27 March 2010

Lil' Chick Update

Just a short post to let you know our girls are doin' great....

they've moved out of our tub....

and into the chicken coop....

can't wait to see them runnin' around outside....they're so darn cute!


On another note....with nice weather in the forcast {need that for good picture takin'}....I have some new items coming to the shop next week....stay tuned.

23 March 2010

Spring Cleaning

I love cleaning my home....it's a chore I truly find rewarding....after all....there's nothing better than a sparkling, organized and clean smelling home.

And I love these products....Mrs. Meyers....the Basil scent is my favorite.

And this is how I keep my cleaning supplies corralled....in a tin bucket. It's much roomier than those cleaning caddies you usually see...and looks prettier too....don't you think?

And this book helps me clean....green. It has great cleaning tips....and wonderful ways to use more environmentally friendly products.

Happy Spring Cleaning!

18 March 2010

She's Finished {For Now}

Here she is....pretty much finished....she just might need some more fluffing here and there....

so....do you remember how this inspired me....

well....here's my version....

I already had the side tables in the garage....as well as the chair....

and the mirrors too....so this was a pretty fast and inexpensive makeover....I did it all in 2 days....the only things purchased for the makeover....the side table lamp and bedding....I already had the paint....I love how it looks now....fresh and farmy feelin'....don't ya think? I have a before photo of when the previous owners lived here...but forgot to post it....I'll put it up soon so you can see the changes I made. Our room is rather small...but that's okay with me....because I'm not one for clutter....as you can tell from the walls....no pictures or art....I have a hard time putting things on walls sometimes....for me....it seems that they make rooms look more busy and distract you from what you should be focusing on....the bed.

And on another note....I now carry these beauties in the shop.

Have a beautiful weekend!

xoxo, Andrea


16 March 2010

{Love} This

A few weeks ago....I left a comment on LuLu's wonderful blog for a fantastic giveaway....

and I won....this amazing necklace from Lisa Leonard Designs....well....not this necklace exactly....this one is from her website....but one that I got to personalize. I was so excited to win....as I'm not much of a jewelry person...but the simple style of this necklace is so me.

Thanks so much LuLu for offering such a lovely giveaway....

and thank you to Lisa Leonard Designs....for such a beautiful necklace.

Photo from LLD

12 March 2010

Tech Love

I have to tell ya....I'm a tech lover.
Okay...so do you remember this post...were I told you that my husband calls me dude....here's one of the reasons why.

I love to buy techie stuff...and by techie stuff...I mean things like T.V.'s....surround sound....Blue Rays...you get the picture...I love watching movies....and the boy kind {action, sports, westerns}...not so much the girl kind.

About 3 months ago...I made him go with me to buy a 47" t.v. {that I love}...he didn't understand why I needed another t.v....we had a 50" already....but it was a projection t.v {don't love it}....and I wanted a flat screen....

So then....a month went by...and I said....I need a Blue Ray player now....to go with my new HD t.v....so off we went to buy a Blue Ray {love it}.

Then....I told him....well....since we have an HD t.v.....it doesn't seem right to not have HD service {we have Directv}....so next Saturday....we'll be having new HD receivers installed....{love it}.

And that brings me to the picture above....it's an Epson Home Theatre Projector...{L.O.V.E. it}....

I had been wanting to one for years now....and I just got it last week from here.

Now...I can hear some of you girls saying....why do you need that...you already have a big screen tv....a blue ray....HD....really....why do you need it....

I need it to have outdoor family movie nights...doesnt that sound fun!

I miss that there's no drive-ins anymore...so with this...we can turn Stella around...plop some pillows and blankets in the back....and pretend we're at the drive-ins....I think my boys are gonna love it...cuz you know momma is.

Wishing you all a beautiful weekend!

xoxo, Dude ;o)


P.S. Oh....and on Wednesday....I brought home another t.v.....well...we needed one in the living room too ;o)

10 March 2010

Barn Inspiration

Pottery Barn inspiration that is....

To say I love this bedding...would be an understatment...

because I r.e.a.l.l.y. love this bedding....well....the whole room for that matter....and it got me thinkin'....I need a bedroom makeover.

I purchased the bedding a couple months ago...and finally got around to painting the room this week. In 2 days....I have transformed our bedroom into a farmhouse retreat...well...at least I think so. The great thing about the makeover....with the exception of purchasing the bedding and bedside lighting....I had everything I needed already for the makeover...the paint was left over....the tables were in the garage....and the mirrors were in my hallway....funny how you can bring things together when your inspired. The last photo shows you a peek at what's to come next week.


And to think....it all started with some bedding.

Photo 1 and 2 Pottery Barn...Photo 3 mine.

05 March 2010

Sofa Makeover {The Last Chapter}


After 3 months of off and on sewing....I have finally finished the ginormous sofa slipcover. As many of you know....I taught myself to sew about 3 months ago....and ever since....have really enjoyed learning how to add zippers....and make my own patterns....with no training or classes mind you....and because of that....none of my projects is perfect....but they're good enough for me. This is what the sofa looked like before....

and...here she is now....but once again....before we see the whole after....here's a look at what our basement looked like when the previous owners lived in it.

And here she is now....all dressed up. The photo below shows you our family room and my office....my office is beyond the curtains. To say I can't believe I finshed this....would be a huge understatement....


because....I really can't believe I finally finished it. It was a huge undertaking....but....it was all worth it in the end....she fits in so much better now....don't ya think.



It feels so good to have the room completely done....the more changes I make....the more the home becomes....us.



And again....this is Mr. Wonderful's handy work. I looked into buying some shelves...similar to these....but they were over $100.00....each....too much to spend for me.....so....I told Mr. Wonderful what I had in mind.....and he brought them to life....for about $25.00 each....just love my handy man.


Wishing you all a wonderful sun-filled weekend!


xoxo, Andrea

02 March 2010

Help Wanted

Okay girls....I need some help....we're almost finished with our dining room....

Oh....but before we see the new dining room....lets take a look back....at what it looked like before....below is what the room looked like when the previous owners lived in it....here's were we began....

and this is what we've done with it....Mr. Wonderful....built me this....a window seat....

and he built me a bookshelf....

one for each side....

and here it is all pulled together....

I painted the table white....and filled the shelves....with baskets and ironstone....there's still some tweaking to be done....I'm not really good at putting vignettes together....but it works for me....for now....and don't mind the patchy walls....I haven't painted the walls yet....I'll be doing that later this week....they'll be painted Simply White by B.Moore.


So....are you wondering why I need your help....


well....I need your advice about the lighting....


we brought the black chandelier with us from California....when we moved here....


but I'm thinking it doesn't work with this room....what do you think?


I'm not sure if I should keep the black one in the photo....or buy a crystal chandelier....or....


get this one {in the nickle finish} from Pottery Barn....I really like that it's simple and classic looking....a lot like this old farmhouse.


So....what'ya think....if you have any ideas....let me know.


xoxo, Andrea


P.S.


I also received a lot of comments about this post....


I've mentioned before that I live in a 1890's farmhouse....so people were wondering....how could I have such a light filled basement.....


well....our home used to be near the Missouri river....but was moved to this location in 2002....so I get the best of both worlds....


original details of an old farmhouse....but with a great new....light filled basement.