Life Love Larson: September 2014


Friday, September 26, 2014

September Porch

Popping in quick this morning to show you my September porch. I will be adding more pumpkins and Halloween decor as we get into October, but this is how it looks for now!

Rockers: Lowes 
Garden Stool: Homegoods
Black Pots: Target
Chalkboard: thrifted cabinet door 
Hanging Lantern: Lowes
Tree Stumps: thrifted
Metal Cylinder: antique shop
Driftwood: found
Pillows: World Market
Wreath: DIY

Check out the "Seasonal" tab to see all past fall related posts! It's supposed to be a gorgeous weekend here in KC...hope yours is wonderful!  xo

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Bar Cart Print & Spray Painting a Picture Mat

We recently switched up a few things in our dining room, which included moving our vintage bar cart out of the niche into a more visible space. It is such a unique piece that we love (and got for a steal) and we wanted it to be more inviting for guests to come in and pour a drink.

I also wanted to lean a print with a fun quote on the cart. I came across this saying that I love…

I quickly made this print on my Mac and printed it out on heavy card stock from our home printer.

I have a stash hoard of frames in my basement from other projects, so I grabbed a white frame with a white mat. I really wanted a black mat to surround this new print, so I busted out some spray paint to see if that would work. Two coats of spray paint later, I had a black mat. I had everything I needed for this print project, so it cost me nothing to make! Woo hoo!

I used a black satin finish spray paint because that's all I had on hand. I love the pop of black against the white frame. Leaning it against the wall keeps in casual. Full reveal of the bar cart coming soon!

Don't forget to be creative and work with what you have! CHEERS! xo
Friday, September 12, 2014

DIY Bright Fall Yarn Wreath

I felt like getting a little crafty last weekend, and wreaths are usually my go-to project. I have been using the same leaf wreath for a few years, and wanted to switch things up a bit this fall. I found this yellow yarn wreath online that I thought looked really pretty against a black door (yes, my blue door has been painted black!), so I thought I would try to create something bright and fresh for fall.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Fall Bucket List Chalkboard Wall

I recently added another coat of chalkboard paint to our existing chalkboard wall. It has been painted chalk for almost two years, and after several cleanings, the wall just looked dingy. A one-coat touch up was all it needed to look new again!

After taking down the Summer Fun list, I decided to go ahead and continue that theme and make a fall bucket list. The kids LOVE these lists and I don't have to change the chalkboard wall for a few months. Win/win! :)

Our neighborhood pool officially closed yesterday, and cooler temps are on their way. I think it's finally time to get in the fall mindset and we are ready! In Kansas, there is no mistaking when fall hits, and it is glorious!

I'm a creative person, but NOT an artist. My husband asked me why we have a pink pumpkin on the chalk wall…. :) For the record, it's supposed to be an apple, but maybe I need to change it to orange and just call it a pumpkin! Happy Fall! xo

See how I clean my chalk wall here.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Hair Band / Jewelry Storage

As of late, Kate has been acquiring more things for her hair and has been asking for a place to put her necklaces. Her small bathroom drawers were busting at the seams so I knew I needed to come up with something to provide some additional storage.

I decided to repaint the knob necklace holder I had made a while back, and repurpose it in Kate's bathroom. Now, she has space for her hair bands and necklaces, and it provides some great color in her bathroom space.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Kindergarten & 1st Grade

We have officially gotten back into a school routine and hopefully I can get into a better blogging routine. School starts in mid-August in Kansas, which seems so early to me! This year brings some changes in our household, which I have bittersweet emotions about. I'm good now, but the days leading up to school starting, emotions were hitting me that were very unexpected.

Drew went from 1/2 day kindergarten last year to full day 1st grade this year. I think he has finally adjusted to the days being "so long" :). He lost a tooth right before school started, turned 7 since school started, and is excited to finally be eating lunch at school!

Kate started 1/2 day kindergarten this year with the same teacher Drew had last year. This makes for an easy and seamless transition, but sending a child off to kindergarten two years in a row is not for the faint of heart! So many perks of being 15 months apart, but so much happens all at once, in a short span of time when you're that close. I'm sure being one grade apart will have it's challenges come the teenage years!!! No doubt!

I want to remember this image of a front tooth missing, sweet, smart, and playful little person. It has been so much fun watching him grow. I was spoiled to have this guy home for most of his days for 7 years. I'm sure that's part of the bittersweetness of it all, maybe it makes it harder in a way. I knew that when he started school this year, he was officially "gone" all day long, and the reality hit that it would be this way until he graduates from high school. My husband keeps reminding me that he does come home in the afternoons and there is a thing called summer…I don't think he quite gets it :)!

I never realized how much I love this 1/2 day kindergarten option until Drew started full day this year. This one-on-one time with Kate in the afternoons is "bonus" time for us. Time is fleeting, and I don't ever want to take these moments for granted. This girl is sweet and sassy and knows what she wants and is wise beyond her years. She is 5 going on 15, which gives this mom a run for her money sometimes most of the time. :) I wouldn't have it any other way. I trust that no one will ever get in the way of this girl and her dreams and I couldn't be more proud of her eagerness to learn. Raising a daughter brings different worries, but also brings great joy. We are both loving having some girl time together...I've been told that she might be a bit of a mini-me… ;)

A magical thing happens when kids start school….you realize they no longer really "need" you in a way they once did. They are thriving and will survive all the stuff that can come with being in real school. I'm sure every mother just wants to know they have done everything they can to prepare their child for the unknown, for what lies ahead. I hope that my kids have the tools they need to succeed, to be kind and empathetic little people, to be open minded, to see the glass as 1/2 full, to be good friends, to realize they are not perfect, to have fun, be full of life, and see the good in everyone.

And just like last year, I left them after the first day and every milestone they have ever hit flashed before my eyes. I realized that it would no longer be 3 people sitting at the island for lunch, but only 2. I realized that this is a new phase, changes in the way our days look. I also realized that it's okay. I've been blessed with the gift of time with these two, and I appreciate it now more than ever. I'm also realizing that a quiet house in the mornings is not so bad after all…my coffee has never tasted so good…

 Thanks for letting me get personal and sappy…I will be thankful for these posts one day! xoxo