Sunday, April 20, 2014

Noonday Ambassador!

If you follow me on facebook then you might have already seen that I announced how excited I am to now be an ambassador for Noonday!!!

Honestly it is something I have been thinking about for a long time.  I first heard about Noonday probably 2 years ago when my sister called me after a trunk show she had been to.  She told me about this awesome business that provides work for people in resource poor areas of the world to help lift them out of poverty by making jewelry and accessories... and their stuff is SO stylish! I was hooked! Using fashion and design to help create economic opportunity for others?! Sign me up!

Becoming an ambassador was always in the back of my mind.  I always thought how awesome and fun it would be to work with such an amazing company and just felt the Lord bringing it up in different ways to me recently over and over... so I listened and went for it!  Honestly I feel blessed that I get to be a part of such an amazing organization and want to represent them and their artisans well.  

Another HUGE reason that I love Noonday so much is that they do adoption fundraisers!  So you can host a trunk show for a friend or yourself and a portion of the sales will go directly to you or your friends adoption! How cool is that?! That's speaking my language people!

How you can get involved in sharing Noondays story:

  • Host a trunk show! Gather some of your friends together and we'll share Noondays story of how they're helping people all around the world and by using your purchasing power you are making a difference! 
  • Host an adoption fundraiser show for someone you know to help bring a child into their forever family! 
  • And of course you can shop online anytime here.  I would love for you to think about Noonday next time you're gift shopping for you mom, sister, friend, anyone! Which I should mention if you still need a mothers day present just get the orders in by April 27th so that they'll be here on time! 

I should also mention that at the end of every season (2 times a year) I'll have a sample sale where I'll be selling some of my own samples at a discount to make room for the new line.  So you dear readers will get the inside scoop of when that will happen.  I would love for my blog to be the avenue that it takes place on so we'll see!

I hope you'll check it out if you don't know about Noonday already so you can fall in love with them too :)

p.s. fun fact about that picture of me up above... that was taken from our recent trip to Africa (which I promise to blog about soon!)  That is at an overlook that we stopped at and that valley behind me runs all the way into Ethiopia!  Kinda cool!  Kinda surreal! And kinda hard! at the same time to be so close yet so far away for so many reasons! 

Thanks for letting my excitement spill out all over the place! i think i probably used to many of these !! in this post! can't help it! sorrynotsorry

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

RIP computer

It's official our computer is dead.  Real dead.  And it took most of our pics 6 feet under with it. We're going to try one more place to see if they can do anything to get some of them off but I don't have too much hope.  Thankfully I have been somewhat of a decent blogger over the last few years and have at least some pics from different things we've done.  Oh it is painful to lose so many memories! Never again! I am going to look into Carbonite I think or does the Cloud do that?  I have no clue about the cloud man... where's an apple genius when you need one?  We plan to get a new computer relatively soon-ish but right now we're sharing one like I mentioned before which equals a small window of opportunity for blogging :(

BUT we just got back from Africa (not an adoption related trip for all who are following) and I really want to do a post about that quickly while things are still fresh!  So thanks for hanging in there with me reader friends and things will pick up!  I just jumped into an excited opportunity I can't wait to tell you about!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Jamberry Nails Online Party Starts NOW!!!

Hey Friends!  I mentioned in my last post about hosting a Jamberry Nail party online and it starts TODAY!!! and runs through the 20th! One of my roommates from college is selling them and I just think they are so fun!  It is such a unique and creative product! So here is your chance to get some!!!

Here are just a few that I'm loving!

Urban Lights which look super cute on! 
Love these!  If I was actually a photographer I'd be all over these!  How cute would they look all over or even for just an accent nail?!

These would be great for summer! or these cute watermelons!

There are also a lot of florals and I think this one is pretty! 

If you click on the links I put to them you can see pictures that people have uploaded at the bottom of the page of the design on their nails.  I love this feature because it is one thing to see them on the page and another as to what they actually look like on your nail so make sure to check that out! 

The great thing about these is that if you follow the application instructions they can last as long as 2 weeks! Plus each sheet gives you 2 applications maybe even 3!  No polish will last that long! There are seriously so many designs I promise you will have a hard time deciding.  They also offer jamberry juniors for kids, so cute!  

Here is the tutorial that shows you how to apply them, so easy! by the way in case you miss it in the video you can totally use a hair dryer to heat them up :)  

Here is the link!  So get shopping!!! and come back and tell me which ones you got :) 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Long Time No Post...

...and let me tell you why...

my computer is dead :( wheaaaaaaaaaaaaa! and I hate trying to blog on an iPad so I have to wait and use Adam's work computer in the evening which isn't always the most convenient.  First world pains I know!
and yes folks all our pictures, everything, is on it.  We still don't know its fate.  It has been broken for a little while now but we don't have an apple store near us so we are waiting till we head back to the Charlotte area for the weekend with family so we can take it and leave it there if necessary.  Backing up all your pictures and everything is one of those things that we always 'intend' to do and never get around to always trusting technology waaaay to much.  So please stop what you're doing and go back up those pictures and say a prayer for us that apple can recover our pics thanks :)

So how bout a random assortment of stuff, shall we?

1.  We spent our 5 year anniversary in January in Savannah.  Would love to blog about it in more detail with pictures so hopefully when we get my computer back I can come back to this one.  But basically we had a great time even though we froze, thanks polar vortex!

2.  Adam and I are headed to Africa in a few weeks with a group from church.  Not quite the way I thought we would be getting to Africa this year but we're super excited to go!

3.  My birthday is in 6 days and that is always cause for celebration of birthday month in my book!

4.  I really like reading the I Heart Organizing blog, have you ever looked at it? there is some useful stuff over there but oh my lands does she make me feel wholly inadequate sometimes.  I NEED A JUNK DRAWER LADY.  for my health a place to throw the junks and not worry about it.

5.  Super excited to get to go to the Young House Love show house they're doing in May with my roommates from college.  Yep we're real life groupies and we're ok with that.

6.  I'm going to host a Jamberry nail wraps online party next week so be on the lookout for details about that! super excited!

7.  My name "Travoltafied" is Abbey Moozure, I know you were wondering... anyone else stay up way to late watching the Oscars and loved Ellen hosting it?

8.  Adam and I have been watching Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show and laugh every single time he is so hilarious.  Why we didn't watch it this much when it was Late Night I have no idea because I doubt it is much different! But good job NBC for reeling a whole new crowd in.  Oh and thank you DVR, not stayin up till midnight, no sir.

9. I can't wait for the Divergent movie to come out.  I've read 1 & 2 and got bogged down in 3... I think it is because I've heard the ending is terrible so I just haven't been as "in" to this last one.

10.  Lastly I'm thankful for friends :) not the TV show although I'm thankful for that too but the real kind.  Thankful for so many deep and long lasting friendships that I have as well as new friends I've made here. I think living in a military town has given me a whole new perspective on many things friendships being one of them.  

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

The China Cabinet goes BOLD

We're lacking in the storage department in this house.  In a 1960's house they weren't into the whole, hey lets take some space from these awesomely oversized rooms and make a nice big functional closet. Also we don't have a ton of functional furniture pieces. A pickle for sure.  We're working on that...slowly.

Also another thing.  My family believes in China.  Not just the country we believe in that too, but like the breakable fancy kind.  Much to my husbands dismay he was educated on the subject of "christmas china" as far back as when we were dating in high school.  He didn't know then that he would get the joy of living with it for the rest of his china loving? loathing? life.

My mom started the tradition that when we entered high school we would pick a china pattern and each christmas we would receive a place setting.  My older sister and I have the same one and then my middle sister has a different one.  I picked mine based on the fact that my grandmother had the same one and I liked that some of her pieces would one day pass down to me.  Plus it seemed timeless and it was shiny :)

We also picked out regular china when we got married.  Which makes me feel like this scene from Friends:

Ross: ...All right, Monica categorizes her towels. How many categories are there?
Joey: Everyday use.
Chandler: Fancy.
Joey: Guest.
Chandler: Fancy guest.
Ross: Two seconds...
Joey: Uh, eleven!
Ross: 11. Unbelievable. 11 is correct.

Adam got input on this one though! Again we tried to pick something sort of timeless and not super expensive.  China is definitely one of those things that I can't say I necessarily would have wanted on my own when we got married and it was forced on me as a teenager, but I know that it is something that I will be thankful for later on in life and hope that I can pass down to our kids one day.  Plus I do enjoy it and am thankful that we were blessed with it as gifts from when we got married.  

Now that you have learned more about our China that you probably ever cared to know, on to the reason for this post! 

We have needed a large enough china cabinet to store it all since we got married.  Thanks to a yardsale we had and craigslist luck I found this bad boy.  
Honestly it was totally luck.  I would search craigslist on and off often coming up without much luck. Either they were too expensive (some people are real proud of their unfortunate looking furniture pieces), too small, too big, not the right style, you get my drift.  Well I saw this one and I was immediately in love.  I could envision it all pretty and painted.  Plus it was a great deal which was really #1 on the must list!  

It is super heavy and solid and took 3 guys to get inside the house, I mean not that I would know from experience but it looked heavy :) Thanks guys!

So I got to work!  We had to take off all the hinges and screws.  The hinges were the entire length of every door.  So SUPER long and had about a million screws.  We also took the glass out of the 2 end doors.  There was no way to take out the glass in the middle doors.  Wish I would've taken a picture of this part! 
It is not pretty wood as you can see.  Very orange.

Here it is in our beautiful 90's red dining room, not.  No offense if you like a red dining room I don't have anything against them but it is just not us.  It was definitely a fad at one time and it just doesn't fit our taste. 
I hate sanding.  It is miserable.  But a necessary step.  So after sanding and deglossing the top, bottom, drawer fronts, and all the doors it was ready for primer.  Oh and I also had to use wood filler on some holes made when ripping off the decorative pieces around the hardware that you can see in the above picture of the bottom half of the cabinet.
To keep paint from getting on the floor since it sat flush I just stuck painters tape to the floor tracing the bottom of the cabinet so it created a nice edge I could get paint on and then just peel up after I was done.  We didn't like the option of setting this top on anything to elevate it while painting since it is so large and top heavy.
In hindsight I maybe should've done 2 coats of primer but it worked out in the end thankfully.

I love teal.  I have to reign it in sometimes.  So when it came to this I knew I wanted teal involved somehow.  I do love white cabinets but after priming it I knew that I definitely didn't want it all white. Too boring.  I saw this cabinet at target and loved it!  So this was my inspiration.
But how in the world do I color match it?  We don't live near target, sigh... so I couldn't take paint samples there and try to match it easily.  I even went as far to call Target and see if they had a specific color that it was.  Pretty sure the lady thought I was nuts but it was worth a shot.  I decided to just go to Sherwin Williams and see what they could do since I knew I wanted to use their ProClassic enamel paint so it would be nice and durable.  They were super helpful and told me about this app called ColorSnap.  I downloaded it right in the store, gotta love technology, and then you click on different spots in the picture and it tells you some different color choices.  It was really cool.
Then I pulled some paint strips based on the different ones it told me and was able to narrow it down.  I have to say that in the end I think the color from the Target piece and what my china cabinet is turned out to be different but it got me going in the right direction for sure.  The color I went with was Grand Canal.
Around this same time Jen from one of my favorite blogs, I Heart Organizing had just finished her hutch and I loved how hers turned out! It was a little too light for my personal taste but I thought it was beautiful! So when I narrowed down the color of mine, it ended up being on the same paint strip as her Reflecting Pool color! It was 2 or 3 shades darker but it was totally by accident so I felt confident in my color choice because hers turned out so beautifully! And I'm super thankful that I could learn from her mistake and I went ahead and painted the inside top and bottom white!
I used leftover ProClassic in Westhighland White from our kitchen cabinet reno in our old house.  It took 3 coats on top of the primer to cover.  I was so sick of painting that inside ugh.  The ProClassic is expensive paint, thankfully I was able to get a quart size of the teal. I had enough to do 2 coats with about 1/4 leftover!  Thanks to a coupon it came out to only $17!  Honestly there were times I got a little freaked out and worried I picked the wrong color. My sweet husband encouraged me to keep going and that it looked great.  He was right, I love how it turned out.  It is totally us.  It is definitely not everyones taste but it is ours and I'm thankful I could take an outdated piece and make it our own!
I used a nice Purdy brand brush to do all of this.  There were too many small areas to use a foam roller and make it worth it, plus the paint has a self-leveling property in it and I don't notice any brush strokes now that it is all finished. The doors definitely took the longest. I had doors elevated on paint cans all over the place.  8 doors primed and painted. 3 coats front and back.  Time consuming for sure but worth it!

In the middle of all this we primed and painted the walls as well.  Let's be honest, red walls do not compliment a teal china cabinet very well.

All the doors back on woo hoo! With painted walls back there!  We did the same color as the living room, it is Rockport Gray by Benjamin Moore, color matched to Valspar Ultra.
Here she is all loaded up with China, both christmas and regular ;)  I would love to get some different knobs for the lower doors, and the yellow drawer knobs are from Hobby Lobby. And now so you can get an idea of what the whole room looks like, but first let's do a before.
Much better than the dark hole it was before!! 

What better time to finish than in time for Christmas decorations?!  We still have some details in the room to finish, like art, curtains etc but it has come a long way!  And Adam loves it!  I love how much he loves it and I'm so grateful that he puts up with this stuff!  We're thankful to have some style and function to fill this room!