Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wicked Awesome Wednesday #47

150 links this time!! Wow! It's time for our 47th link party:  Keep all the great projects coming:

Treat & Trick made these milk coffee buns, aren't they pretty?

Carissa's Creative made the cutest little play kitchen:

Jennifer from Big D & Me made some Star Wars decor for her boys:

Snickerdoodle cupcakes?  Yes please!  Thanks to Todd & Lindsey for this recipe:

Sarah from Adventures and Asides made these pretty blueberry swirls:

Meredith from Haute to Sew did a makeover on her bathroom.  Since replacing the wall tile is expensive (not to mention messy!), she worked around it to create a whole new look:

Garden Therapy made whole weat blueberry lemon scones:

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Monday, January 23, 2012

January Antique Finds

We decided to escape the winter blahs yesterday, and headed out to one of our favorite antique shops.  We love this shop, since they seem to turn over their inventory, and have new things fairly often.

Love all the drawers here!

Anyone getting ready for Valentine's day? I love these little plates.



Great shot with antique bottles. 

I really like this picture.  I took it in our front yard a few weeks ago, after a snowfall that weighed the branches down.  

How about you?  What are you doing to shake off the winter doldrums?

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Wicked Awesome Wednesday #46

We had over 120 links on last week's party, wow! It's time for our 46th link party:  Watcha got this week?

Jenna from The Mommy Diaries made the best chocolate cake ever.

Jenilyn from Grits and Giggles showed us how to turn boot-cut jeans into skinny jeans that will easily fit into boots:

Jen from A Place 2 Call Home did a side table makeover with a piece of free furniture and $7 "oops" paint:

Lynn from Cottage and Creek showed us a pretty way to store ribbon:

Michelle from Simplify, Live, Love bakes a 9 grain bread:

Jennifer at A Jenerik Life made this wicked cute table of gadets and latches for her toddler. 

Kim from A little bit of everything made a pretty (and simple) heart wreath:

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Where Did All the Good HGTV Shows Go?

I thought I would post a reader question I received recently.

Remember when I posted about how I hate House Hunters, and most of the new shows on HGTV?  A reader wrote in with this question:

Kay G recently left this comment on my post, "Why I Hate House Hunters on HGTV":

I hate most of the shows on HGTV now. I was a faithful watcher of HGTV 7 or 8 years ago when most of the shows were about decorating. They would show beautiful homes. I have been trying to find the show that was in the Carolinas in a very beautiful neighborhood of newly built homes. 

If anyone could help me find the lost show, that was one of the best. I really hate all the shows now.  I miss the old shows from 7, 8 or even 9 years ago.

Does anyone have an answer for Kay G?

I was thinking about some of the older HGTV shows that Handy Man and I used to love...you know, before HGTV turned into The Real Estate Channel.

Decorating Cents, Joan Steffend 
Our absolute favorite show!  Joan Steffend gets an A+ for the most enthusiastic and bubbly hostess on HGTV history, in my opinion. We just loved how she'd decorate a room (or rooms) for $500 or less.  

Remember the Trash to Treasure segments with Robb Whitleff? He would show some of the pieces he created for his home furnishings store called Sticks & Stones in Minneapolis.  

Where is she now?  Joan wrote a book, and wants to do more work on TV and the radio.

Designing for the Sexes, Michael Payne
He likes modern, clean, design; She likes ruffles and frills.  What's a designer to do?  Michael Payne had a real knack for combining a couple's opinions into one gorgeous design.  

Where is he now?  Check out Michael Payne's site for more information.  He's appearing at a home show in Burlington, Vermont in February 2012.  Michael has been a featured speaker at national home and design shows.  He wrote a design book published in 2003 called Let's Ask Michael.  Michael also teaches a design seminar at UCLA.

Room by Room, Matt & Shari
Remember these two?  Weren't they adorable?  According to their site, Matt and Shari, Room by Room was the first show on HGTV.  Sure, they had some cheesy banter, but we loved their easy and affordable room and house makeovers. 

Where are they now?  Matt and Shari are guests on radio shows.  They travel around the country and speak at home and garden expos.  

Designed to Sell 
with Lisa LaPorta and Clive Pearse
I know this show isn't that old, but it was one of our favorites. Designed to Sell seemed to be one of the earlier Real Estate shows on HGTV.  I know there have been other hosts and designers on this show, but these two were my favorite.  I loved the interaction between them.  I used to crack up when she'd call him Clivey.  Yes, it was a show about selling a home, but I loved the quick and inexpensive decorating and home staging ideas.

Where are they now? Lisa has a gorgeous design blog, sells a line of patio furniture, and appears in several publications and national and regional TV shows.   

Clivey has popped up on other HGTV shows, such as Design Star and Dream Home Giveaway.  His bio lists extensive TV and voice over work.  Did you know he was married to Linda Blair?  Linda founded the World Heart Foundation, which helps rescue animals in the Los Angeles area.

HGTV, please, PUH-LEASE cool it with the real estate shows, and give us MORE design and makeover shows!  According to what I've seen on the blogosphere, Rob and I aren't the only ones who miss the old shows.

How about you?  Did you ever watch these shows?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Wicked Awesome Wednesday #45

It's time for our 45th link party:  Watcha got this week?

Linda at It All Started with Paint made over her entry way.  Wow, what a great before and after!

Maureen from Release Me Creations made a custom jewelers bench for only $85 in materials!

Sarah, who is guest posting for her sister Ellen on Ellen's blog Creative Passage, use some old Jenga game pieces to make a key chain.

Vanilla cake made in a sandwich maker? Yes please.  Go see how Ambreen from Simply Sweet 'n Savory did it.

Emily from 52 mantels shared a recipe for pomegranate Champagne cocktails.

Sherry from Pondered Primed Perfected turned some wine bottles into lamps with bottle lamp kits.

Rebekah from Somewhere in the Middle showed us how to make all-natural homemade laundry detergent:

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Guest Post from Our Life: Narrated by Lacey

This is a guest post from Our Life: Narrated by Lacey. She has a cute blog, go check it out!

How to make a Countdown to Halloween using a cookie sheet!

Last year I purchased a ‘Countdown to Halloween’ kit from a local scrapbooking store – one I used to work at part time. I couldn’t make the class where they taught you how to make it so the I just made do with what I got in the kit they provided.Anyway, I finally got around to assembling the pieces in the kit this year to make my very own countdown. Here, let me walk you through it. It’s not hard at all. You could totally make one yourself….if you wanna.First you have to start with a 8.5x11” piece of cardstock [regular printer paper would work as well], and print a calendar-like table on it. I used the one that came with the kit, but because it looked like their ink was running out when they printed it, I went over the numbers and lines with a fine-tip marker to make it darker. You could easily design this in Microsoft Word or any other processing software.


The kit also came with 30 small sticky-backed magnets. I used some of the Halloween charms in the kit but also made a lot of my own charms using my own Halloween scrapbooking supplies.

Put the charms aside for the time being and cut some Halloween patterned papers and ribbon to fit whatever sized metal cookie sheet you have. Mine was 11x17”.

Add magnet tape to the back…

Add some letter stickers, put it all together and you get this…..!!!!

Make some holes in the top handle. I used a hammer and a nail, but you could also use a drill.

Add some ribbon, hang it on the wall and start your countdown![I plan to embellish it a little more with more ribbons and maybe even some glitter glue when I have more spare time.]I keep the extra charms on the back and every day Jack helps me pick a new charm to add to the countdown.


The great thing about everything being magnetic, you can take all the pieces off when Halloween is over and still use the cookie sheet! When the time comes, I will probably make one for a Countdown to Christmas too – using the same cookie sheet! And maybe even a countdown to Jack’s birthday! The possibilities are endless.I love Lacey's countdown idea, it's fun and simple to make! Plus, you could make one for Christmas. If you'd like to be featured on our site, please send us an email with an idea.

Wicked Awesome Wednesday #44

I'm going to set up the link party, but I can't show any projects right now, need to get to bed.  I'll try to add some tommorrow.

It's time for our 44th link party:  Watcha got this week?

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Monday, January 2, 2012

The Obligatory 2011 Year in Review Post

Happy New Year, everyone!  I hope you all had a great Christmas.  I ended up in the hospital on Christmas night for 6 hours.  Dehydration from either a bad stomach virus or food poisoning.  Great, huh? Everything's ok now.  I might have to write about it sometime.  Don't worry, I won't give you the gross details, but it's quite a story. 

Thought I'd do a Year in Review Post for 2011.

Our blog had over 109,000 visits and 278,000 page views in 2011.  (How is that possible?!)

The majority of our readers are from the USA, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Germany, Russia, Philippines, Japan, China and Ukraine.


We had 43 Wicked Awesome Wednesday link parties.  Thanks to all who linked up, and thanks to all who visit the links on the party.


I started a Free for All Friday topic, and wrote three of my favorite blog posts of 2011:

I broke the "swear" barrier on the blog, and talked about The Nicest, Grossest Thing Handy Man Ever Did For Me
It involved sewage and a clean out pipe

A Behind The Scenes Look at Our Wedding Day
The man who said "I do" to all this madness
You'll shoot your eye out, Ralphie

Here are some of my favorite posts from 2011.



March: I wrote about how I hate the HGTV show "Property Virgins."  This post got the most hits and comments EVER for a single blog post (61 comments to date.)
I don't even watch this channel anymore

April: We held our first annual Snirt Watch contest, and I had an Easter Crafting Fail when I tried to go all "Country Living"
Whoops

May: We found two Fiesta medium green teacups for $10 each (I still can't believe it!)

June: I fixed some of the cracks in our walls

July:  I started a six part New England Summer Thursday series, and organized my cards

August: I decided I wanted a skee ball lane in my house
...but we don't have one.  Yet.

September: Handy Man found some pretty red vases for our window sill

October: The Pocket Guide to Sheds was published, which included a chapter on Handy Man's shed; and Handy Man put insulation around our upstairs bathroom window

November: I replaced our wooden hangers with slim, velvet hangers

In December, Handy Man organized some basement shelves:
 
Our top 10 referring sites in 2011 were:
My Romantic Home








A bowl full of lemons








Hooked on Houses









The Happy Brown House







StumbleUpon








Funky Junk Interiors









I Heart Organizing
Linky Tools



















Thanks to all of our readers, you guys are Wicked Awesome!  An extra special Thank You to my friend Marcia, and my bloggy friend Barbara from DIY Home Staging.  You ladies have helped me out more than you know. 

Here's to a Handy and Crafty 2012!











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