Wednesday, February 23, 2011

And the winner is………………..

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Christie of Three Pixie Lane.    My Photo

 

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If you haven’t been to Christie’s blog you will definitely want to visit.   She has such great ideas and takes absolutely amazing pictures.

Here is an example:

This is such a great laundry room.  It makes me want to go re-do mine and get some laundry done right now…..well maybe.  You can find the link here.

Don’t you just love this????????

And she was the “brains” behind this post.

Christie is also the mom to these three beautiful kids pixies.

 

 

 

Also a big thank you to everyone who left a comment and blogged about my giveaway, as well as everyone who looked backed through my archives and became followers.   I wish I could give each and everyone of you a prize.  You are all such great gifts to me.

 

And a big big thank you to Debbie of Simply Debbie who gave me the    award.

There are some “rules” with this award and I will blog about that later, but for now I wanted to give you a preview of Debbie’s blog and say thank you for thinking of me.

Debbie has a particularly wonderful blog.  

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WELCOME TO SIMPLY DEBBIE. IT IS MY DESIRE THAT
YOU WILL FEEL AND SEE THE HAND OF GOD THROUGH
ARTWORK, CRAFT PROJECTS, RECIPES, AND THE SHEER
LAUGHTER OF ME LEARNING TO SEW ON MY NEW
SEWING MACHINE. THIS IS A PRAYING BLOG AND
A BLOG THAT LOVES TO MAKE NEW FRIENDS.
WON'T YOU JOIN ME AS WE GREET 2011 AND ITS'
BLESSINGS, CHALLENGES, AND SMELLING THE ROSES
EVERY DAY. I'LL BE YOUR UMBRELLA WHEN STORM
CLOUDS COME YOUR WAY AND ASSURE YOU THERE
WILL BE A RAINBOW COME AGAIN.

This is Debbie’s header and I think these words speak volumes for themselves.   A visit to Debbie’s blog always brings me such happiness.

Thanks so much for being there.

Smile Michelle

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Banner Oats!

Don’t forget to visit this post and leave a comment THERE for your chance to win this.

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I don’t think that I have mentioned before one of my addictions.  I just looooove old shipping crates.  I have seven in just my living room.  I use them for everything.

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To hold my husbands record albums.

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For toys.

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For holding collections.  You name it.  When the price is right I never never pass one up.

So when I went to one of the first yard sales of the season last year and spotted this baby.

 

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Which you can read about here.  I had to have it and I knew just what I wanted to do with it.

 

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It is one of the end tables in our living room.  It is a great piece.  I have the kids baby books and yearbooks stored inside.  On the top I added some more formal refined things to offset the rustic, rugged box.

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Here is another shot of the great logo.  Please ignore the beat up couch, it is leaving in 37 days.  Hey but whose counting?  You can read about it’s replacement here.

Back to the box end table.

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I love that little milk glass plate.  It was .99 cents at the thrift store.  The black and white balls are from Pier 1.  I bought them when I went shopping with my mom before Christmas.  They were only $1.00 each.  The silver tray is actually an award from 1928 it was also .99 cents from the thrift store.  The baby pictures are priceless, but the frames are thrifted!

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That is the same baby in both pictures.  He is now 6.  His big bother who is 8 is in the football pic.

I really like the detail of the leather straps used as hinges on the box.

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That little white dot is a tack!

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I finally figured out how to take a decent close up.  It’s NOT blurry yea!

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Her is a final shot of that section of the room.  Lots more changes to this room to come.  Thanks for visiting!

 

I’m linking up to:

Copy Me Challenge at Funky Junk Interiors

Copy Me Challenge

Beyond The Picket Fence under $100 linky party

 

Beyond The Picket Fence

Vintage Thingy Thursday at Colorodo Lady

 

Thrifty Thursday at Bloggeritaville

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Crib Spring Memo Board

 

I was so excited when I went to visit one of my favorite blogs last night  Funky Junk Interiors.  Donna is having an awesome contest.  Copy Me Challenge.  With the fabulous Marion of Miss Mustard Seed picking the final winner!  Oh man two of the best style gurus out there.  Oh and I was so happy to see them Both on the same page(10) of the January issue of Romantic Homes.

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Well I am always trying to “copy” Donna she has the most amazing style.  Anyhoo back in June, we had this spring from an old crib that was literally headed to the dump.  You can read about it’s transformation here.

 

 

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However it was just not quite right.  Then a few weeks later I found this little gem at an estate sale for……..25 cents!!!!!

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It was the second day of the sale and my second day going to it.  I couldn’t believe that I missed it the first time around and that everyone else had too!!!!

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I also added some scrabble tiles to the front of the holder.  You will notice my eraser missing from the middle cup.  I believe a blonde sprite may have walked off with it!  Oh well I am sure it will turn up soon.  See the chalk holder…..it is a vintage Grand Union MUSTARD tin.  Wink Wink Winking smile.

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I keep some supplies in the first aid kit.  The vintage band-aid tin holds band-aids.  New ones Smile.

Well here is how she looks now.

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This is one of my favorite pieces we have.  It is Funky Junky and Functional!  So Please oh please pick me pick me!!!

Oh and be sure to check out my giveaway here.  For a chance to win this.

 

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Friday, February 4, 2011

Cute and Easy

One of my favorite magazines is Country Living.  I get a lot of inspiration from it and I find that they have some neat crafts that are pretty easy.

This is one of those crafts.

I just love how these flowers looked.

My only problem with this is that they wanted you to buy a special tool to make the pom poms.

 

No problem, I knew I had seen a tutorial on one of my favorite blogs.  The pleasure of homemaking today.  Manuela actually made a wreath with here pom poms for Christmas back in 2009 and you can find her tutorial here.

Well this was very easy.  I could whip up one of these babies during a commercial break of Glee.  After making a few I just hot glued them to some sticks I ripped got off our tree in the front yard.

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And here is the little trio I did for the top of the TV armoire.

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I have already moved this around……a little.  The duck is gone.

Oh and be sure to check out my post here fore a chance to win this.

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Thanks for stopping by.  I am linking up to:

Bargain Hunting and Chatting with Laurie

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Being Intentional. Make do and a CAUTE Pillow!

Don’t forget to check out my giveaway HERE!!!!

Today I thought I would talk a little about a goal that I listed for 2011.  Well actually several of my goals for this year seam to overlap.  The one goal that I was originally thinking of for this post was what I listed as “be more intentional”.  For me here in this context it means to think and plan before doing or BUYING.  Goal number two is to declutter and goal number 6 is to put $50. dollars a week into savings and goal number 8 is to pay down debit.

By remembering to be more intentional I can begin to work towards these goals. 

You may also remember that goal number 4 is to start finish my living room redo.

So the first thing that I have begun to do is to take inventory of what we have and what we would like to replace.  As I have begun to do this I am trying to be more intentional as to what with some changes could work in the new space.

So today I began to go through my stash of fabric.  I have wanted new pillows for the couch and have planned to recover some others.  In fact the only reason that I have not come home with any new ones yet is that I am waiting till we are able to get the new couch.  Well while going through the fabric I came across some things that I thought would be a good start.

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This is a dollar store dish towel that I got at the thrift store a while back for .50 cents.  It was brand new.  I just loved the little pom pom trim and the red color.  Red is one of my accent colors for the living room. 

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Of course I did not want a pillow or a towel or anything else that said “naughty”.

I also found this small scrap of a sweater that was left over from several other projects.  It was originally given to me and never fit right.

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I also had this tank top that either came from a yard sale for .25-.50 cents or was given to us.  I love the print but it is not the right size for me and is not  the right cut for my girls.

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The teal/turquoise/blue color is my other accent color in the living room.

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So I used a paper cup and traced a circle onto the sweater.  The top of the cup made big circles/flowers and the bottom made small.  I found a great tutorial that used felt here.  At a new blog that I just found yesterday called Life in the Thrifty Lane.

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For the print fabric flowers I used the tutorial here.  After adding the flowers and playing around with their placement I added some white rick rack “stems”.  This was from my stash but I originally got it from our church rummage sale last year. 

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I felt that the brown flowers were still a little bland so I got into my stash of vintage buttons.

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This is still before I glued it all down.

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I started on the left and with the rick rack.  After getting the first two pieces of rick rack glued down I added the flowers that went with them.

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Here it is all glued down.  I then added red pom pom fringe to the sides, but forgot to take a picture Sad smile

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Well here she is from naughty to NICE.

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I really love it and I stuck to my goals YEA!

I’m linking up to:

Beyond the Picket Fence under $100 linky party

Tales from Bloggeritaville Thrifty Thursdays

Somewhat Simple Strut your stuff Thursday