Monday, August 18, 2014

Second Time Around - College Drop Off

We took another child to college, last week....

(Obligatory photo in front of dorm.)

Now both of my girls are on the same campus, one block from each other - which is quite comforting for a mom.  Can you run check on her.. can you run with your sister to get such and such...

Eldest daughter (dark hair) received a job offer this week for when she graduates next spring!  So-so-so excited and proud of her! 

Children certainly grow up quickly, once they pass the pre-school age!

Now that 2/3 of my kids are out of the nest, does that mean I am old? 
Surely not!

And I did not take any cute dorm photos, this go round. Maybe that room will be clean when I visit for a football game? Odds are slim, I'm guessing!

Have a great day!

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

A Little Sunday Scripture

Romans 12:16-18
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.  If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Dorm Room Details Year 4

With two daughters, August means that it is time to furnish a dorm room. 
I am in "that" phase of life.  I am thinking The Son will not require this much attention once he hits college. He has never asked for anything room-related, except the request to take the changing table out of his room when he was in 2nd Grade. At the time, I truly thought I had him convinced that the changing table was a book shelf. He apparently was onto my tricks and knew it once housed his diapers. Now that he is a teenager, as long as he has clean undies and a pillow, he is good to go.

Thankfully, my eldest daughter is pretty much "set" in her 4th year of college  - I just helped her pack the car and waved good-bye. Daughter #2, on the other hand, is beginning her freshman year. 

I am fortunate that Daughter #2 has always been politely accepting of hand-me-downs. She is using her big-sister's aqua colored futon from Target. The aqua futon is showing some wear and grime - plus, it doesn't "go" with the colors she wants in her dorm room, so she asked for a slipcover made from a dropcloth. 

That's a slipcover created from a $21 dropcloth on a Sunday afternoon. 

She found the rug on the floor at TJMaxx. The ottoman was from IKEA - I sewed a slipcover for it a couple of years ago. (Couldn't find the footstool online - am thinking IKEA discontinued that one).

Before she left for camp, she gave us a sketch for her dorm room headboards....

She drove by Forsyth Fabrics in Atlanta and picked out this fabric and brought it home....

She stuck to her $9.99 per yard (or less) budget. We used that fabric to create these headboards from plywood....

Her dad used his jigsaw and I was armed with the staple gun.
Here is a snapshot of the plywood after cutting...

My dorm headboard tutorial is here

Pillows are key.....

Not quite done, but close. Let's hope all this comfort in her cinder-block room gives her the desire to study ALOT!

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Dorm Room Headboard Tutorial

Now that it is mid-July, dorm room decorating is in full swing.  Of every post I've ever written, my Dorm Room Headboard Tutorial gets the most views on a daily basis.

Here is the most recent headboard I covered for my daughter's sorority house dorm-style bed.....

She promised to clean up her room and make up her bed and get better pictures for me. 

Never happened.

Like, I am so surprised she didn't hope right on that for her mom's blog.

Back to real life - here is a link to the headboard tutorial (click the picture)....

headboard easy

It is super easy and is a great way to add some character.  

I also have some dorm room before and after photos here: Dorm Room #1

and here: Dorm Room #2

Plus a Pinterest Board chock full of dorm ideas here: Dorm Room Pinterest Board Ideas 

So fun!
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Saturday, June 28, 2014


We've had a busy summer, already. 

Lots of time at home.

We've picked blackberries....

I'm fortunate to have beautiful hydrangeas, again, this year...

Our pup is quite comfortable in our home....

She may be a bit TOO comfortable around here, actually.

We are in one of those seasons where we cannot travel, much, but found two nights to spend in the North Carolina mountains....

This visit, we hiked Pantertown Valley. It was late on a Monday, so we pretty much had the trails to ourselves, which we loved.

Hope you are enjoying your summer.

Enjoy the little things!

O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: his mercy endures for ever.  Psalms 107:1 - 

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

My Neutral Gallery Wall

This will be a quick post, as I've had no extra time for blogging, lately and this one will lack in detail. 

To start with - I always like to have a party because it makes me work on my house, a little bit. It also makes us clean.  (Not much will make this mom and teens pull out a scrub brush and the extra vacuum attachments around this place, let me tell you.)

Since my middle daughter was graduating from high school, we had an afternoon luncheon for her. Over sixty guests and it was a wonderful day. 

I always have to have one big decorating project - just before a party. Ask my husband about it. He hates this about me. A giant project that simply HAS to be done instead of the basic food prep and toilet cleaning. 

This year I decided that I simply could not have a party without a neutral gallery wall added to my dining room. 

And that is just the left side of the window.  Here is the entire dining room...

I snapped this photo after the party. I was too exhausted to move the white bucket or straighten the chairs. 
Two days before the party, with no food prepared, I hung those pictures. That is just how I roll.

I've been collecting inexpensive frames and neutral art for the past six months.  I am guessing the entire gallery wall cost me less than $200.00..... 

And, of course, a lot of the art I created, myself - so it was free to me.

Look for better photos and more detail regarding the created art and found pieces, soon.  Here are a few more pics of the room after the party....

I scavenged the local alleys and dirt roads for the oak leaf hydrangeas - they are natives here and are in bloom this week.

I also found the precious wild pink roses growing along a dirt road....

How lucky am I?

I love my new wall and so does the pup...

(She is searching for crumbs in this photo - that is my idea of a vacuum, btw).

Have a nice day!

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Have a Nice Memorial Day

That is a Waterlogue of this pic of our house...

Have you tried the Waterlogue app? You can change an ipad or iphone pic into a watercolor, then save it to your computer and print. Well, you can print you creation IF you have purchased new print cartridges.  Which I haven't.  I followed this little tutorial by KariAnne.

Have a great day!

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