Friday, April 20, 2018

A CUTE STOOL PROJECT

A few months ago I did a major overhaul in my closet. It was refreshing and freeing. I was able to donate a good many things and just rid myself of lots of unused "stuff" of all kinds. I did some organizing and rearranging in the process also, and I was left with space I didn't realize I had. 

One thing I'd been wanting to add to the closet for some time was a spot for sitting. Of course, I don't mean for reading a book and sipping coffee; just a spot for putting on shoes, thinking about what to wear to work, or maybe just breathing for a minute and thinking a deep thought. 

A chair, a bench--I wasn't really sure. When I came across this small stool thrifting with my mom one Saturday, I decided it was perfect. It's just what I had in mind. The closet is not huge; it is a walk-in, but anything larger than this wouldn't work. 


It's in good condition and sturdy.




This flower print is on all four sides.



You can tell in this picture there must have been some type of trim with a circular form to it, or maybe there was a nail head finish. But I don't see any holes for nails.


I sanded off the flowers and the legs of the stool, and painted it last weekend. Now I'm trying to decide if I like any of the fabric scraps I have around the house, or if I want to look a little more.

This first piece is left over from a table skirt, but I think it's too creamy. That makes me sad, because this one is probably my favorite.


This one is the best match in color, but this navy print... It's just weird to me.


This is probably my next favorite. The back ground is more cream than white, but not as creamy as the one above.


I also ordered a sample of this cute fabric from Fabric.com.



This geometric fabric is fun and the whites match great. The green is even brighter in person.


And now, as you can probably guess, I have too many choices! Decisions, decisions...

I bought these at Lowe's thinking I would use nail head accents. I've never worked with them on a project, so that may or may not happen.


Okay. That's where I am in the process. I'll let you know how it turns out. :-) April and May are such busy months in high school who knows when I'll be done.

Feel free to leave your opinion in the comments. Do you like one better than the others? Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

DEAL ALERT: SUCCULENTS

Who knew you could buy succulents from Amazon?


My husband saw an ad in one of his feeds and said I should share these deals with you. So, that's what I'm doing. Nice of him to be on the lookout for good deals we might all be interested in. :-) 


I love the look of succulents in every type of container and in any room. On tables tops, in book shelves, in vignettes--succulents add character to any space. I've had a few over the years (the two above), and I guess I should confess that they didn't last too long. I'm going to attempt to grow them again this summer. I definitely learned the key to keeping them alive is not to over water. I've done a bit of reading and research since I lost the first few I had, so I feel up to the succulent-growing task again.  

Here's what I found on Amazon, and if you've priced these plants at all lately, you'll see why these are good deals.  

The plants come in assorted packs and in several different quantities. Here are just a few examples of the assortments Amazon has to offer. (Affiliate links)



















How cute is this idea for planters?

via Pinterest

This would be a great idea for a hostess gift or I know some teachers who would love this for an end-of-the-year gift. :-)

One Wed

Here's another idea. Pick up random tea cups and saucers at thrift stores and use them for planters.

DIY Spins

Look how pretty they are in milk glass.

via Pinterest

They're pleasing in just about anything. 


 Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, April 6, 2018

FRIDAY'S FIVE

Here are some Friday links to explore and enjoy, and I'm also sharing two of my favorite beauty products. 

ONE - This project has to be one of the prettiest I've seen in the blogger-sphere. I don't have the patience for something this involved, but Jennifer does. The back of these shelves are hand painted. Yes, you heard me right--hand painted! 



TWO - My fashion idol...



THREE - Since publishing my post about orchids, I found a growing guide--in case we decide to try a real one some day.



FOUR - I still say this is the best stuff in the world for getting your nails in shape! More here




FIVE - This feels so good on your lips! Lord knows I need some anti-aging! I put a lot on when I go to bed, and a thin sweep of it before my lipstick when I'm on my way out the door.

(Affiliate links used.)

Happy Weekend!