Monday, September 30, 2013

10 Ghostly ways to celebrate Halloween

 
We've been a little slow to get our spook on again this year, but until we get something together, here are 10 ghost theme treat and project ideas to start you off.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
Have a great week!
 
 
 

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

WIWW- Red and white stripes




Shirt- Forever 21; skirt- Old Navy
shoes- TJMaxx
necklace/earrings- Sears
 
It seems I have a thing for stripes. I showed you an outfit with stripes last week, and here is another one. I like red and grey together too. I have been tempted so many times to throw this skirt in the Goodwill pile, but now that I've lost some weight, I'm glad I kept it.  And I'll take all the stripes I can get.
 
What's your favorite pattern? Stripes? Dots? Flowers? Plaid? I love them all.
 
Linking up with WIWW.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Fall Mantel with DIY Chevron Panel



I love the colors of fall and was excited to bring them into my home, but I wasn't quite ready to let go of summer. So just as I did with my porch and tablescape, I left some of my summer elements on the mantel and incorporated some fall.

Here's the full shot of the mantel (along with the hideous tube TV and VCR, yes I said tube TV and V. C. R.  and we aren't that old or far behind on technology. We just don't watch TV.)



Lets take a closer look at the lovely details:


I left out one of the framed sea shells and homemade starfish and added some pumpkins. I made a chevron panel in orange to add a pop of color as a backdrop. My houndstooth duct tape pumpkin is making an appearance again. The panel and pumpkin will make an easy transition to Halloween.



The other side features more pumpkins, seashells and some leaves on a frame.


Below on the hearth are some white pumpkins and a scattering of leaves and shells.


If you are interested in making your own chevron panel, here's how I did mine. And kudos to all of you that have done this before. It was harder than I thought. I used a 16 x 20 canvas, white and orange paint, a printable chevron template from Billie Monster, and painters tape.

 
I first painted the whole canvas white. Probably wasn't necessary but I did it anyway. Then I traced the template in pencil and went back and taped off the design. I painted over the tape with orange. I had a lot of touch up to do when I peeled my tape off because my lines were not as clean as I wanted. In the end, I was happy enough with it and love the pop of color on my mantel.


Thanks for stopping by: Linking up here:

It's Fall Yall Mantel Link Party


 

Worth a Thousand Words (WATW)

 
Hi, it's Tuesday, the day I share a photo from my life or travels. I provide very little description because, as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Fast and easy fall craft


This has got to be one of the easiest and quickest crafts I've ever done. I was inspired by this project at Midwest Living. I already had a red frame on hand. If you don't, go grab a plain wood one from the craft of dollar store and paint it red. Instead of adding hooks or nails to my frame, I just tied ribbon around each side of the frame and then pinned fake leaves to the ribbon. You can get these leaves in packs from the Dollar Tree, Michaels, or just pull of few off an old garland.


I'm using my framed leaves on the mantel and love the pop of color they give.


Sharing here:
The Lettered Cottage


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

WIWW- Stripes

 
 
 
Shirt- Macys; shorts- Gap;
necklace- Groopdealz;
shoes- Target
Sept. 14, 2013
 
I wore this to an outing last Saturday. We went to a free concert in our town featuring Big Daddy Weave. The man has an amazing message. I'd highly recommend going to see him if you ever get the chance.
 
Hope you're having a great week.
 
Linking up with WIWW.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Transitional tablescape and porch: birdcages, butterflies, and pumpkins

 
 
Everyone has fall on their mind, but it's so hot here and I'm not really ready to give up summer. Well, the heat, yes, but not summer's colors and styles. So to get a jump on fall decorating but to still be able to enjoy some summer tones too, I married the two seasons with a combination of color, birdcages, and butterflies.
 
I never did really finish the porch for summer. Yellow was the color I gravited to for the season and I picked up some yellow pillows from Pier One. I just didn't get around to adding all the things I wanted to for the summer. Here is what I had:
 

 
A mix of blues, greens, and my new yellow pillows.  I used the placemat pillows from last year again.

 
 To transition to fall I replaced the green lanterns and candleholders with red, and the pillows with the orange placemat pillows.
 



 
 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Bird cage makeover with spray paint

 
I have an affection for birdcages in home decor. I was super excited when I found this gem at my local Salvation Army thrift store. Not much to look at in it's original state- gold and gawdy. I know gold is becoming popular again, but this wasn't pretty. See below.

WIWW- Maxi skirt




 
Shirt- Loft; skirt- Belk;
necklace- JCPenney;
shoes- Old Navy
 
Whew! Glad it's Wednesday and the week is half over. It feels like it's turning out to be a long one. I purchased this skirt earlier this year and the first time I wore it, I paired it with blue. This time I paired it with a linen tee from Loft (clearance).
 
Linking up to WIWW.
 
While you are here, check out what I've been up to. I'm working on my craft room and I've transformed an old dresser for storage and updated a stool. I also shared 5 Ways to Decorate for Fall.


Monday, September 9, 2013

5 Ways to decorate for fall



Fall is coming, at least on the calendar. It's still very hot here. If you're looking for ways to decorate for fall, here are five fabulous ways (and inexpensive too - you really only have to look to nature for color schemes and materials.)

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Bare wood to black magic

 
Okay that was a cheesy post title, but wait until you see the before and afters. It really is like magic. The hubby and I recently completed our first successful furniture painting project. (I said first "successful" because I painted a laminate cabinet once that was a disaster.)
 
I acquired this chest of drawers from my parents. It was purchased 48 years ago when my brother was born to store baby clothes and things. It was bare wood and has never been finished, stained or painted. It has been in the family all these years. My grandmother later used it for storage in a utility room and it suffered some water damage. The hubby cut new drawer bottoms and a new back for this piece before we painted it.
 
 
 
Some light sanding and Kiltz took care of the remaining water damage.  After priming, I painted it with an interior satin enamel paint from Home Depot. I used Behr paint but had them do a custom color match to Glidden onyx black. The top got a few coats of polyurethane. I changed the wood knobs to silver. ( I kept the wooden knobs. I think it would be fun to paint them a constrasting color and use them again if I decide to change things up.)
 
It was hard to photograph it once we finished with the light I had to work with and even harder to photograph inside, but it does look amazing in person. It has a new home in my craft room. It's only 15 inches wide and it's the perfect storage piece for fabric and craft supplies.
 
 
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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

WIWW- Cobalt and polka dots

 
 
Blouse- TJMaxx; skirt- Belk;
shoes- Ross
 
I've seen a lot of pairing of cobalt and black and white polka dots lately so I pulled these pieces from my closet and put them together. I've also got a cobalt sweater I could wear with this skirt when it gets a little cooler. I felt like I needed a necklace but couldn't find one that worked so I threw on a chunky memory wire bracelet that I made. One day I'll  have all the right accessories, a style and length for every neckline. (Dreaming.)
 
Linking up with WIWW.