Friday, March 30, 2012

Aloha Friday - Antiques Roadshow Edition!


Aloha Fridays are brought to you by Kailani in beautiful Hawaii at An Island Life where Friday is the day to take it easy while anticipating the coming weekend. Today I'm going to link up, relax and ask an easy question:

If you could take one thing to be appraised at the Antique's Roadshow, what would it be?

For me, it would be this oil painting my husband obtained from a dear friend of ours who is 94 years young.  This painting came from her husband's very wealthy family who were living in Germany during the 1930's.  On the evening of November 10, 1938, (Kristallnacht, "Night of Broken Glass").

I took the photo at a slight angle so you could see the repair
(look straight across under the yellow flower and then again about
one quarter down across the front of the vase)

Nazi soldiers broke into their home, terrorized their family and destroyed their belongings.  This painting was slashed by those soldiers and then later repaired by the original artist.  I had our friend write this story on one of her personalized cards so I could keep it with the painting so the story of its "scars" is not lost.

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Bedroom Makeover Photos As Promised!

Those of you who have been following along know I've been slowly working on a bedroom makeover for our 5-year-old daughter.  You can see what I started with HERE.  With the installation of her new area rug on Thursday, it's time to start snapping some photos:

This is her Queen bed on the right as you enter her room.

The solid oak headboard has been sprayed white, the black lampshade has been covered with a sheer roses fabric (click here to see how I did it), I finally found a coordinating fabric for her bed skirt, the textured toss pillows are from a fabric store (40% off), her bedside table (50% off ) is a cute find from a local design shop and has a mirrored top, the crystal table clock was $8 at a flea market, the folded chenille bedspread (I collect these) on the end of the bed adds texture, the vintage pink chenille mat (second-hand store cheap!) adds color.  The tall acrylic lamp was a steal with more than 50% off at $38.

This is what you see when you look to the left as you enter her room

The big cozy genuine leather recliner was an incredible deal at 75% off and is big enough for my daughter and I to sit in together when reading.  The solid wood round table to the left retails for $200 but I found it in our local classifieds for only $50, the chandelier lamp behind the chair was dressed up with some hot pink ribbon and we already had the bright oil painting.

As you move across the room, this is what you see

The bright and cheerful sun over the fireplace was purchased for $25 at a local flea market and customized by my daughter HERE.  The fireplace front was given a face lift with end-of-stock marble tile HERE.  The rocking horse was made by my dad so I knew it had to find a home in her bedroom while the accessories on her mantle and shelves were either part of her old room or purchased at our local dollar mart.

Moving along the front wall, here is what you see as well as that nice water view!

The vintage Queen Anne chairs were given a makeover HERE, the coat tree now holding lots of dress-up accessories was found for only $20 HERE and the drapes were custom made HERE.  The pretty Disney clock between her windows was purchased at our local dollar mart and I added the ribbon and bow as well as the pink ribbon around her desk lamp.  This heavy chrome desk lamp was found at a second-hand shop for $8 and has three pen/pencil holders.  

This shows it together

As you continue to look to the right across the front of her room, this is what you see

The wood rad covers where custom built (thanks dad!!) so this one holds her stereo while the other adds more space to her desk top.  Beside it is her drum and then her high dresser.  The colorful painting above the dresser we already had and is from the same series as the other painting beside her big chair.  A few teddy bears, a hit of pink and a small piece of crystal and her dresser top is done.   And the biggest splurge of all was replacing her "bossy" Persian Rug with this luxuriously soft neutral HERE (I thought it was $750 but it came in under at $650)

Overall, the goal here was to do it on a budget by using lots of what we already had and special ordering only what was necessary.  I watched for deep discounts on new items and added accessories that were either second hand or found for less than $2.  A little imagination and this is what I ended up with.

There is still one more item to add and that's a chalkboard I've been making for the closet side of her headboard.  I'm waiting for about $5 of ribbon to finish it so I will post once it's done. 

Overall, by using regular scale furniture, I've created a bedroom suitable for a 5-year-old where only the accessories will need to be changed as she gets older.  For now, I've left the center of the room open for play but once she's older, I can see trading out the big recliner for a beautiful Chaise Lounge!
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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Thursday, March 22, 2012

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Tropical Traditions Organic Hair Oil GIVEAWAY with Review (ENDED)

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Book of Lost Fragrances Book Tour!

If you love to read about suspense, history, passion and reincarnation, The Book of Lost Fragrances by M. J. Rose is an absolute must read!


Follow Jac, who has inherited the House of L'Etoile along with her brother, on her quest to find him now that he's gone missing.  On her mission, she discovers his secret of a mysterious scent developed in Cleopatra's time that just may hold the power to unlock the ability to remember past lives!  Could this be the key to proving reincarnation?  Is this knowledge the reason for her brother's mysterious disappearance?

In the The Book of Lost Fragrances, M. J. Rose brilliantly fuses history, passion and suspense while covering Cleopatra's Egypt, revolutionary France, Tibet's battle with China all the way to present-day Paris!!

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Little Girl Art For A Bedroom Makeover

With the redesign of my 5-year-old daughter's bedroom, I've been scoring all kinds of bargains and deals plus reusing and reinventing staying true to my love of recycling.

We went to our local flea market a couple of weeks ago and snagged this big outdoor sun with a copper-like finish for only $25.  I thought it would be perfect to hang over her fireplace with its curves and round shape.

She, on the other hand, saw an opportunity to crack open the paint and give it a makeover.  And why not?!  I dug out her Crayola washable paints and told her to have fun.  After all, it's her room so it should showcase some of her style too.

She was so excited to paint her new sun, 
I hardly had a chance to photograph it before she started



Here's how it looks now

By using washable paint, we can give this pretty sun a quick rinse in the yard and return it to its original finish or break open the paints and give it a new look any time we want.  I think it turned out pretty cute.  Just a reminder to check out those flea markets and second-hand shops.  You never know what you will find and you can't beat the prices!
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Sunday, March 11, 2012

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Friday, March 9, 2012

Aloha Friday - Discipline Style?


Aloha Fridays are brought to you by Kailani in beautiful Hawaii at An Island Life where Friday is the day to take it easy while anticipating the coming weekend. Today I'm going to link up, relax and ask an easy question:

What method of discipline do you or your spouse use?  Do you spank, threaten, take away privileges, ground or use timeouts?




I'm lucky our 5-year-old daughter responds very well to timeouts.  I normally use 5 minutes (1 minute for each year of age).  And at our house, I'm the "bad cop", her dad is useless at discipline and turns to me when he wants her to do something.


This is a big turnaround from the old days when we used to hate hearing "just wait until your father gets home!!"

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

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