Throwing out the decorating “rulebook”

Throwing out the decorating “rulebook”

So I had been looking for a fireplace mantel for a couple of months. This summer I pulled up to a garage sale and spotted a beauty with a sign on it that said FREE… one of my favorite words in the English language! I couldn’t put the car in park fast enough. The owner was in construction and his client had replaced this mantel […]

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I hit the garage sale lottery today!

I hit the garage sale lottery today!

This morning started like every other Saturday morning. Garage Sale ads in hand, GPS set, Diet Coke and a little flash cash.  I had a list of about 10 or 12 sales that I wanted to hit.  One ad in particular caught my attention and I knew I had to get to that one first.  Words like vintage and antiques always set off the bells […]

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Thrifty Halloween Display

Thrifty Halloween Display

I don’t go crazy decorating for Halloween.  All the black and orange together isn’t really my thing.  This year I did a spooky vignette on the sideboard in our foyer. My daughter Hannah helped me.  Her contribution is the recipe for love potion, which is inside the birdcage. She also created all the potions in the bottles! Hang on to your hat….here is the recipe! […]

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Using photographs in your decorating

Using photographs in your decorating

I’m picky about the things that I hang on our walls. I want it to mean something. Not just some random image or something mass-produced where everyone you know has the same thing hanging on their wall.  I like things that tell a story, make us happy, are interesting, or all of the above. Usually photographs fit the bill.  I am a shutter bug so […]

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Happy Birthday Mom!

Happy Birthday Mom!

My mom will absolutely kill me for posting this photo of her.  That’s okay…after looking through all my photos of her I liked this one because it represents her approach to life… full speed ahead! My mom is the most fun-loving, energetic person I know.  Her answer is always yes…even before you finish the question.  She is a blast to be around and we usually […]

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Shabby Union Jack

Shabby Union Jack

Union Jacks are hot right now. In the decorating world, I mean. To people in the UK they’ve always been hot, and rightfully so.  I picked up this Union Jack pillow at HomeSense the other day.  Does it matter that I’m not from the UK? Not to me, obviously. It reminds me of the Beatles and pubs and Bridget Jones and the British Open and […]

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O’ Canada!

O’ Canada!

O’ Canada….what a beautiful place to live in the fall. Took these photos on a walk this morning. Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends!

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Eyeball cake

Eyeball cake

What happens when you leave your 11 yr. old daughter and her BFF in the kitchen to  “create?”  They bake an “eyeball” cake! How genius is that? I love the chocolate syrup capillaries.  Very creative. See the place on the right side of the cake with no frosting?  Our family’s official taste tester, Riley got ahold of it. Who me????

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Pretty in Pink

Pretty in Pink

At Goodwill the other day, I was all ready to check out when this sweet little doll cradle caught my eye.  The $2.99 price tag made it a no-brainer. First came the de-cootie-fication.  I wiped it down with Clorox wipes and let it dry.  Then I gave it a couple of coats with Rustoleum Painter’s Touch spray paint in “Berry Pink.” It was a thousand […]

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How do you know when it’s been a good garage sale day?

How do you know when it’s been a good garage sale day?

When your car looks like this and it’s only 9:45! Oh yeah, major score today! Here’s the loot:                                                                                               […]

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