My Windchime

May 24, 2011 at 6:49 pm (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

The porch on the new house needed something.  I couldn’t decide what.  I wanted something unique and fun, but not noisy like metal chimes.  Thanks to my boyfriend I think I now have the most unique idea out there.  He suggested deer antlers.  He had plenty of them, so we set to work.

First, he drilled holes in each antler.  The antlers were strung on wire.  Random bright coral and turquoise beads were added to the wires.  The wires were then tied to a metal ring we found a the hardware store.  The ring was then strung onto loops of wire to be hung.  The finishing touch was to put a dot of Gorilla glue on each wire knot to keep them in place through the wind and weather.  Here’s the finished product:

So what do you think?  I’m personally in love. 🙂

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Engagement Party Decor

May 26, 2009 at 3:34 pm (Inspiration, Wedding Plans) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

We are finally ready to throw the long awaited engagement party!!  We have been patiently (or not so much) waiting for good weather and a finished yard in order to throw an outdoor fest.  We now seem to have both (or as good as its going to get).  So, bring on the party! 

I have a few simple ideas swirling around in my head, but for some fun inspiration I put together a few photos I’ve spotted. 

This idea is so simple and cute.  Although the picture is more fall decor it could easily be summer-y with some sand or shells in the jars!

This scene is so pretty.  We already picked up some red paper lanterns that are perfect to go under our trees around the fire because they are battery operated.

These vintage letters would look neat in our yard showing our initials or wedding date. 

I love the colors of this space.  We hope to use some random candle-light as this photo does.

Are you all in the mood for some outdoor time yet?  We will keep you updated with our party pictures- the party is on the 20th of June…

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Fishy Fishy

May 4, 2009 at 8:36 am (Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , )

No cleaning, no housework, no projects.  We went fishin’!  Summer is finally here, so although this isn’t decor related, I thought I would share our fishin trip with you.  I caught this pretty Sheep Head guy.  And Tony caught this bity bull head.  He caught two of those tiny babies, but my fish definitely won me bragging rights for the week 😉

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Tony's fish.

 

We packed a lunch and spent the entire day catching some sun (not many fish) and enjoying the peace of being at the canal.  It was a great day.  Now back to the work-week.  Hope you had a great weekend, too!

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Spring Cleaning

May 1, 2009 at 12:45 pm (Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Like I said, last weekend we did some deep cleaning for spring.  Yesterday on my Thursday off, I finally finished (as finished as housework ever gets!) the spring cleaning.  I wanted the house to be spotless for my family coming into town to visit this weekend.  So, here are some always great to remember spring cleaning ideas:

1. Clean the gutters.  Spring is time for rain, rain will flood your basement if the gutters are overflowing!  Or like us, you might have to walk through a waterfall to get out the door!  So, Tony climbed the ladder, hauled a garbage can along with him, and cleaned the gutters.

2.  Wash windows.  I love clean windows, they even brighten up a room.  But, at least this one time a year you should deep clean them, inside and out.  I not only windex-ed them, but also took a Q-tip to the corners and tiny spaces.  Fresh spring air is great flowing through clean windows!

3. Scrub the walls and untouched spots.  Walls, especially in the kitchen, get grimy.  Paint will look more its original color if gently washed clean once in a while, plus it keeps spider webs out of corners and in vents.  Also, take a dish-soapy towel to the tops of cabinets and inside the cupboards.  These rarely cleaned spots need it now and then!

4. Spray and scrub siding.  We are still working a bit on  this one.  But, taking the hose to your siding will instantly freshen the outside of your house.  On the porch I scrubbed stuck on dirt off with a wet cloth. 

5.  Move all furniture to clean/vacuum.  I vacuum all the time.  But, sometimes I am lazy and don’t move every piece of furniture.  I actually never move the bed or couches.  So, this time of year I try to move all things, even the big ones and clean or vacuum under them.  You never know how much crud has built up under there. 

6.  And, finally, go through drawers and cupboards.  We have a junk drawer that overflows every once in a while.  Spring in particular is the time to go through these drawers, even clothes drawers of closets.  Toss things you no longer want to keep, gather up the things you want to sell or take to Goodwill, and neatly arrange back the things you want to keep.

After taking these few steps your house should be spring ready (pretty much!). Take a deep breathe once you are done.  Doesn’t that feel good?  Fresh?  Spring is the time for fresh starts! 🙂

And, while there are no pictures of dirty windows and gross gutter goo to show you, I do have a set of cute martini glasses for sale!  They are plastic, and oh so cute! 

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So, what other good spring cleaning ideas do you all have?

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Some Gardening

April 28, 2009 at 7:52 am (Projects, Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Last night I picked up a few inexpensive black, square pots for a few flowers for our porch.  I think they (although small) brightened up the front porch and made it at least look like someone lives there!  We also hung a strawberry plant in the corner, where it can get a lot of sun.  (Again, sorry for the dark, rainy pictures!)

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It’s at least a start.  So, while I was out there I started pulling a few “weeds” from the rocks around the porch.  By the way, I am puzzled as to why the last owner planted three big, beautiful, green plants on one side of the steps, but none on the other.  So, if you are wondering, don’t ask me!  So, as I was pulling this “weed” from between all of the rocks (it looked like misplaced grass) I noticed it was growing from bulbs!  Grass doesn’t grow from bulbs, does it?  We are curious as to what it is, and maybe whether or not we should be pulling it!?  Here is a picture of what I pulled up, so if you have any info I’m all ears!

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Let me know what you think!  And, just for run, here is a picture of the pretty yellow flowers growing in the back yard!

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A Touch Of Spring

April 22, 2009 at 7:59 am (Seasonal Decor, Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I am taking a bit of a break from projects (you know, like a day or two!) after finishing the cabinets.  But, I did bring home a touch of spring.  Lillies, especially tiger, are my favorite flowers.  I added them to a wine bottle, and viola!  Spring is here!  Enjoy!

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Whats In Store For Next Week

March 20, 2009 at 1:38 pm (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Over the weekend I have a long list of fun little projects to tackle.  If I get myself into gear and get them done you can plan to see updates next week.  I hope to be working on the kitchen curtains, painting some pots, planting flowers, cleaning up the yard, building a fire pit, and working on redoing a headboard for the master bedroom.  It sounds like a lot, I know, but I think I have most of it covered! And, my favorite little project…

Check out what I do with this ugly little pink basket!

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Check back all next week for updates, photos, and how-tos of my many projects!  Have a great weekend!

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