Thursday, August 13, 2009

A little insight into the makings of me!

As you may or may not know I have a lot of secret passions; things I'm good at and things I REALLY wish I was good at. One of the things I wish I was good at is cake decorating. If I had more money, time and lived in a city that had a pastry school it would be my dream to go, but since I don't and when we lived in Bothell I did have the resources to go to Seattle for school, I just get to dream and admire other peoples amazing work! And today I thought I'd share some of my newest findings.

Ok these people entered a contest and from what I understand they got to pick the designs from a t-shirt company or pictures that the company uses (but don't quote me) and then they go to use there creative licence and interpret it into a cake. I'll show you the inspiration picture and then cake and you can see what I mean when I say these people are amazing and have an amazing gift. Also I will be the first to admit some are strange and very random but also very cool! I hope you enjoy them as much I do!

P.S. I finally figured out how to do a slide show so if it's going to fast just push pause and go through at your own pace.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

My Decorating style!

SO I found this website and you can go a take a test and find out your decorating style and let me tell you it's good=). I even had Chad take it and although we do share one style the others sounded just like him! How would have thought my husbands main decor sytle would be Hollywood elegance or Glam I don't remeber but still!! LOL anyway Check it out it was fun to take=).

Your specific style combines two more general styles:

50% Rustic Revival
50% Modern Elegance

50% Rustic Revival

You can take kid out of the country but you can't take the country out of the kid... or is your theme "you can take the kid out of the city, but you can't take the city out of the kid?" Either way you play it, you are one of the unique individuals who loves a mix of modern and country. The clean lines of the modern softened by rustic /vintage elements is the perfect mix in your mind. And can we blame you? You've taken the best aspects of two popular designs and mixed them in a manner that appeals young and old alike. A subtle background of white or light colors provides a nice canvas for all the wonderful flea market, eBay or garage sale finds as well as the classic modern pieces that you love.

The material palette for urban country runs the gamut because of the two extremes being mixed. On the countryside you see a lot of wood, woven rope, canvas and linen, rustic metals and wrought iron, cowhide and vintage leather. On the more modern side, you see acrylic, satin and polished nickel and chrome, glass, faux fur, refined leather, fiberglass and sleek woods. It's the mixing of these elements that makes the style work so well. Seagrass and other natural woven materials are often used for floor coverings. Concrete and natural wood floors are very popular, and work really well together.

When it comes to color, think light, casual and airy. White, pale gray or beige, khaki and sage; all of these colors make nice, subtle backdrops for Urban Country style. Think of the colors of natural linen, concrete, and if you'd like to go dark, use the dark brownish-black of iron or the deep burnt orange of rust. The key is to keep the spaces feeling open (go modern!) and yet warm (yay for rustic!), and by going light on the walls and major pieces and more color on the accents and accessories you can achieve this mix really well.

50% Modern Elegance

Variety is the spice of life! And nowhere is this truer than in the design of your home... You either love contemporary but wish it wasn't quite so cold and austere; or perhaps you've always been drawn to more traditional rooms but are now at a point in your life where you'd like to pair down a bit or want to create a less cluttered and busy space. Transitional Style is here to marry those apparent contradicting designs. And guess what — it's the contradictions that make the mix of contemporary and traditional so successful. The result is an elegant room that appeals to young and old alike. A sofa with modern lines blends seamlessly with a pair of traditional chairs. New fabrics work so well on antique pieces. It turns out that modern art looks even more exciting above a collection of traditional pieces. The room feels simple and sophisticated, elegant and hip.

The material palette for Transitional Style is a wonderful mix as well. Wood tones add warmth to the more modern finishes such as metal and glass. Fabrics are usually neutral and focus more on texture rather than pattern or color. Because you are mixing two very different styles, simplicity is key. Carpets are often Berber in natural tones, though area rugs can bring in color much like a modern piece of art would. Window treatments, when used, are simple in style as well as color and many times you will see natural roman shades or wood blinds used. Satin nickel, chrome and stainless are very popular and can modernize an otherwise traditional space. On the flip side, when the room feels more contemporary vintage golds and wrought iron will tame and add warmth to the space.


For color think simple. Remember that you have set out to create an eclectic mix of two styles and the best way to avoid making the room overbearing is to stay subtle on the walls and ceiling. Whites and creams are popular and grays, taupe's and tans are darker versions of neutrals that work very well. The simplicity in the color helps keep the space feeling light, airy and fresh. If you'd like to add deeper color choosing one accent wall is a nice way to do so. Or add depth by bringing color in at the accessory level. The best part about colorful accessories is that you can easily reinvent the space by simply changing the throw pillows to highlight your new favorite color.

Monday, August 10, 2009

I updated the background!

If you didn't already notice I updated the background here from the cuties website that I got from a friend and her SUPER cute blog! Thanks Jen!!
I have no idea what I am doing really and am still leaning as I go so forgive me while I try to figure this out and I promise I will figure out how to get a picture on the header=). Also I'm feeling VERY craft and home decor inspired (probably has something to do with buying a house). So I'm sure for a little while you might see some of my projects or my inspirations or even my questions so keep looking I might need your help.
Also I REALLY need to look for a dinning room table so if you find one that isn't to expensive and preferably one that expands let me know, especially if it has chairs. The one we have was my parents when I was growing up and between 11 kids and 2 parents it isn't in the best shape and only 2 chairs made it so we have a table but only 2 chairs which was fine when it was just the two of us or when Kyan was in a high chair but not anymore. Now we have to pull up the computer chair so we can all eat together but pretty soon the computer is going to be upstairs so I'm sure you can see that problem. Well keep your eyes open. and I think I'll be garage selling and thrifting this weekend in hopes of finding one so cross your fingers.=)P.S. Let me know if you want to come!!!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

What else we have been up to.

I have taken far longer on the computer today then I really wanted so this will be my last one and I proimse to add pictures from the July 4th weekned but right now I don't have that kind of time =). But here are some cards I made the two that look like little kid cards I helped Alana make I didn't make them myself but she told me I could take a pictue to keep the idea. And I thought I'd show you all a picture of Chad's tattoo it's not finished he has to go back in 2 weeks to get the color added, but I'm not sure he's very excited about it. The other day he told me his arm hurt so bad he wanted to cut it off. Oh well=)! Happy looking!

4 years!!

Our Crazy little angel turned 4 on the 2nd and he had a GREAT day! So I thought I'd post a couple pictures of his birthday this year and his birthday 4 years ago. It was wonderful, happy and still a little bittersweet.

Happy Birthday Kyan! He loved his cake.

This is one of his many Bumblebee from Transformers gifts and he loves it he wore this to bed that night. LOL

I asked him to stop moving so I get a better picture instead he got on the floor and so I took the picture and it took me just a second to figure out what he was doing and laugh. He was transforming.=)

His very first non naked picture.

One very proud Daddy.

My parents!! And very happy Grandparents.=)

Chad parents.

Tiffany and Kyan. She stayed in hospital almost the whole time we were there! Thanks again!

Emily and Kyan. She came to visit several times.

Close up! He was such a cutie and has grown into the handsomest little man.

This one is of me in the ICU (or I guess they call it the CCU now) probably the 3rd or 4th time I held him. I know it's not pretty but luckily the tube down my throat was finally out for this picture.

I am soo far behind it's not even funny.

OK so I'll start with the most exciting news first and then add new posts to play catch up so you aren't overwhelmed!! We bought a house!! I'm soo excited! Here's the story!!
We went house hunting at the end of June after being super frustrated with all out other options and the first day we went to something like 9 houses and we feel in love with two of them! And the next day we decided to make an offer on both since one was a short sale and it could take months to hear back and there was an offer on the table for the other one as well. So we crossed our fingers and hoped everything would work out. Over the 4th we found out that we bought a house!! It was such great news!! So we haven't been telling anyone but my parents and Chad told his brother and parents, because of all the horribly bad luck we have been having I didn't want to jinks it. But since we should be hearing soon when our closer date is I thought I would tell everyone(or at least anyone who enjoys reading my rants. he he) I also decided to include some pictures that the people had listed online so you could kind of see the house! I'll post new pictures after we move in and paint!!

It's is in Pasco, 2232 sq. feet, 2 story, 4 bedroom, 2.5 bathrooms, formal living and dining room!
This is the Front view of the house.

This is the formal living room it's to the right when you walk in the front door.

1/2 Bath on first floor.

Family room (open to the Kitchen)

The kitchen a little small for my taste but it's bigger then what I have and GREAT for our first house.

Dinning room just off the kitchen and there is walk through from the formal living room.

Master Bedroom.


Back of the house where you can see the retractable awning rolled up.