Posts Tagged ‘outdoors’

Cabin Weekend

I just finished a project that I need to write-up, so I thought today I’d share a few of the moments from our magical birthday weekend in the cabin. It was just the perfect setting to really relax and enjoy spending time together. There was no need to get all dolled up. We all had messy hair and wore sweaters and jammies most of the time. It was fantastic! We ate really good food and didn’t worry about it being healthy-which is totally allowed on your birthday. We hiked the trails, had a bonfire, and played games. We told ghost stories at night and enjoyed our mornings sipping coffee in our beautiful surroundings.

Here’s a few of my favorite shots from our weekend:


One of the bedrooms had this line from a poem by Lewis Carroll painted on the walls. In the morning the sun made it glow and it was a sweet moment seeing Sam fast asleep underneath it.



Through this window you can see the porch that we enjoyed in the morning.



On our hike there were still some beautiful colors to see…

fall-harvest gold-maple red-maple


I love this shot of Dave and Sam in the woods…



Here’s the birthday boy…so handsome and photogenic!



Here’s a photo the now 10-year-old took of us.



I just love the way the sun was shining through the trees in this window shot…



Here’s the cozy spot we spent our Sunday morning talking and having coffee…

pine-beam-cabin It was definitely a weekend that we will all treasure. We have already been talking about when we will make it back there again.

Just a reminder that you can still enter to win a MINI Templeton from White Faux Taxidermy as seen in our fall bedroom refresh below:



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July Round-up Time

July left quicker than it arrived! I feel like the countdown to school has now begun. A little clock is ticking in my head and reminding me of everything I must do before the kids go back to school. I just got done signing the boys up for fall sports and making physical appointments. Pretty soon we’ll be buying pencils and new school clothes. It’s like August is just a reminder that September is almost here. I really want to enjoy our last month of summer though.

Well, enough of that rambling…

This week will be a little different, since I will be leaving for Haven Wednesday. I won’t be posting as much, but I may pop in here and there!

Let’s recap the month, shall we? If you missed something or want to revisit something here are the links.

DIY Projects.

July DIY

I just loved the DIY’s I got done around here this month. This Inspired Design Challenge has really sparked some creativity! Inside the house, our foyer has been getting a facelift and you can see how we made our own DIY chandelier with a shade by using the existing ceiling fixture. I also spruced up some old photo frames with this snake skin duct tape DIY.

Outdoors we have been working on our patio and I showed how you can DIY your way through a beautiful summer dinner party. I also gave a Goodwill find an updated look by making a birdcage into a candle holder to use outside.

West Elm Hack Art

Our latest DIY was a family affair. The boys helped me paint our latest masterpiece a DIY version of the West Elm Black + White Abstract Art. We made our own canvas and did it all for under $15.

Around the House.

Around the House July

July was a month of organizing, bargains, and tackling those little projects around the house. I shared my new favorite source for beautiful outdoor pillows on Etsy.  I banished more oak woodwork and painted our coat closet door and installed a thrifted swing arm wall lamp in our living room. Our foyer makeover is coming along and I found the perfect jute rug at World Market on a surprise shopping trip. I am so happy to be bringing some color into our master bedroom with a few new items from Target. At last, we have a great storage solution for our summer pool toys using the new Rubbermaid All Access Organizers.


Inspired Design Challenge

I have been having such a great time being a part of the Inspired Design Challenge! We are now working on our projects for Week 4 and will be revealing them on Monday. Week 4 is Anthropologie so you know it’s going to be good! I also want to thank Brittany of Brittany Makes for having me blog crash and be part of her Summer VIP Guest Blog Series.

Brittany is one of my fave DIY’ers and I just love her style. You must check out her Project Gallery. One of my favorites is her Craigslist Dresser Makeover.


via BrittanyMakes

I will be leaving for the Haven Conference tomorrow! Excited doesn’t sum it up…there isn’t a word for it. I am going to try to blog a bit while we are gone, but I can’t make any promises. I may be MIA until Aug. 5th. We’ll see how it goes.

Inspired Design Challenge >>> Week 2 Urban Outfitters

Today, we are revealing our Week 2 Urban Outfitters projects! So, lets’ get right to it!

Inspired Design Challenge


As I revealed last Friday, my project is based off this Urban Outfitters image:

urban outfitters inspiration


Did you guess right? I wanted to copy cat this for our patio makeover. I found a metal birdcage at Goodwill for a couple bucks. I’ve actually had this on hand since last fall, but it needed a new home.

bird cage before


If you’ve been seeing my teasers on Instagram you know that our patio makeover is bright. So, I chose to use flourescent pink spray paint.



After a couple coats I added a grocery store citronella candle to the base and it was ready for the patio. This only cost me $7 total for everything.

Urban Outfitters copy cat birdcage

Birdcage candle holder

Urban Outfitters bird cage


Now let’s see what Angie, Jennifer, Lindsay, and Sara came up with!

 Urban Outfitters Challenge Board

 1. Sara from Embrace My Space

2. Lindsay from Life of Splendor

3. Jennifer from Brave New Home

4. Angie from Angie’s Roost

Linking to: Inspire Me Please, The Inspiration Gallery

DIY birdcage candle holder-- Urban Outfitters knockoff

Week 3 is West Elm. I can’t wait to share the inspiration with you all!


Hosting a Summer Dinner Party

Summer Dinner Party

Today, I am happy to share how I set up my outdoor table for a summer dinner party. I used items from the new David Tutera Casual Elegance collection now available exclusively at Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores to create the perfect backyard table. This collection is merchandised under bridal, but can be used for so many other things! It’s a bit rustic with burlap, has a timeless charm with lace accents, but plays current and modern. For weddings there are votive wrappings, bouquet wraps, table cards and so much more.  It has a vintage feel but you can customize each piece to suit your tastes. It is so versatile. I can see it used at a bridal shower, a baby shower, a birthday party, or as seen here a summer dinner party.

I just love to have friends over in the summer. Beautiful weather is a great excuse to throw a party, don’t you agree?

Here’s what I used to create my beautiful summer tablescape:

• a burlap table runner

• craft paint + paint sponges

• mason jars + votives

• David Tutera Chalkboard Stakes

• David Tutera Hemp Cord + David Tutera Paper Lanterns

• David Tutera Burlap Ribbon + Burlap Flowers

• David Tutera Metal Buckets + David Tutera Paper Straws

* You will want scissors, masking tape or painter’s tape, and fabric glue on hand also.

My white tablecloth was a little boring, so I opted to add in some color with a painted burlap table runner. I love pinks and oranges for summer this year, so I painted stripes on a plain burlap table runner that you can pick up at any craft store.

burlap table runner

Prep your workspace. Since paint will bleed through burlap, you want to cover your surface first. I just used old newspapers and taped my runner in place. I also ironed it on a low setting to get all the fold lines out before I started.

ironing burlap

Now’s time to paint! I taped off my stripes with masking tape and used a sponge to blot my paint onto the burlap. I peeled the tape off right away for clean lines.

painting burlap

Now it’s time to dress the table. I used mason jars of all different sizes to hold my flowers and votives.

burlap wrapped jars

I wrapped the jars in the David Tutera burlap ribbon and it is attached with just a little dab of fabric glue. I wove the David Tutera burlap flowers in the ribbon and placed a few in my floral arrangement as fillers.

mason jar vases and votive holders For the table settings, I just kept it simple and potted some succulents from my garden in the David Tutera metal buckets. For place cards, I used the David Tutera small chalkboard stakes in each pot.

paper straws

For added fun, I added the paper straws to the water glasses. I love striped paper straws, don’t you?

Next to the table I set up a little serving station. Here everyone can grab utensils and drinks. I wanted a keep it casual and not too structured. I used the David Tutera Paper lanterns here. They provide a nice backdrop and a little extra light when the sun goes down. These painted branches are a fun way to hang the lanterns when you don’t have trees or a covered patio. I used the David Tutera Hemp Cord to hang them.

paper lanterns 2

Our boring table is now a beautiful place to entertain our friends for a little summer fun! Here’s some shots we took before our guests came over. Enjoy!

chalkboard stakes 2

outdoor party

water garden

summer entertaining

summer party 3

fire by outdoor table

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Linking to: The Inspiration Gallery, Inspire Me Please

This is a sponsored post for David Tutera Casual Elegance. All products received were given for that purpose. All opinions are 100% mine.

Ordering Custom Pillows

Let me just start this saying I LOVE ETSY! Sometimes I tire of seeing the same old prints and offerings at stores. I love my home stores, but I don’t want to have the same couch cushions as my neighbor.  Inevitably, that happens from time to time when everyone I know shops at the same 5 stores. That is where Etsy is such a breath of fresh air!

Cathy's Custom Pillows

When I was sourcing cushions for our patio makeover, I knew I’d find some great outdoor pillows on Etsy. I have been loving the pinks and oranges I have been seeing lately. That combo just says summer to me. Then, I found Cathy’s Custom Pillows.

Cathy's Custom Pillows

Cathy makes everything from pillows to curtains to table runners. She has an excellent variety of fabric to choose from and that goes for the outdoor fabrics too!  Her prices are good and you can contact her for special orders.

Here’s some of the outdoor offerings that I just love:

Preppy Pink Birds Greek Key

Preppy Pink Birds Greek Key Pillow

Custom Outdoor Curtains

Outdoor Curtain Panels with Grommets in Deep Navy Blue

Cathy’s Custom Pillows has so many more options, colors, and patterns. I encourage you to check out her etsy shop. You can check out all her outdoor options here.

Cathy was so sweet to send me a Preppy Pink Birds Greek Key pillow to share with you for our patio makeover.

Pink Outdoor Pillow

Now, the trick to this photo taking is to show you her beautiful pillow and not reveal our patio! Tricky, tricky! We aren’t done with all the pimping yet and I don’t want to spoil it before we are ready.

Pink Greek Key Pillow

The fabric is gorgeous. I love the color and it is made so well! This is the 20 inch square size and it comes with the pillow insert too. This is a really good size for higher backed patio furniture like ours. Cathy offers a variety of shapes and sizes for pillows to fit your needs.

Pink Outdoor Pillow 2

When you shop on you are supporting small business and I just love that! If you are looking for custom pillows, curtains, or table linens I highly recommend checking our Cathy’s Custom Pillows. Cathy was so great to work with. She has a great selection of modern, high quality fabrics and offers them at affordable prices.  You can’t beat that!

Outdoor Pillows

Visit for a great variety of indoor and outdoor pillows, curtains, and more! 

This is a product review for Cathy’s Custom Pillows. All opinions are 100% mine. 

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xoxo Kristin

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Duluth Trading Co. & a GIVEAWAY!!!

I about pinched myself last week when we had 80 degree weather in April!! I took full advantage of the early warm temps and got to work planting my herb garden. I love to cook healthy and fresh herbs are a staple at my house. My backyard is small but we have a raised garden bed that is perfect for growing herbs.

For the job, I put on my Duluth Trading Co. gear and got to work! I tested out the Longtail No Sweat Henley T-shirt, the Quick Dry Skort, and the Oil Cloth Day Tote. When I started my day, it was 74 degrees out and super sunny. The thermometer kept rising over 80 degrees so here is how I beat the heat with my Duluth Trading Co. gear!

To start my project, I made a run to my local garden center. I wore my gear and used the Oil Cloth Day Tote. I absolutely love this tote! It is so well made and has compartments for easy organization. It even has a built-in key fob and is water repellent. This is going to come in handy this summer! I already used it on a weekend trip too. I just unzipped the side zipper and it gave me more space to stuff it full of our travel essentials.

Duluth Trading Co

The Longtail No Sweat Henley T-shirt was extremely comfortable to work in. I loved the extra long length. I am 5’10 and it was plenty long on me. When I was out and about getting my plants and mulch, I tucked it into the Quick Dry Skort and belted it for more put together look.

Duluth Trading Post


As you can see here, for more comfort when working, I opted to work without the belt and untucked the No Sweat Henley. With all the bending, stretching, and sweating it was very comfortable indeed! You can see in the photo below how it covers even when I was bending over to do my plantings. No unsightly gaping here!

Duluth Trading Co  The Quick Dry Skort was also very comfortable.  The waist moves with you and doesn’t feel confining at all. The cargo pockets are great and I kept my keys and gardening gloves in them.

Duluth Trading Co

I also liked the material of the clothing. The Longtail No Sweat Henley T-shirt is a jersey blend of comfy cotton and CoolMax polyester with antimicrobial and moisture-wicking performance. The Quick Dry Skort got dirt, water, sweat and mulch on it and stayed dry and was easy to clean. Both garments also have UPF sun protection and great freedom of movement.

Here’s my little herb garden ready to grow and supply us with our cooking essentials all summer long.

Herb Garden No garden is complete without a gnome. My boys affectionately named him Cheese McBean. I really have no idea where they came up with that name!

Herb Garden


Herb Garden



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Happy gardening from me and Cheese McBean!!


xoxo Kristin

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21 Pounds of Apples

Yes, 21 pounds of apples. I need to get to baking!

Every fall we look forward to our trip to the local orchard. The kids are so into our fall activities and it is fun to see them enjoy the simple pleasures in life.

Here’s just a few of the photos…

Boys doing what boys do best.

I love going to places like this. They always present the best photo opportunities!

The “I Love Mommy” fan club.


Apple pie, apple strudel, apple muffins, apple tarts, apple cake, caramel apples, applesauce…

Day 10 will be posted later on today. It’s going to be spooktacular!

Happy Fall, Y’all! Go out and enjoy the beauty of the season!

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