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So you might remember a while back I mentioned that Hubs had sent a package home while he was in Europe recently?  Well that package finally showed up on our doorstep on Friday evening.


There were several items inside including, a nutcracker {I heart nutcrackers!}, some nutcracker ornaments, and a Cuckoo clock!  I was really excited about the clock because we have a small clock collection. To be honest I wasn’t quite sure if a cuckoo clock would fit in with the style of our home but once it was hung it actually fit quite nicely in our living room.




I must say that the whole family is pretty smitten with our new clock but Noah just thinks it is the best thing since sliced bread Chick-fil-a nuggets!! Every time it goes off {which is every 30 minutes} he comes running into the living room and says, “Wow!  NEAT!!! Birdie!!!}”  And then as soon as it stops making sounds he looks at you and says, ” Broke?”  He apparently thinks it should constantly make noise and that if it is not it’s broke.  That kid sure cracks me up sometimes!!

Here is a little snippet of what it sounds like in case you are interested.

{The song the clock plays is Edelweiss from the Sound of Music in case anyone was trying to figure that out.}


A few weeks ago I mentioned how I had found a mirror at a yard sale.  When I stumbled across it I knew I had to have it right away.  It was just the finishing touch for the master bedroom makeover I was in the process of completing.

I always forget to take before pictures but I remembered at the last second as I was hauling the mirror into my studio storage shed/barn.  Here it is in it’s original state of  “oh so blah, GREY.”


I had a different look in mind for the mirror so I gave it a fresh coat of paint.  The paint color is essentially a light blue with a hint of grey in it.  {The official color is Valspar Woodlawn Silver Brook in semi-gloss.}  I had practically a whole can of this paint left over from when I painted my son’s bed side table and it coordinated perfectly with the bedding I had purchased for our master bedroom.



I liked the mirror painted blue but all the detail on the frame got lost in the solid color.  My friend Erin suggested I try using stain on top of the color to make all the detailing pop.  I thought about it for a good two weeks and then finally decided what the heck I can always repaint it if I don’t like it.

We already has some dark brown stain{english chestnut I believe} leftover from our armoire. I used a sponge brush to liberally apply stain to small sections of the frame at a time. I then quickly used a dry cloth {I used an old t-shirt} to wipe off as much stain as I could. Next I took a damp cloth and wiped away a little bit more stain. The damp cloth really does help you too get off even more stain so I would highly suggest that if you aren’t getting the results you want by using a dry cloth. Thanks Erin for that little tip!

Here is the mirror, all gussied up!





{Excuse the mess reflected in this shot! Yesterday my project was to pack away all of the baby clothes that the Graham has outgrown. Quite a chore, I tell you.}

I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.  I think it looks better against our “camel’ colored walls now and compliments the dresser more.  Before it just seemed a little too “baby blue” for a grown up space.  Now all I need are a few accessories and/or some lamps to flank either side of the mirror to finish off the master bedroom re-do!


The clouds finally parted today and out came the sun. PRAISE the Lord! I think all us Georgians were in need of a little relief from the rain.  I really was not exaggerating about all the rain we were getting.

Not to change the subject or anything…….. but isn’t this little guy the cutest!!


I always feel a little guilty that I haven’t taken as many pics of Graham as we have of Noah so this week I have been trying to snap a few when I think about it.




He makes this serious face all day long and it cracks me up every time I see him. Oh how I love this little guy!



Welcome to my little corner of the world. Nothing too serious here for you to read about. Just the comings and goings of my day to day life. I blog about the trials of being a military wife, tales of my role as “Mommy Dear”, recipes I love, my DIY projects, and our home renovations. Happy reading!