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Friday, December 24, 2010

on our way

have a wonderful christmas and a happy happy new year.  with love and hugs always--i will be back after the first with new fun things to share about my life in the last frontier.
love love

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


we all have toms now and we LOVE them!!!  so glad to know that with our purchases 4 pairs of shoes were donated to those in need.  win win this holiday season.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

a few of my favorite things...week 4

a few loves i have my eye on and think i might just have to get something special for myself after the new year.  maybe something will go on sale...

i have been looking for a pair of thrifted cowboy boots with NO luck:(  here is a pair i am totally in love with at fossil!!!
you can find all this fabulously fun stuff at anthropologie!!!

finally complete...dresser project

wow this project took me extra long, but here it is--an upcycled dresser for my daughters room.
dresser: thrift store $80
knobs: anthropologie $80
paint: i had around the house from another project.


i lined the drawers with polka dots
i found the date on the back--oh my goodness its 50 years old!!!!
love love projects...i cant wait to head out and find some new ones.  anyone have any ideas???

Monday, December 20, 2010

monday loves...

oh dear monday...
so thankful for today.  so happy for a day with my sweet little ones.  a day to relax and reconnect with no school and no work to get in the way.  i cherish our day together.  we will pack our suitcases for disney world, eat together, and stay in all day.  there is a fresh blanket of snow outside and most of the christmas gifts have been delivered.  this christmas season has been a relaxing one.  this year i didn't allow the stress of it all take away from embracing the true meaning of this beautiful holiday.
love and hugs

last week my sons class had a presentation for all us parents about family heritage.  it was a fun little project for the kids to learn more about their families and where they are from.  on the back of the projects they all came up their own lists to describe themselves.  i loved the list (especially the last line)  it melted my heart and i had to take a picture of it.  love love

Sunday, December 19, 2010


hope you found your inspiration this weekend

all photos from we heart it

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

a few of my favorite things...week 3

on sunday it was cold and clear and my daughter asked if we could make some pens for her teachers and friends.  we headed out to joann fabric and she found some fabulous glittery flowers and ribbons.  one of my favorite parts of the flower pen is the teal duct tape that holds the creation together.
i had so much fun creating these with my two favorite kids--love love

Monday, December 13, 2010

monday loves...

what a great weekend!!  i am thrilled to have my shopping done and find myself relaxed and ready for the holidays, projects and our family vacay at the end of the month.  it has been super cold and today i found myself at my favorite little thrift shop searching for a project. 

a couple of weeks ago i found this amazing little print after reading one of my favorite blogs, lacylike.  lacy did a little entry way makeover that included a fabulous little framed poster that says "keep calm and carry on".  i have seen it before but after seeing it in her entry way i had to have one too.  you can find lacy's makeover titled free change here and the poster here by sf girl.

i wanted to find a special frame to up cycle, so with a framed flower print, a little mod podge and an anthropologie catalog i began my project.  i was so excited i forgot to take a before picture--oops!!!!

so here is an "after" picture!!

i painted the gold frame turquoise and i used mod podge to cover the mat with an anthro catalog!!
love love

thank you for the inspiration lacy, i think you are fabulous!!!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

make it beautiful

i have seen this before and i love love love it!!

i love love love this too!!!!
hope your day is filled with lots of love and happiness!!!

all images found at we heart it

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

a few of my favorite things...week 2

around the house

here are a few of my fav's
my favorite curtains (in my dining room) from anthropologie
last spring i sold my old red pottery barn curtains at our garage sale.  i went curtainless for the entire summer (we have almost 24 hours of daylight in the summer, so theres not much need for window coverings) while i searched for the perfect pair.  i kept going back to a few different patterns at anthro and finally settled on these green and blue beauties!!!
my favorite painting!!!  my kids go to a school that integrates art, music and science into every part of their curriculum.  so, they are always bringing home amazing artwork that i love to display in the house.  this one my son did a few months ago!!
my fireplace and mantel are one of my favorite places in the house.  you can see it from almost anywhere and it is super cozy when the fire is going and we are all nestled in the living room.
our family photo and our letter "S" from anthro
when we first moved into this house i was a little overwhelmed with this wall.  its huge and i wanted something grand.  i originally wanted a huge art piece but i am so glad i decided to display photos of the kids on these wonderful pottery barn shelves
my pantry is small, but it works out really well with these wire baskets.  originally there were horrible bi-fold doors that the kids squished their fingers in so i ripped them off and put up a curtain rod and curtains for a much softer look.

a little sneak peek at my new anthro bedding!!!!  i will show more of our bedrooms later. 

my very messy workspace!!!!!!

more places for photos in the dining room

so there are a few of my favorite spots around the house. 

Monday, December 6, 2010

monday loves

ten thousand villages

last week i received two beautiful gifts from two wonderful friends.   
i had never heard of ten thousand villages before, but i am so impressed with these gifts i want to learn so much more.  ten thousand villages is a fair trade organization helping artists from other countries receive a fair wage for their creations. 
my friend jessie gave me this little heart, hand carved with love

a red woven garland--i wish you could see the full detail--i cant even imagine how long these took to create.

 so beautiful for the holidays--i love it so much!!