Throwback Thursday - Vintage Lace Mirror & Mantel

Friday, July 25, 2014


Since my blog has been growing, I thought I would begin a new feature called Throwback Thursday - I know - how original, right!  Well, it has become a popular feature on social media, so I'm going to give it a try here on my blog as well.  


Each Thursday I'll be sharing photos from an earlier post that you may have missed!  So here's my first submission - a mantel design from last year featuring a knock off of an Anthropologie mirror.  



The original Anthro lace etched mirror has a price tag of $5800!!!  You can see how I made mine HERE.  



I accessorized the mantel with some dried hydrangeas, 



and a vintage style photo display from Decor Steals. 



I think my photography skills have improved with the purchase of a new camera since these were taken, but I hope you will overlook the grainy pics!   Here's a view of the living room - I'm actually in the process of making some updates to this room - stay tuned!


I'd love to hear what you think of this new feature and if it's something you'd like to see more of each Thursday?  Thanks for being here today!


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Screen Porch Reveal

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


It's a wrap - isn't that what they say on a movie set when filming is complete?  Well, that's what I am saying for my screen porch makeover - it's a wrap!  Seeing that it's almost the end of July, it think it really needs to be "wrapped up" - so there's time to enjoy it while we still have some summer weather!


The colors are a bit bolder than what you normally see from me, but I really like it for an outdoor space.  I initially was going to go with a navy and red Americana look, but  saw the bird pillow at Target and immediately knew I wanted to bring in some bright orange!  


If you missed my post about the curtains, you can find it here!  I have been in love with everything with a cross pattern and decided to make a bold statement in this outdoor space with the curtains.   



In the right hand corner, I created a little beverage station.


I used an old cabinet door to make the relax sign and found the vintage metal picnic baskets at a local barn sale.   They got an update with some  turquoise and orange spray paint!  


This tray table was a fun find!  The table base is a discounted outdoor table from Target that I picked up for $11 on clearance (it was gray and I spray painted it white)  and the round tray was also a clearance Target find for $14!  I married the two together to make a tray table.  It's perfect to hold magazines and a place to sit your drink.




 The outdoor poof on the left is another clearance Target find for $24!




Here's a look at the porch swing.  I made the cross pillow with more drop cloth and used the orange/red paint for the cross design.


 What's prettier than a bouquet of fresh flowers from the local farm stand!  


I'm so happy this project is finished so I can move on to the next - and so we can enjoy this updated space for the remainder of the summer!   Thanks for stopping by today! 


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Summertime Peach Ice Cream

Monday, July 21, 2014

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Wet-Nap but all opinions are my own. #pmedia #showusyourmess  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV


I've finally put the finishing touches on the back porch and to celebrate I decided to break out the ice cream freezer and make some old fashioned, homemade ice cream!   Since it's peach harvest time here in Pennsylvania, I knew I wanted to make peach ice cream.  


I found a fantastic recipe from Southern Living that had 5 star ratings, and now I know why it received such high reviews!  It's so yummy and full of fresh, peach flavor and is super easy to make!  At the end of the post, I'll share the recipe with you!


Just look at those fresh peaches - juicy and delicious, but a bit messy when cutting them - I made sure to have a canister of Wet-Nap hand wipes nearby to clean up my sticky fingers!   If it's been a while since you've purchased Wet-Nap hand wipes, you can find them at Walmart in the napkin aisle!  Just look at the new, pretty packaging - and they are soft, strong, and now moisturize with aloe!  For me, Wet Nap is a much better option for outdoor entertaining than a paper towel or napkin!


I love breaking out the ice cream freezer in the summertime and don't do it often enough!  There's nothing better than homemade ice cream on a hot summer day!


You may think that making homemade ice cream is too hard and takes a long time!  But, that is not the case - after about 30 minutes in the electric freezer and you have this peachy ice cream goodness!


I got a some bright striped dinnerware for serving out on the porch - I thought the colors were super fun!    It can be a little messy when serving up the ice cream - so once again, I had the Wet-Nap canister nearby - just in case!


As promised, here's the recipe for Summertime Peach Ice Cream!  You are going to want to give this one a try!  


And, here's a link for a .55 coupon from Wet-Nap that you can print and use on your next trip to Walmart -  http://wetnap.com/coupons/  (while supplies last).


Thanks for stopping by today!  I'll be back tomorrow for the full reveal of the back porch!  It's bright and cheery, and I can't wait to show you all the details!  


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