5*31*12

Seeing as it’s now the final day of May I thought it just might be time to share my              12 of 12 layout for May.

Once again, sorry for the fuzzy pictures. If you click on it it’s just fine but on here it’s blurry. Darn you WordPress!!!And a new smashbook page. I’m still keeping up with my smashbook so I’m pretty proud of myself for that. I was worried that I would get sick of it after awhile and that it would become a chore to keep up with but nope, still love it.

Photo Canvases…Check

While my home decorating list seems to just keep getting longer, I have managed to start checking projects off. I decided to tackle the photo canvases I wanted to make for the master bedroom first since they would be a quick and easy project.I won’t go into a full tutorial here since the internet is already filled with great info that is far better than I could ever do. So I’ll just give you the basics in case you’re interested. Paint the sides and edges of your canvas. After it’s dry, paint canvas and the back of your photo (trimmed slightly smaller than your canvas) with mod podge and adhere. Smooth the photo on from the front as well as the back of the canvas. Coat top of picture with a coat or two of mod podge (this step is optional, I did it because I like the way the brush marks over the top make it look more “artsy”). After the mod podge is dry, dry brush around the edges with black paint. That’s all there is to it! Pretty easy project, although I will say it took some work to get the edges really black. I ended up using a sponge brush and sponging it on super thick.I used the pictures that were already hanging in the bedroom, replacing two framed pictures with the three canvases, adding the picture that was on the opposite wall over my dresser. To replace that picture I printed out lyrics from the song “Marry Me” by Train and put them on scrapbook paper.I love the way the yellow scrapbook paper gives a nice little pop of color. It was a super easy project, took me about 15 minutes, but it’s a fun change up to the room. So there you have it, a fun little crafty freshening up of our bedroom. It’s certainly not a huge change but it’s nice to have something new to look at on the walls sometimes!

Call Me Thrifty

My friend and I headed out on Friday to try our hand at thrifting. Sufficient to say we are hooked.

We started out the day at the Salvation Army ReStore where we didn’t find much besides the realization that this super cool store is really close and must be visited frequently.

Next up we hit Hidden Treasures in Saint Anthony. True to it’s name, we found lots of treasures, including these lovelies. I paid 9 bucks for the both of them. 9 bucks!!!! They are huge and going to look fantastical once I spray them with some rustoleum oil rubbed bronze paint! Did I mention I got them for 9 bucks?!?!

Luckily for us Hidden Treasures was right by Jersey Mikes where pretty much the best sandwiches ever live so we made a pit stop and made our stomachs very happy.On the way to our next store we happened to drive right by the MPLS Photo Center, and since that place makes me happy I thought we should make a quick stop.I adore this place with all my heart. And I remembered to snap a picture of my favorite photo hanging in the gallery right now.I know my picture is awful but I do kind of love the way it turned out with my reflection in the photograph.And isn’t this photo amazing??? The mist, the still water, the horse and rider. Love it.

The next stop on our whirlwind tour was the downtown Salvation Army and it was giant! And it just so happened to hold the most magnificent thrift store find that I will probably ever find.Guess who needed a new kitchen table??? You guessed it, me! This thing is gorgeous and is going to look so incredible once it’s painted black. And the best part??? It was $25. This single find has probably given me unrealistic expectations for the rest of my life. Now I would like you all to take a moment and appreciate how meant to be this table was for me.Not even an inch to spare. She was made to come home in my Jeep! I can’t wait to get started on this project! I still need chairs but the tentative plan right now is my dad and I are going to build two benches for the long sides and I’m going to buy two chairs for the end, either new or refinish some from a thrift store/Craigslist (I told you I was hooked).

After squeezing the table into the Jeep we headed downstairs and found a whole new level of amazingness in the “As Is” store. It’s filled with brand new stuff that stores send when they don’t need it anymore. Clearance, dye lot testing, that sort of thing. I was able to snag two adorable swimsuits for $15 total. Oh how these good deals make my heart happy. I thought we’d never leave the store because we kept finding more treasures around every corner. Housing this store and the Salvation Army thrift store in the same building is pure genius.

Once we finished our thrift store adventures it was time to buy supplies to make our new treasures amazing so it was off to Home Depot and JoAnns. I also picked up supplies to redo my patio furniture. I’m going to try to spray paint it with Rust-Oleum oil rubbed bronze. I’m scared. Not gonna lie. But if it works out it’s going to be amazing. If not, well let’s not talk about that possibility.It is in desperate need of some love so hopefully my spray painting will be just the ticket!

So now that I have all these treasures it’s time to get to work making them awesome. The only problem is that I have way too many projects and I don’t know where to start!

Infatuation

I am developing quite an infatuation with giraffes.I mean, they’re super cool, what with those endless legs and neck and all.They have beautiful faces with the sweetest eyes.And they’re kind of goofy.Check out this guys tongue! Half of the pictures I took of these guys feature some kind of antic going on with their mouth and/or tongue.And their coat??? Well let’s just say that my giraffe print wallet is easily the first wallet I’ve ever loved and I may be lusting after some giraffe print curtains I recently saw.Cute, gorgeous and goofy? A perfect combination.

Cowgirl Roots

This is where my dad lived as a kid.My cousins own it now so we were able to visit the other day.This is the old milking parlor. It was one of the most advanced dairy farms in the state when my dad lived there, complete with glass pipes!The old barn still looks incredible. They just don’t build things like they used to…The old grainery building which my uncle Jerry and his new wife Twyla lived in for the first 6 months of marriage. We explored the loft above where they lived together the other day and she told us what everything looked like and her fancy pink curtains with black carriages that she sewed and hung in the windows. Not exactly the roomiest home but you’ve got to admit it has loads of character! They eventually had to move out when the wind kept blowing out the stove light leaving with them with no heat in December.

A creek runs through the pasture behind the building where my father hunted muskrats. Past the creek lies the house that my family built for my uncle Roger and his new wife when they married. My cousin and his wife have since raised 3 girls there.

So there you have it, my cowgirl roots. Large farm animals, wide open fields and the comforting smell of a barn run through my veins.