In preparation for Carter's pictures... well... it caused a busy Friday night. Not that I had the past 11+ months to get ready for this big photo shoot or anything... ha. After work on Friday I ran over to Wal-Mart and browsed the store for ideas as quickly as possible. I left with a white shirt, a pack of buttons, a large sheet of blue paper, some clearance ribbon with little pom-poms, a candle, and some cake sprinkles. Total expense = $11
I came up with this adorable little cake. Mariah made the cake for me during the day and I frosted and decorated it when I got home from work. Huge time saver not having to bake the cake that night. Thanks Mariah! :-)
On my way home from Wal-Mart on Friday night I stopped by a rummage sale. I saw a slide that caught my eye and I actually had cash on me - that never happens. I knew it was a sign and I had to stop and pick up that slide. When I got out of my car an overly friendly dog greeted me with a jump and scratched up my arm. Urg... seriously people. If you are having a rummage sale... lock up your animals.
Next up on my photo dump, my red bathroom. This is our half bath off our mud room and laundry room area. This is the area that is taken over by our dogs in the winter months. It's summer now which means the dogs sleep in the garage and I get the bathroom back until the weather turns cold. I've been wanting to update this bathroom for a while, but I'm not sure what to do with it. I'm thinking a lighter tan/gray color? Or maybe a blue/gray? I'll have to pick up some samples.
Speaking of blue/gray, I also need to repaint the playroom, but I'm waiting until we put up the board and batten and trim. I took this picture not because of the color and the to-do-project-list, but because of the awesome benches from IKEA. It is amazing how much stuff the bins hold and hide! Look at how clean and picked up the toy room looks. Ahhh love!
In case we weren't busy enough this weekend, we also went down to Cory's mom's house and helped her with some landscaping. We added 105 bags of dirt to her area around her house and planted a bunch of plants. Don't the irises look pretty around her big tree?! I alternated them so they will bloom in dark purple and light purple groupings.
She had the peonies in the landscaping, but we added the other plants in front of her house.
I am loving these balls, but having a hard time keeping Ethan from playing with them. He loves the small globe, but he thinks it's a bowling ball...
This piece I picked up in the store right away. Loved the colors. I carried it around for a while, then set it down because I wasn't sure where I'd put it. When I was checking out I decided I had to have it and ran through the store to pick it back up. I'm so glad I bought it because I love it. It lives on the angled wall at the bottom of my stairs. Its the first thing we see when coming down the stairs to the basement. So pretty!
And finally, the vase for our dinning room. I needed something kid friendly, yet pretty looking to soften up the space. I found this large wicker vase on a great sale and scooped it up quickly. Now I need to find something tall and eye catching to put inside the vase. Loving all of my new purchases. I'll get this house decorated eventually... room by room.