September 15, 2014

A BIT OF GOLD | DIY SIDE TABLE

I love a good project and sometimes that little project comes out of a can of gold spray paint and a worn bedside table. I have had these side tables since we got married and they have been showing some wear and tear on the top. Maybe it was the weather or me feeling like I needed some "grown-up" furniture but I knew that these tables needed some gold in their life. (yes sometimes I think that  my furniture has opinions on what they should look like haha) 

For me Gold is the perfect Fall color, just the right bit of warmth and mix of holiday sparkle. And something about gold makes me feel a little more sophisticated and grown up when it's done in the right way. So you will have to be the judge... did I do it the right way? 
For this project you need:
1. A can of Rust-Oleum Gold spray paint
2. Fine grit sandpaper
3. Finishing Polyurethane spray to protect your surface. 
4. Painters tape
5. A little patience 
You want to begin by roughing up your surface with your sand paper, then wipe clean and allow to dry. While your surface is drying use your painters tape to tape off the boarder of what you don't want to become gold. ( I taped just below what you see gold and then tacked on some paper to protect the rest of the surface which was originally black. ) After you have prepped your surface make sure you are in a well ventilated area (I was outside) and follow the instructions on your paint can. Do 2-3 light coats of your gold until your surface is completely covered. Allow to dry. Then finish with your Poly spray. This step is optional but I highly recommend it to protect your surface. Allow to completely dry, then bring inside and put your new piece to use! I absolutely LOVE the way these turned out and it makes my bedroom feel a little more put together. Marcus thought I was crazy at first when I said "Gold" but I think he likes them now :) 

Soooo was it a success?

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September 14, 2014

WEARING | FALL INSPIRATION

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So I had a whole post set for today about some of my favorite fall outfits, but in all blog world problems I deleted all of my pictures. Lets just say I had a not so little tantrum and little inner lecturing going on for a few hours. But sometimes you just got to brush it off and realize its not all about me haha. So here I have some of my favorite or my 6 "musts" for Fall fashion in my world. 

1. An oversized sweater or sweater dress. It has to be one of my favorite things to pair with leggings or skinnies, add a belt and your look is complete. 
2. A leather jacket. And isn't this waterfall jacket to dye for. Im annoyed because this isn't pinned from its original source and Im searching the internet to find something similar. Soooo if you know where I can find one, help a girl out ;) 
3. Plaid is a must when it comes to Fall time and I love the way this plaid shirt is paired with a pencil skirt to dress it up. 
4. A GIANT scarf! Nuff said 
5. Use your chambray to layer over your favorite summer dress. 
6. Moccasins. I love boots in all shapes and sizes, but there is something about some comfy moccasins that have me all ready for the snow to start falling. 

What are your Fall "musts?"


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September 11, 2014

RAMBLINGS VOL 24 | THE BIG DREAMS

I want to remember to always dream big. To step outside of my comfort zone, to push myself farther then I thought possible. I want to create big things. Not in size but in imagination and things that make me learn new processes and skills so that I can do whatever I envision. Some of you may or may not know but I'm a dancer, since I was very little I was taking dance lessons and learning to use my body as an expression/story/ or emotional response. It wasn't until years later when I was doing an intensive dance school where all those years of mundane practice took hold. I finally realized why we learned those silly steps and repeated those arm movements one million times.

Why I stretched by body beyond what I thought possible. It was all so that I would have the freedom to create, to jump, twist and roll to the ground if that's what my mind saw. All those years, I was training myself for something bigger than what I could see in the moment. I'm reminded of that again now. I don't want to dismiss the small moments in life when I really should look at them as learning opportunities, because I want to be able to "jump" when I get the go ahead to do "that' thing that I have been dreaming about. I don't want to be unprepared. Sometimes I think it is easier as a creative person to have those BIG dreams, but when it comes to the day to day grind of learning skills or being diligent with our time it becomes a whole different kind of test. But if we stick to it and find balance we will have the freedom and the tools to take those big dreams and make them a reality. 

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