Sunday, November 30, 2014


I'm having a CYBER MONDAY SALE over at my Etsy
shop.  Be sure to stop in and enter the coupon
code above for 30% off your entire purchase (not
including shipping).  Sale runs from Sunday midnight
until Monday midnight!


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Cute Little Creation...

Just sharing a cute little creation that I picked up at a fundraising market last weekend...a vintage bottle brush tree inside a darling old rose creamer.  I love the glittery Merry Christmas message attached by old book pages...

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!


I am linking with Pink Saturday

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Basement Guest Room - My Mom's Room

My Mom stays with us every fall.  I am lucky that she can
come and stay with us for so long...2.5 months this time!
She has a bedroom in our basement and a nice bathroom
too.  Every year I do something a little bit different in her are a few pictures of what her room looks
like this time around.

I love this old metal bed.  It has a lovely medallion on the
headboard and footboard.  Some people would probably
have painted it straight away, but I liked the way it looked
this way so I left it.  The screen behind the bed is from
Target and it is a Simply Shabby Chic piece that was
available years ago.  Why is all of the great Shabby Chic
stuff discontinued?  The green rose throw pillows are
also SSC as well and yes, they are discontinued!

Just a closer view...

I love the details on this bed!

Here is another view of the room...the closet is behind those curtains.  The white chair in the corner is a chair
(one of a pair) that I purchased at an auction years ago
for $40 for the pair.  They are Ballard Designs chairs
and I looked up the retail price of them...quite crazy!

This is an old needlepoint that I framed in a beautiful
ornate gold frame that I had kicking around in my stash.
I love the way it turned out.  I have a mixture of cottage,
French and Shabby Chic items in this room.

One of my favorite pieces is this old claw foot table.  It is
shabby and worn and I just adore it!  The dresser is another
auction piece...there is another matching dresser on
the other wall.  I was forbidden to paint them.  Does your
husband ever do that?!  (*_*)

This lamp shade and base is also from Simply Shabby
Chic and they are long since discontinued.  I always include a picture of my Dad on her bedside table.  We all miss
him so much!

One of my favorite statues wearing her little tiara...

An old corday lamp and lamp shade.  I just propped up
the frame against the wall to give the lamp a background.
The candles are all flameless so Mom doesn't have to worry
about setting the basement on fire!  Ha ha!

I have had this little floral settee for years now.  It was
upstairs in my front room for a long time, but when I
found a new French settee, I moved it downstairs to the
basement.  I works perfectly in her room and it has roller
wheels so it is easy to move.

Isn't it cute!

I hope you enjoyed this little tour of my Mom's home away
from home.  She really loves it down there in the basement.  It gives her privacy and it's very comfortable.  I have a little portable fireplace that she uses as well if it gets too
cool for her down there.

My next post will be pictures of her bathroom.
It really turned out pretty!


Monday, August 11, 2014

DIY: Making Your Own "Bling" Jeans

Today I am going to share a little post with you on how to
embellish your own jeans.  I rarely do DIY posts as I'm not
really into "crafty" things these days, but when the rare
occasion pops up, it's time to share!

I have been wanting a pair of embellished jeans for quite
some time now, but I absolutely refuse to pay the price
for them!  I saw a pair the other day that I loved, but they
were $140.  Yes, you read that right.  I don't think so!

Now if you are a woman under 30, you can get away with
an awful lot!  If you are a woman over 30 (and in my case)
quite a bit older, then in all reality, you do not need
that much bling on your butt!  Some of those jeans out
there are way least for me!

So with a cute pair of boyfriend crop jeans from Apt. 9
at Kohl' I will need jeans (obviously),
lace, buttons, sequins, fabric glue and a needle and
thread for attaching any buttons, etc.

I had this pretty lace trim that I wanted to use because I
wanted to make my jeans more "pretty" and less "blingy"
if that makes any sense.  Now it was time to figure out
where to put the lace on the pockets.  I tried seeing how
it looked going through the middle of the pockets...

At the very top edge of the pockets...

And then settled on putting it just under the line of
stitching on the pockets.  I just didn't like it on the very
top edge, but that is entirely up to you and what you
think looks best!

I bought this fabric glue at Hobby Lobby to use for this
project.  I have never used it before, but it had all of the
qualities I was looking for so I decided to give it a go.  It
dries clear and it states that your articles of clothing can
be washed so we'll see how it goes after I try to wash them!

The next thing I did was to measure and cut two pieces of
lace for the pockets.  I didn't want the ends to fray, so I
cut them about 1/4" larger than the pockets so I could fold
them over and tack them down.

The next step was to iron the lace, fold over the edges
and pin the pieces on the pockets to see how they looked.
The edges look a bit off in the pictures, but I swear in
person it looks even.  I don't know how the camera picks
up that stuff!  I fixed the edges a little bit and off I went
to the next step...

I spread the fabric glue down on the jeans and then pressed
the lace down and held it for a few moments.  I was quite
surprised at how firmly it seemed to hold the lace, but I
still wanted to take a needle and thread and tack down
the edges on both sides of each pocket.

I then added (and I'm sorry for this lousy picture!) a cute
blingy shank button to the center of each pocket along
with some pink sequins.  I used the fabric glue for the
sequins so I hope they stay put.  It says right on the bottle
that the glue can be used for sequins so we'll see.  It has
been quite awhile since I held a needle and thread in my
hand and I was quite proud of my accomplishment with
the button...until I cut the thread on the back, admired
my handiwork and realized that I had sewn right through
the pocket rendering my pocket useless!  Yes, way to go!
A seam ripper does come in mighty handy...yes it does!

So here is the end result...lace on the pockets, a rhinestone
button in the center, little pink rhinestone sequins on the
lace and a few little rhinestones on the actual jean material.  Of course you can do whatever suits your fancy!  The great thing is that the possibilities are really endless with this type of project.

The end result and if they hold up after being washed,
well great!  If not, I'm not out least I'm not
out $140 for a silly pair of jeans!

If any of you have done this type of project, I'd love to
hear what type of glue/adhesive you used to hold your
embellishments in place and how well it worked.

Thanks for dropping by today.
I hope you enjoyed my post!


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Manni Details

Today I thought that I would share a few pictures with you
of my mannequin.  She sits in my front room beside my big
rose painting.  I love her!  I tend not to put a lot of clothes
on her, but I thought that I would add this cute pink fringed
skirt for something different.

The skirt is actually a party table fringe that I purchased at
one of my favorite stores, Dear Lizzie, in Highland, UT.
Okay, it is my FAVORITE store!

I just cut a piece off the garland and pinned it around the
waist.  I had the other bits and pieces on her before so I
just had to put them back in place.  I don't know why, but
I like my mannequin more simple these days without a lot
of clothing...who knew?!

I love this pink tissue paper fringe.  It's so flirty and fun!
I also have pink silk ribbon, white rose covered ribbon,
a big burlap bow and a cute cameo necklace on her.

I had no idea what I was doing when I made this bow.  I 
am not too adept at creating bows, but this one just
seemed to work for me.  It gives it some added texture
which I don't have a lot of in my home.  I need more!

Finally, this cross adds some pretty bling to the look.
I am quite into bling these days it seems.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I have been missing in
action on my blog these days, but it's summer and I
have a really hard time blogging in the summer.  I
hope to be back to a more regular routine in the fall!



Monday, June 9, 2014

Musical Chairs

Last week I had the chance to go junking with a
good friend of mine.  We found the best stuff and
had such a wonderful day!  At one of our favorite
antique malls, we came across an amazing pink
needlepoint chair!  It was everything I adore in a 
chair and it was like it was made for my front room!
Alas, the price was just abit too high for me and
I walked away without it.

On our very last stop at one of the thrift stores
that we frequent (and with only 20 minutes to
go until closing), I came across this adorable little
French Provincial chair.  It was only $8.00.  Yes,
you read that right!  It jumped into my cart
pretty quickly when I saw the price.  I got a cute
little chair after all!

Well this story takes another little twist and turn...

I was speaking to my Mom on the phone that night
and described my thrift shop find with her and I
also described that glorious needlepoint chair that
was in the antique mall.  She thought that it 
sounded really pretty...we talked about it for
some time.  We get off on these tangents you see...

The next morning the phone rang quite early and
the caller id announced that it was my Mom.  I
thought that it was kind of strange (she lives in
Canada) seeing as how we had talked for some
time the night before.  Right away I could tell by
the sound of her voice that something was up!
She said...I want you to go on a caper for me!
Mom and I are always going on capers when we
are together!  (*_*)  She told me that she wanted
me to go down to the antique mall and pick up
that beautiful pink french chair!  Of course I told
her that I couldn't and that it just wasn't in the
cards for me at that particular time.

She told me that I most certainly could go and get
it because she had called down to the antique mall
and had purchased it for me as a present!  What???
My Mom is always up to something!  She had an old
flyer of all of the antique stores and sales that she
had brought home with her, looked up the number
to the antique mall and phoned them first thing in
the morning and purchased the chair for me!

That is just the kind of person my Mom is.  She is
always trying to do things for me and buy things
for me and I'm always saying NO!  I guess she
decided to totally bypass me this time and leave
out the middle man...that would be me!

Little does she know that I had already purchased
some gorgeous china for her from an Etsy shop in
Canada (Jennelise Rose) and it is on the way to
her.  She should be receiving it today and I did
that before I even told her about the chair.

That will serve her right!  (*_*)

Oh, and the $8.00 chair?  It is already downstairs
in the guest bedroom that is decorated with
French Provincial furniture!  


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

My Life In Bloom

We have all waited long enough for spring this year.  
My blog, as usual in the spring, has taken a back seat
yet again to the arrival of blooms and blossoms in my
yard.  My thoughts always turn to the outdoors when
warmer weather arrives...I have to be outside!

We planted these lovely trees along our park strip a
few years ago.  They are the gorgeous Japanese
Kwanzan flowering cherry trees...the ones that
herald the arrival of springtime in Japan and also
here in our own Washington, DC.

This is their third year and they are doing really well.
Eventually we plan on planting more of them along the
north park strip, but for now I am enjoying these three.

Their blossoms never cease to amaze me.  They are so
delicate and pretty.  They remind me of tissue paper that
has been formed into intricate little flowers and glued
onto the branches.

 They sway gently in the breeze and add such a
romantic look to the front of the house.  We often get
very strong winds here and I was afraid that they were
all going to get blown off a few times, but they stayed
strong!  Even so, they rarely last longer than a few weeks.

Until next year my sweet, lovely blossoms...