Saturday, January 14, 2012

Shout Outs!

I have spent the last four hours playing with the design of my blog. I have refreshed everything even down to my signature and blog button. I tell ya I understand why blog designers charge what they do! It is very time consuming to say the least. I would love to have mine professionally done but until I find a money tree I will just have to keep playing around with all the freebie's! I so appreciate all the hard work the gals do so that we can have beautiful blogs that cost us nothing but our time and sanity every now and then. Two of my favorite sites are Shabbyblogs.com and Cutestblogontheblock.com. If you want a blog makeover but have no budget for it like me I highly suggest ya check these two sites out!

So what have y'all been up to this evening?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Treasure Hunt Thursday #39 & Highlights

Welcome to THT #38! Our numbers are back up after the holidays so thank you! It seems that everybody is now getting back in to the swing of things and catching up. Last week we had some great entries.
Look at this fabulous piece that Karen painted over at Not Enough Thyme Creations!

LOVED this old cash register Betsy over at My Salvaged Treasures saw while out on her treasure hunt!

I love the color of this old type writer over at Out Junking!
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Now on to this weeks party! As with all parties there are the normal rules. You must link back to From My Front Porch To Yours in your THT POST. Just common courtesy. If ya don't link back ya don't get to party. Only link up to your Treasure Hunt Thursday post and NOT your blog homepage. Please No advertising and PLEASE NO MORE than 3 links from the SAME party goer. If you find your post deleted it is not because I am a meany, I just have to make sure the rules are being followed. You can save some of your posts for the following weeks party! Also be sure to visit at least the link before you and after you to just say Hi! It makes partying all the more fun! If you are new around here I would love it if ya become a follower!:)


Vintage Mirror Makeover

So I decided to keep at least one of the mirrors I found yesterday and paint out one for now. I got busy last night after I put the boys down and busted out my Annie Sloan and CeCe Caldwell paints. Can I tell yahoo much I LOVE these paints y'all!
Before
After! I painted and slightly distressed it in areas so that the original gold would show thru. I used three different colors on this piece.
Painting it really made all of its intricate details pop out.


I just love its old warn chippy feel! Don't worry about the cracks. This piece is solid! The cracks just add more charm to the piece.

I am loving how it turned out and am now thinking the one I am keeping just may get painted as well!

Thanx for stopping by and I hope your Wednesday is going well!:)



Linking up to the following link parties:
Feathered Nest Friday
Inspiration Friday
Potpourri Friday
Furniture Feature Friday
What Have You Redone Friday Party

Blingy Lamp

Do ya remember back in November when I showed y'all this antique lamp I saw while out antiquing with my mama? Well I LOVED this lamp the moment I saw it. I hemmed and hawed over getting it. They wanted $75 for it which I honestly did not think was a bad price seeing as it appeared to have all of its original crystals and it included the awesome script lamp shade which I knew would run at least $35 and up on its own. Mama said to ask if they would go down on it cause she knew it had been there for months. It was at one of the little shops she frequents often. I asked and they said no. So we left and went to another shop around the corner. 
Needless to say we went back to get it! I do not normally spend that much on lamps but I HAD to have this lamp! It was just perfect for the guest bedroom.

I love its scrolly base!
And my oh my does it have some bling!
I ended up changing out the large script shade when we got home. It was just too large for the lamp. Thankfully I had this smaller one from Better Homes & Garden that I got awhile back at WM for just $10! I think it was made for this lamp.

Did ya notice what is behind the lamp? Come back later and you will get to see!:)



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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Not Enough Time

It is the first full week of a new year! I have been busy and finally am finished taking down all of Christmas. Now there are dust bunnies every where and it looks as if we are moving out!Ha! In between that I have also been working on a few projects.
This chair is almost ready for its reveal! It will be headed to the cottage.
Then I finally decided on a color story for Antoinette. As much as I wanted to wait for the new AS Antoinette pink to come out I talked myself into using colors I already have. So Paris Grey it is! I have an inspiration pic that I will share when I reveal the completed make over.
In between projects I have also been doing a little shopping here and there.
I purchased these antique mirrors off of the local yard sale site today! They were only $60 for the three. I will be honest I went to purchase them to turn into chalk boards and sell at my space out at the cottage but after getting them home I just do not know. 

They are real wood frames and oh my the ornateness is dreamy! The gold not so much but that can be worked with. What would you do? Would you keep um or sell um?

Then I was at HomeGoods and found this miniature bust form that I just HAD to have! I figured it would be super cute in my sewing/craft room but then figured I could actually use it anywhere in the house. It was just $12.99.

So as you can see there is just not enough time in my day to get everything done that I want. Good news is that I am almost caught back up with laundry. Bad news is that you can still not see the top of the counter here in the kitchen where I plop all my craft stuff.

Hope all is well!
Linking up to the following parties:
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Tuesday Treasures
Wow Us Wednesday


Introductions

As y'all know I have enjoyed my time working out at the cottage! I have gotten a chance to meet so many wonderful people and today I would like y'all to meet one of those people!
This is Cecily! I think I literally met her my first day working out there and she is such a wonderful person just full of life and super super sweet! She always is full of smiles and it is contagious I tell ya! Her kiddos are super cute as well!

Cecily and her hubs own a local boot camp called Humble Area Boot Camp! They really know how to kick butt and take names!
Recently Cecily started on another adventure in her life. Well actually two but first let me tell you about her kitchen makeover!

This is Cecily's kitchen not too long ago. Beautiful but she wanted something more. Something that fit her and her hub's personality a bit better. Let me tell ya they seem like the most funniest couple ever! You should have seen their Christmas card pic! It was priceless. Anyways, for her birthday she got some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and got busy!

Doesn't it look fantastic!!??

Cecily did the painting and her Uncle did the waxing for her. The finish turned out just perfect!

And as you know I am a sucker for beautiful hardware and these glass knobs are no exception!

This is their desk area. It truly makes their home sooo much brighter! Cecily has a great sense of style mixing the old with the new!
Now not too long ago I noticed that I had not seen her in awhile. I was thinking maybe that I had just been missing her. Well Christmas Open House came and went out at the cottage and no Cecily. Then one day while on FB, FB suggested a few people I might know and Cecily was one so I went to send her a message and looked around her page. What I read pulled at my heart strings immensely!!
See Cecily had not been out at the cottage in awhile because she found out back in October that she has breast cancer. Yep that big ugly C word!! I cried when I read that.
Cecily refuses to let that slow her down. Even though she has had to step back somewhat from her work while she undergoes treatment she manages to keep busy with her kiddos and her passion for decorating her home! I can NOT believe that Cecily was able to accomplish her kitchen makeover herself! She truly is an inspiration I swear!
If you would like to find out more about Cecily, send her well wishes and see more of her beautiful home please stop by and pay her a visit at her new blog- Faith,Patience, and Love, My Recipe to Survive It All! She is new to the bloggy world and would really love to meet some new friends so I knew y'all would be more than happy to welcome her because y'all are the best!

Hope your Monday was a good one y'all!


Sunday, January 8, 2012

Found It!

Hope everybody's weekend has gone well! Ours has been semi busy. We ran lots of errands yesterday and then I came home and got busy on my next project! What is it you may be wondering?
 Lucille sold back before Christmas and so I have been on the hunt ever since for my next piece and yesterday morning I found it! Meet Antoinette! To be honest I was not thinking I would be buying her. I thought from the pics she was MDF but when I went to look at her and saw that she was solid wood and in like new condition as far as construction goes thus I had no issues with paying the price they were asking.

Just look at her lines!

Her hardware is gorgeous!

I was super excited about getting her home! It took two trips because she was so heavy! The first trip I just brought all the drawers home and then we went back for the dresser itself. She is so long that since the boys were with us we had to ride home with the lift gate open. Once home I got straight to work and busted out my CeCe Caldwell paint in Vintage White! For those who have not heard about CeCe Caldwell paint it is a paint made from CLAY & CHALK. 
Here is Antoinette after two coats of Vintage White! Now I am trying to decide on what other color I want to use. I keep going back and fourth between grey, my new Smokey Mountain Blue, or a green.  

I hopped over to Annie's site to look at colors and look at this gorgeous pink that will be out very soon! And guess what it is called!? Antoinette! I took it as a sign!! Not sure I can wait though for it to hit the stockiest. We shall see.

I am also in the middle of working on this piece that I have had for quite some time.

What have y'all been up to?

Linking up to Metamorphosis Mondays!


Early Bird!

Well this time the old adage The Early Bird Gets The Worm is sooo true!! Congrats to Martina over at Northern Nesting for winning a custom wreath by Becca over at Adventures In Decorating! WhooHoo! I am still seeing entries come in but please remember that this giveaway closed at midnight on 1/7/20012.

Congrats Martina and thanx to all of you for being such wonderful bloggy pals! Here is to a wonderful blessed New Year!! Martina contact Becca for the specifics of your custom wreath and please be sure to share it all with us! We can't wait to see what you have her design!
Thanx Becca for so kindly agreeing to give one of your awesome wreaths away! You rock lady!

Come back later and see what I am working on!