What I’m Loving Today! #7

It’s been awhile, but I’m excited to share with you what I’m loving today – #7!

1. Caulking the molding!

This sounds so silly but it makes such a huge difference and really makes everything look so clean and perfect!  I used a paintable, white, silicone caulk between the molding and wall.  Really brings it all together and can help hide painting imperfections.

What I'm Loving Today - Caulking the molding

2. Baseball Season!

It’s here!  It’s my favorite sport to watch not to mention is the one with the cutest athletes!  I love the sport, the food, the atmosphere.  We attended the Lancaster Barnstormers home opener a few weeks ago.

What I'm Loving Today - Barnstormers Home Opener

3. Kreg Jig K5

This is kind of my new obsession!  If you’ve ever scoured Pinterest for DIY home stuff I’m sure you’ve stumbled upon projects that highly recommend this tool.  I finally bit the bullet, bought it off Amazon, have ZERO regrets.  I have four big projects going on right now that I’ll share when I’m done.  All inspired by my three main DIY lady crushes – Ana White and the Shanty2Chic sisters!  If you go for it – I also highly recommend getting these clamps and this giant set of pocket hole screws!  They also have cheaper Kreg Jigs available but I needed some of the features that came with this one!

What I'm Loving Today - Kreg Jig K5

4. My husband

I know cheesy!  I’m not a mushy, super affectionate person but this picture makes me laugh.  Last weekend one of the houses across the street had an estate auction.  We didn’t quite know what that meant until Saturday morning when our neighborhood was packed with cars and the auction went from 8:00am – 4:30pm.  It was SO MUCH FUN!  I went over a few times, got lunch at the food truck, listened to the auctioneer while working in the garage.  Tim, however, was over there pretty much all day!  He was so excited for this $4 purchase!  Thankfully that is all he came home with!

What I'm Loving Today - $4 wheelbarrow!

 

So what are you loving today?  Feel free to comment below and check out past posts about What I’m Loving Today.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Simple Shadow Box Jewelry Storage

Today I’m excited to share with you a very simple shadow box jewelry storage project I tackled using a shadow box I found at Hobby Lobby!

I don’t wear much jewelry.  Mostly stud earrings on a daily basis but I have a few nicer earrings and necklaces that are knotted up in my dresser jewelry box.  I have the grand idea that if I display them where I can see them I’ll wear them more often…totally won’t happen but it will look pretty and not be tangled! 🙂

Simple Shadow Box Jewelry Storage

I’ve looked at these shadow boxes a few times at Hobby Lobby.  They open in the front and immediately I thought it would be a great jewelry storage idea!  I was particularly drawn to this one because of the oil rubbed bronze look I keep using and I liked that the sides were glass as well.  Hobby Lobby does have a ton to choose from, all different sizes and colors and, of course, usually 40% off!  You can always go to their website and print out a coupon if they aren’t on sale!  Most also have a fabric backing so you could also probably just tack the pins where you want them and hang some necklaces.  This one I snagged for around $20 on sale.Image of Hobby Lobby Shadow Box

I bought some wood trim from Home Depot and cut it down to fit the width of the box.  Then I sawed slots to slide stud earrings and drilled holes for the dangly ones.   I also cut a piece of trim and added hooks for necklaces.  All in all it’s three pieces of trim that I spray painted with oil rubbed bronze paint and super glued into the box.  This box is also great because it had a ledge to easily glue the wood to!

Overall I’m really happy with this Simple Shadow Box Jewelry Storage!  It’s hanging in our closet and I see it everyday but still don’t wear much out of it. 🙂  If I were to do it again I actually might get a bigger one from Hobby Lobby.  Some of the really long necklaces touch the bottom and I have more wall space in this closet than I thought!

Dining Room Transformation

Our new (to us) house has brought a long a lot of fun projects!  We had a month between closing on the house and moving in so we tackled painting all four bedrooms, closets and hallway upstairs.  We were motivated to get all this done since we had also ripped out all the carpets and making a mess wasn’t an issue! 🙂  I’m still working on painting all the closet doors from upstairs but since it’s chilly in the garage this time of year painting doors has taken a back seat to some warmer indoor projects.

Going for an easy win…I decided to give the dining room a transformation this winter.

Dining Room Transformation: Dining room color before and after

As you can see our house has a lot of wood trim, which we like, but it does make things look really dark!  So I decided to paint the wainscoting in white first and then see how that looked against the window trim.  First, I sanded it and then painted three coats of primer (2 coats of Sherwin-Williams Multi Purpose Latex Primer and 1 coat Glidden Gripper Primer)  I love Sherwin-Williams paint but the primer just didn’t seem to be cutting it so the guy at Home Depot talked me into the Glidden.  I personally think three coats of primer will cover anything so I can’t tell if it really made a difference or not.  Anywho…after priming I did two coats of Sherwin-Williams Pro Classic and that was it for the wainscoting!

Dining Room Transformation: wainscoting before and after

Next was picking the wall color!  We knew we wanted to lighten the room up in general and get away from the yellow tones.  Our house has a lot of yellow toned walls which makes the wood seem more ‘woody’.  We picked up a few sample cards from Sherwin-Williams and we decided to go with Colonial Revival Gray in their Emerald paint since we didn’t think that locked us into a real blue or green color scheme.  For those that haven’t tried Sherwin-Williams paint…it’s like butter!  We tried other top rated brands when painting our whole upstairs and nothing compares.  It’s a little more expensive but I have never not had a coupon for at least 30% off and the people at the store are the most helpful and friendly people you can work with!

Dining Room Transformation: paint color choices

I am learning to be patient but I did have my moment of panic.  I did the edging in the Colonial Revival Gray and it was looking too blue and kind of dark so I tried our master bedroom color and another bedroom color and called my sister to get her opinion.  We agreed to stick with it and maybe after all the yellow was covered it would look better.  Of course it did!

Dining Room Transformation: do we stick with this color

Two coats later and we are good to go!  Last step was to change out the electrical outlets and switches to white and install our new lighting fixture, which I got from Wayfair.  We are going for an oil rubbed bronze fixture look throughout the house and this one looks great without being too trendy and gives off great light.  Certainly beats the church brass look with burnt out light bulbs our other one had.  Our last step will be to change out the flooring (rugs in dining rooms is so weird to me) and eventually update the window treatments.  Currently, we are planning a whole reconfiguration of the downstairs living area and the flooring and window treatments will probably be addressed then.

Dining Room Transformation: finished dining room

Last thing to do is get something on the walls.  This is where I have the hardest time committing.  Right now I’m leaning towards making something like these mirrors from the girls at Shanty 2 Chic.  What do you think?

 

Amazon has Sample Boxes?

Interesting fun fact I learned this past weekend…Amazon has sample boxes!?!?!

The way this works is interesting.  First, you need to be an Amazon Prime member to participate.  They have set boxes that you can purchase for a really nominal fee.  Some of the products are full size, others are samples.

For example, right now they have a New Year, New You sample box.  It contains 14 or more samples for $14.99 BUT after you receive the box you receive a $14.99 credit towards your next purchase of select Nutrition & Wellness products from Amazon.  So it’s like you are getting it for free!  How fun is that!  Many of these products you may have been wanting to try and others might be new to you but something you might want to add to your daily routine.

example of amazon sample box

Example of New Year, New You sample box

 

So if you are in the mood to try something new or, like me, think the Beauty Sample Box is awesome for travel toiletries…or the New Year, New You box is the kick in the butt you need to get back on track…give it a try!  See what else they have available…looks like they change it up periodically.

On a related note, the Sample Boxes mentioned above are sold directly by Amazon, not a participating seller.  However, if you search for sample box you will see a ton of other fun sample boxes sold by Amazon vendors.  These might be perfect for your next gift, putting some variety into your K-cup collection, looking to send your favorite college student care package, try a beauty brand you’ve heard so much about and the list goes on.  Good news is you don’t have to be an Amazon Prime member to purchase those.  Bad news is you don’t receive the Amazon credit.

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Weekend full of wine, family and wonderful Keuka Lake Views

This past weekend I had the awesome opportunity to revisit a little bit of childhood at Keuka Lake – with a 21 and over perk.

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Growing up in Western NY State we spent plenty of time camping and exploring.

One of our favorite destinations was Keuka Lake – one of the finger lakes.  Our neighbors growing up, the type of people you love so much you affectionately call Aunt and Uncle, purchased land there and slowly built their retirement dream.  As retired teachers, they now have an awesome lakeside dock as well as a beautiful house on the hill that they live in permanently.

view from the lake house - Keuka Lake Views

Growing up we spent a lot of time there camping on the then vacant property.  Then indoor camping as the house was framed and then slowly finished.  We would spend our time snorkeling, boating, skiing, and bobbing up and down on our floats hoping a boat would soon go by to give us some waves!

This trip, however, was a tad different.

My parents, sister and Aunt all met our ‘neighbors’ on Thursday around lunchtime.  We quickly caught up, had a quick lunch and ventured out.  We knew our theme of this trip was wine tasting but more importantly it was reconnecting and taking in beautiful Keuka Lake.  The girls headed out separate from the boys (actually we didn’t see the boys again until dinnertime).  We took in a few wineries, pottery and antique shops.  All in all I think we drove about half way around the lake.  Each stop was beautiful in it’s own way and Keuka wineries have some views!  Back in time for some dockside wine and cheese and then we headed up to the house for dinner.

sister, me, Aunt, Mom

Point of the Bluff Vineyards - Keuka Lake Views

 

Point of the Bluff Vineyards - Keuka Lake Views

The next day was pretty similar.  We were up early, had a hearty breakfast and headed out to a few more wineries.  One being one our ‘Aunt’ works at – talk about the hookup!  We were back at the house for lunch and quickly out on the boat for a long cruise on this perfectly sunny day!  Back at the house to freshen up for dinner and then headed to The Lakeside – which was fantastic!  There are so many options for outside, lakeside seating and it was the perfect night for it.  I do recommend reservations though.  I had a great beer, Local Mocha Stout from Keuka Brewing Co., paired with Louie’s BLT (no B 🙂 ).  The next morning we all headed out after breakfast.

view from Heron Hill Winery - Keuka Lake Views

Lake view from Bully Hill Winery - Keuka Lake Views

Keuka Lake Views

This was a great little trip with some of my favorite people!  I need to remember this is the reason we moved back north, to be closer to family and do things like this.  Darn you winter! 🙂