Entries from May 31st, 2011

Pretty in pink mirror



A couple weeks ago I mentioned that I found the most AAAmaaaazzing mirror inspiration on Pinterest.

Knight Moves: Stella Dallas.

It was love at first sight. One of the comments on the pin mentioned that you could find similar mirrors on eBay made by the Syroco Company. I started searching around for Syroco mirrors. and a number of them popped up. I thought I’d start off small and possibly work my way up to something like my dream inspiration above.  With that in mind I came across this lovely little gem on eBay.

It had similar lines to the inspiration but on a much smaller scale. I actually really loved the beaded trim detail on the inner portion of the frame, so I bid on it and scored it for $10.5.0 plus shipping. Wohoo!

Once I got this baby home I gave it a good cleaning with some soap, water and a toothbrush to get rid of the dust buildup before I started to paint.

Then I carefully took some needle nose pliers and pried out the tiny nails that were holding the mirror in place to the frame.

To paint the frame I used a Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Primer in White and some Krylon Raspberry paint in Gloss.

I wanted to make sure the I got good coverage of my raspberry paint and that I wouldn’t have any peeling issues down the road so I made to to follow the directions on the can and apply a good base coat of primer. It took me a few coats to get it but once I was satisfied I left it for a bit and waited for it to dry.

Then I applied the Raspberry paint in much the same manner as the primer, paying special attention to the directions on the suggested dry time between coats. After that it was pretty much waiting around for paint to dry so I could hang it on the wall.


I think it looks lovely on the blue wall where it hangs.


Some tips if you’re looking for your own mirror to revamp. If you search on eBay you can find very similar ones if you search for Syroco mirror, Hollywood regency mirror or  Baroque mirror. You’ll be surprise at the number of options that pop up.


I love it, I’m so happy with it that’s I’m on the lookout for a similar larger mirror with the same styling I can revamp for another wall.

Psst: If you like this project stroll on over to our tutorials page to see our other projects

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Summer Stylin



With Memorial weekend here and my new couch that finally arriving, Yippee! I thought it was time to dress up the walls with some Summer spirit in mind.

I mainly used stuff I already had around the house and brought it together in a new way to freshen things up a bit.

I did buy this mirror on ebay, of course it didn’t look like this when I first got it. It was my first dive into creating something similar to the most AAAmaaaazzing mirror inspiration I found on Pinterest.  I spent $10.50 for the mirror and $6.00 on paint to bring this baby to life…I’m looking forward to blogging all about the how’s and the what’s on Tuesday!

I already had this artwork that I had painted and created a tutorial for a few months ago.

And this Hydrangea arrangement I stole borrowed from my Mom’s house. Hydrangeas always say summertime to me.

And my new art project tutorial I’m working on, I propped it up here while it’s drying in between coats of paint.

I had a great time changing up my space for summer. But now, I’m off to enjoy a great long Memorial weekend!

I’ll be back Tuesday with all the nitty gritty details of my pretty-in-pink mirror, until then enjoy your weekend.

Thank you to all the men and women out there who gave their lives so we could live ours in freedom.



Daydream Travelin’: Cambridge Beaches, Bermuda



I’ve been fortunate enough in my life to have been on two separate cruises to Bermuda. There’s something about that  island that calls me back again and again! From the pink sand beaches to the colorful painted houses I’m in love.

Next time I go I want to spend more time on the island than a cruise affords. I certainly wouldn’t mind spending my next trip to Bermuda at Cambridge Beaches Resort and Spa! This beautiful resort is nestled on a private peninsula of 30 acres. Featuring 94 cottage style rooms and suites and FOUR private beaches it looks like I place I could get used to in a hurry.b Not to mention the infinity pool and beautiful interiors, this place had me convinced from the first moment I laid my eyes on it. You can read all about Cambridge Beaches here including rates and all that practical stuff I won’t spoil my daydream by mentioning here.

This daydream travel is too much fun! I might just have to make it a weekly occurrence 😉 M


The story of a few boats



Have you ever felt like you just keep acquiring more and more stuff? Well that seems to be a common theme around here. Since moving to our house 1 1/2 years ago we’ve acquired our share of floating vessels.  My husband and I came to the house with ONE little Jon Boat we used to use on the smaller non-motor boat lakes around the area.

Then we thought “Wouldn’t it be awesome to have some Jet Skis?” My brother in-law also thought a Jet Ski would be a fantastic idea, we bought one and he bought one so that  he and my husband could ride together.

And then there was 1 Jon boat and 2 skis.

Then there was a listing on craigslist for a FREE pedal boat. Who could resist FREE? I know I certainly can’t. Pedal boats can run over $300 to buy one new. So we snagged it and ran.  We could just see ourselves pedaling around our cove enjoying the sunshine taking nice leisurely rides around the cove, stopping to chat with the those kayaking. It would be glorious.

And then there was 1 Jon boat, 2 skis and 1 pedal boat.

After that the previous owners had left us a row boat in the yard they had been using as a flower box. It was overgrown with weeds by the time we got to it, so we cleaned it out, patched some holes, planned on a paint job and made it sea lake worthy again.

And then there was 1 Jon boat, 2 skis, 1 pedal boat and 1 row boat.

Do you see a pattern developing? After all of those they were still too small to really be able to enjoy a Sunday afternoon boat ride. After some talking about it and debating whether we should get a pontoon boat (which is essentially a floating deck) or a little speed boat, we got this guy.

The primary decision making factor for buying this kind of boat versus another is just inherently more fun. It’s like buying a convertible or a mini-van. Sure you can’t fit as many people in it. But how often would  20 of your closet friends be able to come a relax on it with you to make it really worth it. So in the end the speedboat won it in a war of fun. They don’t call them pleasure crafts for nothing!

And that’s the story of how there came to be 1 Jon boat, 2 skis, 1 pedal boat, 1 row boat and 1 speed boat.



Hello all, Due to a combination of high margin, <$2m ultimate price point and fully identified team we are canceling this GR2 call.

Go with the flow, or um stones in this case



Sometimes you just have to go with the flow when an opportunity presents itself, and sometimes the flow entail some 800 pound stones. Well it does at least if you live with my family. And that’s just what happened around here this weekend we went with the flow had an unexpected project begin.

You may remember on Friday I mentioned these giant stones showed up at our door. First it was one early in the week and then many more arrived on Thursday.  My father rescued them from being  ground up into gravel. He just couldn’t let that happen. They were large, flat, and HEAVY. Perfect for creating natural stone stairs to the lower level of our yard. See the one on the bottom right? That came from the bottom of a lake in the next town. I think it’s only fitting they it’s come to live in our yard now.

Did I mention these things were heavy? Yeah, I’m playing Captain Obvious today. That’s where this little Kubota came in. We borrowed it to move the stones around (some days it pays to have family in the construction business with access to heavy machinery).

So here’s how this whole thing went down. We have this ramp in our yard that connects the top level to the lower level. Here’s how it looked when bought our house.

It was kind of awkward and steep to walk down when we moved in and didn’t have a real transition to the lower level and the above ground pool. We’ve always planned to add some nice steps some day. Over time we widened it some and made the slope a bit more gradual but we stil knew that ultimately we’d like to have me wide steps transition from one level of the yard to another. So when opportunity knocked we jumped at the chance to snag those huge stones for free.

My Uncle was working a job where he saw these large stones that were about to be smashed to smithereens. After talking to my Father a bunch of times he knew that he wanted some large stone steps to from the grass level to the pool level below but hadn’t started that project yet due to the expense of such large stone. First he brought the first large one over and then later in the week called and asked if we wanted more. The owner didn’t care if we took them. After a series of swapped trucks and loaned machines so confusing that I’m still fuzzy on the details we had some stones and a small machine arrive late Thursday.

They started by placing the first pieces at the bottom and slowly working their way up the ramp. Placing them gently with the machine to create a meandering pathway. The machine carried them to the sight but some still need to be nudged into place by hand. I love the top step that’s the one that came from the bottom of the lake. It’s got a rounded almost pie shaped wedge and beautiful coloring,  absolutely perfect for that spot.

We still have some work to do on the stairs but for this weekend we have the beginning of a stair path to the lake below.

So how about that? One Thursday evening we happened to have a truckload of stones, a Kubota and a meandering path turned stone stairway arrive in our yard.


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