Thursday, July 30, 2009

Show Us Your Life Friday-Wedding Party & Flowers

It's Friday and that means the next segment of "Show us Your Life" on Kelly's Korner. This week's topic is to share your wedding ceremony photos showing the wedding, wedding party, and flowers.

First my bouquet. It was made of two dozen lavendar and white roses with baby's breath. After freaking out about other florists' prices, I found a shop that made my bouquet for only $65. Bridesmaids bouquets were similar but with only one dozen roses and they were only $35.

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Instead of pew bows, I took small metal buckets I bought at Wal-Mart for $1 and spray painted them white. I added some silk hydrageas and pearls and suspended them from the pews with ribbon. It was a Martha Stewart idea. (This is a bad photo scan, but you get the idea.)

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And finally the ceremony shot. I don't remember what all songs we had, but I have the CD still of the music. We did a unity candle and the blessing of the hands reading. I didn't want an aisle runner because I thought I might trip, but now I wish I had one. We were married at our church.

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Here we are leaving the church with bubbles everywhere.

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And a shot from the back. Our photographer had an assitant who took photos too so we have shots from the front and the back.

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Finally a shot of the whole crew. This is my stepdad's truck. I believe it is a 1941 Plymouth. We had posing for photos by it.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Feeling Blue

It seemed like for awhile blue was not part of the in crowd of color. Magazines seemed to focus on more earthy tones and blue was left out of the fun. Lately it apprears blue is back and better than ever. Whether it's more muted and greenish blues that remind us of lazy days by the beach or richer and bold blue pillows and accessories that pop against neautral backgrounds, blue can transform a room. Since it's a more soothing and restful color, it's often used in bedrooms. Here are some lovely living room spaces that are decked out with blue paint or fun blue accessorries.

I love the horiztonal stripes in this room and how they painted the ceiling. They even have "gasp" a ceiling fan. As much as I love fun and elegant light fixtures, some rooms just need a ceiling fan for comfort.


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This room has some subtle blue accents with the pillows and the flowers. Those green curtains really pop out as well.

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More fun pops of blue in this room. At first glance I would think that blue and white chair is way to bold of a design, but it really works with the neautral walls and sofa.

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While the darker blues in this room aren't really my thing, they do have a lot of neat ideas in this family room. I love the rustic doors on the cabinets on each side of the fireplace. I'm not sure if the chandelier is supposed to be missing the candles though?

Country Living

I remember seeing this room in my copy of Midwest Living. I believe it is a home on Lake Michigan. I love the soft blues and other muted colors that combined with the white walls and large windows create such a bright and airy space.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Kitchen Revealed

I'm making this post my project for DIY Day on A Soft Place to Land and the Transformation Thursday party on The Shabby Chic Cottage Head on over and check out all the fantastic projects, crafts, and more on both wonderful blogs.


After teasing everyone Monday with the sneak peaks of the color I painted my kitchen, here is the promised reveal of the new paint job:

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Again the color is Glidden's Whispering Wheat. I did the whole kitchen with one gallon of $20 paint. I had a giftcard so the project was almost free. I say almost because I happened to find this chandelier at Home Depot that was only $65. Hubby was nice enough to install it for me although there was some grumbling involved because nothing is ever as easy to install as it seems. It all worked out though and I love the color of the fixture and warm glow it casts on the room.

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Even Emma enjoys the new color. Only one cat walked through the paint this time. Luckily, kitty paint prints come off of tile easily.

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And here's one more before shot with the yellow paint and boring light:

And the more neutral and fresher after:

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Now I just need to figure out what to do about curtains. I'm not sure whether to do just add valances or roman shade style curtains or to add long curtains like I had before. I'm not crazy about the blinds, but they are the wooden kind and are in every window of the house. I will be fixing the one slat on the left that is broken. I need to replace the curtain that covers the door to the laundry room on the right. We can't shut the door because the litter box is there so I need something to cover it. I may look for a pretty fabric shower curtain to hang there. I also need to decide what I want to hang on the walls.

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My living room and dining room look really dark here, sorry for the bad photos.

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To see my craziness with the paint samples I used to pick the color for the room, read this post.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Kitchen Painting Project

So I decided last Thursday that this past weekend would be a good time to paint the kitchen. I had a coupon for Home Depot and a Home Depot giftcard from credit card rewards that had just arrived in the mail.

So here's the before shot of the kitchen. It's not always this messy, I promise. The one slat on the blinds on the left window is always broken though. This is after I started Friday night so I was using the cordless drill to remove switchplates and outlet covers and had other miscellaneous painting supplies strewn around the kitchen. The room looks a little dark, but the paint was a soft yellow color.

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Friday night I stopped by Home Depot and picked up a couple of Glidden samples to match with the paint chips that I liked the best. I picked up "Whispering Wheat" and "Water Chestnut." If you use these paint samples, don't use the brushes that come with them, they are pretty awful. Imagine using a nail polish brush to paint your walls. It ain't pretty and just makes a big, drippy mess.

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I got a little crazy trying the paint samples on the walls. I wanted to see how it looked in different places. I've heard that it's a good idea to paint a piece of posterboard and then carry that around the room to see how the paint looks in different lights and locations. I didn't have posterboard and I knew the paint over white posterboard would look different than paint over yellow walls.

This photos shows the lighter paint on the left and the darker one on the right.

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This one is reversed, "Whispering Wheat" on the left, "Water Chestnut" on the right.

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I quickly decided the lighter color was too light and I was digging the darker color. So I stuck it in some more random places. I hope to paint the cabinets white at some point, but I wanted to see how the paint looked against the orangey oaky wood until then.

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And one more spot for good measure.

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So I figured the Whispering Wheat was the winner and Saturday morning headed to Home Depot to pick up the paint. I found another major goodie at Home Depot for the kitchen. I'll reveal that upgrade along with the final painted room tomorrow. My legs are still sore from going up and down the ladder for 6 hours Saturday. I did discover a great tool for painting that helped alot. More about that later too. So stay tuned for more reveals.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Share Your Wedding Dress

Kelly's Korner is having a Show Us Your Life-Wedding Dresses party so I'm joining the fun. She has the most awesome posts on Fridays to share different parts of your life, it's worth checking out if you've never been to her blog.

Our wedding day was June 4, 2004. It's crazy that it's already been over 5 years.

Mine was a Mary's Bridal dress. I found it at a store, but ending up ordering it online from one of those really big online bridal shops. I can't remember the name of it now. I think it cost around $450. I loved all the detailing on it. I tried on several different ones at different stores, but this one just felt right. The veil, tiara, and jewelry I bought all from e-bay.

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First the shot with the hubby.

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This is a bad scan, but one of the few pictures the clearly shows my whole dress with the train.

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You can see the details on the front here.

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Similar beading and detailing on the back. It's still sitting in the garment bag, 5 years later. I should have it cleaned or something.

Thanks for looking!

You Have to See This Magazine

I picked up this magazine the other day at Sam's. It's $5.99, but magazines at Sam's are 25% off or something like that. So it was less than $5. And so full of home decor goodness. It is an awesome collection of beautiful rooms and wonderful ideas on ways to perk up your home. This glossy mag is stuffed full of before and afters and amazing room makeovers. This is one of the best magazines I've bought in quite awhile. I've been pouring over the pages of loveliness every since and I wanted to share a few of my faves.


Here's the yummy cover with the first hint of all the eye candy inside. Look at the beautiful stenciling they did on the wall. And I looove that rug.

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This is one of the very first rooms featured. Look at the wonderful board and batten(I think that's what it's called, I call it pretty white trim stuff) they added to the wall. The color scheme is so soothing and beautiful.

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I love how they gave tips on how to display photos and collectibles without creating a cluttered and overwhelming collection. And that clock they stuck on the fireplace is so creative.

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The commentary behind this shot was all about layering different textures and shades of the same color to create a gorgeous space without the patterns and colors clashing. I may have to prop some throw pillows on my dining room chairs. (They never get used anyways)

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These two bedroom photos showcase some easy bedroom makeovers that are mostly achieved with new paint color, a better furniture arrangement, and some fun and colorful accessories.

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The final room makeover I wanted to share was this awesome bathroom transformation. Look at the scary green room of horror before compared to the spa like gorgeous after. It's hard to tell in this scanned photo, but they used some amazing tile on that floor.
So if you happened to see this magazine it's well worth picking up and drooling over the rooms featured. For $5.99 it's a great escape to view all these wonderful spaces and get some great ideas of things you can do in your own home whether it's a major reno. of just some simple and inexpensive changes such as a new furniture arrangement or throw pillows.
Happy Friday!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Framing Vintage Postcards

It's DIY Thursday at A Soft Place to Land and I'm joining in on the fun. This is one of my favorite weekly linky parties. Sooo many great ideas.

I bought some beautiful vintage postcards at a flea market last year. They are from the early 1900s and show several scenes in St.Louis. The first is the old courthouse which is where the Dred Scott Trial took place.The second is the elegant Union Station. It was once one of the busiest train stations in the country. Now it has a mall and restaurants inside. The last one shows the old City Hall building. I think I paid around $4 for all 3 cards. I bought the frame at Garden Ridge almost a year ago too. I think it was around $10 on sale.

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I finally got around to putting the cards in the frame. The size of the postcards was almost exactly the same size as the mat openings so I had to be sure to position them just right so they were even in the opening. First I used my sticky tape dispenser(the purple thing) to put some sticky tape on the back of the mat. I lined up the mat with the backing paper that came with the frame and stuck those together.

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Then I carefully lined up the postcards with the openings on the front. Since they were slightly smaller I was able to put them on top instead of behind the mat openings. I applied some sticky tape to the back of the postcards and stuck them to the backing paper.

Then all that was left was sticking them in the frame and ta da! Instant vintage art. Now I just have to figure out where to hang it.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Lighten Up

I'm still pining away for white cabinets of my own. Someday it will happen. Until then I keep looking around and collecting more photos of white kitchens I love. Here some of my latest finds.

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House Beautiful

Argggh, more Blogger frustration. Why is it so difficult to delete or resize a photo? One point for Blogger though for being able to upload multiple photos at once. One strike for not being able to add captions. I need a Blogger-Wordpress hybrid I think. Anyone know of such a thing? Anyway, I'll just gaze at these lovely kitchens and let all blogging stress melt away. Ahhhh, much better.


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