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Get Your Craft On, Everybody Get Your Craft On, What!

I’m probably one of the last people you would expect to be a big hip-hop fan, but I’m a super fan of tight beats and good lyrics. In, fact the Big Tymer’s classic – “Get Your Roll On” has inspired me in my crafting adventures (NOTE: I was going to insert the video here so you could experience Mannie Fresh and Baby, but clean versions apparently don’t exist.).

Anywho, I thought I’d share some of my projects I’ve been crafting up while jammin’ out.

Sweetgum-Fruit Wreath

I don’t know why, but I have always thought Martha Stewart was annoying. I mean, she is good at everything she does. She could take a fifty year old newspaper and turn it into the most glourious craft project ever. Despite my personal feelings for Martha I knew I wanted to try her Sweetgum-Fruit Wreath for our winter wreath. Almost every house on Lynnwood has a Sweetgum tree, so “gum balls” are in no shortage. It ended up being super simple and her tutorial was very helpful.

Her tutorial suggested using floral wire to insert the sweetgums, but I used toothpicks on my styrofoam base and they worked perfect. I dabbed a little bit of hot glue inside each sweetgum just for reenforcement.

I also attached my ribbion differerntly. I used hot glue and a thumb tack and it has held up great.

The total cost was less than $15.00 (I got a little crazy with the spray paint). Not only was this project simple and cheap, but it looks beautiful on our front door!



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Move Over 1997 it’s 2011 (almost:))!!


We’re super excited to get our brand new couch today!! This will only be the third piece of furniture we have bought for our house, everything else has been hand-me-downs. Which is great, but it’s time to leave the 1997 couch behind. We asked our families to give us only money this year so we could outfit our new room to fit our style. Luckily, we are blessed to have an awesome family who made it possible to give the ole’ blue and green plaid couch the boot (R.I.P Plaid Monster – all I’m going to say is it’s a good thing you can’t tell stories.)

We opted for a sectional for a couple of reasons – 1.) It fits the space better than a couch/love seat combo and 2.) it will provide for lots of extra seating for entertaining (which hopefully will be happening very soon).


Merry Christmas to us!!

Alex and I are both excited to kick back and relax tonight on the sectional, but I’m really excited to start planning out a mood board with rugs, tables, lamps, art, storage, etc… ooohhhhh so pumped! ūüôā ūüôā ūüôā


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Decorators Showcase 2010

No, we aren’t being showcased. Not yet anyways. ūüėČ

Last month I blogged about House, a great group of local designers starting out on their own. This month my Mom and I are planning another outing to scope out the boy’s work, but this time it’s on location at the Decorators Showcase. I’m not only excited because we’ll get to check out local designers, but I’m also glad that the profits are going ¬†to benefit the Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency of the Bluegrass. NHOA works to protects the rights of residents, which is really important to me and my family since my Granny Florence resides in our local nursing home.

The dates run April 24th- May 16th and lunch is being provided each day by one of my favorite restaurants -Vardens. If you have a chance and are looking for something to do for fairly cheap (discounted tickets are available if you get them by Friday.) with some people you love you should check this out!

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Caf√© Lynnwood- Chapter 3 The Final Reveal

Over the past week we’ve revealed parts of our kitchen renew. We started the basics – paint and cabinets– and the last Caf√© Lynnwood post showed off our AWESOME wine rack that Mitch made us. Now it’s time for Chapter 3- The Final Reveal. Although, final is used very loosely here because I’ll come up with some other project for the kitchen soon (actually, I already have a few small things brewing). ¬†ūüôā

One thing I really wanted to avoid when I started to accessorize was the “Italian kitchen” look. Don’t get me wrong this looks great in some people’s houses, but it just wouldn’t work for us. The second thing I wanted to avoid was spending a lot of money. Luckily, we got some really amazing wedding gifts that were neutral and would work great in our new kitchen. Like the my beehive canisters (my very favorite gifts!) from a local gift shop.

Cabinets After

I got our mahogany table at an estate sale. It wasn’t cheap (as Alex will tell you) by any means, but I think a space needs one expensive piece to make it pop and if you work your budget right ¬†you can make it happen. The table fit perfectly in the eat in area. I didn’t get the matching chairs at the auction, but I follow the rule of avoiding the catalog look so it worked out fine. The chairs you see at the table I found, once again, in my grandmother’s basement. Not exactly what I wanted, but they work for now. We installed an updated fixture and hung a HUGE clock that I found for about 100 bucks at Garden Ridge. We also added blinds and a set of the perfect Better Homes & Gardens curtains (Wal-Mart. Super cheap).

Eat in area - Before

Eat in area - After

Everything else, I’ve just ¬†picked up along the way. For instance, I was driving down main street one day and saw a wicker cabinet outside of an antique shop. It was love and first sight. ¬†With an oval mirror (again, a wedding gift) it works as the perfect foyer area and offers extra storage.

So far Caf√© Lynnwood has hosted two successful Thanksgiving Dinners, a slew of get togethers¬†with friends and supper at least a few times a week (still working on the cooking bit).We’re pretty happy with how the space turned out. It’s the first room we finished and we think the updates really add a lot to our home. Here are the “Befores and Afters”:



 Eat in Area - Before

Eat in area - Before

Eat in area - After

Cabinets - Before

Cabinets - After

Awkward Space - Before

Awkward Space - After Amazing Wine Rack


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The Power of Jute Rope

Texture, or lack thereof, can make or break a room. I¬†used to have a really hard time finding textures that I thought would work well in rooms. That is until I discovered the power of JUTE ROPE (echoing voice)!¬†Forever ago I was¬†watching an episode of HGTV’s Design on a Dime and¬†the room they were working on had zero texture. Very bland and boring.¬†Kristan Cunningham, the designer, worked on a project where she took jute rope and covered the boring seat of a wooden chair.¬†My mind immediately¬†went to¬†all the rough twine I played with growing up on the farm. Who would want to sit on that? But I had to give it to Kristan,¬†the chair did look amazing and it looked like a super easy project. So on my next trip to the holy land, a.k.a Hobby Lobby, I¬†found myself with a roll of¬† jute in my buggy. I was surprised at how soft the rope was, nothing¬†like ole’ hay twine.

We had a plain  chair in our office that could use some life and the room was in desperate need of texture. I knew putting jute on the seat was out but, I could weave it in-between the slats on the back of the chair.

It turned out great! Every once and a while I’ll add more rope as it slides down the slats, but overall this was easy-peezy!

Then I realized our curtains would look better tied back so I crafted some jute tie backs.

Tie back. HOLLA!

And while we are at it,  that orange and yellow pencil holder was clashing bad with the rest of the room. Good shape, bad color.  You guessed it, JUTE ROPE to the rescue (superhero voice)!




And don’t ¬†forget about our “travel art”

Oh, Jute you have so much potential, it’s only a matter of time before you appear again!


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When my mom called me Friday night and invited me to an open house Saturday morning I was less than enthused; mostly because of the SATURDAY MORNING part. She said the open house was for a designer who attends church with her (and I should mention she attends a small country church where the average age of the members is at least 73).¬†I knew she didn’t want to go by herself. So, I womaned up and was knocked off my feet! I left ¬†House feeling oh so inspired by the guys at House and saying I wish I could work for them in the summer. I mean, I’d even work for free, thats how much I loved what I saw and how it made me feel.

I hope you’ll check out their site and their blog. They also were featured in a great piece in the Lexington Herald Leader this past week. I love the guys’ designs , but I also love how they made the sweetest lemonade in town when they were given very tart lemons.

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Weekend wrap up!

WOW!?!? Has it really been a week since I updated? Yikes. I guess it makes since when I start thinking about how crazy this past week has been. Recovery from Louisville, (I know some of you must have thought we got lost in The Ville.) recovery from the amazing SEC tournament (GO CATS!), ¬†the time change, conference all day Monday, and then I wrapped up the week fighting back spasms. Shewww…. it was crazy, but the back is good thanks to a little R&R.

Anyhoo, I had a great time this past weekend with Brittany and Sarah. We hadn’t hung out together in such a looooonnnnnggggggg time and great friends are always good for the soul. And great friends they are, since they let me drive (a skill I have yet to master) so we could make a couple of stops in the big city. ¬†I was so excited when we pulled into Z Gallerie I let out a huge gasp, which made the girls think I had hit something or somebody. But I just couldn’t control myself!

Sarah and Brittany outside Z Gallerie

The store was as great as I thought it would be. I saw tons of things that I thought would work great in the new den and around the house.

Not only is this chair super comfy, but it spins. Making it perfect for the space in front of the fireplace..

These were just calling my name. But we don't really have a spot for them.

I was a little overwhelmed walking around the store because everything I saw I wanted to buy. My solution? To buy nothing. ¬†I have know idea how I made it out of there without spending my whole paycheck, but I did. ¬†However, I didn’t walk out totally empty handed. I snapped plenty of inspiration pics and a couple of DIY ideas.

This would be P-E-R-F-E-C-T for the guest room!

I've been pressing flowers since I was five, this is a definite DIY project.

White, crisp accessories make me swoon. Al and I have already talked about putting equestrian pieces in our future dining room. This piece could make everyone happy.

This little guy almost made it back to Lynnwood. But then I remembered those white cans of spray paint I have and how easy it would be to spray paint my own wild animal.

I should have bought these for our bedroom. But I'm pretty sure I can make something similar for cheap.

Of course shopping with Sarah Long wouldn’t be shopping if we didn’t stop by Target. ¬†We made a quick stop at the nearest Target and I found the perfect shelf for the back bath, a super cute wallet, and a lime green rug. The green rug is headed back to the red bullseye, but that just means another shopping trip is on the horizon.

Alex and Mitch even made some progress on the side room a.k.a the future den and most importantly THE CATS brought home another SEC Championship. All in all, I’d say we had a great weekend.

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