Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Red Wall Is Gone...

I had been toying with the idea of changing our living room's accent wall color for a while now. I loved, loved, loved my red wall, but I felt it was time for a change. Sooo... A few weeks back I finally did it. The red wall is gone...

Run your mouse over the above picture to see what the wall looked like before.

At first I missed my red wall a lot...

But I really did like the new color, I just needed some time to get use to the change.

Change is good!

Thank you so much for stopping by for a visit.
Wishing you a beautiful day.

Hugs and Kisses,

Monday, June 27, 2011

Curbside Treasure 2:

Hi Everyone!

I had almost forgotten I told you in a previous post (here) that I would share with you my other most recent curbside treasure find. Well, here it is...

Isn't it awesome? I'm calling it a linen chest because...

Look at all the storage I can use for my dining room linens.

It's missing the bottom drawer but still has the drawer front...Can you see the doors knobs in there?

Can't believe how lucky I got. Love this piece but....

I'm not sure what I want to do to it yet...It's the biggest piece of furniture I'll tackle yet and I'm a little unsure of what to do.

Should I paint it or stain it to match my dining room table top? What should I do to the drawer? Maybe make a new one or just add some hinges to the drawer front and make it a door that opens up. Or maybe I should just leave it open and add some baskets. What to do? Any suggestions? I'd love to hear them.

Hugs and Kisses,

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Patriotic Pillows

The 4th of July is just around the corner so I thought I would add a bit of patriotic decor to our petite cottage...

I've been busy making these cute flag inspired pillows.

Aren't they cute?

I love that they're in cream and khaki...Perfect colors for my decor plus this way I can keep them out all year round.

I even made a couple to put up on my Etsy shop. I'll be putting them up soon...

So what do you think?

Hugs and Kisses,

Monday, June 20, 2011

Calla Lilies

Calla Lilies from my jardin...

I'm so excited beacause they're in bloom.

I have only seen them bloom once and that was when I first got them about 3 and 5 years ago...

And all of a sudden both plants decide to bloom this year...Yay!

And I wanted to share them with all of you, my sweet blogging friends...
Wishing you all a beautiful new week.

Hugs and Kisses,

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day!

Papi, I know you wanted all boys but instead you got a house full of girls...Yikes! I know it must have been tough...But you did real good :-) I love you very much. Happy Father's Day.

And a Happy Father's Day to...

my sweet Dad-in-law...

my handsome hubby...

and to all the other fathers I know...All my love to you.

Hugs and Kisses,

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Curbside Treasure

A few weeks back my sister and brother-in-law's dear friend and neighbor past. He was a kind and sweet man and an avid collector of anything and everything. He left behind a home full of many, many, many treasures. Sadly, many of these treasures his family saw as junk and ended up tossing them out to the curbside...Amongst those items tossed were a chair, (below) which my hubby picked up for me and one other item that I will share with you in a later post, which my sweet sister and brother-in-law snatched up especially for me.

The chair was in pretty good condition, but in dire need of a makeover... That blue velvet just didn't quite go with my decor :-)...So here is what I did with it.

First I took the seat off and reupholstered it and then I gave the chair a couple coats of a cream colored paint.

After the paint was dry I grabbed my trusty Valspar Antiquing Glaze...

With an old bristle brush I brush on a fair amount of glaze one section at a time...

Making sure I put a little extra in any seams, carvings, dings and dents.

Then with a slightly damp cloth I wipe off the excess.

Transforming an area from this....

to this.

Once the glaze was completely dry I put my newly upholstered seat back on.

But it wasn't quite done yet...I also stitched up a pretty little seat cover to dress it up a bit more.

Here's a close up of the pretty little pleated ruffle.

And the cute little tie in the back...

One man's junk was definitely another woman's treasure... I love it! :-)

Hugs and Kisses,

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Miniature Beauties

Hi Everyone!

Today I thought it would be fun to share with you one of my favorite collections. It's the smallest of my collections, both in size and in number...

These miniature beauties only measure about 2" in height and are hand made by very talented Mexican artisans. I was told they were made out of "migajon de pan" (A clay of sorts made out of bread crumbs).

This one was my very first one. She is wearing a traditional costume from Oaxaca, Mexico. Hubby got her for me on our very first family trip to Mexico, about 14 years ago. So much beautiful detail.

A beautiful bride was added a few years later...Just look at those sweet tiny flowers.

And this is my most recent one. A couple of weeks ago Hubby went on a business trip to Mexico City and found her for me... Isn't she beautiful? I love my mini collection... And how about you, do you have a favorite collection? I'd love to hear about it.

Hugs and Kisses,

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Odds and Ends Project: Finished

My Odds and Ends project is finished. Yay!!!

Look what I made with the salvaged cabinet door, vintage receipt clip, vintage kitchen towel holder and a pair of wooden decorative appliques...

It's a calendar/message board... And I love how it turned out.

This vintage kitchen towel hanger will no longer hold towels...It'll hold messages and reminders. Love all it's charm and chippiness.

And this vintage Yawman & Erbe MFG Co. receipt board clip won't be holding any receipts. So what do you think?

If you didn't see what all these odds and ends looked like before just keep scrolling down to my last post.

Hugs and Kisses,

Monday, June 6, 2011

Odds and Ends Project

Hmmmm....What can I possibly make out of these odds and ends?

*One old cabinet door (Salvaged from Dad-in-laws house).

*Two wooden decorative mold pieces (65 cents from thrift store).

*One vintage Yawman & Erbe MFG Co. receipt board clip (95 cents from same thrift store).

*One vintage kitchen tin and ball towel holder (Salvaged from my parents kitchen).

Shhhhh....Do you hear that?

My little creative wheels are turning...Hee, hee, hee.

Are you curious to see what I'll make? Me too :-)

Wishing everyone a very creative week.

Hugs and Kisses

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Special Pancakes

Hubby hasn't been feeling well lately. He's been fighting a real nasty cold so I thought I would make him some pancakes this morning to cheer him up.

But not just any old pancakes....STAR WARS pancakes! He is a huge STAR WARS fan.

They were so much fun to make...

And the best part was that they put a smile on Hubby's face and made him feel just a bit better.

Wishing you all a wonderful day and may it be filled with tons of happy smiles.

Hugs and Kisses,

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Pretty Paper Peonies

Okay, since I can't grow pretty pink peonies in my zone...

Then I'll just have to make some.

I made these pretties out of tissue paper.

They were so much fun to make.

A sweet alternative, don't you think?

Wishing you all a beautiful and creative day.

Hugs and Kisses,