Enjoying the fall!

Hope you all had a wonderful summer. Ours was a whirl wind but wonderful. We got to enjoy the ocean, the mountains, lakes, streams, body surfing the waves at the beach. Lots of bike rides, hiking trails and camping. Was sad to see it all come to an end but Fall is my favorite season. We have just as many fun activities that we will enjoy outside through this wonderful season. Apple picking, fairs, camping out with cool nights around a warm fire, & taking pictures of the colorful foliage.

MY TO DO LIST is growing.

Organizing, Sewing, crafting, gardening, cooking and scrap booking ( My son is ten and I only have till he was one. I need to catch up)

So I’ll be spending a little less time on the computer and more time creating & catching up.

Here is two projects I recently finished. It’s a great way to make clutter disappear and look pretty at the same time.

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My husband made me this art table a few years ago when I was taken Interior Design classes.

I made a skirt to hide all the container under it. The front I attached with furniture nails. The sides of the table have metal edges ,  I used Velcro to attach the fabric.

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This table is an old examining table that belonged to my husbands great grandfather. He was a doctor during the 1920-1950

Sorry for the poor quality of the two pictures above. I’m down to using my cell phone to take pictures. Working on saving $ for a new digital camera. The duck tape isn’t quite working anymore on my old one.

Here is an idea for fall window boxes. These are hardy enough to keep in your window boxes until the snow fly’s.

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I’ll leave you with some images of  fall in New England. We are not quite at our peak yet. A couple more weeks of cools nights and the forest will be on fire with color. Everyday puts on a new show.

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Enjoy the Fall!!!

Take Care and Have Fun!

Tracy

Napkins for a Tea Party

I just listed these whimsical napkins in my Etsy store My Pretty Poppies.

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Over the next few days I will be adding the matching table cloths and napkin ring holders. The table cloths would fit a child’s 24 x24 table.

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They would make a great gift for a little girl or even a mom who would like to add a little whimsy to her home.

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I just love these colors. They are from the Tutti Frutti collection. The tea cup is from my china tea cup collection. When my mom moved the last time and we bought our house, she gave me all her tea cups.

When I was little we would have tea time. She would purchase lose tea, seep it, and then strain it into the tea cups. There is nothing like fresh tea made from flowers and herbs.

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Take a few minutes out of a busy day and grab a cup of  herbal tea. My favorite scenes in Masterpiece Theater Productions are those where the women and men are all dressed up outside enjoying tea. Zoe Wannamaker in The Old Curiosity Shop is shown in a wooded area sipping out of her tea cup when  the main characters in the show come up on her.  A scene from Emma ( I think it was that one) shows all the help lugging tables, food, and linens up a steep hill so there employers can have a picnic up on a hill. How romantic.

Enjoy and I’ll hope you join me in a spot of tea.

Have Fun!

Tracy

A Chic looking Bulletin Board & Tacks

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Make this Chic looking  bulletin board.

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I started with an old frame. I found this frame when I was helping my in-laws  unpack their storage container. They had just moved back to New England. This frame was really dirt, torn and ready to be discarded. I  ripped out the old mat, sanded down the frame lightly, wiped down with a damp cloth, sprayed with  primer, and 2 coats of desired color.

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I bought foam board and cut it to the size of the frame. The frame was so big that I had to use 2 sections of foam board. I taped them together with clear duck tape.

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After I made sure that the board fit tightly, it was time to wrap the fabric around the foam board.

I used clear duck tape to secure the fabric to the board.

Lay fabric out on table and leave about 3 to 4 inches extra to over lap on to the back of the board.

Iron your fabric first before applying to foam board. Start on the right side of the frame  half way up the board( Start on the longest side of the frame).

Tape and then press down on the tape to make sure it holds securely. Now go to the opposite side you just did and repeat the process.

After you do those two sides move to ( the shorter sides of the frame ). Repeat the process again. Work your way around the board pulling tight all the time. Flip the board over frequently to make sure the fabric is staying taunt.

I used a stapler to fasten the fabric covered foam board to the frame. I used the same method I did with the fabric.

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Check out the thumb Tacks. I made them with vintage beads and colored wire.

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I wrapped wire around the thumb tack. Once that end was secure to the tack I threaded the beads on to the wire.

To make the flower petals. I threaded seven beads on tot he wire  and twisted the wire around the tack twice and repeated the process two more times.

To make the loops I just added as many beads as I wanted and then twisted the wire around the tack to secure it.

These would make great custom gifts for friends &  family. Think of all the paint and fabric choices. They are endless.

Hope this has inspired you to breath life into some old frames you may have around your home.

Have a great night!

Tracy

Turning a small space into a child’s room

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I wanted to share this child room with you. My sister-n- law and I designed and decorated this room a few years back for a client. She wanted to move her three year old out of their bedroom and into his own space. They had a  funky little space at the top of their stairway. We gave them hope that it could be a great space for a child, with the right planning.

In a small space lots of storage in necessary. We had my brother-n-law build a custom cabinet to fit in the corner. The higher shelves were for mom, so she could store toys that could be rotated & extra linens. We found the bins at Pottery Barn.

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Next on the list was a place for him to sit and draw. And as he got older, he would have a place to do homework. Chalk board paint was used on the desk  top. Kids really enjoy drawing on chalkboards. We  found a red colored coordinating chair. I’m not sure if we got it at Pottery Barn or the Mill Store and the client painted it. We found a wheel around bin( for more toys & extra sitting)  that could also go under the desk.

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The book rack on the wall came from the Mill Store. The store  is a great place to find items if your on a tight budget. You can stain or paint them yourself.

The bed we spray painted to match the wall cabinet. The curtains were shower curtains we had found at JC Penny and my sister-n-law made them into Roman shades. We found coordinating  fabric to make cornices. They were very easy to make. Some day I’ll do A tutorial on them.When using Roman shades make sure their our no hanging strings. It can be dangerous. I know in the picture they are hanging but the mother was going to buy the hardware after we left to put the strings up high and out of the hands of the little one.

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The bedding came from Pottery Barn. We started the whole design process with that. The client had bought the quilt first and we took all are ques for  color from it.

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On the walls we used Benjamin Moore paint. We used a lighter shade blue on the ceiling. This helps make the room feel and look a little bigger. Your eye doesn’t stop at the ceiling /wall line. On the wall that the bed is up against, we used a magnetic paint. We did this so he could put little magnetics on the wall, letters,cars ( another surface to play on).However we were not happy with the results( We had used five coats of paint). It could only hold a very thin magnetic. Maybe the paint has improved since then (this was done 4 years ago). We found the paint at our local Ace Hardware store.

Hope this gives you some great ideas for storage and getting the most out of a small area.

Have a great night & Enjoy!

Tracy

Kitchen Makeover on a budget

I wanted to share with you a Kitchen makeover that was done by the home owners themselves.  They wanted the look of a new Kitchen but new cabinets were not in the budget. They took there old cabinets and made them over.

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First they sanded the cabinets down, applied two coats of primer. To give the cabinet fronts a bead board look,  they used wall paper with raised bead board lines on it. They  glued it to the cabinets and then primed them.

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Several coats of paint were applied to the cabinets. They did replace the appliances. Doing most of the work themselves, they saved a ton of money.

Here is a clever idea to hide all those chargers, keys, wall phones.They bought a medicine cabinet that was marked down.They painted it the cabinet colors, decorated the front with fabric and ribbon to hold pictures.

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I hope this inspires you in your home improvement projects. You can make a room look very different with paint and some good old fashion elbow grease.

Clock Picture Arrangement

I wanted to share this really cool idea that my sister-n-law did in her living room. She had a bunch of pictures of clocks she had bought. She had cut out sections of the clock and framed them in all the same frames. The end result looks like one giant clock on the wall.

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These frames are the only picutres on the wall so it makes a great impact.

You could use this idea to show all  kinds of  images.

Have Fun & Enjoy!

Tracy

Nesting

How do you make your house feel more like a home? I love to have old items that have a history to them. Most things in our house are from loved ones. Each piece has it’s own history. im0000031

The book case came out of my grandparents summer camp. Us kids would get our books & games off it on rainy days. The dishes on the bottom were their wedding dishes. The dishes above it also came from my grandmother. She sold her wares at  flea markets and Antique dealerships. You could always find something that you loved.

im0000052I love this table . It has so many memories sitting on it and above it. The table belonged to my husbands great grandfather. He was a doctor during the 20’s,30’s & 40’s.

The hurricane lamp belonged to my mother-n-laws parents. It has provide much light this Winter during our many power outages.
The Water color pictures are from a great Aunt. They are pictures of Scotland. The mirror is from my husband’s great Aunt.
The jewelery and cake stand are from my grandmother.
& the pictures are of the next generation of grand kids.
How do you celebrate your family heritage?

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Tracy