Friday, February 27, 2015

{ I can't wait to try this..}

It's the weekend guys wooo hoo! I shared something on my Instagram account a few days ago about +Krylon Brand Spray Paint   in chalky paint finishes & wax in a spray can & whoa was it a hit!! I have not had the pleasure of trying this stuff yet , but this is such a game changer especially if you're always wanting to change out furniture colors etc.. I mean don't get me wrong I love other chalk paint brands too { Annie Sloan, Americana Decor, etc.. } but what changes things up is the fact that it's in a spray can !!! The after paint wax application could potentially be so much faster & actually more efficient & able to get in the cracks & crevices while coating every inch of the piece that's being painted/ waxed!

Note: Excuse the photos. When I'm out & about and come across something nifty to share with you guys there's no time to perfect a picture #snap&go! 

I quickly took this  phone picture while browsing +Michaels Stores  a few days ago. Each can retails for $9.99 which is pretty decent considering many of the chalk paints can retail anywhere from $10-40! I just love the ease of a spray can ,but I can't wait to see how the actual product looks & works compared to brushed chalk paint!!

While I'm at it I thought why not share this picture I snapped while at Michaels the other day too! Michaels has so many new items out for spring I couldn't help ,but stop & stare & snap a pic. I love all the industrial cottage/ farmhouse goodies they offer now- I'll take one of everything he-he!

Stay tuned for an actual tutorial / review on this product coming soon!!


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

{ Hauls...why they're good }

       Today I'm sharing all about why shopping hauls are beneficial especially if you're constantly changing out decor or love staying with the current trends! Me, I don't care for most trends, I'd rather stick to classic traditional items that can be used in different spaces for different occasions etc.. Since blogging became my job I've really noticed which stores you can really do 'Hauls' & actually save the bank account from going completely empty!  I'm sharing a few of my favorite stores & why doing hauls at them can help you stock up on decor goods for less & save time! 

  If you're like me I usually go out shopping when something pops in my head that I can't improvise or make myself ..right?! Well, I don't really do that anymore, I actually go shopping pry twice a month & do  mini hauls on items that can be used for various occasions & holidays over & over, but in a different way. When you're shopping for specific item you're hunting so hard that most of the time when you find that item you're willing to spend just about anything & the item is strictly for one idea,project, holiday etc..When you do mini hauls like Michael's dollar days, IKEA'S thrifty bins , or Target's dollar spots you grab various goods that you don't necessarily need at the exact time,but could use down the road . Pick the items up that you see right then & there because they're usually on the cheap & can be used just about anywhere! If you shop at stores like Michaels, IKEA, or Target they usually have trendy & mixed in traditional/ regular home items in the dollar sections. I'm going to share two pictures below of an IKEA & Target haul from the dollar basket sections!! My favorite is probably Target & Michaels just because they do switch out the items quite frequently ,yet always seem to have some basic dollar goods consistently stocked in the bins which is nice !

 This haul I  did 2 days ago +Target Marketing Solutions - Internet Marketing ! I love these items because every item including the wire basket can be used for different things throughout the year. Spring, summer,Easter etc..The basket, chevron candle,'M' & chalkboard all cost under $14!!!

This haul I did when I revamped my sisters bedroom a few months ago! We picked up some basic items- candles, pillow cases, plush throw, planters & floral inserts..all which can be used for different seasons & settings because they're mostly neutral goods. These items were priced mid range from +IKEA USA !!

Thanks for stopping by ! Have fun with decorating while making your  sanctuary budget friendly ! Happy hauling guys!!


Persia Lou

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

{ DIY 'Welcome' Sign }

Today I'm sharing a cute & simple DIY  { Welcome } sign! I've been searching for something to hang in our little entryway with our little rustic watering can, but haven't been able to find anything , so I made something for under $10 !! 

I picked up some simple rustic polka dot wrapping paper at +Marshalls  for under $3 & grabbed a wooden 'welcome' sign from +Michaels Stores  for $1! I had the frame  { +Target  $4 } from a previous project!!

Placed the glass over the back of the paper & cut to measurements! 
The wooden decal wasn't a 'stick on' so I just used some industrial glue I had. I used a generous amount & then let the glue become tacky before pushing the decal on the glass! 

Note: Be sure to wipe any excess glue from in between the lettering with a cloth . I had a bit of run-off but it adds charm right haha!? 

The watering can is from Kohl's $3!! 
The frame I distressed a bit with some dark wax around the edges! 
I love the way it turned out!! The simple white flowers & touch of metal from the can bring such a spring feel! 


Thursday, February 5, 2015

{ Thanks for Choosing Me, Charlotte ! }

- RIP - CHARLOTTE - 2007 -2015 -

>> Binks ,Nudges & Kneads …My dear Charlotte.

<< You were  there surrounding me when I was sick, sad, happy & proud. I’ll miss your grumbling purr & twitching bunny nose, but most of all I’ll miss you.

>> You were my late night buddy, office mascot, & most of all my friend. Your sweet & soft lovable & plush body was always the light to my day, even when it was dark. Learning to care & love you was one of the best gifts I've been granted. Thank you for choosing me.

<< I’m writing this letter with pools of tears in my eyes ...- my office is so lonely without you... you were the ULTIMATE PET.

>> First love into our lives transitioning from young crazy kids to mature adults finding our way through life. You were there to celebrate our first place, our wedding, & all of our crazy home improvements; you even helped get me through college.

 << You were more then just a ‘bunny’, but my friend & baby!

>> I’ll miss & love you forever & always, Charlotte from Charlotte, MI. 

Love, M & P