You may not know this about me but I love doing DIY projects. I admit I don’t do them as much as I used to. My hubby and I spent 7 years remodeling a 70s ranch style home and it burnt us out. When we moved, we decided we wanted a brand new home that was already done, which is what we purchased 5 years ago. I have to say though, I’m bored with this house and I miss adding my touches.
Case in point all the light fixtures in the house are stock and although I picked them when building the home, I am tired of looked at their cookie cutter design. I decided it was time to do something about it. One of our former neighbors has a great blog and she posted here about how she replicated one of Pottery Barns Chandeliers and that got my creative juices floating. I am in the process of changing our decor to more of a beach theme but I don’t want it too literal or cute. This was the perfect inspiration.
I decided to take our front entry chandelier and give it a makeover. Here is what it looked like before:
Not a bad light but it just needed some umph! I decided I wanted to give it a patina look and using my neighbor’s inspiration, I was going to wrap some of it in rope. For the patina, I used some dark brown paint (any will do), some turquoise paint (I used the sample Valspar paint from Lowes in Aqua Quartz) and a copper glaze (Valspar Signature Collection Metal & Patina Glaze).
I’m going to try out a new feature this week and let me know what you think. I am bombarded with messages and learning new things every week so I thought I would share with you a few of the things I have either discovered, am reading or learning. Here it goes:
– All my life I have been in search of a great bra. I want one that gives me lift without the wire digging in to my ribs as well as keeps my boobs from spilling out of the cup. Is that too much to ask? I have tried everything from Victoria’s Secret (which the secret is I’m a sucker to pay that much money for the worst fitting bra) to even those Genie bras that you see on TV. I have yet to find a good fitting bra. I mean really in this day and age of such advanced technology can we really not revolutionize the bra?! But then I received the latest newsletter from Multi-Tasking Woman where I read an article on the search for the perfect bra. This is an an interesting concept worth checking out.
This past weekend my husband and I went to Fernandina Beach, FL, which is about an hour away from us. We love to explore the area around us of course this consist of eating a great local restaurant and shopping!! While we were walking down mainstreet, we stopped in to two fantastic antique malls. As we walked around from booth to booth, we were reminiscing at some of the pieces that we remember our mothers owning or seeing in our grandparents home. It hit me that all these “stuff” that was for sell actually belonged to someone else and was a treasured item.
I subscribe to Mari McCarthy’s newsletter and recently she sent out a great email about some free resources she offers to assist you in your journaling venture. Below is the email she sent. I couldn’t have written it any better myself:
“The best things in life are free.”
Ever heard that? It’s so true. Pause a minute and think about it: the warm sunshine, a restful sleep, a mother’s love, a smile, a walk on the beach. And journaling!
You do need a notebook and a pen, but nothing else is required to start and maintain a healthy, rewarding journal writing practice.
Sometimes, though, external motivators can give your journaling a needed boost. That’s why we provide a ‘Library’ on the CreateWriteNow site. The page offers a line of absolutely free ebooks, as well as free chapter downloads on many more of our journaling guides.
Here’s the link: http://www.createwritenow.com/free-journaling-ebooks. Go get yourself some more of “the best things in life!”
Check out these valuable resources and let me know in the comments below if they were helpful for you.
It is official. We have added a new member to our house hold. My husband’s sister has come to live with us permanently. This decision has been a long time coming. I thought I would share a little person story in the hopes that someone else might benefit from this. I’ll try to keep it short and will certainly update you later just so I can keep this post as short as possible.
Here’s a picture of the family from a few weeks ago. Terri is in the front on the left.
On the morning of July 2, 2003, my husband and I received a phone call that his sister, who lives in another state, had just experienced a mild stroke. We were surprised, but relieved, to hear that she would be released from the hospital the next morning. Later that evening, we received another phone call that would change her life and ours forever.
One of my clients, Brenda Kinsel, is a Style and Wardrobe Consultant along with being the author of great books such as Fashion Makeover: 30 Days to Diva Style!
I was recently helping her put her newsletter together and she had a great article on, “How to Dress Casually without Looking Sloppy.” In the article she gave a great tip on how to create a signature accessory bundle (or two) that can dress up any outfit. She shares, “What’s a signature accessory bundle that you could make and use day in and day out? Do you have favorite bangles you like to wear in the summer? Figure out the rest of the pieces that work with them and you’ve got an accessory Beauty Bundle.”
Recently I came across this article by Danielle LaPorte where she explains that she recently burned 20 of her journals. At first I was a gasped that someone would go to great lengths. After I calmed myself down and re-read what she wrote, I certainly see her point of view and obviously if you don’t want people to find your journals after you have left the earth, this would certainly be an option for you.
Danielle gives many reasons as to why she burned her journals but one reason stuck out to me:
Being a business owner the last 11 years, I am a constant consumer of information. I am always learning and I am obsessed with success stories of others. Of course add in the deluge of information products out there that will help you make “six figures” or “teach” you how to work less and make more money. I have fallen prey to some of these products and had less than stellar results. I’ve even shared my experience in a previous blog post here.
Recently, I was tempted again to buy in to some sales pitch, promising to help me find “my passion” as that was the secret sauce to success. I was so tempted to click the buy now button but decided not to. I started thinking of all the times before where I jumped at this type of opportunity only to be disappointed when either the information I thought I was going to learn wasn’t there. Or it was just enough to whet my appetite but if I really wanted to learn more I had to enroll in a more expensive program.
Recently I cam across a great article on journaling on Mari McCarthy’s blog at her site Create Write Now. She posted a really great video that was originally posted on Fast Company magazine’s website. Fast Company interviewed Sarah Kauss, founder of S’well, a company that makes super-stylish stainless steel drinking bottles. Imagine my delight and joy when she talked about how important journaling has been to her success. I just love it when more and more people openly talk about the power of journaling, especially how Sarah speaks of how she applied it for her business. I use my journal in my business each and every day. You can read my previous blog post here on 5 reasons journaling is great for your business.
Last week was the photo shoot for the journals. We had such a great time and it was a beautiful day. A bit windy but it kept us cool, especially when you wear a leather jacket in the summer! I will be preparing the photos for the website this weekend so be on the look out for some changes. I can’t wait to share them with you.
We shot in the middle of a street in downtown St. Augustine (which became interesting when cars were coming), in the park of a church and our last location was a great coffee shop called Dos.
In the meantime, I did a very quick video of some of the locations and people involved. Check it out below.