Friday, April 8, 2011

Words from a Stranger

How long do you have to go without posting before becoming a stranger? I'm not sure, but apparently I'm trying to figure it out.

There's alot going on in my little world lately and somehow all my projects got pushed to the side. And now I've got a blog without new posts and a husband agitated that our half painted dresser is still sitting on our porch.. half painted.. and taking up the porch.. for week number too-many-to-admit (also known as 3.5).

But I do have some exciting things going on over here.

I've been working hard on a new project lately, and I can't wait to tell you all about it. Just. not. yet. But soon! I can tell you it's awesome. And something I'm totally passionate about. And I can't wait to share it.

Alas, for some exciting news that I can tell you about.. I was featured as the Budget Decorating Blog of the Week!!! Check it out! Craziness. I'm so grateful.

And even more exciting news.. I payed off my very last credit card payment! Like last one. Period. $0 debt from credit cards. Wahoooo! (That wahooo does no justice for the squeeling that went on for probably too long after making that payment. Or the squeeling that went on when it finally processed and there was a big fat ZERO Dollars on the screen!)

For that my friends, I will be having a glass.. err.. bottle of wine, paid for in cash, to celebrate. And then maybe I'll get to that dresser..

Have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Saturday Morning Love

Happy Saturday!

A little photo love. Tomas and I spent the evening at the beach a few nights ago. We stopped at a little shrimping dock on the way to take some pictures. There's something about this rusty boat that leaves me swooning.

A little inspiration. I've had my eye out for curtains lately. I'm totally lovin' West Elm's selection-

I'm thinking of painting some white curtains I already have with a grey pattern for our master bedroom.

What do you think?

Linking up to Yellow Songbird's Snapshot Saturday.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Big Red Pants

I don't sew.

I tried once. And no matter how proud of those pillow I am (very proud), I still make sure that the zippered side of the pillows are facing the side of the room you don't see when you first walk in.

But then John & Sherry posted about their curtains that involved no sewing, and I almost peed my pants. After getting past the shock, I went to the fabric store and picked up a roll of Super Weight Stitch Witchery. This stuff is magical. Maybe I'm the only one who hadn't heard of the magical "fusible bonding web"? I think so. Either way, I've been scheming over my next thing to sew without sewing since then.

Just recently, I started seeing these pillows all over the place, and just had to have one in our bedroom.


However, it was this DIY Pillow from Bromeliad Living that won me over. Isn't it gorgeous?

She made that with a thrifted skirt.
So off to the thrift store I went, to find the perfect red skirt. I couldn't find a skirt, so instead I brought home a dress and a pair of pants. Sexy pants. Very. Sexy. Pants.

Don't lie. You know you want the pants.

So I got busy trying to follow her instructions with the pants. And realized she said you needed a skirt for a reason. Because a short dress and pair of pants (no matter how big the bum is) isn't big enough. So I had to improvise. I played around with the fabric for a while and eventually pulled out some other fabric I had, until I came up with this flower-ish thing on some blue fabric.

What do you think? I'm in love. And there was only a very small amount of sewing required. (Probably not as much as is needed..)

I ended up cutting out a few squares. There was probably 7-10 squares about 3-4inches each. They weren't all even. That's not how I roll.

I bunched them all together in 2 different sets (at the time held together with pins) until I liked how they looked. And here came the sewing. Much to my dismay, the bunch was too thick for my $10 Walmart hand sewing-thinger, so I had to do it by hand. To do that I needed a needle.

Think I was exaggerating when I said I don't sew? Think again. I didn't have one sewing needle in our casa. I only had the needles that came with my hand sewing thinga-ma-bobber and they had a head (is that what it's called?). I looked high and low and couldn't find a single one. Until I remembered the sewing kit I took from a hotel that one time. I took it, amused that the hotel had a "mending kit", not because I actually thought I would use it.

Then I sewed the fabric together on the bunched ends. I can't really explain how I did it, because I just kind did until I could hold it without it falling apart.

Then I sewed it to the pillow fabric. Just a few stitches every 3 or 4 bunches and then a few stitches in the center. And somehow.. magically.. it stayed on!

I cut out the fabric for the pillow. Two pieces for the sides, then I cut one of the pieces in 2 for the opening on the back (no zippers!). Then threw a damp rag on top and ironed away.

Project Numero Uno checked off my Bedroom list! :)


Linking to these parties:

Time to Shine @ A Diamond in the Stuff
Anything Related @ All Things Related
Table Top Tuesday @ A Stroll Through Life
Make it yours @ My Backyard Eden
Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays @ Coastal Charm
Tutorial Tuesday @ Hope Studios
Twice Owned @ House of Grace
Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings
Tuesday Tell All @ My Craftie Life
Show me what you got @ Not Just a Housewife
Tutorials & Tips @ The Stories of A to Z
Tip Me Tuesday @ Tip Junkie
Anything Goes @ Type A Decorating
Tuesdays Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Tuesday Talent @ Vintage Wannabee
Show & Tell @ Blue Cricket Design
Wow us @ Savvy Southern Style
National Take a Risk Day @ The Nesting Place

Sunday Showcase @ Under the Table and Dreaming 
Weekend Wrapup @ Tatertots & Jello
Saturday Night Special @ Funky Junk Interiors

Monday, March 21, 2011

Featured on Tracy's Trinkets & Trendy Treehouse

By golly, Tracy from Tracy's Trinkets and Tara from The Trendy Treehouse have both featured my photo of the Mr.!

Check out my new bling on my featured page :)


Thanks Tracy & Tara!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

a splash of green

Via Here

Via Here

Via Here

Happy Saint Patty's Day!

PS - Spend today with a smile.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Featured on House of Grace!

Oh snap. Creating a House of Grace has featured my Jewelry Pinboard! And I've been crowned a Twice Owned Queen!


Thanks for hosting such a great party Bonnie!

Monday, March 14, 2011

A photo break

Because along this path of decor and design, I've developed a love for photography. Here's a shot I took of the Mr. Isn't he handsome?

Oh, and another.

Linking up over to the portrait party over at Tracy's Trinkets and Making the World Cuter's Monday Party, along with Shutter Love over at The Trendy Treehouse.

Master Bedroom Inspiration Board

When I first started this blog, my goal was to decorate the house. Since gettin' hitched, we had been saving money.. so were trying not to spend money on "unimportant" things like decorating the house. Until I got utterly sick of living in an undecorated house and joined blog world.. with the mission to decorate on the cheap.

My first goal was to pretty on up the master bedroom. And I started doing that.. back in October. I made monograms.. and pillows.. and... err, that's as far as I got. Because then I got sidetracked with other neato projects like sisal rope baskets, desk redos and sunburst mirrors.

But lately I've been gettin' that itch again... that {{run on sentence alert}} [I need to do something to this room right now or I will never get any sleep due to the nonstop influx of ideas flowing through my head on how to decorate it as I am trying to fall asleep]. So one early morning last week, fresh up from the mind marathon of the evening idea influx the night before, I put together an inspiration board for our room. And me oh my, I am so excited to get started on the room again!

1. My Whole Heart Antique Sign by Sugarboo Designs. This sign has my whole heart, sorry hubs. In fact, Sugarboo Designs has a whole bunch of signs at Modern Chic Home. And I love them all. Like this one, and this one, and this one. However, they're also a pretty penny. So this will be another DIY project for me, although I think I'd make my words red.

2.Anthropologie's Moving Light Sconce. I'm going for a little reading nook, and I think this would be a perfect touch.

3. Stack of books, from a West Elm flier, first posted here. I absolutely love books. I've wanted to use a stack of 'em as a table ever since I saw this pic, but don't think I could live with such a small table top space bedside table. But, for a reading nook.. it would be perfect!

4. West Elm's Tulip Upholstered Chair. Love the grey. Love even more that Ikea has one just like it, for a fraction of the price. Check it Mr. Tullsta Chair.

5. The bed was in a flier I got from West Elm. This was actually my original inspiration for the entire room. I absolutely love it. It reminds me so much of Celadon, a local store we have here. However, after many hours searching, I can't for the life of me find the pic online or determine which bed it was. So I'll have to leave you with this.. my original post with the pic.

6. Oh yep, that would be my very own sunburst mirror. I've already got plans for my next mantle set up and so I plan on moving this baby into our room.

7. Ikea's Hemnes 6-drawer chest. I actually have this dresser in black. Bought it a few years back and it's still looks new.. props to IKEA. However, the big black dresser happens to be an eyesore.. because it's big... and black... but I could never justify painting it because it looks new still! But, fear not, I will work up the courage and this baby is going to be painted gray.

8. That's the color of our floor. I just added it on here to see what everything would look like with it.

9. Anthropologie's Cooled Globed Lamp. Grey, Red and Turqoise and the colors for the apartment. So I think this would add a great touch.

10. A rug. We need one.. for cheap. I'm still trying to come up with ideas on how to accomplish this.

11. I absolutely love West Elm's rose pillow cover. If only it were red. But haven't you seen all those great DIY versions around town? Like this one up there.. if only I could figure out where I saved that picture from!

12. How neat is PB's Potters Wheel Table? I'm lovin' it!

What do you think? Does it flow?


Linking up to the Newbie Party over at Debbie Doos!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Saturday Morning Love!

Happy Saturday! I'm joining in on the Saturday Snapshop party over at Yellow Songbird today.

This is the Mr. and I in an Art Museum in Atlanta last spring. I dragged him to the museum specifically for that DaVinci display.

Today we're off to a few St. Patty's celebrations. What are you up to today?

Have a wonderful weekend!!!
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