Thursday, September 18, 2014

{DIY} Fall Printable

A quick way to add some seasonal spice to your room is with printables.  I have a bunch that I've collected that I frame for certain holidays and use them year after year.
Debbiedoos had a photo on Instagram of one of her fall printables in her vintage typewriter and I loved the idea.
 She graciously shared the printable with me and within minutes I had printed out this seasonal quote for my not quite as vintage typewriter.
I'm not ready to pull out all of the the pumpkins and other fall decor (I'm THIS close) but this little hint of the upcoming season is just right for now.
{BTW, Debbie just made a new mason jar printable and project with this same quote that is so cute! Check it out here.}

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

{DIY} Chalk Painted Piano Bench

After the success of my Chalk Painted Mason Jars project, I was ready to venture out and try chalk painting a piece of furniture.
I started small with an old piano bench from our last piano. When we upgraded to an upright piano in 2012, the piano movers removed our old grand piano but I kept the bench.
 It sits in front of the keyboard which is across from our regular piano.   It serves its purpose and comes in handy as extra seating when we are entertaining.   The finish had seen better days, it was pretty beat up and in need of a makeover.
 I used American Deco Chalk Finish Paint (from Michael's). The color is Yesteryear and it's a soft, neutral grey.  I painted the top of the bench first to see how it would look and if I liked it.
 I used a foam brush to apply the paint.
 I really liked the results so I kept on painting. Here it is after one coat.
 After two coats of paint.
 I didn't need to do any additional distressing to the piece.
The inside of the top was in pretty bad shape so I painted that as well. I left the interior of the bench unpainted and I love the contrast of the dark, rich wood against the light, painted wood.
 I applied two coats of the clear creme wax and buffed between coats with a soft cloth. The wax protects the paint and gives it a soft sheen.
I think it's an upgrade!
It looks cozy with a faux sheepskin thrown over it as well.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Fall Bucket List

I stole borrowed a page from Katie's Fall Treats Manifesto of fun fall things she wanted to make and eat and did my own little spin on it.
She had Blue Moon Caramel Apple Beer on her list and I've been on a quest to find it (I did see it in a variety pack but not sure if I want all of the flavors).
I've added a couple of activities I'd like to do during the fall season and quite a few things I'd like to make and eat as well.
Are you as excited about fall as I am?

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

{Travel} Washington, DC Weekend - Part 2 {Georgetown, Jonathan Adler & The White House}

When I left off with my last Washington, DC post we had toured all day in the Smithsonian area and returned to our hotel to get ready for dinner.
We were in the mood for Mexican food and decided to try Rosa Mexicana on F Street (a quick hop on the Metro).  Dinner was delicious (I had the veggie fajitas) and the decor is really eye popping and funky.
After dinner we walked along F Street and around Chinatown.   F Street has lots of great shopping and restaurants that we will definitely want to check out in the future.
But after a long day, these tired puppies were ready for bed.

The next morning we were up bright and early and on a mission to see more of Georgetown.  We stayed in Georgetown on our last visit and we were eager to return and see even more.
We took the Metro to Foggy Bottom station which was right near George Washington University.  It was about a 10-15 minute walk to downtown Georgetown.
I was so upset that I missed Jonathan Adler's shop on our last visit so that was our first stop.
I could do a whole post on this shop.
I couldn't stop taking photos and drooling over everything.
I knew I had to buy something...
...but most things were out of my budget.
A few little ditties did make it into my shopping basket without breaking the bank.
I'm still dreaming about this place.

I finally dragged myself away from Jonathan to see more of Georgetown and found another charming shop called American Holiday.
I loved the way they used wooden crates to display their merchandise.
They had some really fun picnic ware.  These look like paper but they're plastic.
I loved this combo of branches and hanging glass votive candle holders.
Time for a coffee break at Starbucks.  
 The downstairs was so packed but when we went upstairs, we had the whole place practically to ourselves.
We met up with some friends who took us to Martins Tavern for brunch.
This is where JFK proposed to Jackie (and of course I got a photo of the exact spot!).
Hibiscus mimosa=yes, please!

It was so great to spend time with our friends!  

They showed us more of Georgetown.  We took this very steep staircase (from the movie Psycho) up to the outskirts of  Georgetown campus. We also saw the bar from St. Elmo's Fire but kept on walking so we could see more of the university.

Which is quite stunning!
We walked back to downtown, passing loads of charming (multi million dollar, I'm sure) homes.
We stopped in for a drink at  J. Paul's, another historical tavern in Georgetown.  We got this primo window seat to people watch (our waiter even went outside to snap this shot for us).  We said goodbye to our friends and headed back to our hotel.

For dinner that night, we went back to F Street and ate at Pi Pizzeria. It was so much more than a pizzeria and while the pie was amazing (deep dish with cheese on the bottom) so were the salads and garlic bread appetizer.  The prices were really reasonable too.

We spent some more time walking around Chinatown and getting froyo for dessert.
 On our last morning we went to this impressive residence.

Somehow we got in close to the gate to get some great photos.   The group of tourists in the left photo were behind another barricade so we took a photo of them taking photos. 
We walked around the White House to the other side and got even better photos.  I was happy I finally got to see the White House up close. 
It's time to wrap this post up, it turned out to be a lot longer that I expected.  I hope you enjoyed our weekend in DC as much as we did!

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