Tuesday, September 29, 2015

If you get the chance.... :)

If you get the chance to hold an adorable
fat baby on the beach....

you do it:)

If you get the chance to laugh out loud...

really loud....

you do it!!

Been spending time with my cousin
and his ridiculously cute littles:)

I'll be back next week when Miles (of smiles) has gone home
and I can focus on more that his fat adorable little self:)

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Just imagine.... :)

So here's the only tree I have in my backyard. 
It's a beauty:)
And it bears some tasty goodness.

 Like a ton of goodness.
We literally can not keep up with the amount
of avocados that this tree so sweetly gives us:)
Here's just some of what fell in a matter of 2 days!

 On the back side of the trunk of that tree is this little crevice
that just got me thinking...

You see when I was little, I would look at places in the yard (my
mom grew amazing plants) and 
just imagine that  little tiny people lived in there
amongst all the plants and it was like
their enchanted forest. Like I just KNEW they did. 

Fast forward some 40+ years and here I am,
still wanting to believe that:)

"there is no life I know to compare with pure imagination
living there, you'll be free if you
really wish to be"
-Willy Wonka

My cousin and his precious littles are going to be visiting
us this week, so that kind of gave me the push that I 
needed to do what I've been wanting to do since...

Plant a fairy garden!!!
At first it was just me and the hubby,
and then Ryne came over,

and then before I knew it the whole fam damily was 
taking over joining in on the fun:)

So here's what I got so far:)
And I say so far because you guys....!!!
this little garden is just about the cutest thing ever
and I'm already dreaming about how 
much more I could do to it!!

Like I'm thinking that the path to the tree needs
a door at the end of it...
and windows in the tree...
and a mailbox....

Now if only I could find some tiny people to live in there.....

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

The teeny tiny corner.... :)

So there's this corner on my kitchen counter that 
drives me insane. 
(this pic is on a good day)
It's the catch all corner. The clutter corner.
And most mornings it's the computers, iPads, techno everything corner.
Basically a total cluster...well, you know.

The worst part is..
it's all MY stuff:( and I have no where else to put it:( :( :(
no craft room....
no office....
no nuthin.

Can we just have a moment and check out what I got for FREE??
Yep. I was walking out of my local health food store 
(buying bacon no less!! hahaha)
and turned to my right to see this little lady with a free 
sign on her.
Look left. Look right. Load her up!

She's a sweet little thing who just needed a home...
in my home:)
Have I mentioned the tininess of this house?
I had no idea where I was going to squeeze her in, but I was
determined to give her a purpose I'm telling you!!

So I got to thinkin....
and movin....
and whaddya know....
she found her purpose!!

She is going to be my new little desk!!

Yes I robbed those topiaries from the right of the tv for this pic, but
don't you worry for a minute! I've already found more from my topiary hoard to replace them:)
Hi my name is Dorie and I'm addicted to topiaries.

 Aaaaahhhh!! Look at that cleaned up corner now!!

Thank you to whoever put this sweet little desk out for free
and brightened my world!!

Me so happy:)

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Settling.... :)

So I'm starting to feel settled.
All boxes are unloaded and gone, and I'm officially
moved in.
And I LOVE this little place.
Like so so much.
As with every move, I decluttered and got rid of excess crap.
Maybe a little too much? hahaha!!
This house is probably the simplest I've ever lived in...
but I'm totally diggin' it!!

Check out that gorgeous arrangement there.
Rio and Chase had a dinner party the other night
and invited our next door neighbor who just happens
to have been a florist back in the day, and that was their hostess gift.
I'm totally inviting him and his sweet wife to dinner
like once a week for the rest of my life.

It's times like these when I love that Rio is highly allergic
to flowers.

I couldn't pass up this shell planter at Albertsons
the other day. I went in for something like 
toilet paper and somehow this thing made
it's way to my side table.
It happens.

You guys....
LOOK at this adorable built in.
There's a chance this sealed the deal for me.
I LOVE me some original built ins.

And you know how I said that I decluttered maybe a little
too much? Well you're looking at pretty much 
all the goodies that I have to my name.
And I like that way:)
This house is just shy of 1300 sq. ft. so 
I can't hoard like I used to!

 Here's a peek into the guest room.
I love all the natural light in this room!
Actually the entire house is like this.
I think the crisp white walls help. The landlord told me
the walls and trim are all Swiss Coffee.
...another deal sealer:)

 I have to tell you all about the sand currently sitting
on my coffee table.
It's called Kinetic Sand and I found it at Michaels.
My sis in law had some at her house when I was
there in AZ last week, and I couldn't stop
playing with it!!

It's seriously the coolest thing ever.
It's $14.99 a box, and I used one for my tray.
It's the best thing to play with while watching
Bachelor in Paradise.
Yes I watch that show.
Judge not.

It's kind of like that sand that you rake for relaxation only
100 times better.
Why you say?
Read the description below-

It’s more fun when it’s wacky! Feel the difference with Kinetic Sand! Pack it, pull it, shape it and love it, Kinetic Sand is so incredible you can’t put it down. It’s kinetic—meaning it sticks to itself and not to you—so it oozes, moves and melts right before your eyes. It flows through your fingers like a slow-moving liquid, but leaves your hands completely dry. Shape anything you want and use it over and over again. Kinetic Sand never dries out and is gluten free. This soft and stretchy sand cleans up easily while delivering non-stop fun!

Did you catch that second to last sentence??
What in the world?? hahahaha!!!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Gimme a minute... :)

Soo... I moved on Sunday. I mean it's been a WHOLE YEAR since
I moved so I was getting the itch.
I'm totally lying. Like a rug.

What I was itching for though, was a house with a yard.
Since they come on the market for rent almost
never here in Carp, this house is a total blessing:)

I've been praying for the perfect house.
And here it is!
I had to laugh. Was this the Lord's way of reminding
me from whence I came?? This house is
sooo Arizona!! hahahaha!!

But let me tell you, this house has wood floors and crisp white 
walls and gorgeous original windows.
But the best part?
That's my back gate on the left, and 
RIO'S front gate on the right!!

She rents the guest house in the back, which is how we
got the lead on this house.
It's who ya know people!!

Little Bully finally has a yard. So maybe he'll 
do some slimming down??
I'm thinking he's going to stuff his face with the
avocados that fall from the tree, and
explode alla Violet Beauregarde.

In the middle of all the chaos and craziness,
I came across this lovely bottle of our favorite
wine and popped that cork.

It's so hard for me to take a breather when I move into a new place.
I want it done NOW!
But this time I decided to go against every fiber of my being
and take a minute to savor this special moment:)

Oh don't be fooled!!
I said a MOMENT!! 
I've had these chairs in storage for a year and I 
couldn't WAIT another second to set 'em up!

Awww smile!!
Or snile??
THAT'S going to bug me....

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Project Beautify Trinity.... :)

Oh how I loved this one! From the minute I laid eyes on her,
I knew she was going to be a cutie:)

She started out a 3 bed/2 bath. We made her a
4 bed/3 bath. 

Remember how I said that all the guys were hating the white??
Well they changed their tune.
Uh huh.
Maybe because I couldn't quit singing-
I tooold you soooo, oh I told you so...

I mean seriously though!!
She looks so fresh and happy I can hardly stand it:)

The entire house and all the trim is painted Swiss Coffee.
The front door is Churlish Green by Farrow & Ball.
The front porch and steps are painted with Sherwin Williams
Super Deck paint in Buckthorn.

Let's step inside shall we??

This was the front room and dining room before. The kitchen was
through that doorway on the right.
And see that raised dining area? Well that thing was a beast
 I'm telling you! Like we darn near needed a back hoe to
take it out!!

We opened up the wall to the kitchen and leveled out the dining room floor.
Muuuch bettah!!
The walls in the entire house are painted Sherwin Williams Accessible Beige.
All the trim and ceilings are Swiss Coffee.

Before kitchen-

So you know how I was all excited about all my Schoolhouse Electric
lighting?? Well dummy me didn't order in enough time:( so
when it came down to the day before we were supposed to put the 
house on the market, (and my lights hadn't arrived yet)
the hubby headed down to Lamps Plus and got all new lights.
And he did a fabulous job I must say:)

We're using the Schoolhouse lighting on the (now in demo stage) 
Elizabeth June house, and it's going to be perfect!

The island is Ikea. We stained the top darker and added
ship lap to the back side where the stools are, and painted it 
the same color as the range hood- Accessible Beige.

The hubby made the hood and corbels:)

To the left of the back door was a pantry area, and to the right
behind the wall was a built in banquette.

We opened it up so the kitchen continued to the back door, and the fridge
tucked in where the old pantry was.

How lucky were we that the back door was so cute and just
needed a coat of fresh white paint!

The Master bedroom before.
It was massive! we were able to add a master bath 
and big walk in closet in this space and it still 
ended up a good size!

Presto chango!

I loved that fireplace! She just needed to be squared off and
again-white paint:)

We cut out those panels in the door that made it look
dated and added glass. That door goes out to the back porch:)

The master bath. The vanity is from Wayfair (where the shipping is free- you know
you're singing it!! hahaha!!). We painted the chrome hardware matte black.

And just check out that dreamy shampoo/soap shelf in the shower!
Because every gal has like 795 bottles of what in the world! - right??!!

The downstairs bath before-


The stairs before.

The stairs after.
Well kinda. I promise they're totally finished
and lovingly covered in plastic because I would 
seriously lose my sh*t if they got dirty
before the new owners made this their home!

Up those lovely plastic covered stairs are two bedrooms
and one bath. I LOVE this bedroom because-
it's HUGE and it has a little hidden gem...

 LOOK at that adorable little kiddie space!! It even has tv hook up
in there! There's a chance I dream heavily of eating popcorn
and raisinets snuggled in blankets and pillows and 
watching Cinderella in there.

Why yes I do have the dreams of a 5 year old!
Keeps me young I say:)

We're going to end this house tour with a visit
 to the backyard.
 She just needed some love.

This sweet house is already pending:)
You can view more pics and info here.