Thrift Store Haul

Boy, did I have a good thrifting day today!

 I woke up this morning, and decided I needed to find a big, ugly lampshade. I have a lamp makeover goin' on in my spare room, which I'll be sharing here when finished. 

 But of course, I found other things while shopping! You know how that goes!

 Here's my haul-
 *Took this pic with my phone, because SOMEONE (hubby) took the camera to work!*

 (And I know you want to judge me because of my insane looking garage. Just refrain for now.)

#1 A set of AMAZING chairs, aren't they so cool?!?!?! They were $9.00 a piece, I snatched them right up. Still deciding what color they'll be, but I know exactly where they're going- on the ends of the dining room table! Can't wait to get started on these!

#2 An 18x24 Frame. I originally got this one at the first thrift store I went to, thinking it would be great for the canvas I'm getting printed. But then I found #3. Not bad for $3.00, I'm sure I'll make use of it!

#3 A 24x36 Frame that's gonna be PERFECT for my canvas! $5.00

#4 That old lampshade I was talking about. After some work, it'll fit in great on my upcycled lamp! $3.00



Kitchen Reveal!

It's TIIIIMMMMME! Today's the day that I finally get to reveal my beautiful, WONDERFUL KITCHEN!

When we moved in this house December 2010, it needed work. BAD. Over the course of 14 months, we did a LOT of work. But NEVER touched the kitchen. The thought overwhelmed me: there was grease EMBEDDED into the cabinets. Broken corner tiles. Heck, broken TILES period. Broken drawers. It was bad.

 The good people at Giani Granite offered to help give us a beautiful kitchen by donating their Bombay Black Kit to us to make over our countertops- I am SO GLAD they did! This kit is AMAZING....just ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! It was so easy to do, and I LOVE the results! After repairing the broken tiles and giving our countertop a light sand, we applied the kit directly to the tile, and it ended up looking like granite tile! SWEET!

 So let me show you how crazy our kitchen was before......*shudders*



Here's the AFTER!!! 

(The lighting is next, we plan on ripping out the current lighting and frame, doing crown molding and paint and putting recessed lighting in the box)

 On the cabinets, we used a white by Olympic, and the pulls, knobs and hinges are an oil rubbed bronze. The backsplash is subway tile grouted with white grout.

 The valance is also custom made by me, but more on that later ;-)

 I LOVE my new kitchen, and I LOVE Giani Granite! Their kit is SUPER affordable, and over a third LESS than other kits found at Lowe's and Home Depot! Their kits come with every thing you need to get the job done, and even includes a video! So give them a try, I promise you won't regret it!

And the best part of this remodel? The cost is under $400!!!!!

 Do you love my new kitchen as much as I do?!


Second Set Of Winners!

 Hola friends! Excuse my absence, I have been EXTREMELY busy with finishing touches on my kitchen, ahemwaldorfdollsahem and FOUR KIDS! 

  Did you read that right? Yes, Waldorf Dolls! I'm trying my hand at them, and although they are ridiculously challenging, I LOVE how mine have turned out! But more on that at a later date!

 It's time to announce the second set of winners from my CAHRAZY week of giveaways! So here goes!

(excuse the lack of screenshots from random.org, I generated the winner on each giveaway but forgot to take a screenshot...DOH!)

The winner of Giveaway #5 from CinSarah is:

Mica who said: I love the Chevron Etsy Banner!

The winner of Giveaway #6 from ME! is:

Muireann who said:
I love this necklace, and I've been having great fun entering all these give-aways. I hope the next year goes well for you! Thanks for the chance to win!

Melsdaisypatch who said: I added her shop to my favorites. 


 Thanks again to EVERYONE who entered, you guys ROCK! And so thankful for those who gave something away for my giveaways too! :)

And because the winner of Giveaway #1 from Prissy & Posh Boutique never claimed her prize, the NEW winner is:

Leanne who said: Added Etsy to my favorites

Once again, you all have 48 hours to contact me or I'll have to choose another winner!

 I'll be revealing our kitchen remodel this week, so come back soon and check it out!



First Set Of Winners!

Hi friends! It's time to announce the first set of winners, so without further ado, here we go!

TheHappyCrochetChic who said-I faved the etsy shop!

Nancy's Couture!

Maridith @ Strictly Homemade who said:I love the sign that says 

Soak your cares away. That is cute. Never seen that before. Would 

be a great gift for my sister!

Brooke who said:
The syntox brush sounded nice. I especially liked that it doesn't 

really shed.


You have 48 hours to contact me or I'll have to choose another 

winner. The next set of winners will be announced soon!


Have you heard?

My blogging friend, Cinsarah, is celebrating her 1 year blogging anniversary too! She's doing giveaways over at her blog, and one of the prizes she's giving away is a scripture plaque-FROM ME!

 So hop on over there and check it out!



Happy Tuesday friends! We got back from Carlsbad yesterday afternoon, and we're WIPED OUT! Why does vacation leave you exhausted? Or maybe it's the vacationing with 4 kids that's exhausting...I bet that's it! Nevertheless, we had a BLAST!

Today I wanted to share with you how to earn free gift cards! SWAGBUCKS is a really neat website where you get SWAGBUCKS just for searching! You then can redeem those bucks for gift cards and other prizes they offer! Just in the past 2 weeks, I have redeemed my bucks for $15 in Amazon Gift Cards! 

 There's also other ways to earn bucks besides searching: referring friends and family, watching their videos, surveys, and more! SWAGBUCKS is legit- I can vouch for them! 

 So use my link and sign up; I get bucks for letting YOU know about this AMAZING site! How cool is that?!


Still on Vacation...

This is what a Southern California beach sunset looks like!

 Having SOOOO much fun! Be back soon!


St. Patrick's Day Banner

Tomorrow's the day! We leave tomorrow to go to Carlsbad, CA for a weekender and to visit Legoland! WOOHOO! So excited, but I think our kids are even MORE excited! I know we'll have a blast!

Today I want to share something I've been seeing around blogland, a cute St. Patrick's Day banner!

 I used construction paper, an old hymnal book we had, and twine-REALLY easy!

 Here's how it went down:

 I traced the clover I printed out on cardstock onto green construction paper

 I cut out some pages from the hymnals

 And then glued the clovers to the hymnal pages

 And there we have it! A cute banner! WOO!

I also added some St. Patrick's Day Printables I found HERE and HERE. I LOVE MY MANTLE!!!!