Our giveaway fest continues……Another day and another giveaway! I’m super excited to introduce to you Artreka, an online art store that sells original hand painted abstract art made in USA. They hand paint the design you select from the 5 that are available now (they are just starting out so I’m sure there will be more in the future). Did you know, they even include the frame and hanging hardware when they ship (free shipping in the US & Canada) the painting to you?
Today they are giving you a chance at winning a painting worth $140 along with the readers of seven other blogs that are hosting their week long giveaway. By entering the giveaway WUHS readers are also automatically entered for a chance to win 3 Artreka T shirts.
Remember this is open to the readers in the US & Canada and only for TODAY. So how do you enter?
If you already follow WUHS on Facebook and Twitter please mention so in separate comments. So go ahead check out their website and tell us which one is your favorite. My vote is a tie between the Kaboom & Whoops.
Good Luck guys. I’ll be back on Tuesday with another exciting giveaway! Have a great holiday weekend!
Every month I have so much fun creating mood boards on my Same Look 4 Less series that I thought it might be even funner to share it with y’all. Do you have a design dilemma or just want help with a difficult space? Are you one of those folks who have all the pieces you love but can’t seem to pull it all together? Or maybe you know what the end result should be but have no idea where to start or are scared to take the first step? Or maybe you are looking for a nifty thrifty updated look? If you answered yes to any of these then enter away.
PRIZE: A custom mood board designed to meet your needs and style listing out online sources for each piece
WHO CAN ENTER: Open to all
GIVEAWAY OPEN TILL: 6/5/13
HOW TO ENTER: 6 ways (1 Mandatory entry & 5 optional entries)
Mandatory - Comment on this post telling me which room you need help with and click ok on that option in Rafflecopter widget (I pick the winner through Rafflecopter so you have to make sure that it is logged on the widget too). 1 comment per email ID.
Optional – Read through your other options in the Rafflecopter widget and enter. Each entry is counted as a bonus entry and will increase your chance of winning.
Here’s a taste of what you’ll get, a mood board I did for one of the readers.
Yay! 1000 Facebook Likes! We are finally there! If you’ve been following the blog on Facebook, you might’ve seen an update or two about the giveaways we’ve planned to celebrate this blog milestone.
Kick starting the giveaway fest, we have India’s premier online home decor store, BuynBrag. A new age store that features a massive collection of one of a kind decor for your home, they source their finds from craftsmen all over India who design furniture and home accessories for brands like Crate & Barrel, Ikea, and Anthropologie. Their website too is different as they let you buy a product and then “brag” about it (a way to share your find with friends on Facebook). An added feature lets you create a poll amongst friends to get their opinion before a purchase – a handy tool, especially when you’re shopping for gifts.
If you haven’t checked out the site yet then please do. I was amazed at the endless list of products they feature. There are many things that fit my style perfectly. I even found a table that is almost the same as the one we have in our my family room. Actually, when they asked me to be a guest curator for them I had such a hard time choosing items to showcase from their collection ’coz I just loved so many of them! The gig is still in the works, will let you know as soon as it goes live.
Coming back to the giveaway, BuynBrag will give one lucky reader who has a shipping address in India the “Theatre Style Table Lamp” shown below. Per the site, the lamp is inspired by the golden age of cinema, when studio lights were designed to create a quality of light that simultaneously softened and highlighted actor’s expressions. Made of solid cast aluminium and sheesham wood with a frosted glass diffuser it sure is gonna be a conversation piece in your home.
For the readers in the US, please don’t be disappointed. There is more in stock for you in the coming days. I really owe a giveaway to the my readers in India (a sizable chunk) who have been ardently supporting the blog all along.
WHO CAN ENTER: Open to anyone with a shipping address in India as they offer free shipping only within India
GIVEAWAY OPEN TILL: 5/29/13, 12 am EST. Winner will be announced in the 5/29/13 post.
HOW TO ENTER: 6 ways (1 Mandatory entry & 5 optional entries)
Mandatory - Comment on this post telling me where you would use the lamp and click ok on that option in Rafflecopter widget ( I pick the winner through Rafflecopter so you have to make sure that it is logged on the widget too). 1 comment per email ID.
Optional – Read through your other options in the Rafflecopter widget and enter. Each entry is counted as a bonus entry and will increase your chance of winning. a Rafflecopter giveaway
Once again, couldn’t have done it without you all. Frankly there are days when I’m thinking, “What did I get into?” but right then and there I get an encouraging comment or an email from you, which perks me up instantly and makes this blogging whole thing worthwhile. THANK U!
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Late Sunday I made my annual spring trek (ok, not really a trek was more of a dash to get there before they closed for the yr) to the Old Lucketts Store Spring Market. For the uninitiated, it is a huge vintage wares market featuring 170+ vendors set up in the picturesque surroundings around the store. I had so much fun last year visiting the market that I came this close to being a vendor this yr. But life intervened and I was back to the market as an excited shopper.
The entrance….Don’t be fooled by the deserted look (I took this on my way out when the market had closed) it was jam-packed.
Frankly speaking, this year though I didn’t have as much fun as last time. I guess for a myriad of reasons.
Couldn’t go on the first day as we had other commitments. And on Sunday we had guests at home. So by the time I got to the market it was 3.45 pm Sunday (the market was for only 2 days, Saturday & Sunday). Plus they close at 5 pm. 30 min into my trip I noticed a lot of the vendors starting to pack up.
Can’t really blame them. The weather sucked big time on Saturday, was raining throughout. Sunday was better but still gloomy. I could totally understand why the vendors felt like calling it a day by 4.15 or so.
Again ’coz I came in late most likely all the cool finds were gone by then.
Given the timing of my trip I too was pretty exhausted, which meant that I was browsing only half heartedly.
Lastly a year half of DIY blogging has changed my perspective on ‘finds’more than I imagined. It was really hard to put away the DIY glasses.
Anyways, I spotted a lot of interesting stuff. Re-purposed chandeliers seemed to be in vogue. This is the first time I’m seeing an olive basket turned into a lamp (on the bottom right).
There was also plenty for the nature lover. I especially liked the turtle shells ($49 for the small ones on the top and $59 for the large ones on the bottom). The top right is a painted brush for $59 and on the bottom right are wood sculptures (pieces of wood nailed/stapled together), both of which could possibly be DIY’d.
Anyone read to work with pallets? All these are pretty DIY’able.
More DIY ideas…..DIY’d chalkboards and chicken wire jewelry hangers, all priced pretty high. Will post the tutorial for my chalkboard as soon as I get time to write it. FYI -Mine cost me $15 bucks.
Loved these mercury glass vases for $59 a pop. $59 seemed t be the magic number in most of the stalls.
My other favorites were these boat buoys (?).
There were at least 3 stalls that were selling Annie Sloan chalk paint next to stalls filled with repainted furniture. Was kind of confused by the message. On one hand you are trying to sell this magic paint which will turn just about anyone into a furniture DIY’er (which is 100% true based on my experience) while displaying refinished furniture with pretty hefty price tags (upwards of $450 for larger pieces) right next to it!
To be fair the blue side table was only $38, which was an awesome deal.
Speaking of DIY’d furniture, don’t you love this quirky lil bench made out of two chairs?
And this to die for mirror? I didn’t even go near it to check the price tag.
Lots of fun knickknacks for your coffee table….
So what did I end up getting? This set of Japanese paintings in faux bamboo frames. $5 for the pair!
Yes, there’s some wear and tear but nothing a Gold Sharpie can’t fix. Got them more for the frames than for the art. But now I’m thinking, those canvases in large white modern frames might look good in my daughter’s room.
Did any of you visit the market? What did you find?
For the last three years every May we set up our water garden on the deck. It has sort of become a spring ritual around here. This year though I had to get new plants as I lost both my water lily and the aquatic canna from last year’s. Actually they were from 2011 which had overwintered successfully in 2012 though I didn’t follow the usual over wintering procedures (aka. take the bulb out in fall, dry, and store it in a cool dark place). This fall too I tried to test my luck by not over wintering it properly but I guess I pushed it too far. I’ve tried to re-pot the lily and see if it sprouts but don’t have much hope.
I found the dwarf papyrus ($5.58 after using 25% discount coupon) at our local nursery, Meadow Farms. It seems once the weather turns cold it can be moved indoors. I’m seriously hoping that works then at least I won’t have to worry about over wintering it. The lily, I got it at Lowes (the ones at the nursery were $10 more) for $8.98. It is the same brand as the cattail I bought last year. To set up I used;
The mosquito dunk was from the 2011 water garden. In the Ziploc back are some rocks that I used over the soil to keep it down. I used Miracle Gro garden soil to plant the lily and the papyrus as it is heavier than regular potting soil . You can read the step by step tutorial here.
A note about the lily, when you buy it open the box and check. Buy it only if you can see new growth. I didn’t check when I bought the cattail and I think I might have bought a dead one back then. The root comes wrapped in coconut husk covered by a net. The instructions say to just drop it in the pond and that the plant will grow from then on. Again, I followed those instructions with the cattail and nothing happened. So this time I ripped the net open and planted it in a pot.
I think the drop it and leave it alone will work only for ponds as the roots will eventually find their way to the soil. In a container garden there is no place for the roots to plant itself. So if you plan on using them in a container water garden then the safest bet would be to replant them in a pot, even though the instructions doesn’t specifically say so.
And here we are…..Keeping my fingers crossed that we’ll have another great year. The papyrus pot rests on two large stones to give it some height.
Once we have some leaves on the water lily we’ll add some fish in there.
A recent stroll through the home section at our local Target revealed some awesome finds. No, didn’t get a thing but it sure was fun to browse. All I could think was that the folks at Target have got my style down to the T! Don’t you agree?
Of course, the prices on some of the items are a little more than I would’ve liked but that’s why you have the clearance aisle. Case in point this tribal tray. Absolutely love the look but the price tag not so much.
And then on the clearance aisle I found this guy for $14.98.
Seriously the place has become a haven for knick knacks. A metal orb (for $14.99)…..
Fake sea urchins….
Gold rhinos and lions….. I so…..wanted to get these!
More animal love…..How gorgeous are these lion bookends? Gonna get them once we get the ladder shelves for the retreat.
Another gem in the clearance section. Think it was $6 or $8.
I just realized that I’ve never really bought anything decor related (except for some floating candles on clearance and the cubbie shelf in my daughter’s room) from Target! Very strange now that I think of it; I love their style! How about you? Is Target one of your favorite stores for home decor?
PS: I’ve been eyeing a Target throw for like ever but that darn thing is never on clearance!