Ready for my {long-awaited} weekend with the girls!

HOLLAA! HOLLAA! With Labor Day weekend approaching, I can't help but feel anxious and excited about spending 3 days at the beach with a few of my most fav ladies!

Labor Day was always one of those holidays that I never really knew what it was all about {kind of like St. Patty's}. So why do we have a Labor Day? 

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country. {source} As a hard working American, myself, I appreciate the tribute AND the extra day off.

Traditionally, Labor Day is celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer. In high society, Labor Day is (or was) considered the last day of the year when it is fashionable for women to wear white. {source}  But, we'll have to see about that... ;)

Each year, I plan a beach trip and it usually falls on this particular weekend. Why? Well, because we always have Monday off- duh.  This year, we are headed eastbound and down to Sunny Pensacola, Florida!
With a strip of kitschy motels, surf shops and dive bars, I'm sure we'll find some kind of trouble to get into. Maybe we'll even get matching airbrush shirts (you know you had one)!  

My focus, however, will be on chillaxation and good times with the girls.

There are only a handful of things I need to make this happen:

First and Foremost- DRANKS!
...if you like Pina coladas....

And the essentials:

 the perfect bikini

the biggest shades I can find ;)

 a hat

some good reads

and a cute bag to tote it all in

{the gals}

And eventually, I'll need food at some point. But, really, I need to prioritize.  In the end, this is all that matters:

Wishing you all the bestest, safest and laziest Labor Day!

Mrs. V!ck


DIY: Headboard

Ok, so if you read my latest post, you already know that few weekends back, my dad came over with his power tools to help me tackle the DIY headboard from my summer bucket list.

It turned out better than I had expected and I am so excited to share the step-by-step process so you can create your own headboard!

First, you'll need tools:

  • circular saw
  • drill
  • 1 1/4" wood screws
  •  staple gun (with staples)
  •  plywood
  •  foam
  •  batting
  •  (1) 2X4
  •  nailhead trim
  • your choice of fabric

To start, using the circular saw, you'll need to cut the plywood to what ever size you want your headboard to be. Generally, a headboard is a few inches wider than your bed and as tall as you like. I (well, actually, my dad) cut the plywood down to 5 feet wide by 3.5 feet tall.

Next, we cut the 2x4 (which comes in a 8' length) in half for (2) 4' pieces (legs). Each leg was then attached to the cut plywood with the wood screws 6" from the top. Standing from ground up, by headboard stood about 4.5 feet, exposing 3 feet of plywood above the mattress when in place.

Remember, depending on the size of your bed and the space it's in, you don't want your headboard to be too dominating or then it will stand out awkwardly.

Once the legs are attached to the plywood piece, lay out your fabric, face down, on a flat surface-remembering to leave at least 6" of excess fabric all the way around.

Next, lay out the batting (cut an inch or 2 smaller than the fabric) on the fabric, followed by a piece of foam cut exactly the size of your plywood.

Lastly, layer the plywood (face down with legs up) on top of the other 3 layers.

At this point you should end up with 4 layers: fabric, batting, foam, plywood.  Once all layers are in place, grab your staple gun because it's time to start fastening the fabric into place.

Staring at the top center of the plywood, fold the fabric and batting over and fasten with a staple every 3 or 4 inches, remembering to keep the fabric taught and wrinkle free.

Cut a 'V' in the fabric at each corner (to reduce excess fabric bunching) and fasten with staples. Continue down each side the plywood until you reach the bottom.

Fastening the fabric at the bottom can me a little tricky. You will need to cut the fabric around the areas where   the legs are attached to the plywood. It is extremely important at this point, to be sure that the fabric is as taught and smoothed out as possible, to prevent visible wrinkles on the front side of your headboard.

Once your last staple is in place, flip the headboard over, face-up.

At this point, you need to decide what type of design you want across the front of your headboard with the nail head trim. I chose to simply create a frame, about 2 inches in from outer edge. *Be sure to mark your line evenly all the way around the headboard before applying the nail trim, to ensure a straight level line* I used clear fishing twine as a guide for my trim.

{here you can see a thin line of fishing twine we used as the guide for the trim}

Now that you have your trim line framed out, you can begin applying the nail head trim. Nailhead trim comes on a 10 yard roll (about 30 feet) with 5 solid (faux) studs between every open stud. Also included are the upholstery tacks needed to fasten the trim to you project surface.

 The open stud is where you will place an actual upholstery tack to fasten to the headboard. I simply laid out the trim along the fishing line, making sure to keep the line straight, and hammered in a stud into every open hole.

Note: should your trim happen to overlap at the corners, you can drive a single tack through 2 open holes to fix into place.

Now you're almost there...Once you've applied the trim all the way around the perimeter of the headboard, remove the fishing twine (or whatever material you used to mark your lines) and you're DONE!


{photos courtesy of K. Sillivan- Lola Inspired }

(photos courtesy of K. Sillivan- Lola Inspired }

To view more photos, see this post from Lola Inspired! And a HUGE THANK YOU goes out to my dad for his carpentry skills and help with my DIY headboard project! 

Now it's your turn. Channel your inner DIYer to create an amazing headboard of your own!

Mrs. V!ck



You may remember back in June I did a post about Summer Bucket Lists on Lola Inspired .

Well, finally, I have scratched item #1 off that list. Yaaay!

This weekend I was able to complete my headboard project. And voila!:

Although my bed is not completely made ;( this gives somewhat of an idea of the end product.

Stay tuned for the step-by-step DIY


Patio Transformation.... Part III

We're making progress..

After damn near 2 straight weeks of rain every.single.afternoon.we finally got all the wood slats up.  And can I tell ya, the mosquitoes were horrible

But alas, we are not done yet :(   Tomorrow, we plan to tackle the back rest and cover everything with waterproofing stain. Then the beam across the top (for support). Then the cushions. A few accents, and voila!

Any ideas? I can't decide on cushion and accent colors. I'd love to get your feedback on this :)  
Remember, we have 4, yes 4, dogs... light colors not a good idea.

 It won't be much longer!! Can't wait!

W is for...Wednesday!

{bogus "Labor Day" rule}

{Jeffrey Campbell Woven Slingback Wedge}

{I don't even know....}

{yeah, I meant hair}

{cupcakes + Nutella. HOLLLLLLA!}

{yeah right. who am I kidding?!}

Have a Wonderful Hump Day!!

Mrs. V!ck