Thursday, November 20, 2008

Non-melting Snowman

Whenever my little boy makes a real snowman, he is absolutely crushed when it melts. Since he enjoyed making a fall scarecrow so much, we used some fabric remnants to make a snowman. We used little seed beads for the eyes. Plus, everything looks better in an urn! I spray painted the urn black because the rusty look was too dull.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Time Warp

When we moved in, our guest bathroom was like a time capsule from the 1970's. I should have taken a before picture, but I am sure you can imagine: avocado green tub, wood-look sink, 3 different shades of green tiling. I avoided going in there until some renovating was done. My husband did all the grunt work, and I did the decor end--- all on the cheap. I didn't like the look of the globes of the light fixture my husband chose. To soften the look I glued small lampshades to replace the globes. With a little bead fringe, it really transforms the look. I bought just a regular beveled mirror, and my husband converted it into a medicine cabinet by building a box behind it, and attaching hinges from the inside. I also had my hubby add chair railing and trim for architectural interest. Best of all, no more avocado green!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Ready for Autumn



There aren't any real pumpkins available right now where we live. I was hesitant to purchase a fake one instead, since every year our real ones are massacred by neighborhood hooligans. I wasn't sure that they would be able to distinguish between the two and they might obliterate the pricey fake. So I printed out some vintage pictures in a frame for now. What do you think? Weird?
My 3 year old helped me make the scarecrow. There are mums in the urn. You will have to trust me on that one because the scorching sun has removed all color off them for the moment.

Friday, September 5, 2008

I See a Silhouette-ah (Thunder bolt of Lightning)

I wanted to add something to flank my mirror in the dining room. I decided to make a silhouette of my 3 year old. I found step by step instructions from this blog. I didn't realize it could all be done via photoshop! No meticulous cutting required! Since we only have one child, I was going to do a silhouette of my son and our Yorkie. That plan changed when our little furball really looked like an indistinguishable furball. So instead, I just flipped the image of my son and had 2 of him.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

On a "wallpaper" roll

I have been really slacking on posting so here are 2 posts in one day! Totally unheard of I know! Well, the nester's most recent post reminded me of a small project I did with wallpaper. I got a whole roll of this pretty topiary pattern at a do it yourself store called "Hood's." It was only a $1. Our garage isn't drywalled so it seems really dark on the inside. I thought I would brighten up the area by the door (which is also where I keep some gardening supplies).
Since I already did this(and neglected to take a before picture), I took a picture of the wall in another part of the garage so you could get an idea of the gloomy before....

and after....


I just remembered I also line my drawers with it.

Mistreatment

Hello! This is my late entry into the Nester's mistreatment extravaganza. We are refinishing our basement. My husband has this special cutout place in the wall where he wants to make a fancy door for all the media equipment. Well the door wasn't being built and installed fast enough so I mistreated it. I have 2 extra window panels and I tacked one here to cover the ugly cutout in the wall...


Behind the curtain, is the furnace room---soon to be media shelving cubby hole area.
and I used the other panel to cover an ugly table.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Baby Shower Tea

My older sister is ecstatic to be pregnant with child number five. She always has loved kids and I am sure she enjoyed being the oldest of four siblings. She even carried a diaper bag for her Cabbage Patch dolls when we were little. I occasionally forgot my dolls and left them outside, thus I have only one child. :)
While she didn't want a big shower, my Mom and I wanted to do something. So instead of a big party, we had an intimate tea at my Mom's house. I think it went really nicely. Here are a couple photos.


Friday, July 4, 2008

Goodwill Hunting

It seems whenever I go to Goodwill I either find several things or nothing at all. Yesterday was a good visit. I am not for sure the name of the glass pieces with the plate bottoms. I think they are called cloches? Isn't the artichoke candle neat how it really looks like metal? Also I purchased 2 apothecary glass pieces which I have plans to adhere some great labels courtesy of the lovely Ruth at http://thebeautifullifeblog.blogspot.com/
I think the apothecary jars ($2 each) really look like some jars I have from Marshalls ($9.99 each). I have the latter in my kitchen window, I am going to fill with vintage buttons, pearls and the like but just haven't got around to it yet. (I put them on the counter in the first pic below so you can see them better).


I think the pieces which I am calling cloches really look like something my Mom gave me after a trip to Amsterdam. It is filled with all these yummy(although artificial) pâtisseries.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Hidden Treasure

Much like the Nester(one of my favorite bloggers) http://nestingplacenc.blogspot.com/ , I like to keep my son's toys organized and basically hidden. He has been on a pirate kick for about 2 years now, and it is still going strong. Here is where we store his toys in the family room.




Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Avant et Après

BEFORE

Don't you enjoy a good before and after post? Well, voila! I wanted to create a conversation area in my living room so I found these cute matching chairs on craigslist. While the fabric wasn't bad at all, it was too dark for my taste. I recovered it in this cameo toile fabric. I was torn on whether to paint the trim white or silver leaf it, or just leave it alone. As you can see, I opted for the latter.

AFTER



Try to ignore the annoying lamp cord in the photo! I need to tape that to the table. The table is also my sewing machine. The little ottoman below it also stores a lot of my sewing sundries.
I also want to thank Dawn from the Feathered Nest for her sweet comment. She is one of my favorite bloggers!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Snips, Snails, Puppy Dog Tails


One of my peony (bulbs, not sure if that is the correct term) that I planted two years ago, has produced it's first bloom. I believe our Yorkie actually steals the show in the background though. She is less of a dog, and more of a dog/human hybrid. Cesar Mulan, dog whisperer, would not approve of the extreme amount of pampering she receives. She is our only daughter after all. I gave her to my husband for our one year anniversary. She is the most intuitive, intelligent, funny, loving dogs ever. She doesn't smell like a dog either, more like oatmeal cookies.


Thursday, May 22, 2008

First Post





Hi,
My name is Meagan and here is my first attempt at blogging. I felt kind of weird just reading other people's blogs and not participating. Here are a couple of photos from around my yard. I especially like my rosa rugosa (light pink). It offers privacy, smells sweet, and in the fall/winter it produces rose hips which the birds love. I think you can make them into a tea also, but I haven't attempted this yet.