Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Tis the Season!

Happy New Year's Eve!  And late Merry Christmas as well!
Our camera wasn't working so this is our picture in front of the Christmas tree this year- just Tim!

Mia had a blast opening up her presents from her grandma! 

A pile of balls and a Darth Vader squeaky toy!


Tim and I had our own Christmas celebration earlier that week.  The best part was watching Mia "open" her toys!  Once we started squeaking the toys she went crazy trying to get them!








And once she figured out that she was getting presents, she was trying to take everything either one of us opened!
Her favorite presents (as you can see by her desperation here) was a peanut butter filled bone!  She had some stomach problems the week before, so she only got a little bit of it.  Poor Mia!
We help our annual Christmas party last weekend as well!  I think it was my favorite party to date!




Did I ever show you my Christmas mantle?






















The night ended in a cuddle fest, as every night should end.
It was a perfect night!!  Did you have a happy holiday season?  Here's a bonus picture of Mia and I napping at my parents house!
Oh gosh, I can't even.

Spotted Shelf Paper!

While everyone and their sister are writing about their favorite posts from 2013 today, I hope I'm not disappointing you when I write about our newly lined drawers instead!
I recently added drawer liners to all our kitchen drawers, as well as to our teal dresser and the dresser in our bedroom.  That's a lot of paper!
And did I mention that I hand painted all of it?  I know, over achiever/cheap a$$/tight wad/whatever you wanna call it. 
The process couldn't have been easier; it was just time consuming!  But since I an unable to sit still for more then three minutes, every 15 minutes that I had at home involved painting these spots!
I started out by holding a large round pouncer weirdly so it made more of an animal type spot, and stampt it all over a piece of poster board, filling it in with smaller pouncers, and eventually just a small paintbrush.
I then painstakingly measured each and every drawer and cut it out using an exact-o knife.  This was particularly fun on the curved drawers in the teal dresser
And voila!  Pretty backgrounds to all the junk that graces the drawers in our place!
I also made some dividers on some of the more used spaces, like the junk drawer and "random kitchen utensil" area. 
These are just pieces of those cheap yardsticks that they sell in the paint section of the hardware store for 70 cents each.  I bought maybe 3-4 of them and used a small hacksaw to saw them by hand.  It went by really quick, and then I spray painted them with leftover black spray paint (from this project). 






I don't know about all of you, but I've been dying to get my junk organized for years, and it feel so dang good to finally have it all pretty-fied!!

Monday, December 23, 2013

I See a Blue Table and I Want it to Be Black

Remember this console table I built for the odd nook behind our couch?

Well recently it went from that custom mixed teal color to....


Black!  And there are no longer any signs left  of my "interesting" attempts at making it look distressed. 
The process was extremely simple.  I just took the table, wiped it down with liquid deglosser (eliminated the need to sand), and then sprayed on the best spray paint ever, Rustoleum Universal Paint + Primer.  I used Glossy Black. 






I rubbed a little chapstick on the nail head trim so that the paint wouldn't stick!
I love having a dramatic and neutral backdrop to play with!

Friday, December 20, 2013

What I'm Craving




1. I'm dying for a pair of these ghost chairs in our dining room, along with
2. some furry black pillows!
3. Kendra Scott can do no wrong.  I'm saying it!  White statement earrings would go great with my dark hair!
4.  More Kendra Scott.!  I love the way you can shorten this!
5. Oh gosh leopard!!! I need some in every room of the house!
6. Pink vest!  I have lots of outfits pinned with pink vests...
7.  Everyone needs a pave bracelet in their jewelry collection!
8. I'm obsessed with geology, so agate coasters are a must. Especially with a gorgeous gold rim!
10.  This jewel collared shell would be gorgeous under any sweater...
11. ...and this cashmere sweater would be the perfect one!
12. Oh the love for cobalt will never end!  This Anthropologie dress is perfect!
13. Must. Have.!!!
14.  This gold urchin would look great anywhere!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Thailand Part 4: Loi Krathon& Elephant Trekking

I saved the best for last!  Not to discredit rock climbing, which is easily my favorite thing to do in the world, but watching floating lanterns and riding elephants aren't activities you get to do too often!
I'll warn you now, almost none of my pictures turned out, so scroll down if you don't want to see all my blurry, sad attempts at photography.  It ain't pretty.  Except it is anyway because look at the pretty lights!

The Loi Krathong and Yi Peng festivals are a combination of releasing floating lanterns into the sky and sending a decorative float down the river.  The lanterns symbolize your negative energy being released, and the floats are your well wishes for the year to come.  Beautiful.

I highly recommend you google search this gorgeous event.  I didn't do it justice!

It was very different than an American festival!  There were no rules or regulations, peoepl were shooting off fireworks every which way, and anyone could participate on a whim!










We sent off three lanterns and one river float.  There was this great community spirit being shared.  The experienced guys were showing all the newbies how to prepare the lanterns so they floated properly, and lighters were being passed around and shared by all.  It was so magical watching everyone send off their deepest thoughts into the sky!














We spent the end of our evening sending a float down the river and watching the festivities on the river bank.  So pretty!  Have a mentioned how beautiful it was?



The next morning is was time to ride the elephants!  We chose a day at the Baanchang Elephant Park, a sanctuary that rescues mistreated elephants in the country.
We all got super stylish outfits to wear!
Our first task of the day was feeding elephants piles and piles and pile and then more piles of bananas and sugar cane sticks!










Then it was time to ride the elephants!!!!




















We also got to bathe them at the end...it was super disgusting!




Needless to say, it was a really fun day!!