Dresser Vision

20 Jun

OK – I desperately need a new dresser. My current dresser is wicker, with somewhat wobbly drawers, many of which (along with the knobs) have been chewed by my dog. Are you envisioning this gem right now? K. Needless to say, it’s time for a new one! However, I’m on a severe budget right now – I’m moving apartments, into a one-bedroom from a three-bedroom with two roommates, so not much extra money to spare. All that said, I think this little dresser project will fit that budget perfectly! I haven’t bought the supplies yet, but I’m guestimating the cost to be about $60 in total. I’m going to paint a little wooden Ikea dresser a dark gray color and add some brass detailing to make it look a little nicer. Here are some pictures for my inspiration – and I’ll be posting my own pictures after I complete! (P.S. – a lot of my inspiration came from The Little Green Notebook blog, if you haven’t ever visited it – do it NOW! I read it daily)

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The actual dresser, folks

Love the brass detailing here

This is the exact same Ikea dresser as above! Crazy, huh?

Color inspiration

Color + details

Minty Monday — Mint & Lime Tequila Refresher!

16 Apr

As the Texas summer begins, and 100 + days are headed our way, we’re all going to need some refreshing. Queue mint & lime tequila refresher! A bubbly drink with a zip to cool off the hottest of days. To start, you’ll need:

  1. Leaves from 1 medium bunch of mint
  2. 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon superfine sugar
  3. 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  4. 1 1/2 cups silver tequila
  5. Ice cubes
  6. 24 ounces chilled club soda

In a large cocktail shaker, muddle the mint leaves with the sugar and lime juice. Strain into a small pitcher and stir in the silver tequila. Fill 6 highball glasses (or larger, as shown below) with ice and pour the cocktail over the cubes. Top each drink with club soda and serve. Tada!

To mix up the flavor a bit, or add something fruity, you could substitute the club soda for sprite or sprite remix! Happy Minty Monday.

Emyo Happy

11 Apr

I think my life just may be complete if I had an Emyo painting hanging in my house one day. Emily Ozier is one of my absolute favorite artists, based in Memphis, TN. She seems like an inspiring, Christian woman, which makes me like her paintings even more (who knew that was possible?!) Here are some to pull at your heartstrings:

Minty Monday

2 Apr

Mint leaves and mint oil have loads of uses and health benefits, not to mention a fabulous smell, which is why I LOVE mint shampoo. It’s refreshing and happy – and, let’s face it. If you’re like me, you need a little happy in the morning to wake up and not go diving back into bed. Here is the shampoo I currently use:

It’s called Bioinfusion, and smells oh so lovely. This shampoo has a stronger peppermint smell than mint, but is invigorating all the same. I bought it at Walgreen’s, normally about $8 or $9, but it was on sale for $3 off! Needless to say, I bought two.

Another mint shampoo that I absolutely love (and is even cheaper than Bioinfusion) is Suave:

These run about $2 a pop and are well worth your money! Here are a few other minty blends to tickle your fancy:

Peppermint oil is also a proven stimulant for hair growth, woo hoo!  For more fresh finds for summer, check out Real Simple magazine’s “6 Chilled-Out Beauty Finds.”

Happy Minty Monday!

Chevron Tray

27 Mar

I first tried this project as a Christmas gift for my aunt, and I liked it so much that I’m going to make more! I bought an inexpensive wooden tray ($10) at TJ Maxx and painted on gold chevron stripes. These would make great gifts or a convenient catch-all on a kitchen counter! My inspiration stemmed from this little beaut on Pinterest:


And I was off to Michael’s to buy painter’s tape, gold paint, paint brushes and shellac! Costs total between $20-$25. Let the crafting begin:


I printed off my inspiration tray to use as a guideline. From there, I copied the chevron pattern onto the tray with the tape. Next…


Paint away! Make sure the tape is pressed down firmly so you have straight, clean lines. I applied two coats of paint, waiting a couple hours in between. Once the paint was completely dry, I peeled off the tape, and…


Voila! A lovely, gold + stripe tray. Gift and keep as you please.

Lovely Paintings

24 Jan
During my random blog-wandering the other day, I found one of my new favorite artists! These lovely flower paintings are by a South Carolina artist, Lulie Wallace. All I can say is one day I hope to own one for myself!