Saturday, August 16, 2014

Harrison & Lyla's Nursery on!

It's getting late on Saturday night and I'm finally sitting down with a cup of hot chocolate (yes, I'm ready for fall), relaxing for a few minutes before bed. This has been a crazy day making last minute preparations for vacation. Woo-hoo!! 

So, I'm really just checking in to tell you, that a couple of months ago I was contacted by wanting to know if they could share the twins nursery on their website, promoting different ideas for baby furniture they sell. We got our cribs at, and as most of you have seen (if you have followed my blog long), painted them turquoise. had the best deal on the Jenny Lind cribs I wanted and we love the way they turned out. Apparently a lot of you out there like the turquoise cribs, too, as it's one of my top pinned pictures on Pinterest. THANK YOU!! :) Anyway, our nursery is being featured for the month of August on the nursery furniture page. You can go HERE to see it. It's the 2nd rotating picture at the top of the page. 

We've made a few changes since the picture on their website. This is how it currently looks. We have a cute trash can now, a throw on the glider, and of course, the painted striped curtains we just hung. The ivory rug was changed out only a few months in (haha) for a big red shag rug. However, shag doesn't work well with baby puke. Everyone hear me on that!! Don't do it! Hopefully, a professional cleaner can get it out and the rug will go back on the floor. :-) 

And just for fun, here's where we started with the room and cribs before painting.

A big THANK YOU to Amy Dragoo with who found me and thought this was worth sharing. :) 

til the next time,

Thursday, August 7, 2014

New Items in My Etsy Shop!

It's been forever, but I FINALLY have some new items in my Etsy shop, "Arlie & Essie". I've said a little here before about my shop, but for those who don't know, my shop is named after my two grandmothers. Arlie was my mom's mom (who I never got to meet), and Essie was my dad's. 

Anyway, I thought I'd share here that I've been working on some art prints that are available to download directly to your computer and you can have them printed and throw them in a frame. Or, something I'm dying to try is making something cute with one through Shutterfly. Have y'all seen all the nifty stuff you can do through them now?! 

Here's the prints I have available and I'll update you as I add more. 

til the next time,

Monday, August 4, 2014

The DIY Mishap that Wasn't Such a Mishap!

So, I know many of you have seen the striped curtain trend, and even the painted striped curtain trend. 
I've been on the hunt for new drapes for my living room since we got our new sofa. I think the two kind of clash and I want some sort of print to liven it up a little. 

I found these on Pottery Barn's website and had my heart set on them. 

BUT, I didn't like the price tag, and they really weren't the true color I was going for.  It was going to cost around $450.00 to get all the panels I needed. I had seen everyone in blog-land painting stripes on curtains and I thought "haha, yeah, like that would really work".  But the more I wanted the striped drapes, the more I considered it, and finally told the idea to Hubby. He thought it was a crazy idea, but agreed to go along with it (because he's cool like that) since it would save him us a lot of money.  :-)  

We bought some inexpensive white drapes at Ikea and paint from Lowe's and decided to try it. (excuse the iPhone pics)

And guess what? It worked! Even Hubby was impressed! 
But when we went to hang a pair, either the measurements had been incorrect on the packaging, or the panels shrunk when I threw them in the dryer to get some of the wrinkles out. I'm kind of leaning toward the first thought, but either way, they were too short. We already had the rods up from the curtains that are there now and I didn't want to lower them because I think it would look funny to hang the drapes any lower in the living room, and I wanted the drapes to brush the floor. They were about 3 inches above the floor! I was SO upset! All of that work in vain. We knew from the beginning it might not work, but not for this reason! But we had agreed, if it didn't work, we weren't out a lot of money. But then Hubby had a great idea: just hang them in the nursery for the twins. I had wanted drapes in their room to begin with, but we'd never gotten any. 

So, we went with my original idea from way back when and bought a galvanized pipe, spray painted it red, and hung the drapes in the twins room. And we LOVE it. I think they look so much better in here than they could have ever looked in the living room. 

 You can't even tell they're painted, can you? 

Now, back to square one for the living room. Decisions, decisions. :) OH - and I have 2 painted panels for sale just like these if any of you are interested, just email me for details! 

I'll be back soon with some new stuff we've done in the kitchen! Y'all, seriously, after 3 years in this house, it's ALMOST finished. GAHHH! 

til the next time,

Monday, July 14, 2014

I'll Have a Blue Monday!

Today I thought I'd share some blue in the kitchen.

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Love the ceiling here!

I think I could manage to do a little baking in any of these kitchens! What about you? 

til the next time,

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Pie Pops & Twin Pics!

For the 4th of July, I got the crazy notion to make fried pies, or pie's on a stick. When I looked it up to see if it was even doable (for pie's on a stick), I found a couple of tutorials on Pinterest. So, I went for it.  They turned out to be easy, but a little time consuming. However, their cuteness made up for the time spent. :) I decided to make apple and chocolate. Items I used:

Pre-Made Pie Crust Rolls (in the biscuit aisle at the grocery store)
Cake Pop Sticks (Target)
Canned Apple Pie Filling
Homemade Chocolate Pie Filling (cut this recipe in half)
Wax Paper
Juice Glass
Rolling Pin
Pastry Brush

First, roll all of your pie crust out, very thin. Then, cut circles with the top side of your juice glass. 

Next, spoon your filling onto one piece of crust, add the pop stick. 

Brush egg onto edges of crust (so crust will stick together), then add top crust. Go around edges with the fork (as pictured above…my photos got off). :) 

Bake at 400 for about 13 minutes, flip over and bake for a few more, just watching until they're as dark as you want them. Here's how mine turned out….they got great reviews at our family cookout! I think next time, I'll try to add more filling. Not sure how to do it, though, without all the filling squishing out. Guess I'll have to experiment. 

These would be great for any party! 

And just for fun, here's a few pics of the kiddos. It's a job trying to get them both to look at the camera and smile at the same time. They're smart enough now to know I'm trying to take pictures, so they purposely look away. And Mr Harrison didn't want to let go of the cookie cup. Attitudes already. ;) 

Still a ham for the camera (when he wants to be)!

A family member snapped this one on his phone. I love it! He totally captured Miss Lyla! She's very contemplative and she studies people. But when she warms up to you, she's sweet as can be. 

And that's all for now….Lots of new things I'm working on for the house, so hopefully some crafting/house decor posts soon!

Linking up at:
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til the next time,

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

S'Wonderful Chocolate Chip Cookies with Cheesecake Instant Pudding Mix!

I've had the itch to bake lately, probably because I was doing the Whole30 eating plan (more on that later, hopefully) and since there's absolutely NO sweets on the plan, that pretty much left baking out of the question. Yesterday was one of those lazy afternoons where I should've been doing a million other things, but a storm moved in, it cooled off outside and I just decided to bake some cookies. Chocolate chip cookies are probably my most favorite EVER, but I made some and changed up my recipe and I think they turned out absolutely wonderful! Even Hubby, who isn't big on chocolate chip cookies, thought these were pretty great.

I added in some peanut butter chips on a few of them, because there's no better combo than chocolate and peanut butter, right? 

I had a little help finishing off that milk. :) 

I used a regular chocolate chip recipe (this time from the back of my Nestle Toll House chocolate chip bag), and added 2 boxes of Jello brand Cheesecake instant pudding mix to the dry ingredients. 

If you would like a printable recipe, click here for my take on these cookies!

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til the next time,

*"Hey, Y'all" print by Stephanie Creekmur. Polka Dot cake stand by Rosanna. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

I Got a Spot on Hostess with the Mostess!!

Hey, y'all! I'm so excited to tell you today that the twins' first birthday party got a little spot on the famous party blog, Hostess with the Mostess (HWTM)! You can see the post here. I was noted with 4 other parties.  You can read the original post on my blog here. If you're unfamiliar with HWTM, you should check them out. It's an incredible site packed with ideas for parties, showers, weddings, etc. 

Thanks for letting me share! :-)

I hope to be back later for Blue Monday!