Saturday, August 29, 2009

More pictures of the new bathroom

I was just looking at the last post and I thought it might be nice to add some more close-up photos of the new bathroom. As much as I've tried, I have come to the realization that I cannot grow an orchid. Problem solved... I found this "permanent" one at Target. The towels and nightlight also came from Target. (Did I tell you I love Target? Oh yeah, I did.)

I added this little ornament to the knob of the cupboard. I found it in a lovely little shop in East Sacramento called The French Hen. I love the little beads and shells.

I've had this tray for several years... found it at Bath & Bodyworks, I think. I still like it after all this time, so I was happy to be able to repurpose it for this new room.

Ah, but these are my favorite things... the shower curtain and the curtain hooks! Don't you just love those "vintage glass knobs"?! And the curtain kind of reminds me of my favorite store, Anthropologie, but without the big price tag. You've gotta' love it!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

A finished room!

Ta-da! I actually finished a project! The main bathroom is finished! I ended up doing an extra coat of paint, and it really made a difference. I was a little concerned there for a while. I really like how the color turned out. The mirror and the little cabinet (below) were left by the previous owners, and they work in perfectly with my style.
Can I tell 'ya how much I love Home Goods and Target? Well, I will. I love Home Goods and Target. All my textiles came from Target, and the hardware came from Home Goods. (Marsha, thank you for the housewarming gift card xo!)
It's so nice to look into a room and see it finished, with no tarps, no ladders, and no boxes! My next goal is to finish my bedroom. I need to paint the closet doors and trim, and hang the curtains... and then finish unpacking/sorting so I can actually decorate. Oh the list goes on...
Tomorrow I have about three tree service companies coming out to give me estimates on a tree removal, stump/root grinding and clean-up. My yard is officially the ugliest yard on the block. The lawn died before I moved in (it was a bank-owned home), so I'm just going to tear the whole thing up and start over. Another project for the list!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Can a person have too much aqua?

This doesn't look aqua to me in the photo, but it is. I just finished painting the main bathroom walls. No more dark green. I was going for a relaxing spa feel with this "A Charmed Life" color by Dutch Boy. This is the first time I've used Dutch Boy, and I won't know if I completely like it until tomorrow when I know it's totally dried. Right now, well, I'm trying not to panic. I see streaks and I'm hoping they'll be gone when it's dry! I've never had streaks before. Okay, breathe. It's paint. I can always do another coat if I have to...

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Laundry room

Okay, so it's not really a laundry room. It's more of a laundry corner... of the garage. And yes, I painted the wall aqua/blueish. Just because the laundry is in the garage doesn't mean you can't decorate it, right? I even have cute things to store my cleaning supplies, detergent and dryer fluffies in. I found the dryer fluffy container at an antique store. It was originally used to store medical tools.
This is a close-up of the wall vinyl that I recieved in the mail today. (Found it on ebay) I immediately put it on the wall! It's not perfectly straight, but that's my fault. I just eye-balled it 'cuz that's how I am. I still like it!
Little by little I'm getting moved into my new home. I've just been taking it one box at a time. It's going well, but I wish I could look into a room and not see boxes. I'm getting anxious to paint some more rooms! I really want to nest, but I feel obligated to finish the unpacking.
I'll be sure to post photos as my house begins to "morph" into my style. Right now most of the walls are painted in very deep, heavy colors like gold, rust, dark green, and navy blue. It's going to take a lot of primer, but I'll be changing over to light and airy colors-- coastal colors.
Stay tuned! My nest will start looking more like mine soon!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

A little shopping trip

Last weekend Marsha and I went to a mini show in the Bay Area (near San Francisco). It was my first mini show, and let me tell 'ya, it was pretty cool. It was a little overwhelming at first, and well... even at the end. Those booths can be pretty intense when you have 12:12 size people all crowded around looking at 12:1 size treasures!

Above is a picture of my treasures! I have been eyeing the Lee's Line furniture for a while now, and had been indecisive about the fabric until I actually saw it. I went for the denim. It was as neutral as I could find, and Rosanna's pillow looks perfect on it!

I also purchased a mini shadowbox frame. My plan is to turn it into a coffee table. I've been inspired by Kim and Mercedes-- they've made some GORGEOUS tables out of frames. I hope mine will measure up. These are some cupcake tins that I found at the show. I'm going to use them as a mold when I make my attempt at creating cupcakes... someday.Isn't this a sweet little teapot? I am going to send it to a friend who, from what I hear, has a blue kitchen. It's going to be a surprise, so I'm not saying who it's for. :) After the mini show we drove through Stockton and stopped at Bearly Big Enough. It's a wonderful mini shop. The shopkeeper, Suzie, keeps everyone in the region inspired with all her wonderful mini's. In fact, her shop is where I found Meg. Some of the absolutely most talented miniaturists I know hang out at the shop. I'm looking forward to telling you all about them on another post someday soon. They are really amazing, and the first mini friends I ever met.

The above photo is of the goodies I bought at the shop. I finally picked out a floor covering and some hardware for my little bathroom. The gold things are dresden borders. I know I'll be able to use them when I shabby up some furniture.

Well, as you can see, I've got some projects in the making... I'm looking forward to being able to show you all some projects soon. I'm still unpacking boxes, so I feel a little guilty putting that aside to work my mini's. I'm starting to get a creative itch again though, so hopefully I can get through these boxes soon!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

A wonderful package from Italy

I received a wonderful package from Rosanna in Italy! I was lucky enough to win her giveaway recently! Everything was wrapped so sweetly-- it made me feel very special. I bet you're wondering what's inside, eh?!

Ta-da! Aren't they just wonderful?! It's been a dream of mine to own one of Rosanna's creations, and now my dream has come true! She created a beautiful tea cozy to match my little kitchen, and a BEAUTIFUL pillow. The pillow has a little nest of bluebirds-- my favorite! My photography skills are lacking-- I wish so much that you could see the tiny detail achieved on these wonderful creations. Rosanna is so incredibly talented. She also sent me these wonderful little porcelain birds-- and the teeniest, tiniest little french macaron! I actually squeeled when I opened each item... so much fun!!!

Here is another picture-- I'm sorry it isn't the clearest focus. Rosanna sent me this wonderful vintage Italian cookbook! Isn't it wonderful?!! I collect interesting cookbooks. I don't even think Rosanna knew that!

Well, Meg has already taken to feathering her little nest with all of our wonderful goodies from Rosanna. Thank you so much, Rosanna. Your generosity and kindness is so appreciated-- you made my dream come true!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

I've been challenged!

Marsha, of Sassy Mini Dolls has challenged me. Here are the rules:
1. Go to your 4th photo file.
2. Pull up and post your 4th photo in that file.
3. Explain about the photo.
4. Pass the challenge on to 4 other bloggers.

Okay, here is my photo... of course, it's the absolutely most precious photo I've ever seen in one of these challenges. Okay, I know, I'm a little biased when it comes to my Hagrid.
This is Hagrid when he was about 8-10 weeks old. I was visiting him at his bio-mom's home. Talk about instant love... doesn't he look serious?! I was down on my tummy to get this photo. You can tell that his tail is waggin'! I tell ya', there's nothing as cute as a puppy!!!

Now I have to pass this challenge on... I can't remember everyone who has recieved it (and it's a lot of you!) so I'm going to just pass it on to anyone who would like to take on this challenge. Have fun!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

A new home for my little house

The Little Pink House has a new home in my new house-- the sun room! This is just a little sneak peak at my studio-sun room... do you like the color of the walls? They use to be a dark gold color. In fact, most of the house is a dark gold... with accent walls of rust and navy blue, and green. Needless to say, those aren't "my colors". I tend to gravitate towards "coastal colors", so my house is in transformation mode. My bedroom is now a really soft blue. (Looks great with my white iron bed frame.) The main house walls will be a soft light tan color with white trim. I think I'm going to do the kitchen in an aqua-ish color. Ah, so many ideas... I'm just going to have to chip away at them a little at a time.

My parents and my nephew, Derek, came down this weekend to help me with the house. My dad was a HUGE help with getting all the new door hardware/locks changed out, getting appliances safely hooked up, and fixing sprinklers... just to name a few things. My mom was a HUGE help in helping me unpack and organize; and Derek was a HUGE help in painting my bedroom! Derek's not afraid of high ceilings, thank goodness! This little house has vaulted ceilings, and they're a little daunting to me. What would I do without all of their help?! I really am blessed to have such a supportive family.

I just had to show off my new house key-- it's pink, with a tiara and sequins! (Sorry about the glare, I forgot to turn off the flash.) I've always had a thing for tiaras, as my friends can attest. I realized a few years ago that you don't have to be a beauty queen to own a tiara. When you're in your thirties, you can BUY one-- and a good one at that! When do I wear it, you ask? Whenever I want. :) I've worn it when cleaning the house-- even when cleaning the toilet. You'd be surprised how a tiara can make even the most menial task a little more decadent. Anyway, I highly recommend buying a tiara! (Yes, YOU Marsha-- one with PINK sparkles!)

Back to the house... this is the front entrance to my new home. It's a courtyard! The front door is actually around the corner to the right, but you can't see it from here. This courtyard has so much potential! It was overgrown with vines, but we've got those under control now. I can't wait to make it cozy and inviting. I'd love to put a bistro table and chairs out here-- or maybe Adirondack chairs? I really want to change the exterior house paint to tan with white trim-- and maybe I'll go with a blue door. I want the colors to be cohesive and flow throughout the house.

Well, just wanted to give you a little sneak peak of my new home. Don't worry, there will be more before/after pictures to come! Stay tuned, and hey-- thanks for stopping by!