Monday, June 28, 2010

I Need A Change


Can you tell what is on my mind today?











Yellow chairs! I think they would really perk up my breakfast nook. I have too much dark wood furniture. I need some sunny yellow paint. And some new chairs...What do you think? Should I go for it?

Friday, June 25, 2010

Art Camp

Art Camp was a big success! I had a ball and I think the kids did too.

This is my big chalkboard sign that I have used over and over. It is just an old piece of wood painted with chalkboard paint. If I am ever having a show/sale, birthday party, art camp etc, it is the perfect welcome sign and lets people know they have the right house. (If you are thinking it is looking a little dirty, that's because after the last use, it got put behind the shed, not in the shed!)


I moved most of the furniture out of my living room and set up big folding tables. I used my dining room and kitchen chairs, but first covered them with Press-N-Seal wrap to protect them. It worked great! Every morning my living room looked like this, for about 10 minutes.


Once the creativity started so did the mess.

Nothing a little 409 couldn't take care of.

I am sick, sick, sick I didn't get pictures of the vases the kids painted. They did a fabulous job. This is a small jar I did as an example. I got straight vases, curved vases, tall vases and short vases. They picked one then decorated it with puffy paint and later sprayed them white. They turned out fantastic!! They filled the vases with paper flowers we made and the bright flowers in the white vases looked especially good.


All the campers with their self-portraits. All the paintings have such personality. I had a very talented group. We all worked on one last project together, but it is not finished yet. Can't wait until I can show it to you!

If you love crafts, kids and aren't afraid of a little mess I highly recommend art camp! It is the most craft fun I have had in ages. I can't wait until next week: New campers-new crafts!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

All You Need is a Little Ribbon...


Today, Jenny, at Little Green Notebook, posted a picture of some great looking curtains with a criss-cross design. As soon as I saw them I thought of the curtains in my husband's office.

The room isn't really an office, it's just where my husband can sit and watch all the golf he wants without having to flip back and forth between Dora and Diego.


They started out as plain Peyton Drapes from Pottery Barn. Too plain.


So one day I decided to spruce them up a little. I got 30 yards of ribbon ( or something like that), some ironing tape and went to work.


It's fairly easy but a little time consuming. The first panel wasn't that bad. Then the excitement of my new project wore off and it was several months before I finished the second panel.

But now they are both complete and I am happy...for now.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Craft Distraction

My art camp starts today. I am so excited. We are painting self portraits and other fun crafts. Maybe I should have called it craft camp...Anyway, I had so much to do yesterday and instead of checking things off my list....

I spent a large chunk of time covering tin cans with wrapping paper, fabric and ribbon.


Why? I think it might be related to my Crafting A.D.D. And, well, I wanted them to match my green tablecloths and yellow water bowls.

I have to say it was a lot of fun and turned out pretty well.

These are my water bowls. Really it's a salsa bowl, but they were too cute to pass up.


I think I am about ready. And really, isn't getting ready half the fun?

Monday, June 21, 2010

Sparkle and Shine

My house as always been very casual. I don't usually like fancy. My style is starting to change.

I think I might want to spruce things up a little.

Add some sparkle.

Maybe some all out crazy glamour. What do you think? Do you like a little sparkle?
(God forbid, do you think my taste is "maturing"?)

pictures from: Peacock Feathers, Palmer Weiss, Elle Decor

Friday, June 18, 2010

thank you! thank you!!

A while back I saw this fish pitcher on Shelter and loved it.

Then it popped up on Starfish and Sundresses. I wanted one bad!

Several weeks ago a good friend came over and said she had a little something for me. Can you believe it? My very own fish pitcher!! It is actually called a Gurgle Pot and makes gurgling sounds when you pour water. Even more amazing? I never mentioned the pitcher to my friend. She just saw it and thought I would like it!! Thank you Beth!!

Do you remember the post I did on these fabulous white bowls?


Well, Julie did and look what showed up at my doorstep yesterday. Can you stand it? Love it!! You may remember Julie from a Reader's Home Tour and her new blog Milk and Honey Home. We met through my blog and I have to tell you, this girl has talent!! Can't wait to see happens next for Julie. Thank you so much for the wonderful surprise!!
XO Sissy

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Take a look...

I am having a hard time getting back to reality after my vacation. Diapers, laundry, a trip to Wal-Mart..we're definitely not at the Greenbrier anymore. While I play catch up I thought you might like to take a look at Dwellers Without Decorators.

Suze Yalof Schwartz's has done an amazing job transforming her home.

It is all so fresh and happy. And clutter free. Where is her clutter??!!

Love all the bright colors with the crisp white accents. . Doesn't it make you happy? Check it out here.

Monday, June 14, 2010

The Greenbrier Part 1

I learned something about myself this weekend..I do like fancy.

The Greenbrier was fabulous!! We stayed in a 3 bedroom cottage that was perfect! My favorite part? The two gentlemen who came in every morning and set the dining room table with pink linens, fresh flowers, scrambled eggs, bacon and Diet Coke. Heaven!


And talk about perfect! The hotel was over the top. If I had to use one word to describe it, it would be over the top. O.K. That's three words but you get the picture.

It is hard to get an idea of scale, but this lamp is over 3 feet tall. I know because I tried to stuff a similar blue and white ginger jar lamp in my bag.

Everywhere you turned was a fabulous, over the top detail.


These light fixtures? Over 5 feet round.

More dramatic details. Even Peanut is impressed.

If you like subtle and subdued, this is NOT the place for you.

Treats like this were around every corner. Love it!!

We went horseback riding, swimming & hiking...

Played shuffleboard and bowled.

Took a tour of the bunker and did falconry.

Oh, and we ate. And ate. And Ate. We even got to eat on the top of Greenbrier Mountain. It was amazing. Here we are dining outside looking out across the valley. Not a view you get too often living on the coast.


(I had to post this picture. Cricket rarely wears a skirt and Peanut is in seersucker pants and a jacket. That never happens!!)
These two kids had a ball!!!


We all did! Thank you Papa John & Gigi!!! The glamorous life is over..back to reality!

Have you been? If not, go. Go now!!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

reader's room part 2

Y'all enjoyed Julie's home tour so much I decided to share another reader's room.

Hollie e-mailed me after seeing the post on Cricket's room. It is amazing the similarities in the two rooms.


The main difference is that she has actually completed her projects while I am still in the planning stage. I love all the details and think the bedroom looks fabulous.

What do you think? Pretty darn good isn't it? If you want to see more of Hollie's great style check out her blog Home With the Hills.

P.S. As you read this I am on the road to The Greenbrier. I'll be back Monday with lots of pictures. Have a great weekend!