January 31, 2011

MM...Master Bedroom

It has been awhile since we have had a Makeover Monday!  I mean like...months!  And it just so happens that I have several coming up:)  So much excitement!  This M.M is from my sister-in-laws (Chelsea) Sister (Charity)...I remember a few months ago when Chelsea showed me her sisters room and I died!  I thought it was so beautiful!  Now shes coming to me for some ideas for above her bed.  I have been thinking and contemplating over what to do there...I hope that I can come up with a few ideas for her!  Crossing my fingers!!

Here is what Charity has to say:

Deep sighs! I need help. 
My master bedroom. I can't stop staring, and the more I stare the more depressed I get - I'm overwhelmed with what to do above my bed and dresser. I know what I would love to do (think big, long drapes covering the entire wall, or Amy Butler wall paper just along the back wall - neither of which will financially be happening any time soon :)), I'm having a hard time deciding WHAT to do. 

Trying to stay away from symmetrical - I can't help myself but it's all I know, so I'm trying to branch out. Plus because the entire wall is so completely symmetric, I feel like I need to break it up a bit. We'll see if that happens. 
I don't like boring looking, generic art. 
Anything with words or done on an oversized cricut is out! 
Yes, I know the bed needs one more pillow. The room needs less straight lines, so I'm thinking a round cream pillow in the middle.
That wall is huge. It's 13-14' high in the center peak. 

The room is very mono-chromatic - by choice. I had originally planned to do pops of color in here (think Euro Shams and window panels in a bold, rich purple (or other color), with the accent color sprinkled throughout. That didn't happen. I find that homes/rooms/designs have a way of falling into their own, all by themselves, if you let this. This room just wanted to be grey ;)  Don't worry, my kitchen is bold enough for the entire house! 

This is going at the foot of my bed - 
The bed is also ZG, but I'm trying to stay away from too matchy-matchy in the furniture department. I got the dresser at an antique show, and while it's the color I wanted, it is a bit small for the wall. I'm going to have to give it some volume with something above it that is wider than the dresser, and put something just to the right of it to give it height/depth. But, what? :) 

The one corner not shown is behind the door - I want a chair, ottoman combo, or preferably a chaise lounge there. I'll find that one day, I hope ;) 

I'd love to at least get above the bed done  before baby arrives. Oh, along with his nursery and a dozen other projects!! But we're doing our first family picture snuggled up on the bed, so I'd be a happy mama if I could tell the photographer to be sure and show the smashing work that was done above the bed as well ;) If not, I guess she can just do some close ups! :) 

Okay hopefully I'll get the pictures to you tonight - they're on Derek's computer, so if I can get my pregnant belly up, be looking for them!! 

Thanks so much!! 


Here are some pictures of the room:

 Notice how Charity took the drape rod to the top of the ceiling...that is FABULOUS!  This gives the illusion of taller ceilings and bigger windows.  It also looks like she has the drapes mostly on the wall and just skimming the window.  This does the same thing...I do this to all my windows and all my clients windows.

Isn't her room beautiful!  I just love her bedding and I actually love how the room is monochromatic.  It looks beautifully done:)

Bedrooms are sometimes hard to do because you just automatically do everything symmetrical.  I am one who is guilty of that :)  I honestly think that finding the perfect thing above your bed is a hard thing...especially if you hate symmetrical things.

I agree with Charity and I think that having some amazing wallpaper along the one wall the bed is against would be SMASHING!!  But wallpaper (which is making a HUGE comeback and is all the rage...) can get pretty pricey.  Another way to avoid the pricey wallpaper price is you CAN paint the wall instead and do a texture on the paint...tons to choose from now.  Charity could paint the back wall (a color one shade LIGHTER than the pewter color on the bedspread) and then her headboard would totally POP.  Or she could bring in another color like she mentioned that works with these colors, like purple for example.

 This is the bench Charity said she is getting for the foot of the bed.  This is such a beautiful bench!  I love it!  It is from Z Gallerie.
Image from jogjatec.com
As I was searching for an example of what Charity could do above her bed, it seems like all beds had either one BIG picture or 2-3 smaller pictures.  Which is fine for some people...but as we just read, we don't want symmetrical.  So, here is something I found that I thought could work.  Charity could get some fun frames, all different sizes and shapes and hang them above the bed.  You could put whatever you want in them...things you collect, mirrors, pictures, places you have been, pictures of you and your honey...etc.  

Charity mentioned having fabric along the whole wall...instead you could do something similar to this picture and you would still get the same effect.  I happen to know that Charity is an amazing seamstress...so this might be pretty easy to sew for her:)  I can totally see some beautiful silk as the fabric.  I have also seen a picture right in the middle of the fabric.  You don't have to use this crown...which I don't really love...but you can find something in its place at an antique show or online...this came from Antique Drapery Rod Company.  I think this is my favorite option:)  Especially with how her wall comes to a point...center peak.  Seriously...silk...I can see it now!!

Now, I wasn't going to admit this...but I decided to anyway...when I first saw Charity's room, the first thing that did pop into my head was BIG vinyl branches that take the whole height and width of the room.  I don't know why...but thats what I envisioned:)  I have vinyl on my brain I guess...thats another story...

 If you hate that idea for above your bed...you could do that for above your dresser.  You have a ton of room to work with there.  The last 2 images came from google images...

Now, if you really love pillows like I do, just load up:)  You could get a really BIG bolster pillow to add to the layers as well.  I really love these pillows...they give some added texture and give another shape.  They are from Z Gallerie as well.

Texture is KEY to a room.  The more the better.  This would add another color to the mix as well as texture. A throw is great to put at the foot of your bed, to toss on the bench (although if you put it on the bench, go for the white one), or even to the future chaise you are going to get.  This is from Z Gallerie.  (Can you tell I love Z Gallerie??)

Ok...I saw this and I died.  How beautiful would these be in place of your lamps?  You could move your lamps to your dresser and have these instead:)  Now...I'm not gonna lie...this are ONLY $500 from Z Gallerie, but if you love this idea...we can find a knock off at any lighting store for WAY cheaper.

I think this would look beautiful above your dresser.  I think you need something sparkle-y:)  Then you can work tons of pictures around this or other tiny mirrors in fun, crazy frames.  A wall of mirrors.  This could also work for above your bed.  I don't know why, but when I see your room, I really see tons of sparkle.  I hope you like sparkle.

I don't know measurements, so its hard to tell...but what if you had this chair (from Pier 1, $200) to the right of the dresser?  If it would fit, here is another print and it would help with filling in that wall.  The fun flower pillow would look pretty cute on this;)

That is everything!  I hope that I have given you a few ideas and helped a little bit:)  If you have any questions...you know where to find me!  Happy Monday everyone!  And come back and visit everyday this week...I am going to have Super Bowl treats to share with you!

January 27, 2011

LoVe Board

 Hi friends!  I have been crafting away lately...(its been awhile!!) and I couldn't wait to get this posted for you!  You better run to Hob Lob and get all the supplies:)
 You will need:
Wooden square plaque (wood section $1.47)
LOVE letters: L $1.99, small o,v,e ($.99)
Paint of your choice...I used pink and black:)
Color Box ink: black
Ribbon or toile ribbon
Paper (got mine in the $1 section at Target)
Mod Podge
Glue Dots
 Paint your letters and then ink the edges with the color box ink wedge.  Yeah...its kinda hard to get the swirly part inked...not gonna lie to you:)
Next, paint your wood around the edges.  Then cut out your paper to fit on top and Mod Podge it to the top. Then stick your letters on with some glue dots and tie your ribbon on...that's it!  You end up with this!  For reals...it took me about 30 minutes to do and about $6!  You can't beat that!
Isn't it cute??

January 24, 2011

1st Birthday Cake

I want to thank everyone for all your sweet comments about my migraines!  I have gotten some good tips!  I haven't had one in about 2 days!  I finally feel like myself!  Now on to the cuteness:)
I was so excited when my friend, Lindsay, asked me to make her daughters 1st Birthday cake!  For one thing, she wanted FONDANT, which is sooo fun to work with!  But then she wanted flowers and butterflies and I happen to have a Cricut Cake (that I won from Today's Creative Blog!!) that could cut all of it out in like 2 seconds!  So I was even more excited!  So have a look, let me know what you think:)

Oh...and because I would want to know...under all the fondant is a chocolate cake with chocolate mousse between the four layers and chocolate icing...these people are serious about chocolate:)  But who isn't??
 The Cricut cut out the butterflies, dots and flowers...

It also cut out the mini flower and the name...love the name Hazel!  This is the little "smash" cake for Hazel to have and destroy!!

January 19, 2011

My Nemesis....

Have you been wondering why I haven't updated my blog lately?  Well...it's a little thing called MIGRAINES!  I have been battling with the same migraine for over a week.  It got so bad that I had to go to the hospital today.  My hands and feet were all tingly, couldn't open my eyes, etc...(I'll spare you the details).  Luckily they hooked me up to an IV and gave me some fabulous drugs to wipe the week long migraine away.  Hopefully it is gone for awhile.

Do any of you get migraines?  How do you handle them?  I could use all the hints I can get!  I will be back soon after the drugs wear off and I'm not drowsy.  I have a MILLION things to post!  I'm really excited for a Makeover Monday that is coming up, some Valentine crafts and treats!  Have a great day!

January 14, 2011

Valentine Crafts

I have eyed this wreath for a YEAR now!  I am finally going to get my craft on and make it this weekend!  I can't wait!  I love Amy from The Idea Room, she has so many fabulous ideas...you will be seeing another one 2 pictures down:)

Have you heard of the blog Eighteen 25?  If not, click over there NOW and start looking!  I love this Subway Art that they create for the different holidays!  It is a 16x20 and makes a HUGE statement in your home!  It comes in two different colors...I love this one:)

I made these last year for my family and they LOVED them!  Jen from Tater Tots and Jello made up these fun Playing Card Coupon Books!  She even has it in Word form so you can change it to what you want!  Love these!
Ok...remember The Idea Room?  Well here is another fun craft she made!  These roses are made out of crepe paper!  I love that!  Who doesn't own like EVERY color anyway?  Might as well use it up on these fun kissing balls!  Oh...she also made the box!  She will be posting that tutorial soon:)
Here is another craft that I love!  Its so simple and makes a HUGE statement!  This is from Blooming Homestead.  She got the hearts from Hobby Lobby and just hot glued them on some card stock...it took her 5 minutes to do!  Love it!

January 10, 2011

Jenna Marie Studios

Hello Friends!  I just wanted to share with you a little secret...her name is Jenna and she is an amazing photographer!  She truly can work miracles!  Check out these pictures.  The funny thing with pictures is you just don't know the "behind the scenes" story.  For example you would never know that:
1. Boy #2 couldn't stop laughing and wiggling or wouldn't smile at all.  
2. Boy #3 would cry if hubby or myself wasn't holding him.  
3. You also wouldn't know that it was so cold and windy that we froze our little booties off. 

You wouldn't know these things because Jenna works miracles:)  She totally captured our family the way we are and our personalities...which I just love!  So have fun checking out these beautiful pictures.  If you are in the Dallas/Fort Worth area...you are so lucky!

Give Jenna a call and get some BEAUTIFUL portraits!

January 6, 2011

Turtle Graham Bars

I am so sorry that I am posting this.  Seriously.  You will HATE me after you try your first bite.  You will want to keep eating it and eating it.  So here is what you do...make it, eat half of it and then send the rest to your work or hubby's work.  There...problem solved and your welcome!  There....don't say I didn't WARN you!  
I got this candy/bar cookie from my friend Lindsay...I called her after my first bite and demanded the recipe.  So I guess you need to blame her...or Food Network for posting the recipe.  Ok...on to the deliciousness... 

 You line your rimmed cookie sheet with foil and then line it with some good ole Graham Crackers.
 Then you make this rediculously good caramel sauce with butter, brown sugar, pecans and a pinch of salt.  You let it boil into this gooey sauce and pour/spoon it over the graham crackers...yes, it seeps in the cracks, but that makes it that much better:)  Then you bake it for a bit so it gets a little hard.
 After it cools a bit, you melt some DARK chocolate and spread it on top.  Let it cool down and then sprinkle some sea salt or regular salt on top...so we have that salty/sweet thing going on.
 You end up with this...
 Just look at that toffee!
Pure heaven...go ahead...forget your New Year's Resolution...you will in a few days anyway:)  GO MAKE THIS!!

Turtle Graham Bars
Source: Food Network

14-15 Graham Crackers
1 c. unsalted butter
1 c. packed dark brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
salt, to taste
12 oz. dark chocolate, finely chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil (maybe spray with Pam...I didn't...and was ok though, you choose) or a silicone mat.

Put the butter, brown sugar, pecans, and a pinch of salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil.  Boil for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly.  Pour the butter mixture evenly over the graham crackers and bake for 11-15 minutes (I did it for 11 minutes).  Remove and set aside.

Meanwhile, melt the chocolate in a glass bowl placed over simmering water (I put mine in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time).  Pour the chocolate over the toffee-covered graham crackers and spread evenly.  Let set up a bit and sprinkle salt on top.  (If you do it too soon you won't see the salt, but if you wait too long the salt won't stick.)  Chill completely in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.  Cut into bars with a serrated knife.

January 3, 2011

Beef Stew and Homemade Rolls

 How was everyones Holiday?  It was nice to just relax, sleep in, and enjoy family.  HOWEVER...when today came around (kids back to school)...I got a little excited:)  I can clean the house, blog, and bake.

I wanted to share this recipe with you because it is so frigid outside and it is the soup and stew season and it is so easy and sooooo good!  Since it is all thrown in the crockpot, the meat is so tender and the vegetables are just perfect!  As for the rolls. I know that everyone has their own roll recipe and I know you are thinking...mine is the best ever, why would I try Swanky Pears??  Well, I'm not going to try and talk you into making these.  Just know, "Mine is the BEST EVER!" These are my Mom's recipe and she is the BEST.   I learned everything from her!  So...if you don't make these rolls, make some homemade rolls with this stew, it is the perfect combination!  Enjoy!

Beef Stew
adapted from Allrecipes

  • 2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 beef bullion cubes
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 3 potatoes, diced
  • 4 carrots, sliced
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped

  • Place meat in slow cooker. In a small bowl mix together the flour, salt, and pepper; pour over meat, and stir to coat meat with flour mixture. Stir in the garlic, bay leaf, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, onion, water, bullion cubes, potatoes, carrots, and celery.

  • Cover, and cook on Low setting for 10 to 12 hours, or on High setting for 4 to 6 hours.

Homemade Rolls

1/2 c. warm water
1 tsp. sugar
2 1/2 tsp. yeast
1 c. milk
1/4 c. butter
2 eggs
1/2 c. sugar
1 tsp. salt
3 1/2 c. flour

Let warm water, 1 tsp. sugar and yeast raise until doubled in size.  Scald milk (scald until bubbles around edge of pan).  Put hot milk in bowl.  Add butter and let it melt.  Beat eggs, and then put it in the bowl.  Add yeast mixture.  Add sugar and salt, stir.  Gradually add flour.  Let raise for 2 hours.  Roll out and use a circle cookie cutter, stretch out the dough a bit and put a little butter on half of the dough.  Fold the dough in half and put on greased pan.  Raise for 1 hour.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.