Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Random Nibbles on Wednesday...{movies, projects, & possible Halloween costumes}

Hello, friends!!

I can't believe it's already Wednesday!!

The weather here has been absolutely glorious...
I have been super busy this week doing a ridiculous amount of random things around the house, nothing makes me happier than getting things done around the house!

The Big Pantry Pull Out's on!

When we built this house (almost 10 years ago, how on earth...) it was somewhat "spur of the moment" (I know how ridiculous that sounds, but it's true).

I had just had Evan & I was trying to get a leg up on being a stay at home mom again after going back to teaching (for a minute, don't drink the water at that school)...

anyhow, everything about this ordeal was RUSHED when we built...P Daddy needed to know RIGHT NOW, what knob, what door, what color...{& this was before Pinterest, I might add}...mercy, it was all too much for my postpartum, sleep deprived new mommy brain to handle!

Somehow, someone opted to have wire shelving installed (blah) in all of the closets in this house and I have hated them since the day we moved in (hiss, spit)!

In the upcoming weeks, I'm going to be working on this...there will be paint, there will be wood, there will be ORGANIZATION....stay tuned! ;)

Yesterday, instead of washing my hair (some days, there's just no point)

I pulled it over into a side braid just for fun.

I liked it so much, I decided that I should be Katniss Everdeen for Halloween. (this is a picture of my actual hair do yesterday, true story...)

Upon announcing this at the dinner table, my children were quick to jump on board & assign roles to the rest of the family!

P Daddy, my beloved will be Peeta Mellark,
Olivia will be Prim (& her ugly cat, Reba will be Buttercup),
Evan wants to be Finnick Odair ("only if I get a trident", he said),
and it was decided that Owen, of course would be Haymich....

My family {has issues} is SUPER EXCITED about the upcoming Hunger Games movie coming out in November...that is one of our most favorite book/movie series!

And speaking of movies,

Pitch Perfect 2 is out on DVD!

I am so excited about this!
Have you seen it?

We saw this one when it was out at the theater (which is a huge deal because, I do not wear those uncomfortable closed captioned glasses for just anyone)...this movie, I think was even funnier than the first one...I was hee-haw laughing out loud!! & Since laughing is my absolute favorite, I plan to watch this at least twice this weekend (AND will bray like a donkey in the privacy of my own home)! ;)

My First Stitch Fix box arrived on Friday!!

This has been so much fun!
I ended up keeping everything they sent me for myself and for Olivia. I will have a full detailed report on Stylish Southern Mama tonight (or first thing in the morning).

In the mean time, go ahead check them out...Stitch Fix!

BIG High School Rivalry Game Week...

This is a HUGE week for our high school football team as we host a local county rival...Owen has been fired up talking about it & told me he FINALLY understood our dislike for Black & Gold after all these years (never had anything to do with Vandy). { & I know it's just Wednesday, but my nerves are already tore up!!}

and speaking of, Blue Devil need to order this divine BLUE gingham puffer VEST...right now!!! (you're welcome)

A Diy Lamp Tutorial...

is coming!

My mother is putting together a post for you guys to show how she made the GORGEOUS custom wine bottle light fixture (featured in her kitchen makeover post) that hangs over her kitchen sink. I figured since she made it, she could probably explain it better than me.

Grandma, guest blogger...coming soon! ;)

Speaking of LIGHTING...

I'm debating about what light to put in my pantry.

I have this  Ballard light fixture over the kitchen table:

The perfect chandelier for my breakfast room .. I love, love, love it!:

And we have some simple, plain pendant lights over the island (which I would love to change out some day)...

Should I go with the matching mini chandelier in the pantry?

Petite Claire Chandelier | Ballard Designs:

Or with something similar, but totally different?

I keep going back to this one...

Add a touch of glamour to your foyer or dining room with this elegant mini chandelier, featuring crystal accents and a tortoise shell finish.  ...:

Decisions, decisions....

Well, I've got to dash off here!

I'll be back to tell you guys about Stitch Fix over on Stylish Southern Mama AND

tomorrow, I'll be sharing my little pal, Maverick's ridiculously adorable Toy Story Birthday party...if you had wondered if there could be a party cuter than his FIRST birthday assured that there certainly COULD!! ;)

Thanks for stopping by to visit, friends!

Have a glorious fall Wednesday!



Thursday, September 10, 2015

Grandma's Big Kitchen Make Over...

Hello, friends!

I'm finally back to tell you all about an incredible makeover that my parents have done on their kitchen!

For most of the past year they have been working on it doing a lot of the work themselves and contracting out the bigger jobs (some things are best left to the professionals).

My parents live in an older home built in the 1960's. 

This is not the house I grew up in, I grew up in a farmhouse out in the country (it was heavenly). When I got married, literally the week after our honeymoon mama & daddy packed up and moved into town! {I guess they were ready for the big city life.}

Actually, the house they live in now belonged to my great-grandmother (we called her "Grandma) and this house is located next door to her daughter, my mama's mother's house (we called her "Granny", or sometimes "Little Granny"). {are you following me here}

Mama & Granny got to enjoy being neighbors for several years and my granny got to be right there when mama became a grandmother herself (we now call her "Grandma") and Little Granny taught her everything she knew about spoiling grand kids (because folks, she was a professional at spoiling grand kids).

This move for my parents ended up being a blessing because mama was right next door to take care of Granny during the last few months that she had cancer. God always has a plan and he knew what he was doing sending mama & daddy into town to be city folks.

Well, I've been trying to find a good before picture of mama's kitchen. You would think with this kitchen being in the family for 50 years that there would be a decent shot. ((& there probably is one, somewhere))

Here's one I found from a few years ago, you can see the dark knotted pine cabinets in the background.

Mama had painted her kitchen a very vibrant blue with accents of yellow and it was a bright, cheery spot for several years.

But, this kitchen was always a bit awkward with a counter that served as an eat-in bar that just ate up the entire middle of the room and a floor that was WAY long overdue for replacing.

Pretty soon, mama started thinking up things she'd like to do to her kitchen {since she was already going to have the floor ripped up}...(which makes perfectly good sense to me...YOLO). ;)

There were a lot of issues she wanted to address in the room.

Right at the top of her list were the awkward breakfast bar and the equally awkward cut-out dividing the room, the lack of light, those popcorn ceilings...

and this DOOR behind her fridge...who are you & why are you even here??

This was an exciting time for my daddy!
He loves a good project & was quick to get after it! ;)

He had the cabinet doors off, the awkward door sealed up & the cut-out in the ceiling ripped down in a matter of days...

and pretty soon after, that awkward choppy breakfast counter was gone too..."Bye, Felicia"!

now, right about this time the little kitchen update started turning into a  MAJOR home renovation project...

{cue Grandma freaking out & coming unhinged...(ha)...}

To distract herself, she got busy painting the cabinets...

Meanwhile holes got puttied, surfaces got smoothed....

The walls got a new coat of paint...(that totally does not match that floor, but that's ok because it's next on the list)...

Holy messes, Batman!!

But it was worth the mess...

Her new barn wood tile floor looks incredible!
(yes, that is TILE)

Elvis & Priscilla Pug hardly know what to looks like wood, but it's cool like tile...hmmmm.

The floor looks amazing & the white cabinets a make the room seem so much brighter!

Look at her kitchen NOW...light, bright & beautiful!

It's a crazy big change in there!

Here's another BEFORE shot...



Well, I'm going to leave you hanging right here...

because I am going to come back and tell you all about that creative, DIY wine bottle light fixture hanging over her sink (& then y'all will all know for sure where I got my crafty genes from). ;)

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit in Grandma's Kitchen, part two is coming soon!

Happy Thursday, friends!



Monday, March 23, 2015

Monday Motivation & Random Nonsense...

Happy Monday!!!
Oh, I wish!

I definitely need coffee, Jesus & a fire lit under my behind this morning!

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I love that!

Look again!
There is nothing you cannot do!

I've been running feverishly through this house for two weeks trying to store winter things, get out spring things & just organize in general. Being organized at home gives me an energy rush like none other...I LOVE to get off the bench & into the ballgame by getting a leg up on this messy house!

Last week I moved all my eBay & Etsy selling operations upstairs in a little corner up in my craft room (something I have wanted to do FOREVER)...

I would love to have one of those craft rooms that was just so beautiful & organized that I could share & y'all would say "ooohhhhh". If I ever post a picture of my craft room that way, you can be assured right now that it would be the BIGGEST LIE I've ever told! My craft room is a hot mess of fabric, paper, ribbons, pinks, blues, sunny colors & mis-matching hobo is a crazy place!

That's just how my creativity flows,
I get in that hot mess, shut the door
& that it is where the magic happens!

It's my happy place!
No apologies! ;)


I ordered a pair of these Jack Rogers sandals.
They almost lost me in the title:
Jack Rogers Georgica Jelly Sandals...

The reviews raved & raved of their cuteness & how comfy...
I'll let you know how I like them.

Here's a link if you want to check them out...

Jack Rogers Georgica Jelly (Silver/Gold) Women's Sandals

If they're "all that" I might order the blue too, those are darling!!

and I am debating about this Floral Kimono thing...
(tapping my finger on my chin...)
the fringe is intriguing,
the price is delightful...$19.99.

What do you girls think, could I pull that off?

I've seen similar ones in some local shops (not for $19.99)...
I might try this one out...

P Daddy took Owen & his buddy to a Football Combine yesterday.
(look at the arms on these boys, good gracious)

If you're interested in playing college football,
a Combine needs to be on your to do list.

This is a type of football camp where you participate individually in different events; 40 yd dash, 20 yd shuttle run, broad jump, vertical jump, etc and they give you a "verified" time or number for each one. This "official assessment" allows scouts and recruits to find you easier, as you will be listed on the Combine's ranking list for that session and if you have a recruiting page you can say that your times are verified & that's important. This adventure has been pretty wild (& we are literally just getting started), people are serious like I have never even encountered! It is cut throat competitive in college football, that is for sure!

it was a pretty big day!

P Daddy said there were probably a thousand boys there!
He kept me updated with pictures
& a play by play of the entire thing...

So funny!

I love that man,
he makes me laugh! ;)

Well, speaking of Crazytown...
I am going to be on the train for it soon if I don't get out of this chair & get busy!

I will be back tomorrow to show you a fun How To Tuesday tutorial on how to make a custom photo PARTY HAT!!

My daddy makes the best model, don't you think?
You won't want to miss this one! ;)

Happy Monday, Crazytown Friends!!



Sunday, March 22, 2015

Door Candy from LooLeighs Charm Shop

Y'all know how much I adore Etsy!
I love to sell there and shop!

While we were snowed in last month,
I did some Etsy shopping on the ipad...
from the recliner (covered with quilts & wiener dogs), 
there are so many wonderful different things on their site!

For the past couple of years I have used some simple burlap wreaths on my front doors, but have been itching to have something bright & fun for spring!

On Etsy,
I found the perfect prissy door candy at this fun little shop called
LooLeighs Charm Shop!

Brooke customized these exactly how I wanted them
and I wanted to share them with you guys because they are
and they are HUGE!

They were a little bit more than I wanted to spend,
but I could not be happier with how they turned out!

If you're looking for something sassy & fun,
I highly recommend you check out her shop!

Now, I need to get the rest of this ratchet hobo looking porch slapped together!
Bless it!

I am SO happy & excited that it is finally spring!!!
Wishing y'all a beautiful, blessed Sunday!



Thursday, March 19, 2015

Makeover in the Kiddie Room...Pryor Family Dentistry

For someone who "doesn't work", I have a lot of "jobs"!

Aside from being a full time mama and running this crazy household, I have this blog, I do commissioned painting, I sell on Etsy, sell on eBay and I "work" for P Daddy's office, Pryor Family Dentistry. I help take care of his public relations, advertising, Facebook, I do some supply shopping, running errands, a little decorating and pretty much anything else he needs done that doesn't involve talking on the phone. Whew!

This year is his TENTH year as a dentist in Lebanon (after serving three in the Air Force), so we have been busy making updates & changes around the office to celebrate. 

He got me busy working on the Kid Waiting room recently & I'm pretty tickled with how it's turning out. It's not completely finished, but I wanted to share the progress all the same.

This enclosed room was originally intended to a consult room, but somewhere along the way it turned into a room for our little people patients (& as a mama, I know I appreciate having a space to wait where the little darlings are not bothering other adults & cannot get away). 

Anyway, it was just kind of a dreary place...dark, bland, eh! 

I was right tickled to make some changes in that frumpy little room!
Here are some before pictures,
compliments of my high school son. ;)

There is a storage closet in this little room that has housed Christmas decorations for years. The first thing we did was find a new home for that stuff & fill that monster closet up with toys! 

(Notice my E is the very best little helper...seated & staying out of mama's way) ha!

One Friday (Dr P Daddy does surgery at the hospital on Friday, so the dental office is closed), I got in there & painted while the children were off at school. 

I decided to use Sherwin Williams Napery, a yummy, light buttery color. The darker original paint is called Buckwheat by Porter Paints. 

(Before P Daddy could pop in & stop me), I got crazy & broke out out the chalkboard paint too! ;)

It snowed...

We had a lovely ice storm & we were stuck at home for a solid week! 

But, it sure was beautiful!

While we were snowed in I worked on painting this cute little table that I snagged for $15...

And I ran a makeshift redneck ski resort for snowed in high school boys...

And children...

Fun times! 

Once it melted off I was back up at the office putting things together...

I added this darling fabric banner made by my sweet friends Angel & Amy of TaDaCreations.

Found these awesome red leather cube for seating on Zulily for $50 (for BOTH)...

I LOVE them paired with that $15 table painted in Southern Honey Chawk Paint (local friends can find this brand at Hadley & Finn on the square). 

The buckets, coloring books & toys came from home...outgrown by our babies.

The chalkboard wall...

It has obviously been a busy spot since it was painted, no doubt about that!

I also found this super cool old map that I attempted to wallpaper to the wall...

Not just any wall,
A curved wall ((that made me say bad words)).

WILL it last? 
We will find out!
But in the meantime, 
I'm liking its spunk!

These black leather chairs were already in here & are on their way out as soon as I find a suitable replacement. 

They do look fine, but this pair is part of a set of chairs that we are going to use in the new addition of the office once it is completed. 

Here's a peek:

It's pretty!! ❤️

The only thing left is having the flat screen tv mounted to the wall... 

However, I'm sure parents have enjoyed giving their children a history lesson on how to operate a VHS cassette tape on the little fat boy telly. Ha!!

Bless it! 
That's old school, baby! ;)

Here's are some before & after shots:

It is SO AMAZING what $37 worth of paint can do for a room!!

And speaking of before & afters...
Did I mention that this baby had a birthday last week? The little trout hasn't changed a bit! ❤️

Well, there it is...

Pictures of the Kid Room Makeover, 
Straight from my phone!

It's certainly not anything fancy, but it is brighter, cleaner & not nearly as scary in there now. 

Want to see it in person?
You can make an appointment by calling 615-444-7999 or request an appointment online at 

Thanks for stopping by today, friends! 
I'm headed back upstairs to the craft room to see if I can get these two to be friends...

Please, guys!!! ❤️
(I repel technology...sigh). 

Happy Thursday! 




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