November 30, 2011

It's Wednesday....that means I'm busy pinning

What did we do before Pinterest? I seriously can't remember how I ever found new recipes to try, cute outfit combinations, or fun projects to re-create. Today I'm linking up with The Vintage Apple to share my favorite pins this week....and you should too!

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My love for pallet art knows no bounds. I really wish I was more handy. 


Monogram wreath....somebody get this for me. I'll take that light and mailbox too while we're at it.


Okay, here is an idea for a pallet that I could actually do. Paint it white (or maybe leave it natural) and hang it on a wall. Then hang other stuff from it. Super easy.


Bard door headboard! I'm going to have dreams about this! 


I've probably posted this photo before but I just love her outfit and wish I was wearing it right now!


Pom pom wrapping for Christmas presents. This had to have been created just for me.


How to make the perfect snowflake....I'm trying this over the weekend! 

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Keep Calm and Love Goldens. I think I need this print. 

What are your favorite pins this week?

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November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving Fun

It was so hard to go back to work this morning after having four wonderful days off! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! 
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The husband and I went up to my mom's lake house for Thanksgiving and my in-laws and sister-in-law joined us too. I was too busy eating to take any photos other than of my mom's adorable country table.

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And yes, those are squirrel napkin rings.

We had a great time and ate way too much yummy food. Back to the gym for us this week!

On Friday the only shopping the husband and I did was to pick out our Christmas tree! We opted for a smaller tree this year since the one we had last year was so big it fell over three times. This tree was a breeze in comparison. We also took advantage of the warm weather and put lights up on  the outside of our house....and they look way better than last year! I'll be sure to share them with you once I figure out the rest of the outdoor decorations.

Also new this year? Wrigley and Henry each have their own tree!
Wrigley happily posed by his in the kitchen. Henry wasn't as agreeable.

Did you go shopping on Black Friday? I bought a few things online Thanksgiving morning but that's it. Big crowds at stores make me nervous!

November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving, from our house to yours! We have so much to be thankful for this year, including each and every one of you! Thank you for being such a blessing in our lives every day.
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With love, Jon, Julie, and Wrigley
***photos by Erin Vancura Photography

November 23, 2011

I Heart Pinteresting Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! Believe it or not I've been neglecting Pinterest! Can you believe it? It's just that things have been so busy lately....so I was happy to use Pinteresting Wednesday as an excuse to waste away some time pinning things I love! As usual I'm linking up with The Vintage Apple!

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I LOVE these house portraits! Too bad the artist is not currently accepting orders thanks to her popularity on Pinterest! I would absolutely love a portrait of my house...I'll have to check her out once her shop opens back up next year.

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Obsessing over this heart bracelet by Marc Jacobs. Adding it to my wish list.


Burlap stockings! Yes please!


DIY headband holder...isn't this cute? And made from an oatmeal can!


I love this idea of framing your old house key....totally doing this if we ever move! Also, this would look perfect on a gallery wall.


Sigh. Barn doors for the pantry. So perfect.


And even though I am surrounded by Christmas stuff I am still looking forward to Thanksgiving and can't get enough of these adorable white pumpkins!


And I have to end with a yummy treat...chocolate chip cookie dough cake. Are you kidding me? This looks amazing!

What are your favorite pins this week?




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November 22, 2011

How to Make a Gallery Wall

I'm finally ready to share my gallery wall with you! It's still a work in progress, but for now I LOVE it!

First, here it is BEFORE:
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Nothing really wrong with it...but I never really loved it.

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I didn't like that large black frame with all the wedding photos in it...and I was sick of black frames. Our house is filled with black frames. Plus this gallery didn't really use the space properly. 

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So, to begin I took all of the frames down and nails out. I have been gathering frames up for a long time to use on this project. I then made a paper template to fit the size of each frame I was planning to use. I thought this would take forever but really it was surprisingly fast!

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The paper templates made it is SO easy to move the "frames" around and play with the layout. I just used painters tape and experimented with different layouts until I found one that I liked. I had two goals: 1. to try to cover up all of the previously existing nails holes with a new frame so I wouldn't have to patch and re-paint and 2. to keep the "R" where it originally was. It was a pain to put up and I didn't want to mess with it again!

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I also numbered each frame and then put the corresponding number on the template so that I wouldn't confuse which frame belonged where. Then, once I had decided on my layout I placed the template against the frame and used a pen to mark where the nail should go. I did each frame one by one, making sure to tape it back on the wall in the correct place. Then I simply put a nail over each mark. SO easy and it requires zero guess work and measuring!

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Then I hung the frames! You can see I used some old frames mixed with some new. 

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Seeing this picture makes me sort of like the mix of black with white frames. The wall looked like this for several days while I tried to decide if I liked the "mix" or if I wanted to stick to my original plan and paint all of the frames white. My mom voted to keep the mix. My husband didn't care. So I figured I might as well paint everything white...it is an easy switch back to black if I change my mind down the road.

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And here it is! I added two frames into the layout last minute. And I kept the "R" black...but am still on the fence about what color it should be. I kind of like it in black.

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Here is the view from the kitchen entry. (please ignore my dark hallway with zero natural light)

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And the view from our front door.

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One of my favorite wedding photos didn't fit in the mat I purchased so I improvised by backing it in burlap!

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I've always wanted to display this photo of baby Wrigley, taken by our wedding photographers the year after our wedding. And I just had to use the cat print on the top right. I purchased it after Pancake died because it looked so much like him and Henry. I'm so glad it finally has a place on our wall! And that old postcard is from Long Beach, where I grew up. It was my mom's (and so was the frame!) and I told her I really liked it so she gave it to me. She's the best.

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Erin and I found that ampersand at Hobby Lobby. It was painted rusty red and had a base to stand it upright...so we talked the husband in to sawing it off for us and then we painted it white and roughed it up a bit. It can be seen in the annual photos she took of us for this gallery wall and for our Christmas cards!

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I love the mix of photos and non-photos. This is just a greeting card my mom and I found that I fell in love with one day while shopping.

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Top left and bottom right photos were taken by Erin and I love them! The bottom right is also backed in burlap.

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I'm so happy with how it turned out. Now I want to make another one going up the stairs....eventually I'll get to it!

p.s. I'm just know noticing there are a ton of photos of Wrigley on this wall. No, we are not crazy dog people....he's just so photogenic and we don't have kids, so why not?

November 21, 2011

Breaking Dawn...and a Winner!

You better believe I saw Breaking Dawn over the weekend! Did you see it? I loved it....and now I hate having to wait forever for part two. Life is so unfair. I loved Bella's wedding dress and the whole wedding in general...but didn't like how Bella basically looked like she was in pain while walking down the aisle. Come on...couldn't she at least crack a smile? And I was lame and didn't sit through the credits to watch the "extra" scene. Did anyone catch it?

Now for the winner of the Thirty-One Gifts giveaway.....


Congratulations! Thank you to everyone who entered...and if you are new to my blog, welcome! 

November 18, 2011

Chevron Pillows

Happy Friday! I know I promised last week that I would share my gallery wall with you....and I'm going to soon, I promise! I'm waiting on a couple of prints to arrive so that I don't have to show you a gallery of empty frames.

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Anyway, I thought today I'd show off some adorable chevron pillows that finally arrived for our guest room. I LOVE them.

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I love how the pillows make the room look more polished and finished. Up next on my to-do list is adding more frames and photos above the bed. To see more of our guest bedroom makeover click HERE.

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The chevron pillows are from an Etsy shop, the gray polka dot pillow was made by yours truly, and the yellow flower pillow is from Target.

And don't forget to enter my Thirty-One Gifts giveaway! Today is the last day....click HERE to enter!

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