Sunday, January 29, 2012

Madison's Room

In case you missed it....
to see how far this room has come
click here!
After weeks of dark days,
the sun finally peeked it's head out yesterday!
Wanting to photograph Madison's room
I grabbed the camera and headed upstairs!
The room still shows too dark,
 but it is what it is!
Due to the sloped ceilings in her new room,
 the loft bed we had made for her old room would not fit in this one.
Madison fell in love with the upholstered headboards
that are popular in the stores and magazines.
Wayne and I decided to try our hand and make one!
We found a old hotel headboard at our local
Habitat Re-Store for $5.00.
It was solid, had a great shape
but was the wrong color.
I painted the wood frame
Wayne helped me upholster the back
with a prewashed drop cloth!
I will be posting a tutorial later this week!
We attached it to the wall,
leaving her a soft place to lean up against
 and read at night.
Madison chose deep purple
 for her accent wall and accessories. 
We also threw in a little bright green!
I made this little pillow out of a sweater.
I had made the hanging lamp for my office in the old house.
It is a combination of a Pottery Barn Outlet shade,
an Ikea light kit, and a handmade cord sleeve.
To the right of her bed is an opening to a storage area.
(Here is Wayne framing it out during rebuilding.)
And here it is today!
Wayne built this removable bookcase
 to cover the opening!
When we need to access the storage
we simply roll out the shelf!
We painted the rest of the room an oatmeal color.
Across from the bed is this wall which
houses her dresser and bookshelf.
The door in the middle goes to her closet.
I did not take time to straighten it up
for photos, this is a photo we took towards
the end of the rebuilding phase!
We found this "shower curtain" on the clearance rack
at Bed Bath and Beyond.
It was the kick off piece for the colors in the room!
I cut the shower curtain in half
and hemmed down the middle.
I paired it with some lighter purple panels
I found on the clearance rack in Lowe's!
The longer panels form a boarder around the
shorter panels.
I simply hung both curtains with clip rings.

Do your kids collect colored Duct Tape?
On Madison's dresser is this adorable lamp.
My mom found it at TJMAXX
along with the purple pillows on Madison's bed!
Madison has some plans for her room that
we are still working on... so more to come!
She wants a built in desk where the dresser currently is!
We are also needing to add art work on the walls!

Hope your week is great!

I am linking to the following parties this week:

at Between Naps on the Porch

Savvy Southern Style

at DYI by Design

Overflowing with Creativity
at It's Overflowing!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A Midnight Snack

Yesterday my daughter, Madison, and I made cupcakes!
I love a good coffee cupcake
and came across the following Paula Dean recipe
Since I had most of the ingredients
I decided to give it a try!
Of course, I had all the needed ingredients for
everything except the filling!
Oh Well...
Even without the filling the cup cakes were
(next time we will make the filling too!)
The homemade butter cream icing was the perfect topping!
Madison enjoyed using her creative skills
to frost each cake!
We halved the recipe,
making 12 large cupcakes
12 mini ones, too!
These were just too good to pass up on a midnight snack!
I love my  Grandma's candlewick plates!
Should I save you one?
I am joining Susan for
over at
Between Naps On the Porch!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Liebster Blog

I have received a Liebster award
from Teresa at

Liebster means beloved, favorite, dearest in German.
This award is a great way to promote
bloggers with less than 200 followers!

Teresa was so sweet to pass this honor onto me!
This is her beautiful living room!
Teresa is so talented and creative.
If you have not yet visited Teresa,
 please pop over to say hello!

The Liebster award is given to bloggers with less than 200 followers,
 to promote and encourage new friendships among the blog community.
 When you receive it you:

1. Post the award on your blog.

2. Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them.

3. Reveal your 5 picks for the award and let them know.

4. Bask in the love from the most supportive people on the blogosphere... other bloggers.

5. Finally, the best rule of all, have fun and spread the love!

I am speading the Liebster Award
to the following bloggers:

Michelle over at

Michelle's photography site is full of
beautiful and inspirational photos!

Sophia over at

Wouldn't you want to curl up in her chair with a great book!
Sophia has such a great eye for design.

Kathy over at

Kathy is always up to something creative!
Kathy is in the middle of a complete bathroom remodel.
I can't wait to see how it turns out!

Jen over at

Jen's eye for detail is outstanding!
A few weekends ago, Jen painted
fabulous stripes on her hallway wall!
It looks so inviting!

Christine over at

Christine was one of my first followers years ago!
She and her hubby are about to embark
on a new downsizing adventure!
Isn't her new home adorable?

Please stop over to say hello to these wonderful ladies!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Valentines Wreath

I am not sure what my issue is but,
I guess after this past year doing....
I am having problems not doing!
A week ago I created a fabulously
I am trying to stick to my self imposed
"No Budget Decor January"
but really wanted to create a heart wreath for Valentines.
Ideally, I wanted to make my heart out of red burlap,
But alas... no red burlap in my stash of material. 
Instead I found left over tulle!
Like "making the mouse a cookie"
the new wreath caused for a
theme change to the mantel!
From this....
To this!
On this side
I put a candle holder from Mom...
a vintage birdie from my Nona...
And a heart painted by my daughter
when she was very small!
This side I added a thrift store pitcher
atop a small book that was given to me
by my favorite college professor.
Some pink...
Some white....
Some memories...
Even some antique pink Christmas ornaments
that have yet to find their way to storage!

I'm ready for Valentines Day
(Unless I find I can't sit still next weekend!)

I am so excited to join Marty for

When I first started blogging almost 3 years ago,
Marty was one of my first encouraging and
commenting supporters!

Thank you Marty!

I am also linking to
at Savvy Southern Style!