drapes by the tub

Thursday, July 30, 2015

I've been dragging my feet a bit when it comes to addressing the window over our master bathroom's tub.  I slapped some privacy film on it the day we moved in, but that's all the attention it has received.  I thought my only option would be a roman shade since the tub butts right up to the window, but I don't love that idea.  I keep going back to regular drapes to help soften up the area.

I found all of these pretty inspiration pics of gorgeous drapes by the tub.

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Aside from them all having gorgeous drapes next to the tub, they also have something else in common.  Freestanding tubs... which I don't.  Argh!!!!!  The freestanding tub was on my bathroom wish list when we built the house.  It got the red marker treatment in order to stay on budget since they were practically asking for our first born.  It's a good thing Izzy had been so sweet lately, or else I might have that tub.  I kid, I kid!!!

Here's the tub area:

Here's the Plan: 

  • Add drapes to tub window for softness
  • Add bamboo shade to mimic the shade on the other bathroom window
  • Remove towel bar on the wall next to the tub (I don't know why, but these drive me nuts)
  • Add art to wall where the towel bar was
I determined to make this long drape thing work.  We've use the tub once since we've been in this house so it's not like drapes are going to see a lot of water action.  And, Izzy doesn't use our tub so I don't have to worry about her busting out the Ariel-shimmy-up-the-ocean-rock-move from The Little Mermaid where water goes splashing everywhere :D

What are your thoughts?  Am I crazy?

water ballet

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


I feel the need to give my little guy a major shout out for ditching the diapers and becoming a big boy!    I think it's safe to say Sam is potty trained!!!  Well I say that, but we're still wearing a diaper at night, and there is the occasional accident, but for the most part we're good ;)

| free printable potty charts found here |

Holy cow, I can't believe I'm even uttering those words. I thought potty training this kid was going to kill me.  No joke.  Mike could have easily come home from work one day and found me on the floor done in by the stress of Sam looking me square in the eyes while he unloaded everything in his system, yet again, onto the floor.

It's like he enjoyed hearing me scream NOOOOOO!!!! and running around like a crazy person.

| If you follow me on Instagram you know the funny back story to the goggles |

It was just so much more difficult training him than it was his sister.  I've always heard it was tougher with boys than girls, but I had no idea.  If they had a potty training camp, I would have sent him to it ;D


This little one had her first ballet and tap recital a few weeks back.

She had been practicing so hard.  It was a blast watching her on stage dancing her heart out and having fun!

I pray she wants to keep dancing.  Seeing her light up with pride after she got off stage was so cool.

I don't know about you, but for me there is nothing better than little girls in tutus and little boys in Justice League underpants.

ice cream party

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

This last Friday I partnered with Party Pail and threw a little ice cream party for no reason other than, "hey, let's get together and have ice cream".  It was at our neighborhood picnic area and afterwards the kids hit up the playground and splash pad.  It was nice.  No party games, birthday presents, etc.  Just fun.  I should do this more often.

Floats were the main attraction, but I knew some would probably be a little apprehensive about putting pop (or should I say soda since we're down here in the South :) on top of their ice cream, so I had some candy and cookie toppings out as well.  BTW, Nerds are insane on ice cream.  Just sayin'. 

To keep things simple, I pre-scooped vanilla ice cream into mason jars the day before and kept them in the freezer until the party.  The jars I used for this party are actually plastic, which was a perfect choice for a kid's party outside.  No worries about broken glass near little ones!  And the lids from my regular mason jars fit perfectly onto these plastic jars.

Ice cream is always messy so I went with plastic table cloths so they could be tossed afterwards.  The yellow striped table runner is just a full sized plastic table cloth folded up.  I taped some fringe I made from party streamers (you can see how I made them here) to the ends.  And just like that, your disposable runner options are now limitless!

Izzy chose to mix everything but the cookies into her root beer float.  It was like the ice cream float version of a gas station kamikaze, lol!

Sam would have nothing of having his picture taken.  I think he was afraid his ice cream would disappear if he looked away from it.

.........  Get The Look  .........

OTHER SOURCES // tiered tray . galvanized bucket //

Disclaimer: I partnered with Party Pail for this post.  I was provided with products of my choosing, but was not otherwise compensated.  All opinions are my own.

garage mudroom reveal

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

It's been a while since I talked about our garage mudroom.  Almost 4 months actually.  Sheesh!  We ended up having lockers built in when we had some other work done on our house.  You can check out the progress and my inspiration pics here.  TIP: If your having someone else build your lockers (or any other built-ins), save yourself major money by painting them yourself.

We started with an empty wall that leads inside.  Our family uses this as our main entry.  I always imagined this as the perfect spot for built in lockers.  A spot where the kids can drop all their stuff off so it doesn't end up on the floors and kitchen counters, and when running out of the house, they can grab it and go.

And, here she is!!!  My organization heart still skips a beat when I see her!

Everyone has their own spot.  The metal baskets above hold beach towels, pool toys, skates, and other toys.  I love that it's still accessible, but not in your face.

The cabinet in on the side offers even more out of sight storage.  It was mainly built to conceal our Berkey water filter (seriously the best tasting water that will ever cross your lips, no lie).  And, the trash can next to the door holds our dog's food.

Sunscreen and bug spray are stored up top.

The water filter was placed on a notched shelf so you can easily pour water without having to pull the heavy filter out.  Love that!

And the kids can easily get to their sidewalk chalk and bubbles at the bottom.

We've utilized this space multiple times a day.  If you're toying with the idea of putting in a mudroom wall (small or large, inside or out) just DO IT.  And add lots of hooks.  You can never have to many hooks ;)

SOURCES:  wall color - PPG Palomino Grey . locker color - Benjamin Moore Simply White . metal bins . large hook . small hooks . cabinet pull . cabinet knobs . dog food can


Also, a big thank you to Cut Out & Keep for featuring me as their DIY Superstar this week!!!  I'd love for you to stop by and check it out.  They will be featuring a different DIY of mine each day!

DIY paper fringe

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Before I get going, I want to say a big thank you to TODAY for featuring my DIY cage light ceiling fan yesterday!  You can check it out here.  Purdy excited about it!!!


Ok, so I'm working on putting together a little summer party for Izzy and her friends.  I've decided it needs some paper fringe to up the cute factor.  Fringe makes everything better :)  I made them out of crepe paper streamers since they're so stinking cheap and you can get them in all sorts of fun colors.  They were simple to toss together so I wanted to share.

  • crepe paper streamers
  • scissors

STEP ONE:  Layer 6 lengths of streamer paper.  I made mine about 10 inches long.

STEP TWO:  Cut off the folded edges.

STEP THREE:  Fold the layers in half.

STEP FOUR:  Cut strips of fringe 3/4th the way up.

STEP FIVE:  Fold in half long ways.

STEP SIX:  Twist the folded top so it stays in place.
When I finished making a batch up I found myself wandering around the house with it and ended up in Izzy's room.  See what I mean about fringe making everything better?!  Of course she now wants them to stay.  I just might need to make her some for her room now.

how to turn a window curtain into a shower curtain

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

While trying to come up with a shower curtain for Izzy's bathroom makeover, I kept coming up short.  Quite literally.  I wanted her curtain to be hung higher and all the shower curtains I found wouldn't work that way.  So I decided to make my own using a window curtain.  They're much longer than standard shower curtains and honestly, much cuter.

When looking at options, Izzy and I both pulled this one out at the same time and looked at each other with big 'ol grins.  It was the winner!  I had hoped it would be wide enough on it's own but it wasn't.  Whomp, whomp.  But all was not lost!  I'll show you how to take this...  

to this.

  • TWO drapes (I found mine here, and also saw them here)
  • Sewing machine
  • scissors 
  • eyelet kit (found at local craft store)
  • shower curtain rings (I used these)
  • shower curtain liner

STEP ONE:  Pull out your second drape (this is your donor drape) and cut the sides off.  I cut 12" off each side to give me the width I needed.  I cut from the sides so that I could keep the finished edges.

STEP TWO:  Stitch your new side pieces onto your first curtain panel.  I zig zagged the edges to keep it from fraying.  (Side note: Ignore the grommets, I realized after I had finished the shower curtain that I failed to get a photo of this step)

STEP THREE:  Mark the placement of your eyelets (I used 12), cut the opening, and attach the eyelets according to the package's directions.

STEP FOUR:  Hang that puppy up with a shower curtain liner so it doesn't get soaked and enjoy!

If you missed Izzy's bathroom makeover, be sure to check it out here!

shiplap girl's bathroom reveal

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Last week I shared with you Sam's bathroom makeover, and today it's Izzy's turn!

Before we get into it, I want to show you a before pic.  Izzy's bath had the same thing going on as Sam's did.  It was new, it was clean, but it was builder's boring.

I basically did the exact same thing in her bath as I did in his.  Shiplap up 2/3rds of the walls, kept the same wall color, framed out the existing builder's grade mirror, replaced the standard towel bar with a hook, and added knobs to the vanity.  

Izzy's favorite part of her bathroom is the art, especially the adorable bunny print above the toilet.  When I found this "you make my heart smile" print I had to have it.  It's something I've said to Izzy's almost every day of her life.

The shower curtain was a DIY I'm excited to share with you later this week.   It's my favorite part of her bath.  I took Izzy with me looking for shower curtain options and we both ended up pulling this print out at the same time.  Miss Opinionated and I rarely see eye to eye lately so this was a definite sign.  It's such an awesome print!  

SOURCES: wall color - PPG Palamino Grey . shiplap color - PPG White Chip . DIY shower curtain  . faucetlights . black knobs . shelfbunny print . you make my heart smile print . mirrored picture frame (discontinued - similar)towel hook  (discontinued - similar) . nesting baskets . soap dispenser (Homegoods) . striped rug . wood panels for shiplap


Stay tuned for the shower curtain DIY (TUTORIAL HERE!).  It will open up so many possibilities for your bathrooms!


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