Friday, December 30, 2011

One down, One to go

Last night I sucked it up and finished Jude's headboard.  My back hurt so bad by the time I was done (since I did it all on the floor), but it was worth the pain because I LOVE how it turned out!!

 Hooray for progress! I'm really surprised how much I've gotten done in his room in 6 months, especially when I see the before picture.

I'm going to wait a few days to start on the other headboard, you know give my back some time to straighten out again.

 Happy Friday!

Thursday, December 29, 2011


I just HAD to share this photo my Aunt took recently because it is STUNNING!!!

See what I mean!?!??

To see more pictures from this sister shoot go "like" her Facebook page and check out her portfolio, rates and availability here!

Home Decorators Collection pendant lights

While in Home Depot this morning with my boys, I saw a display for the new Home Decorators Collection pendant lights.





Cool, huh!?! Especially because most of them are in the $70-$90 price range!!  They are REALLY stunning in person and they even sell  vintage style light bulbs for them.

Here are some expensive look a likes at Shades of Light.





Check out the full collection here. Nice job HD!!!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Bamboo Light Fixture

This beauty, originally $199 is on sale here for $29.85!

Add a little spray paint and you got yourself something like this:

Source: via Katie on Pinterest

Source: via Katie on Pinterest

Source: via Katie on Pinterest

Source: via Katie on Pinterest

If I had the ceiling height you better believe I'd be buying one ASAP!

Jude and Phin's Room

Hope you all had a great Christmas, we really enjoyed our time with our families, especially my brother and his wife who are here from WA!

When we moved into our house in June I didn't have plans to put both boys in the same room for awhile. Fast forward to October, we found out that baby # 3 was on the way. Needless to say, Phin will be moving into Jude's room sooner than I planned (he's only 18 months old right now), probably in February or March.

Jude has always had two twin beds in his room but they need a lot of work! I'm going to make/upholster two headboards and make the duvet covers for both beds.

I've been trying to decide what kind of a pattern I want to use on the nail head trim. The headboards will be plain square shaped, here are a few options for the nail head trim.

Source: via Katie on Pinterest

I'd love to try something like this with some grosgrain ribbon.

Abstract criss cross?

I'm leaning more toward the first option and the grosgrain ribbon one. Which one is your favorite?

Here was the original moodboard I made up for his room before we moved.

J's Room

Quite a bit has changed from this original plan.

-Because of the small space I wasn't able to use a dresser in between the beds, I have a little TV table there right now that works out great. Eventually I'd like to find a small dresser that would fit but none of our existing ones will. Because of space issues I also wasn't able to include his table and chairs.

-Instead of a lantern type fixture I have a Moroccan one to install! So cool!!!

-I also changed the paint color from gray to a very pale blue and added some color with a red lamp instead of black.

-I'd still like to use some chalkboard paint somewhere in his room, originally I wanted to paint his closet doors with it but we have those shutter type doors not flat panel ones.

-I ended up using short length curtains because of the window/bed's how they turned out (this was before I painted).

I'm hoping to be able to get the headboards done in the next week, fingers crossed!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Luminaria trolley tour

On Thursday night my whole family, including my brothers in laws, rented the Great Falls Historic Trolley and took a two hour Christmas Luminaria tour.

 Carol Place aka "The Trolley Lady" drove us all over Great Falls to see some of the best Christmas light displays and led us in singing some Christmas carols. We all had so much fun that we've discussed making this a yearly tradition!

 Here is my Mom and Dad sitting next to my brother Mikey, his wife Jenn and Jenn's sister Abbie.

 Stan "The Man", my cousin Emma, my brother Kurtis and his girlfriend Beth.


Jude being silly with Grammie and Pa.


   Jude and his (Great) Auntie Tammy.

 My Uncle Dudley and his mom "Mimi" (my cousin Owen is creeping in the back ground) :)

                                               Kurtis and Beth

                                                            "The Man" and I

               My cousin Owen and Aunt Caroline (I've blogged before about her photography business, go here to check out  her work!)

Everyone singing. :)

To find out more about the Great Falls Trolley and all the different tours they do go here.

Hope you all are having a wonderful Christmas spent with those you love, but most of all remembering why we celebrate in the first place! 

Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee, called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.... And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb, and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus." Luke 1:26-27, 30-31
 "And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to the...m, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger... When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. ” Luke 2:8-12,16-20

Merry Christmas!!!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Santa free CHRISTmas

Yep, that's right we don't "do Santa" at our house.  A lot of people think we're nuts and from what I have seen a lot of Christians don't have a problem doing Santa with their children. We respectfully disagree.

While over at Gus And Lula today I read this post and Britt sums up our convictions on this matter better and more eloquently than I ever could! So, if you are interested go check it out and bravo Britt!!!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Quiet Time

Praying that you will know His peace this Christmas season, the peace that passes all understanding!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Holiday Pinspiration

I LOVE Christmas time!

However, I am SO far behind this year!!!

We put our tree up weeks ago but Phin is at that trying fun stage of 18 months old, so we have no ornaments on the bottom half of our tree.

Granted they were there at one point but I got tired of finding them all over the house, not to mention how many glass balls he broke (they were up high where he couldn't reach them so he decided to throw toys at them. He's got a great arm........future Tim Tebeow?!?!!?).

Here are the boys with our tree, before it was used for target practice.

Putting the tree up has been the extent of my holiday preparations so far. No shopping, no decorating (except the Christmas lights outside) etc.

I need some about you?

Pinterest to the rescue!

Source: via Katie on Pinterest

Source: via Katie on Pinterest

Source: via Katie on Pinterest

(Am I the only one who LOVES vintage Christmas cards??)
Source: via Katie on Pinterest

We have a HUGE progressive dinner tomorrow night with our church so I've been busy this week helping a friend and my Mom spruce up their houses for it.

I did a huge gallery wall at my friends house and I can't wait to get some pictures of it!

My Mom and I have been re-covering her dining room chairs for the past three days and we finally finished them last night. We also added some curtains to their dining to come!

Hope you all have a great weekend, I'm off to peel 20 pounds of potatoes!