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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Final post for 2012

I didn't start this blog until late in the year, (September)  so I can't say that I had very many entries for this year.  I have really enjoyed writing it, as it helps me document the "stuff" I buy and just fall in love with.  For me it is a way to show a more creative side of the business.  Not sure what next year will bring, but I can bet I will find some more exciting pieces that just have to come home with me.

I am learning a lot about the blog world.  I have found if you do blog hops it helps build blog stats.  You have a good chance of getting other people to follow your blog as well as you find others that you enjoy and want to follow.  There are some very nice people in blogland.  I am learning a little at a time, and enjoy it very much.  Still have troubles linking back to a blog.  I am working on it....any help would be greatly appreciated.  My stats are showing that I have had 719 views as of this evening, and that is from 16 post.  Not too bad!!  The post that got the most views was More Milk Paint (I'm on a roll)  with 98 views.  Thanks to everyone that has read and followed me this year.  Hope I haven't bored you to death.  LOL  Remember, I am still learning.  Funny thing as I have written my blog on our travels on the motorcycle for 2 yrs. now, but this is the first year to go public.  Just seemed to make sense so our friends that I write about can find it easily.   I have really enjoyed the response from everyone.  If you would like to follow the personal side of me you can find my other blog at My Life As We Know It  

What I did on Friday Dec. 28th and what I found  :)

I was asked to go to Weatherford Ok. this last week to measure for some blinds for a customer we have done a lot of work for.  It was actually snowing when I got the call, but it looked like it was going to clear off pretty quickly so might as well make the trip and do a little work.

My side kicks, mother & Louie went along with me.  The roads were dry by the time we hit I-40.  We got to Weatherford and the only snow left to view, was on the beautiful green wheat fields.  I am sure they were very happy to get a little moisture.

Measuring is done, and now we get to play.  Hit a couple of antique shops that I love to shop at when we are in this little town.  The first store I found  a really cute bowl & cup set.  It is for Christmas.  The cups say "Egg Nog".  Love the size of the cups, as they will hang on my cup rack just perfect!

We went to "Trudy's" and walked around.  I seem to usually find something there every time we go.  I came out with a cute little piece of luggage.  We were told that she is moving at the end of January to the downtown area.  Glad she told us, as I would have hated to drive by and think she had gone out of business.

Our little trip roughly 60 miles from home was a good one.  I did a little work, and found a couple of treasures.  Can't ask for much better than that, now can you.

Happy New Year....see you in 2013.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Que the flowers (bloom) 12-20-12

I love it when something goes right.  I had planted some paperwhite and an amaryllis bulb a few weeks ago (because I read a blog from a much more organized person than I) in hopes that they would bloom near Christmas. 

Wow, today I walked by the amaryllis and I have 2 blooms.  Its a twin!!!  How exciting  :) 
and the paperwhite, although they are leaning abit, have started to bloom. 

I tried to add the alcohol to the paperwhites as I had read if you use a little alcohol instead of water, it would keep the paperwhites shorter.  I must have started watering with the alcohol a little too late, cause mine are pretty large.  I am just happy to say "they are blooming".  Right on Que!!!

Now if everything else will fall into place that easy, I can sit back and enjoy this Christmas! 

Hope you all have a Merry Christmas, and your flowers bloom on Que as well  :) 

PS....After the amaryllis has finished blooming, I take it out of the water and let it dry.  I then, plant it in the flower bed in the early spring.  Here in Oklahoma, they will come up and bloom in the early Summer.  Another bonus!!!  :)

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Tis the season to get new "stuff"

I know, I know, it is Christmas and we are supposed to be shopping for everyone on our list.  Well, I guess my name is on the list, cause I found something that just had to be mine...all mine.

I have been on the lookout for an old typewriter.  You know, like the ones you see all over the blogs.  I have seen some but they just didn't seem right.  Then while browsing on Craigslist, I found it....
Yep, found me a typewriter.  My husband thinks I am a bit crazy, but there it was....I made the girl an offer and she took it.  I am so excited!  Come to find out she wasn't very far from the store, so she even delivered it to me.

Dang, I had no idea that the thing was going to weigh almost 40 lbs...LOL

Not sure how much it weighs, but I can tell you it is ALL there!  It is an LC Smith.  She told me it was made in like 1920.  I just love it. The keys are all still there.  I am too excited to display it, so the cleaning will come a little later.  Our friends were over and her husband used to work on these ole things, and he suggest I take it to the car wash and clean it up.

I think it is adorable...what do you think!!!  Am I just crazy!  LOL...well, of course we all know the answer to that one...Yes, yes I am....but it is so much fun to be crazy for decorating!

By the way, Merry Christmas!

PS....That's my elf, Lollypop sitting by the typewriter...My sweet granddaughter named her!  She informed me she didn't look like her "elf on the shelf".  I told her Lollypop was very old, just like her grandma.  :)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

My Door is Decorated For Christmas

You know how it is, you see a wonderful blog and you just love the idea that you see, but really, will you ever make it?  I do the Pinterest deal, and I have to say, I have pinned a whole lot more ideas, than I have ever made or followed through.   As I read  a blog "That's My Letter", she had made these wonderful over sized tags for her front door.  The ones I originally saw were for Thanksgiving.  Then she made the ones for Christmas.  Well, I think it is time to make this little project happen.  Off to the local lumber company, and purchased the lumber I would be needing.  Her origional blog was "W" is for wood tag"  if you want to see her creation and get the directions on how to make them.

My wonderful husband did the few cuts that had to be made.  I changed up the font as I was unable to find the one that Jaime used on hers.  I think they turned out very cute.  I really appreciate the wonderful directions that Jaime gave on her blog.  I think they turned out very good, what do you think?

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

My Stove Addiction :)

Yes, I am addicted to stoves...not the cooking type, but the heating type....but they don't heat anymore.  Let me explain.   My friends Tommy & Darla, take old gas heaters, and re purpose them into a beautiful accent to any room.  Tommy will gut the old burners, and replace them with beautiful lights, that glow just like an old gas heater.

My first stove  :) 
I started with one that I found at an antique store several years ago.  Tommy did his magic to it, and I have enjoyed this stove in our kitchen area for about 8 yrs. now.  I have them all (yes I said all)  set on timers, so they come on as the sunsets, and go off around midnight.  You can't believe the looks you get from people when it is 100 plus degrees outside, and they see a gas stove burning.  LOL

We have had so much fun with them as when you have someone at the house that has no idea, they tend to back up to the heaters, like they are going to get warm from them.  Well, they don't heat, they just look really cool.  My dogs and cats have even been seen laying by them.

We were riding the motorcycle several years ago, and stopped in this antique store I had seen along the way.  They had this big ole heater sitting off to the side as you entered.  I fell in love with it.  The isinglass was broken, but all in all, it was in pretty darn good shape.  My husband acted like I had lost my ever lovin mind that I even wanted that thing.  I went home very sad, but then I forgot about it.....Until one day, he drives up in the truck and that darn stove was in the back.  I was so excited.  The thing weighed a ton, as we hoisted it out of the back of the truck.

I called Tommy with my find, and ask if he would be interested in working his magic on the new found treasure, and he said he would be interested.  When we went back to pick it up in a few weeks, he assured me he wouldn't want to tackle another one of that size, because it was so hard to work on.

Big Ole Stove  
  I don't know if you know anything about isinglass, but it is very expensive, and I didn't want to replace the glass with it.  Tommy came up with an idea to use milk cartons and cut to fit the panes where the glass was supposed to be.  You had to use just the right milk cartons, so I was drinking a lot of milk to get enough cartons to finish the project...LOL

Utility Room
The finished product found its permanent home in our back room.  It sits in the middle of three windows.  I just love the glow that it gives the room at night.

I am addicted to these little stoves...I have 5 in the house.  Lets see, one in the kitchen, one in the back room, one in the laundry room, and 1 in each of the spare bedrooms.

My son and family came to spend the night when their electricity had gone out, and he said he was going to turn the one on in their bedroom, cause he liked the way the looked.  They are really a nice addition to any room decor.

Spare Bedroom 

Spare Bedroom 

You can't use these old stoves anymore, as you will be fined if you try to have a plumber hook them up to use with gas.  I am so excited that Tommy and his wife Darla have been able to keep these beautiful pieces of days gone by in our homes for a little longer.  He will be going to a craft show in Oklahoma City in December with some of his re-purposed heaters.  I know there are a few people that will find them as fun and exciting as I have, and will have to take one home to create their own little warm spot in their little piece of the world.  

By the way, Darla & Tommy have so many stoves in their house.  They have some really cool and unusual ones.  They all have so much personality, and with the lights in them they really come alive.  I hope you have enjoyed learning of my dirty little addiction.  :)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving 2012

T for time to be together, turkey, talk, and tangy weather.
H for harvest stored away, home, and hearth, and holiday. 
A for autumn's frosty art, and abundance in the heart. 
N for neighbors, and November, nice things, new things to remember. 
K for kitchen, kettles' croon, kith and kin expected soon. 
S for sizzles, sights, and sounds, and something special that abounds. 
That spells ~~~THANKS---for joy in living and a jolly good Thanksgiving. 
                                Author: Alieen Fisher

Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Enjoy the day with family & friends.  

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

My find of the week :)

You know when you want to buy something for the house, but just have no idea what you are wanting.  Well, I was in that mood Monday.  I ran by one of the local antique shops to pick up some Milk Paint for a couple of lamps I wanted to jazz up, and of course I have to do a bit of looking while there. 

Little did I know, I would find something that I fell in love with...LOL...happens all the time.
I found the cutest Prescription record file cabinet.  Price was excellent, so guess what!!!  It came home with me!!! So excited to find a new home for it, and it didn't take long for that to happen.  I had an area on the cabinet in the kitchen that I thought would just be perfect for it. 

I was able to clear up some of the exposed teabags and snacks that had originally adorned the area in a Longaberger shelf that I had needed to replace for quite some time.  Not that the Longaberger piece was ugly, but I really think I wanted to get the stuff that was on it, hidden. 

I am really in love with the newest addition to my kitchen.  Just so cute!!!  Man, doesn't take much to make a girl happy...LOL


Friday, October 19, 2012

After the Barn Sale and a can of Chalk Paint 10-19-12

God is great, God is Good, We thank him for this food.
I had the big ole Barn Sale last weekend, and the weather didn't want to cooperate, but at least everything was in a dry area.  Had some really nice people come and buy some of the "stuff"....just didn't get rid of all of it. 

It has all been boxed up and waiting for a friend to come and pick it up because they are doing a fund raiser for someone they know that has a lot of medical issues.  Hopefully they can make some money for them with our left overs.  Now when I say leftovers, I mean about 2 pickup loads of "stuff". 

I was totally amazed at what sold and what didn't.  I had some really nice accessories that I felt were shop worn, and time to get rid of.  They didn't sell...Some really nice crocheted afghans and doilies.  Nope, they are still there.  Strange what sells, and what sits. 

My mom did some much needed deep cleaning, and she brought over a lot of things that were hand made from my grandma, and hey, I know I don't want them, and I really know my kids aren't interested, so might as well go ahead and part with them. 

One of the things she brought were these hard shelled place mats.  I looked at them, and decided they had to be mine.  No one even looked at them.  I had plans for these babies.  They were going to get a coat of chalk paint, and then everyone that didn't buy they would be so jealous....LOL.

I got the place mats out, and cleaned them with soap and water.  In a matter of minutes, I had all 4 of them painted with my spray chalk paint.  Side note to this is if something is sitting around long enough, it will either be painted with chalk paint  or glittered.....  (I even painted the rusty ole refrigerator that sits in our garage holding all the pop and water and beer.  Looks really cute, and I put a note on it for my husband to have a great day.   Hope he notices it!!!)

 OK, back to the place mats.  They are finished and sitting on the kitchen table.  Now, what do I write on them???  I am not a graphic artist person, but I went ahead a wrote a simple little prayer on each of them.  I think it turned out cute!!! 

You know the old adage, "one mans junk is another mans treasure"....I think this is proof of it.  What junk have you turned into treasure lately? 


Friday, October 5, 2012

Another Milk Paint project

I found the cutest little cabinet at a garage sale.  The lady said she had started painting it, and gave up.  I thought it was perfect for a Milk Paint project.  It is a very bright pink and the shutter areas are painted white.

I started painting it with the color California Mud, by CC Caldwell's Paint.  The thing I really LOVE about the Milk Paint is the no prep!!!  If you are like me and  just likes to start painting, then Milk Paint will be your best buddy. 

I put two coats of paint on it.  I have been looking for Miss Mustard Seed products here in the Oklahoma City area, and haven't come up with anyone that is carrying it yet.  I had been watching her videos about waxing the product when you are finished.  This cabinet was a perfect piece to try the wax technique on.  I just used some Johnson's Paste Wax.  Seems to work very well.  I really like the way it finishes off a piece. 

Here is a final picture of the little cabinet.  I went to Hobby Lobby and found some really cute and blingy pulls for it.  Think it just adds so much to the otherwise very simple piece of furniture. 
I think I am going to take it home and see if I can find a special place for it.  :)

I am still digging stuff out for my 'Barn Sale" wherever it ends up in the house, maybe the piece I get rid of will go to the sale.  :)  Kinda my rule...If something new comes in, I should get rid of something.  Ha!!!  Like that works..

Have a great weekend.  :)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Prepairing for a Barn (Garage) Sale

I am busy cleaning out the store and the house so I can get some of this wonderful stuff out of my house and store and into a new place.....LOL.....Planning on having a sale at the house in the new barn that finally has a concrete floor in it.

I think a party would be so much more fun, but I have to get some of this stuff gone.   Too darn much stuff.  Organize and clean out....  :)

As I was digging out under one of the beds, I found a lot of art that is going to be in the sale.  I also found a wonderful piece that a friend had given me a few years ago.  It is so fitting for the fall season, and it makes me so happy to have found it.

The friend that made this owns a framing shop next to my shop.  She is a very talented artist, and she painted the leaves around the poem as well as writing the poem on the matte board.  I just love it, and the little poem she tells me is something she has had for many years.

Hope you enjoy as much as I do.

Happy October everyone.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Happy Fall Ya'll....Front porch is ready!

I have been getting the fall colors out as you know, and it has continued to the outside now.  I purchased the cutest old orange tool box from a fellow blogger that has an Etsy shop  and I am totally in love with it.  Mine doesn't have the smile on the front like hers, but I am so in love with the little thing.  You might want to check out her blog as well as her shop. 

The other decorations are from years past.  Have to say, it is refreshing to look at the autumn colors.  Tomorrow, Saturday, is the first day of with that being said....Happy Fall Ya"ll!!!!

Our porch is very long, and this is just one side of it.  Still working on the rest of it.  With that being said, there will be more to come!!! 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

More Milk Painting (I"m on a roll)

I got the urge to paint a piece that is over our bed.  I have been wanting to do it for quite some time, but just didn't know what I wanted. I really do like the milk paints, so guess I know what I am going to do.

Love that there is no prep work to use this stuff.  The color California Gold was my choice.  I applied one coat and have to say, I was wondering what the heck had I done.  By the time I got the second coat on, I was a little happier.  After it dried, I got the sand paper out, and started distressing it a little.

All in all I think it turned out great.  It is back in its place, and the accessories are the same as before.  Going to have to work on that part.

Planning on getting a "barn" garage sale together so now I am beginning to dig out all the things I am wanting to get rid of.  Of course, you know, this will leave room for "newer and better things"....that's just the way it is around here.  We girls just have to have our "stuff"....   :)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Fall is in the air around our house :)

The weather has cooled down quite a bit, and the smell of Fall is in the air.  Guess it is time to take down all the Summer decorations and put out something Fall. 

I have to say the weather sure makes a person want to get busy and dress the house up with all the wonderful colors that accompany Fall.  I am so in love with the yellow sunflowers.  One color of yellow that I really do like.  I am also in love with the turquoise color that is everywhere this year.  With that being said, I found a great table cloth that inspired me in some of my colors that I am using this Fall.

This piece that is in the dining area was from my grandparents home.  It is really one of my favorites.  I remember snooping in that top drawer every time I would go to the farm to see them.  The things we remember from our childhoods are amazing sometimes.  The piece still has that same smell when you open the drawers. 
The scales that I have displayed were a recent find for me.  I am so happy to be the proud owner of them.  Sometimes it is just the little things in life that can make us so happy.  :) 

This area is next to the front door, and I always like to decorate it according to the season.  I am so proud of my little wooden cabinet that I was able to snag this summer at a local antique store. 

This picture is looking into the living area, and I had to had a splash of color with a two sided wreath on the table behind the sofa. 

Thanks for stopping by and hopefully I have inspired you just a little to get those Fall decorations out and get busy decorating.  Have a great day!!! 

Friday, September 14, 2012

Chalk Paint

Yes please, one in every color...and I will paint every piece of furniture in the house.  Watch out dogs, I might even try it on you. 
Not sure if I am the only one that hasn't used the newest rage in paint or not, but I am so glad I finally tried it.  I can truly say it goes on very easily, and is pretty much fool proof. 

I have had an oak clock that I love for many years hanging in the kitchen area.  I have wanted to do something to it, and all I could think of was to paint it black.  While visiting one of my favorite places to shop, The Feathered Nest, I came across the chalk paint.  They actually have "samples" that you can purchase just in case you aren't sure if the color or texture.  Best $7.50 I have ever spent.  I really do like it. 
I painted 2 coats of chalk paint on the clock.  Took out some sandpaper, and roughed it up a bit.....then I got the turquoise blue paint out and added in some random areas.  Here is what I ended up with, and I am very pleased with it.  Makes me feel like I have a new piece of "stuff" in the house.
I am sorry I failed to take a before pic...I will work on that for future pics.  :)   

Thursday, September 13, 2012

9-13-12 Just some stuff

I have been doing a personal "blog" for about 2 years now.  I love to write about our motorcycle rides.  I have followed quite a few other blogs, and of course, the ones I really enjoy is the decorating ones.  If you would like to follow my personal blog the address is www.mylifeasweknowit

There are so many ideas out there, and it is so much fun to read what other people are doing with old pieces of furniture and also painting techniques.  I have just gotten my first "chalk paint", and I have to say I am totally in love with it.  I have only used it on one small clock at this point, but I can tell you there will be more. 


As fall approaches we all want to start changing some of the things in the house.  I was able to take some fabric and within a few minutes, take a plain ole bookshelf, and give it some new life.  This is what is so fun about decorating, because there is no rhyme or reason for doing some stuff.  Just whatever you want to do, it is in style. 


This summer has really been hot here in Oklahoma, and I have to say the big thing that I have sold a lot of is the Solar Shades.  They are so versatile, and really can fill the need for about anything, EXCEPT privacy.  People are of the belief that you can not see through them at night, and this is totally wrong.  They are a wonderful product, and do the trick on glare and fading, but if you are wanting privacy, they are not for you. 

Before Solar Shades

After Solar Shades 

I am going to attempt to add projects that I have attempted myself on this blog.  I am sure you will see some that you like, and then you will see some that you wonder what I was even thinking.  This should be fun, and a way for me to express some of my creativity.  LOL....

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Let me tell you a little bit about myself

My name is Diane Higdon, and I am the owner of Blinds & Designs Too, in Oklahoma City.  You may wonder what the Too is for in my store name.  At one time we had two stores in the Oklahoma City area, and the Too, was a play on the quantity 2 and "also" as well. 

I have been in the decorating business for a very long time.  I have owned my store since 1981.  There have been a lot of ups and downs in the business, and many time I have thought I would just like to get out and "get a real job", but things always seem to work out and I am still here after all these years.  I am so very lucky to be able to come to work every day, and enjoy it.  I think that says a lot for this work I do. 

The store has evolved in many ways through the years.  We used to sell wallpaper....and you know where that is going.  Not a lot of wallpaper being used in the past years.  More faux finishes on the walls.  We used to carry a line of bedspreads, coverlets, and comforters called Nettle Creek....The decline of custom made bedding and the economy lead to the demise of that company.  Seems like everyone sells bedding and accessories anymore.  No need for that "custom" look.  But, if you find you are needing one made, we can handle that need. 

I have been able to tailor the store down to custom blinds, draperies, and upholstery. Our pricing is much better than the box stores, and you get some personal attention along the way. 

I love to change things around in the house, and have always wanted to have an outlet to show pictures of what I have done, so I am hoping I can blog about those accomplishments, or failures here on this page. 

Hope you find it interesting enough to "follow" me.  If you have any ideas, or questions, maybe we can use this forum to get you the results that you are wanting to make your home and life "just the way you want it".  You can also find the store on Facebook. 

Enjoy and lets Decorate. 


Sunday, July 1, 2012

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