Thursday, July 23, 2015

A little more summer decor - Show and Tell Friday

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Welcome to Show and Tell Friday!  

I've been moving some more summer decor around...


I brought the dried hydrangeas and the apothecary jar (which is actually a beverage dispenser) from my bedroom into the living room for a little bit of a change.  I get so tired of looking at the same tablescapes after awhile!  This table was ready for a little change.



I love the dish that I have the dried hydrangeas in.  The problem is you don't really see the beauty of it unless it's above eye level.  I bought it years ago at a second-hand store.


This table is directly across from the fireplace mantel that I shared last week so it's nice that it blends so well with the seashells i have on the mantel.

Here's a better shot of the bottom of this dish...




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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Summer Mantel - Show and Tell Friday

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Welcome to Show and Tell Friday!  This week I'm sharing my fireplace mantel that I decorated for summer.


I used things I already had around my apartment and just brought them all together here.




I love summer decor because it goes so well in my blue and white apartment!




 On a different subject...has anyone tried the Whole30 diet?  I would love to hear your feedback. My niece and her family did it and had great results so I bought the book. I'm still reading it and I hope to start my 30 days in the beginning of August.  No sugar, no grains, no legumes, no dairy and no alcohol!  It will be a challenge because I love my wine!  I think it will be good to give all those things up for 30 days though and then you can add them back in and see how your body responds. Let me know if you've done it!


 and I would like to share a photo from last weekend...me with my amazing girlfriends who make my life so much fun!  We were at "Music in the Park" in Los Gatos, California. 

Gina, Cheryl, Karen, me, Christine and Nancy!

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Thursday, July 09, 2015

Solar-powered light up mason jar lids - Show and Tell Friday

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Welcome to Show and Tell Friday!  Sorry for missing last week, time just seemed to get a way from me.  

Two weeks ago I went to my nephew's wedding at a Avio Vineyards, in Sutter Creek which is in the Gold Country in California (about 2 1/2 hours away from me). It was a beautiful wedding and I loved that my two nieces and my daughter and I got to spend some extra time together since we stayed in the same hotel for the weekend.  We spent some of that time shopping in the little shops in Sutter Creek and at "The Antique Gardener" I spotted some "Moon Shiners" which are solar powered lids that you can put on mason jars to light them up at night.  I didn't buy any but my niece did and when we left she gifted me with one! She is so sweet!  

I have to say it is pretty amazing! For now I just put some shells in a vintage aqua jar but I think during the holiday season it would be beautiful with some faux snow and a little Christmas tree...really the possibilities are endless!  I may just buy some more of them soon. I don't have a light on my apartment balcony so I'm always looking for ways to light up the table out there without using candles since one night I left a jar candle burning all night!  Luckily it was in a big jar so it was fairly safe.  This is so much safer though and actually puts off a lot of light.  I tried to find a website to buy them and it looks like she only sells wholesale but if you google it there are other people that sell them online. They are called Moon Shiners - Sun Powered Lids - Primitives by Kathy

 I also wanted to share a family photo from the wedding.  It was just taken with a cellphone so it's not the best quality.  The only people missing are my sister and her husband and my son who is busy working on his Ph.D. and couldn't get away. ..and of course my mom who passed away about 4 years ago although she was there with us in spirit I'm sure!

My brother David, my niece Kendell, my dad Jack, my niece Erin, my nephew Andrew, his bride Meagan, me and my daughter Lauren.
It was such a beautiful wedding at a very beautiful venue! The potting table in the background was a gift from my dad to the bride and groom. One of his many beautiful handmade woodwork creations. Here is another photo of it...
My dad sells some of his handwork at another really cute shop in Sutter Creek called "Heart and Soul"


If you click on that link for her Facebook page and scroll down you can see my dad's "Uncle Sams" he makes.  These days my dad is making smaller things but he's still out building things even though he will be 89 next month!  He is amazing!  Both my parents were very creative and talented!



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Thursday, June 25, 2015

10 Years Blogging! - Show and Tell Friday

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10 Years of Blogging!

Welcome to Show and Tell Friday!  This week is a very special week for me. It's my 10 year blogging anniversary!   Sorry this is sort of a wordy post but 10 years deserves that!

When I started my blog on June 23, 2005 most people didn't even know what a blog was!  My very first post was of my living room and I cringe when I look at that photo now but I'll share it below just because I think I've come a long way baby! 

I was actually so excited when I started my blog that I did 3 posts in one night! haha

I always loved decorating so after getting hooked on reading knitting blogs I decided to start my very own blog and it was going to be a combination of things I loved...knitting, home decor, baking and flowers.  Well, I think I only shared 1 knitting project and that still isn't finished after all these years!  

I'm not certain but I'm pretty sure I had the very first home decor blog around. I could be wrong but I haven't seen any others that started prior to June 2005! (please correct me if I'm wrong)

 I didn't post much in the beginning because no one was reading it and it felt very self-absorbed to be writing about myself as if I were sharing things with the world and yet no one was visiting.  It wasn't too much longer after that that some other home decor blogs starting popping up. Back then it was a very small community and we all got to know each other and that was a very special time in my life. It was so nice to connect with other women (and a couple men) that had the same interests as me! I know some of you are still around and some of you even left and came back to blogging.  You all know who you are and I apologize for not visiting as much as I used to. I'm sort of a bad blogger that way now but I wasn't years ago.  The truth is my life is so much busier now with work, going to the gym and spending more time with friends. I was at a time in my life back then when my daughter was young and I was divorced and had her full time. I didn't date when she was between 8 and 18 because I didn't want her memory of her childhood to be of her mom bringing different men around so I just stayed home with her. This blog and decorating was my love life! ha!  It was the perfect distraction for me.  Now I date (off and on) and I go out a lot with my girlfriends. My daughter is now 22 and still lives at home but she's hardly home! It's hard to believe she was only 12 when I started this blog!

For years I did 5 posts a week! I don't know how I did it! It exhausts me just to think about it but I was loving every minute of it at the time.  I only post once a week now and I'm so thankful that so many of you come by each week...week after week!  It's really hard to think of new content after 10 years!  I've had some rude comments telling me I should give it up and that I'm only doing it for the money. If that were the case I would still be blogging 5 days a week because I was making a lot more money through ads when I was blogging more often. The fact is, this has become like a child to me and I just can't give it up...I've thought about it but it makes me really sad just thinking about it.

To wrap this up I just want to say that when I started this little blog I had no idea so many wonderful things would come my way because of it!  So many "pinch me, I must be dreaming" moments!  Being in Romantic Homes Magazine back in 2010 was just a dream come true! Being featured on the front page of the Home and Garden section of my hometown newspaper The San Jose Mercury News on Valentine's Day 2010.  Being on HGTV's Rate My Space TV show (ugh, I was about 80 lbs heavier back then and I can't even watch that video without wondering why I let myself get like that)!  Being in Women's Day Magazine!  Romantic Country Magazine! An Italian magazine and a Malaysia newspapers both of which I heard of but never actually saw. Being interviewed on the radio!  I honestly don't say this to brag, I still don't believe this all happened to me!  If you've ever seen the movie "Sliding Doors" this part of my life sort of reminds me of that.  The movie is about how if you do one thing different in your life, how if you take a different path how your life can be so different.  Had I not started this blog none of these wonderful things would have happened.  Had I not started this blog I would have never known that there are so many of you out there that love home as much as I do!  I thank you from the bottom of my heart for stopping by and being my "friends" week after week, month after month, year after year and now into the next decade! It's really quite amazing! My longest marriage (yes two divorces) was 9 1/2 years and my blog has lasted longer than that! ha!

Ok, I'll end this now but as I promised....here is the photos from my very first posts.... 

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My very first post photo (makes me cringe now)

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My 2nd post was a drawing I did (I never draw anymore but at the time dreamed of doing more of it and getting really good at it)

I think in this next decade I will draw more and finish knitting that scarf!


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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Mirror Menu Board - Show and Tell Friday

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I was going to turn this mirror into a chalkboard so I could use it to write a menu out when I had friends over but I saw this great idea on Pinterest to just write on the mirror!

The one on Pinterest was for a wedding reception and they had the bride and groom's name on it with the wedding date.  I decided to use that same idea for a menu board!


They used a white dry erase marker but I used a white paint pen that I got at Michaels Craft Store. I found the pen up by the checkout behind locked doors (in case you are looking all over the store for one like I did). It was only about $7.  


The best part is that it just wipes off easily with a paper towel and some Windex!

 

I used a stencil for the "Menu" at the top and wrote the menu items out free hand...although my handwriting is not the best...

It actually took a couple tries before it looked somewhat acceptable.

















I find THE BEST ideas on Pinterest! My daughter even loved this one!  The possibilities are endless for what you can use this for.  Special messages for birthdays, anniversaries, etc.  A special "I Love You", Happy ___ (whatever the holiday is), Candy Bar, Cocktail Bar and I could go on and on but the best part is you can just wipe it clean and still have the mirror which looks a lot better than a chalkboard...at least in my house anyway!

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