Thursday, March 30, 2017

Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

When I was growing up, my parents always said those words if one of one of us kids complained that someone had copied something of ours.  I'm not talking school work here.  I'm talking someone bought the same dome umbrella with daisies all over it,
or Charlie Brown sweatshirt,
or Scooby Doo lunch Box.



I hope that Carol from Art and Sand will see this little blue stool as a sincere compliment.
I am crazy about everything she shows of her home on her blog and Instagram.

Recently, I became a little obsessed with a blue stool she styled with vintage linens and a white pitcher.

Happily, it reminded me that I had a really neglected stool waiting in the garage for a miracle makeover.


I acquired it with my last kindergarten classroom.
It was covered in splatters of many different colors of paint.  A previous  teacher in that classroom had once been the art teacher.  I have a feeling she brought that stool from the art room.

It was too short for me to sit on while using the laptop on a cart with the classroom Smartboard.
Kindergarten teachers don't get to sit down much.  
Since I was required to teach a reading lesson on the Smartboard everyday, I figured I might as well be off my feet for those moments.
I bought a taller stool for the classroom and stuck the short one in our garage.


Fast forward a couple of years.
That school merged with another school into a brand new building.
I sometimes substitute there.  The building is modern and streamlined.  Every classroom has matching shiny new furniture.
There is no room for a vintage stool there.
This sweet little guy would probably have ended up in a dumpster if it hadn't been hiding in my garage.


And, I have been looking for cheap or free things to finish my daughter's new calm blue and white bedroom.  She has her night stand and dresser at in the house she rents for college.  She will be moving home soon for summer and then her student teaching semester.

So,
I suddenly knew that I had to paint this little old stool the same beautiful blue.
Carol was kind enough to share with me that she had painted it with Annie Sloan Greek Blue.
She also shared that this had previously been her teaching stool and she had taken it home when she retired.


I may be looking to deeply into this,
but I think teaching stools work really hard for many years.
When they retire, they deserve to be painted ASCP Greek Blue.
They also deserve to be accessorized with vintage linens and white pitchers of flowers.

This meant that in addition to first painting the stool with Pure White (so I could sand it a little and have some white peek through),
I also had to go to one of my favorite treasure stores to find a tea towel.


If you need a vintage anything, and live near Dallas, be sure to try Curiosities.
Even if you don't find that particular item, you will have had a great time looking.
I just love how like things are grouped together there.



You can see that they had a few vintage linens for me to choose from.


In my daughter's bedroom, I also added an old blue and white quilt (that I already had) and those beautiful blue linen and lace pillowcases that I found in Target's Shabby collection.
I shared previously that I purchased the linen dust ruffle at an Etsy Shop.


I'm kind of falling in love with this bedroom.
My daughter may have to kick me out of it by the time she moves home.



Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Friends, Paint, and Cupcakes

This weekend I was lucky enough to attend a Brighton Workshop for bloggers.
It was held at an adorable bakery called Sweet Face in Royce City, TX.
How cute is this place?!
This chalkboard wall and windows set such a happy tone.
Wouldn't it be fun to have a special little girl's birthday party here?
Yes, as a matter of fact, we did indulge.
There were delicious desserts and even fresh fruit for us to choose from.
Carole of Garden Up Green gave us some great stenciling tips before turning us loose.
Then we made some to take home.
The Flower Market one is mine. 
Look for it in a future post, surrounded by lots of flowers.
 Carole gave us cedar boards that had been intended for fencing.  She had already sanded them for us.  Crafting where someone else gathers the supplies and does the prep work.
I could get used to that kind of pampering!
Jemma of At Home with Jemma and Carole both shared lots of advice on blogging and getting published in print.
My favorite part of blogging is getting to know some wonderful people.  These two ladies live in my area and are always willing to share their experiences and talents.

Have you shared something on this week's Monday Social yet?
Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Monday Social #28

Welcome to Monday Social #28. 


Judith at Botanic Bleu  || Instagram || Facebook || Pinterest || Botanic Bleu ||
Katie at Let's Add Sprinkles || Instagram || Facebook || Pinterest || Let's Add Sprinkles ||
Eilis at My Heart Lives Here  || Instagram || Pinterest || My Heart Lives Here || 



Monday Social
is a social gathering of friends where we connect with others by visiting them 
on 
Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, or a Blog.  


*****
The hostess this week is 

Eilis from My Heart Lives Here



This week I shared spring in our backyard.





Katie at Let's Add Sprinkles shared her beautiful master bedroom.




Judith at Botanic Bleu shared gorgeous  French interior lighting.






Let's get to this week's wonderful features.

Pinterest

Cecilia: My Thrift Store Addiction shared Easter Bunny Dirt Pudding on her Is it spring yet? board.
What a great way to help us find a great seasonal blog post from a couple of years ago.
If you are not linking oldie but goodie Pins from your blog to Monday Social, you are missing out!







Instagram

Jann of Haveadailycup shared the adorable Easter Village she created with her craft group.
Jann is one of my favorite people to follow on Instagram.






Blog

Lisa @ Celebrate Creativity shared some great tips for using
Rustic and Vintage Props Galore. 
Be sure to check out all the stunning photos in this post.





Kristin @ Timeless Creations found the perfect spot for a little sideboard
as a coffee bar in her new home.




and lucky Pat at French Country Style shared her French Wine Crate Find.
I want to go estate sale shopping with her!





I could go on and on.  There were so many fabulous links.

But now it's time to see what you've done this week!

Keep sharing and tell your friends.



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Come as you are.
In your cocktail dress, boot-scooting boots, or your jammies, but
remember your party manners, and do the following, please.

We would love for you to FOLLOW all your hostesses on their blogs at least one way ... 
Bloglovin', email subscription, URL, Google Friend Connect, Google+, etc...

And FOLLOW each hostess on at least one social medium.
Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest


Please read how to be a good guest before linking to the party. 

1] Link a maximum of 5 photos that take party goers to Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, or a Blog. 
    Share home decor, DIY, recipes, inspirational thoughts... whatever is going on in your world.   

2] You do NOT have to write a blog to link up photos to Instagram, Pinterest, or Facebook.
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6] Not required, but we would love for everyone to invite their readers to join the party and to share the Monday Social button on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Blog sites.


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Please keep in mind that Pinterest and Instagram photos must be your own to be featured.

Link Away!  


Saturday, March 25, 2017

Rabbit Time

The rabbits have come out at our house.
No jelly beans this year.
These speckled eggs are a lot less tempting.


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I found a few more faux chocolate molds on a recent trip to Canton.





and this guy is very happy on the entry table.



I can never have enough of these sweet little bunnies.





Hope your having a wonderful weekend!

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