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"Your Love Makes Me Sing" Valentine's Day Pillow Cover

Monday, January 26, 2015


There's something new in the shop today - 


"Your Love Makes Me Sing" 18 x 18 in. pillow cover. 


The actual pillow is made from a cotton weave that resembles linen.  There is a hidden zipper closure on the back of the cover.  The pillow cover will fit an 18 x 18 inch pillow form - I use Pottery Barn feather pillow inserts - they really hold up well and are nice and plump!


This pillow cover could be used all year long - not just for Valentine's Day.   As a special for Valentine's Day, this pillow cover will be $24.99 thru the end of January.  If ordered after January 31, the price will be $29.99.  Here's a link to my Etsy Shop if you would like to place an order.


The inspiration for this pillow cover is a song we sing at our church and each time we sing it I think - "I need to make something using these lyrics"!  Well, now I have!  I hope this song will lift your spirit today!


Silver White Winters That Melt Into Spring - Glitter Canvas

Friday, January 23, 2015


What a perfect week to have a Celebration of Winter link party!  Yesterday we had a snow day here in the Northeast and there's a nice, fresh coating of white snow - just enough to make everything pretty!


Right after taking down the Christmas decor, things can look pretty bare.  But, I'm not quite ready to bring out "all things spring".  So I decided to do a few easy projects to work through January and February.
  

This glittery canvas is so easy - here's what you will need:

*  15 x 30" canvas (purchased at 50% off at Michaels)
*  Martha Stewart Brand White Gold Glitter (sold at Michaels) I really like the look of the White Gold, MS also has a Sterling Silver Glitter that you may prefer.
*  Letter stickers or if you have a Silhouette or Cricut cutting machine, you can cut your own.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out my letters from Contact paper.  Each letter is 2 3/4" tall.


Place your letters on the canvas.  I drew straight lines across  the canvas in pencil to keep my lettering straight - one word at a time.  Once you have all your words in place, use a foam brush to apply Modge Podge over the entire canvas and sprinkle immediately with the White Gold glitter.  Let the glitter stand on the surface until the Modge Podge has had a chance to dry.  That way, most of the glitter will end up staying on the canvas.  Now, carefully remove the sticker letters to reveal a crisp, white background.  A trick I found to removing the letters is to stick a straight pin into the top of each sticker letter - they will help you know where the stickers are once the entire canvas is covered with glitter.  Actually, just pulling on the pins helped to lift the sticker up a bit so I could grab and remove it.

Of course, you could choose to make this project in a different size - I just wanted to make a BIG glittery statement on my mantel!  Let's embrace the winter and make the most of season!!!  Thanks for stopping by today!


Monday, Jan 19th Celebration of Winter Participants

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Transform Your Old Skis Into Winter Decor With Paint

Tuesday, January 20, 2015



I know we are all ready for spring and lighter and brighter decorating with pops of color,  but, let's face it - it's still winter!  So, I've decided to embrace it!  I'm going to have a cozy, wintery home with a fire crackling in the fireplace and a few wintery accents here and there.   Here's an easy project that can be done in just a few hours to bring some winter decor inside.  They would also look great on your front porch.  


I picked up a cheap pair of skis at my local thrift store for $10.   If you ski and have an old pair, then you could use those.  I brought them home and removed the bindings.  The skis were bright pink and purple - Yikes!  But, with a few coats of Maison Blanche La Chaux french lime paint, they look perfect in my wintery home.  The beauty of Maison Blanche paint is that you don't need to do any prep work.  No sanding or roughing up your surface - even with the most slick surface, like these skis.  I just painted right over that shiny pink and purple with a base coat of La Chaux Lord Anson - a cool blue shade.  Then I added a coat of La Chaux Petite Chateaux - a warm gray.  Finally, I dry brushed the skis with a coat of Maison Blanch Oyster - an off white.
  

Gone is the bright pink and purple and now these skis look like they were purchased as a decor piece!  I used them in a little vignette at the top of our stairs.    If you are interested in trying the Maison Blanche brand of paint, stop by HERE to enter a painter's dream giveaway full of Maison Blanche products and more!


In the photo above you can see my latest Pottery Barn Outlet find that I've been excited to share with you - the  Olivia Star Pendant.  We live in an area rich in the history of the Moravian Church and each year most homes have a lighted Moravian Star hanging on their front porch.     Since I first saw the Olivia Star Pendant, I knew it was the light fixture I wanted in my upstairs hallway.  I went shopping a week after my surgery - yes, one week after my surgery, with my good friend, Cindy.  It was so good to get out of the house and walk around a few stores.  We went to the Pottery Barn Outlet and there it was - the Olivia Star Pendant - for $49.99!!!  I was sooo excited!   I wish I could capture the patterns it casts on the ceiling and walls when lit at night - it's just beautiful! 


This week some of my blogging friends and I are sharing our wintery decor, recipes, and DIY projects with you in a Celebration of Winter Tour.  I'll be sharing a sparkly DIY winter project on Thursday that you won't want to miss!    In the meantime - check out the first two days of entries.  You can click on the links below to see each wintery post!  

I hope you are having a wonderful Tuesday!


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Monday, Jan 19th Celebration of Winter Participants

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Favorite Paint Products and Tools Giveaway!

Monday, January 19, 2015


Today I've teamed up with a few of my blogging friends  to talk about our favorite paint products and tools!


And, here's the best part - we are giving away an awesome prize package with these products to help you with your 2015 painting projects!  



First, let's talk about the products.   The paint - Maison Blanche Vintage Furniture Paint. 


You know I love this paint! And, there are so many options for finishing in this line that will give your piece just the look you want - 4 shades of Antique Wax, 3 shades of Lime Wax, Organza Shimmer Coat, Satin or Matte Varnish, Le Dirt Antiquing Dust and more!  

My first Maison Blanche paint project was one for outdoors!  It included a DIY Rugby Striped Rug and Cross Pattern Curtains for my screen porch.  I used Maison Blanche Vintage Furniture Paint in Navy.  The orange crosses were painted with a big box brand.  I have to say that by the end of summer, the Navy in both my rug and curtains was still vivid and crisp!  The orange, however, had started to fade.  Lesson learned!


For my next Maison Blanche project, I decided to paint furniture!  Isn't that a novel idea!  I painted a very traditional style dresser with Maison Blanche Mardi Gras and Oyster to transform the piece into something that would look right at home in a beach cottage.


I've saved my favorite furniture makeover for last!  For this petite French Provincial Dresser, I used Maison Blanche La Chaux French Lime Paint in Coquille and Garconniere.  I am in LOVE with how this dresser turned out!  


My latest project with Maison Blanche was a Noel sign I made for our bedroom this past Christmas.  I used a combination of Oyster furniture paint and La Chaux Garconniere and Petite Chateaux.  



Now, let's talk about the paint tools we love!  First up is the HomeRight Finish Max Paint Sprayer.  

I am SO getting one of these!  I have lots of big projects on my list for 2015 and a HomeRight Finish Max Paint Sprayer would keep my husband and boy's happy!  (They really don't like to paint, so I normally say I can do it myself - but inevitably, they end up helping me finish.)  I have lots of friends who own the HomeRight Finish Max Pro Paint Sprayer and love it - so I feel very comfortable recommending this product to you!

My friend, Debbie of Refresh Restyle, painted six very detailed dining room chairs with a HomeRight Finish Max Pro Paint Sprayer with Maison Blanche Vintage Furniture Paint.  Click HERE to read all about it and see detailed before, during, and after pics!  


The most obvious tool you need for painting is a paint brush and roller.  But, there are so many options - how do you choose?  To me, there's nothing more frustrating than painting a project and having your paint brush shed bristles onto your freshly painted surface.  Or, when you use a cheap roller and you see the roller lines after the paint dries!     The Purdy paint brushes and rollers are known for their quality and they last a long time!  My very favorite paint brush is a Purdy XL Cub.  It has a short handle that makes it easy to control - perfect for painting furniture details.

Purdy XL Cub

Wouldn't you like to win a prize package with all of these amazing products?  I know I would!  The grand prize package is valued over $375.  The Runner Up Prize is valued at $89.  Here are the details!

The Grand Prize Winners Package Will Include:
  • Maison Blanche Vintage Furniture Paint in Maison White
  • Maison Blanche La Chaux French Lime Paint in Marzipan
  • Maison Blanche Antique Wax in Light Brown
  • Maison Blanche Le Dirt Antiquing Dust
  • Maison Blanche Organza Shimmer Coat in Antique Gold
  • HomeRight Finish Max Pro Fine Finish Paint Sprayer
  • Collection of Purdy XL Elite Paint Brushes and White Dove Roller Covers and Cage
One Lucky Runner-Up Will Receive:
  • HomeRight Finish Max fine finish HVLP paint sprayer
Best of luck to you in the giveaway!!
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You can visit these great companies at the following locations:
Maison Blanche Paint Company on Facebook  | Instagram | YouTube
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as well as Purdy on Facebook | YouTube


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Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread & Some Lov 'in From the Oven Label

Sunday, January 18, 2015




Today I have a yummy quick bread recipe that is just perfect for these cold and blustery winter days with a cup of coffee or tea.  This recipe was given to me by my mother-in-law at my bridal shower (my family had asked each person coming to bring a special recipe for me).  Mark and I got married very young - we were both 20.  We didn't have a lot of money, especially at Christmas time.  So, to have a gift for coworkers, neighbors, and grandparents; I made this cinnamon quick bread and wrapped it in a pretty package. 


I made it for years until one year we actually DID have enough money to get "real" gifts for my grandparents and great aunts, etc.  To my surprise,  they were all disappointed and asked if I could still make them a loaf of cinnamon bread and told me how much they looked forward to it each year!  


I also made this a lot when the boys were younger.  But, as the years have gone by, I've gotten away from making it.  Recently, in my attempts to get organized, I was going through my recipe cards, sorting through them and getting rid of one's I never use.  I came upon this one and decided it had been too long since I made it and decided to share it with you too.  I hope you like it as much as we do! 


I also made a cute little tag that you could use if you'd like to gift this to a family member or neighbor.   I printed mine out on card stock at 50%.  You may have to play around with your print settings for your particular printer to get it the size you want.  


Don't forget to pin this cinnamon swirl quick bread to your recipe board!


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A Pop of Color - Granny Smith Green

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


Hi, everyone!  I'm so glad to be back here - back to blogging, back to a somewhat normal schedule!  The Christmas is all packed away (yay!!), and I'm ready to move on!  


This transition time from Christmas to the beginning of spring is sometimes hard for me.  It's so blah outside - freezing rain, cloudy skies = yuck!  A friend brought over these beautiful green hydrangeas!  Isn't the color amazing!  Just the POP of color I needed in my living room!  I liked it so much that I've been on the search for more accessories in that shade.  


Apples are an easy and inexpensive way to bring color into any room.    I think the Granny Smith apple is the perfect match to the green hydrangeas!  I'm also thinking of adding some Eggplant or Plum shades to the room as well - colors that are bold to transition from winter to spring. 


Since my sofa is green, I think these colors will work well.  I'm searching for fabric and have found a few with the colors I'm looking for.  What do you think?  




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October Wedding Photos Part 2

Tuesday, January 6, 2015



How have you been!  I am so ready to begin 2015 - but, I'm still in Christmas mode!  All my decor is still up and I've actually been primping and refreshing things for something special that I will share soon! 


I have so many projects for winter and Valentine's Day that I can't wait to share with you!   I'll begin posting for the New Year next week!  If you're looking for some Valentine's Day inspiration - I added some links of past projects to my sidebar! 


For today, I am finally going to share more wedding photos from Josh and Sarah's October wedding.  I hope you enjoy them!


The venue where the wedding was held was an old cigar factory with three floors.  The third floor is called "The Crow's Nest" and was where the guys got ready and later the wedding party hung out before the wedding ceremony.  It was a great place for the guys to hang out with lots of comfy leather furniture and huge flat screen TV with a video game system! 





The photographer captured lots of outdoor pics around the old industrial area of downtown Manheim. 


I love this sweet shot of Sarah straightening Josh's tie after their first look!




My youngest - Seth.


 I really love the candid shots!



Sarah's two little flower girls looked like fairy princesses in the tulle dresses made by Sarah and her sister, Julianna!





I love these next shots taken at the train station.



 These old train cars provide an amazing backdrop!





Josh and Seth!


Two brothers who can't keep it together for just one picture - Josh and Caleb!


Sarah and three of her bridesmaids who spent a year together in Tiawan on a missions trip - they call this the kissing square!  You can feel the love these girls have for each other in this shot!


Sarah's big family!


Our little family!


Sarah's dad surprised the couple with this gorgeous old convertible for their getaway car!







Kicking back to relax in The Crows Nest right before the ceremony!  


I hope you enjoyed taking a look at my family's big event in 2014!   It was such a beautiful day!   The photos are by Dialogue Photography in Lancaster.  The gorgeous venue is "The Booking House" in Manheim, PA.  

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