Bella Blue Painted and Crackled Hutch

Hello, friends.  I've got a furniture reveal for you today.

Last week I finally finished another piece of furniture.  This one was fun, as I experimented with some crackle medium and other "resist" techniques.

Potty talk ~ Toto toilets and a giveaway

***This is a sponsored post.  I was compensated with products used in this post, but all of the opinions are mine, and the recommendations and reviews are honest and geniune.***

Hello, friends.  I hope you're enjoying the fall weather in your neck of the woods as much as we're enjoying it here on the ridge.  It's been so fabulous lately, and the forecast is amazing. I've been decorating for fall and made our first batch of chili for dinner last night.

I've also been sprucing up some of the rooms in our house lately (go here or here to see some), and one of them is our guest bath.

Update: Go here to see the completely remodeled guest/hall bath.

It's slated for a complete remodel in the next couple of months, but we went ahead and changed out the old toilet a couple of weeks ago.  Why not just wait?  Well, here's why:

Sneak peek

Hello, friends.  I've been busy working on projects and planning for some upcoming projects and don't have a full post,  but am going to give a little sneak peek of something that I just finished yesterday.

It's a small China hutch that got a facelift with some interesting paint techniques and waxes.  I'll have a full reveal post coming up soon, as well as some other fun stuff.  

I just wanted to keep in touch with everyone and let you know that good things are coming!

I hope everyone is having a great week!  

Thanks for dropping by.



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How to clean your microwave

Hello, friends! Today I'm sharing a very simple tip for cleaning your microwave.  I learned this method over 10 years ago and have been doing it this way ever since.  It involves no chemicals, no scrubbing, and is so simple you won't believe it.

Postcards from the Ridge: How to steam-clean the microwave.  Works like a dream.  All natural and no scrubbing involved.

Vintage games and how to use them in your decor

Hello, friends!  If you want to see a really fun mantel and fireplace, keep reading!  So far I've shown you 2 versions of our fall mantel and fireplace decor, the traditional version and the vintage farmhouse version.

Now I'm going to show you something that's a little more whimsical:  How to decorate the mantel and hearth with vintage and games and gameboards.

Sneak Peek of "Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll" Sept/Oct Edition

Hello, friends!  Are you in the mood for Fall as much as I am?  I know it's early September and the calendar and weather say it's still summer, but I'm already craving fall colors and clothing!

One of the things that's making me itch for Fall is all the beautiful magazines and catalogs that arrive almost daily.  And one of the most inspiring ones is "Celebrating everyday life with Jennifer Carroll".

Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll September|October 2013 Cover Image

Today I have the privilege of sharing a sneak peek into this amazing collection of decorating tips, craft ideas, interviews, home tours and recipes from some very inspiring and talented women.

Fall Mantel ~ Vintage Farmhouse Style

Fall Mantel Decor ~ Vintage Farmhouse Style

Hello, friends!  Remember my last post where I revealed my traditional version of the fall mantel? Well, today I'm showing you a vintage farmhouse version involving ironstone!  

Fall Mantel Decor ~ Traditional Version

Fall Mantel Decor

Hello, friends!  Now that September is here, I'm itching to get out the Fall decor and start wearing my Fall clothes.  Am I the only one?

Bella Rustica Road Trip

Hello, friends! Two weekends ago I headed a couple of hours west and attended Bella Rustica, a pop-up event where all kinds of cool vintage items were for sale.  I bought a few things for myself, but saw so many great creations.  I thought it would be fun to share some of what I saw.

This greeted us as we entered the outside booths.  They won 1st place for best booth, and it was well deserved honor.