Monday, January 23, 2012

A Subtle Reminder~Artwork by Katie Daisy

I recently got a package in the mail.
A fun package. 
Not bills or junk mail, but a beautiful package.
We all know that I am in love with Katie Daisy's work. 

It is bright, cheerful, and full of life!
Did you know that she moved to Oregon?
Yes maam she did!

So before Christmas, I emailed her and asked if she would be adding an Oregon piece to her Wanderlust
line. She responded and said that she would be working on it after the busy holiday season....
and she did!
And I bought it!
And I love it!

It came packaged oh-so-pretty with a little card that read, "You are so loved".
It was even taped in place with some super cute red & white gingham tape!

I had the perfect frame on hand that I think compliments the piece perfectly!
For now, it sits in our entry, by the front door.
During these days of mass flooding, it lends a subtle (and much needed) reminder...
I do love Oregon.

More of Katie's work can be found at her Etsy shop

Friday, January 20, 2012

InstaFriday~Wedding Flasks, Feather Chandeliers, and a Metalic Dresser

I'm working backwards this week. Why?...that's just how we roll.

On Sunday, we attended a beautiful wedding for one of my husbands co-workers.
The ceremony was at the most magical little church.
As we sat waiting for the bride to make her grand appearance,
we peered out past the crystal chandeliers that dangled above, through the arched windows, at the most beautiful snowfall.

A gift for the bride and groom! 
Blushing Bride Cowgirl Canteen™ and Mr. Right Cowgirl Canteen™
(more can be found in the shop)

They agreed to do some photos for me, and I am super excited to share them! 

Saturday, I delivered a few items to the ladies at Salon Mecca.
I am super excited about how the feather chandeliers turned out. They were inspired by this one.
However, I think ours were MUCH cheaper cost effective :-) 

Do you see that stunning piece of furniture behind me?
I. am. in. love.
The ladies are incorporating a lot of metallic finishes into their new space, so when they asked me to come up with another shelving/display piece for the front room, I decided to follow suite.

After building and installing the shelves above, we decided that more shelves would be overkill. 
A piece of furniture was needed for the short wall. 
I happened to have a piece that was waiting for a makeover that worked out perfectly!

This little cabinet had been sitting in storage, and as you can see, was pretty gross.
I wiped it down, cleaned it up, and removed all doors, drawers, and hardware.
Next, I gave it a quick once over with some nearly empty gray and black spray cans I had laying around. I was okay with it being splotchy, as I wanted the finished product to have an aged, metallic look.
I then added a light coat of Rust-O-Leum Hammered finish spray paint, and followed that with Valspar's Brilliant Metal. Once I was pleased with the coverage, I went back over the piece with light mists of the hammered finish. To get the smudgy look, I would spay the metallic finish then quickly go over the wet spots with a rag.

For the top, I cut and attached old fence boards to tie in the barn board on their reception desk.    
Hardware is off of an old vintage dresser that I picked up at an estate sale solely for the purpose of removing and reusing the gorgeous distressed silver pulls.

Today I'm linking up with Jeannett at LifeRearranged 

Friday, January 13, 2012

Insta Friday

What a wonderfully busy week!
It started out with my husband waking me up and saying,
"Let's go to the beach!"
If you live in the Northwest, you know that a day at the beach is like rolling the dice...
you just never know what you are going to get....especially in January.
But we got LUCKY!
A perfect day of family, sunshine, and good eats at the Pelican Pub
(a personal favorite).

The girls actually got along, the dogs ran and played, and everyone had a great time.

Later in the week...a little shopping...for me.
I know, I know, these shoes are not part of my normal mom attire,
but we have a wedding to addend this weekend, and this mama needs new shoes!

And then...a little more shopping...for clients!
I'ts really much more fun spending other peoples money-no guilt!
Stay tuned for some before and after pics of the Salon Mecca Project.

Since the stores aren't open at midnight,
I thought I better do some work at home while the littles sleep and the hubby works late.
On the list this week, feather light fixtures and baby quilt!
I am sooooo excited to share more pics of these lights...I am in loooove with them!
Now I just need to decide where to put one in my house.

To sum it up, it was a colorful week.
Lots of smiles, laughter, bead organizing, and 5 year olds getting a hold of my phone's camera (apparently). The toy was one of those things that grows in water that I got for the girls in the dollar section at Joanns...didn't know the pic was there until it popped up when I went to do this post...
hmmmm, I best keep an eye on my little photographer!

Hope you too had a colorful week!
Today I'm linking up with Jeannett at Life Rearranged

Monday, January 9, 2012

Old Friends, New Spaces

Years ago (I'm talking High School), a good friend of mine (whose mother was a hair dresser) and I decided it was a good idea to try and dye my hair. We went to the grocery store, picked out a dark shade of brown (or maybe it was black), and a reddish/purple color, then went home to color ruin my hair. What is funny is that she later went on to go to beauty school! Not only did she go to beauty school, she rocked it! 

She and her extremely sweet business partner have spent the last 10 years building trusting relationships with their clients, educating themselves in the hottest styles and techniques and making women feel beautiful.

After patiently waiting for a better salon location, they have found a new place and are preparing for their move. They have asked me to do some work for them, and I wanted to share a couple of photos I snapped on my phone.

The reception desk is faced with rustic barn board, and topped with slab of dark, sleek, walnut.
Just above the desk is a gorgeous crystal chandelier.

The salon's front door is nestled between two, large, street-view windows.
Guest seating will occupy one of the window niches, and the other will be used for advertising (this is where I come in).

Shades of grey, black and white give a very edgy, and classy feel. 

Beautiful crystal accents lend a hint of glamour. 

And these custom built shelves bring in a bit of an industrial element.
Do they look familiar?
They are much like the one I built for our home office.
For these, I opted to use new lumber 
(we didn't want the ridges in the barn board to keep their product from standing up nicely).
I used knotty pine (because I was able to get some for free) and finished it with a glossy black stain by Minwax.
These shelves are also a bit deeper. In order to get the depth needed, I used two 1x8's and strapped them together using strips of metal.

Stay tuned for more projects.

Friday, January 6, 2012


Is it over? Can I look up?
You see, Christmas for the Frankus Family is a bit of a whirlwind tour every year.
We have A LOT of family to visit or host and just finished up with our last official Christmas gathering. 
While I love Christmas, and I love our's hard!

Hard on me, hard on Nick and hard on the girls.
Sounds like every kids dreams right? Multiple parties, dinners, presents, and people...
Our girls do love every minute of it, but what they don't realize is that amidst all of the festivities their little bodies are drained from all if the over stimulation. 

See Raegen (on the right in the photo above), sleepy little girl...on the road...again.
Reese (on left in the photo above), got a new bike, and helmet for Christmas.
It is one of those balance bikes that doesn't have peddles. So she has been scooting all over the house.

Puppy Update
He is getting big...very big.
He loves the girls and likes to go everywhere we do.

Meet Baby-with-the-Flute (we'll call her bwtf).
During a family work day with my siblings, we came across this wooden figurine. 
We were all a bit delirious, as we were tired, overwhelmed, and grieving the loss of a family member.
While cleaning the estate, if anyone found anything they thought someone may want to have they would hold it up and ask if there were any takers.
At one point, bwtf was held up as a joke and the question asked, "Does anyone want this creepy little wooden doll with a flute?" (yes, I know, it's not actually a flute...probably more like a recorder, but that's what she's called)
We all laughed a much needed laugh and went on about our cleaning.
The best part is that it didn't end there. Bwtf continues to pop up everywhere! 
We secretively pass her off on each other, and it's become a fun little game between the four of us.
She went to IKEA with the girls and I one day, and I'm pretty sure she loved it!

Santa is not the only one checking things off of his list...
I have been switching some things up in our house that I've been wanting to do for a long time.
Blank hallway wall finally has frames and I just need to get them all painted!
I'm thinking all white. High gloss white. Not 100% though.

Swapped out the pendant lights above the breakfast bar with something a little more interesting.
These are old rusty craw fish traps and I love the way they cast a subtle grid pattern on the ceiling. More photos of our 100+ year old house remodel can be found here.

I added some super cute vinyl wall decals to a wall in the nursery. They are perfect for the room and I am soooo pleased! I will post more pics of the room in a future Classy Coop post.

The pantry was in dire need of a cleaning so I pulled everything out. Got rid of a bunch of stuff and painted. I then started to stencil the idea found here.
Quickly realized that the project was going to take for-ev-er, and that I couldn't have my kitchen and dining room overtaken with pantry items until I finished. Soooo, I painted the stencil on one shelf, then put everything back in nice and neat. Now when I get time *chuckle*, I can take the contents off of one shelf, stencil it, then put it back without disrupting two other rooms.

I received a package from Serendipity, one of the stores that carries my Cowgirl Canteens this week.
It was in the most adorable envelope, and I just had to share. I think something like this would be perfect for mailing my flasks.

Today I'm linking up with Jeanette for insta-friday.


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