Saturday, July 23, 2011

Mason Jar Love

So, a few months ago I came across this amazing website called Pinterest. Anyone heard of it before? Of course you have! This site has quickly become a "must join site" for many in the blog world and for good reason. You can create boards about anything and everything and can collect pictures of things that inspire you from practically anywhere online.
I recently created a new board for myself simply titled "mason jars". I thought I'd share with you all some of the the mason jar love and maybe even inspire you. :)

This is a great idea that could be used for a wedding or even a backyard party. Source is unknown but it
was too cute not to share. If anyone knows the source, please let me know so I can update.

Cute mason jar chandelier by Beth from Home Stories A to Z. 
She shares a great tutorial on how to make this on your own.

Chalk paint always adds a fun touch to things!
Source: etsy

 Cute way to personalize jars for a party

This is another way to creatively personalize mason jars with just a little chalk paint.

This looks so tasty and refreshing. Perfect on a hot summer day!
Hostess With The Mostest (she has some a lot of really cute party ideas :)

Flowers in a jar is always a winner in my book!

Treats in jar. You can find out how to make this yummy treat & more at

There are so many more ideas I've come across but these are some of my faves. :)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Creating a Place for Quiet Rest

It’s amazing how your surroundings affect how well you sleep. Most of us assume that if we're tired, then once we lay down, we should be able to fall asleep without a problem. This was definitely not the case for us. Hubby and I have been having trouble sleeping for some time now so we decided to give a try at making over our bedroom in an attempt to provide a room we could fall asleep in each night without so much trouble. We were pleasantly surprised when our attempt deemed a success. Having a comfortable atmosphere to rest in each day helps relax our mind, easing our way into having a good night's sleep. I've tried to create it to where we are able to wind down if we need to forget about the stresses or busyness of the day by providing a calm, clean (most of the time), and inviting room.
Lots of changes have been made in our master bedroom but we still have a few details that need attention. Not sure when I’ll be able to get to those, but in the meantime, here are a few pictures of what I’ve done so far.
This is the dreary look we had going on before. I knew it was plain, but I didn’t realize just how bad it was until I saw these pictures.Talk about having a bare room.
br before 2
br before 3
The first thing I did was paint the walls. We used Silver Screen by Behr paint. For the baseboards and window trim, I used white semi satin paint that I already had. Once that was done, I sanded & painted the bedside chest.
chest before
chest after 2

Here is the cardstock modern gallery wall I created above the bed. I had a different idea in mind but when I hung these up, I decided to leave them We really like the simplicity and are happy with the outcome.  For the bedding, I bought a solid navy comforter and I already had the white sheets. I have some extra pillows from my living room set so I just bought a set of standard size navy pillowcases and tucked in the excess in the back. Seriously, you can’t tell from the front.  As mentioned in a previous post, I was on a mission to get this makeover done spending as little as possible and I was able to find the pair of green pillows and cute accent pillow on clearance.
br after 1

Hubby and I are sleeping like logs in our cozy new room. It's even become the new family hangout. I sometimes find my kids sneaking in during the day with a book in hand laying on my bed or sometimes just tucked into the sheets relaxing. My little guy loves his Legos so I sometimes find him with a small pile of Legos on my bed making his creation for the day be it a spaceship, car, house, etc. I’m glad to have been able to create a place where the whole family could find rest and comfort.
I’ve added a few more touches to the room but I’ll share those with you once we’re completely finished—or at least 90% finished. For some reason, I tend to hop around from project to project so I can leave jobs unfinished at times. Can anyone relate? Lol In the meantime, let me know what you think of the work in progress, I’d love to hear from you.