Friday, September 21, 2012

What Is It About the Fall That Caused Me to Overcommit Myself?

Oh yes, I've done it again.  Too much on my plate and I won't bore you with the details....

but I had to share with you....

Baby Bee was nominated by her leadership group at her elementary school for president!

Wanted to show you her cute poster she made for the election.  She made the letters with my Cricut machine and some fabulous paper my mom found at Hobby Lobby.  

She gives her speech on Friday and the student body votes a week from then.
 Don't forget to vote! (And don't forget to enter my Shabby Apple giveaway! It's ending soon!)
Can you tell Baby Bee has a proud mama?
P.S.  Still working on things for the Big County Fair!  Oh my!  Wish I could share, but I can't until the fair in October!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Shabby Apple Giveaway!


Heather from Vintage Grey

Yeah!  I'm so excited!  The lovely folks over at Shabby Apple contacted me to host a giveaway and how could I refuse?

And look at what I found over at Shabby Apple to show you.....

pretty jewelry,
 cute skirts,
 retro dresses,
 something for that fancy evening,
 something to keep you warm,
and cute shoes too!
Shabby Apple is generously offering a $50 gift card to one of you lucky readers!

Have I tempted you?
Wanna' join in?

Here's the rules:

1.  Like Shabby Apple on Facebook. The kind folks over at Shabby Apple are requiring this as part of this giveaway.  Leave a comment letting me know you did this for your first chance at the giveaway.

2.  Leave a comment on this post letting me know what your favorite dress or other item is from Shabby Apple.  This is your second chance at this giveaway.    

Be sure to leave me contact information!

3.  Giveaway ends on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 at Midnight PDT.  

4.  Giveaway open to USA only.  (sorry world)

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Shhhhh......I Have a Secret......

Well, let's be honest now, it's not much of a secret if I'm sharing it with you, now is it, but WAS a secret until I decided to spill.

I bought something I shouldn't have.  I know it.  Worker Bee knows it.  Baby Bee doesn't know it yet, but she will when she reads this.  Now before you get all worried about me, it wasn't a house or a car or a brand new kitchen (all things I might consider buying).  It was.....

a quilt.  
Yes, and some shams too.  (No, not shame....sham! You people.)

And it might get a bit embarrassing to admit this part too.  It's for our bedroom and......please don't's from Pottery Barn (for Kids).  All right, I'll say it loud and proud.  It's a quilt for a room for grown-ups from Pottery Barn for Kids!

I couldn't help it!  It was being discontinued.  I loved it.  It spoke to my new burning desire for aqua and red and green.  

And, you know what?  Worker Bee likes it too.  I know!  Who woulda' thought?  I was afraid I was going to have to sneak it on him one night when he was asleep, but he actually likes it.  

Now, the bad thing is, it is just a start.  I will need to figure out some additional bed coverings, curtains, a new paint (aqua) color for the walls.

There was however one thing that made us really sad.  For our 20th anniversary we won a custom monogram designed by Cathe over at Just Something I Made and sent to us by the wonderful folks over at Back 40 Life on etsy.  
Here's pretty much what our bedroom looks like now - just a few minor changes - and to see more, head on over to this post.

WE LOVE IT!  But our taupe (or what I like to call light grocery bag brown) walls just will not go with these new linens and inspiration and I don't think I can peel this off the wall and save it.  (Do you?)

And the furniture that I've painted white and painted black will now get painted another color.  
Here's our current dresser....
and wouldn't it look fabulous a bright red like this?
Isn't this the best part right now?  
Just the dreaming these things up???

C'mon......let me show you some things I've already pinned from Pinterest.

Definitely a certain color palette going on, right?

These are a few other things I've pinned for romantic inspiration with a cottage spin.

Found this vinyl decal on Back 40 Life (the place that made our original monogram) and I like it a lot.  But.....maybe they still have the original custom made design sitting around somewhere - in the cloud - and we could reorder it in the future?

One last picture from the Pottery Barn (for Kids) website that made me fall in love with it.  (BTW, our pillow shams do NOT say Victoria on them.)
I'll keep you posted as I find things to go with our new bedroom.  
I can't wait!  And the best part?  Worker Bee is along for the ride!  (Well at least for now.....)

Thanks so much for buzzing along with me dear bloggy friends.  
Your sweet comments and visits are such a day brightener!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

The Annual Tradition - Planning for the Big Fair

The More Creative Bee and I met at Panera Bread today for our annual planning time.  (Even meeting at Panera Bread has become our annual tradition!  And, as I digress again, don't you just love Panera?  It's one of my very favorite places to go to eat.  You have soup, which I adore, coffee drinks, which I adore, and free wi-fi!  Plus sandwiches, cookies, bagels, pastries..............yummmmm! Okay, back on topic now.)

And I cannot begin to tell you how much fun I had with the More Creative Bee just bouncing ideas off of each other.  I think that might be my favorite part of the whole thing.  

So, the Big Fair theme this year is Passport to Fun.  Hmmmm.....what to do with that for a Christmas tree and a table setting?

Well, I'll give you some clues......but not too many just in case our competition is visiting.

Are you puzzled?  Can you figure out our plans?  Well, I'll be working on several things for the next few weeks so you might catch a few more clues, but I'm not telling any more than that.  
I guess I DO like to keep things mysterious!

Fair set up is the end of September and I can reveal it all after Oct. 3!

Thanks for buzzing in for a visit.  So nice to see you!

P.S.  And just so you don't get too confused, we're actually working on TWO table settings and TWO Christmas trees.  One tree and one table for the Passport to Fun theme and one tree and one table for special occasions yet to be mentioned.  (cue the maniacal laugh - ba ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha - cough cough)