Monday, June 29, 2009

Sprinkles Cupcakes

The last time when me and my mom were in California, we spent the night in Newport Beach as we were going to the Irvine Flea Market the next day(Sunday). Of course we had to do some shopping, so we headed on over to the Corono Del Mar Plaza. As we drove around trying to find a parking space we noticed this sign.

I mean really, I've seen this place on talk shows and articles written about the company in magazines and here we were standing directly in front of this place. So of course we had to get a few cupcakes after we waited in line for about, oh half an hour on a Saturday night. We always heard there was a line but on a Saturday night? Finally we got in the store, and looked at all the cupcakes in the big display case. We knew we only had seconds to make up our mind on which ones we wanted as there was a crowd of people behind us, patiently waiting their turn! I decided on the Red Velvet and a Black & White cupcake, $3.25 a piece. The plan was that we would have these for dessert, sometime later that evening.

Then we saw this store

Yep, Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Store. The store was still open during the time we were there (has since closed), everything was marked down and the store was practically emptied. I just had to get a picture.

We had dinner then headed back to the hotel. To get to our rooms, we had to walk pass the bar. Hummm.....a decision was made and we decided to have a few Margaritas before going to our rooms. I have since learned that alcohol makes a person take silly pictures and here's the proof

Way to full from dinner and a few drinks, the cupcakes travelled with us all the way back to Las Vegas.

The anticipation is building and I can't wait to try one,

Ok, I decided to try the Black Velvet Cupcake,




Very good, indeed.

Today was not a good day to start my diet, yea, maybe tomorrow:))

Sunday, June 28, 2009

*~Cottage Creamy, White Mirror~*

Yesterday, I painted my 1920's mirror a cottage creamy white and couldn't be happier with how it looks now. It's just amazing what a few coats of paint can do. I absolutely love how it looks and I think it looks fabulous hanging above the bed.

Heres a closer look

Do you see the nail sticking out at the very top of the garland? Not sure why it's there but I don't dare remove it. I think I need to get my paint brush out again and put a dab of paint on it to conceal it.

The coloring of the pictures isn't that great. By the time we had a chance to hang it, it was already dark outside and had to turn the lights on in the room to take the pictures.

I want to thank everyone for all the nice comments you left me yesterday. I get so thrilled when I see a comment has been left, it really makes my day:))

Make it a great week and I'll be posting again real soon.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

*~Thick Garland of Roses Mirror~*

A few years ago, my mom and I went on one of our buying trips. We stopped off in Barstow and hit a few of the antique stores along the way. I found this drop dead gorgeous mirror, looked at the price and thought no way am I paying that much. After all, this was our first stop of a three day shopping extravaganza and I had to make my money last. The women who worked at the store saw me with a contemplating look and asked me if I was interested in the mirror. Of course I had to pick out all the flaws, like the missing gesso and after a few negotiating deals back and forth, the mirror became mine. So, as happy as I am to have the mirror, the mirror has leaned up against a wall in my bedroom. A few months ago I lugged the mirror from room to room(and it's very heavy and soild wood) trying to find a spot for it, nothing seemed to look just right so back to the bedroom it went. I lugged the mirror back out today and thought it would work perfect in my home if it was painted, yep that's right, painted a cottage creamy white.

This mirror dates back to the 1920's and is just gorgeous the way it is, don't ya think?

I mean, look at the thick garland of roses on top

Simply breath taking

Can you see the etching in the mirror?

So what would you do, paint it or leave as is, I think I'm gonna paint it and hang it up right after I read the current addition of Romantic Homes,

right out here

Have a fabulous Saturday.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Chippy Paint Fridays

For the next 8 weeks, I will be hosting a segment called Chippy Paint Fridays. Every Friday, I will picture items in my home that have the natural, worn weathered chippy paint, peely paint for a perfect patina. I just love the look and have acquired a lot of items over the years that will fit perfectly in this segment. I invite you to join me and tell your fellow bloggers to join in as well. Sorry for the short notice but I'm a spur of the moment type of gal, I get an idea and I run with it:)). If you would like to participate, you can email me or write me a comment and I will include your blog name with picture(s) of your item and a brief description on my Chippy Paint Friday posts, sound fun? And lets be honest, don't we love looking at pictures of other people's houses?? I know I do and have been known to drool all over my keyboard when I see something absolutely fab-u lous.

Lets begin, shall we?

My husband bought me this vintage mirror two years ago and is one of my favorite pieces. I love the chippy paint though out the piece and the faded green corbels each side adds a dash of architectural flair. The mirror hangs on a old door that I have leaned on a wall in my foyer.

Crackled, peely paint


Vintage lace hangs on top of the door adding a bit of femininity to the look.

It's an old, ornate salvaged wood mirror, love the look!

Here is a sneak peek of what I will featuring next Friday.

More posts to follow though out the week.

Make it a great day, Janice

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Back in Place

Last night I wheeled the dresser back into our bedroom. I needed to decorate the top of it and wanted it to look different, I didn't want as much stuff on the top of the dresser. Before I began, I poured myself a glass of Merlot (I have BIG wine glasses, hehe), put the ipod in it's docking station, turned it on, then lit a few candles, the perfect setting for decorating, don't ya think?(and you thought I was talking about a romantic evening, come on people, stay focused:)) Ok, here's what it's looks like now.

another view

This is the view you get once you walk into the room.

I just love this vintage display case, velvet trim with glass sides. It currently holds some vintage jewerly.

A close-up

I just love this vintage display case, the doors on the bottom open for more storage space.

A few of my favorite things.

I just love this vintage little pink elephant.

These are my all time favorite rhinstone clocks.

I just love the way the dresser looks now. It took me an hour until it all came together. Lots of different looks were created, putting different things on, than taking them off, such as a cement dog, floral wreath and many other items before this look was created. Tomorrow, I'm changing the comforter on the bed, oh, one thing leads to another, hahaha.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

All Done

Heres a little reminder of what this vintage amoire looked like before, my make over project:

And this is what she loooks like now:

More pictures

I added larger appliques to all the drawers and the door, I like the way the amoire looks with the larger appliques then the smaller ones (a before picture below)

Close up of the appliques

This was written in the book that I used to line the drawers with, dated 1830, wow! This page was included in the lining of the drawers.

When I first started this ~make over~ project, I wanted to paint it a differnet color, ya know, I wanted to step out of my comfort zone. Well, I did paint it a different color and when I was all done, I changed my mind and repainted it my favorite color of cottage white. I started out painting it a robin's egg blue, it did not come close to matching anything in my house. Heres the only picture I have of the robins egg blue.

Don't get me wrong, I really like this color, I thought about repainting my bedroom just so this color could work in the room but I really don't like to paint that much, haha.

I have a few more minor details to take care, like touching up the paint in few areas then a light sanding than back to my bedroom where it once was. I really like the way this turned out, don't you?

My next project will be repainting my dining room chairs. I'll keep you posted.

Make it a great weekend, Janice

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Almost Done

My make over project is almost done, just a few minor details before her reveal. Yesterday, I took the door outside to give it a good sanding and look what appeared right before my eyes. I couldn't believe it! This vintage decal was underneath a few layers of paint and parts of it still remain. Looks like a teddy bear, love the eyelashes. She looks so cuddly and sweet.

I turned the sander off and took some pictures of her. And all this time I thought the appliques were orginal to this piece of furniture, boy was I wrong!

Since these photos were taken, all painting has been done and drawers have been lined, heres a little peek of the progress so far.
I lined all the drawers in french writing from a book . I Mod Podged all the pages together and then gave it a good coat of Mod Podge ontop to hold into place.

Trying to center the applique, yes, this is what a real applique looks like. I still need to apply the appliques to all the drawers and put knobs on them. I went to Lowes last night and they were all out of the crystal knobs (darn). I might have to buy some wooden ones until the crystal knobs come in. Hopefully by tomorrow I can show you the completed project.

Make it a great day, Janice:))

Friday, June 12, 2009

*~My Day Off~*

Yep, I love having a three day weekend, but then who won't right? I said yesterday in my post that I would show more pictures of the project that I have been working so I'll show the latest work done on it.

Here's how my day off went. My mom came over this morning as I needed an opinion on the color I choose to paint the cabinet as I was feeling a little uneasy about the color choice. I didn't want to paint it white, I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and do a different color.

After my mom came over, I showed her the half finished project and she loved the paint color and said to leave it that way. I showed her the door that was attached to the cabinet and she examined the damage to it. My mom gave me her suggestions (she's so smart that way) for a quick fix to the damage and off we went to Lowes to get some spackle. We bought a tube of Dry Dex Spackling, it's the neatest stuff. It goes on pink and when it dries, it turns white, super easy to apply, we used our index finger tip! Here's a picture of how it looks now,

It still needs to be sanded, primed then painted, too much fun. Ok, before we went to Lowes, we had to go to Home Goods, love that place, We walked around and headed to the clearance items. Here's what went in the shopping basket for me, it smells wonderful!

Tangerine vanilla body wash, yep this big ole bottle for $4.00. I love the design on the label, don't you?

Here's another look,

More shopping was done then off to lunch, yep the perfect way to spend a day off.

More pictures to follow in a few days of my "re-do" project.

Have a fabulous weekend, Janice