The Hometalk Hustle in Frederick

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What better way to kick start October than to catch up with some local members of my tribe! And that is exactly what we did this Saturday at the Hometalk Hustle hosted by Hometalk, Sweet Clover, and bunch of other stores in Frederick. As you all know Cassie from Primitive and Proper and Sarah, The Thriftress are good friends and it's always a pleasure when I get to visit their adorable store, Sweet Clover Barn. Last year too they had teamed with Hometalk to bring us the Hometalk Halloween Hunt, which was super fun. So needless to say I was very excited about this event. Plus this year there were a lot of us friends fresh from Haven planning to attend. Sure enough the Hometalk Hustle did not disappoint even though I was only there for a short time. With all the kids activities it is … [Read more...]

           
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2014 Fall Mantel

Simple Fall Mantel decorating ideas

Something old, something new, something borrowed, something Blue...............that's how my 2014 Fall Mantel took shape, in a matter of few minutes. Unlike the years past (2012 & 2013) this year I just decided to accept the White Elephant in the room, our seaside oil painting, and go with the flow. If you remember earlier I'd tired to mask the gigantic painting, which by the way someone refuses to take down or move to a different place, with a Burlap Boo Sign and Vintage Newspaper Paper Medallion. No such hide and seek games this year 'coz I just wanted something that I could whip up in a matter of minutes and where I could reuse items from around the house. On  a side note, I've had that tray for almost 2 yrs now and looks like I still haven't taken the thrift store price sticker … [Read more...]

           
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How to Stretch a Canvas

How to Stretch your own canvas

Before we get into the post let's do a quick flashback. Rewind to 2000 or even 2002. We used to live right next door to a Micheals store and my favorite past time was to just go to Micheals and hang around. During one of those trips it dawned on me that a lot of times paintings come as a rolled canvas and need to be stretched. Till then the possibility of an unframed canvas never crossed my mind. Actually take that back, I do remember one of my grant uncles gifting my parents an unframed oil painting many years ago, which he then took to an art store, got stretched, and framed. But that was during my "what do I care about the rest of the world?" teenager phase. Coming back to Micheals and their framing section, I discovered that stretching  canvases cost money and effort and the most … [Read more...]

           
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Clothespin Mirror

DIY Clothespin Mirror

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? I'm fresh off a nice DIY weekend where I was able to finally cross a few projects off my To Do List thanks to an activity free weekend. Ok it was not entirely activity free if you count the kids's sports and dances. Still, a weekend with enough downtime for some DIY is like my absolute stress buster. Kicking off our DIY parade is a Clothespin Mirror. Ever since I made my first sunburst mirror I've been itching to make another one. The problem was we really didn't want another mirror at home and so I put the idea on the back burner. Months passed by and then one day I was looking for something to gift to a friend who is also into DIY and the light bulb went on! Do you have friends who DIY too? What do you gift them? I always find that I have go the … [Read more...]

           
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Simple Fall Wreath

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I'm finally getting into the Fall spirit y'all with a wreath hanging on our front door. Ok granted, I still need to get my mums and such for the porch but for now this simple Fall wreath is heralding Fall at ours. :) Staying true to my decorating philosophy of trying to use what I have I "converted" my Summer wreath to a Fall one with things I found around the house. The Yellow flowers were brought on 80% off Spring clearance at Micheals, at the same time I got the Orange & White Poppies and Hydrangea. The Pheasant feather and dried Eucalyptus are from a very old (as in from 2004) dried flower arrangement. The White feathers, I picked up for under a dollar from our local yard sale FB group. All I did was to move my Chevron Burlap bow to the side and tucked in the … [Read more...]

           
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My Weekly Stain Battle

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This post brought to you by Biz Stain & Odor Eliminator. All opinions are 100% mine. Every season when I get the email from my son's coach about his baseball uniform I open it with hopes that we would at least get the gray pants instead of the white. No such luck for the past few seasons for us. :( What is it with baseball and light colored clothing, especially pants? In all our 9 seasons we have not once gotten the easier to handle black. It's always been white or light gray! I'm sure the folks who picked those colors for uniforms back in the day wouldn't have paid much thought to cleaning these muddy grassy stained grossness. Lo and behold it is us moms who have to deal with that part and I tell ya I lose my stain battle most of the time. So when I heard about the Biz challenge I … [Read more...]

           
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One More Onam Pookalam

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I had no plans of sharing this one on the blog but I'm super duper proud of it and am 200% happy about how it turned out that I had to share. This weekend marked the last of our Onam celebrations with the local Malayali (folks from Kerala, India) community coming together one more time to celebrate our harvest festival. As usual the festivities were grand with over 1000 people from the DC/VA/MD area attending. Pookalam being an integral part of Onam and 'coz I like to publicize the fact that I'm a huge proponent of these intricate floral designs (through Facebook and of course the blog) it came as no surprise that the responsibility for designing and executing the Pookalam for the event fell on my shoulders. :) I had ample help from a fabulous set of friends who were more than … [Read more...]

           
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Pumpkin Decorating

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Every time I feel the chill in the morning air on my way to work and the strong winds on my face while I walk back to the bus stop in the evening I make a mental note to myself, "Fall will be here soon, need to get my Fall stuff out". But other than the self reminder nothing has been happening on my end not even a quick brainstorming session on what I'd be doing. And then this afternoon as I was checking my Outlook calender it dawned on me that the first day of Fall is next Tuesday! Talk about the world's worst procrastinator. Actually, the last several years I've been nothing but a procrastinator. Don't get me wrong I used to be a big one and hard core one at that but ever since I discovered the joys of planning ahead and organizing my time it has been hard to keep things to the last … [Read more...]

           
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The Story of a $5 Lamp Base

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As with all the stories with me these days this one too started on Craigslist. I was looking for Chinese Ginger jar lamps for a while but never found them as a pair or in my budget. A few months went by with me following up with every seller I found but nothing seemed to work out. Then I came across these 2 ladies.... And for the price of $5 each!  I had to go to Montgomery county, MD to pick these up. You know, I had my daughter in the car (I was picking her up from dance) and wasn't sure if I had made the right decision to pick something up from someone I found on Craigslist. Thankfully I had checkout the neighborhood and the place out in advance. It was Spring, the house was on top of a hill, a hill full of Azeleas in peak bloom. Azeleas in every color possible. It was so pretty! … [Read more...]

           
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$50 HOTTT.com Giveaway

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Y'all remember my Lady Victorian Socialite? She is one of the coolest accessories we have in our home and always sports a different look. With head gear as unique as hers it hard not to be noticed. So yes, she and her fancy style are always the topics of conversation among our guests. Jealous? No worries here is your chance at winning a unique home decor piece for your home. IMM Living's online vendor, HOTTT.com is giveaway a $50 coupon to their website to one lucky winner. With a long list of unique products be it unique home decor, modern tabletop accessories, cute stationery, cool bar accessories, or trendy jewelry I'm sure you'll have a hard time choosing your favorite piece. I mean, who can say no to these adorable queen crown wall hooks? Won't these look great in little girl's … [Read more...]

           
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Window Shopping @ Burlington Coat Factory

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Yes, you read that right I was window shopping at Burlington Coat Factory for home decor! Agreed not the usual place that comes to mind when you think of home decorating. Back in the day they did carry some nice stuff but to me over the years it looked like they were stuck in the late 90's early 2000's with their decor merchandise and never really wanted to change with times. But boy, was I in for a surprise a few weekends ago when I visited the store after it seemed to me like years.  They've finally woken up to the fact that we are in 2014 and I'm so glad they did! Price wise I think they are more in line with what you'd find at Ross, I'd say cheaper than HomeGoods/Marshalls. This Bronze colored Moroccan Trellis Side table with a glass top was up for grabs for $60! Style wise … [Read more...]

           
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