A love that changed it all.

My favorite rocking chair

Hello friends! I wanted to introduce you to someone who changed my life. My design style at home is slowly transitioning and integrating pieces of furniture and items that I never thought I would ever be attracted to until this guy came along. Just out of curiosity, do any of you find yourselves changing your design style as you get older? Or do you tend to find a style and stay true to it? I just am a furniture addict and when I find a piece that makes my palms sweaty and heart beat faster, it has got to come home with me! Back to my rocker….how much do you think I paid for it? $10 dollars!!!!! Can you believe that? Tell me your design style or have you ever fallen in love with a piece of furniture? Do you ever find yourself sneaking and buying furniture and scheduling pick up times while your significant other is at work? Lol yes I am that person. For example yesterday while driving I saw a white book shelf for $5 on the side of a country road. Now I purposely drove home the back way to avoid any garage sales or thrift stores and there it was waiting for me. Husband was home so I had to keep it real. I told him that I don’t find furniture, it finds me. Lol He shakes his head and laughs. The white book shelf is tucked away nicely with the rest of my treasures and all is good! Ok guys, now I’ve shared my insane addiction tendencies, tell me I’m not alone in my love for furniture!

Thanks for reading, friends! Come back to see me regularly!

Heather:)

Back to the blog…..

Hello friends! I have been so caught up in everything family related since the last post.  Our sweet boy, Obie, broke his little leg and we have been back and forth to the vet’s office and have been trying to keep him comfortable and happy.  It has been a heck of a roller coaster.  So sad to see our little guy struggling this early in life:(

In other news, I listened to an online womens’ conference called the Wives of Wisdom.  It was the most uplifting awesome conference ever.  All of the women that spoke in the conference were wonderful! But I’m sure every woman watching had a particular favorite.  Mine was Rosann Cunningham.  She has a very wonderful, positive faith-filled blog and I absolutely love receiving an email in my inbox from her.  She is very very inspiring to me and when I emailed her with questions, she took time to email me back a very detailed message that inspired me even more than her session that I watched in the conference.  I would encourage anyone who wants to subscribe to a very positive blog to be sure to check out her blog.  There are some blogs that I read that just make me feel good and hers is definitely one of those!

In the world of DIY, I have found been working on a little desk (secretary) bargain that I found on Facebook for $25.00.  I will definitely be uploading those before and after pictures very soon and any other treasures that I find along the way.

Summer is here and I’d like for everyone to just take a moment and really just take the time to enjoy life and “feel” the many blessings that God has given us. If you are fortunate to be home with your children, then be thankful that you get to share this summer with them and make a lot of special memories. If you are married or involved in a relationship, then take a minute just to give your partner a hug and tell them that you love them.  Take a walk, look at the sunrise or sunset, feel sand between your toes, hear the birds chirping.  Just be grateful for everything that God has given you and rejoice in that.  In our home, finances are always an issue but for the past few weeks when I start to worry I think about the people that have no place safe and secure to call home. They don’t have electricity for microwaves and curling irons, they may not have children to kiss each night and tuck into beds. They might not be healthy.  Who am I to feel like I have problems because I can’t buy a piece of furniture off of Craigslist that I don’t even need or we need to budget a little better at the grocery.  There is always always always someone who is going through something worse than you are.  God will not give us more than we can handle.  Have faith.  Be positive.  Smile.  Laugh.  Feel the love that surrounds you.

My summer goals are to get up earlier, get to my paid job and get home earlier in the evenings so that I can spend more time with my children.  We are not going away on any big trips this year but are going to take a few days to go to Frankenmuth, Michigan at some point.  I have heard really good reviews and we are excited to be going up there for a visit.  We have 2 birthday boys in August so we will be having a birthday party for them.  We will be going to parks and festivals.   I will be dragging them all to yard sales with me (YAH!!!) I’m going to be 42 this year and I have changed so much over the past year.  I want our family to be happy and healthy and I just want to live each day and be thankful for everything.  I want to smell the flowers and hike in parks and play putt putt and lose to cheaters who tap the ball 8 times and say it was 3;) This year I just want to take time to feel, no I mean really “feel” what I have in my life and be thankful.

XOXOXO,

Heather

 

Bringing home “Obie”

Introducing "Obie"
Introducing “Obie”

 

Thursday we brought home this little guy from our local humane society.  We have been thinking about adopting a new pup for awhile now and when we saw his picture posted up on the humane society facebook page, it was love at first sight.  Our challenge was trying to get out to there to fill out an application before they closed because both my husband and I work the same (well more but we get off at the same) time as they close and are at work long before they open.  And I couldn’t go on my lunch hour because I only have a lunch half hour during the work day and there was no way to make it out there and back in 30 minutes…..safely that is.  So I ended up leaving work early and going out there.  We got there 5 minutes before they closed and the employees literally rolled their eyes because you know they wanted to go home for the day.  I totally get that.  So they gave us an application and said to come back the next day at noon.  When I was supposed to be at work.  So I took a vacation day and actually pulled the kids out of school early to be there at noon the next day. It was so hot and we waited outside the door for them to open so we were sure that no one else would get to him first:)  Finally the lock clicked on the door and swung open and we headed in to see our new love, Obie.  That is the name they humane society picked out and we decided to keep it.  I didn’t want to throw a name change into the mix with the new home, losing his sister and my kids overwhelming him with lovies:)  We filled out the paperwork and paid for the adoption and license and while waiting for the paperwork process to be complete, the manager came suddenly into the door carrying a small dark bundle which was another puppy.  Some pregnant lady had just returned him because “he cried all night and I am pregnant and I just can’t take that crying”.  How ridiculous is that seriously?  The employee was mad to say the least and I cannot blame her.  How can you take adopting an animal so lightly and then just return him like a pair of too tight shorts?  She asked us to please be patient with him because he was only 8 weeks old and his sister had gotten adopted the day before and he would most likely experience some separation anxiety.  My daughter (7 years old) asked me if we were going to return him if he cried.  I asked her if I got rid of them when they cried?  We laughed and she held onto our new boy, anxious to get him home.  We left and headed to Petsmart and he literally picked out his bed (which was a waste of money because he sleeps with my daughter) and we headed home.  Matilda is starting to come around to him and they even were sleeping together this morning when I left for work.  She was jealous and I’m not going to say she is over it but I know that they will get used to each other and learn to love each other and then be awesome life long companions.  Anyways, I just wanted to tell you our story and introduce you to Obie, the newest part of our family and I hope that you will read this and feel the love that I have for my dogs and reach down and pat yours on the head and rub them a little behind the ears and be thankful just as they are thankful to be a part of your family as well.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Please think about adopting a pet from your local humane society.  Save a life and meet your new best friend.

I’m working on some new furniture projects that I will be posting soon.  I have to.  My husband said I have to get to work on some of those beauties hogging the garage so I will be posting soon this week!

Come see me real soon!

xoxo,

Heather

 

 

 

 

Rummage sale FAIL

Hello friends! Today I had thevonsie worst furniture buying experience from a Facebook rummage online sales. I was pretty excited to see a post from a girl who had to be out of her house tomorrow and would make rock bottom deals to get rid of stuff! She had a hutch that she was storing cereal and pantry items on it. She said $25 and she would deliver. Does it get better than that? They pulled up and jumped out. They started pulling the hutch out and putting it in front of my lgarage door. They took the money, waved good bye and rolled out. I started checking it over and first noticed the big chew marks on the drawers. Like the dog teethed on it. But then the smell kicked me in my face. Whoa it was horrible. It was a mixture of pee, years of grease and mold stench that made me gag. I knew that was $25 down the crapper. No way it was going in my house and not even my garage. My 7 year old made a sign that said bad Facebook purchase-I caanot use-please take FREE and then I prayed that it would go away quickly. It did. It was gone in less than 30 minutes! Someone had a stronger stomach than me for sure! Has this happened to anyone else? What would you have done differently?

Had to share! Goodnight my friends!

XOXO,
Heather

$20 Thrift store cradle

Hello friends! I’m here today to show you the cradle I found at one of my favorite thrift stores in my town. I paid $20 for it. It was really plain and boring to me. Of course I forgot to take a before picture but this is the after picture. I’m thinking it needs something else. What do you guys think? Please let me know, I value the opinions of my fellow bloggers! wpid-wp-1430931115065.jpeg It started out just plain and brown. This cradle was the most stressful makeover I’ve done. I think it was the spindles. Honestly I will probably never ever buy anything with spindles again in my life. But finally it is done! Yah! I used my homemade chalk recipe but I learned a lesson with this. For the first time I used a Colorplace paint for this recipe instead of Valspar and whoa could I tell a difference. I’m sorry Valspar. I’ll never stray again. It was really difficult to work with and I’ll never try it again…..ever:) Lesson learned. But that is what makes DIT what it is. Learning but trial and error:)

I’m signing off early today to get started on some more garage projects. I have to because I bought 2 more pieces that are being delivered at 6pm and I have to show progress to avoid the Hubs giving me his stink eye that he loves to give when I bring home a new piece!

Take care everyone and be happy!
XOXO,
Heather

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Weekend compulsive thrifter

Happy Monday now Tuesday friends! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. The weather here is finally actually beautiful! First of all let me start by saying I had really been concerned about what kind of weekend because we were on the tight budget. Like if there was a show called “Extreme budgeters” we would have been the stars of the show;) It really boils down to the fact that I have just recently started getting paid every 2 weeks. This has traumatized the inner shopper in me:( I’m struggling. It’ll get better. At least that’s what I chant to myself on a daily basis. So Friday morning I set out with my boys (ages 3 and 10 years) and we headed to Children’s hospital for some testing on my 10 year old. He has been on medication for a few years because of an endocrine disorder and I have to give him a shot in his rear 6 days a week. I’ll talk more about the disorder one day but I’ll keep it light because it’s Monday and if you’re like me, you need serious positive thoughts to make it until 5:00om and the race to the time clock:) So we went up there for a few hours and on our way back home, we pulled off the highway and did the Sunday scenic drive (on a Friday) and discovered this incredibly awesome mound. My 10 year old and I flipped out and were super excited to see a piece of native American history so close to home. It was literally in a sort of circle and houses were on each side of it. It was too cool. But I can’t imagine what those people’s property taxes must be. How neat it would be to open your curtains ea h morning to such a view. It was really something to see. So we had my mom with me who was yawning and ready to get back home to watch Dr. Phil or whatever shows she is so devoted to on a weekday afternoon. We headed home to tell my husband and the boys couldn’t wait to tell their sister ( translation: rub in her face) what she had missed.

Saturday morning I woke up when the alarm went off and usually I go in to get some extra hours and I said do I really want to go in to work or do I want to go back to bed and wake up with my family? Obvious choice. I went back to bed and slept until 8:15 am. Yes folks believe it or not that is sleeping in:) We had breakfast together and then got ready to go downtown for a charity event I THOUGHT started at noon. FAIL! It was 5-9pm. Soooo obviously we had some time to kill so I had a bright idea to go back to see the mound. We drove back to the little town and they had a tiny historical society right by the entrance to the mound. We went inside and there was the cutest little elderly couple ever and they were so pleased to see visitors. I started thinking that probably not a lot of younger people come into the place anymore since internet has blown up so big. They told us so much really cool info we might not have gotten from the internet. They had a lot of personal stories to tell so we visited them for awhile and then headed out to their town park (which is AWESOME). The kids played and we really soaked in the sunshine, laughter and blessings watching our kids play. We played for awhile and then headed toward home.

So I’ve been working on this cradle and honestly. It’s the most challenging project I have had. All of those darn spindles have given me a few more gray hairs, I’m sure. So in the middle of working on that and checking (stalking) Facebook rummage and Craig’s list, I find a desk that I must have. The woman tells me if I come today she will take $25! Ok folks, my blood was pumping, sweat forming on my top lip and that adrenaline is flowing strong through my body like it always does when I pick up something from Craig’s list or Facebook. Partly because I’ve been burnt so many times by sellers not responding back with an address, no shows, etc. Don’t even get me started on THAT! Why post something for sell if you don’t want to actually sell the item why in the heck post it? That’s just cruel to furniture ferns like me;) I took my oldest son, we jumped in the car and sped off all the while I’m praying this will fit in my midsize sedan. It fits and off to home we go. So there I spent $25 + $9 at our favorite ice cream joint where they pump out $1.99 vanna splits EVERYDAY! That puts us (me) spending $34.00 so far for the weekend. Pretty good because this is like 4:00pm Saturday evening. I get home and text the lady to say thanks (and I’ll see us next week when I get paid to get the coffee table with the moving top) and I see a night stand for $3.00!!!! What the heck? I couldn’t turn it down for $3.00. If I buy this nightstand for $3, that is one less rhi g going to the landfill. So my husband actually came with me to get the stand and when we pulled up, there was stuff out at the curb that was going to trash. So I got my stand AND a MERSMAN guitar pick coffee table for $3.00!!!! SCORE!!!! So now I’ve spent $37.00 and we headed downtown to the charity event. It was so fun to watch and we honestly wouldn’t have spent any money there if it wasn’t for the sweet little balloon animal lady discovered the land of opportunity;) so that ended up being another $6.00 for us and that was all we spent Friday, Saturday and Sunday. And I got the balloon lady’s number for a certain boy who is turning 4 very soon and having a birthday party. See my baby boy’s balloon attire below:)

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Sister and her air walking giraffe photo bombed of course:)

So in conclusion we had an incredibly wonderful weekend and spent under $50 all weekend and $28 if that was furniture finds that will hopefully be for sale soon (so I don’t have to hear hubby calling me a hoarder)!

Thanks for listening to my story and I hope you come back to see me real soon!
Off to bed!

XOXOX,
Heather

Goodwill TV cart

The other day I was shopping in our Goodwill and I saw this dark little TV cart. It was not the cutest but the price was too good to pass up. $6.99 later I was headed to Ace for some Plaster of Paris and then home to make this DIY chalk paint I read about on Salvaged Inspirations and couldn’t wait to try it out. I used 3 parts paint, 1 Plaster of Paris and water to mix just as she had recommended. This was my first time so I might’ve used a little more or less of each to get the texture that I desired and then I began to work on this little girl. I wasn’t even sure what I had in mind for the end product at that moment. I actually took this picture after I had already started. Note to self: definitely need to get a good camera and then remember to take a completely “before” picture:)

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I painted it with 2 coats of the chalk mix recipe from the awesome blog Salvaged Inspirations and I used a Valspar paint that was actually a mistint and I paid like $6 for a gallon. I was definitely pretty stoked when I saw the price tag on that paint:) Deal of the day for me!
After the 2 coats dried, I took a piece of card board that looked like a toilet paper holder but was really a piece of packaging material from a recent online purchase. It was a lot heavier cardboard than a toilet paper holder but if you have a small project to do, the holder would probably work just fine. I took mine and dipped one end into some white paint and used it basically like a stamp over and over until I had finished the look I wanted.
I had bought some really awesome handles from me and my daughter’s dream store….Hobby Lobby! Unfortunately they were not the look I was going for so we ran out the next day on a Sunday to discover they were closed. A sign on the door actually said something about being closed on Sunday so their employees could spend time with their families. How wonderful is that in this day and age? Hats off to Hobby Lobby. I work EVERY Sunday at my job…..just sayin! Anyways I still need to pick up some new beauties and I will post the final 100% complete “AFTER” picture but I just couldn’t wait to post what I have done so far. I love it. I’m seeing something with some bling? Maybe the glass knob or crystals? What do you think?

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Thanks for taking time to read and please come back and visit again!

Xoxo,
Heather