Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Inspired By Nature Buffet


Well Hello My Blog Friends!

Are you enjoying this wonderful fall weather? I just love when the seasons start to change….a big plus to living here in the Northwest.

Today I want to share this b buffet that I just finished.

Here’s what it looked like when I found it. Basically in great shape, but in need of a brand new look…We drug it out of a barn yard ssale a couple weeks ago.

I wasn’t exactly sure what direction I wanted to go with it…BUT THEN, it came to me.


I gave it a wash with ASCP in Old White. I love the way the wood grain comes through the wash technique.

I kept the great wood knobs and painted them with Graphite.

I also added some fun nature inspired hand-painted details.

I picture this piece in a living space below a flat screen television. I staged it accordingly and added a shaker and a couple of martini glasses….

I love the way it turned out and it’s one of those pieces that I was tempted to keep for myself..

But it didn’t….it's in the store and waiting for someone to come along that “just has to have it”….



I spent a couple of hours rearranging the space and giving it a fesh new look.

Oh how I love this time of year….


I’m so glad you stopped in today…..

I know we are all so busy, BUT if your time is limited, and you want to get the MOST inspiration in one place, make sure to go to Kim's Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style. There are some amazingly createive and talented women out there people! I'm linking this project up there today.

Also be sure to go over to Kelli's RESTORE It Wednesday here for even more things to get your creative juices flowing.

Stay tuned for lots of furniture projects that are in the “que”…


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A Coastal Landmark With Style


We took a wonderful trip to the Oregon Coast this past weekend.

It was wonderful to be on the coast and get my “ocean fix”. I spent 50 years of my life on the California coast and I probably took it for granted.

Now that I live in Eastern Washington, I feel the need to see the ocean at least once a year..

This lighthouse, Yaquina Lighthouse, in Newport was one of the highlights of the weekend for me.

It was well worth the climb to this spectacular dwelling..

This is what it looked like after it was left in disrepair…..



It was rescued and preserved back to it’s original glory.

I have ALWAYS had a “thing” for old architecture. I have memories as a child driving in the car and gazing at old houses and wanting so badly to be able to walk through and explore them

So…home décor blogging really is a dream come true for me : )

Take a look at this gorgeous lighthouse. It is decorated with period pieces, but I have to say that this décor with it’s simplicity and beautiful lines would work just fine in today’s world.

Look at this gorgeous water pump faucet and kitchen cabinetry.


and this “to die for” stove…




the quaint and serene bedrooms….


check out this dress form! I was swooning.


a wonderful living space..


Did I mention the view?


and then we walked (or, in my son’s case, skipped) down the stairs and path to the beach below…


with our toes in the sand we were able to gaze back at this beautiful piece of history.


So glad you stopped by and I hope your week is going great.



Tuesday, September 13, 2011

My First Project With A New Toy

Hello to you all!

I haven’t told you guys this…BUT, over two months ago I purchased a Klic N Kut cutting machine from a friend of mine. She was getting ready to upgrade to the larger size of the Klic N Kut. I had been wanting a die cutting machine for a very long g time.

My friend assured me that I would be able to learn the software and helped me set it up and get started.

I felt intimidated by it.. I sat down a few times and was a bit overwhelmed.. Finally a couple weeks ago I just started cutting. I had been watching lots of video tutorials available online and flt like I could get up and running,

So…on to my very first project. I found these two frames on Saturday at a yard sale at my neighbor’s place…..Nice frames, not so nice 70’s art (I left the matching bedspread and curtains behind…LOL).



I painted the frame with Paris Gray ASCP, distressed them a bit and applied some wax.. I painted the “painting” with Old White ASCP and let it dry.

I wanted to do some pieces with one of the most beautiful and classy women of our time- Audrey Hepburn..

I used these two classic images of Audrey along with a couple of her quotes that I LOVE.

I added chandeliers because I LOVE chandeliers, what can I say?




Here’s the machine. It’s one of the earlier Klic N kuts, but it is really AMAZING. My mind is just buzzing with all the projects I will be doing with this machine and the software. In addition to the software that came with it, I purchased the Make The Cut software. It is super user-friendly and there are LOTS of video tutorials out there to help you get going.

The sky is really the limit with these machines. You can use just about any image or graphic to cut paper, vinyl, fabric, and even fondant for baking!

I know I’m a little late to get on this bandwagon, BUT, I’m sure glad I did.

I know the learning curve will continue as I explore all the features of this great fool. I am amazed at how technology has inspired craters to levels that we never could have imagined just a few years ago.

Sometimes I feel like we just took scrap-booking elements right into home décor and there’s just about nothing we can’t create with inspiration and few fun tools like this one..


So glad you let me share this fun new adventure with you…..

I guess you can occasionally teach an old dog new tricks : )

Here’s to learning new things and conquering our fears..

Thanks so much Marlee!

I'm linking up to Savvy Southern Style's Wow Us Wednesday. You've just GOT to hop over. You just won't believe all the inspiring projects she is featuring this week. The mantle upholstered headboard still has me swooning..