Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Waiting Game and Surprise Lineup

So, I want to apologize for the scarcity of posts 'round these parts lately.
Even with daylight savings time, there just don't seem to be enough hours in the day to accomplish all I want to, while still preparing for the arrival of our latest addition
(um, to our *family*, not our house :) )

Folks we are in the home stretch of the Countdown to Baby V. 2.0!

Posting this seems like it was so long ago!

My due date isn't until the end of April, but nobody (including my OB, that rascal) seems to think I'll make it to then. So for now...... we wait.

I'll still be blogging while I'm on my Maternity leave, but when this peanut arrives, I'm going to try and give that whole "life balance" a try.
Weird, I know.

SO, to avoid tumbleweeds taking over the blog while I dial it back a little, I'm So.Excited. to tell you about some AWESOME bloggers that will be stopping in to say hello.

Um, these aren't just random bloggers, folks.
They're THE bloggers.
My favorites.
Some of the Big Dawgs.
People who inspire me, inspire my blog, and I'm willing to bet, inspire you, too.

Once this kiddo arrives, each week you'll see a new friendly face and some ah-may-zing projects, and I'll be sharing why I think these gals are the best.
And then there will be a campfire, some holding hands, and singing.

What, you don't do singing?


But I've still got an all-star lineup of inspiring ladies on the way that I'm excited to share with you!

Now, if they could just help me out with this foot lodged in my ribcage....
OY. ;)
Um, pardon my butting in here, but did you say "Baby?"


Thursday, March 22, 2012

So Pinteresting... Easter Eye Candy Edition

Easter is upon us early this year - and it's just two weeks away!

As I've mentioned before, even though I'm not hosting this year, I'm still in "spring" mode and loving all the beautiful Easter decorating I'm seeing!

So today, I'm sharing some inspiration from our friends on Pinterest to get your wheels turning.

I love a classic, elegant table that reads more "spring" than "chicks, carrots and bunnies" for Easter (but that's just me).  I like to relegate the "crafty" stuff to the kids table (where I usually sit, BTW :) )

I used this table as inspiration for my last year's Easter table.
I just love the color palette and the fresh feel of everything.

Love the use of bold spring color here

Shabby Chic Spring Table

Gwenyth Paltrow designed this rustic setting.  So simple, pretty...

And OF COURSE I have to include Martha, My Muse! :)
Here she uses color beautifully with bunches of color all down the table.  Love!
Varying heights give the illusion of many layers.

And while color is great, using white-on-white can be equally striking..



What will your table look like this year?

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Easter Prep: Bunny Napkin Fold

Spring is "springing" early here in the Midwest, and even though I'm not hosting this year, I'm still in full on Easter mode!  I love the look of a spring table, so this holiday is a fun one to decorate for.
Last year, I went for pops of color with some natural textures on my Easter Table.

One touch that brought several compliments were the dinner napkins folded like bunnies.

I used this Bunny Fold Tutorial from Good Housekeeping - it really takes just minutes for each napkin and 's super easy to follow.

[Photo Note: the tutorial pics below are from Good Housekeeping - they are the exact pics I followed for this tutorial, so why reinvent the wheel?  Good on ya, GH.]

Step 1: Iron your napkin and lay flat
Step 2: Fold in half
Step 3: Do that again - you want a long rectangle
Step 4: Pull the right and left sides up to make a point in the center of the rectangle, and fold the ends down

Step 5: Repeat that step with the other ends
Step 6: Fold the side corners to meet in the middle, but not necessarily straight.  Pull up above the center point and you'll start to see your bunny ears start to take shape.  The napkin will start to look like a kite.
Step 7: Carefully turn the napkin over.
Step 8: Fold the bottom point up, so it rests about 1-inch above the center of the napkin.
Step 9: Turn the napkin over again.
Step 10: Roll the left side over, just past the center of the napkin.
Step 11: Fold the right side over, tucking the end 
into the pocket you created on the left side, holding your napkin together.
Step 12: Turn upright, separating the bottom a bit to form a base.  Fluff the 'ears' to fill out.

Here's where my variation differs a little bit.
I used a thicker cotton dinner napkin, so my bunnies wouldn't stay 100% upright after I made the base.
While mimosas are a staple at our Easter brunches, I thought a table full of drunken bunnies might be in poor taste.
SO, for the fix I turned down the sides to form a wider base, then tied a small piece of raffia around the middle to keep things together.  We skipped off to Sunday services and when we returned, the bunnies held up just great. :)

You may not need that extra step, but if you do, I've got your back. :)



Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Free Paint Samples!

Have you gotten yours yet?

Through the month of March, Valspar Paint (from Lowe's) is once again doing their Free Sample Giveaway - and who doesn't like free stuff?
I received mine yesterday.

I love having samples around... even if I don't have a room in mind to paint, the small-size containers are just the right amount of paint for small projects. They're what I used to paint the frame on my
kitchen chalkboard,

 The letters on The Redhead's big girl room wall and in my Laundry Room,

and a gajillion other small projects along the way.

The sample is shipped right to your door and is included in a kit with a mini-roller, paint tray, samples of other Valspar colors that complement and coordinate with the sample you chose, plus a coupon for $5 off the next gallon you buy!

The Free Sample Shop opens at 9:00am CST each day, and they have a daily limit of 750.  You would be AMAZED at how quickly they reach that limit! 
I think I logged on at 9:03 today and they were already out.
SO, set your outlook or cell phone reminder and get ready to order!

What color sample are you looking for?
What projects are you working on?
Have fun! :)


Monday, March 12, 2012

Polishing Silver... Without the Polish

Easter is just a few weeks away, and for those of you hosting, now is the time to start going through your lists of things to do before having guests.
I know for me, this is when I pull out my silver serving pieces and get polishin'.
But there's no need to run to the store and spend money on some chemical-filled, stinky silver polish...
A trip to your medicine cabinet will work just fine!
Here are my silver salt & pepper shakers pre-polish:

All you need is a soft rag (I just use a rag cut up from an old t-shirt - the soft cotton jersey is perfect)
and a tube of toothpaste.
Did you catch that?
Regular, white (not a gel) toothpaste!

It only takes a small amount of toothpaste, and a small
amount of elbow grease - wipe on, rub, wipe off.

Seriously, that's it!
This is my favorite method for keeping the silver looking its best.
And I will totally take a minty-fresh smell while I work, vs. stinky silver polish! :)

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Something in the Air...

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Monday, March 5, 2012

My Favorite Flea

...Flea Market, that is.

Recently I was out and about and had a chance to duck into my very favorite local flea market.  It had been a busy week, and sometimes a little huntin' is good for the soul, you know what I mean?
This shop is adorable, and located smack dab in the heart of a cozy, eclectic and vibrant part of historic Des Moines.

These guys focus on architectural salvage and unique pieces, vs. random knicknacks like a lot of flea markets do, so their prices aren't as rock bottom as those other places.
But the eye candy is incredible.
When I came in the door, I was immediately drawn to this exposed wall full of ornate vintage frames.
I actually like how they're displayed, but they're just screaming for a grouping on
a bold wall somewhere.

Vintage apothecary jars with the original labels in-tact!
So cool.
Anyone else loving that industrial fan in the background like I am?

I love vintage suitcases and am still kicking myself for not bringing one of these guys home with me.
I think a stack of them would make a great nightstand or chair-side table. 

Cool stencils...

Something about these old BINGO cards kept me coming back to look at them more than once.
I feel like they are a project dying to happen...  coasters?  Some sort of fun and cool custom art?  I don't know, but I like 'em.

Disclaimer: I am a sucky bowler.  But this vintage pin leaped into my hand and somehow made it home with me.  I have no idea how, but I love every bit of him and his perfectly distressed-with-age finish.

Where's your favorite spot for vintage finds?
And can I come?  :)


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