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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How to Gild a Picture Frame

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Don't you just love it when life throws curve balls at ya? That's when you learn to improvise and try something new. Exactly what happened with this project. For a long time I'd planned on making the actual frame for this beautiful oil painting from scratch based on the promises that someone made. Ehem...ehem...when it comes to promises like these (you know the ones that go like this,"Don't worry, I'll DIY it; you just show me which blogger tutorial to follow. It is just a picture frame for God's sake. We can make it. I'm on it.") I should have learned my lesson long ago and just gone with Plan B from the start. Instead I waited for weeks in the hopes of getting a DIY'd frame with no avail, in the end scrambling to find something on Craigslist last minute. And you know what? I did find a … [Read more...]

           
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Onam 2014

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Back in the day, in old time Kerala (the state I'm from in India) a general way of saying how old you were was to reference how many Onams you've celebrated in your life time. Onam is our Thanksgiving & Christmas combined into one; a big celebration that lasts 10 days, breaks the barriers of religion, and is so unique to that part of India. You can read all about the story behind the festival and the intricate Pookalams, flower carpet designs that adorn the front of every house in this post. Though every person celebrates Onam the best way they can one person has always been the epitome of Onam spirit to me, my Achamma (paternal grandmother). While everyone was content putting one Pooklam every day, she would add 1 for every day to the original one i.e. 1 Pookalam on Day 1, 2 on Day … [Read more...]

           
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Summer Flower Arrangement

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As you browse through decorating magazines has any flower called your name, spoken to you? It is the simple ones that usually catch my eye. There is something about the freshly picked country flowers that has me wanting to emulate the look at home. Maybe it is the simplicity of the arrangement or just the fact that they always look fresh and airy. Or it could be the bright fun Summer colors. Whatever it is every single time I've come across these 2 flowers I've wanted to decorate with them; Sunflowers and Zinnias both of which I grew this year after more than a decade. Unfortunately all the Sunflowers bloomed before the Zinnias kicked into full form. So couldn't get them in the same the arrangement. The dainty white flowers you see there are actually wild Baby's Breath. Very … [Read more...]

           
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