Sunday, September 14, 2014

Preppy Pumpkins Pillow

DIY Preppy Pumpkins Pillow

Fall has arrived all over the Internet and Pinterest! Everywhere you turn, it's pumpkin this or autumn leaves that. How about you, are you in full fall mode already? I love fall, but I'm not ready for it quite yet. The weather in the Seattle area is still beautiful with temperatures in the 70s and 80s, so I'm holding on to summer as long as I can! I did, however, work on one little fall pillow project this week that was fun and easy.

Remember the pineapple pillow from spring time?

Friday, August 29, 2014

Hey Foxy Lady! A Barrel Cane Chair Makeover


I finally finished sprucing up the $5 chair I picked up on Craigslist back in April. Five dollars! That's the cost of a footlong sandwich! 

Below is the actual photo from the Craigslist ad of the chair before her makeover. Doesn't it just entice you to want to buy it??? No? Would you rather have a sandwich? Don't ask me how, but it beckoned me with its curved back and caning:

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Weekend in Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver British Columbia
Downtown Vancouver from Stanley Park

Well it seems the theme for this summer in our house has been "procrastinate on all home projects because this is the nicest summer on record that we can recall and we can't stand to be inside working on home projects when we could be OUT THERE...". We are no closer to finishing up our family room makeover than we were a month ago so I have no updates to share with you in the DIY department...again. It'll get done (at least I'm pretty sure), but we just aren't inside the house all that much right now. I hope you'll indulge me in letting me share another one of my favorite pastimes instead - exploring this big beautiful world of ours, and amateur photography (okay, that's two favorite pastimes). I love the challenge of trying to capture a picture exactly how my eyes and mind see something. Sometimes, many times, the subject is just too beautiful to be caught adequately in a still frame. I keep trying. :)

Exploring and traveling doesn't have to be a grand or expensive trip every time you want to get away (although those grand adventures are lovely too!). With a kid in college, our travel budget is pretty tight right now. Luckily for us, some of our favorite places to explore and visit are right within driving distance of where we live! Last weekend we took advantage of that and spent a weekend in beautiful British Columbia, Canada for our anniversary. We live pretty close to the Canadian border and only a couple hours from Vancouver, BC (it's more like 3 hours total with the border wait) - just far enough to make it a fun road trip without getting weary about driving for long hours and hours on end.

Vancouver is a beautiful city. The city itself is huge and amazing, filled with urban delights, but just minutes away you can be in some of the prettiest spots that Mother Nature has to offer. We have been here several times over the years and each time we come away with wonderful memories.

Here are some of the things we did on our little weekend getaway:

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A 19th Birthday & Chocolate Salted Caramel Cake

Chocolate Salted Caramel Cake

Our son turned 19 this past weekend! As I'm writing this and remembering birthdays past, I realize this is the 5th blog post in as many summers that I've written about Jake's birthday (you can read 'em here for ages 15, 16, 17, and 18) . It's also my 4 year blogiversary as of last month! This blog, a life journal in many ways, has been a great creative outlet for me to share the passions and joys of my everyday life with you. If you've followed along for awhile, you've probably figured out some of the things I'm most passionate about in life - my family, friends, cooking, baking, DIY/home decorating, Hawaii, and the great outdoors. Somehow, at least 2 of those subjects get brought up in every post I write! :) Out of all the things I enjoy and love, the greatest joy in my life is our son Jake. I can't believe he is 19 now - his last year as a teenager! This past year has seen many changes in our household with him finishing his first year in college and having made the transition so well. I'm not gonna lie, it has been quite an adjustment for me having him away and not seeing him everyday, but I had no doubt that this independent kid of ours would do just fine out in the world. I love who our son has become. He makes his parents proud!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Whale Watching in the San Juan Islands

Orca Whale Watching in the San Juan Islands, Washington State

We've got summer fever around here! Even though we have a ton of things we could be doing around the house, like working on our family room remodel, summer time keeps beckoning us to play outdoors instead while the weather is so nice. The fireplace makeover can wait - we are taking advantage of the gorgeous summer we are having around here in the Pacific Northwest!

Last weekend, Rick and I went up to the San Juan islands again. We love it up there. This time we took Jake and his girlfriend Kelsey and went on a whale watching trip through Orcas Island Eclipse Charters. We've been on their charter trip before and it is a wonderful experience. Captain Dan and his crew are so experienced and knowledgeable that we recommend them to anyone interested in whale watching. One of the nice features about their tour is that they are located right next to the ferry terminal on Orcas Island so you don't even need to drive your car onto the ferry (we catch the ferry from Anacortes to Orcas Island).

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Family Room Update: The Green Wall is Dead! Plus, Furniture and Fireplace Progress

Family Room Update: The Green Wall is Dead! Plus, Furniture and Fireplace Progress
What does Maggie have to do with our family room makeover? Nothing. She just looked super cute this morning on our morning walk with the daisies behind her. Also, I felt like you should have a cute photo to look at since the rest of the photos have some form of DIY carnage in progress.

I can't believe it's been a month since I first wrote about starting our family room makeover! We've had a jam-packed month but we managed to get a few things done in our family room. To see what this room looked like before, click here. Here's what we've done so far:

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Happy July! Summer-y Bits of Randomness

Happy July! I don't have any one big thing to talk about today, and yet I have many little things in my head so I thought I'd write a 'Bits of Randomness' post, Summer Edition. Strap on your seat belt, I'm all over the place today!

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I love cherry season and it's another sign that summer is here! Can you see the heart shaped one? Now that I think about it, they all look a little heart shaped to me. Stuffing my gut with these as I type:
I love seeing hearts in things, you can see more on my Hearts Pinterest board.
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