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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Thanks A Million!

Or should I say 10,000!?
It's official I have had over 10,000 views of my blog!
I can't believe it. And I don't know how to thank all my readers enough.
I am so thankful for your dedication, comments and feedback.
I hope you continue to read my posts and grow with me.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

After Hours Chaos & Cocktails: Our First Event

Last week, Ann (over at The Rustic Redhead ) and I, hosted our very first Chaos & Cocktails event.
We showed our guests how to create a fabric-wrapped magnet boards, and fun magnets to go along with it.

We severed margaritas and individual seven layer dip with blue con chips.
Check out the recipe here
Everyone took home their DIY-Magnet boards with smiles on their faces.
We had a great turn out and are planning our next event for early next month.
If you're in the area follow "The Rustic Head" on Facebook to get all the details for the upcoming events.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Instagram: Designer Verison

I love taking photos- as most people know.
Instagram has been a great way to collect all the pictures I take.
I thought I would share my Instagram- as of late.

My "bar" area
Chase & the rain
Backsplash in the works
Spending QT with the sewing machine
Remodel- New Tableaux and faux ceiling
A new hair style
New artwork
Fun fortunes

What does your Instagram look like?

Images via: me

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Insiders Tip: On a Budget

Here are a few helpful tips to spice up your home.
1. Add a fun new cushion to your sofa. Maybe even three- it will give the impression that you've redecorated the entire space.

2. Frame a swatch of fabulous wallpaper. It's an afforable way to add "art" to any wall.
3. Fix up that demaged veneer by decoupaging the surface with book pages or scrapbooking paper. It will add interest too your old, worn furniture.
4. Cut down the legs on your dining table- it makes for the prefect large scale coffee table.
5. Have a room full of windows, making it hard to arrange furniture? Curtain the entire wall, it adds soft texture and will allow you to place furniture anywhere. You can even hang artwork in front of the curtains.

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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Happy August!

Happy August my friends!
I can't believe how fast this year is going by.

Summer time is one of my favorite times!
(But of course nothing compares to fall)

It's been hot in Texas since the end of March- so we have been basically living at the lake since.
I thought I would share a nice refreshing drink to keep you cool during those hot days.

White Sangria Recipe

Check this blog out to see how to make it.

Enjoy your lazy smmer days everyone.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Insiders Tip: Hanging Picture Frames

Many people run into the problem of hanging their artwork too high, or sometimes even too low.
Well, I am giving you the gift of a magical number.
A number that you should always keep in mind when hanging artwork or picture frames.
The number is 57 inches- on center (meaning the center of the picture).
Hanging artwork at this level all around your house will create a pleasant unison.
What you need to do:
Measure and lightly mark 57" on the wall
Measure top of your picture to the middle (or take height and divide by 2)
Measure top of your picture to the tightened wire
Subtract this last amount to tell you how far above 57" your hook should go
Measure up from 57" with this last amount and lightly mark on the wall
Picture is 20" tall
Middle is 10" down from top (this should rest at 57")
Wire comes to 2" below the top
10" - 2" = 8"
Lightly mark 8" above your first mark OR 65" on the wall

This applies to a group of frames as well. Think of your grouping as one -and pick the middle frame and hang that at 57” on center.

Another great tip for hanging artwork is:

Lay your frames on the floor on top of some butcher paper.
Trace around the frames
Mark where the wire is.
Tap the paper to the wall
Nail screws into the proper place.
Remove paper

Viola! Perfectly hung artwork!

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