Monday, February 25, 2013

LuLu Beans Crochet Giveaway

I have a great giveaway for you all that I am so excited about! My sweet friend Jennifer of LuLu Beans Crochet has offered to giveaway one of her Artfully Simple Infinity Cowl Scarves!!!!!!

But before I get to that, here are some great examples of some of the beautiful items she has crocheted!


Sweet hats

Even little booties!!

And I can personally say how much I love Jennifer's work! This is the gorgeous cowl scarf she made for me!! I love it!!

To see more of Jennifer's work please visit her Facebook page
She also has an Etsy shop if you'd like to add her to your favorites!

And now, here is what she is giving away to one of you!!!! Her Artfully Simple Infinity Scarf!

The winner will be able to choose from several colors Jennifer has available for their own custom scarf. 

The colors include: 
Parrot (bright mix of colors)
Petunia (mix of purples)
Winery (mix of plums, reds, and browns)
 Tidal (mix of greens and blues)

Jennifer has also generously offered the rest of you 15% off any item when you tell her Shabby Love sent you! So please visit her today and see for yourself the beautiful items she has to offer. She is also happy to take custom orders! 

There are five entry possibilities, so start entering now on the Rafflecopter widget below!

A winner will be announced on Friday, March 8 at 8:00 a.m.!! 

Good Luck!!!!! 

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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Drop Cloth and Lace Messenger Bag

I have a beautiful LuLu Beans Crochet Scarf giveaway happening now!! Please go enter HERE!!!

Well friends, I finally accomplished something that's been on my to-do list for over a year now. I made my own messenger bag!!! I'm thinking I should have attempted to make one a little sooner because I seriously love it!

In typical Melissa fashion, I kind of just winged it and didn't know what I was doing half the time, so I don't really have a tutorial for you.

I folded a piece of drop cloth in half, drew on it with a pencil the shape I knew I wanted my bag, cut it out, hemmed and sewed, added a strap and a pretty piece of vintage lace. I know that makes no sense, but it's really the best I can do - those are "winging it" instructions after all.

Here's how it turned out.........don't look too's not perfect! ;)

I also like the look of the square shaped messenger bags. Maybe in another year I'll get around to making one like that?? We'll see! :) 

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

Silhouette Collection

One of the many things I collect is silhouettes. I love their classic look and simple elegance. It was inspired by my Aunt Deb who has a rather envious collection and she has them beautifully displayed. One day I'll need to share it with you (along with her Pyrex collection). It's quite impressive!

I've been collecting them for awhile and had them all together in a basket, but this past weekend I did a little rearranging and found a new home for them.

  Sorry about all the window glare! 

What do you think? 

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Hey Girl

Last week I heard about the Hey Girl Valentine Party happening over at Bliss Ranch! I forgot all about it until today, and I'm so glad I still have time to participate!

Head over and check out all of the hilarious Hey Girl Link Ups!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Living Room Desk Area

About two years ago I got the sweetest little table that I planned to use as a vanity in my bedroom. Being the DIY/furniture redoer newbie that I was, I made a huge mistake. It had been in a basement for who knows how long, so I put it outside. I just wanted it to air out a bit and let some rain wash away the dirt and spiderwebs a little. Can you blame me? Apparently I let it sit a little too long. The paint started to chip and peel as well as the veneer on the table top. :(

The top was beyond saving and with a three year old running around I wasn't risking leaving the chippy paint as is. So the little table that I planned to do absolutely nothing to got a complete makeover.  My plans also changed on where it was going to be used. Like I said, it was going to be a vanity in my room, but my mom gave me one that belonged to my grandmother, so it's now being used as a desk in our living room.

 This is the "left outside and neglected" shot of the desk. 

 This is with one layer of veneer peeled off. The other layers were bubbling and beyond repair. 

 So, we completely removed the top.

 And here's the chippy paint in all its glory. Love it but too nervous to have it around my son. 

After getting a fresh coat of paint and a new fence board top, that sweet little table is now a useful desk!

 Love, love, love!!!!

I have a few other little things to add to the wall, but they are going to have to wait until the brick wallpaper comes down.

 I had to include this ^ picture. It was taken by my three year old son. :)

 Flower frog turned pen holder

 Old knobs from my stash

 Weathered fence board top!! <3

 My husband helped me make a lamp from a vintage laboratory beaker stand and a metal work lamp shade.

Sometimes great things come from Plan B!!!!

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