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2012: The top 10, and then some

2012 is almost history.  Can you believe it?  It's a little frightening how fast time goes by these days.  Not that I'm getting older or anything!

It's been a learning year, for sure.  I was fortunate enough to get to attend a few events and learn from some of the experts about blogging and painting furniture.


I thought I'd recap my most popular and favorite posts and events from the year.  I'm looking forward to 2013 and hope to continue to learn and grow in the blog world.  If you follow me, chances are you've seen at least some of these posts.  If you're new here, WELCOME, and here's a snippet about me and what I do!




~ Projects and Photos ~


Early in the year I completed a project that had been hanging over me for a while.  Our 1960's ugly basement floor (part of it anyway) got a facelift with paint.  This faux tile painted floor project is my most popular post of all time.

Holiday Tour ~ Guest Bedroom and Entry


I don't know about anyone else, but we don't have all of our Christmas decor up yet.  We plan to get our tree on Saturday and spend the day getting it all prettied up for the season.

We had Thanksgiving at our house this year so there were lots of preparations that went into that.  And some of our dear friends from Maryland spent Friday and Saturday nights with us so that meant that our guest room had to be ready.  I repainted it a few weeks ago and then spruced it up for the occasion.  It's the only room in the house that's completely decked out for Christmas and I thought it would be a good time to do a little tour.

Most of the items in this room were things we already owned.  The bed was already in here, but everything else came from somewhere else in the house.  Some of it was in our garage, which may be featured on "Hoarders" soon if we don't get it emptied out.  The only thing that was purchased specifically for this space was the quilt and shams.

Welcome to our guest room!


I love the reflection of a Christmas tree in a mirror.


I usually just have a tiny 16" tree in here, but I found this one at an estate sale a few weeks ago and thought it would be perfect for the corner of this room.  It was already decorated.  I love easy.

Thankfulness project Day 20 ~ PAINT

For the month of November, I've been sharing things that I'm grateful for.  I've posted mostly on my facebook page or on Instagram, but also here on my blog. 

Today, on this 20th day of November, I'm thankful for...wait for it...PAINT.

Odd, yes.  But very true. 

Why?  Because paint gives you the most bang for you buck when you want to transform a space or a piece of furniture. 

I couldn't possibly count the number of times I've dipped my paint brush or roller into some paint and completely changed the look of something.  Dozens of times, if not hundreds.

I remember painting round rocks as a little girl and making them look like lady bugs.  And I loved it.

The most recent time I used paint was actually this morning.  I'm transforming an old picture into a chalkboard.  I painted the glass with the chalkboard paint, and repainted the vintage gold frame to look somewhat like an old Scandinavian piece.  I think I really like it.


Many are the reasons to love paint.  There are so many varieties. You can use it to make a chalkboard. You can use it to make a surface magnetic. You can use it as a wash or a glaze. It comes in a gazillion colors. It comes in metallic finishes. It is available as glow-in-the-dark. And it's very user friendly.

It can be a 10 minute project or a complete room redo lasting for several days.

Another big reason that I love paint is that selling it has provided my income since I was a teenager.  I won't say exactly how many years, but let's just say I had some really big permed hair back in those days. 

Yes, I guess I'm a bit biased.  But seriously, what's not to love about it?  Easy to use, easy cleanup, super powers of transformation.

So today I'm thankful for paint. 

I'll bet you didn't expect that, did you?

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful day! 


 

XOXOX,
 
Angie

Craft room inspiration




I don't know about you, but the best motivation on the planet for getting things done around our house is knowing that company is coming!  It's like there's an imaginary fire lit and it's torching my derriere to get in gear!

We're hosting Thanksgiving this year and also having some out-of-town friends visiting that weekend and you would be amazed at everything that I've gotten accomplished in the last few weeks. 

Is it just me?  Or does everyone else seem to put things off until they must be done?  Well, I guess it's not quite as critical as I make it sound, but we have been kinda putting some things off. 

One of the projects I hope to complete by the end of this weekend is converting our basement office into a craft room.  The girls are quite crafty and occasionally I get the bug to be creative as well.  I have been known to make pillows and curtains and bedskirts in the past, so maybe this project will inspire me to do some more of that.

I've been collecting inspiring photos of workspaces on my pinterest page for quite a while now and it's time to make some decisions on paint colors and storage options.  Here's some of what I'm considering. 

(None of these pictures are mine, I'm just using them for ideas.  If you're interested in finding out more about any photo, please click on the link below it.)




I like the darker floor in this room.  The room I'm working on has the same hideous floor as the one I faux painted earlier this year.  Although I'm not doing the same technique in this space, I am going to paint it.  Since I don't want to spend a lot of time on the floor it will probably just be a solid color, but not quite as dark as this one.




I really like the memo board-type area above the desk in this room.  Our office has a similar area over the desk space that I would love to do this to.  It doesn't look too complicated (famous last words).




Wrapping paper storage for the back of the door.  Genius.

 


We already have some shelving in there, so if I can find attractive bins like these I can recreate this look for papers and books.  My creative juices are starting to flow!

I hope to get started on this room on Thursday or Friday of this week and finish by the end of the day on Sunday.  I hope....

I'll be sure to take pictures of the before and after and let you know how it all turns out.  Let me know if you have any great ideas for craft room organization or storage.  And wish me luck!

Thanks for stopping by!
 XOXOX,
Angie



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Thankfulness Project Day 5 ~ GPS

If anyone can get lost or mess up directions, it's me.  So today I'm grateful for one of the greatest inventions for someone like me...GPS.  It gets me where I need to be with a minimum of missed turns and turnarounds.

No maps required!  Now we can use them for all of those cute map-crafts I've been seeing on Pinterest for a while, like this cool map wreath made by haverfordhouse! (Yes, I have a board for mapcrafts!)



With GPS, I simply type in my destination, and it gives me directions.  Then I use the navigation app on my phone and it verbally notifies me when the turn is coming up soon. Modern technology is amazing!!!

I used it Saturday morning to find a customer's house that was, well, "out in the sticks" as we say around here.  And I almost got there without a turnaround!  The GPS took me about a block too far, but I called the customer and she got me to her exact location.  Before GPS, I would have been in the wrong county.  No lie.

So today I'm thankful for the genius who came up with GPS.

What are you thankful for today?

XOXOX,

Angie

Thankfulness Project Day 4 ~ Extra sleep!

Today I'm thankful for an extra hour of sleep!

 

Have a lovely Sunday!

XOXOX,
Angie

Thankfulness Project Day 2 and 3 ~ Family and Friends

Day 2 & 3.  I'm such a slacker when it comes to posting that I'm resorting to doubling up on what I'm grateful for!  I'm hoping to get better at it, but I will also be posting the things I'm grateful for on my facebook page as well as instagram.  My instagram user name is, simply, Postcardsfromtheridge. 

There's really so much I have to be thankful for.  And just so you know, these posts are in no way a ranking of my most important blessings.  That would take too much thought and planning on my part!

But definitely at the top of my list is my family.  I am blessed with a wonderful, supportive family that makes me laugh and smile, and occasionally even makes me a little frustrated.

Ohana means family.

As a working mom, sometimes I don't get everything done at home that I would like to and it stresses me.  I've been known to express my frustration (that's saying it nicely) from time to time and vent towards my family, even though they don't deserve it.

The girls are very helpful and even do their own laundry.  They keep their rooms clean and picked up.  Heck, their rooms are cleaner than the master bedroom!  They are wonderful girls who work very hard in school and I'm proud to be their mom. 

 
My husband is always appreciative of everything I do, and helps as much as he can.  He is in charge of the lawn mower and leaf blower, which is getting used this weekend!  He is the main provider for our family and we couldn't live like we do, which is comfortable but modest, without him working so hard.  I'll be devoting an entire upcoming post to him since he is my #1 supporter.

So even though I sometimes take my family for granted and they get to see the frustrated side of me sometimes, I am so thankful for them and proud to call them mine.  I love that I get to spend my holidays and spare time with them and cook for them whenever I can.

I'm also extremely thankful for my friends.  One of my closest friends texted me yesterday morning out of the blue and asked if I wanted to go with her to walk her dogs.  She must have read my mind because I was just thinking that it's been too long since I've been for a walk and since I've seen her!  We both work but were off yesterday and took a 2 hour walk, mostly on a trail through the woods.  It was great.  Even if I'm a tad stiff today! 

I know I couldn't make it without my family and friends and am extremely thankful for them all.

What are you thankful for today?

XOXOX,

Angie

Thankfulness Project Day 1 ~ Hands

Thanksgiving.  We know what it means, right?  Turkey, dressing, pumpkin pie, family, and football.  And a long nap after we stuff ourselves beyond what is comfortable.

But do we always take the time to take a look at our lives and truly appreciate everything that we have been blessed with?  Probably not so much.

I admit that I always seem to get caught up in the typical distractions of the season and don't reflect on the true meaning of this holiday, which by the way is my favorite of all holidays.

This year I'm inspired by some ladies who I met at the Southern Bloggers Conference last month that are naming something each day that they're thankful for.  And a few others who I haven't  met in person, but am glad to be participating with.

This project is the brainchild of Karen at  Dogs Don't Eat Pizza, who did this last year.



Some of the other ladies joining in on the gratefulness are:

 Holly at Storywood Designs





On this 1st day of November, I'm thankful for my two working hands that allow me to do most anything I want to.  Today I used them to paint baseboards.  Now I'm using them to type.  I'm getting ready to go into the kitchen and use them to cook dinner.  

 
They're not the most beautiful hands on the planet, especially when the have paint splatters on them, but they do what I need them to, when I need them to do it!

Whenever I see someone with severe arthritis, I'm always thankful that my hands are working in a way that don't cause me pain.  

 So that's what I'm thankful for today.

How about you?  What are you thankful for today?

XOXOX,

Angie







Fall Colors in the Smoky Mountains

I hope everyone is having a great weekend.

The girls were out of school for fall break this week and the Mr. took Friday off from work.  We took a quick trip to the Smoky Mountains to enjoy some of the fall colors before they're all gone and it's wintery gray.

I snapped a few pics and thought I would share them.

Meanwhile back at the ranch house, I'm halfway finished repainting our guest bedroom and will hopefully have some pics of the finished room in the next week.  There's still some caulking to do and baseboards to paint, and I'm really slow at finishing projects, but I've got company coming at the end of November and must have it finished by then!

Here's some of my pictures.  Do you have a favorite?  I do. 

 This lonely little leaf was just floating down the creek.

 The creek was filled with newly fallen leaves.

 The flashy red leaves are some of my favorites.  I used photoshop lightroom to "turn down" all the colors except the red in this shot.  My daughter said it looks like it's surrounded by snow.

 The view from an overlook near Laurel Falls.  The bright blue sky was gorgeous against the yellow foliage.

 Another floating leaf.  This one was casting a shadow on the rock underneath the water.

A vintage Dodge pickup truck.  We accidentally found this truck last winter when were staying in a nearby inn and went out for an afternoon drive.  I wanted to come back and photograph it with the fall colors in the background.  You can read about the wrong turn and our adventures and see a few more pictures from our visit last winter here.

Have a great Sunday and a wonderful week.

Thanks for stopping by.

XOXOX,

Angie

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Woodsy Wednesday

Fall is in full swing here in Tennesse and the colors are absolutely gorgeous.  I'm planning to go on a hike this weekend with the Mr. and the girls and take it all in.

I thought I'd share a few pictures from one of our hikes in the Great Smoky Mountains last fall. 

This is the view on the way up to Spruce Flats Falls, just 1/2 mile from Tremont.

Mr. Snail out for a moring stroll/slither/whatever it is they do.  Isn't his shell beautiful?

Snapped this beauty at the campground we stayed at, the KOA in Townsend, TN.

I love the muted grayish colors of the lichen contrasted against the bright greens of the moss.  Beauty in nature at it's finest.

I hope you're able to get out and enjoy the colors of the season before they're gone, even if it's just a drive through the park.

Thanks for stopping by! 

Have a great week!

XOXOX,

Angie

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The story of the "Cute" dry erase board made from an old frame

Cute isn't a word I would usually use to describe things around our house, but today is different.  Yes, we have two daughters and have definitely had our share of cuteness around here, but they are 12 and 16 now and no longer let me do "cute".

And this is for sale at my space, therefore it doesn't actually reside in my home, so there ya go.  It got it's picture taken at our house, but that's about it.


Anyhow.  I had fun making this "cute" dry erase board a couple of weeks ago and thought I would finally get around to showing you how to do it.  If you follow me on facebook you might have seen a picture of it earlier.  It's a very simple process that you could do in a couple of hours at the most.

If you know much about me (or have peeked into our garage), then you know that I brake for estate sales, thrift stores, and yard sales.  Occasionally I get lucky and find something I need want.  Or something that I think another like-minded person might want to buy.  This is one of those things.

A quick and easy "cute" dry erase board.  From a thrifted, old, forgotten wooden frame.  Sounds kinda like a Cinderella story or something, doesn't it?

Here's how this story goes.



Chapter 1Once upon a time....

I picked it up at a yard sale.  I'll bet we all have a few stories that begin with that.

The "before" picture.  I got a little ahead of myself and started painting it before I remembered to snap a picture...with my phone at that.  My apologies for the blurriness.  You don't need to adjust your screen.

It had a dingy mat and dirty glass in it, along with a piece of cardboard in the back that was holding it all together, attached with masking tape.  It was a lovely sight to see.  (NOT)  

And her wicked stepmother made her do all the housework.  Oh, wait.  I keep getting distracted.

It's definitely not very cute here. It's bordering on ugly, as a matter of fact. 

But it has potential!  It's a diamond in the rough.  You can see it, right?


Chapter 2.  I painted it using a small amount of one of the little sample jars of paint (Benjamin Moore Georgian Green), distressed it, and applied some dark finishing wax.  (Minwax dark finishing wax)

It's looking better already!

She wore glass slippers and a beautiful dress.



Chapter 3.  In the meantime, while the paint was drying, I took the cardboard piece from the back of the frame and attached a scrap of fabric with spray adhesive.  Getting closer! 

She danced with the prince!



Chapter 4.  After the fabric was attached and the paint/wax was dry, I put it all back together.  

And I broke the glass.  

The clock stuck midnight!

(I think I might have said a word or two that I shouldn't have at this point.)

No big deal, though.  I took the frame to the local hardware store and had a new piece cut for $4.  

Note to self:  Never try to force the glass if you notice some resistance while putting it back into place.  It will cost you time and money.  :)


Chapter 5.  Glass replaced, backing secured, and all is well.  We now have a cute dry erase board.

The glass slipper fits and she marries the prince and lives happily ever after!



Here she is with her friends, looking all pretty and stylish.

I just love happy endings, don't you?




FYI, I had such a good time at the Southern Bloggers Conference this past weekend!  I met lots of talented people and got some great ideas.  Even made a few new friends.  :)
I'll likely be making some minor changes and updates to the blog this week, and will introduce you to some of my new friends.  You probably know some of them already.
Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!


XOXOX,

Angie

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Postcards from Hawaii ~ part 2

I don't know about you, but we actually had to turn our heat on this week.  It's too early for that, especially here in the South!  So I thought it might be a good time to share the 2nd batch of pictures from our trip to paradise.  The first batch can be seen in this post.

We feel so blessed to have gone on this trip, and thankfully we had wonderful weather the whole time. 

I hope these pictures make you feel a little warmer, no matter what your zip code is!


Furniture transformations and treasures for sale

Hello friends!  I've been busy the last few weeks painting some furniture pieces and adding some accessories to my corner of the shop.  Just thought I'd say hello and show you what's new. 

Let me know if there's something you're interested in purchasing, or if you'd like a quote for a custom paint job.  I'm having fun transforming pieces with paint, wax, and new hardware.


I transformed this vintage china hutch by painting, distressing, waxing and changing out the hardware.  I must admit, I don't mind terribly if it doesn't sell because I'd love to take it home!

 A sweet pie safe, went from drab gray green to a cozy red with black accents (SOLD).  Perfect for extra storage in the kitchen or even the garage.  The game board (SOLD), vintage canteen, vintage picnic basket and vintage throw are all for sale as well.

The accent table, preserved boxwood topiary and faux pumpkin are for sale, but the trophy has already sold!  These topiaries are $38, which is about 40% less than the ones I've seen in designer catalogs.  Three shapes are available. 

 These faux pumpkins are very realistic and last forever.  There are 6 different ones, ranging in price from $8 to $12. 

 How about a picnic and a vintage game board?  I saw these boards in a designer catalog recently for much, much more than my price of $19.

 Need some serving pieces for the upcoming holidays?  These creamware pieces are perfect and coordinate with everything.  The largest piece, which would be great as a turkey platter, is $20.  The smallest one is $12.  Medium sizes are $16 and $18.

Painted, distressed and waxed, these mirrors, step stool and dry erase board (in green) would be a fun addition to any space.


 Another picture of the preserved boxwood topiaries.
 This is a piece that I'm currently working on.  It's an oak bathroom wall cabinet that's getting a gray wash, and probably some new hardware.  I'll post a picture when I'm finished with it.

 This accent table for $85 is a nice neutral shade and would complement any color.  And the wooden lanterns would be great on a fireplace hearth or front porch.  $35 for the smaller one, $48 for the larger.

I love the lines on this curvy dresser.  Painted in a rich turquoise hue, it has knobs that are turquoise glass and silver.  It has been distressed and waxed.   Priced at $195.


If you're curious about all the fabric swatches hanging and seen in the pictures, they are all stocked in the workroom that makes our pillows, valances, draperies, shower curtains, and just about anything you can dream up.  They've added some really fun prints and colors to their extensive line this fall.  All of them are also available by the yard.  Prices start at around $15 per yard.

So now you know what I've been up to lately.  That, and also I've had several design consultations already this month.  (Yay me!)  October is always a busy month at the shop.  Everyone always wants their house to look it's best for the holidays so there's lot of paint mixed and fabrics coordinated for people up until mid-November.

And.... this weekend is the southern Bloggers Conference!   I should have lots of fun and exciting things to report on.  And I can't wait to meet some of my blogger friends face to face.  Good times!!

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a great week!


XOXOX,

Road Tripping ~ Southern Bloggers Conference

Camera?  Check.
Lip gloss?  Check.
Ready to learn, network, and get some great swag?  CHECK!

In a little more than 2 weeks, I'll be going to my first blogger conference, the Southern Bloggers Conference, in beautiful Raleigh, NC.  I've wanted to go to one of these for a while, and got a lucky break when I won a ticket giveaway from the talented and funny Karianne at Thistlewood Farm.  Thanks, Karianne!


No excuses.  My  room is booked, camera is charging, hair appointment is made (can't forget that!), and I'll soon be driving down the interstate to meet and greet and get lots of great ideas.

And that drive should be a pretty one too!  October in the mountains is heavenly!

I'm excited about some of the sponsors that are going to be there, especially spoonflower.  They are a design-your-own fabric/wallpaper company that prints it for you!

I had heard of them a while back, and can't wait to learn more about them.  I've always been more artsy than crafty, so this really intrigues me.  And there have been so many times I've found just the right fabric or wallpaper and the color was wrong.  I'm interested to see exactly what they're about and how it all works.  I'll definitely take good notes and share everything I learn about them.





I'm also looking forward to trying out La Craie paint from Maison Blanche Paint Company.  It's a new chalk-type paint, made in the USA, with lots of nice colors.  The chart above shows all of the shades available.

I've tried the Annie Sloan paint, and the Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint, and look forward to using this one as well.  I always love using different paints and learning about their unique qualities.  There's enough room for all of them in this great big world, especially since each painted piece has it's own personality and story to tell.

There are lots of other great sponsors such as The Container Store, Hometalk, Arhaus, Fish Foam, Purdy, Sandy Hall Creations, and Vera Bradley, but so far these are the two that I'm most excited about.

I can't wait to meet in person some of the talented women behind a few of my favorite blogs.   Here's the list of speakers who'll be sharing things like how to grow your blog, getting sponsors, tips for thrifting, and more. 

KariAnne from Thistlewood Farm
Annie from Maison Blanche
Kristen from Sophia's Decor
Heather from At the Picket Fence
Brittany from Pretty Handy Girl

And there are lots of other blogger friends that will be there that I am really looking forward to meeting face to face.  

I must admit that I'm just a little anxious about it all.  I'm somewhat introverted, and a bit nerdy, and a tad insecure.  I guess I just need to remind myself that we're all just normal people doing what we love, and putting on the web for the world to see!  

So now all that's left to do is count down the days, pack my suitcase, and fill up the car.  Road trips are always fun in the fall.  Wish me luck!

XOXOX,

Angie


Color Inspiration ~ Orange

The color orange.  It seems like you either love it or hate it.

In this neck of the woods, most people love it because we're so close to the University of Tennessee, where the school colors are orange and white.  I must admit, our blood runs orange at this house since the Mr. and I both went to school there.

So here's a few pictures showing orange at its best in nature, fashion, and home decor and all around us.  

  The color of fall, I captured this beauty last October when we went camping in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Stunning orange sunset. I took this photo earlier this year during a trip to the coast of South Carolina.


 South Beach, Miami, FL.  Taken last summer during a short stay.  I love the orange umbrellas.


 Pretty orange seashell snapped at Kiawah Island, SC earlier this year.


 Gorgeous old orange row house in Charleston, SC.


 Snapped at work!  I get to play with color chips every day.


 Some of my favorite fabrics.


 Pumpkin patch pic.  From last fall.


 Our Halloween pumpkin from a couple of years ago.  He had a candy hangover.


I hope you have a great weekend!  

Thanks for stopping by.

GO VOLS!

 XOXOX,

Angie