Sunday, September 30, 2012

Floors, Floors, Floors! {one excited gal}

Hey! Hey! How's it going this fine Sunday afternoon?  I think I met my weekly promise deadline, right?  I'm here with a brief post.  So, here's what's going on.  Last week I told you guys we were replacing our carpet with wood laminate and so the plan went about.  Come Wednesday, demo day, and guess what?!  Guys never showed!  I come home from school to a very crabby hubby (to put it VERY nicely), in his "I mean business" stance as he sits in front of the computer with the phone at hand.  Yes, he was demanding money back and looking elsewhere for floors.  Not a pretty sight and might I add, I was very sad and disappointed to come home to a house that wasn't being torn apart.  I don't know how some people live with themselves.  At signing the contract, we were promised 2-3 weeks.  That was the second week of August.  Then it was excuse after excuse.  Finally this Wednesday found out they didn't even have our floors in.

Moving on, we found an angel, Wes.  Great guy.  He matched the price we were given, BUT wait!  He had to show us the real wood, which he had in stock and at a great price!  Yup, real wood and it's looking amazing!  Started Yesterday and moving right along.  Did you get that?  He works weekends to get the job done.  Awesome!


Sorry guys, not the best picture, but I took this last night when they called it quits for the day.  I was super excited to see it in place even if it were only one room.  Today they are doing the living room and between tomorrow and Thursday they will finish the stairs and upstairs hallway.  

Have a great rest of the weekend.  I know I am.  I'll be back soon with more.

Monday, September 24, 2012

It's Been Too Long {and some rugs}

I have been MIA for nearly 3 weeks now!  Eek!  First off, let me say that I really appreciate those that have emailed me asking if I was ok?  You guys are the sweetest and that is why I am torn here.  I love working on stuff around my home and blogging about my adventures, but I think it's time to come to terms with myself and admit to myself and all of you that my disappearing acts lately have good reasoning behind them.  While it feels like I've fallen off the edge of this earth (in blog land), I'm still here.  Hopefully, I can figure out a way to mix business with pleasure and balance my life out somehow.

Ok, if I haven't lost you all already, let's get to the explanation.  (For those that may not want the lengthy explanation, just skip on down now to the big project happening in our home later this week).

Long story, Here goes...

A couple of years ago I decided to go back to school for a new life.  It has been slow going and great because I've been able to stay home with my babies.  Time has come, however, that I've been accepted into my career/program of choice.  I am studying to become a Radiation Therapist (RT)(T).  Well, super long story short, since the end of August when classes resided, my time has been totally and completely consumed.  It is wonderful however.  I will soon begin volunteering and surrounding myself with patients battling cancer.  It will be my job (for now) to support and assist with any questions they may have.  Also, in the near future, clinicals will begin in which I will shadow practicing therapists and shortly be set loose to do it myself.  Isn't that just amazing.  I've worked so hard behind closed doors and I can finally taste success creeping up.  I have a passion for and a special place in my heart to help people, especially those that are very ill.  I feel that I can make a big difference in someone's life and every inch of me is going to do just that. Cancer is all around us and it's very scary, and although I know I can't rid the world of it by my little 'ol self, I know that somehow I can do my part in making a difference.  (Sigh) Are you guys still with me?

The most difficult thing right now is balance.  It's been just over a month and I'm still trying to figure our how to balance everything in my life from school, work, family, and pleasure (you guys).  Let me tell you.  It has been difficult, but not impossible.  For now my goal will be to check in at least once a week, not once a month.  Ha!  Things still continue to happen around the house, so how can I not blog anymore. Impossible, right?!  So that brings me to what's going on this week in the Sosa house.

Carpet is going Buh-bye!!!!!  

Yes! I hate carpet.  After wishing, hoping and then praying for wood floors, it's soon happening (sort of).  Ok, ok, in reality, wood would be too high maintenance if you ask me.  So, we decided on laminate wood.  Acceptable right?  Tell you what, I'm super excited!  Wednesday is demo day!

Area rugs have been floating in my brain lately for the living room, and here are a few I've come across.

Snow Peak-West Elm
Venda Dhurrie-West Elm 

World Market

ESaleRugs

ESaleRugs

That is about it for now.  I suppose once the floors are in and we live with it for a little, more ideas will stir around in my head.  I realize now that my choices are all over the place.  I guess I can't decide what style I want.  So any favorites for you all?   Any great shopping (online) places you recommend?

Til next time (and I promise, a month won't go by again).





Monday, August 27, 2012

Happy Birthday Bri!

Today is a special day....Happy Birthday Bri Bri!  She goes by many names, but a big birthday goes to my baby Brianna, who turns 4  years old today.  It's amazing how fast they grow.  I can't believe she is 4.  This was our weekend...

 Can you guess her birthday theme?  My love for owls had no influence on her decision to have owls.  Ha!  Ok, maybe just a little.  My little partner in crime has jumped on board loving owls.

 These little gift bags were super fun to do.  She had a blast helping me fill them will goodies.  Below was another fun project.  She needed an owl pillow for her new bedroom theme (coming soon), so you'll see that sitting on some tree stumps that I snagged from my dad who just cut down a tree in his yard.  To be honest, my mom thought I was nuts when I was loading a trunk full of wood pieces into my car.  She thought I had seriously reached complete insanity.  After stripping the bark, a little sanding, and a clear coat of protective enamel, they looked adorable.  Too bad I was so busy hosting the party, my pictures were not the best.  Sorry guys.


Family fun!  The party was at the park directly across from our home.  This picture was hilarious.  Angel as you can see was trying to kiss me in the picture.  Bri was hugging choaking us so hard, I couldn't pull loose to let Angel  land that kiss.  Haha!  At the same time, my husband was whispering to Bri, "you're choaking me" while trying to smile.  Those tiny arms are strong, let me tell you. I wanted to bust out laughing.  It's amazing how much goes on in those few seconds that you're trying to capture a moment.  Too funny.

 Up to this point I don't think I've shared my whole family, but here we are....


 This is one of my favorites.  Here is Bri's little cousin Joaquin.  Only 6 months apart in age.  They had a blast with face painting.  Don't they look adorable.  I absolutely love this picture.

 I did a few cupcake cones, which are super fun and easy for kids, but check out her cake.  I found a lady on craigslist that does reasonably priced fondant cakes.  She is good.  I gave her a picture of one I found online to give her an idea.  She did it exactly.  I was really impressed with how good it turned out.  Is there anything that can't be found on Craigslist?  I think not, the possibilities are endless.

One of my favorite details was doing this fruit bowl.  Like carving pumpkins, watermelons are the summer's version.  There are so many things you could do with watermelons.  Fun and yummy.










You may catch a glimpse of  these centerpieces on the tables.  This is a horrible phone picture I took the night I was working on them, but hopefully you get the idea. 


Just a few pictures of everyone.  Let's hope they don't kill me for posting them.  
Thanks for sharing this day with us everyone!


 As you can see, the evening was beautiful.  Once the sun went down, it was perfect.  Until....

















Yeah, you see those innocent looking clouds?! Those bad boys quickly turned into dark, gloomy, water filled   party pooper clouds.  Just as we were about to do gifts, we were hit with big, fat rain.   Thanks to everyone and good humor, I put my guests to work.  Ok, so I'm not that mean, they all were troopers and started running with whatever they could grab.  I had never seen anyone tear down a party so quickly.  In the rain, everyone jumped in to help tear things down, running everything across the street to our home.  Luckily it wasn't a far run, and the party continued at our house.  

All in all, it was a blast and I think everyone enjoyed themselves as well.  

Happy Birthday Baby!

So, how was your weekend?  I hope you all didn't mind a different setting today.  While I had tons of DIY projects included in the birthday party prep.  I was so busy working I forgot to take pictures along the way.  

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

For A Girl Who Loves Green

Do you remember when I said I would have my daughter's room reveal really soon?  Probably not.  That would be because I have been slackin' in the blogging department.  I don't know if you all are like me, but a project never seems to be complete.  This room has been a huge overhaul.  Mostly inexpensive, but lots to do and the few things that are left aren't going to happen anytime in the near future.  I mean, it will be done soon, but not tomorrow or the next day.  So where am I going with this, you ask?  Well, let me tell you,  I'm going to just give in and go ahead and show you our progress.  Once I show you the before, you'll know why it's taken so long, but let's just jump right into it.  Here is what this almost 13 year old requested (you may want to put on some sunglasses.  Ha!)  She is obsessed loves green and we definitely did not shy away from it.  You may want to sit back, relax and scroll away, we've got tons of pictures.  I figured I'd show you the progress today and save all the DIY explanations for another post if you'd all like to hear about them of course :) Enjoy!

After....

This is what it looks like standing at the doorway.  Told ya it was green. Ahhhhh!  Super fun.  Anyone recognize the easel?  My little artist needed an updated easel and a place to hang her art.  Anyone spy where she'll be able to do that?


You guessed it!  That long board across the green wall.  It's been up for a couple of weeks now and it works like a charm.  Unfortunately she didn't have any pictures up when I took the pictures, but let me tell you, she has changed them up about ten times already.  (Below) This is one of the first pictures she hung.  She's pretty good don't you think?


This is one of my favorite parts of the room.  This little girl of mine hated to hang her clothes on laundry day.  Who doesn't, right?  Seriously though, we would get into battles as to why she didn't hang them or why she shouldn't.  It was ridiculous.  So I had to come up with a solution.  Ditch the closet!  We took this dresser and transformed it with a little spray paint and made a super fun closet nook.  Now, all she has to do is fold and put away.  So much easier.  The best part is it eliminates so much clutter in that awful thing of a closet.  For some reason the doors just made her dump all her junk in there.  Her motto with that was "if you can't see it, it isn't there."  This room has actually stayed clean.  This mom is lovin' it.


Fun and colorful artwork fills up the little wall space as you enter her room.  It also adds a little punch of color to the white wall.  I'll be back with an explanation of some of it later, but for those very observant, you may just figure it out.



 Just a fun close up of the bed.  This bed is the best.  It's a German bed which we inherited from my (of course) German neighbor.  If you've never seen one, it's awesome.  Low to the ground, actually it is exactly on the floor so there are no surprises under the bed.  If you're a mom, you know what I'm talking about.  Scary things can be found under a kids bed if you're not careful.


More fun artwork next to her bed.  
Soon we'll have a little night shelf under this art, but that's on the to-do list.


I love these shelves.  I'm thinking of making some more.  Remember our balcony deck?  This was made from scraps that are still sitting in our garage.  Hubs just made me a frowny face about those scraps.  Mr. Grizzly. (yes, that's what the hubs reminds me of when he's growling about something.  Gotta love the guy. Haha!)  But hey, he just needs to chill out and let this girl work at her own pace.  The creative juices flow when they need to.  Any who, I went off on a tangent, but those cool shelves are seriously, easy peasy.



Now, finally. I've taken you around the room.
Looking back where we started. 
 BEFORE....


Can you see why this has been a long process?  We went from periwinkle blue to white and green with a complete overhaul.  I'm talking bed, bedding, closet tear-down, art work, valances (did you catch those), shelves, art display, dresser, etc.  It's taken some time and there are still a few things left to do, but for now, it is as good as it gets.  

Angel loves it so far, can't beat that!

So, what do you all think of the bright color combo?

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Bonjour! Hot Chocolate anyone?

Have you guys lost total faith in me?  I don't even know how long it's actually been, but I think last time I mentioned I was working behind the scenes on a big project for my daughter.  Truth be told it moved on to my little one's room too and then their bathroom.  I've been working hard this week especially because I am done with summer school!  Whooohooo!  Well, at least for the next couple of weeks and then it's full time all the way.  Yikes!  I'm a little nervous but excited.

I'm almost ready to reveal the progress of my 12-yr. old's bedroom.  Children and Tween bedrooms are super fun to do.  She is a bright, artistic, and bubbly kind of girl and her room definitely reflects it.  So, stay tuned because I will be hitting you with DIY after DIY in her room.


Onto what I came across this week while out thrifting.  I'm not quite sure what to call it.  All I know is that it's a warmer/kettle for hot chocolate and it's marked BONJOUR exclusively for William Sonoma.  I tried to find one on their website and the closest I came to it was an item that was $25.  I'm glad I grabbed it and ran for the whopping price of $3.99.  It made me yearn for some cool weather.  I can't wait to use it.  Super cute, don't you think?  Oh and if anyone knows what this cutie is called, please help this girl out....hot chocolate thingy is what it's going by right now.  Sad, isn't it?

If you missed the sneak peak into my daughter's room, go on and CLICK HERE.  Just one of the many projects we tackled.  Who wouldn't love a mini chevron easel :)

Be back soon


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Chevron Easel

Hey there! How's the week treating you all?  The rain has died down around here and temps are rising once again.  Just when I was starting to get that warm, fuzzy feeling that summer is half way through and my favorite season was around the corner.  I even enjoyed me some hot cinnamon hazelnut coffee the other day while it was drizzling out. That idea went right out the door and now I'm back to iced coffee. We are climbing back up to triple digits once again, Bleh!

Anyways,  I'm super excited to show you a little sneak peak of what I have been working on.  Lately I've showed you guys some small, almost pathetic little things, but I have been working behind the scenes on a much bigger project.  I think I mentioned it a reeeeallly long time ago, but to give you an idea if you don't remember or just joining in, my 12 almost 13 year old daughter client seems to be pretty happy with everything that is going on in "her" space.  I'm sorry, I'm not revealing anything today, but I do have a little eye candy to share with you.

She's an aspiring artist and long, long ago she was given this cute as a button DIY easel.  It has been through so much in the past 8 years so it was in need of a little face lift.  Here. See for yourself.  Tell me what you think.


It's pretty mini in size but it's so adorable and you can see she went from doing art on paper to doing some doodling on the actual board when she was younger.  Now that her 13th birthday is around the corner (November) and I can feel those teen years creeping up, it's time to convert her room to something that can grow with her and go from these early years to the actual dead of the teen years (another Bleh! Ha!)

Here's an idea of what WE are doing (and by we, I mean ME.  She just says "thank you mommy!"  every time something new happens.  I won't complain, a thank you is all I need)...


So, can you guess what we're up to.  It's almost too obvious, there are a couple of other clues above.  
If not, no worries.  I'm waiting on some fabric we ordered and a couple of other little projects and the room is ready to reveal.  Back with more soon :)

Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Next Layer {Master Bedroom}

Hello! Hello!  It's finally the weekend.  Actually this week like every other, has flown by.  The hubs is coming home and my daughter has a volleyball game so this will be a quick one.

Yesterday, I finally got inspired to do something to the $4.99 canvas I found at GW almost 3 months ago.  Insane, right?  Who buys a canvas and waits for-evah! to do something with it.  Me!!!

If you've been following my Layer by Layer bedroom, you'll know that this is a continuing work-in-progress thing.  Ok, here it is, but please ignore the itsy bitsy lamp and bare table.  Work-in-progress, remember?  I'll update you once I get further.  Right now it's all about my super easy DIY canvas art.


This little section of the room sits opposite of the bed area.  A big, blank wall that needs some love.  Here's the first step to adding some interest.  If you want to know more about the painting, I'd love to hear from you.


Told ya I'd be quick.  Have yourself a wonderful weekend :)

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