Rustic Crate with Starfish

Good morning! Are you ready for another week? Are your kids in school yet or do they still have a couple of weeks off? I don’t start until August 28, so I still have a little bit of time to get some projects done. I have a pretty easy one today.

I have had this wallpaper border for longer than I can remember. I keep coming across it in my stash and think I should do something with it. Well, I finally came up with an easy project. I didn’t use too much of it, but at least it’s a start. A few weeks ago, I bid on a couple of crates from an online auction nearby and ended up winning these 2 crates, plus a few other things. I painted both of them white, giving one to Lauren, which is the one I forgot to take after pictures of. I did better this time. ūüôā

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wooden crate makeover

I left it rough so it would still have a rustic look to it.

wooden crate painted wallpaper roll

I cut a piece of the wallpaper to fit across the center of the bottom of the crate. I cut it a little longer and then I will trim it after it’s applied. Because this is old wallpaper, I had to get it wet first, so I dipped it into a sink full of water.

wooden crate with wallpaper border

I had a spatula handy, so I used it to smooth down the paper and make sure all the bubbles were out and the edges were down. Once the paper had dried, I used a blade to cut off the excess.

wooden crate apply wallpaper

I’m thinking of using this in my bathroom, if I ever get it done, but for now, I placed it on my bar cart with a few other summer items.

wooden crate starfish seashell garland

A lantern and some seashells bring it all together.

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I made the seashell garland a few years ago.

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I hope you are enjoying your last few weeks of summer! See you next week!



Here are a few other seashell DIY’s you might enjoy.
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Back to School?

Hello everyone!  I hope you had a wonderful week and are ready for the weekend.  Does anyone have plans?

But is anyone starting to get ready for school? ¬†No…well maybe I can help you!

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Who doesn’t like shopping at Target? ¬†Does anyone have those times where you walk in for one thing and leave without that item? ¬†No…that’s only me…drat.

Either way Target is here to help with your school supply needs! ¬†If you order from Target’s website and order $50 worth of school supplies, you will get $5 off if you pick in store pick up! ¬†That way you don’t have to spend hours walking around the store and can stay in your pajamas while getting your school supplies. ¬†If you want to take advantage of this deal, click on the picture below.


Now, how about clothes?  Sometimes kids grow more than you expected over the summer.  Well, Target can still help you!  If you spend $25 on kids clothing, you will receive a $5 Target gift card.  But, if you spend $40 on kids clothing, you will get a $10 Target gift card!  Kids shoes are also BOGO 50% off!  Take advantage of these deals by clicking on the pictures below.

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And finally, after shopping for your kids, you always need to shop for yourself! ¬†All of the women’s Mossimo Supply Co. clothing is BOGO 50% off! ¬†So buy for your kids, then buy for yourself! ¬†Take advantage of this deal by clicking on the picture below.

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So I hope that this helps.  Not only do you get to buy everything for your kids, but you can get some things for yourself as well.  And now you know where the better deals are!  Thanks for stopping by!


Robin Egg Blue Beachy File Cabinet

Good morning! Ready for another hot summer week? That’s all we have been having for several weeks now. Over 100 degrees every day. I think there are a few 90 degree days thrown in, just so we survive. ūüôā But I have been able to get a few projects done!

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My first project was this file cabinet. Steve got this from his work place. They were getting new office furniture, so 2 of these were up for grabs. Haley took one for her room and I decided to make over the other one. First order of business was wiping it all down. It was pretty dirty!

File Cabinet Makeover

After a good cleaning, I spray painted Rust-oleum primer all over the whole thing, including the handles, locks and other pieces. I decided later to switch out the handles, but it made painting a whole lot easier.

file cabinet makeover rustoleum primer

I tried out this Rust-oleum paint this time. I had never used it before, but I love this color! My only complaint, was that the spray was kind of wide and seemed to take more to cover the cabinet. I was really glad I had used Rust-oleum primer first, because I’m sure I would have had to use more. The color is amazing though!

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Here are the handles I decided to use. Here are some¬†that are similar. I bought these from HomeGoods quite awhile ago thinking I would use them in the bathroom. Unfortunately, they didn’t fit and I didn’t feel like changing the holes on the cabinets. But they worked perfect for the file cabinet! I love the look!

file cabinet makeover front drawer files and warrenties

I already had the pretty file folders and they go perfect with the color. Here are some other pretty ones.

filing cabinet makeover files, chair, pillow

The dachshund pillow cover came from Amazon.  I love to have little touches of doggies around!

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I hope you enjoyed this makeover! I’m excited to get all my papers organized and have everything put out of sight. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!


I Moved………………..Again

I know what you are thinking.  I have moved, yet again.  There was a lot of things that caused me having to move.

But I digress. ¬†I have moved and I am now living on my own! ¬†Hooray! ¬†Well…not completely alone; I still have my cats. ¬†But they don’t really count.

Yep, so I am now by myself in my own apartment. ¬†And I have air conditioning! ¬†It’s soooooo amazing! ¬†So here is what it looks like!

Living Room

The whole place is tile which is super convenient for cleaning.  I have the couch and love seat that my roommate was getting rid of, the cat tree in the corner, and of course a TV.


I also started to decorate around the TV to make a map gallery wall.  And so far, it looks fantastic!  I need more frames and maps, but so far it looks so good!


The kitchen has so much storage! ¬†And I don’t have that much to put in the cupboards but I will definitely try to fill them up with food. ¬†Or dishes…or random stuff. ¬†And I was able to fit my table and chairs (only 3 of them) which is awesome because I wasn’t sure if it was going to fit or not.

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The bedroom is huge! ¬†I had such a small room in my last apartment and now this one is like, double the size! ¬†I can still fit so much. ¬†I love how we made the Paris wall, even though it has a British flag, and how Haley decorated my bookshelf. ¬†It’s so perfect!

And the closet is even better! ¬†I have never had this big of a closet and it is of course full. ¬†I still need more closet space…


I have a tiny hallway that I was able to add my last bit of artwork to.  I can now see myself even more times as I walk!

And finally the bathroom. ¬†It’s just a standard bathroom, but it is mine and mine alone. ¬†Huzzah! ¬†And it has a huge storage closet so I can put all of my extra blankets and decor things in it!

So that’s my new place! ¬†It’s not very big, but it’s the perfect size for me! ¬†I think if it was any bigger, I would be overwhelmed. ¬†Now, if only I could keep it clean…


The Loss of a Loved One

Hello everyone. ¬†I was going to post something yesterday, but I believe that this is more important. ¬†So, I’m sorry if you were expecting something.

I woke up yesterday morning to the sound of my phone vibrating. ¬†It was my mom calling to say that our 17 year old chihuahua terrier mix Chica was not doing well. ¬†She didn’t give me details, but I knew it was bad.

About an hour and a half later I got the text saying that she crossed the rainbow bridge.

chica at Christmas

We got Chica from a friend of our the summer of 2006. ¬†She was a country dog whose friend had passed away. ¬†The family was afraid to bring her inside because they had a young son at that time. ¬†They didn’t want her to be hurt and weren’t sure what to do. ¬†This was the time when Haley and I entered 4-H and needed two dogs to participate in the dog program. ¬†Our friends suggested Chica and we took her into our house.

And she fit in perfectly. ¬†She got along great with our other dog Ezzy and soon became our little princess. ¬†She loved sleeping on beds and following people around to make sure that they weren’t leaving her. ¬†She trotted after us and made us trip over her so many times.

We always joked that if she was a person, she was a dumb blond who hated the outdoors and took things too literal. ¬†If she saw a sign that said ‘Don’t Drink and Drive’, she wouldn’t drink any water because it was drinking. ¬†She would shiver in the cold of the outdoors, even after we put a pink jacket on her. ¬†She would be perfect in our 4-H shows because she was scared that she would lose if she did move.

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But she was our little Chiquita Chihuahua.

And as she got older, her health started to decline. ¬†She couldn’t see that well and started to lose her hearing. ¬†She could see shadows and us giving her hand signals, but that was about it. ¬†But, Chica could always hear the treat bag open and be right at our feet for her daily bone. ¬†She would usually pee in the house, unless we carried (did I mention that she was a princess?) her outside to go to the bathroom. ¬†But we did that because we loved her and would do anything for her.

Now without her, things will be vastly different without her. ¬†We won’t hear the pitter patter of her feet on the floor, and the click of her nails on the hardwood. ¬†We won’t have to worry about her being in pain. ¬†She will be in heaven, watching us from above.

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So to celebrate her life, we did some things that Chica would’ve loved to do. ¬†We ate Mexican food and toasted to her. ¬†And we did some retail therapy, something that Chica would’ve loved to do.

So Chica, you will be greatly missed.  Know that we loved you so much and you will be greatly missed.  You now have your own castle where you can rule over everyone and make the executive decisions.  You will always be loved and missed.