Saturday, November 27, 2010

Whowouldathought we like Decals

I never knew that the boys would enjoy making plagues w/ decals... who knew they liked to get so involved in mami's little projects and I terribly enjoy having them help.

Check out what we came up w/

Here's what I found at the local GW. It was partially FREE! Teehee

We laid it on an Ikea sage green plate that I got this summer and sprayed it white. Then Jacob and I used a ruler (his because he wanted it no other way) and made sure the line would be perfect for the decal. We laid it down and I had Jacob run his fingers and nails over it to secure it.

Then he carefully started to peel it back. He's such a great little teeny helper.

Pausing for a final check, he was convinced it wasn't on straight, but we agreed that it was.

Jacob was taking too long so I took it upon myself to peel it off. I did it very very slowly!

Nelson choose the word hope out of the Hope. Faith. Love.

Fin! I love how simplistic it is.  Please, ignore the unfinished back splash, that is to come soon enough =)

I hope you'll keep stopping by since the boys have a couple more decal projects they want to do that they talked me into =)


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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Shopping on Black Friday Shopping Reminders

Woot Woot, it's getting to be that time of the year! I'm excited to get w/ my friends and shop shop shop =)
This year it's all about the toys! I usually focus on home repairs, but PFFT! I'm getting it done for the boys... That's the goal.

Here are some last minute reminders;
1. Check Out the Ads & Print them Out; don't forget the ads at home!!

2. Research Every Item your Little Heart Desires

3. Compare all Ads! Don't Forget the Anchor Stores; just because they might not advertise as much does not  mean they are not holding a BLACK Friday sale. 

4. Check Out the Early Bird Specials; that sometimes start on Thanksgiving Day and BLACK Friday from 3 a.m. until 11 a.m

5. Online Shopping; you can keep warm and shop from home right after midnight and on some sites like get even better deals. I'm doing that as well as heading out to ze stores.
6. Gift Receipts; Always get the receipt!!
7. The most important tip I received from Cheri @ Bargain Decor Mom was to come up w/ a plan of attack. And we have! We will be carrying our HUGE Ikea bags (in case we can't get carts in time), small bottle of water and an over the shoulder purse (big enough for the folded ads and wallets) what else do you think might be needed? 

NOTE: Here's a bit of BLACK Friday history see it HERE on Wikipedia or read below


One of the earliest recorded uses was September 24, 1869 was deemed Black Friday; a day of stock market catastrophe. The history of the day after Thanksgiving being the official start of the holiday shopping season may be linked together with the idea of Santa Claus parades. Parades celebrating Thanksgiving often include an appearance by Santa at the end of the parade, with the idea that 'Santa has arrived' or 'Santa is just around the corner'.
In the late 19th century and early 20th century, many Santa parades or Thanksgiving Day parades were sponsored by department stores. These include the Toronto Santa Claus Parade, in Canada, sponsored by Eaton's, and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade sponsored by Macy's. Department stores would use the parades to launch a big advertising push. Eventually it just became an unwritten rule that no store would try doing Christmas advertising before the parade was over. Therefore, the day after Thanksgiving became the day when the shopping season officially started.
Later on, the fact that this marked the official start of the shopping season led to controversy. In 1939, retail shops would have liked to have a longer shopping season, but no store wanted to break with tradition and be the one to start advertising before Thanksgiving. President Franklin D. Roosevelt moved the date for Thanksgiving one week earlier, leading to much anger by the public who wound up having to change holiday plans.[20] Some even refused the change, resulting in the U.S. citizens celebrating Thanksgiving on two separate days.[20] Some started referring to the change as Franksgiving.

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Living Room Update that didn't cost a thing

I wanted a faint splash of color to the living room since I think it was rather "clean". What an oxymoron, eh? But here is the thing... I'm tired of buying and replacing things so, I thought I would do some rearranging.

I brought in the rug from the dinning room and planted it in the living room. Think it works? Tan rug, black pillows and zero window cover. Sorry for the grainy pics.

Now in the living room! thoughts? =)

I went a bit cray cray and spent $2.00 on 1.25 yards of this sea foam BLUE fabric that I scored at Fields Fabrics and made some pillows. I wanted them to be plain no dangling things, feather, shimmer or anything too pretty. Just Plain so that it bounces off the lamp and Pier 1 rug.

Oh, wait did I show off my GW find this weekend? I got it for $1.00 YAY!! A'int she a fabush little thing? =)
She seems BLUE-r then she really is. She is in fact a greenish BLUE I call it a SEA FOAM BLUE (whatever that means).

But I wasn't quiet satisfied. My window is a bit high, but if you're out side you might still catch the tops of our heads as we walk in an out of the living room or as my guests sit on the couch so, I added a little somethin' somethin'

Some temporary shades I got at The Home Depot for $1.90 each. So, I put them all in the living room since I read some wheres that they can energy saving during the summer and winter. Hey, at this point it's cheaper then buying cellular blinds.

How do you think they look? I like them a bit since I want to keep it light and I think the white keeps in that theme.

In the end, I put the tan rug under the table in the dining room and I truly like the way it looks there. Since that space is so teeny, it opens it up, I think.(See the wreath? I have Christmas on the brain lol)

Keep your fingers crossed for me so I can score some flooring on BLACK Friday because we really need a change in there the kitchen. I hear Lowe's will have some incredible sales so, hear I come Lowe's! =)


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Monday, November 22, 2010

A list of Oprah's Favorite Things YAY

I lub Oprah's favorite things shows... they are great and you're always in the know by watching what is all the rave, the new, the best and where to get them. It's just too bad I was never able to be on the show... =)

So, since everything Oprah touches turns to GOLD, here is a list of all her favorite things that have now been added to my wants list.

1. iPad by Apple. Check it out HERE

2. Women's Classic Short Sparkles Australia Ugg's $170. See it HERE They come in GOLD, BLACK and SILVER.

3. Sophia Satchel by Coach. See it HERE

4. Philosophy Hope in a Jar. See it HERE. The one I've been using is the 4 oz. I loves it!! =)

5. Herb-Savor. See it HERE. $30. I can't wait to try this! YAY!

6. Le Creuset Cookware. See it HERE. They come in many colors, but my favorite is the BLACK. You can find these at your local Marshalls and Home Goods. Go get yours... theses are fabush =)

6. Miraclebody Jeans by Miraclesuit. 10 lbs. lighter in 10 seconds? WHAT?!! Guess what I'm getting for Xmas...  See it HERE.

7. Williams Sonoma Mini Croisants. I lub croisants! The boys go throw a dozen in a couple of days... I remember my dad brining home warm chocolate filled croisants when we lived in Ivory Coast. They always bring me back to that little 10 yr. girl dunking them in hot chocolate YUM! See them HERE. 24 for $40

8. Talbott Tea. I've only had GREEN tea and it was the best. See it HERE

9.  Josh Groban Illuminiations. I mean really, who doesn't like Josh Groban? at least I though everyone w/ a good ear did... This will be in my stocking =) See it HERE

10. Volkswagen 2012 Beetle? are you serious? NO WAY!! Those people were blessed on that day... =) See it HERE

11. Bakers Edge Baking Pan. My brother's GF would love this... she is such an exceptional cook. See it HERE

12. Breville Panni Press. Time to upgrade the Forman Grill, see it HERE.

13. Lafco Candles. I'm on a hunt for these ones... See them HERE

I didn't show ALL of Oprah's Favorite Things. So, if you want to see the entire list check out HERE

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New Kitchen Update Delays

By the beginging of next week I'll have a couple of things to show you blog-ettes that I'm working on... I'd get too it faster, but work is getting in the way =)

Does work get in your way of projects and blogging? =) Becauase it does for me... Example; this morning first thing was laundry, dishes, taking kids to school, work. In the evening; it's usually reviewing homework, puttin kids down for the night, cleaning for the day and folding the laundry while watching my stories. It doesn't sound like much so, why do I run out of time? *BTW, there's always enough time to get sick! What the dilly YO!!?? LOL

Either way I've decided to fit in tiling my back splash whenever I can fit it in. AGH! That means that it's a very slow process.

1. Tiling the back splash
2. Changing faucet (yay)
3. New blackboard
4. Re-Organizing cupboards

This list is far too short to take me longer then 1 week.  HELP! LOL

So, I keep stopping by I need motivation and suggestions =)


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Friday, November 19, 2010

All Our Favorite Stores & More

I love walking around collecting idears of what I could create or save for for.. LOL

I love ottomas, lamps, CLOCKS, towels (specially PB towels), floating desks, antique furniture and so much more... 

Here was a day in the life of a shopoholic at JoAnne Fabrics w/ out money to spare Teehee

The fall foliage I'm not crazy about, but c'mon at 70% off I could be ready for next yr. 

Okay, these are my  fave... I love the green. So zen and my word of the month "organic". 

Gems, sparkles, glitter and more! Every girl needs her bling!

Even more sales... I'm packing my 50% off for the and I'm ready to stop on by tomorrow and check out the great deals. How many times do you frequent JoAnne's in a week?

Fabrics, Fabrics and more Fabrics!  I always walk out w/ a couple of rolls. 

Clearance section. I know you guys would tear it up! =) I do!

Tassels? where do you use them? Look where I put mine HERE


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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Black Inspirations

I love the color BLACK. It is regal, powerful, chic, sophisticated and comfortable. Oh... so yummy!

Here some of my inspirations for BLACK furniture and considerations

Silvered chair w/ black velvet

Gotta want this black dresser, but I rather have glass knobs on it then the silver

I think this chair is so regal and chic. I could place that one right next to the buffet in the living room... 

Check out the chairs. Don't they look like butter?  ;)

This one would go in my room
If I only had a foyer =)


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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Dramatic Gateway

This door was white and boring. I've wanted a black door for a couple of yrs. but was afraid to go thru w/ it. Then I thought... "it's paint!" plus isn't black the most authoritative color? and it conveys, drama and elegance so, what's the problem?

I did some research and found that when your seating direction and door is facing north you CAN paint your door BLACK or blue. And blue is just not MY color for a door. So, BLACK it was. YAY!

My friend, black paint.
All I needed was RustOleum. I went with the Semi-Gloss for added drama and reflective effect.
A foam roller, painters tape, paint brush and patience.

With the first stroke, I stopped and hoped I hadn't made a mistake in painting it so dramatically. Will it be to much next to chocolate wall? Will it be durable? Am I shrinking things by adding and using so much black?

Oh, who cares!? I absolutely acores the black door. It's so much more fun and chic then the boring ol' do' LOL **I'm currently working on some foliage for this room. The greenery is needed and it's on its  way.

PS: After much demand from my fellow Blog-ettes and friends, I will let Debbie continue her painting in my living room and fill that wall w/ Fluer de lis YAY!!

So, for now the living room is complete, check it all out HERE. Now back to the basement and then the kids rooms. Nelson my 11 yr old. wants a teen boys room. He's demands are realistic but they will require a lot of time and yet I have recruited Debbie to help. LOL

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Great Wall of RoRo

Debbie came over and put her art on my focus wall. It was a fun filled Saturday night. There was wine, there was pizza, there was gossip, there was painting, laughter. I love what a group of powerful women can accomplish. We bring so much joy, happiness and strength to each other. I love my sisters!

They helped this inspiration become a reality!

Last week it was simple and a plain khaki wall.

I still lourve my solid maple buffet. There will be Before and After of this this in the next few week minus paint!
My mother told me that it is important to have pieces of furniture that are classic and will be in our home for a very long time. So, I'm afraid of messing w/ the authenticity of this buffet. But something has to be done, because it is truly too blasted yellow for me.

But check out the gain... It's devine!

POW! Ze wall

This wall is SICK! the picture does not do it justice... it's true chocolate and the stencils are Debbies art work. That girl has a steady hand =)
*Thanks Deb. I love what your do for your bestie LOL

Here's another shot

I will be upgrading to a true camera soon so, I will post clearer shot later. Did you notice the painted door? more on that HERE.

View from the kitchen.

I have to brag. Even my brother liked the changes... so he says LOL

Please, let me know what you think. Good or bad. Suggestions and tips your thoughts are welcomed =)

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