Thursday, January 31, 2013

Valentine's Day Vignettes

I finally got around to decorating my home for Valentine's Day.  It's always been one of my favorite days of the year.  I used what I already had in the house and just mixed it up a bit.
Starting in the entryway...I used the LOVE blocks I made last year to create this vignette.
Here is a close-up.
Upstairs I created a crafty vignette with a LOVE banner, mailbox, pinwheels and the crochet edged heart I made last year.
The pinwheels are my favorite.
How about you decorate for Valentine's Day?


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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Winter Blues Wednesday - It's a Party #102

Welcome to this week's Winter Blues Wednesday party.  The weather has been crazy here.  It was 16 degrees over the weekend and today is going to be 55-60 degrees!  Last week's party was filled tons of inspiration and great ideas.  Here are this week's features:

Forever Decorating shared her very dramatic kitchen makeover.  I hope you will stop by and check out the before and after.  
Being Home shared her son's bathroom transformation.  I love the wall decals!
Ange from The Blooming Hydrangea added french doors to her living room and painted them black.  I love how they came out!  Great job.

Restoration Redoux transformed a Goodwill find with turquoise chalk paint.  Love the aqua color!
Fab Twigs went bold painting this dresser green.  This one really caught my eye.  

Cuckoo 4 Design transformed this corner brass book shelf.  Be sure to stop by to read all about her journey to transforming this piece.

Before Meets After  created these super cute ombre Valentine's trees.  


Having a Super Bowl party?  How about these football shaped chocolate cutout cookies made by Posed Perfection?  Now these are the perfect dessert.
  My Milk Glass shared a recipe for Hershey Kiss Smooches.  Yummy!!

If you were featured, please grab an "I've Been Featured" button (you can now find my buttons by clicking on the buttons tab right under my header).  Now let's get started with this week's party.  I can't wait to see what you have been up to.  Link up anything you have been working on...home decor, sewing, crafts, organizing, baking, recipes etc.   I will keep this link open through Friday.

A few rules:
1.  Please become a follower (if you already follow me on Google, I would love for you to follow me on Linky Followers, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest as well).  

2.  Please grab my party button above and display it either on your sidebar or somewhere in your post.  This way word can spread about the party.  The more people at the party, the more fun we will have.

3.  Please enter the link to your actual post, not just a link to your main blog page.

4. Please visit others who have linked up.   Everyone works hard on their projects and blogs...let's show each other some love by visiting each other.  Let's have some fun and hopefully make a few new friends along the way.

Ok...Let's Party


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Twine Pears

I love these twine pears.  They are easy and fun to make.
They are very Pottery Barn like and add warmth to any room or vignette.
Westlake Ace Hardware sent me all of the supplies I needed to put together these awesome twine pears.
Here is what Westlake Ace Hardware sent me. 
Here is all you need to make these twine pears:

-hot glue gun
- gardening twine (jute)
- a twig from outside

That's it.

I started by going outside and finding a loose twig.  I then cut off a small piece and hot glued it to the end of the lightbulb.
I added hot glue as I wrapped the twine around the lightbulb.
I just kept wrapping and gluing and wrapping and gluing.  Make sure you glue as you go along or else the twine does tend to move.
This was the first one I made where I wasn't gluing the entire time.
 I got much better at it as I continued making these pears.
They are so cool looking.  These would be great to make with bulbs that have burned out too.
Once I started making them, I just couldn't stop.
In no time I had twine pears all over the place.
I want to thank Westlake Ace Hardware for providing me with all of the supplies. 
  For more holiday and home decor ideas, check out Westlake Ace Hardware.  

Don't forget to stop back tonight for my Winter Blues Wednesday party.

The party opens at 8pm EST.  Hope to see you then.


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Monday, January 28, 2013

Teen Lounge Space

There's one room in my home that I don't think I have ever shared with you.
It's the bonus room off of my son's room.
I don't think I have ever shared it because it always looks like a mess to me when I walk by the room.
When my son was little we called it the "train room" since it was where we had all of his Thomas the Tank Engine trains and the room's theme was trains.  As my kids have grown the room has evolved.  Although it's a part of my son's room, it's a play room that they share.  These days there is not so much playing with toys going on as there is playing with X-Box.  
The room needs an update.  I was on the right track with the storage I created using Itso products I bought a Target several years ago.  However, my son builds Legos...and lots of them.  
He has built Legos all over the place.  

I need something more like this so that I can display more of his Legos rather than have them scattered all over the house. But, I still need storage for everything else in the room.
Then I saw this masterpiece that Centsational Girl created and though maybe I could use similar pieces from Ikea to create something custom looking for the room.  Instead of the bookshelves in the center, I could have the television in the middle.  
There's also the mural on the far wall that needs to be addressed.  I think it's time for it to go.
My kids still like the tree, but maybe everything else can go.  I made the window treatments (both the cornice and the roller shade) years ago.  Probably time for an update on that as well.
Although I haven't created an official goals for 2013 post, this one is going to be near the top of the list.

On a separate note...apparently an Turkish blog has been stealing my content.  I found out over the weekend and just yesterday they stole another two blog posts.  Does anybody know if it is possible to truncate posts in blogger?  This might be the push I need to change to WP.  

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Under Sink Storage Solutions

There's something about January that gets me organizing my whole house.  
Storage in a bathroom is so important.  

My daughter's bathroom has a single sink vanity.   
The only storage in that bathroom is below the sink in the cabinet.
This is what it looked like yesterday underneath her sink.
It was a mess. 
I started by totally emptying the cabinet.
I had found this super cool contact paper, so I decided to remove the old paper.
I have never had as much difficulty removing old contact paper as I did yesterday.  I had to get out a scraper to get off all of the paper.   It took way longer than it should have.
So much better already with this cool chevron pattern.
But I still needed a solution for all of the stuff.  I found these at Bed Bath and Beyond.
I bought the large and the medium stackable drawers.  They fit perfectly and use the otherwise wasted vertical space under the sink.
What a big difference!
Hope you all have a great weekend.


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