It's a Party! October 28, 2012

DesignDreams by Anne


Last week's features

Mimi from Blue Roof Cabin and her deconstructed ottoman:



and how about this cute baby gift Elena at a Casarella made:


Rondell at Something Nice and Pretty with her fabulous Hoosier cabinet:
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How about Caroline from homework's scrumptious Chocolate Tea Bag Tags??



Audrey from Timeless Treasures made these amazing pumpkins:



Ann at Sutton Place came up with a beautiful fall wreath:


Shannon from aka Design  created a lovely cake stand from a tray and a bucket!



and for the piece de resistance:

The gorgeous painted pumpkins from Kelly at Jax does design

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Thanks to everyone who joined in last week!  Please be sure to link back to the party if you join our party, we'd love to feature your work but the deal is that you have to link back.

So please link up your posts and share the wealth.  Your projects will show up on all FIVE blogs and you can enter at any of the blogs shown below. 
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You can enter as always here at

Its So Very Cheri

You can also enter at these lovely blogs
Cupcakes and Crinoline
DesignDreams By Anne (That's ME!)
Setting For Four
Three Mango Seeds

--Here is the best part--

You enter one party but add a link to each of the gal's sites and you could be featured by any of us.

How fun is that?

It's 5 times the FUN!!


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IT'S PARTY TIME







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Lovely Lavender

I had a nice little crop of lavender this year and I picked and dried lots of it.  I love the smell and look of lavender so I thought I'd show a few ways I use it around my house.
in a home made paper cone and hung from a shutter


a few sprigs in a pretty bottle in the bathroom

a bunch tied with a satin ribbon and hung upside down on a mirror in the bedroom

a bunch pre-dried and displayed in a decorative perfume bottle

 broken stems, leaves and flower petals dried and put in a pretty potpourri dish

more bits and pieces in a small mason jar
A silver cuff bracelet with a mauve medallion sits on top of the petals
and a tiny beaded necklace adorns the lip.

All parts of lavender are fragrant and when dried, the fragrance lasts and lasts.  My whole house smells like lavender these days and I'm loving it!!

Have a happy week.

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How to Create an Apothecary Cabinet Look





Remember the tallboy dresser I bought at a garage sale this summer?  The one I decided to add ModPodged scrapbook paper to?  The one I instantly decided I didn't want scrapbook paper on??  Yes, it's back!!



So I bought this bad boy:

It's Party Time Linky Party!! October 21, 2012

Woo hoo!!  Its Party Time 10-21-2012!!!   


When Cheri at Its So Very Cheri invited me to join in co-hosting her fabulous weekly link party along with Anna, Mary Beth, Heather and Clydia I was so excited.  Not only are my co-hosts fabulous bloggers, but I get to see all the great projects up close & personal!

So please link up your posts and share the wealth.  Your projects will show up on all SIX blogs and you can enter at any of the blogs shown below. 
*****

You can enter as always here at

Its So Very Cheri

You can also enter at these lovely blogs
Ask Anna
Cupcakes and Crinoline
DesignDreams By Anne (That's ME!)
Setting For Four
Three Mango Seeds

--Here is the best part--

You enter one party but add a link to each of the gal's sites and you could be featured by any of us.

How fun is that?

It's 6 times the FUN!!


Linky Etiquette, SEO and How to get FEATURED more

*******

Please visit and leave comments on other entries.

Posting to my party means you are giving me the right to post your project and photos and promote on social media.

*******

OK, so let's get on with the fun!!

IT'S PARTY TIME




Mirror Makeover - Cottage Style

I found a mirror that was exactly the size I wanted with a nice big metal frame in a basket-weave pattern.  The mirror was marked down by 80%.  It had been marked down for 3 straight weeks and nobody bought it...

I had looked at this mirror every Saturday for three weeks.  On the fourth Saturday, I bought it.  I so wanted it for my bathroom.  Problem?  It really didn't fit my cottage-style house, but it was such a great deal!!!  Have you ever been there?  Buying something because it's a great deal but it doesn't really work in your home?  Sigh.  Thank God for chalk paint :)

Here's the original mirror in all its glittery, shiny newness:



I love the texture and the pattern of the frame.  In the right space, it would be lovely as it is.  In my house, it is decidedly the wrong look.  So I chalk painted it with a home made white chalk paint.  And then I painted it a second time with an ivory tinted chalk paint.  And then I painted it AGAIN with a pearl finish bone white paint (not chalk based).  Then I took my sanding sponge and I sanded it.



Oh a coat of white paint is a wonderful thing!!  I ADORE this mirror now.  The shiny metal finish is dulled thanks to the sanding, so it looks like zinc instead.  The layers of the different shades of white paint give additional depth to the look.  Love, love, love - now I want to go paint my shiny stainless steel fridge to look like this... OK well, maybe not just yet, I need to get up more courage before I go there. :)

Here's a full shot:


Have a fabulous day!


A Vintage Look for the Bathroom

I found a tiny little cabinet at a garage sale during the summer that I thought would be perfect in my new bathroom.  Except that when I got it home, I didn't really like it much anymore - it just didn't seem to fit the room.  Naturally I forgot to take a before shot... After I had thought about it for quite some time, I realized that what I disliked the most about the cabinet was its mirrored backing.  I thought about painting it but decided against it.

I have a book of scrapbook papers that are kind of old-fashioned looking.  I found a pattern I liked and cut it to fit the back of the cabinet.  I didn't even have to secure it with anything because the shelves of the cabinet hold the paper in place.


I hung the cabinet up on a wall in the bathroom and then the towel hooks I had installed just didn't look right... sigh.  Back to the drawing board!  I decided to mount the hooks on a board instead.


 Then I decided to add the same scrapbook paper to cover the board.



 After I had pasted the paper to the board it looked unfinished, so I added mitred trim around the edges.  I used my mitre saw to do the mitre cuts - first time I've ever tried to do mitred cuts and I had quite the learning curve.  After one of the trim pieces snapped out of my grip while I was sawing and caused a double blood blister and broken blood vessel in my index finger - I discovered that it was necessary to score the wood lightly before cutting through.  Please don't make this same mistake!!!

OUCH!!!
It took a couple of tries and I still screwed it up, but thanks to caulking I managed to make it look halfway decent.  I attached the trim with my finishing nail gun (so handy to have around) and ran caulk in the gaps.  Two coats of paint later and it looks pretty good! I also added a coat of ModPodge over the top of the paper to seal it.

These are brass hooks that I spray painted matte black and then chrome and then a light top spray of the black again - much more ancient looking that the bright brass!!

AND NOW I LOVE IT!!




Well off to find an ice pack...  DIY'ing is fun, isn't it??

Cheers!


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