Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day is in a few weeks!! It’s time to order a gift, and have it shipped directly to Momma!! I’m also going to include my sister in the gift giving this year because she’s expecting her first child mid October.😁🤗 (Btw- Its a GIRL!!🎀) On Sunday May 14th, be sure to celebrate a special mom, grandmother or expecting mother in your life!

Here’s some gifts I found online to have shipped to that special mom!!

This mug is hilarious!! It’s definitely on my “to order list” for mom. 😂 For only $10.49 maybe add a Starbucks gift card and you’re set! Oh, and you’ll get to see mom laugh!!
Yes, it’s a coloring book. I’ve heard many people say coloring relieves stress. Give mom this coloring book and she’ll be sure to think of you while she destressing! Also, this would be an adorable gift to a mommy from a child. 😉

White Frosted Glass Pedestal Stand - 12.5In by World Market 12.5In

Growing up, my mom always loved milk glass. This white cake plate is like a classy modern day milk glass. In fact, I have one of my own displayed on my open shelves . I know my mom would love it and use it for every occasion. Also, white dishes are very stylish right now!!

My grandmother would also love this cake plate. Yum, I imagine her chocolate cake displayed on it right before I dig in and stuff my face!! 😍

Ps- This product is from World Market, and they are offering free shipping right now as a Mother’s Day special. Have it delivered right to mom’s door!!

Like I mentioned earlier, my sister is due to be a new mommy in October. She stays insanely busy, so I seriously doubt she’ll journal but I know if she had this little book she would totally write one line a day.

A few months ago I saw this little book in a bookstore, and I was totally blown away. The goal is to write one line a day for the first five years of your little’s life. This is a beautiful way to preserve special memories. No doubt, I’ll be getting this for my big sister’s first Mother’s Day and I know she’ll love it.

I saved my favorite for last. If you’re like me, mom is in another state and you won’t be seeing her for Mother’s Day.  Something about this little mug makes me feel like Texas isn’t so far away. If you’re struggling being away from your mom, maybe you should order one for yourself too!! This mug would mean so much to my mom.

Mother’s Day can be hard/complicated for some people. Find a way to celebrate your mom, grandmother, daughter or any mom figure in your life. Life is too short to not celebrate each other. Okay, now I’m in tears!!

Dresser Makeover / Chalk Paint Tips

 

Last week I found a vintage French Provincial dresser for only $40.00. 🤑 I knew immediately it was meant to be for my bedroom. Here’s how I fixed it up!!

Deep Clean

A lot of times these older pieces have been in storage sheds or garages, so they’ve collected many years of dust and dirt. 😷 I usually remove the handles and spray my furniture really well with Mrs. Myer’s All Purpose then allow it to sit for a few minutes. (Mrs. Myer’s does most of the work.)

Paint

I use several different types of chalk paint but for this piece I used my favorite, Old White by Annie Sloan. As I’ve mentioned before, I add a little water to my paint as I go since the paint is really thick.

This dresser needed two coats. (Two coats is typically what I always do with Annie Sloan) 

 

Distress

I used a sandpaper sheet to distress. I only distressed in specific places to show off the detail. 😍🙂

Wax

Wax is when the magic happens!!!😇 Something about Annie Sloan’s wax totally hardens and cures the paint. Don’t over do the wax because it’s not necessary. I apply the wax with a brush one space at a time then wipe it off with cloth. So Easy!!

Style

Let the fun begin, friends!!🙄 This is NOT how it will be styled in the future. That stained glass piece was already there, so it’s a little high.😜 I’m still looking for the perfect pieces to style this area, but you get the point!

My Find of the Week / Helpful Hint!!


I’ve gotten soooo many questions about my vintage metal laundry basket. If you watch my Instagram stories, you know I found another one today at an antique store. 😍 Of course I fell in love and had to buy it. I’ve only seen two for sale in my life and I bought both of them. 😳 Here’s the one I bought today along with a few other treasures. 

There is so much you can do with these babies..

1- Blankets and pillows. (This is how I use mine)

2- An actual laundry basket. (Who said laundry baskets had to be plastic and boring?)

3- Plant stand.

4- Porch “catch all” holder. (Yeah, that place where the shoes and junk go)

I always feel so bad when I get messages/questions about mine because I can’t recommend where you can buy one. Well, my amazing husband has come to the rescue! 😏 He found a Metal Basket very similar to mine on Amazon. Click the highlighted link to check it out! 

Each day I pass my metal basket, I’m thankful I bought it. In fact, I could buy three more. Can you tell I’m in love??

Hope this post helps!! 😘

Karlee Bowman

Friday Favorites!

Yep, it’s Friday, so that means time for Friday favorites!! 🤗 Here’s three items I’ve really been digging recently. Remember for more details on these favorites you can always click the underlined name and it’ll take you straight to Amazon.. 😜Which just so happens to be my favorite store.

Ps- I’m a true book lover nerd, so you can almost guarantee there’ll be a good book on here almost weekly. 🤓 No worries, I’ll only highlight my favorites. 😊😉

Mrs. Myer’s Cleaning Products

Cleaning is certainly NOT my favorite job, but Mrs. Myer’s makes it much better. No lie, her all purpose cleaner makes counters sparkle like none other. I feel like this product is well concentrated so a little goes a long way.

Not to mention the scent! Oh, the scent is lovely. ☺️ Basil is my very favorite. It’s a farmhouse must!The Couple Next Door

Totally as good as it sounds! Like Girl on the Train, you won’t be able to put this psychological thriller down.😮🤓 In fact, I began and finished it all on one road trip. Okay, I’m going to stop talking about it now so I won’t end up ruining the story.

Momma Bear Shirt

This would make an awesome Mother’s Day gift for your mom or any special moms in your life!☺️ It’s super adorable and looks extra comfy. This is definitely on the list to get my own mom. Heck, I might even get my expecting sister one too.. (Btw- I’m going to be an Auntie in October!!!!!!)🤰

For sure, this would also be a great gift for any expecting Mommies out there!!

DIY Open Shelving

Finally, I convinced my husband open shelving in the kitchen was a good idea .😏 Open shelves add adorable farmhouse charm!! This project can be done in a bedroom, bathroom or anywhere!! So, I’ll get down to the point – Here’s how we did it! 😉

 Determine the type of wood

It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of repurposing! I fell in love with some old hardwood floors we found at an antique store for dirt cheap, so that’s what we used.🤤 You can use old fence wood or pallets… really any kind of wood!

Attach the wood to metal brackets

This is the moment you should determine the exact length you’re wanting. Cut your wood to the length you want with a Jigsaw.

We used small wood screws to screw the wood onto the metal brackets. These metal brackets from Amazon are very similar to what we used.   
Time to hang

This step is simple but it did take two of us! I placed my hands on the metal brackets to hold it steady while my husband made sure it was level with a leveler. Don’t skip this part – No one wants crooked shelves!! ☹️

If you’re me at this point, your arms are getting tired, but just continue to hold the shelf steady!!! 😩 Trust me, it will be worth it. 😍

Then my amazing husband popped the drill in and attached these babies to the wall with wall dogs

Friends, let’s talk about the phenomenal wall dogs. They can hang pretty much anything. 😱 We always keep at least a few on hand at the house to hang my heavy decor!! Wall dogs are a good investment. 😉

Hope you enjoyed this post! If you have questions, don’t hesitate!

When a Picker Finds French Provincial

As a picker, I never know where the job will take me or what I’ll find. Last week we found ourselves in a small shut down factory town, and we hit a French Provincial goldmine in someone’s shed. Yes, someone’s shed. Midmonth is not usually when I stock up on inventory but I couldn’t pass up this darling dresser. I handed the owner some cash, loaded that baby in the truck and brought her home for some TLC.

Like many of you, I’m a fan of French Provincial furniture. 😍 No doubt, it makes my heart beat a little faster. (You can totally imagine my emotions during the movie Beauty and the Beast with all that lovely French Detail 😍)

Once I got the dresser home I realized the shape was beautiful but the color was awful and it was filthy. 😖 (I know this pic is dark but it’s the only before pic I have 😐)

I began scrubbing with all purpose cleaner and then proceeded to painting it with my go to chalk paint which is Old White by Annie Sloan. On a side note – the inside of the drawers reeked with an ungodly smell so I cloroxed the heck out of ‘em. 😷

After two coats of Annie Sloan Paint, I went in with some sandpaper and LIGHTLY distressed detailed areas. (Picker’s Secret – When distressing I go for areas with the most detail 😍)


Finally, I began buffing in the Annie Sloan wax. This wax adds a little shine and protects the furniture from moisture.

Tada!!🤗 It’s styled for display since it’s in my vintage shop but you can see the beautiful French detail. To me, being a picker means picking an item in the midst of junk and bringing out it’s natural beauty.

Let me know if you enjoy post about “picking” and “secrets of a picker” 😉

 

Xoxo,

Karlee Bowman

Our Easter Without Children

During holidays such as Easter, it’s easy to feel like something is missing when you don’t have children of your own. As I walk through Target I see the fun bunny goodies and beautiful Easter dresses. 🐣🐇 On the radio I hear about huge egg hunts (One was a swimming pool egg hunt.. How cool is that??) Many of these wonderful events are geared to families with children.

So, if you are childless or even an empty nester, this blog is written for you! Here are a few ways I made Easter special for my family of two. 👫 It’s not too late to use these ideas.

Special Breakfast

Typically we try to stay away from pure sugar for breakfast but I throw rules away when it comes to a holiday. Yep, I got Krispy Kreme donuts for tomorrow’s breakfast. 🍩🤗 We went for Spring colors with sprinkles just to make things special. Tomorrow morning we’ll kick off our day with pink donuts and coffee!

Easter Baskets

Who said Easter baskets were just for little ones? I’m never too old to receive an Easter basket. Easter baskets always look so fun to make, so I’m making one for my husband. You could do the same for a spouse, friend or anyone!

I didn’t make this complicated. Magazines, candy and hair supplies go a long way. You can totally get creative. 😉

Make Plans for Easter Dinner

For years my mom made the most beautiful Easter dinner after church. She now lives 9 hours away. Life is always changing.

Let’s face it.. 😒 I’m not making a big ham dinner for the just two of us. It’s simply too much time and energy. So, Aaron (that’s my husband😏 ) made reservations at a local seafood place. Here’s another option – share Easter dinner with some friends.

The point of this blog is to encourage you to enjoy every holiday no matter what stage of life.

Good Friday Favorites!

Happy Easter weekend, dear friends! (Yep, I consider you friend by this point 😉) It’s Good Friday, so let’s talk about Friday Favorites! One can never go wrong with a moisturizer, book and canister set.

Hempz Body Moisturizer

This non decor related item is on point! I’ve been lathering it on my skin for three years now because it’s the perfect moisturizer. Each scent is amazing. 😍  Triple Moisture  and Age Defying are my favs!

 

Small Great Things
Months ago I read Small Great Things Small GreatThings by Jodi Picoult. Let me just say, my ol heart is still in knots from this deep story. Warning – it’s not a little hearted storyline but it’s a wonderful read. 😭 Friend, you won’t be able to put it down.

Enamel Canister Set

Woah, can you say $18.49 on Amazon. 🙄😂 I spend more than that on a toilet paper run to target.

Seriously, I ordered this Enamel Canister Set a few months ago as some fun happy mail for myself and I’m still in love. This set is perfect for a coffee station or really anywhere in the kitchen.

4 Farmhouse Finds from the Thrift Store!

Many of you know I am a picker! I am going to let you in on a few secrets of the trade. 😉 You can sometimes spot really awesome finds at a thrift store. I’ve heard people say they like the idea of thrifting but don’t know what they are looking for. Well, I’m here to help!! 😃 Here’s five farmhouse treasures you can often find in a thrift store.

White Blankets

Yep, nearly all of my white throw blankets have come from thrift stores. Blankets are nearly a guarantee find. I spot the ones with neat textures such as hand knit or quilted. Since I always go for white, I throw them in the washer machine with some bleach to wash away any germies. 😖

Vintage Books

If you’re like me, (#jojomademedoit) you love Joanna Gaines and the Magnolia Journal. In the Spring 2017 edition Joanna talked about decorating with old books. (I highly recommend this magazine)

You can find antique books at thrift stores!! 📚 In fact, I found one today from 1935 for $2. I’ve found some books from 1915 for less $5. I’m a nerdy book lover.

🤓 Told ya I’m a nerdy book lover.

Milk Glass Vases

Yep, those 1950’s milk glass vases that are populating Instagram can many times be found at the thrift store. They are typically no more than a couple of bucks and there is endless possibilities. I still love adding to my collection. 😍

 

Jute Rugs

Jute Rugs are a true love of mine. I have at least one in every room. (uhh..embarrassing 🙄) It’s surprising how many I’ve seen at thrift stores. I’ve purchased three jute rugs at thrift stores within the past four months. One happened to be a Pottery Barn that retails for $479. 😱 Last week I bought a 6×9 for $10 at the Salvation Army.

There is no guarantee what you’ll find while hunting. Start off by training your eye to hunt for these treasures and check the stores often. Instead of heading to TJ Maxx for a blanket, I’d rather buy it at a thrift store and save my Moolah for a special item on Etsy or at an antique store! 🤑😘

DIY Stair Rail Painting

Staircase, you make such a small statement in a big way! Before we knew much about stain (and our knowledge is still limited 🙄) my husband stained the handrail and balusters of our staircase. 😩 Let’s just say, the stain turned out to be extremely dark. If you follow my insta, you know I love wood but this was not a pretty color.

It was time to do something… 🤔

I painted it plain-Jane white in three simple steps and it looks beautiful! Also, Everything I used I found in my broom closet.

Step 1

Clean the entire surface. Don’t skip this easy step! Why? Getting dust and dead insects in paint isn’t fun.

I did everything freehand but if you need to tape off with painters tape now would be the time.

Step 2

Apply TWO coats of primer on the baluster and handrail. Don’t forget underneath the handrail. I started at the base of the baluster then worked my way up but you can do it however. I allowed the each coat of primer to dry one hour.

This is the primer I used, but you can use any primer. I chose this one because it’s what we already had in the broom closet and I like to save moolah. 🤑

Step 3

It’s time to paint! Paint the baluster and handrail the color of your choice. Again, don’t forget underneath the handrail.

I chose Cameo White by Behr Marquee because it’s my absolute favorite white and I already had some on hand. Also, I totally swear by Behr Marquee because it’s the best paint ever.