Monday, May 30, 2011

games galore

It's no secret I'm in love with boardgames.  Recently my husband and I had made some Scrabble theme gifts for last years Christmas.  We had so much fun and loved the end product. They are such a fun inspiration idea for so many projects, crafts, and parties! I decided to find some more boardgames themed projects to hopefully try out soon!
this is one of the signs we made :)
i would love to try these next since my bro has a screen printer!
Monopoly wine charms!
colorful balloons and paper plates transformed to candy!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

cozy and eclectic inspiration

There are some great antique shops just down by our loft that I am dying to scour. I am currently loving mustard yellow tones, as well as greenish greys (like below).  I really want to bring in the great colors of old books and vintage prints to hopefully achieve the cozy + eclectic look.  This is what's inspiring me... 

I love the exposed beams, colored couch & seats.

I love the layout of the clock & beautiful.
The hutch is absolutely stunning in this room.

the modern chair fits so well against the simplicity.

I really need to get some antique luggage.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Work.  It's been bringing me down little by little.
I never like to really complain about work, just the usual about "long day, tired this, tired that" sort of thing.  I am really glad I have a job, I really am.  But the truth is, that it's tearing me down! I thought I would blog to you lovelies, because maybe I'm not the only one in this predicament. Am I?

When I started, I had just gotten married and felt great!  I had been working out 5 to 6 days a week for the last 6 months, which gave me confidence.  I was buying a bit cuter clothes, my hair was done, and my makeup was done.  Now, my clothes are all "work clothes", dirty with holes.  My hair is never done for work, and I can't wear makeup because my skin has broken out the worst in my life due to stress.  By the way, lol, I guess I forgot to mention what I do.  I work at a warehouse moving boxes. Why? Well, I was tired of being a waitress, no longer need part time work as a student, and my anxiety in large crowds began to intrude.  I had been doing bookkeeping at the restaurant and wanted to pursue that full time.  I did a temporary position as a phone teller and part of it was wonderful, but there wasn't enough work to keep busy and my anxiety was getting worse because the training I got was so limited I didn't feel like I was helping customers as much as I could.  My husband works where I do, so we now have the same schedule, which is a good part.  I love seeing him on breaks and having him there to give me a smile. :)  I've realized that the heavy work load (10 hour shifts, very heavy lifting) is weighing on me much more than I like.  I don't like going out in public as much, my self esteem has gone way down, and I don't feel I can be the wife my husband deserves.  So after alllll this explanation...I've decided to do my best to <3 me again. I thought I would share some steps I'm taking to make the days a little brighter! 

For a couple weeks now, I have started replacing the soda I love at work, to drinking 2 liters of H20 a day!
       It was hard at first but it's going much better now, and better yet I feel better about my choice.

I'm cutting back on the sugar!
      If you know me personally, you know I'm a confessed sugar fiend. But maybe cutting back as much as I can will help me feel better about how I look...I'm taking it one day at a time.

Today I went tanning.
      Before you judge, I live in Oregon=limited sun/lots of rain, I work in a warehouse with no windows for 40 hours a week, and I've never been orange in my life.  It makes me feel so good, and I am praying it will help clear up my skin! *crosses fingers*

After my friend's wedding this summer, which means I will have a little extra cash after all the events to spare, I am gonna go to the salon and get my hair done completely different! Something new and maybe a pretty color! I think this will give a great boost of confidence.

And last but not least....running.  I'm trying my absolute hardest, even if I can only muster it on the weekends!

Well lovelies, I know this was a long post, but it felt great to set all these goals down in print!  Are you feeling low? What do you do daily to make yourself happy? Any suggestions?  I would love to hear :) You're all worth the world lovelies.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mum's day

Went shopping with some friends yesterday and swung by the paint section of Walmart for a quick look. To my delight I saw some great "color inspiration" cards mixed in the paint chip display! They were calling my name to make a cute Mother's day card! Here is a picture run-down of what I made...

To all my lovelies that are mums, Happy Mother's day!

Friday, May 6, 2011


So many wonderful things on the WWW!
Here are some things that caught my eye...

perfect bracelet for the sewing lover!

diy mini polaroid magnets

i'm going to try and attempt this hairstyle today! LOVE
are these not divine?!
what a great piece!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

modern + vintage=love

So, being that the hubby and I are newly weds, we are putting together our little love nest one piece at a time.  I get so excited every time we save up for something we've been eyeing that we know would fit us just perfectly.  We currently live in a loft, but are dreaming of a wonderful little house we can make a home for a LONG while!  We are so ready to settle down in one spot, and to put everything in its place.

It's been spring cleaning time at the Orr home.  We bought some new storage containers and we are ready to shed excess clutter like no one's business!  We recently bought a shredder which is a must!  We get so much crap mail, hahaha, and we have some *ahem* salvage-rs that regularly look through our loft's community dumpster.  We have a great big box of shredding material that we are ready to consolidate.

Our main features in our living space are pretty modern.  The first is our TV base, from IKEA, in a black/brown finish.  Our second is a large micro-suede sectional in chocolate brown, with matching ottoman.  We wanted to break up the clean-modern with the quirky-comfy vintage.  We have yet to buy the other pieces to the entertainment center, but once we do we will have some wonderful shelving space to show off some great pieces.  One of which is a carved, ornate head of a woman that my dad bought in Germany and had fallen to it's demise when I was younger, only to be salvaged by a smart me!  My sis in law is fixing it up with a little putty and we are gonna give it a spray of a wonderful bronze color to bring it back to life with some luster!  More on that project later ;)     Here are a few details of things that we have, and also things we want to add to make a perfect space for the two of us!

so perfect for our lamp stand or entertainment center

i love adding different prints for more interest

these are exquisite and the yellow color is so vibrant and cheery

 Basically it looks like a bunch of random things together right now, but all this inspiration is going to make us one perfect room for two.  Have a lovely week!