Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Shutterfly my Holiday

                        
              The Holidays are always special and I enjoy shopping but sometimes trying to buy just the right gift for someone I love can be a challenge. My daughters are easy and at their age the wrapping is still the most exciting part so for them so its really no challenge. My teenage nieces want money so once again that gift choice may be boring but easy.  I struggle buying for my parents. The older they get the less they need and my mom is always telling me not to buy them anything.
   
   Lucky for me my mom and dad both love pictures and thankfully I love to take pictures. This year I was able to do a good portion of my shopping on Shutterfly. I have been a fan for a long time and make all of my daughter's scrapbooks from the site so when I was browsing for something for my mom I found a new product.

                                    


These table runners are new from Shutterfly and can be made to fit any taste. They have Holiday, every day and special occasion ones. I made the one on the left for my mom and it came in two sizes. The sizes I much appreciated because we purchased a new table for our new house and I haven't been able to find a table runner to fit the table. They have them for 7 and 8 foot tables so I am also ordering one for myself as my very own Christmas gift (from me to me). I couldn't resist an opportunity to put the beautiful faces of my daughters onto a table runner for myself.  This one below is for me and my new table.

                                                           

They had some great products this year so I was able to order for my mom, my sister-in-law and my Christmas cards all in one place.  I plan to go back after Christmas and do some shopping for the new house. Also, I am not at all humble when it comes to my daughters and feel their faces should be put on many items. I barely restrained myself when I saw that you could personalize wrapping paper. Christmas 2015 will have a new look under the tree for our family..and I can't wait.

                                                             
                                                            

Well shop on shoppers, you can find some really great and special gifts for someone you love. I can't wait to give my mom her table runner filled with pictures of our family. I have to say that this is not a sponsored post, I just really love the company and with all the new products its really easy to make something unique. I can't wait to shop in January when the craziness of the holidays has slowed down and I have time to design me some wall art!
                               




                                                          

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Two weeks in our Florence

      Two weeks has flown by in the new house and each night before we go to bed my husband and I feel like pinching ourselves. We were on a long road to get where we are now. It is so hard to imagine that we have moved in and have our first holiday under our belt. Yesterday we had our first official visitors and I really got to break in the kitchen. It was a lovely visit and we were excited to show off the house. We have definitely made some strides in organizing the house and getting things where we want them.

   Something I have been struggling with is wanting everything done right away and that is just not realistic. At night when I try to sleep the list of things that need done starts to run away in my mind. What should I paint, organize, change, move around? This weekend I was lucky enough to have an extra day off for the holiday and that gave me some of the time I needed to get a hold on things.

Unfinished side of the basement-  All though this wasn't on our priority it ended up being the part of the house was "finished" first. We purchased the standard five shelf metal storage shelves that you can find in any store. We found our shelves in both Home Depot and Menards. We were pleasantly surprised at how much they hold. Our basement is now organized and sorted. We had a large storage shed for months and it was packed to the proverbial gills so when we got everything in and we had more then enough space to spare, I was once again impressed with the house. I have a corner in the basement that is also set aside for a springtime garage sale. Once that is gone then my husband will turn that corner into a workout corner.

Finished side of the basement - We only had future intentions for this side of the basement. We would eventually like to purchase a nice pull out sofa that would be good for guests. With the bathroom down there it would be a perfect space for an overnight family or friend. It is currently set up to entertain our 2 girls and they love it. What we have learned is that our 1 1/2 year old can open any door in the house. With the long handles if she steps on her tip toes she is able to open the doors. We need a plan for this because the girls can get into the pantry and help themselves to snacks.

Here is a small idea of a possible sofa for the basement:








We have little other things done and the list is still long but we are making our way. I will post more as we go because I am slowly but surely designing the playroom for the girls and I can't wait to finish that and be able to share.

For all my building and blogging friends what are you doing with your lofts or extra rooms? We currently have our office there but design wise I am having trouble deciding. Any ideas? Please share your ideas.