Thursday, July 21, 2011

Wanted: Teenage Bedroom not Grandma's Bedroom!!

Last week, We received a letter from Education Foundation (EF) announcing that Sophie, our exchange student, will be here on August 11th.  We had her mother, Jennifer, live with us for a full school year back in 1989-1990.  Now we are blessed to have Sophie come live with us!

Yes, we are very excited!  I need to get busy and get the bedroom ready for Sophie to decorate.

Here are a couple of photos of the room where she will sleep. (please note these photos were taken before I started a blog...nor have I  improved much with my photo taking and photo editing...LOL!)

This room needs HELP A ROOM MAKE-OVER is needed so a TEENAGER can live in this room!!! 

I am going to take everything down except the mirror off the wall, so she can decorate.  The red comforter set is going to be donated. I am replacing the red curtains and red table skirt with something to match the bedding.  I am loving lamp drum shades, so I have started my hunt for drum shades to fit the light sconces by the bed. (In fact, I think the light sconces should be painted silver or ORB)  What color do you think I should paint the light sconces?

I have this neat leopard print chair in the corner.  I think it is a keeper, beside all young ladies need a chair to drape their clothes on.

I already have my inspiration bedding selected.  Sophie has already noted she "like it" on face book. So, I am going to share with you a sneak peak.

BIG DIFFERENCE!!  Don't you think?  I like all the colors in this bedding and it goes with the brown ceiling and walls.

I am going to go to "Pinterest" and get started with selecting accessories I like for her room and bathroom.  Watch for my selections on "Pinterest".  

I am on countdown time before Sophie arrives!

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A Sketchbook of Birds by Charles Tunnicliffe

I have been wanting to switch out several prints in my house to frame sketches of birds.  I have noticed the price of several of the framed bird sketches and re-prints.  

Then, I thought maybe an option for me would be to find prints in books and have them matted and framed at Michaels or Hobby Lobby.  At least, I could purchase the mats and frames and complete a DIY project with framed bird sketches.  So, I headed over to the used bookstore, "Archives Books".  

I found the most interesting book.

for a great price of $4.95

I loved the sketches inside this book by Charles Tunnicliffe. The book is "Divided into five sections - Seabirds; Waders; Geese, Ducks, and Swans"; including  Birds of Prey; and Miscellaneous Birds.  The drawings were selected from seventeen of the artist's sketchbooks.  "C. F. Tunnicliffe was born in Cheshire, England in 1901."  Tunnicliffe usually noted on his sketches the location and the date of composition.

Mr. Tunnicliffe died before the publication of this book, "...but he did see color proofs of some of the pictures and took pleasure in discussing and corresponding about publishing details during the planning stages."

I am going to share with you a few of the pages from this book.  (Please note: my photos do not show the real beauty of each page.)

Charles Tunnicliffe had a wonderful talent. 

"In 1944, he was elected to the Royal Academy."

"In August 1974 an exhibition of his bird drawings opened at the Royal Academy."

He was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Society for the protection of Birds in 1974.

"Charles Tunnicliffe achieved distinction in several fields: as an etcher and engraver, water colorist, and book illustrator specializing in natural history subjects."

He died in 1979.

I am mesmerized by his sketches.  I do not think I can use any of the prints from this book to mat and frame.  I think it will make a beautiful coffee table book in my living room or in my upstairs landing room.  

Have any of you found prints in books and had them matted and framed either by a company or on a DIY project?

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Seven Piece Place Setting for Twelve

Mr C and I  have been searching for a dinner place setting we both liked. We found Lenox "Opal Innocence" pattern five piece place setting from $87.75 to $130.00.
Here is a quick glimpse at the Lenox  "Opal Innocence" pattern.

This weekend at an estate sale, we came across a seven piece place setting for twelve in great condition for the total price of $75.00.  We bought it and we love it!  It is made in Japan called Crown Victoria Collection "Empress".  The seven piece place setting includes the dinner plate, bread and butter plate, soup bowl, salad bowl, fruit/dessert bowl, cup and saucer. The set price included two vegetable bowls and a gravy bowl with the bottom attached.

Here is a look at the set (without the fruit/dessert bowl):

Here is a closer look at the edge of the plate.

I like the look of the cup.

Here is the marking on the back:

There was one chip on one soup bowl and underneath one of the plates. (I have found a replacement soup bowl on-line at The chip on the plate was underneath and you cannot see it looking at the plate.)

I think this place setting is similar to the Lenox pattern.  It should work just fine for our family, since most of the time when we entertain it is casual with friends and family.

 I love the adventure of a hunt for an item at an estate sale or goodwill, etc.  Sometimes, I like to wait and see if the item I like is still there the next day at half price off. 

Have you purchased place settings at estate sells, craigslist, or other places?  Please share if you have.

Stay out of this heat!  Yesterday, it was 110 degrees in OKC.

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Thursday, July 7, 2011

DIY Project for an Estate Sale Dresser

I told you Mr C and I found several things to go in Tom's House during an estate sale.  Well, we found a perfect dresser with a mirror to use in his house.  It will be used in his entry.

Here is the picture of the dresser being used as a sofa table.

I am going to change out the hardware.  Tom likes the color and the  storage the dresser offers.

Now my pride and joy purchase is the wire basket on top of the dresser.  This baby came from Goodwill at a great price of $3.99.

The moss spheres were made by yours truly.

I had all items needed to make the moss spheres.


plus I had the hot glue gun and hot glue gun sticks. 

I know many of you would have used pins to attached the moss, however 

Jack loves to have at least a small taste of everything.  He has devoured a chair seat!

So, I used hot glue instead of pins to attached the moss.

Watch out for the Summer heat!

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