morning, my daughter, granddaughter, twin sister and I drove over to visit with my parents for the day. They've been wanting to see their new great-grand since she was born, but circumstances have prevented them from traveling.

Although our time together was brief, it was one for the memory books. Before we left, Leslie had her Papa pray over her and her beloved child. My daddy has prayed for Audrey since before she was even born, and seeing her in his arms and hearing him pray for her well-being brought a flood of tears for so many reasons.

Here are a few timeless moments I captured while there:

Surrounded by my father's faithful hands. She was mesmerized by his voice.
In the arms of my dear mother - no better place on earth to be. 
Four generations strong.
Getting sugar from her great Aunt Dayle
Getting to know Big Nana.
Making memories on the couch, after a wardrobe change.
Asleep on Big Nana's blanket, and safe on Big Papa's lap.
In the words of Brad Henry, "Families are the compass that guides us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter." I am beyond grateful that Audrey has strong compasses in her life - to help guide her, inspire her and comfort her as time goes by.