I was just organizing our always growing pile of receipts and thought “Hey, you haven’t met Cheny yet”. You first saw her in this glowing night shot. And real quick, does January just make you need to organize? I am actually resisting the urge on many levels because the impractical nature of me trying to get organized when I really should just be gutting our master bedroom, bathroom and closet isn’t lost on even me. But order and organization are taking over the interwebz these days and it reminds me of the time that I was going to organize my file cabinet and instead I ended up covering the outside in book pages. (You can pin this idea here and it will link directly to the tutorial post.) Anywho, back to the whole point I was going to make originally. If you have people in your life who enjoy a practical gift might I suggest to make it a habit of giving them the same gift card for every occasion. I know, I know, this doesn’t sound sexy, and on the surface probably doesn’t even sound thoughtful. But, I disagree. Here’s the thing, I’m originally from Maine and we Mainahs love us some LL Bean, or L and L as Joel calls it. He’s from Iowa, he doesn’t know any better. It’s been a pretty solid family tradition that from at least one or two relatives we will get and give LL Bean gift cards. They even kept coming when we lived in Curacao. And since I wasn’t doing much shopping in those days they kept accumulating and when I started looking for rugs for our dining room I realized I could combine them all get a pretty sweet rug for a pretty decent price. Yep, that’s me stockpiling $355.61 … continue reading
put·ter3 ˈpətər/ verb gerund or present participle: puttering 1. occupy oneself in a desultory but pleasant manner, doing a number of small tasks or not concentrating on anything particular. Puttering. That’s what I’ve been up to after dark these days. I had forgotten how much I love to just arrange things and move them around and try them here and shift them there and sit and see how it makes me feel while I listen to a song on The Voice. Or get sucked in to the Blacklist … are you watching that show?
***Have you entered the giveaway yet? Lynch Creek Farm is offering a $100 gift certificate to one lucky winner to shop on their site full of beautiful wreaths, garland and holiday accessories. Enter to win here.*** So, I’ve shown you a few pictures of our kitchen. You know, the heart of the home. Or in our case, the place where everything lands that doesn’t otherwise have a home. She’s probably going to be last on the list of room renovations, poor girl. And in the mean time she had become quite the labyrinth. Navigate the extension cords and tools we can’t seem to bring all the way back to the shed. Watch your shins around the new ceiling fan still to be installed, large box of things that need to be sorted to go to charity … take a second to have a seat in the random chair at the end of the path. Ohhhh, no, you can’t do that because my shoes have found a seat instead. :)
I told you a few days ago about my DIY swiffer cloths and those actually came to be when I had leftover shammy cloths that I had bought for a different reason entirely. You can’t see them in the pictures, but I bought them after I made the DIY wood bed frame in our guest bedroom.
Who wishes sometimes they’d just pop in here and there wouldn’t be a hardcore-need-a-bunch-o’-tools-and-a-ton-o’-time project going on? Yeah, I’m feeling that way right about now too. :/ And a lot of you mentioned that you love quick tips and easy decorating ideas so I thought it’d be fun to take a closer look at what is going on in my pea brain as we get close to actually decorating a room. Hallelujah!!
How is everyone today? Happy Last Day of the Year! Can you believe it? I can hardly believe it is the last day of 2012. Where did it all go? I remember last New Year’s Eve like it was yesterday … well, at the least everything before, let’s say, 10pm. ;) Kidding. What better way to wrap up the year in a fancy little bow than to recap a few of our favorite projects and posts from 2012.
‘Tis the season. The season to get ready for the holiday season. The one where we start to think about how we decorated for the holidays last year … and how we’ll do it this year. I actually started this blog on November 1st last year and pretty quickly joined a crafting competition at Mega Crafty. The challenge was to decorate a tree for under $20. I came up with some pretty fun homemade Christmas ornament ideas that hardly cost me anything. Since there were about 3 of you reading last holiday season, I’ve rounded up what we made to show off our 11 DIY Christmas Ornament Ideas.
I have to admit, it seems kind of out of left field to get so geared up for fall. I mean, we live on a Caribbean island and all. It’s the land of perma-summer. But a tree … yes, a tree … totally caught me off guard yesterday and it had me coming up with fall centerpiece ideas … and then creating a little front door decor. It’s like my personal welcome to fall. With love, summer. :)
So, it’s Wednesday afternoon, the middle of September, and about 90 degrees outside. :) But, it’s Fall Y’all!!
Check this out … the monthly review in the first week of the following month. #surprisedmyselfwithmyefficiency July has always been a favorite month of mine … and it proved to be the same on the blog. I started the month begging asking for help as I started to undertake a living room redo. So far, as part of the Blogging without Borders series we have made a floating shelf and started work on DIYing a coffee table. I am reeeally hoping to have that for you at the next update. If this review is old news to you, head over to see what the other gals are up to. We had a bunch of fun with decor on this new floating shelf. Well, I know I did, I hope you did, too. :) From the initial attempt, an early fall mantel and the most recent where we finally brought ‘the girls‘ back and added a pop of color with a spray painted leaf wreath. How to Build a Floating Shelf Tutorial is here! I enjoyed putting together a round-up of 105 ideas for your 4th of July celebration. What a great resource! I was a day late so feel free to pin it for next year. :) And I also made another piece of pallet word art that I adore. It has been the perfect, sun shiny addition to our rooftop pallet bed area. July was also great fun for me as part of the Hometalk Ambassador team. I shared my tips for posting your projects on Hometalk here. And also had a blast with my girlfriends at our DIY pool party with Hometalk ‘swag’ here. Thank you so much Hometalk, and Miriam, for the wonderful opportunity. :) It gave me chance to help my friend Carol learn how to use … continue reading
I’m here today following my dreams. :) Remember the dream? The one for this blog to be in print. I talk all about it here. And, since I’m one to follow my dreams, and I just happen to have a new shelf ready for some new decorations, and I wasn’t blogging last fall … I present to you now a little fall decor. :) Fall in July … it’s sure to be the new Christmas in July. I’m sure of it. ;) But, really, what’s a girl to do?!?! The call to action came …
As it turns out, this fun little project was a success to the detriment of our donation pile. Sorry Asiento! When I was getting our donation box organized, around the same time I was getting our rooftop bedroom set up, I was drawn to a couple of blue shirts my husband had in there. Apparently I didn’t see a need to take a pic of the shirts other than just in a pile with the pillow forms. The blue one was a regular polo shirt and the light blue one with the sail fish images was a Tommy Bahama style shirt. Here is the tale of how a novice sewer lady took two old shirts and made a few pillow covers.
Good morning! This morning we are on a jet plane, heading for a little vacation and to help our friends celebrate what is sure to be a fun wedding weekend. Congrats Adam and Marisella!! Maybe, while I am not doing anything that can even be somewhat construed as productivity in any way, you will enjoy these inspiring ideas to somehow re-use, re-purpose and re-invent items in your outdoor living spaces. And you can be productive for the both of us, thanks. :)
What do you get when you combine daily hot temps with tall candles that aren’t ever burned? A hot wonky candle mess. haha I’ll be here all day. ;) I bought these candles about a year ago on clearance for pennies … and have just never burned them. I love the colors and other than their new and not improved shape, there isn’t anything wrong with them so I figured I’d try my hand at making them into functional candles.
… yippie yo, yippie yay … Snoop Dog in the motha … That’s probably enough of those lyrics. ;) Any Snoop Dog fans out there? I love ALL things music. I don’t know music, like people in the know know music. I just love it in all shapes and sizes. Fo shizzle. And who doesn’t love a puppy? Or a silhouette art of a big dog?
Now, I think I’ve mentioned before that we live in a rental house that is slightly bigger than a bread box. No?!? Which really is awesome when it comes time for cleaning … or searching for something my husband I can’t find. (I mean there are only so many spots he can put the clothes he had on yesterday. Which is ALWAYS where said lost item is.) It’s also awesome when it comes to accessorizing, especially with some holiday decor. I’ve seen a lot of bloggers talking about how they’re going simple this year. Understated and inexpensive. I would say this is my decorating strategy all day everyday. And that is even more exaggerated with such a small space. Where exactly am I going to store bunches of holiday decorations in the off season? I’ll have to share some of our creative storage solutions with you sometime. Can you say construction doors turned walk in closet shelving? :) So, in addition to our driftwood Christmas tree, I made just a few upgrades. Just ignore all the cords, but hopefully the Charlie Brown Christmas on tv makes you smile. :) Those tall lit things on the right are 3 bamboo poles that we keep out all year. We picked them up at a beach here in Curacao, I cleaned ‘em up and coated them with clear varnish. For Christmas, I just strung them with lights and using really small gold clothes pins (that I also used to make photo/place card holders here) I displayed Christmas cards and photo cards from years past. For the record we have one friend on it enough to get a card here in time. Love the card Sue! An easy and festive card display. I like to think it overpowers the blank piece of plywood hanging above … continue reading