Monday, August 30, 2010

THE BIG REVEAL...MY DAUGHTER'S NEW DIGS

Well, literally after a lot of blood,
sweat and tears

we moved my daughter into her new home for the next nine months.
I quickly came to realize it is quite different to move a girl into a dorm room.
We were given a limited amount of time to pull up in the fire lane
to unload her belongings onto a pile at the curb of her dormitory

and then go park the cars (plural in our case) in another location.
Right away we began to get a
sense of which students

were the minimalists
and which liked their "stuff".

Can you guess which my daughter is???

I thought I was going to get
the lecture when my husband
started looking
around at the piles of belongings
from the boys on either side of us.

Eeeek, I knew her collection was going to be more plentiful,

but I wasn't expecting it to look
like Mount Kilimanjaro.

Thank goodness some other
females pulled up.
That certainly saved me the lecture.
I think I only got as far as the "look".

I quickly diffused the situation,
"Look Meghan, she has the same green Britta water pitcher as you!!"
Only girls would color coordinate their water pitcher to their room.
I'm going to bet college guys could care less about stuff like that.
The only green things they're probably going to be
drinking
out of are beer bottles.

Needless to say, after enduring
many trips up the steps

with my daughter's worldly posessions,
patiently waiting in long lines
for the elevator with filled carts

and making small talk with
all the other parents,

we made our way to her room.


Then all the fun began.............
Imagine 8 people in a 150 square
foot room for 8 hours
trying to put
2 girls worldly possessions piled
as high as...
you got it,
Mount Kilimanjaro, away in some kind
of neat manner,
let alone decorated,
was no small feat.

Remember, we had just met her roommate
& her family
upon entering this space.
Making this all come together was hard,
especially knowing at the end of this task
my husband and I would be saying
goodbye to our daughter for quite sometime,
severing the bond we worked
for 18 years to strengthen.

I'm sure my daughter was trying
to keep it all together,
acting like this was all just an ordinary day.

The longest the 3 of us had
ever been apart was the
5 days she spent in
Disney
World on her Senior Trip.
Here she was, just thrust into
this space with a person
she had never met before
(other than Facebook)
and was now going to be living
with for the next 9 months.

Oh yes, talk about a presure cooker!!

Here's how it all turned out


I love that she packed her stuffed dog
that has
been her lifelong friend
and the backup one!






....and all of this was done without
putting a mark or hole in
the walls or the furniture!

Taking that all into consideration,
I'd say it all turned out okay.

Wouldn't you?
Did any of you take your
children off to college?

I'd love to hear your stories.

I'm sure I'm not alone!!

(My apologies on the quality of the photos,
they were taken on my cell phone
)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

DORM ROOM DECORATING

THIS IS WHAT WE HAVE TO WORK WITH
There are only 3 days left before my daughter
leaves for college...EEEK!
Yes, I know, get me a boatload of tissues because it's going to be terrible,
absolutely terrible.
I have heard from so many parents how they
cried the whole ride home
from
dropping off their children and saying goodbye.
I will have to fill you in on that next week
Right now I have3 days left to figure out
how to make this room a little,
no scratch that,
A LOT more appealing.
For now I'm going to shift my focus from crying to decorating.


We've spent the past several weeks making trips to Bed Bath and Beyond,
Target, HomeGoods and Ikea
to pick up all the college essentials.
The thing that worries me is that
every time
we would go out the car would be full.
Okay, so what makes me think we are getting it all to school in one trip???

I hate to break it to the hubby that we may need a U Hall van or

recruit some friends and family to caravan that day.

If any of you out there really know me,
then you'll understand why this phenomenon has occurred.

All I have to say is I blame Rachel Ray. Yes, Rachel Ray.
You see, last year I remember watching her show
with the segment about decorating a college dorm.

Naturally, I tucked that in my back of my mind until the right time came.

Well, it's time. (I actually have been dreading this day to come)

A little trip to YouTube and the next thing I knew I was in a decorating frenzy!!
For any others of you out the sending your child off to school,
you've got to see this video clip!!


ISN'T THAT AMAZING??
Now here's my to do list:
Make a Twin XL comforter
Yes, I'm making it because if any of you out there know me
I must always make everything in my life more difficult :)
No really, we found these great curtains in Target

and my daughter fell in love with the pattern,
sew, here I go.

Make Pillow Shams

as bolsters for a sofa effect across the back of her bed



Make Window Treatments
We found these really neat throws at Ikea.
It looks like it would be kind of a scratchy blanket,
but really cool window treatments.
So I'll be making window treatments out of blankets
and a blanket out of window treatments!

How crazy is that???


Make Bulletin Board

I saw these pretty buttons in Joann Fabrics
and thought they would make great push pins.
Cutting off the shank and gluing on tacks in the back and voila!!
These are now gorgeous thumb tacks!!

Taking the glass out of a frame and replacing with cork
that
was spray painted in black with a lace overlay
just made a bulletin board
a whole lot prettier.
Order Carpet Squares
I just love this idea because they won't take up
as much room
to transport when space is at a minimum.
You can also create a more homey wall to wall carpet feel,

especially in an irregular shaped room.

I found these on line


Well I've got to get going and get busy.
I only have 3 days left to make this happen.

Luckily all this FRENZY is taking my mind off of crying.
I will let you know how it goes and
show you
pictures of her finished room.

Friday, August 20, 2010

WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS

When life gives you these
LOVELY, LOVELY
LEMONS
You can make lemonade...




or a lemon drop...

or...
DECORATE WITH THEM!!
After all they are such a pretty
and lively fruit!
They can be so welcoming,

invigorating,
understated,



elegant

enticing,
and unexpected




These colorful lemon cookies

sure are eye catching!
These may be tarts
but they sure are
SWEET
CUPCAKE ANYONE??
I don't know about you,
but it sure feels like
LEMON LOVE
to me,
so pucker up and have a
lively, lovely and
Lemon-y weekend!!


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