And We Have a Winner!

Hello everyone!  It’s Friday and guess what that means.  We have our winner of the Canvas Factory Givaway.

And our winner is Jillian Too!

Congrats!  Shoot us an email and we will give you the code for the free canvas!

Also, this blog is reposted and I loved how this table turned out.  So enjoy!

I have never been one to have a fancy table for a few reasons.  1: I live with other people. 2: I never sit at the table to enjoy the tablescape.  But, I have decided that I would actually put a tablescape together.


Parisian Tablescape

Parisian Tablescape

I used a grey scarf as my table runner to keep the table neutral and use other colors to pop.  I added a lot of Paris style items to the middle as a centerpiece.  You will be able to see the centerpiece shortly.

Parisian Tablescape

Now…I actually used my roommate Lydia’s dishes because I have red and yellow dishes.  So I had the large plate, the salad plate, and the bowl because you never know what you will need for a meal.  I added the silverware and a glass to finish off the setting.  But, to add a pop, I added a small glass bowl with a pink cupcake that my roommate Danielle had made.  Yum!

Parisian Tablescape

For the centerpiece, I used quite a few different items.  The best piece is the old film camera.  I don’t have any film for it, but it still works!  I am able to zoom, click, and “turn the film” which is fun.  I added a pink Eiffel Tower that holds my photos and a mason jar that my mom covered with scrapbooking paper and stickers for my bedroom.

Parisian Tablescape

On this side of the centerpiece, I have a mannequin jewelry holder that I bought from Ross and another small mason jar that my mom redid.  You can now see the camera from a different point of view.

Parisian Tablescape

And to finish off the centerpiece, I have this wonderful bottle of Van Ruiten Chardonnay that hasn’t been opened yet.  It is a great addition to the centerpiece and hopefully when I open it, it will be delicious.

So that is my tablescape.  I hope I can do more soon, if my roommates allow it…



Green, Black and White Fall Dining Room Plus My New/Old Hutch

Good morning! Can you believe we are already half way through September? Why is it that some days seem so long, but the month goes by so fast? We were able to see Haley again this weekend. We met about half way between our home and her school. It was nice to spend some time together and she had lots of stories to tell!

I decided to decorate with a little different color scheme in my dining room this year. If you have been around for awhile, you know I usually use lots of turquoise and a beach theme. But I have been seeing some green, black and white decorated rooms and really liked how they looked, so I decided to give it a try! Besides, it is just too hot here to really feel like fall!

fall black and green dining room 2017

Most of the items I already had, but I did find the faux green apples at the Dollar Tree and thought they made the perfect touch.

fall dining room green and black 2017

I used simple white plates, wooden chargers and a green napkin on a white tablecloth.

fall dining room green apples

I love adding the cotton garland down the middle. It is definitely cotton picking season here in the Central Valley!

fall dining room green candle lantern, apples

The solid black runner is actually a chalkboard runner! I love it at Thanksgiving and write all the thing we are thankful for on it. The black and white striped runner came from the Dollar Spot at Target.

green and black dining room with apples

I changed out my shelves a bit too. I took out the turquoise and added a little bit of orange and green.

fall dining room green, black and white dishes, lanterns

Buying and displaying lots of whites keeps things cohesive. This way I can just add little bits of color to change it up.

fall dining room shelves with dishes

I love these orange and white plates and the little white foxes!

fall dining room orange and white foxes

Many of the dishes and other items are found at thrift stores and the clearance sections of retail stores.

fall dining room orange and white dishes

fall dining room green, orange, neutral

And…my new hutch! Well, actually, it’s an old hutch. It was on the patio at our old house. I had started sanding and priming last fall, while we were waiting to move. Then the poor thing sat out in the backyard all winter and most of summer.  I was finally able to find a few cool mornings to work on it this summer.

fall dining room white hutch neutral farmhouse

I love being able to display some of my special pieces.

fall dining room white pitcher

I’m not sure where the little elephant pitcher came from, but I think he is so cute! The bone dishes were my grandmas.

fall dining room neutral hutch farmhouse

I believe this little vase is called a wall pocket. This was also my grandma’s. My mom had it for awhile and I just found the perfect spot for it!

fall dining room hutch with hanging wall pocket

The bottom cupboards hold all my table linens. sorted by color, of course!

fall dining room hutch turquoise linens

fall dining room hutch linens

I’ve been collecting some different pieces of silverware and I love how they look all mixed up in the white and black canister.

fall dining room hutch neutral farmhouse

fall dining room green and black hutch 2017

I really like the green, black and white! It was fun to try something different! I am slowly moving through the house and getting it ready for fall. I will be back next time with another room to show you!


By the way, would you be interested in joining an ornament exchange? I have participated the last couple of years, and it’s a lot of fun. It’s a great way to meet some other bloggers and friends too! If you would like more information, or to sign up, just click on the picture below.

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Here a few more posts you might enjoy:

fall-2016-gold-and-white-candlesticks        Faux Fireplace Reveal      2015 Home Tour Fall Glittery Pumpkin

Adding to the Gallery Wall + A Giveaway!

Hello everyone!  I hope you all had a great week and you are ready for the weekend.  Did anything exciting happen during the week?

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I don’t know how many of you remember, but we worked with Canvas Factory before.  This website creates some of the highest quality canvas pictures and they turn out absolutely amazing!  You can either use a picture that is already on their website or you can upload one of your own.  And there are so many ways you can customize your pictures and make them your own!

While exploring the pictures on the website, I couldn’t decide what kind of picture I wanted.  After searching through all of the pictures, I finally came across one that I liked.  Something simple to add to my gallery wall.

And I came across this!  And I fell in love!Full Picture

Isn’t it pretty!  It’s very simple but gorgeous.  Though it is slightly hard to tell from the picture, the compass is actually a dark blue color, not black.  But either way, it looks great with all of the other pictures!

So, now I have added this and a few other pieces to my wall and it is slowly getting closer to being finished.  But…I still have a ways to go until I can finally say the wall is done.

Partial WallFull Wall

I think it is looking fabulous!  Just a few more arrows and words and it will be finished.  I never realized how much work actually went into putting a gallery wall together.  But I’m having a lot of fun doing it!

Now how would you guys like to get a free canvas from Canvas Factory???  I know, awesome isn’t it!  All you need to do is following the link below and there are a few options of things you can do to be entered into the raffle!  You have until September 20th at 11:59 pm to enter and I will be announcing the winner in my blog for next week.  So check it out and may the odds be ever in your favor!

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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.

so close to amazing by Karianne

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.

so close to amazing Let's party

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.

so close to amazing blowers and lanterns

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. 😦

so close to amazing relax

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

so close to amazing cookies

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!

so close to amazing thank you

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!


My Dog’s Purrrrpose (I Know That’s a Cat, Get Over It)

Hello everyone!  I hope you have all had a great week so far and I hope you are ready for the weekend.

One of the things I always look forward to on the weekends (or maybe a Tuesday and Wednesday depending on my schedule) is seeing all of the dogs at my parents house!  I love all of them, some more than others, but I love them nonetheless.


But dogs are actually really good for our general health.  They help your heart, mind, and body.  Apparently they don’t help the soul like we thought…  Anyway they are very helpful when you need them.


Take our Rozy Blu for example.  She is very very very very very sensitive.  If she sees that you are upset, she will come and comfort you.  She is a cuddle bug and always knows how to make you feel better.

birthday rozy

I believe sometimes, dogs are better than best friends.  They won’t judge you when you are ugly crying.  They listen to all of your problems without interrupting you to tell you their problems.  They (usually) will let you cuddle them and use them as a squishy stress ball.  How many best friends will let you do that?


But dogs are great for your health as well.  Dogs can help lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases!  They can also boost your immune system and help you get the recommended amount of weekly exercise.  Trust me, taking all 5 of our dogs out for a daily walk is a challenge in itself.


Did you know that dogs can be trained to help with more health issues than you think?  Dogs can be trained to identify when someone is having a seizure, help to aid in occupational or speech therapy, and even detect different forms of cancer.  They are smart and they can definitely be more helpful than you think!


So as I close this up, I love all of the furry pooches.  Ezzy, Scamp, Rozy, Munchy, and the newest edition Maggie.  They can be annoying at times, but for the most part they are the awesome!


And to end this, post a picture of your fur babies in the comments below so we can celebrate them altogether!  Also here are my parents cats and my cats just so they don’t feel left out.