2016 elf on the shelf calendar: 28 ideas for your elf's daily antics

Monday, November 28, 2016

Hello! Popping in really quick on this Cyber Monday to share a fun download for you!

We started the Elf on the Shelf tradition with S2 this year.  She named our elf Jacket (??? kids are weird), but we'll call him Jack for short.  So knowing me and how I like to be organized in advance so I'm not scrambling last minute, I decided to put together a calendar for his daily antics!

Right click and Save As to download.  Refer to it as needed! :)  Also, feel free to mix up the days in any order that works for you.

These ideas are super easy and don't require you to go out and buy anything - all of the supplies are ones you most likely have in your house anyway.

Enjoy!  Tag me on Instagram if you use it - I would love to see what your elf is up to!

new breakfast table + the hunt for the perfect dining chairs.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Hey y'all!  I meant to post this last week, but between helping at the polls on Election Day and taking a last-minute work trip, I just didn't get around to the couple of posts I had planned to write.  And then I planned to post this one yesterday and that didn't happen, so I'm FINALLY sitting down to write it.  Wahoo!!

Ever since we moved into the new house, I just didn't feel like our round breakfast table worked in this space - we really needed something rectangular.  So I just happened to come across a Pier 1 table on Craigslist that I thought would work and I think it fits the space so much better!

The problem is, it only came with two chairs (which aren't that great to begin with) and the finish was looking a little dull.

So, to remedy the dull issue, I picked up some Feed-N-Wax wood polish and conditioner at Lowe's.

I had never used it before, but I figured it was only a few bucks so it couldn't hurt to see if it would bring the wood back to life.

See: dull.

Wiping it on was SO MUCH FUN.  I didn't want the process to end.  It truly does smell like oranges - no harsh chemicals or anything.

See: shiny finish!

After the whole table was Feed-N-Waxed, it looked like this:

Definitely brought it back to life!  It does have some scratches and imperfections but honestly, I like furniture with character so I'm fine with it.  And I think we only paid $150 for the table (and got $300 for our table and chairs) so if it bothers me down the road, we don't have to feel bad about replacing it.

Now onto the chair issue.  I've been looking at all different options with a few criteria:

1. I want captain's chairs that are different from the rest of the chairs.
2. They have to be extremely affordable.
3. They have to work with the table finish/style as well as the sectional in the living room.

So I worked up several different options (7, to be exact).

The first few all have upholstered captain's chairs, which I really like the idea of.

Option 1:
Gray upholstered captain's chairs on each end, matching bench on one side of the table, with 2 black windsor-style chairs on the other side.

I really like this option because that gray fabric is beautiful and while the color of the wood doesn't match back to the table, it's far enough removed that I don't think it will clash.  Also, those black chairs make an appearance in quite a few options because I just love them.

Option 2:
Dark gray upholstered captain's chairs with black legs, black bench on one side of the table, and 2 white modern chairs on the other side.

I really love these chairs, but worry that the gray is too dark and might clash with the table.

Option 3:
Tan linen upholstered captain's chairs with 4 farmhouse X-back chairs.

I think these X-back chairs really work with the style of the table and I like the woven seat for a little texture.  But these captain's chairs might clash with the sectional.

Okay, the next few options are all with natural woven captain's chairs.

Option 4:
Armless dark woven captain's chairs, and 4 X-back chairs with wood accents.

I really like these chairs, but wonder if I'd like not having any arms.

Option 5:
Light woven captain's chairs with arms, 4 X-back chairs.

These chairs would tie in to the finish of the table, as well as the sectional, plus they have arms.  Okay, I'm really diggin' this option.

Option 6:
Armless dark woven captain's chairs, and 4 black windsor chairs.

Here are those windsor chairs again.  I think if I pair them with a woven captain's chair, it has to be these because of the taller back.  Still not sure I'm 100% on board with this woven chair option, although I do like the dark color.

Option 7:
Okay, so maybe I'll do the black windsors as captain's chairs and tie them in with 4 black modern chairs.

I really like this but wonder if we wouldn't rather have something more comfy.  Although the cleaning ease of both of these chairs is a definite selling point...

So which option would you choose?  It's a real conundrum.

home tour part v: s2's room.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Welcome to the LONG OVERDUE continuation of our new home tour.  I won't mention the fact that the last area I did was back in June.  Oh wait, I just mentioned it, dang.

Anyway, sorry for the quality of these photos - her room is SO hard to photograph.  It's on the corner and just doesn't get great light.  To refresh your memory, this is the room we're talking about:

Like I mentioned yesterday, we haven't done any much decorating in here yet.  But it's a little girl's room and serves our needs perfectly.

Paint: PPG Candy Mix and PPG Victory Blue.

I'll talk more about her shades (as well as the rest of the window coverings in the house) later this month.

All of the furniture from her old room made it in here, as well as the addition of the Pottery Barn Kids play kitchen (she got it for Christmas last year - isn't it adorable?).

I didn't stage these photos (tell me you can't tell...) so this is how it always looks.  Princesses on the dresser and all. :)

Okay, moving on to the bathroom.

Same cabinetry and granite as in the kitchen and other bathrooms.

Her shower curtain might be my favorite thing ever and I wish I could get a photo of the whole thing!  The room is too tight, but it's a Lily Pulitzer one that I bought from Garnet Hill (no longer available, sorry!).

The built-in shelves beside the shower were a last-minute addition and I'm so glad we went ahead and had our cabinet maker do them!  They fill what would have been an empty space perfectly.  We don't really need them for storage at the moment because really everything that's on them could be stored in the vanity, but I figure when S2 hits the teenage years, it will be a great spot for all of her beauty products. ha.

Okay, so that's where her bedroom and bathroom are now!  I didn't feel inspired to straighten up the closet this time, but maybe I'll share a few shots of it at some point.  No one is really inspired by closets anyway, are they?

I hope you guys have a great weekend!  I might just be tuning into some Christmas movies.  Shh... don't tell.

free christmas postcard printable.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Hey hey everybody!  Is it too early to be sharing Christmas content?  Nah, I didn't think so. :)

I'm over on Dawn Nicole Designs today sharing 2 printable holiday postcards (hop on over for the downloads and more information on how to print them).

In addition to the two I'm sharing over there, I thought it would be fun to share a BONUS postcard download with you, my lovely readers.


Below are the two I'm sharing on DND - go download them so you can send out all 3 designs to your family and friends!

Have a great weekend, y'all!

diy growth chart.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

To be honest, we haven't done much decorating in S2's room (come back Monday to see the whole thing!), but I did manage to find the time to make her a wooden growth chart.  Ignore the blank wall around it - I think I'll create a gallery wall here eventually.  Closet door on the left, bathroom door on the right.

I made it REALLY easy on myself and bought a 6' 1x6 board at Lowes and the vinyl decals from Little Acorns by Ro on Etsy (here's the link to the exact one I bought, but she has different options).  I lightly sanded the board and stained it using stain I already had, first with Minwax Natural (allover), then with Minwax Special Walnut (sparingly) and then with a gray stain that I don't remember the name of (in random splotches), but I think it's also Minwax.  I was trying to match the uneven color of the woven shades in her room, and I have to say, I think it matches perfectly!  This photo below is much closer to the actual color than the one above.  Considering I already had the stain, this whole thing cost me less than $20.

I followed the instructions that came with the decals to adhere them (using a used-up Subway gift card to rub it really well - why do we keep these things? oh yeah, I guess for applying vinyl to things).  You can see in the photo above that the vinyl came in one foot sections, which made it really easy to get them straight.  Once all the vinyl was applied, I just nailed in a sawtooth hanger on the back and hung it on a nail in her room.

Then we quickly went about marking her past heights (from the summaries from her check-ups) and her August 7th height. :)

We actually measured her again a week or two ago and she has grown a whole INCH.  She's in a definite growth spurt, all of a sudden in bigger clothes because her sleeves and hemlines were getting too short.

Listen, Father Time, you need to slow.your.roll.  My little baby is over half my height now and I don't like it one bit.  She is such a little sponge these days and we can actually carry on a conversation with her.  Oh, it was funny, the other day when I was picking her up from daycare, we were getting in the car and I said "My car is so dirty!" and she said "I'll wipe it off for you."  I about died right there in the parking lot.  It's like, she knew that dirty things needed to be wiped and made that connection all on her own.  It seems like a small thing, but it's another one of those milestones that never occurs to you until it happens.  Like, wow, this is another human being I'm raising, one with her own personality, thoughts and feelings.  It's so crazy!

I hope you all are having a fabulous fall!  I love October most of all, but November runs a close second.  Football, the Southern Christmas Show, Thanksgiving and Black Friday!  Oh and November 1st means Hallmark Christmas movies 24 hours a day until New Year's!  Ugh, I just love it.

diy disney: cinderella castle tank top

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Happy Thursday to you!  Did you notice I took a couple days away from everything Disney to share some fall posts?  I hope you enjoyed them!  But I'm back today with the final installment of DIY Disney.

The day we ate at Cinderella's Royal Table, I wanted to have Cinderella-themed shirts, of course!  I've already mentioned where I got S2's dress (here) (see my Etsy Disney apparel round-up here), but S1 and I had to get in on the action as well.

We both went with castle themes - S1 with the Walt Disney castle logo and me with a silhouette of the castle and "home" underneath, in silver glitter!

Do you want to make a shirt like mine?  It's SO easy!

Any tee or tank
Glitter heat transfer
Silhouette cameo
The image below (right click and save as to download)

Follow my tutorial over on Dawn Nicole Designs to transform this image into a cut file for your Silhouette Cameo!  It's easy, I promise!  After cutting, you'll just follow the directions on the heat transfer vinyl package to iron it onto your shirt.

If you don't own a Silhouette, you can print this out to size and trace it onto your iron on vinyl and then cut it out with a craft knife and/or scissors.

So, that's a wrap on DIY Disney.  I hope you enjoyed these posts as much as I enjoyed writing them for you!

I probably won't be back until November, so everyone have a great (and safe!) Halloween!  I plan on finally continuing my home tour series next month (I think the last you saw was in June! What is wrong with me?!).  It'll be S2's room this time, yay!

fall around here.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Don't you just love October?  I think it's the best month of the year.  I love bringing the warm fall colors inside when the leaves start to change.  But I didn't go crazy with the fall decor this year.  No time.  Did I mention I somehow completely slept through September?  No idea where that month went.  But I did manage to bring in a few small touches.  I'll let the pictures do the talkin'.

I'm not happy with this throw pillow situation.  I mean, it's fine.  But there's definite room for improvement!

I searched high and low for cute wheat bundles to put on each side of the mantel but you know how much those suckers cost?  Like $30 a piece.  Thanks but no thanks.  So the mantel is more simple than I really wanted but I'm still diggin' it.

We got a new breakfast room table.  I'll share soon.

I really need some corn stalks to put on either side of the front door.  Maybe I can still scrounge some up.  Also, S2 picked out her little pumpkin and it's the cutest thing I ever saw.

Have a great rest of the day, you guys!  I'll be back Thursday with the final DIY Disney post!