Shine Towards The Sun 

Last week was a pretty busy week I had a dermatologist appointment and had a Vi peel done and not mention I was slammed with allergies! Never suspected that’s what it was since I never had that trouble in the past. But never the less allergy season is upon us and it seems like allergies will be acting up this year is what’s been said! So have your tissues ready! :):) But at least I have plenty to write!

Oh and Happy Earth Day! 🙂

  

I should first begin with updating you on the kitchen remodel! It’s a brand new kitchen! These aren’t the most up to date pictures but I can’t just let it all out at once. Ohh the anticipation! 

 A lot has been done! We are all happy to say the new flooring has been put down. Which was tile! This tile gives a stone appearance with grey and a mix of other light colors. It defently captures stone accurately. This is the look that was wanted because the theme is “cottage” 

When you think of cottage don’t your thoughts bring you back to reading those story books when you were a kid with old cottages? and there you have it. 

 

There is also a dark red AGA oven, black soapstone countertops, white cabinets, and tile back splashes.   

After many tile samples and lots of thought a decision was made! 
You wouldn’t believe all the different types of tiles, patterns, colors and shapes there are out there. It’s pretty amazing how similar tiles can look but until you bring home sample pieces to test them out they can look like something completely different. 

 Here are some tips when choosing to do a tile floor in your kitchen. 

Don’t  jump the gun! Don’t make any quick decisions… And here’s why! 

Take some time to figure out the space you are laying your tile out on. Does the pattern of the tile you want to use make sence for the layout and flow of your kitchen? 

My boyfriend’s parents came up with a great pattern for the tile to follow throughout the room. The pattern incorporates large and smaller cuts of tile. Since the kitchen is a descent sized space the tile pattern fits the flow of the room nicely and also adds a nice funshway. 

Bring home sample pieces and lay them out of the floor. Lighting can be a big game changer on how the tile looks in your kitchen. The lighting in your home and the changes of natural sunlight can affect how the tile is going to look.

Take into consideration how the tile is going to tie in the rest the room and work with the other colors in your kitchen. 

Choosing the right tile for your kitchen can make a huge difference in the overall appearance and atmosphere. 

  

Another important part of tile installation is using the right grout to hold the tile into place. Polyblend was the chosen grout. 

There are a lot of benefits in choosing to use Polyblend grout vs. a cement grout.  Polyblend is durable, produces hard dense joints that resists shrinking, cracking and wear and tear. Polyblend is available in sanded and non-sanded depending on what type of material (and it’s use) you are installing. Polyblend comes is a variety of 48 colors to choose from! #buildgreen #emeraldsystem 

The simple and best explanation in choosing to use Polyblend is it’s high proformance, works better and lasts longer. To find out more information please visit http://www.custombuildingproducts.com/

  

Me personally and I’m sure others may feel the same but, I’m a fan of natural sunlight. 

Not only does the sun play a vital role in all living things everyday lives but it’s also great for energy sufficiency in lighting homes. 

And not to mention what’s better then soaking up those warm rays of sunshine, why not encorperate this into your home?  

Luckily, this house already has plenty of windows all throughout the house. By stepping it up a notch beautiful Andersen glass doors were installed. Adding more natural light and a true charm to the kitchen with the glass detail.  Please click here to find out more about Andersen windows and doors. Here’s how to find out how you can add Andersen to your home. 

http://www.andersenwindows.com
 

Take care xxx Ashley

Custom Mr. + Mrs. Pillows

Part one of the bridal shower: 

A very dear friend of mine just had her bridal shower! Congratulations Cassie! It was a wonderful shower. I love showers because you get to catch up with people you haven’t seen and celebrate!

 For this bridal shower I wanted to make some type of personalized memento gift. Something for the bride and groom to remember their special day and something for the home. I decided to go with Mr. & Mrs. pillows.

 For the Mr. pillow I used black and white polkadot ribbon as a border around the pillow with four black buttons one on each corner. I cut out letters from black fabric and embroidered each letter with black thread. For the finishing touch I gave the Mr. a bow-tie.

 For the Mrs. pillow I knew I wanted lace, pearls and sparkly gems. I used the lace as a border around the pillow and stitched beads and pearls all throughout the border. This was the most time consuming part about the project but, totally worth it. It really added to the lace. Again I cut out letters from fabric and embroidered the letters with white thread and four white buttons on each corner. For the finishing touch on this pillow I gave the Mrs. a vail made from tule and more pearl beads.

 I had a lot of fun making these pillows I loved getting the materials I wanted to work with. I also wanted to include materials the bride liked as well. Cassie likes lace so I knew I wanted to have this material on the pillow. My personalized Mr. & Mrs. pillows are great because I can customize the pillows almost any way.

 Here is a picture of some of the materials.

 

 

The finished Mr. & Mrs. pillows.

 

 

Dandelion Day

A couple of weeks ago I was able to get the photographs taken of my apron, tea towel and a couple of scarves. It ended up being a pretty successful day! I’m still working on adding a few more listings to the Etsy shop but I’ll get there. For my apron I used three different floral prints. I really love mixing different designs of the same prints together. Kind of my thing at the moment. For me I find having some similarity in how the design of the print looks and going off of a color scheme worked best in creating this piece. My apron has the concept of mismatch but has some sense to it. If you going for complete mismatch toss my concept out the window!  Haha well that’s it for my little spiel 🙂  Here are some pictures from the day!