A Simple Life

I've spent the last 20 years striving for the bigger and the better. I've worked hard building a career I can be proud of in the technology world.  My resume is full of certifications.  My husband and I have created a nice home for ourselves and our children. Wrong or right, we spent way too much of their childhood working to give them the things we thought they needed and wanted.

Recently I was faced with the probable loss of a child and I quickly realized how little all those things really meant to me. How quickly I would have traded them for a little more time with my son.

We were fortunate that we didn't have to face a true loss but the possibility, the nearness, was enough to make me reevaluate my wants, likely the only positive to come from the situation.  After much soul searching it turns out all I really want is the simple life in which I grew up.  I would like to magnify the time I spend with family and enjoy my surrounding.  Instead of guzzling my coffee during a mid-morning break, I would much rather sip it as I listen to the birds chirp. I don't think my wishes are insanely unique. I feel like most people would rather enjoy a simple life but we are programmed to believe we need lots of money, nice cars and big houses.  I have lost my programming. :)

Over the next few months I intend to find a way to restructure my personal life to better suit my wishes.  It can be done and I shall be successful. Watch and see!

Much love,


Decorator HELP: Office Snack Bar

I am in desperate need of ideas for decorating an entire office.

Here's a little back story so you can understand what I am up against. I work for a startup technology company and we just recently found ourselves with the opportunity to rent an amazing office space. The only problem is that it is empty...clean slate. And obviously since we are an infant company we can't afford to bring in a team of designers to decorate the place. It may prove to be the biggest challenge for this group of geeks yet!

So where is the obvious place to start??? A snack bar, of course! Actually one of the fellas I work with found this unbelievable antique piece that works perfectly in the space. 

But as you can see, it needs love.  This huge industrious piece measures 8 feet long with a butcher block top and metal legs and drawers. It truly is gorgeous. As I eluded to earlier we would like to use it as a snack bar area. It needs to be functional but eye-pleasing, keeping with our industrial feel. 

On the left side we would like to put a coffee station as that is closest to the actual kitchen (water source).  The rest we will use for snacks and maybe a mail sorting area.

Please, please, please help me with ideas.

I'm going to need lots more help as we continue with this project. I write software I know nothing about decorating. But I am excited to do something that isn't sitting behind a computer.  I'm hoping with some help from my blogging friends I can make this environment an area in which we can all be comfortable. 

Oh that brings up another point, I am the only female that will be using this office so no pink or ruffles...the guys wouldn't like that :)

If I use your idea I will definitely give you credit in a follow up blog post.

Stay Tuned!


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Pinterest Group Board

I would love to have some of you DIYers join my new Pinterest group board. 

If you are interested send me an email with your pinterest profile and blog address and I will happily get you an invite.


Sugar & Creamer Containers

Sugar & Creamer Containers

You would never guess I put these adorable sugar and creamer containers together for less than $3. Yep...$3!!!

I found the jars at Dollar Tree for $1 each. In case you can't tell from the picture they are about 3 inches tall. They are the perfect size for coffee condiments.

I added some vinyl labels that I cut using my Cricut and FINISHED. This was the easiest project I have done in a long time.

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Rocker Refresh

This gorgeous rocker belonged to my husband's grandmother. It was one of the jewels he was given after she passed. It was a bit weathered. 

I thought I had taken a picture of it before but I can't find it so I will do my best to describe and maybe you can imagine.

It was painted turquoise but at least 50% of the paint had chipped away.  It originally had a wooden weaved seat that was cracked and breaking away, so much so that sitting in it should only be done with caution.  When I pulled the seat away I found beds that mice had made.

Although I loved the rustic look, I decided it needed a face lift. I couldn't decide what to replace the seat with so I went to the queen of good ideas...my mother.  She had a couple suggestion but I fell in love with the denim idea.

Firstly, I sanded off the chipping paint and then sprayed on a couple coats of bright red outdoor paint.  I used the outdoor paint because the chair's new home will be my front porch. The bright red is definitely bold but I love it.

After the paint was fully dry, it was time for the seat.  This is the time consuming part. I needed denim strips about an inch wide...a lot of them.  Of course you can purchase denim at the fabric store but because I am so thrifty I opted to use old jeans. I live with a house full of hard working young men and therefore they go through lots of jeans. I have been saving them for a while thinking I would make a blanket or perhaps a rug, never considered a chair seat but so shall it be.  

I cut 3 inch strips as long as I could get. I needed almost 90 feet of stripping for my chair seat. That is a lot of denim strips but so very worth it.

I sewed each strip together end to end until I had 90 feet of 3" wide denim. I folded the very long strip in half lengthwise. So now the strip is about a 1 1/2 inches wide. Then tucked the outer edges in so the cut edges weren't exposed and sewed the seam down the length of the strip. 

Shew! After all that sewing I had to weave it into the seat.  I know what you are thinking, easy breezy. Not at all.  Actually it wasn't hard just time consuming.  I used staples to make sure the denim didn't pull away at the beginning and ending of the weave.

If you are interested in a tutorial for the pillow in this rocking chair you can see that here.

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