It’s My Birthday Yo!

Today is my birthday. For those that don’t know, I am a twin. A fraternal twin, but still a twin. We definitely don’t look alike, or even act the same. I’m the outgoing, make friends, with everyone, social butterfly. I’ve always been that way. Tonya (my twin) is the quiet, keeps to herself, homebody. We balance each other out in a lot of ways.

So today is our birthday, and it always feel odd not being with her on this day. We didn’t get the chance to celebrate together this year since we live 3 hours away from each other, but my husband planned a little surprise party for me.

We went roller skating at the local roller rink!! It was so much fun and definitely brought me back to 6th grade.


When I put the skates on and stood up my first thought was “oh crap, I am going to fall on my face.” Luckily, once I got out there and went around the rink a few times I had my sea legs back on! Dave did not have my luck…he fell a couple times, and every time I tried to skate with him it made him loose balance. Oh well, in my book that just means we have to go back again πŸ™‚

Next we went out for sushi! I could eat my weight in sushi. For real. It is so delicious. I had this yummy martini called the Coco Cabana. It was coconuty and fruity and definitely delicious.



I’d say it was a successful birthday gathering! Yay for birthdays!

On another note– I am still working on that pallet coffee table. It’s more of a beast than I anticipated. Meh. We will see how long it actually takes me to conquer this one. Until next time…


My Grandma is a Hoarder.

My Grandma is a hoarder. In an absolutely fantastic way, however. She has the most amazing treasures hidden in her house. I remember just exploring every inch of her house, looking for something I had not discovered before. Every time I searched I found a lot of things I did not understand at the time. I knew these things had sentimental value to her, but I had no idea that some of them actually had real dollar value.

Now that I have acquired a few of these things from my Grandma’s house, I really don’t care if any of them have a dollar sign attached to them. I just love the fact that I have something that was hers. Something that she most likely bought for 50 cents at a flea market or garage sale. I love that. I love that everything has a story behind it- from the china I got when I was married that used to be her sisters, or the floral painting that she used to have hanging in the entryway that she’s had since forever. Its the memories that are valuable to me.

This weekend I got this little guy:





I told you. My Grandma is seriously awesome. I have a couple others that are happy to bring this guy into the collection.



I am planning on building some shelves to put up in the office from some scrap wood we had leftover from another project. Super excited.

Speaking of the office…the stabmeintheeyes green is finally gone! I was home painting by myself and didn’t think to take pictures during the process, but luckily the previous homeowners left a paint stirrer with the color on it.



I don’t think it gives the full effect of the stabmeintheeyes, but you can definitely tell that the gray we picked out is a lot easier on the eyes. I had to move my desk out into the basement family room to edit pictures because the green jacked with my eyes. I will be glad to get the office put back together! My next project for the office is to strip down the desk and stain it. It has a couple layers of paint on it that are peeling off, and I can see bits of the wood showing through.


Currently, I am working on turning the pallet find into a coffee table. At first glance it didn’t look too dirty, but once I started cleaning it off I realized it was seriously caked in mud. So my scrub brush turned into a hose and sprayer to get the gunk off. My hope is that I finish that up this weekend. I’m off to watch some New Girl!


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Artwork in the Bedroom

The Master was feeling a bit drab with no artwork on the wall. I had some frames and small shelves that my sister in law gave me. She pretty much gets me. I feel like any time there is gift giving we always try to make it personal and unique. She always hits it right on the head. Every time.

So her housewarming gift to me was an assortment of frames and shelves she got at a thrift store. So sweet. And perfect.

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They started out all just plain wood, but I wanted to spruce them up a bit. I got white, yellow, and blue spray paint. I was trying to match our bedspread, but I did not have success. The blue is more of a dusty blue, and the yellow is more of a mustard.

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I decided to go ahead and hang them anyway because I just felt like the room was screaming out for something bright and fun on the walls. I can always paint them later I figure.

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I started hanging based on the layout I made on the floor in the picture above. I had my trusty assistant (The Hubs) to give me a hand.

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Here is the finished product: I decided not to put the birds up, i felt like there wasn’t enough room and didn’t work right once everything else was up on the wall.

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My next project is to conquer the headboard. I really like something like thisΒ and this. We have a photoshoot coming up and I’m really excited to get some prints made to hang above our nightstands. This weekend we are decorating for fall and I am uber excited!!