Friday, 11 November 2011

tis the season!

you will get your craft on with emily henderson's holiday guide.
there are 228 pages to simply drool over.
grab your comfort and curl up with a steamy peppermint patty and your ipad
or laptop and brace yourself as you get ready for droolfest 2011
with the holiday guide!

there are so many lovely
wrapped inside this magazine.
hundreds of gift ideas...
and some free printable lists for you too!
you can view your copy at

this bundle of brightness
can only bring good tidings and great cheer.

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inspired ideas.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

re-purposed and diy headboards...

i fell hard for fiveoeight...
they are a fabulous couple who
creates new things out of old.
they also re-purpose and renovate pieces of furniture-
and everything they touch, that i've seen, looks amazing!
so inspiring!

DIY: Barnwood Headboard

another diy-er...
love her work and tutorials too!
check out this tufted headboard.

**all i want for christmas is a staple gun and fabric**

tufted headboard final

i have adored this headboard for quite some time...
you can also see the twin headboards made of drop clothes in
this link.

so clever House*Tweaking!!

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

the perfect gift!

my sister gave me the perfect gift for my birthday!
actually, she gave me 5 perfect gifts...i'll just share a few..
she found this vintage lunch box that will be perfect
just about anywhere in my house...
namely, my kitchen.  how clever is that?
the best part of the the idea behind the gift-
the project.

this is so simple, my 5 1/2 year old can do it.
{yes, i add the 1/2 because i hear it all the time and it rings in my ears}  
but, i love the 1/2.  
someday she won't say, i'm 13 1/2.  
she'll just say, i'm going to be 14 soon.
*sniff *sniff
anyway...back to the project. 

supply list:
round ball jars
glossy enamel paint
paint brush
can of clear acrylic-gloss coating

we took some big and small paint brushes  
and swirled our paint all around in these ball jars.
hers actually turned out better than mine...
and i was worried about hers.  *small smirk*
 she used more paint than i did.  
fyi...the more paint the better.
round 2 of trying to add more paint does not work out so well. ( ;

and ta-da!  
our finished product!  
i did spray the inside of the jars with a clear acrylic.
this kept the jars from feeling too sticky.
it also creates a permanent, water-resistant finish!

for christmas, we are going to use a glossy silver
and place tealights in each jar for a nice, warm glow! 
i'll keep you posted...

Monday, 2 May 2011

DIY + repurpose all in one!

Paper punch heart garland

grace and light

what a fabulous repurpose idea from *grace and light*
i think i am going to put these in a jar on my desk and send them
with letters, give one to my girl when she gets a boo boo...or needs some extra

Thursday, 3 March 2011

vintage kitchen

coral + navy = my new love

this pair is certainly making it's way
into the popular color crowd this spring.
i thought i would squeeze in a bit of each of them into our office kitchen.
i was hoping to find a navy cuckoo clock-but, no luck yet!
if you happen to find one...message me, please!

although this kitchen will be quite simple...
{the walls will actually look a bit whiter than
what the sample shows}
...and, i've always wanted grey cabinets.
i know, strange isn't it?
they just come off so clean, calm and simple.
and who couldn't use a little more peace and calming
in their lives...especially in a busy, bustling office like ours.

this kitchen is strategically small, and did i mention cozy?  
it's the kitchy kind of cozy. (:

 i don't want to go crazy
and add too much of any one color accent...
so, i'm adding a lot of color accents - 
and keeping them all on the down low.
instead of less is more-i'm going for smaller is larger??? 
or, something like that.
you get me, right?

thanks for stopping by-
i can't wait to show you the finished product!

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

52 s. main street

we moved into a new space in downtown rockford.
we love our new location.
we love our new space...
but, our new space could use some tender love!

in the next few weeks our space will feel smothered
by all the love and attention it will get. 

i cannot wait!

this is the plan for the front office...

{i hope mandy, our office manager,
feels the love too!
we *heart you mandy!!}

Monday, 28 February 2011

what is on your wall?


and...we're not talking facebook here!

i want to know what
you are putting
on the walls that 
surround you and your

framed photos of your dearies,
shelves filled with trinkets & trophies...
a combo of both perhaps?
subway art,
a framed piece from etsy?

this little jem could cover walls in a coat closet perfectly!


aren't these picture-perfect for a playroom or a little girl's room...

and we can't forget the fellas!  ( ;
                            h o l l a !