A Not Even Close to Amazing Party!

Good morning! Can you believe it is already the second week of September? My class is going well so far and so enjoyable. We have been able to paint and have do some fun experiments. This week will be all about apples!  We taste them and we even paint with them! The kids love this one!

Last week was supposed to be at the launch party for Karianne’s book. Well, actually, the party happened, but I didn’t. My party, that is. Let me tell you about my day.

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First of all, my alarm didn’t go off in the morning. Great way to start the day! I did make it to work just fine, but it’s always a little more stressful to start a day this way.

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I was supposed to sign up for a class to take that day, but the person to give me the code to sign up, was off that day. So much for that!

so close to amazing boxed cookies

I got home and started getting ready for the party. I baked cookies and set the table. About 3:50, I finally read a text about an auction I had won. I was supposed to pick up the auction by 4:00. Yeah, uh, not happening.

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I wanted to print out cute little tags for the boxes the cookies were in. I created them and tried to print them, but, alas, no colored ink. Oh my. My mom to the rescue!

so close to amazing party table

Lauren and I talked and she figured she should be able to make it to the house in time for the party. But when she checked again, we realized we had the wrong time for the party. We were off by an hour and had missed the whole thing. 😦

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I was devastated!! I so wanted to party with Karianne! Wah! The day felt like such a failure!

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But then I remembered what the book was all about. We are all amazing. Maybe not that particular moment or day, but we are all special. “It’s about grace and forgiveness and learning from mistakes and rejoicing and celebrating in every victory, no matter how small.” So even though I missed the party, I love how my party table turned out. And the snickerdoodles were delicious!

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I know we have all had days like this. Let’s give ourselves a little forgiveness and realize just how special we are. Thank you, my friends, for visiting this blog and for continuing to support Lauren and I. Someday’s are harder than others, but we all have amazing-ness inside of us!

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So Close To Amazing! Book Giveaway

Today is the big day!!! It’s book launch day!! And guess what? I’m doing a giveaway! Karianne was sweet enough to send me a signed copy of her book and now I want to pass it on to one of you! Just fill out the questions below and I will let you know on Friday, September 8. If you would like to order the book, here is the Amazon link.

Here is a summery of the book:

“This is a book celebrating the incredible, awesome, special individual within each of us. It’s also a book for anyone who has ever mismatched her shoes or trimmed her own bangs when a professional might have been a better choice or added too much soap to the washer and watched it overflow.

(Not that KariAnne Wood has ever done any of these things.)

A debut memoir from the beloved Thistlewood Farms blogger, So Close to Amazing is a collection of hilarious and heartfelt reflections on getting it almost right—and how, instead of giving up, we can choose to simply embrace our real selves right where we are. It’s a story of transparency and honesty and recognizing that perfection is completely overemphasized and overrated. It’s about grace and learning from mistakes and rejoicing in every victory, no matter how small. Because when you find joy in the “you” God created you to be, you’ll discover the amazing that was there all along.”

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Also, there is a Virtual Book Launch Party tonight over at Facebook!  Here is the link if you would like to join in- : https://www.facebook.com/groups/102045557097787/ .  Just head to the page and ask to join. It’s that simple!! There will be a bunch of us partying together!

(Giveaway is Open to Residents of the USA, 18 years or older only.)

You have 3 chances to win this giveaway.

  1. Leave me a comment letting me know how your So Close to Amazing moment.
  2. Follow me on Facebook and leave a comment on Facebook about this giveaway.
  3. Follow me on Instagram and leave a comment below with your name on Instagram.

I can’t wait to party with you!!

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Grey, White and Blue Master Bath Refresh

Good morning! Well, I survived my first week back at school. Actually, it went pretty well! I have a rather small class this time and it sure helps with the noise level! Last year, they could hear my class all the way down the hall! Anyways, I think we are off to a good start.

I am back today with my Master Bath Refresh! I didn’t completely tear out the whole room and start over, but instead, tried to make it work with what was already there.

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Here are a couple of before pictures. The paint was very white and and there was a lot of paint scraped off on the cabinet. The mirror and cabinet were circa 1970.Master Bath 2

The floor was part carpet (#gross) and part linoleum.

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Now: the new and improved! Sorry the pictures aren’t the best. The room has no natural light. The walls and cabinets were painted Benjamin Moore Simply White. I kept the same silver knobs and handles. You can see I added one of my beachy bar stools, which is the perfect spot to set your towel or clothing. The hook above it holds my hanging clothes.

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I finally found a shower curtain I thought would work with the blue tile. It’s really long so I had to hang it up high, but I love how it looks!

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I was able to replace the dated light fixture and the mirror. I found the light fixture for only $20 on clearance at Lowes and the mirror I found at Hobby Lobby.

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We added the 12 inch grey tile to the floor. What a difference! I love how all the grey, blue and white tie together.

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I used the top section of a bed headboard ( I think!) to make the towel rack. I cleaned it up, painted it and added some black hooks. I hung a weathered seahorse above it.

Master bathroom grey towels

I hung two floating shelves above the toilet and added a few decor pieces-a candle, a plant, a silver dish. I also found a Sand Dollar sign to hang above the shelves.

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I found these great little baskets at Target to help organize all my bathroom essentials.

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Some pretty baubles in a turquoise bowl!!

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I picked some pretty roses and placed them on a silver tray to add some extra beauty to the room.

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I hope you enjoyed the little tour! I’m sure glad I finally finished the master bathroom. It’s so much nicer now! See you next week!

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Neutral Decor Book Page Mobile

Good morning! Well, I am back to school today! I’m not sure if this is good or bad. 🙂 I am really praying for a good year, but we shall see. I have lots of plans for the classroom, and hope I am able to really enjoy doing activities with the kids. I am almost done with my post for my master bathroom, but I didn’t quite get it done, so I will share this one with you again and help you get a head start on fall. Enjoy!

I don’t have any instructions for you today, but this is very similar to the Falling Leaves Mobile I made a couple of weeks ago. I mentioned then that I thought it would be nice to add some crystals or bling to this, but instead I made a whole new one! 🙂

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I cut out some leaf shapes from a book I picked up at a thrift store. I used 3 different shapes.

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I painted a stick black and added a silver a black ribbon to the top to hang it from.

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I strung clear pony beads and some silver beads onto fishing line. This took the most time. It wasn’t hard, just took the most time of the project.

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The trick to keeping the beads from moving is to run the string or fishing line through the bead twice. This way you can move the bead to the position you want, but it won’t keep slipping. I actually ran the line through the silver ones three times, since they were heavier.

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Once all the beads were strung, I put a little bit of glue on the top of the stick, and placed the line in the glue-very carefully!

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I added more line and then glued the leaves on with just a little dot of glue.

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And that’s it! Now I have a neutral mobile I can use all year long! Plus a little bling!

Don’t forget to order Karianne’s book at Amazon and get some bonuses too!

So many pre-order bonuses—so little time! And right now the book is on SALE, too! Get your bonuses on or before 9-4-17!
Plus, Karianne is hosting a link-up arty for all your So Close to Amazing storis! Here is the link to the page. Or you can just head on over an enjoy all the stories!

I hope you all have a great week!

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Travel Theme Entryway

Good morning! I’m glad to be back this week! Last week was a little tough..we dropped Haley off at college! We had 2 car loads of her things to take. Thankfully, the school had big bins on wheels that we could load up and take to the rooms.  I’m not sure how many trips we would have had to take up and down stairs without that bin! Sure glad we didn’t have to find out!

I am so not ready for summer to end! I like fall too, but I just love the relaxed feeling of summer. I wish we had been able to do more traveling this summer, but instead I decorated my entryway with some California signs and other travel items. I pulled out a variety of things and then made a vignette on my door beverage table which I have placed in my entry. It’s the perfect thing to decorate for the seasons!

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I cut out the CA from some maps I had, the same maps Lauren used for her Travel Sign. I used a little tape to attach them to the window. Lauren sent me the Seattle postcard when she went on her road trip.

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I love these signs! I ordered them from Groupon a while back and love the vintage look they have. I placed them in some black frames I already had and hung them above my hat and California tote bag.

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I cut the hole in the globe to make a hanging light, but so far I haven’t gotten around to it. Instead, I rolled up a USA map and placed it inside. When the girls were younger, I placed stars on the different states we had visited. After it’s done here in the entry,  I think I have finally found another spot for it.

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A bucket and some starfish remind me of the beach. Some California gardening books and a nautical book are more hints to summer.

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I found this big basket at a thrift store and love the colors! It’s the perfect thing to take a picnic in at the park or the beach. A giant conch shell and a Welcome sign invite everyone in.

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Hopefully this brings back lots of good summer memories! I think this is the last of the summer decorating. Bring on autumn!!

travel entry way hat, California, San Diego

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