Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Another Country Heard From

Oh.  Hi there.  Have we met?

I think you might know me.  I mean, I might look familiar.  Hi, I'm Tabby.  Ya know, the person who used to reside here on the most fabulous island on the internet... the person who used to love to share and to bargain hunt and to check in and to chat... and -- and.  There's nothing I can say; I fell off the face of the Earth.

My dad used to borrow a saying from his grandmother when things like this happened.  He would say, "isn't this another country heard from..."  Islanders, I am that other country and today is when you're hearing from me.  I am here.   I repeat:  I am still here.  I am surviving.  It's been crazy but I'm not going to complain.  I still have SO much to share.

We need to talk about the good and the bad (my dog, my kid, my travels, my summer, my crafts, parties, pretties, presents and more)!


I will reduce my post frequency from what we used to do while I figure things out but I will get back to posting more often than I have lately.  This isn't bye, it's a 'we'll talk soon.'

Friday, June 23, 2017

So This Happened: Straight Outta Fifth Grade

Howdy, Islanders!

We spoke about a lot of the graduation details.  I mentioned one of her gift bags were filled with t-shirts.
One of the shirts I had made included a popular logo and saying that replaced Compton with Fifth Grade.



If you'd like the vendor information, feel free to check out the social media post on Instagram.


I got so many great shots, I figured I'd share the moment (and all of her big kid cuteness) with my beloved Islanders.




Additional photos can be found in the Instagram post.  I didn't have a lot of time to take a lot of pictures because it was also the last day of school and thus, the last day Munch caught the bus!

Munch presented her teacher with the pencil, a Panera gift card, and a card from us thanking him for being an awesome teacher.


The kid loved her shirt and Mr. Testman loved his gifts.  Mission accomplished for this mama :)


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Munch's Fifth Grade Graduation


Throwback Thursday (TBT) to the time my kid graduated from Kindergarten.  Do you remember that post(click here to read)?  It was when I had the nerve to think she was a kid... I mean, look at her.  She CLEARLY was still a baby.  How do I know?!  What do you mean?  Look at her cheeks! Little baby teeth.  She is totally a baby.

Here's a not-so-long-ago TBT fo' yo' mind:


It happened.  She kept growing.  And growing.  Until last Thursday, when she graduated from elementary school as in she. is. going. to. middle. school.  MIDDLE SCHOOL?!

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw the day as it progressed in my story.


Seriously, if you're looking for a constant Island fix, check it out.  I try to post something on the Instagram Story everyday.  To that end, I may post everyday but the behind-the-scenes deets are found only here on the island!

I spent weeks preparing for graduation.  We had the outfit planned, I picked up a few gifts, I invited those close to us... we were ready.  Right?!


We scheduled her hair appointment and she started to FEEL like she was ready with her fresh blowout and cut.


Graduation day was finally here.  We arrived to her school and we (even my juicy new nephew) were seated.




The ceremony started and Munch walked out with her escort.


She didn't know her dad was able to make it.  Islanders, if you could've seen her face light up when she saw how many people came out to support (especially Daddy), it really was a sweet moment; she couldn't hold her excitement.  With Pomp and Circumstance playing, I could barely hold back my tears; it got real for a moment. No tears.  No tears, Tabitha.



Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Kitchen Updates: Tips for Everything Else

Hi, friends!
First, thanks for so many positive comments and feedback; it's greatly appreciated.  There were a few other tips I wanted to offer for anyone looking to have a beautiful and functioning kitchen.

1.  Update the lighting.

Every kitchen I've owned had flourescent lighting and we've always had a decorative cover.  In the case of the townhouse flip, there was a flourescent light with an outdated cover.  With everything else getting a face lift in the space, the light fixture started to take some of my focus.  We took a trip to Lowe's to shop for an affordable light fixture and found a simple one for about $30.  It included bulbs and was a cinch to install.


In the photo above, you can't see it but when the flourescent light was removed, an ugly portion of the ceiling was exposed.  Thankfully, with the light on, you couldn't tell.  I had to get creative because I didn't have time to paint the entire main living level ceilings before the showings would start.  I came up with an idea to use trim to create a 'frame' around the light fixture and to use some of the extra paint to create a focal point. 


The accent paint on the ceiling gave the illusion the light fixture was more of a statement piece while having the paint on the ceiling ensured it didn't take away from the design of the space.  I loved how it turned out so much that I've recommended it to everyone who loathes their bulky flourescent light.

Another Country Heard From

Oh.  Hi there.  Have we met? I think you might know me.  I mean, I might look familiar.  Hi, I'm Tabby.  Ya know, the person who us...

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