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Help, I’m Addicted…

I am addicted to the color blue. Not so much in clothes but in everything else. Blue lamps…blue towels…blue pillows…blue fabric …blue dishes…you name it…if a store has something blue in it, my eye will be drawn right to it. My favorite thrift store has even started grouping all their blue things together…I swear it’s a conspiracy to try to get me to buy more.

The problem I have is I don’t like rooms that look like they had a blue paint can dropped on them.

This is where you are probably going to stop reading my blog …but here goes…

This is a room that was featured in Coastal Living…and even though it is blue…I don’t like it.

Lightning flashes….I run for cover….

I think if you love a color then you need to give that color a back drop to show off. In this picture I see a lot of blue but I don’t see the beauty of the blue items.

This is my bedroom…please excuse the dying plant…

See how I have taken the blue and splashed it around the room?

Each beautiful blue piece gets a chance to tell it’s own story instead of just being part of a blue room…If you look close you will see that we even have blue Bibles…I told you I was addicted..

What is your favorite color? How have you showed it off best?


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Dreams of a “Girl Cave”

I found this picture on Addicted 2 Decorating and it made my mind spin with ideas that I just had to share with you.

First of all, can I tell you how much I love the drapes. They are just beautiful. In fact, beautiful is how I imagine feeling in this room…reality is I’d probably be more like a bull in a china shop, but go with me as I dream.

Imagine having this place in downtown Chicago…I was going to say New York, but I’m really more of a Chicago girl.

A place where I could just bring girlfriends and we could sit and be girly…after we went shopping of course…..

Hey…if men are allowed to dream of their “man caves”, why can’t I dream?

Look at all that white furniture…guess there would be no jeans allowed. …

In reality, I think the reason why this room makes me smile is it reminds me of a place that my sister would be.

I have the greatest sister…she is a true lady…yet at 65, she could still climb a tree if her grandson asked her to.

What my sister is always reminding me of is…life is to short not to surround yourself with things that you love.

Every day she makes sure she gets out and walks…not listening to noise in her Ipod but the sounds of nature.

She puts her make up on just to run to the grocery store.

She eats breakfast with fine china and linens and for dinner she adds soft music to set the mood.

Wow, I wish I was more like her.

What does this room make you think of?

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Dust Ruffle = Curtains?

I am going to be a Grandma for the first time soon. To say I’m excited is to put it mildly!

So when my daughter asked me to help her decorate the nursery, of course I jumped at the chance.

The problem?

My son-in-law is a HUGE Florida State fan and he has asked that my grandson’s room be a Seminoles room – decked out in their colors of garnet and gold.

This is where my daughter is a much better wife than me…she said yes.

This has proven to be a huge challenge. There isn’t much baby stuff in garnet and gold! Oh and have I mentioned that the budget is ….CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP? They live in a rental so paining the walls is out of the question.

We worked on the nursery this weekend and I have to tell is starting to come together!

I found this dust ruffle for $1.00 at that Habitat yard sale that I got the ugly lamps.

Now putting the dust ruffle on the bed in the room that needs a dust ruffle would seem like the easy answer, but my daughter and I didn’t like that…so we made them into curtains!

Here’s how we did it. We had to start with some visualization by hanging the dust ruffle on the widow. The dust ruffle idea actually came after I first hung a dish towel up there for some inspiration. Trust me, this looked much better.

My daughter doesn’t own a sewing machine or even a seam ripper, so we had to get creative! First, I simply cut the patterned part of the fabric off the dust ruffle.

Next I ironed the fabric with a heavy starch, and cut it to just beyond width of the windows. My daughter didn’t want the curtains too gathered – this is a boy’s room and she thought the gathered approach looked “girly”. So we kept the curtains pretty straight across.

Since I didn’t have a sewing machine, I simply ironed the “hem” on the side of the curtain and top of the curtain. (The bottom already had a hem since it was the bottom of the dust ruffle.) My daughter had found some curtain rods on clearance at Target, and we bought some cheap rings to hang the curtains. Here’s the finished product!

They were so easy and really have inspired us for the rest of the room…

I will keep you updated as this room evolves…and my son-in-law’s smile gets even bigger…

Have you ever made curtains out of a dust ruffle or something else creative?


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Time To Redecorate….My File Drawer

I like to think of us as organized people but the truth is if something happened to us, our grown children would be shocked. I started poking around our file cabinet the other day and got the giggles. There they were…files on cars we no longer own…dogs that are no longer alive and clubs we no longer belong to.

Organizing is a great thing but we have to remember that it is kind of like laundry…. just because we did it once it doesn’t mean we will never have to do it again. So when you get your 1040 from the government this year consider it your reminder that it is time  for you to decorate the inside of your file cabinet once again…

I found these at

Crap Folders

They also have these that made me smile…

Useless Folders

Won’t my husband be surprised when he sees how I decorated this year…


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Sew Up Some Fun

Please excuse the picture….for some reason it didn’t turn out very good, but the project was perfect.

If you have a child that you want to teach how to sew, may I suggest the good old fashioned bean bag.

I cut 4 and a half inch squares out of some scrap fabric…I like this size because it works well for little hands to catch.

I used soft flannel…it feels really good… but you can use whatever you have.

Then simply sew up the edges… don’t forget to leave a side open to fill. I like using rice instead of beans because it’s not as lumpy. Be sure not to fill it too full… want the bags a bit limp.

Then hand stich the opening closed and go play some catch.

A quick, inexpensive project that can produce hours of fun….it doesn’t get much better than that.

Now if you’ll please excuse me, I’m off to decorate my future grandson’s nursery today! Have a great weekend!

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Save the Lamps!

I went to the Habitat for Humanity Resale shop yesterday. I don’t go there often but it is a great place to find what you didn’t know you needed. I once bought a french door for $5.00. Mr. Amazing doubted me, but we replaced the front door of our rental house with it. Worked perfectly and really brought in a lot more light.

Well, yesterday they were having a yard sale. This is the stuff they had that they didn’t think was good enough to be in their store.

Look what I got!

Yes…I know…they are really ugly…my best friend even referred to them as “butt ugly” today. But they were only $2.00 a piece! I couldn’t buy the inside parts for that.

So here is my vision…I would like to paint them white. Not just white, but I want them to have depth to them…you glass tile has..

Sorry for the blurry photo – my camera didn’t want to cooperate. I hope you can imagine the look I am envisioning.

So this is where I need your help. I don’t know how to paint these lamps so they look like glass tile.

Oh and by the way, the lamps are ceramic.

If you know how, please tell me. If you have another idea for the lamps, I’m open to suggestions…just in case I can’t figure out how to execute my vision.

Thanks in advance for your help!


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What?! No Headboard?

My teenage daughter hates the idea of having a headboard.

I don’t understand…not having a headboard on a bed drives me crazy. But I also know this is probably one of those times when people would tell me…”pick your battles.”

I have to confess to you… that is easier said than done. I was determined to find something that we could both agree on.

Then I found these frames at Home Goods in the clearance section…my favorite part of the store…for only $3.00 each. I bought all five of them.

My daughter is quite the athlete so I decided to put a picture of her in each one doing different sports. Basketball…soccer…snow skiing…etc.

I then decided to hang them in a staight line…high enough so she could still sit leaning against the wall and yet low enough to not look like we had stepped into the land of the giants.

The frames are 9 and half inches square and I decided to hang them 6  inches apart from each other. This was close enough to make them look like they belonged together but not so close that it would become obvious if one became crooked. Remember, this is a teen’s room and none of us really knows what goes on in there when the door is closed.

She came home and loved it…..yay me!!!!!!!

Even though I would still love to have a headboard….for $15.00….I have a solution that we can both live with.

Do you have a non-traditional “headboard” over your bed? Tell me about it!


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Thankful Thursday

I am always seeing blogs with things like…”Wordless Wednesday”.

I am going to start Thankful Thursday.

I feel like I am a very thankful person…I have lots of big and little things in my life that I am so thankful for…the problem is I am really bad about sharing my thankfulness with others.

I always have great intentions, but as the saying goes, “We are known by our actions…not our intentions…”

Let me explain what has brought this to the forefront of my brain.

My daughter’s boss gave her tickets for a bunch of us “girls” to go to the Barry Manilow concert.

These weren’t just any tickets…these were like the best seats in the house tickets…

It was amazing…and the whole night I keep thinking …I have got to remember to send him a thank you note. Yes, I had thanked him in person…and yes, my daughter had thanked him but this really deserved a very personal thank you note.

Well, that was weeks ago and I had not even thought about that note until about 3:00 this morning…then the guilt started. I tried to think of some way that this could be my mother’s, we never outgrow that…then I just had to admit…I had blew it.

I wrote that note today…but it now included as many apologies as it does thank yous.

So here is what I am going to try to do from this moment on…

Thankful Thursday…every Thursday I am going to try to sit down and write a thank you note to someone…I will let you know how it goes…anyone want to join me?

Are you good about writing thank you notes? Any helpful hints on how to remember to do it?


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Time to Update the Front Door Trim…But How???

When we built our home, we wanted somewhat of a colonial look on the outside.  I thought that would be easy..all I had to do was buy one of those beautiful door surrounds and paint it white. What I didn’t realize was just how expensive those surrounds can be.

Once again, trying to make me happy, Mr. Amazing created me one out of pieces of woodwork nailed and glued together…if I remember right he used about six different types of boards to make this.

This is our daughter on her wedding day in front of the entry door to our home.

He was able to purchase all the lumber he needed at our local Home Depot, but the side boards were once again a bit expensive. Not willing to waiver on the design, he had to come up with a plan. He purchased plain 1×8 boards and decided to router the design himself.

Now many years later I am trying to make the house more  beach cottage looking than colonial and he is trying to make the house more maintenance free…

It was time to change the door molding.

He decided to go with a PVC product that requires very little care. The problem was the boards were just a bit plain looking for me.

We had no idea if the router would work on the PVC, but what did we have to lose?

It cut like butter…and better yet …needed no sanding.

This is our new…maintenance free…updated…door surround.

I am so excited…once again Mr. Amazing came through for me…

What do you think of the new design? Have you ever decorated with PVC?


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