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Chalk Painted Media Cabinet

I’m one of those people who doesn’t care for a TV sitting out in the open in the main living area of a house. I hate for it to be the “center of attention” in the room. We only have one living area in our home, so when we bought the house, we bought a media cabinet for the black box. We found this one at “Kiss it Good Buy” in historic downtown Grapevine, Tx. If you ever get a chance to shop there, you should! SO many great higher end items on consignment (we also got our antique dining set there). Anyway, this cabinet was white and I was in love with red at the time, so I painted the cabinet “Emporer’s Silk” by Annie Sloan. No judging here, please, as this was my first ever piece of furniture to paint! I look at it and cringe. Anyway, recently, she got an update in white chalk paint and I’m loving it!

Here’s a before pic in the red that I was SO sick of. This picture was taken 3 Christmases ago. That’s the last time I intentionally photographed the cabinet. Since then, it’s mostly been left out of photos!! It’s amazing how styles and decor tastes change over time!

So, moving on to better things….. 🙂

Here’s how she looks today! I’m still contemplating whether I want to distress it or not, and I need to add the finishing coat of wax. But let me tell you just how much I’m loving the change!

I’ve been waiting for months to dress the cabinet up with these beautiful knobs from Anthropologie!

So, what do you think? Better??

Maybe one day I’ll have a second living area the TV can find a home in, but until then, a pretty cabinet will do just fine.

Till the next time,

Kassie

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Decorating with Fresh Flowers (Doesn’t Have to be Expensive)

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I have this thing for fresh flowers. No, not the big expensive bouquets (though sometimes those are nice, too), but just the simple little bunch you can pick from your yard or buy on a regular trip to the grocery store. This year, I realized I’ve been on a roll and I’ve had fresh flowers every few weeks since springtime. They just seem to make a space happier. And happiness for about $6 is pretty great! 🙂 Almost as great as my happiness in a Starbucks cup for $4.93.

I thought I’d share a few pictures of the different flowers I’ve had so far this spring and summer (since it HAS been forever since I’ve updated the blog). Do I even have readers left??

This year, I have a Hydrangea bush, and though it’s not doing much now, I did have these big beautiful pink blooms. And Hydrangea dry beautifully, so you can use them longer.

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This bunch of Babies’ Breath caught my attention at the store, was cheap, but I couldn’t handle the smell. I never realized how awful they smell! It was literally making me nauseous, and my kids were complaining, so these went to the front porch till they dried up! I don’t know where they got their name. My babies always had sweet breath. They shoulda named these “toddler’s breath”. My kids have THE stinkiest breath in the mornings. UGH.

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They got replaced with these fresh twigs/leaves from a tree my hubby was trimming in our yard. Can’t get better than FREE, right?

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And then there was this cute little bunch my hubby picked up when we had company coming for dinner. He got them at Wal-Mart for $6.

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And look at these beautiful tulips! These were the most expensive at $10, but they came in a HUGE bunch. I love the way they gracefully drape, but they didn’t last too long.

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When the tulips started getting too droopy, I cut them down and kept on going until they absolutely looked awful!! Gotta get that ten dollars’ worth!! Ha! (And you really can’t see them well in this picture, but hey, it’s a pretty picture!)

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Here’s a loner, but still looking pretty in one of the vases we got at our wedding shower (almost 7 years ago)!!! Where has the time gone?!

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So there you have it! You CAN have fresh flowers without spending a fortune. Just a couple tips (although I’m not a pro) for keeping them looking fresh longer:

  1. Cut stems at a slant and put cut flowers in lukewarm water and bulb flowers in cold water.
  2. Change the water out every couple days.
  3. Give them food….flower food. They like to eat too. 🙂

My hubby sent me this bouquet from Farmgirl Flowers on Valentines Day this year. They are gorgeous. I’ve always told him I’d rather have something I can keep for the house, or something to wear. But, I’d become obsessed with this particular place, and had told him I’d love to have some. I don’t really think he remembered – I have my BFF to thank…. hahaha….but he came through. 😉 Anyway, in all honesty, though I loved these flowers, I’m just as happy with the simple little bouquets I bring home from the market. I told him he can go back to regular programming next year…..

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So there you have it! Go buy some fresh flowers and see if they put a smile on your face and make the room happy! And check out my links below for some really cute vases. I have the DARLING Kate Spade one, but for some reason, none of these flowers ended up in that vase. It’s holding important things on my dresser….

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Till the next time,

Kassie


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Wichita County Heritage Society Preservation Award

Hello friends! Wow, I logged in on WordPress and realized I haven’t updated the blog in 2 months! Goodness…

Anyhow, here I am to tell you something I’m so excited about! We got a congratulatory letter in the mail about a month ago announcing we had been selected to receive a Residential Preservation Award from our Heritage Society. The award (and I quote) is “in recognition of the successful effort to preserve a piece of Wichita County history through historic preservation”. Y’all, we were so shocked and grateful! This has made my year! 🙂

If you’ve followed my blog very long, you know I love history and I love old homes. So that means I love the history behind the old homes. Living in our home and restoring it has been a dream come true. And even though we have lived here 6 years now, we are still not finished with all we’d like to do. When time and money is not limitless, and you’re doing all the work yourselves, it takes a long time! And maybe it’s never really finished. I think there’s already things I’d like to “redo” from the first “redo”. Ha! But seriously, it’s a lot of hard work, and even though the biggest reward is getting to enjoy the home with our family, this recognition in our city is such an honor.

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This past week, we attended a dinner where we received a glass brick as an award to display in our home. We also will have a sign in our yard in recognition of this award for one year, as well as a complimentary year-long membership to the Heritage Society. A big thanks goes out to our kind neighbor, John Stephens (who lives in an amazingly gorgeous home he and his late wife restored), for nominating us for this award! Thank you!

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Here’s a couple pics from the dinner.

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And just in case you needed a reminder of where we started, here’s how the house looked the day we closed 6 years ago!

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And here’s how she looks today! We’ve done a little more to the exterior since the Heritage Society sneakily took that photo displayed at the dinner. Y’all, we FINALLY have some more shrubs! The yard needs a ton of work, but it’s a start. And how about that metal “P” on the chimney? I love it! It’s custom made from Vintage Metal Co. Check them out for custom metal signs!

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So, there you have it. I hope all of the wonderful mothers out there are having a fabulous Mother’s Day! I sure am! We had church, then lunch with my mom and now just a relaxing afternoon. I’m thinking ice cream or coffee and a drive at golden hour is on the agenda this evening!

Till the next time,

Kassie

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Early Spring Mantel

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Who can believe Spring is practically here?! I’m sure winter will surprise us again with Easter being a little late this year, but most days are feeling more like Spring where I am in Texas.

I changed up my mantel a couple weeks ago to feel more Spring-ish. I knew it wasn’t finished, and probably still isn’t, but yesterday I found these cute little string indoor/outdoor lights in the garden section at TJMaxx. I threw them on the mantel real quick to see what it looked like and they stayed. When it’s too warm for the glow of the fireplace, these lights will do nicely with cool evenings. 😉

I’ve had several ask me about this cute “hello” sign on Instagram, so I  thought I’d share the direct link for it. I LOVE it! You can click HERE to purchase your own!

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Aren’t the lights super cute?

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I guess at some point, I’ll take down the felt garland that’s been there since fall, but for now it’s staying put!

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Do y’all have any spring decorating done yet? This is about all I’ve accomplished so far….

Happy week-end everyone!

Kassie

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Wichita Falls Bridal Market 2017

I had the opportunity to style a booth last weekend at the annual KFDX Bridal Market in Wichita Falls, for Rebecca at RCain Photography & Hello Sweetie Design Co. Last year, I styled the booth for Butterstick Bakery and Castle Events. You can check that post out here.

It was fun to be back…It somehow doesn’t feel like work because I truly enjoy it. I thought I’d share a few photos with you, even though I only had my iPhone with me. Rebecca had spoken with me about the look she wanted, so I scoured my attic (which is a mess and resembles a thrift store) and managed to nail the look she was aiming for.

I knew what I wanted to use, but wasn’t sure it would all fit in her 10×10 booth, so I did a little space planning. I did this using a free app on my phone. I don’t have any fancy software yet, but this got the job done (there were no wood pallets in their furniture options either, which is what we were using for a backdrop, so I used bookshelves in place of those). 🙂

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After I knew what would work, I loaded up my SUV the next morning in FREEZING weather and it had just started snowing. OF COURSE. The one day I have to be loading furniture by myself into a vehicle…. I think the wind chill was around 3°F. For central north Texas, that’s cold, y’all! Anyway, I got there and luckily, there’s a large garage to pull into for unloading and we had some help!

These pictures were taken before most of Rebecca’s product was added and I didn’t go back the next day. Shopping in Dallas was calling my name. 😉 The plan was to also add fresh pink petite roses in that gold vase, and the stands on the table to the right, but she didn’t have time to stop and get them the morning of the market. Oops.

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Rebecca’s husband made the wood pallet backdrops.

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My niece gave me the Tiffany & Co. box because she thought I might be able to use it sometime, and it was perfect for the giveaway Rebecca was doing! She gave away cookies from Butterstick Bakery that were added to that cake stand.

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My little “for like ever” cake topper turned out to be perfect for this event, too! It’s amazing what you find in your own home when you start trying to pull something like this together!

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It’s always fun to do some styling and see the end results! I hope to do more in the future and I’m really excited to have enrolled last week in interior design school! It’s not something I think you HAVE to do in order to be good at styling or decorating, but I believe it will help me. And learning of any sort is always a good thing!

 

I hope you all have a happy Friday!

til the next time,

Kassie

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Winter Mantel

Hello, and Happy New Year! I hope you all had wonderful Christmas and New Year Celebrations! I love the holidays, but it’s always kind of nice when it’s all over and there’s a tiny bit of relaxation for a few days.

We took down our Christmas decorations over the holiday weekend and finished getting it all put away. I had greenery needles everywhere! And I’m sure any decor fanatic can agree that after everything is put away, the house seems so bare. And I haven’t had any inspiration to do much decorating. In spite of that, I did get my mantel looking presentable….the rest of the house is another story. So I’ll show you a few pictures of what I did yesterday. And there’s a possibility it could change or be tweaked. Y’all know how that is!

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I used things I already had, and some was part of my Christmas decor. The sticks I got from our backyard, and that’s beans from our pantry in that pitcher. 🙂

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I’m hoping to feel a little more inspired in the next few days to get everything else looking normal around here. Happy Wednesday, friends!


Till the next time,

Kassie

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Easiest Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe Ever!

When I need a quick dessert for a party or dinner, or just to give someone a special treat, this is my go to when time is short. I promise you, this will be the easiest dessert/fudge you’ve ever made! Seriously only takes 5 minutes to whip it up! I made some today when I needed a homemade touch for a gift basket because my time was limited.

You’ll need 3 ingredients:

40 oz jar of Peanut Butter, a 16 oz tub of cream cheese frosting, and a bag of milk chocolate chips (optional).

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Directions:

Warm the frosting 20 seconds in a microwave safe bowl.

Add approximately half the peanut butter to the frosting and mix well.

Spread in a 9×9 pan lined with parchment paper (if you don’t want the fudge to stick). 😉

Scatter the chocolate chips on top of the fudge and carefully press them into the fudge. They’ll fall right off after the fudge sets if you don’t press them in.

Chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

ENJOY!

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Today, as I said, I was putting these in a gift basket, so I wanted something cute, but easily kept. I had some mason jars on hand, as well as a roll of brown kraft paper I got here inexpensively. (Just a tip – brown kraft paper has so many uses so it’s GREAT to keep on hand!) Anyway, I cut a small piece and placed under the mason jar lid and tied some twine around it to top it off. Makes for a simple, but cute gift.

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And there you have it, friends. 5 minutes! Just see if you can keep from eating the whole pan of fudge in a day!

til the next time,

kassie

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DIY Fall Wreath

I hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend! I spent it doing things I needed to get done, and doing a few things I wanted to do. One of those things was making a wreath for our front door. It’s been wreath-less since just after Christmas (gasp)! So unlike me, but such is life.

I already had some supplies on hand, so I bought a few things and started throwing this together.

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I ran out of the ribbon I intended to use for the whole thing, so I just added what I had and mismatched it and I really like how it turned out.

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I already had the mini chalkboard (similar here).

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I bought all the other things I needed at Hobby Lobby…for 40% off.

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I love the way it turned out and she’s feeling right at home on our front door! I can’t wait to get some pumpkins and mums…when they arrive at the stores, that is.

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Happy September!

til the next time,

Kassie

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Good Day, Sunshine Chalkboard and Tips for Chalk Art

If you follow me on my Instagram design account, you’ve seen this chalkboard, but I haven’t shared on the blog. And since summer is quickly coming to an end, I thought I’d share.

I’ve worked on my hand lettering (not as much as I could, but with two almost-four-year-olds, time is limited, y’all!). I think because of that, this is one of my favorite chalkboards I’ve done.

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Everyone has their own way of hand lettering, and drawing chalk art. A couple of tips that might help (although I am NOT a professional by any stretch) if you have trouble with it:

  1. Use Chalk Pens Instead of Chalk. It’s much easier to draw with a pen, and they come in a variety of colors. My favorite chalk pens are pictured below. The jumbo one (found here), is great for drawing large pictures or large, flourishing letters. The skinny one (found here), is great for smaller areas, or for drawing fine lines and thin letters. If you prefer the look of chalk, you can always trace over the pen lines with chalk.

Marvy Jumbo and Skinny Bistro Chalk Pen

2. Check out Hand Lettering Tutorials Online. I’ve watched several tutorials on YouTube, and you can also find videos on Instagram. There’s tons of people you can follow that upload tutorials letter by letter of the alphabet. You can watch them and draw along with them until you get the hang of it.

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3. Think of Each Letter as a “Drawing”. When I started doing this, it made the whole process so much easier! You aren’t “writing”, you are drawing each individual letter. So forget about your handwriting; whether it’s good or bad doesn’t really matter.

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4. Gain Inspiration from Others. I’m not saying copy (’cause that’s not cool unless you totally give credit to the other person), but be inspired by others, then develop your own version of something. After all, there’s really nothing new under the sun, but we can all put our own twist on an idea.

I’m pretty sure I’ll be sad to wash this chalkboard off, but I’m really looking forward to having something “fall-ish” on it! I can’t believe my favorite time of year is just around the corner!

til the next time,

kassie

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Egg-Ceptionally Cute Stuff you Probably Need if You’ve got Chickens

How was that for the longest blog post title ever?

So we all know that farmhouse style is all the rage right now, and I’ve noticed people are actually buying up farms all over the place. I think we have Joanna Gaines to thank for this trend. 🙂 At any rate, I was surfing the internet for a couple of things for my nieces’ upcoming wedding and ran across some cute things, so I decided I’d share with you (apparently if you google rustic wedding, you come across this sort of thing…who knew?)

If you live on a farm and you’ve got chickens (I don’t. I live in an English Tudor and quite content at the moment without a farm), I’ve found some cute stuff you probably need. We had chickens when I was a teen, but the snakes always got in the coop, so alas, we said adieu to the chickens. Anyway, moving on…

I’m assuming if you had chickens you gathered eggs from, you’d probably need something to hold them in to safely bring them into the kitchen. I like this cute egg basket.

 This apron would be perfect for collecting eggs and keeps your hands free. And look how cute you’d be…

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You might like this ceramic egg tray for displaying prettily in your kitchen.

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This cast iron egg display rack gives the antique vibe I love. How cute would it be in a farmhouse kitchen?

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If you sell those farm-fresh eggs, I think these next two things are just the cutest!

Look at this cute customizable stamp for egg cartons…

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Or this custom egg stamp! 

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I always buy free-range eggs at the grocery store, but if I had chickens that laid eggs, I’d definitely be buying some of this cute stuff! I guess I could still stamp and display the eggs, just for kicks. Anyway, some people think of the cutest things!

til the next time,

kassie

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