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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Going mobile into 2017

Sometimes it is just hard to make a decision for change.
I think we all face this from time to time.
My change has been to close my sticks and bricks business, and take it mobile.
The transition has gone fairly smoothly, and I have to admit, I am really enjoying not being stuck inside a business during the day.

I have opened and closed those doors for over 30 yrs. and I thought I would really have withdrawals, but so far so good.

My wonderful customer base understands things much change as well, and have been very supportive of my move.

It has been fun setting up a small and simple office at the house.
Yes, I had to minimize my collection of staplers and files and such, but I have to say it has actually taken a load off.

It has freed me up to be able to travel with my husband, and still be able to conduct business.
You see I have a great installer and a wonderful guy that will do my measures when I am not available.

I have to say, I get the daily call for the customer that is looking for me to buy parts, or have a blind repaired, but that just isn't the business I am looking for now.

I appreciate all my wonderful customers, and hope they continue referring me to their friends for their blinds and drapery needs.

I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy 2017.



Thursday, July 21, 2016

A basic map and a few words for the Taj-Mah-Hauler

After the letters were added
We have a fifth-wheel trailer that I named the Taj-Mah-Hauler.
Of course I have to glamp it up a bit.
The latest glamping I have done is to take the very dark bedroom and lighten up the area behind the bed.
If you are familiar with trailers, the walls are very thin, and don't handle too heavy of items on them.
I was inspired by some maps I had seen on Pinterest.

Pinning is fun, but I wanted to make this thing happen, so one day, I got on Amazon and found a 24 x 36" map that I thought would look good in our bedroom.
You are thinking....a map?!
What am I thinking...







Well, here is what I did to make this happen.
First I got a map that was laminated.
Without adding much weight at all, I went to Hobby Lobby and had them cut a foam board to fit the map.
(If I ever do this again, I will just get a larger piece and glue it on and cut after it dries, as it was tricky getting the map on straight and in the exact spot you wanted it to stay)
Next, I got out some of the washi tape that I have collected and had not put to use!
A couple of layers worked out well, and gives the map a border that appears to look like a frame.




I have a wonderful lady in Florida that makes vinyl lettering (since I have never bought a Cricket or Silhouette) and she printed the saying I wanted to use on the map. I will share her info if you are interested in purchasing from her.  The company is known as  Gifts Galore and Home Decor.  She is wonderful and has made several other things for the trailer.
She was so kind to send me the cutest candle (artificial) for the campsite as well.





Within a couple of days, the letter were on my doorstep and it didn't take me long to get them on the map.
Before lettering was added

I used the 3M hanging velcro strips to attach the map onto the wall.
The installation was flawless!
What an easy and fun project, and I am quite pleased with how it turned out.

I think it lightened up the area quite well, and I see me tagging our travels on the map in the future.
Thanks to all the talented people on Pinterest....it really inspires all of us to create our own little piece of heaven.







A basic map and a few words for the Taj-Mah-Hauler

After the letters were added
We have a fifth-wheel trailer that I named the Taj-Mah-Hauler.
Of course I have to glamp it up a bit.
The latest glamping I have done is to take the very dark bedroom and lighten up the area behind the bed.
If you are familiar with trailers, the walls are very thin, and don't handle too heavy of items on them.
I was inspired by some maps I had seen on Pinterest.

Pinning is fun, but I wanted to make this thing happen, so one day, I got on Amazon and found a 24 x 36" map that I thought would look good in our bedroom.
You are thinking....a map?!
What am I thinking...







Well, here is what I did to make this happen.
First I got a map that was laminated.
Without adding much weight at all, I went to Hobby Lobby and had them cut a foam board to fit the map.
(If I ever do this again, I will just get a larger piece and glue it on and cut after it dries, as it was tricky getting the map on straight and in the exact spot you wanted it to stay)
Next, I got out some of the washi tape that I have collected and had not put to use!
A couple of layers worked out well, and gives the map a border that appears to look like a frame.




I have a wonderful lady in Florida that makes vinyl lettering (since I have never bought a Cricket or Silhouette) and she printed the saying I wanted to use on the map. I will share her info if you are interested in purchasing from her.  The company is known as  Gifts Galore and Home Decor.  She is wonderful and has made several other things for the trailer.
She was so kind to send me the cutest candle (artificial) for the campsite as well.





Within a couple of days, the letter were on my doorstep and it didn't take me long to get them on the map.
Before lettering was added

I used the 3M hanging velcro strips to attach the map onto the wall.
The installation was flawless!
What an easy and fun project, and I am quite pleased with how it turned out.

I think it lightened up the area quite well, and I see me tagging our travels on the map in the future.
Thanks to all the talented people on Pinterest....it really inspires all of us to create our own little piece of heaven.







Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Roman Shades Room Renewal 2015

My son and daughter in law purchased their home in 2007, and we did blinds and some windows treatments in it.
They were very stylish at the time, but it was time to make a few changes.
Before 




New fresh 2015 update
This is how we updated the room.
We replaced valances and cafe treatments with a couple of custom roman shades.






















The simplicity of the roman shades really do clean up a windows.
For the person that wants a little something on the window, but doesn't want draperies, this might be the right thing for you as well.
We lined the roman shades with a regular lining, but you can also use a blackout lining if you want a more dramatic look to the room.





Valance removed








We also took down a valance in the living room and used the same draperies, but put them on rings, and used a decorative rod.





Just wanted to share the new look, and see what a little bit of change can do for a room.
Hope you enjoy!






Thursday, June 18, 2015

American Girl Dollhouse and Birthday Surprise

We have a granddaughter that is turning 7 this month.
Her mommy is wanting to have an American Girl Dollhouse built and would like for all the family to decorate a room.

I think everyone was on board with this idea, as it is a nice group effort to make a special someones day.

The house will consist of a living room, dining room, kitchen combo.
There will be a bedroom and a bathroom.
All the furniture was bought and the doll house was ordered.
The day of our granddaughters birthday, was very exciting for all of us.
The day consisted of getting said granddaughter out of the house so the dollhouse could be delivered.
I have to say it was perfect timing....as soon as Cooper was picked up, I pulled into the drive.
We grabbed a quick bite of lunch, and then it began.
The gentleman that made the dollhouse shows up about 15 minutes later.
With a lot of maneuvering my son and the gentleman was able to weave their way through the obstacles of doorways and place the dollhouse in its new home.
It is absolutely beautiful!!!!
His workmanship was great and it looks perfect!  (note the stained wood floors and real wood shingles on the roof)  KBCWoodCreations

Next....decorating it!

All the wooden furniture has some assembling to be done!
The kitchen was packed quite nicely as well, and Heather spent a lot of time unwrapping all the small pieces.

Between my mom, Heather, my son and myself, we made great time and was able to get everything in its place in record time.

Believe it or not, within about 2 hours we had the dollhouse looking like something a little 7 yr old girl would spend many hours playing with.
Heck, I would love to sit and play as well!

The finishing touch was the lighting.

On one of my trips to Hobby Lobby this morning getting things together for party later this evening, I found Locker Chandeliers.
Heather and I had talked about them, but was not able to find any...but looks like our lucky day!
Yes, and they are so cute!
We put 3 lights in the dollhouse.
They are battery operated and give off such a sweet glow.

Heather closes the door to our granddaughters bedroom that she has decorated with streamers and pom poms until the party later this evening.

With all the trash and boxes loaded in my car we exit stage left.
We are out of here.
Granddaughter returns around 2:30, to the closed and decorated door to her room.

Fast forward to 6pm.
All the family has arrived and we are so exited to have the big reveal.
I sneak in the room so we can have a video of her opening the door to her room and her new dollhouse.
She was so sweet and I think somewhat overwhelmed with the whole thing.
Operation "Dollhouse" was a success.....and I have to say it was sooooo much fun to work on!




Heather says that Cooper and her little brother have been playing in the dollhouse non stop.
What an exciting and fun 7th birthday we had.
Hope Cooper remembers this one for a long time, because I sure will!

So glad that Heather came up with this idea and included all the family with her dream.
It was a total delight to help make it all come together.
Great job Mommy!!!!  











Friday, April 17, 2015

Some Rambling and our Sam Moore Vintage Bergere Chair Re-do

If you have followed my blog, you know that I have been busy redoing the Living area at the house.
I am happy to say, I think I am about finished.
After Paint and new Chair!

Before Paint!!!!  
I got the urge to paint the one large wall that the TV sits on, because every time I took a picture of the room, the wall looked so stark.
One evening while visiting a local Starbucks, I noticed their color scheme and I liked it.
Westlake Ace Hardware had their pint samples of paint on sale during the month and I thought it was a perfect time to take advantage of this.






Gosh, I remember when I could pick a paint color and just walk away and be so happy.
Doesn't seem to be that way anymore.
I am not sure if it is because we have so many color choices or I am getting old!!!

Fast forward to about 5 pints of paint, and I find the perfect color.
It goes by the name "Milk Chocolate"....and I love it.
The official Velspar name is Chocolate Milk.  :)



Painting the wall was a breeze after I got the proper ladder!
I really am pleased with the color.

I had talked with my friend Phil, and asked if he had any chairs that I might be interested in.
He told me he had a really nice chair and ottoman set.
I am liking the idea of this change in the room.
He brings the chair by and I fall in love with it.
He also had bought a flame stitch fabric he had planned on using for the duo.
I think I like it, but wanted to make sure before I commit.










Wag the chair and ottoman home and it looks "perfect".
And that flame stitch....I love it!!!






The color of the wood on the chair and ottoman were very dated, and I didn't hesitate to whip out some CeCe Caldwell Chalk Paint and paint the two pieces.








Wow, what a difference that made.
Now on to the upholster...so he can work his magic.

Phil had told me he thought a tag on the underside of the chair said it is a Sam Moore chair, and sure enough, it was!

The chair and ottoman are finished, and they have been moved into the living room.

I am really pleased with the outcome.

Yes, I have been a busy girl, and I think the room really has made a great transformation!

Don't you just love it when a plan comes together....I sure do!







Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Duck Egg Blue Chalkpaint...Finally!

My last post was about the transformation of an older sofa I have had for years.
This post is to complete the circle of events.
Since we bought the new TV, the whole living room has been in an uproar.
First the sofa leaves, and then the TV.
We have had the large TV encased with black wall units and shelves.
This is all gone.
I have re homed the cabinets to my husbands office.
His old shelves were needing updated...so what better way to do this.
The light bridge is being stored for now.
So you can see, I have been in a total mess.
I don't like messes, and I don't like things to be unorganized, so I have to get a grip on this, and finish my redo.

A friend told me about a piece of furniture that he thought I would like for our new TV to sit on.
I was wanting a fairly long piece, as the wall is very big, and something small would not only be dwarfed by the wall, but the new TV as well.

I loved the furniture, and the deal was made.
I now owned a blonde piece of furniture...that would become some other color, as soon as I could figure out what "that" color was going to be.



I tossed around distressing it black...been there, done that.
I thought about doing it a white tone, distressed....still not there.
One evening I text my daughter in law, and asked her what she thought I should do.
She suggested a turquoise color....hmmmm, sounds interesting.

I got on my trusty IPad and starting searching.
I kept looking at Ann Sloan's Duck Egg Blue.
I have always loved that color, and never had anything to use it on.
I bet you can guess where this is going.

The color I selected was Duck Egg Blue from Ann Sloan.
I loved it just the regular color, but felt I needed to go ahead and antique it a bit, so it wouldn't be so loud in the room.
Not that the color is bright or anything, but since the piece was fairly large, I just didn't want it to jump out and be the only thing you see when you walk in the room.






I think I nailed it!!!
The new TV's have those sound bars, and I wasn't happy with the sound bar sitting in front of the TV the way it was, so my husband and I added a little shelf to it to tuck the sound bar away.

I have to say, I am very pleased with the outcome.
I know that my mismatched style of decorating isn't for everyone, but it works for us.
We just like a non stuffy and comfortable room.




I think I have achieved the look I was after. (but I am going to paint the walls)
At one point in this whole thing, I was wondering if I would ever like what I had done.
I made a mistake and bought a smaller area rug for the living room.
I knew I had made a mistake when I brought it home, but I thought I could grow to like it.
After all the dust has settled in the room, I still don't like the area rug.
I ended up moving this first rug to the dining area, and went back and bought the larger one.

Instant happy!
Sometimes you just have to stick with that "gut" instinct, and I guess looking back at the rug incident, I didn't want to lug that big ole rug to the car and home and unload myself.  (one of the purchases made when the husband was out of town)  :)

Things are getting back to a dull roar in the living room, and as I sit in my recliner and look around the room, I am pleased with the outcome.

I am so ready for the snow and gray days to leave Oklahoma.
It gives me way too much time to sit and think of more decorating changes I need to be making at our house.
But, hey, isn't that what I am supposed to do....but I think it needs to be for others homes, not mine!!!!

Bring on Spring...we are ready!!!!
Happy Decorating  :)

Working on a paint color at this time.  And a little more tweaking to be done.