Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Door Knocker Brief History

Being a Realtor with a background in both interior design & architecture leaves me curious about certain pieces of homes and where they origniated from. For example the door knocker! 

Here's what I found out: 

Whatever style you chose and reason why make it important to you! If you have pictures please don't hesitate to share! Thanks for learning along with me and most of these knockers I found on Pinterest. Follow me here.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Projects Update Before Baby

It's been awhile since I've updated this here old blog on some of the projects I've completed. So heres some collages of my before, progress and after photos! 

This dresser I previously painted black and had sliver knobs in college when I just had to have black and white damask everything. I'm super over that and feel like I want more of a hollywood glamour style that is my very own. So I sanded this bad boy all the way down and sprayed the inside of my drawers hot pink, and the exterior is a dark navy that is almost a teal color. I was able to order these gold diamond knobs from Amazon for $20 and they look stellar! I feel like old furniture has larger and deeper drawers than the new stuff so I'll probably be re-doing old furniture until the end of time. 

I'm naming my son Harlin Jax, Harlin is my grandfather's middle name and I think its very classy and timeless and have been so excited about customizing everything for him with his name. Jax I just like it and think it's going to make him a badass which he will be anyways. I found this H at Hobby Lobby and think it will look amazing over his crib in the nursery. I made this tooth fairy pillow both for that purpose and as a sort of toy for Harlin I want him to have lots of soft toys to play with that are hand made. I bought some iron on letters for his custom onesize and made that. On his quilt it was my first time trying applique and putting it on was pretty easy I did have to learn the hard way about printing the letters in a mirror image. Stitching over the top of the letters was more difficult than anticipated, but this baby quilt came together with some great fabrics I had on hand and some fuzzy blue backing it will be oh so soft for my baby boy. 

My son's father had this beat up rocking horse in the goodwill pile to get rid of since his kids are grown except the one on the way. I asked to sand it down and re-finish it and have been trying to do some red white and blue theme because I'm due so close to the 4th of July. I love that we bought a sprayer and it has really elevated my projects to a whole new finished level, uses more paint but completely worth it. Last stop is figuring out some white horse hair mane and tail that is baby durable. Here are my progress photos: 

This is my travel baby wipe/diaper container. I read about these on Pinterest and people said they are great for road trips if you just want to grab the necessities out of the diaper bag instead of the whole diaper bag when you're in a rush. It was super simple to make with the fabric I had on hand at my house. 

There are my updates, next up nursery and possible painting for my son. More to come later, thanks for reading and let me know if you have any questions!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Projects Before Baby

Pinterest has given me a long list of to do's before the baby gets here. Which I guess is both a good thing and a bad thing since I see so many I'd like to do and also overwhelming. These are my soft baby beach balls I made from a tutorial online 8 banana shaped pieces each with a dark circle on the end to cover up the seams coming together. 

When stuffing these baby beach balls my mom said keep stuffing them and when you think they are full hand it to me and I'll test it out on you. Then she threw it at me and it bounced hard off of my head and said yep its full! Don't worry I didn't miss the opportunity to try the bigger ball on her head later as payback. I'm just glad I've had the chance to make some soft homemade toys for the baby and I can just throw them in the wash if they get too dirty. Or if the dog eats them I know I can whip some more right up. 

On to more baby projects! 

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Handmade baby projects

For those of you that don't know yet I'm pregnant and due in July 2015! This exciting news has found me with an abundance of baby sewing projects in my near future starting with some of these. Follow me on Pinterest here for the links to these projects. Here are a couple at the top of my baby to do list:
Baby giraffes 

Fabric baby book

Scrap monsters 

Fabric letters 

Pony on a stick

Along with many others that have left my to do list a mile long. Where to begin? This has left me wanting all handmade baby stuff I just hope I have enough time to get it all done before the baby gets here. More to come later I guess I'm headed to the fabric store tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Office Inspiration

I've been thinking alot lately about what a "Law Office" would look like or just an office in general having it be from home or just a new space. With moving and some changes in my personal life I decided to make a conglomeration of some of the show stoppers I found on my Houzz account. You can follow me here

Reading Area - I think if you are of a "growth" mindset you are constantly reading and growing and learning from books and others. Also I have read that the best CEO's take a nap everyday, if you aren't getting enough sleep at night and a 20 minute nap would make a world of difference to you I say incorporate a place for that said nap. 

Artwork - This one I'm super partial to because I have my degree in Visual art, but I feel like people are inspired by their space and be inspired with your work and do what you love! Whether those be pictures of your family or pictures of things you've collected display them in a way that you are proud to show them off. 

Bookshelves - I don't know anyone who doesn't have a book problem or bookshelf problem and what would an office be without a place to store all of those great books you've been reading to make you either a better lawyer or REALTOR? Stack them up and make them look really nice and one day look at that shelf proud that you read everything on it. 

Fireplace - do you know each time you upload something for an office space or dining room on Houzz it asks you if you have a fireplace in it? I didn't until here recently and I was blown away by the expectation that there should be a fireplace in the office. I also think this is a really good idea, who wouldn't want to cozy up with some hot chocolate on a cold snowy day in your retreat of an office if you don't have to leave the house why would you.

Organization - it can't be said enough but if your space is clean and organized and you know right where everything is I think it will add to the functionality of your work. Make sure that your "collections" of artwork, or books aren't overwhelming your space and you do take time to "cut the fat" and make this a functional space for you. I'm not saying everyone has to actually live like the people on the Houzz accounts, but hey if you had that office wouldn't it boost your self esteem? Even for a little bit? 

Bottom line if you are privileged enough to get to work from home, make sure that space inspires you and is filled with things you love that will help you grow in your workplace and make you a better maybe even well rested person. 

Happy Working!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Notes from the Universe - Mike Dooley Style

People are awesome, Brandi, they care about pretty much everything, everyone, always. It's just that they're also so busy believing what they've been told, and therefore manifesting it, that they genuinely haven't noticed that in your gorgeous little planet's entire history, there's never been:
A drought that didn't end,
A storm that didn't clear,
Lightning that didn't retreat,
An earthquake that didn't still,
A flood that didn't recede, nor,
A plague that wasn't eventually, completely, and utterly overwhelmed by the healthy.

Now as a rule, I'm not into odds, statistics, or gambling, but it doesn't take a genius to see that something's going on "down there," the deck is clearly stacked, you've got friends in some very high places, and none of the "hard and mean" stuff was ever true.

Hit me, baby!

The Universe