So much to do today, including getting ready for the snow storm that is supposed to hit tomorrow. As the weather advisory reported, they are expecting "life threatening wind chills." (So that means I am trying to stock up on as much soup as I can!) By the way the storm is being described by everyone, it's Oklahoma Armageddon 2011, and should look like this:
Last night was Date a Theta, and it was so much FUN!
Footballer and trophy wife, with, of course, Barbie and Ken.
Such a blast with wonderful friends! But now, back to reality. I am incredibly behind in homework, have a paper due in a week, plus I will be gone all weekend with our church's middle school group at a conference. 8 little 6th grade girls are under my wings...let's hope I can stay sane and keep them safe! Plus, I woke up sick this morning, so I'm crossing my fingers it doesn't get worse, and I will be able to fight it off. But enough of my complaining, and onto fun things!
Are these not adorable? I would love to have them on my couch. I love that they are Scrabble letters! Another fun idea I had was if these pillows spelled out a last name. It would have to be short, however! Can you imagine spelling "Robinson" on a couch? Yikes. It would have to be long or L-shaped...and that would look weird. But if it were a short last name, like "Smith," or "Davis" I think it would be a fun, unique, personal touch to an area that is rarely personalized.
I love this closet. Not only because it appears to house only shoes and apparently needs a stepstool to reach the top of it, but I love the hangings! Closet doors can get a little boring, and certainly in the way. But drapes of a fun fabric like this:
"If you're going to be passionate about something, be passionate about learning. If you're going to fight something, fight for those in need. If you're going to question something, question authority. If you're going to lose something, lose your inhibitions. If you're going to gain something, gain respect and confidence. And if you're going to hate something, hate the false idea that you are not capable of your dreams." --Daniel Goldsten
I know this will say it's "Saturday," but I havn't been to bed yet, so to me, it's still technically Friday. Ergo, the:
Tomorrow, my sorority has a date party, where the theme is famous couples/pairs. My date and I will be going as a footballer and his trophy wife. Which I just think is hilarious! I will try to post a picture of all my bling. :) Until then, here are some even better things I can show you:
Hubba hubba...who wouldn't want this kitchen? My favorite part though...are the light fixtures.
Love them! And the monogrammed chairs! Don't know what they stand for, but that's half the fun--having unique items to your home and family!
I want to specifically point out the floor. This image is from Young House Love. In their sunroom/indoor porch the floor was concrete. Pretty standard, right? Well...they painted the concrete! Then painted a stencil on it! Love it. For this house and couple, it completely works. I just don't know if I could ever be so bold! Or have those words come out of my mouth! "Honey, I want to paint the floor...."
And finally...one last pic. I would really love to have this quote somewhere in my kitchen. After all, what's a kitchen without a little Julia?
2 Corinthians 4:7-8 (NIV) "But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed."
I love this passage. In times of trial it is an amazing reminder of all the things I am, and am not. I may be hard pressed on every side, but I am not crushed. I may be confused about what is happening, but I am not in despair, because I am trusting that the Lord is good in all things. I may be persecuted and ridiculed for what I believe, but I am not abandoned. God has promised He will not abandon me, and I have hope in that, because "He who has promised is faithful." (Hebrews 10:23) I may be struck down, and attacked by Satan, but I am not destroyed. And that is something to rejoice about! God is so faithful and good, and has not left our side.
And no, not fabric prints. When I think of fabric prints I immediately shoot to a mental image of hot pink cheetah or leopard print. Something that the Cheetah Girls would be alllll over:
Anyway, back on topic. I love prints! Paper prints, that get to be framed and admired. I have a small daydream to have one wall in my house completely covered in frames, filled with pictures, prints, and other fun things. When visiting the homes of friends, I always love looking at every framed "thing." Sure, granite countertops are lovely, but pictures are what make a house more of a personal space! I think looking at a wall covered in pictures and graphics would be so much fun, hunting for what little image will catch your eye next. Here are some pretties I'm a fan of:
I would love to hang this in my kitchen space. How fun is that?!
And the best part is that it is sold on Etsy, and can be found here.
Doesn't this make you just want to burst into song?
I'm pretty sure I would smile everytime I walked past that lil' guy.
Over break, I went a little DIY and project crazy. I changed/added a ton of things to my room at home, also known as "the room I don't live in anymore." I painted a wall, hung several prints and pictures, and did several other little things. One of my favorite projects I did was adding a little flair to my lamp situation on my bedside table. The first thing I did was purchase a new lamp base, that matched my new color scheme. I purchased my little baby for a steal--only $10 to the normal $25! I then found a different lampshade that was tucked in a linen closet in our house, and went to work, my end project looking like this:
I made little rosettes, and attached them to my lamp! I was asked not to hot glue the rosettes to the lamp shade, so I came up with an alternative solution. After making the rosettes, following the steps from another blog found here, I hot glued flathead tacks to the back of the rosettes, and popped them through the cloth of the lampshade. And PRESTO! A new, fabulous, bedside lamp just waiting to be turned on! I, for one, couldn't wait to crawl into bed and read next to it. ;)
Someday, I will have my own space. One that is a blank slate of possibility, that I can paint, decorate, detail, and design, all on my own. There won't be a university or landlord telling me I cannot paint the walls, that I must keep the furniture provided for me and cannot alter it, or that I cannot put any holes in the walls. This promise to myself keeps me going through white, blank walls, and black metal furniture. Until that day comes, I counsel myself with these pretties:
I love how this works. The colors are cohesive together, and in looking at the pictures, your eyes get a break with the solid color "pictures."
Check out this amazing bathroom...I would love to take a bath in that monster of a tub!
I have a thing for doors. In my opinion, your front door is the first thing people really see, especially because they spend some time staring at it, waiting for you to open it.
And floors. Mmm. Love floors. Growing up with hardwood floors, I cannot imagine having anything else in my house! I love wood floors. And this deep color....so pretty.