Always Remember to Dribble Right

Always Remember to Dribble Right

 
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Pinterest is full of quotes about finding yourself and finding who you are and knowing your own path.

Quotes like “Some people get lost for so long they forget how to find themselves.”

And  “Lose yourself in the things you love and it is there you will find who you are.”

And my favorite “Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go, just remember how far you have come.”

Wonderful, sage, incredible, amazing advice.   I know.  I get it.  I understand.  There are days when I feel like I need to have some of these quotes written on my hand so I remember the importance of just being myself.

But this week I discovered that  I really didn’t need Pinterest or quotes or wise advice from others.

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Ladies Meet My Spring

Ladies Meet My Spring

 
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There comes a day when I have to break up with winter.

It’s usually somewhere around the middle of February when the snow days have lost their luster and the gray skies don’t look like they are ever going to cheer up and all the leafless trees look like they are auditioning for a part in an Alfred Hitchcock film.

Enough already.

That’s when I tell winter he was a super cute date for the holidays and I really like mistletoe and carols and sleigh rides and he was totally hot when he showed up wearing all that white.

But now?

I’m over it.

There’s a new special someone in my life.

Ladies, meet my spring.Continue reading

Summer Decorating On the Back Porch

Summer Decorating On the Back Porch

 

This post is sponsored by Martha Stewart Living Home Decorator’s Collection.

Back Porch Decor

In Kentucky we have a saying that if you don’t like the weather….

….just blink.

It’s so true.

Around here the weather can change on a dime.

One minute you are sitting on your back porch in the most amazing set of indoor/outdoor chairs listening to the crickets and drinking sweet tea and discussing if hamburgers taste better on a charcoal grill and if pink lemonade goes better with french fries than orange popsicles.

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DIY Burlap Table Runner

DIY Burlap Table Runner

 
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When the new year rolls around and January 1 rolls out the red carpet….

…..some of my friends adopt a word of the year.

Have you every tried it?  Doesn’t that sound incredible and purposeful and a great way to start off the year with a little inspiration?

Except.

Except every year I began the challenge, I discovered that a year is a really long time to date a word.

Right?  

January I’m totally in.  February I’m starting to lose steam.  And by March I’m so over it.

Ironically my word this year was “resolute.”

Seriously.

And we all see how that’s working out.  🙂Continue reading

Thanksgiving Table Ideas

Thanksgiving Table Ideas

 

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A couple of months ago I came to the realization that….

….I have this mildly annoying habit.

I hum to myself.

All. The. Time.

I mean….of course….I don’t think it’s annoying at all.

But I’m me.  I’m the hummer, not the one being inadvertently hummed at and I never even notice that I’m doing it.

Do you have a habit like that?  One minute you’re decorating a table and the next minute you’re humming all the verses and the chorus from “Let It Go” from Frozen….

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Trash to Treasure:  Leather Belt Table Top

Trash to Treasure: Leather Belt Table Top

 

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Maybe it was because it was date day.

Maybe it was because the yellow flowers are blooming all over the meadow on the side of the road before you cross the bridge.

Maybe it was because I was have the best hair day….ever…..in the history of ever.

Maybe it’s because….if you are watching Mad Men….the old Don Draper finally showed back up.

Whatever the reason.

Whatever the cause.

All the stars aligned and the angels sang the hallelujah chorus in perfect harmony when I entered the thrift store with extraordinarily high hopes…..

….and left with an entire bag of leather belts for $1.

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Yep.

I know.

I’m as amazed as you are.

Who knew there was a place left in the continental United States that sells an entire bag of leather belts for only $1.

That’s cheaper than a diet coke at McDonald’s or tickets to the movies or a seat on the train.

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And as the proud owner of a bag of one dollar leather belts….

…..I had to come up with a project.

Seriously.

Those belts couldn’t just sit in the bag after their brief moment of dazzling glory.

So here’s my entry into the if-I-were-a-leather-belt-what-would-I-want-to-become category…..

….a leather belt table top. 🙂

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How to Make a Leather Belt Table Top

Supplies:

leather belts

table

scissors

Elmer’s ProBond Advanced Glue

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Step 1:  Find some belts

Make sure the stars are aligned and you’re having a really amazing hair day.  Then cross your fingers and head for your local thrift store.

Here’s a few belts from my $1 bag.

I chose black….but you could also go with a tan leather as well.

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Step 2:  Cut belts to fit

I mixed up the patterns and textures in a row and decided which belts I wanted where.

Then I simply cut the belts with scissors.

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Step 3:  Glue in place

Glue the belt strips in place.

I used Elmer’s ProBond Advanced Glue.

Make sure you lay something heavy on top of the leather as it dries…..so it will dry completely flat.

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Here’s what the table top looks like after I finished.

And can you believe I made it for $1?

Shhhhh.

Let’s keep it between us.

We don’t want the price to sky-rocket…..

….because then we’ll all have to tighten our belts. 🙂

Disclosure:  I am a project coordinator for Elmer’s ProBond Advanced Glue.

However all opinions on glue and leather belts and table tops are 100% mine.  

Please see my disclosure policy for more information.

 

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Need a little more trash to treasure inspiration?

Check out these projects from some of my favorite bloggers:

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Scrap Fabric Rag Bunting

AKA Design

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Hello Darlin’ Wall Art

Rain On a Tin Roof

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Artwork Make0ver

So Much Better With Age

Wood Stick Vase

Wood Stick Vase

 

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The other day the sun was shining and the birds were chirping and the grass was growing….

….and I wanted to bring a little of spring inside.

The dining room table still had little bit of winter and I wanted to redo the table…..

….and I didn’t want to spend any money.

Actually…..I couldn’t.

I gave it all to Uncle Sam on April 15. 🙂

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Four Seasonal Tablescape Ideas

Four Seasonal Tablescape Ideas

 

Tablescape

Tablescape Ideas

Summer Tablescape

Do you ever wonder if the table always looks like this?

If the silver is always shined and the glassware always sits immaculately next to the square silver chargers layered with white ware and sparkling silver chandelier plates.

Ummmm…negative.

*sigh*

Not even close.Continue reading