Now that its 8 days until Christmas and we still have no holiday day card and the “perfect family picture”. I thought I would do ours a little different this year. So here is the truth “captured” in many pictures 🙂

The truth is we are a bit of a hot mess  ….


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We are not so sure about Santa and run away screaming-n-all….


more of a dance-in-our-undies-no-I-am-NOT-wearing-clothing-kinda-kiddos….

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Football loving <3…


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Kinda Family.




warm holiday wishes and blessing to each and everyone. & a happy new year ….

(to infinity & beyond)


Have yourself a merry little Christmas this year 🙂

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The McElroy’s


My next makeover project & the weekend

We had a full weekend here.

Between Holiday festivities in town

(A little pre parade fun with Uncle Jon at the Coffee Stop.)


all the candy they got at the parade (and my kids are still zipping around the house) ….


I have also been busy making holiday gifts and filling orders.


So I didn’t get to work much on other projects. I did however find time to play around with my new camera.

The big kids and I went over to my brother in-laws house they helped him decorate the tree and me, I took some pics.



His jelly of the month certificate my oldest gave him last year. we just love christmas vacation.


Some old family decorations ❤ .


He has a great collections of old books and things.


and the tree.


after this I came home and downloaded Kristen Dukes e-book say no to auto. It’s 10$ and worth every penny for a beginner like me.

her book can be found here: http://www.kristendukephotography.com/familyportraits/say-no-to-auto-book/

These dark pictures I snapped at my brother in laws of the kids turned out dark and this prompted the need to learn more.


Cant wait to share what I have learned. I immediately started looking at the lighting and changing my settings here is on pic I took of the boys tree in their room. After reading Kristen’s book.



My Craigslist find.


She (the chair) has great bones. I have already devised a plan and started making this beauty over. I am stripping the chair with some eco strip I got from my local true value. Will be my first time using a spray bottle with stripper… will take notes and share for sure. I plan to stain this a dark walnut and upolster the top, arms and slip cover the cushion. That makes for easy care with 4 kids. I cannot wait to share. I am taking lots of pics so you too can do yourself.



The Holidays :)

I must admit there was a time I let my business run me, especially around the holidays  & missed many of special moments because I had taken on too much sewing. Dont get me wrong I love every minute of it but that balance we are always seeking life.

Thursday, was an especially busy day here at my house I had to start and wrap up a few projects,had a few orders to ship. Make breakfast , pack lunches, do laundry and get everything ready for the kid’s school performance.


Well after my daughter’s hair was curled just the way she wanted. No time for dinner, so the pizza was ordered (something had to give, I am not super mom). She requested that I make her dress I had made  her more sparkle and add a frosty…. um ok…. its 5pm I have 30 minutes…

as I go down to my stash of fabric and turn on my machine to “whip” up something fabulous;

I reflected in that moment to years past. I am ashamed to admit I have missed many a school functions due to the fact I had orders to sew… piles …. totally blessed….totally insane at the same time. We have had a lot of twist and turns this year lead me to enjoying the holiday season this year and working smarter… can’t work less with 4 kids.

I paused in my thoughts & spotted a tee on top of a pile of fabric scraps. It has a frosty & he lights up, double-score!

 I immediately cut Frosty off the tee…. yep that happened.


rummaged through my scraps and grabbed some heat n bond and fired up the machines, iron & glue gun…


My daughter went through my stash of button and embellishments I use in my crafting craziness, mostly last years left overs.


As I finished up in just a few minutes to spare, I realized how special this was to my 9-year-old daughter.


I have been working smarter and harder. But also making time to soak up those crazy holiday moments.




Dining room chair revamp

I started with 6 of these beauties. How I got this dinning set is really a neat story, I will share when the table is done.


I painted them in chalk paint, pure white. Lightly distressed. And sealed with a clear wax.


No onto the seat cover…

seat covers are not in bad shape and in fact I like the fabric.

But they are a little dingy and dusty from being used a long time .

Re covering a chair cousin is super simple and requires no sewing 😉 A great way to revamp an old chair.

I start by removing the staples, yes with a screw drive, it’s what I had handy and works great.


Then my surprise underneath, another layer of fabric. I removed it the same way & set aside to use as a pattern piece.


The original cushions were in great shape and left as is.


I then took my “pattern” piece and cut a 1/2″ more out around the fabric to allow plenty of extra.


Now here is a tip if working with a pattern or strip fabric I grab my frog painters tape. Then I tape along the edges. This way I can flip cushion over to make sure pattern/ print is placed how I want


Then I stapled the edges & trim excess fabric …


and no she is ready for the chair 🙂


This is one of 6 for my sisters dining room, super excited to do this set for her.


Love how it turned out.


 now I off to finish some orders & strip the top of a desk 😉 Still waiting on the paint for the table to arrive, she is going to be trophy grey , ekk!



Incase you want the same fabric it was about 7$ a yard & great weight for home decor.


About me

I just finally got around to adding a little About me.

In addition here are some other things about me.

* I have a degree in education

* I live in a small town where my husband is from originally

* I grew up in a city

* I have celiacs and eat gluten-free

*We have moved several times since hubby and I have been married ( he is a teacher and football coach)

* We have 2 girls and 2 boys, ages 1, 3, 7 & 9

* we live in a 1920 something bungalow loaded with orignal charm and the most wonderful neighbors (including my bother in law)

Here are few snapshots of my family a friend took .





xoxo, Becky

How to get a “rough” chippy look with milk paint

I received a few questions yesterday about how I achieved this “rough” paint look on the armorie in my kitchen.


I wish I had step by step pictures but I don’t. So I will tell you how I achieved this look with the picture I do have.

This was a barn find from a friend , was also not in great shape and needed some repairs. I enlisted the help of my father in law for those. It was wabbly , missing a few pieces and the back and bottom were falling off. The inside is cedar , its in beautiful condition and left untouched.

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If you have used milk paint before you know how unpredictably it is and is not for everyone, but I love it (along with many other types of paint). I envisioned a super rough chippy look with thin layers of linen milk paint. Somewhere in between a wash and paint. With more of antique wax than I normally use.


Here is how I achieved this, each piece is different and not all will chip naturally with milk paint…. I just had a feeling this one would.

* I mixed MMS Milk paint in linen extra thin (I normally do equal parts) 1 part milk paint to almost 2 parts water

* I used a good quality brush from my local  True Value hardware store & applied 2 thin coats of paint (quickly). This piece was starting to do its chippy thing before first coat was even dry.

*There were some high and low spots and some normally dreaded “bleed” through on the paint and wood. But this time I sorta liked it ad did not seal the bleed through with a wax and left them …. yes I did that’s right 😉 I felt it looked more antique and natural.

*Some spots on the piece were already rough to touch ( I did not sand those first ) but other spots I had to “help” be that way. So I grabbed my spackler and started scrapping where it was chippy BUT I DID NOT SCRAPE OFF ALL THE WAY. I left it partly flaking off and quickly sealed it with a clear wax. This sealed it. I am not going to lie its messy and took a few days for the wax to dry and harden so it would stay that way.

A little tip put your wax on a paper plate that way you don’t have specks and chips of paint mixed in the wax can.

*I did not follow the direction on he wax and did not immediately buff after applying the clear wax to the piece.  I let it dry an hour or two and then added the dark wax and buffed with old panty hose. I don’t normally do this but I did this time.


I hope this helps:) Feel free to ask questions or send me message.



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{Inspiration} The kitchen

I must admit we have lived in the house a little over two years and I have made the hubby help me paint the kitchen (along with a few other rooms)2 different times. My constant painting and repainted has tought me a lot about how color appears from a paint chip to a wall. I know this has been said before but I really feel it’s the heart of the home. Its our hub for sure , its our dumping ground, paper collecting, little of everything room. There are also a few things that I don’t care for but I am happy we lived with for a while, I know how we use this space everyday.

Here is a picture of how it looks today. I don’t have any pictures of how it started in my pre blogging days. I am sure I don’t need to point out the dreadful ceiling and the lighting… those issues and the flooring are being addressed soon with some inexpensive and creative solutions. I marked some of my design ideas and if you know me things evolve as I go and my creative juices start to flow (including a DIY mason jar chandelier).


The kids bring in book bags, coats, lunch boxes , shoes & all sorts of papers.

so recently I added a 1920’s armorie a friend salvaged for me. I painted it in a milk paint i mixed very thin I wanted it chippy and very thin layers of paint. I wanted to look like it had been sitting around in a barn for ages.


This space where the armorie nows sits collected “junk” for 2 years. Now its functional.


We live on a real (small) budget and in a real house mixed with my love of DIY its a process and do as time and money allows. BUT that doesn’t mean I can’t have style and organization, right !?! I love that feeling of i made it myself or the  yep we got that “junque”  for free ad made it into this! I think as a mom and wife we always look to find that balance.

Our home is very much lived in with chips on the floors.


and toys scattered among the floors ….


As I begin to look for fabric swatches ….


and inspiration…


I would love to hear what you all have to say.

How do you balance?

where do you go for inspiration?



{Thanksgiving} The day after…

I must admit I have secretly always wanted to score one of those crazy Holiday deals, sorta one those bucket list things *you must stand in crazy lines*fight the huge crowds*and score that deal* sorta thing.  Well we had a wonderful thanksgiving with many memories and laughs and after dinner we set out to conquer walmart and score a TV for the living room. Well we did it was fun and made a “remember when we…..” story. Well I also scored a camera from target the next day. While we did do a little shopping our day was mostly filled with family and spending time at my parents house. Here is a little peek into our day.

Some playing at nana & papa’s…


My oldest kids went to cut down the tree for my parents its their tradition.

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a little napping ….


decorating the tree at my parents …


building with Uncle Aaron.


and a picture of all the grandchildren by the tree. 4 of the 5 I have to claim as mine!



As soon as we got back I could not wait to test out a few new settings with my Camera, I ended up going with a Cannon T3. Lots to learn but here are a few pics from around the house…

Our vintage Elf Scout Buckeye, he used to be in mom’s tree as a child and watches over you at Christmas time.


My Grandfathers hutch he made, I brought it up to date with a timeless worn finish using Chalk and Milk Paint.


I had added some vintage knobs Aunt Darlene hunted down for me.

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My chippy blue dresser. You can read more about it here:


IMG_0144and a few sneaks of my newly hand painted piece. I cannot not wait to do a photo shoot with this dresser.

more about this piece here :https://junqueinthetrunkgirls.wordpress.com/2013/11/20/as-simple-as-that/


I LOVE her legs 🙂


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linking my new dresser to thrifty decor chick 🙂 Love her blog