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Friday, September 30, 2011

Fabric Pins and Clips

I am loving muted colors in neutral shades. I came up with some pins and clips to make for the store. Using grey, green and beige, I stitched together a fringed fabric flower.

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I love the fringed edges that makes this piece so casual.

Some are pins and would look adorable on a jacket for fall. Others are clips for your hair.

I placed them on tree branches for display.

I even added some in my friend's booth.

And remember this guy? gotta promise not to tell......

Dudley even modeled one.......

If you like these I have decided to put them in my Etsy store too!

They make a great gift for the holidays. They come with a drawstring bag for safe keeping.

Go ahead and get one today!

Also I forgot to thank Homework for featuring my Pier I Knock Off Pumpkin and Binge Crafter for featuring my Flower Pumpkin! I really appreciate it!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

HGTV A Dream, A Journey, A Creation

First let me start by saying I did not have my own camera with me when I started my journey to Suwanee, GA. I had to borrow my daughters because I actually thought I forgot mine only to find out after the fact that I had it all the long......old age:)

.....then I took it home with me like a dummy and I didn't have the cable to download the pictures.


So I ordered a new one instead of having my daughter send hers. That is why this post is a little late.

Let's start from the beginning....

The DREAM.....

HGTV is one of my favorite channels. I love design shows as I am sure many of you do. It was actually on my bucket list-don't laugh it really was.

:to be on an HGTV episode behind the scenes
: have something I created showcased on HGTV

Funny thing is I had no idea that when I drove from Tennessee to Georgia that I was actually doing it for an HGTV pilot.

A while back I read on Layla and Kevin"s blog, The Lettered Cottage, that they were doing a house and if anyone was interested in helping email them with your talent and let them know if you were interested.

I must confess that when I saw it was near Atlanta I jumped at it knowing my daughter goes to school near theer. At no time did I see HGTV.

I then got an email. In the email it said something about Food Network which I thought was strange but told everyone that I was going to Atlanta to do some work for a pilot for The Food Network. Don't get me wrong, I love The Food Network but it's no HGTV!
So off I went.....


I arrived in Atlanta with the baby puppy and dropped him off to see his momma and headed straight to the home of the Morrison's in Suwanee. I was greeted by Ginnie and Jason and was put to work sanding a spot painting.

I then met Kevin and the homeowner. Next came Shauna from Perfectly Imperfect and Charity from The Heartfelt Home. (You might remember Charity from my last redo at Gina's house)


I began to prime and paint a console table. I was in my element. Painting , sanding and meeting new friends. The film crew started the camera when Kayla arrived. They had her greeting us and chatting for the scene. I looked pretty bad...sweaty and tired after 31/2 hours in the car, so hopefully there is touch up! Lol I wondered where the makeup crew was but no such luck!

 My Blogger Girls

That is when Shauna asked me if I met Patrick. Patrick was great. All the people from High Noon Productions were pleasant to work with. She said he does the shows for HGTV.
"What? HGTV", I said, "not Food Network OMG you gotta be kidding me!" I was so excited.
I was really excited to know two bloggers that were SO talented and adorable were actually going to do this renovation for a HGTV pilot. Wow! (ok so I am a little slow)

I worked in the living room touching up paint and was in awe watching Jason transform a fireplace. the paint to me was the icing on the cake.Once it got on the walls it totally transformed the place.

On Wednesday I arrived at The Queen of Hearts antique mall. I was the first one there and when I walked in everyone was so gracious and welcoming. They had coffee and cookies waiting for us and then they gave me a tour.

Jane was so sweet! She was my tour guide!

Stacey and her booth! Both ladies from The Queen of Hearts.

The mall was large with every isle named after streets in Charlesron. There was so much eye candy.

They filmed us shopping for treasures for the house after Kevin and Layla arrived.

 Patrick gave us instructions and we were on our way! What a blast!

That's Kevin and Layla measuring a coffee table. Glad I had my measuring tape on me....(I know ...NERD)

As we were leaving they did another shoot of the little couple "driving" away!

The we went back to the house to finish painting. I spray painted a monogram, handles and a metal table that was going to have a wooden top added to it's base. Painted doors and a planter and had great conversations with my new friends!

This is Whitney. She was with the crew too! So great to work with!

I was sad to leave but had to get back home. I couldn't stay for the reveal but Patrick was nice enough to show me the plan on his computer. It really didn't matter though. I was so happy just to be a part of it and to make connections with so many special people!

The reveal was especially special because  it was the homeowner's anniversary. What a great gift!
It is amazing how everyone came to help! I would do it again in a minute! I only wish I could have given them something from me! One of my own creations.
The blogging world is special. In the nine months I have been doing this I have felt so blessed with the opportunities to meet such special people.

And now I can cross of another thing from my bucket list! I hope I get another chance to be a part of this show. I wish Kevin and Layla the best of luck and hope the show gets picked up!

We will know closer to Christmas. Then you will all get to see it! Until then, we have to keep it a secret! 

Thanks again Kevin and Layla for the dream, journey and creation!

Till we all meet again....

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Fall Mantle~Updated

The Lettered Cottage

I think one of the most important things to do when decorating is to layer. Giving height to different items make your display visually interesting.

I do a fall mantle every year. It is always different. I really don't know what I am going to do till I start.

This mantle will change to Halloween and then back to more fall for Thanksgiving. I used some of the things I created form earlier posts and added other elements to the design.

It is hard to see everything from afar so I will give you the close-up. Notice the layering to give height to the bird.

I added birds to the mix this year.

Again layering the pumpkins.

dried branches and pinecones 

I added several pumpkins to the inside too. I need to get some more of the larger size pumpkins to add to the layering of the bottom.

It really is starting to look like fall in my home. The last thing I want to do is hang a banner to the front and I think it will be complete. I will post when I am done!


I finished my fall mantle! I added some more things and I am lovong the colors!

I added my harvest banner!

Who says you can't put paintings on the floor? This is a painting I did a few years ago of a fall still life. It is sitting next to my Pier 1 inspired pumpkin.

I had to add this feathered owl! When I came home from the HGTV pilot shoot with Layla and Kevin from The Lettered Cottage, this was a little memento I picked up at the antique mall~ a little nest.

Now I will have to start over for Halloween! Something Spooky!
Come back to see what I have changed! Autumn Arrives Party

Monday, September 26, 2011

Halloween and The Titans

Getting ready for Halloween around here and all its spookiness! I start to change the decor from fall to creepy scary and vintage on October 1st so I have a whole month to enjoy it. I then go back to the fall decor for Thanksgiving.

I had a great piece of wood I purchase through an auction. Actually it was in the box of things I purchased.

I wish I took a before picture because it was really quite bad!

I thought it would be cool to decorate for Halloween. I love the twisted look and texture.

I just added some pumpkins a crow and pinecones.

Sometimes birds can be soooo creepy!

Add a couple of spiders and I think it does the trick!

That is a real nest behind that pumpkin. Now to get started changing the mantle.

By the way....I just love banners. It makes me feel like know the spider?

Every time I create a word I feel like I have "spun" a new expression.


This weekend I got a chance to see the Tennessee Titans play with my dad! It was a very sunny day and I got a little sunburn! The team won and it was a great day spent with my dad!

 We played the Denver Broncos! This was before the game.  We won 17-14

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Gooooo Titans!!!!