December 30, 2011

Savvy's Year In Review

Wow!  2011 is almost gone... I don't know what to say really.  I swear, the saying "time just flies by" doesn't mean much to you until you are older with kids, families, and responsibilities.  Every year we celebrate one of my kids birthdays and I am just amazed at how much they have grown.  I can still remember things we did in March like it was yesterday... and 12 months ago, this blog was just starting to crawl with random posts here and there.  

Living Savvy has had many milestones in 2011 and I am just barley a year in!  I have been blessed with some amazing readers, found some awesome blogger friends, and have really enjoyed this creative outlet!  This blog went from 0 followers to over 800! That alone is so very exciting!

  Savvy has tackled some great projects in the last year... here are some of my favorites! {To be honest I loved every project.. maybe it is a new blogger thing, but it was hard to narrow them all down!}



 I recovered this bench in my hallway with this fun blue Greek Key pattern.  It prompted me to bring blues into my design scheme...





I learned how to sew this year... seriously for the first time!  I decide I wanted to make pillows.  I found this amazing stripe and thought... CHEVRON!  See how I transformed the stripe to a chevron and how it led to  a new family room.


I transformed this $1 charger to a chevron monogram with a little spray paint.


I started a weekly series hosting Spray Painters Anonymous for all people addicted to spray painting.  I will never be no less than amazed by what a can of spray paint can do!



One of my favorite client projects was a bedroom for a "big" little girl.  This room had a handful of DIY projects.. but my favorite was the tufted headboard.


My MIL asked me to revamp her living room, though we still have a few details on our punch list... She and I are loving the space!


While in Chico sourcing things for my MIL living room, I found this amazing cane barrel chair for $30!  The chair and new desktop computer spurred a design domino effect that spanned 3 spaces in my house! {see my pillow additions to my family room.}


I tackled the huge project of reupholstering my moms wingback chairs.  I am still in love with the fabric choices... but I can see me changing them out in the next year {crazy!!! I know!!}


Doing my wing back chairs made me focus on my piano room and I wanted to add a little more color to my contractor white walls.  I attempted {and conquered my first non pillow sewing project} with my tailored table skirt to hide my kids shoe basket.


Also in my Piano room I added a great piece of personal art with my subway art of places the hubs and I have traveled or lived.



Living Savvy got a facelift by Elizabeth from The Mustard Ceiling Blog Designs.  She did such an amazing job... I still love it!


I took to the thrift stores and found some great pieces to make some unique milk glass.


To add to my unique milk glass I made a fall table runner with some left over fabric from my tailored table skirt.


I was a sewing "machine" this year and created this textured felt pillow for my wing back chair.  Still one of my favorites!


I made use of the 1,000s of wine corks I had by making a cork wreath for my front door.  I love that I can change it out for every season, but it still looks awesome by itself!


I searched out the thrift stores again to find some old winter sweaters to make some cozy winter pillows.





And most recently I went crazy with my holiday projects:


I am out of breath thinking of everything I did this year.  I am so very glad I was able to share all of these projects with you and I look forward to so many more exiting things to share in 2012!  

Thank you to everyone that has spent the time to read, comment, and be inspired by my blog!  I never thought I would be where I am today... and all of my readers made that possible!

HELLO 2012... it should be an amazing year!

December 28, 2011

My New Years Eve Party... via pinterest

Now that the crazy of christmas is over, it is time to think about what you will be doing for new years eve.  Typically I host a new years eve party.  In the past it has been huge, other years it has been small, and one year I found out I was pregnant with M the day before I threw a big party; but every year I believe you should ring in the new year with some sort of celebration.  And then your year will be full of them!  Right???

This year the hubs is off for new years eve, but will be on duty for new years day... so he has asked that we do not have a party, in which he will have to stay up late to clean up.  And since my parents will still be in town, we can go somewhere else with out them!  WAHOO!! So where do you think we would go on a KID FREE new years eve?  To my best friends house with all of our friends and their kids!!!!  HA!  It will be great, I am looking forward to it!

I was browsing Pinterest; looking for nothing in particular, and was seeing some of the fantastic ideas for a new years party.  I thought I would throw out some inspiration.



I love the idea of clocks for a theme!  Totally fun!








This would be so easy to do; a charger with a glass plate from the $ store... sort of like my Christmas Dinner Table!




I think all of the noise makers make great decor for a new years eve party!










I hope everyone has a fantastic {and safe} new years celebration!  


December 26, 2011

Some Family Time

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa.  We had a great day... the kids got spoiled with too many gifts {you may see a newly organized playroom post in the near future}, we had some yummy food, and spent time visiting with our families.  

As you all know my parents are in town from Hawaii and I have decided to post lightly this week so I can spend a little more time with them.  My mom and I have a few projects we want to tackle while they are here.  I can't wait to share them with you all after the first of the year!  Some exciting stuff!  



Anyhow... I have a few posts in mind for this week so I will be back in a few days!  Anyone hitting the after christmas shopping today?  One year I will save a few bucks for the after christmas sales and stock up on some fun decor for next year!  Ha!  


December 24, 2011

Be Merry!

Merry Christmas!  



If I had been on top of things I would have put out a holiday card like this.   But I wasn't... I finally just wrapped all of my gifts on Friday night!

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday with their family and friends!



December 22, 2011

Christmas Dinner Table

Christmas is just 4 days away and I have not wrapped a single gift!  Oh well.. it will happen!  But I did mange to get my table set for Christmas dinner.. ha, my priorities!  

Every year I can remember, if my mom was hosting Christmas we had a sit down dinner.  She would set a huge long table and cram as many chairs as she could together. Her and I would always have to share a very small piano bench {actually the same one I recently recovered}, but everyone sat down, we used nice china, and cloth napkins.  I guess you can say that is the biggest tradition I have from my family growing up.  Sitting down for a dinner together!

Now flash forward to me marring into a family of very tall people, and the cramming of people is not so easy with very long legs!  This is a conversation the hubs and I get into every year as we setup the table {which typically is folding tables with pieces of plywood on top}: Hubs "we are not going to fit here." Me: "yes we will... we will make it work."  Hubs: "There is no leg room!"  Me: "It is only for an hour!"  This year we only have 8... but I am sure he will still think there is not enough room!



I always try to use what I have on hand for my table settings, so I rummaged through all of my lines and found the green tablecloth and plaid napkins.  I think I used these way back when I hosted my first Christmas almost 7 years ago.  I also love to do arranged seating.  I love my little "snow" name tags..


On a charger pour some epsom salt to make an even layer.


With your finger draw out your letter.. Make it bigger than you think looks good because...


when you place your glass plate down the salt moves slightly.  I picked these glass plates up at the dollar store... that is also where I bought the snowflakes for the napkin rings.










A good friend of mine gave me that snowflake that is hanging from the chandelier... I just love the way it sparkles!  The rest of the ornaments are from the dollar store as is the red glitter fern.  I edited my holiday snow cones and elevated them on my diy milk glass from my thrift store finds.  I love it when I can recycle my stuff!!







Now maybe I should wrap some gifts.... HA!