Monday, August 30, 2010

Finding Fall & a Giveaway

I know today I was supposed to begin the 5 days of Finding Fall series but unfortunately my entire family, except me is sick! Because I was tending to them all day and night, I was unable to get everything done, and am going on only a couple hours of sleep... so I'm pushing it back 2 days and we will begin Wednesday September 1st and end on Sept 8th with a break over the weekend. But as a little tease I will show you just what the giveaway consists of... one of my sweet stands all dressed for Fall! (pumpkin not included, but it's a sneak peak of what's coming up)...
It has a cute little scroll detail on top with scalloped edges...
I love this little sweet stand and it can be yours if you win, so stay tuned and I will be back on Wednesday with different ways to get your home ready for Fall...



~Megan

Friday, August 27, 2010

These are a few of my favorite things...

This little corner in my kitchen makes me happy...


Don't forget about the week long fall party that will end with a giveaway!!

~Megan

Monday, August 23, 2010

Are you ready for Fall?

I love Fall! I mean Love Love Love it! Unfortunately we live in central Florida so we don't get to see the beautiful colors or get to feel that crisp wind that Fall brings each year (maybe by December we see and feel a peek of it if we're lucky), but that doesn't stop me from decorating for Fall.
All next week I will be sharing 5 ways of how I bring Fall into our home...


Hopefully I can get my act together and begin these projects this week so I can share them with you next week... There will be some decorating ideas, as well as some yummy recipies that I love to make during the Fall season and make your home smell all warm and cozy! There may even be a giveaway at the end of the week... (add the button above to your sidebar to get a ahead start on getting registered for the giveaway- sorry I don't know the whole html thing so copy and save it as a picture in order to use it, maybe one day I will learn!).

So join me next week for some Fall inspired ideas!

~Megan

Friday, August 20, 2010

these are a few of my favorite things... our bed

I love our bed! Not the matress, we are in need of a new one, let's just say one of our old cats found a loose thread and played with it until it unraveled completely, so you can see completely inside the matress on one side... Besides the matress I love our bed and our duvet cover, the sheets, tons of pillows, and the collage I'm still working on above the bed... (please excuse the fan/light combo and lack of curtains)...

The bed is from American Signature and it was being discontinued for a new design so we snatched the last king size up!
The bed has some distressing details in green on the footboard and the headboard... The duvet cover is Pottery Barn's Matine Toile in green, I actually got it off of Ebay for cheaper...

We have plenty of fluffy pillows to sleep with. The euro sham is from Homegoods and I have another one as well but not an insert for it yet...
I love the fun pillow case here which is from the Better Homes and Gardens line at Walmart of all places, but it's the same green in the duvet...
I'm still working on the collage above our bed. I have our monogram so far and a wedding picture, I'm not sure what I want in the other frames yet...

So here is one of my favorite things for this week!

Now I'm off to my oldest's open house for his first year of school (preK)... where has the time gone?


I'll be back Monday with an announcement! Have a great weekend!

~Megan

Thursday, August 19, 2010

more book pages

So I followed the crowd and made my own book page wreath! It took a while, although I didn't do it all at once so maybe that's why it felt like it took forever.
I used pages from an old book that had some aging to it from Goodwill for $2.99, and a wreath form from the Dollar Store. The ribbon I alrady had and it's just for looks... I glued a hanging thing on the back so it wouldn't hang direcetly from the ribbon.
I also used a distressing ink pad to rub on to the ends after I was done to give it more of an aged appearance and some detail...



It's hanging in my kitchen and makes me happy every time I see it... I keep walking past it just to get more looks of it!

I think that's it for the book page projects, at least for now, incase you're getting tired of only hearing about old books and glue from me! Come back tomorrow to see what favorite item of mine I'm featuring this week!

~Megan



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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

le petit prince + silhouettes

Emily over at Jones Design Company had a week of tutorials last week and I loved them all, some of them I wish I had a little girl to create for, some I have seen and been wanting to do but waiting for an easy tutorial (which hers are), and some inspired me to be a copycat... like this one...




As I've mentioned before, I grew up a Disney baby. My dad worked for Disney World for over 23 years and my first job was at Disney's Blizzard Beach. When my sisters and I were younger we had our silhouettes done at the Magic Kingdom and I knew that when I finally had kids I would have theirs done at Disney too, to continue the tradition. Each of our boys has had theirs done on each of their's first trip to Disney (hint: if you do this kind of thing be prepared for all different sized silhouettes since they will each be done by different people, hence the size differences you will notice in a minute). I had the 2 oldest boys in a frame hanging together in our family room but when I had our youngest's done last week, I didn't have a third frame to put his in to hang all together so I had to think of something else.



A few days after our Disney trip I was at our Goodwill bookstore and happened to come across a french written copy of Le Petit Prince. I bought it not knowing what I would do with it but if you know me you know I'm all about anything French and I have my own 3 petit princes so I figured I would find something to use it for. This is where Emily's project comes in to play. I loved the look of all the book pages decoupaged together and the whimsy yet elegance of it all. I figured maybe I could take the pages from Le Petit Prince, decoupage them onto some canvas, and then somehow center thier silhouettes in the middle, without actually attaching them to the piece so it wouldn't be permanent. I did what she said in her tutorial and wa la...



I love how they look!

I wanted the silhouettes to be "framed" but didn't want to use a frame but also loved they way they looked in a double mat. So I adhered them to a mat, attached a ribbon to the back of the mat and then to the back of the cavas frame so that the silhouette would hang in the center of the canvas... (and yes I used duct tape to tape down the pages on the back side, you would have never known if I hadn't shown you)...





I made sure each peice had the same amount of pictures on it so they looked evenly weighted hanging together and lucky for me there were 3 pages in the book that had the title written on the page, so each of my princes have the title Le Petit Prince in the background...







She put silhouettes of her little ones on top of some book page art as well.






I have these hanging in our entry way so they are the first things someone sees when they walk in... They look great with the way I've decorated our entry table for fall, but more on that later...



I used all the pages in the book to cover 3 16x20 canvases, they empty book cover I've framed and it will be going into the re-decorated nursery of mon petit prince...



~Megan



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Monday, August 16, 2010

grey, distressed, and read all over

I've been searching for a while now for a tray to put on our ottomon but just haven't found one that I really like or want to spend money on. Then one night in bed I remembered I had an old cabinet/menu board/calendar (not sure exactly what it used to be) in one of the closets that I picked up at a Goodwill over a year ago. I had always planned on making a chalkboard out of it for our kitchen but never got around to it and eventually forgot about it. I took it out of storage and checked to make sure it would be the perfect size and it was. Here's the before (kindof, I already had started painting and distressing by the time I realized I forgot to take a before picture...


And here it is after on our ottomon, it's painted the same yummy, creamy grey I painted the leather top table and then distressed. It's distressed a little more than I wanted but the paint wasn't sticking at all when I would go to sand a little of the edge, even though there was primer on it as well...

On the inside I decopauged pages from a french dictionary and an italian dictionary and then poly'd over it a few times to seal it good since I know drinks will be placed on it at some point...



I love it! And it's not the only thing I created with pages ripped out of a book this weekend. I'll be back with another project with book pages in the week...





Now I have to go and take pictures of my products for an upcoming craft fair, but clean up a huge mess first in order to even step foot into the room...If you don't hear from me for a while, it's probably because I got lost in the mess!





~Megan

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