Sunday, March 31, 2013

The Sunday Six: An Etsy Easter

1. Dress // 2. Card // 3. Banner //
4. Wreath // 5. Eggs // 6. Cookies
Happy Easter!

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Washi Tape Easter Eggs

With Easter being early this year it has kind of snuck up on me.  So, with just a few days to spare, I thought I would show you how to make some quick and easy Easter egg decorations.

What you will need:
Paper mache eggs
Washi tape
Mod Podge

(I got all of these great new washi tapes from Pick Your Plum!)
I covered each egg with washi tape and then applied a thin layer of Mod Podge with a small brush. Sorry there are no pictures of this process to show you, but it was so simple I didn't even think to take any.  I did take lots of pictures of the results though!

It is starting to feel a little more like Easter around here.  If only the weather would cooperate!
What kind of Easter eggs are you making this year?
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Sunday, March 24, 2013

The Sunday Six

1. Shoe Ottoman // 2. Shoes // 3. Top //
4. Bag // 5. Dress // 6. Sofa

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A Great Read: The Good House

Welcome to small town New England and all that comes with it.......wealth, gossip, and Hildy Good.  Hildy is the town real estate broker and knows most of what goes on behind the closed doors of everyone's home, but no one knows what she is hiding behind her own. Follow her as she befriends the newest member of town, falls back in love with the town eccentric, and struggles to realize her own problems.
This town becomes your town and the characters your neighbors.  You are thrust into the throes of their extramarital affairs, financial struggles, and issues with alcohol.  Yet, you still love them all in the end.

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Sunday Six: St. Patrick's Day

1.  Pants // 2. Earrings // 3. Sandals //
4. Belt // 5. Nail Polish // 6. Top
Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Mantle

Top o' the morning day to you!
I want to show you how I used things from around the house to decorate the mantle for St. Patrick's Day.

Green jack I bought at Hobby Lobby last year

Green vase I bought at an after Christmas sale for $3


Lucky horseshoe 

Old, green benedictine bottle with horseshoe
For each petal on the shamrock
This brings a wish your way -
Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and every day.
~ Author Unknown

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Paint Chip Garland

First, I told you that Emerald was the 2013 Pantone Color of the Year. Then, I showed you how I used that color in my house when I painted my stair risers. Now, I'm going to show you what I did with all of those leftover green paint chips that were lying around..........

Here is what I used:
Paint chips
Craft punch
Sewing floss
Hot glue gun

I cut out clover shapes from the paint chips using a craft punch.

Then, I hot glued the paint chip clovers to the sewing floss.

Ta da!  It doesn't get much easier than that!

Here is the garland hanging on my mantle.

Have you ever used paint chips for something other than picking out the perfect color?
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Monday, March 11, 2013

Antiques & Garden Show

This weekend my husband and I attended the Blue Grass Trust Antiques and Garden Show.  We loved it and hope to make it an annual tradition.

I forgot to take pictures until we were halfway through, but here is a little of what we saw.

This was a room staged by an interior design company.  I like the rug, the green velvet chair, the greek key X-bench (in front of the chest), and the black and gold side table just to name a few.

This booth belonged to a garden iron company.
I really liked those black iron posts on the left, but they were a little pricey.

I think this sofa would be perfect for the screened-in porch I dream about!

Lots of symmetry going on in this interior design exhibit.
We liked that cute little striped sofa.

This pretty gal came home with us. 
She is the cutest little orchid in the tiniest little pot.

I have been crushing on terrariums for a while now.  I thought about trying to make my own with some succulents, but with two green black thumbs I had been procrastinating.  Then I saw these ready made beauties.

They are loving their new home in our sunroom.

My favorite part is the little white trim around the violets
(and that I didn't have to put it together).

There was a separate room full of amazing antiques.  I didn't take any pictures in there, but here are a few of the things that came out of that room with us........
A 2 & 1/2 pound wooden barbell.  Can you imagine going to a gym and lifting wooden weights?!  It is the perfect addition to my husband's vintage athletic equipment.

These decanter tags are unlike any I have ever seen. 
They are enamel over copper and have gorgeous color.

Most antique decanter tags that I have seen are made of sterling silver,
but these tags date back to the 1800s.

We had the best time and could have spent a TON money.  There were some really great antiques there.  I am already saving up for next year!

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

The Sunday Six: Threshold Collection

1. Curtains // 2. Lampshade // 3. Frame //
4. Rug // 5. Pillow // 6. Lamp

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

A Great Read: The Age of Miracles

I have a friend who is my go-to girl for book recommendations.  Every time I see her, no matter when or where, she always is able to rattle off a list of great reads to me. In return, I frantically scurry to write them all down in the notes of my iPhone so I can remember them.  It is a great little game we like to play.  What better source than a librarian who reads 60 books per year?!
She has been telling me about The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker for a while now.  It is a story of the slowing of time as told by a coming of age girl named Julie.  She tells about how her relationships and those of the people around evolve as the world around her starts to revolve at a slower pace.  As minutes literally stretch into hours, she is faced with the challenge of change and accepting what has become her new reality. It is an intriguing tale of both love and loss and how the impossible may actually be possible.
Happy Reading!

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Monday, March 4, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Washi Tape Shamrocks

There is always that thought that if you can make it through February then spring is just around the corner.  Well, February (and the cold it brought with it) is out the door and I am welcoming in March......specifically St. Patrick's Day!  What better way to bring a little color to this drab winter than with some cute washi tape shamrocks.

Washi tape
Shamrock pattern (I used a cookie cutter)
Pipe cleaners and hot glue gun (optional)
Cover your cardstock in washi tape.
The pattern on this tape did not line up exactly, but it wasn't a big deal. 

Trace your shamrock pattern onto the cardstock.
I used a cookie cutter as my template and traced onto the back of the cardstock
because I didn't want any pen markings on the front/washi tape side.
Cut out your shamrocks.
I hot glued a green pipe cleaner to the back of each shamrock to give it a base.
That's it!  They were so easy!
 I absolutely love the way they turned out!
What are you using washi tape for?

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