Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Top Ten September & No "Spend-tember" Recap

And just like that September came and went. Happy October y'all! Hard to believe we are three quarters down for the year. It feels like just yesterday I was putting my Christmas decorations away and here I am already thinking about pulling them down!   

September was a pretty fantastic month around these parts. I challenged myself to cut back on spending claiming a "No Spend-tember" and must say that I am pretty proud of the results. I avoided Target runs, Starbucks drop-ins and never one time popped into Costco. 

And you know what? I survived. :) I even managed to get a few projects done around the house without spending any moolah! Yep, all ten of these posts below were done without spending a dime. BOOM!

Just in case you missed anything, here are the highlights. 

I updated an old umbrella holder...

Shared how to create monograms for the cheap and lazy...

News Flash! I am a stay at home mom!  I shared my heart on this season of motherhood and my decision to not return to work after maternity leave...

I reflected on September 11th and shared an outfit in a New York state of mind...

And then I shared how I turned that old I HEART NY t-shirt into a fitted shirt with a quick five minute upcycle...

We kicked off our first Pretty Preppy Party! Over 70 awesome projects were linked up and I loved looking through all of the great ideas! ...

I knocked off a Pottery Barn Urn...

I shared my "Traditional with a Twist" Fall table setting...

And last but not least, I shared a quick and easy Pumpkin Makeover and gave these pumpkins a little gussying up

Bring on October!


Monday, September 29, 2014

Gussied Up Dollar Store Pumpkins

Fall is in full swing here at SSOM and I am loving it! We had a super low-key weekend which was just what this mama needed. We did some work around the house, and I even started setting up a home office. Well actually, calling it an office is a little dramatic considering it is more like a cloffice (closet-office), but I could not be happier with the way it is coming together. More to come on that soon!

Today's post is nothing earth shattering, but sometimes those are the best and easiest projects to tackle! I am showing you how I  gussied up some pretty standard orange foam pumpkins into some pumpkins with glam. 

Something that maybe even Cinderella would approve of! :)

Friday, September 26, 2014

Fall Home Tour & Giving Myself Grace

Hi there and happy first Friday of fall!

I am so happy to be part of the "Autumn Welcome" fall tour of homes this week, where I have joined with 35 other bloggers to show our fall homes. If you are new here, welcome! If you are here often, so glad you joined me today!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Pretty Preppy Party September Features

Wow! What a fun turn-out for our first Pretty Preppy Party link-upWith so many great projects it was hard to choose my favorites, but I did manage to pick out a few to feature today!  Be sure to check in with my co-hosts as well for their feature picks, and there are many more great projects on our Pretty Preppy Party Pinterest Board.

Brett @ Being Bianca
The Gals @ 11 Magnolia Lane

I really did love so many of the link-ups, but here are a couple that caught my eye:

The sisters at Create, Bake & Celebrate made an awesome leopard clutch. I clearly have a thing for leopard as evident here, here and here, and this is such a cute idea and made for less than $40!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

{Set the Table} Traditional Fall Table with a Twist

Happy Hump Day! 

The weather is crisp this week in Atlanta and it finally put me in the mood to get my fall on! I kept my fall-i-fy-ing pretty simple this year and I will be back on Friday to share the full tour.

Until then, I wanted to share my fall table with you. I had fun mixing traditional with the unexpected, casual with formal, with colors that are a perfect transition from summer to fall.  

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

{Knock-Off} Pottery Barn Tuscan Urn

Thanks for all of your sweet comments regarding yesterday's news! Day one on the new job went well! :) Today I have a fun Pottery Barn Knock-Off to share! With fall on the brain, this rustic warm vase is a fun addition to my dining room, and it was super easy, and free since I used things from around the house. 

It's safe to say that I haven't read a real book in at least three years. Don't get me wrong, I have piles of them in my nightstand and a mental list a mile long of books I must get to... someday.

These days my big treat is flipping through the Pottery Barn catalog each season. Every time it arrives in the mailbox, my heart gets a little flutter. 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

A New Season of Motherhood (Big Personal News)

I believe that women often have to make really hard choices when it comes to knowing what is best for themselves and their family. 
And then sometimes knowing what is best is only half the battle, because then you actually have to have the faith to act on it.

For those of you that don't know, I have been a full-time working mom for the past three years. 

This has been a good season of motherhood. 

Hard, but good. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Pretty Preppy Party {September}

The time has come to launch our Pretty Preppy Party and we are SO glad you are here! For any of my readers that are not familiar with a blog link party, it is where other bloggers link up their projects, and inspiration is sure to be in abundance. So if you like all things pretty and preppy, you have come to the right place!

Your PPP hostesses have been busy getting their prep on! To kick things off, we are sharing our our Prettiest & Preppiest projects from the past month. 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Cheap & Lazy Girl's Guide: Monogram

Hey, who you calling cheap and lazy? 
I like to think of myself as "resourceful". :) 

Here is the deal. I purchased a Silhouette machine back in May as a treat to myself. It promptly arrived with promises of crafting bliss! Oh the things I could monogram! Oh the amazing crafts I could make with this amazing machine!

Confession: It still sits in the closet in the box it arrived in. Every time I open the closet door it taunts me. Something about having a 12 week old just makes the task of figuring it out so daunting!

So if you are like me and either completely intimidated with tackling your new amazing monogramming machine, or do not have one yourself, I am going to share how to create a DIY monogram that I painted on my umbrella holder.

It's easy, hence the lazy part. 
And it's free, hence the cheap part.