Saturday, February 21, 2015

A Christmas Tour in February!

I am finally getting a spare moment to upload a little Christmas fun... almost in time to bring out all the decor and do it again.
It's sort of Christmas-ish here in the country.  The almond trees are dropping their blooms and it looks like snow is on the ground.  
See what I mean?  The perfect day to spread some Christmas cheer.

 Sometimes it's a good idea to bite the bullet and spend some money at Pottery Barn.  I know this camper pillow will be around for a long, long time. It makes me happy!
I love this cozy living room, it's where we spend all our time.
 One can never, ever, have too many chalk boards.
 I love this wreath I found at Home Goods.
 When you are sick of sewing, just tie fabric strips around a rod.  Instant curtain cuteness.
 This is the stash under the bar.  
Perfect hiding place for drift wood and elves.
 This old feeder actually did come from this farm!  
It's perfect filled with plants and moss.
 A 99 Cent Store metallic wreath fills in space on the shelves just fine.  These cheap shelves from Home Depot are working perfectly for our plates and jars.
 Stripes were just what this plain 'ole bathroom needed!
 This wreath came from Home Depot!  
 This backyard hot cocoa bar saw a lot of use this season.
 The master bath received 3 wire cones and BAM, it was done.
 These feather trees are getting bare in spots, but I still love em!
 Peace and Joy!
 I brought this little planter in from outside for the holidays.
 Pillows brighten up the fireplace hearth.  Chlo and I made the coffee filter cones one afternoon. 
 So easy to just buy (or make) a cone form and start hot gluing.  

 Our untraditional stockings...
 Love using animal stuff around Christmas!
 The living/dining area all set for the season.
 My thrift store Santa just needed some paint and he was good to go.
{Now it's time for me to go!}  
Until next time... Keep Christmas in your hearts all the year through!
xoxo 
Jules

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Another Renovation

I'm not sure why this morning of all mornings I woke up and thought I should do a blog post.  
I mean, the last one was June 23.  
Between summer fun and work and homeschooling 3 kids...
I've been busy.  Like you... everybody is busy have you noticed?

Anyway.
We are currently busy renovating another house. 
I will show some before and middle pictures since the after...
Well, it ain't happened yet.  YET.  Give us a month.  Or two.

 Yes. That is carpet in the kitchen.
However, this house belonged to my husband's Oma.  And we LOVE Oma.  
So we will refrain from any comments and just say...
Yes.  That is carpet in the kitchen.
 I'm super excited about having a baking center.
The area where the fridge was will be a coffee bar, 
the fridge is being relocated to the other side of the room.
 This house has storage for days and days; so I took out the peninsula and the upper cabinets. We also took out the wall separating the kitchen from the living room.
This is what it looked like yesterday night.  
No, that's not where the fridge is going, :-)
I'm not a fan of hallways, but looks like we got one anyway.  
With green shag.
Awesome.

 I'm pretty sure this house was held together with wallpaper.
Every. Single. Room.
 The first thing we started renovating was the fireplace.
Master bath with a runway sized countertop.
And wallpaper.
The kid's bathroom is ready for paint and tile and counters.

 Speaking of kids, they ripped out ALL the flooring.
And major kudos to my mother in law for taking off 5 square miles of wallpaper.

The fireplace turned out amazing.  I can't wait to show the end result.
It helps when you have an artist husband.

The living room/dining room is ginormous.  On each end of the room are these fantastic window benches.  I can't wait to be finished and curl up on one of those with a  good book.
Ahhhh.... someday soon.

I hope that you have been up to wonderful things as well!
Make it a great week... xoxo Jules





Monday, June 23, 2014

Bridal Shower Crafting


I love weddings; but I'm not a huge fan games at showers.
It's always awkward to play a game with someone I don't know.
I'm weird.
That's why at the latest shower for my gorgeous friend Lisa,  I knew I wanted to do something different.
The bride and I love to craft together, so I thought we should make something fun.
Having each person at the shower decorate a can to tie behind their getaway vehicle seemed like a great idea.

They turned out SO CUTE.
And tied behind my sis-in-law's vintage truck named Ethel?  Adorbs.

It was so fun to see the ladies get creative!

This could not have been easier for me.

I saved and washed cans.  Then got out my paper scraps, glue and scissors.
That's it.  
It was a great ice breaker and each lady got to contribute something for the wedding.

Happy Married life, Lisa!
Your wedding was perfect... and we love you!
xoxo jules




Uncommon Designs

Monday, June 2, 2014

Thrifted Sifter and Succulents

I think my favorite plants of late are succulents.
They are about 99% unkillable.
But what about that other 1%?  
Hobby Lobby to the rescue with...
Faux Succulents.
 Let's get our faux on with a vintage vibe.
I took this thrifted sifter.
{oh my goodness, say that 5 times fast}
And lined it with a coffee filter.
 Add in faux plants and real dirt...
 You get a sweet little arrangement 
guaranteed to put a smile on someone's face!

I'm linking up to a party over at The Sunshine Toker.
Amanda's a friend of mine and she's amazing.
Go over and link up to her All Things Vintage party!!!

xoxo jules

Friday, May 9, 2014

Coffee Sugar Scrubs


Here's an idea...
  Attend a shower and leave with something
 FOR THE SHOWER!
Having a "make and take" at a baby or bridal shower
 is a good way to break the ice, entertain the guests
and provide a take home gift all at the same time. 

I simply furnished supplies and made an instruction sign.
They ladies did the rest!
The bride is a barista,
so I wanted to make the scrub with coffee grounds for sure.
If you are looking for a great scrub that incorporates coffee,
this recipe is a good one.
It smells amazing, and works really well!

To make the scrubs you will need a container and
1/2 cup coffee grounds, 1/2 cup brown sugar and 1/4 oil.

If you want to add some vanilla or cinnamon to spice it up
that would work really well.
Simply mix everything together,
put in the container and tie with a tag.

SOOOOOOO CUTE!
I found the printable tags here: Hairspray and High Heels
 I'm sure she wouldn't mind if you stopped by to say hello...

Have a wonderful week,

xoxo
Jules



Saturday, May 3, 2014

Love and Lemonade

Wedding Bells are ringing around here!
What better way to celebrate the beginning of summer 
(and a new bride) than a 
Lemonade Bridal Shower?
We whipped up a quick little stand using 
old fence boards and a few 2 x 4's.
A beautiful linen and lace banner and some fun props...
It was a wonderful way to shower some lemon love!

Do you need an easy (and awesome) lemonade recipe?
Keep a ratio of 1:1:5.
I knew math would come in handy sometime.



I'll be showing some of the fun things we did 
during the shower later this week!  No silly games, either!
xoxo 
Jules