I'm sure you all think I have been hibernating since winter has begun, but I haven't. This project took me over 40 hours, and it was worth every minute.  I have a friend who asked me to do some "funky painting."  I'm not gonna lie, I had no idea what I was getting myself into.  I was totally up for the task, though!  She gave me no direction at all except to make TWO 20x30 mirrors and a shelf for her bathroom - bright, funky, and crazy!  Hahaha- sounds easy, huh?  Well, if you know me... I am a planner.  It honestly took me about a week just to draw up my blueprints.  I changed my mind a million times.  

Honestly, I started by taking a peek into my friend's house to see her style, choice of colors, and to find out just how funky she really was.  Let me tell you... her house is amazing.  You walk into color everywhere... green, black and white, pink, purple, yellow, zebra, polka dots, swirls, and unique artwork everywhere.  
Then, I went for a drive just checking out patterns.  I noticed a gift shop that had black and white checks in their windows, a salon that is bursting with color from the inside-out, as well as billboards with swirls (especially around Valentine's Day).  I am telling you... inspiration is everywhere!

Here is a sneak peak... promise me you won't scroll down to the bottom until you see all of the befores!!  It is LENT, people!


Alright, this is where it all started... in my handy dandy notebook that I carry everywhere with me!  I drew up both the mirrors and shelves and even used colored pencils to make sure I used all of the paint colors I had been given (Yep, "K" bought all of the paint for me!  I'm telling you she is awesome with color.)

Shelf Blueprint

Shelf Before

(Because the shelf was already white I left it as is and just started painting.)


Shelf front

Shelf side view

Shelf close-up

Shelf top
Look at the colors she chose!!  They look even richer and more vibrant in person!  

OOOOOOKKKKKKKK now for the mirrors!!!!

"K" special ordered these mirrors from Michaels.  The left one is sanded and taped-off, middle is primed (2 coats), and the right pic is painted (2 coats).  I literally watched paint dry. LOL  

At least I had Grandpa Johnny to send me snacks through the laundry shoot!  Jealous???  You should be!!

What do you think???  Wouldn't you love to get ready in the A.M.?????  They are so cheery!!


A few close-ups on the patterns!

WOW!!!  As you can see... she doesn't even have her bathroom put back together yet!  I couldn't wait to take pics of everything so as soon as her hubs hung them up, I headed over!!  She even asked me to paint a shower curtain for the bathroom!!  I'm in!!  I might go into hibernation for a while after this project, though.  Hahah - just kidding!  I have two preggos who need some painting done next.  Stay tuned!!

Happy thoughts????

It's hard to believe Valentine's Day is only 4 days away!!  I think I have had my Valentine's decorations up since the first week of January.  LOL!!  Once I took my Christmas stuff down the house just looked so bare!  Plus,  I had to put out my V-Day stuff so at least it was up for longer than 14 days, right???  :)  

Here is our front door.  I bought my heart wreath from Target for 2 buckaroos!  I hung it with some extra red ribbon from Christmas.  The trees are still up from Christmas and yes I light them at night.  I love lights!!  I added the red picks for V-Day!  They were a total of 2 bucks (6 total) from Hobby Lobby after Christmas.

I don't have too many crafty things up in my house for the lovely holiday, but still thought I would share.  My favorite time to buy holiday decorations is AFTER the holiday when it's like 75% off.  Everything you see was either a hand-me-down, purchased for less than 5 dollars, or something I had already with a simple heart ornament added to it... EXCEPT for the large heart, wall art (that came from a local artist).

Simple garland from Pier 1, heart wall clings from The Christmas Tree Shop, and red heart lights from Target make our house very "lovable" and inviting.

I love to use red beads from Christmas for vase fillers as well as cheap plastic conversation hearts. I have seen in magazines and on Pinterest where people use edible conversation hearts with candles- love that idea as well.  You know me though... I use what I have!  

Aren't the Valentines this year amazingly creative and fun??  These are the ones my little guy picked this year.  Of course we had to try out each one.  C also wanted to make these fun robots we found on Pinterest. 

My favorite part of the holiday is finding special things to do for my husband as well as my kiddos.  I found this cute picture frame from Target on clearance that you can write on/wipe off "sweet nothings."  We have been writing back and forth every day and counting down until the 14th.  I know it's corny, but it gives me the love butterflies every time I read a note from him.  

For the kids (well, actually just the oldest) I put a heart on his door starting on the first of February.  Every day gives him another reason why we love him so much!  Please don't think I don't love my youngest - she's just too little to understand right now!!  Don't worry, I supply her with more cuddles and extra kisses!

Lastly, I found this adorable idea on Pinterest and the kiddos 
(yes, both) will be waking up to this on the BIG day!

Who doesn't love a few small gifts just to say I heart you?!?!  Thinking about making dinner all red foods as well.  We'll see!!  

Happy Valentine's Day!
Love, Mal

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