Saturday, January 28, 2012

Framing an Artist's Work

You may remember me mentioning in this postback in October, my lucky winnings from the fantastic mixed media artist

She had a giveaway for a copy of the new publication of Mingle magazine.  That was a great gift in itself, but making the giveaway even sweeter (and in my opinion  maybe even better than the mag!) was Becky enclosing a piece of her gorgeous mixed media art.

I knew I was going do something special with it for sure.

I finally got around to repainting a tiny, ornate frame that I picked up at GW a few years back.

Mounted the sweet little fabric tag onto burlap and a piece of cardboard, and placed it in the frame.

That special little piece of artwork is hanging in my living room on a little bit of wall.  

Perfect fit.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Bathroom Jewelry

My powder room's sporting some new jewelry.

Well, a new pendant light that is.

I'm sure you've all seen these in home improvement stores and on other blogs.

What a fabulous way to transform a boring old pot light into something special.  And so reasonably priced!  

The kit (which did not include a shade) I purchased at Lowe's was less then $20 and the glass shade I choose was less then $10.  Lowe's had a good variety of shades ranging in price from around $5 to $30.  

As you can see from the picture below, the fixture simply screws into the existing pot light receptacle.  Adjust the length of the cord.  Tighten a few screws, and Voila!  A quick and easy new look.

Not a bad light makeover for less then thirty bucks!

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Monday, January 16, 2012

New Wheels

What's usually the first big purchase of a new college graduate who's landed their first salary job?

Why, a su-weet new ride, of course!

Remember your first brand-spankin' new set of wheels? 

It was time for Son No. 1 for sure.  He's old car was beat up.  Over 100,000 miles racked up from almost 5 years worth of trips back and forth from Delaware to North Carolina.  It was used when we got for him when he was a junior in high school, so it was certainly time for something new.

Well, that, and he couldn't let his little bro, Son No. 2, get one up on him.  Remember when I blogged here about Son No. 2 totaling his car ~ The Red Dragon as he fondly referred to his Monte Carlo.  

Last spring he scored himself the Bumblebee Camaro.  If you've seen the Transformers movies, you know what I'm talking about. 

After driving Son No. 2's ride around a bit while home on Thanksgiving break this past fall, Son No. 1 fell in love with the it, and knew he had to have one of his own.

Son No. 2 even found and purchased tire valve stem covers with a Transformer Autobot face on them!

I'll admit, Camaros are fun and exciting to drive.  
I've tooled around in both ;o)

Even Hubby's slightly entertaining the thought of trading in his Cadillac CTS for one.  
We all know what that might be about . . . ;o)  hehe

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Little Books for Big Memories

I have a thing for mini photo books.  

Mini scrapbooks to be exact.  

Two little books created for big Christmas memories.

Shame I didn't take any pics at Christmastime this year.  

Still kicking myself about that. 

As a matter of fact, I have a whole bin of finished mini scrapbooks and photo albums.  
And a bunch more yet to be assembled.

Some were made at classes attended at scrapbook conventions and retreats.  Some where made as samples for classes I used to teach at a local scrapbook store.  And some where made from kits I'd purchased here and there.

Funny, out of all the ones I have finished, only a couple have photos in them!  Obviously I like making these little photo books more then I do snapping photos.

Well, I certainly have enough photos laying around that I really should start filling some of them.  
Maybe that could be one of my New Year's goals.  ;o)

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Sunday, January 8, 2012

That's all she wrote . . .

All done.


Christmas is officially over here at our house.

I'm sure some of you are saying "well, it's about time!".

I don't like to totally de-Christmasfy until after the Epiphany, also known as Three Kings Day or Twelfth Night.  I subscribe to the old-fashion belief that the 12 days of Christmas start Christmas Day, and last until January 6th, signifying when the wise men finally ended their long journey to Bethlehem.

I really wish that the time in between Christmas Day and the Epiphany is when the masses actually celebrated Christmas.  I feel the month of December is great for preparing for the upcoming season, but that the true celebration should happen during the real twelve days of Christmas.  I think it's sad when I see and hear that people tear into and pack up Christmas the day after.  To me, that's when quiet refection about the meaning of the season should occur.

Soooo . . . anyway . . . that's how I've been spending most of my weekend.  Packing up.  Deep cleaning.  Sorting.  And finally reorganizing all the bins and boxes containing Christmas.

And in the process I created a few more wintry vignettes here and there while getting used to my new camera Santa brought me.  A Nikon Coolpix.  It's a nice, streamline little camera that has way better features than my old camera, not to mention way more megapixels.  But, like anything new, it's taking me a while to get used to it.

Over the next few days, I'll start incorporating V'day love around the house too.  The Christmas tree in the living room is going to be transformed into a big bushy love tree.  And I'll have a bit more mushy love stuff to place around the house.

Remember this?  I shared it a few posts back.

Easy change.  

Popped out the cardboard with NOEL and replaced it with a little love.  I'm already planning on popping it out again in the spring and put something Eastery in there, and so on . . .

It's nice to get the house back in order and everything back in it's regular place.  It is a little sad taking the trees down and packing it all away, but I'll admit it's time to move on to the next season/holiday.

I have a big celebration to work on in the next couple weeks.  We're having a grad party for Son No. 1.  I figure this will probably be his last young adult milestone celebration until, well, I guess he gets married.  And who knows when {or if!} that'll happen!

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