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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Navy and Coral Bedroom

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How have y'all been doing? Schools are back in session for us and we are slowly getting back on track with our schedule. In the meantime I managed to squeeze in a few updates to our upstairs guest bedroom. With this new addition I can now heave a sigh of relief that the room is 80% done (nothing is 100% done around here so this is great)! Come on in, let me show you what I'm talking about. Did you spot my fabulous painting from Arts Heaven? It is an oil painting reproduction of Andre Derain's Regency Street, London. Arts Heaven provides museum quality oil painting reproductions hand-painted by talented artists who showcase the same brilliance, attention to detail, and artistic movement as the originals. And the best part for me is their long list of products available for you … [Read more...]

           
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5 Easy Ways to Add Fall to Your Porch

Easy ways to add Fall to your porch

With it being our last week of Summer break, one half of me wants to desperately hold onto the last few days of Summer while the other half can't wait for cooler days, crispy weather, and beautiful Fall color. Actually this Summer was quite nice weather wise, with a lot more cool weather days than usual. So you could say we've been gently easing into Fall all along. The other day while on the running trail I was surprised to see a few of the leaves starting to turn yellow and even more surprised that a few neighbors had already switched out their Summer plants for Mums! I'm usually a slacker when it comes to decorating for the seasons and resort to the simplest and easy on the pocket ways to add the Autumn feel to my home. You too can create the perfect Fall porch with these 5 … [Read more...]

           
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Sometimes You Just Have to Go with the Flow!

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"Ok, I'm throwing my hat in. Just so you know, I don't run or exercise. Used to walk regularly until a few years ago and then I just stopped. Seeing all of you post about this I'm motivated to get back on track and I think I need a big commitment like this to push me." Gulp, did I just say that a few weeks ago to my fellow bloggers in response to their posts about putting a team together for the American Odyssey Relay 2015? It is a relay race where a team of 12 takes turns on running the 200 miles from Gettysburg, PA to DC in 36 hours. We are supposed to run rain or shine and through the night. And yes I did! You know, sometimes you've got to grab life by the horns and run with it. It was a spur of the moment decision and I'm sticking to it.  Anyone who knows me closely knows that … [Read more...]

           
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Got a SprayShaper?

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You remember this goofy picture from Haven? We were at one of the sponsors, Waterpik's booth playing around with their cool shower heads. The Waterpik team was so awesome that they gave away a shower head to each one of us Haven attendees. We even got to choose if we wanted a hand held one or a regular. In our old home we had hand held showers in every bathroom and those were the few things we missed in this house. Especially the kiddos, they used have so much fun playing with hand held shower. I picked the hand held version (The SprayShaper) more out of nostalgia than anything else immediately making up my mind to swap the shower head in the kiddos' bath as soon as I got home. Here it is all assembled ready to be installed. Installation was super easy as their … [Read more...]

           
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T-Shirt Yarn Scarf

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Ok, this one has got nothing to do with home decor but like the Glitter shoes project we were so excited about how it turned out that I had to share it with y'all. Plus this T shirt yarn scarf/necklace has been on my "must try" list ever since my friend Alice, from our neighborhood craft group made something similar last Fall. So when my friend Lauren from The Thinking Closest hosted a Scarf week, a spoof on Shark week, I made up my mind to give it a try as soon as I got a chance. I made it for myself but someone stole it from right under my nose! I used an old T shirt that I hardly wore anymore. A good Cotton mix or Jersey T shirt with only one side seam works best. Mine had two sides seams, so had to be very careful when trimming the extra seam. For the steps, I followed … [Read more...]

           
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Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree Care

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Y'all ready for another week? This weekend I was totally taken by surprise on how fast Summer went by! Seriously, it feels like we did nothing the last few months even though we were out and about ever weekend. There was so much on my To Do List that I wanted to knock off over the Summer, not at all happy about the little progress I've made in that area. :( One thing I can at least check off the list is taking care of my Ms.Dee. You know, the other day while I was dividing the house plants that I haven't touched in 14 yrs I thought why not show some love to our dear Fiddle Leaf Fig too. It has been sitting in the same IKEA container that I bought it in for exactly a year! Luckily that didn't seem to deter it from growing. The Basic of Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree care: Plenty of … [Read more...]

           
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Friday Deals!

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We haven't done one of these Window Shopping Friday posts in a while so I thought why not show you the great deals I came across the last few weeks.  Not sure if I've announced it formally here I now work in DC which is an hour plus commute by bus. I take the bus from a stop very close to home so there is really no opportunity for "on the way back home" shopping. Which in turn means my only home decor window shopping therapy time is on the weekends. As all you moms know after running errands, taking care of chores, and family time there is hardly any time left for window shopping on weekends! In short, that is why these posts have been too few and far in between. The day after my Same Look 4 Less post about this carved wood side table I walk into our local Marshalls and there it … [Read more...]

           
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DIY Sharpie Canvas Art

DIY Sharpie Canvas art

“This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Sharpie, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia  #StaplesBTS http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV” This school year is big around here.........my Monkey #1, the timid and shy Mr. By The Rule Book is off to Middle School! I still remember his first day of pre-school; though he was apprehensive and scared of how his day was going to be he didn't show it. He went straight up to the class, looked at me for some reassurance, and off he went. He's always been like that, even if he is scared deep down he doesn't show it, tries to put up a very brave front almost to the point that for folks who don't know him well will have no clue of how scared and unsure he is on the inside. But to us, B & I we … [Read more...]

           
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