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Friday, July 1, 2016

DIY Drink Station

Are you getting ready to entertain this weekend?

Although I love to entertain outdoors, I do not love the heat or mosquitoes. BBQing and backyard games are fun. We usually set up our volleyball net and get our grill started and have a blast. We drink a lot due to the heat so this year I decided to make an drink station so everyone can help themselves.

I purchased two large crates and one medium. I love the dark stain to these. Stack the two together with open side facing forward. You can leave or secure with small wood screws. Then I placed the medium one upside down to make a tabletop.

This becomes the stand to hold all the drinks.

 soda and ice filled the tub

Adding glasses to the first shelf and a sign that said "Cool Drinks" written on a chalkboard added to the design
I found a great bottle opener for the side of the crate. It collects the discarded tops for easy clean up. I hammered a nail to the side so it can hang there.

Homemade lemonade with added sliced lemons and raspberries always quenches my thirst. Of course I had to have some pretty paper straws to go with it!

My favorite thing was the cookie bags. I bought some festive iced cookies for a treat and added some red and white checked bags so they can take them home if they like. It was a cute party favor. They looked to plain though so I had to do something to the front that was simple.

So I clipped a hand written note that said "A sweet ending to a Wonderful Day"

This was so easy to do and I think it was a fun idea. I can think of so many other things to do with this drink station.

 How about an ice cream station?

Either way I hope you sit down, relax, enjoy a drink and make memories!
That is what life is all about!


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Friday, May 27, 2016

Custom Desk at Dreamingincolor

Painting pretty things is a passion of mine. I love seeing a piece transformed. I love when furniture that may have winded up in a land fill or dump have been rescued. I love the way people care about this now. As a designer/artist I see furniture as statement pieces and even works of art in a home.

Now that I have my store, I am usually painting those custom pieces specifically for the customers that walk in the door with their favorite hand me down. Lots of my clients have trouble when it comes to picking colors for their pieces. I work with them by looking at their pictures and pinterest pages.

Painting unique pictures, details, monograms and stripes on furniture are my specialty. I have painted chevron and patterns before like my antique wardrobe and pictures like my Audrey Hepburn Piece. This time I found a wonderful french desk that I wanted to paint black and white stripe.

For those that are not sure about color, black and white will always go. I chose those colors for my custom desk at Dreamingincolor.

I went back and forth on making a decision to stripe it or use a script. The stripes won and I am so glad they did. I love the boldness of the piece and the endless style.

Now that laptops are used, people don't need big desks and these are an accent in the home.I sell a lot of  desks like these. 

Hand written notes are a thing of the past but I must admit that I love doing that on occasion. It is so fresh and personnel.
I can just imagine days gone by with a young lady writing or reading at this desk.

I have a french style desk in my home that I have painted and love. It is a great place to use my laptop to create my designs and write a sweet card. My paint swatches sit fanned on top. I love it sitting in my living room.

 I hope someone will come in that will cherish this lovely one.

I used Country Chic Simplicity which is a bright white and Licorice which is a true black. I did not distress this piece. I will let it wear naturally. I did wax it in a clear wax. I replaced two knobs and left the others original. The knobs are like the jewelry on the piece. These have silver studs around them. I love the edge it gives this desk.

Adding pops of color can change this piece and the feel in the room in gets placed in. Most people don't realize how important the right colors are in your home. That is the biggest challenge people have when I go to their home for a redesign.

I try to stay away from always doing neutrals. In this case it works. There is a place for it don't get me wrong and every room should have some but I have been so many places that have no color at all. I love color and will always decorate with it. This is not called Dreamingincolor for nothing! Ha!

Adding accent color to the neutrals in your home will give it life.

The green is just the pop of color I was looking for. This pretty chair adds a little character. Makes it appealing for the customer too. 

This is a one-of-a-kind custom desk at Dreamingincolor that someone can add to their home. I reinvented piece from the 50's that is solid wood, Not like the pieces of today that fall apart when you move them. This is something that will be around a while.

This is the before:

Really needed updating

I hope you like the transformation.

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Patriotic Games

I grew up knowing the meaning of being patriotic. Knowing how to respect the flag and my country. Red, White and Blue was something to be proud of. 
For me, decorating with the flag and patriotic decor brings back wonderful memories of my childhood.

I had a conversation about this the other day with a customer at my store. Her son is in the military. She was concerned about how children today view our patriotic holidays and if they even knew the meaning. Made me wonder....

We said the Pledge of Allegiance in school and even sang patriotic hymns. They made me proud and happy. I admired the soldiers that fought for our freedom as I do today. Red, White and blue was family and friends, apple pie and picnics.

Fireworks in celebration 
It is up to us to teach our children well

We have had some wonderful memories and my family continues the traditions.

This holiday I will grill out again, put up my patriotic decor and enjoy my family.
I will pray for the men that continue to fight for our freedom and the families that have given up so much

My home will have my DIY flags and decor like my paint stick flag above. My store will be decorated again with the wonderful bunting I made using my Old Time Pottery vinyl cloth. It looks like Old time USA!

This year I added to the fun. I enhanced a Game of Corn Hole and Tic-Tac-Toe, purchased at Old Time Pottery, by painting it with the stars and strips creating a Patriotic Yard Game. It was a fun and easy project that I think old and young will appreciate

Find out how to make it over at the Old Time Pottery Blog!

I would love to know what your traditions are for the holidays we in America celebrate.

Do you create your own decor?

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

How to make a Picnic Wine Table {out of a Paper towel holder}

Now that the seasons are changing we will start looking forward to outdoor activities and entertaining. I enjoy having people over and usually entertain in our back yard. The flowers and trees are blooming and it is always so pretty.

Entertaining doesn't have to be stressful. I just had the sweetest picnic in the wildflowers. I went to Old Time Pottery in search of potted plants. They have so much in their greenhouse. They were just starting to fill it up. I got these beautiful geraniums.  As I walked the isles looking for some outdoor goodies I came up with an idea using a paper towel holder!

I absolutely hate putting my glass on the ground. So I came up with this idea and it was so easy to make. I really love it. I will be using this Picnic Wine Table at the beach too!

I am sharing the directions at the Old Time Pottery Blog.

I hope you click over and see the way it all looked.

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