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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coffee filter foof {tutorial}

A few days ago the Nester posted about her fabulous coffee filter wreath.

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Miss Nester posted links to other impressive creations like this one made with natural coffee filters

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and this pretty one

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but I was in awe of this amazing light fixture

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She used a paper lantern ball and lots and lots of coffee filters. Very impressive.

All of this gave me an idea for an ornament {or a hanging foof in my case – sorry, I couldn’t come up with a better name for it}. Now I’m sure there are great tutorials out there for how to make a project with coffee filters, but I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon and share {just in case you haven’t seen how to do it}.

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Here’s what you need:

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:: styrofoam ball

:: coffee filters

:: scissors

:: hot glue gun & glue

STEP ONE:  cover the styrofoam ball

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Simply flatten a filter and glue to adhere.

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The styrofoam melts slightly when you use hot glue, which is why I covered it.

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STEP TWO: create a foof

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fold a filter in half

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Then half again {quarters}

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and again {eighths}

Now snip off the end

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and your piece is ready to adhere to the ball

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STEP THREE: glue foof piece to ball

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Put a glob of glue on the ball, then gently press the foof into place. Continue with another, placing them close to each other.

Once your ball is half covered, you can turn it over and work on the other side. I was worried I would smoosh the coffee filter foofs, but they were just fine.

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Keep going and going and going

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you will probably be very excited when you come to this point:

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STEP FOUR: trim

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Your foof will be a bit uneven, so just go around and trim

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STEP FIVE: create a hanger

Here is what you need:

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:: ribbon

:: straight pin

:: scissors

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Cut a piece of ribbon to the length you want, fold over the ends and poke pin through

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Then press into the ball and you are done!

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Such beautiful ruffly goodness.

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I started with a 6” styrofoam ball and ended up with a 12” foof. I used about 100 filters.

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I’m guessing you can use the same technique to create a wreath or to cover a styrofoam cone to make an unexpected Christmas decoration as the Nester did

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My next project to copy is this amazing garland by Pam Garrison

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So pretty.

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my favorite things

Well who knew my confession of weakness would be so beautifully received?!! Thank you for your kind comments on yesterday’s post. Sometimes it just feels good to be vulnerable and trust that the Lord will use it to speak to someone going through something similar. It seems as though my feelings of not measuring up are felt by many women.  What an ugly struggle so many of us face!  As the amazing Beth Moore puts it, “comparing yourself to others will destroy your ability to do what you have been called to do”. I feel so encouraged knowing that I’m not alone in this, but also that we have more grace than we could ever need, freely offered to whomever will accept it.  I think I’ll take a big armful and rest in the fact that all I need to be is me.

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Want to see the best possible thing you could wear?

A sweet baby boy. Worn beautifully by his mama {my bf}.

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Melissa at 320 Sycamore is doing a week of favorite things and she asked me to come up with a list of my favorites to share with her readers. My guest post was on Monday, but in case you missed it, I’ll put it on here.

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Seven For All Mankind Jeans

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I pretty much wear a pair everyday.

Now I fully recognize that these are expensive jeans. Its my guilty pleasure for sure. But here’s the thing: I wear the same pair over and over and over for three years before they crumble into a pile of threads. I figure I get my money’s worth from the amount of wear I get out of them.

And one more tip: I have purchased several pairs on ebay for a fraction of the price. Before you bid, find a style and size that you like in a retail store, then search on ebay. You can find new ones for much less than retail or if you aren’t creeped out by wearing used jeans, buy a pre-worn pair. That is what I do and I have paid as little as $15!

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eggnog lattes

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Mmmm, it’s like Christmas in a cup.

More of a Thanksgiving-in- a-cup kind of girl? Try a cheg : that’s Starbucks lingo for eggnog-chai latte. De-lish.

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Apple crisp

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{especially this recipe by the amazing Ina Garten}

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L’Oreal Voluminous mascara

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My most essential makeup item

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Gap Heaven perfume

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I’m slightly embarrassed to say that I’ve been wearing this scent since middle school. I’m one of those ‘sensitive to smells’ types and this perfume is just about the only one that I can handle. It is light and fresh and c.h.e.a.p.

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children’s books

{particularly ones with great illustrations}

a few of our very favorites

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paper & ribbon

paperrolls

old silver things

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Most of the old stuff I have came from Nonna – the queen of thrift store shopping. She pops in frequently to her neighborhood Goodwill and always finds a treasure or two {and then shares them with me!}. I think that is the trick with thrift store shopping – you have to go in regularly.

and {of course} my family

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A new family photo taken a few weeks ago. We almost got everyone to smile at the same time {what a feat!}

If you want to play along and share your favorite things, Melissa is hosting a link party that will be open until Monday.

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Enjoy your weekend!

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