Be sure and check out the SUPER SALE going on now on my Facebook Page! Fabulous deals on out of season merchandise! Click HERE to check it out!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

You Look Good Enough To Eat

Just browsing Etsy and couldn’t resist these sweet treats! Click on the photos to see the listings.


Have a sweet weekend!


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Bloggy Awards

I received a couple blog awards from fellow bloggers in the past few weeks and I’m just now getting around to recognizing them!

Monica from Monica Wants It! tagged me with the Beautiful Blogger Award.  Monica was probably one of my first “bloggy” friends and I really enjoy her dry humor and damask obsession.  She’s currently going through somewhat of a quarter-life crisis right now, so go on over and give her some love!  You can find her on Twitter, Etsy, Facebook and her blog.

Here are the rules for the Beautiful Blogger Award:

~Thank the person who gave you the award. ( THANKS MONICA!)

~Paste the award on your blog.

~Link back to the person who gave you the award.

~Share seven interesting things about yourself.

~Nominate up to 7 more beautiful bloggers.

~Link the bloggers you nominate.

Denise from Extreme Personal Measures tagged me with the Sunshine Award.  I’ve recently discovered Denise’s blog, I have to admit I was instantly attracted to it because she has fleur de lis in her header!  She’s a lady after my own heart with all her creative crafty and thrifty features. 

The Sunshine Award is awarded to bloggers whose positivity & creativity inspires others in the blog world.

The rules for accepting these award:

~Put the logo on your blog or within your post.

~Pass the award onto 12 bloggers.

~Link the nominees within your post.

~Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog.

~Share the love and link to the person from whom you received this award.

Well, I’m not much for following the rules with these sort of things; if you want to know some interesting things about me, click HERE.  And as far as nominating other bloggers, it’s impossible for me to pick from my huge list of favorites! Have you seen that list over there?!? It’s huge!  Go visit some, you’ll see what I spend way too much time every day reading blogs!

Well, thank you ladies for the recognition, and thanks everyone else for letting me toot my own horn!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Power of Paint: Built-In Bookcases

I’m joining the Power of Paint Party for the first time, but not because I have a new project.  Most of my big painting projects are behind me, we took care of all that shortly after we moved in our current home 4 years ago.  One of the first things we did was paint the built-in bookcases in the living room.  And by we, I mean my mom and I.  My husband has never picked up a paintbrush, he leaves that to the professionals (my mom and me)!
Here’s how the area looked before (also notice the window frame, we painted those, too):
And after:
Here’s a more final product, with the new wall color as well.
IMG_1522In order to cover the old orangey-looking stained wood, we applied 1 coat of Gripper primer (oil-based) and two coats of Behr Interior Satin Latex paint in Decorator White on the shelves and Behr Vintage Grape on the back paneled wall.  We used the same purple paint in our foyer.  Be sure to let the primer cure for a day or two as well as the paint before placing any accessories.

I really love the way the white stands out very crisp and sharp, and the purple really sets off the accessories in the bookcase.   Painting the back wall/panel of a bookcase a different bold color is a great way to get an accent wall look without having to commit to painting a whole wall.

I also replaced the brass hardware with black satin knobs.

Another look at the change: IMG_1011 For more before and after shots of our living room, click HERE.

Monday, February 22, 2010

A New Twist on an Old Favorite

Last week I posted a little tease of something I’m working on.IMG_0150

I am happy to say that after a couple trips to the sewing machine hospital, my embroidery machine is finally up and running smoothly!  So I transformed a plain onesie into one fit for a princess!

IMG_0169IMG_0174IMG_0179I used the same method as on my favorite Ruffle Butt Onesie, except I used tulle instead of regular cotton fabric.



It’s like a built-in tu-tu!


Totally cute, right?  I need to get my friend’s baby to model it, I’m sure it’s so much cuter on a fat little baby butt!! 

I’ve got some more girly designs in mind, maybe  ballerina shoes, cupcakes, 1st birthday….

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Quick Ribbon Storage

So we all know about my slight addiction affinity for all things fleur de lis.  It seems I may have developed another collection of sorts.  Apparently I’ve been hoarding ribbon:IMG_0148I bought one of these handy-dandy ribbon organizer spool thingys but quickly out-grew it:  IMG_0144

So I added a couple more plastic containers:

IMG_0143I even recycled canisters for ribbon storage; still running out of room:


I knew there had to be a better, more space saving way to store my ribbon while still being able to view and access it easily.  I’ve seen all sorts of ribbon storage ideas on other blogs, but instead of hunting for something to re-purpose or buying something new, I decided to take the easy way out and just use some wire hangers.        IMG_0157

Now all my ribbon is easily within reach right in my craft closet!  I can carry the hanger to wherever I’m working or just cut off the length I need right from the closet.

IMG_0168IMG_0162These are actually the wire hangers that are coated with soft plastic, so they are a little more durable.  I just unwound the neck, slipped the ribbon spools on, and secured it back.

IMG_0166I still store my wider ribbon in boxes that can easily be stacked & stored on a shelf.  I also employed the wooden clothes pin technique and wrapped smaller scraps to eliminate some spools.


Quick and easy, and best of all it was FREE!

What method do you use to store your ribbon?

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