Friday, July 30, 2010

Friday Finds

Another great trip to Salvation Army this week! I always go with the purpose of finding things to re-sell, but of course I decide to hang on to most things I purchase. It's a terrible habit! I do, however, have more items to part with so check the sale!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Charleston, S.C.

Derek went to Charleston about a month ago for work, and he took these pictures of homes he though I'd like. He was right!

The architecture is beautiful!

When will people realize that just because we live in AZ doesn't mean everything has to be desert and Santa Fe style?

My personal favorites

Love the entry with the ivy steps!

If only this were for sale...

Monday, July 26, 2010

A Safe Return

It's so fun to have Carter home! He served an outstanding mission and I'm sure that even without the nametag, he'll continue to be a great missionary. He grew a few inches so he towers over the rest of us, even my dad!

His mission souvenir - About a year into his mission, he was trimming a member's tree and the branch he was standing on broke, and he fell about 18 feet and landed on his face. He broke his wrist and shattered his orbital bone. He's left with 2 pretty big scars and doesn't have full vision in his left eye, but he (and we) feels blessed because it could have been much worse. He was able to make a miraculous recovery and finish his mission and we are so proud of him.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Friday Finds

Short on time again this week with family in town due to my brother coming home from serving his 2 year mission to Independence, Missouri. Lots going on this weekend! Candice and I squeezed in a trip to Goodwill Redesign in Scottsdale, and while a bit disappointed with that store, we did spot another Goodwill down the road where I found this set of bottles. I loved the shape and the fact that there was a set of 10; I just couldn't pass them up! I wasn't sure where I'd put them at first, but I was inspired by this picture from Velvet and Linen where she put some old electrical insulators on her window ledge.

So that's where mine went. Subtle, but beautiful.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Snippet and Ink

Now these are inspiration boards done right. I love every single one! Although this blog is for wedding inspiration, I think a lot of the ideas are great for entertaining. Looking forward to cooler weather- I have a fall picnic in the works!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Friday Finds

Have I told you how much I love estate sales? Well, I do. A lot. I know I've said this before, but these really are my favorite finds yet. Total spent? A whopping $45! The chairs need recovering, but at $25 for the pair, I couldn't pass them up!

I also went to my first estate auction last weekend and it was so much fun! I got a few box lots full of frames, dishes, and other odds and ends, and this amazing cabinet for an unbelievable deal. I just listed it on Craigslist, so we'll see what happens. Once I finish sorting through everything, I'll have more great finds listed on home sweet sale (should be Monday). Happy weekend!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Feelin' Beachy

{images from here, here, and here}

We just made plans for a week long vacation in CA and I can't wait! I'm so looking forward to the ocean views and the coastal breeze!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Flowers For Me

I'm not usually one to buy fresh flowers for myself, but especially during spring and summer it's hard to resist when there are so many beautiful blooms that are near impossible to grow in AZ. I met Candice at Trader Joe's yesterday for some groceries and she had some lavender in her cart. When asked why she was buying it, she replied "Because I like it and it smells good." Silly me. So I picked up a couple bunches for myself. On my way home, I stopped by Goodwill to see if they had any vases to put my lavender in. No vases, but I found this cute Ball jar for 99 cents.

I think it's the perfect combination.

It adds just a hint of color to the kitchen and of course it smells heavenly! Fresh flowers are definitely a good thing.

Winner! chose #6 as the winner, which means Kelli will be receiving the $40 gift certificate!

I wanted everyone to win, really. And I see lots more give-aways coming, so you should all have your chance!

Monday, July 12, 2010

French Industrial

The Old Painted Cottage traditional living room

I'm loving the mix of soft and feminine with salvaged wood and galvanized metal.

(photos from here, here, here, here, and here)

Friday, July 09, 2010

Friday Finds

I realized I hadn't gone to even one store this week- {good news} for my bank account, but {bad news} for Friday Finds. So I decided on a quick trip to Salvation Army. They never let me down!

~Don't forget to enter the $40 give-away below; it ends Monday!
~New items will be posted on the sale this weekend

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

CSN Stores Give-Away

I first heard about CSN Stores when Rie from Home and Harmony gave away a set of these beautiful drinking glasses from there. CSN Stores has over 200 stores where you can find everything from furniture and home decor to more specific items such as LED lighting or saute pans. Well, CSN Stores contacted me and they'd like to offer one of you a $40 gift certificate to use however you'd like! Here are just a few of the fun things I found while browsing their site:

You will have 2 chances at winning the $40 gift certificate:

1. Become a follower then leave a comment telling me you did so (or if you're already a follower, just leave a comment) .

2. Post about this give-away on your blog and leave a second comment telling me you did.

The contest ends Monday, July 12 (at midnight). The winner will be chosen randomly and announced Tuesday. Now go take a look!

Sunday, July 04, 2010


I love everything about the 4th of July- stars and stripes, red, white and blue everything, barbecues, fireworks, just to name a few. We stayed in town this year and my parents invited us to come celebrate with them at a D-backs game with a fireworks show after. Doesn't get much more American than that! (I won't mention that the Dodgers KILLED us: 14-1)