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.



{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



As simple as that

A dear friend saved this dresser for me .


She (the dresser) was in great sturdy shape but had some scratches on top and splatters of paint all over front.


This making her a great candidate for paint. I have been dying to do some decorative paint on this piece but the colors I couldn’t decide so she sat in my garage for 2 months … until this weekend I woke up and was motivated to move this piece into my studio in the basement. Still not knowing what color or when I would paint it.

So my dear hubby and sweet brother in law carried her into the basement this past weekend ( yep, in the rain). They look so happy , don’t they ?!


Well it turns out later Sunday night inspiration was about to strike, you just never know when or how. I make it a rule to not paint or sew before inspiration hits.

Sunday night my sweet neighbors stopped by with a gift basket I had won. They own a sweet little store called Black Dogs Antiques. MY 9 year old and I had stopped their Holiday open house with me on Saturday , she signed me up for the drawing. I am not one of those people who ever win these sorts of things but was so excited Sunday evening when they showed up with a basket full of goodies !!! One of the goodies included Dried Lavender Milk Paint by Miss Mustard Seed.


Bam!!! that is the perfect color for my project, simple as that.

I begin doodling and mixing a white wash too , this piece is girlie. I love super chippy looks on pieces of furniture, I can show the beauty of the wood but still make the piece even beautiful with paint.  The Chippy look is not for every piece but this one for sure.


I started by painting the drawers , sides and legs 2 coats dried lavender (no bonding agent).


I then pulled out my Frog Tape ( love this stuff ). Got my white wash handy and went to work taping a boarder.


I white washed just the center of the drawer. I love this look and I remember seeing this on MMS blog and made a mental note of the technique. I painted the wash on and then used a towel to wipe off. I painted right over the chippy paint.


After it dried I took the frog tape off. It lifted some of the loose paint for me . Then  I used a spackling tool to gently scrape off rest of the loose paint.


Next, I used some inexpensive paint brushes from a value pack at walmart , some acrylic paint and freehanded my design. I love the natural look you get and no I am not an artist (as you can tell), I just use simple shapes to make ( like I do with my sewing appliques). So anyone can do this , just a little practice.


I used white acrylic paint and a antique gold acrylic paint to highlight.

IMG_3335Before I sanded I sealed with a Hemp oil. I did this for two reasons. One too add life back to the wood that I was leaving shown and two if you apply the hemp oil before you sand you get a buttery smooth finish. Even though the piece looks rough and chippy , its smooth to touch.


I will be sure to post a picture when done. But here is a sneak….


I still have the top to finish, I am stripping it and sanding it. Then I plan to use paint as a stain for the top. I will bes ure to share this technique and the finished product with you. I am looking for just the right jewelry y for her knobs as well, something with a little bling 😉

Isnt it funny how things simply just work out? You never know when inspiration is going to hit.



Here is the inspiration behind this piece and how could these pictures not inspire you !?!