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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

HOME PROJECTS :: Most Popular of 2014


home makeover, how to repaint a bathroom cabinet, how to create a gallery wall, tween bedroom decor


One of my favorite things to do is a good home or room makeover. I added this series to my blog a little over a year ago and have rounded up some of the TOP ones you checked out for the year.

It definitely is nice looking through these as it's like I am looking at a scrapbook of my work and it's cool to have it documented to see how far some spaces have come. I highly suggest if you ever do any home/room makeovers to always take before/ after photos as you will thank yourself. Trust. ;)

As you are looking through this list of the most popular home projects from last year, just know if you want more details about a certain project, simply click on the link for all of the fun details! So let's take a look back and see what the TOP ones were . . .


TOP HOME PROJECTS of 2014: 

 



How to Repaint a Bathroom Cabinet

bathroom makeover, how to paint a cabinet, painting project, home DIY







How to Create a Gallery Wall


gallery wall, home DIY, hanging pictures, home decorating, black and white decor




tween room, tween wall decor, bedroom makeover, vinyl on walls










Now that was fun! It also makes me really excited to finish up some of the projects that I have since been working on, so I can share them here with you all, as they are turning out better than I imagined - always a GREAT thing!




So which home project was YOUR fave? Did it make this list? I would LOVE to hear from you & find out which one was your favorite last year . . . just let me know by commenting below. xoxo







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Monday, January 26, 2015

PERSONAL :: Kawasaki Disease Awareness Day


have a heart, help save a heart, my hero, kd foundation

Today is National Kawasaki Disease Awareness Day - January 26th. Did you know that? Do you even know what this is? Have you ever even heard about this disease before? 

No worries if you haven't as only about 4200 cases are reported in the U.S. every year so unfortunately it is one of those diseases without a LOT of answers yet. It is a very rare but dangerous disease.


Here are some facts:
- KD affects people from all racial and ethnic groups
- KD is characterized by an inflammation of the blood vessels throughout the body 
- there is NO specific testing a doctor can do, therefore it is based on physical findings that include:
  1. a fever that lasts for five or more days
  2. a rash on the main part of the body but often is worse in the groin region
  3. extremely red and bloodshot eyes without a thick discharge
  4. bright red, swollen and cracked lips and a 'strawberry' tongue
  5. swollen hands and feet and redness of the palms and soles of the feet
  6. swollen lymph nodes in the neck

- KD is NOT contagious
- KD is the #1 cause of acquired heart disease in U.S. children
- KD primarily affects children under the age of FIVE

These are just a FEW of the facts on this disease. Make sure and do yourself a favor by heading over to the Kawasaki Foundation's website, so you can know the facts and be educated about this rare disease that is on the rise. It could save someone you love or someone you know.


Before you go, let me introduce you to a very special little boy to me. 



This little guy here . . .the one with this BIG personality. This is Samuel. We call him 'Sam the man' as he is a HERO to a lot of people. Why you ask? He was diagnosed over four years ago with Kawasaki Disease and is living proof that by educating yourself and knowing the signs early enough, you can save a heart. Is he going to be able to do everything a healthy kid his age does? No, but that's ok. We have to look out for his heart, as it's a special one and it's been affected by the disease but we all are hoping with him on his meds and a whole lot of continued prayers that he will be our special little hero forever . . . because 'normal' is boring anyway and heroes ROCK. Especially this one.

He is OUR HERO because he doesn't let this disease define him. He takes it all in stride, never complaining and is always good for a laugh. He is just chill.




He is ONE of the COOLest kids I know and I am proud to be his aunt. I love you little buddy and I will always have your back! xoxo









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Saturday, January 24, 2015

ART PRINTS :: Most Popular of 2014

 
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As you know I have been doing a LOT more hand lettering work this past year and sharing it here on the blog. I LOVE designing art prints and I am loving hand lettering them even more! You all have given me some amazing feedback on offering these through my Etsy shop, so they will continue to be added as I get them inked, cleaned up and in the shop for you.

I have some surprises, this year, on some different ideas with these hand lettered quotes and sayings and I know you are going to love it too but it's a surprise so you will have to stay tuned. I am guessing I will probably leak it over on Instagram first, like everything else, so be watching there.

As you are looking through this list of the most popular art prints from last year, just know if you want more details on the board, simply click on the link for all of the fun details! So let's take a look back and see what the TOP hand lettered art prints were . . .


TOP ART PRINTS of 2014: 

 



happy fall y'all, fall art print, art print, hand lettered, hand lettering, word art, fall print
 







colorful art print, hand lettered, hand lettering, oh the places you'll go, art prints, framed art






christmas vacation quote art print, hand lettered, smiling's my favorite, elf movie quote art print, hand lettering





blessings art print, hand lettering, fall art print, hand lettered art print, wordart, framed art






joy to the world art print, oh holy night art print, a thrill of hope, let heaven and nature sing, christmas art prints, hand lettered art prints






colorful art print, insirational print, create art print, hand lettering, hand lettered art print
 





hand lettered art print, I'm so fancy, hand lettering, holy chic art print, wordart
 






lucky in love, art print, hand lettering, lucky in love art print, st. patty's day





Wow - what a list! There are so many more that I am sharing with you here soon and I can not wait for you to see them. I absolutely LOVE doing these and look forward to my 'ink time'. ;)


 



So which art print was YOUR fave? Did it make this list? I would LOVE to hear from you & find out which one was your favorite last year . . . just let me know by commenting below. xoxo






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Friday, January 23, 2015

SHOPPING :: IKEA finds {January}

 
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As you know, one of my FAVE places to shop is IKEA! I have to go there about every other month or I start twitching a bit to go. LOL But no, seriously, I would go once a month but man, I have like ZERO control in this store. It's like you walk in and ride that escalator up to 'idea heaven' and you leave all self control at the door. Anyone feel me on this as I know I can NOT be the only one? 

Regardless I love me some IKEA shopping and I know a lot of you do too so I thought maybe after my last post I shared on my IKEA shopping finds, that you would like to see what I find on a more regular basis. Soooooo having said that, I will be sharing with you my trips going forward as I love to inspire you with some 'eye candy' here on my blog. Cool? Cool.

On my recent trip there to gather ideas and grab some more items I needed for a couple home projects I am working on, I snapped these pics of some new items they had plus a few of my faves. Enjoy my IKEA finds!




IKEA living 'room, grey couch, decor ideas, IKEA, shopping at IKEA
I like this couch and love grey couches so win win on this set up. I am also eyeballing this coffee table as I would really like a new one. I love the shelves above the couch and ended up picking up TWO of them in white for a pre-Christmas gallery wall I did. LOVE them!









white coffee table from IKEA, IKEA living room, IKEA shopping finds, shopping at IKEA, living room ideas
Kinda crushing on this coffee table too in white. I have noticed that I am navigating towards white furniture lately instead of black and kinda loving it. And then there's that light hanging from above, which is such the sweetest little lamp. I want it but need to figure out a spot perhaps. ;)




 


plank wall idea, IKEA shopping, bedroom decor
This wall. Am really loving it, isn't it fab? I think it would look great on a bathroom wall as well.






closet space, organizational ideas from IKEA, IKEA shopping, stool, white table, purple runner rug, closet solutions
Every time I go I have to visit this little area as I would LOVE to someday have this set up because how amazing is this? In the meantime, I am trying to figure out a way to bring some of this awesome-ness into my own walk-in closet. Even incorporating a few of these ideas would get me one step closer, right? ;)
 




storage solutions from IKEA, IKEA shopping finds, white storage cabinet, wall unit ideas
See that unit, the one here in the background? Well let's just say that I created a whole wall unit out of these in my new craft room towards the end of last year that I still need to share with you all and boy, do I love them! I did some with the doors and left some open shelving and it is so nice to have a 'home' for every little craft supply. I really like this piece in the front too since it matches. It's not a bright white but a white that has some grey running through the grain panels - LOVE! 








grey area rug, IKEA shopping finds, grey couch, IKEA couch, living room ideas, marsala pillows
I NEED a new area rug in my living room and wondering IF this one should be the winner. I have one just like this in there now which I got from IKEA a couple years ago but we purchased it in a spring green color.







retro storage unit, Ikea storage solution. IKEA storage unit, IKEA shopping
This is one of the new pieces I spotted while I was there and it's got a really cool retro vibe to it that I think would look fabulous in the right setting.





living room decor, marsala area rug, geometric pillows, marsala walls, retro living room, grey IKEA couch
This was my fave photo from my visit as it has a retro vibe that reminds me of my childhood, growing up in the 70's. I LOVE the geometric prints and did you notice anything else that is on TREND? Yup . . . pretty sure that is marsala on the walls and that is a rug in marsala, which is THE Pantone color of the year!


 

black storage unit, IKEA shopping find, bar idea
This was in the office section but I think this piece would look fab set up as a bar area. It has the right amount of storage inside and can you just imagine a nice bar set up on top? Would look sweet!



 
dining room, glass table from IKEA, dining solutions, clear dining chairs
These chairs are just amazing  . . . what can I say. Every time I have to sit in them because they just look so so soooooo good sitting there. Am I wrong? And the thing is, they look great with ANY style table.




aqua bubble glasses, IKEA barware, circle pattern glass
I haven't YET. But these glasses would match my kitchen and my plates and my serving pieces and just about everything else BUT I don't NEED them. But they are super cool to look at. ;)



 
sewing room ideas, office storage ideas, pink storage boxes, IKEA storage, white office table, black and white office chair, shelf storage
I love how they show this small space but each part of it serves a purpose. Each detail has a job. It definitely utilized every spare inch for storage or working space. And those hot pink storage boxes at the top? Yeah, bought those in ALL the sizes they came in  . . .ya know, for all my storage needs in my office!



 
gift wrap from IKEA, green wrapping paper, green paper products
The 'paper' section filled with all kinds of goodies, never ceases to amaze me. This time they showed how you could take their tissue paper and make these gorgeous tissue flowers for gift toppers. Such a classic idea.




party supplies, IKEA party ware, gift wrap solutions, black and white giftwrap
They carry such an amazing variety of items to use for party decor, wrapping needs and fun stationary items in ALL kinds of colorways.


 

sweater blankets, black and beige decor, IKEA shopping
I was totally digging this cable knit sweater blanket. How comfy cozy does this look? ;)




white wicker chair, IKEA shopping, white side table, brown picture frames
Those picture frames are a new item and I picked up a couple to add some warmth to a new area I am working on in my house. I love them and they will make their appearance here on the blog soon. 







I hope you will stay tuned to see what I do with some of my IKEA finds. In the meantime, here are a few of the posts I have done using products from IKEA:
- Creating a Mudroom
- Sneak Peek - Girls Bedroom Makeover
- How to Create a Gallery Wall
- Decorating with Vinyl


Have you visited an IKEA lately? What is one of your fave products that you have gotten from there? Let me know below as I would love to hear . . .






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Friday, January 16, 2015

FREEBIES :: Top 10 of 2014





It's 'freebie Friday' here on the blog and today I wanted to share something a little fun for you all to see and hopefully will be a great reference post for you to save and pin as well. I was curious to see what the most popular and downloaded freebies that you were into last year so I gathered the TOP 10 and I have them all right here for you today.

Make sure to pin and save this baby as there are a LOT of awesome freebies you can use over the year. From subway art, to drink umbrellas for a patio party in the summer to other fun freebies for the holidays!

If you would happen to want more details on the board, simply click on the link for all of the fun details! So let's take a look back and see what the TOP 10 freebies were . . .



TOP 10 FREEBIES of 2014: 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Did your favorite freebie make the top 10? Did you discover any new ones that you will be saving and using? I would love to know, so leave me a comment below . . .  thanks!
 
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