For the love of Pintrest

We had a fun little family get together for Sis’s birthday on Sunday. So in honor of Kaylee and our love for Pintrest we decided to bake a cake. Not just any cake, but a beautiful ombre cake we spied on Pintrest. Our inspiration was this cake.

Beautiful inspitation cake from

Pintrest inspiration cake


Well after a lot of effort and a lot little help from my friend Debbye we created this masterpiece

Ombre Birthday Cake for Kaylee

Blue Ombre Cake



It was not only pretty but it tasted so yummy!

Here are a few more pictures of our fun day:

Safeway carnations Ombre Style


Beautiful BFF's

It was a great day and really fun to have girls back in the house.

Are you obsessed with Pintrest too? Do you love all things ombre from hair to decor? Has anyone else started searching Pintrest and found themselves at 1:00 a.m. having lost all track of time or is it just me? I just can’t get enough!

Happy Spring



Spring is in the …

Hi Everyone

I have taken a couple of weeks off of blogging because my life has been CRAZY   a little busy. I have wanted to sit down at one point almost every day but time would disappear. Do you know what I am talking about? Even at almost 20 (sis is a birthday girl on Friday the big 2-0) 18 and 13 the kids still keep me hopping.

Speaking of hopping it is almost Easter. I have had some spring decor up for a while and have slowly been adding to it. So even though outside is gray and rainy I have a little sunshine in my house.

Spring on the buffet

Trader Joe’s had these perky Daffodils for $1.29 for a bunch of 10, you can’t say no to adding a little color to your house or work at that price. This bunny, my Mom gave to me and I absolutely LOVE it. I love the color, the texture and the sweet little bunny face.

Even Mr. Old Window got into the act with a Moss letter D, a craft I made last year inspired by the Pottery Barn initials here. I added some egg ornaments, Chenille chicks and a “Spring” banner I made with paper and embellishments from My Minds Eye.

Mr. Old Window dressed for Spring

Spring Banner

My vignette on the wine refrigerator made with an silver chalkboard tray, some dollar bin Target Easter eggs, grass and chevron paper basket. The Egg topiary I had from last year.

Spring Vignette

Spring12 mantle

So wherever Spring has found you I hope you are enjoying all of the beautiful colors, even if it has to be inside for now!


Chalkboard Paint Served up on a Silver Platter

I spotted this idea last summer while visiting Kay in Orange. The town of Orange is filled with Antique Stores. It has the cutest old fashioned downtown area. We have spent hours browsing through the stores many times. On one of these visits I spotted the cutest shabby chic section that had a silver platter hanging on the wall, the middle was a chalkboard, I thought how cute until I saw the price tag. So, since that visit I have had the project in the back of my mind  and have slowly been collecting silver trays from Goodwill and thrift stores. Each averaging $5-$12. So after some trial and error I came up with the perfect way to copy the look, without the high price tag.

chalkboard trays before and after

My first attempt was in September (warm weather here in California) So I used Blue paint tape, taped off the rim and used chalkboard spray paint. It worked great, but…….. I decided to spray the rest in December for Christmas presents. I learned chalkboard spray paint and lower temps do not mix well. My paint turned a shiny black. So unfortunately they were not given as Christmas gifts. I came up with a new plan though, it worked great. I used liquid chalkboard paint with a sponge craft paintbrush. Two coats and perfection.

What do You think?

Chalkboard Trays

Here are some trays in action!!!!!!

Go Napa High Water Polo

Valentines Mantle

Valentines Mantel

The possibilities are endless…… Kitchen menu’s, to do list’s, love notes to your hubby or kids.  Do you have any other ideas?


The Shabby Nest

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Tickled Pink at 504 Main

Project Valentine

It is almost the end of the weekend waaahhh. But I really don’t have too much to whine about because I am officially going back to work (as a hairstylist) tomorrow. It’s been over 4 months and to be perfectly honest I can’t tell you what was worse the physical pain from the shoulder surgery or the emotional pain of being housebound with no income. I have worked since I was 13 and I didn’t realize how much value I put on being able to work. There were plus sides too! I started my blog, something I have wanted to do for over a year. I was able to bake Christmas cookies with my kids and their friends since I wasn’t the crazy overbooked hairstylist they have always known in December. I enjoyed time with Kaylee while she was home for the Holidays. So yes my reality changed a lot but it has as much good as it did bad. I can’t wait to see all my clients and catch up on what they have been up to.

Well enough about me, honestly this was supposed to be all about my Christmas Valentine’s project I have been working on and I am soooo excited to share! This project started in my mind in November and they were going to be Christmas presents. I was visiting one of my favorite blogs Shanty 2 Chic and saw Whitney’s Joy Plaques
 I fell in love and thought “hey I could do that”. I ordered the supplies online because a) we don’t have a Hobby Lobby and b) most of our Michaels stores don’t carry a lot but, as Christmas shipping goes I didn’t receive everything until 2 days before Christmas. Since then all the materials have been sitting in my craft cabinet until I had a brainstorm, why not adapt them for Valentine’s day decor. I am very happy with the outcome.

Here is what I started out with:

supplies for Valentine's plaques

Ignore the rock in the background, I didn’t use it. I did how ever use 3 pieces of wood cut from a 2×4, my sweet husband cut them and slightly rounded the corners for me. I used 3 wooden candle sticks 2 shorter and 1 taller. 3 finials and Gorilla Epoxy glue, not gorilla wood glue, it foams up, attaching them all with the epoxy and let them dry for about 30 minutes. Hindsight I think I would paint the pieces individually and then glue them.

unpainted plaque

After the Epoxy dried I spray painted them with Rustoleum Colonial Red. 2 coats

Plaque spray painted with Rustoleum Colonial Red

I then cut out some burlap into rectangles a little smaller than the plaque area, created stencils with my Cricut, using thick card stock so it could be used  as a stencil.

cutout burlap

I was a bad blogger and didn’t take any pictures of me stenciling but I used a Martha Stewart pouncer sponge, black craft paint and then stenciled on a piece of the cut burlap. I used spray adhesive on the back of the burlap and attached it to the painted plaque. To add a decorative touch I used fancy furniture tacks on all 4 corners. Here is the finished project. Do you Lurve them as much as I do???

I Love You Plaques

Buffet Vingette

I Love You Plaque Closeup

I can’t wait to share a few more projects, my Valentine’s mantle, Mister old window dressed up for Valentines Day and a new chalkboard paint project. Sometimes it’s hard to sleep with all of these ideas swimming around in my brain. Do you ever have that problem???


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Home Stories A2Z

Home Stories A2Z

{Junk in their Trunk}

shabby creek cottage

The Shabby Nest

Lovely Crafty Home

Fun Stuff Fridays

Martha and Annie work well together

I found this lonely tray at Goodwill  and knew it was meant to be special.

wooden tray before

It was scratched up but it had dove tailed corners and was really solid. Then on a trip to Micheal’s I was looking at all the amazing Martha Stewart Craft Paint, additives and stencils.

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Well a nice stencil caught my eye and they used a stucco additive to the stencil paint to make it appear bumpy like stucco.

Martha Stewart Products I used

Then I got out my favorite new Love….. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.I purchased at Roost here in Napa

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, Waxes and Brush

I decided to use Tartan Red in the Martha Stewart Craft Paint and Stucco additive for the stenciled part. First I applied 2 coats of ASCP Old Ochre with a sponge brush.

After 1st coat of ASCP

No sanding before painting and after 2 coats I had great coverage. I sanded down edges to distress it a little, applied the stencil and stucco paint with a Martha Stewart Sponge Dobber (love them!)  Lastly applied a coat of clear wax and a few streaks of dark wax for the aged look. I LOVE the way it turned out!!!! What do you think?

corner and side of wooden tray

wooden tray after

I love the bumpy stucco look of the stencil.

So see how fun it can be to combine your two Crafting loves Annie and Martha!

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The Makena Mae Lamp

Hi this is a story of a little PB lamp that got left behind at Goodwill she was never used, still with her price tag on. She looked so sweet and lonely there.  My friend Nicole and I decided to rescue her for the small amount of 6.99.  Lucky for me, Nicole is having a baby girl…….Makena Mae any day now. So I had a sweet burlapy vision and this is what I came up with.

The Makena Mae Lamp

She is sharing a room with big brother Mason so we couldn’t get to froufrou, but I couldn’t resist adding a sweet burlap/tulle flower and a little burlap ruffle.

Now to be honest this is my first lampshade makeover and it is a lot harder than I thought it was going to be, so it definitely not perfect. There’s a lot of “shabby” in the shabby chic. I had the material and buttons so for 6.99 it was worth a shot.

Here she is when we found her.

Makena Mae lamp before

Makena Mae lamp before with PB price tag

I spray painted and distressed the base with Rustoleum Heirloom White spray paint. I took the material off the lampshade covered it with the light burlap material and used spray adhesive to attach it. Then put the trims on with a glue gun, hand cut the flowers out, hot glued them and attached the buttons.   Here is almost the identical before from Pottery Barn Kids, Check out the price.

This is a small scale project compared to Mr. Goodwill Hunting but he definitely is an inspiration to me!

Burlap/tulle flower

Burlap/tulle flower

One more look……..

The Makena Mae Lamp

What do you think?

I hope you are having a great weekend!



shabby creek cottage

Furniture Feature Fridays

First Adventure with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Right before Christmas I was shopping in a great little consignment store in Napa on Lincoln Street called Roost. It is so cute. I was looking around and all of a sudden to my surprise I saw a display of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Well in all the furniture and DIY blogs I read they are always talking about how amazing this paint is for painting furniture. Especially some of my favorite blogs, Centsational Girl and Miss Mustard Seed, . So of course I HAD to try it. My mom had found the cutest little magazine rack/table at a great price and has been wanting me to repaint it to go in her new bathroom.

Magazine table before

I sanded it a little before I found the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Napa. With ASCP you do not need to sand first.  I bought a great color called Old White. I also purchased some clear wax, dark wax and a special wax brush. I did everything in the house on a drop cloth. There is no odor and easy clean up.

I applied it with a regular paint brush at first then used a sponge brush for the little feet and rounded edges. The top of this table was made of 2 pieces of wood with a seam down the middle that was cracking when it dried so is decided to just go with it and added Martha Stewart Crackle Medium to the top before the final coat. It dries in no time at all so within an hour I was brushing on a thin coat of the clear wax. Next comes the fun part, sanding. You may be cringing but it really was fun! All I did was use a little sand paper on the edges where I wanted the worn look and it just rubs off into a soft chalk. I applied another coat of clear wax and then took a little dark wax and applied it where I wanted the darker look. I emphasize a little because a little goes a very long way. When it was all done and dried it felt soft as butter and I love the way it turned out.

ASCP Magazine Table

A picture of the top with the Martha Stewart Crackle Medium

Magazine Table with Crackle

It was so nice how a little of the dark wax went in to enhance the crackle effect.

close up detail

I am looking forward to a lot of new adventures with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint that I can’t wait to share!!

Have a great day!!


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Furniture Feature Fridays

My Mini-Martha Moment

I went to a favorite holiday event this weekend. One of my dear friends has an annual wreath making party at her beautiful country home. She hosts this annual event for friends and family on her wrap-around porch surrounded by vineyard. It was a very windy but beautiful day.

Vineyard View

She hosts it open house style with everyone sharing their greenery, berries, flowers and inspiration. Plenty of inspiration from all ages….

this is G and she is a natural at making wreaths


Aren’t these BEAUTIFUL!!!!  I love me some Hydrangeas!

So I decided to try to get my inspiration from wreath.

I loved the 3 wreaths running down the ribbon on the front door.

So I went to work using small redwood branches, pine with mini pine-cones and rose hips. I made 3 eighteen inch wreaths.

my wreath

a little more colorful than Martha’s version but I love it. (I swear it’s round even though it doesn’t look like it in this picture) I had some wired ribbon that was a copy of burlap/jute webbing that I wanted to use.

When I got home I was pooped. All that creative energy is exhausting, I just don’t know how Martha does it. hehe.

So today I got to work, with my sweet husband’s help, hanging the wreaths on the door without using any nails ( no holes in our door).  With a wreath hanger, 2 tacks and fishing line and lots of patience my creation was hung on the door. Please kids no slamming the front door.

Mini Martha front door

Yikes I need to fix that bare spot in the middle one.

front porch

So at least from my front porch “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas” Next to conquer is my mantel!!!

This week has been busy….. I am wondering how work is going to start fitting back in my life. The physical therapist and Doctor gave me the go ahead to start in the middle of the month doing 1 client a day, I am nervous and excited at the same time. I miss everyone so much!!! Colton went down to visit his big sis and look at Chapman. Ky had basketball and he and his dad went pheasant hunting early this morning. He got 2. He is definitely a chip off his dads block.

I hope you all had a busy but fulfilling week! Tomorrow is a new week and a fresh start!!!

PS my sweet friend I work with gave me the name mini-Martha so I HAD to use it in my title.

Thanksgiving Table Pictures

Yipee Kaylee is in Northern California until Sunday. My nest is full for a few days. I LOVE that feeling.

Well I wanted to share some pictures of what we have been working on most of the day…….. The Thanksgiving Table. I hope you enjoy seeing it as much as I have putting together.

spray painted pumpkins in gold,silver and bronze.

acorn ornament from OSH I lurve them 4.99 for 8

Dollar Store frame spray painted Copper written and decorated by Kaylee

It has been so fun putting this together on a budget.

The tall gold candlestick is from Goodwill, Pumpkins were Halloween decor, table runner on sale at Hancocks. Some of the pedestals were made from candlesticks and plates from The Dollar Store and spray painted.  My favorite is the beautiful cake stand (with the crystals hanging down) was a gift from my sweet friend Brandy.