Your Whims Wednesday #9 {And Features}

It's time for another party!!!

 Here are some of my favorites from last week: 

LOVE this pillow from over at Salvage Savvy

My blog includes lots of girly things...and this cute jewelry set my Anngela's Pretty Things definitely fits as girly & cute!!

Loving this smashed ruffle tote over at Simply Homemade

This dandelion painting over at Mindless flows so well with the three different canvases

I want a pair of these glitter shoes done over at Janina a la Maison

 This crown over at Cherished Bliss is ALMOST as cute as the baby wearing it :)

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Featured on My Girlish Whims

Now... onto this weeks party!

I show off my girlish whims weekly on my blog, and now I want to see yours with Your Whims Wednesday

1. Link up as many projects as you would like: as long as it is one of your girly ways, you can link it! I'd love to see crafts, recipes, style posts, etc. Anything and everything feminine :)
2.Please add my button (code below) to either your blog post or somewhere on your blog. 
3. Take a quick moment to comment on at least one other entry. We we all love comments!! 
4.I'd love if you would follow me as well :)

Your Whims Wednesday

My First Furniture Redo: Pretty Pink Desk

This weekend I tackled my biggest project yet: a desk redo!

This desk was mine when I was a kid, and my mothers before me. I decided I could use another desk in my room for everything besides crafting because my crafting desk is getting a little cramped.  Thus, I drug this baby up from the basement and set to work.

It had seen better days....

Being my childhood desk, it has some remnants of my past...a drawing of my favorite dog down the street oka, my name carved into the top, coloring on it, a little glitter... seriously 7 year old me what were you thinking??

Seeing that I've never refinished a piece of furniture before, I turned to my dad and asked for a little help. All I wanted to do was sand it down a little, then throw on a coat of paint. Well, when your father used to be a furniture refinisher, I should have known he wouldn't let me off that easy. 

So, off we went to the workshop of our family piano business and gathered supplies. 

And I set to work. Here I am about to strip the wood. 

That orange junk was disgusting. And no, that hairy hand is not mine.

Then I used lacquer thinner to use get the rest of the thinner off. No, those hairy hands are not mine either. I promise I refinished the desk, not my father. It was just easier to take a picture of him doing it than me haha.  

Then I broke out some wood putty to fill in all those carvings I had made...

Sanded it all down...


And then painted it pink! I got the paint at a flea market for a dollar. It was a mis-tint. Score for me!!

I got some pretty new hardware to put on from Home Depot to make it extra girly.

And voila! A new pretty pink desk :) 

All ready to go with a cute new workspace 

Next project: find a chair to go with it!

I'll be linking up to all the projects in my header as well as Todays Creative Blog


Cherished Treasures”= HOG

My Study Abroad Travels: City of Clisson

As you may or may not remember me mentioning, fall semester I studied abroad in France and have slowly been sharing the photos of my travels with you all! Today I'm going to show you pictures of the cute little town of Clisson!

Clisson is a BEAUTIFUL city that four friends and I went to visit one Saturday. It was about a twenty minute train ride from Nantes, and cost like 4 euros each way. I love European travel.

Just check out this beauty!!

We got there kind of early and nothing was really open...except the French bakery of course! Yum.

Being Americans...and tourists.....out on our own....we visited the tourist office. 

They were nice enough to call up a local vineyard and ask if they would give us a tour.  The vineyard agreed, and we set off. Passed some pretty scenery for sure!

After way too much walking for my little high-heeled tootsies (what was I thinking???) we got to the vineyard.

We got a nice personalized tour of the facility, and then got to enjoy the tasting room :)

After the vineyard we explored the rest of the town. Doesn't this tree look like it came straight from The Lion King or something?? 

And this castle looks so cool with the clouds above.

There was lots of pretty scenery around to get good pictures!!

We even got to go to a French bead store! I was in heaven.

I bought a pretty key charm and made it into a necklace.

I have so many more pictures to share of other towns, hope you don't mind traveling to Europe with me around once a week so I can share!!

Our Engagement Photos

My BFF from home Muriel took some engagement pics of fiancĂ© and I after we got back from school...and here they are!! Sorry for the overload of pics...I cut a lot out though promise!!

Yeah.... I like him :)