the fall mantel

I couldn't tell you why...but I've gotten on a major wheat kick this year. 
I'm loving it...like really loving it.
It screams fall, but yet it's so simple and natural.

 I couldn't go without using the fall banner I got from these girls several years ago...

and of course, you don't walk too far around this place without a chalkboard in view.

Putting it together really made it feel fall around here...even in a place I've never really "felt" fall before.
It's really quite fabulous.

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Fall Mantels (from the past)

I guess it's that time of year again...the annual blast from the past holiday posts have officially begun.
It's a little bittersweet this year...as we no longer have this sweet little mantel anymore. But, how wonderful to have such great memories of our old house...

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Wednesday Redo: Bookends

You better think twice before you toss any old bricks...

Check out how to transform your pile of bricks HERE.

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Y'all are gonna think I'm crazy...

but I added a little something new to our shelf yesterday.

OOOkay, let me explain.
I don't know if I told you or not, but the couple who owned this house before us had 4 children. So, needless to say, move-in week we found a lot of hidden stuff...
ONE of which happened to be a shoe...in a tree.
I spyed it there out of the corner of my eye...and couldn't help but laugh.

Silly, but I guess it was then that I realized how kinda sweet that dirty old shoe was...and everything else we happened to have found stuffed in the AC vents, smashed in the carpets, stuck to the floors, buried in the yard. Maybe it even made me realized how much this house really was loved before us.

So, it made me want to keep a small piece of that...

whatever it may be.

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Fun Find: This Tufted Chair

Of course, I couldn't pass it up.
I saw it there in the Goodwill...holding it's arms out to me.
I just couldn't walk away.

My eyes were immediately drawn to those big green buttons and its lush green velvet. :)
I almost thought it was too good to be true,
and then I saw just one small problem...
no cushion.

Now, if you're really lucky, then you know how to upholster things and you could whip up something in a flash, but if you're me, you don't.
However, I do happen to know someone fabulous who does. So, I gave my gal a few measurements and a small pattern I created by taping paper together.

And, wouldn't you know it, a whole new chair.

Funny. This chair makes the 4th fabulous thrift chair in the room...
And, I'll be derned if that's not something to be proud of.

(P.S. I'll get a family room tour done soon...my "all around" camera lens broke last week...grrrr...sooooo...I'm trying to figure out what to do next...
in fact, if you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them! I've got an old school Nikon D60 and it was the "kit" lens that broke. It's gotta be something similar that would capture a whole room...and I wouldn't mind stepping it up a small notch...)

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A niche...really?

When we first looked at this house, we all kinda joked about these little niches that sat tucked on either side of the front door. "How weird," I thought. Why in the world would someone need such a thing? 

The people that lived here before us simply hung a single picture in each one. It was fine, but still looked a bit awkward and somewhat out of place...

For a while there I went back and forth with what I would do with the spaces, but once I recieved Fleming's little housewarming gift, I became pretty certain about at least one of them...

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Fun Find: vintage embroidery

I guess we've been in our new house about 3 months now, and I'm embarrassed to say it took a good 2 before we had Fleming and her crowd over for supper.
Ridiculous, I know. Especially seeing as how they only live about 5 miles from here.

After ripping open the bag she brought that night, I was so consumed with how incredibly perfect this sweet, little find was that I forgot to ask her when she actually found it...

but somehow her timing was impeccable.
One day I'll show you her house...

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Wednesday Redo: Old Lockers

When I saw my bud Debbie's locker redo, there was no doubt it had to be shared...

As if you weren't already obsessed with lockers, here's one more reason you should be...

Check out how it all went down over at Refresh Restyle.

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the Short Term Baby Gate

Okay, well, I don't know if any of you mamas out there have had a problem with this or not...but I absolutely have. I envision just that...a short-term baby gate. Because, I mean it IS short term...what? Like 2 years tops? Coming into this house, our baby gate options were horrible. With our particular set up, my choices were either: something that falls or something that destroys your banister...and well, I had no intentions of choosing either. Not to mention what an eye sore they can be! So if I'm able to take it down for company or what have you, then I certainly want that option.

If you're familiar at all with buying a house, then you know how crazy it is. Literally, walking in a house maybe twice, and then making a life altering decision to buy the thing! (And in our situation, waiting another 2 months before you're actually living there.) It's really pretty nuts, if you ask me.
Anyway, in the few times that we visited the house before we actually closed, I took a bunch of pictures of the stairwells and got to work over at Annie's...

(A small side note: I am fully aware how horrific many of these pictures are. We did this late at night on a time crunch...)

-zip ties (size based on your measurements)
-2 bungee cords (Again, size based on your measurements, but several inches smaller. You want it to be as tight as you can when you hook it up.)
-drop cloth or fabric of your choice
-2 eye hooks (shown below)
-2 small metal rings (shown below)

The first thing I did was measure and cut my fabric. You'll need to measure the width and height of the stairwell space you intend on blocking off, adding an extra inch on the sides and an extra two inches on the top and bottom.

After it was cut, I double folded (about a 1/2 inch each fold), ironed and sewed each side down.

Next, I folded the fabric (at the top) over the bungee cord and sewed it in place (making sure to backstitch at both ends).

Now, this is the part when you'll need a little help...
Because your bungee cord will be shorter than your fabric piece, about half way in you'll need someone to pull it taut while you sew it to the end. You'll do this same thing on the bottom as well
...all while making sure you get a few sips of wine in...

Mind you, once you've finished sewing in the two bungee cords, it will look scrunched up and funny. It isn't until you actually install it that it comes together!

In order to do that, at the top we simply attached a metal ring on the zip tie and pulled it as tight as we could.

And, at the bottom we screwed in the eye hook.
The bungee hooks slide right through the metal hooks to take on and off whenever we please.

If I would have had more time to do this, I probably would have chosen a fun fabric...but in using a drop cloth, I feel like I could always come back do something fun with paint maybe? (Of course, it would have been much easier to do that sort of thing before I sewed it and it was still flat...)

(One final note: Do be aware that this may not work for every child! My little one is 18 months, and he's done great with it. He's hung on it many, many times but never once has he gone over it. There is certainly a possibility that a child could go around it, but again he's never attempted that either. I think for the most part, it's just too much effort to deal with, so he moves along. If he is hanging around it, then I try to distract him away from it, because I do realize there will come a day when he will figure it out. Of course, I'm hoping by then I'll have reached the point where I feel much more comfortable with him climbing anyway...)

I hope this is helpful, guys! It really has been over here!

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Those Lamps...

Maybe you remember my post from last week about my $7 lamp finds...
Well, I knew they needed a super fun shade...and well after searching and searching for weeks with no avail, I decided to take matters into my own hands and get them made.
So, I used this fabic (and just closed my eyes when I signed the receipt).

And although, it was definitely my splurge in the room...

I feel pretty strongly that it was well worth it.

(The verdict's still out on whether or not Grady thinks so....)
(Sorry, dear.)

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The Ole Train Case Redo

Well, I've had a great run these past few years on the blog...doing a project right before it was due and it actually working the way I planned...but this time, not so much...

Hahaha! So with that, THIS is you RRR project this month...

If you've been here a time or two, then you already recognize this project.
Yep. I've done this before. And it turned out perfectly...
flawless, I might even suggest. 
(okay, maybe not that good...but, pretty darn good!)

However, this go around wasn't quite the same.
Here's what I was working with:

For starters, my paint couldn't match up. (Sorry, Valspar...but you don't quite make the cut for this particular project.) It scaped right off and even felt wet in several places even after several days of drying. I kept hoping it just had too much moisture and needed more drying time...but nothing changed.

So, here I am... resorting back to my original post...over a year ago.
Here's what I started with then...

And here it was finished.
Pretty easy, really. It was a matter of taping off and using RUSTOLEUM spray paint..."candy pink," to be exact. No scraps, scratches, rips or tears in over a year, I'm happy to admit.

And, it's clearly been a hit...with the prince and princess, that is...

Now, you've GOTTA check out the other cool projects this month...you know, the ones that we're big fat FAILS. ;)

Surely things will work out better next month...;)

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The tour through blogland stops HERE.

I guess you've seen a few blog tours by now...I was tagged by Carrie over at Lovely ect. and couldn't be more thrilled! She's crazy talented and the thought that she'd think of me blows my mind! Honestly, I've been secretly hoping to do something like this for some time now. I struggle a lot wondering exactly how much info is really necessary to throw at you...and really and truly what you care to read about. I'm sure you've noticed my posts are ususally pretty forward and to the point...
I don't want to waste your time.

But today, like it or not, you get to learn a little bit more about...me.

This is us...although that baby is now an 18 month old and that girlie is in 4K...but, that was the best picture of the 4 of us I could find. (Which is truly sad on my part for allowing that to happen at this point.) This is who I'm with and what I'm doing with almost of my time. This is first and foremost where my priorities lie...and why I don't post every single day. I've got to be frank. I love to blog, but I have had to find a balance with blogging where I spend just enough time doing it to still love it. So, I thank you to the followers who have stuck it out with me even during sparse postings...

Why do I write/create?
Ha ha! I'd never call myself a writer, but I do love to create. It's funny, finding things and discovering ways to make them work in design has almost become an obsession for me now. I've stated several times that it was my mother-in-law (Annie) and my sister-in-law (Fleming) who initially introduced me to the world of thrifting years ago. They opened my eyes to a whole new way of design...something that seemed so practical and just. made. sense. ...and from then on out, I never looked back.

Now, when it comes to blogging, that actually began about 8 years ago when I started a family blog. Several years in, I realized half of my posts were becoming solely diy based...

and it was at that point that I decided to branch off and start Life as a Thrifter. I feel like everyone can bring a little bit of inspiration somehow, and it's always been my hope that the blog can do just that for at least one of you out there...

What am I working on?

A lot. Constantly. If you've been following along, then you know we've just moved into a new home...our third home, and there is literally always something to be working on right now. Although I've gotten a good jumpstart, there isn't one room that is completely done. And, what's so crazy is that as much as I SOOO want to get it all done right this second, I'm pretty sure I'd be devastated if it were.

How does your work differ from others of its genre? 
It's pretty simple...we are all different. If there is one thing that I've realized through blogging, it's that we (bloggers and non-bloggers included) all have our own sense of style.

Love it or hate it, I do what I do because it makes me happy, and I hope you do what you do because it makes you happy. With that being said, although I certainly ask for advice here and there, I'm not afraid to go out on a limb. If it doesn't work, hell, I'll do it again.

How does your writing/creating process work?
Ha ha! Usually I take a look around my house and ask myself, "And, what else needs work...?" Then, the hunt begins...if it hasn't already, that is. Thrifting in general tends to get your mind going. Many times I'll buy it and find a spot later. It's fun to have a stash of things to work with. That way, you can take your time figuring out how you'd like to work it into your design eventually. And, if for some reason you can't or you never do, so what! You bought it for pennies.

As far as the blog hop goes...I'm sorry I decided to not to play by the rules and ask other bloggers to join in. I started feeling like it was coming across as a burden...so I left it at that. I know I did this for selfish reasons...

Thanks again, y'all for check in around here. You really are the best.

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