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“Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves

does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone.” - Wendell Berry

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Bathroom shelf

Remember those Goodwill finds I posted about? I know, I know of course you do. It was my last post less than a week ago. Or maybe slightly over a week ago. I've been extremely lazy  busy! What? You think I haven't been busy? Do you think I lay around every night after work and drink Diet Pepsi and watch episode after episode of Ice Road Truckers and make Haley fix her own dinner?? Okay well yes, every once in a while I do watch too much tv after work. But to be fair I actually poured her that cereal myself so lay off!! =0)

Anways so now that all of you are done giving me attitude and judging me, (wink, wink!), I want to show you what I did with that shelf I got last week at Goodwill. I had planned on not doing anything with it until I painted my bathroom, but every time I walked into the office/craft room/junk room/scary disorganized mess room I kept really wanting to see it painted, on the wall and accessorized.

This picture is the best before pic I have of it. Please ignore the cute girl holding it as this post is not about her. Focus people!


And the after!

Look how pretty. I just love it. It's the perfect place for my Q-tips and cotton balls.

And whichever lotion I am currently using at the moment. Ironically, this lotion matches the beachy theme going on here. I got that tile at JoAnn's for like, 4 bucks, regular $15. It's super heavy too.
I plan on painting the bathroom a grayish color. I can't wait to do it either, because I know that I all I have to do is slap some gray paint on the wall and my bathroom will magically be transformed into these.

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Don't you just love that? Oh my gosh I would die. I would never leave. Not even to pour Haley's cereal.

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I love this one too. I don't know if I could actually get that effect on the wall though. But I love it. So very much.

Have a great week!


Sunday, July 18, 2010

Oh happy day...

Wanted to show you my finds at Goodwill today. It's always hit or miss so I don't expect much when I go in. Today the horribly wretched stench smell about bowled me over. After a few minutes I didn't notice it anymore thank God, and I was able to really dig deep for some goodies. I was going to save the best for last but let's just get right down to it. My score of the day was that vintage style Big Ben alarm clock. Since they range from $15 to $60, I thought this was a steal at only..................drumroll please......................97 cents!! Oh YEAH!! I have to give Haley all the credit for finding it.

The sticky stuff has already been removed and it is in pristine condition! Pristine I tell you!!!

Also got a wooden toolbox which I've been wanting for forever, a galvanized bucket, miniature wall shelf, and a picture frame.
I had Haley hold up the shelf since it was hiding behind the other stuff. I will show you what I plan on doing with it soon. First I have to paint my bathroom though! 
My grand total was $7.38.
Can't beat that!! Plus I have an excuse to buy more spray paint! 
Have a great week!

Birthdays and Holidays

It was somebody's birthday a few days (week) ago! Little Haley turned 7!!! I love this girl so much. She is the sweetest person I have ever known. She gets into trouble like everyone of course, but she really does have a kind heart. Last week she wrote the pizza delivery guy a note thanking him for always making such great pizza and telling him how great he is. When she gave it to him he said he's never gotten anything like that before and he seemed genuinely touched. She has a gift for making people feel special. She is also very shy, not the type to call attention to herself. She is an animal lover, and sensitive to anyone who gets there feelings hurt. She is also the biggest blessing I have ever received.

{It was a happy birthday for this little girl...}

{Looking beautiful in her birthday outfit}


For Independence Day we went to my parents house. Every year we go over there to swim and watch fireworks. While we are together, we do an early b-day celebration and Haley opens her presents from her grandparents and her aunt and uncle.
{Haley with her Aunt Candace at her "pre-party" on the 4th of July}

Then on her real birthday we do a 'just mom and dad' day where we hang out and open presents and basically just do whatever she wants.
{At Red Lobster on her birthday...she loves fried shrimp}

After we ate lunch we convinced her it was a good idea to go to the mall and window shop for awhile since it was a rainy day. While we were there she spontaneously decided to pierce her ears! She's been wanting to do it for a long time, so we were happy she was brave enough. 
She cried with joy when it was over. She's an emotional little thing...just like her momma I would guess! (I got teary eyed!) We will always remember that it was on ther 7th birthday, so I'm glad she did it on a momentous occasion. =0)
This year it really felt like she shed all "baby-ness" and transformed into a big girl. She didn't want anything princess or barbie. I guess now we are in the 'peace' and 'rock' phase, since everything she wants now says that!! She is also tired of the color pink but lord knows I am NOT repainting her room anytime soon!!!

The big one this year was a beta fish that she named Twinkles. We had her open the fish food and the aquarium first so that she would wonder if she was getting a fish and her reaction is exactly what we were hoping for. She was so excited and almost started crying when we told her she was, and then I went and took the fish out of hiding when Haley wasn't looking and when she turned around and saw it she was completely overwhelmed!
It's sounds crazy but there was definitely a mental shift in age that day. I think Haley even felt it. She would go to her room, listen to some of her new cds, then come out and tell us her plans and goals for being 7. First of all, she brushed her teeth twice, for ten minutes each time so that they would be nice and bright when she's 7. She also made plans to wake up early every morning and work out in her room so that she will live longer. It was so cute. She has yet to brush her teeth again with such gusto, or work out, but she has plenty of time for that. =0)

Friday, July 2, 2010

The white stripes

Before being stricken with the boils plague, I livened up my hallway a few weeks ago with some stripes. I've been planning on doing it for a very long time...probably a year I would guess, but I'm not usually very good at actually planning a project. Most of the time I decide I simply can't live with something the way it is any longer and I must fix it right this second. (Please bear with me and use as much imagination as you can possibly muster, because these are not the best pictures ever!!!!) This hallway is kind of a hard place to photograph because it is long and skinny and there is barely any natural light in this area.
Here is my very boring hallway before.
Amazing that I actually thought this looked good! Please ignore that picture collage in the middle. A few of the pictures will occasionally fall off their sticky's...I have to open it every once in a while and stick them back up. Eventually I need to use some ball ended needles to keep them in place. I'll probably get around to that in a few years and it will probably take me 5 seconds to be done with it forever, but that's how I roll.

Taping everything off.


Sealing off the tape with a light coat of what was already on the wall.


I thought the stripes would just liven up that wall a little bit but they really made it a focal point, and definitely made it a little less boring!!!


And the after...

I decided to add a few more things to the wall like that clock (that for some reason is always the wrong time... it was free it looks cute though so it stays), and the tiny wreath that Haley made me when she was in Pre-K. It has little seashells on it and I've always loved it.



Do you love it as much as I do? I should also mention that this was the same OOPS paint that I got for a dollar at Home Depot and also used to paint my dresser!! Can't beat that!

This weekend we are celebrating Haley's birthday so tomorrow I will be getting some last minute decorations, making cupcakes and doing some shopping...if I don't see you by then have a happy 4th!

Thanks for reading!!