Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Thing about "No"

I've never really understood people who were afraid to take action because of the fear of hearing no. Here's why:

  • Let's say there is something you really want. You really, really want it. Do you have it now? No.
  • So, you ask, or you make an effort in some way to get that thing . . . and for whatever reason, you hear no. So . . . you still don't have that thing. In other words, nothing changed.
  • The word "no", when you hear it, changes nothing. There is no risk when you hear the word "no". You didn't have it before. You don't have it now. Nothing changed. What is scary about that? Why would someone saying "no" to you be scary? You are in exactly the same place you were before you asked.

Yes is the word that creates change! When someone says "yes" to you, and you get what you want, then you have to take action on getting what you wanted. But, somehow, the idea of getting what we want isn't scary, it's thrilling.

So, the next time you are afraid to take action because someone might say "no" to you, just remember; nothing changes if the answer is "no". You are coping right now without that thing, so if the answer is "no", you will be fine. There is no risk in hearing "no", but oh the thrill of getting what you want when you hear "yes"!

So, don't let fear hold you back, because when you get to "yes", and you get the thing you asked for . . . that's when things get exciting!

Office Update: the drapes arrived!

The lovely turquoise Stylemaster Tribeca 56 by 120-Inch Faux Silk Grommet Panel, Turquoise draoes I found for $10 each on Amazon.com. The rod was one I already had, so that was a bonus! I'm amazed at the quality of these drapes for the low, low cost!!

I will still be adding another rod for the sheers (now held up with a tension rod inside the window, temporarily for privacy.)

Keep watching this blog for the final reveal!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Fantasy Shopping List

I'm wondering how many of you are like me, in that when I find something really fabulous on the internet, I put it in a little "buy!" bookmark spot . . . as though some day I'm going to win the lottery (which would be incredibly magical, considering I never buy tickets), and will actually be able to not only buy, but house, all these things . . .

Here are a few items on my wish list . . . some are more practical, and may someday end up in my home, and others are pie in the sky, but it makes me happy to think about owning them.

Silhouette CAMEO
"The Silhouette CAMEO is an electronic cutting tool for personal use. Like a home printer, it plugs into your PC or Mac with a simple USB cable. However, instead of printing it uses a small blade to cut paper, cardstock, vinyl, fabric and more up to 12" wide and 10 feet long. The machine also boasts a quiet motor and the ability to register and cut printed materials."

Oh, how I picture myself using this for a thousand fabulous projects . . . party favors, signs, vinyl for the walls . . . at $269.00 (plus misc supplies needed), this is definitely a want, not a need, but oh the fun I could have!

Giani Granite FG-GI BOMBAY Sicilian Granite Paint Kit For Countertops, Bombay Black

As much as I'd love to have real granite counter tops, I'm not currently living in my own house. (Long story, I have leased my home out so that I can live closer to family members.) I can, however, attempt any home improvement projects where I am, as long as it is well done. I love the idea of redoing the house's laminate counter tops with this black granite version! Just $80.00!

Wire Collapsible Laundry Basket

Do I need a $90 laundry basket? No. Do I want it. Oh, yes. I do!

Worn Fashion Journal

Just $21 for five issues . . . so this is a doable "want" . . . awesome Canadian print publications that comes out twice a year.

Dimond D1744 Mount Caufield Table Lamp, Black Faux Marble and Egyptian Crystal

I love the Lux art deco feel of this lamp. It is out of my budget, but I still think it would look amazing in my bedroom!

Floral Solid Perfume - Gardenia

I love, love, love Gardenia perfume, and at $15.00, this is a doable splurge for a rainy day!

Stop Staring Black & Red Rose Swing Dress

I have wanted this dress since I saw it on David Tutera's My Fair Wedding show. At $150, it is reasonable for what it is, but I just haven't had an event to justify the expense. Ah, maybe someday!

Girl's Guide to Vintage

Just love the title to this book . . . plus, it's had awesome reviews.

Black and White (and a Bit in Between): Timeless Interiors, Dramatic Accents, and Stylish Collections

I'm sure I don't have to explain why I want this!

So, that's my current fun stuff list . . . what's on your list?

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Update . . . Progress on the Office

The office makeover is under way . . . remember when it looked like this?

Here is a sneak peek of what has happened so far . . . please forgive the horrible cell phone photos . . . I promise there will be good photos when I do the true "reveal"!

As you can see, the new desk is here, as are the hutches on either side of the window. 

Here is a better look at one of the hutches . . . the current configuration on the shelves is temporary. I will be painting some boxes to add more color, as well as adding some magazine holders, etc.

Here is a close up of the shelves. When I put together the shelves, I added black and white damask wrapping paper to the back panel to add texture an contrast to the all black shelves.

Still to do . . . 
  • Frame the new black and white client prints, and rehang all the images.
  • Put up new curtain rod and hang new turquoise silk drapes.
  • Find a guest chair for the room; paint and reupholster.
  • Paint storage boxes.
  • Organize shelves.
  • Buy rug.
  • Hang black and white bunting. (Waiting for it to be delivered. Isn't it cute?)
  • Organize closet.
More soon!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Rosette Flower Lamp Shade DIY

This is the second lamp shade for my living room. I didn't want to do both shades with the full ruffles, because I felt like it would be too much for the small room. Also, this lamp is a bit shorter than the other lamp, and I didn't want to overwhelm it. At the same time, I wanted the lamp shades to look coherent in the home decor design.

This lamp is a hand-me-down from my sister. I love the shabby chic ivory finish.

You can see the first shade in the background (along with my helper, Bandit!) This is the same bell-style as the first lamp. The best part . . . I already had the lamp shade, the fabric, and the glue sticks .  . . so the only "cost" was my time.
You will need:
  • Lamp shade
  • Scissors
  • Fabric (cotton or accetate - something that frays)
  • hot glue
  • hot glue gun

I used an acetate "lining" fabric. 

Because I wanted it to have the frayed look, I snipped the first inch, and then ripped the rest down. You'll have a ton of strings to take off both sides before you can start applying it to the lamp. I cut each strip approximately 2.5".

Start by applying a dollop of hot glue in the center of the panel. (Pardon Jake's paws in the background. He was curious, briefly, then he left to chew on a squeaky toy for the next half hour.)

I started by gluing the piece down, fold the piece in half, and glue in the center to hold it in place that way.

Then you begin to wrap the fabric around the center (glued down) piece, and then glue as you go. This will take a lot of glue!

Keep gluing and wrapping until you get your first circuit made of the center. You should be slightly overlapping the fabric with the fabric in the center as you glue. You don't want to be able to see lampshade through the fabric.

Once you finish the first time around the center, you will need to start twisting the remaining fabric, and get looser with the wrap. If you find it is wider on one side than another . . . just cut the fabric, and go in and add more to the other side by tucking the edge of the fabric under the existing layer where it starts and ends.

Just a brief mention of my helper . . . who also found the whole thing boring, and did not help at all. Just saying.

Just keep twisting and gluing until you have a large, roughly centered flower.

Glue the tail end under the existing fabric.

Then move on . . . and keep adding new roses to each panel. (If you use a different shaped lampshade,  I would suggest doing four flowers (North, South, East, and West) and then fill in between as needed.

Wen you are done, it looks something like you have four white buns on your lampshade.

Next, I freehand cut rough leave shapes from the same fabric. Don't sress about perfect shapes and sizes. First, leaves are not all the same shape and size. I cut each one out individually because I didn't want cookie cutter leaves.

Next, glue the leaves on, tucking them slightly under the edge of the rosette.

Till you get something like this.

Keep adding leaves around each flower. I did groups of three, and I tried to vary the spot for each flower. Some flowers got two sets of leaves, and some only one. You are just filling space, and making the eye see the flowers more as flowers, and less as Princess Leah's hair.

I guess I could have shown an angle with more leaves, but clearly I didn't think of that at the time.
Et voila!

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