Loads of Laundry

Ok so this might be the most random post EVER! So bare with me..
Let me just be clear from the gate – this IS NOT a sponsored post. I don’t have that luxury just yet. All the products mentioned are because of our personal preference and nothing more than that. And clearly these are all my opinions…
So, why is the Laundry Room THAT important? Well for one, in our home, its adjacent to our Master Bedroom. It can’t be fashioned with anything random because its seen every time we come to our bedroom plus I was very adament about load size and silence of the machines, since we are late night last minute people. I want to be able to do loads of Laundry while I sleep if need be. Plus, I can be remedial when it comes to try to fix things so I wanted to make sure if anything goes wrong, we would be ok.
So Monday, my husband and I decided to paint our Laundry Room and finish painting our Master Bedroom. We got started on the Laundry Room first because we knew that we were going to be delivered our new Washer and Dryer on Wednesday.
We went to Lowe’s to select our paint.
We usually gravitate to Valspar colors because they usually have we are looking for and we have used them in every room in the house because the color is dead on.
I literally pick my colors by how I want to FEEL in that room.
I said to hubby “I want it to feel cheery in the Laundry Room because you know I HATE to do Laundry.”
So we eventually picked Valspar’s Bamboo Shoot
In our bedroom, previously mentioned here when we first started it, is Valspar’s Sweet Serenity. We I finally finished ALL the edging (since I literally do it by freehand).
On Wednesday, our delivery was made while I was at work. My hubby KNEW that I would love to get a play by play. He said to me “I know you are a blogger and that you would love to capture this, so I took some pictures for you”… isn’t he sweet..
In all honesty, I just have an anxiety about people delivering things and scratching up my walls so I KNEW I couldn’t be in the house, cause I would panic at every sharp turn.
So I have to show you just HOW MANY photos he took – I love him. LOL
Thanks for your help babe!
Get Ready for a Photo Dump : my went straight paparazzi on them. I guess in his mind blogger = paparazzi stalker

See right about at this turn I would’ve been standing there freaking out… smh

They were great! No scratches when I got home… and now my two favorite machines!
Don’t be fooled by the front loading all the time.. these two babies are bigger then biggest front loading washer and dryers that are out. Well except for the Biggest ones by LG that we ordered and had to return because clearly they would’ve never fit, but thats a different story all together!
But not only are they bigger but the gadgets and features are also the same.. so THANK YOU LG!
and real talk Thank You Sears, because we have been ordering and returning these things since March just because of personal preferences.
Laundry Room is now considered DONE!
That is until I have to accessorize.

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Easter Wreaths and a Little Motivation!

Since the move (well not officially since we only move one room over at a time as to not get overwhelmed) my Craft Room items have not made it over yet. But, I want a wreath on my door for Spring. I will have to skim read our HOA to even make sure that wreaths on the door are allowed, but I sure do hope that they are. It’s spring! and every holiday or quarter I should say.. my mom places a wreath on her door. Now that I have a door of my own I would love to do the same!
Now, mind you, if in fact we can’t place a wreath on the outside of the door, I WILL find a door or banister to place seasonal decor on it since our one and only mantle has been dedicated to home entertainment such as wall mounted flat screen tv’s and surround sound bars that lay on the mantle.
So, knowing that I want to create my own, I took to Etsy to find some inspiration..
Here were some that appealed to me:
Not sure if I want to Easter Eggs?
Easter Wreath with blue robbin eggs
Or something a little more simplistic with grass and carrots..
Easter Wreath - Spring Wreath - Moss Wreath -burlap bow, and carrots (LIMITED LEFT)
Or even more minimal with grapevine and furry animals and carrots.
Or something less Easter, and a little more Spring! This would look great on my Colonial Red Front Door..
Easter Wreath
What do you think?! What do you have on your door, if anything?
Hopefully these pictures will motivate me to get that completed before Easter/Spring comes and goes!

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Painting and Police Car Chases…

So … I know you have been waiting on that picture of our Master Bathroom… however, you are going to have to wait a little while because it is over-run by painting supplies. Now in the spirit of keeping it real, I could show you that, but honestly, there really isn’t much to see there just yet–

But here is a sneak peek at the bedroom: Final picture pending..

Anybody else be all gung-ho about painting and then when it comes to the details start to fizzle out?? good, its not just us. SO we finished the wall that our bed is on, so that we would never have to ever move that California King monstrosity. However, the rest of the room looks like this…

And like this… No the rest of the tray ceiling border is not finished either. This is just its good side.

But we definitely wanted to have a resort feel in our Master Bedroom. We love color but did not necessarily want to be overwhelmed with it. We wanted rather to kind of feel like we are waking up at a beach front hotel every morning.
It took some getting used to the color and praying that we didn’t make a mistake in color choice, but after letting it cure, we totally love the relaxing vibe it gives to us on the walls.
We used Valspar, Sweet Serenity seen here:
Creative Ideas for Color by Valspar Gallon Interior Eggshell Paint in Sweet Serenity
Not sure when we are going to finish but there is a major paint party coming soon! I promise you that. We are going to be getting some help painting the rest of the house (like the really high places of the foyer) and then tackle some spaces on our own.
But honestly, when you gotta deal with this: Police car chases and what not ending in head on collisions right in front of your job praying that its not one of your offenders outside clowning… you rarely have motivation to paint every night- I’m just saying.  
Let’s see what the weekend holds! I may just be finished.. who knows.

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Sneak Peek: Painting went up in Smoke!

Since moving in the home, we immediately decided that we wanted to paint our Master Bedroom and our Master Bathroom. As much as persons say that you shouldn’t paint within the first year, I can not live in a Builders Beige Box — my artist senses will not allow me to do so. So I will hold on to my chips and extra paint in case any touch ups need to be done.

So here is a sneak peek at some of the products that we decided to use:

Glidden Signature Interior Paint (in Wood Smoke)
Purdy Brushes
Shure-line Roller Brushes
3M Painter’s Tape

We decided to go with Glidden Brand Paint in Wood Smoke.
I wanted to make the Cabinets pop and the Granite has flecks of brown and gray.
Here it is after I got a sample up on the wall. Now if you have a steady hand you do not need to tape off the whole room… in this instance, I only taped in tight squeezes and cut the rest in by hand.
What I have learned is that, as you know the paint dries a different color then when wet… so initially once the paint dried, we were super scared because it looked so dark in there. But we let it cure over night and realized the next day, it had lightened back up to the color of the paint chip. Now we love it!
We plan to use it again some where in the house… not sure which bathroom will get hit just yet.
Also since we picked a satin finish, I do notice that despite great coverage with the color, the satin sheen is dependent upon the strokes of my brush and roller… so second coat will be going up. But so far I am very pleased!
A picture of the walls completed coming soon..

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The Love Series: Love is Eternal, so make a bracelet!

I came across one of my favorites in the blog world and saw this really nice tutorial of how to make a rope bracelet that reminded me of the eternity band that I am wearing on my ring finger/left hand.

And so I thought… hmm… why not share this with you as part of The Love Series.. afterall, I am a lover of all things crafty..

Due to packing of course, I can’t bring you my own crafty ideas, however, in the spirit of spreading the sunshine, I am going to show you this tutorial on how you can make your own bracelet… and wear it by Valentine’s Day.

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DIY: Rope Bracelet


Hi everyone! It’s Jenny Bevlin bringing you another DIY post. I love accessories, but I especially love jewelry! I’ve noticed lately that I have been buying a lot of bracelets and even making some myself. I find that making my own accessories is very rewarding. It’s fun and you will love all the compliments you receive when you say you made it yourself! What you need to make this bracelet:
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Flat Nose Pliers
  • Scissors
  • Rope trim
  • Jewelry Jump Rings
  • Jewelry Lobster Clasp
  • Jewelry Ribbon Endings


Steps: 

Measure the rope around your wrist leaving about an extra inch longer than your wrist. Cut the rope. Make sure you add a dot of hot glue to the end of the rope you just cut to keep it from unraveling.
Cut 3 more strands the same length as the first strand. Make sure to add a dot of hot glue to ends of the rope each time you cut it.





Lay out the rope as shown in the photo above.


Overlap the rope as shown in the photo above.


Pull the end of the top rope under and up through the bottom rope.


Pull the ends of the rope tight.


Trim the ends so that they are all the same length. Make sure to add hot glue to the ends to keep them from unraveling.


Put the rope ends into the ribbon ending and close with the pliers.



Use the pliers to add the jump rings and lobster clasp.



– post and images by Jenny Bevlin

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