Sunday, August 30, 2009

Before and After

When we moved into our new house, every room was dark, dreary, and depressing. We quickly painted every room a bright and cheery color except the spare bedroom and the entry way. They were low priorities at the time considering there was and still is sooo much to do. We recently painted the spare bedroom and now we are working on the entry. Here are a few "before" and "after" photos of my spare bedroom. This is the first room, in 4 houses, that we ever painted the walls white and I love it!!  It is also the first ceiling that we ever painted a color. Drop me a line and let me know what you think.







Saturday, August 29, 2009

The Dog Days of Summer

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Mercantile Mall







I went to the booth today and did a little freshening up and added a few new things.  Brenda, as most of you know shares the space with me. You can find her blog, Embellish, by clicking here. She does a beautiful job of keeping the shop looking great. Thanks Bren!!
For the first time, I added jewelry to the shop. I made cabochon rings, necklaces, and earrings.
We'll see how it goes. If anything, I had fun making them.
Happy Thursday!!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Back To School Cleaning

I couldn't wait for the kids to get back in school so I could clean my house.... well. The first thing I did was shampoo the carpets and wash my slipcovers. I bought this Arhaus sofa and 2 chairs about 8 years ago. They were the best purchase that I have ever made.  
The covers easily slip off.... which is obviously where the name "slipcover" came from. The base looks brand new when the covers are removed.  Arhaus Furniture is definitely worth the money. I have two kids, two dogs, and a husband and they still look great.
                                                 Walla!  Just like new!
                                                Now on to the closets!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Have You Ever Heard Of Polyvor???

My daughter, Zoe, has been playing on this site called Polyvor for months. ( If you remember from previous posts she loves fashion) She would spend hours on there if I would let her. She kept saying, "Mom, you would love this." I glanced at it, saw it was appropriate and moved on. Tonight I actually sat down and checked the whole site out. OMG! It is so much fun. You can create collages from a bazillion images. I spent way too much time on there this evening. After I finally figured out how to work it, I created my own collage. The first one is mine and the next three are Zoe's. 
Check it out.... you'll have fun.
Have a great week,


rock and roll

pink purple green


Thursday, August 20, 2009

Darling Little Pincushions!

My husband is out of town tonight so I had time to sit down and make a few pincushions. These are so much fun to make and really don't take much time at all.


1st. Find a cute little planter, teacup, etc.
2nd.  Stuff with paper and cute a piece of foam to fit snuggly into opening
3rd. Find coordinating fabric and stitch a loose stitch around bottom. Pull tight around foam.
4th. Hot glue into the planter, smoothing fabric as you go.
5th. The best part.....embellish!
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Here is the website I used to turn my 2 column template into a 3 column template. I searched and searched and this was the easiest to follow. I had to adjust the margins when I was finished because the columns were squished together. This website helps with that too. Good Luck! 


Saturday, August 15, 2009

Style File- RED

There is something about the color RED that draws me in every time.  Red is a highly stimulating color that evokes happiness, love, excitement, and even hunger. 

I love the vintage typewriter and the screen on the back wall of this photo. The dark color compliments the red well.
I would love to have an armoir full of red and white quilts and a the dresser below. Both have a different style but I seem to be drawn to both. It's so hard to choose one style.

This is the photo that started my search for red and white photos. It's simple, clean, and inviting. It makes me wish for a farmhouse. 

Have a great one!!

Photos courtesy of; Google images

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A few "Before" and "Afters"

Here are a few photos of the projects that I completed lately.  Each project took less than 30 mins and that included walking away and letting the spray paint dry between coats. It is amazing what one can of spray paint and a little bit of fabric can do. After painting the chair and table I took them to my booth and they sold in less than an hour so I was feeling pretty good about that!! I decided to keep the ottoman because I loved it so much. 

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Ring Display How To

I needed a little organizer to display the rings that I have been making to sell at The Mercantile Mall. So I turned this little drawer into one. It only took about 15 mins. to complete.....easy peasy!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Mercantile Mall

Here are a few new photos from the shop where I rent a space. The shop is overflowing with new items and  great ideas. I share the space with my friend Brenda, a.k.a Embellish.  Hop on over and visit her blog. She has soooo many fabulous ideas!!The Mercantile Mall is at 100 and 104 Main Street in Milford, Ohio. If you are ever in the area, stop by and say hello.

If you are ever in Milford, OH...

come see my booth that I share with my friend Brenda. 
The Mercantile Mall
100 & 104 Main Street
Milford, Ohio 45150