Sunday, November 30, 2008

A Girl and her Hutch

The hutch in my dining room is one of my biggest display areas. And since I own 933 white plates and pitchers and things, it's always something I'm tweaking. Much to my husband's amazement and disbelief. "You just tweaked it the other night!" Yes, but I bought one new white plate and it threw the whole thing off. You know what I mean.

It started like this:

which felt way too cluttered.

Problem is, even though I dream of taking a crowbar to that middle strip of wood to free up the display space, I fear the whole thing would come crashing down. So I don't. I work around it. And the top shelf is so short almost nothing fits up there, which limits the options quite a bit. Come to think of it, at least 3 of my really cool large white platters don't fit in here on any shelf.

Anyways, it led to this

and this

{which is shocking now that I see it in print. It's literally a dumping ground for all things dish.}

and finally this

I used the Nester's idea of mounting scrapbook paper to the back of it, but I didn't have enough of 1 kind for all the shelves and I didn't like the stuff I had on hand for the other shelves. So I just did the middle shelf. And I think I kind of like it.

What do you think? Too much going on still? Is it weird with only one shelf backed with paper? Should I pack away more of my junk into those overstuffed drawers and cabinets, start over, or leave as is? I pray you suggest the latter. There's nothin' like a maniac in capri pants rearranging her hutch for the fourth time this week, husband and children starving in the background, house all torn asunder, for the love of the tweak.

{Real Tweakers beware, I am totally not talking about that kind of tweaking. This is for home decor tweakers and Martha wannabees only, please.}

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

A Wreath for All Seasons

I have really been wanting a feather wreath, and when I saw this one on super sale at JoAnn's, I snatched it up. Initially it looks a little dark, but in fact it has green and amber and chocolate brown feathers mixed in with the darker black ones. Those colored ones match my sofa and room colors in the living room, so I put it in there.

But first I had to doctor it up a little. Primarily because a couple of feathers were missing in one spot, but also because I felt it needed a little something. I started with a faux bird's nest and eggs, which I attached with a bent paper clip slipped through the back of the nest. I know, how ingenious {and technical and cheap} of me.

Next I added a little bird found for $2.49 {50% off} at Michael's. I love it because the color of the bird and it's ribboned tail pick up the amber tones in the wreath.

I also tried it with seashells and starfish and it is equally cute! I know the bird theme is more springy, but the rich autumnal color of the bird makes it OK with me for this time of year. I think in the spring I will change it up and add more eggs, or a little bunny or some lavender or something. And then the seashells in the summer. And some miniature pinecones would look so cute in a little cluster for next fall.

For me this is destined to be a year-round wreath because I love it's simple classic shape but luxurious feeling with the feathers. I can't wait to change it up come spring and see what creativity I can glean from other blogs for inspiration. Hope you enjoy and are inspired to do your own all-season wreath.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Life. Interrupted.

Wow! I can't believe it's been three weeks since my last post! Life does indeed come at you fast. I would love to say I've been getting lots of things done and projects accomplished, but motherhood only allows so much of that planning to go undisturbed before scrapes, burns, trips to the ER and sickness horns in and messes it all up. Sprinkle in a little stress and a big fat sale and you end up with no blogging. So, what have I been up to?

A little rearranging of this....

and this....

and this...

and not nearly enough of this...

or this...

But soon, very very soon I will be completing a project involving this:

and it will be so cute.... so stay tuned and don't forget about me!

Love to all of you,