craftiness, design ideas, home

Long Live Spray Paint: Groovy Chair Transformation

August 6, 2015

Not long ago I was styling some furniture and accessories in one of my favorite local shops, and something caught me eye. These lovelies…

IMG_0534 I know, pretty groovy. But I just knew they would be perfect in our living room. With a little work, that is.

And just after I brought them home, I came across these…

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At more that $1600 each, I knew I’d struck gold. Like, literally. Gold velour. It was time to get to work. First, a coat of satin black.

IMG_0552 Lots of nooks and crannies, y’all. For a job like this, I needed some help.


For big spray paint jobs, these are worth their weight in gold. Gitcha one. For reals. You (and your index finger) will thank me later. You can find them at the Walmarts and home improvement stores. I also had a little help from…

IMG_0550 …the kitties. They were really into it.

Once they were painted, it was time to decide what to do with the gold velour. Someone seemed to think they were just fine as they were.

IMG_0558 I, however, am not into gold velour, so I went with gray linen in a simple, clean design.

IMG_0622 For the seat cushion I decided not to put a seam across the front. I plan on these being used a lot, and didn’t want to have to readjust a wonky seam as time went by. I would have loved to eliminate the back cushion entirely so the pretty lines could be seen.


But, again, I plan on these being used and enjoyed, as this room is where our family gathers most. So, I went with a smaller, euro-sized pillow to expose more of the back but still afford a soft landing.

IMG_0632 IMG_0628 The back cushions reverse to solid gray so I have options. It’s always good to have options.

IMG_0590 Rufus agrees.

craftiness, design ideas, home

New Roman Shades At Last!

July 20, 2015

Hello, dear readers. I know, it’s been a while, but we have been soaking up summer days here, and I have loved every last unscheduled minute. You feelin’ me? No early morning school deliveries. No sports or band practice deliveries. No deliveries of any sort. Nothin’. Nada. Zilch. Except for the eight zillion “Could you take me to so-and-so’s house today?” deliveries. But those are generally later in the day, once I’ve had my morning coffee and have changed into actual clothing rather than climbing into my car in pajammies. Don’t judge.

Anyway, we did take a fantastic trip to Washington DC and Philadelphia, so we have been out and about, but we have also spent lots and lots of glorious time just chilling at home. Because we’ve been so chill around here, I’ve not had a whole lot to tell you about…until now. In fact, lovelies, I may need a high five, because after having the fabric for about 5 months, I actually made roman shades for my kitchen. That’s right, it only took me five months to get my fanny in gear and crank them out. Here I am in action, y’all.



That’s right. A glue gun. The fact is, these shades don’t have a single stitch in them. How you ask? Check out my tutorial here.


Here they are in situ. (That’s just fancy talk for “actually installed above the windows in my kitchen)



It didn’t take long, and it is not a difficult project, but I found myself putting it off time and time again. You know, five months is a long time, so maybe I don’t deserve a high five after all. However, if you have a spare, I’d sure take it.

What have you accomplished this summer, dear readers?

stuff I like, style, travel

Vacation Style: the Dress

June 18, 2015

Our crew just got back from an all-out nerd-fest vacation in and around our nation’s capital, and y’all, it was hot. As Eugene Morris Jerome says in Biloxi Blues, it was, like, Africa hot. And I’m not going to lie, I’ve never been more grateful for a slew of museums to pop in and out of. Air conditioned museums, people. And for clothing that allowed cool breezes all up in there.

Is fashion the end-all, be-all of my life? No, but I do appreciate cute duds that are weather appropriate. And folks, in this case, it is hands down the dress. That’s right. The only garment with a built in ventilation system. And if you choose wisely, there is very little fabric actually touching you. Optimal for those times that you are sweating like a proverbial hog and don’t want things to get too clingy. As a bonus, dresses are easy. Like, you just slide it on. Nothing to match. Nothing to tuck in. Just slide into your slides, slip on your sunnies, and go! Need a little inspiration? Here are a few I found to get you started…



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Now go forth and conquor the heat, friends, in well-ventilated style!

stuff I like

Stuff…and a Few Things: Spring Survival

May 18, 2015

What a wild and wacky Spring it has been here in West Texas. Tornados, hail, and lots of rain. Lots and lots of glorious rain. So, while we get weather warnings more often than usual, you won’t hear me complaining as I delight in the lush green of my yard.

And while I’m not complaining, that moisture comes with a few things, namely mosquitos. They aren’t out in full force yet, but the early birds have started to congregate. And those little critters love me. And my Dude. Suffice it to say that we are both very, very sweet. Or something. Do they like you, too? Of course our first line of defense is not to be bitten in the first place (hello, OFF!) but I have yet to go through a summer unscathed. So, treatment is the name of the game and I’ve found nothing  that beats the healing powers of this:

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It’s pure magic, folks, and you can get it here.

While we’re on the subject of histimines, let’s talk about pollen. And eyeballs. And me wanting to scratch mine right out. You, too? The funny thing is that my nose and sinuses are quite happy. I’ve already got enough drugs running through my system, so I wanted to avoid an allergy pill if most of me was faring pretty well. I’ve tried at least 8 kinds of  drops, but I’ve finally found the holy eyedrop grail.

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Once in the morning, once before bed, and I’m all set. Really, life is so much better when you can a) see b) not have to tell all of America that you are not crying and c) not scratch your eyeballs out. Amen. Easily found at the Walmarts or your favorite drug store.

Finally, hydration. I’ve always struggled with making sure I drink enough water throughout the day, especially during my teaching years when you can’t exactly saunter to the loo any time you’d like. With a recent trip to the ER for yet another kidney stone, I was reminded that it’s more important than ever to keep things moving along. I’d like to avoid all the nasty sweeteners out there in diet drinks, nor do I want to quaff a week’s worth of sugar in a day. And let’s face it, there is only so much plain ol’ water one can take. What’s a girl to do? Behold, Sonic Strawberry Water. *angels singing*

IMG_0174 44 ounces of filtered water laced with sweetened, squished up strawberries, and the best ice on the planet. I know, it does have sugar in it, but just a little. In fact, this entire vat of hydrating goodness is only 70 calories. 70. And no nasty sweeteners. And you wanna know something else? This beauty will only set you back $.54. And that’s not even during happy hour, y’all! Bottoms up!

Oh, and none of the people that make these things know who I am or that I love them. I just dig their stuff. And wanted you, dear readers, to know their life-saving (or at least comfort-inducing) magic. Happy Spring, friends!


family, home, memories, ridiculousness

Thoughts on Motherhood: I’m CRUSHING It

May 10, 2015

The flowers, the hand-made little gifts, the breakfast in bed…all magical. All designed to make you feel like the most appreciated woman on Earth. And who’s to say we don’t deserve it? Perhaps your own kid. Leave it to a child to pull no punches. That’s right, behold these gems from one of my (unnamed) offspring from years-gone-by.

The cover. Balloons, a Dutch Maid hat, a random Gingerbread Man, and Jester’s shoes. And I bow and arrow, I think. So sweet.

IMG_0113 Next, one of my favorite things to do…


…kissing Daddy. Could be worse.

Then, this.


Apparently I love to just lounge around and read magazines. When I’m not kissing Daddy, that is.

Wait! There’s more!


When I’m not lounging and smooching, I like to put on make-up.

And the mothering piece-de-resistance…


You sad, little kid? Go to your room! The one with bars on the window. And the exposed electical outlet. And keep it down, would you? I’m trying to read magazines and put on make-up!

Feeling like your mothering skills are sub-par? I thought about offering a seminar to young mothers, but seeing that I’m totally crushing this mothering thing, I wouldn’t want any of you to feel less-than by comparison. So, just come by some time, and we’ll have a nice long chat on my porch over some sweet tea. And don’t worry, I’ll have some bourbon at the ready. For us both.