Sunday, August 3, 2014

My Living Room Makeover Designed on Polyvore

I Love Polyvore because I can design using photographs of what I have and of anything else out on the web that can be seen and clipped to Polyvore. If you're not familiar with this very cool site check it our HERE

My Living Room Makeover

This was my inspiration pic....
love everything about this room, especially the dog.

In this design I clipped my end tables and found everything else either already uploaded to Polyvore of online. 

Not all of the items I use to create the picture are ones that I am going to buy. The great thing about Polyvore is that I can design my collage using anything I can find on the site or online, regardless of the price. Once I get the collage just the way I want it I begin the search to find a similar item that is less costly. Sometimes I find the exact same item for a better price too. That's always great. 

I used fabric swatches to make the curtains in the collage and later found the curtains in the fabric I chose at Pier 1 imports online. 

The lamps in the collage I fudged by using two different photos I found under the Home-Lighting Category on Polyvore. I purchased my actual lamps at Goodwill and took the photo of one of the two with my phone and posted to Instagram. Unfortunately you can't clip photos from Instagram onto Polyvore. Below is the photo. I love their mid-century look. I am in the process of finding the perfect lamp shade so stay tuned. I actually changed the collage with a different shade than the one in the original photo above. 

The chair I fell in love with but it's on back order until September. I emailed the furniture company and requested a fabric sample. My husband thinks it's too bright so maybe I will find something else in the mean time. 

For my coffee table I want something like this table from Crate & Barrel. It's a little pricey though so still thinking it through. 

The canvas art I got for Christmas several years ago but it's still available. My husband rides a motorcycle so it was a great gift that works well with our decor. 

Life Needs More Green Lights New Art Canvas Rodney White

The sunburst mirror is great but out of my price range so will probably do a DIY project to recreate. 

Vintage Star Shaped Mirror 6010000037

Oh yea...the white sofa is what I would like to buy when it's time. For now the red sofa we have is fine but I wanted to make sure a white one will work with all the other elements. You can buy that couch here

Cindy Crawford Home Hadly Sofa

Soon I will post the final results. See you then!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

How many bulbs will I need?'s been a while. I guess after the Blog Challenge I was blogged out. That and the fact that the kitchen renovation took all of my extra spare time (more to be revealed). As I sit here figuring out how many tulip and daffodil bulbs I will need to buy and plant in the fall (this will make sense in a minute) it came to mind that others might be interested in my method (the reason for this post). So here goes; how I know how many bulbs to buy and where to plant them.

Every fall I find myself in the garden center gazing at tulip and daffodil bulbs and thinking "Do I need any more" and every spring I look at what has grown and think "I should have planted more". So...this Spring I have come up with a way to solve this problem once and for all. 

First (and a little late). I took photos of my beds as they look today (May 4th).

Here's a close up....

the bricks are there as markers

Its a little difficult to see the tulips because the Black-Eyed Susan is coming in in front of them.

I know....its really hard to see the flowers as they have dropped off but in the next picture you will see were they are AND where I think it would be nice to see more.....

I drew over those that are existing to make it easier to visualize and so that the other drawings of my future flowers would look similar making the design a bit easier. 

Note: I used Adobe Photoshop CS4 

Now I know that in the Fall I will need to purchase enough daffodils bulbs to make 4 clusters and enough tulip bulbs to make 3 clusters. 

If only I could remember what color the tulips were...LOL

Thanks for visiting,

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Love Poem

With Valentines Day right around the corner I thought it would be nice to share one of my favorite poems. We used this poem as a reading during our wedding. It was my second marriage and we both brought more maturity to the table than most first time Brides and Grooms and this poem seem to match that.

Touched By An Angel
by Maya Angelou

We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.
Love arrives
and in its train come ecstasies
old memories of pleasure
ancient histories of pain.
Yet if we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear
from our souls.
We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love's light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.
Hubby's sister reading the poem at our wedding.

 Us taking our vows. 

Hope you enjoyed this poem and thanks for visiting!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Blog Challenge #31...I made it and 10 things I learned

Blog Challenge #31

Wow...what a month but I did it. I was able to complete all 31 posts. I was not able to post one each day but I reached my overall goal of 31 by catching up with more than one on several days throughout the month.  

So, what did I learn from this challenge? 
Here's a list. 

#1  Working full time, caring for a family and posting interesting, 
meaningful, rich content every day really is a challenge (its hard).

#2  I would love to do this for a living.

 #3  It is really hard to write about things that I am not that interested in.

#4   It is really easy to write about things I am interested in (duh).

  #5  While researching ideas to write about I end up getting 
side tracked and reading tons of other blogs. 

#6  There are tons of other really great, intelligent blogs out there.

#7  I am more creative and write better mid-day.

#8  Keeping a list of ideas is crucial. 
#9  Telling your family that you are doing a blog challenge is also crucial 
(so they give you the time and space you need).
#10  After doing a blog challenge I need a break 
and will be taking a couple of weeks off from blogging. 

See ya in a few weeks!

Happy Birthday to My Baby

Blog Challenge #29

Today is my youngest child's twenty-fourth birthday. 

Nuff Said! :)

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Throwback Thursday - The Biggest Fan I Know

Blog Challenge #28

With Super Bowl Sunday just a few days away I thought I would post a picture of the world's biggest football fan. This is my sister-in-law. 

Like all football fans, she too has a favorite team...the Washington Redskins and this is a photograph of her when she was a Redskinette. Can you guess the year? 



Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Best Books Ever (So Far)

Blog Challenge #27
I love to get my People magazine every week. I like to follow the shenanigan's of the stars but the movie, TV and book reviews are great too. For this post (blog challenge #27) I am going to list 5 of my favorite books and why I have (or will) read them more than once. Enjoy!

Becoming a Doctor: A Journey of Initiation in Medial School
by Melvin Conner, MD - 1987

I read this book when I was in nursing school and wondering if I had made the wrong choice. I wanted so desperately to go to medical school but didn't want to give up the parts of life that would not fit into such an education (like being a mom of three small children). In the end I made the right choice, at least for me. 

About this book...

Dr. Conner writes about his experience in medical school. At the time he started he was in his mid 30's and already a professor of anthropology and a researcher. Through the eyes of a more mature and experiences person, he writes about his personal experience as a medical student. He tells of how he was taught to detach from patients and, in the end, decides not to go into a residency program and returns to  anthropology.  

As I surveyed this strange, otherworldly scene my mind turned, for the thousandth time, to the long course of events that had led me from my professional office - where I had followed my thoughts and read and taught and talked quietly with students and colleagues, surrounded by old books – to this world of pain and urgency, of noise and barked orders, of injury, of healing, and all too frequently, of death.

The Testament
by John Grisham -  1999

The Testament
It is because of this book that I added a trip to the Pantanal to my bucket list and became obsessed with joining the Peace Corp. The later has passed but I am going to find out more about what is offered through Cross Cultural Solutions. 

About this book...

This is a really great story about a self-made billionaire, a litigator from Washington DC and a woman who gave her life to God and went to live and work with a tribe of Indians in Brazil. It is an adventure that follows the lives of those three and others that intertwine their lives. 

[she] lived in a hut or a lean-to, and slept on a bed she’d build herself, and cooked over a fire, and ate food she’d grown or trapped or killed, and taught Bible stories to the children and the Gospel to the adults, and knew nothing and certainly cared nothing for the events and worries and pressures of the world. She was very content. Her faith sustained her.