How Do You Welcome Spring?

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Spring has officially arrived in Atlanta.  The azaleas, dogwoods, cherry trees and Bradford pear trees are in full bloom, showing off their finest for the 2014 season.  When this time of the year arrives, I always get the itch to do all of the following:

1.  change out pieces around my house to brighten the decor

2.  deep clean

3.  play outside in my yard and garden.

With that being said, I’ll focus on #1 for this post.  The first place I always want to change out once spring arrives is my bedroom.  I love my flannel leopard print duvet for the winter.  I’ve snuggled under it for Sunday afternoon naps on a cold day and it’s kept me warm on the chilly winter nights, but once spring arrives I want a crisp, bright duvet on my bed!  This changing out the duvet, however, often leads to changing out a few other things around the room, which leads to a shopping trip to purchase some new accessories – I mean that’s a perfectly acceptable reason, don’t you think?

So, here’s the cozy winter duvet…. and ta-dah!  my bright, happy spring duvet!

leopard print flannel bedding

leopard print flannel bedding

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spring bedding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New spring pillows

New spring pillows

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course, I HAD to add some new pillows

 

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then I found this mirror on clearance at Target, but just hadn’t gotten around to hanging it.

 

 

And how simple is this?   I found some brightly colored scrap-book paper images, used some card stock I had, and put them in some frames I had stashed around the house for a bright pop of color here and there.

 

prints mad from scrap book images and cardstock

prints made from scrap book images and cardstock

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So what are your plans to brighten up your home for Spring?

 

A Little Cocktail Corner

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Looking for a fun way to create a little cocktail corner?

This can easily be done with a cocktail tray, cart, small dresser.  The fun part is adding the small touches on top of the piece that will hold everything.  Start by looking around your house for some cute items you can use to dress up your area.

I purchased this bamboo and cane tray at an antique store and added items from around the house to create a fun setting on top of the tray.

Bamboo and cane tray

Bamboo and cane tray

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

( BTW — I love to collect corks, for any future craft projects, and keep them in a large, pedestal crystal bowl beneath the tray)

I gathered a mint julep cup I had, a small, antique cordial glass from a set that was my grandmother’s and found the wood box, with metal top on clearance at Target, to corral some random bar ware and garnish picks.

mint julep cup and cordial glass hold cocktail garnish pics and fun straws to top off drinks

mint julep cup and cordial glass hold cocktail garnish picks and fun straws to top off drinks

Wood box to hold additional cocktail accessories

Wood box to hold additional cocktail accessories

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I lined the bottom of the box with some pretty, glittery scrapbook paper, and cut out vinyl lettering using my Cricut to spell out “Pop, Fizz, Clink”.

Here’s a close up of the inside of the box.. how cute is that little “Olive you” fork?  A friend gave that to me and I love using it to spear a big ‘ol olive for a dirty martini!  I also included a shot glass, wine charms, foil cutter for wine and a wine aerator.  You can fill it with whatever items you’d like to keep handy for your cocktail prep.

Inside of box lined with paper

Inside of box lined with paper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That’s it!  Easy, Peasy!  Look around your house and re-purpose some cute, little cups and containers to dress up your “Cocktail corner,”  then kick back and enjoy a fancy drink!

Cheers!

 

 

 

What can you do with a couple of shower curtains?

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My laundry room needed a little refreshing.  We live in an older ranch home, so I don’t have the glamorous, new and shiny laundry room that comes with new construction, but I did want it to have some cute little touches.  After all, if a girl’s got to do laundry and some ironing, might as well have a fun space to do it in!

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So, that brings me to the shower curtains!  I found two matching shower curtains at Marshall’s (score!)  At just $16.99 each, that’s cheaper than purchasing the fabric.  And, even though I cut them in half and hemmed them for some curtains, I still had some finished edges, which meant less work for me!  I made curtains for a shelf space above my washer and dryer and also hemmed one to cover a large storage shelf unit.

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(below) Large storage unit with fabric hemmed, and hung to cover shelving… and cute little rug I found to place by door

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I also decided to treat myself to some new baskets for the skinny shelving unit where I keep my laundry, cleaning and ironing supplies.  I really lucked out and found four matching ones and one large one at Homegoods (so excited!)  So I switched out my baskets to go with the updated gray theme. 

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(below) large basket – yes we like chips :)

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I’m happy with my quick, easy refresh!  What easy transformation have you done lately that makes you do a little “happy dance?”

Now on to the next item on my to-do list… A little corner bar tray re-do with some fun touches! 

Have a great weekend!

 

 

Why did you start a blog?

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IMG_1406As I look back, a year and a half ago… I had just gotten laid off from my job and had decided I would sign up for Hollis Gillespie’s blogging workshop.  Of course, I didn’t have a blog at the time, but was intrigued by the thought of starting one.  Yes, one other woman, and I, were the only ones that did not have a blog.  However, I met some cool people, got a new Facebook pal from Boston – Hi Doreen! – and I stepped out of my comfort zone a bit.  So I started my blog, NowWhatNow, as a means of documenting my job search.  It’s funny to go back and read some of my posts, it was definitely a way to pour out my job search frustration, while hammering it out on my laptop.

Fast forward to me landing a job, but missing any creative aspect to my daily work, and one of my good friends telling me about Haven.  A blogging conference of DIY’ers.  I thought – “What the heck!” I signed up, and waited for August 2013 to arrived.  I had no idea what an eye-opening, wonderful experience that would be.  No, I’m not a top blogger, like so many of the talented women at the conference were, but I met some amazing women, whom I’ve been able to stay in touch with, interact with online, and at a few events around Atlanta.  And I’ve learned that everyone has a story, and these women are a force to be reckoned with.  They support each other in their new endeavors and cheer on one another.

So here’s to BLOGGERS!  Thanks for expanding and enriching my world – you all are amazing!  Can’t wait to see and meet more of you at Haven 2014!

 

 

What’s ahead in 2014 for you?

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IMG_0030I was looking back through my blog posts from the past year and wanted to re-visit my goals/plans I had blogged about last January.

After looking through them, I did touch on most of them… except for knitting.  Still need to learn how to knit – okay, okay – so it’s back on my list for 2014!

I want to continue to take risks, whether it’s with a new job or learning a new skill, or attending a seminar or conference that I might be hesitant about.  I have to tell you the most fun, interesting thing I did this past year was attend a blogging convention that a friend had encouraged me to go to.  It was a blast!  Not only did I learn new skills, get great ideas, but I met some really amazing women.  I’ve run into to some of them in online forums, at events around Atlanta, and now I’m attending an Atlanta Blogger’s meeting in a couple of weeks!  It’s just been a wonderful experience and such a great group of women to connect with.  Thank you Kelli Fox! ( my good friend who talked me into going to Haven).

I also want to motivate myself to become more involved with charitable work.  I did  a little this past year, but want to step it up in 2014.

I also have a list of projects I want to tackle around the house – rooms that need painting, putting a new light fixture in our guest room (see I have these really cool Edison bulbs that I want to use in “just the right light fixture”)  – now I need to find it!  I’m still working on sprucing up the laundry room and am so excited because I found two matching gray and white graphic print shower curtains that I’m going to use for curtains – just need to crank up the sewing machine!  I also want to travel more- I even have the hubs talked into getting away to some place warm in early March (BTW – Airtran has some good rates to some warm weather areas in FL!)

So… Here’s wishing all of you a Happy New Year and a Happy Goal-Setting, List-Making, Wonderful 2014!

 

 

 

 

Are you jealous of people who already have Christmas decorations in place?

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So, here we are – Dec. 3rd, and my tree sits in my living room – ready to decorate.  I’ll admit it, I’m a little envious of those that already have their decorations in place.  Sure, I had great plans of decorating Saturday and Sunday, after Thanksgiving… then tonsillitis struck.  No energy and just generally feeling yucky.  Uugh, I thought I would make it through the holidays without getting  sick this year. 

Well, enough whining – I did do a few quick flourishes on Monday.  No, the tree still is not decorated, but at least I have a few touches of Christmas in place. 

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I cut out “Christmas Joy” with my Cricut and some red card stock, glued it onto some twine and tah- dah!

I then went to Graphics Fairy and found this wonderful reindeer print and some sheet music to print out and add some interest to the mantel

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I’m not putting up our small tree in the den, which I usually decorate with my childhood ornaments, so I put those on display in a large glass bowl… so I still get to enjoy them. 

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Oh, and lest I forget… I did get my sweet little retro cards printed out… compliments of Persnickety Prints.  Love them!

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I’m not feeling so bad now.  At least I have a little bit of Christmas around me. :)

Organizing an old broom closet

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Ever have an organization project you just keep putting off?  I did!  So… after seeing what organizational marvels Just A Girl and I Heart Organizing are, I decided the time had come to tackle my broom closet.

Yes, this is an actual picture of what it looked like… I know – pretty embarrassing isn’t it?  After 12 years of just ignoring the issue…

Broom closet disaster area

Broom closet disaster area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here’s a picture the broom close now… after pulling everything out – cleaning, removing the crappy little shelves that the previous owner had installed and putting in new stainless steel shelving units (found on Amazon.com) and using plastic bins/baskets to corral everything.  By the way- I had NO idea I had about 6 different furniture polishes!  Who knew in that mess?!

My broom closet now!

My broom closet now!

 

 

 

 

 

It makes me smile each time I get something out of this area now.  Even my husband was amazed at what a difference it makes, although he will still stand there and ask me where the dogs treats are… when he’s staring right at them!  :)

P.S. Great tip from Just a Girl and I Heart Organizing – get plastic bins/containers from Dollar Store and spray paint them the color you want – which is what I did.  Brilliant idea isn’t it?