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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fall into Fall - It's a Party #185

Welcome to this week's Fall into Fall party.
With the kids back to school and temperatures cooling off, Fall is really in the air.
Last week's party was filled with so many great ideas and inspiration.
Here are this week's features:

HOME DECOR:
So Much Better With Age gives a tour of her gorgeous home.  I really love her decorating style.

FURNITURE TRANSFORMATIONS:
Do It Yourself Fun Ideas took an old drawer and turned it into this adorable princess dog bed.  Talk about an awesome furniture transformation.

CRAFTY CREATIONS:
The DIY Home Girl shares several tutorials on how to create your own DIY pillows.

TASTY TREATS:
Louanne's Kitchen shared a recipe for the best lemon bars - ever.  

If you were featured, please grab an "I've Been Featured" button.  You can find my buttons by clicking on the buttons tab right under my header.  Now let's get started with this week's party.  I can't wait to see what you have been up to.  Link up anything you have been working on...home decor, sewing, crafts, organizing, baking, recipes, etc.  I will keep this link open through Friday.

A few rules:

1.  Please become a follower (if you already follow me on Google, I would love for you to follow me on Linky Followers as well).

2.  Please link back to the party.  This way word can spread about the party.  The more people at the party, the more fun we will have, and the more views your posts will receive.

3.  Please enter the link to your actual post, not just a link to your main blog page.

4.  Please visit others who have linked up.  Everyone works hard on their projects and blogs...let's show each other some love by visiting each other.  Let's have some fun and hopefully make a few new friends along the way.

Ok...Let's party!!

-Judy

Friday, September 5, 2014

Hiding Unsightly Wires When You're On A Budget


Hiding Unsightly Wires When You’re On a Budget
As you know, when we did our home theater upgrade, we installed a lot of wireless tech (and boosters to keep our movies from dying slow, mood-killing, buffering deaths).  But what if you don’t have the budget for that extensive an upgrade? What if you don’t have the money for running Ethernet and other cables behind your walls? How do you get the connectivity you want, without turning your entire house into a web of wire and cable?


Go As Wireless as Possible
God bless blue tooth, right? Between wireless routers and blue tooth technology, most things can be networked without requiring you to run hundreds of feet of cable around your home. AT&T’s UVerse, for example, runs through a wireless router. Thanks to wireless converter “dongles,” you shouldn’t have to run any cables between it and the devices that require its signal (and in case you were wondering “hey, got a U-verse Internet coupon code to share?” Yes, yes we do! There you go!).
Still, wireless routers, televisions and sound systems do require electricity to operate. 
Here is how you can camouflage those unsightly electrical cords.
1. Run Them Through Trim
There is a great tutorial that will teach you how to hide cords in trim over at Sawdust Girl. Their television was mounted over their fireplace. Even if you are planning on mounting your television on a plain wall or on a fixture unit, you can still use mounting to cover up the cords. In fact, you could probably turn the mounting into a really great art installation!
If you don’t want to worry about making a huge installation don’t worry, you can still use trim to create ad hoc base boarding near the floor to help your cords blend in.
2. Make Them Decorative
You can buy decorative wire clips really cheaply through outlets like Amazon. The great thing about these clips is that, in addition to holding your wires in place, they turn those cables and wires into decorative touches.
3. Backdrop Cloth
Probably the worst offender, when it comes to wires, is a desktop computer. There are so many wires and cables that are required for all of a desktop computer’s different components. Those wires are all different lengths and widths, so even if you did bundle them up to try to relieve some of the chaos, the bundle would likely be clumpy and odd shaped. The best way to hide this mess is with a backdrop cloth.
If you don’t like the idea of there being fabric that close to your cords and power strips, you can also use very light weight boards. Simply paint them to match your wall or go with something decorative that you pick up in a home d├ęcor section.
4. Clip Them Up
Part of what makes wires so ugly is that they dangle and, often, get tangled up together. To keep this from happening, tie all of your cables and wires together to form a single cord that extends down to your outlet or power strip. Then, instead of trying to hide the “extra” within that single cord (making it unnecessarily bulky), clip the longer bits up to the underside of your table, desk or cabinet. This way everything looks organized and nothing hangs down to gather dust and mar the otherwise beautiful appearance of your home.

-Judy

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sizzle into Summer - It's a Party #184

Welcome to this week's Sizzle into Summer party.
Last week's party was filled with so many great ideas and inspiration.
Here are this week's features:

HOME DECOR:
Southern Seazons shared her new covered porch.  Beautiful!

FURNITURE TRANSFORMATIONS:
Clockwork Interiors says "orange" woodwork is not the new black.  She gives a really great tutorial on how to paint wood, because, as she says, just because it's wood doesn't mean it's pretty.  

CRAFTY CREATIONS:
Lemon Thistle shared a tutorial on how to create a DIY driftwood garland.  

TASTY TREATS:
Scrapality shared her three different recipes for zucchini bread.  

If you were featured, please grab an "I've Been Featured" button.  You can find my buttons by clicking on the buttons tab right under my header.  Now let's get started with this week's party.  I can't wait to see what you have been up to.  Link up anything you have been working on...home decor, sewing, crafts, organizing, baking, recipes, etc.  I will keep this link open through Friday.

A few rules:

1.  Please become a follower (if you already follow me on Google, I would love for you to follow me on Linky Followers as well).

2.  Please link back to the party.  This way word can spread about the party.  The more people at the party, the more fun we will have, and the more views your posts will receive.

3.  Please enter the link to your actual post, not just a link to your main blog page.

4.  Please visit others who have linked up.  Everyone works hard on their projects and blogs...let's show each other some love by visiting each other.  Let's have some fun and hopefully make a few new friends along the way.

Ok...Let's party!!

-Judy

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sizzle into Summer - It's a Party #183

Welcome to this week's Sizzle into Summer party.
Last week's party was filled with so many great ideas and inspiration.
Here are this week's features:

HOME DECOR:
Penny's Vintage Home created this gorgeous tables cape using new dishes she picked up at auction for $5 total for 43 pieces!!

CRAFTY CREATIONS:
Decorated Chaos updated her kitchen on a budget by painting out the drawer pulls.  She gives a great tutorial.  Be sure to stop by.

FURNITURE TRANSFORMATIONS:

Thrifty Southern Pilgrim  transformed a chandelier she bought from Habitat for Humanity into this beauty.  It's a dramatic before and after.

TASTY TREATS:
My Thrift Store Addiction shared three variations of caprese - all look delicious!

If you were featured, please grab an "I've Been Featured" button.  You can find my buttons by clicking on the buttons tab right under my header.  Now let's get started with this week's party.  I can't wait to see what you have been up to.  Link up anything you have been working on...home decor, sewing, crafts, organizing, baking, recipes, etc.  I will keep this link open through Friday.

A few rules:

1.  Please become a follower (if you already follow me on Google, I would love for you to follow me on Linky Followers as well).

2.  Please link back to the party.  This way word can spread about the party.  The more people at the party, the more fun we will have, and the more views your posts will receive.

3.  Please enter the link to your actual post, not just a link to your main blog page.

4.  Please visit others who have linked up.  Everyone works hard on their projects and blogs...let's show each other some love by visiting each other.  Let's have some fun and hopefully make a few new friends along the way.

Ok...Let's party!!

-Judy

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sizzle into Summer - It's a Party #182

Welcome to this week's Sizzle into Summer party.
Last week's party was filled with so many great ideas and inspiration.
Here are this week's features:

HOME DECOR:
Calypso in the Country shared photos from a designer show house she visited.  What a great source for ideas.

FURNITURE TRANSFORMATIONS:
Techie's DIY Adventures  shows how she dealt with a damaged cane back chair and reupholstered the back instead.  Great tutorial.

CRAFTY CREATIONS:
Vintage, Paint and more  created this super cute paper organizer out of cereal boxes.  What a great idea!

TASTY TREATS:
Butter & Jam  shared her recipe for healthy banana walnut muffins that are sugar, dairy and egg free!!

If you were featured, please grab an "I've Been Featured" button.  You can find my buttons by clicking on the buttons tab right under my header.  Now let's get started with this week's party.  I can't wait to see what you have been up to.  Link up anything you have been working on...home decor, sewing, crafts, organizing, baking, recipes, etc.  I will keep this link open through Friday.

A few rules:

1.  Please become a follower (if you already follow me on Google, I would love for you to follow me on Linky Followers as well).

2.  Please link back to the party.  This way word can spread about the party.  The more people at the party, the more fun we will have, and the more views your posts will receive.

3.  Please enter the link to your actual post, not just a link to your main blog page.

4.  Please visit others who have linked up.  Everyone works hard on their projects and blogs...let's show each other some love by visiting each other.  Let's have some fun and hopefully make a few new friends along the way.

Ok...Let's party!!

-Judy

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sizzle into Summer - It's a Party #181


Welcome to this week's Sizzle into Summer party.
Last week's party was filled with so many awesome ideas and inspiration.
Here are this week's features:

HOME DECOR:
Totally Lauren Amber  revealed the changes she made to her living room.  Love the color combination.

FURNITURE TRANSFORMATIONS:
CD's Country Living shared how she transformed her dining room table and created this stunning piece that looks like driftwood. 

CRAFTY CREATIONS:
Priscillas shared the gorgeous blue puffy flower blanket she made for her daughter.  What a beautiful job she did.

TASTY TREATS:
My Thrift Store Addiction shared her recipe for secret garden greek salad.  Perfect for a summer meal.

If you were featured, please grab an "I've Been Featured" button.  You can find my buttons by clicking on the buttons tab right under my header.  Now let's get started with this week's party.  I can't wait to see what you have been up to.  Link up anything you have been working on...home decor, sewing, crafts, organizing, baking, recipes, etc.  I will keep this link open through Friday.

A few rules:

1.  Please become a follower (if you already follow me on Google, I would love for you to follow me on Linky Followers as well).

2.  Please link back to the party.  This way word can spread about the party.  The more people at the party, the more fun we will have, and the more views your posts will receive.

3.  Please enter the link to your actual post, not just a link to your main blog page.

4.  Please visit others who have linked up.  Everyone works hard on their projects and blogs...let's show each other some love by visiting each other.  Let's have some fun and hopefully make a few new friends along the way.

Ok...Let's party!!

-Judy

Monday, August 11, 2014

A Blog Tour

I was invited to participate in a blog tour and want to say a big thank you to Rhonda from Restored Treasures Too for the invite.  
Here's a look at her beautiful home and blog:

I love how she created visual interest in the ceiling with baskets and faux beams.
I love her master bedroom as well.

She mixes furniture and flea market finds beautifully.

I love her rustic, farmhouse style and how she mixes traditional elements with old barn house type furniture.  It creates a beautiful effect.

Be sure to stop by Restored Treasures Too to check out more of her beautiful home. 

I was asked to answer four questions:

1.  What are you working on right now?  Right now I am taking some time to enjoy the summer and the home we have worked so hard to create.  So often I jump from project to project and never actually sit back and enjoy the things we have created.  

We enjoy the outdoor space we have put together...
...especially the pizza oven and outdoor kitchen have gotten plenty of use this summer.

Come fall my plan is to work on indoor spaces including a makeover to our foyer staircase.  

2.  How does my work differ from others in this genre?  I think my style of decorating would be defined as traditional, however the way it differs from others is so much of what is in my home I have personally created.  I self-taught myself to sew and crochet and enjoy crafting very much.  I am not afraid of a challenge and have even reupholstered several pieces of furniture on my own.  

I sewed these drapes in my guest room and reupholstered a chair I found on Craigslist. 

3.  Why do I write/create who I do? I started this blog because my kids were in a tennis academy that was a 40 minute drive each way.  They played three hours a night and it was too far to come home and I didn't want to go and shop each night and so a blog was born.  Blogging was an easy transition, because I was already doing all of these projects...now I just was writing about it.  This past year they moved to an academy that is a ten minute drive away and blogging has become more difficult now that I am not "stuck" somewhere for three hours a night.

4.  How does my creating process work?  I find inspiration everywhere.  I still love thumbing through magazines, but also love Pinterest and Houzz.  I think the best inspiration comes from fellow bloggers.  They tend to give lots of details when they do a project which helps when you try to recreate it.  I have always been creative.  I grew up in a neighborhood where no one went to camp.  Instead we created our own fun with other kids on the street day in and day out during the summer.  At ten years old I built a club house using wood (and an entire box of nails) and a metal pool liner someone was throwing away as the roof.  Wow was it hot in that club house with a metal roof.  

Hope you enjoyed learning a little more about me.

-Judy

  


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