Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Thanksgiving Weekend

I have been so thankful to have a family to celebrate all of life's experiences with. This year was special because my mom and I were
able to go visit my brother and his family in Texas. I had a lot of fun chatting and cooking with my sister-in-law, catching up with my brother, laughing with my nephew and acting like an utter goofball for my great-nephew. While we were visiting we made it a goal to tackle my nephew's bedroom. It needed to be painted and decorated. As usual we had some hiccups and weren't able to get it all done, but I did manage to snap a picture of one of the projects my creative sister-in-law came up with. She decided to use one of the drums from a set that my nephew never uses and make a side table. To amp up the interest we printed off several pictures of things that my nephew is interested
in and decoupage them on top of the drum. All it needs now is a nice piece of plexiglass to go over it. My brother is going to have a machine shop cut and shape the plexiglass to fit snuggly inside of the rim to create a nice waterproof table top.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Computer Died

I am not going to be able to post much on my blog for a bit. My computer chose an inopportune time to completely crash! I will try to post from time to time via my iPad.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Halloween Success!

Halloween this year was the best one we have had in awhile despite the fact that my hubby has been dealing with some health issues.  I was pleased with how the decorations turned out and the kids loved the house!

We had tons of kids stop by with costumes ranging from zombies to Pippi Longstocking.  Our pups even got into the Halloween spirit this year probably to make up for the fact that we don't yet have children compounded with the fact that our Corgi, Sadie actually likes to get dressed up.

Sadie was a cheerleader this year and she would not look up at the camera. Bernie my pumpkin is a lot older and was more compliant in the picture taking process (treats helped a lot too!) I hope everyone else had a fun Halloween too! Now I am starting to get my Fall decorations out in preparation for Thanksgiving.  I can't believe that Christmas is only 7 weeks away! YIKES!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Scary Faces....

I have not fallen off the blogging wagon again, I have been scraping down my front porch for the past few days.  I finally got all of the loose and peeling paint up and should be set to get it all painted tomorrow just before it rains later this week.  In anticipation of getting the porch all painted, I managed to make time late last week to carve out some faux pumpkins.
I am loving my scary faced pumpkins.  They are sitting on my fireplace mantle just waiting to be placed out on the newly painted porch steps.  Planning on getting the porch all decorated and taking pictures of our puppies all dressed up in their Halloween costumes.  Starting to think we really need kids, especially after watching my hubby get the dogs all dressed up tonight and prance them around the block tonight.
What spooktacular creations have you been concocting lately? I would love to hear about them!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Chi Town Getaway...

There is nothing more refreshing and more exhausting than getting away for a few days.  Late last week I got to tag along with my hubby on his trip to Chicago.  We stayed at the Palmer House Hilton and when you walk into the Hotel you are greeted by what is known as the Peacock Doors seen here:
Then you walk up a set of stairs into the lobby and look up to see an amazing mural.  Here is part of the mural I snapped with my Ipad camera.
There is so much to do in Chicago but we I knew we were just going to be there for one night so I decided to just stick to hitting the shops near the hotel.  A view from our room highlighted one of my trips.
A huge Blick Art Supplies store directly across the street from our hotel! SCOOOOORRRRE! Fortunately we only had one small suitcase to keep me in check because after I recovered from the sensory overload, there was so much I could have purchased. After traveling from store to store, and eating all the calories that we could have possibly burned by all of the walking, we crashed in our room.  In keeping with the era of the hotel, it was decorated with French Provincial furniture.  My favorite piece in the room was a gold gilded mirror:
I also enjoyed the architecturally detailed view directly outside of our window.
The pictures don't really do it any justice but I thought it wasn't bad considering I took it with my Ipad.  We ended our trip by visiting Intelligentsia Coffee on Saturday morning.  It was amazing how fast it went from this
To this
It was truly the best coffee I have had and a perfect way to end our quick little getaway!  While I was off gallivanting around Blicks Art Supply, my hubby was going before his PhD board at DePaul for the final time.  He is finishing up his final class and then he will have earned 2 PhD's. I am proud of my overachieving hubby and will be glad when he is finished with school.
It is also my hubby's birthday today so I better get going to help him celebrate some more today!
Happy Adventures!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

My Little Pumpkins...

Someday I hope to be referring to my children when I use this title, but for now my latest decorating endeavors will have to do.  My staircase is still a work in progress.  I have plans for a garland to hang along the banisters.  What I have accomplished is drilling patterns into my little faux pumpkins to place on top of each stair post.

I plan on keeping my little pumpkins out through Thanksgiving so I decided to go with less traditional Halloween designs on some.  I did manage to sneak in a pumpkin with little witches hats.  I can't wait to do some scary pumpkins to place out on our front porch with our glowing eyeball wreath! (evil cackle inserted here).  I absolutely love Halloween and have enjoyed watching as our neighborhood is slowly transforming into a ghoulish delight!  
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Lamp Makeover

There have been many times when trips into my mother-in-law's basement (I fondly refer to as the family thrift shop) have saved us from having to unnecessarily spend money.  There is a little bit of everything down in the basement and I am grateful for the chance to go pilfering through all of the goodies to see what I can use in our home.  We were in desperate need of a lamp to go on our little entryway table so I ventured down in the basement once again to see what I could find.  I came up with this little outdated but still very functional lamp.
In addition to being very dated, the lampshade that was on the lamp was too big for the base.  During our shopping trip to Target yesterday I found a very cute and affordable burlap covered shade for about $14.
I then dug out my supply of silver liquid leaf and began transforming the base of the lamp.
When it was all painted and the new lampshade added this was what I got!
Here it is all nice and dry and where it belongs!
Of course I used a clear coat spray to ensure my lovely transformation will last for many years to come, or at least until I decide to do something different with it again!  Now, I am off to start tackling some of the indoor Halloween decorating projects.  Hope everyone is enjoying the last day of the weekend as much as I am!