Saturday, June 25, 2016

Great Ideas For Your Weekend




It is that time of the week again. The WEEKEND!!! Woo- Hoo!!

Are you ready for some mind boggling ideas to shake up your weekend?

Here we go……….

cupcakes in dollar store champagne flutes.  seriously, why didn't I think of this?!:

I just had to start with this sweet idea!! These plastic flutes from the dollar store are great presentation holders for cupcakes.

Depending on your color scheme for your party you can customize these for your own personal need.

If you are serving punch at the same party don’t go for normal ice try these over sized flower shapes made out of………
Make ice in the bottom of plastic bottles for flower-shaped ice to float in punch bowls!  Will remember this.:

The bottom one is a liter soda bottle bottom! Genius!! Love this idea!!

Now for some special decorations take an ordinary balloon and do something a little special by……..

to get balloons to hang upside down put a marble inside before blowing up.I love white balloons in different finishes, shiny,pearl,matte.:

…… putting a marble in them before blowing up and they will hang upside down. 

I love white balloons in all different finishes. One other special touch if your party is at night, add a glow stick!!!!

Speaking of lights!

Hang a lantern filled with a strand of battery operated twinkle lights...looks like fire flies!:

Fill any inexpensive lantern with a string of white lights and hang around your yard or in a tree. Can you imagine these en masse’, amazing!!!

Now let’s get down to some practical ideas……….

put cotton ball in fingers to protect them from getting cut by your nails,great idea!:

Are you like me and you poke holes in your rubber gloves? 

Well, cotton balls to the rescue!!!! Just poke a cotton ball down in the tip of the finger and they will be protected from sharp fingernails!! So simple!!

My reader NanaDiana just wrote a comment and she puts some baby oil on her cotton ball in her garden gloves and she gets an oil treatment for her cuticles. Brilliant Diana!!

for painting on ceilings or other high places to prevents drips.:

Don’t you just hate paint splatters on your face when you are painting something above your head? Make a paint guard with a plastic bowl lid!!! Now, why didn’t I think of that?

Another pinner said:  I wish I had seen this years ago!! Tape before caulking. Smooth out with finger. Then peel off the tape immediately, before it dries. SO smart!!:

My hubby is really a very handy guy, but there is one thing he is not very good at…. Caulking!! 

You know the saying, if a little will do good a LOT will do better?!! Well, that is his method when caulking, and you all know that does not work.

This looks like the perfect remedy, tape using two pieces of tape, and caulk your line between the two pieces of tape. Voila! Not too much, and a perfectly straight line!!!

This next idea actually comes from ME!!!! I did this in our kitchen re-do. We had the typical 1978 cabinets. I decided to paint them but before I did the painting we adding some skirt molding and feet to the bottom of the cabinets.

Guess what I used for the feet? Shelf Brackets, turned upside down. Inexpensive shelf brackets!!!!

Use shelf brackets ($2.00ea.) turned upside down to give the bottom of kitchen cupboards the look of furniture legs. 1970's kitchen transformed.

Each bracket cost $2.00!! I think that was money well spent, don't you? If you would like to see more of my kitchen you can go to the top of my blog and take a tour of my home!!

BEFORE YOU BUILD A HOUSE - A forum of handy ideas people wish they'd thought of before they built:

For those of you that have a pony wall in your home, or plan on having a pony wall, how about some extra storage? Brilliant!!

Have you ever wondered if some of the ideas you see on Pinterest will work or not? Well, some brilliant person is writing a blog specifically dedicated to those ideas that Did NOT work called PINSTROSITY!!

Pinstrosity -- A blog where people submit Pinterest projects that didn't turn out as planned. I love how they tell you why it didn't work and what you need to fix.:
Ways for Kids To Earn Money Around the House.  I especially love that these cards have step-by-step directions for the kids!:

When your kiddos would like to earn some extra money by doing chores around the house give them this envelope with chore cards that have instructions on how to do the chore, so they know what you expect, and the amount of $$ it is worth. Brilliant idea!!

That is it for this weeks installment of Great Ideas!! 

Have a wonderful weekend!!!


Thursday, June 23, 2016

An Easy Method To Summerize Any Room


I  had a comment on my blog from one of my readers from Australia………
BloggerShe said... 

I'm always fascinated to read that you northern hemisphere dwellers change your rooms for the seasons and swap colours and accessories. We don't do that here in Australia, what you have just stays until you don't like it anymore and change it.

But we don't do cool colours for summer and warm colours for winter. I don't really like reds and other warm colours so I think I would be stuck. I just stick with what I love all year round.


I found her comment interesting and it made me think....
....... I have always changed for the seasons. Nothing life changing just a few elements here and there. 

It just comes naturally to me, but after reading this comment I realized that maybe this would make a good  How-To blog post.


Where do you start!
This will vary quite a bit from person to person and even from area to area.
When making your list try to think of varying textures, and favorite summer colors that you can incorporate easily into your existing space.
  • Cool blues and greens
  • Sea shells or found objects from the beach
  • Clear vases or vases with blue or green tints.
  • Beach stripes
  • Baskets for texture
  • Fresh Ferns
  • Images of beach scenes
  • Sailboats
  • Lemons(reminds me of fresh cool lemonade)
  • Limes
Once your list is made you can begin the fun part!!
Clear your room of allllll the accessories  and elements you want to change out! Yes! ALL of them!

Now you have a clean slate to add your summer additions.
It will be up to you which elements you change out.
  • Accessories
  • Pillows
  • Rugs
  • Artwork
I begin adding my summer additions with the larger pieces first. Lamps, artwork, larger accessories, and pillows.



Next I will fill in with the smaller pieces. With each item that I add I step back, and look to see how it changes the look, and feel of the room.

When adding each element look at the area you are going to place it, and decide if you need a shiny, smooth or rough texture in the area.

Also, do you need a pop of color or just a place for the eye to rest?! Remember not every single nook and cranny has to have something added to it in a room.

Remember to always step back and view the room as a whole after each new addition. You want your room to visually flow.

Now you are ready to enjoy your new
summer look!!!


Monday, June 20, 2016

Creating A Summer Room Without Blues

Its a beautiful morning.

Can a room have a season? 
You bet it can!!

Of course the look of the room will vary between the homeowner’s design aesthetics, and often times their location.

Have you ever thought about how much the region you live in dictates the color and design choices for your rooms?

For instance, someone that lives by the beach in Florida would have a totally different summer seasonal look in their home than someone from Minnesota.

Personally I love a Spring/Summer vibe in my home, but find it  very difficult to decorate in winter, or autumnal colors. 

I will be the first to admit, it is much easier for we blue lovers to get a summer look.

Coastal Rooms by the Sea 7
(Definitely a summer room in autumnal colors)
So if you want to shake things up a bit, and do some seasonal changes how do you do that when you don’t like certain colors that  normally represent the season?

You make a list!!

WHAT? You may ask!

You make a list of  the colors, and  the elements that You DO like that remind you of the season.

What if you can’t  think of anything to put on your list?

Use a picture of a room that evokes a summer look, and write down the elements in that room. Find those elements in the colors that will work in your room.

For instance, take this image…..

Coastal room...ahhh! Can I do it with a French twist?
If you eliminate the navy blue pillows, and just look at all the elements you will have quite a few elements for your list.....
  • Shells
  • Baskets
  • Woven Totes
  • Elements or images of Summer games or activities
  • Straw hats
  • Wood elements
  • Bottles
  • Lanterns
  • Clear bottles filled with shells or summer greenery

I am now going to show you Summer Rooms without any blue in the room that have some of the above elements displayed. 

You  that know me, know this is a hard one for me to not show any blues, but it is not about me, it is about YOU!!


CHIC COASTAL LIVING: Dreamy Coastal Rooms
No blue in this room, just all neutrals, and yet I still get a summer vibe.

Amber Bottles with Sea Life - Sea Fan, Coral and Sea Urchin ~ I could make these!
Shell. Print.

Check out this shell print! Not a speck of blue, or green!

This would summerize a room that had  earth tones as it’s color scheme. A shell print would be a great jumping off point for your room.

shell print
For those of you who prefer neutrals how about a black and white, or sepia shell print.


Nothing says summer like a straw hat. How about  using some fun summer straw hats displayed in your room…..

straw hats
This might be a bit too many for most, but you have to admit, it does make you think of summer!

Straw hat and bag display
This person even added some straw bags to the mix!


beach bags

Are you still with me? 
Now let’s look at some neutral summer rooms void of BLUE……
If I replaced the purple furniture & I had no dogs or kids- I would love to do this!! I will be on the hunt for that octopus pillow though!!!
There is no mistaking that this room is dressed for the summer. Just look at all of the elements here.

loving the neutral palette - good idea with little ones? probably not :(

The addition of the sailboat is what makes this room look like a summer room. Notice the shell print pillows on the sofa! You could add sail boat to your list from this image.

Lake home living room- love the seating options and the kid-friendly neutral color!

Totally neutral and yet I can tell this is a summer room. Notice the large clear bottles with beach grass in them. Another addition to your list, BOTTLES!

Pretty living room all in neutral. Love the shelving design on each side of the windows. Great use of space and way to display treasured items.    My Sweet Savannah
Another neutral room that evokes summer. Just eliminate the blue books and it becomes neutral. 

Notice the demijohns with a palm frond in them. A touch of nature in the form of live plants will always make a room fresh, and in this case summery. 

Palm fronds, banana leaves, or beach grass is another element you can add to your list.

I have started a list for you and have given you some visual images to help jump start your summer decorating.

I hope this has been helpful and you can start decorating your very own personal....