Sunday, September 30, 2012

A Red Light Day

Last Monday was truly A MONDAY. In the early morning hours I merely looked at my “to do” list and almost passed out from exhaustion. I needed three of me if I ever even hoped to get everything finished on the list. I am sure you can relate.

After a morning of unloading the dishwasher, scrubbing floors, packing a lunch and preparing breakfast I was eager with anticipation that Sweet Boy would soon be leaving to get on the school bus. As he picked up his backpack he said, “I am so excited that today is an early release day.” My brain processing this information was akin to slamming on the car breaks. “What?” I checked the school calendar. He was right. 

I think this is known as “throwing a wrench into the works”.

There was no way around it. He would be home at lunchtime. Even though I generally try to avoid it I had numerous errands that he would have to accompanying me on.

After the third or fourth stop of the afternoon I was DONE. But I still had three places I had to go. The clock was ticking away faster that I needed it to. As I hit the 800th red light of the day I groaned out loud and mumbled something along the lines of “waiting again…grumble, mffph.”

Sweet Boy piped up. “Mom, it’s ok. My homework is done, and we can just have Sunday dinner leftovers. There is plenty of time. If worst comes to worst the world wouldn’t END if the dry cleaning is picked up tomorrow. We can just spend the extra time at the red lights talking with each other.” 

Just like that the light turned green on more than one level.

"10% of life is what happens to us and 90% is how we react to what happens to us". ~ Charles R. Swindoll

Today my Sweet Boy turns 11. He is wise beyond his years.

My prayer this week is that I will react positively to stressful situations when in his presence.

Laura

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” ~ Galatians 5:22

Friday, September 28, 2012

Cuts Like A Knife ~ FFP # 10

Welcome to Friday’s Favorite Pin! I’ve recently written a few posts that featured my kitchen. A few eagle eyes spotted my crème colored knives resting in a butcher block on the counter top and wanted to know where they were found.

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I myself first spied the knives on one my favorite blogs~ French Kissed. Madame Chastain featured her daughter Haleigh’s darling Paris kitchen.



After much obsessive googling I found that the knives were created by Wüsthof. Now I already owned three black handled knives from this brilliant German company, but since I cook everyday I was looking to add a few more to my cooking tool box. :)


The crème knives are hard to find. But I did locate an online site here. 


The knives are an investment to be sure. Each holiday Mr. Décor has gifted me with one knife procured from an ebay auction. I still have my eye on one more knife and thankfully Christmas is coming….

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However I do use my knives every single day. To say that they cut well is an understatement.

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Has an image ever led you on a Google goose chase?

Laura

I can’t wait to see what you pin up gals and guys found this week. You can link to a post you created or a pinterest URL ( I explained how to do this HERE.)

Yes, it can be your own creation that you have pinned.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Fall Fairyland Forest

There is nothing like capturing a bit of autumnal bliss under glass.

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Last Christmas I, along with 8000 other bloggers, created a bit of holiday happiness in a glass container. I chose a gumball jar for my creation.

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Earlier this week I was scrolling through fall images and came across this lovely gem.

I immediately thought “Yes! Now I know what to do with those leftover plastic deer and bottle brush trees!”

But the trees needed to be in autumnal colors so I busted out the bleach. It takes about 20 minutes to get the job done. I use 1/4 cup per gallon of hot water.

I mixed up some food coloring (But next time I would probably use RIT dye for a more vibrant color.) and gave the bleached trees a swish of color.

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As I had absolutely no décor on my dining table so I decided to lay everything out on a tray to create a centerpiece. For awhile I was stuck on “What the heck do I use as ground cover? Faux snow will not work.” Then it came to me. Moss. I had two types leftover from when I made my spring terrariums. You can purchase a whole bag of it at Joann’s for $3.99. Make sure you use a 40% off coupon. :)

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I then searched around for other miniatures inside the Fashionista’s dollhouse and found this wheelbarrow. The wee pumpkins were purchased at Hobby Lobby. 

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Everything is cuter in miniature.

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I broke up the large expanse of green by tucking in some yellow mums. When these wither they will probably be replaced with faux flowers.

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Sweet boy thought we should set the scene outside on the patio.

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But it was really hot so it was brought back inside.

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I think I’ll add in some willow chargers, yellow napkins and maybe a bit of colored dishware to the table.

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Do you have a fall centerpiece on your table?

Laura

Linking to:

The Charm of Home, Common Ground, StoneGable, Between Naps On The Porch, Today’s Creative Blog,Someday Crafts, SSS, Shabby Nest, Tatertots and Jello, Positively Splendid, The 36th Avenue, SNS, A Stroll Thru Life, Thrifty Décor Chick

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Along Came A Spider…

Thank you so very much for your kind comments about yesterday’s fantle” ~ faux fall mantle. As promised here is the easy peasy tutorial on how to create your own spooktacular web.

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I opened my boxes of fall décor on Saturday and was once again reminded that all of our holiday décor was in traditional harvest colors.  I was ready for something new but had no budget. So I spent the weekend painting, primping and giving all of the interior accessories a soft neutral palette.

Afterwards I thumbed through the most recent issue of Country Living looking for a bit of inspiration. I really loved the “Arsenic and Old Lace feature”.

I was inspired since I have an entire trunk filled with vintage and antique handiwork. Now while I didn’t have any old frames lying around I did have a handmade gift that was enjoyed all through the 90’s. (If you’re a certain age you probably had “country décor” too. :) I always thought that the shape of this embroidery hoop was…eerie. So I disassembled the wall hanging and spray painted the hoop black.

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I rustled through my doily stash and found an small oval dresser scarf that fit almost perfectly.  The lace was sandwiched between the two rings and tightened down. I propped it up against the wall and it was almost immediately proclaimed by Sweet Boy to be “awesome”. Which was quickly followed with “It needs a spider.” Which it DID! I dug around and found an old plastic spider ring and it wasn’t quite… right. I went to Michaels for some other supplies and found two glitter spiders on sale for a little over a dollar. The bonus was that their underbelly’s featured a wee spring clothespin that I easily clipped on to the lace.

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Glitter makes everything better.

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I thought that a grouping of “wall webs” would be fun. While I was at the craft store I did price embroidery hoops and the large specimens were around $15.00. Holy golden webs Spiderman! So I cruised by Goodwill and found an empty hoop for $1.00 and I will be on the lookout for a few more.

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Until then, one is fun.

Laura

Linking to:

Someday Crafts

Monday, September 24, 2012

How Do You Like My Fantel? ~ A Faux Fall Mantel

Every holiday I see gorgeous mantles done up for the season and it makes me long for a fireplace. But honestly, we don’t really need one here in Phoenix.

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A few weeks ago I came across a lovely image of a shelf decorated for fall and I read a phrase that was new to me ~ “fantel” ~ a faux mantel. Where have I been? This word concoction has been in use for over a year! I liked it so much I thought I would make it my own. So I searched my house and thought that the shelf in the center of our entertainment center could use an autumnal transformation.

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I had decided that I wanted a neutral holiday palette this Halloween so I shopped the manor for all things white, crème and black.

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First things first, the orange pumpkins I had on hand received a paint transformation with two coats of Folkart acrylic craft paint in white, champagne and crème.

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I began decorating from left to right. The birdcage was placed first and joined by an escaped snowy owl. I then added in my newly painted pumpkins, a mercury votive and a bit of bittersweet.

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In the center I placed a spooktacular web. (You can view the easy tutorial HERE.)

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The left side was finished with a pair of antique ebony candlesticks, more pumpkins and a mantel clock forever stilled at the stroke of midnight.

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It was deemed “cool” by the kiddos. Hubby was just thankful that the display didn’t impair his television viewing. :)

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Do you have a mantel or will you be creating a fantel?

Laura

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Fox Hollow Cottage

Sunday, September 23, 2012

When You Are Weary

My insomnia has been off the charts this week. It comes on instantly and without welcome.
Indeed as I write this it is 3:30 in the morning.
Most of it stems from worry, which I know I shouldn’t do.
The state of our world has my brain locked in a vice.
But there are also small things.
I search for the only real peace I will ever find.

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When I can’t sleep I don’t count sheep but instead I talk to the Shepherd.

Laura

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Painted Provençal Buffet

Have I teased you long enough about the recent buffet/server makeover?

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The server was a typical 1970’s piece featuring dark and dated wood. I found the heavy Thomasville buffet at a thrift store for a great price. The dimensions were perfect for use as an island in my tiny kitchen.

Here is the “BEFORE” shot:

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Are you ready for the “AFTER”?

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The original hardware was polished up just a bit and reinstalled. Both Mr. Décor and myself really like it.

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As I said on Monday I opted not to distress the piece. Given that it only has a dark wax finish distressing will come naturally over time.

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I adore how the wax settled into all the nooks and crannies of the wood. It provided the time transport I was seeking ~ 1970 became 1870.

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There are plans for the back of the piece.

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Here’s a bit of inspirational bliss of what I have in mind:

A lovely way to hang towels.

You’ll also soon see what has been placed in the open areas.

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I'll give you a hint.

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There were a few readers that were not in favor of me painting the piece and wanted it to stay like this:

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I wonder if they have changed their minds?

I can’t tell you how HAPPY I am that I went with my instinct to paint the piece. It really lightens up the dark kitchen so much!

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For the step by step process, color inspiration and all products used you can read this post.

What have you transformed lately?
Laura

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Domestically Speaking