life rearranged

i’m linking up my weekly phone pics with jeannett again! i’m thepleatedpoppy on instagram if you want to follow!

my toes were looking a bit “shabby chic”, minus the chic part.  chippy paint is cute for furniture, but on the toes?  not so much.

i got some happy mail from ike & co!

my brother and his boys are here visiting from maui.  what better reason for having s’mores by the fire?  (just looking for more excuses to eat them!)

with my parents and brother in town, we decided to play hooky from church.  we only do it a couple times a year, but sometimes a break is nice!  we headed to the flea for a little sunday morning fun!  this marble guy said he had over 1/2 a million more at home!

here are my finds, plus a $3 dresser and a succulent.  $15 total!  yes, thats another owl.  i need to paint another one.  neeeeeeed to.  and then i think i’ll be done. probably.

cousins in town make it more fun to check things off our summer list, like getting snow cones!

and going for family bikes rides to the beach!

ok, back to work.  work?  what’s that?  i am having the hardest time figuring out where work fits in with summer and kids, so if you’ve emailed me about something that requires thought, i will get back to you.  hopefully before september.

sean had to work a couple days in santa barbara this week, so we decided to join him!  the kids and i dropped him off early at his conference and the kids and i ate breakfast at one of our favorite diners downtown.

i feel like i never get to be the fun mom.  i’m always too tired.  when i go out of town and sean has the kids, he’s the fun dad, doing all sorts of fun things with the kids.  well, this time it was my turn.  being away from home pulled me away from responsibilities and distractions and it was so nice to just play and connect with the kids.

we went to the natural history museum and the kids got to experience what it would be like to be in the belly of a whale.

the butterfly exhibit was amazing!  so fun watching butterflies hatch.

i also had the pleasure of yelling at an employee after they kept yelling at silas for touching the butterflies, which he was not.  put a minor damper on a fun time.

then we headed to the ty warner sea center on the pier.

no one yelled at the kids there for touching anything!

we checked into our hotel room and opened the shutters to see this!  not too bad of a view!

the first day we spent about 3 hours at the pool and the second day we were there for almost 6.  it. was. awesome.  and we’re burnt.

this is what si looked like at the end of dinner.  pudding mustache and about to fall asleep – 2 signs of a good day.

after breakfast and a stroll down state street to window shop, we headed to this park.  it was such an amazing park.  i actually played with the kids at the park, not just sat on a bench and watched them.  it was the disneyland of playgrounds!

we had a couple days where there was so little bickering and so much loving – it was so nice!

 but back home meant back to reality.  i am trying really really hard to get these patriotic posies done in time for the 4th, but its not looking so good right now!  but i will still list them for labor day (and memorial day, and next year’s 4th of july…).

 root beer floats, check!

gypsy caravan was the first line of fabric i ever saw by amy butler.  and that was was made me see that fabric was cool.  i am so happy that they rereleased the full line again!  i cut up every inch of this fabric last night and can’t wait to see it all come together into products!

 sometimes i just look at my kids and think “ohmygoodness, they are so beautiful!”  this was one of those moments.

do you have any weekend plans?

i’m hoping to check more things off our summer list:  camp in the backyard, walk downtown, bring flowers to a neighbor…

summer mantel

summer mantle

after hosting jeannett’s shower, i knew it was time for a little mantle update.

i am still loving our tv cover that my dad made for us – it is so much fun to decorate!

summer mantle

 i knew i wanted to have a beachy look because that is just so summery to me, but i also wanted to incorporate color.  i found it really hard to do the 2 together, so i still went pretty mild with the color.  the turquoise ball jars are an easy way to add both a beach element and some pretty color.  the stones inside this jar were found on our property while we were building our house.

summer mantle

 turquoise and aqua candles added a bit more color as well.  i love the picture of sean in the frame.  it was taken on our honeymoon at pipeline on oahu.

summer mantle

 over the years of living near the beach i have collected tons of seaglass.  and whenever i needed more for a project or decorating, i buy a bag from walmart (they have everything there!).  i’ve collected the smaller blue bottles and jars for years from flea markets and estate sales.

summer mantle

totally not beachy, but a little bit of color, i added in my newly repainted owl

summer mantle

 a galvanized bucket of seaglass and a pretty starfish

summer mantle

 the striped frame has migrated all around my house and it seems to work everywhere.  it is falling apart and has no glass, but i still love it!

the orange fabric was left over from jeannett’s shower and i love the pop of color, slightly off-centered.

summer mantle

3 simple banners:  one using a vintage card game, one with store bought sand dollars hot glued to twine, another with paper doilies folded in half and stapled over yarn.

summer mantle

super simple, nothing fancy

summer mantle

 i need to add flowers from our yard up there as well to add some more color!

i can’t imagine how i’ll incorporate 4th of july decor into this mantle, so either i’ll change everything in a few days or there will be no 4th decorates.  honestly, i only have one teeny tiny banner for the holiday anyway.  do you decorate for the 4th?