Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Furniture Makeover!

When we moved into our new house, I hated the furniture we were bringing in.  It was Mexican pine and just didn't go in our new bedroom.  I bought chalkpaint immediately... and then it sat... and sat... for almost an entire year.  Until last week when I had the nerve to FINALLY do something about it.  I began by staining the top of the dresser with General Finishes Java Gel.  THAT's when my husband walked in.  He paused, then said "So do you like it?".  I knew I was in trouble.  This is what he saw.

But I had a vision in my mind.  And it turned out AWESOME!!!!  I used Annie Sloan in Old Ochre and Top Performance and Arm R Seal so it has an almost water proof finish on the top but with a Satin finish.  Picked up some new hardware and it looks like a completely different piece!  Now I'm working on the night stands!

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Friday, July 8, 2016

Crazy Weekend

My parents in law celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this weekend. The day was perfect. I had the pleasure of decorating the park and arranging the dessert table, all of which I made from scratch, including the wedding cake. Second time I've ever frosted a layered cake.... Apparently, I'm a sucker for doing things under pressure!!

I will be posting recipes over the next few weeks of these tested desserts!

Two days later we had our daughter's camping theme birthday. Since we were having high winds in the area we set up a camping scene in the dining room, just in case. Complete with evergreen trees and chinese lanterns covering the ceiling with lights in them.  The hubs and I are going to go hang out in there one of these nights when the kids are in bed!

Now that things are finally slowing down I'm working on some great projects at home. Going to finally complete the kids farm bathroom and work on transforming our old pine furniture to match our bedroom a bit better.

Off to stain something... other then my toddlers feet since she just walked thru my work area! Got to love her...

Friday, July 1, 2016

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? The Seattle Seahawks

I'm sure some of your are wanting the story of how this happened.  I can only say it happened because I asked.  There is a big lesson in this story.  People are so afraid to ask for what they want. What is the worse that can happen?  But what if they say YES?

Friday morning I was laying in bed with Jessy watching a movie while baby Liam was napping.  I went through my Twitter feed and saw that our Football team, the Seattle Seahawks were doing their fan tour and they would be coming through our town.  The way the map looked, it seemed like it would be Sunday, the last day of the tour.  They also said, "Hey, if you have an idea for us to stop along the way, send us a tweet!"  So I did.  I told them to stop at my house for lunch.  A few minutes later I get a message for my address and phone number.  Said they would be in the area around 3:30 or 4 and would let me know if they had time to stop.

I sat back down and then I sat straight up... they meant TODAY.  I'm a stay at home mom with two babies and a very messy house!  I screamed, I panicked. And then I got to work.

I made a rack of ribs (I would have made about 4 or 5 but honestly you don't really know if they are REALLY coming so I didn't want to waste a bunch of food).  I made some desserts and then my husband got home.  5pm came and we had texts from friends that they had been in town a few hours ago.  My husband resigned that they were not coming and he began to eat the ribs I had made. He also built a fort for the kids and they were playing it in (which is why my daughters hair looks like a mess in the pictures!!) I thought well the worst that happened was I had a clean house and I began to make cookies for my in-laws 50th Anniversary coming up this weekend. About 30 minutes later my phone rings.  My husband and I stare at each other and he says... its the Seahawk.  I look down at the number and say, Yup and answer the phone.  "Hey we are about 5 minutes away is it okay if we stop in".  OF COURSE.  While I'm frantically trying to set everything back out that I had put away.

It was so much fun.  The bus pulled in and everyone came inside.  Everyone, players, Seagals, Blitz, Blue Thunder.  So much commotion and laughter.  It was amazing.

I asked the players if they would sign my sons nursery wall and they did... of course now my daughter asks to write on the wall every time she sees it.  Her birthday was the next day and they say Happy Birthday to her... what a 3rd birthday party!!

Photos courtesy of the Seattle Seahawks

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