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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Autumn Entry

Loving this entryway tablescape! Love those golden pumpkins - they must be painted. And all those sparkly candle holders! So pretty! Happy decorating!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Great Quite Book Pages

To view the origin of this post, click {here} and {here} and {here} and {here}.

Here are some great ideas from {Crafty Chicks} and they had three posts to cover all their pages, so check out this one too, also from {Crafty Chicks} and this one from {Crafty Chicks}.

I like this caterpillar idea - they make a pattern with the shapes.

I also like how the cupcakes are a matching game. Each cupcake has that number of sprinkles (buttons) on it.

Love the dressing the snowman

I really like the clothesline, too. Great for fine motor skills, to use those tiny clothespins. I just see them getting lost, though...

Anyway, she has many other great ideas! Check them out!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Faux Mercury Glass Pumpkins

Potterybarn sells these lovely Mercury Glass Pumpkins. They're beautiful, but pretty pricey...

...and they're glass. So chances of them lasting a long time are very slim.

{The DIY Show Off} has a tutorial and great idea for making some similar pretty pumpkins at a much cheaper price. They are also a lot more durable than glass...She just spray painted some plastic pumpkins silver.And then lightly flicked them with brown paint and a toothbrush so they looked splotchy like this:

The result is beautiful!

They may not be glass, but I still think they make a really pretty fall decoration.

Don't you?

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Headboard Bench

The Lettered Cottage made this very cute bench using an old headboard as the back. Don't you love the way it looks!? If you want to make one like it, they've posted a {tutorial}. Check it out.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Ice Cream Parlour

Isn't this cute! You can click on the one above to see it enlarged.

It's a self serve ice cream bar.

Doesn't it look yummy!?

And as great as it looks, if you really look at the spread, it looks fairly simple to create.

What a fun party treat idea!
{Eat Drink Chic} is where this came from and if you go to her post, she explains what everything is and how to set it up and even has templates you can download to label everything.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Branch Hooks

In honor of fall, I thought I'd share these really cute branch hooks I saw on {My Sweet Savannah} a while ago. Aren't they so cute!? Just looking at them reminds me of fall. I can smell the leaves right now! She sells them in her etsy store and there's a link from her blog to get there. But it also seems like you could make them pretty easily, doesn't it?

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Legs as Candlesticks

Just saw this idea on {Our Cozy Nest}. She found these old furniture legs at an Estate Sale.

And decided they'd make a great pair of candlesticks.

So creative! A great way to use an old piece of furniture. She just spray painted them black and drilled a hole in the top of one for the skinny candle. I love how they look!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Dots Cake

{Parenting} has some new cake ideas. They're all great, but this one stunned me. It's adorable!! It's just frosted in white and then they used jumbo, regular, and mini M&Ms to decorate it! I just love the way this looks!!! It would be great at ANY party. What a cute and easy idea!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

ABC Wall

Wouldn't this be so cute in a playroom?
I LOVE how the letters are all different sizes and styles. The "O" is probably my favorite! So CUTE!
And I love the idea of helping my children learn their ABC's by looking at this decoration.
I really like the way this one looks as well.  Same idea, with all the letters in frames.  Cute.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Staging Tricks

Better Homes and Gardens just gave us {Staging Tricks from the Pros}. I think they're all really good tips. Here they are:Conquer the Clutter and Dirt
De-cluttering -- and having a pristine home from top to bottom -- are the no-brainers that can make your real estate look better than the house down the block. Your home must be cleaner and less cluttered than it's ever been. You need to banish not just the day-to-day buildup (the mail, the shoes, last season's clothes, the dog hair), but also several years' accumulation. Steam clean the carpets, clean or repaint the walls -- and store, sell, or give away anything you can. Then you'll have a bare canvas you can really spruce up.

Crank Up the Curb Appeal
There's no way of getting around it: The front of your home is the first thing prospective buyers see, so you better make it beautiful. Good home and yard maintenance is a must, but focus on a few hot spots too: a freshly painted front door, gleaming hardware, and a few beautiful potted plants make a great first impression. Take a hard look at any fencing you have in the front yard. That picket fence may have been a necessity when your kids were young, but it may be cramping your home's style now.

Do a Walk-Through
Our homes are so well-used that we rarely take a moment to really look at them. Stand in the doorway of each room and try to view the space as if you'd never seen it before. You'll not only see what needs a good cleaning, you'll be more likely to notice what could be removed to make the room look bigger, and what you might do to make the room appear more inviting or versatile. Could that solid door be replaced with a French door for more light? Would new hardware modernize your kitchen cabinets? Could a new vanity upgrade your bathroom? Would replacing your floral bedspread with something more neutral make the room more sophisticated? Some simple changes can make a huge difference. Also look at the room flow on the ground floor. There should be a pleasing connection between rooms -- similar colors and styles in the living and dining rooms and kitchen.
Focus on the Foyer
Most prospective buyers enter your home through the front door, so that's a prime spot to make some improvements. Apply a fresh coat of paint if it's looking dingy, eliminate or hide all clutter (mail, shoes, keys, newspapers), and clean out the coat closet so that it looks more spacious. Then pick one thing that you could upgrade in this area. Add a new hanging light fixture or replace that Civil War painting with a large mirror. Maybe it's time to replace that old bowl of potpourri with a simple, fresh floral arrangement or a stack of design books with an ornamental accessory on top. The look should be simple and sophisticated.

Hike the Versatility
New buyers won't necessarily want a pink girls' room or a whole room devoted to sewing. Paint gender-specific rooms in more generic colors, and reduce the "kids' room" effect by storing large collections, posters, musical instruments, and personal items. Turn that sewing room into a more general-use guest room with desk or table space for projects (hide away the project materials). The more versatile your home, the more buyers will be able to see themselves living there. They may want your playroom to be a home office or gym; help them see the possibilities.
Expand Spaces Visually
Dark wall color can make a room look smaller; focus on lighter neutral tones. Float furniture (pushing it against the walls actually makes the room feel smaller) in logical conversational groupings, with enough space for people to move between pieces easily. Make sure large pieces of furniture don't block sight lines to a great view or a pretty focal point, such as a fireplace. Stagers suggest that rugs stop a foot or two from walls. A rug that's too big shrinks a room; if it's too small it just looks awkward. If your dining room is modest in size, take extra leaves out of your table and limit chairs to four.
Go for the Odd Number
After you've edited your accessories to the bare bones, show them off the right way. Most interior decorators will tell you that odd-numbered groupings can be very effective. When organizing vignettes of accessories, vary the shape, color, and size and don't line them up. For example: Hang a large landscape above a table where there's a lamp and a plant, or group a collection of candles of three different heights on the mantel. Less really is more. A few well-chosen items -- one pillow on the couch, three well-framed prints on the wall -- show off your good taste without overwhelming the potential buyer.
Let There Be Light
Nothing is more of a turn-off than a dark home -- and nothing is easier to fix. Rule number one: Wash all of the windows so natural light can fill the space. Rule number two: Replace dark window treatments with light gauzy ones. Rule number three: Layer the light in your home. Experts say there should be at least 100 watts for every square foot of space, and well-staged homes have overhead lights, floor lamps, and task lighting (for reading, cooking). One trick: Wall sconces can uplight walls or ceilings, making rooms look bigger. Freshen up any built-in lighting with new switchplates and dimmer switches.
Dress the Set
What are those last-minute things you can do that make a difference? Make sure your fridge is clean and kitchen cupboards are organized. Throw away kitchen sponges and put away dirty dishtowels and mops and brooms. Place a floral arrangement (something without a strong fragrance) in your foyer and on the dining room table. Empty all wastebaskets and take out all garbage. Replace bar soap with liquid soap dispensers in all bathrooms, and put out clean, pretty towels. Make sure your doormats are clean and presentable. Sweep your front porch and sidewalk.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Party Pouf Cupcakes

I love these cupcakes from {Amy Atlas} and how much they look like these {party poufs}!
Isn't it cute!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Car Seat Tent

For all those times you wish your baby would have been left alone, and all those times the blanket you had draped over the top of his carseat fell into his face waking him up, and all those times you wanted something to keep the sun out of his eyes... You can now make one of these!

A Car Seat Tent that actually stays put. {Vanilla Joy} has the tutorial. Now if we can just figure out how to keep people from lifiting it up...

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Cute as a Button

LOVE this cupcake top idea from {Amy Atlas}! Yes, the top of the cupcakes looks like a button. It would work on cookies too, I suppose. Wouldn't it be so cute at a baby shower??!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Strawberry Fruit Leather

{Skip to my Lou} has a great and easy tutorial for making this yummy stuff.
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