Friday, December 12, 2014

Brass Tinkering

I got my buffet a few years ago for a price I won't even tell you.  I'm serious, it was that good.  I still love it - great shape, size and wood grain, but sometimes I lust after styles a bit dressier.

Like the one I blogged about from Caroline's bridesmaid luncheon.  I mean...I drooled over this piece of furniture.  I adore the brass and inlaid details of this piece.

As a refresh here is mine.  

I started thinking one of the characteristics I loved about the sideboards I was pining after was their beautiful brass hardware, so I did some web browsing and bit the bullet on some new lion pulls for my buffet.  I am loving it!!

I purchased 2 large lion pulls and 4 smaller lion pulls - all for about $70.  Much less than a new sideboard!

In other news, I'm still mad at myself for not buying this barcart ($129!!!!!) I spotted it at Homegoods last Saturday night.  After dreaming about it (literally), I rushed over as quickly as possible on Sunday morning.  I parked quickly and felt myself practically running through the automatic doors and down the aisles.  It was gone.  My heart sank.  I literally almost shed a tear.  I then proceeded to call all the Homegoods in Raleigh, Charlotte (mom volunteered to pick it up) and Richmond (sister volunteered to pick it up), to no avail. Lesson learned - buy it the second you truly consider something at Homegoods and you can always return it.  I have no real spot for this barcart, but it was such a beauty and such a steal!  Would have been fun for parties on my screen porch and patio.  I'll keep hunting!  Raleigh peeps- if you see it again, please buy it for me and I'll pay you a finders fee.

Charles has taken to crawling in the powder room and tinkering in there - he tries to flush the toilet and open the cabinets under the sink...can't take my eye off this little sweetie!  We are taking him to meet Santa tomorrow at RCC.  I'm guessing he will try and yank his beard, but be mostly uninterested.


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Charles is baptized!

Almost two weeks ago, Charles was finally baptized.  He was so big he could have eaten the other two young babies.  He was "chatting" during the prayer, was happy during the actual sprinkling and then was screaming in the arms of the minister by the time he reached the end of the very long aisle at our church.  He cried the entire way back down that aisle until he reached my arms.  Sweet little guy! It was Thanksgiving Sunday, but we hosted a few close family and friends (ones that were in town) at our house for a casual southern lunch following the church service.

My sisters took some illegal pictures in church.  Oops...they didn't know.

 The sweet baby afterwards

And this is reality.  The majority of my pictures look more like this...

The kid is all boy

These Etsy cake toppers were so festive and Courtney was nice enough to expedite over Thanksgiving weekend since I procrastinated on this entire lunch.

I tried to keep it really easy and used paper plates with gold chargers.  Luckily it was a gorgeous 60+ degree day, so we could seat people outside on the screen porch and patio.

I asked my dad to read the same blessing that my grandfather (Charles' namesake) read at my baptism.  So special to me.

Maternal Grandparents

Paternal Grandparents

Olivia has officially lost her mind...

Somehow I didn't get a picture of my sister and brother-in-law, so here's one of them from Thanksgiving.  Thanks for coming!

One more of our little ham

Charles, I hope God blesses you and that you use the talents He's blessed you with for the good of others.  I pray God blesses your father and I to always be the best and most Christian parents we can possibly be and to guide you to be a Godly man.  We love you so much and are so proud of you today and always.


Monday, December 1, 2014

A tale of a pair of pineapples

My mother-in-law bought these pineapples at the Furbish sale last October (same time I bought Charles' changing table) and they'd been stored in our garage (hiding from my father-in-law?) ever since.  I convinced Jean to give them to Josh for a birthday present this year.  He actually really likes them! I finally decided to paint them the same gray as our shutters (Benjamin Moore Timber Wolf) back in October and we are enjoying them in the front.  Not that I didn't like the pink, but doesn't exactly go with my monochromatic, traditional vibe out front.  

Pics from Charles' baptism and a few other projects to come soon!