The small details.

This post is going to be a short and sweet. I wanted to share the material Tim used to redo our porch columns. The columns have looked pretty bad for several years. All the rain and moisture over the years has caused the wood to rot. We knew if we didn’t (and by we… I mean Tim) take care of them soon, it could potentially rot the columns up pretty far. We actually had more of an issue than we realized once he tore the base off. Tim replaced the base of the columns with this maintenance free vinyl PVC board.

https://m.lowes.com/pd/Royal-Mouldings-Limited-Actual-0-75-in-x-5-5-in-x-12-ft-Common-PVC-Board/50092316

Sometimes I want to jump past these small projects. In reality, they are probably more important than the things I want to tackle. I didn’t realize how much of an impact it would make. The small details matter. I’m excited to start sprucing up our exterior. I would like to paint the concrete porch white. Can you guess what color I have decided for the house?

XOXO-

Mandy

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Discouraged about your home?

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Raise your hand if you ever get discouraged about the state of your home? Today I walked in and felt discouraged.  As soon as I walked into my house I had a blah, meh, yuck feeling.  I looked down and seen the trim to the entry of my basement and thought YUCK! The trim needs painted, the ceiling has popcorn and there’s a boring outdated light fixture. What a welcome!  A sense of dread came over me as I thought about ALL the things we still have to do to our house.

Why are we so hard on ourselves?  Why do we feel discouraged if we don’t have the best of the best? After having my pity party, I started thinking.  First of all, we have put a lot of work into this old house over the years.  There is always going to be something to work on.  I should be proud of the progress we have made and move ahead.  Is perfectly painted trim and everything in tip top shape what makes a home? No! What we should love most about our home is who we share it with.  “A house is made of walls and beams, but a home is made of love and dreams.” As I was thinking about my  mile long project list.  I started to feel ashamed.  I am going to share a few before and after pictures. I wish I had documented the process more.  I don’t have pictures of the bedrooms or bathrooms.  We may have a long way to go, but we have done so much.  We have put a lot of effort, sweat and handwork into our old house.  We have sacrificed and put  money into a home maintenance account every week so we can do projects.  It took me two years to save to get new garage doors. I sacrificed vacation one year to pay for flooring. I won’t bore you with all those details but I have scrounged and thrifted to get things in the shape I want them.

All that being said, what if we put that much effort and sacrifice into our relationships with the ones who inhabit our home? Beauty and trends will fade, but family is forever. I am going to strive to be more content.  This doesn’t mean I going to stop doing projects and decorating.  Making my home pretty makes me happy and it’s my passion.   When I see something that doesn’t measure up to my standards, I am going to try to remember how far we have come.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“For anything worth having one must pay the price; and the price is always work, patience, love, self-sacrifice.” John Burroughs

 

XOXO-

Mandy

Deck the Halls

EntryWell friends, I am finally posting my first blog post.  I wrote my first blog three months ago about budget friendly décor.  I went to Dollar General and found all kinds of trendy, cute items at great prices for you guys. Do you know what? I blogged about it and picked that post apart, until I chickened out and never shared it. I published it, but I didn’t share with anyone that the blog was up.  I am actually typing over that post tonight.  If you are confused why the date says September 5, 2017, that’s the reason!

This evening I was listening to a blogger I follow, Jennifer Allwood from the magicbrushinc.com (look her up on Facebook, she is so encouraging!) Something she spoke in a Facebook live video really pulled at my heart strings.  She talks about how we as moms must pursue our dreams and creative passions. Our kids are watching us.  Jolie has asked me for months if I have posted my first blog yet.  Each time I have given her an excuse.  Mom needs to take better pictures with the big camera, maybe after I have professional pictures taken, and the latest excuse… your mom isn’t a very good writer.  What is this showing her? That I am afraid to pursue or finish something I started.   I wanted my first post to be a project that was impressive with just the right pictures and words.  If I waited for that day, I may never post a blog.  I am not going to let fear hold me back anymore!  I am going to share the pictures of my home this holiday season.

My favorite time of year to decorate is Christmas.  There is something about dragging out all the decorations, playing Christmas music, drinking hot chocolate and decking the halls.  I wanted to keep things simple this year.  I repurposed the decorations I already had on hand.  My husband was such a trooper.  We put the tree up and half of the lights were out.  First, he replaced fifty bulbs but it kept getting worse.  Then he spent two and a half hours cutting ever single bulb out!  I am so thankful for him.   I really didn’t want to purchase a new tree until after Christmas.  Frugal is my middle name (insert Tim’s laugh) but those after Christmas sales are pretty amazing.

I decided to go with all white and gold on my tree.  The kids have their own tree in the kitchen.  I really love my gold mirror wall and wanted to let it shine!  I am still on the hunt for one or two mirrors to add to the very top.   All the mirrors, except two came from people I know and love.  How special is that? The other two mirrors came from thrift stores.  My new rug and chandelier both from Wayfair make me smile.  The chandelier was a gift from Tim and I bought the rug on the black Friday sale.

 

Below are a few pictures of my home this holiday season.

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This large thingamajig that hangs on the wall in my living room is covered with two different garlands that I intertwined together.  I had the kids go outside and cut me some sprigs off of a pine tree in our yard.  They are randomly stuck in there. I found this large looking frame thing a few years ago at Lola’s Vintage Market in Mt. Vernon, MO.  There have been all kinds of guesses to what it could be.  Several people think it’s a door off of some type of industrial machine.  If anyone knows, please let me know!

 

Here are a few pictures of my dining room.  Like I said, keeping the Christmas décor simple this year was my goal.  I think you can do little, simple touches and still love it.  I added a little more red and a few sprigs of greenery to my milk glass display.

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The last thing decorated was my front porch.  I wanted to leave the fall décor outside until after Thanksgiving.  I added some garland and more pine tree sprigs to an old wreath and added some old felt Christmas ornaments to it.  It was an easy, quick five minute project.  Every year I go to Lowes and get their free tree trimmings to add to the pots on my porch.  It’s a very inexpensive way to decorate for Christmas.  You can use the trimming to make garlands, table center pieces, or add to  vases.  Really, the possibilities are endless.   The smell of the trimmings is yummy!

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Thank you for taking the time to read my first… well second blog post.  It feels like an accomplishment to share it.  Tidings of Joy my friends.

XOXO-

Mandy