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My Inspiration this Week



It’s November, and you know what that means?

It means I can officially start talking about Christmas without people looking at me like I’m a crazy person. Yup I’m one of those people.  What can you expect from me, I grew up with a mother who began listening to Christmas music at the beginning of October.  I think I’m pretty well adjusted considering.

Anyway, I’ve been pinning like crazy all of my favorite Christmas idea because I know these things take time and if I want to make anything I’ll have to start now. Here are a few of my favorites right.

You can view my entire Christmas Board on Pinterest here or Follow Me on Pinterest to see all my Latest Finds.

Christmas Button Tree – Source: Unknown via Pinterest

Felt Ball Wreath via Pickles

Stacked Sugar Cookies via Martha Stewart

Button Christmas Tree on Canvas via Balzer Designs

Felted Ball Garland via Small Bird Blog


Take Glowing Pictures of your Christmas Tree via Unskinny Boppy

My Inspiration this Week



Hi everyone, It’s finally Friday. Yippee! I have to say Friday’s are my favorite day of the week, because at the end of the day you know you have a whole glorious weekend ahead of you.

Now that the temperatures are cooling down in NJ we’re beginning to switch our focus from outdoor activities to indoor updates. I’m dying to finally start updating my bedroom with some of the inspiration I’ve been thinking about forever.

On another note, I want to show off some of my favorite tutorials from around the web that have filled imagination this week. Some old, some new but all fabulous, right?

Great Anthropologie Inspired Upholstery Tutorial from Three Boys

Campaign Style Tables from Little Green Notebook

Hypertufa Pots from 33 shades of Green

Painted Floor via The DIYshowoff

JuJu Hat tutorial via flutter flutter




You may have noticed a few things have changed around here.

Yup that’s right. I thought it was time for fall house cleaning around here and a little color scheme update to boot. Here’s a little bit of the updates to the blog you can expect to see:

  • Update the look of the overall blog (colors/patterns/typefaces) to look a little cleaner and fresher
  • Update the header to add some more white space and let your eyes roam vs the old BAM! we slapped up an image look.
  • Lighten up a bit, since the old color scheme was feeling a bit on the 12 year old girly side
  • Overall just make the site feel fresher and more modern

Just for those who are new around here or need a little reminder here’s what it looked like before…

…and here’s what it’s looking like now.

When it comes to creating the actual header I looked around for some freebie blog headers I could use but nothing quite fit the bill. So in the end I decided to browse some of my favorite blogs and snoop around, mentally taking note of what I loved about each. You know generally grabbing bits of inspiration from everywhere sort of like what I do in life and what this blog is about.

Two blogs in particular really stuck out in my mind with grabbing bits and pieces of their style to emulate.

First up was the ever popular Kevin & Amanda. Amanda has such a great and simple blog design style. It’s clean, easy to navigate and not to mention the girl is a whiz at photography, Photoshop and making fonts so I figured taking a couple ques from the master couldn’t hurt.

A couple of the things I took away from her header were the simple and clean lowercase font and the three dots on either side of the blog title. The font I chose to mimic the look was Chaparel Pro Lite. On either side of the blog title is three asterisks arranged into the pattern of three.

The second blog header I liked was the ever fabulous Made By Girl blog by Jen Ramos

As you can see I borrowed the idea of underlining the blog title, adding in a tag line with a handwritten style font which is Lucida Handwriting italic.

Then it was time to search for a new color scheme. Luckily there’s all kinds of awesome sites that can help you out with this.  Some pretty creative people create the color schemes and post for all to find and use. The site I used which happens to be one of my favorites is Adobe’s kuler.

Who’s surprised that the go to Company that set’s the gold standard standard by making Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and every other imaginable cool program would also have an equally fantastic color scheme guide. Sorry I just Geeked out on you guys for a second.

Anyway it’s pretty awesome. The scheme I settled on is called The kiss by mariagroenlund and what’s perfect is the provide all the color values to use on the blogs.

So far I’m really digging the changes. Of course there’s tons more to do like updating all the thumbnails on the tutorials page with the new colors and updating the Popular Posts in the siderbar to the right. So that should keep me busy for a while. Blog tweaking is almost as fun as House tweaking. Has anyone been up to a little Fall overhaul on the old blog. Some Fall home updates? No, just me?

Homey Halloween Spooktacular



So after all that Halloween Inspiration last week I got my butt in gear and started with some fun Halloween decorating of my very own. I’m not really into bloody and ghoulish Halloween but I’m all for some fun and spooky decorating.

First I grabbed some 4 sheets each of Pumpkin and Black scrapbook paper for around 80 cents a piece.  I thought it would be cool to change out some of my frames with some cool and cheap Halloween art.  I cut out a 1 each of a cat, owl, crow and bat silhouettes out of the black scrapbook paper and only ended up using 1 piece of black paper for all 4 silhouettes.

I slipped the pumpkin paper into the frames and taped the spooky silhouettes onto the pumpkin paper. And… I love them. I might just have to keep some orange accents around once Halloween is over.

On the wall I added additional cut out Bat silhouettes I had in my Halloween box that we had cutout for a party a few years ago. The table is  styled with some wheat bought from HomeGoods and black birds that my husband bought for me a few years ago.

On the jewelry box are a few little ceramic pumpkins and the yellow vase is another Home Goods find.

The large pumpkin is one of those foam craft pumpkins. I used green craft paint to paint some leaves on the top.

Outlined in dots of black puff paint.and some dotted black swirls with some more puff paint complete the foam pumpkin project.

So far I’m loving my touch of Halloween decor there’s still a few more things I’d like to put out but I think it’s shaping up to be a Spooktacular Halloween Home this year.

Turquoise Mirror Makeover



It’s true I have turquoise mirror obsession and after the success of my last mirror makeover I wanted to more closely match this inspiration mirror I found (pictured below) while browsing pinterest a while back and have been obsessing about ever since. It was so easy I now have to stop myself from buying every mirror I see and spray painting it.

Inspiration Mirror source Knight Moves: Stella Dallas via pinterest

I began my search on eBay for Syroco style mirrors  I settled on this mirror for it’s similar shape and details and I thought it would be a good makeover candidate as some of the gold finish was chipping.

I first removed the mirror and backing then primed the entire thing using an all purpose spray primer I had on hand.  Once dry, the entire mirror received 2 coats of Valspar’s Exotic Sea Gloss  and was set out to dry over night.

The next day I glazed the entire piece with Valspar’s Metal and Patina Glaze. I worked in smallish sections; glazing and wiping with paper towelsonly allowing the glaze a couple minutes to set.

And viola easy peasy lemon squeezy turquoise mirror makeover.

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

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