Saturday, November 15, 2014

Discount Codes and Deals for the Weekend

With the holidays quickly approaching, I really need to start working towards completing my shopping list. I should be able to get quite a bit finished this weekend because the sales are amazing! 
I like to get most of it finished before Black Friday because more stuff is available online if the store doesn't have what I am looking for. There is nothing WORSE than an item being on back order to add stress to the already stressful holiday shopping.

Below you can find some discount codes. I hope you find them helpful. If you are looking for something or need help with choosing a gift for someone, let me know! I'm in the process of making some gift guides for my readers. 

This week the weather changed in Houston and it's freezing. Like it's supposed to be 37 tomorrow. I was wearing flip flops the other day and now I'm wearing TWO sweaters and buying stuff online because it's too cold to venture to the mall. Here are a few things I have coming to me this week. 

First up, this warm sweater from Ann Taylor . I love the zip detail. It was normally $79 but it's on sale for $42.

And this tee. It has elbow patches and I'm in love. I saw this in the store the other day and it's really soft. Of course they were out of my size so I had to order online. It's normally $49 but it's on sale for $22. 



How cute is THIS  dress from Banana Republic? On sale also! 

Wow I must really love stripes! 



Banana Republic An EXTRA 40% off with code: BRFORTY Ends 11.15.14

 J. Crew Factory 40-60% off. No code needed. Ends 11.18.14

Madewell Extra 25% off with code: FALLBACK Ends 11.17.14

Kate Spade 25% off with code: BEMERRY Ends 11.17.14

Old Navy 25% off with code: SAVEMORE Ends 11.15.14

J. Crew 25% off with code: SHOPNOW Ends 11.17.14

Jc Penney up to 20% off with code: SAVEBIG Ends 11.17.14

Bloomingdales 20% off with code: HOLIDAY Ends 11.16.14

Macy's 25% off with code: GIFT Ends 11.16.14


Happy Shopping!

Lura
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Friday, October 31, 2014

DIY Dog Halloween Costumes 2014



 Happy Halloween! 
If you've been following me for a while, you know that I love Halloween. Candy, Fall time, and costumes, specifically dog costumes. I began making costumes for Toby last year (instead of buying them).  I've had all year to work on them and I have to say that I don't think I can top this next year. Kate joined the family six months ago so I mad her a costume that coordinates with Toby's costume from last year

This Halloween Toby went as his arch nemesis the UPS driver. Kate went as a package. I used my embroidery sewing machine to put the emblem on the shirt and hat (made with this tutorial but put my own spin on it to fit his melon of a head).  As for his boots, they are from Walmart. I used an Exacto knife to cut the soles off to make Toby more comfortable. Toby has been practicing his spelling so he wanted to write on the box. We still needs to work on the letter e. 




This was right before she fell asleep in the box. I love how puppies crash wherever they are. 

And because it wouldn't be fair to have one dog as the center of attention, here is Kate's costume.  
Both Toby and Kate love going on rides to Starbucks in the mornings. Kate's costume suites her perfectly because she is the worst Starbucks straw thief. I can't even place my drink in the cupholder without her taking my straw. DRIVES ME MENTAL! With the suggestion from my friend Carrie, Kate dressed as a Strawberries and Cream Frappuccino and Toby James is her barista.  I'm surprised she didn't really mind the costume. Getting her to sit still was the main issue but we made it work....treats :) 

We reused Handomes costume but added a drive thru headset to complete the look. At least one of them is smiling. So weird that dog. 





If you want to see more dog stuff, check out Toby's page HERE

Thursday, July 31, 2014

How to Hang a Plate Wall


Many of you have asked me how I hung the plates in our dining room. Today I'm here to show you how! I actually used three different techniques in hanging them--two store bought and a DIY. I used the DIY method for most of the plates because it was the easiest and cheapest. 

Store Bought
I used a traditional spring plate hanger for one plate. I bought it a long time ago when I decided that I wanted a plate wall so I decided to use it instead of keeping it sitting in my office. These run for about $3-7 for one. I've read that you can find them at the dollar store but I've never had any luck finding them there.  

Store Bought 
These are great because they are invisible unlike the traditional spring hanger. All you do is wet the back of the pad and wait until it's sticky and then place in on the back of your plate. Let it cure overnight to ensure a secure bond. I used these on my most precious plate and the heaviest plate. Hubs and I were gifted a plate from my great-aunt and uncle on our wedding. On the front of the plate is the church where we were married. I love love love it! The heaviest plate is 15" and really thick. I wanted to make sure that it was secured to the wall. I'm not trying to have a heart attack if it falls to the ground and breaks. These cost $1.99-$5.99 depending on the size you need.

DIY

Supplies
Large paperclips
Pliers
Sandpaper (I didn't use it but I recommend it).

Note: You should complete this project in a well vented area to prevent inhalation of epoxy fumes.

Bend the top of the paperclips using the pliers. This will create a place for the nail to catch. Make sure the unbent part touches the plate completely (make the flat part flat and no bends. The photo below is bent on the flat part but I fixed it when it didn't lay flat on the plate). 
Using sandpaper, etch the plate area where the paperclip will live. This will help the epoxy adhere. I didn't do this step and mine worked just fine but I recommend it if you are hesitant about this project. 

 Apply epoxy to plate (enough to coat the paperclip). You can be generous. It will be hidden. Let it cure overnight. I let mine sit for two days before hanging them.

Side note: I actually accidentally left all of the plates outside during a rainstorm while they were still drying but everything worked out. I was a little annoyed because I thought that my carelessness had ruined the project and NO ONE likes to start over.

To hang them on the wall I used small nails.

You can see the full plate wall and how it fits into our dining room decor (HERE). 

If you complete a plate wall, send me a photo. I want to see!

Lura
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Dining Room Tour

Hi. Come on in. Welcome to our home. To the right we have our dining room. We still have a lot to do with it but there is no reason I can't share what we have so far. Side note: This is what happens when you grow up in a home with ALL WHITE WALLS.

This is my second favorite room in our house. Side note: My bedroom is my absolute favorite! The natural light that pours into this space makes it my favorite place to start the day. Since I've been out of school I have been eating breakfast in here while I read the news online. 


The hutch was a wedding gift from my parents. I absolutely love it and it's amazing how much it stores.
I love the stark contrast between the white serving pieces and that dark walnut wood. It really makes the pieces pop!


he white box at the bottom houses all of our linen napkins. I found that ceramic box at Homegoods. In the clearance section of all places!!! Side note: Each piece in here is used or serves a purpose. For the most part, if I can't picture where it will go, I don't buy it. 


Curtains will be installed once I make them. 
I plan to use this fabric. I absolutely love it! 





To complete the hutch wall, a piece of art will sit on each side of the hutch. 

Our plate wall is finished! These plates sat in my office floor for ages. So glad I finally took the time to complete this project. I love how fluid it feels and how it represents our travels together as husband and wife. Some plates are place holders until we travel more. 

See how I hung the plates HERE.

Just under the plate wall sits this tall floor vase. It's mostly filled with champagne corks with the date written on them but there are also a few wine corks too. I like wine but LOVE champagne. We still have a ways to go before it is full. Feel free to donate a bottle or two. :) 

Our Bar area still needs a lot of work.
I have big plans for this area including a storage solution for the glasses, organization of the booze and much more. 
I plan to keep the wall with the outlet and telephone jack empty to maintain a minimalist look when you look inside from outdoors. Just my preference. To me less is more. Not a fan of clutter. 

It's a lot different than when we first moved into our home. Sadly, this is the only photograph I could find. 

 At least the to do list is getting smaller :) 

The Left To Do List
Find perfect rug (I'm thinking this one)
Make curtains
Art for each side of the dining hutch (I LOVE these from The Pink Pagoda!)
Make storage for wine glasses (Love the Holman Shelves)
Add drum shade to chandelier to give it a larger feel (like this or this)
Change out yellowed vent and remove unsightly phone jack.
5" Baseboards (hubba hubba)

Source List
Table Crate and Barrel (old) (similar)
Holloway Buffet and Hutch
Saxton Entertaining Bar Modular Single Glass Door Cabinet
White Pitcher HomeGoods (similar)
Classic Fjord Teapot
Floor vase (HomeGoods)
Curvy Chrysanthemum Vase
Chandelier (Craigslist and Spray painted)
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Our Weekend Recap...A Day Late

Hiiii! Happy Tuesday. How was your weekend? Ours was super crazy busy but we wouldn't have it any other way. Friday I cleaned the entire house and took a super long nap afterwards. I also wrapped a few gifts for a sweet little two year old. 


That evening we went to our friends home and had dinner and way too many slices of ice cream cake. Yum. 


On Saturday I planned to wake up early to prep for having guests over at two but I ended up sleeping in which resulted in a mad dash to Costco, Kroger, forgetting puppy food and hanging my entire plate wall in seven minutes. No joke. 

Here is a little peek into what it will look like. 
I will do a full reveal and a how to soon along with a dining room tour. 

Also on Saturday I shot my first pregnancy announcement using my DSLR. I was so nervous but I think it turned out okay. Yall! My blogger BFF is having a baby!!!!!! I am so happy for Kristen and Chris.
You can watch their video below. 


We are still fostering the babies. They are eating like crazy and so bouncy and playful. Three of them may have homes. YAY! I say MAY because it's not official yet but stay tuned. 
They still have scabies so they can't be released until they have a clean bill of health. 

Kate definitely has/had it the worst. I had to take her to get a steroid shot because her itching was so intense. She wasn't sleeping and lost her voice from whining so much. Giving them Benadryl definitely helps but it doesn't take away all of their itching. I covered Kate's feet with baby socks and vet tape because she was scratching herself raw and I was scared they were going to get secondary infections. Covering her skin also helped keep her from chewing her skin. 


The other pups are doing well and don't seem to have as much itching as her.
Here you can see her scratches and hairlessness in spots. My little mole rat. 

Sunday and Monday were used for weekend recovery. 
And online defensive driving from my first speeding ticket. Bleh. 

The other day I decided I wanted to add trim to my curtains in my office. 
Here are the options. I'm pretty sure I've decided but I would love to hear what you think. Comment below with your selection. 

Have a good one!

Lura
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

How to Sand Sharp Glass Edges Smooth



Hiya! Happy Wednesday! Today I'm here to share something in hopes that it helps others. I recently purchased a sheet of glass at Lowe's for a project that I'm working on. Lowe's also cut the glass to size for me but I was left with really sharp edges. To keep myself and others from getting cut, I wanted to have the edges smoothed. I contacted my local glass shop and they told me it would cost quite a bit to have it done. I kindly said, "no thanks" and started a Google search for DIY sharp glass smoothing. With little success I finally reached out to another glass shop and asked them how someone could smooth glass. The nice gentleman said that I could use emery cloth.

Emery cloth is very similar to sand paper and it comes in sheets. You can find it at Home Depot and Lowe's.  I purchased the multiple pack which comes with different grades of grit.

I used a small piece of wood that I had laying in the garage as my sanding box and started with the largest grit and worked down to the smallest grit. I also tried using it with my palm sander and that worked too. It was a lot faster but you have to be careful or the palm sander may chip the glass. Mine chipped a little but I just went over it with the emery cloth until it was smooth.

Have you ever sanded glass?

Lura
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