Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Wallpaper Wednesday

I have just a little bit of time for a short post this afternoon! 
I am so excited to show you a recent ranch remodel in which I've had the privilege of  helping oversee.
Part of the process has been gutting nearly every room and starting over with trim, wall color, cabinets and flooring. One of the main floor baths will be tricked out with one of the patterns below. 
Can't wait! I'll show you the final project when we wrap things up in January, but in the meantime, it made me start thinking about possibly adding wallpaper as an accent wall somewhere in my own home. 
I love these bold graphic prints, but there are many new paper books out there in stores and online where you can choose from more subtle options as well. All of these patterns, come with several color palate choices.

Off to finish painting a sign for someone. 
I'm still having fun with custom orders and will soon show you some of the new ones I've been working on. Hope you're having a great week!


Monday, December 14, 2015

Trees, Tinsel and Treasures!

If you haven't had a chance this Holiday season to swing into Not So Shabby- I highly recommend that you do! I was just there this morning dropping off a car load of newly handcrafted crafty Christmas items and in the same load, very old primitives! 
I am finally parting with my antique sled. I haven't used it in my outdoor display these past few years and it's been collecting dust in my attic but it would be an adorable addition on your front porch this holiday and throughout the winter season. (Don't know why I neglected to take a pic of it this morning when I was snapping these)!

 Ken cut only 5 of these NOEL signs that we have sold in previous years. This will be the only batch this year, but he will be cutting lots of "LOVE" ones in time for Valentine's Day. Don't miss out on the only three that are left. (one grey washed and the other two, a dark walnut brown stain).

This pallet tree would be cute strung with Edison style light bulbs. Almost wish I had kept this baby home and used it instead of the real pine Charlie Brown one we selected a few weeks ago. I was so proud of myself for not 'fussing' this year, but now it just makes me crabby to look at it. :)
I brought in this new worn and weathered retro cabinet sans doors this morning (for those of you who didn't take four years of French, 'sans' means without). :)
 I thought this made a cute side table if you staged it with a metal crate (like below) or even a dark wicker basket that filled the space. 

Ken cut down some pallet skids the other night and these were the blocks that held the pallet boards together. I've trained him over the years not to throw away any scrap wood. One of you will think of something fun to do with these. Mod podge pics on them? Paint them to look like baby blocks? Stencil letters to say "Happy New Year"-hey wait...why didn't I think of that? Back I go to take these home again! :)
 Festive yarn garland and a rustic wooden stand. Would look great with Christmas cards strung across this! (Garland sold separately).

 I took an old Ikea frame (below) that I had dropped once and the glass broke...Ken cut barnwood for me and I stenciled a saying with my ink block stamps. 
Having fun (like the rest of Michigan is), with all things mitten related!
 Just some embroidery rings I had laying around that I worked on during a "Pinterest' day with my Mom! These are making unique gift tags to hang on gift bags or tie around presents. 
(Brecken enjoying (?) some quality time with Ken and I at an ugly Christmas sweater party)!

And I'll sign off now, to get some Christmas cards addressed. How's your sanity this year? You Champs doing ok? 

We like to quote this saying around the Boeve household---"slow and steady wins the race". 
We hares need to be reminded of that from time to time. Hope your holiday season is shaping up to be Merry and  Bright. 
Meet you back here soon with some wallpaper patterns I've been wanting to show you. 



Monday, December 7, 2015

Christmas Dessert Night 2015

It's that time of year again when sissy and I get to co-host a table for our church's annual Christmas dessert night for women. The table competition (er, I mean table decorations) seem to get better and better every year.

 My former, perfectionist self a few years back may or may not have viewed this night as a competition, but my new melancholy, 'not-gonna-stress-up-my- holidays' self, fully embraced simplicity this year and even set the table with paper products and plastic cups-(gasp)!!

It's as if I've had the soundtrack from the movie clip Frozen running through my head this year-"Let it go, let it go, can't hold it back anymore. Let it go, let it go, Turn away and slam the door. I don't care, what they're going to say, let the storm rage on. The cold never bothered me anyway"!

Well, actually, the cold really bothers me, but this year, I can truly say, " I don't care what they're going to say".....guys, this is what my tree looks like this year....
And the presents under the tree aren't even color coordinated or wrapped with twine! (Double gasp)! Kennedy asked me the other night, upon further review of the mismatched gifts under the topiary, "Who are you, and what have you done with my Mom"???

I'm feeling peaceful (maybe even a little sad this season...there seems to be so much hurt and struggle in this world, and I tend to internalize most of it), 

I think Ann Voskamp's advent book is helping and I am proud of the small steps I'm taking to slow the pace and savor the little quiet moments this season. 
 Nevermind the fact that I did have a brief meltdown this morning when I discovered that I misplaced several bags of purchased Christmas gifts that I hid and I hid so well that I can't find them!! (Again, I said small steps). :) ARrrrgggghhhhhh!!

Back to the table judging: :)
See-plastic cups!!

Here are the other beautiful tables: all with their own unique festive flair!

Fun night with a fantastic message.Let me know if you'd like to go next year, and I'll make sure you get a ticket. 

I stopped by my booth at Not So Shabby on Friday and snapped some pics of some new items-some Christmas-y, some not, but check it out sometime soon. Like Big Lots tagline says, "When it's gone, it's gone"! :)

 This one's gone already! 

Now, back to playing Christmas present hide and seek. (insert eye rolling emoji). Wish me luck.

 See you back here soon.