Friday, December 27, 2013

{Christmas with the Reeds}

After a long, mostly exhausting trip to California. We had a few days to recuperate from all that traveling and what not. Just in time to celebrate Christmas quietly at home together. We went to church Christmas Eve then had dinner and watched It's a Wonderful life. Our family tradition. Riley stayed up and watched the entire 3 hour movie! I was surprised.  Even made Christmas cookies as well. Kinda looked like a cookie massacre though!

Christmas Morning just like any other Christmas morning. We get woken up abruptly by Riley barging into our room yelling "It's Christmas"!!
We had fun opening presents and then the cutest hubby in the world made us breakfast. Egg Nog French Toast and bacon! It was so yummy! Then we just laid around all day watching Christmas Movies together. It was very relaxing. Then the hubby topped himself and made dinner for us too. Bacon wrapped tenderloin, mashed potatoes, corn and rolls! Makes me hungry just talking about it again. I hope everyone had a great Christmas! Until New Years!!!


Thursday, December 12, 2013

Home sweet home

                California Dreaming 

Back home for a visit so I will be taking a little blogging break. Make sure to follow me on Instagram @meadowsandreeds to keep up with our California adventures ;)


Monday, December 9, 2013

{DIY} Vintage Christmas Ornaments

Christmas is probably my favorite holiday! I love Christmas movies, Christmas decorations, Christmas lights, the list goes on and on. Last year I went all out on making my own Christmas Decor. Link HERE

I found this awesome wrapping paper last Christmas that became my inspiration this year. Yes! I did plan my theme/color scheme a whole entire year before. I wanted to get into this whole vintage feel into our Christmas. As you can see I went crazy at Michaels but I couldn't help it when things were 70%off either that or a $1.00 so Riley and I got crafty this weekend as we listened to Christmas music. Simply easy DIY ornaments. I just bought paint in my color scheme, as well as some scrapbook paper I already had, a hot glue gun and we went to town.


Friday, December 6, 2013

{Thanksgiving Recap}

I know it's been a week already but I didn't get a chance to show off this tasty Turkey we had. 
Being in the Army we are used to spending holidays alone usually. But this year it was nice because my parents drove up from Virginia to spend the weekend and we had a blast. We played tons of board games. Went to see Frozen and then went into Boston to visit the Kennedy Library and also take my Mom shopping. It was a good time with good food. Hope everyone else had a great Thanksgiving too!


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

{Copycat} Pinterest Fashion

It's been awhile since I did a Copycat Fashion Post! This was even slightly accidental. It's funny how things work out like that. I like how Sydney of The Daybook paired red on red. It's such a vibrant combination that you rarely see people do. I guess it stuck in my head. When I was putting my outfits together I decided why not do an interpretation of this look. 

Photography by Jenny Courtney Photography

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Pants: Local Store

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

{DIY} upcycle Chair part 1

It has taken me sooooo long to finish this chair. I think I bought it a year ago maybe ? It's hard when you get picky about how you want it to look. I got it for $10 at the local Salvation Army. I was looking for a new desk chair and I really loved the idea of redoing one myself. That way I could have more control over what it looked like. It would also save me a lot of money too. I searched and searched for the ideal fabric print that I wanted. I kept getting stuck because there wasn't a lot of local options that I could see in person. I finally went took the long trip to Hobby Lobby and found this gorgeous written script fabric. The vision was created in my head so I slowly got to work. I can't even tell you how long it took to get all these steps done. But it was spread out over the entire year so I'm sure you get the idea.

 I slowly accumulated my supplies. I researched everywhere on the best way to do the seat cushion. That was another set back. I want to make sure I am doing it the best and fastest way too. I am not a patient person, not even a little bit. I finally found one blog that just stapled their fabric over the existing. {since it was still in ok condition and didn't smell bad} That was pretty simply actually.t After I unscrewed the bottom of the cushion to separate it from the chair. I just laid the fabric on the floor and placed the cushion over and followed along with the previous fabric and stapled away.

Next I got my tools to give the chair a good sanding. I sat and thought a good long time on if I should just get the primer that you don't need to sand with. Putting yet another halt on the project. There were some scratches and dings so I just went ahead and sanded it down with a medium then a fine grit reusable sanding pad from ACE.
I had leftover gray basic primer from my desk redo so I just went with that. No need to spend more money.

Then came the color choice! I originally wanted to do it black so it would match. But if you know me well. You know everything I have is black. And I didn't like the idea of white with the fabric I chose. It wasn't until my hubby suggested maybe I should go with red that my mind started reeling with the possibilities. I started envisioning a bright red chair. Then I googled it a little bit. Some people went with a bold, bright red. But I wanted a little more subtle..something a little more romantic. So literally yesterday I finally decided on a shade of red to paint the chair! YAY!

Also, I picked up this tool to make it easier to do spray paint. I thought about doing it with a brush but I really didn't want the brush strokes. Also, chairs are kinda hard to paint lots of little crevices, nooks and crannys.. So I decided on spray paint. I went with this burgundy red. In the sun it looks bright but not too bright. Which makes it the perfect shade. It's called Satin Burgundy by KRYLON. It took about 1 1/2 cans of paint to get the desired shade and cover it all.
I still need to put a little finish on it. But I love how it turned out! 

 Before & After

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