Monday, May 11, 2015

And the Winner is....

First, I want to thank everyone for signing up for a chance to win the 16" x 20" canvas print.  Unfortunately, we can only have one winner.  The winner was picked via Rafflecopter random winner.  Without further ado, the winner is.........

Trisha Ridinger McKee

You should have received an email from me, but if not, please contact me.  Congrats!
 Remember, you don't have to miss out even if you didn't win.  My readers can use this code INSPIREDBYYOU35 for 35% off an order with CanvasPop.  This code will expire July 30, 2015. 

Monday, May 4, 2015

Gallery Wall & Giveaway!

Have you ever wanted something but just find that you are too cheap to bite the bullet?  That has been me with printing off our family picture.  I mean, I paid to have a photographer take wonderful pictures of the family.  But I have been too cheap to have such a large photo printed off.  So, the CD sat in a drawer for about a year with gorgeous pictures of the family.

Well, I received an email from CanvasPop.  They offered for me to get a photo turned into a canvas print for free!  The only thing they wanted in return was for me to review their product and blog about it.  Needless to say, I jumped on this!  I emailed my image and within seven days I had my canvas.  I cannot tell you how much I love it!  It is lightweight and was ready to hang.  It is the best family photo we have ever had and it looks wonderful!

Unfortunately, this picture just doesn't do the canvas print justice.  The lighting in the stairway is horrible so I adjusted it with Photoshop Elements to get a better image for you.  While I am showing off my canvas print, I need to show you my gallery wall going up the stairs.  I collected all sized frames from anywhere and everywhere to create this gallery wall.  Are you ready for to check it out? 

I would love to hear your thoughts.  Now that I am looking at it, maybe I need more?  What do you think?  Before you click away, CanvasPop has graciously offered a 16 x 20 print stretched on a 0.75 inch frame to one lucky reader!  Check out their products here.  Don't forget to enter my first ever giveaway below.  The only restriction is shipping is restricted within USA and Canada.  I will close the giveaway May 11 and contact the winner via email.  Also, my readers can use this code INSPIREDBYYOU35 for 35% off an order with CanvasPop.  This code will expire July 30, 2015.  Good luck!

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Finally, a chair worthy of a queen!

Have you ever had that project that hung over your head?  Maybe for like say 3 or 4 years?  Okay, maybe some of you have not mastered the art of procrastination like I have.  This is the reason for my procrastination:

I posted about this beauty here.  She doesn't look bad until I started to undress her.  Her bone structure looked great but as with age comes some problems.  I am sure you gals don't know a thing about that (wink, wink).  The fabric just shredded apart.  The horse hair was so full of dust.  It wasn't until I realized there was like a zillion tack and staple holes, from who knows how many upholstery jobs, that the procrastination started to set in.  I got this beauty in 2011.  It was stripped down and left in the garage, I am ashamed to say, until this winter.  My husband over time removed all the tacks and staples.  He said he found it relaxing, crazy right?!

This chair was a great storage area in the garage over the years.  But much like the hoarders on TV, my husband forced me to take action.  He reclaimed his garage and plopped the chair down in our entryway.  So, now that the forced action was clearly being aimed at me, I rolled up my sleeves and got to work.  I won't really bore you with the details just give you lots of pictures.  Are you ready to see the transformation?!

She turned out amazing.  Surprisingly, this project went super quick.  The hardest part was of course sewing the cushion.  I always seem to choose chairs that have curves.  Must be because I am use to my curves (teehee).  I cannot believe that I actually waited years to transform this beauty.  If you drop by unannounced, you may find me dressed like a queen sitting on my new throne.  Goodness what will the neighbors think ;)

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Monday, April 13, 2015

From Shabby to Chic

Have you ever found a piece and thought, "I bet I could really transform this piece."  Well, that is what I thought about this little cabinet.  It was thrown into the bin at the Goodwill Outlet.  It literally weighed almost nothing!  So, it was super cheap since at the outlet you pay per pound.

Apples and green just aren't my style.  This piece needed a little shabby chic transformation.  Of course, chalk paint was called for since the surface was pretty slick.  I first used Provence which proved to be a little too bright.  I decided to tone it down with a little Martha Stewart Milk Pail.

The apple cut out had to go on the door.  Out came my handy dandy Dremel.  Now for a little Rachel Ashwell touch.  I salvaged some material off a bed skirt I had stowed away for just such an occasion.  I attached the fabric to the inside of the cabinet door with hot glue and trimmed it out with a little bit of ribbon.  I think it really makes the cabinet!  So feminine and delicate!

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