Saturday, January 30, 2010

A Few of my Auction Goodies!

I am finally getting around to posting pics of a few of my auction goodies that I got on my birthday.. I will try to post the rest of them sometime this week, along with allll the goodies I got on my thrifting adventure. here are a few of them..

I originally bought this mirror with intentions of repainting it. But after I have had it for a while I cannot bear to paint over it! I am going to add it to the antique gold decor of my bathroom! I LOVE those marvelous details!

This gold shelf was bought in a lot.. I got this shelf and a vintage brass HUGE magazine stand for $2. The color is not great but the details are awesome!! It will look GREAT after a nice paint job.

I got two of these chandeliers, just alike, for $1.00!! Of course the brass is hideous, but after a nice overhaul it will look great I think. Ive already bought some parts to spruce it up!

This is the lovely little table that my friends, April and Kevin, got me at the auction! These pics do NOT do it justice at all. The details are amazing and I plan to find it a nice spot in my bedroom.

Cathedral? Mirror


I know! Another mirror.. But this one wasnt mine lol. My friend Kay over at Country Sunshine (Check her out, she's new!) found this mirror one day when we were yard saleing and asked me to paint it for her.. I wish I had taken a BEFORE pic! It was solid white when she got it.. Her style is country casual meets Shabby Chic.. She wanted this mirror to go beside the picture of her and her hubby on their wedding day, since it looks like a church window..

Basically I popped the back off the mirror, took the mirror out, and spray painted a light coat of flat black over the white.. Then I took a fine grit sandpaper and sanded down the areas I wanted to look distressed.. I sealed it with a spray Matte sealant then popped the mirror back in. I put the back on again and secured it with a little glue and viola! She loved it!!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A Helping Hand AND a Giveaway!!

The lovely lady over at One Gal's Trash is trying to reach 500 followers by her 50th birthday on March 1st! Let's go help her out! She has a really lovely blog that I think you ladies would really enjoy. PLUS she is giving away 4 real skeleton keys to 4 different followers on March 1st.. They are lovely! You can find her giveaway Right here!~ So go help this sweet lady out and get yourself into that drawing at the same time! Thanks ladies!!

Monday, January 25, 2010

What I want NOW....

Ive seen so many things that I want for my house.. BUT these are at the top of the (non-mirror) list..

I LOVE this sign.. Ive thought of making my own but honestly I really want this one LOL I love it.

These are too cute.. I want some similar or these.. I think I can make some though as long as I find the parts. But these will look great as magnets or as push pins for a bulletin board..

I want to make something similar to this for my bathroom.. At my last place I bought some letters with the word BATH and I think they would be cute in a set-up like this..

I saw this at Ballard and I knew I had to have one. (My friend Kay even wants one now too!) BUT the $130 price tag is a lot too much for me SO I am going to try and make my own. I will post pics once it is done.. Admittedly, I haven't been one for the monogramming trend but I really find this very classy.

For the past few years I haven't been one for artwork in my bedroom. I have mostly been going with mirrors and shelves and knickknacks, but when I saw these I loved them! Mirrors AND artwork.. Again, I can't justify the huge pricetag but I may try to make something similar.

And last, but CERTAINLY not least, are these amazing candlestick holders from Rosanna's Rococo Noir collection.. I have been lusting for these for about a year and a half now. I've almost bought them a few times but about $50 for two candlestick holders was too much for me.. BUT the other day as I was browsing in the clearance section at Hobby Lobby I found some candlesticks with a VERY similar shape/style and of course I had to get them! That project coming soon!!

With all of the projects that I want to do soon, I will either go broke or never leave my house because I wont have time for anything but crafting lol.. But it will be FUNFUNFUN!~

Similar for A LOT less!

Before I started blogging I had never heard of Ballard designs! I know that some of you are probably thinking that I must be mistaken, but it's very true.. BUT after seeing all the things all the bloggers had recreated from there I started frequenting their site and even requested a catalog..

Given my mirror obsession, I immediately feel in love withthis mirror. It would look Ab-Fab over my mantle!! However, given the price and my thrifty ways, there's no way I would ever buy it.. Anyway, days later I was looking on the IKEA site and I found this mirror. Dont they look very similar?? And given the price different (over $100 versus $29.99), I MAY have to go with the Ikea mirror.. I dont know though.. They are both beautiful.. Oh the dilemma..

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Shaded Mirror

I got this mirror at an antique/thrift mall.. I dont really remember how much I paid for it. I got it about a year and a half ago, and it basically just hung in an empty spot on my wall, as-is, because I wasnt sure what I wanted to do with it.. When I moved to Calhoun back in the summer I decided I wanted it to be burgundy, but once I painted it I wasnt happy with it as a solid color.. I decided to use my favorite painting technique, shading.. I posted a tutorial for shading here if you want to check that out.. Anyway, here's the Before and the After (note the lovely little blue painter's tape lol)..


NOTE: I got a bit of the clear coat on the mirror, but it came off easily with nail polish remover...

Saturday, January 23, 2010

I fixed the Comment Section! And did a Blog Background Update

I have fixed the Comment section.. I had no idea that it didn't work.. It took me forever to figure it out, but I think I've got it! Thank you so much to Christina at Signs of Obsession for pointing this out to me!

While I was doing that, I just went ahead and updated my background, added some blinkies and buttons, and did just a bit of tweaking.. I hope you like the new profile and will leave me lots of new comments now that it works! lol

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Some Pictures of Rooms that I Love...

I spend a lot of time looking online and at magazines (I have a magazine problem.. lol). I found these beautiful rooms over at Country Living.. All of these rooms have things that I love in them.. Mirrors, of course, are a common theme among them.

This one has two things that I crave- mirrors and crystals. I absolutely LOVE this huge mirror as a headboard.. It adds such depth and glamour to the room.. I also love the chandelier!

This room comes from one of my favorite issues of Country Living and is a lot more shabby chic. What I love about it are the ornate details (White is definitely not my color)- The canopy, the amazing headboard, the pearls, the mirror over the desk..It's very chic.

Again, overlooking the white, I love the mirror and the mirrored details on the armoire, All the little fancy details on the furniture, and an amazing chandelier~!

In this one I love how the mantle is layered with mirrors and vases, and I love all the detailing on the mantle!!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Happy Early Birthday to Me!~ lol

Well, this Saturday is my birthday.. yes, I am getting older.. I guess I don't mind it as long as I don't look my age! (And if I do, please dont ruin my fantasy life lol).. Anyhoo, my mother always spoils me.. This year she has outdone herself!! She got me just what I wanted- an early 1900s double clawfoot kitchen table!!

I saw this little beauty online at Rethunk Junk, a cool site run by a local woman who redoes furniture and such.. I lusted over it.. I pined for it.. I longed and wished and finally mentioned it to my mother in passing.. That was all it took.. 3 days later there was a check in my mailbox for the table!!! (Did I mention that my mother is awesome and spoils me rotten?) Now I have this lovely table for my new house AND I get the fun of picking out and re-doing "project" chairs for it YAY!

And in typical Pam fashion, I also bought myself a birthday gift.. er... uh.. gifts.. Yes, I am shameless.. I finally bought myself a headboard! and a mirror *coughs* yes... another mirror.. I just cant help myself.. It was too beautiful to pass up and such a bargain at $27!

All in all I think it's been a Happy Early Birthday for me!

Friday, January 8, 2010

My Style Quiz..

According to the Quiz I took at Home my decorating style is:

Pam, you are a Glamorous Eclectic

You have wide-ranging interests and influences and so appreciate a mix of whatever you deem fantastic. You would be bored to tears using a matching suite of furniture or could never stand a home that seemed cookie-cutter. You fearlessly embrace luxury, beauty and fun. Velvet, silver, graphic patterns, even wallpaper; you understand the old-Hollywood, movie star sense of theatrical extravagance. You do not understand the minimalist idea of less is more. For you, more is more, so long as it is chic and exciting.
You value creativity. You are stylish and fun loving, and can be an inspiration to others. You have a natural sense of drama, and you know you have to be willing to take risks—whether with colors, finishes, furniture choices, or ideas—for your home to stand out. Your home can be happy and lively and the place all of your friends want to be.

Id say they hit the nail on the head!!!!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it... HEY, Wait a Minute!!!

It's snowing!!!!!!~ Yes, it sure is- snowing in Georgia.. Did I mention that I HATE snow? I am the Queen of Clumsy.. I have trouble walking on DRY ground so having snow and ice is practically a death sentence! Mind you, I wouldn't mind it if I didn't have to be out in it, but, alas, I have to work.. Rain, Snow, Major disasters.. I still have to be at work. This means that when I get off work at 6 am I will be driving on ice *sigh* Yes, death sentence sounds just about right.. Still, it is very pretty.. Here's a lovely pic of our Corporate building's courtyard at work.

Beautiful isnt it? Now I just hope that the pretty snow and ice are gone by Saturday so that I can go to IKEA with my friends lol. I've never been to an IKEA store before and I am so excited to go!!!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!~

Happy New Year everyone!~ I hope that this year is one of your best.. Please check back on my blog soon for more projects. I've just gotten moved, and I am now getting everything settled. Hopefully I will have it all done and get back to projects ASAP..