Friday, November 25, 2011

Happy Birthday, Mom!


You are the best friend a girl could have!
I love you with all my heart.


Thursday, November 24, 2011

Give Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving! We just finished a HUGE Thanksgiving feast with Morgan's family, and I am about to pass out. But first, here are some photos from our week together...


Over the river and through the woods...


... to Estes Park we go. Where elk roam the streets, apparently. 


Morgan, carving his very first turkey...


It was delicious!

Food, food, and more food...



... and the sun setting behind the mountains.



I am so thankful for our amazing family, our precious friends, and the healthy, blessed life we have been given. 


Happy Thanksgiving to all! 


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Have a Lovely Weekend


This weekend we will be packing up our apartment and getting ready to welcome our Thanksgiving guests. But first, we are going to enjoy a bag of Lamar's donuts.

Happy weekend! 


Friday, November 18, 2011

News

I'll give you a hint...


Yep. We're moving! We are leaving our cozy, little apartment behind and moving into a house!!!


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Family Visit

My parents left yesterday morning, headed back to Georgia. It was a great visit, but I miss them already. While they were here, we ate at all our favorite Fort Collins restaurants, watched college football, had our annual Secret Santa Name Draw, played in the snow, and planned our next big family trip.

My family in all our 90's glory. Playing croquet in Maine.

My mom is planning to hike the Appalachian Trail this summer. She will leave in March and finish around Labor Day. She's amazing!
 

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Bedroom: Before and After

I am excited to say that we are finally finished with our bedroom make-over! Here are some photos from before...



Blah. So boring.


And after...


Our headboard! It turned out great, don't you think? And the grey on the walls really warms the space up.


We found this old print at the flea market. The dogs remind me so much of Sadie and Georgie. Plus, the colors are beautiful.



Sorry for the quality of the photos... they were taken with my phone. Overall, the space is much warmer and cozier. But best of all, I feel like it captures our combined style really well. There are some masculine details, like the tailored headboard and the wall art, but there are also plenty of feminine, girly touches - like the pops of color and metallic elements. Bling, if you will.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Twenty-Four









So far, twenty-four is giving twenty-three a run for its money... :)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

DIY: Upholstered Headboard


Well, we finally did it. We finished our headboard. I am proud to say that it looks terrific. The project also turned out to be much easier than I expected. Keep reading if you are thinking about making your own...

Materials Needed:
1. Staple Gun (We used an Arrow JT-21... You can find it at Home Depot.)
2. Staples (Make sure you get the right size.)
3. Plywood in the desired shape / size of your headboard (You can have the wood cut to your exact dimensions by one of the fabulous guys at Home Depot.)
4. Fabric (You will need enough to cover the entirety of the plywood, plus extra to fold over the edges... in other words, your fabric should be slightly larger than your plywood.)
5. Scissors 
6. Upholstery tacks
7. Hammer 
8. Egg crate foam mattress (We used a full size mattress.)
9. A husband who is handy with tools and stuff. (Note: Husband optional.)


1. Lay the plywood down flat against the egg crate foam. (Make sure the wavy side of the mattress is facing up.)


2. Wrap the foam tightly around the plywood and staple in place. Fold at the corners. 


3. Spread the fabric out over the egg crate mattress. Smooth out any wrinkles. Staple fabric tightly in place. 


4. Position upholstery tacks around the edge of the headboard. Nail tacks evenly in place. (At the corners, make sure studs with holes overlap before hammering the nail in.) 


5. When you're finished, you can either mount the headboard onto the wall or create legs for the headboard to rest on. Since we are currently renting, Morgan screwed some legs into the plywood, so we wouldn't have to nail into the wall. 


Ta da! Pretty darn easy. The whole project took a couple of hours and cost approximately $100. I can't wait to share the finished product!