Saturday, July 30, 2011

A Little Bungalow Bling

Talent is a commodity that's not in short supply here in blogland,
but every once in a while you meet someone who has that something special.
Shelly is one of those talented and creative people that are innovative and a step ahead.

I've known Shell for over a year,
and recently she had a give away on her blog

Look who was the lucky winner!!

Shell works in several mediums
and this time she was making the most adorable fabric necklaces.

This is an extra goodie that she gifted me with.

Below, Irma is modeling my sweet necklace.
Shell makes everything to order; special just for you.

These are just a few of her other creative pieces that she sells.

wedding cake toppers,
party hats,
every piece one-of-a-kind,
and gorgeous!!

Please go visit Shelly at her blog,
then be sure to follow her,
and bookmark her as a "favorite".

So the next time you have a special occasion coming;
you can visit Shelly and order a special gift
that the recipient will treasure forever.


Friday, July 29, 2011

Vintage Inspiration Friday #48 A Day Sale

I wanted to share a few photos from the back porch of a wonderful
shop called Lula Mae's in Fordland, Missouri,
that will soon be opening for a day sale each month.

Two of my crazy friends Kenda and Jan from Leola's in Ozark

I had so many other wonderful shots from inside
the store and cottage,
but I didn't have the settings right on my camera,
so many of them were fuzzy.
(live and learn)

I know this next one is super fuzzy,
but I just had to show you this chandelier!

yes, that's right, a French flower pot for a lampshade!
(a few of those wonderful clay pots came home with me)

And I want to mention again about the new feature
I'm starting up called
 Design Challenge

Thanks so much everyone, for your great response
Hopefully, we'll have our first feature next week.

If you haven't read how this idea came about,
then just scroll down to the last post.
Hope you'll be a part of the fun!

Here are some wonderful links from last week.
Thanks so much for linking up to the party,
you all have the best inspiration around!!

Rosemary from Ozma of Odds has magic in her hands.
She creates the most beautiful things,
and you have to see her Rose-Mary rocking chair.
(and this is the view from the back)

Come visit Marcia at the Vintage French Hen
and tour her amazing Milk House Cottage

Karen, the Vintage Bag Lady
has just moved her girls into the Chicken Mansion,
come take a peek!

and chances are you've seen Laurie's fabulous frenchy pots
at Heaven's Walk,
but just in case, you have to go see for yourself.
just amazing!!

One more for good measure,
this amazing painting by Ricki from Art at Home.

Isn't it wonderful, I thought it was a photo at first!

Hope you can
join in for
 Vintage Inspiration Friday

(anything vintage or vintage inspired)

linking up here!
(buttons on sidebar)

love to you all!!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A New Feature at Common Ground: How about a Design Challenge?

A few weeks ago I spur-of-the-moment threw out a design
challenge for all of you when I was at a brick wall
trying to come up with ideas for my Living Room.
I had lots of thoughts,
 but I was needing some fresh eyes and creative direction
to kick start some room changes.

You all really rose to the challenge
 to help me sort through some possibilities.
You were encouraging and thoughtful and motivating.

So that got me thinking...
why not come up with a way we can constructively offer
 the same help for others out here in blogland.

...this is my idea.
Anyone who is in need of some advice, help,
or just a fresh new idea,
can submit a few photos to me for a feature post.

You can do it anonymously, or not,
 whatever you're comfortable with.
Then I'll post them,
 and you all get to leave constructive comments
to help the blogger in need.

It could be a whole room, a wall, a vignette, a mantle...
suggestions for paint colors,
furniture placement,
anything about decor...

What do you think?
sound like fun?

 I put together this graphic and button.
Please spread the word,
and then take the big step to come forward with some
issues you may be having,
or some design help.

No need to be a professional,
 although I received some really great ideas from a few.
Just comment on how you see it.

We'll all be sweet and nice and constructive...
no matter what you're dealing with.
...I promise!

How often I do this depends on how you all respond...
#1 with project photos
#2 with the desire to help others.

Let me know what you're thinking,
because this depends on you!

I'm super excited about this,
hope you all will spread the word!

Let me know if you've grabbed the button
or did a quick blog post.
I'll have a thankyou gift for a random winner!

let's have some fun!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

I'm still painting...

Here's the latest...

My recent Living Room makeover has been accomplished in stages.
The most recent "installment" has been to paint out the sofa table
 and then the two chairs flanking it.

I sort of thought I might be able to get away with not doing it...
but no.
It all needed to be white.


These chairs took me forever to paint and distress.
all the little detail work was a booger trying to deal with!

They look much prettier in person,
the camera just isn't picking up on all the nuances they now have.

LOVE my sofa table now,
and it has been decluttered of all the family photos
for the time being.
sorry kids...
you know we love ya!

Then I could bring back my faux Staffordshire dogs.
These little barkers may have been "faux",
 but they still weren't cheap.

Thanks again for all the great ideas and advice for this to happen,
and speaking of which...

A fun new feature is in the works,
and I need your feedback.
I'll share Thursday afternoon with
Vintage Inspiration Friday!

I'm partying here this week:
links on the sidebar with buttons.

See you Thursday for


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