Happy Valentines day

Inspired by a chalkboard I found on Pinterest I created the following:



A celebration of my two favorite valentines!!


Happy New Year

With 2013 ending I needed a cost efficient fun way to ring in the new year.

While I cooked a nice dinner they proceeded to blow up about fifty balloons without the use if a pump.

With a little bit of tape and a handful of dollar dress up stuff we created a DIY photo booth.




I think it took longer to do that Pinterest inspired chalkboard.

Happy new year to all!!

Take a Seat

I am in full swing of redecorating to create my shabby chic french cottage home and was so happy to come across this find yesterday!ice cream parlor chair

Welcome my Ice Cream Parlor Chairs.

At Serendiity Chic Design, she describes how to update this little beauties.  I am going to give them a good scrub down, fresh coat of paint, and a hand-sewn seat cushion: french script seat cushion

After a brief search on Pinterest I saw this really creative idea:ice cream parlor chair and clock

I am a huge fan of Sweetheart style head tables – therefore, I love this idea I saw on Pinterest:Ice cream parlor chairs for sweetheart table

Many purposes for a White Window

I was thrilled to visit my dear friend for a weekend getaway and was happy to indulge in a bit of antique shopping. I am taking on a new “look” this year and for those following me on Pinterest can see all my recent pins are for the “shabby chic”. So my mission on this shopping trip is to find a rustic white window pane.

We spent a couple of hours going up and down many aisles…I want to find a window pane….I need to find a window pane. No window pane.

We stumble upon this cute shop, Petals and Potpourri because I was looking for a smudge stick (another topic) and lucky me because what a find!

Since I am in love with my white window pane and I wanted to share some wonderful creative ways to display yours:

Taking a cue from Petals and Potpourri by hanging a window from your ceiling to display battery operated flameless candles.  I’m thinking of hanging this over my bed to go with my shabby chic decor since it will add a bit of ambiance to the space

Window Candle Display

Love this very creative wall display:

window pane wall display

With Valentine right around the corner, here is a super cute way to display your Amour from the House of Smiths:

window pane valentine decor

For your rustic wedding, try using a window pane for your reception seating chart:

window pane wedding seating chart

Use it to serve as a backdrop to decorate a dessert table perfect for birthday parties, halloween or christmas:

window pane over dessert table, window pane birthday party

Display your family or childhood photos at your wedding reception or in your home for your wedding portraits or family portraits:

window pane picture frame

And windows make great chalkboards:

window pane chalk board

How will you use your window pane?

Witches’ Brew

This gives your house a wonderful fall scent throughout.

Witches Brew
1 apple
1 orange
1 lemon
2 T whole allspice
2 T whole cloves
4 cinnamon sticks
I sliced the fruit into rings (leaving in the peels, cores, seeds, etc).  Fill the crock pot with water and add all the ingredients.  Simmer it on low and refill the water as needed.

halloween mantle

2012 Halloween Mantle

I jumped on the “Subway Sign” wagon and added a fun glittered out “Hocus Pocus” label as well.  Incorporated from past Halloween’s are the feather wreath (love Target), black crows and lanterns.  I googled the printable subway signs and framed them in black dollar store frames.