Beckett’s Room, the Original

The other day, I had an odd compulsion to redecorate Beckett’s room. Redecorate may be too strong of a word, I just wanted to give it an update. I quickly tidied up just to snap a few pics of the current state. I regret not having many photos of where Beckett lived the first year of his life, I thought there would be too many unpleasant memories brought back by looking at photos of a house that wasn’t ours, but it couldn’t be more opposite. There were so many fond memories created at my former in-laws home as we lived there for a year trying to figure out what was next.

We moved into this house almost two years ago. Back when Beckett still slept in a crib, and by himself for the whole night. So before the curtains and pictures came off the wall, I wanted to remember our first house together, his first room. So here is it the “original” room since I wouldn’t really call it a before.

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The Snow Day Effect

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Snow fell on and off in Tulsa the past couple weeks combined with freezing rain, sleet and ice leaving Beckett and I stuck inside for a few days. THIS IS GOOD FOR NO ONE. I’m only partially kidding, we made the most of it. Did some art, sledding and a little biting off more than I can chew. Sort of.  I started a project that I have absolutely no expertise on. The tile got torn up on my entry way. So I’ve been stuck scraping up thin set like it’s my job. In fact, the whole entry is getting a makeover, all TWENTY square feet of it.

It started several months ago with the paint getting stripped off the door, I never really did finish that project. So keep that on the to do list. The tiny “Entry” is one of two spaces in my house without texture on the walls which means, wallpaper. Add that to the to do list. Can’t forget the torn up tile, put it on the list! Statement ceiling and new light fixture? List, list. While none of those projects individually is unmanageable, it is a touch difficult to keep things on track with a two year old on the loose. Beckett has definitely hit that phase where you have to keep an eye on him at all times. He sees mommy using the big tools and he wants to too.

My mind has been abuzz with decorating lately. It’s my favorite, my safe spot. It’s where I feel completely free to explore my creativity without having to please anyone. Lately, I’ve had the itch to take on a project and that’s just what I did. I’m sure most DIYers at heart know, that itch combined with free time usually equals a can of worms. I thrive on it. Problem solving and making things pretty. That’s my jam. Hope it all comes together quickly.

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My House Lately

My house means so much to me. Not in a materialistic kind of way, it’s certainly not the most extravagant, but a symbol of possibility. There was a time in my life where everything was so uncertain and I didn’t have a place that belonged to me, so I really appreciate it now that I do have it.

Almost every night once Beckett has gone to bed I’m walking around the house, picking up something inevitably, and have the same thought strike me without fail. Its like, this is my house, a thought that carries weight, excitement and responsibility all in one heave. Sometimes it feels terrifying and other times it’s like a sigh of relief knowing I can build a life I’m proud of. It’s something that I pour myself into absolutely. I’m always tweaking, organizing and finding new way to get maximum functionality. So here’s a few snapshots of things I’ve been updating lately and projects in progress.

 

I’m a bit obsessed with painted closets and organization. My house isn’t always clean, but it’s my deepest desire to give everything a place. This is my painted and reorganized linen/tool closet.
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My almost finished wall painting. I started this a few months after I moved in and finished the bulk of it a month ago. Only one small corner to finish! It’s like a messy version of Plinko. I swear I’ve seen this design or similar before, but couldn’t quite pinpoint where so I’m not taking any credit for it.
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I had a pretty late night on saturday and stayed up painting. This is my most finished piece of the bunch and I love how it ended up. It was one of those bursts where I felt like I had to get some color on the canvas or my head would explode. All it needs is a frame and I already know exactly what that will be, just need to gather those supplies. I’ve already put it on the “Someday List”.
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I like things to be beautiful and functional, but let me tell ya, bottles of sunscreen and bug juice aka insect repellant are neither beautiful or function when drifting around the kitchen counter tops, getting knocked over and ending up in the crusty corner of the kitchen that the broom doesn’t seem to touch, ever. These simple wood boxes were the packaging for some candles. I used to have them in my bathroom for cotton balls and q tips, but had one of those “Aha!” moments and nailed them to the wall. I had been on the lookout for something to put on the wall, but low and behold I already owned the solution, it was just a matter of rethinking the purpose of certain items.
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Here’s a pulled back shot of the boxes and my new $3.78 rug from Target. I had been needing a rug in that spot for all of the dirt that gets tracked in. It’s a thin weave and has a tendency to move around, so I put that sticky velcro under the corners to keep it secured to the floor and it works great.
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This is one I’m on the fence about. The curtains. I originally bought that fabric to make a slipcover for my sofa. I was all like, Yeah! Bold Patterns! Statement EVERYWHERE! I’ll take 20 yards! And then I realized it was a very specific pattern that did not flow with anything at the time and would have really been forcing it. I haven’t even committed to the curtains to actually sew them yet. That’s right, they’re just panels of cut fabric hanging from the window. Right now, I’m leaning towards keeping them and finishing them off by sewing. With some of the changes to my living room below, I feel like the pattern isn’t so much of an oddball anymore. If I had plenty of money, I would absolutely go out and buy new curtains that I specifically chose, but the thing is, curtains are ‘spensiiiive! Along with everything else that goes in a house….
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Target was having a pretty nice sale on furniture a couple weeks ago and I snagged these barstools. I like em cause they don’t take up too much space, visual or physical. Somehow, I don’t know, they were $68 for the two online but I guess the price has gone up.
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Currently, I think I’d classify this project as my pride and joy. I’ve been hating the look and feel of my entry for a while now, but didn’t quite know what to do with it. It had a solid white door and everything felt so clinical and lacking character. Then I randomly noticed/realized that the door was in fact wood and it would be entirely possible to strip the paint down to the bare wood. So I did! I’ve still got plenty of work to do on it, but the paint is gone and I love it. The door carries so much more warmth into my living room than its cold, white predecessor. The tile, paint and ceilings are another story.
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For my birthday, I had an Overstock gift card and picked up this coffee table. Can I say, for the first time, it really feels like a living room to me! An intentional living room! That has a lot to do with the rug I gifted to myself from Rugs USA. Larger rugs tend to be crazy expensive or just not very pretty. I agonized over the selection at Rugs USA not sure if I even loved any of them, but decided I liked it enough to buy it and if I didn’t like it in my living room, I could put it in the bedroom or studio. For just over $100, I felt like I didn’t have much to lose. When it came and I laid it out, I absolutely fell in love with it. I don’t know if it’s just having a rug that did it for me or if this rug just gets me. Who cares, I’m in love.

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I wanted to throw this last shot in just to have a view of my living room and where I keep the TV. I’ve really been focusing on the living room and getting it put together as best I can. I felt like I got my bedroom to a place where I love everything in it and feel like it’s mostly “done.” And that simply means I don’t have anything in there I can’t stand. So the living room is getting the eagle eye and I’m tweaking here and there. Still a few more things I’d like to do, and then will probably start fixating on the dining room a bit more and the kitchen, oh the kitchen….
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Wedding Binder Update

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When I created my sister’s wedding binder, I never expected it to be so well received! It’s just about the only things pinned from my blog and I’m constantly receiving thanks and some minor requests for modifications. One major request has been for a 2016 calendar. Since I made this almost two years ago, 2016 felt like The Jetsons. But here we are, and the time goes by too quickly, and I must concede that it’s time to add to the calendar.

So here it is! The long awaited 2016 Calendar and then for you crazy planning ladies, the 2017 as well. Now if you must know, I mostly included that because I’m lazy and it’s easier to get it done now that to have a bunch of emails telling me to get on it. I know I’ll wait entirely too long, so here it is, well in advance!

One last thing, there might be a rumor that there will be two new themes of this binder. Not everyone is in love with pink and I will begrudgingly admit that some of the fonts on this current version might ever so slightly be a teensy bit difficult to read. I just love the font I used and stand by it! I also, do share an affinity for many styles, colors and themes, so its fun for me to create variety. Keep a lookout for those upcoming themes within the next couple of months!

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Thinking of a Warmer Time

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I’m having a day where I believe all of the lies. You know the ones, the tiny little self-doubting lies that eat away at you until you feel like a pile of dirty laundry strewn on the floor. The thing I don’t understand is that I KNOW these things not to be true. I KNOW I’m not worthless, or talentless, or dumb, or a complete and utter waste of human tissue but I can’t quite convince my mind to convert what I KNOW into how I FEEL. It’s miserable battling these pesky emotions that have somehow taken over and grown into physical pains. So much of it is fear. Fear that I’ll always be alone. Fear that I won’t hack it with my business to provide financially. Fear that I’ll just let everyone down. I know those are not truths, but they’re feelings and the perspective that feelings bring really make life seem out of whack. Screw that. So now, to calm my nerves, I just look at these photos and think of a warmer time knowing that it won’t always be so frigid. P.S. The temperature is a metaphor. To my life.

More Photography Nonsense

Remember that time a couple days ago I said that I wasn’t a real photographer? Well, nothing has changed on that front except that I happened to be in the same room as a couple I know, their newborn daughter and a camera in my hand. So I start clicking. There is nothing unique or innovative about these pictures. Her parents just wanted to capture her newborn goodness before it disappeared.

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One thing I fully underestimated in taking these pictures, is how much color correcting newborns need. Their beautifully furry skin is so blotchy, red and purple. So that takes time, the color correcting. Hanging with this sweet little piece of heaven made me miss having a newborn so bad. If I was in a different position, you better believe I would be asking for a second baby. Circumstances are trying to persuade me otherwise! The good news is that I can be fully content burying my face in Beckett’s neck forcing him to giggle uncontrollably, only stopping to let him catch his breath. That boy, he’s a fun one.

Post Halloween Reflection

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Oh hello, orange door and three-eyed, baby lemur! My mom picked up the lemur costume thinking it was a raccoon. Raccoons and me are like a family joke, I used to be TERRIFIED of them as a kid, but have grown to love and think they are adorable. I even made a painting of one that B is totally obsessed with. It’s like anything raccoons… let’s buy them for Gloria. Except in this case, it was a lemur and not a ‘coon. Oh, close enough, mom. And the door! It’s orange, I know. I don’t care! I love it! a la Icona Pop. It was one of the first cans of paint I bought when I moved in. I knew it would be orange before I even signed the papers to buy the house. I’ll have to get some better exterior pics soon.

As for the halloween decorations, they were done 4 hours in advance of trick or treaters. My mom let me borrow the giant spider and the white string I just had lying around. I love Halloween and decorating, I just didn’t want to spend any money on something that just would’t fully be appreciated, so I didn’t. I also didn’t take Beckett trick or treating. I mean, he’s only 14 months old and the height of his candy connoiseuring are individual Nerds given to him at the grandparents house. Plus, I just had four fillings at the dentist so I certainly didn’t need the candy. He was thrilled enough to just be answering the door with his high-pitched little sing-song voice telling everyone “Hiiiiiiii!” that rang the bell.

Until next year, Halloween.