Monday, August 14, 2017

Projects Galore and Bucket Lists

The past week or so, I feel like I have been turning in circles. I have about 4 projects going right now and I'm sure in true Summer fashion I will add one more to the back burner.
I am a perpetual starter of the things.
Finishing however, is not exactly my strong suit.

But I did start something that has been a long time coming and something that 
I can now finally cross off my bucket list.

I started taking a photography class.
It's something I have always wanted to do, even way back in college, but because DSLR camera's were way out of an art students budget, it just never happened.

But my sweet husband sent me my birthday present early...brownie points for that guy!
my very first DSLR!
I was so pumped.
I got it last Thursday, quickly realized I had no idea what I was doing and searched for a class on Friday, found it and started it on Saturday,

And it was the best decision I have made in quite some time..
I'm already learning so much and my photos are already brighter and crisper.

Switching to a DSLR over a point and shoot was the best decision hands down.
The depth of field is already so much more amazing and
 I'm learning about camera lenses, bokeh and so much more.

Although, this baby is so crisp, I'm going to have to do a better job of cleaning my house now!
 he he...
but that's ok, it's worth it!

I'm slipcovering some chairs in the living room and it's taking forever, mainly cause it's hard for me to get going on the sewing machine and I had to custom dye the fabric!
Ugh yes... I went all over town looking for a linen type, tobacco colored fabric... nothing... could't find it... so I ordered online... what they sent me ended up being 1/2 a shade darker then the chair... 
Seriously? I hate when the color is misleading on-line...
Then when I did find some tobacco colored linen... it was $30 a yd... I already underestimated my measely 8 yds I bought, I thought I could get two covers out of that... nope... just one... that would have been $240 per chair cover?
No way...

So I found some semi descent fabric at Hobby Lobby and I dyed it myself... and I love the color!
Perfect for the fall!

And speaking of fall...
So who's already decorated? Are you planning your decor yet?
I'm currently working on mine and plan to go a little richer and deeper with the hues this year.. just a little... not much... I'm still very much neutral!

I really just wanted to pop in and say hi, I hope you all have a fantastic Monday!

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Simple Farmhouse Bowls by Dowan

Happy Friday Friends!
Another work week down, can I get an Amen?

Every once in a while I am lucky enough to get to work with a brand and
 showcase there products on the blog. 
Oh how I love those times:)

So I'm super excited to introduce to you the Dowan 32oz Porcelain Bowl.

Farmhouse Dishes


Monday, July 31, 2017

A Grand Leaning Mirror~Now That's a Mirror

There is just something about a large grand focal piece in a room.
My personal favorite, is a giant mirror.
Mirrors add a touch of elegance, they reflect light and give your room an overall larger appearance.
And... when you find one with gorgeous carved detail...
well friends...
that's just icing on the cake

Monday, July 24, 2017

DIY Limed Oak Faux Finish with paint ~ Cerused Oak

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I  don't know about you guys, but I had a fantastic weekend, the husband got a 
surprise class cancellation on Thursday and was able to high tail it home that night and we got to spend a much needed weekend together, just hanging out, 
eating good eats and working on projects around the house!
Of course it goes by way too fast and you're left wondering where the weekend went and how can it be time to leave on Sunday already?

But, I took advantage of Sunday evening and decided to put together my blog post for my recipe on how to fake Cerused Oak, Limed Oak... Pickled wood... whatever people call it these days:)

DIY Faux Finish with paint Limed Oak


Monday, July 17, 2017

A Farmhouse Living Room Refresh

 It's safe to say that I'm glad this weekend is over... I don't usually say that, but this weekend was especially difficult.  Saturday was my husbands birthday and it also marks the month that we have been separated for six months now... not a marital separation... but an Army one..
and quite frankly I'm over and done with it. I don't think we have gotten to celebrate his birthday together in over 5-6 years... something always comes up or in between us...mainly the Army and while there are many benefits to living the military life, it does take a toll and I was feeling that toll this weekend. In fact, I was throwing myself a big ole' pity party.. but I don't even care... 
I deserved it...

It was also amplified by the death of my favorite hen.... I believe the fox struck again, she was just gone, with nothing but a pile of her beautiful lavender feathers left behind.
I don't really want to even write about it, other than to say it sucks. Big Time.

So needless to say, I needed something to take my mind off of things and it was either burn the house down, or refresh a few items...obvs I chose the latter:)


Monday, July 10, 2017

Epoxy Countertops that look like Marble

Oh my goodness you guys, it's been a cool minute since I have even thought about this blog! I was on such a good roll and then life just happened, by life I mean crazy DIY's, cause that is life...holla! 
But I wanted to share with you some exciting news...
I have finally finished my kitchen makeover....again.....

So what turned out to be 'I'm just going to redo the countertops'
pretty much turned into a full on REDO!
But i'm not mad! 
I'm in love, and it turned out better than I could have even imagined!
DIY Marble Countertops


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Young Living Essential Oils~ Why I'm Sold

I was recently contacted by Samantha with DewDrop Collective to try out some samples of Young Living Essential oils.  I honestly think I'm one of the only people on God's green earth that has absolutely no knowledge on the benefits of therapeutic oils.

But I was eager to see what all the hub bub  was about!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Limed Oak Doors, New Counter Tops and Broken Hen

I feel like this weekend just zoomed by, I got a lot accomplished but nothing finished. If that makes any sense?  I have been on such a consistent blogging roll these past two weeks, that I was fretting... cause here it was Sunday night and I had nothing prepared in the draft section... so I hem hawed and debated on rushing through a few things and then I thought....hold up... that's dumb... 
a. no one cares
b. no one cares....


Friday, June 2, 2017

Five on Friday~ A Reflection of the Week

 Good Morning and Happy Friday!
If you are like me, you are already summarizing what all you need to do and how you can fit it all into two microscopic days, cause you just know it's going to fly by!

I shared an IG post yesterday about how much time I basically waste in the evenings after work... it mostly consists of me walking around the house...looking at all the things I need to do, start to do it, and then sit down at the computer or go outside and work on something different...
I swear it's the same can call it Tuesday...every single day of the week...


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Blue and White Planters for the front porch

It's no secret that I'm in love with blue and white. I fell in love with it when I got my first Ginger Jar at the swapmeet a few years ago.  I had told myself I was going to start a collection several years ago, but something happened (not quite sure what, life probably) and it just got put on the back burner.
I had been trying to figure out what and how (design wise)
I was going to spruce up my outdoor areas.

Monday, May 29, 2017

A Modern Farmhouse Bathroom ~ Refresh

Good Morning! I hope your having a fantastic holiday weekend...
I had a great one with my Mr. here at home just catchin up on house chores and projects and enjoying spending some time with friends and family. But now, he is on the road headed back to FT. Leonard Wood... Sniff Sniff....

Big thanks to all those that serve, have served and have sacrificed the ultimate for our country.

So I wanted to share with you guys what I have been up to on this fine Memorial Monday...

Friday, May 26, 2017

Five On Friday: A Reflection of the Week

Good Morning! Oh, and happy Friday!! Can I get an Amen?!
My hubby is back in town for the holiday, he hasn't been home in over two months...
so you know he's knee deep in some DIY' rest for the weary over here!
But before you go think'in I'm tyrant,
he enjoys it...really...

So I'm doing my first Five on Friday post, cause last Friday I didn't exactly follow directions...
always a rule breaker­čśĆ

So I shall start with this... 

1. I discovered link partys..."que angels"... what rock have I been under? 
Not sure...
but I'm glad I slithered out from under it and joined the rest of blogging society...
I have been having a blast linking up and meeting new bloggers!


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Chicken Coop and Garden Update

It's been a while since I posted a chicken coop & garden update... but honestly it's been a while since I have have really updated the chicken coop and there's that...
You can see the post and before pics of the area here

Monday, May 22, 2017

Vintage. Modern. Floral. Laundry Room ~ Progress

First I would like to say, I expected to be way further along then this. I started designing my floral laundry room project here, before the ORC with just a few things to finish up,
but these few things are taking quite some time.
I had planned to have my stenciling done by Friday night and then I could move onto my counter-top (the one in the laundry room) this weekend.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Modern French Country Dining Room Progress

Almost another week down! I'm so ready, between work, DIYing,
 trying to exercise and lets not forget trying to break a broody hen, I'm pooped!
 I'm looking forward to chilling this weekend and finishing up on some small things....

 So at the end of my ORC reveal,
I talked about making some changes to my kitchen and dining area. I also talked about going to back to my eclectic and french country roots. I talked about how I came to a realization while doing the ORC, that I keep fighting against what my house really is instead of embracing it. I got on the "Modern Farmhouse" bandwagon and instead of incorporating modern here and there, I had to go all out and try to convert my home into a modern farmhouse. I had even schemed of a way on how I could paint my house and make the exterior look more modern.
I honestly don't know what broke my spell, but what ever it was, I'm glad it did. I'm not modern, I like modern aspects, but I like french, rustic, chinoiserie and farmhouse aspects as well. 
And that's exactly what I have decided to do, a mix of all.  I am no longer going to limit my style, define my style and most certainly, I'm not going to compromise my style.
No, I'm just going to do me.


Friday, May 12, 2017

The ORC Aftermath: A Before and After Comparison

Maybe it's all this "free time" I have now or maybe I'm just not sure how to function any other way then 'under the gun' but I wanted to show a side by side comparison of the One Room Challenge I completed. I have been clearing out stuff and loading the trailer to take to the curb this weekend...and picking up after the aftermath of what is the ORC... and it got me thinking... I never really did show super good before pics... mostly cause I was embarrassed that the room looked like that. Now that it is all finished, I only feel it's right  my duty to show you how it really looked.
 Besides, who doesn't love a good before and after!
I have linked most of my products and or similar items in my 
original reveal post you can find that here.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

One Room Challenge Week 6~ It's Show Time

It's show time folks!
Cue the Curtains! Dim the Lights!
Just kidding,
 I actually changed them out so they would be brighter!

You guys, I can't believe I made it to the finale of week 6, 
when I think back to the beginning and challenges of this room,
 and lets not forget painting that ceiling,
I. WANT. TO. CRY... 
to cry I tell seriously... tears of JOY of course:)

I'm especially proud of this room because I did it 100% on my own. As I have mentioned probably a gazillion times, my husband is Active Army and currently stationed at FT. Leonard Wood, so on this challenge, the cheese stood alone (that's me, if you didn't get that cheese reference;)

Not to beat a dead horse, but I did it all.. painting, tiling, cutting, sawing, nailing, hanging, cleaning, staging, etc... you get it... but I just wanted to make sure... on account of me being so proud and all...

This Challenge taught me that I am capable of so much more than I give myself credit for, it also forced me to put myself out there and socialize and meet new bloggers, and it has been wonderful. I'm super outgoing in person, but shy on the internet... I know backwards right... but for me, I like being able to read people in person, facial expressions body language, etc. So it was nice to be encouraged to talk to folks that otherwise, I would have never known about.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

One Room Challenge: Week 5, Picking up the pieces

I can't believe we are nearing the end of the one room challenge! 
I have one week, officially, 
to finish this massive room and I'm feeling the pressure­čśô
As I mentioned in the last post, I went to Ft. Leonard Wood 
to visit my husband who is stationed there until OCT., it was a great visit, 
other than it poured buckets of rain the entire time I was there... 
I also barely made it out... almost all roads were flooded and an entire 
section of the interstate was flooded.
 So, I had to drive an hour north just to go back south... whew! 
I'm glad that's done and as they say,
 there's no place like home.

So, I believed once I got home, 
I would just jump back on the transformation train and 
whip this room right out... 
ya...freaking... right.... 
when I say I have been lacking motivation... well... that's an understatement.
So what do I have to show you for a solid week? 
Not much!
Like seriously... 
here's a stack of pillows....
and the fabric that was suppose to be pillows by now.


Thursday, April 27, 2017

One Room Challenge: Week 4~ The Making of a Fireplace

Good Morning! 
Yes, I absolutely wanted to greet you with a sneak peak of my vintage gallery wall. 
You bet your arse I couldn't wait to start decorating... an no the room is not complete... and yes I put up this wall... because... I had to do something... going weeks and weeks without seeing any decor was just killing me... so I had to throw this together to see if it would stick and... I love it!


Thursday, April 20, 2017

One Room Challenge: Week 3 ~ It's the Little Things

Good Morning friends, here we are, already to week three of the One Room Challenge.
The second week was rough for me, you can read about that here.
Also, here is the post for Week One if you are just now joining in on the fun.
This week I feel better, I got a lot of things accomplished, mostly little things but those are the ones that sneak up and bite you in the end, so I'm not mad about it... ya dig?

For the most part, the painting is done, except for a few spots here and there... I honestly had to move on to something else, cause quite frankly I was about to lose my mind
 if I had to hold that paint brush any longer.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

One Room Challenge: Week Two

I'm going to be real with this post... 
also this is a WARNING... 
these pics aren't pretty, 
they aren't IG worthy and... if I'm to be honest,
 they make me a little discouraged.

So here it is the good, the bad, and the ugly, but mostly the UGLY.
I want to quit.
Yup you read that right, I wish I had some amazing banter that was so cool to read and was up-lifting, but the truth is, right now this sucks and I have had a little voice in my head whispering sweet negative b.s. throughout this entire process enticing me to quit.
But alas, I do not and will not quit.
The photo below depicts me for the last week. In the midst of the suck, just sluggin
it out, tryin to get this beast of a room painted.
Even my poor saint of a Mother has been in on this trying to help me.

It's so bad, my folks keep asking me, "what do you get if you win this challenge" lol
I keep telling them nothing... it's just a d├ęcor challenge.. you get a decorated room at the end.... but they keep looking at  me blankly....

So ya...that's how it's been going this week... that question/answer combo pretty much sums it up...

Thursday, April 6, 2017

One Room Challenge:The Design Mood

Hello! I'm so excited to be participating as a guest, in the One Room Challenge!
If you are new to Raising a Farmhouse, here's a bit of background...
I'm an Army wife, my husband is an Active Duty Army Soldier, but he is full time with the Oklahoma National Guard, so we are lucky in the fact that we don't move around!
We bought our 3rd and hopefully final home in 2012 and have slowly been designing it out of the 'taupe madness' that was 2007. I hate taupe. Like really hate it. But I love greige, just throwin that out there... we have five acres in the country and I'm slowly creating a farmstead, my husband is not too sold on the idea... but I think it's brilliant:)

Monday, March 27, 2017

DIY Faux Cement Tile

Well good morning! 
I bet you thought I had long forgotten about this project...
 nah... it just takes me forever to actually get anything completed.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Sputnik Light and New Dining Chairs

 It's been a whirl wind of a time folks!
I typically have very boring evening and weekends, but every so often I will cram a what feels a life time of events into one weekend.... And that was this weekend.
I had a great time, catching up with old friends, installing art in a salon (exciting) and delivering my finished large commissioned art piece....but I'm glad it's over.

So a lot is going on over at my house and as usual, I have started and not finished many things. 
I started the laundry room and the guest bath and in between those re-vamped 
the living and the dining room....

I have been on a mission to find a good balance between modern, casual and country. It hasn't been easy, and I'm not 100% done, but I wanted to show you what I'm working with so far.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

My DIY Peloton~Peloton Life Hack

Good Morning friends!
I hope we are having a great start to this fine Wednesday morning.
It's always such a long week after having an extra long weekend.

I want to share with you what I'm doing lately for my health.
I'm so excited about this, but I need to state that this is NOT my original idea.
A sweet lady from My Purse Strings blog did all the original leg work.

But none the less, I had to share how awesome this is!
Have you heard of the super amazing/expensive Peloton Indoor Cycling Bike?
It's this high tech interactive full spinning class complete with spin instructors that stream live or on demand through your Ipad or Peloton bike if you have one...

I have wanted one ever since I first saw it a couple years ago.
But I did not want to pay over $2500 (with shipping)
I had actually contemplated it and even thought of vigorously saving up for one.

I started spinning last April before we took our vacation and I loved it.
I saw amazing results and my legs were looking bomb (if I do say so myself)
But as usual once the vaction was over, I quit going... cause it was a bit of a hassle and so much easier to just go upstairs and use my treadmill.
I become quite the hermit during the winter months anyways and don't 
like to get out more than I have too...

So here came the Peloton idea... great solution for me...but the price...

One day at work I was telling my CPT and 1SG (I work for an Active Army recruiting unit) 
how amazing they were (the bikes, not them) and they joked about if I gave them $3K they would build a computer on a bike and record themselves spinning for

Later on that evening, it did make me think... not about them doing that for me...
but maybe there is a way to make my own.

That's when I found Michelle's post on her blog.
I was overwhelmed with excitement!
I literally ordered everything on that Sunday.

If you buy a Peloton bike you have to pay for the subscription that streams through it, 
it's $39 a month.

I'm doing the iPhone app for $12.99...
The difference...
for $39 it's interactive through the Peloton Bike... you get your stats, you can communicate with others and the instructors, they give shout outs and what not,  which would be kinda cool and probably motivating...
But not for $2000 dollars more for the bike and $26 more a month...
I could care less about for realz...

So for me the app on a cheaper (but great quality) bike is just perfect.

I got a mount for my iPad mini and it's great! It can adjust and move at any angle.

You can purchase the bike and mount here.

I bought the upgraded version of the bike and spent a little more, it has the spd clip pedals for the spin shoes. They would have been a separate purchase for around $50 plus I would have had to change them out. The extra $75 for the bike was worth it to me for that alone.

Here are the shoes I purchased.
I love them. I feel like I get more from the workout wearing these shoes... now you don't have to use these with the bike, they have cages where you can slip your feet in with reg shoes in..

Ok so these shoes will say they're clipless... but they have to have clips... they are just inset so you can actually walk around in them.

However, I'm not sure if I got screwed.. but my shoes only came with base plates not the actual clips so I had to order them. 
I got these and they fit the shoes and the bike.

The bike was super easy to put together, I did it by myself  in like 20-30 minutes... it just consisted of putting on the base, handles and the pedals, which was super easy....

It looks great, is fully adjustable and got great reviews. 
This brand is a leading brand in indoor cycling bikes.

I have already done 5 classes and they are amazing, there are over 4600 on demand classes and you can take  live classes that are offered 10 times a day at several different times, 
so really you can fit a workout in at any time of the day.
I love doing my workouts at home, I hated going on base and trying to fight all the old people for a spin bike... they know who's new and who's taking "their spot" ...for me it's just easier and the classes are more challenging and I get a new instructor and different kind of ride every day if I want...
and I do cause I get bored easily.

I wanted to share another amazing product that I use.
I don't sweat much... I don't know why... but I can do the same workout at someone else with the same energy output and the other person is drenched and I still have my full face of make up intact. It's a bit annoying, I feel like I retain water more because of this.

 I wanted something that would target my stomach area specifically... it's always the last place to go for me, so anything that aides in that progression is welcome in my book.
I love these two products, I encourage you to read the reviews and make your own informed decision.
It does make me sweat... alot.. so I'm sure a normal sweater will sweat buckets.

This post is not sponsored, I'm just really pumped about these products 
and wanted to share them with you.

So Basically instead of paying 25 hundo I paid $485 for everything...
I can handle that...

You can check out Michelle's original blog post here

Happy Spinning friends!


Monday, February 20, 2017

Farmhouse Living Room Restyle

Happy Monday friends,
hopefully you have this day off and are out and about enjoying it... 

It's been a while since I did a living room update, and I wanted to share with you the current look.
It's no secret that this room is ever changing and I am honestly never satisfied with anything I do...
Until Now!
Currently I am loving the look.
And I feel like it's going to stay around for a while... so I hope you enjoy it as well;)

I bought this red rug right before Christmas, I decided I needed to add some color for 2017 and I fell instantly head over heels for this Turkish rug.

I had also bought this rocking horse back in September and held on to it. I didn't display it cause it was a very dark color and I hadn't gotten around to giving it a coat of paint.
I painted her up with a coat of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White and now I'm loving the vibe it brings to the living room. Plus they say rocking horses in a home are suppose to bring good luck... I need all that I can get... you feel me?

I had these linen club chairs that I had purchased before the sofa, but when I bought our sectional I thought they may be over kill, so I hauled them upstairs and put them in our 2nd living room.
Well they were getting absolutely no use, other than being used as a scratching post for the cat... so last weekend I hauled them back down.. and honestly, I'm kinda loving them down here... 
I can never get enough tufted linen...

Last week I shared on IG, how I bought some pattern pillows, but to my dismay, they were a disaster... so I reordered some solid ivory ones {which was my original plan, but I was trying to be bold} ya... never go against who you really are....

I love the look of these and I feel like it adds enough focal and dimension to the sofa without distracting the eye.

I really wanted to keep the focus on the rug and let it be the anchor to the room.

I picked up this darling throw last week.
I'm a sucker for tassels...fringe...

Here's a link to it.

I have a few more things I want to get, like maybe some faux sheep skins for the seats of the chairs...
 I feel like the room needs a little texture.

But other than that, I'm loving it.
You can shop this look here, there are also a few links to a couple different throw options. I bought the two pack, one ivory and one black and white stripe and put it in my dining room! I love them, they are really great quality!!

Thanks for stopping by!

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