I’m not the biggest fan of summer. I don’t really care to sweat unless I’m doing manual labor in a ball cap and cruddy clothes…pumpkin bread doesn’t taste near as good when it’s 98 degrees out…there is no football and baseball just doesn’t do it for me…I can’t stand sunscreen on soooo many levels (feel, smell, chemicals, etc.) but don’t want my kiddos to burn on prolonged outdoor days…flip flops aren’t good for my horribly flat feet but confining them in real shoes just doesn’t feel good or right…I could continue, but that almost seems hateful.
Today, though…when it’s barely 75 and breezy and the sky is a rich blue and there isn’t hardly a cloud in the atmosphere…when it feels like fall…I dig it. So do these two…
I wrote on Facebook earlier, “how you hardly make a kid nap on a day like today??” It’s just too nice out to worry with a few extra winks, right?
Days like today…with play clothes and muddy shoes and dirty faces and pigtails…my heart holds close.
No hurry to be anywhere…no reason to be perfectly cleaned…no place I’d rather be…
She takes such good care of him
“Are you gonna lawnmower, momma?”
“Not right now…I just wanna play with you guys.”
This boy loves to “drive”
Shoes? Who needs ‘em…
But then fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous a** as it always does one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since last he saw you. – Stephen King
I don’t want to rush the time I have with these two cuties, but I have no qualms about rushing the weather or the changing of the seasons. Today though, I shall marvel in this “summer” while my soul whispers “come on fall…”
I feel so troubled…I can’t find the before pics of the living room anywhere! I’ve looked on two computers and a flash drive – what happened to them!?
Close your eyes and imagine white walls…and then pick up a rag and smear some yellow brown paint in a circular motion on said walls – THAT would’ve been the living room. The floor was fine and the wood work was good, it just needed some paint!
Our living room changes a bit from time to time, both in arrangement and details. It’s shaped really funny and I’m always arranging and rearranging trying to find the setup I like best. This is where I’ve landed for now. Things are decorated a little on the Americana side – summer just screams that to me.
From the kitchen…
Other side, from the kitchen…
From the north wall…
I have lots of little vintagey things displayed in crates that are kind of fun…
The stars are old carpenter’s rulers that Wrex shaped into stars for me. I swiped the July 4th printables off a Pinterest site and added some touches of red and turquoise.
Thank you, Pinterest!
I found this gorgeous fabric at a yard sale this past weekend. It’s thick, red-striped canvas and totally reminded me of Old Glory…
Wrex built this tree for me out of scrap wood and it’s one of my favorite things in the room. I keep thinking I’m going to get sick of it, but so far it hasn’t happened.
I used flashcards to make the bunting…
and scrap fabric to make this wreath stand out a bit.
This is command central for all things preschool/Cubbies/blogging/bill paying, etc., can you tell?!
A lot goes on in this little corner!
We made this chicken wire bulletin board and have been using it as a prayer board for a few years now. It’s just a simple reminder to intercede for the people we have tacked up there…
Where the blog magic happens…
I love these Ikea hanging systems. So handy!
We made the big star out of yardstick around Christmas and I threw it up there for summer. Our TV stand is an old dresser we bought from some friends. We sanded it to rustic it up, added some funky paint and fabric and voila – I love it!
Our light fixtures in the living room are old minnow buckets we found at a flea market. They, too, are one of my faves!
I hope you enjoyed our little living room tour! We’re headed to enjoy some summer outside!
Oh man – how cool is this!?
I’m seeing this in the kids’ bathroom one day…
I LOVE these fireworks lights!
Who’s having a girl?? Let’s get that shower started!
Make. Me. Cry.
What a cool art/memory piece!
Love the tractor table but I REALLY love that wallpaper!
I am now on the lookout for an old bike wheel…
And a cuckoo clock I can spray paint – this is awesome!
Oh, mudroom – how I love thee! I desperately needed one at our old home and this place is no different. It’s amazing what gets swept up out there…thankfully, it doesn’t end up in the house.
This room wasn’t in horrible shape but did need a little TLC. The ceiling wasn’t finished and it definitely needed a coat of paint, but besides that we didn’t change too much. We had some boards to replace and some trim to put in, but we kept the floor in this room. Brown hides dirt, yes?!
Fresh paint and our appliances…
Wrexy built me a table to fold and sort laundry on (which I love)…as well as the missing sock clothesline. We ended up putting galvanized metal on the ceiling to tie it in with other pieces of the house.
Functional – just what I need!
I love my apple basket laundry hampers, even if they’re always full…
We made a clothespin chandelier and I absolutely love how it pops in this room!
Seriously adorbs, yes?!
I made this chalkboard/note holder at our previous home out of an old window from the farm. I love it so much it had to live here…as well as the cool caricature of Wrex and I.
The fun wall!
Wrex built a bench/cubby/coat rack – a necessity for us!
We have a few coats…
This room could’ve been in worse shape and us never have fixed it and I’d still love it just because it’s a place to kick off dirty shoes and undress and redress and house baby chicks and kittens and hairless dogs and keep all of those things out of the rest of the house! Our front door rarely gets used…and I’m totally ok with that.
It’s May 12th and it’s snowing.
I, for one, am not complaining. We need the moisture desperately so I refuse to complain about the form from which it comes. Plus, we’re all beat from a busy weekend and could use some snuggly, relaxing time.
The weather also makes me want to create, thus today’s Pinterest picks. Enjoy!
A witty hashtag gets me every time!
Clarendon, Texas, baby!
Awesome door frame, yes?!
Fun summer drink idea – check out the Swedish fish!
I LOVE familial seating and THIS is awesome!
This is what I preach…
I love maps and I love vintage wallpaper…
What a cool, easy dessert!
Water balloon pinatas WILL be happening this summer.
Do you love this floor combo or what?!
If only you knew how true this was…
Don’t you sometimes?!
Seriously. I need seven of these…
Chalk art for kiddo photographs – we WILL be doing this come summer!
This quilt needs to be in my bedroom.
I don’t think this kitchen could be any more perfect!
Don’t these look fun!?
Yes Yes Yes
This bag is BEAUTIFUL! Isn’t it so me?!
A lovely life verse…
What LOVELY letters! ;)
Pinterest has been neglected lately with the sick kiddos and all…and rightfully so. Regardless, here are my latest faves!
And momma, too…
How fun are these?! I’m thinking we need these for bubba’s first bday…
I love mailboxes and I love this little storage idea…
How cute is this scarf?!
Super cute napkin/silverware idea – easy, too!
Don’t ask me how I know…
This bag…get on my shoulder!
I am twitterpated over this heart wall hanging…
Those lips…almost as good as Wrexy’s…
Simple, yet adorable, cake topper…
That’s it. That’s all I got. I’m off to snuggle the babes!
The latest and greatest on my Pinterest boards…
Confetti balloons – how fantastic are these?! Makes me wanna throw a party…
This. I need this. STAT.
Truer than true. It proves itself time and time and time again.
I think this little bookshelf and place holder is too cute!
Drawers as underbed storage? Yes, please!
Rusty metal and reclaimed wood – all day, every day.
Oh yes, WD NEEDS this. (Did you know I was a Harry Potter nut? And proud of it!)
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Love the simplicity (and storage space) of this bed…
I need to get to sewing some of these for my long-legged beauty.
And she MUST HAVE THESE SHEETS! To die for!
Who doesn’t love all these fun colors?!
Got a fave? Do share!
Oh, Pinterest. I don’t spend as much time with you as I did in the beginning…and that’s more than fine with me…but you’ll always have a special place in my creative heart. You make organizing for the holidays a lot simpler, as I love having all of my PINspiration in one, easy-to-find place. I’ve jumped on a few times here lately and these are some of my favorites as of late! ***Beware – randomness ahead***
These little fellas look so divine…
Apple Pie Cookies
One of the cutest mobiles I’ve seen (and simple, too!)…
This bunk bed will soon be built for a little cutie that resides in our home…
This lady has some great and EASY plans! We’ve made the seesaw – WIN.
need want this! Better buy some more glue…
How fabulous, yes?!
Hysterical. You’re gonna have that song in your head all day now, huh?!
I would sip on this if it were in my hand…
Anything coffee is good in my book!
Lovely. I think I’m heading to the chicken house again this afternoon…
Oh the things I can do with these!
How incredible is this double shower curtain concept…
Crocheters, Sawyer would DIE for this…
I mean c’mon – how adorable is that for the little chicken girl!?
Great guestbook idea…
Who doesn’t love celebrating birthdays?!
Painted pinecones will be happening soon…
How cute and easy?!
What are some of your favorites you’ve found lately?! Paste your Pinterest link in the comments so I can follow you!