Summer Home Tour 2014

Summer Home Tour 2014

It’s time for the second annual Summer Home Tour hosted by the lovely Gina at The Shabby Creek Cottage (and one of my bestest friends).  If you’re here from Traci’s place….welcome!  I love her style!!!

I just fixed up my porch for the summer, which inspired me to fluff up the rest of the place.  I’ve been so excited for you to come for a visit.

A gorgeous patriotic front porch!

I painted a houndstooth rug to make guests feel welcome, and so we could easily wash the chicken messes off.  Chickens are soooo charming, until they poop on your porch.

A painted rug on the porch! Cool!

Come on through the screen door and sit a spell…..

A beautiful front porch for summer! -- The Pennington Point
With 9 kids, we need a lot of seating and there’s not much space.  It’s not easy to do in this little bitty house, but there’s always an extra seat for you!

A gorgeous summer home tour! -- The Pennington Point

I made the coffee table with a furniture dolly I found at a flea market, some galvanized pipes and the glass top from my old coffee table!  It’s happiness disguised as wood and metal.

A Coffee table made with an old furniture dolly and some galvanized pipes.

I think I’m in love.

A gorgeous summer home tour! -- The Pennington Point

It’s always nice to see things from another angle.

A gorgeous summer home tour! -- The Pennington Point

My painted piano is one of my favorite pieces in the house.

A gorgeous summer home tour! I love this painted piano -- The Pennington Point

This summer I went with an outdoor theme….birds and bugs and butterflies.  I was going for a look of “kids exploring the summer season”.

A gorgeous summer home tour! -- The Pennington Point

I carried that theme into my dining room/homeschool room, which is open to the living room through 2 wide doorways.

A gorgeous summer home tour! -- The Pennington Point

One of my girls found a speed limit sign at a resale shop and snatched it up for me.  She knows just what I like!

A gorgeous summer home tour! This speed limit sign on the mantle is great! -- The Pennington Point

A turn to the left and you see my chalkboard wall.  We change it out seasonally. (And in case you’re wondering….the table is a ping pong table with a vinyl tablecloth over it.)

A gorgeous summer home tour! Love this ping pong table as a dining room table.  -- The Pennington Point

I recently added the gorgeous shutters to the dining room from and I love them with a passion.  We added trim to them, like we did in my bedroom.  Come back soon ‘cuz I’m gonna show you how we did it!

The long desk is where my kids use their computers (that’s what the little cabinet below holds) and do schoolwork.  It doubles as a buffet when we have parties or holiday meals.

A beautiful chalkboard wall in this summer home tour.

Oh!  And did you see the lights we made?!

Make lights from wire baskets

The chalkboard wall is full of painted jars and leaves and things the kids might bring in from their outside adventures.  I spray painted the mason jars….eeee!  Cute!

A gorgeous summer home tour!  Love this kids' summer decorating theme.... painted mason jars and outdoor touches
The other side of the room is where we do school lessons.

A gorgeous summer home tour! This is the homeschool room, very organized. -- The Pennington Point

I keep all of our school supplies in these baskets.  It’s great to have everything right there when we need it.

A gorgeous summer home tour! And organized homeschool space.  -- The Pennington Point

Back in the living room you may have noticed a ladder…..lots of people ask what’s up there.

A gorgeous summer home tour! -- The Pennington Point

It’s a loft where 2 of my boys sleep.  But even more importantly, it’s where we keep the Legos.  5 boys and many years worth of teeny, tiny, overpriced, messy….oops…..sorry….I’m getting off track.

There’s a bed on each end of the room with storage in between.  I actually got quite a bit of storage in there considering the room has serious limitations.

A boy's loft and Lego room.  Small space with big ideas!

The loft has only one real wall, so we built shelves to fit along the entire thing and boxes to fit on the shelves and voila!  Lego storage.

A boy's loft and Lego room.  Small space with big ideas!

The wood on the floor is the door… fun!  And there’s a little round window in the wall.  It’s a really cute room.

I used these fabulous metal cabinets from IKEA across the other side of the room so each boy has one for his personal stuff.  On each end we built a shelf that faces the bed so they have a place for their nighttime needs like clocks and books and pieces of trash.

A boy's loft and Lego room.  Small space with big ideas!

Then we built a shelf in the center to hold all of the manuals and instructions that my boys insist on keeping.  The whole thing makes one long surface on which the boys can create Lego masterpieces.

A boy's loft and Lego room.  Small space with big ideas!

Through the kitchen and out the door, you get to the luxurious poolside lounge.  Last year’s cushions didn’t survive the Texas weather, so I had to change it all up.  I have some plans to improve it even more, but this is what it looks like right now….come back in a couple of weeks for an update on the cushions and throw pillows!

A gorgeous summer home tour! This backyard deck decorated with junk is a favorite!  -- The Pennington Point

I found these turbines in my neighbor’s trash one morning when I was walking.  You can bet I grabbed them up and carried them home!

A gorgeous summer home tour! This backyard deck decorated with junk is a favorite!  -- The Pennington Point

It’s such a great place to hide from the kids….oh, um….I mean relax.

A gorgeous summer home tour! This backyard deck decorated with junk is a favorite!  -- The Pennington Point

On the opposite side of the yard is my husband’s office.  The kids and I surprised him in February with a front office makeover while he was out of town.

A gorgeous summer home tour! Outdoor office makeover. -- The Pennington Point

The last space I want to show you is my little office.  It used to be my son’s Lego room, but as you saw, we moved all of that to their loft bedroom.  Then it was a place where the kids could study, but they didn’t really use it much.  Now it’s my office.  Things change quickly around here.  Don’t blink or you’ll miss something.

The chest under my desk-table is filled with special things for the boys to play with when they are hanging out in there with me.

A gorgeous summer home tour! Love this small office space.  -- The Pennington Point

It’s where I sit and try to think of something eloquent to say.

A gorgeous summer home tour! -- The Pennington Point

Well that’s all folks!  Thanks for stopping by and be sure to head over to the rest of the homes and check out all of the gorgeousness!!!  You’ve got to go see Lindsay at The White Buffalo Styling Co….she’s awesome!

A gorgeous summer home tour! -- The Pennington Point

You can see last year’s tour featuring other rooms in my house HERE.

Monday, June 2nd

The Shabby Creek Cottage
The Nester
At The Picket Fence (Vanessa)
Thistlewood Farms
The Inspired Room

Tuesday, June 3rd

The Handmade Home
My Fabuless Life
Finding Home
In My Own Style
The Hunted Interior

Wednesday, June 4th

Inspired By Charm
Jennifer Rizzo
Madigan Made
Makely School for Girls
Funky Junk Interiors

Thursday, June 5th

Jones Design Company
Beneath My Heart
The Pennington Point
White Buffalo Styling Co.
Southern Hospitality

Friday, June 6th

At the Picket Fence (Heather)
Desert Domicile
Tatertots & Jello
Home Stories A to Z
Live Laugh Rowe

How to Paint a Houndstooth Rug

How to Paint a Houndstooth Rug

How to paint a houndstooth rug! -- The Pennington Point

Last week I promised to share how I painted the rug on my front porch.  And while I often break those promises and truthfully wonder why you ever trust me, I am happy to say that I actually pulled myself together and am doing it.  I know.  It’s as big a surprise to me as it must be to you.

How to paint a houndstooth rug! -- The Pennington Point

It started with a freshly painted surface.  We cleared the porch, scrubbed it and gave it a new coat of paint.  It’s SO good to have that floor clean again!  If only for 5 minutes.

How to paint a houndstooth rug! -- The Pennington Point

For the base of the rug, we marked off a rectangle the size of the rug we wanted.  We didn’t tape it off because the last time I did that it pulled up the other paint and it just works better to draw a line and carefully paint up to it.   For this we used some leftover semi-gloss paint from another project.  You can use pretty much any water based paint.

How to paint a houndstooth rug! -- The Pennington Point

By the way, I keep saying “we” because my daughter Hope helped me a ton with this project!

Next I made a stencil.  I found a houndstooth pattern online, blew it up and printed it out.

How to paint a houndstooth rug! -- The Pennington Point
Then I cut it out of four pieces of foam sheets in that shape.

How to paint a houndstooth rug -- The Pennington Point
Next, and this is the best part, (I felt a little proud of this idea) I glued three of the foam cutouts together then glued them to a piece of glass (I had from a broken picture frame).  Be sure to put duct tape on the edge of the glass so you don’t cut yourself!  Also, you really must use three layers of foam sheets so it’s high enough to make a nice thick “stamp”.

How to paint a houndstooth rug! -- The Pennington Point
The fourth piece will be used for spacing.  Yep.  It’s awesome.  You can say it.

We used a foam brush to put black (again, leftover from another project) paint on our handmade stamp.  After a few times we were able to make one application of the paint work for two stamps.

How to paint a houndstooth rug! -- The Pennington Point
We snapped some lines to keep it straight.  Although, if I were doing it again I would snap a line for almost every angle instead of just the few we did.  It went a little crooked.  But live & learn.  You’ll do it better.

How to paint a houndstooth rug! -- The Pennington Point

We stamped the first one in a corner then used the “spacer” to guide how far down to put the next one.  That’s why the glass was so great.  We could see exactly where we were placing the image.  If the image didn’t stamp out all the way, it was easy to add a little paint and place it right back down and rock it a little if necessary.  But I wasn’t going for a fully filled in image.

How to paint a houndstooth rug! -- The Pennington Point

Occasionally we had to peel the black paint off our stamp because it would get too thick and not stamp well.  But it was pretty easy to do.

Along the edges we would paint up/prep the stamp, then lie a piece of newspaper down along the edge so the stamp would only paint the rug and not go beyond that.  Make sense?

How to paint a houndstooth rug! -- The Pennington Point

I used a pencil eraser (just dip the eraser in the paint and make a little circle) and a clean sponge brush to make fringe along the edges. (sorry for the blurry picture, but if we had to wait for me to take another one then this promised post would not have happened)

How to paint a houndstooth rug! -- The Pennington Point
The whole project took about a day and a half.

How to paint a houndstooth rug! -- The Pennington Point

Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to follow me on Instagram for a steady stream of porch pictures because I can’t help myself.

My Beautiful Summer Porch

My Beautiful Summer Porch

It was past time to repaint the front porch floor, so we painted it last weekend.  That also meant painting over the old painted rug.  Even though I loved that rug, I couldn’t do the same thing again.  What’s the fun of keeping it the same when you can do something fresh and different?!

I really liked the black and white though, so I decided to keep the colors but tone down the pattern a little and move some of the furniture around for a completely different look.  Buh-bye rocking chairs, hello pew.

A beautiful front porch for summer! -- The Pennington Point

The houndstooth rug is painted on….cute huh?!  I loves it.

A beautiful front porch for summer! -- The Pennington Point

I will do a tutorial on how we did it next week, but I couldn’t wait to show you the porch all cozy and ready for you to stop over for a visit!  I’ll have water with peppermint or citrus essential oils all ready for ya!

A beautiful front porch for summer! -- The Pennington Point

I picked up my Relax sign at a roadside stand a few weeks ago.  It’s the perfect message for our guests when they arrive.  I want it to be a place where people can rest and find peace.

A beautiful front porch for summer! -- The Pennington Point

And we got the bunting and flag screens back out….they just make me happy.

A beautiful front porch for summer! -- The Pennington Point

I really wish you could smell it out there.  The vines are to.die.for.  I also put some potted plants in old buckets and added my collection of gas cans that I have gathered over the years.  No reason for gas cans.  I just like ‘em.

A beautiful front porch for summer! -- The Pennington Point

I filled my little flea market shopping cart with games and balls to encourage family togetherness.

A beautiful front porch for summer! -- The Pennington Point

 Now that the porch is dressed up for summer I want to have a picnic or something.

A beautiful front porch for summer! -- The Pennington Point

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My Full Work Force and Sore Muscles

My Full Work Force and Sore Muscles

My family gave me the best gift ever for Mother’s Day…..a whole day of work, no questions asked.  They’d just do whatever I wanted.

When they offered this, I probably should have just smiled a sweet southern thank you and let them off the hook.  But I am not that kind of girl.  Oh no.  I made a to-do list the size of War and Peace.  Nothing makes this mamma happier than getting some projects done and the house squeaky clean.


But I have to back up a couple of days to last Thursday night when James and I decided to do something so out of our comfort zone that we might not survive it.  We did the first day of a 6 week program designed to tone your body.  Yes, tone.  Why we decided to do this, I have no idea.  We are not those people who walk around looking all healthy and fit and make other people swoon.  That’s just not us.  And our muscles have cried out in rebellion to the whole idea, leaving us limping and wincing every time we sit.  And you don’t even want to know what kind of howls were happening when we had to climb into our big van yesterday morning to get to church.  Getting into that thing is like climbing one of those rock walls….I always wish I had a harness for safety when I grab onto the handle and heave myself up.

Now fast forward back to Saturday morning when James got up at 6:30 to work outside with the boys because one of the things on my list was cleaning out the beds surrounding the guest house.  These beds looked like something a haunted mansion would have around its perimeter.  Scary, dead and who know what lurks beneath.  And it was only made worse by the frightening wincing noises James made every time he bent to pull a weed.  I felt a little sorry for him, but not enough to tell him to stop.

Busy people were working all over the place.  It’s times like these when having a whole passel of kids pays off.  There were children from the back field to the front porch fulfilling my every wish.  We got a ton of work done and I was so, so happy.  The porch is all clean, deck railing repaired, guest house beds all cleaned up, inside spiffy clean, some shelves rearranged, and so much more!

For fun, here’s a flashback to 4 years ago when the kids all helped me build the deck around the pool….the same deck we spent time repairing rails on this past weekend.  You can click on the picture to read that post.


Sunday we went to church then they took me out to lunch for Mother’s Day.  We only eat out once a year or so considering it costs $125+ and we have to wait an hour for a table big enough.  So that was a treat for sure!  Afterward we went home and hung out for a while then I took the best nap….oh so good!  In the evening I went for a walk with some of the kids and ended the day by watching my least favorite team get eliminated on The Amazing Race.  I can’t think of anything more perfect.

This week I have a full schedule, but since it all involves some version of not leaving Texas or flying on an airplane I am a happy camper.

Especially considering I am now safe to limp to the guest house without fear of being eaten attacked by a dead plant.

A “Friend” Themed Weekend

A “Friend” Themed Weekend

The theme of this past weekend was “Friends….old and new.”

We went to the Forge Conference where we knew not a soul.  It was exciting to meet a whole new group of people that desire to live their lives for Christ.  The fellowship is so sweet and the teaching at the conference was hard hitting….just how I like it.  These guys weren’t taking it easy on us.

Challenge me, Lord, to become more like You.

By the end of the weekend we had made fast friends with several families and hope to grow those relationships. Don’t you just love finding new pockets of people that encourage you and help to strengthen your vision?  Me too!

On Sunday after the conference several of the families came to our house for lunch and some last minute fellowship before getting back to the real world.  It was so refreshing for my kids to be around other people who make the same weird choices we make.  Their discussions centered around what God is doing in their lives, how they like to study the Bible, honoring their parents, etc.  They all hung out together….older ones and younger ones.  Everyone was included and all were welcome.  It is the way our family lives, but we rarely come across it in other families and it was a welcome treat for my children!

In the middle of the conference, on Saturday evening, James and I slipped away and drove to Austin (about 2.5 hours away) to take my parents out for their 50th anniversary.  My sister and I planned a nice evening and we surprised them by inviting 5 couples that have been dear friends of my parents for the past 35+ years.  It was so much fun to walk with them into the restaurant and see their expressions when they saw their friends waiting for them.  My sister and I both cried when we saw Mom crying and it went from there to a perfect evening of visiting with old friends.

The old friends reminded me of where I came from.

The new friends renewed my vision for where I want to go.

Doesn’t get much better than that folks.

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Summer Link Party Fun!

Summer Link Party Fun!

Happy first day of July!

We got the bunting and the flags I made out on the porch and are ready for some Americana!

I’m joining up with some of my beautiful friends to link to your own amazing summer projects!

Come join me along with Liz at Hoosier Homemade, Kellie at Nest of Posies, Amy at Positively Splendid, Heather at
Whipperberry and Chelsea at Two Twenty One  to make this a great party!

Remember to visit a few of the others and show them some love!

Happiness is a Peaceful Weekend

Happiness is a Peaceful Weekend

It was a peaceful weekend, quiet and low key.  We milled about doing this and that.  No trips, no rushing around.  Delightful!

On Saturday I gave a couple of haircuts on the front porch.  For some reason, even though I cut the boys’ hair myself and own all of the cutting tools, I wait until they look like orphans in a third world country before I actually cut their hair.  I will go weeks saying, “Boy, you need a HAIRCUT!” knowing that all I have to do is pull out the clippers and have it done in about 10 minutes.  Pitiful.

After the haircuts were done Patience and I decided to use the nice light on the porch to take some new photos for our shop.  My Mason Jar Straw Lids are our hottest seller these days, so we wanted to spice up their pictures.  We set one of our tables on the porch with our pretty summer dishes and took about 7000 shots.  This is Patience’s influence.  I am a just-take-a-couple-of-pictures-and-be-done kind of girl, but she likes to keep going with gusto.  My problem with taking so many is that I have to reject a bunch of good ones.

Just to show you, here’s one of the rejects….but I love it!

Mason jar straw lids from etsy shop -- Shop24

And the good ones…they are super yummy!  I love this one with our new stainless steel straws.

Cute mason jars straw lids with stainless steel straws from esty Shop24

Seriously, I could show you 6998 more!  And we have several new listings in the shop and more to come.  EEK!

Since the table was all set anyway, the 4 girls decided to eat dinner out there and had a lovely time.  Although I couldn’t tell you why they aren’t actually drinking from the mason jars with lids.  I wonder if they know they are allowed to actually USE them.

Yesterday was James’ birthday.  The kids and I pampered him as much as we could.  We did whatever he wanted, which meant spending the afternoon playing Wii Family Feud.  It was girls against boys.  The girls won.  I’m just sayin’.  Birthday or no birthday….no one lets anyone else win around here.

I had to look through my Instagram feed to remind myself of what happened over the weekend.  It’s sad when I can’t remember what I did yesterday.  Especially when I saw this picture from church of 2 of my kids singing for the Lord.  Really Mom, this is something you should remember.

Sorry for the grainy picture.  I was using my iphone and I was way in the back.  Note to self: sit in the front the next time my kids sing.

I guess that’s not a completely uneventful weekend.  A few interesting things happened.

How about you?  Did you relax?  Or go gusto?

There’s a Whole Lotta Craftiness Going on Around Here!

There’s a Whole Lotta Craftiness Going on Around Here!

I haven’t been keeping y’all up to date on my craftiness lately.  The 31 day series has been filled with parenting ideas, but there’s a lot more to me than motherhood.  I wear many hats.  I am a multi-faceted woman.  James says complicated and confusing.  Tomato-tomahto.

I’ve been doing some small, easy projects, putting them in my shop and sharing them on other sites.  Then I realized that I’m not showing them to you, and you understand me best of all.  That led me to feel sorry for you.  Because if you can understand ME then there might be something sadly wrong with you and I think you need to see a doctor.

….ooops…..train of thought derailed…..back to the crafts….

Over at Mom It Forward I’m showing 7 ways to use brown lunch bags for fall.  Here’s a quick peek….be prepared for excessive cuteness.

Then, as if that wasn’t enough, I am also over at Life Your Way sharing 7 ways to say “welcome” with your decorating.

I never realized before that I like lists of 7 so much.  Or maybe I just can’t think of more than that.  I do tend to get distracted easily.

But that’s not all of the creativity around here.  I’ve been cranking out some etsy orders and enjoying the process of making things for others.  I just love thinking about my customers and praying for them while I work.  I made a big batch of these on Monday and sent them off to a special bride:

And I’ve got a whole bunch of new products in the shop. These zippered pouches are so cute and they’d make great Christmas gift for friends, teachers, secret santas, church leaders, lots of folks!

I’ve got to show you just one more, then I’ll stop.  But these mason jar lids that we’re making now are just so fun. I’m using them all of the time for the whole family.

Thanks for letting me spill about all of the craftiness that’s been happening around here.  I hope you’ll pop over to Mom It Forward and Life Your Way to say hello!

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It’s Been a DIY Month Around Here!

It’s Been a DIY Month Around Here!

There’s been a veritable DIY craze going on a my house for the past month.  Now that it’s too hot to actually work, it gives me a chance to slow down and take a few photos of the projects.

One of my favorites has to be the front porch.  Our front porch was looking pretty raggedy.  The floor boards at the end were all rotten and had big holes in them.  The paint on the floor was rubbed off from being pooped on by chickens then scrubbed.  So if you think having chickens is some kind of dream fantasy, remember that they don’t use a toilet and they eat the cat food.  Just sayin’.

Anyway, the porch was pitiful so we removed all of the furniture/toys and got the floor all clean.  Then we replaced the rotting boards, which was not as hard as I expected and makes me wonder why it took us so long to do it.

I changed the color a little.  I’m a change girl.  If I’m going to paint something I’m going to change the color.  It is my way.

So I went a little more gray.  After I painted it the kids kept calling it baby blue which was making me mad because it was supposed to be gray.  This would never do.

I thought maybe adding a rug would distract from the slight blue-ish tinge.  I had some black paint leftover from the back door makeover, so I painted the shutters on the front porch and some trim on the front door.  I love using leftover paint.  It makes me feel so thrifty.

Then I used same the paint to make a rug in the center of the opening from the front.  I like it….it adds charm.  And it was free.

You can see how I did it over at Life Your Way.  I’m sharing some of my home/DIY tips over there a couple of times a month.

Speaking of Home/DIY….I have something so exciting to show you.  I’ve put all of our top home and DIY projects all into one place.  There’s a new button in the “At the Point” sidebar or you can access it right here.

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you’ll pop over and check out my new Home/DIY gallery.

Flags for the Porch

Flags for the Porch

I get a ton of questions about my screen flags, so I’m excited to share with you how I made them. They are summer happiness.

Plus they were really easy to make.

I simply cut 1x2s the sizes I wanted and screwed them together on the ends (be sure to pre-drill your holes).  I painted the frames white then stapled screen to the back.  You can see the staples when you are standing behind the screens on the porch, but it’s fine.  I like the simplicity of it.

Actually, you can see straight through them from the back.  You can’t really even tell they’ve got flags painted on them.  The kids think that’s neat-o.  It’s like a magic trick.

Once they were assembled I laid them on newspaper and painted the flags right onto the screen using painter’s tape for straight lines.  It was simple measuring.  I made a stencil for the Texas flag star out of cardstock. I used star shaped brads (from the scrapbook section in the craft store) for the stars on the American flag.  The little brads fit through the screen just fine.

I think the whole project took me less than 2 hours.  A couple of hooks screwed into the top and tied up with twine and they were done.

It’s a quick, easy, inexpensive way to dress up your porch for the summer.

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Linking to: Transformation Thursday