I’m in the mood to send out a post. My logical side (is that left or right brain?) says “you can’t take time today, to write posts!!! Your ladies are on the road, headed up for their annual July visit”. The other side blurts “Yah, yah … I know … but”.
Logical: “NO but’s. You’ve got laundry to do, beds to make, dusting and dishes. And for pete’s sake scrub out that fridge and the bathtub! Geesh!”
Other side: “I can’t help it! The pictures and writing are just working for me today. I gotta do it!”
Logical: “Well, stop with the ‘buts’ and get your ‘butt’ going then!”
So loyal followers and readers, sharing some fantastic finds for you to drool over.
Oh, just a thought. The scarf pictured above, while NOT a “Vera”, was still a great buy, long-time back, @ $0.75.
TIP: Interesting scarves, of any shape or size, always make both great fashion AND decor statements.
Haven’t mentioned it on ARTZZLE, but I joined a really fun group on facebook. It’s called “Decorate with Pyrex”. A blogger buddy of mine invited me to join.
These people – a few fellas too – collect pyrex, fireking and many other glass and pottery items. They post displays and finds of all kinds. It is a blast, and if you’re interested, I’ll put links at the end of the post.
While I don’t have much Pyrex, I do collect glass (as you regulars know :o) and recently I discovered something I had NEVER SEEN. So of course, I shared it there, but want to show everyone else too.
Ok, for me, this has been a pretty fast post. But now, Ms. Logical is demanding I get all this housework done.
Yikes, I only have three hours!!! ARGH!
Always nice talking with you.
NEW BLOG FEATURE: Going forward, I’ll close with FYI links, mentioned in the post. Here are today’s.
#1. The Decorate with Pyrex sign up page
#2. My ARTZZLE facebook page. I post often here, sharing fun I’ve found from other blogger buddies on fb, including some fantastic AND easy projects.
#3. This is from my Pyrex Blogger buddy. Besides a number of other interests we share, I originally found her here because of the recipes, which work well for T2D’s like me.
I’d sure love to see ya’ at my fb page, but HERE too, so replies are always anticipated.
Later – Cheryl
Beautiful floral shots from a beautiful (and hard working) gal over in Scotland. Even on break, she’s diligent about her musical career BUT glad to see she takes a little time off too 😀
Ahead of some exciting projects that I have coming up over the next couple of months I took the opportunity this week to visit my teacher, Judith Howarth, for an energising lesson to help me in my preparations.
Me With Judith Howarth
We worked on a variety of music, which I will be excited to tell you all about very soon. Whilst I was there we chatted about different operatic roles and it was lovely of her to show me some of the pictures that she has in her home from her fabulous career; so many different roles that she has performed from all around the World. Her mum created photo albums with pictures and newspaper clippings displaying her musical journey, It was so inspiring, so I thought I would take a picture of the two of us and start creating a post degree scrapbook for myself with my Mum…
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No … no, it ISN’T decor … but it IS humor! You’ll be seeing more of both on Artzzle in the near future.
Meanwhile. find more to smile about, because smiles often lead to laughter, and laughter makes for happy memories. You’ll discover that a single moment’s memory can last a lifetime.
Stress less . . . Smile more.
Later – Cheryl
Everyone knows how I love MY house. Today, I’m sharing another one I enjoy … HOUZZ.
Here is a board from my Houzz site. I was perusing all my colorful collections over there and thought I’d post a favorite on this gorgeous Sunday.
Always stressing to you, the importance of using patterns and textures when decorating your spaces, I thought you’d like looking at these lovelies.
Just sit back and click the little arrows on the bottom right, to soak it all in.
If you need/want more inspiration … take a look at this past post.
And have a wonderful Sunday afternoon. Hope your weather today is as beautiful as ours.
Later – Cheryl
For a host of reasons, I’m always glad to see
the third month of the year disappear.
Though someone in my life seems to be
on a mission to start a new tradition
to brighten my March with cheer.
It began last year with this little lovely.
And late afternoon today … another knock at my door … brought this beauty.
Though March will be my least favorite month … forever,
my daughter Bri is determined to make it better.
Thanks, Breezer. Luv Ya lots! … Love, Ma
Valentine’s Day isn’t the elaborate celebration it once was, around our place. It’s more of a “stay home and snuggle” than a “reservations and retail” type of holiday, after being married for 31 years . We kind of like it that way … especially in a freezing February! So, it was unexpected (and sort of cute) when, while shopping this week, Hubs wanted me to pick out something for a Valentine gift.
An obvious starting point was the display of mixed bouquets. There were three different prices and assortments presented. Now, don’t get me wrong, many of the choices were fresh enough, that one may have worked. But remember I’m a former florist, so I looked them all over closely. Still, those prices for something that would be gone in a few days gave me pause.
I wanted to keep looking.
We went back to the normal garden department and while the variety and choices were very limited, there was a good sized foliage plant I liked, for a bit more than the flowers. Similar price points. Live plant (non-blooming) vs. soon-to-be dead flowers. Hhmm.
I wanted to keep looking.
Jewelry? Too spendy. Towels … or how about a colorful little throw-rug. Nah. We went past a Valentine’s Day display with candy, cards and bunches of fresh (sort of) tulips. I’m diabetic, so any big time candy purchase, well prob’ly not a great idea, as it’s hard for me to stop on that, when I get going 😛 Just sayin’. The tulips were okay, but Hubs wanted to spend more. Well I was up for that, so . . .
We wanted to keep looking.
We were almost to check-out and I saw a young gal with a little mini rose plant. She pointed to yet another display area. Okay, enough already, people.
Here is what I chose for my Valentine’s gift. A live and blooming plant. A cute little pink and purple cyclamen.
It will bloom for quite a while yet, a week or even longer. And, the foliage will give continued interest until next bloom season (if I don’t kill it first).
Next, a bundle of orange tulips (one of my favorite colors and blooms).
Some low, broken stems were discovered when we got them home . . . so
they got a special “short” vase.
Finally … chocolate. Not just any old candy, but … crunchy M&M’s. These happen to be a triple play of pleasure for me!
First, one of my favorite things. Second, affordable and third, small so I can have just a few at a time without messing up my sugar #’s (with a little supervision from Hubs)!
These all make me smile, and at that $$ amount, I don’t have to feel guilty. It really is true … Little Things can Mean a Lot.
Thanks Dugger. Love you still!
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. If you still need some decor ideas, search valentine(s) here on the blog, or check out my pinterest and facebook place.
It’s Super Bowl Sunday … end of 2nd half … my team’s leading (Go BRONCOS) … and we’re in the midst of a nasty snow storm.
Hey, I think it’s the perfect time to be thinking about gardens. Don’t you?
Hubs is way ahead of us, having already built seven above-ground planters for our backyard. Four are designed to work together, and three will be positioned individually. Sorry, no pictures of these tonight, though. It’s cold and too dark in the garage.
Instead, I’m sharing some gardening pretties … in particular SMALL SPACE gardens. Tonight, my muse is Benjamin Vogt, a favorite HOUZZ contributor that I follow; owner of a prairie garden design firm a.k.a. Monarch Glen.
So much to see, savor and learn here.
COMING SOON . . . pictures of the Hubs Projects. Meantime . . .
It’s.Back.To.The.SUPER BOWL !!
Source: DINING ROOMS In Tight Spaces
We all have to eat . . . and maybe we can all have a dining room too. Check out this fun article from Rowe Spurling Paint. Love their site.
Have a great weekend, and remember . . . staying positive helps you stay productive too!
Later -Cheryl @ Artzzle
Long time readers know that in the past two years, Hubs and I have been redoing the cabinetry in our little house.
It was not too difficult, but very time consuming. When finished, we decided to live with it for a bit, wanting to evaluate the products chosen, to see how they held up under wear and tear. And then too, we were just pooped and needed a break.
The kitchen project ahead, took more consideration. Go with all one color on those cabinets, or the two-color combination, then a big TREND.
And if two colors were used, would uppers be one, and lowers another? Would everything on the walls be the same and only the island different? While on break, a color strip from our local True Value store was agreed upon, and a dark tone from that was used for a quick redo on our island.
Through the next year, we painted all upper cabinets in a lighter tone (from that strip), and the remaining lowers were done to match the island. Will the two-color look go out of style? Honestly, we don’t care. Our decisions were based strictly on what we liked and thought we’d enjoy for a long time to come.
AND, it’ll be just fine, because . . . we’re not going through all that again … at least not for a very.long.time!
There needn’t have been any worries about styles, then or now. Trends in kitchens continue to be varied in styles and materials, as well as colors.
The HGTV newsletter recently featured this great collection of kitchens. Every color – or combination of, along with woods, steel, glass, copper. And cabinets – modern, closed, glass doors and/or open shelving.
Above is one of my favorites from the article. Ya all know I love cozy spaces, AND the color orange, of course.
↑↑ Here’s a definitely different look . . . and unique combination of materials.
↑↑ This could be considered a combination of old and new looks, with the glass doors and open shelving. Nice use of small spaces.
↑↑ Talk about color.
Be sure to check it out. The article has 100 different lovelies to look at.
TIP: Treat Trends as Treacherous Territory
TREND is one of the words to be used very selectively in decorating. There are always certain looks, colors, objects and so on, that are popular at any given moment. That’s fine and can be fun when with small items or a can of paint; things that can be easily and cost effectively changed out.
TIP: Take time with MAJOR decisions, changes & purchases
Make sure you go with something you like, enjoy and will be comfortable with for an extended time. Don’t do something big, just because someone says it’s the trend.
When in doubt, it usually works out to go a bit more neutral in expensive areas, and dress them up with smaller items as “trends” change.
I’ve never really cared to fit myself into y specific “Style”. I approach decor and design differently, especially when working with others, and that “what style am I” question comes up. For me, it’s important to stress that they explore and not to trap themselves into one concentrated look.
We’ll talk again soon. Meanwhile, do a little decorating to chase away those January gray days.
Later – Cheryl