It’s beginning to look a lot like Valentines Day

My husband Colby is coming back tomorrow night! The back story to that is he’s been gone since Jan. 8 when he got a new job and had to go to sales training in Chicago. It’s like a 6 week training program so obviously I’m ready to have him home again.

Thankfully I was able to fly out there and see him  the weekend of the 20th so it hasn’t been too long since we’ve seen each other.

In honor of him coming home, and because he won’t be able to be here for Feb. 14th (he has to go back to Chicago for 5 more days next week) I wanted to brighten the living room up a little bit and add some red & pink here and there.

On Saturday, aside from just exploring the many interesting places one can explore in Lynn, I was really on a mission to find cute pink/red fabric and some ribbon. I got a little bit of both, but didn’t have much time tonight to do a whole lot (I’m sleepy!). Have I mentioned I don’t really sew? I was thinking of making bunting with the fabric but I haven’t gotten around to that just yet… So really, I just bought the cheapest coffee beans I could find, put them in a plain vase, added a tea light candle, and tied a ribbon around the vase. Then I rearranged the random knick knacks on our bookshelf in the living room and lit a bunch of candles. It’s not much, but it’s okay for now.

coffee beans/candle

A day at Zimman’s – Part II

Aside from the vast array of beautiful (or at least interesting) fabric, Zimman’s also sells furniture.

a

LOT

of

furniture.

There are two full floors of gorgeous and unique furniture pieces. They call it their Furniture Emporium. I like that word, so I had to add that in.

Although I loved the pieces I saw at Zimman’s, I resisted the urge to buy. I couldn’t have afforded much! Their furniture prices are off the charts. But that’s probably because of the quality. Everything looked to be really high end. I’m no expert, and I haven’t done an awful lot of furniture buying (aside from on Craig’s List), so I wouldn’t know, but if you go here, do expect to pay between $400 and $8,000 for what you might be looking for. They have couches, tables, lighting, mirrors, bookshelves, hutches, bedframes, …. everything, but the prices are pretty steep.

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go check it out, though! I had a ton of fun just browsing. Here’s some of what I liked:

wooden table

This is the main second floor…. lots to look at!

Who doesn’t want a game table like this? Oh wait, it’s almost $400.

Game Table

One day, I’d love a big round dining room table like this!

Round wooden table

COW Ottoman?! Yes Please… who wouldn’t love this? 🙂

cow ottoman

I LOVE this bench and silver table!

metal table

Stainless steel ottoman with pink chairs

stainless steel ottoman & pink chairs

There was a lot to LIKE at this place. I’ll have to start a savings jar just for Zimman’s…. Or, better yet, I’ll just keep my eyes on Craig’s List and roadsides for stuff that looks like this!

A day at Zimman’s – Part I

Today I ventured out to Zimman’s which is very close to where I live. I’d heard about this place from a friend and decided today was the day to find out what it was all about. I had no idea what to expect, but I was blown away.

Zimman’s is a ginormous fabric and furniture store. They have just about every kind of material you can imagine… on two whole floors! They offer interior design services and reupholster furniture… if you’re ever around the North Shore, you need to pay a visit.

Here’s a glimpse:

As I mentioned, they have everything you could ever want….
They had a whole section for trim/tassels

tassels & trim
Who doesn’t need a bit of cowhide?
cow-hide

This reminded me of Phantom of the Opera 🙂

monkeyFun patterns!


Pillows anyone?

pillows!

If you want more information on this place before you go, I found a great post from Apartment Therapy here.

A New Home for the Magazines

When I got back from work tonight, I realized I needed to do something creative again. I enjoyed that a lot yesterday. I looked around my apartment and realized that since the other day when I changed my bathroom up a bit, my magazines were displaced.

They used to live here:

Magazines in the basket

Which was fine, but I needed a different home for them. And I obviously couldn’t have this on my coffee table (below):

a mess, I know

Ever since we started getting Time & Entertainment magazine subscriptions, our stack has steadily increased in height. And I haven’t read more than 2 of these so far!

A while back, I came across this PIN:

 

….and I realized tonight that this was what I could easily do without having to run out and buy supplies!

Sew Many Ways has a great tutorial for making these yourself that you should definitely check out! I just followed her simple step by step instructions. I had the cereal box and I found some extra scrap booking paper in my little craft box.

She says you can use tissue paper, fabric, wrapping paper, or even just paint. Get as creative as you want! I opted for thick paper and since I didn’t have any adhesive spray, I just used a hot glue gun. I also couldn’t find a ruler in our house (pathetic, I know!), so I kind of just eye-balled it.

Halfway there...with my supplies

I had a few little issues where the glue was drying a lot faster than I could press the paper down straight, and I cut a few sides just a tad too short, but overall, it was fun and super easy!

Here’s the finished product:

DIY Magazine Holder

DIY Magazine holder-After

Bathroom with magazine holder

Pretty cute, right?

Creative Stands to Show off your Sweet Treats

I came across this idea on Centsational Girl and decided that today was the day I would try it. She has tons of awesome ideas, so definitely check her blog out if you haven’t already.

Go to see Centsational's how-to

 

Cute, right? And it’s so easy to find cheap mismatched dishes… whether you go to Goodwill or Dollar Tree (which is where I found mine) or if you have some lying around your house that need some love, this is an easy idea you shouldn’t pass up. Especially with Valentines Day coming soon—you’ll need a cute way to display those sweet little treats.

I’ve had a lot of free time this weekend, so I trecked to Home Depot today and bought my supplies. Okay, well, I had to get a few other things while I was there too.

Best Buy bounty

Supplies you’ll need:
supplies 

  • Frosted Glass spray paint (for priming the dishes) $4.98
  • Krylon Colored Spray Paint $3.47/can
  • Silicone adhesive sealant (this is like your “glue”) $3.89
  • Gloves
  • And of course a few unique glasses (goblets, wine glasses, martini glasses,…go crazy!) and dessert plates

Let’s go! If you haven’t spray painted much (like me), watch this helpful video from Centsational Girl!

Make sure you do this in a well-ventilated area (preferably outside) so you don’t inhale TOO many fumes. Get as much newspaper out as you can (more than you think you’ll need) or lay down some plastic.

Step 1:
Clean your dishes with soap and water, and dry them thoroughly. Don’t forget to take off sticky price tags if there are any!

Clean!

Step 2:
Start by spraying your dishes inside and out with the glass froster. Hold the can 10-12 inches away and have at it!
Once your dishes are “frosted,” let them dry for at least 10 mins. You might have to turn them over and let the other sides dry for 10 mins too.

Frosty Glasses

Step 3:
Once you have frosty white glasses & plates, turn the plate upside down and place the glass where you will want to glue it. Try to keep it still while you spray so you’ll have a nice ring underneath that will help you know exactly where to draw the silicone ring.

Now grab your colored spray paint and spray spray spray. You might want to do 2-3 coats depending on the look you’re going for. In between coats, turn your plate over and get that side really well. Let  the dishes dry for a couple hours before starting step 4.

shiny black

shiny!

Step 4:
After a few hours, grab your sillicone sealant. Trace the ring you have on the bottom of the plate with the sealant. Use a pretty good amount and then smoosh the glass on top of the layer of silicone. Press down firmly and let dry. Read the instructions to see how long it takes to “cure” but I’d say wait about 12 hours. After that, you’re done and ready to put some treats on these babies!

Ready to serve on!

After 🙂

DIY dessert stands

And one last pictures for those of you looking for more Valentine’s Day ideas! Valentines Day Stands

Note: For my spray paint colors I used Krylon Metallic Silver, Gold, and Black. I’m planning on using the gold and silver ones next year for Christmas and New Years!

Elaina Murphy’s Candle Fusions

Hurricane Candle HolderFor Christmas, my Mom got each of her married kids this unique gift. She found them at a local art show in Southport, NC. They’re called Hurricane Candle Holders – they’re made of some kind of plastic and wax with shells or whatever else embedded into them. You fill the bottom with one inch of water and put a glass votive candle inside.

Elaina Murphy who makes them doesn’t have her own website yet, but she does have a Facebook and you can order by emailing her. This is what mine looks like but she has lots of other examples on her Facebook. I think they’re so neat!