Thursday, April 28, 2011

Painting Party...

In honor of a bestie's birthday, I made my first trip to Sips N' Strokes to paint a picture.  Rachel and I were VERY unsure of our painting abilities; however, we were pleasantly surprised with our finished products.  Here are a few pictures from the night...

The supplies...

The paint...

The sips (Sparkling Grape Juice=keeping it real)...

The girlie napkins I just HAD to pack for the event...

Early on in the process.  I was nearly spanked by a painting supervisor for making my background too red.  I'm not a pink fan, so I wanted to change things up a bit.  This is slightly frowned upon, apparently. 

Almost done...

The birthday girl's almost-complete painting...

My finished masterpiece!!!

Rachel's masterpiece!!!

DISCLAIMER:  This is the second shot Andy took.  He commented after taking the first picture that I "looked weird."

Back home to have Andy take a girls' picture.  Thanks for being born, Rachel!

Andy's painting!  Have I never mentioned he paints on the side? 

NOT!  Do you know my husband at all?  I couldn't resist this print that I spotted two seconds after walking into the painting studio.  I just had to have it.  My thought process:  Any Alabama decor that I actually like, I MUST buy so that I can stomach Andy's eventual "Bama Room."  Got to think on your feet, ladies...

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Flea Market Fern...

Andy and I decided to brave the flea market this weekend with our furry friend, Duncan. I've taken Duncan in the past with success, so we decided to give it a go.

He was quite a hit with the ladies, and he got a few other pups stirred up along the way, but overall he did well.  We let him walk with us on a short leash, and we even stopped along the way to give him a water break.

However, he was downright pooped when we got to the car.

Andy and I were very pleased with our morning at the flea market, as you can see.

Dunk was asleep before we even pulled in the driveway.

Can he be any cuter???

I'm proud to say that the only money I spent was on a Kimberly Queen fern for the front porch urn.  Yes, I have already killed off the pricey spiral bush we bought back in January.  I think I have the opposite of a green thumb.  The fern is HUGE and it only cost me 10 bucks (and they are VERY hard to kill--I had two last season).  What a find.

Speaking of finds--I found this beauty while out shopping with my mom on Good Friday.  I really liked the heavy-duty, somewhat-utilitarian look to to this lantern.  I might have passed it up (since I already have a black lantern), but my mom mentioned that this reminded her of Restoration Hardware's lanterns that sell for over a hundred dollars.  I decided I liked the look well enough to swing the 30 buckaroos it called for.  I checked my mom's facts when I got home...

Santorini Square Lanterns

Very similar, right?  Same size lantern costs a mere $139 dollars!  Thank you, Home Goods.  Thank you very much.


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

An attempt at productivity...

I may have mentioned this before, but if not, I am an occasional scrapbooker.  I scrapbook about like I used to color in coloring books as a kid.  For a while, I'm all about it--can't get enough.  Then, the very next minute, I want next to nothing to do with it.  Don't want to get out all of the materials, clear a space for working, etc.  However, when I am in the mood, I really do love everything about scrapbooking.  I love laying out the pages, drafting captions for the photos, enjoying the finished product, etc. 

I made Andy (and myself) a scrapbook for our wedding including pictures of our dating/engaged days.  After we got married, I decided to make another full of pictures of our wedding showers, wedding, and honeymoon.  But, as we got busy working on our home, I found that the scrapbook only gathered dust rather than completed pages.  Andy mentioned just the other day, "Hey, you haven't scrapbooked in a while."  True story, Mr. Bozeman.  It was time to pick up the ole' paper and pictures and get back to business. 

This is the "title page" (if you want to call it that).

An engagement photo page...

Lingerie shower page (G-rated!)...

Bridal shoot page...

I have tried to keep the entire album red and brown (our wedding colors).  I have actually loved the continuity from page to page.  It made shopping for the paper A LOT easier!  My pattern pages bring in the brown with polka dots, gingham, and houndstooth prints.  I've used red cardstock to back pictures and to house my incredibly insightful captions and notes along the way. :)

Truth be told, the pages pictured above have been completed for a while now.  I actually got all of the materials out tonight to work, and I ended up laying out a couple of pages, and then found that I was out of photo stickers.  AWESOME.  Hence the word "attempt" in the title of the post.  Better luck next time!


NEWSFLASH:  Duncan the Stripping Dog Strikes Again!

Our resident pup got his "ears lowered" on Friday and has been cold ever since.  No, really.  On Sunday we found him shaking from cold INSIDE the house.  So, we did what any loving parents would do, and we clothed our furry friend.  I decided to try a preppy, college-boy look from his clothing stash and came away with this:

HAHA.  He seemed okay with it and seemed thankful for the added warmth. 

Then we left him and went to church...

We came home to an innocent looking dog in his cage...

Who had attempted to slip off his clothing...

As shown here. :)  Maybe he just prefers a skirt?

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Depersonalizing and Decluttering...

I was electronically "spanked" today by my grandmama for not posting more often.  In honor of her, I have decided to post, even though I am quite sure this may be the most boring post to date.  If it is, don't tell me.  If it isn't, definitely don't tell me (that will mean other posts are equally or more boring than this one).

When we chose to put our house on the market, I began watching home selling shows on HGTV and A&E religiously.  I wanted to soak in as many "Sabrina Sotoisms" as possible prior to opening the house up for strangers to see.  The big theme in most every episode involved depersonalization of the home, all while decluttering it as well.  I took that to heart and set out to do the same in our abode.

I started with the MOST personal section of our home--the collage wall I finished this summer.  I knew it was way too "the Bozemans live here" to be kept up, so I chose to change out the frames for the time being.  To be perfectly honest, I so enjoyed our collage, and it absolutely killed me to change out the pictures.  I actually ended up putting the new pictures on top of the old ones in the frame so that I wouldn't forget what went where.  Silly, I know, but I love my pictures!

The finished product looks pretty rough, but I was attempting to replace pictures with non-personal ones that I already had on my computer.

I filled the double frames with fabric scraps I had on hand.

This was a photo I had taken on a hike this past fall.

This is one of our light fixtures on the front side of the house.  I wanted to showcase a little bit of our home in the collage.

I also included a picture of our mailbox, thus showcasing our address number to hopefully encourage buyers to take it as their own. :)

As you can see, the second time around on the collage wasn't perfect, but it only cost me the photo printing on Snapfish.

I wanted to keep a few decorative table frames up around the house to make it feel homey.  So, any pictures that I chose only show us holding hands (as in this engagement photo), or they include landscape pictures that I have taken.


As far as the decluttering goes, this was much less painful.  I have actually come to find that decluttering makes our home feel cleaner (less junk around).  I hope to carry this mentality forth into our next home.

In the kitchen, the decluttering involves putting the coffee maker away each morning...

as well as the toaster.  The goal?  Show as much of the granite off as possible.  We have a small kitchen (as much of our feedback has proven), so we have attempted to make it appear more spacious by taking appliances off of the counter.  A pain?  YES!  I make coffee EVERY morning and Andy has toast almost as often, so we are VERY tired of putting these away before work each day.

Decluttering also involved chilling out on the ole' "put every favorite accessory you own on the mantle" game that I continued to play.  I've actually enjoyed the "less is more" decor here as of late.

A major decluttering took place with our refrigerator.  I've decided there are two different sets of people in this world:  Cluttered fridge people and non-cluttered fridge people.  I am a cluttered fridge kind of girl for sure.

Have I shown you this yellow lamp yet?  I found it for 29 buckaroos at Kirkland's a while back.  Have I mentioned I like yellow?  This end table is also showcasing 3 separate items (owl, book, lamp).  I am really trying to stick to the 3 item rule on all of my tablescapes.  For some odd reason, I always feel the need to have a picture frame, an accessory or two I love, and a lamp on each table.  Yet, 3 items seems to work much better space-wise, and it makes for an easier dusting session as well (not having to move as many items).

As you can see, things look a bit different around here.  Admittedly, it doesn't feel as much like home without all of our personal photos out and about, but I know it is better for the buyer this way. 

Our home-selling status?  As of yesterday, we sit at 20 showings.  To say that I am praying for patience would be a large understatement.  I am SO ready to have an offer already!  Andy and I believe things will work out the way that they need to (God's timing is so rarely our timing, isn't it?), but it doesn't always make you feel better about keeping the house clean, being inconvenienced by showings, etc.  I guess we'll keep crossing our fingers and scrubbing toilets for now.  Wish us luck!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Dreaming of pretty things...

So, without going into a lot of detail, we've had a couple of changes take place in the ole' "selling our house" situation lately.  Nothing too big (no, we haven't sold yet), but we are hoping things will move right along.  We are closing in on 20 showings (yes, we are blessed!), but no formal offers as of yet.  However, Andy and I are keeping our heads up, sending our prayers up, and hoping for the best.  We are very fortunate that we do not HAVE to move right now, so we are just waiting it out and cleaning more than we ever thought we were capable of.

All that being said, I have been "stewing" (as I like to say) about all of the decorating changes I am NOT making right now because I can't.  I won't allow myself to do anything other than keep up the landscaping at this point--I'm saving our money and my energy for the next hizzy.  But, I can't help but look at all of the fun options out there and dream a little.  In fact, I've started a "Home Idea" file on my computer to house all of the things I want to try in the next Bozeman Bungalow.  Here are a few "pretties" that I have seen lately...

As spotted on Better After, I LOVED this chevron striped dresser.  Anyone have a crappy dresser out there that you'll let me stripe???

LOVE these curtains.  Find me this fabric, Mom...STAT. :)

I'm going to make a copycat of this headboard...mark my word. 

I like this kitchen...and the accent wall right off of the kitchen.  Crossing my fingers for a future kitchen island...

I love bead board in bathrooms...doesn't this one look so clean and crisp?  How long do we think it will stay looking this clean and crisp?

Different take on the bead board...too dark?  I'm kind of liking it.

I like this room.  Interesting patterns and layering...

Well, these are the things that get me through the day.  I dream of imaginary future spaces to decorate...kind of pathetic, I know.  Don't judge unless your house is on the market. :)

Monday, April 4, 2011

Happy Hour Special...Duncan-Style

Well, we had yet another showing yesterday afternoon, so Duncan and I headed out to kill some time.  We started with a walk through our local agricultural center.  We tried out the walking trail for size, and Duncan did relatively well...until he got hot and tired.  I nearly carried him back to the car.  He proceeded to sprawl out in the floor of the car to cool off. 

Where to go next?  Sonic, of course!  The dog needed water, I needed a Sprite, and it was Happy Hour=easy decision.  Here is a wee video clip of our thirst-quenching Sonic experience...

Disclaimer:  My voice is super annoying in the video. :)

I totally realize that Andy, (possibly) our parents, and myself are the only ones that may find this video even slightly amusing.  I'm okay with that.  I'm not working with a whole lot of blog material here lately, so a video of Duncan the dog is pretty much as good as it gets.  Bear with us, friends.