Monday, October 31, 2011

A chic and spooktacular home...

Happy Halloween!

Decorating for the holidays can be alot of fun and since fall is my favorite season of the year, here are a few of my favorite inspirational looks for Halloween Home Decor.

Pumpkin carving isn't for everyone, so head to your local craft store and pick up some stencils to paint your pumpkins.  Spooky little treats are always a fave, like these chocolate cupcakes with vanilla icing...thow a spider ring ontop for a fun little twist! And if your short on cash, it's always fun to create your own halloween signs and frame them with frames you already may have lying around the house!

Halloween decorating doesn't have to cost a fortune. These bold black and white plates were picked up on clearance and hung above a buffet full of pumpkins and inexpensive black candleholders.

Can't find white pumpkins? Pick up a can of white spray paint at your local craft store along with some ribbon and create your own one of a kind pumpkin display your guests will sure to rave about!

Here's a great way to really get in the spirit! A classic black and orange front porch makes a grand entrance for all your guests and trick-or-treaters. Just scatter a few pumpkins, lanterns, candles, black, white and orange pillows around and grab an orange can of paint at your local hardware store and VOILA!  Don't be afraid to add a little color to any decor with paint. It's quick, fun and easy...and totally reversable! When you're ready for change just paint it another color, it's that easy.

Another great use for pumpkin decorating! Scatter them in different sizes and colors on your hallway table. For added interest, gather a bunch of sticks, paint them black, and hang black bats (cut from construction paper) from the tips. Take a screw driver and create holes in the top of your pumpkin so the sticks sit nice and tight. How cool is that?

Having a few guests over for dinner? Black and white are always classic and fun for Halloween. Again, scatter a bunch of pumpkins in different colors and sizes throughout and serve up some pumpkin cocktails. Since you can't have Halloween without candy....take some black and white halloween candies and display them in large apothacary jars on the table. These jars are easy to find for around $10 - $20 at Marshall's, HomeGoods, or Hobby Lobby.

Leaf garland draped over a mirror and yep, you guessed it....pumpkins!
What a easy way to add impact to your foyer!

And finally....don't forget the beverages! It's a great way to welcome your guests when they arrive. You can search the internet for some great Halloween beverage and cockail recipes!

Hope everyone's Halloween is a fun and safe one! My costume this year is a piratess. Have you ever seen a pregnant pirate before? There's definatley a "baby bump" under all that!

Have a great day, mateys!!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Good things come to those who wait...

...and wait and wait!! While I know I haven't had a post since July, and I'm truly, truly sorry, I have a beautiful and amazing reason why and some great news to finally share with you! After months and months on end of trying to start our family and the Lord promising me not to worry and that it's all in His timing...We finally received the amazing news this past August...

We're Expecting!!

So, here's the scoop....I'm 16 weeks pregnant and finally into my second trimester...Yaaaay! I have to honestly say though, the first trimester was no fun at all and for a while there left wondering "Why do women do this to themselves more than one time?! Don't get me wrong, while I was excited about this wonderful new little bundle of joy...this new little bundle gave me quite the blahs the entire first three months. With EXTREME all day and night nausea, it became very difficult to to do anything outside of staying in bed and sucking on ice cubes. If I don't see another saltine cracker for the rest of my life I think I'll be so excited!! Believe me, I tried everything to make the nausea go away....saltines, ginger ale, sour candy, preggie pops, Emetrol nausea syrup, peppermints, sea bands....the list goes on and on! If there was a remedy that worked I wanted to try it!

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But on a positive note, I had pregnant women everywhere connecting with me on facebook ready to share their experiences with me! It was great being able to meet and connect with so many other pregnant women and recent mommies, I loved it!

With everything that was going on in the first trimester, it became really hard to accomplish my everyday activities I loved like designing new pieces of jewelry for my business, WhimSea Designs and staying connected to my blog! As hard as it was to step away from everything I realized it was necessary for me to take those first few months to take care of my body and this new little miracle that will someday soon call me "Mommy".

Now that the nausea seems to be gone (for good hopefully) I'm feeling better and looking forward to the "nesting" phase of this soon to be mommyhood world, getting my home ready for this precious little miracle and reconnecting with all my lovely readers! And the best part is, in a couple of weeks I'll know whether this cute little bundle will be adorned in all pink or blue and I can get started on the shopping and nursery design....

Like this one!

OOOOOH, or this one!!

While I'm at it why not create a new look for mommy!
What? It only seems fair, right??

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I'm so excited to finally be able to share the news with you! I look forward to staying connected with everyone throughout this wonderful and amazing journey.

If anyone has any great ideas on where look for great nursery inspriation I'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas.

Have a beautiful day, Everyone!