{october 7} happy corners of our home

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we have a vintage chalkboard at the top of our stairs.

it has our family calendar on it.

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we usually have some kind out “countdown” underneath the calendar, but this month i decided to decorate the whole chalkboard instead of just the name of the month.

it’s not an actual corner, but it’s happy.

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and, even happier with baby girl in the photo.

{it’s also a very hard place to photograph for this amateur photographer as far as location and lighting}

{october 6} happy corners of our home

ok, this is crazy.

today started out with a list of things i needed to get done in my head, but i felt led to go to IKEA.

seriously, like drop everything, get in the car and go.

i had one thing i knew i needed to get and one that i quickly looked for online.

rarely, do i just wander through IKEA. i get overloaded and usually end up with too much in my cart. when i shop {for almost anything} i have a list and a plan.

so, i found out where i needed to pick up the big items and headed through the maze.

i got my first item and put it on the crazy driving trolley thing.

then, i went to find the other item.

i couldn’t make up my mind on which color i wanted, so i decided to walk away and think about it. i also needed help loading it onto the trolley thing, so i started to look for help.

then i spotted it in the “as is” area…the item i was looking for…in one of the colors i was choosing from…at a highly discounted price…and it was already put together!

done.

i was led.

seriously, even in things as trivial as furniture and home design we can be led.

stop and listen when your head is having trouble making a decision.

sometimes you need to walk away.

you will be guided.

i was guided to this chair, that makes this a new happy corner of our home!

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  • vintage map: goodwill
  • quilt and plaid throws: goodwill
  • picnic baskets: value village
  • thermos: value village
  • rug: rugs.com
  • chair: IKEA

{october 5} happy corners of our home

the photo below is not necessarily a happy corner IN our home, but our yard and garden are just an extension of our home into the outdoors.october 5

the end is coming for our summer growing season. just after i snapped this photo, ryan tore out all but one of our tomato plants.

it was an interesting summer.

hot and dry.

our garden did not produce how we had expected, but we’ll try again next year with a different plan.

for now, the hops is still covering the arbor, the colorado buffalo flag is flying, and the chairs are set up for sipping coffee on cool weekend mornings.

{october 4} happy corners of our home

first of all, happy FIRST birthday to our puppy, grand river hoji rainbow!

{we get to give her hugs next weekend after almost four months at bird dog
 camp in idaho}


we’ve been playing with tissue paper, mod podge, and white pumpkins…
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why stick with orange and black when you can use the entire rainbow?!

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these are sitting in the middle of our dining room table…not necessarily a corner, but very happy!

we used these tutorials…

but we mainly just cut out our own shapes and modpodged them onto the pumpkins!

baby girl cut out a shape that looked like the shape of the state of oregon, so i added a heart where portland would be.

 

 

{october 3} happy corners of our home

the bed is unmade and we still need a headboard of some sort, but this is a pretty happy corner of our home.

thinking i might just crawl back in there for a nap.
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  • maps and hoop art: sparrow mercantile on etsy and instagram
  • love and you are so loved art: cut pages out of a katie daisy planner
  • granny square garland: from my instagram friend april
  • vintage sheet garland: DIY

{october 1} happy corners of our home

today begins another write 31 day challenge. last october, i took part, but didn’t quite finish the challenge…you can see my posts here.

this year, i am hoping to actually complete the challenge with a new topic…happy corners of our home.

a few years ago, kelle from enjoying the small things started #happycornerofmyhome on instagram. it was so fun to see little corners of people’s homes.

in the words of the nester, it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.

i also believe that it doesn’t have to be perfect to be happy!

you will see 31 corners of our home. some will be imperfect, some might even be darn messy, but they will all be happy!

here is the first one…

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a new happy corner in our playroom. it’s a tiny little space carved out just for me. it means my laptop can sit out and be accessible, but not take up room on the kitchen counter or on our craft table.

  • globe: goodwill
  • desk and chair: craigslist
  • create letters: found at michael’s and joann fabric, painted by me
  • heart garland: target (found during valentines day a few years ago)
  • paint pallet: barn owl primitives

{31 days} fall for afghans

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~thrifted~

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There is nothing better than to snuggle under a soft afghan when the rain (or snow) is falling outside.

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Or, to curl up under one around the backyard firepit.

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Or, to layer another one on top of the bed for those extra cool nights.

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I have knitted and crocheted blankets over the years…it’s time consuming.

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A definite labor of love.

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When I come across these beautiful works of art for $4.99 at the thrift stores I cannot pass them up.

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That striped one was the first afghan I ever thrifted.

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The “one big granny” square above was found on “black friday” two years ago. The only store you will find me in on Black Friday is a thrift store!

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This gorgeous afghan is made to fit on a twin sized bed…208 squares…that’s an enormous amount of love.

home is…{31 days} thrifted afghans are perfect for fall.

Join me while I link up with The Nester every day in October for #write31days.
Click here to find a list of all 31 posts as they are published.

{31 days} love rocks

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~secondhand and created~

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Ryan’s mom found this rock while we were finishing up Magiquest at Great Wolf Lodge last weekend.

I immediately thought it was a Love Rock.

Yesterday, I noticed Love Rocks posts popping up in my Facebook Timeline…it’s been a year since a terrible tragedy started this incredible gift of sharing love.

If you aren’t familiar with the Love Rocks story, please visit the following pages to learn more:

Love Rocks Facebook

Love Drenched Life

Today, Lorelai and Nana (Ryan’s mom) had a special day to spend together. Lorelai wanted to play Candyland and do crafts. So, I bought rocks and pulled out my stash of thrifted vintage sheets and secondhand fabric.

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And, even better, they invited me to help them make some Love Rocks!

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You can learn how to make the Love Rocks here.

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home is…{31 days} secondhand and created love rocks.

Join me while I link up with The Nester every day in October for #write31days.
Click here to find a list of all 31 posts as they are published.

{31 days} world globes

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~secondhand and thrifted~

It all started when I bought this map at IKEA…it’s not secondhand, created, or thrifted, but it started me on my thrifting adventures.

I put it up on the wall and knew instantly that I needed a collection of globes on top of the tall toy storage in the playroom.

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I bought a couple of the globes secondhand on Etsy, but if I wanted a collection I needed to find a way to spend a little less money.

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So I went to Goodwill for the first time on a mission for globes…I found three that first morning.

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Now, I had a collection.

From that point on, I snatched up any and all globes that I could find. I really have NO idea how many I have bought over the last few years.

If I find a duplicate, I make them into globe pendant lights.

I’ve given some away.

I’ve even sold some on Etsy.

I pretty much have a globe in every room in the house.