30-Day Challenge

September 30, 2011

It starts tomorrow.  I'll try to post every day.  If you want to join in the fun too.... go here :)



Fabric off the Rack

Honestly, I never really liked Ty Pennington's fabric line (I know).  

Ty Pennington for Westminster | Wave in Spice via Hawthorne Threads
But when I saw the pattern on this dress, I may have changed my mind.

Jenny Dress by Goldie | Top Shop
And because I missed last week's post (lately, it seems that life has been hectic both at work and at home!)...

Storybook V | Windham Fabrics

Twist Neck Dress by Annie Greenabelle | Top Shop


Odds & Ends

September 19, 2011

1.  It almost rained this weekend at our house. Almost.  I was terribly sad that it didn't.  I love the rain!

2.  The downstairs bathroom reno is almost complete.  After two weeks of work and two season of the Vampire Diaries (which I have to admit, I loved- does anyone else watch this??).  Hopefully I'll be able to post some pictures later this week of a completed project.  Here is a hint as to why it has taken me so long to finish:
via Jones Design Company
3.  Two of my favorite boys {Husband + Kingsley} celebrated birthdays this weekend.  Though husband worked on a paper for most of the weekend and I worked on the bathroom.  We did manage to leave the house Saturday to watch the game and enjoy dinner with my in-laws.

4.  Kingsley enjoyed his birthday by playing with his new favorite toy, which I discovered on Laura's blog:

As of today, it has lived up to it's reputation of being indestructible.  We shall see if it lasts another week!

Hope everyone has a great Monday!

Fabric off the Rack

September 15, 2011

Garden Party | Social Climber in Gold by Anna Maria Horner

Veranda Floral Flats in Yellow via Ruche


Bronze vs. Brushed Nickel

September 12, 2011

The age old dilemma.  Or at least the dilemma that is swirling around in my mind at the moment.  The problem is that we've replaced some of the light fixtures around our house and the new ones happen to be bronze.

The new fixtures {hall way, bathrooms}:

(both via Home Depot).  Honestly, I probably would not have normally chosen to install these, but 1) they were very cost effective and 2) they match the finishes and look of the living room fan and the light in our dining area, that, I might add, were both installed by the previous owners.

So, with that in mind.... I would like to spray paint our door knobs, towel rods, and maybe sink faucets (sans the kitchen faucet and the metal surrounding the shower in the master bath) ala Young House Love.  Right now our faucets are  either silver/gold, or silver and the door knobs are all ugly gold.  In other words, they don't match AT ALL and I would like them to all match.  Would you (spray) paint them all bronze or all brushed nickel?  Is it weird for the finish on the lighting to differ from all the other metal accents?  I'm leaning towards bronze, but things like the metal surrounding our shower (could one even spray paint that?) not matching any of the other metal finishes in the bathroom bother me.  And if one bathroom has bronze accents, shouldn't they all?  And if the bathrooms have bronze accents, shouldn't the door knobs match?  Obviously this is an issue that should be tackled at the same time, and not room by room... like I'm doing.

*sigh, lesson learned*

Fabric off the Rack

September 8, 2011

Denyse Schmidt- Flea Market Fancy Bouquet via Janey Mac
Every time I see this dress, I am reminded of Denyse Schmidt and her lovely fabric.

Anthro Verdant Slip Dress


Odds & Ends

September 6, 2011

1. As I'm sure many of you have heard, we've been battling fires around Austin this weekend.  Primarily northwest and east of Austin (the one near Bastrop is still 0% contained).  It is really scary to see and smell the smoke from a blaze nearly thirty miles away.  If you are interested in helping, go here or here- nearly 600 homes in Bastrop alone were destroyed :(

Bastrop Fire :(

2.  Speaking of fires, this weekend my husband kept freaking me out with questions like what would you take if we needed to leave? if there was a fire?  Um isn't that supposed to be a theoretical question?  But it was so real to many, many people this weekend.  It has definitely made me rethink (once again) about all of the things in our house.  Things that could be gone in an instant.  Things that we may or may not miss. 

3.  Part of our fence fell over Sunday morning.  (OMG it was windy)  Which means, at the moment, that we are sharing a yard with our neighbors, and (of course) the dogs are having a grand time enjoying the extra space and company.  It also means that most of Monday was spent digging up fence posts and cementing in new ones.  Thank goodness it was cooler!

4.  Speaking of cool, today is a big day:

Pumpkin Spice is back!!!  This means fall is officially here, right?  So I can start decorating?  Lets hope the cool weather sticks around for a while, so it actually feels like fall too :)

Fabric off the Rack

September 1, 2011

Full Moon Polka Dot (Cherry) by Amy Butler via Hawthorne Threads

In Full Color Dress via Modcloth