Monday, July 30, 2012

The Ice Cream Man

One of my favorite, childhood memories is a frosty treat from the ice cream man. I still get a butterfly in my stomach when I hear the music playing from a street or two away. I really do! So, you can imagine my excitement when my kids came barreling through the front door one afternoon in June announcing the arrival of the ice cream man! After a frantic search for my wallet, we all ran outside and waited for the music to get closer and closer until the truck finally turned down our cul-de-sac. He comes every Tuesday around 5:30pm. Our truck serves actual soft-serve ice cream and it is davoon! I am so glad that     my children get to have a memory like one of my own. Life is so different these days from when I was small and it is such a comfort to know that there are some things that never change. 

Our sweet little neighbor!
He really enjoys his cones!

Here Sport and I are deciding what to get - I look mad with my hand on my hip.

I love Sport holding his hands behind his back in anticipation. 
Sweet Pea is ready to order - they are so patient and let the little kids go first.



Tuesday, July 24, 2012

D.I.Y. Bulletin Board

My home has been quiet for the last week and a half. Two of the mini-pearls are at camp for two weeks and Fisherman has been - wait for it - fishing. Yes, my first born spent the last week in the Keys with my mother-in-law. It is tough to be him. Now, don't go feeling sorry for me having to be home alone. It has been rough, but I am dealing. Mr. Pearl and I have been forced to do things like play tennis each evening and eat leisurely dinners. It has been very difficult. I have had to spend my days working on projects for the house. Yes, very tough to manage. Ha! Don't get me wrong, I love my babies more than life, but I know they are all having fun and are safe, so I should have fun, too.

Look at that grin - Fisherman in his element, the Keys. Yes, that is a shark that he is holding. It is a little bonnet head and was released unharmed.

First project up, Fisherman's room. I have been putting-off hanging all of his decor and settling him into his new digs (since we moved in February) because he is just so darn agreeable, that he has never asked when I would finish his room. He has his Xbox and TV set-up and room for all of his stuff. Life is good and the fact that his room is "not finished" is like permission to not really tidy things up in there. No more! 

Fisherman did ask for a bulletin board and I am happy to oblige. I fashioned one out of an old screen door that I purchased in Round Top over a year ago. Originally, I had purchased the door thinking that it would make a really cool, full of character door for Fisherman's closet. His room has this whole fish camp, hunting lodge vibe and I thought that would be perfect. When the time finally came to actually submit the door to the contractor for installation, I woke-up from my dream. What was I thinking? A see-through, screen door on a teen boy's closet. Not just any boy, my boy. My first born has many talents. He is smart, witty, blessed with the gift of gab - the boy can talk to anyone, any age, any time, any where and has since he could talk. He loves the outdoors and has compassion for the people and critters that God has put on this earth. He is a cool kid, if I do say so myself. However, he can, at times, remind me of Bubba from Forest Gump. Bubba went on and on about shrimp and my oldest, well, it's not fish recipes, but everything fish: types of fish, places to fish, fishing lures, rods and reels, live bait, the habits of fish, the type of weather best suited for fishing, the best fish to eat, the best fish to catch... Get the picture? He also collects all the paraphernalia to go along with his passion.

This is what the door looked like when I brought it home from Round Top. I love the chippy, turquoise paint, but the weathered, untreated wood on the other side won out.

Where does all of this fishing stuff go? In Fisherman's closet, because, according to him, it must be in a temperature controlled environment. We had our contractor build him in a special place to hold his rods, but with all that stuff and a few clothes, it isn't pretty. All that to say, a see-through closet door was a no-go. If you have an exceptionally neat boy, and a screen-door closet would be a cool edition to his room, by all means, use this idea! It is too cool not to.

Back to the D.I.Y. part of this post. I removed all of the old screen from the door and cleaned it up. Then, I simply bought several rolls of cork from the craft store. I rolled the cork out along the back of the door, two layers thick and secured with staples along the sides. (Note: I totally for got to take pictures along the way. Sorry!) I then put a layer of foam core behind the cork, as the cork was really thin. I secured this with heavy duty packing tape. Not pretty, but strong. For the largest opening, I used a bulletin board that I already had and covered it with some camo fabric to match the room. The door is secured with long screws into the wall. Mr. Pearl made sure that it was really secure, as it will get alot of use. The door still ads character to Fisherman's room and the contents of his closet are hidden. That makes me and Fisherman (to quote a character from one of his favorite shows, Duck Dynasty) very "happy, happy, happy."

The finished project, hanging above Fisherman's desk.

 The rest of the room - the gun is an antique that belonged to Mr. Pearl's great, great uncle, a Texas map (yet another Round Top purchase), the light above the chair is made from an old bait bucket. 

That's my oldest boy's room. These may be the only pictures ever made of it, because, well, he is a teenage boy and I have to pick my battles.



Monday, July 23, 2012

What's Your Beach Style - West Coast Edition

Haven't found your beach style yet? Well, put some Beach Boy's tunes on your playlist and check these pictures out! Perhaps you are a west coast, golden blonde, athletic, surfer kind of beach goer. I love the ruggedness of the west coast and the charm of all of the little towns and villages tucked into the nooks and crannies along California's coast. There is a little something for everyone. There is everything from the sleek, modern, glass and steel look to charming, fairytale-like cottages. Is this you?


Look at that view - Malibu

Bath in Laguna

Lovely in LaJolla

Charming cottage in Carmel

This is Rachel Ashwell's Malibu home

Wouldn't mind any of it, would you?



photos via: Pinterest

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

What's Your Beach Style - Gulf Coast Edition

This is my personal favorite beach style. The Gulf Coast spans five states, but Florida and it's sugar, white sand and emerald green water has a special place in my heart. 

My family has been spending time here in the summer for ten years. We specifically love Carillon Beach but there are dozens of communities along 30-A, each with it's own personality. These pictures make everything look glamorous and perfect, but the area is also known as "the Redneck Rivera." Go figure, there is something for everyone. If you were wondering, we leave in three weeks!

Carillon Beach

Rosemary Beach


Alys Beach


Tracery Interiors - Rosemary Beach

Happy Tuesday!


All photos via Pinterest