Tuesday, September 16, 2008

That's one spooky tree!

This project was so much fun! Susie posted about this project on her blog and I knew I had to make one too. We took the kids out to a nearby park for a nature walk to find a 'spooky' branch for our tree. It was a beautiful day and a fun little adventure for us all. I had all the items I needed on hand for this project except for the crows (Dollar Store) and the branch (nature trail :) . The little lanterns were from the dollar bin at Target last year, I just spray painted them black. Love 'em! For specific steps on how to do this project be sure to check out Susie's blog. She's a very talented person. Love so many of her ideas!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Fall is in the air....

And I couldn't be more excited! I like apparently many fellow bloggers LOVE, LOVE, LOVE fall. It's my absolute favorite time of year.
I love so much about fall; fall clothes, fall colors, the smell of burning leaves, KU football season, Halloween, crisp evenings, yummy cold weather foods, cozy cable knit throws, pumpkins, mums, cute jackets. I could go on and on but I'll spare you. :)

I have started some fall decorating and thought I'd share with you. As always everything is a work in progress!
My latest unbelievable Target clearance deal is the big silver lantern you see in the first picture. I've been ogling them for months now and just the other day I found 2 (the only two left) marked down to 5.98. Yes, that's right girls, only 5.98! They were originally 30.00 and they are absolutely GORGEOUS!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Oh my goodness! Has it really been that long since I last wrote?

Aidan and I have started a little mother & son tradition of going to garage sales a couple Saturday's a month. We always start out with a stop by our beloved Starbucks; I get my non-fat Cafe Mocha and Aidan goes for the old fashion glazed donuts. Ok, so I generally get one too. :) Once we've got our drinks and donuts we set off on our treasure hunt. Aidan's on the watch for toys he didn't realize we couldn't live w/out and I'm on the look out for anything else that strikes my fancy. We visit as we go and it has been a great little bonding time for the two of us. He's almost 4 and it's always amusing some of the conversations we have.

I found these chairs for the dining room table. Just begging for me to take them home and fix them up!month ago. A subdivision not far from us had a neighborhood garage sale and it was pretty amazing. It is a very wealthy neighborhood with some beautiful 'junk' but we weren't really finding much until the last stop of our trip. It was a beautiful, and I do mean BEAUTIFUL home at the end of this winding wooded cul-de-sac. I could almost hear the heaven's sing as we neared the house. The driveway was loaded with furniture of all kinds. Some were antique and some was thrift finds that she was reworking.

I ended up buying these 4 chairs at $10 a piece.

BEFORE - looking a little worn and sad.

AFTER - all freshly painted and feelin' sassy!

I sanded them down and painted them in a satin black. Added the foam to the seat template Handsome Hubby made and added the fabric. I wanted something in a floral print and stumbled upon this at JoAnn's. I believe it's from the Liz Claiborne line. I love it! It has the chocolate brown and greens I was looking for. Sort of a mod, vintage, even slightly South Pacific vibe...I will probably switch out to a black and white check or something with red this fall but I think this will look great for the spring/summer months.

I just love a good project and the thrill of a good garage sale hunt! My list of projects is long and plenty and I can't wait to share them with you. I promise to write soon!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Walmart, I'm impressed!

Ok, as you all know I'm partial to Target, very partial. But, the other day I was at Walmart.com looking at the HP 3-in-1 printers when I came across a new line that they are carrying called 'Canopy' and I have to say that I'm impressed!

We'd like to start slowly updating our master bedroom furniture. Everything in our bedroom is hand me downs. We have a very large, very ugly dresser that I got at a garage sale a few years back. It's made of solid oak but it's not very functional and often find ourselves (read Handsome Hubby) stacking clothes on top of it for easier access.

Check out this dresser! Based on the description it is well made and it looks sharp. The best part is that it's under $300 which is really a good deal for a dresser if it is indeed well made.

A few other items from the Canopy line that I think have promising potential....

I've not been into Walmart in awhile and I don't know if the line is so new that they're not all in store yet but I'm anxious to check them out. If any of you end up purchasing something from the line you'll have to let me know what you think!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Weeks pass yet again and here I am....I really am not a good blogger. So many times I think of blogging but then I end up reading everyone else's blogs and lose track of time.

The new scale has been helping me keep my weight in check, sort of. We learned that through the company Handsome Hubby's just started with he can get a great deal on a family membership to the YMCA. The YMCA here in my suburb is really pretty nice with lots of new equipment and classes to choose from. We joined a few weeks ago and have been going 4 days a week. We have been meeting there 3 days a week on our lunch hour and going with the kids on Saturday morning. I lost almost 5 lbs according to my new scale last week but managed to gain almost all of it back over the weekend. For shame! Now, I'm spending this week trying to reign it back in. I'm so frustrated with myself because my goal is so attainable, 12-15 lbs to lose, but I seem to sabotage myself on the weekends.

Switching gears completely, I've been thinking about unique things I can put in the kids' Easter baskets next weekend and haven't gotten too far with it but I did find the super cute 'monster toys' at Room Service Home. They were originally $29.00 each but have been marked down to $5.00 each so I bought one for each kid. Aren't they so cute?

They both will get chocolate bunnies and all that good stuff. We'll have to eat Delaney's for her since she's too young. Oh shoot! ;) But I was also thinking about getting them both a pair of Croc's. Aidan wore his pair from last year ALL summer long. They are so easy to throw on and so comfortable. I'm thinking Delaney would use them a lot this summer too since she's just learning to walk, they're lightweight and comfortable. The big decision is the colors, they have about 50 colors to choose from!

This weekend my Mom is coming down to visit. She and I have a 'date' with Aidan on Saturday. We're taking him to see 'Horton Hears a Who'. I can't wait to see it and Aidan is super excited too. It just looks so darn cute doesn't it? We bought the book last weekend in preparation for the big date.

Oh and before I forget! Happy Homemaker I miss reading your blog now that you've gone private. If you read this, I'd love to be invited to read it!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

It has been a full few weeks here. I was down in Orlando last week for business and came home with the flu. Handsome Hubby had been sick the day before I flew out and I prayed that neither of the kids would get sick while I was gone OR that I would get sick while I was there. Unfortunately the kids did get sick and so did I. We're just finally starting to come out of it. Since we've been stuck indoors we're a bit stir crazy so today we ventured out to the mall to the Rainforest Cafe and to do a little shopping.

Found a GREAT deal on boots at JCP that I must share! I bought 2 pairs of suede boots regularly 110.00 for 9.97 each! Can you believe it?! Apparently someone had just returned them and they were only on the shelf for about 15 mins before I swiped them back off.
This isn't a great picture but you get the idea. (The brown pair in front and a black pair behind.) Normally I'm a heeled boot kind of gal but these looked super cute on.

A few weeks back I took a sewing class at Joann's Fabric. It was a little Xmas gift from Handsome Hubby and it was the best gift really. Seriously, a couple years ago he brought me a nice Singer sewing machine for Xmas but whenever I tried to use it I'd end up jamming the thread and getting frustrated. Anyway, I just loved the class and I'm looking to take a few more of their classes. Here are some curtains for my dining room. I've had the fabric for a year or two and am in the process of adding some fun brown pom-pom fringe. I'm obviously not done yet but getting there. I saw some really fun fabrics in bright springy color patterns that I may end up making to swap these out for spring/summer but before I start planning that I suppose I should just get these finished up first.

Speaking of spring...I don't know about you but I'm SOOOO ready for spring. It was fun to see all the bright spring clothes while out at the mall today. I'm starting to pull out my apple green colors to go with my browns and blacks. I love the look of apple green with brown, black and white. Got these fun little faux granny apples at Hobby Lobby and have stuck them in little places around the house.

Thoughts of spring also inspired me to purchase a new scale today. I like to weigh myself daily and I've been doing so for the last several years on a very generic scale. I decided that if I plan to sport the fun looks this spring I'd better buckle down and finally lose that 10-15 lbs. I'm hoping this will help keep my in line. It's middle of the road price wise but has great reviews. I bought it at Walmart for about $40 and it's the 'HealthoMeter Body Fat & Body Water Fitness Tracking Scale'. It's kinda fun (well, as fun as a scale that measures my chubby factor can be) :) but you can store your height, age, gender, goal weight and a few other things and it will help track your progress and measure my favorite, BMI. LOL. Oh my. There are much more expensive, fancier versions out there but keep in mind I had a very old basic scale so these little features have me dazzled! :)

Anyway, I'll let you all know if the scale keeps me inspired to lose the weight. Cross your fingers~!

Oh, and before I forget! Handsome Hubby is starting a new job tomorrow with Garmin. We're beyond excited for this opportunity and truly thank the Lord for this blessing. Garmin is headquartered in our area, in fact it will be a very short commute, and they are a company full of opportunity. Funny though, I kinda feel like his mother though, nervous for his first day, asking him repeatedly if he's picked out his outfit and mapped out his morning yet. hehehehe

Bye for now!

Monday, February 11, 2008

I want a new drug.

Tonight began innocently enough, a simple trip to the ATM and onto the grocery store. It wasn't time for my next fix, not even close but as I pulled away from the ATM a thought crossed my mind. Maybe I should do it. I'm so good at it, so quick. Nobody at home would be the wiser, a quick in and out if you will. So, against my better judgement I went. I went for my fix even though I had just gone 2 days earlier. Hello. My name is Suburban Momma and I'm a Target junkie.

Like any good Target junkie worth her grain in salt I know where to find the goods. The goods with the little red sticker. Oh how that little sticker can make my heart race, my step a little quicker as I push my rickety cart towards the object of my desire. I vie for cart space at the end of each aisle (where many of the items wearing that brazen little sticker can be found). You know you're amongst other hardened Target addicts when you see random milling around, hovering at the end of the back aisles. I like to think of them as an instant friend. Someone on the same mission as I. Someone with like minded goals.

Tonight was different though. I was stronger then usual, I put items in, let them ride around in my cart for a bit while I reasoned with myself. Eventually the majority ended back on their perspective shelves, right where they belonged. I'm proud to say that Suburban Momma pervailed and walked out with a few great items, several of which bore that little red sticker, but all rang in at under $20 total. That never happens. I don't know ladies but I'm feeling strong like I can conquer anything!

Suburban Momma 1; Target 0

(Psst, has anyone checked out the Old Navy 40% off kids and baby sale??) :)

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

My take on tassels

A month or two ago stumbled upon a great blog, Nesting Place. 'The Nester' has a great sense of style and she's great to share with us some of her fabulous decorating ideas. In addition to her great decorating skills she makes adorable tassels which she sells on Etsy. Check her out if you've not already!

Several months back while wandering aimlessly around Hobby Lobby I came upon some tassel caps. They are unpainted wood caps that were marked down to .25 cents each. Not ever having made a tassel before they sat untouched in a jar in my office, waiting for inspiration. Inspiration was found after stumbling upon 'The Nester's' cute tassels. I did some googling and found instructions on how to make them and here's what I've done so far.

My tassels aren't nearly as cute has her's but it's been fun to make them and I intend to perfect my technique!

Handsome Hubby thinks I'm a goof, watching me as I try to find different places to hang my little tassels, and Aidan finds the tassels funny. Hmmm, not sure why but for whatever reason they make him chuckle. :)

Another blog that you have to check out if you haven't already is Kari & Kijsa. These two sisters are beyond creative and inspirational. They provide decorating tips, helpful hints and creative projects.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Laney gets her dollhouse bookcase

Hello blog world friends! Another month has passed and I am finally getting around to post. I've been busy with life in general, oh and reading everyone elses' blogs. :)
We finally completed the much anticipated dollhouse bookcase. You may recall I've talked about this 'infamous' bookcase several times over the past few months and after what seems like forever it's finally complete. Handsome Hubby built this from a PDF format plans I bought on eBay for around 4.oo. I know you can buy one similar at Target but it I didn't like that you could see the screws on it plus it was a bit less expensive to do it this way.

Dollhouse bookcase in progress...

and now completed!

I'd like to decorate it a bit differently but for now I just threw these things in it to dress it up. If you've got a keen eye you may notice the Strawberry Shortcake doll and horse. Oh I wish you could smell them! Yummy! I was a HUGE fan of Strawberry Shortcake so of course Santa had to make a point to bring Laney her own this year. (Even though she's nowhere close to being able to play with them!) :)

The cute little green chair is a 1.00 junk store find that I painted. So cute!