Monday, June 29, 2009

Silent Auction Success

Yesterday Daniel's scout troop held their second semi-annual Court of Honor. This is a ceremony to celebrate and recognize all the boys' hard work and advancement. We also honored some of the adult leaders at this time as well. In conjunction with the Court of Honor, we held a silent auction to raise funds for the troop. I was in charge of organizing the auction. I'd never set up something like this before and I was a little worried while I was working on it. We got some amazing donations from the some of the parents and the companies where they work. We had about 40 items ranging from a $500 chair to homemade cookies. It went off really well and all but two items got bids. We raised over $800 for the troop. I feel like this is a GREAT success.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Gardening is not my forte.

So I planted a few vegetables plants this year. Last year the husband built a little area to plant some veggies. We planted two tomato plants and ended up having four last year. Crazy story. Anyway, this year I decided I wanted a few things other than the tomatoes. In addition to two different types of tomatoes, we planted squash and cucumbers. I thought I left plenty of room around the plants when I planted them. I was dead wrong. I've never seen a squash plant as big as ours. I knew they would be really big but I didn't imagine it would take up all the space. The plants are thriving and starting to produce but they are running out of space. Next year I'm expanding the garden area.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


My husband is so sweet. He has been out of town the past couple of days and left me little surprises all over the house to find. In addition to these I received flowers today. They are beautiful. My mother-in-law is a florist and does beautiful arrangements. I decided to play around with my camera and take a few pictures. If you couldn't tell from the arrangement I love the color pink. I also love gerbera daisies and the lilies. Hope you enjoy the pictures.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

You've got to be kidding.

About a month ago, my husband comes in from work and asks me if I know what happened to our landscaping lamps that were lining our sidewalk. I told him I didn't know what he was talking about and we walked out to find the majority of them broken into pieces. We assumed that some kid decided he/she thought it would be fun to take a baseball bat to them or something like that. There were two that were still intact so instead of removing them we just left them where they were. We rarely turn on the porch lights so it was good to have them there to see the sidewalk in case anyone came for a visit. I'm thinking now we should have moved them.

Well tonight I found out who really broke them. I was sitting on my couch reading when I heard a noise I didn't recognize so I went and looked out the front door. I found the two kids from next door playing with them in the street. They are about 3 and 4 years old. The little boy was throwing the top portion around like it was a Frisbee. There were adults sitting there watching them playing with them in the street. Most kids play in the street in our neighborhood. There is little traffic. Anyway, as soon as I walk out of the house they run back to their yard. I started picking up the pieces and the little girl walked up to me and said, "Lady, I'm sorry." What else was I supposed to say except it's okay. Then they started picking up the pieces I missed. It was sweet except for the fact I was seriously angry about them being broken and the adults just letting them do it. I'm not sure what to do about the whole thing. The lamps weren't really worth a great deal. For me it's more the principle of the entire matter.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Show Us Where You Live Friday- Bathroom Edition

This week Kelly's Korner blog is hosting "Show Us Where You Live Friday- Bathrooms." So I thought I would share my guest bathroom with you. This is the first room we painted in the house. It was the easiest at the time and I tried to start with the rooms that I knew guests were bound to see when I began decorating the house. We moved in to a newly built home and everything was a beige color. I get so bored with the same colors on the walls. Unfortunately, the family room and kitchen are still the same beige color. I haven't quite figured out how I'm going to paint those just yet. Anyway back to the bathroom.

This is the view from the hall. Its the only room in the house without a window and of course I decided to paint it with a dark purple. It made it much darker but I loved this color for a bathroom.
Here's a view from the other side of the counter. Its a very long, skinny room.

This is a mirror we got as a wedding gift. I wasn't sure what to do with it. I really like it but it doesn't really go with anything else in the house. We put it up in the bathroom before we fully decorated it and I thought it looked good there after we painted.

I found this on sale at Linens and Things and thought it was really cute. The green matte matches perfectly with the green accents in the room.

I got these three little candles at Wal-Mart. Again, I was looking for green accents. I LOVE this color green. I pretty much have some variation of this color in every room in the house.

I got this from a good friend who was a Home Interiors consultant before they went bankrupt. I though it fit really well in there.

And finally the shower curtain. I made the mistake of painting the room before I found a curtain to go along with it. I don't think I will make that mistake again. It took us a while to find one that I liked, but I'm pretty happy with this one. It's got right color purple, the right green and some yellow with helps lighten things up a bit.

Anyway that's it, my guest bathroom. Thanks for taking a look. Have a wonderful weekend.


If your were anywhere in the vicinity of NW Arkansas you probably saw the line of storms that moved though last night. I was sitting in my favorite chair with the lap top surfing the web and my husband walked into the room and said, "Wow. Look outside." I turned around (the chair sits in front of a large window in the living room) and this is what I saw...

I've seen some amazing sunsets but I don't think I've ever seen the sky this orange. It was beautiful. The white flecks are rain drops.

About 15 minutes after these were taken I snapped a few more...

It was starting to break up and look a little more yellow. Still amazing. It finally set about 15 minutes later and the sky still looked beautiful after the sun went down. It was a deep deep blue color and the clouds were still rolling through.

Just goes to show you the things God can do.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Weekend Review

We had a super busy weekend. Well, actually it was really only Saturday that was busy. Daniel and I got up early Saturday and drove the two hours to Branson Missouri. There is a theme park there called Silver Dollar City and the company my dad and brother work for gave free tickets to all their employees. Since my brother didn't want to go, he gave his tickets to Daniel and me.

This is a photo of my brother and me. He is almost two years younger but everyone thinks he's older. I'm guessing it's because of the premature baldness. He usually wears a ball cap and it was like pulling teeth to get him to take it off for the family photos last spring.

After spending most of the day walking around and window shopping at the many shops in the park, we decided to head home. On the way we stopped at one of the outlet malls in Branson. There is a Coleman outlet there and Daniel loves to shop for camping gear. He's getting ready to head to scout camp with his scout troop for a week and wanted to look for last minute supplies. When we got home we took a short nap and then headed over to Daniel's brother's house. We met up with them and headed out to the drive-in theatre. The new Pixar movie "Up" was showing along with "The Hannah Montana Movie." We only stayed for "Up." It was great. There were some really sad moments but overall I thought it had a good lesson and story. There were some incredibly funny moments. I really enjoyed the movie but it is not my favorite Pixar movie. I am a big fan of Pixar and look forward to the movies to come from them.

Sunday was a relaxing day. We stayed at home for most of the day and did some very much needed cleaning. We went back to Daniel's brother's house for dinner. It was wonderful. He made ribs and they were great.

So far this week has been pretty low key for me. I'm job searching and so far not coming up with much. Yesterday I spent most of the day going around to local businesses asking for donations for the scout troop's upcoming silent auction. Hopefully some of the business owners will call me back with donations. We'll see what today holds. I am looking forward to having lunch with a good friend I haven't seen in a while today. So until then, have a great day.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Show Us Where You Live Fridays- Offices

Kelly's Korner sponsors Show Us Where You Live Fridays. This Friday is home offices. I'm currently working on completing my home office. We have two offices. My husband has his own office, although I call it his man room. I would share pictures of that office as well but it is in complete shambles at the moment. Anyway, here are some pictures of my work in progress. I love to quilt and scrapbook so in addition to being used as an office space, it will also be used as a craft room.

We just finished painting this week. This is the pull-out sofa we have in the room. I like the pattern but I'm considering covering it so it would go better with the room.

This is a drawing a college roommate of mine did for her senior art project. It's done with inks.

Like I said, it's still a work in progress so everything is not in its proper place yet. This is a picture of my work table. I found this old metal top table at a flea market and repainted it this light shade of green. The quilt over the rack is a gift from my husband's grandmother for our wedding.Here's another view of the dest and window. I love the valance I found at Walmart.
I found this saying on a website and thought it was perfect. I cut the letters with a Cricut machine. My sister-in-law got a Cricut and it is AWESOME!! I'm planning on framing some of my favorite fabrics and hanging them around this.

Well there you have it. I would love any comments or suggestions anyone has to offer.

What a week!

It's been a busy few days for me. Granted I don't have anything to really so for it. My mom had surgery on Tuesday. She is doing great, a little sore but overall good. I'm really happy everything went okay. She and my dad were really worried about the surgery. I was too but I knew I needed to help keep them calm. Her doctor was one of the best in the state for the type of surgery she needed.

While I was away with my mom, Daniel worked to finish painting my sewing room. I will post pics when it is completed. We painted it a soft yellow color. It definitely brightened up the space. I love it. I bought an old metal top table from a flea market that I'm going to use as a desk/worktable. I painted it a very pale light green color. I found the paint in the returned paint aisle at Walmart for $3.00! I think I'm going to have to recover the sofa that I have in the room. We got the pull-out sofa to use when we have guests over. I am so excited about this room and can't wait for it to come together.

Like I said, I don't really have much to show for my week but it sure does feel like its been a busy one.