Thursday, September 30, 2010


I have been loving monogramming lately and am anxiously awaiting these monogrammed napkins. I ordered them in the black/white with black embroidery.

Here are some other monograms/engraving out there that I love:

Are you a monogram fan??

UPDATE:  Love my new embroidered napkins!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Free light bulbs?!!

Deal of the day:   If you are a Duke Energy customer, you can get some CFL bulbs FREE.   Call 1-800-943-7585. You will go through a few prompts.  Enter your Duke Energy account number, OR the phone number associated with your Duke Energy account.  They will tell you how many CFL’s you are entitled to.  They will mail them to the address listed on your account.  You pay Nothing and can start saving money on your electric bills.  I should be receiving my 15 free bulbs within the next 5-6 weeks. 

At the movies!

We saw 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps' this weekend.  It kept our interest, but it still is a sad story of greed & our weak economy. Here is the trailer:

On a random note, if you are looking for an easy tutorial on how to re-size your embedded YouTube video's, click here!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Outdoor Bar/Kitchen?

Our outdoor project is continuing.  Most people plan out their projects with all the details. Us? Not so much. We've now decided to add an outdoor bar to our new stamped concrete patio and we are in our 'design' stage.  Hoping to have it look something like this:

Other inspirational outdoor bar areas:

Happy Friday & enjoy your weekend!!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Have you ever shopped Harbor Freight?

This store is a great resource for lots of DIY projects.  I received an email from a blogger friend who was inquiring into how we my husband made the chandelier drum frame. I wanted to show you the tool he used to bend the wire.  He made 2 of the bent wire radius before welding the straight metal pieces together to make the drum shade frame. He used this tool that he bought a while ago at Harbor Freight.

Bloggers are always talking about spray paint & Harbour Freight does not dissapoint in paint sprayers. They are effective, easy to clean & cheap enough to throw out after a few uses.  

This version is only $11.99 each.  Have you shopped your local Harbor Freight?

Monday, September 20, 2010

Stamped Concrete Outdoor patio

We started this project earlier this summer and blogged about it here & here.   Here are some progress pics!!

”stamped concrete
Lay the rebar to reinforce the concrete

”stamped concrete

Here comes the truck. Did you know that guys love concrete?

”stamped concrete

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Float the concrete

”stamped concrete

Throw the dry color on the poured concrete

”stamped concrete

Set up the scaffolds to walk over the wet concrete

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Start the stamping

”stamped concrete

At this point, I think they are wondering why the husband is taking so many pics?

”stamped concrete

After drying overnight, we had to hose off the chalky layer.

”stamped concrete

Next, cover it in sealant.  We decided to put the sealant on the brick steps as well.

”stamped concrete

Almost finished.  Check back later this year week for final pics!
If local and interested in the contractor, it was Scott Ranz Construction & we highly recommend them!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Contractor update & TGIF

Guess what's at our house today?

That would be a mini-mix concrete truck. If you're wondering why, you can click here and here.   

Hope to show you some good progress pics next week. 
Enjoy the weekend & TGIF!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Latest Goodwill find...

After reading one of my new favorite blogs, Emily A. Clark, she was showing some of her latest goodwill finds. I was driving (conveniently) past our local goodwill yesterday, and I found an adorable silver lattice tray. If you have read my blog, you know I love trays & can read about other trays I've found here:

Not sure if you can see it, but not bad for $4!

Except there was another tag on it marked 98.95???

I think mine looks a lot like this one from Burke Decor for $64!

A little of the best silver cleaner to clean it up a bit and
then have fun moving it around the house.

Gotta love Goodwill.  
Have you shopped your local Goodwill lately?

Linking to:

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Room Remix-The Blog!

I'm really excited today since my chandelier revamp is featured on the fun blog, Room Remix. She has lots of fun before/after projects featured & one that caught my eye because I am hooked on orange lately is this fun wall painting. Hmm, where can I do this in my house?

Monday, September 13, 2010

Free shipping!!

I recently purchased some new pillow covers from an awesome Etsy seller. She has contacted me & will offer you Free Shipping on any 3 pillow covers or more through the end of September.  Her pillow covers are very high quality, her customer service is great and the prices are very reasonable. She uses a lot of the new fabrics from Waverly, Michael Miller and Amy Butler and can customize the size for you. How awesome are these new covers that will totally update your space?!

Just let Lisa know you saw the Free Shipping offer here so she applies that to your order!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Coffee Table linky party!

Today I am linking up to a fun coffee table linky party at Emily's blog.  She is very talented & you will love all her projects & pics on her blog!