Monday, September 28, 2015

Painted Yellow Cuckoo Clock

Posted by Devin


When I was a little girl I can remember my paternal grandmother frequently pulling the chains and re-setting their cuckoo clock in the living room. I always loved to hear it tick-tocking with the occasional "cuckoo-cuckoo" sounding throughout the house. When I was searching for decorative items to put into my office, I came across this adorable cuckoo clock and nostalgia set in. I knew I had to have it. I purchased it from EJ's Auction & Consignment as part of a "Bid on a Budget" contest to decorate my office that I am participating in (the final office reveal is coming this Saturday, eek!), and it was not an easy win. There was another woman who had her eye on this piece and the bidding got pretty fierce between her and I. I maxed out my budget but I won the clock! Woohoo! Here's a look at what the clock looked like when I purchased it:


I loved the design of the clock, especially the deer head on top and the rabbit and bird details on the side. This is called a traditional hunting motif for cuckoo clocks. The wood color is of course the traditional way you see most cuckoo clocks as well, but I wanted to add a fun twist to my clock and paint it a bright and interesting color. To match the rest of my office I decided on Sun Yellow spray paint by Krylon for the clock. Here's the process I used to paint my clock!

Step 1: Tape up the clock face with painter's tape. Also, remove the pinecone weights, open the clock from the back, and pull the chains inside the housing. Then tape up the chain ends to prevent them from being painted.



Step 2: Detach any extra pieces such as the leaf ticker, the decorative top, and the horn from the clock to prepare it all to be painted. I sprayed everything first with a coat of white spray paint as a base coat. This allowed the yellow color to be brighter and truer once I applied it.



Step 3: Once the white coat has dried, apply your first coat of your final spray paint color. I ended up applying about 3 coats of the yellow to get a solid, even look to the clock. Make sure you spray at every angle to prevent missing areas.


Once the clock is dry, you are ready to re-attach all of your pieces and hang your clock on the wall! I LOVE the look of the painted cuckoo clock. So much more fun than the traditional wood tone, in my opinion. I kind of wish I could buy a whole bunch of cuckoos and have a whole wall of different colored clocks! Wouldn't that be awesome?!! In the meantime, I will enjoy my lone yellow clock in my office. ;)


Stay tuned to see the final office makeover in all it's glory! Thanks for stopping by!

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Friday Finds Linky Party #48

LinkyMain2-04 Happy Fall everyone! Ya’ll shared so many awesome projects last week! We loved it! Thanks for partying with us and we look forward to another fabulous party this week! Take a peek at a few of our favorites from last week... Friday Finds Linky Party! #linkyparty #fridayfinds

Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread from Kleinworth & Co
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Garlic Parmesean Fries from A Pumpkin and a Princess
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Brandy from Gluesticks || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
Simple Fall MantelFrom Our Guilded Aboded
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DIY Fall Cone Trees from Our Gilded Abode
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Vanessa from Tried & True || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
Hot Pimiento Cheese Dip from Honey & Birch
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Greek Salad with Vinaigrette from Living Off Love & Coffee
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Devin & Tara from Salt & Pepper Moms || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
Halloween Oreo Candy Bark from A Pumpkin and A Princess
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DIY Pumpkin Candles from A Pumpkin and A Princess

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

On The Road

Posted by Devin






It has been way too long since Jake and I went on a road trip, just the two of us. We had such a great time hitting the highway and checking out lots of cool towns in northern Arizona. Unlike the weather down in the valley, the temperatures up north are beginning to feel like Fall with cool nights and mornings. Therefore my attire was a bit eclectic for this particular morning's journey: sandals and ripped-up jeans coupled with a cardigan and knit cap. It was perfect until about 11am when I had to ditch the cap and cardi as the sun started heating us up. I can't wait for things to really cool down here at home so I can pull all of my Fall items out for the season! And I think I'll be favoring colors like this mustard yellow, green, and gray... Very Fall-ish.

What I Wore:
Cardigan -DownEast Basics
Striped Blouse - Target
Jeans - Thrifted 
Sandals - Rack Room Shoes
 Knit Cap - Earthbound Trading

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Magical Sedona

Posted by Devin


Jake and I recently visited Sedona for a few days celebrating our 15 year wedding anniversary together. It was the BEST trip. I always forget just how beautiful and magical Sedona really is! Every time I return I am surprised again by the stunning red rocks accented by bright green cacti and clear blue skies.

When I was planning our trip I was researching what we should do while we were there, but I couldn't find a really great article on the topic. Mostly there were just a lot of generic suggestions about what to do there. Because our trip turned out to be so great, I thought I would give you the specifics on what we did. Perhaps it will help you plan your own rocking trip to Sedona!

Where We Stayed


Sedona can be a pretty pricey place to stay. Many of the resorts and hotels are lovely but will also put a dent in your vacation budget. So we decided to take our vintage travel trailer, Gus, with us! We stayed at the Rancho Sedona RV Park and it was wonderful! Clean and filled with beautiful vegetation and located right in the center of town on Oak Creek, there was no where we would have rather stayed! We loved the friendly and quiet atmosphere of the park and that the creek is right there to swim in and enjoy. If you own an RV or travel trailer, I highly recommend you take it for this trip. If you do not own one but still want to keep things on the inexpensive side, there are also some great tent camping sites which are an excellent option for much of the year given Sedona's mild weather.


Where We Ate

Food is an important part of travel for Jake and I. When we visit new areas, we are always excited to try the local cuisine and make it a point to hunt down the area's best restaurants! After a lot of internet research here are the best places where we decided to eat and not a single location let us down. 

Elote


Elote is a surprising little second-floor restaurant located at the Arabella Hotel on State Route 179. They serve Mexican cuisine created by their head chef and the inspirations he received through years of travel through Mexico. The dishes are delicious, fresh, and original and you can taste the authentic old Mexico influences. Plus the views are spectacular!

Hideaway House


Hideaway House serves "homestyle food leaning towards Italian." I thought that was a bit of a curious description, but we decided to give it a try based on it's great reviews. Everything was mouth-wateringly good and we only wished we had time to return on our trip for a second visit. And once again, this location boasts spectacular views. If you are going for dinner, try to get there atleast 30 minutes before sunset to make the most of it!

Oaxaca


For the traditional Sonoran-style Mexican food we Arizonans are used to, Oaxaca is a great choice. Jake and I have eaten here on other trips to Sedona and we have never been let down. And once again, the upstairs outdoor seating has beautiful views of the red rocks. If you're going to eat out in Sedona, you might as well go somewhere you can enjoy Sedona's best features!

Sabrina's Gourmet Ice Cream


I love me a good chocolate shake. And in my opinion, the very best chocolate shakes are made with chocolate ice cream, not vanilla ice cream and syrup. I can't go to Sedona without stopping by Sabrina's for a chocolate ice cream chocolate shake. And actually you can get a shake in any of their ice cream flavors! Enjoy your ice cream on the back patio while admiring the red rocks or while you cruise through the main drag of shops.

Firehouse Donuts


Firehouse Donuts is actually located about 20 minutes from the center of Sedona in a place called Cottonwood, AZ. Jake and I decided to spend one morning exploring Cottonwood and nearby Jerome so we stopped by here to try the donuts. They have a number of traditional style donuts as well as a variety of gourmet flavors. Our favorites were the chocolate cake donut and the creme brulee gourmet donut. Delish! The staff was very friendly and the atmosphere was great. A fun stop for sure!

What We Did

Jake and I visited Sedona with the intention of having a very outdoorsy and active vacation and that's exactly what we did! We played a lot of pickleball (our new favorite activity), went on lots of hikes, and tried out a few great swimming holes. Here are the highlights of our adventures! And FYI, if you ARE planning on spending a fair amount of time on the trails, it's a good idea to stop by the Chamber of Commerce and get some of their free maps and information. We found them to be super helpful.

Devil's Bridge Hike



This hike is about 4.5 miles round trip from the parking area to the bridge and moderately difficult. It's a pretty flat hike until you get near the bridge and then there is a bit of a climb. The red rocks and dirt coupled with the bright green trees and cacti make for beautiful surroundings throughout the hike. And once you start climbing the views are lovely. The bridge itself is an amazing sight and I have to admit, it had me shaking in my boots a bit. I'm not a fan of heights and so could not be convinced to venture out onto the bridge. Jake was not as timid as I am and enjoyed walking around the bridge quite extensively (which was making me a nervous wreck). That being said, I loved this hike and will definitely do it again on our next visit.

Cathedral Rock Hike




There are two ways to approach Cathedral Rock, a shorter hike from a nearby road on the Eastern side of the rock (the more popular option) or a longer hike from the Crescent Moon Picnic Area on the Western side of the rock. We chose the longer hike as it offered nice swimming holes (Red Rock Crossing and Buddha Beach) to enjoy at the start and finish and we were looking for a longer hike as well. This hike is a little tougher as the climb is steeper and longer, but we absolutely loved this hike. The views are spectacular and the hike is just really fun. A lot of the reviews said not to attempt it if you are afraid of heights but I really didn't have a problem with it at all. There is one section where you are crawling up a crack in the rocks, but it's not too bad. We saw people of all ages and athletic abilities completing the hike and enjoying themselves. The views at the top are simply breathtaking and I can honestly say this is a hike I will never miss the opportunity to take if I am in Sedona. I want to go back again and again!

Grasshopper Point


If you aren't in the mood for a hike but want to hit up a great swimming hole, Grasshopper Point is a good way to go. It's usually less crowded than Slide Rock and a bit cheaper to park there, plus it's a really pretty spot to take a dip. There are also some nice rocks to jump off of into the water. It's located up Oak Creek just a few minutes out of town making it a very convenient location. We really lucked out and had the place all to ourselves! Although not quite as crowded as Slide Rock, that is not the norm.

And those are the highlights of our mini vacay! We really can't wait to go back and we think the kids are going to love it all as much as we did. Although going back just the two of us again doesn't sound too bad either. ;) I hope our recommendations help you out when planning your next Sedona trip!

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Friday Finds Linky Party #47

LinkyMain2-04 Happy Friday everyone! We’ve got our dancing shoes on and the disco lights ready, are you ready to get this party started? You all were amazingly creative last week and we can’t wait to see what goodies you have in store for us!

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Vintage Inspired Chalky Paint Pumpkins from The Casual Craftlete
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Baby Owl Nutter Butter Cookies from Hooplapalooza
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Brandy from Gluesticks || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
Wheat Wreath for Fall From Delightfully Noted
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Candy Corn Pretzel Rods from Liz on Call
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Vanessa from Tried & True || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
DIY Craft Shelves from Crafting In The Rain
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A Kitchen Tour from What Rose Knows
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Devin & Tara from Salt & Pepper Moms || Instagram || Pinterest || Facebook
Thrift Store Redo from Twelve O Eight
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Colorful Autumn Leaf Earrings from Jewelry Making Journal

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