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

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Something old, something new, something… Crafty ?!?!

Part two of the bridal shower: 

As Cassie was opening her gifts I was given the responsibility of making the ribbon bouquet..turned into hat haha. Here are some pictures of how it came out.

 

Here is a picture of the bridal party! Such a fun day!

 

 

More gift wrapping tips! 

Gift wrapping… A sore subject for some but, don’t worry you are not the only one! I myself am trying to work on my gift wrapping skills.

When in doubt.. gift bags are marvelous things. Easy, convenient for travel and can actually be cheaper then wrapping paper. I am constantly finding every time I buy wrapping paper it’s expensive and I never have enough for what I am wrapping.

Where did I go for my wrapping supplies you might ask? Yup, you guessed it the dollar store or in my case the dollar general! I spent $10 on gift wrapping supplies. I left with a two pack roll of tape, 3 gift bags (large and small sizes) tissue paper, one roll of gift wrap, ribbons and a card. Whenever I buy gift wrap from the dollar store/dollar general I always feel like I got the most bang for my buck. And there is usually a pretty good selection to choose from!

 

Buttons, Buttons & Buttons!

Buttons, buttons and more buttons! Swapping out old buttons is a great way to revamp cloths you already have without digging too deep into your pocketbook! I switched the buttons on a plaid coat to give it a new look 🙂 I really loved this lightweight jacket the red and black plaid is just so classic but the plastic skull buttons it had gave a much harsher look then what I wanted. Being able to see the potential in this great find I knew with a little TLC it would be totally different. Adding buttons is really easy and takes little to no sewing skills! Give it a try!

 

That’s A Wrap

This past Sunday I attended a baby shower of a very good friend of mine! She is having a girl 🙂 It was so good to catch up with friends and the baby shower was just beautiful.

 

Here’s some help with giving a great baby shower gift and some fun tips for wrapping your present!

 

Hmmm….. Not sure what to give?…..

 

– Its good to always check the baby registry! The mommy to be more than likely already knows what she has in mind.

 

Here’s where you can have some fun with your gifts, get something off the registry and a gift that you picked out yourself. This is a nice way to incorporate something mommy to be asked for and show you took time to pick something out for her and baby.

 

– If your still out of ideas ask those closest to her such as, family members and friends!

 

– Also if a baby shower is being held offer a helping hand! A wonderful baby shower is something a mommy to be will never forget!

 

My gift wrapping tips for a baby shower gift!

 

– If there are any crates, baskets or tote boxes for toys on the registry buy these first! You can put whatever else you buy in the crates!

 

– Get fun wrapping paper, tissue paper, ribbons and bows! I personally recommend checking out dollar stores. You can find the best gift supplies and its affordable!!!

 

– Clear gift wrap is a total must if you use any type of crate, basket or tote box. Clear gift wrap has two purposes. One protects the actual basket from scuffing up and getting dirty and two keeps all your gifts in one place! This is helpful so your not scrambling around because you didn’t know where you put something…..that is if your like me 😉

 

Here is what I did! Hope this is helpful! Leave me comments on what worked for you and share some ideas ❤

 

Come again!