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It’s that time of year !!! The school supplies are filling the shelves and the supplies lists are getting handed out. I have always been a lover of notebooks, pencils and pens. You could probably use the word hoarding  because I seriously have a drawer full !!!! I just can’t resist.

After walking the isles of Target wishing I was going back to school so I could buy all the things , ok I was just joking about the wanting to back to school  part.

I was inspired to make my own notebook out of my favorite Maggie Holmes pattern papers from the bloom collection.

Making this notebook is SUPER easy!! I sized my papers to 5.5×8.5 ( half of a 8.5×11) so I could get 2 sheets out of one !!! After I had all my papers cut out I brought the notebook to my local printer and had it bound for under five dollars.

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I kept the front of the journal simple, this pink floral pattern is my absolute favorite out of the collection.

When you first open the journal the first page opens to a gold envelope. Every notebook needs a little folder to put all those random loose papers in .  I am giving this notebook as a gift so I decided to insert a few notecards and envelopes for my recipient to have on hand.

notebookinside copyYou can never have to many notecards .

My day is always brighten when I get a little handwritten card from a friend. Underneath the envelope is a piece of gold floral velum . I added in lots of layers in this notebook to make it feel more like a mini album.  notebookcombineAnd whats a notebook without notes. I divided the book into different sections using different pattern paper tabs.

The first section I added in lined note paper . Each section has a handful of papers to write notes or write down ideas . Each page can easily be torn off !!  I also included pages that were blank  .


After the notes section is the first tab in the book. At each tab I used the small pattern paper strip to attache photos .




The pattern paper really makes this notebook fun and interactive.


Along with the smaller photos I inserted 4 large full page photos. I didn’t want the full page photos to get lost in the book so I added a small embellishment to the top right corner so they would stick out slightly more then the rest of the papers.



The best part about all the tabs is seeing a different picture at each one.





At the back end of the notebook I added  another pattern paper to compete the book.  I just love how this turned out and I now want to make many more!!!


TIP >>> You don’t want to include tabs and photos just use pattern papers . I think the notebook is cute either way !!

I could possibly eat waffles everyday, which lead me to hosting a waffle breakfast to help celebrate my mom’s retirement with a few of her favorite friends.

This past weekend I hosted a small party in honor of her retirement.  I still find it amazing that she worked at the same company for over 33 years. Something you rarely see anymore.

Decorating for parties is always a favorite. I wanted to keep this party simple but colorful.

congratsThe table was set for 10, each plate had a different colored cloth napkin with vintage gold flatware that was set on top. I used a white roll of paper for the middle runner, which I had painted different colored stripes to help add a few pops of color to the room.

congratscloseupIn the middle of the table I arranged 2 flower center pieces using the same color pallet as the table runner.

tablesettingThe pink goblets and gold rimmed orange juice glasses were both found at the thrift store. I have been collecting the pink glasses for awhile and finally had enough to actually use at a big party !!!!  Finally my hoarding paid off !!!!


IMG_3695And what’s a party without balloons.  I am a huge fan of North Star Balloons, especially these gold letters that you can use to spell any phrase you want.  On each side of the banner I painted a bow using black paint . Once the paint dried I cut around the bows and then hung each one on the side of the balloon banner.

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It was a fun morning with lots of girl talk and celebrating. Everyone left with full bellies and adding a waffle maker to their want list.  I think we need to find more reasons to  have waffle parties.



I can never walk out of the hardware store without grabbing a handful of sample color paint cards. I love standing in front of that big rainbow wall putting together different color combinations. I have a pantone book of all the colors but nothing beats standing in the hardware store dreaming up new projects and putting  your favorite colors together.

I love buying sample containers for DIY projects. For under $3.00 ( this week there was a sale for .99 ) you can never have to many colors.

This weekend I am throwing my mom a retirement party.  I picked up a few new paint sample containers yesterday to use for a few DIY decorations I am making. Remember that one time I painted a bunch of paper plates !!! This time  I am  painting a table runner and a few other things.  I will try and take some photos to share with you .



Colors : Behr Midsummer Gold P280-7  | Valspar Peach Burst 1008-1C | Sweet Melon Valspar 1008-1B | HGTV HOME Garden Spot SW6432 | HGTV HOME Hibiscus SW6851 | HGTV HOME Alexandrite SW0060 | HGTV HOME Magical SW6829 | Behr Creamy Peach 170C-2 | HGTV HOME Dishy Coral

  • July 21, 2016 - 9:47 am

    laurie magpie ethel - I just left the paint store yesterday with a handful of paint swatches. I wish our sample cans would hit .99 cents. They are always $5….I will have to stalk paint sample prices now! 🙂ReplyCancel

Happy Friday Friends.

We made it through another week. These summer days are just flying right on by . I have been working on lots of house projects this summer and one of them was our down stairs family room.  It is the room in our house that never seems to get finished.

I think the  hardest part for me and one of the main reasons I never wanted to finish decorating was knowing the fact I couldn’t remove the brown carpet.  It was an eye sore for me and something I just had to come to realize I had to work around.

When you can’t remove carpet, hide it with a big area rug.  BEST IDEA !!! Why I didn’t think of this sooner !!! Thanks to the pink Windsor Rug from RUGSUSA  my issue has been solved !!!

IMG_3421This is the room where everyone gathers when we have lots of gusts over. The hutch in the back corner is filled with games and coloring supplies for our little visitors.

The coffee table was found at the thrift store along with all of the side tables. Since they all were all different wood finishes I painted them white so they would match.

I hung large square frames on the back wall that I spray painted gold. Since the room was filled with bright colors and patterns I wanted to keep the photos inside black and white.

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To bring in some pattern to the room I wallpapered the long hallway that is behind the couches which leads to the bathroom, laundry room and guest room.  I love the gold metallic peony’s.  It defiantly helps this room come to life with it’s bold statement.


Lesion learned. Always add a RUGSUSA area rug to your living space. Looks like I need to go shopping for a couple more rugs to finish off the rest of the rooms in my house.


This room makes me all kinds of happy now !!! I love walking down the stairs and finally seeing it all put together.

A big congrats to instagram winner : @dianavanfarley of the $200 RUGSUSA gift card .  Please send me a email to claim  your gift card.

* This post was in partnership of RUGSUSA.  All options are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that keep this blog rocking.

Happy Birthday America.

Here is to a full day of Parades, carnival food and trying to stay awake till the fireworks.

Wishing you a fun and safe 4th of July !!!!






  • July 5, 2016 - 7:33 pm

    Wanda - What is that called and where do you get it!!!! So cool!!! thanks so much!!!!ReplyCancel

    • July 14, 2016 - 4:20 pm - Hi, it is called a smoke bomb. I got them at our local fireworks stand.ReplyCancel

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