Thursday, September 11, 2014

Happy Anniversary to US!

This blog has been a little on the quiet side, due to the fact that we took a family vacation the end of August, and I had surgery the week we came home. I really do have crafts/renovation progress to share, but I'll get to that later. Today, just want to wish my guy a Happy Anniversary. It doesn't seem possible that it's been 4 years since that happy day! You are the best thing (along with the twins) that's happened to me. You are my favorite for reals. :-) 

til the next time,

Thursday, September 4, 2014

My CD Released on iTunes!

Those of you who have followed my blog for awhile probably know that I am a singer and a choir director. I love music. There's not a day in my life that doesn't go by without some singing or listening to recorded music. About 14 years ago, I made a Christian/Gospel cd when I was just a kid, fresh out of Bible College. I tried a few years ago to get it on iTunes, but I needed at least 5 physical cd's to send in and I no longer had even 5 left! About a month ago, I decided to check on the requirements, figuring things had changed with technology, and they had! I had to go through lots of online "paperwork" and it took about 2 weeks to get everything straight….THEN I had to wait for it to be released. You can find it on iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, etc. The title is "If You Owned the World" and I penned 4 of the songs: "If You Owned the World", "Extraordinary Love", "He Never Gave up on Me", and "Call on Him". 

Obviously, over the years, my style has changed and my voice most likely has, too. The voice matures just as the rest of us does! I'd love to make a new Praise and Worship album, but it takes A LOT of money. I talked with a studio in Nashville about 8 years ago and then, it was going to cost about $30,000. We all know everything goes up with time, so it may cost more now. I'm really trying to focus on writing some new stuff and maybe….just maybe…saving enough to at least get a start on a new project. We'll see. But any track you buy will help! :) 

So, if this is your sort of thing, check it out. My favorite tracks are "If You Owned the World", "Extraordinary Love", "Child's Prayer" and "First to Say".  

Click HERE for the link to iTunes. 
(It's listed under Kassie Dutton because my info had to exactly match the info on my cd cover)

til the next time,

Monday, September 1, 2014

Happy 2nd Birthday to Our Little Loves!

Please stop growing so fast…..

You two are the greatest gifts in our lives and truly, Life is Good.  :) 

we love you,
ma-ma and da-da

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,