I was on speech team in High school my senior year. I never won a first place trophy; but I did win a ton of second and third place medals. They always said I was too dramatic to win first.. go figure.....
The first time I won a trophy was at a fireman's golf outing. I won for highest score... which in golf I guess is not such a good thing; it actually means I had the worst score out of the 150 people who played. However, I did get a trophy and those other losers who had better scores didn't. Ha. :) Boo-yeah!
I came across a slew of these at the thrift store and I thought it would be such a cute and updated idea for a boys room to attack them with a couple of cans of spray paint.
You could also do these in a girl's room with pastel colors, or as sporting event center pieces too.
You could even do them as an birthday party, or for an athletic couples wedding center pieces and glitter the heck out of them.
Glitter makes everything better.
I always find these for super cheap, and when I say super cheap, I mean under $2 each.
How cute as a shelf display or as a set of bookends?
I can't believe there are over 700 people in the class and almost 900 on the ning site!
I am so glad those of you taking the class are loving all of the videos and projects!! It's so exciting after all of these months of hard work!
There are some great decorating discussions and people are already whipping out my upholstery webbing jute basket! You ladies are amazing!!!!
You can still register, registration closes Monday!
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Kelly,Lucy and I have decided to do a mini-Halloween hop to show off some of our spooky decor.
I have my Edgar Allen Poe inspired mantel to show you today!
We had a show in Chicago called the Son of Svengoolie where they showed those old black and white horror shows. It was on Saturday afternoons, just after the last morning cartoon ended and just before my Dad sat down to watch (boring) golf. They were just scary enough to make you peek around doors and make you jump onto your bed at night with a running start with out letting your feet get near the space at the bottom. There were no feet hanging over the edge those nights.
They would often play old Edgar Allen Poe movies, which I loved, even thought they scared the pee out of me. So I added some elements to evoke that feeling
of an old, creepy mansion with all of the clock faces and a Halloween candlabra.
Of course I needed a Raven.
And some vintage clocks for the ticking of the heart under the floor boards in "The Tell-tale heart." I think the black and white graphics go together so well for Halloween.
The pumpkin lady is my stand in for the ladies in the really dark and freaky "Tales of terror"
And the bird cage in the first picture represents the mansion in "The House of Usher."
I added my skull tulle garland that I made waaaaaay back in 2008, when my house was scarier than this mantel.
And I added another raven and a stack of vintage books as an homage to the master of horror. I wanted the feeling of a creepy old library.
And of course I needed a warty pumpkin... no reason other than I had to have a warty pumpkin.Because warty pumpkins are cool. I looked at this picture later and I realized that the book I put it on made it look like I was crushing the poor lady. Sorry Tracey Porter.
Boo to you!!!!
I hope you enjoyed my mini-tour!
you can stop over by these other creeeeeepy houses for the rest of the hop!
I am already so excited for this year! While I have some amazing returning homes; I also have some new homes and some even better surprise homes!! All of the homes participating are going to be top secret for a while. :)
I'll announce the big line-up like I did last year the week before. And just like last year, we'll also do a HUGE holiday party where you link up YOUR holiday home! Are you excited already?! Christmas is actually my favorite holiday of the year, if you can't tell....I am telling you it's almost unnatural how excited I am about the holidays!I am ready to pull everything out and it's not even the end of October yet! You would think I was Hobby Lobby or something. :)
Last year, I sat down every day with a big plate of cookies and a big mug of cocoa (I am not kidding), and went through every house, getting fat and happy on treats and holiday decor!
So, drum roll please.. the dates are:
And even though my decor from last year is featured in this holiday issue of Romantic Homes. I am going to change it all up for you my peeps! It'll be like a brand new house!!!
I wanted to reference Jeanne's post she wrote from the other day.
I know sometimes women tend to do a lot of comparing.
know, because I do it too.
Even though I do love my house, and I feel like we've put our heart into it; I admit I sometimes look at bigger homes with envy sometimes.
It can also happen when we see a blogger's home, and their home looks like something that should be in a magazine, but we don't realize that they probably cleaned and staged (at least that room for their pictures), because on a normal day a large majority of the time their home is probably just as big of a wreck as the rest of ours. I admit to cleaning before pictures. My friend ,Mark, was talking about my house in the holiday issue of Romantic Homes, and he said he almost didn't recognize it because there wasn't any "craft crap or kids stuff everywhere." Reality check. Thanks Mark. :)
Sometimes I wish we just
had those few extra rooms, or a basement, or a garage,
maybe or all of them so that stuff wasn't so cluttery.
The thing is, we all have for now what we are given. And with this class,we hope you can find the beauty in what you do have. You don't have to have a lot of money either. There are so many things you can do with a really limited budget to make your home a place that fits you and your family. And feel good about your space. So that your home looks like you. How do I know?
We live on a public servant's salary with some debt we are trying to pay off. It wasn't until I started working these last two years that life seemed financially manageable. When there is not a lot of free cash, you get really creative. That is why I am so proud of this girl.
As people are joining the class, it is amazing to see the pictures they are posting.
Some peoples homes are amazing an blow mine away. Some people are just beginning on the journey of their home. And all of those places are good places to be.
I am totally wigging out that The Creatively Made Home is launching Monday! I am so excited about how many of you have signed up, I hope you love it! I think it's perfect timing too. I don't know about you, but I am in that fall nesting mode (...and up to my eyeballs in Christmas with my wholesale accounts.) :) and ready to settle into some really good home/lifestyle videos and projects.
I also want to give a shout out to the Nada farm sale this weekend. Normally I vend there, but I had baby-sitting issues with this weekend. If you are able to go, say "Hi" to every one for me.
I am looking forward to seeing all of your fabulously creative things like: