Wednesday, September 28, 2011

"S" is for Sam

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Come on in!

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Paint is Sherwin Williams Urban Putty, same as the rest of the house.

Here is the {before} when it was pink and girlie. ;) And in case you were wondering...we swapped rooms to give the girls more floor-space and a large dresser that was desperately needed. And Sam's old room was the only one that could accommodate bunk beds.

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And here is my $128 vintage school map from Junk Bonanza. I would have paid at least $25-50 more for one on Etsy, so I still think it was a great purchase. It definitely makes the room. David especially likes that all we have to do is spring it back up to have access to the electrical panel that's behind it. I'm also telling myself that the $35 maps I saw as I was leaving JB, were rolled up for a reason. There had to have been some major flaws on them. At least that's what I tell myself. Jessica's mom was right, once you buy it you can't look at any more like it. Oops!

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I love the colors.

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And the frayed edges of the fabric.

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And even the darkening in the Gulf of Mexico, from all the fingers that have touched it since 1977.

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And my first globe purchase, from Junk Bonanza too. I'm so glad I found the top 3 things on my list at JB (the third is a scale that's in my kitchen, will share later). I could still use about 5 more globes in varying sizes so I'm still on the hunt.

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Love that this one is a little darker than what you usually see. The colors really pop!

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I could look at this globe all. day. long.

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Love the free dresser from my uncle. Perfect for our growing little boy. No paint necessary!

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And the $30 Craigslist bed with it's own patina.

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Here is Sam's spring/summer quilt. The original "nautical" theme we went with from Pottery Barn Kids.

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And here is his fall/winter look. Only because I hate to see this beautiful quilt, that used to hang in our living room, just get folded up on a shelf. It fits in here too.

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And I still love these sailboat photos in San Francisco bay, that I took for David's office 10 years ago. Back when you had to actually buy black and white film and get 8x10 prints made from negatives. That seems like ages ago, doesn't it?

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And this chippy magnetic board I found for $5 at a garage sale this summer. It matches the map perfectly. Though I'm not sure if I should hang it to the right of the window, or behind his door with a red peg hook row underneath it.

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This desk makes for a good nightstand and he loves sitting at it. Now I just need to find the perfect lamp for it.

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That's it for Sam's room.

I repainted the wall above the piano yesterday and now the Raleigh Tavern looks much nicer up there. This wall was green for a while, but felt out of place.

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Now for a sneak peek of the girls new room.

Fewer wall stickers makes it less busy. I'm using my second set to make a fun growth chart. Can't wait to jump on that project next week.

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I hate to admit it, but I'm actually not minding that we didn't have time to paint their bunks white. This looks nice too.

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But I really super duper love the lighter pink wall color. I'll share the rest with you when I get their finishing touches done.

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Gotta run, I promised the kiddos we'd make chocolate chip cookies this afternoon...

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

It's s bird!

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And a nest!

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Inspired by this cute project.

I finally put something in these frames that hung here, empty for far too long. The little black bird is from Target and came in a set of 20-something. If I can find the link to them I'll add it later. I'm looking forward to adding them here and there around the house.

I've been on a roll these past few weeks, getting some long dreamt about projects done. I'm calling it therapy. The kids just swapped rooms which meant new paint and bunk-beds were assembled.

Next up, Sam's room. I think it's my most favorite room in the whole house. For reals.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Not just flowers...

but, exquisite beauty.

We were blessed to receive this beautiful arrangement last week. It's from a family that is very close to my uncle. And since this one stayed at their house, I went over yesterday morning to capture it's beauty. It took about an hour (I had 300 photos to download) but it was time very well spent. Many of these photos will be framed and become a beautiful gallery wall for my aunt. And I think my mom and grandma need some of these printed for them too.

Before I show you all it's gorgeousness let me first share it this way.
It stands at least three feet tall and has got to weigh 50 pounds. It touches the chandelier when sitting in the middle of the table. I couldn't even budge it to try to show you. ;)

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Sure, it's pretty, but this photo does not do it justice. You can't just stand back to take it all in. You really have to get your face in there to appreciate all it's beauty.

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Weren't those colors just exquisite? And no, I didn't saturate any of the coloring with editing.
I wish you could have smelled them too.

Thank you Pohlad family for your generosity. My dad would have loved them.
And thank you Arts & Flowers for being the best at what you do.
My camera loves you!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

How do you like them apples?

On Friday, we stole away for an afternoon at the apple orchard. My mom came with us this time and I think the fresh air and fun with the grand-kids did her some good. I know it did my heart good to know that I could still laugh and have fun and not feel guilty for enjoying life.

Emma Krumbees was a great choice for lunch and some fall fun.

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Look at all those kids!


A pair of goofy girls.

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They were SO ready to run and play with each other.
And it helped that we practically had the place to ourselves.


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They had fun playing "pirate" on the big wooden pirate ship.
Here is Sam yelling "the pirates are coming!"


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Then it was time for a wagon ride around the orchard.

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Next a little train ride.

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Then off to see the goats.

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And of course there was the scarecrow contest. This little scene was my favorite.

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Then it was time for a little tri-cycle riding.

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Betcha didn't see this one coming!

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We all got to act like kids again. :)

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Then it was time to pick apples.

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The only thing that could have made this day any better would have been a little golden sunshine through those trees.