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?

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.

 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
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.

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,


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!

Monday, March 10, 2014

Thrift Store Runway

Guess who is a speaker at the
Northern California Association Mother of Twins Club Event?
Whoa... say that five times fast...
I'm slightly freaking out because one hour is a long time to talk.
If they get bored they could probably just take a nap.
I bet a mother's of twins need lots of naps.

In my search for neat things to show the ladies,  I discovered the coolest site!
Million Dollar Looks.  Fifty Dollar Budgets.

It made me miss my weekly thrifted outfits posts.
So for old times sake I'm bringing back a favorite:

Formula X Leopard Jacket - Garage Sale $2.00
Ann Taylor Ruffled Blouse - Hope Chest Thrift Store$2.99
Top 10 Black Pants - Priceless TreasuresThrift $1.99
Unlisted Shoes - Priceless Treasures Thrift $3.99
Thrifted Necklace - Goodwill $1.50

I just HAD to enter Thrift Store Runway's March contest.  They say, "
Anyone can have fabulous style on a movie star's salary, 
but it takes real talent to put together a stylish look on a budget."  
I love that quote.  Almost as I love getting a good deal!  
Wish me luck for my speaking event.  I hope the ladies are inspired to start thrifting and upcycling and that we all have fun!  I have a rack of thrifted clothes ready for my "dress a mannequin" contest, my thrifty tips list and a bunch of upcycled projects to share.  Wish you could be there too... 

xoxo jules

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Vanity Light Shade into Vase

 Over Christmas I made some cutie pie arrangements for my table.
They were inspired by these glass vanity light shades.
Thrift store score $1.99
I thought the "shades" would look so adorable filled with Baby's Breath.
However the bunch of Baby's Breath I grabbed at the florist was $18.00.
Yikes. Too rich for my blood!  Off to Home Depot.
 They had these Amaryllis for so cheap.  $2.49
 I also purchased some Spanish Moss to cover up the dirt.
 I put some packing tape over the hole in the bottom just in case things got messy, then added a Dollar Store square vase and transplanted the Amaryllis.
Cover the ugly with Spanish Moss and ...
I think they turned out so great!
3 of them down the center of the table ... perfect!
And total cost was about $15.00.
That's less than a bunch of Baby's Breath!

Make it a thrifty and wonderful day... xoxo jules