Thursday, October 27, 2011

Guest Room Headboard

I am having camera issues (not very happy about it either) so I don't have the best pics to share of this refinishing but I'll share what I have from my phone and you can get the general idea. 

I recently bought a "vintage" headboard from Craigslist and when I went to pick it up, I was thrilled to know that it came from her attic from when she bought the house. This may seem lame but it solidified the "vintage" part for me. I like to think it was stashed up there since the house was built (probably the 60's) and had been saved just for me. 

The lady I bought it from had painted it Tiffany blue (as in, Tiffany & Co.) and although it looked adorable, I wanted to freshen it up for my guest room bed.
I saw this post at and got inspired to give the refinishing a whirl. 

Here's a pic from when I first bought it: 

I'm in love with the design! 

A couple of Saturdays ago, I started working on the first phase. I want the finished product to have a couple of different colors fading through so here's what I did: 

I used a darker navy/gray tone and just brushed it on in random places and also used a primer 
(the white you are seeing) 
I'm not finished with it as of yet, but here's the phase I'm at so far: 

Being a novice at this and not thinking it through completely, I should have wiped/ragged it off once I put the white on and I would've been done.
Of course, I remembered reading about that technique AFTER the white paint had dried. 
Now, I'm stuck sanding off the white to get the other two shades to bleed through for that aged/distressed look I'm wanting.
It's ok, I think it will end up looking marvelous once I'm finally done. 

Up close, you can see that there's much more work to be done although, you can sort of see the sanding I've been doing. I'm hoping to finish this over the upcoming weekend and figure out how to get it mounted. That will be a challenge (and post) all of its own. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Family Photo Shoot

Let me say, first off....our photographers were incredible! If you live in the Houston area, check out
They managed to keep Carson's attention for almost 2 hours! A very impressive feat. 
We took a journey down to Galveston to the Train Museum for most of the shots and finished up in an area just off the bay at Bayou Vista. It was super windy (hair became very "au naturale") but I'm pleased with all the photos I've seen thus far. 

Can't wait to get the CD of the images and share them with ya'll. Added bonus, we get 25 custom designed Christmas cards to show off  share. 

Here's one of the many that I'll be posting soon...yes, I'm one proud momma. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Fall is in the Air

Ahhhh, what a wonderful day today! 
We've had quite a long, extended summer here in Houston as usual. Today was the first day that I could say it felt a little chilly outside. I loved it. I'll hate it by January but I loved it today. 
I'm thinking I'll make something hearty for dinner. Chicken and dumplings? Sounds like a winner. 

Happy Hump Day! 

Friday, October 14, 2011

Motherhood....what a fabulous, crazy, wild ride!

 Whenever I first found out I was pregnant, I was secretly hoping for a girl. My husband warned me that girls are the minority but I was sure we'd break the mold. I'm the oldest of three and I loved the bond my mom and I have. I just knew I would have a girl and re-live history, only I would get to be the hip, cool mom in the scenario.  

God had other plans.  But, boy does He know what He's doing. 


When it comes to boys, I hit the jackpot.  Carson is so much like his daddy but yet, I see silly traits of his crazy momma in there every day! My official name per Carson is "monny (pronounced maw-nee)" which I must admit, I kinda like. It's my own special name :) 

We are so thrilled to be his parents. (Huge smiles going on over here!) 

Maybe we'll get a girl next and I'll be head over heels all over again :) 

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Carson's Birthday - Part 2 :)

Yes, it's been just over a month since my little guy's birthday but I couldn't help but post a few more pictures of the occasion. Since the birthday party was on Saturday but his actual birthday was Sunday, we figured we would just make a weekend of the celebrations. It just seemed sad not to celebrate a little on the actual birthday. So, in true Texas style, we celebrated with BBQ. Not just any BBQ, though.

Rudy's Famous BBQ. Yep, delicious goodness, that's what that is. 

Here are a few silly pics we took to remember the day by. We're silly but happy! 

In case you can't read his shirt, it says "Mommy's Greatest Catch".
Yep, that's my boy. :) 

Chocolate Mustaches, Hehe. I'm sure the folks behind us thought we were a tad bit strange. Do I ever care?!? Nope,

Happy Birthday, Sweet Carson! You are our little sunshine!