Change…..I am ready!!!!!

Again, it has been very difficult to keep up a blog.  You see, the intentions were good, but then life happens.  Sure, that’s always a great excuse, right?  I’m not so sure these days.  Actually, it is proof that I have commitment issues when it comes to things like this.  Today is August 1st of 2017, and my goal is to ‘recommit’ myself to the intentions I had in the beginning.  I am proud to say that one of my New Year Resolutions has been kept up, and that is keeping my planner up to date both in decorating and activities.  I admit that there may be 2 or 3 random weeks that are completely blank, but that was only because of dire emergencies taking place in life at that particular time.

So much has happened over this last year.  My lovebug and I decided to finally move away from the bayou area and take a stab at city life together.  Honestly, I have missed city life for quite a while.  While not many may call Shreveport a major city, it was definitely a major city for THIS bayou girl, and I missed that city life terribly.  So, needless to say, we decided to move.  The problem with moving when you are a teacher is that if you don’t fill out applications to school districts at the right time, you miss out on all of the job fairs.  I have never been the type of person to not have a plan, but for the first time in my life….I have no plan.  Let me clarify that.  I have a plan…that plan is to get a job.  However, when I refer to not having a plan, I am referring to the fact that this plan does not involve teaching because unfortunately there aren’t any jobs available for this music and drama teacher.  Ya’ll, this will be the first year during my entire teaching career that I am without a teaching position.  I can’t even begin to describe how scary that is for me.  So, I am completely at the mercy of the job market. Eeeek!

Nonetheless, we are completely happy in our new place.  I must secretly admit that I believe part of my happiness comes from the fact that our new place somewhat resembles one of Disney’s major resorts.  Yes, every time I return home, I feel as though I am coming back to Disney’s Beach Club Resort.  So aside from the happiness I am filled with because I get to see my lovebug every afternoon/evening, I am filled with even more happiness because I am returning home to my “pretend” Disney Beach Club Resort.  Sounds crazy, doesn’t it?

Okay, so perhaps I am reaching for this similarity, but when you love Disney as much as I do….it’s not reaching.

Before moving, I embarked on this crazy journey to make our apartment a place where we could feel like we were in the “happiest place on earth” everyday.  I know if I could be in Disney World every day of my life, I would be completely ecstatic.  However, the adult in me knows that is not possible at the moment.  It totally stinks to be an adult when you have to face such realities.  Perhaps that is why I would be best living in Disney World because I can actually escape the realities of adult life.  One can dream, can’t they?  To be honest, I believe that my dream job would be to plan Disney vacations every day and all day.  I am not nearly as experienced as the Disney vacationer who frequented Disney since a small child, but I almost feel like I am worse because I research Disney all the time.  Ya’ll, I am happy to admit….I am a DISNEY ADDICT.  Haha!

So back to this adventure I embarked on.  As you may have figured out from some of my previous entries, I love teapots and Alice in Wonderland.  Well, I worked on surrounding myself with Alice in Wonderland goodies.  I managed to decorate my kitchen and dining room with an Alice in Wonderland theme.  It is still a work in progress, but I am satisfied with the way it has turned out so far.  Of course, it is impossible to have a kitchen without “Little Chef”, Remy, making an appearance.

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The majority of my dining room setting is homemade.  My very own mother made my table cloths and napkins.  I designed it to resemble Alice’s dress.  Every crochet doily was made by my late grandmother, “maw maw”, who had an unbelievable amount of talent.  Like mother-like daughter…my mom is also unbelievably talented.  I think it is quite visible that I love ruffles, and my mom is definitely the Ruffle Queen! Even my dish towels had to have ruffles.  Luckily my mom was able to make those too.  The rag swag in the dining room was made my “yours truly”.  I used all of the scraps my mom had from all of the baby clothes/dresses she made.  Thankfully, I am not the only one that loves pastels in my family. The cuckoo clock was purchased from Bradford Exchange, and the curious oysters were purchased from Fairlovely11 on Etsy.  Many of the items displayed at the top of my cabinets came from Zulily.  Zulily is completely amazing because there are always interesting items to purchase at great prices.  You might want to sign up for Zulily updates….I highly recommend it.

Let’s not kid ourselves to think that Disney is only in my kitchen and dining room.  So, let’s move on to my very own work space.

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Naturally, the Disney plushes all come from either the Disney Store or Disney Parks.  The Disney ears also come from Disney Parks.  I found the Disney Princess artwork at Hobby Lobby, and the cute Mickey planter was purchased at our local Dollar General.  It is a small space, but it really works for me.  The bonus about my work space is that it looks out towards an amazing view.  IMG_0698FullSizeRender 68 Which takes us out onto our quaint little patio.  The patio is in the process of being themed after Disney’s The Enchanted Tiki Room.  This is a new project I started yesterday, but it will take a while before it is completed like I want it to be.  For now, this works out just fine, and it’s a great place to drink coffee and do some “grateful” journaling.  Oh yeah, that amazing leather journal was a happy find from the Louisiana Renaissance Festival in Hammond, LA.  If you have never been, you DEFINITELY need to check it out.  They open their doors to the kingdom in November, and every weekend is a different theme.  Ya’ll, it is so much fun!

Upon moving, we downsized quite a bit.  I was afraid at first, but it actually worked out better than expected.  Sure, I have a storage unit for all of my Christmas decorations, but believe it or not everything else actually fits in our smaller apartment.  I don’t think we are quite ready for the ‘tiny house’ movement, but maybe one day.  I thank God everyday for blessing me with great organizational skills.  It wasn’t until I moved everything out of our spare closet in our previous apartment that I realized just how great those organizational skills were.  I could not believe all of the STUFF that was neatly placed in that closet.  So, we decided upon a 1 bedroom apartment because honestly, why do we need 2?  Out of all the Disney love stories, my favorite will always be Mickey and Minnie because that is where it all started.  When it came to decorating our bedroom, I decided that Mickey and Minnie would be the perfect theme.

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The bedroom is not even close to being finished.  I am still awaiting some artwork for other parts of our bedroom, but at least it gives me a project to work on.  I think it is quite obvious that I love the color yellow.  The bedspread and flower pillows were crocheted by my talented maw maw.  It’s been in our family for as long as I can remember.  I found the cute Mickey and Minnie picture at Target.  The green topiaries were also purchased at Target.  Eventually, the random Disney plushes will have their own place, but for now they add even more cheer to our bedroom.  They were purchased at the Disney Parks, except for the Despicable Me plushes that came from Universal Studios Orlando.  The ‘read with me’ Tigger and Pooh came from the Hallmark Store during a ‘going out of business’ sale.  The colorful, quote artwork was purchased from RainyDayDownloads on Etsy.  Once our bedroom is complete, I will post updated pictures.

Next room of the tour is the bathroom.  I know, why on earth would you want to see a bathroom?  I am sorry, but I am very proud of our bathroom because it has homemade goodies.

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I am proud to say that I have a ‘one of a kind’ shower curtain.  You will not find the shower curtain nor the toilet paper holder in stores.  Knowing that I love ruffles, my mom made both of these with tons of ruffles.  The shower curtain display is not quite finished, but this is definitely a good start.  I can’t have a room in our apartment without some sort of Disney memorabilia, so I found this cute artwork on Etsy created by BearandLouDesigns.  The wonderful thing about artists like BearandLouDesigns is that it’s immediate, printable downloads….no waiting. That works out perfectly for impatient people like me. Haha!

Lastly, in our little apartment, is our living room/entertainment area, and my lovebug’s workspace/shared computer space.

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Again, I found some prints on Etsy from CreativeArtistore, OohPrint, and CreationTreasure. Disney plushes are from the Disney Parks.  The Frozen figurines were a sale item from Tuesday Morning, and that amazing Maestro Mickey print was a gift to music directors while on one of our choir trips to Festival Disney.  If you are a music teacher and have never taken your groups to Festival Disney, I strongly suggest that you do ASAP.  The experience is completely priceless for all involved, and it is an amazing musical experience for both students and teachers.  The Alice in Wonderland clock was a purchase from Books-a-Million, and I believe it is obvious that the budget board was a creation of my own.  It may not be the most creative thing ever, but it works for us.

So there you have it…..a small tour of this Disney Addict’s apartment.  Because my mom is not a city person, she was afraid she would never see our apartment, in person, after we had completely unpacked.  She begged for me to make a video for her, so I did.  I’m sharing that video here just in case you’d like to view it.  Please keep in mind, this was for my mom.  😉

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I know this was lengthy, and perhaps that is why it is difficult for me to commit to blogging.  Thanks for reading! Anywho!  Tune in to tomorrow’s blog for the introduction of our newest family member.  Have a fantastic day, everyone.

It’s all about teapots…..

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89693f976b21277b87846056eb0f8fcadecided that I needed a bit of a break from blogging about New Year’s Resolutions because it is easier for me to avoid the fact that I am not doing so well with my own since Reggie’s death.  So, I’m going to talk about my teapots.  I absolutely love teapots that are vintage or unique in nature.  Since I’ve inherited many vintage items from my mom, grandparents, great grandparents, aunts, great aunts, etc., I have been drawn to pastel colors…mostly.  I suppose that is mainly because everything I have inherited is more on the aged side and includes many soft colors.  But why teapots?

I am a Disney fanatic!   As a  child, I absolutely loved “Alice in Wonderland”.  The Disney animated movie was so full of color, and even though I was too young to actually drink tea….I loved the tea party.  It was complete with talking insects, animals, flowers, cards, and royalty.  Who could ask for anything more?

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Sure, my love for Disney goes far beyond “Alice in Wonderland”.  I didn’t go to Disney World until I was 36, but it didn’t seem to matter because I fell in love with it and vowed to go back as often as possible.  I ended up taking my choirs to Festival Disney because I wanted my students to be able to experience Disney, also.  Let’s be honest….I had my motives for going to Festival Disney.  Yes, I wanted my choirs to have the performing experience, but I longed to be in Disney World more than I longed to sleep.  Before going to Disney, all I could ever do was collect Disney memorabilia.  I had a huge Disney plush collection, but I ended up giving it all away at one time because I didn’t have money for Christmas gifts.  I refused to show up empty handed.  So, the massive plush collection has been gone for quite sometime, and I am now starting all over again.

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Yes, I am aware that Agnes and Minions are not Disney, but I adore the “Despicable Me” movies.  That lovely giraffe was purchased at Rainforest Cafe, so it is “Disney” to me.  I am truly a child at heart.  I suppose I can easily relate to Peter Pan because I am NEVER growing up.  I’m hoping that this next Disney trip will bring home many more Disney goodies for my collection.  Nonetheless, thanks to the Mad Hatter…I have a great love for teapots and tea.  Although, I just can’t seem to bring myself to ride the tea cups at Magic Kingdom because I already know the end result.  During one of my Festival Disney trips with my students, I came across a wonderful find.  I was so excited when I purchased my first “Alice in Wonderland” themed tea cups.  Anytime I use these, I can’t help but feel as if I am actually having tea with the Mad Hatter & friends.  Crazy?  Maybe, but I’m okay with that.  After all, “We’re all mad here…..”.

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With that being my first, official addition to my tea cup/tea pot collection, the indulgences began.  I started inheriting things from my relatives, and then I introduced myself to the wonderful world of antiquing.  I also dug up my old miniature tea set, and so the craze began with the tea pot decor.

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However, I knew I hit the jackpot when I found the perfect lamp to set the theme for my entire collection.  (I will have to find the site in which I found this precious gem because right now, I cannot seem to remember it to save my life.)  I do remember when I opened the box and pulled this beautiful lamp from its dark, cardboard, prison.  I fell in love with it even more than I did from the image on the site in which I found it.

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Perhaps, secretly, I just want to have tea parties everyday.  My cousin came over to eat right before Christmas, and while we were having lunch she kept commenting on how she felt as if she were at a tea party.  I had to laugh because I wasn’t even serving tea, but it made me think.

How do I incorporate tea parties into my life?  Until I figure out the answer, the teapot collection will continue to grow.

Have a fabulous day everyone.  Till next time…..

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