24 November 2013

DIY Sun-Bleached Headboard {Project Pretty}

I'm in the process of getting Will's room put together. As some of you know, we moved across base back in May to the SNCO Housing-- same style house, just a little bigger.

I juggle back and forth between an ocean/surf theme and a woodland/rustic theme. With that said, this headboard is perfect because it's versatile to fit many themes for your growing guy.
What you'll need:
(All items purchased from Lowes)

*TIP: I searched for the most beat up looking boards. I think it adds interest.


  1. Cut all of your wood in half
  2. Line the studs at the exact distance of your bed frame
  3. Nail your six boards onto the studs. Use wood filler to hide the nail heads
  4. Stain each piece with your Sun-Bleached stain
  5. After it dries, apply a layer of white glaze
  6. Paint on your script
  7. Brush on your sealer
  8. Wait 24 hours before screwing your headboard onto your bed frame

*TIP: write your word in chalk first. This way you can see what it'll look like and make changes if necessary before you permanently add paint.

To see the adult version, click here.

Here's what we have going on in Will's room thus far. There's still so much that I want to do to his room, like paint his dresser, change the curtains, and add Euro shams.

Fact: It'll change a million times before I'm satisfied with it's final look, but I'll fill you in as I go.

I made this tee-pee and campfire set for William last Christmas, so if you're interested, I'll compile a tutorial, along with the book ledge and the yarn initial.

Happy Building!

Love, Emmie

22 November 2013

Squeezing Juice

It has been awhile since I’ve taken the time to pour my heart out, add my favorite photos, and click “publish”… it has been a long time to just blog. I miss that. I miss clicking that “publish” button- knowing that I’ve written our story and documented and captured our family happenings.

We’ve been going through big life changes. There has been many times where the scale wasn’t always balanced, where my frustrations outweighed my patience, and the cons stacked up well above the pros. There has been times were I’ve retreated, times where I’ve backpedaled, and many times where I’ve questioned the decisions I’ve made. I do a lot of questioning-- I question myself, I question my abilities.

Ultimately, I’m pressing forward. I have a huge fear of giving up and failing. I want to succeed, but by succeeding means sacrifice. I’m going against the norm and following my gut.

As some of you know, I’ve made the leap into homeschooling. Yes, homeschooling. I never thought in a million years that I would be a homeschool mom, but here I sit, anchored to the desk teaching math, science, composition, history, and so on. I know homeschooling is temporary solution- there will be a day when military orders come down and we’ll move states and Krysta goes back to public school, but with all the issues we had with Tinker Elementary, I feel like this was our best option for the time being.

As much as I’m sacrificing, it has been worth it. Krysta feels safe and secure, the information that I’m teaching her is sticking, and she’s rebuilding her confidence.

The juice is worth the squeeze.

(and here is a pretty picture --a friendly reminder-- that I still have a bucket of photos to share with you from our vacay in Hawaii)