First I wanted to show you my inspiration room.
In keeping with the finishes in my inspiration room, I am going to paint both pieces white. I am also planning on skirting the small table with a linen skirt to hide ugly hard drives etc. from view. And I might possibly skirt the larger desk for the same reason...if I can do it without making it look silly...that remains to be seen.
Today I'm sharing a project that I've wanted to get done for a long time now. Time zone clocks for Mr. One's Tween Room!
The thing that has been holding me back is the actual expense of wall clocks. I know there are less expensive clocks to be found...but when you have to buy 3 of them, it adds up. So I kept looking. Then the other day, I found myself in IKEA and I ran across these wall clocks for only $1.99 each. Yup! You heard me right. $1.99 each.
Trouble is, they were white. And I really wanted black clocks.
Hello, spraypaint. (Am I a DIY blogger, or am I a DIY blogger?) The answer was obvious.
I taped up the clock faces so that they wouldn't end up black. This was a little time consuming, but needed, of course.
Then I used Krylon Fusion spraypaint since the clock rims were plastic.
Then I used my Silhouette Digital Cutter to cut out the names of three cities (by the way, there's still time to enter my giveaway for a Silhouette of your own...just click here). We chose large cities in states where we have family - and our own state, of course. I like the fact that it's a bit more personal than just choosing random cities.
After all the prep work was complete, I just measured, marked, and hung the clocks. Then I used a level to make sure I got the city names straight underneath each clock. That's it. Easy-peasy. And So Ca-uute.
Okay, looking at this photo...it looks like the Boston clock is set for 2:00...that's due to a reflection cutting off the end of the long hand....yeah, we lived in Massachusetts for the last 7 years...I *do* know what time zone it's in, I promise. ;-)
Now it's your turn.
You know "da rules"!
1. Please link directly to your post and not just to your blog.
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Well, I had the chance to find out a few weeks back, when my sister posted some photos of my house on her blog. The things that she thought were pretty. The things that intrigued her.
So I did what any other home-decor-obsessed-blogging-sister would do, I
I just love this photo....these are the hubby's shoes, complete with wooden shoe trees, lined up on the floor in front of our closet.
My stash of catalogs on the side of my linen cupboard.
A still life from my mantel.
Another still life from the buffet in my kitchen.
Of course, if you'd like to see the entire post, you could always visit her here.
Thanks for the peek at my own home, Holls....you're a peach!
And just a reminder that Frugal Friday goes up at 10:00 EST tonight...that's 2 hours earlier than normal! See you there!
I used some flocked heat transfer paper and chose a couple of fun designs to cut out. The process was super easy...I just followed the directions printed right on the package. Once I cut out the designs...all I had to do was iron them onto the shirts...I can handle that. (Of course, I couldn't leave well enough alone - you'll see.)
If you haven't had the chance yet, there is still time to enter my giveaway for a Silhouette cutter of your very own. Just click here.
As always, last week's Frugal Friday linky had plenty of inspiration to go around.
Here are a few of my favorites.
Tinsel & Co. shared her fabulous Anthro-inspired bathroom makeover. I loved just about everything in that little room!
Starting next week, I'll be moving the Linky Love post to Thursday to give you all a couple of extra days to enjoy the Frugal Friday links (or to link up to the party yourself.) I'm also changing the name from Linky Love to Frugal Round-up. Just like it better. And finally, I'm toying with the idea of posting the Frugal Friday post a couple of hours earlier on Thursday night...say 10 pm EST? So keep your eye out for that as well.
And one last thing...I'm guest posting today over at Lemon Tree Creations! Come by and see how to make a no-sew bedskirt.
I have the most fantastic little machine to share with you all today! It's called a Silhouette... and it's just amazing (and pretty, no?)
A few weeks ago, the good people at Silhouette shipped me one of their fancy little machines to see if I liked it...well, after I saw everything this little beauty could do, I was so excited I just had to try it for myself. And I LOVE it!!
"What does it do?" you ask.
The Silhouette is essentially a digital cutter...but get this, rather than using cartridges, this little machine hooks up to your computer!! Because of this innovative approach, it allows you to create all sorts of shapes and letters...basically anything your heart desires...and it will cut them out for you.
It comes with a library of shapes at no charge. AND (and this is one of my favorite things) it can cut out words in ANY FONT that you have on your computer!
Check out all the great things you can do with these cutouts...
You can create cut outs for scrapbooking.
You can create cards or other paper goods.
You can create fabric transfers.
And of course, you can create vinyl lettering.
Do you remember a few weeks back when I was swooning over vinyl lettering on mirrors?(Can you see it coming?) Well...I used my Silhouette to create a vinyl-lettered-mirror of my own!!
I just cut out the phrase I wanted,
Got myself a mirror,
And followed the easy-to-follow instructions to adhere it to my mirror.
L.O.V.E. (Now I have to frame and hang the mirror, but you get the idea!)
There are many more projects I've been working on, and I'm so excited about them, that I'll share more throughout the week!
But here's the good news for you...
Silhouette wants to give one reader of the Shabby Nest
- Silhouette machine
- Software for Windows XP/Vista
- Power cable, USB cable
- 2 Cutting mats (one for thick media, one for thin media)
- One cutting blade
- $10 gift card to the Silhouette Online Store
How you can win.
1. Leave a comment!
2. Go over to Silhouette’s site and check things out. Then, come back and leave a comment to tell me how you’d use the Silhouette if you had one.
3. Blog about it with a link back to this post, then come back and leave a second comment with the link.
4. Mention it on Twitter or Facebook (with a link to this post) and leave another comment letting me know...make sure to leave an additional comment for each thing that you do.
The winner will be announced on August 31st.
And finally, you can purchase your own Silhouette with one of these great deals....just use the code SHABBYNEST as your discount code...
1) AWESOME PROMO (running from August 23rd through September 1st at midnight)
Buy a machine and receive the following:
- $50 off the Silhouette Craft Cutter
-fuzzy white vinyl (Valued at $7.99)
-light blue smooth heat transfer (Valued at 14.99)
yellow flocked heat transfer (Valued at $14.99)
- Home Décor CD (Valued at $50)
- $10 Gift Card to the Silhouette Download Store (Comes in the box)
- Cutting Blade (Comes in the box)
- 2 Cutting Mats (Comes in the box)
All for $249.99
A Savings of $137.97
Just think of how much you’ll save on gift giving this year!
2) GOOD PROMO (running from September 2nd through September 4th at midnight)
Buy a machine and receive the following:
$50 off (receive for $249.99)
2 rolls of Heat transfer ($29.89 value)
$10 Gift Card to the Silhouette Download Store(Comes in the Box)
Cutting Blade (Comes in the Box)
2 Cutting Mats(Comes in the Box)
All for $249.99
A savings of $79.98
This has been my week. And well worth it, I might add. But, I have a whole load of projects coming up. And yes, since my kids will be back in school, I promise that you will see more decorating and DIY projects than you've seen in a while...so I hope you'll all join me.
Oh, and I want to make sure and thank all of you who weighed in on my little pillow dilemma in yesterday's post. If you didn't get a chance, and feel so inclined, I love to hear your opinion on my little living room facelift. So scroll down and take a look.
And another thing...those million projects I mentioned above? Some of them have to do with a fabulous giveaway that I'll be hosting on Monday. ooooooh!! You really don't want to miss this one...so make sure and drop by!
Now on to your projects...you talented folks!!
I wanted to reiterate a couple of things about the rules today...
1. Please link only to your post and not just to your blog. You all are pretty good about doing this.
2. Please link back to the Shabby Nest. I'm so happy that you all link up to this party, and I hope that it brings new traffic to your sites, but I would really appreciate the favor in return. After all, others would love to come see all the creativity that links up to Frugal Friday, so please link back to this site...even if it is just a text link. I'd really appreciate it!!
3. PLEASE comment on the posts you visit...nothing makes a blogger's day like great comments!
M'kay I'm off my soapbox!! ENJOY!!!
Clear back in April I blogged about the sweet chair below, with which I was completely and totally smitten. Well, I ordered said chair...two of them actually.
And I waited, and waited, and waited. And they didn't come. So I ended up cancelling my order.
And so I thought, and thunked, and thinked about what to do because this is how my living room looked at the time. YIKES. The mismatched chairs had. to. go.
And the more I thought about my dilemma, the more my mind returned to my pretty TJMaxx beauties that sat on either side of my rehabbed console.
And I finally decided to bite the bullet, and see how they would look in place of my mismatched chairs.
And I loved it!! Loved. it. Because I am actually a neutral girl at heart, and my desire to infuse color by adding the yellow chairs, may have been a little bold for me. They probably wouldn't have lasted anyway, even though they are adorable, because I'm afraid they were just too bright for the space.
And so, in the end, the delivery mishap really was a good thing after all. There's always a silver lining, isn't there?
Awesome artwork above the chair...from Modern Bird Studios.
In our yard we have a cherry tree, an apple tree, a peach tree, a plum tree and right next door (with branches hanging over the fence into our yard) is an apricot tree. No lie. Oh, and there are some grape vines in our yard too. Boy, if I were any kind of a cook, I'd be making jam 24/7. As it is, I'm content just to eat the fruit. And seeing as how each tree ripens at a different time, we've got fresh fruit all summer long - and right into fall as well.
A few weeks back, the apricot tree that hangs into our yard hit its peak. Apricots weighed every branch on that little tree down heavily with their soft orange-y skins whispering that it was time to pick them. Luckily, our neighbors begged us to pick any fruit that happened to be growing on our side of the tree, and naturally, I was happy to oblige.
Let me tell you, there is nothing like fresh-from-the-tree fruit. My kids devoured those apricots with a greediness I didn't know they had in them! Luckily, however, I was able to save a few for my amazing apricot chicken salad.
- I always start with bagged salad mix - mostly because I just hate chopping and washing lettuce- usually of the romaine variety.
- Then I add chopped summer squash, diced tomatoes, and sliced avocado.
- I add a generous amount of baked chicken which I season with my secret blend of seasonings. (aka Lawry's seasoning salt)
- And finally, a generous amount of sliced apricots.
- I serve this salad with a Sweet Vidalia Onion Vinaigrette.
It's so easy, and simply perfect for summer entertaining. And seeing as how my peach tree is just now filling up with plump, ripe peaches...this salad can be easily switched from apricots to peaches in a pinch. You get the same sweet surprise from either fruit.
Mmmmmm. I'm off to check that tree!
Have a great day~
Well, I noticed that many of my amazingly creative readers were using unexpected materials in their projects this last week. So today, I wanted to share a few of these...
First up, Cottage Hill made a super-fabulous, custom headboard out of plywood. Yep, plywood. But it sure doesn't look like plywood. Check it out for yourself.
If you missed last week's Frugal Friday, you better hurry over. The inspiration is flowing as usual!!
Have a great day~