Monday, March 18, 2013

deal alert: barn lights!

I just stumbled upon this awesome deal and thought I'd share. If you're like half of blog land you're in love with all the awesomely cool vintagey (is that a word?) lights from Barn Light Electric. The prices, however, are a little less than lovely in my opinion. So take a look at this great knock off version I found:

Barn Light Electric's version can be found here

Northern Tool's version is here

Another awesome thing about Northern Tool's version is it comes with multiple mounting options included in the price, whereas Barn Light Electric charges some big $$ for their hardware.
Multi-Mount Warehouse Barn Light — 16in. Dia. 
hanging chain w/plate that allows installation on slanted ceilings

Multi-Mount Warehouse Barn Light — 16in. Dia. 
fixed rod (in multiple sizes)

then this awesome gooseneck

Multi-Mount Warehouse Barn Light — 16in. Dia.
I have some more great deals to post & hopefully some shots of our new fixer upper.

Stay tuned!

Monday, March 4, 2013


I don't know what initially made me do it.

But sometime after Zach was born, I picked up a paint brush. And no, it wasn't the kind used to paint walls. I took a trip to Michaels or Hobby Lobby, not sure which, and spent hours pouring over the art supplies. I had no idea what I was doing.

I still don't.

But one thing's for sure. I am hooked. I think it must have been my inner self trying to awaken after having 3 kiddos in less than 4 years. I suffered from some horrible post partum depression back then (ok, if I'm being honest - I probably still do to some extent) but playing with paints and glorious colors and releasing my pent up creative self was so freeing.

It still is.

I found some time today to just play with some colors and this is what popped out...


The kids asked me what it was, and I replied I didn't know. Chloe called it a waterfall. Sounds appropriate, even a little artsy - no?

It's a goal of mine this year to paint more and stress less. I have another goal to actually sell a painting. There I wrote it out, so it must be official now. I'm even contemplating opening an etsy store. I still have no idea what I'm doing and feel almost silly even thinking someone might want to actually spend their hard earned money buying one of my creations. But stranger things have happened, right? 

Plus, it would be sooo nice to actually earn some money some how. Since becoming a sahm almost 10 years ago (gosh, I still can't believe it's been that long!) it would really feel great to contribute to the finances a little.

The Nester had a great post today on 5 Minute Wall Art. Check it out here.