Monday, May 30, 2011

Fabric Finds...

Fun Fact:  If you read the fine print in home listing agreements today, it states that draperies stay with the home when it sells.  Therefore, if our home sells, all of our lovely curtains that my mom has made will have to remain with the house.  What to do?  Visit Sirs Fabric in Fayetteville, Tennessee to see what sweet deals are cooking in case we need to replace ALL of our curtains for the next house. 

For those that don't know, Sirs is a great place to go for cheap designer fabrics.  Most fabric scraps on the tables are priced from $2.99-3.99 a yard.  The problem I often run in to is that I need more fabric than the scraps can provide, but at times I get lucky.  Like on Saturday.


Not only were most of the scraps I liked marked $2.99 a yard, the store was also running a Memorial Day sale which took another 20% off.  Therefore, I scored enough fabric to outfit 3 rooms in a future hizzy for just 40 dollars.  Designer fabrics, people!!!

I found the most usable fabric with these scraps.  You have to carefully inspect each scrap because some are at the store because the print is off, it is stained, etc.  I had seen this same fabric on the Honey We're Home blog, and after looking back at her post about it (click the link), I found that she paid about $15 a yard for it.  I paid only $2.99 with the 20% discount!  Good eye, Bozeman, good eye.

My next find was a bit more difficult.  I immediately recognized this fabric because I had seen it before on Emily Clark's blog (love).  She had used this on a bedroom redesign.  It's a Dwell Studio line fabric (you may recognize the name because Target carries their line), and I thought it would look stellar on my black Pottery Barn bed in a guest room.  My mom said she could make me a duvet cover IF I could find enough of the fabric.  Only problem?  One of the scraps had quite a coloring error, so we had to get creative.  We ended up deciding to go with the scraps we could find and Mom may only use this fabric as a block down the middle of a duvet cover and border it in white or something.  I think we also have enough for a couple of pillows.  We'll make it work.  Best news of all?  The store gave me the fabric for only $1.99 because of the discoloration (and then I was able to use the additional 20% discount).  Andy said I might as well have stolen it because it retails for $42 a yard!

Sadly, I have no idea what this next fabric retails for, but I was determined to leave the store with a trellis print.  The curtains I will absolutely HATE to leave behind are the ones my mom made for the living room.  The fabric pictured above is exactly the same print, just a different color scheme.  Although we couldn't find enough fabric to do panels with, we are planning to use it for a faux roman shade of some sort. 

When I first told Andy I spent 40 dollars on fabric for a future house we do not even own yet, he seemed a bit "whatever" about it.  But when he reads this post and sees the AMAZING deals I got, I think he may change his mind.  Extreme shopping at its best!  Enjoy the Memorial Day deals, friends!


Sunday, May 15, 2011

Waiting actually paid off...

No, we haven't sold our house. :) 
But, in other news, I brought home this pretty little lady the other night.

I have had my eye on garden stools for a VERY long time, but was unwilling to pay the top-dollar amount for one.  I had spotted this one at World Market a while back (and proceeded to fall in love with it), but it was still 69 dollars.  So I kept it in my computer's home idea file and waited it out.  The next thing I knew, I checked their website and the stool was nowhere to be found.  I was very sad.  So the other night in Murfreesboro (after my brother's birthday dinner), Andy and I went to World Market to see if my beloved stool had truly gone to retail heaven.  It was like in a movie...we walked in the store...and from seemingly miles away...Andy spotted the apple green beauty I so wanted to call my own.  I sprinted patiently walked over to it, stroked and petted it, and noticed a sale sign.  It was now 59 dollars!  A bit better, right?  The display and one other in a box were the only ones left in the store.  I looked up at Andy, and before I even had to beg, he said I could get it.  He knew I would be a sad puppy the whole way home if I left her behind.  It was truly love (the extra 10 dollars off at the register for giving them my email address helped too=49 buckaroos!).

We safely carried her home in a giant box...

And decided it could also be used as a throne for Duncan (if needed).

So far the stool has called this spot home in the bonus room.  I had never really noticed the green in Duncan's toy basket until I put it here.  I am loving the pop of green (completely random in the room) right now.  I fully intend to make this stool make more sense in the next house.  But for now, I'm just going to bask in its beauty while reflecting on how thankful I am that I ended up marrying a boy that knows a girl just can't leave behind an apple green stool when she sees one on sale.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Little Brother???

Last night we celebrated quite a big birthday in my family.  My "baby" brother officially turned 18.  It completely freaked me out.  I am the oldest (eight years his senior), so seeing him reach this milestone made me feel SO old.  My little brother has turned into a man-child seemingly overnight.  Where does the time go?

Opening his birthday cards.  He only wanted money and gift cards...makes for a lot of excitement.

Kid picture...Is Connor actually smiling?

He wanted a slice of cheesecake for his birthday dinner...even though he had a whole one waiting on him at home.

Another family pic outside the restaurant.  Mom and Dad are behind the camera...

Well, the upside to Lil' Connor growing up is that he will be coming to Nashville this fall for college!  I can't even express how excited I am that he will be in town.  He's grown up into a "fine young man" as my grandmama would say, and I am very proud to be his big sister.  Andy thinks he's the best little brother a guy could ask for (he's the only brother Andy has ever had), and Connor seems to think Andy has hung the moon (yet again, the only brother Connor has ever had).  Needless to say, we are thankful he chose Lipscomb for our sake!

Now to lock up all of my food before he gets here...

Friday, May 6, 2011

ATL

Andy and I set off for Atlanta last weekend with another couple for a Braves/Cards game.  There might have been a little shopping in there too (what trip would be complete without it?).  We had a great time, and I am already planning my next trip back to IKEA (with a really big truck) to buy items even Andy seemed to like. :)  Here are a few pictures from the weekend:

Good ole' Turner Field...

Matching Braves shirts...Aren't we just darling?

The girls putting in our time until we got to go to the mall...

Chipper Jones covering third...

Dippin' Dots=A must have

Worth every penny...

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On another note, I spoke with our realtor yesterday.  While discussing the frustration that Andy and I were feeling, she mentioned that she had been praying about our home-selling process and has decided that God must know that our perfect home is just not ready yet.  Normally, I might not have thought twice about this, but it really struck a chord with me.  What if there really is a reason why we have yet to sell?  A really good reason?  I shared the conversation with Andy, and he also felt like that was a better way of looking at things.  So, friends, I am here to tell you, the Bozemans are changing their tune.  We are going to choose to believe that our just-right home is not quite ready for us.  We just need to be patient until it is.  In the present, we will continue taking good care of ours in hopes that our future home is just being primped and spritzed all in preparation for us to move in. :)