Monday, February 17, 2014

My Family Gallery Wall

Hey I'm on a roll with blogging! Ha! actually posting once a week - woo hoo!  Today I just want to show you my gallery wall and how it's coming along. 

A couple of years ago I put these two things on the wall in the family room with the intention of adding to it. Well, you know what they say about good intentions :)

Okay, so not bad, but definitely not very exciting either.  I finally started adding to the gallery.  I took some pictures from another spot in the house and moved them over here.. and also took two of hubby's pictures and gave them a bigger frame with a mat, and hung those up.  I bought one white frame and stuck it in there to hold the space. (sorry for the blurry pic)

Now we're on a roll.  This is definitely more interesting and fun.  I had the two bigger pictures of hubby and his kids and one picture of us all to go along with the individual head shots of the kids.  I needed to balance it out and add more of my kids.

About a week later I figured out which pictures to print and frame.  I had a frame I picked up from Ross for about $5, but I didn't like the way you had to hang it.  It had two small holder thingies on the back and I knew it would end up uneven and driving me crazy.  I took some floral wire, which is very easy to bend, and ran it between the two holder thingies so I would be able to hang it on one nail.

I adjusted the wire and twisted it around itself to the length where when I hung it the nail wouldn't show.  MUCH easier to hang now.

I knew I wanted the white frame to be gold, and hold a very special picture, so I spray painted the frame and added a picture of my daughter, her husband, and their sweet little angel.

I am very happy with they way it's coming together.  A lot of people have tutorials on putting together a gallery wall, and they make a lot of sense.  But, I'm an impatient person so I didn't measure anything, I didn't trace my frames on craft paper to make a mock-up wall, I just started hanging.  I'm not saying that's the best way to do it, that's just the way I did it.  Absolutely if you feel you need to plan it more then you should.  As long as you are happy with the results, I think the getting there can be whatever works best for you.. :)

The wall is plenty big enough to add more pictures, but I really like to let it grow naturally.  I do not plan on it being two more years before I add to it this time. I'll be back with an update when I do.

I have another small gallery that I showed here, when I talked about my black doors.  I love them and want one in my master bedroom next!  Do you have any gallery walls in your house? I would love to hear about them!


Thursday, February 13, 2014

Rachael's Room::Update

As I was looking back through some of my older posts, I realized i had not done an update and showed the progress of Rachael's/guest room.

Rachael is living in Tennessee going to college at Middle Tennessee State, and only comes home a few times a year.  I showed you how we painted her room here - and left you with the image below... kinda sad huh?  a lot has been done since this!

 My idea was to have a place for her when she comes home, a place where you could watch movies (on an old tv) and a place for guests to sleep.  We don't have ton of overnight guests, but my sister stayed here for several days this past fall (remember, she painted my pink dining room) and the room was perfect!

We had the twin mattress from when Rachael lived in Atlanta and went to school at Georgia State, so all I needed to find was a cute bed frame; one that looked like a daybed.  I found this one on Craigslist for $50. The owner had just put a fresh coat of white paint on it!  Then began the fun part of dressing the bed and moving the furniture around..

I found the large gray body pillow and the two fluffy white pillows at Ross, and the little ombre mint one I got at Target along with the rug.  The comforter is from IKEA - $20!  What a deal, right?

Back in September I found these adorable curtains on sale at HomeGoods so I snatched them up thinking they would be great in this room.

I just hung them YESTERDAY, Feb. 12. Six months later.  Who does that?  I guess I just forgot about them because I hung them in the closet.  But this week we have been out of work/school because of a really bad ice & snow storm - so I ran to Lowe's before the snow came in and found two cute curtain rods on sale for $10 each, and we (hubby and me) hung them up!

I took the picture below in the evening, so that's why the wall color looks so different. During the day I could not get a good picture at this angle, just too much light coming in through the windows. Can you see all the snow out there though? so. much. fun. Seriously, we never get snow so I was thrilled!

The picture hanging between the windows used to hang in our family room (you can spy it in this post) and was painted by my husband's Uncle Sam - same uncle who painted the picture that sits on our mantle.  The colors work perfectly in here with the mint and gray.

I'm pretty much in love with this little room.  Although there are still a few things I would like to do, like paint those two little lamps a matching shade of something and change their shades, add more artwork to the walls...  also, i'm going to have to add some material to the bottom of those curtains.. I wanted to hang them higher so they are too short..

I could not wait any longer!  I had to get them up - and really you don't notice the length behind the tables, but wanting full disclosure I'm showing you where they literally fall short.  I need to find just the right fabric, just like I did for my family room curtains - again, it's the thrill of the hunt ;)

Now let's go way back to the beginning to see how far this bedroom has come... this is one of those times we started a project before I took the "before" picture - bed already gone! (and yes, we did store a box spring under the bed.. doesn't everybody?)

And now... today..  YAY!!!  *clap clap clap*

So how did you spend your snow days?  Did you have snow days?  According to the weather reports, every state in the country except Florida had snow somewhere in the last few days.. wow!  Crazy winter huh?  I'll share our snow days story soon!

Linking up again with Thirfty Decor Chick and The DIY Showoff and Party!


Saturday, February 8, 2014

More Black Doors

Lawd it has taken me forever to get some things done around here. I started painting the doors on the first floor black way back here - over a year ago - then kind of ran out steam/gumption/desire whatever you want to call it.. But now I have managed to paint two more doors! "Yay!" she said so proudly.

The door leading to the garage (even though I have not tackled the other side - it has been too cold!!):  And I ALWAYS forget to take a "before" picture so I stop and take one after I started.. it's a blurry phone pic too. #bloggerfail #lol

Here you can see all three - the other two are pantry and coat closet in the short hall that leads to the dining room. We have a long row of hooks for extra coat/jacket/purse/lunch bag/dog leash storage on the opposite wall.

And the back door going out to the deck: again, forgot to take a picture so i found another pic i took when my husband was out on the deck grilling...and it's grainy too...

I have just one door on the first floor left to paint, and it's kind of a weird one. It's the door to the office and it's an exterior door, so the grids are inside the glass and there's no way I can paint them.

I'm wondering if I should paint it at all - ?? Will there be too much black since it's next to the front door?  Would it be weird to have one door not painted?  What do you think?

Thanks for stopping by :)

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Yep - I'm A Grandmother - Where Do I Begin?

Let me start by saying if you read this post you might need some tissues nearby....

It's been an exciting, weird, sad, and healing past two months. In late November I wrote about my fun lamp finds and their transformation - then I went to my company's annual meeting early December for 5 days, and that led me right up to my daughter's due date. Yep. I was gonna be a grandmother and I couldn't wait for the time to go by so we could get to Monday, December 16, 2013, the date she was scheduled to be induced.  I was so excited!!!

I woke up that morning and got going like any other day - took my 9th grader to school, dropped him off saying "Your brother will pick you up after school and bring you to the hospital!! See you later, Uncle Robbie!!"

When I arrived it took me no time to find their labor room.  Everything was going along smoothly. She had just received her epidural and was starting to feel better.  Nurses checking her all the time.  Baby heart rate perfect.  Mama's heart rate perfect.  All was perfect!  Her labor was progressing perfectly.

I stayed with them (hubby and her) on and off all day.  I went to the cafeteria and had lunch.  I greeted her friends and then eventually my boys as they arrived in the waiting area.  Then at some point I went back in the labor room.  It was around 6:15 PM.  She was pushing.  "Things are happening in here, she's pushing!" - I texted to her best friend waiting outside..  I was totally calm, sitting on the side of the labor room, well out of anyone's way, just observing.  Then, out of nowhere there were more nurses in the room.  The doctor was grabbing the ultra-sound thingy trying to see the baby.  Before I even knew what was going on she told a nurse to "get her to the OR, we're doing a C-section."  And they quickly wheeled her away.  Another nurse grabbed Adam (husband/daddy) and a blue paper jumpsuit and started running with him toward the OR.

At this point I still had no idea that there was anything wrong.  I went back to the waiting room and told everyone that the doctor was doing a c-section.  It just so happened that I knew one of the labor/delivery nurses that was working that day.  She was not one of the nurses attending to my daughter, and she happened by right at that time and she asked about her.  I told her she had been taken to the OR.  She offered to go in and check on things.  It was about 20 minutes later she came back out and that's when I knew something had gone wrong.  Bless her heart, she was fighting back tears!

She said "your daughter is fine, she's going to be okay"...  what about the baby?  what about Malcolm??  "he had a little difficulty - they are working on him now"  what difficulty? what happened?  is he going to be okay?? "Kelli I can't tell you what you want to hear, just know that you and your family are in my prayers" and she turned and almost ran away. Bless her heart - I still feel bad for her to this day!

What we came to find out later that evening is when the baby started coming, when it was time to be born and my daughter started pushing, some how the umbilical cord got between baby and mom and was pinched, and his only life support was cut off.  When they did deliver him by c-section he had a faint heartbeat, then nothing.  The nurses worked on him for 10 minutes to get his heart beating again, but he was not breathing on his own.

That evening and the next day my daughter and her husband received the worst news of their life.  Baby Malcolm would likely not survive.  They made the decision to make whatever time they had with him, whether it be two days, two weeks, or however long, to make that time beautiful and positive.

As a mother, the hardest thing to do is sit and watch your child in pain and know there's nothing you can do to stop it.  I didn't even know what to say!  I had never, ever been through this! What the hell - how did it happen? It's not fair, it's bullshit, it's crazy and stupid and it's not supposed to happen!  I asked everyone to pray for our little guy - to pray as hard as they could.  Miracles do happen, right?  We read about them all of the time.  We needed a miracle.  Right here. Right now. Pray people, just pray.  And I know that they were praying. I know they were.  But I think the damage to little Malcolm's brain had already taken him from us.

Late Tuesday evening they learned for certain that Malcolm would not survive.  The test showed there was little to no brain activity.  If they were to keep him on the ventilator he would never open his eyes, never move, speak, think or feel, let alone breathe on his own.  They knew they had to let him go.

In a note on Facebook to friends and family this is what my daughter wrote:

"Late on Wednesday night and into the early hours of Thursday morning we said our goodbyes. With the help of the NICU nurses, we changed Malcolm’s diaper and gave him a bath (the picture above was taken right after his bath). We held and rocked him, hugged and kissed him, told him how much we loved him and how much we would miss him. We stayed with him and held him as all of his wires and leads and tubes were removed and for a couple minutes, I saw my little boy’s face. Just his face – no tubes or wires or gauze. At 2:40am, our Malcolm was gone, though we realized over the course of that night and the following days that his spirit had likely moved on only minutes after he was born, and has been watching over us ever since."

Y'all, I've seen heartbreak in my life, but nothing prepares you for something like this. I honestly do not think I would have managed if not for my daughter and son-in-law, and their courage. They have set an example of love and grace that is hard to comprehend.  I wish I were a poet, that I could put into words what I have witnessed with them. I can't.  Suffice it to say that they are my heroes. (I can't even write this! I type a line, start crying and have to walk away. I come back, start writing again and immediately start crying again - okay. deeeeppp breath!)

He passed away on December 19, 2013, two and a half short days after he arrived, and we have been trying to cope with that. We had Christmas and New Years.  We keep waking up each day and going to sleep each night.  We are all affected by this, each in our own way, but obviously no one more than my daughter and her husband.  

Some things just don't seem that important to me anymore.  Like home improvement projects, thrifting, and blogging.  I'm trying to get back in the swing of things - I painted a couple more doors in my house and moved some pictures around to make a new gallery wall - but I think I'm not going to pressure myself.  I'm still working through some stuff.   I am going to attend a blogger's get together this weekend and I'm hoping it will crank up the desire to do some things in my house again.  If anything it will just be good to be around all those talented people (maybe some of it will rub off on me).

I know this has been a long one - and if you're still with me I appreciate it!  No matter what, I still became a grandmother on Dec. 16, 2013, and that will never change!  I love it and look forward to having more grandkids for the rest of my life - and my daughter is looking forward to that too. :o)

Peace, love, and joy be with you all, now and always.


Sunday, November 17, 2013

A Tale of Two Lamps

Hello friends - hope everyone has had a wonderful week.. it's rainy/gloomy looking here in metro Atlanta, but I still have to go to the grocery store. Yuck, it's my least favorite thing to do...

Before I go I thought I would share a quick story about two lamps..  they used to live at the Goodwill and Saint Vincent de Paul stores, but now they have been adopted and live with us.  I think they're happy here, too, because they get a lot of attention and provide a much needed service - light!

Here they are, in my old, pre-pink dining room when they first got here..

First up is the $8 art deco blue... which came with that lamp shade that's up-side-down behind it...

And then we have $6 skinny 80s brass with the tallest harp in the entire world and no lamp shade....

Both were in pretty good shape and they both worked - the brass lamp has some bad spots on it and I toyed with the idea of painting it, so it sat around for a while.

Ms. blue had a great shape and the brass accents were cool with me, but I didn't like her color, so I used some spray paint..  I taped off the parts I wanted to keep and took her to the yard for a dose of black..

I found a lamp shade at Ross for $7 that matched the shape..  now she lives in our family room on the round table that hubby made years ago - and she's very happy. I had a skinnier lamp in that spot for a long time, and I really like the way she is heftier.  Yay for new lamp for a total of $15!!

Ms. 80s Brass just sat around for several weeks because I just didn't know if I wanted to paint her or not.. then I was at Target on my lunch hour last week (I frequently go to Target on my lunch hour and browse the Clearance end-caps - you never know what you're going to find!) and I found a beautiful black Nate Berkus lamp shade.  It looked like it had been bought and returned, and it was marked down to $7.49!!  I snatched it up so fast - like nobody's gonna pry this from my cold dead hands haha!  I knew it would be perfect for ms. brassy brass!  Well, when I put it on the lamp, the circle holder thingy was too big!!!

I had to figure out a way to make the shade work.. so I ask my hubs to fix it!  He had a roll of some high-temp rubberized stuff left over from his days working in the airline maintenance industry. He wrapped it around the socket and used a zip tie to hold it in place..  it works perfectly and you can't see it unless you're looking inside the shade :)

So I decided to leave her brass and now she is living in the prettiest room in the house - SHE'S AWESOME!!

I hope you've enjoyed this little story about two homeless lamps.  Remember, you too can find lamps and give them a new life, and do it much cheaper then buying new!

Love ya,

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

In the Pink - Pink Walls That Is...

Hello my friends!  It has been a month since I've written anything.. It has been crazy around here! My sister came to visit for three weeks and it was wonderful! We also had a baby shower for my sweet daughter at my house so we have been really busy..

One of the things (among many) that my sister is really good at, is painting.  When I say she's good, I mean she's really good!  She cuts-in with no tape!

So I have been wanting to paint my dining room pink ever since I saw Cassie's dining room.  The navy served us well for many years but it was time to lighten things up.  My husband was a little skeptical at first. But when I showed him her room he was sold.  Besides - I wanted just one itty bitty room in my house that I could "glam up" and this was the perfect one! 

This is what it looked like a few weeks ago - messy and full of thrift store treasures!

When my sister came over and started priming the walls she did NOT want to use the blue tape and was only doing it because she though my hubs wanted her to. She didn't even want her picture made with the tape on the trim haha!  We only used it right there, on that one wall. The rest she cut-in by hand - she's awesome. Here she is posing for her glamor shot - love her!  You may remember, she helped me with my sexy bench redo, too ;)

What a trouper!  She primed those walls in an hour. We used Valspar High Hiding Primer.  We used only one coat to prime over that navy blue.  Wow!

She painted the pink when I was at work one day so I came home to find this!

My sideboard/buffet looks awesome with the pink.

I am in love.  I feel like I'm in Charleston or something! I am sooo very happy with the way it turned out - I used the same color as Cassie did, Sherwin Williams Verbena.  This room faces north so during the fall and winter it is rather difficult to get a good picture - not a whole lotta sunlight gettin in here..  but you get the idea.. 

Well I'm no interior designer/decorator, but I think this room is the bomb!  Thank you a millions times to my sweet little sister!!!  

I still need to paint the two chairs sitting in the corners on each side of the piano (and cover their seats), and figure out what to do with the unsightly table under the black tablecloth, do some curtains, and probably find a rug.  Lots to do, but that's the fun of it all, isn't it?  The thrill of the hunt!

Let me know what you think - leave me a comment!  I looovvveee to get comments!  So Happy!!