Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Kid's Chalkboard Upcycle

Chalkboards of any kind are one my many
d├ęcor obsessions!  I love how versatile they can be.
There was one I really wanted for my front porch at Hobby Lobby
but at $40 I couldn't bring myself to purchase it.
The other day I was dropping off some items at the Good Will and
came across this beauty! Now she doesn't look like much in
the picture below but she had good potential!  This was a kid's chalkboard from Ikea.  It had a shelf on it for your chalk but
I didn't really like how it looked so I removed it and used it for another project:)  I will show that to you later!
Purchase Price: $4.95

Ok so now on to the fun part..... the finished project!
Currently being used to greet guests.
Below is a closer picture of how it turned out.

For Easter I kept it pretty simple and just added a
banner.  See the possibilities are endless!  I love a piece that I can
use for everyday and for every holiday!

So with a little spray paint to the frame and a re-coating
of chalkboard paint I was able to have my outdoor chalkboard
display for only $5.00!  Don't you just love the Good Will ??? !!
So what treasured have you recently found?
I would love to see!
Happy Wednesday!
Mrs. C

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Clothes Mentor Consignment Store Review

For all of you consignment store junkies out there, I have a new clothing consigment
store to visit!  Clothes Mentor is a woman's clothing consigment store that buys and
sell gently used clothing.  Sometimes you can even find items with
the tags still on it!  What differentiates Clothes Mentor from rest of the pack is
that you can take your unwanted items in for cash on the spot!  This is
probably my favorite feature of the store.  I like to change up my closet on a regular
basis but I don't always have the cash to make it happen so with option I take
in unwanted items cash them in and get new pieces at great prices to update my wardrobe!

The store has a great lay out with each style of clothing being group together by
pants, skirts, short sleeved tops, etc and then by size and color.  This makes
your shopping trip so much more pleasurable and can keep you on task.  I know if helps me,
if I need a black short sleeved top I can go right to it.

Clothes Mentor offers a variety of sizes starting at 0 to 26.  In addition to a
great selection of current styles they also have a very courteous and helpful staff.
From the time you walk into the store until you leave they are friendly and always
willing to help you with getting a dressing room, holding your items, and helping you find
your size!  If you want to give them a try check out there website below to see if there
is a store in your area.
Clothes Mentor

They have over 120 stores in 27 states and are looking to add 50 more in the
near future.  I would have to say that currently this is my favorite consignment
store for clothing, shoes, and accessories!  Before you plan your trip make sure to
check your own closet to see what may not be wearing, doesn't fit the way you
want or maybe you made and impulse purchase, this way you can use the
cash to put towards new purchases!

Check back later this week to see what I purchased from Clothes Mentor
with my February Budget!

I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day weekend that was filled
with love and laughter!
Mrs. C 

Monday, February 9, 2015

DIY Coffee Filter Wreath for Valentine's Day

It's hard to believe that this Saturday is Valentine's Day!
I usually don't decorate too much inside for V-Day but I
do like to put out a garden flag and I like to have something on
the door so when I saw one of my neighbors have this on her door it
inspired me to create one!  She was so sweet and actually had me over
for a demonstration and wine.  You can't go wrong with a little crafting and
wine.  This is project is pretty simple and can be created in about an hour or less.
Here is a supplies list:
cardboard/foam board (Dollar Store)
100-150 Coffee Filters (Dollar Store)
A piece of ribbon (Had in my Stash)
Spray Paint (Had in my Stash)
Phillips Head Screw driver
Box Cutter Knife or Heavy Scissors
Total Cost of this Project for me: $2.00
1. Take your foam board and draw a heart on it
2. Cut Out the heart
3. Take the screw driver and poke random wholes
all over the board- no pattern is really necessary
4. Take your coffee filters and bunch it up like you were putting
tissue paper in a bag.
5. Twist the end of the coffee filter into a tight tip so it
can be poked through the holes on the foam board
6. I would work from the tip of the hear up to the top
7. It should look like the picture below.
Now here's the fun part- SPRAY PAINT!
Pick any color that you would like to paint your heart.
It will take two coats.

On the back of the wreath hot glue your ribbon
so you can hang it on your door or for an inside decoration.
Below are two pictures of the finished project.

Not too bad for a $2.00 project that is fun to do with Friends!
Please feel free to email me if you have any questions on the assembly.
I am already thinking about all of the upcoming holidays!
I hope you FALL in LOVE with this project!
Mrs. C

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

New Creative Outlet: Painting Classes!

I have always appreciated someone who is artistic and can
just look a picture and draw or paint it!
In the last couple of months I have taken a couple of painting classes
at a local studio here in Georgia.  By no means am I a painter!
However with the help of the teachers and their easy
to follow directions I have actually created some pretty pieces.
Today I wanted to share with you two of my recent projects
that I created at Bubble & Brushes Art Studio.  They have a
great staff that is always so helpful and makes the evening classes so
much fun!  If you ever get the chance to try a class like this make sure
you attend.  You will have a great time and you will enjoy how relaxing the
experience really is!

The picture below is one that I actually did myself at home.
I need to work on my blending of colors but besides that I was pretty
happy with how it turned out.

So today's post is about tapping into your creative side!
Here's to trying new things!
Happy Tuesday!
Mrs. C

Sunday, February 1, 2015


Well I guess the beauty of blogging is that you can stop
and start again!  Kind of like all of those diets that we start the first of the year!

Life over the last six months has been very hectic and it didn't seem
like I had the time or energy to post or even to think about blogging!

Since the New Year I have noticed how much I miss the writing processs of the
blog and the fact that that I enjoy getting projects done!  It seems like when I have a
list of things I want to get done I actually get things DONE!!

Now back to the projects!!  Hope you will stop by again!
Enjoy the Super Bowl!
Mrs. C 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Brown Linen Dress & Curly Hair

Well I hope everyone had a great weekend!
Today's post will be short and sweet:)
I have recently purchased this dress for $12 at the
Red Door Consignment and though it would be the perfect
outfit for our Saturday date night:)
Since it is hot and humid at night I went with the
natural curly hair:)  My hair stayed nice all night
without getting frizzy, thanks to Ouidad Hair Products :)
I paired this dress with a belt and a fun
pair of gladiator sandals!
Happy Sunday!
Mrs. C

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Ouidad Curly Hair Product Review

Every girl wants the hair they can't have! 
I know that statement is true for me.
My past visit to my hair dresser really opened my eyes
to my natural curly hair.  I am usually a blow it dry
and straight iron kind of girl especially as the Summer heat approaches.
She made the comment to me about how pretty my natural curl
was and asked why I never where it like that.  Well if you have curly
hair you know 9 times out 10 it get huge and frizzy, that is why I never really
wore it in it's natural state!  I love curly hair but every time I would try to
"scrunch" it all it would do is make my hair feel crunchy :(
So she mentioned a product called Ouidad which has a complete
line designed for curly hair so you can embrace your natural curls!
I have to admit it did change my life in a way!!!  Ok that might be a
bit of a stretch but it did change my morning routine and how long it takes
me to get ready!  I can't get over how pretty my natural curls have become after
using this product and following the "Rake and Shake" styling method!
Below is a video that shows you the technique they use and
how pretty the curls turn out.
Over the weekend I hope to get a few pictures
of how my hair looks! 
So if you have curly hair this may be a product
you want to check out!  Embrace the curls:)
Happy Wednesday!
Mrs. C

Monday, June 2, 2014

May Clothing Budget

Here we are at a brand new month!  I just love Summer time!
This past weekend I spent much of my time outdoor working in the
yard and planting flowers!  I am not sure what has gotten into
me recently but I love being out in the flower beds and working,
yes even pulling weeds!
Now onto May's Clothing Budget
Each week I put aside $20-$40 depending on what I am
looking to buy for the month to spend on clothing, shoes, and accessories. 
By allowing myself this money out
of each check it makes feel good about the purchases I make and
usually helps me buy more pieces that I will use.
I don't always spend it all so I just roll it over to the next month and put
it towards a larger piece another month.  For example I didn't spend the
full $160.00 so I am going to keep it for a rainy day shopping trip:)
Especially after looking at my closet and seeing all of the sandals
I currently own!! Yikes! 
Here are the pieces I added to my closet in May:
I do tend to buy a lot of accessories each month
because they open up other possibilities in your closet!
Necklace: $5 (Plato's Closet)
Earrings: $5 (Plato's Closet)
Scarf: $5.00 (Plato's Closet)
I love this scarf.  I am a little crazy for the color blue lately
so I know I will get a lot of wear of this piece and be able to
accessorize many outfits!

Dress: $12 (Plato's Closet)
This dress is such a fun print and actually much
prettier in person.

Fun Print Shirt: $7.00 (Plato's Closet)
I knew when I saw this shirt with all of its bright
colors it would be a piece that could go with so many
bottoms and accessories that I just had to have it!

Dress: $12.00 (Plato's Closet)
Another great dress from Plato's Closet!

Ann Taylor Dress: $10.00 (Second Hand Sam's)
The next few pieces are a steal from a local consignment shop!
Yes $10 for an Ann Taylor dress!  I am so excited to wear this one.
It fits perfectly and is one of those pieces that you just feel pretty in :)

Dress: $10.00 (Second Hand Sam's)
Anchor Necklace: (Second Hand Sam's-GIFT)

Ann Taylor Linen Pants: $10.00 (Second Hand Sam's)
These pants were such a great buy and will be a nice
addition to my work wardrobe!

Total for May: $76.00
Traded at Plato's Closet: -$25.66
Total Out of Pocket for May: $50.34
So there you have it! I am big on recycling my clothes so
I can purchase new items.  I always have a bag started in my
closet for consignment or garage sale.  So I would love to
hear if you give yourself a clothing budget or if you have a shopping
method/secret for purchasing new items and keeping your closet
feeling stylish!
Happy Monday!
Mrs. C

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Dressing Room Reveal

Let me just say that this poor room has had three transformations
since we moved in a year ago in July:)  What can I say I like
change!   It is kind of an odd room and really wasn't even supposed to
be a room, the couple we bought the house from decided to close in the space
instead of having a balcony because when they built the house their
children were small and they saw it as a safety hazard.  It actually turned
out to be a cute room!  Below are a couple pictures of this space when it
was my craft/scrapbook room.  It really was a nice craft space but it did
feel a little cramped when I was working on a large project.  I like to have
room to spread out and since we have another room in our house that
wasn't being used I moved all of this stuff into that space!

Before I show the pictures of the finished space I will start with
the furniture I have in there.  I got this chest at a garage sale for $25
but it definitely needed some work but I thought it would work well for
a window seat in the dressing room along with extra storage!
I had a garage sale a couple of months ago and took all of the money I
made from that sale and bought this vanity.  It did come with the mirror
and stool/seat.   The knobs and the seat cushion were not to my liking
so I changed them out.  This was one of my easier projects :)

Here is a before picture of the seat before I covered it.  All I did
was purchase a yard of material from Hobby Lobby for 40% and then staple
it to the bottom of the seat and then re-attach the legs.
Now onto the fun the room looks now!
It is hard to take a whole picture of the space because of how
tiny it is.  I believe it is 6 feet wide by 9 feet long to give you a better idea.

Here is nice picture of the recovered seat along with the new hardware.

Every space needs a little bit of fun decor!

Over in this corner is "Shirley" my mannequin which was probably
my favorite garage sale find ever!  I got her from a lady that use to live close
to us in Pennsylvania and she was a steal for only $8!!! 
I use her a lot whenI  am coming up with outfit ideas because I can see how it looks the night
before and all I have to do is come in here in the morning and get ready to go!

On this wall I have a full length mirror.

As you come in the door to the right I have my jewelry display.
This was also a DIY project that I did to make this room function better
and keep my jewelry from being a tangled mess!!
You can read about it here:
 Since the room is so small I tried to utilize every inch!
On the back of the door I have my scarves organized with a shoe organizer
and on the top of the over the door hanger I store my belts.

Well thank you so much for stopping by!
I hope you have enjoyed this post and maybe it has even
given you an idea to create a similar space in your home or utilize
a small space to its full potential!
Have a wonderful weekend!!
Mrs. C

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

DIY Jewelry Display: Pegboard

Since we had an extra long weekend I was able
to get caught up on a couple of projects around the house.
One of them being my new jewelry display that I put together
using an old frame that I purchased from a garage sale and a
piece of peg board from Home Depot. 
I am sorry I forgot to take a before picture of the frame.  It actually
was a mirror to begin with but it was cracked so I just removed
the glass and kept the frame.  The nice thing about the frame it was
a perfect measurement 2' X 4'!  It worked out great because Home Depot
sells already cut pieces of peg board in this size.
Below is a picture of the peg board before I painted it. 
I used an antique white paint that I had left over from another
project so it would show off my jewelry.  You could really use whatever
color you like.
Here it is after the peg board has been attached to the
frame and painted.  The frame was a bargain for only $5 at
a garage sale and I believe the peg board was between $6 and $8
dollars, so for less than $15 I know have an organized jewelry display
that is pretty and fits in well with my dressing room.
The finished project with all of my jewelry neatly hung and
easy to get to.  It make getting ready in the morning so much more
enjoyable!  It kind of feels like I am in a boutique:)  I just walk over
and pick out what I want to wear and away I go.  Not to mention at the
end of the day I can easily put away my jewelry instead of letting it sit
on my night stand until I have a tangled mess!
Ahhh the things you can do with a little paint and
a piece of peg board :)

Well I hope you have enjoyed this simple project and
can possibly put it to use if not for a jewelry display maybe
for another area in your home.  Maybe a craft room???
Happy Wednesday!
Mrs. C
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