Friday, September 28, 2012

Old Photo Window Valance

I'm excited to introduce this week's guest blogger~Bliss! She's SO much fun, and she's done some crazy good projects. I highly recommend clicking on those links~you won't be sorry!

Also, Katie from The Copper Coconut is featuring my blog today~pop on over!

While Suzanne the Sugar Beet Lady is holding down the sweet beet fort at the weigh station, I'm lucky enough to be one of her guests.  I'm so tickled about it, that I did a quick easy window redo just for Meridian Road.

I'm Bliss from Bliss Ranch and if you stop at the ranch you'll find some furniture redo's, Fall crafts, and what ever I feel like blogging about on any given day.  I  always find something I want to copy here at Meridian Road.   I can thank Suzanne as the inspiration for my family first aid kit, (which has been getting way too much use lately).

Can't you just see Miss Sugar Beet decorating her little corner of the weigh station?  While she is making her little area look homey I decided to perk up my little corner too.  I spend weigh way to much time by my computer with one lone bare window dressed only in a mini blind. Probably a lot like her weigh station with that description.

Strangers hanging in my window

The window needed a valance, there was a rod there waiting in anticipation. About 15 years ago I picked up a box at a garage sale and it had some vintage photos inside.  I couldn't throw them out, so I hung 'em high instead.  

I find the hair doo on the groom funny.  He has a highway down the middle, but he's not bald.  Maybe it's a reverse mohawk?  Maybe he's a clown when he isn't getting hitched.  Maybe it's just humidity, something like that happens to me too.

This was quick and easy to do.  I had some clips in a drawer so I just strung them on the rod and clipped the vintage photos to it.  Doesn't get much simpler than that.

These were all real people, and I'm pretty sure they never thought 100 years ago that they would one day hang as a window treatment in someone's home.  Makes me wonder what will become of all the pictures of me!

Thanks Suzanne for having me at Meridian Road.  Hope you're happily weighing those trucks and the weather is fine.  All's good here at Bliss Ranch, stop in anytime.

Thanks so much for sharing your great valance, Bliss. 
I really love that look!  
(and that is some funny hair~maybe he had stitches or something?)

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Maybe The Last Yard Sale

My daughter and I hit some sales last weekend. 
Most of our yard sales disappear when it gets cold. I don't think there will be many more.
 I got this clock, and started to paint it before I got a picture of it. It's kind of banged up and the finish wasn't very nice, but I liked the shape.
And I really liked the little key cabinet. 
I'm going to try to sell this one, so I just went with a soft antique white, but distressed it pretty heavily.
 If you want some great chips~just don't prime those spots. I just scraped the paint off the door with a metal spatula.
 Then I waxed it with a brown paste wax. Which might have to come off. I'm trying to decide.
There are several local Facebook groups that sell their stuff online. I thought I'd try there. No shipping! 
And if it doesn't sell and I have to keep it? I won't be all that sad about it! 

Thanks for reading!
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

If A Certain Someone

Really wanted to make me smile, 

this would do it.

or this.

or this.

pretty much anything in this shop. Or I could just buy it myself. It wouldn't be as much fun, though. 

To be more blunt, BUY ME JEWELRY, MAN!

(Subtle as a billboard, right? But when does subtlety ever really work?)

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Monday, September 24, 2012

It's A Travel Sort Of Theme

Not that I love theme decorating. I don't. But a nod here or there doesn't hurt, right?
And they kind of go
with the trunk/coffee table. 
I'll have to see what the guys think when they get home....My husband does want an old wooden airplane propellor to put on a wall. 
It could work.
Thanks for reading!

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Guest Post~Dagmar from Studio D

My guest blogger for today is Dagmar from Studio D. She's crafty, she's kind, she's generous and we share a love of all things vintage. Along with a love for little girls named Claire. :) 
Also, you have to check out her studio! It's an amazing space! 
Dagmar likes to keep busy~she recently painted this great buffet and slipcovered these chairs. She's got a style all her own!

I was so pleased when Suzanne put out a post asking some of us who read her blog to be a guest blogger...I have been an ardent fan of Suzanne's blog now for a couple of years..we almost met this year on our way back to BC from AZ...but an ugly dust storm made us change our plans as we got closer to Idaho..hopefully next spring... I am a hoarder caretaker a few are just a few of my favorite things..please feel free to break into a song and a happy dance!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Random Stuff, and A Winner!

The hubs and I went for a drive before I started work. We ended up here. 
It doesn't quite look real, does it? 
(Somewhere below that rock wall is an old airplane that crashed into the side of the mountain. The terrain was too treacherous to
 recover it.)
And in completely unrelated news, I'm starting a new collection. File drawers. They're cheap, they're easy to paint, and they store an awful lot of crap supplies.

And before I go to weigh even more trucks~
the winner of the Goose Creek Candle giveaway
(who was chosen by 
14. Constance said...
I want the Iced Dew Drops. I'm hoping it smells like fresh rain.

Constance, please contact me as soon as you can with your email address! 

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Friday, September 14, 2012

Goose Creek Candle Company and A Giveaway!

When Goose Creek Candle Co. contacted me and asked if I'd like to try one of their candles, 
I did not hesitate for a second. 
I mean, how my home smells matters as much to me as how it looks. (Can I get an "AMEN!"? Have you ever been to a home that looks great but smells like last night's salmon? It's suddenly not so pretty. But maybe I just have a touchy nose.) 

The first thing I noticed when the candle came was the scent. The candle smells SO good! I chose "Iced Dew Drops" and it's wonderful!
It's not overpowering, but it's strong enough that you notice it. Just right, in my opinion. It's like an expensive perfume~completely lovely.
The second thing that struck me was the jar. 
It's really pretty! I've moved it to several different rooms in our house, and it looks great everywhere. 
(see the cute lid?)
My husband even noticed it right away and that rarely happens. He even likes the scent, and that's rare, too. 
I also love that there's so little smoke when the candle is lit~just a really nice fragrance. 

Want to hear the best part?
Goose Creek Candle Co. has offered to give a 16oz. candle from their Heirloom collection to one of you! (That's 90 hours of burn time!)

Just click on over and check out their Heirloom candle collection, then come back and tell me which scent you'd want.

For a second chance to win, like Goose Creek Candle Co. on Facebook and let me know in a separate comment. 

That's it! You have until Sept. 19th to enter.
I'll announce the winner on the 20th.
And if you want a candle NOW (and who wouldn't?)
you can use the code 1050 and get 25% off your entire order! (code expires September 30th)

Here are a few things you might want to know about Goose Creek Candle Co. 
-They have been in business for over 15 years
-All of their products are made here in the U.S.
-Their products are all handmade-putting U.S. men and women to work
-Their candles are very fragrant
-Their candles a very clean burning
-They have guaranteed satisfaction

*This is a compensated post. All opinions expressed in this post are completely my own. If I didn't like the product, I'd tell you.*

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Cute That Didn't Happen

I saw a cute card table makeover on Pinterest. Really, really cute. 
I remembered I have an old card table
and that card tabe has little clamps underneath 
so that you can take the top off and change the cover on the table top. 
(It's almost like the makers expected people to change the cover! Like they want people to have choices. Who are these people and are they making anything now? I wish I knew.)

My original plan was to paint the metal legs and sides white and add this cute fabric with some clear plastic on top of it.
But then I really looked at the sides.I love the chips and the worn spots and even that little bit of rust. 
("Well, crap." I said. "I can't paint that white! I just can't. I'm going to have to choose cool over cute.")
So I changed directions. I used a black and cream ticking fabric. I realize that mattress ticking has fallen out of favor with the trendsetters of the blogosphere, but
I've never really considered myself a trendsetter. Besides, the ticking strips just go with the table. End of story. 

I do have another old card table. A less cool card table. Maybe that one can be cute.

Thanks for reading! 

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Monday, September 10, 2012

I Love Hand-Me-Down Junk

One of my good friends got tired of this high chair.
So she gave it to me.
I think it's adorable! 
And it's sturdy enough for Claire to use if it's pushed up to the table.

Thanks, Denice! 
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