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Friday, March 27, 2009

Friday Freebie

Recently, I was contacted by Tina of Garden Goose. She asked if I had a chance to view some of her husband's fantastic vinyl decals at his Etsy shop. I adore decals so I took a peak and fell in love!

The designer of the decals is Paul Wilson. He is extremely talented. Paul began his career in sign shops and went on to work at a newspaper and then for the Air Force developing publications, magazines and other printed media. His last job was as a marketing director. It was not the best fit for Paul as he longed for "hands on" design work. Lucky for us he gave it all up to become a freelance designer.

The decals are so easy to apply and many are repositionable. Several of the decals are also available in a wide variety of colors.

Isn't this train so realistic? There are several other designs that would be perfect for a child's room.

This vintage cowgirl just speaks to me. I would look for an old frame at a flea market and hang it over the image.

The decals are perfect for individuals who may be renting or don't want to commit to permanent images on their walls. They are also quite reasonable and start at $2.50.

Paul has graciously offered to give away a beautiful chandelier decal to one lucky Decor to Adore reader. Please visit his Etsy site and take a look. Then leave ONE comment telling us what your favorite decal image is. I will select a winner on Monday , March 30th.

Good luck and thank you Paul!
UPDATE: The random number generator selected Carrie of Oak Rise Cottage as the winner. Congratulations Carrie! I can't wait to see where you hang your chandelier.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Peep Show~ The Finale!

When I was a little girl I remember my Grandma Mary making sure I had a new spring dress and shoes. Everything had to be fresh and pretty Easter Sunday. I miss the days of ladies in their hats, gloves and corsages.

But corsages don't have to languish in dresser drawers. They look so pretty when pinned to a pillow.
Tie a corsage onto the back of a chair. While I tied on this one I had an epiphany of creating an entire door wreath of corsages. How pretty would that be?
Sing with me.... "In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it....." I wear a hat to church every Easter. Sadly, I am often the only adult female to do so. But, I am going to tell you a secret. The men love it. I always get so many compliments and hear over and over "I wish my wife would wear a hat." Ladies, get yourselves to a chapeau shoppe!
When I lived in the South there was a brand of ice cream called Blue Bunny. I think this corsage is just as sweet and easier on the waistline.
Here's a corsage to celebrate the Savior's birth.
Star of the Peep Show.

One preppy chick~!

This corsage features a vintage egg and peep I restored from the stash I found here.

Another vintage egg on yummy gossamer ribbon.

I hope you have enjoyed the Peep Show Series. All of the corsages can be found in my Etsy shoppe.
Please stop back by and enter this week's Friday Freebie.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Peep Show part deux

It has been a virtual sweatshop here at the Decor to Adore manor. I have been working with the Easter bunny to create some new designs that fit perfectly in a plastic egg. Would you like to see?

A little something new are these embellished bobby pins. Prices begin at $5.00 a set.

Springtime necklaces for Easter Sunday and beyond.

This little girls bracelet features a rare rabbit's head charm. Too cute!

How about some Easter basket charms?

Doesn't this remind you of a picnic?

Other new items are these embellished hair combs.

They are all available in my Etsy shoppe and many more are currently being created.
Please stop back by for Friday Frebbie!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Peep Show

I recently came across a bag containing an assortment of eggs and a gorgeous tin filled with all sorts of pretty Easter goodness.

At the very bottom of the tin were these postcards. I love to read the messages on the back and wonder about the people who received them.

On top of the postcards I found an assortment of bunnies and peeps.

Aren't these fun? I am using a few things in the Easter and Mother's Day corsages that I am currently creating. I hope to have them in my Etsy shoppe by the weekend. I'll keep you posted.

This photo should be entitled "The Blind and the Beakless"

I have never seen anything like these bunny girls, have you? One of the orange and blue girls will be looking for a new home via the Etsy shoppe. The rest will be a surprise in the Fashionista's basket. It is just her sort of thing.

Everything got a steam bath and small repair jobs via the glue gun.

I then began looking at the eggs. Several were missing their tops or bottoms and were in rough shape.

The old German paper mache eggs always have the most vibrant images.

I thought about the sugared eggs of my childhood that would have a tiny scene within their midst. An "A~ha" moment occurred. I decided to make a hanging egg filled with all sorts of bits and bobs. I used an upholstery needle to make the top hole.

I am currently paired in a Easter swap with someone who loves vintage kitch, bright colors and polka dots. Think she'll like it?

Sweet boy saw me creating the egg and asked if I would make him one. His favorite color right now is green.

Of course if I make an egg for Sweet Boy, then the Fashonista has to have one as well. I added a pearl necklace to her bunny. Tres chic non?

Humming bird update:
I hung the eggs on the climbing roses in our backyard which I entered via the garage so I wouldn't disturb Lil' Momma. We have been worried about her nest as there have been tremendous wind storms in our area. Happily, she built her nest well and was able to hang on during her wild ride.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Hummingbird Happiness

Through the magic of "Post Options" I am able to wish you all a very "Happy Spring" while on my bloggy break.

This is currently the view from our back door featuring a very dirty patio chandelier that hangs above our patio table. I had set out to do a bit of spring cleaning earlier in the week and found a little something that said it would have to wait. (Oh darn!)

The following images feature a different angle taken through the glass doors. The quality is a bit poor, but I know you'll forgive me as you probably wouldn't want to disturb such a wee mother either.

Yes, a hummingbird has created the tiniest nest imaginable on top of our chandelier. (My kind of bird!) Sweet boy has christened her "Lil' Mama".

The back door has become off limits for the next 40 days as we want Lil’ Mama to feel secure. She doesn’t seem to mind when I open the door a crack and let Rudi the doxie out. (Maybe because he is so low to the ground~smile.) But, she does panic if we try to step outside. Luckily, we have access to the back yard via the garage that we can use.

What a blessing it is to enjoy such a wonderful creature every day.
I'll keep you posted on Lil' Mama's progress when I return from my bloggy break on Friday, March 27th with a Friday Freebie.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Spring Fling~ Irish Tea Party giveaway

If you are visiting via SITS, welcome! The Decor to Adore blog is currently in the midst of a two week series on "All Things Irish".

This blog covers all forms of adored decor such as Irish lead crystal.
Another post was on the care and keeping of beautiful Irish linen.
We also visited some lovely Irish thatched roof cottages.
I also love to go to flea markets and repair found items such as this charming little teapot/cup. It was missing the knob on its lid.

A little lamp finial works quite well. I would paint the finial cream to match the pot. What color would you paint it?

Onto the giveaway which is pictured below:

I regularly host giveaways on Fridays for adorable people (aka "followers").
This weeks giveaway is a wee bit early and open to everyone in celebration of the SITS giveaway extravaganza. Please leave just ONE comment.
If you are a follower of this blog (aka adorable person) please leave me a second comment so that you have two chances to win the teapot, tea, Irish cream cocoa, a bag of chocolate, small vintage treasures, fairy dust, soap, a necklace and my own personal scone recipe.

UPDATE! The random number generator gave the luck of the Irish to Joanne from My Little Cottage in the Making. How appropriate, as this lady is indeed an Irish lass.
Thank you for visiting and be blessed!