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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Pretty as a Picture

                 What's It Wednesday #164



I was on Pinterest, as usual, looking for a cool idea to decorate the wall on my husband's side of the bedroom when I came across an amazing "Ikea Hack" worth trying and blabbing about.

I wanted to something special so this idea was perfect. After seeing this idea on Pinterest, I literally ran to Ikea the next day and purchased the Malma Mirrors

It started with this simply framed Malma Mirror from Ikea. I purchased 15 of them for my 3 X 5 gallery wall. Each mirror was $1.99. 


The back has this small hole for hanging. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the hole, but me being me, I gorilla glued hangers on the back of each one so that I could have better control over each  frame remaining straight (This is in my head). 

Next I went through my Facebook and Instagram pictures and uploaded them to my Walgreens Photo Account. I changed them to black and whites and ordered the prints in 5 X 7. This is the best $1.99 I have ever spent. 


I cut each photo to 4 X 4 to fit squarely inside the space covering the mirror. I used double sided tape to adhere each photo on the mirror. This will make it easy for me to change out the pictures as my children grow up.

I carefully measured the distance apart vertically and horizontally. I made sure to measure twice, hammer once.




My husband was so thrilled when he got home and saw his gallery wall. Did I mention each frame was only $1.99?


Atkinson Drive
This fantastic idea came from Sam of the blog Atkinson Drive. She is absolutely amazing. 


Do you have a picture hack that you can share with us?

xoxoxo
Paula

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One More Time
Girl in Pink

Lovely Things

Charm Bracelet Diva

The Little White House

Olla-Podrida




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Ivy and Elephants


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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A Tisket, A Tasket

I'm Making May Day Baskets!

What's It Wednesday #163
It's almost here, May Day! The first of May is a traditional spring holiday observed in Europe and America. The best-known traditions are dancing around a maypole and crowning The May Queen.

Growing up in a small town in an even smaller school, I remember this pageantry as a charming celebration of Spring.

I was thrilled as a 2nd grader to be chosen as one of the flower girls who dropped the petals for the May Queen's entrance, and my sister's class danced and wrapped the May Pole. Ahh, sweet memories.

Since I can't go back in time I'm reviving another tradition from the past, the giving of "May Baskets". Small baskets of flowers or treats were left on neighbors doorsteps, with a knock and the sound of laughter and running feet, as the givers scampered away.

So, I've made a few fun ones to celebrate the day. This one is a sweet straw handbag filled with blooms. What a delight to find on your doorknob. (Remember, the container is also part of the gift!)

I used this vegetable basket as a vessel for an herb garden! What fun, I was tempted to keep this one.

This little guy is filled with strawberry plants already in bloom. The little magnet is a hint of what's to come.

I hope your May Day is filled with surprises and a couple of baskets too!
Hugs,
Patti

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Don't Judge a Book

What's It Wednesday #162


I have this thing about boxes. It's one of my many obsessions. I especially love the boxes that look like books. When Michael's has a sale on boxes, my bestie and I are there. I keep a manicure set in one next to my bed, pens in one in my armoire, a ream of copy paper on my desk, you name it I have a book box for pretty much everything. I have been fascinated with boxes ever since I was a kid. It's the element of surprise of what may be inside that intrigues me the most. 

One day, I was in the Antique Store picking up a pocket watch. On the shelf below the pocket watch is this vintage book box. 

Not just any book box. A box that checks off so many of my own personal design boxes: It's silver, has elephants, from India, looks like a book, and most importantly...it's a box.

To top it off it has a latch on the side. Perfect for the element of mystery that I love.

I figured that I needed a place to display my new book box. It also just so happened that I needed a place to have towels handy in my bathroom. I made a beeline to Ikea and picked up this Hemnes Shelving Unit. It perfectly matches the color of my bathroom cabinets.



So what's inside you ask? My everyday, go to jewelry. 


It turned out to be the perfect hiding place and very convenient for every day use.

Do you have a box obsession as well?

xoxoxo 
Paula

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A Sprinkle of This and That

It's All Connected

Old Things New

Eclectic Shorebird

Simply Vintageous


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