Monday, July 30, 2018

Lucite and Gold

I think my favorite home decor accessory has to be anything Lucite & Gold...
Well actually I have so many faves, blue and white potted orchids are another fave.
But I will say I am a sucker for lucite...oh.. and gold... if I didn't mention that already.

And I finally got handles put on the cabinet in the living room. Which is a far cry and step above from the screws that were sticking out as a safety hazard for several weeks....I don't know why I agonized over which pulls I would use... I ended up going with the same ones,
I used on our Entertainment Center last year.

You can purchase these at Hobby Lobby, I just adore these handles, I have also used them in my camper, they are just so versatile, chic and transitional. They really mix with any kind of decor.




In other news, I worked this weekend on my bedroom makeover,
 so I should have some progress for you on that soon!

Hope you all have a fantastic start to your week!



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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

DIY Farmhouse Baby Ring Sling

So I did a thing... I made a baby ring sling...
I ordered a couple of cute ones, but since they were handmade they aren't going to ship till around the beginning of August. Well, that just wasn't cutting it... I need to be hands free and like now...
So I got my sewing machine out and decided to make my own.
I then discovered that some how my sewing machine broke and after several hours of jacking around with it, sweating my makeup off, and nearly throwing it through the window, my husband came in and fixed it in five minutes... go figure...

But the point is, I got it made and now I can wear this handsome little devil
 whilst doing whatever I want...Almost...

I looked up several tutorials and there are some good ones on how to show you how to sew them...I want to be clear, I'm a crappy sewer, this isn't really to show you how to sew.. my stitches are super atrocious... I wanted to show you more how to assemble it and loop it.
There's a lot of written instructions on the interwebs, but hardly any good pictures, and if you're like me... I'm super visual...I just couldn't wrap my mind around how to loop it with just words...
 so I hope this little tutorial can help someone like me out there.

First things First...

 You are going to pick out your material,
I did a thin lightweight chambray looking material.
I bought 3 1/2 yards, but you only need 2 1/2 yards for your sling.



Fold the fabric in half length ways and cut it. You only need it to be between 27"-30" wide.. you should have enough to make two slings if you want.

So take your fabric and thread it through both rings.
I got my rings here



Next you will fold the fabric over and sew. I folded mine down maybe 8-10".
I pleated the fabric with pens and then did three rows of stitches.
My stitching is rough... like I said I am no seamstress, but its holding and it's strong.
This is the inside.

And here is the outside.
Next place the outside stitched side with the rings facing down over your shoulder...

Wrap the fabric across your back and bring up and pull through both rings.

Spread rings apart.
And take fabric and loop over the top ring.

And under the bottom ring. Just like a belt loop buckle.

Then pull to tighten.

Adjust how needed to get it ready to place baby in.

Place baby inside and then pull the fabric tail to adjust as needed.
And...ta-da.... you know have a perfectly imperfect DIY Ring Sling.
It's not the prettiest, but he doesn't seem to mind as you can see...
he just wants to be close to mommy;)

If you feel like this may be too much to conquer,
I have listed some baby rings slings for purchase.


I would like to get my sewing skills honed down so I could make some of these and list in my Etsy .
I think there is a shortage of super cute farmhouse style slings.
So who knows, maybe a future business venture:)
I have a feeling I will have a lot of practice time in the future
;)




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Monday, July 23, 2018

Fresh Garden Tomatoes on a Monday

Happy Monday,
 it's quiet today on the farm as we settle back in to our weekly routine.
This spring I planted some tomato plants and some blackberries.
I went out this weekend during those blistering 108 temps to pick my first harvest of tomatos..
It was so hot some of them were already jumping off the plant
:)


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Sunday, July 22, 2018

One Month Old

Well we did it, we successfully kept our child alive.
He came 5 weeks early on June 22,
 we were totally unprepared and scared out of our minds,
we just didn't know it yet...

 As any parent is aware,
becoming a brand new parent is probably the single most scary thing... EVER...
You leave the hospital after they have made you watch videos about co-sleeping, SIDS, Shaken baby syndrome...etc. and you're left thinking "am I even qualified to raise this child"?
No really... how is this even legal, shouldn't you have to take a test?
Those first few nights of life with a newborn are just so stinking hard.
You're exhausted, you have a million hormones cruising through your worn out body and to top it off you're shining your cell phone flash light on his face every 3 seconds to make sure he's breathing.
But we are here, we made it... we made some mistakes,
learned some lessons and spent several hundreds or dollars....


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Friday, July 20, 2018

New Slip Cover & Chandelier

I wanted to do a living room update and link some of our items on the blog here. It has undergone a few changes recently, and the number one question I get asked on Instagram is where did I find my slipcover? Followed by, where is that mirror from?

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Chasing that bounce-back...a postpartum journey

* First let me apologize for the low quality pics, probably going to be that way for a bit...

So... I had a baby... if you don't follow me on Instagram, you may or may not know that...

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

A MODERN FARMHOUSE CAMPER ~ THE REVEAL AND AN INSANE STORY

It's taken me a while to get to the point of  being able to show you the camper.
We started this project back in October of 2016, you can check out the bIefore here. We originally bought this camper so that my husband would have a place to live while he did a 10 month Army School up in Missouri. The Army was not willing to provide barracks so renting an apartment up there would have been so much money.... but the camper ended up working out so good and ended up saving us money in the end.

This post is about the reveal and the insane story of how we pretty much got our camper for free.

I have included picture links to the products I have purchased for the camper.
These are affiliate links, please see our disclosure for full details. 

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

DIY Vintage Book Stacks

Hey guys! I hope your week is starting off really good, 
I have two Dr.'s Apt, this week so that always puts a damper in the middle of my week. 
I hate having to stop what I'm doing to routine check ups.. but such is life!
A while back I made these super cute vintage book stacks for my living room and I knew I wanted some for my nursery, you can see that reveal here.
So, I wanted to share with you how I make these super simple DIY uncovered book stacks.
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Friday, May 18, 2018

Garden Update: We have Blackberries and Tomatoes!!

Ever since we moved to our property, I have wanted to create a garden of sorts. 
You can read about my original plans here
Once I got chickens however, my ideas changed.
I moved from wanting a flower garden and something just pretty to look at to wanting a more functional farmstead. Don't get me wrong, I still desire is to "look good" but I'm really wanting to embrace the whole till the earth/live of the land... just a little bit...
I can't tell you how happy it makes me to be able to give you an update!
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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

New livingroom rug and a redesigned wall

Ever since I started designing the nursery, 
I knew I needed to make some changes 
to our living room and dining room.... and even our kitchen.
You know when you redo one room and you love it so much and you feel like it makes all the other rooms look like crap? Well that's totally what our nursery did to the rest of our house.
So, I decided to make some changes. Since I am not working anymore and will not return to work after the baby is born, I decided to think about what I love and what I can live with long term, especially since I won't have extra money to be changing things on a whim.... and I love farmhouse decor. I mean I'm trying to run a blog on the basis of "Raising a Farmhouse" and there for a while my home decor was going away from the Farmhouse aspect... 
So when I think about what I love the most about farmhouse decor, it has to be jute rugs, ticking stripe patterns, blue and white china, crystal chandeliers, neutral colors, oh and white pitchers....
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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

French Farmhouse Nursery Reveal: One Room Challenge

Welcome friends! If you are new to my site, thank you for stopping by! I honestly didn't know whether or not I would be able wrap up this project for the final reveal in time or not. With all the shenanigans we have had at the farm with the snakes and the chickens, to Dr.'s Apts. to just last minute set backs, this Spring ORC has truly been a challenge.
But as with most things, anything worth while is usually a challenge!
So, I'm dying to give you a tour of OUR French Farmhouse Nursery!
Raising A Farmhouse
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Thursday, May 3, 2018

I made the curtain: Week 5 ORC

I'm a bit late on my 5th week ORC post,
 usually I have my alarm set and I'm ready to hit publish by the start time, 
but this week, not so much!
I'm officially in my third Trimester and I'm starting to feel it... I worked my tail off over the weekend, even tho I feel like I don't have much to show for it, I still worked it off, and come Monday morning, I was like "wait. Hold Up. I'm tired."
So I have been trying to play catch up ever since. This weekend will be another busy weekend, as I scramble to get his room together!
But let's get on with it, and I'll show you what I need to still do...
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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Furniture Makeover: Week 4~ One Room Challenge

Week four is all wrapped up and we are now heading into week 5!
I can't believe this challenge is almost over... I feel  like this one is zooming by faster then the last.
When I look at the room, I feel like I haven't accomplished much, but when I take a look at my list, I have really knocked out some large items. 
What I don't have yet, is on order too... so that's good news.
For week four I really focused on getting the furniture painted, 
the wood ceiling finished, and the extra decor ordered or bought and cleaning out the shelves.
And as you can see, I got my bedding in! I love it!!!!
It's from Restoration Hardware and it looks so stinking pretty on that crib!
I still need to steam it, but I just had to put it on and show you:)
So this gem of a dresser made its debut in the first week of my post.
This is how she originally looked too..
I got this dresser given to me by a friend, it was her mom's and had been sitting in their garage for quite some time. Her husband wanted it out... here's where I come in...and get this, he actually said to me, "Are you sure you want this? It's just MDF crap!...lol I strapped it on to my husband's back as quickly as I could and made haste out of that garage!
I have seen women pay big money for MDF crap!! LOL  I actually ran a booth back in 2013-2014 time frame at one of those little antique malls and so they gave it to me to redo and sale in my booth... but I loved it so much... I knew eventually if I had a child I would want to use it in the nursery,
so I held on to it for that long and not painting it to see what
I would have and how I would want it to look.
And here is the final result.
I started off with a base coat of Rustoleum Aged Grey Chalk paint.
I then sealed that coat with a polyacrylic top coat and applied a
coat of Sweet Pickens Milk Paint in Flour Sack.
I wanted the dresser to really be chippy and have the grey chipping through the white coat.
Well that's  not really what I got...here's where I get angry {sorry}, Milk paint is such a fickle bitch!
If you want that shit to peel, it won't and when you want it to stay and you add a bonding agent, it still peels. I thought by sealing the coat of chalk paint it would provide a non porous surafce for the Milk paint to chip... and usually it does... I had no problems when I did my fireplace, but this time it didn't... and when it did in {very small spots}, it ended up peeling up the chalk paint.
I was frustrated and pissed, because as usual, things weren't looking like how I thought they should look in my head. But I remembered, I had some clear wax and aging dust.
So I ended up dry brushing on some more of the Aged Grey paint, 
just lightly over the white and then thicker on the edges.
In the end, I ended up very happy with the results, even after all the bitching and moaning.
It looked as close as It could have in my head with out completely chipping all over. 
And do you remember this piece? I talked about it in my first post..
This was part of my child hood furniture from when 
I was around 7 or 8 till I graduated high school...
I think it was some part of the desk system.. it was a whole matching suite...
Anyways, along time ago, my parents brought  it over, not sure why and not sure why they even kept it. But they wanted it out of their house and dumped it off at mine.. but I'm so glad they did, because I was able to make it over into a changing table station.
I ended up  adding legs, and a top railing. 
I did the same process as the other dresser and again, it chipped even less.. 
but by then, I could care less... I was pretty much already defeated...
But I am somewhat happy with how it came out and I'm happy it has sentimental value.
It may not look it, but it is pretty large and it fits a changing pad, I just haven't gotten one yet...
I also may get new handles... my husband likes them, but I'm not sure I do. 
I just don't think he wants to potentially drill any holes.
So here is the plan....

1. We wood the ceiling to give it a bit of a masculine flare.
2. Paint the room with a fresh coat of paint.
3. Repaint the furniture in the room like the dresser and the little (I don't even know what you call it) it was mine when I was a kid in my room and I'm converting it to use as a changing station.
4. Buy the Crib, Mattress and Bedding.
5. Make window treatments
6. Buy ceiling medallion and hang light correctly.
7. Get a nice Rocker
8. Rug
9. Wall D├ęcor (vintage and new)
10. Decorate Shelves and add extra storage.
11. Layers of Texture
12. Try not spend an absolute fortune..... {update: too late...}

I ordered the ceiling medallion, the rocker, a little lamb rocker and I need to make the window treatments... and then just get everything decorated, layered, set up and ready to photograph.
As you can see, I got the shelves cleaned off, 
I need to clean and maybe do some touch up painting on them.
So... I will have a very busy week 5!
But I wanted to share the general look and layout of the room with you! It feels so good to have this room cleaned out. I'm so ready to see the final reveal!
Thanks for stopping by!


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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Fresh Coat of White: Week Three ~ORC

There isn't much news to share for the third week, I was hoping to have more done, but I have been slacking a bit... I did order some things such has bedding, but the weather has been nice out and I have just been wanting to be outside..
But I made a list, and I'm going to knock some things out this weekend! I have way too much to do, to just hope it gets magically done...
But my sweet parents did come over and paint the nursery and they gave it coat of Valspar Ultra White. I love how much brighter this space is looking!
As you can see, we did order the crib and Ms. Snugs was all about investigating it.
More to come soon you guys! This room will get more interesting...I promise!!




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