Friday, October 24, 2014

Gentle Peace

Happy Friday everyone!

Today, I am sharing a gorgeous new stamp set with you called Gentle Peace.  I used the main image and one of the verses included to create my card.

I started by stamping the main image on our vellum cardstock with Versamark ink and used black embossing powder to heat emboss the image.  Next, I turned the image over and used my markers to color the backside.  Be careful.  The ink does not dry completely on the vellum and it can get kind of messy!
 Next, I cut my image out and added it to a piece of whisper white card stock that I matted with a piece of Night of Navy.  The card base is whisper white cut at 4 1/4 and scored at 5 1/2.  I added a night of navy mat cut at 4 x 5 1/4 and then a piece of the All is Calm Designer Series Paper at 3 3/4 x 5.

I stamped the verse on a piece of whisper white using Memento Tuxedo black ink.  I attached the vellum to the whisper white using glue dots and our 2 way glue pen at the very bottom.  Sometimes glue will show through vellum so I made sure to add the liquid glue at the bottom.

Finally, I popped the sentiment up on dimensionals and added a couple of rhinestones.  I am actually going to try to make a video on this card and hope to have it posted for you soon!

Thanks for stopping by!  A list of supplies I used is below!


Stampin Up!  Supplies used:

Product List
Stampin Write Markers - Subtles Collection
Stampin Write Markers - Subtles Collection
Stampin Write Markers - Regals Collection
Stampin Write Markers - Regals Collection
Stampin Write Markers - Neutrals Collection
Stampin Write Markers - Neutrals Collection

Sunday, October 5, 2014

New Shower Curtain Craziness

So, this is the story of why we ended up with a new shower curtain.  I know what you're thinking....that's not blog post worthy, but it is.  Trust me.

Have you ever had one of those life moments where the series of events leading up to that particular time in your day, while out of norm for you, happened for a very definite reason?

Me too.

A few weeks ago I was going about my normal workday routine.  Mondays are never fun, and I was just going through the motions trying to do too many things at one time.  I was checking email while brushing my teeth and just trying to hurry to get the day started.

Things were progressing just fine until it was time to turn off the water in the shower.  I leaned down to turn off the faucet and my foot slipped.  Suddenly, I found myself in one of those slow motion moments.  I knew I was going to fall and I knew there was nothing I could do about it.  My body turned and I was free falling out of our tub....taking our shower curtains with me.  I remember my hip hitting our toilet and my brain tell me to turn my body in hopes that I wouldn't bang my head on our tiled floor.  Instead, I landed squarely on elbow and only a small section of head hit the floor.  The worst pain I have ever felt shot up my elbow and I thought for sure I had shattered it.  Laying on the floor, I had no idea what to do.  I happened to look up and see my phone hanging off the side of the vanity. Remember my question from earlier?  I never take my phone into the bathroom with me.  Why, on that morning, I did escapes me, but there it was.  I was so excited except that when I reached up to grab it...I pushed it out of the way.  I'm on the floor laughing and crying because of the phone.  Well, I noticed my tube of toothpaste and was able to use it to get my phone.  Long story short, I was on the floor with both of our shower curtains under me and looking up at a bent rod.

My husband found a replacement and instead of putting it in the existing holes, he had to put it in a new spot. For that reason, the old shower curtain was now too short.  We needed a shower curtain that was 78 inches.  Have you ever tried to find a 78 inch shower curtain in a particular color scheme?  It isn't easy.  lol

Luckily, I am a shop owner on Etsy and just knew there had to be someone who could help us out.  I stumped upon Swirled Peas Designs and fell in love with their curtains.  The best thing about this shop is that they can match your exact paint color.  Shelly is the owner and worked with me to make sure I got the exact color I needed.  She even saved my package before it was shipped to the wrong address.  Best of all, we have a gorgeous shower curtain that was completely customized for us  AND it's 78 inches long :)  

What do you think?



You can really see in that last pic how well the color matches our ceiling color.  I loved the last curtain, but this new one is so much more elegant and fits beautifully in our decor.  I love it :)

Thanks again Shelly and Swirled Peas Designs for an amazing product!  

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Master Bedroom Part 2

Hi everyone :)  Two posts in a row?  Say what?  I know.  It really is amazing!  I'm totally in love with the progress in the master bedroom and I wanted to share it with all of you.

If you missed it, here's part 1. We had purchased our furniture, painted and lived with it for a few months.  We've slowly been purchasing new decor and I am totally loving it.

Can I just share something with you guys without fear of judgement?  I love home stores.  Like, they are my weakness.  Home Goods, Tuesday Morning, Steinmart, Ross, Marshalls, Kirklands, my list goes on and on and on and on...well you get the hint.

My hubby and I are following a strict budget.  Thank goodness or we would definitely be in the poor house with all of my hair brained ideas :)  I love being able to budget a set amount or budget for items that we are looking for and then hitting up one of the stores mentioned above to find just the right decor for our rooms.

So, let's start with lamps and pictures!

We hunted for lamps for several weeks.  We just happened to be in Home Goods one day looking for something totally different and my husband spotted these beauties.  I love them more than words can express.  I love their height.  I love the slight blue tint to the glass and I love how dramatic they look in our space.

The art is from this store on Etsy. She has so many great prints and is a breeze to work with too.  I was trying to pick the perfect aqua and she worked with me until we got it right.  I purchased 2 11 x 16 prints and 4 8x10s from her. We picked up the picture frames from Bed Bath and Beyond and I used left over paint from our ceiling sample to paint all the mats.  I like how it brings that aqua down from the ceiling and into the room.  I still wasn't loving the bedding, but had not decided on an accent it stayed.

 Normally, when it comes to color, I'm a very decisive person.  When it came to choosing the right accent color for this bedroom, I was at a loss.  I couldn't decide if I wanted a light green, yellow, or even a pink.  Then one day we went to Stein mart and I KNEW I had found my accent color.  That color is:

Coral.  Oh my lanta I love coral.  I love the coral with the aqua.  I also love that I bought the rectangular white pillow from Tuesday Morning months and months before we even found the bedding.  The comforter, quilt, shams and small pillow came from Stein Mart.  If you've never been, you should definitely go!

Unfortunately, I can't find any of the bedding online.  I can tell you that the comforter is from the Hyde Park line and is called Darcy.  It matches the color of the ceiling perfectly.  It should.  I was the crazy lady walking around the store with the lids to both of my paint cans to find colors that worked.  Sometimes you just have to do what you have to do for design decisions!  The best part?  The comforter and 2 shams was only $69.99. We actually paid more for the sheets from Bed, Bath and Beyond than we did for the comforter set.

The quilt is the Middleton Paisley in Medium Pink.  Unfortunately, they don't have this color online.  However, here's a link to the pool blue so you can see the pattern.  We purchased the euro shams separately at $16.99 a piece and the quilt was $29.99

I love, love, LOVE the coral with the purple, aqua and the touches of gray.  You can see a piece of our artwork peeking out.

Here's the view as you walk in to the room.  I know many aren't fond of ceiling fans, but we live in Texas and fans are a MUST.  We still have some ways to go before this room is considered finished.  We need window treatments, a new chair, tv and a few decorative pieces.  All in all, I am totally in love with this room and it's everything I could have imaged.  The only thing missing is the tall chest of drawers that's to the right in these pictures.  I will do another update as we add more things. What do you think about a monogram above the bed?  I love this one in white!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Let me know what you think!  You can hit me up via twitter @thejollyfatelf or find me on Pinterest too!   If you have any questions, feel free to email me.

Master Bedroom Part 1

Holy abandoned blog people!  lol  I envy those of you who blog every day because I just can't seem to blog more than once a year.  I'm back with another home decor blog post.  I'm having so much fun making our beige house into a colorful home :)

Warning**  This post and the following post will be very picture heavy.  Come on though, it's a post about a master bedroom redo.  It should be picture heavy, right?  Right?  Ok, I feel a little bit better.

So, let's start with the before.  If you missed my last blog post, we purchased a foreclosure almost 3 years ago. The bank really fixed it up before we purchased it.  However, in the process of making things better, they made everything BEIGE.  ARRRRGGGGHHH.  For this color loving woman-beige is the devil Bobby Booshay.  Seriously.

We've spent the last 2 3/4 years slowly updating and I'm just as slowly sharing those updates with you.

 Without further ado, here's our master bedroom redo!

To begin, these are the pictures I took when we first walked through the house with our Realtor.  Beige from top to bottom.  Even those crazy blinds were beige. However, the size of the bedroom is awesome and those 3 windows provide a LOT of natural light.

If you are like me, I get a color scheme in my head or a certain color and then I buy 3 or 4 samples of shades of that color.  You can see on the left hand side of this picture we were deciding between 3 different shades of purple and 3 different shades of aqua.  You can also see all the weird angles of our ceiling.  Beautiful roof line = crazy ceilings.

I need to let you in on a little husband HATES to paint.  He loathes it, but he does it for me :)  So, in order to make his job a little easier and to prevent him from having to cut in with all those crazy angles...I decided to bring the ceiling color down the wall a few inches.  Well, in a few spots it's a few inches, in this shot it's a few feet.  I was super, duper nervous at first.  We decided on a height and then we used a level to draw a line all across the room and my hubby got to painting.

I love this color.  It's Sunken Pool by Behr.  I believe it's a Satin Finish.

This picture makes my pretty aqua ceiling look minty fresh.  It's definitely not this green.  Got to love cell phone pictures!

The purple we picked is Hyacinth Arbor also by Behr. I absolutely love this color. So much in fact that I've almost convinced the hubs to repaint my dark purple craft room with this color!  Did I mention he hates to paint? We found a pretty rope chair rail at Lowes and painted it the same white as our trim.

Ok.  Once we painted, we knew that the ugly beige carpet had to go.  Isn't that a lovely shot of CARPET IN THE MASTER BATHROOM!?!?!?!?! The carpet was actually installed just before we moved in, but they used the cheapest, thinnest carpet and pad they could buy and it was not soft at all.
 This carpet is amazing.  I can't remember the color to save my life, but it's a dark grey and it was about $2 a sq foot.  Maybe even cheaper.  Again, we purchased from the Home Depot.  They like us. *I'm not sponsored by them in anyway, but if you're reading this Home Depot and want to sponsor, you can totally hit me up.  lol *

Next up, furniture.  There's a funny story about this bed.  Well, it will probably be funny in the next 10 years, but during the time it was kind of stressful.  Our old bed was a queen.  We purchased a new mattress set and decided to go cheap.  Well, needless to say, that wasn't our best plan ever.  However, it was a blessing in disguise because we ended up deciding to upgrade to a king sized bed.  The only problem was that we didn't have a king sized bed.  We didn't even have a king size bed frame.  We thought we could live with mattresses on the floor for a little while until we remembered that we had purchased low profile box springs (did you know there was such a thing?  There is.  Helps your bed stay humanly tall and you don't have to be the Jolly Green Giant to crawl into it at night.) to help protect my already broken foot from re-breaking.  I actually broke my foot by stepping out of a bed that was too tall for me.  It was crazy.  Anywho, the mattress were TOO low to the ground and like Goldilocks I wanted something just right.

I already knew that I wanted an upholstered bed. I love the look of them and have been totally in love with this shape for a couple of years.  I had thought we would try to DIY a bed, but we just happened to see a HGTV ad for their furniture line from Basset and presto chango...we bought this bed.
 If only it had really happened that fast, I would have been a very happy girl.  This is a custom king sized bed.  We picked the fabric and they made it and delivered it in about a month.  Isn't it gorgeous?  I was worried about the paisley, but we decided to just do the headboard in the material.  It also has a nail head trim.  It's so pretty.  We love it.  The next picture shows it with our other new bedroom furniture. Oh, and the bedding we bought to make due until we were ready to purchase a bed, paint, etc.  Did I mention our initial time frame for all of these changes was 6 months and we ended up doing it in 3 weeks?

I know some people advise against matchy/matchy bedroom furniture, but I am of the mindset that if I like it, that's all that matters.  I found this furniture while googling white furniture.  It's actually kids furniture.  It's a white with a silver glaze on top.  It's so pretty.  I love the shape on the bottom and I felt it really fit with the bed, etc.  Unfortunately, it was being discontinued  We purchased that day and are totally in love with it.
 Love, love, love!
That's the first round of updates for the master bedroom.  The next post will be more changes!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Let me know what you think!  You can hit me up via twitter @thejollyfatelf or find me on Pinterest too!   If you have any questions, feel free to email me.