Monday, September 12, 2011

Get Me Motivated Monday

The Teen competed in his first high school marching band competition Saturday night.  It was a proud momma moment seeing him in his uniform (complete with plumed hat), playing his trombone while marching in and out of formations, backwards, forwards and side-to-side.  The discipline and friendships he's earning via marching band are priceless, and I'm so proud to cheer him on.

Unfortunately we didn't get home from the competition (which was over 2 hours away) until 2am Sunday morning, so after a few hours sleep, the three of us spent the whole day Sunday lounging around.  Today The Mr. and The Teen are off to work, and I need my weekly motivation to get things accomplished around the house.

Here are the projects that are giving me a kick-start this week:

1.  Even a hum-drum house can be madeover into a fabulous facade.  We love Craftsman houses, if you can't tell by our own home, and are super-impressed by this before & after at Sweet Chaos.


2.  Cookies are my thing, and I have a great recipe for iced sugar cookies.  Blend that tastiness with the Sweet Sugarbelle's take on the ultra-hot chevron design, and we have a winner.  Mmm ... I'm salivating now.


3.  What's an easy way to update a boring lamp shade and give a room some pizzazz?  Cover the shade with fabric!  I've seen this done before, but I'm crushing on the color and pattern choices by Salvage Savvy.  Since my cats wreak havoc on horizontal upholstered surfaces (chairs, sofas), I don't have many opportunities for fun fabrics.  Perhaps I'll add this to my makeover list!


4.  I've been thinking of gray for a future furniture makeover, and these examples by My Old Country House and Elizabeth & Co, respectively, are telling me I'm on the right track.



5.  Dry erase surfaces are not only for walls!  The folks at Add Some Paint were having trouble with the restained finish on top of their refurbed desk, so they tried dry erase paint after a tip from a relative.  Oh ... all the notes I would write on that puppy ....


6.  Who needs stencils or wallpaper?  These birch trees were painted freehand!  Check out the tutorial at Priss This.


Thanks for the inspiration, all!  If you've been featured, please grab my new button!




Hollie

6 comments:

  1. Hey You! Thanks so much for featuring me!!!I really appreciate the support. I am really trying to get more followers to see all the things I do...much like you...I am now your NEWEST follower and if you are so inclined, come on over and follow me too!!!

    LOVE your home!!!!
    I have teens too! and my baby just turned 11!

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  2. Hi!
    The sisters at AddSomePaint thank you for featuring our dry erase painted desk!
    I love the character of your home! Living in Az, there aren't many homes like that here, unfortunately.

    We are going to feature your button on our links page soon, too!

    Thanks again!

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  3. Thanks so much for featuring my wall painting tutorial, Hollie! I love your blog!

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  4. Thanks for the shout out! Love the name of your blog. Glad I'm not the only procrastinator in the blogosphere :)

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  5. Thanks so much for featuring my curvy buffet! I'm loving all shades of gray right now. ... Your bungalow is so adorable! I'm following along and looking forward to getting to know you! ... Thanks again!

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  6. What a huge difference. I think I'll check out Sweet chaos for home making tips.

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