Date Night

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Even though we were home and worn out {sad, but true} by 8:30, I need this night.


I have this pretty little vase that was given to me filled with flowers, after I had my 4th baby, by my dear friend Debra Moore. It just so happens to be the most beautiful shade of yellow - 1 of my favorite colors. I have been wanting to add some yellow to our bedroom, and I thought this would be perfect to sit on top of my dresser and hold my bracelets. 

This weekend I was able to paint a previously black tray that sat on top of Darren's dresser. I took my little vase and went on the hunt for a spray paint to match. After looking at Walmart and Home Depot, I went to Rona.They have the biggest and the best selection  - with about 8 different shades of yellow! It turned out really well, and it adds just the right amount of color.

my favorite, by far....

Friday, March 25, 2011

The good, the bad, and the ugly

This post will probably be of no interest to anyone but myself. It is not about some pretty accessory or some exciting project. But I could not be more satisfied. 
First of all - We got blinds!! For 4 years, since moving into this house, we have used a blanket tied onto the rod during the summer and nothing in the winter. Not pretty, but it worked. 
I still have to raise the rod (it is now in the way of the blinds) and buy or sew some new curtains (after raising the rod the old ones that came with the house are too short - figures!). But for now we have privacy and darkness!

Secondly - Our closet. Prepare yourselves, these pictures are shocking. I am not a hoarder and before you judge me, please remember that our closet is the only place we have to store things such as Christmas decorations ect. since we turned half of our garage into a school room and the other half into a surfboard making shop. We do not have a basement in which to store things either. So this is our basement/garage/attic/place-to-pile-stuff. As much as I don't like it, that is the way it is.
This needed to be done in the worst way. It was one of those jobs that makes things much worse before it gets any better. And having 5 kids around while you are attempting this kind of clean-out (who are sentimentally attached to everything) doesn't help. 
Yesterday was the day! The older kids went to play at the Bragg's house (thank you, Katie!!!), the baby went for a nap (she is 2, but she is still my baby - get over it. I will be calling her that until she is 75). Tate played really quietly all by himself (rare), and I got to work. Have you heard of 40 bags in 40 days?
I think I did them all in 1 day, but it is done!


I started by pulling everything out of the closet. 
I then ignored the impulse to panic about the amazingly humungous mess that I just created in my newly cleaned bedroom.

It is still not a pretty closet. It probably never will be, but as Noelle says, "You can now walk into your walk-in closet!"
I was able to get a monstrous job done in 1 afternoon, and give everything to my father-in-law who organizes garage sales 
in order to raise money and donate the proceeds (100%) to Sunflower Orphanage organization, and I feel 1000 pounds lighter.


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

As I was leaving to go out for the evening, Tate brought me my camera and showed me this picture he had taken of himself. He told me to take the camera so I could look at the picture whenever I wanted too and remember him.
How could I EVER forget!

the way it is

I wish that I could say that when I start a project I stay with it until the end. But I do not. I flit back and forth. I almost always start a whole new project before completing the last 1 (or 3 or 4). I am also not the kind of person who feels the need for things to be picture perfect before I share them with others. My life is not perfect and it never will be. I will (I hope) always have multiple projects on the go. I need to be changing and creating. Sometimes this will mean that I won't even finish a room before I want to change it again. Darren has become used to this and is fine with it - as long as he doesn't have to do the painting!  So although it is not quite complete, it is getting close (you can see the spots on the wall where the old lights used to be. I need to sand and paint them. And we need window coverings - then I think it will actually be done). But for now here is our bedroom and our bed that got a mini makeover with the things I found on our shopping trip on Saturday! This is how I work and this is how I'll share - 1 step at a time.

the makings of a great shopping trip

Monday, March 21, 2011

First of all you need good company - and I had the best. 2 beautiful daughters and 1 fabulous mom. 

2nd - flip flops (in my day they were called thongs. Does anyone else remember the day when thong did not mean an under garment that will NEVER be part of my wardrobe?). 
People think I am crazy, but for comfort it is only ever flip flips for me. I garden in them, I do Disneyland in them, and I shop in them.
3rd - bring snacks. Nuts and bananas, things you like that will keep your energy up. And water.
4th - Bring a list. I did go shopping with a list of things we needed, in order to help me remember and stay on track. 
I found pretty much everything I was looking for for my kids who keep growing out of their clothes!
5th - Bring your camera. And take a picture of everything you would buy if you had a money tree growing in your backyard (apparently we don't have one). 
But I do have a husband who can build!

(pictures taken at Home Sense)

 If I had a craft room this is what I would use to organize all my little items.

And these pillows - these pillows rode in my cart until the very last minute when I had to put them back (the money tree lacking issue, yet again).
 This is a good tip though - if in doubt, put it in your cart. It is much better to decide at the end of your shop which things you are buying and what is going to have to stay, 
instead of deciding later that you want something only to see someone else walk out of the store with it. 

 This I just though, although not at all my style, was weird and cool all at the same time.

So although I spent a bucket load of money in my imagination, I only left with a couple of things -
These pillows (which then lead to a mini bed makeover - I will post that tomorrow).

These items we found at a second hand shop.

 We Canadians don't have the same luxury as our American friends. Things are usually more expensive and not as easy to come buy up here, especially on the Island (although it is slowly changing). We have limited options when it comes to stores. You have to hunt, and when you find a good shop it is all the more exciting.

Thanks for a great trip girls!