Monday, October 15, 2012

Monday already?

and just like that, the weekend is over.

It was a very busy and productive one for me, though! How was your's?

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This is a photo that I took last week when I was getting ready for a photoshoot at my house (!)... I really need to take new pictures of my living room for you guys - it's getting more to a "finished" state these days. It sat for about 8 months (after I started the "makeover process" and painted it "White Dove") looking unfinished, but I have done a bit more in here, and it's feeling more "me" these days. I kind of want to paint the living room walls a more bright white, versus a warm white, but I am trying not to be too crazy over here ;) I have changed so much stuff around... I'm lucky Jordan hasn't kicked me to the curb. I still love my reupholstered sofa and my clear acrylic table though, so that counts for some consistency, right?!

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I also had to iron my sheets and duvet for the photoshoot. Those things are a lot of work! 


I finally got around to a chore I've been meaning to complete ever since I made my curtains with fabric from Spoonflower. I love the curtains hanging in the bedroom, but they are very thin, and every morning we are blinded by sunlight. It's really not that big of a deal on days that we don't want to sleep in (AKA most days), but for the days that we DO want to get a few more minutes of shut eye, it can be really annoying! I'm one of those people that wakes up easily, and once I'm awake, I can't go back to sleep. So, I bought so blackout fabric from Joann's (only 6.99 a yard there, and a sweet lady gave me her extra coupon for 40% off, so it was a cheap project!) and added it to my curtains. 

As you may know, I rarely actually sew things. I added this fabric to my curtains with Liquid Stitch glue. It worked like a charm!

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and this is what our bedroom looked like the next morning:

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(minus the little hole where sunlight is coming through. I had kind of opened them a bit this morning before I took this picture!)

So great. This reminds me of my Papa, and how he is obsessed with darkening the room to sleep. When I was little, and we would go to Florida for the month for vacation, he'd put black trashbags over his windows to black out the sun. So funny.

This past weekend I also did a little painting-shipping. 
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said goodbye to this painting, which is headed to a client. 

Also, I snapped a quick picture of this canvas that I am working on:

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It's not done, but I sometimes like to take photos of the many phases my paintings go through, so I can remember all of them. I posted this photo on instagram, and one of my friends said that she thinks it looks like what goldfish would see out of a pond after you throw food into the water. Perfect description, huh? I loved it.

This painting will be up for sale soon, when I feel like it's done!

Another personal project I started working on this weekend was preparing for the engagement shower that my other brother and I are throwing for my little brother and his new fiancee. It's going to be great! We are currently working on venues and dates, and I can't wait to get to the fun part of decor and food!

I started prematurely searching for invitations, and loved this option I found on etsy:

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(this is an iPhone photo I took of my computer screen - bad quality, sorry)

This invite is very "David and Mary" (my brother/ his fiancee). Not sure which one we'll pick, but I had fun searching options!

OK, that's it for now...hope you enjoyed my rambling!


  1. The blackout fabric is brilliant, I'm thinking I need some for my 7 year old. He's the same way as you, and when light hits his eyes he thinks it's time to get up, even though it's super early and he didn't get enough sleep. But I just noticed you still have that orange, black and gray dresser! It's so cute! I'm surprised no one snagged it from you.

  2. I love that painting you're working on. It's gorgeous!

  3. Kristen, I'd love to know how the curtains function now that you've attached the blackout fabric. Are the curtains quite stiff now, or are they still easy to pull back?

  4. thanks ashley!!

    amy - it does make them a bit heavier, but i like th elook better, actually!

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