January 31, 2013

8th Monthiversary

It's that time again! Time to celebrate our 8th monthiversary by recapping all of the projects we've done in the past month. Which, if I'm being honest, haven't been that exciting haha

I don't know if having two weeks off around the holidays with no projects to do threw me off my blogging game or what but I didn't get much done this month. That being said, I did do the following:

• Talked about my 2013 Home Goals (that I'm currently way behind on):

January 28, 2013

Backyard Blues

Happy Monday!

How was your weekend? Mine was full of rain. Sigh :( Me and rain have developed a love/hate relationship over the past 8 months. I love it because it breaks up the 300+ sunny days we have here but I hate it because it turns my yard into a mud pit. You probably need to see my yards for this to make more sense...

The front courtyard has some decomposed granite for ground cover but it stops right where the front our of house begins.

Please ignore the unruly hose and the pipes we wrapped with towels so they don't freeze when it drops to 30 degrees at night...

January 24, 2013


Today is my little fur baby's 7th birthday!

I've had her since she was 4 months old and, even though she can be a handful at times, I can't imagine my life without her :)

January 22, 2013

Gem Show Notice

In some of my previous posts, I've mentioned that I've gotten things for my house from a local gem show but I've never really explained what the show is. Basically, hundreds of vendors from across the country make the trek out to Tucson to set up tents inside and outside of the TCC Convention Center to sell their goods to thousands of attendees over a two week period.

[ Image via Tucson Citizen ]

The show is open to the public but a lot of the booths/tents are open to wholesalers only. For the non-wholesalers, there's lots of expensive jewelry and loose gems out on display along with a ton of cool mineral and fossil exhibits. If you're a local, you know to head to the show during one of the last weekends because by that point, the vendors are so desperate to get rid of their merchandise (so they don't have to haul it back home with them) that they mark everything 50% off or more!

January 17, 2013

DIY $8 Faux Malachite Boxes

Guess what I made over the weekend? I'll give you a hint...

A similar set of my own faux malachite boxes for 13 cents more than $8/each!

Remember when I posted those $200 malachite jewelry boxes back in my Color of the Year post? In case you don't want to click away, they looked like this:

[ Image via High Fashion Home ]

I was inspired by The Aestate's tutorial to make my own version of faux malachite boxes after I saw the ones from High Fashion Home.

January 16, 2013

Color of the Year Mirror

Alternate blog titles included "#FAIL", "Why can't I paint things like the cool kids can?" and "&$#*!@".

Ever go into a project thinking "This is going to be awesome, I can't wait to show everyone!" only for it to turn into a complete nightmare? Welcome to my world :(

I'm a little embarrassed to show you guys my newly painted mirror but I said I would so here goes nothing...

Wondering why I'm embarrassed?

January 15, 2013

Walk the Walk

Last week's theme seemed to be "talk the talk" where I asked you guys your opinion on what color I should paint my new HomeGoods mirror, what light fixture I should get for our dining room, and what bed I should get for our guest bedroom. I never really let you know what my final choices were but have no fear! Today I'm here to "walk the walk" and let you know what I chose :)

The color I've chosen for my new HomeGoods mirror is...

Emerald green! I really loved the navy option I showed you but the final color choice came down to the fact that I already have navy drapes in my dining room and a navy console table in our living room (which is open to the dining room) and I thought that adding another navy element would be navy overkill.

I put the final coat of paint on the mirror tonight and will be sharing the "new" mirror tomorrow!

January 10, 2013

Guest Bed Options

In my 2013 home goals post, I mentioned that our guest bedroom is where I store all of my extra artwork, mirrors, furniture, accessories, etc. but I kind of feel like that's a waste of a room. I'd like to turn the room into an actual guest bedroom but the problem is, we never have guests stay the night. That's not to say that we won't in the future, but would it be weird (or a waste of space) to have a room set up as a guest bedroom when we don't have any guests?

Anyway, I've been thinking about getting a bed for the room for those potential future guests and for those nights when my boyfriend is snoring so loudly that I can't sleep in the same room as him. Please tell me I'm not the only one...

The room is tiny:

I'd like to fit a queen size bed in there if possible since they're only 6" wider and 5" longer than a full size bed and tend to sleep two people more comfortably.

January 8, 2013

Chandy Eye Candy

Thanks for everyone's input on which color I should paint my new mirror! Check back later this week to see what color I chose :)

You guys want to see something I've been hiding from you this whole time?

That's my current dining room chandelier. I've been keeping out of photos because I'm embarrassed by it and I can't stand to look at it. It's not terrible (I mean, I've seen uglier) but it's just not my style. Like at all. Oh and see how it's all chained up super close to the ceiling? Yeah, it's been like that since the tile guys laid our tile soooo 8 months or so?

The best part? (that's sarcasm by the way) It's not even centered on our table!

That's partially my fault though because after my builder installed all of the lighting, I was brought in to make sure I liked the placement of it all and I signed off on the chandelier's placement. In my defense, I was looking at it straight on from the kitchen (to the left) and didn't even think to look at it from the sliding glass doors (behind me in the picture).

January 7, 2013

January 1, 2013

2013 Home Goals

Happy New Year!

What did you guys do to celebrate? My boyfriend and I went to dinner with my mom and then came home to rearrange some furniture and play with our dogs. We're boring, what can I say? ;)

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