Entries from May 28th, 2011

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…. ME?



We are going flying today!! No, not in a plane. Just us, in goggles and flight suits, floating around above a really large fan. I have to say that I’m super excited… and just a tad bit scared. Flight Zone is where the action will be this afternoon. I’ll let you know how it goes! Wish me luck!! We’re hoping to look just like the guys in this video.

Hope you are enjoying a nice start to your weekend too!

UPDATE: This is what our adventures in body flight looked like! That is one powerful fan!!

JuJu Hat Tutorial




JuJu Hat DIY



There are some benefits to having never seen a Cameroon headdress, or Juju Hat, up close and personal. If I had, then I may have been a bit more daunted to try and DIY this! For those of you obsessed with perfection, please squint when looking at the above pictures. ; ) Actually, I suggest everyone try that, since they do look pretty darn sweet in a somewhat blurry state.

When I was looking through my pictures of JuJu hats, they all seemed so textural, almost wooly. So, when I went on a field trip to Michael’s to see what kind of feathers they had to work with, I quickly changed course and headed over to the yarn section. (Partly because the price of feathers adds up very quickly, and partly because the lady warned me about just how long it takes to glue on feather upon feather upon… you get the idea. I’m all about the cheap and easy when it comes to projects that may or may not actually work out!) I do not knit, so I had zero idea what I’d find, if anything. I was surprised to find such beautiful colors woven together, and all the thickness and texture I was looking for! And, a new found desire to make myself a scarf for next winter… if I start now I may just have it done in time!

I’m working on a tutorial in case anyone else wants to make one of these wooly wall hangings. So check back tomorrow for that!

PS – Book club ladies, as you can see, I’m ready to go for the next two months! Jane Eyre is from my mom’s college days, so I’m hoping to make use of her notes! ; )

Photo Credits: Rosa Pearson Design

Dress It Up



Oh, how I love this room! The colors, that headboard… etc, etc….

Candice Olsen telling us how she works her magic…

Do you notice a theme yet??

Has anyone else noticed these popping up in interiors? I was watching an episode of Candace Tells All (shown above) and I fell in love with the white feather headdress that she used above the bed. I had to find one! The search was on… but, yikes!! Who would have guessed that these beauties would run you $600+!! Some stores call them Juju Hats, and others call them Cameroon headdresses. I call them a DIY project!! Stay tuned… I feel a weekend project coming on. : )

Photo Credits: Chris Court Photography, Candice Olsen via Desire to Decorate, Laura Aviva via Design*Sponge, Jean Allsopp Photography via Desire To Inspire, Table Tonic.

Tree As Coat Rack



Check out these awesome coat racks in the shape of trees! What a great idea!!

Photo Credits: 1. Photography: Patrice deGrandry, RĂ©alisation: Camille Soulayrol, Anne Ventura via Poppytalk 2. Trees: Swedese, Photography: Randi Andreassen via Decor8

Birthday Wish List 2011



These are some of the pretty, and useful, things that I’m dreaming about…

This KitchenAid Stand Mixer, Martha Stewart Blue Collection Artisan 5 Qt. Aqua Sky (shown) or Ice Blue. Can’t decide from online pics which color would look best sitting on the kitchen counter!

These gorgeous ceramic wall tiles from Etsy seller Element Clay Studio blew me away when I saw them on Andrea’s blog. The details are amazing! I would happily fill my house with her work!!

And last but not least, this camera would be oh so much fun!! I’ve been using a Canon G9 for years now, but I want to move up to an SLR, and take a photography class too!

Those are my top 3! How about you? What’s top on your wish list right now?

Photo Credits: Amazon.com, Element Clay Studio Ceramics via From My Living Room, FutureShop.ca



Potty Talk



Do you remember this picture from our bathroom reno? Well, I’m super excited to say that it’s been featured on two blogs that I recently found!

Maryann, over at Domestically Speaking, spotlighted our bathroom in her 70th Power of Paint Party! Her blog has made me realize that there are still so many super creative bloggers to discover!! You should see some of the other paint projects that were featured… wow!

Involving Color has endless amounts of inspiring pictures that you can browse by room color, style, etc. Jena has included some pics of our bathroom, kitchen, and master bedroom in a feature for her Inspiration Gallery!

Thank you so much Jena and Maryann!

Plastic Pot Makeover: Before & After



Last weekend I came home with an assortment of old plastic pots that my in laws had stored behind their shed for the last couple of years, in various shades of faded terracotta. We needed to buy some more pots this year anyway, so I thought I’d give these a second chance at life!

Like my new spray painting mask? The idea of toxic fumes kind of freaks me out! All of my spray painting projects up until now have been pretty small, so I’ve always just sprayed and ran… (tell me I’m not the only one!) but that would’ve taken WAY too long for this project. Do you guys use masks? Or is there a trick that I’m missing so I don’t get engulfed by the spray!!?

If you try this at home, make sure that you buy spray paint that works on plastics, such as Rustoleum’s Universal. And, I found that if the pot’s finish is really beat up, like the one above, the spray paint just gets absorbed into the plastic instead of covering the surface nicely. Sad, because I think the style of this pot would have looked fabulous in a glossy black!

I envisioned a renewal of sorts with a heavy dose of glossy black spray paint, and I’m pretty happy with the results! I got almost five pots done before I ran out of one can of spray paint. (TIP: Ikea boxes came in handy for overspray!)

PS – It seems great minds think alike, so if you’re looking for more spray paint inspiration, go visit Carol at The Design Pages. Her urns are SUPER shiny, so I’ll have to find out what her secret spray paint is! Maybe mine will be getting another coat… ; )

Photo Credits: Rosa Pearson Design


Race Day!



The boys were in their first race today! Every year they cheer on their dad as he races in the Suburban Rush, and this year they got to race while dad cheered them on in the first ever Suburban Rush Kids Race! Here are some pics of their big day!!

So proud of my boys!! Especially proud of my man, for being such a good example for our boys.

The boys spent hours that day racing their bikes and running in circles around our cul de sac, pretending to be “real” racers. Can’t wait for next year!


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