Wednesday, December 29, 2010

cook books

I decided to add my blue/green cookbooks to one end of my bench. Thought I'd share.
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I suggested to my parents that they get the below laptop table from IKEA for my hubby for Christmas.

Only, when I opened to box to assemble it looked like this:

Well, the closest ikea is about 2 hours away and I didn't want to spend the time or money on gas to return it. So I primed it and then spray painted it with Rustoleum's metallic spray paint in silver and it now looks like this:
after! it is a little more metallic than the gray this picture makes it out to be.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

dinning room=done!

before with previous owner's furniture

before view from kitchen

before view from living room
AFTER! view from living room with  temporary blue christmas lights on
first home warming gift:-)
view from kitchen
view from plant
another view from living room- lights off
I need to come up with something better for that corner.
love it.
Here is the dining room finally finished! I will upload a before pic. Sometime soon.
Kitchen table: a christmas gift from ikea. It has a gray- brown stain.
Light: from lowe's and was our gift to each other(me and the hubby).
DIY Chairs: click here
 All frames: from michael's (coincidence).
St. Lucia map: from our honeymoon.
Bench: used to be part of my parents old louisiana cyprus table that wouldn't fit in our dining room so I settled for just the bench. And it came in that color!
J is a tjmaxx find from this summer. I collect "j"s.
Vase on bench:  gift from SIL a few years ago,  that is usually the center piece on the table, but I wanted a Christmas-y centerpiece for December.
Paint color: "aparagus"  behr from Home Depot. Pictures show true color.

I can't decide on if I want a rug or not. What do you think?
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nana and her grandogger!

Sadie only let's a few people holder her like a minis one of those lucky few!

Speaking of baby...during hubby's christmas he was tryiing on a coat.. when he stuck his hands through the sleeve he accidently hit sadie, who I was holding. Well I exclaimed " awwww you whacked the baby!" In a way too loud and way too anoxious accent. We were crying from laughing so hard.
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Friday, December 24, 2010

merry christmas!

From our family to yours!
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Thursday, December 23, 2010

new ride...

Not me, sadie... I decided that I needed to stop letting sadie sit in my lap while driving, so she is now in her carry on, buckled in. Safe and sound. She is not happy. But at least now she is safer and less likely to fly through the windshield. And I am less likely to get in a wreck.

What do you do with your dog on trips?
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Friday, December 17, 2010

uncle chris

Uncle chris came to pick up me and mommy today. I love him, and he loves me.(mostly bc I don't shed).
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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Monday, December 13, 2010

tuckered out

She curled up on a blanket after the festivities.
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someone is two!

I'm a bad mom. I was in lowe's with sadie today and someone asked me how old she was. I said almost two...wait...she is.two TODAY! I.had.forgotten her birthday. Fortunatley i had already bought her a present And this year we stuck with regular dog food for the cake so she.wouldn't get sick. I think she really enjoyed herself!
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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Our christmas tree...notice the lack of red wrapping paper!
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nicole visits!

Halloween weekend one of my favorite people came to.visit...and one of sadie's!
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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Introducing Favorite Fridays

Hi, ABR followers!

I would like to introduce a new concept to my blog: Favorite Fridays. My thinking is, I know there are a lot of you out there that have done DIY projects that you are proud of, and don't have the time to write a blog, or do, but would like to share on my blog. Soooooo if you have a DIY project or room that you have done send some pics ( before and after would be nice, but anything will do- inspiration, just after, multiple views,etc) to me with an explanation and I will post one DIY from readers every Friday. Be sure to send me a link to your blog if you do have a blog!


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Master Bathroom

After: new lights and mirrors

Before: 3 mirrors, and I can't believe I didn't get a photo of the show girl light fixtures above the 3 mirrors.  Oh yes 3 mirrors. As if two wasn't enough.

view with jelly cabinet
jelly cabinet project
new mirrors and light fixtures- lights off. Also, my victorian DIY frame.

I still have a few changes I want to make. I already bought new hardware. 
And I have fixed the tub area up, just haven't taken pics! Will do soon!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Guest Bathroom Design

before (this is the previous owners' set up)

flea market find before

after- ahhh no red.

across from the toilet

above the toilet

another view of the toilet

much better

The blue is bright. and I love it. The first makeover picture represents the color the best. I have since changed the knobs on the vanity, but have yet to take pics.  I have plans to eventually change the whole vanity( or at least paint the oak colored cabs), but DIY lights and mirror scratched the  bathroom make over itch for a while. Plus, I have to have something to look forward to:-)

* please note, that while I am an artist, I am not a photographer. and small spaces are extremely hard to photograph. My shower curtain is a simple white waffle print-white.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Cultural Self Portraits and Mystery Monet

The Mystery Monet
Mystery Monet Project was a small section of a famous Monet print that the students glued somewhere on their paper and had to finish the rest. The students really enjoyed making up their painting.

Then, we had to pick out the actually Monet print in which their piece came from and compare.  A nice way to lead into critiques. ( I would have more pictures, but forgot- these were students who were absent the day I passed back the work).

(To start the students picked their section from a box in which they couldn't see in to. They could switch it out once, but if they decided to switch, they had to keep their second pick.)
 Cultural Self-Portrait
students picked a culture to research, and turned themselves into that culture ( respectfully).

again, forgot to take pictures until they were already taken home. 

Special Plate

My hubby and I made three of these last spring (2 were wedding presents) on our spring break in Florida. A rainy day took us to one of those do-it-yourself pottery places.  And I am just now getting around to posting a picture.  We use it for all special occasions. And I love it, so I wanted to share how art is also the best part of my day:-)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Living Room for Now

Look at the transformation:-)
before view from dining room

before fire place
after view from the kitchen (flash on/night time)

View of fireplace. We took down the bulky mantle and I painted the wood around the fireplace black. My husband (and dad) spent 4 hours switching out the gaudy fan for this chic beauty.  I will have another post on the sconces you see on either side of the photograph.

 Daytime photos...
not quite sure what to hang on some of the walls, if anything?? 

the fold out table is temporary, haven't found anything I love yet.
(photo taken during the day- probably a more accurate paint color)

view from hallway. small tv is to the right of the pic.

My sofa/section is from Lane furniture (its the rotating picture on the home page). We bought it at a Furniture store called Guynn's and they have a store in Hillsville, Galax, Wytheville, and Independence, VA. It was the perfect compromise for me and my hubby. He wanted a sectional, I wanted separate pieces so I could rearrange often. This piece brakes into 6 separate pieces and you can set it up in TONS of different ways. I loooove it. It only came in grey or brown, and I was desperate for a darker gray sofa! Perfect! I plan on recovering the pillows with some fabric I bought from Above All Fabric. Just need a sewing machine...