Playful little playhouse

I'm so great at this blogging thing, I should totally rebrand & do this for a a lie I just told myself.

Has it really been months?  It's becoming a trend that I would've forgotten my Blogger login if it weren't for Google Chrome ('sup, dude).

Quinn.  Oh my firecracker.  With each passing day, I'm more aware that in just mere months our girl will be starting preschool.  It feels like it was just yesterday when we welcomed her to the world.  I'm grateful that I've had the chance to have her by my side almost every day; I don't take that for granted.  So I'm trying to be present in the moment which means limiting my blog reading & Instagram time (oddly freeing).  My pixie girl's growing & more independent....this will all be an adjustment.

Or maybe I'll be running thru the hills, twirling in circles with arms wide open, music swelling & cameras panning around me, singing "I'm freeee!"
Probably maybe.

In other news, I've given Quinn's old playhouse a little makeover.  Last summer, we got her one of those plastic playhouses from Craigslist (even though Craigslist makes me nervous these days, anyone else?).  It's not one of those charming wooden playhouses like Stefani's but you know, nothing says "We love you, kid!" like a piece of bright plastic.
My plan was to spruce it all up somehow to give it some charm.  So many people out there have spraypainted these plastic playhouses that I had lots of inspiration to piggyback from.   The first one I ever noted was my blog buddy Emily's sleek playhouse makeover.  As for the color scheme, I blatantly copied Jenny's (again with the charming wooden playhouse!).  Hey, when I copy someone, I give that person full credit at least ;-) #selfless

The window box (actually just a plastic liner) was a bit tricky to attach, being that everything's plastic.  The Mr. rigged it by threading nylon straps thru the drainage holes (creating a harness for the window box) & securing the whole thing by knotting it around the window frame.  It's not exactly pretty but it's sturdy/hopefully kid-proof.  Adirondack edging was chosen for the "picket fence" because I was afraid the kids were going to impale themselves on the picket fence edging that was my first choice.

The mailbox is attached on its underside by strips of heavy duty velcro.  I still need to rust-proof it with a coat of clear sealant or something. ETA: Mailbox found here

She's a critter catcher.
P.S. Many thanks to Rhoda of Southern Hospitality for featuring our home on her illustrious blog!  Rhoda, your kind words & lovely readers brought me much cheer, thanks so much for having me :-)

Master bedroom refresh: the plan (almost there)

We kicked off 2015 by playing tag with a double round of gross colds & sinus infections, woohoo!  I got the worst of it (did I miss the memo?).  I'll spare you the other boring details about our lives lately because no matter how busy I might feel, it's minimal compared to what lots of you are experiencing.  Saving my whine for wine time.  I think we live in an age of oversharing, yes?  Like we have to talk/social media about how crazy-busy we are or else omg no one is going to believe us otherwise ;-)  

So I'm just chugging along, extremely caffeinated, doing my best every day to raise a fine young lady/future Nobel Prize recipient (Her thing right now is announcing her farts in public, so yes this is all going very well.), checking long after we leave the house to make sure I put on pants that day (I did. Except for that one time).  Also, I am very busy just so you know.

I'm so close to putting the finishing touches on our master bedroom refresh.  This space hasn't seen any drastic changes in five years.  That's like an eternity, so it was due for an update in my eyes.  Last November, I painted three walls Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray & the fourth wall Benjamin Moore Soot.  As in a black accent wall.  I'm bringin' accent walls back (yeah!).  Now, thanks to birthday gifts from my very generous in-laws, I'm thisclose to wrapping things up in here & loving the look.  

Until that happens, here's the plan if you're curious:

wall urchins (gold urchins were out of stock so I spraypainted the silver ones gold) / headboard* / lumbar pillowswing arm lamps (we've had these up for years) / gallery grouping inspiration / ghost chair** (got ours a couple years ago)

*I revamped our old headboard & there are some other small details not included here.
**I moved my little office setup to our bedroom. So much stuff gets done in there now #notaninnuendo

I hope 2015 has treated you well thus far.
February, here we come!  What!