big girl room reveal!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

I'm not sure who's more excited about her big girl room being done, me or Izzy :D

Here's a little reminder of what we started with.

And, here's the final room!

The tufted headboard was a DIY (I'm planning on putting together a tutorial in the future).  I think it's my favorite item in her room.  Probably because I'm a little jealous we don't have one in our room ;)

I knew I wanted a fun, bright nightstand in here.  This was my first attempt at DIY chalkpaint, and I'm so glad I gave it a shot.

The bedskirt was another DIY.  I purchased a plain white bedskirt from Target and added the ruffles.  Couldn't have been easier, and I think it makes the bed loads more interesting.

Her great-grandmother's dresser got an update with the help of AS chalk paint and silver Rub and Buff on the hardware.  And I forgot to snap a picture of it, but I lined the drawers in a bold pink and orange floral wrapping paper - so fun!

A must have in her room was a reading nook and a place to display her books.  Izzy LOVES being able to "shop" for a book at bedtime :D

Her great-grandmother's wingback that I slipcovered a while back, finally has a home in here.  It makes me so happy to know that she's surrounded by her GiGi's things :)

Here's a list of sources in case anyone is interested in where items came from

1.  Curtain fabric - Heather Baily Pop Garden Turquoise 2.  DIY tufted headboard (click here for tutorial) 3. Sweet Dreams pillow cases - Urban Outfitters 4. Pink coverlet - local antique store 5. Swing arm sconce - Home Depot 6. Fabric for bolster - Spoonflower 7. Baby giraffe prints - The Animal Print Shop 8. Table (DIY chalk paint) - TJ Maxx 9. White duvet - Bed Bath and Beyond 10. Bedskirt - Target (ruffles added by me)

1. Dog Art - DIY 2. Paint - Martha Stewart Nimbus Cloud 3. Zinc Letter - DIY using Sugar & Charm's tutorial 4. Dresser paint - Annie Sloan's Pure White 5. Tissue Paper Pom-poms - Martha Stewart 6. Book Ledges - DIY 7. Pom-Pom Pillow - DIY using Living with Punk's tutorial and fabric from JoAnns 8. Sock Monkey - DIY using Craftbits tutorial and women's knee socks from Target 9. DIY slipcover

Total cost of getting her into a big girl room... $350!!!

Here's to using what you've already got, and DIYing the heck out of everything else :D

I think she's one happy customer

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RAMSIGN winner!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Thank you everyone who entered in the RAMSIGN giveaway!

The winner of the RAMSIGN house number sign (1-5 digits) of their choice is...

Maggie of Midwestern {Sewing} Girl!!!

Who said: "Ooooh, I love the Engelhardt white on black...especially the circular ones...soooo pretty! Thanks so much for the chance to win, Shelley!"

Congratulations Maggie!

Be sure to check your inbox for an email for me :)


Saturday, February 25, 2012

So, there are only a few days left (March 1st) before Google yanks Google Friend Connect from non-blogger hosted blogs.

I did a post on it here, but have since found a couple of new tools I'm liking better.

Addition No. 1 - Linky Followers

Everyone seems to like this new blog following tool, so I'm going to give the people what they want.

Pros:  Similar look and feel to our beloved GFC, can categorize the blogs you follow, can still use it to follow blogs without Linky, and it's not attached to Google, Facebook, etc.

Cons:  Bloggers must manually go into Linky and update their blog posts (I often forget) so you may not be getting updated content, and I'm currently finding it a little difficult to use but I understand it is brand spanking new and it takes time to work out kinks.

Addition No. 2 - Bloglovin'

I'm a little late to this dance, but so far I'm lovin' it.

Pros:  Blogs can be categorized, you can use it to follow any blog, the dashboard is clean and super simple to use and view your favorite blogs, it automatically updates when a blogger posts new content so you don't miss out on anything, it's not connected to Google, Facebook, etc., and you can even set up your account to send you a daily email of the blogs you follow.

Cons:  You have to go to another site to view the blogs you follow.  But, remember you can have it emailed to you!

Here's What I'm Thinking

There are several non-blogger blogs I adore and follow through GCF. I DO NOT want to lose track of them after March 1st! 

So, I decided to add ALL the blogs I follow, even Blogger hosted because I'm totally living in fear that Google will take it away from us the in future too, to Bloglovin' (Linky Followers is totally another great option).  If miracle of miracles happens and the non-blogger blogs I follow still show up on my Google dashboard after March 1st, awesome.  If not, I've got them all set up somewhere else and am ready to roll without missing a beat.

I had added Networked Blogs a while back to my sidebar, but due to a lack of interest, I'm planning on taking it down in a week.  I just wanted to make sure my two Networked Blog followers Maury and Katey (hey guys!) know about it first.  

So now you've got Linky Followers and Bloglovin' as additional following options found under Friends on the right sidebar.

Of course you can still follow through a feed or sign up for an email subscription.  Those options can be found at the top right hand corner of my sidebar.

Hows about them apples for options ;)

Don't forget, the last day to enter in for a chance to win the RAMSIGN giveaway is tomorrow, February 26th!

i'm it

Friday, February 24, 2012

I've been tagged in a game by Suzy from Saved by Suzy, and thought it would be fun to join in.

Eleven is the magic number here.  Answer eleven questions, tag eleven other bloggers, and come up with eleven different questions to ask them.

And Away We Go:
1) If you could visit one place in the world, where would it be?  Scotland.  Doesn't it just look insanely gorgeous?!

2) What is your dream job?  Right now I couldn't imagine not being at home with Izzy - it's my "dream job".  Now, when we finish having children (only see one more in our future) I would love to have my own business with a nice little store front.  Of course since it's a dream job, it would run smoothly with minimal effort and make sick money ;)


3) What is your favorite book?  Kathryn, cover your eyes (no, that's not a book title).  It's not that I don't enjoy reading, I just haven't made time for reading in such a long time.  I can't even come up with a favorite :(

4) Name an item on your bucket list.  To see the aurora borealis.

5) Do you speak any other languages?  Negative


6) If you could live anywhere, where would it be?  Hmmm... I actually loved the mountains of North Carolina.  I could envision a big mountain home like this

7) If you could change anything about your current home, what would it be?  The shower in our master bath.  It's the armpit of our house.  I hate it so much I even neglect cleaning it.  Yeah... that makes a lot of sense doesn't it.

8) What is something you've learned from blogging?  To have more fun and try new things when it comes to decorating our home.  You guys are talented!  Anymore my inspiration comes from other bloggers.  You inspire me to try things I normally wouldn't have done.

9) If you could take any type of class, what would it be about?  During a play date the other day, a friend of mine mentioned taking a graphic design class, and I thought it sounded like so much fun.  I've been thinking about it ever since.

10) If you could have dinner with one person, who would it be?  My grandmother.  I miss her so much, and there isn't a day where I don't think about her in one way or another.

11) If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?  Being a perfectionist.  I make myself certifiably ca-razy at times.   

11 Bloggers I'm Tagging:

No pressure guys, play along if you'd like :)

Julia at Pawley's Island Posh
Maggie at Midwestern Sewing Girl
Amy at Green Eggs and Hamm
Cassie at Hi Sugarplum!
Aubrey at All Things Bright and Beautiful
Andrea at Oak Ridge Revival
Kristy at Hyphen Interiors
Lindsay at Lee La La
Lisa at A Vintage Vine
Jacqueline at Simple Home Life
Aimee at It's Overflowing

My 11 Questions:

1) If you could go back in time and change one thing what would it be?
2) What is your favorite trend in decorating?
3) What is your reoccurring dream?
4) If you could take any type of class what would it be?
5) Do you have a secret talent?
6) What celebrity do you think you'd hit it off with?
7) Calories don't count, what are you going to devour?
8) If you could do one thing without any repercussions, what would it be?
9)  What's a TV show you're embarrassed to admit you watch?
10)  What song could you listen to over and over?
11)  What have you said to get out of a speeding ticket?

Be sure to check out these lovely gals I've tagged, you'll be glad you did ;)

And, don't forget to enter yourself into the RAMSIGN giveaway!

last week for baby nest discount!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Just wanted to remind everyone there's just one week left to get 10% off your entire Baby Nest purchase!

If you have friends expecting, be sure to let them know as well :)

all is good in the world

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

It's up.

And, I'm so happy and relieved it works!

Thank you guys for talking me off the ledge last week :)

I'm hoping to get crack-a-lackin in here soon with adding the picture frame molding under the chair railling.

I'll keep you updated!

RAMSIGN giveaway

Monday, February 20, 2012

Guess what you could win!!!

Ramsign is offering one lucky reader one of their gorgeous house number signs (1-5 digits) of ANY size and color. 

International readers, you can get in on this too!

This is a $99 value peps!!!

These enamel signs are GORGEOUS, and are produced by hand in Denmark.

You can read more about the cool history behind them and the production process here.

And, check out some of the other beauties available through Ramsign.

To Enter:

  1. Head over to Ramsign and come back here naming your favorite enamel sign in a comment.  (Note - If you're email address is not attached to your profile be sure to include it in your comment)
  2. Extra Entry:  Become a follower of Crazy Wonderful through Google Friend Connect or Linky (both found on sidebar) and let me know in a comment.
  3. Extra Entry:  Like Ramsign on Facebook and let me know in a comment.
  4. Extra Entry:  Post a link of the giveaway on your blog or Facebook and let me know in a comment.

Contest closes Sunday, February 26th at 11:59pm CST. 

One random winner will be selected Monday, February 27th!

Good luck!


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