Monday, May 30, 2011

Great Medium Green Find

We found some great medium green teacups recently.  Wooo hooo!  Medium green is the most rare type of vintage Fiesta Ware.  

The color is a very specific green.  Medium green looks a lot like the "John Deere" tractor green.  If you collect medium green, you need to be careful.  There are two other vintage fiesta greens; light green and forest green.  Sometimes the greens are labeled incorrectly.  If you handle vintage Fiesta often, you really get to know the difference in colors. 

We found two medium green teacups. They only cost $10 each!  In excellent condition, they are worth about $60-$75 each.  These are in excellent condition.  

We were really excited to find these teacups.  Have you ever had a great find like this?

Linking to: House of Grace/ Southern Hospitality/ Funky Junk Interiors/ Chic on a Shoestring/ The Shabby Nest/ It's a Hodgepodge Life/ A Little Knick Knack/ Tidy Mom/ Fingerprints on the Fridge/ My Romantic Home/ Delightful Order/ Fireflies and Jellybeans/ Somewhat Simple/ Beyond the Picket Fence/ Coloradolady/ The Shabby Chic Cottage/ Tales from Bloggeritaville/ House of Hepworths/ Savvy Southern Style/ We Are That Family/ Blue Cricket Design/ New Nostalgia/ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia/ Not Just a Housewife/ A bowl full of lemons/ Coastal Charm/ Craft-O-Maniac/ Homemaker on a Dime/ The Girl Creative/ Keeping it Simple/ Between Naps on the Porch/ Boogieboard Cottage/

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Wicked Awesome Links

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! I hope you're having a nice weekend, the weather finally feels like summer here. 

Here are some wicked fun links I came across over the last week:
100 free things to do with your kids this summer
This is a great list from Digital Reflections.  Some kids might already be home for summer vacation.  Handy Boy isn't out of school yet, but I know we'll be looking over this list again.

You have to see these photos of Redneck Home Remodels from Build Direct.  There are no words.

I found a great new blog called Better After, which features reader projects exclusively.  If you love looking at before and after DIY photos, you'll love this blog.
I hesitate to list this next link, due to the searches it might bring to our site, but I just can't help myself: Bookshelf Porn.  It features an archive of photos of rooms full of books.  Books floor to ceiling, books stacked here, there and everywhere.  Books galore!  Be prepared to spend way too much time looking at photos of books.

Have a great weekend! 

Friday, May 27, 2011

Roses and Pollen and Allergies, Oh My!

We recently went to a local nursery to look at flowers and trees.  The nursery was huge, it was waaaay larger than it looked from the street.  

We walked down aisles of flowers, shrubs, and trees, trees and more trees!  We talked about some work that we want to do in our yard this summer.  

The grass needs some help, so we're talking about that.  I'd also love to add some flowers, but I have "The Black Thumb of Death" so it's not a great idea.  But I can still look, right? 

The weather for the next several days looks great, so we're hoping to finally do some outside chores, after all the rain. 

Like: cleaning the pollen off of my car that had just been washed fifteen minutes earlier.  
Sighhh...Oh Handy Man, Why did you even bother?!
We are coughing and sneezing up a storm from the pollen.  The boys seem to be affected the worst.  My throat feels like I've been swallowing sand.  A coat of yellow dust is all over the house...great! 

Don't forget, there's still time to enter a project in our Wicked Awesome Wednesday Link party #13, which I accidentally posted on Thursday.  (oops).

What are your plans for Memorial Day weekend? Do you have an extra day off for the holiday? Are your allergies killing you right now? We feel for you!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Wicked Awesome Wednesday #13

It's time again for our #13th Wicked Awesome Wednesday linky party. 

On Thursday.

I must be in some sort of time warp, because I just realized that I'm putting this up Wednesday night at midnight instead of Tuesday night at midnight.  Sorry about that!  I don't know where this week went.  I knew I felt like I was forgetting something on Tuesday night!

Desiree at The 36th Avenue bought a desk for only $9.99!  Go and see the before:

Jenny from Ms Not So Perfect made the funniest chalkboard tray: 

Stacy from Conspicuous Style made some gorgeous kitchen panelling:
Janet at I Heart My Glue Gun made the "cheapest ever" roman shade:

EllaBoo & Co. is a very new blog, but she's off to a great start with this painted staircase:

Karen at Heritage Home Creations used the prettiest gray-blue for this vanity:

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Coke Crate Vignettes

We bought an antique Coke crate recently.  I've been thinking about what I want do do with it.  I was playing around with some little "vignettes", so to speak.

How about some Fiesta Ware, with the vintage spelling books for some height?

I just love the graphics on this box.  I've been looking for a Coke box for a while, I was excited to find this one for only $12!
I'm saving the Coke crate for when we decorate the family room.  Do you ever save decorations for future projects? 

Linking to: Southern Hospitality/ Funky Junk Interiors/  A Little Knick Knack/ French Country Cottage/ Finding Fabulous/ Organizing Made Fun/ Tidy Mom/ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating/ It's a Hodgepodge Life/ The Shabby Nest/ My Romantic Home/ Fingerprints on the Fridge/ Delightful Order/ House of Hepworths/ Momnivore's Dilemma/ Saved by Love Creations/ Coloradolady/ Paisley Passions/ Fireflies and Jellybeans/ Beyond the Picket Fence/ Tales from Bloggeritaville/ The Shabby Chic Cottage/ We are that Family/ It's a Blog Party/ Sew Much Ado/ Blue Cricket Design/ My Backyard Eden/ Savvy Southern Style/ A Beach Cottage/ Type A Decorating/ Not Just a Housewife/ A bowl full of lemons/ The Gypsy's Corner/ Coastal Charm/ New Nostalgia/ All Thingz Related/ The Girl Creative/ Homemaker on a Dime/ Craft-O-Maniac/ Keeping it Simple/ Dittle Dattle/ Boogieboard Cottage/ Between Naps on the Porch

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Wicked Awesome Sponsors

Happy weekend, everyone!  We had a tease of sunshine yesterday; today it's back to dreary as usual.  We need to do some yard work so badly.  
I think we'll go to a local greenhouse and plan out some yard projects, and wish for better weather.   

It's almost Memorial Day, sun, where are you?!??  Please come out soon, I'd like to take the flannel sheets off my bed.  Thanks!  

Let's have a look at our current sponsors:

I recently found Sam's blog, it's great!  Sam at The Junk House shares her story: a 24-year old making her first house a home…on a budget. Follow her thrifting, crafting, DIY-ing journey from fixer-upper to dream home.

Don's Fine Art
Don's Fine Art site shows a variety of paintings sculptures, and a model ship.  Don has been involved in a lot of art shows lately, so if you live in New Hampshire, you might want to check out his schedule so you can see some of his paintings in person. 

Barbara from DIY Home Staging recently wrote a crafty post for us about making decorative vases.  In addition to being crafty, she shares information about how to prepare your house for a sale: cleaning, decorating, lighting, landscaping, and much more! 

Becky from Organizing Made Fun is just that...a blog that makes organizing fun, inspiring, and motivating! Becky gives tips that can help you get more organized, and she has some great room makeovers on her site.
Laila and Heather are co-founders and co-authors of Significantly Simple.  Though quite different from each other, they share a passion for their children, families and the environment. They created Significantly Simple as a means of helping others to live a simple, but significant life.   

Becky's Clean Mama Etsy shop has the best printables. If you need help organizing your household chores, cleaning, grocery shopping or blogging, Clean Mama can really help you out. She recently added some new printables, so go have a look!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Guest Post by DIY Home Staging: Decorative Vases

We're so glad to share a guest post today by Barbara from DIY home staging.  Barbara is one of our blog sponsors.  
Barbara's blog isn't just for people who want to stage and sell their homes!  Check out her blog for great inspiration about landscaping, decorating, thrifting, gardening, crafts and more. 

Make Your Own Decorative Vases for Free

Free. Don't you love that idea?

Today, class, we're turning ordinary cardboard containers that you could rescue from your recycle bin, into vases.

These vases can display real or artificial greenery and flowers -- those finishing touches that every staged room needs.

My dressed up cardboard boxes can also stand in for decorative holders in your staged kitchen or bath, like the one at the left holding cooking utensils.

I'm a fan of cheap props because it means you can pack up your valuable and fragile belongings, and be ready to move when your house sells. If you are staging a vacant house, it's easy to stage with these inexpensive and lightweight props because you can toss them when you're done. No commitment.

Meanwhile, they look downright pretty.

Here's What You Need.
  • Rigid boxes with simple lines, like milk cartons and oatmeal boxes. The bigger, the better.
  • A wallpaper sample book. Discontinued books are free at paint stores, wallpaper outlets and from interior decorators.
  • Scissors -- a sharp, pointed pair.
  • Metal ruler.
  • Utility knife or X-acto knife.
  • Surface to cut on, such as a self-healing mat, or a cutting board.
  • White glue.
  • Glue gun and glue sticks.
Oatmeal Box Vase

Choose the cardboard container you want to cover. In this example, I'm using an oatmeal box.
Choose the wallpaper you want to use. Wallpaper companies have already coordinated their lines so you choose two different patterns from one color scheme.
Choose one wallpaper pattern for the background and one for the border. Or, just go with one pattern.
Remove the paper you've chosen from the wallpaper book. Use your utility knife, so you get a clean edge.
Mark the paper to the perfect size, allowing for an overlapping seam.
Cut the paper with your knife, using the metal straightedge.
Test to be sure it's a good fit. Trim if necessary. If you make a mistake, it's easy to just choose another sheet of paper with a similar design.
Test the border strip to be sure it fits.
If necessary, trim the border by cutting away parts you don't want. This step isn't always called for but on this design, I liked the look.
Heat your glue gun. Wrap the paper around the box and double check top and bottom alignment. Run a line of glue down the box to seal one edge. Wrap the other edge over the glue. Press with your fingers to flatten, keeping them away from the paper's edge. 
Flip the wallpaper border over on a disposable sheet of wallpaper. Run a line of white glue around the edges of the border.
Smear the glue around so it goes to the edge.
Position the border where you want it on the box. Place the best-looking part of the border away from the visible vertical seam of the first layer of wallpaper. You're done!

Milk Carton Vase
To the right is a picture of our milk carton, all fancied up. I used a yellow wallpaper to wrap the entire box, then glued a border to the top section. This wallpaper border was already trimmed, saving me one step on this vase.

If you are using a milk carton, trim away the top portion with scissors. Be sure to wash milk containers, give them a bleach rinse, and let them dry well.

If you want to use your "cardboard vase" for fresh flowers, simply put a glass or plastic container inside to hold the water. For silk arrangements, you may want to place floral foam in the base of the container. I hope you'll have fun creating these free containers to use for staging your home. 

And That's Not All

Pages from wallpaper books can be used for other decor projects like:
  • Cover picture frames.
  • Recover hat boxes.
  • Dress up closet shoe boxes.
  • Decorate trays.
  • Re-do old wastebaskets.
  • Make a fireplace fan.
  • Convert a plain picture matte.
  • Make book jackets.
  • Frame as artwork.
The designers have made your pattern matching a piece of cake. These are sample groupings from the same wallpaper book I used:

There are more DIY projects in my eBook, DIY Home Staging Tips to Sell Your Home Fast and For Top Dollar. Download it now and start your staging your home today.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Wicked Awesome Wednesday #12

It's time again for our 12th Wicked Awesome Wednesday linky party.

Thanks to all of the very talented people who linked up to our last party.  

Mary from Keeping Family Life Fun wrote a great post about how to keep kid's school papers and memorabilia organized.  I need to find one of these boxes for Handy Boy!

Carrie at Saving for Six has a great recipe for cake mix cookies.  This looks like a great recipe for when you have a chocolate craving:
Margo at Joyful Homemaking made these beautiful edible flower cupcakes:

Chris at Red Gate Farm made the cutest decorations for a "baby shower with a vintage twist".  What a great, unique theme for a baby shower!  

Carrie and Chris from Hazardous Design installed a gorgeous marble floor in their bathroom. Wow, they did a beautiful job! I know how hard it is to install tile.  I just realized they also live in New England!

Jennifer at Hydrangeas and Harmony made an "I'm Bored" jar for the littles.  She put in some simple activities that children can choose when they say the dreaded "I'm booooorrrrrred" over the summer.  I know Handy Boy would like this, so I might try to make one soon.  I'll post about it if I do.

Karen from KK's Place has some beautiful photos of a dining room that she refreshed.  

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