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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Dining room redux part III on: August 27, 2012 04:31:01 PM
Love it, what did you use for displaying your Brooches? I'm always struggling with where to put mine. I would never come out of this room if it was mine, it looks like a funky boutique, you're just missing a 60's style mannequin with the painted faces and the sleek Black Bob  Grin

Thanks so much, I used embroidery rings painted with sturdy fabric!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Dining room redux part III on: August 26, 2012 02:09:29 PM
Since I have lived in my home I have struggled with this dining room..I envisioned gatherings with great food and lots of friends.  I have enjoyed some great gatherings...but never in the dining room.  Its been painted and repainted again and again but my satisfaction with it never seemed to last.  It always ended up as a catch all for all my stuff and it was never useful.  I hate wasted space (who doesn't!) so it has been bothering me for years now!  Two and half years ago I sort of put it in the back of my mind...I decided to get into shape and as of a month ago I reach a major major goal so I decided to do something awesome for myself.  I collect vintage...vintage everything...but I don't feel like I am respectful to my collection.  I forget about my bags and scarves because they are crammed in drawers, my jewelry gathers dust in bowls on my dresser...clothing that fits (I have a huge collection and its been a blast going through it at different stages to see what fits as I progressed) is mixed up with stuff that doesn't or stuff that should be sold or passed on to friends or donated.  I joke about being a hoarder, I really was starting to feel like one...I mean what pleasure am I getting from a stunning faux leopard bag if its in my scary basement at the bottom of a trash bag?!?  So up and out..I finally decided to turn my spare bedroom come dining room into a delightfully over the top dressing room.  I kept a very tight budget spending about 160$ for paint and wood and I shopped myself.  I cleaned out my garage, my 1/2 story, my basement and found cool items that I had forgotten about, projects started and elft to gather dust.  It feels great finally see all of my stuff and I have so much left over I've decided to have an awesome huge Vintage Yard Sale to pay for the other part of my gift to myself, a vacation to NY NY! 

SO this is my dining room before....when I first purchased my home...its pretty scary

SO I redid it and I was really happy with it.  That is until it started gathering dust and vintage clothing begain to accumulate on the table...here is the first after...

So I decided maybe a change was in order so I repainted for the 6th time and came up with this...

I really loved the color and the drapes but in the ended I still wasn't using it as a dining room.  So here is my final final make over of my dining room...

I made the shelves and clothing racks and everything else refound through out my home.

I have used this room every morning since completing it and it stays pretty spotless...If I keep a room consistantly clean I know I really love the way it looks!  Thanks for reading and looking. 
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Colorful BackYard Do Over on A budget on: July 23, 2012 12:34:23 PM
I am still looking for ideas!  Thanks so much!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Pebble Moasic on: February 16, 2012 04:55:29 PM
HI there I wondered if anyone has done a pebble moasic in their front yard?  I really like the look of them and I think I could make it a bit more formal so it would look good as my front walkway but I am concerned about clearing it during the winter and if it will just be a big mess?  Any thoughts?
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Re: patio umbrella on: February 16, 2012 04:49:44 PM
I had planned on replacing the fabric on my umbrella but I liked the crazy pattern on the interior (not the scary brown exterior) and what I ended up doing was using vinyl spray paint and painting it a crisp white.  Which worked for me since the rest of the yard is fulll of color...is that a possibility for you?
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Colorful BackYard Do Over on A budget on: December 11, 2011 03:26:32 PM
Thanks so much!  I had a blast doing this...now its on to the front yard!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Colorful BackYard Do Over on A budget on: December 06, 2011 06:12:55 PM
I have lived in my home for ah 5 years now and had a blast redo the various rooms, the one place I feared to tread.  The back yard.  It was small and scary with weird weeds and horrific pornographic smelly mushrooms...really I have pictures of them.  I tried a few things with it, painting the shed, adding tables and raised beds but it just wasn't me and it never looked good.  There were many issues...the large rotting shed, the huge broken concret slad left behind when i tore down said shed (in addition to two other large concret slabs) and the weeds.  This spring I walked out into my backyard looked down and wondered where the gress was.  There was NONE my yard had been taken over by thisle...it was all thisle (my fault for uhm not mowing at all the year before) so I decided to do something...I did tons and tons of research, considered breaking up the concrete just anything.  I realized I had to change my perspective a little and focus on making the best of what I had and reworking what was there.  ALso I needed to stay with in a tight budget of about a 1000 dollars.  First thing I had to deal with the thisle...Everything I read suggested toxic chemicals orrr waiting it out.  I opted to wait it out...this involved leting it grow until it put all of its energy into flowering and then ripping it out and ripping it out...I don't have pictures of the thisle forest but I do have pictures of the boring yard before the thisle took over .  We started by pulling out the thisle, my back yard is actually very small and with the concrete its even smaller, we pulled out about 12 bags of thisle and various weeds.  After pulling it out I laid down about 3 inches of cardboard.   

After laying down the cardboard I began stopping at lowes every evening after work, late in the day they bag up mostly full bags of mulch that have rips in the bags and mark them half price.  I was able get the cedar chips I like at a buget friendly price, I also collected 5 dollar gallons of opps stain from the same maker that I thought I might be able to mix into a pleasing shade for my fence.  This took a little time but i wasn't in a big hurry.  While I collected my bags of Cedar mulch I was also able to collect gravel and that same discount andtops soil for filling in depressions.  I stored these items on the scary broken slab in the back of the yard and got to work on the visible slabs.  To them I added paint (not Opps sadly and clean sealer)  I also refinished some vintage patio furniture I had gotten for a steal because the glass table top was broken..I took care of that by cutting a peice of exterior plywood to size, painting and sealing it and adding a hole for my redone umbrella.  Once I had the supplies needed for the rest of the landscape I started...I added a thick layer of mulch to the cardboard in a somewhat interesting design (I hope within the next two years to be able to just cover the yard with flowers without the thisle taking over again) and cut into the cardboard to plant perennials...by collecting and trading annual starts and perennials with friends I was able to fill the garden cheaply.  I also created alot of colorful ceremic art to fill my garden, totems, hangings and feeders.  Anyway I said kinda on budget...it was about 1300 all total but that includes the art, the furniture, the paint, the new fence and someone other than me installing the fence.  I am not completely down...i would love to fashion a trellis for over the garage door, add a reycyled shed (if anyone knows where to find tips on doing these I would love to know), add a little line to dry clothing on and add art to my bare garage wall but overall I am happy with it.  I didn't want it to be over the top, which it for sure is but I love it regardless.  Enjoy!

This is along my driveway I plant Zinnas everyyear...these guys have been coming up for a few years now and i only realized there were flowers and not weeds this year and finally stopped yanking them out...

Picasso day my friend and i made some totems inspired by him!

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Scary Backyard makeover on A budget.... on: July 10, 2009 04:11:44 PM
I really just need some ideas as to what I can do with my backyard to make it party worthy.  I am planning on replacing the fence in August.  I removed a rotting shed in my back yard hoping to find a nice slab on which I could build a pergola instead I found 6 uneven ones and a fence that was rotted with posts that are not sunk in the ground...i also found lots of animal skeletons.  Not fun.  I would really like a budget friendly way to make it look good until I can get in there and rip out the cement.  The get together I have been asked to host is in September.  SO far I have repainted an ugly beigy yellow garage door a crisp white, ripped out a shed, built a raised bed garden (I would have put it on one of the slabs if I had known I was going to be trying to disguise a big slab of concrete a month after I built it) out of cinderblock with the intention of covering it with a mural or maybe a moasic and I planted even more long lived annuals.  I also stenciled two of the concrete slabs in my yard and created some colorful yard art from clay.  If anyone has any other ideas or suggestions for my yard and the huge slab (I will be getting rid of the excess stuff before the party) I would love to hear them.

This is the slab that was under my shed, the idea I had was removing the smaller slabs myself and planting flowers but leaving the larger 2...but I don't have much, any experience with that kind of thing.

More of my tiny back yard...

Some pretties...hopefully they will still be here for the party.

One of the slabs I stenciled...

9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Butterfly Tree on: January 15, 2009 03:47:22 PM
Soooo pretty
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Tutorial- Inserting a yoke into a shirt for extra cuteness on: December 05, 2008 04:54:44 PM
Very cool and helpful!
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