The (Questionable) Legality of My Marriage

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Do you remember the first words Grunt Labor uttered to me on our wedding day?

Let me refresh your memory if you’ve forgotten or haven’t read that story (but be sure to read the story after this one because its a good one):

“He doesn’t speak any English.”

I was in my mermaid style wedding dress wearing my sapphire blue Manolo Bhlaniks, my hair was perfectly coifed (although it had looked like a football helmet about an hour earlier – think Sally Field in Steel Magnolias), my makeup professionally applied and those were his first words to me.

Classic Grunt Labor.

In his defense we were in the middle of nowhere in the Dominican Republic and most everyone spoke no English. The ones who did speak it were a little hard to decipher.

Put two southern people in the middle of that trying to figure out what the hell is going on and it gets real comical real fast.

We said I do Sí and then proceeded to sign where the non-English speaking priest tells us to sign.

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A Chic (Stenciled!) Vignette

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Tulip Home through Blueprint Social, however all opinions and love of chic lip art are 100% mine.

There are two fears I often have when using stencils:

1. The project will look cheap.

2. I will end up using too much paint and screw up the stencil pattern.

I’m happy to say that this latest stenciled project doesn’t look cheap and I didn’t screw up the stencil pattern.

Jenna for the win…

Or maybe the stencils.

I am in love with this new little chic vignette that, yes, is stenciled, but doesn’t really look stenciled.

I used the new Tulip for Your Home stencils and supplies to make this little gem.

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Trash to Treasure: DIY Shower Cornice with Black & White Shower Curtains A.K.A. That Time I thought I Could Carve Something

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As the Preppy meets Hollywood Regency Bathroom Makeover (that wasn’t supposed to happen) progressed, I had a brilliant idea.

I would make a shower cornice. I had always wanted one, so now was the perfect time.

This would not be just any cornice though.

No, no, no.

It would be a Greek Key Carved Shower Cornice.

I spent hours actually using a ruler and level (instead of eyeballing it) drawing the perfect greek key pattern on my new cornice.

And then I went to carve it out.

Who the hell was I kidding?

After about 15 minutes of trying to follow those lines, I realized it was going to look already looked like sh*t.

Instead of tossing it into the trash though, I flipped the board over and whipped up a little Trash to Treasure Shower Cornice.

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A Pink Ceiling with Faux Moldings AND a HomeRight Giveaway!

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Every time I visit the paint counter, the paint guy rolls his eyes at me.

He is shocked not when I hand him a mint green or bright pink paint swatch, but a white, black or cream colored swatch.

He has grown accustomed to me selecting not-so-average paint colors.

A couple months ago when I walked in with my Glidden Watermelon Smoothie paint card and handed it to him, he just shook his head.

When I told him it was going on the ceiling, I think he almost laughed.

Heck, I laughed.

This is one of my craziest ideas to date and I wasn’t 100% sure it was going to work out.

It ended up being the spark of the entire Preppy meets Hollywood Regency Bathroom Makeover.

Oh, the power of a pink ceiling.

With pretty white faux molding.

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How (And How Not To) Remove Popcorn Ceilings

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Friends, this is one of those projects that is not for everyone.

Removing a popcorn ceiling is not necessarily hard, but its messy.

And frustrating.

And did I say it was messy?

Oh and this single project is what sparked the entire makeover of the bathroom.

However, in the end, for me, it was worth it.

Lucky for you, I screwed up multiple times during this process and can tell you exactly what not to do.

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Preppy meets Hollywood Regency Bathroom Makeover

I never intended to do an entire bathroom makeover when I started this a couple months ago.

It really hasn’t been that long since the last bathroom makeover.

I just wanted a bit more color.

It started with the ceiling.

I thought to myself, “Self, you should scrape off the popcorn and paint the ceiling pink.”

Self responded with a very enthusiastic, “YES.”

So I did.

But then the gray paint on the walls didn’t go with the pink very well like I thought it would.

So I painted the walls.

And then I realized the vanity had these weird yellowy patches on it.

So I painted the vanity.

And then I looked at the old shower curtain – it could be a bit more stylish.

So I made a new shower curtain and cornice.

And then I thought to myself, “Self, what about some new artwork?”

You can guess what Self said.

That non-makeover escalated quickly.

Friends, welcome to my new Preppy meets Hollywood Regency Bathroom that wasn’t supposed to be.

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DIY Succulent Book Planter

I may be giving myself too much credit.

My head may be getting a bit too big.


I’m giving succulents a try again.

With the success (meaning I’ve had it for more than a month and haven’t killed it yet) of the fiddle leaf fig and the banana tree, I’m thinking, hoping, praying that I can keep these succulents alive.

In the past year, I’ve successfully killed two succulents.

Yes, I’m well aware I’m the only person on the planet who can’t keep them alive.

I decided that maybe if I gave this new succulent a cozy, happy, pretty home it would want to live longer, so I made it a succulent book planter.

What better place for a succulent to live than in between the pages of a book?

Heck, what better place for anyone to live than in between the pages of a book?

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