Archive | November, 2010

glass drops

It seems the little glass drops I used to make the glass drop ornaments in the Christmas {tutorial} collection are a little hard to come by.

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I popped in to my local craft store yesterday to look for them and after wandering the entire store, I found them!

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I bought several packs and would be happy to send some to you.

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12 glass drops for $2.00 + shipping.

Please send me a note and I’ll get them to you right away!

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If you would like to purchase the Christmas {tutorial} collection, click  {H E R E}  for details.

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paint

paint colors

Paint is good. It is inexpensive, easy to apply and can transform any room in a matter of hours. We like to paint and find ourselves repainting rooms often. I thought I’d share some of the colors we currently have in our home. They are neutrals {no surprise there} and they go with everything, but be sure to try out a sample in your home to see how the color looks in different light.

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Our home was painted from top to bottom in a great neutral wheat/gray/beige by Rodda {HFH09 – relaxed khaki}. This is the color that is in our entry, the base coat of my office and the stripes in the boys’ room. However, I can’t find a sample online and I believe Rodda is only found in the Pacific Northwest, so here are some comparable ones I found by holding up my Benjamin Moore {BM} fan deck to my walls.

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BM hazy skies {OC-48}

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BM grant beige {HC-83}

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BM berkshire beige {AC-2}

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This is the color on the top of the walls.

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BM texas leather {AC-3}

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Our walls have been this gray-blue for the past few years

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farrow & ball light blue

but we’ve just repainted the room with this new color

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restoration hardware slate

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This is a soft blue-gray that doesn’t really look like this swatch on the walls. Sorry about that. It is a bit lighter and softer in real life.

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Behr rhino {710E-3}

It is pretty similar to the ever-popular Silver Sage from Restoration Hardware

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restoration hardware silver sage

The bed & shelves in the nursery are painted this sludgy gray-blue-green {also not very well-represented by this image}

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Sherwin Williams rushing river {SW2093}

Need a few more suggestions? Here are a couple of pretty ones:

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BM revere pewter {HC-172}

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farrow & ball mouse’s back

** NOTE: while you can never get the color to match perfectly, we typically have the paint swatches color matched at our local hardware store. It is not the fanciest paint, but seems to do the trick **

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When my no.1 was about 2 1/2 and before we had a dvd player in our car, we listened to a lot of Psalty the Singing Songbook.

For the record, I love Psalty. I grew up listening to the tapes and love that I can still sing every word all these years later.  The stories makes me smile and totally speak to me in very child-like terms.

Anyway, we had one tape where the children sing a song called “Be Thankful”.  It is a chipper song about, you guessed it, being thankful.

One day, after listening to some Psalty,  I asked #1 what he wanted to be when he grew up. Without hesitation, he answered in his sweet two-year-old voice, “Thankful, mommy. I be thankful.” 

Isn’t that really the most important thing to be? Such wisdom straight from the mouth of a babe.

So on this Thanksgiving Day, I wish you a day filled with family, friends, good food, and most importantly, a thankful heart.

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are you a post-thanksgiving day shopper?

A big day is coming up for all of you die-hard-deal-finders.

I went shopping once on Black Friday {what’s with that term? not a big fan : it sounds so gloomy}. It was chaotic, lines were V E R Y long and because we weren’t looking for anything specific, I don’t remember finding unbelievable deals. What I do remember are a lot of people with a lot of stuff in their carts. It seems it is a good day for retailers.

This year, I’m joining the growing number of people who will be going the handmade route. Of course it is easier to just pop into Target and grab a few gifts {which I’m sure I’ll do a bit of especially since there isn’t a handmade gift in the world that could out-excite a 6 year old when he receives the star wars lego set he’s been dreaming about}, but I love the idea of making my own gifts and also of supporting small businesses who create unique products.

I’m hoping to put together some great gift-giving ideas {both handmade and purchased} over the next few weeks, but I have to start today so that I can share with you a great gift idea with a special bonus.

One of my blog sponsors, Starfish is being very generous and offering a free Taylor necklace to all orders made on Black Friday {from 12am on 11/26 to 12am on 11/27}.

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Here is how it works: you can purchase any item from the shop {there are some very cute and very affordable choices!} and a sweet Taylor necklace {with the initial of your choice} will be included.  If you want a few free necklaces, you can make as many separate purchases as you wish and will receive a necklace with each one.   Just include the initial you want in the note to seller when you purchase and you’ll be set.

Now that is a good Black Friday sale!

{if you are interested in sponsoring  j o n e s   d e s i g n   c o m p a n y , please click here}

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snow

let it snow

We don’t get a lot of snow in the Seattle area. So when it comes, we get a little giddy.

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An inch or two means school is cancelled, errands are postponed and snowmen are built.

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We’re in for a very fun day.

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