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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Guess where I'm going March 5/6?

It's on historic Amelia Island, FL. Home to millionaire holiday-ers from the late 1800s and early 20th century. This island is simply idyllic. Husband and I tend to get away there often, and we just love it.  It's about 45 minutes from our home to the main part of town, but it feels like a lot further from cares and worries. It's our favorite day-trip.

I absolutely love gardening and plants so I can't tell you how excited I am about this event! In my favorite place with my favorite things! Yippee! I'll be sure to take pictures and share all the great stuff--with my fab new camera to get all the blooms captured just right!

Okay, just had to share that. If you're looking for a great getaway yourself, be sure to look up this gorgeous barrier island and come visit. It's all the things a seaside retreat should be!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Ribbon Bracket Shelves

I know this a little bit of a cop-out, but I just HAD to share this project from Martha Stewart. I mean really? How great is this? And with us all spring cleaning right now, and freshening up our homes, this project is simple, pretty and cheap. My favorite kind!!



Long time, no see!

Huzzah! I am finally back to blogging! I know I've been away a bit after funerals, traveling and work, but I'm sort of all caught up and feel like I devote more time again.

I was so lucky for the star of the new year to be blessed with lots of freelance work, but it all came at once. So when I wasn't sleeping, eating or doing necessary cleaning, I was writing my little heart out! Things are at least manageable now! These last three weeks have been the busiest I can think of in a long, long time. If I can get through this week, I think I'll be really whittling things down! Last week and this coming week will add up to traveling to four cities all across the nation. I haven't really even bothered to unpack in between!

AND--I appreciate you being so great to let me have a little much needed time for myself. I never start things lightly, so please know this was a very odd occurrence from me. So, I'm back, and I've got a new camera (Canon EOS Rebel!!!!) so look for some better pictures from me!

Missed all of you and definitely have a back-log of blogs to look over! Ack!


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Bereavement Absence...

I'd like to take a moment to apologize for being away. As I said, I was going away for a week to visit family over Christmas, so I would take a five or so day leave from my blog. During that time, however, my grandmother-in-law had a heart attack and I stayed there to help out. Unfortunately, today, she passed away. I, obviously, will be attending to those matters so I am not going to be blogging.

I wish I'd been able to share all the lovely Christmas things with you all, I had been so excited. I'm sure since you all are so sweet, you'll understand me being gone and accept me when I come back. I wish I'd posted everything before I left originally, but perhaps I'll share all my Christmas things after Christmas, just so I get to enjoy part of the holiday with you all.

Sorry for being gone. I'll see you soon. Prayers are always appreciated.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Christmas House Pictures Are Almost Ready

Yes, they are coming. I am finishing up everything before I leave on my trip, but I will post TV "mantel", tree and vignettes in the days to come. Look forward...and have patience. ;)

I Am So Honored!

This week, I was given this amazing award by Nita at Mod Vintage Life.

I can't tell you how much this means to me, especially since I am a fledgling blog, with a terrible camera! 

{Which by the way, I'm remedying with a shiny, fabulous new one for look for me to (cross your fingers) appear much more professional. Not that I'll be more creative, but at least what I do will look much better!}

Now, apparently I'm due to tell you eight things about myself and pass this on to eight other fab bloggers. Hopefully, I shall endear myself to y'all (yes, y'all, I'm from Oklahoma...) and we shall become fast friends! 

I'm trying to keep this post to a reasonable length on my front page, so you'll have to click through to see my eight fun facts are. ♥ 

8(ish) Fabulous Sites

My goal here shall be to list some great sites that maybe not everyone is following. Let's face it, we all love The Graphics Fairy, but that's not what I'm going for. ♥



Which they did, but this was also
the best button too...
She's a bit bigger, but just a great site.

 & the ish
Just love this site, even though it's over 1,000...
She's a bigger, but one of my first blogging friends and I adore
her blog. And she's super sweet.

Eight fun facts...Drum rooollllll...

Thursday, December 9, 2010

My Want-to-Do List

Here is my official list for Christmas-time crafts/chores. If I put it here, it should move me to look at it and attempt to finish them. Of course, life happens, and I know it won't all get done, but at least I'm making an attempt to get busy.

*  Sew my kitchen-towel and felt Christmas pillow case.
*  Create some Frenchy linen pillows via printer and graphics.
*  Make tons of adorable Christmas tags, using all the stuff I've collected, but have been overwhelmed with the shear amount of options I now have.
*  Add batting and hem ottoman cover.
*  Make skirt for DVD case. 'Cause it's ugly. But marriage is compromise--style isn't.
*  Find a cheap throw to lay over big chair to make it Christmas-y.
*  Figure out how to set a pretty DR table, which I'm totally at a loss for, as of now.
*  Makeover/replace super cheaply, my bad chandelier. Re-hang accordingly to table. Decorate it for Christmas. --Highly unlikely, but a girl can dream....


One-Off Wednesday...on Thursday...

I meant to do this on Wednesday, honest! I totally blanked earlier today though, so I'm posting about 2:30 a.m. Thursday morning. I just wanted to share my weekly roundup of stuff here at the House and with me as well.

So here is your One-Off Wednesday--of things not related to design, makeovers or interiors, just me. Just once a week. ♥

Oklahoma Trip
I am heading off to OK to visit with my mother-in-law and grandparents-in-law for a week, come Monday. Then my mother-in-law and I are going to fly to Atlanta (which was the last place we lived) to visit my brother-in-law and nephew, while my husband drives up to meet us. I'll also get to see my best friend and her husband who live there too. YAY! Family and holidays!
Doubt it snows, but thought I'd post one of when it did...

I just got a new Canon Rebel XS. Wooooo-hooooooo! See, my promises of better photos are close at hand! I got it on Black Friday with a 2G card and camera bag all for $479. This is my only Christmas and birthday gift to be sure! But I'm so excited I'm just fine with that!

 Fell in love with this eau de parfum when I got a sample page thingy in the mail last week. So, since I don't have $85 right now for the parfum version, I went to Sephora to get a mini version. You can spend $10 on an atomizer, and they'll fill it for free.  Ya, I know, right? Awesome!

Skinny Jeans
 I very first pair. I am really excited. Beyond excited actually. You see, I'm pear shaped in the near extreme and this is simply a style I thought I could never pull off. I've tried once or twice out of sheer curiosity, and proven myself right that it is not for me. I do not want to look like I'm shaped like a waffle cone. Anyway, for some idiotic reason, which defies all logic why I would torture myself into trying this terribly esteem-deflating item of clothing on again, I did it...

Apparently, God thought to spare me this once, and the first pair I tried looked amazing. They had slim-enough thighs that they sort of squished mine in just the right amount to make me look curvy, not pointy. Now, I wouldn't wear them with flats or anything since my ankles are small and my thighs are large, but when I pair them with my slouchy boots, my calves look larger, thus thighs seem reasonably slimmed. And--get this--they were only $25. I know this will never happen again, so I am reveling in the delight!

❅ ❄
That's all for now! Hope you're doing well, and excuse my slightly less frequent posts next week as I'll be traveling and spending time with family, much like y'all I suppose!


Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Perfect Bows - #2

Ever wonder how to know how much ribbon to buy for making those full holiday bows you see in the catalogs and craft stores? If so, I can help!

You see, I worked part time as a floral designer for Michael's, across several Christmas seasons I might add. I have literally--literally--made hundreds of bows. I credit all to my first job who showed me how to do it once, gave me a spool and said, come back tomorrow and be ready. Crash course! However, it's served me well in my future endeavors to come.

First, buy wired ribbon. Unless you're proficient, satin can look flat. Wired holds it's shape on packages, and if they get smooshed--be it from other presents or snuggly pets--you can bring it back to life in a cinch.

Second, think of bows in yards of ribbon. Hard to believe I know, but that's what a good, fluffy bow takes.
A basic guideline:

3 yards 
Softball size if you're using a wide 2-2.5" ribbon, smaller if you're using a smaller width ribbon.
This gets you a center loop (whether you choose it to be a small center "button" or a loop equal to the size of the others) and three loops to either side of it. You can add another foot to that if you want "tails" or you can just shrink the size of each loops and allow that extra foot to come from the three yards.

5 yards
Medium package-size bow if you're using a wide 2-2.5" ribbon, smaller if you're using a smaller width ribbon.
This gets you five loops to either side. Follow instructions for tails above, allowing/adding 1.5 feet extra for them.
10 yards
A good wreath-sized bow, for a 24" wreath, if you're using a wide 2-2.5" ribbon, slightly smaller if you're using a smaller width ribbon.
This gets you five-seven loops to either side. Big, wide loops at five, tighter thicker at seven. Follow instructions for tails above, allowing/adding 2-2.5 feet extra for them.

This is a good guideline to follow. Even if you're unsure exactly what size you're aiming for, you always go slightly bigger and know you have plenty to get the bow just right. But this should help you out if you're standing at the store going, Nine feet is enough to make a bow for my wreath...Nope. Go for three spools or find a 30 foot roll. Trust me. :)

Hope this helped some of you less experienced bow makers. If you're not an expert, or have trouble grasping all that ribbon, I highly suggest the Bowdabra. It's great if you've got un-nimble fingers or are arthritic.

Happy wrapping!

I'll try to post some of my wrapping accomplishments nearer to Christmas. I try to make them different and fun. Really, it's one of my favorite things to do. I love wrapping gifts!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Scents of the Season

Like I did this fall, I wanted to share with you what my house smelled like for the season--this one being Christmas.

I'm burning these candles:
Yankee Candle's Mistletoe, Mulled Cider, and Sugared Plums.

I don't burn these all at once mind you, but off and on of each. I pretty much burn Mistletoe everyday though. It smells just like a Christmas tree. I've searched over and over for that right smell, because typically they always smell too strong, like bad aftershave. A few years ago I found this one and it was heavenly. It's definitely got that sweet smell like Frasier Firs do. So if you're looking, try sniffing this one and see if you like it.

(I also bought their White Christmas, which has a bit of orange mixed in with the cleaner greenery scents. Haven't burned that one yet.)

Wish you could smell through a computer--it's really yummy here. ♥


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