Monday, August 29, 2011

What I learned Today – New Dictionary Art

My daughter reminded me last weekend of the old phrase “You learn something new every day”. She has been living the college life on campus for 2 weeks now. She informed me that on that particular day, a Saturday, she learned that the dining hall is closed on Saturdays. A few days later she informed that she learned something else new. The dining hall stops serving breakfast at 9:30 a.m. Of course she learned these lessons the hard way, by showing up hungry to closed doors. Now that classes have started, I trust her daily lessons are of a more academic nature.

Well, today I learned something new about Microsoft Office – 2007 version. When I posted on dictionary art HERE, one of the questions I received was what can you do when the print is showing stronger/darker than the picture. Well, being the novice that I am, the only way I’d found around this was to use high resolution or darker pictures over lighter text/backgrounds. Unfortunately I do not have any fancy software, scanners or other equipment – or any knowledge of such. Today I tried to print some pumpkins over the dictionary page, as a prelude to my fall decorating. I really do try to wait until September 1st to do my fall decorating, but I figured a couple of pumpkin prints would be okay to sneak in for these last few days of August. I discovered that the pictures I wanted to use from The Graphics Fairy, were being over powered by the text. Quite accidentally, I was playing around with the picture editing tool in Microsoft Word and found that by selecting “text wrapping” I was able to select “in front of text” and drag my picture over the dictionary page. I just pasted the image on one page in a word document, clicked on it before selecting the text wrapping feature, and then drug it down to the dictionary page below. I was pretty excited about this and immediately popped these prints in my frames.

I may be the only person that didn’t know about this feature before today, but just in case someone else needs to know, I wanted to share.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

My Drop Cloth Curtains - Three Windows For $30

For several years I've had toile curtains in my kitchen.  I love, love, love toile.  But this toile caused problems.  It had a goldish color pattern in the background and no other pattern seemed to match.  I always felt like my holiday tablecloths or place settings were out of place. 

I finally decided I would buy only 1 drop cloth per window and see if I could make it work.  My first thought, before getting them home, was to split each one up the middle and hem the edges, making 2 panels.  After playing around with them, thankfully before getting out the scissors, I decided I liked this look best.  I bought 3 drop cloths for $10 each at Home Depot.  You can find more information on them HERE .

I didn't prewash these drop cloths like I do when using them for other projects.  I gave them a quick ironing, just to get out the large fold lines.  Then I folded over the tops, to get them the length I wanted, and clipped them to the curtain rings.  No cutting, no hemming, nothing.  I wanted to use some burlap ribbon for tiebacks, but couldn't find any at Hobby Lobby.  However, while there, I did find the great iron drawer pulls.  They were on sale for $1.50 each.

I just hot glued the head of a nail into the back of the knob, and stuck it in the wall, into a hole I had previously nailed in.

I love the freedom that the solid panels give me.  Now I can use any other pattern in my kitchen for decorating or on the table.

Maybe one day I will get the time to try making a drop cloth slipcover for my sofa.  Drop cloths are a great, affordable solution when decorating on a budget.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Dorm Room Decorating

After six hours of moving things up to the third floor (no elevators), my daughter is moved into her dorm  room.  After many early weekend mornings of accompanying her Aunt Pam and Mom to estate sales, yard sales and the Flea Market, my daughter was expecting the full treatment for her dorm room. 

Here is a quick break down of what we did.  The comforter and sham was ordered online from Target.  This piece made everything else easy.  It contains just about every color we would want to use, so almost everything else matched it in some way.

The turquoise side table, and the head board, have been in my husband's family for years.  The headboard is part of bunkbeds he slept on as a child.  I painted the bed a pale blue/grey that Pam left at the house in some sample paints.  I painted the side table and dresser in a turquoise from Home Depot. The vinyl chandelier was ordered online from Target.  The butterscotch desk is from Pier One and was most recently functioning as my sewing table.

All but one pillow was made by moi.  The lacy pillow is from Kohls.

I am crazy about the glass knobs I found at Hobby Lobby.  We thought it would be fun to mix it up a bit by using large knobs on the small drawers, and small knobs on the large drawers.

This is what the dresser looked like before.  We bought it at the Nashville Flea Market for $30.  Aunt Pam spotted this one for us the weekend we were vendors.

Paint and pretty drawer pulls can work miracles on furniture.

I made a sink skirt and attached with sticky velcro to cover the cabinet.

 We still have a little tweaking to do.  The tension rod we bought to hang curtains was too short, so curtains aren't yet hung.   Hopefully it will be 100% complete within a couple of weeks.  Decorating a dorm room can be challenging. Forutnately we had the option of removing standard bunk beds from the room and were able to bring in all of our own furniture.  It was a lot of work, but will be worth it to make this place feel homey for the next nine months.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Ramsign Winner

I did my best to copy and past the screen form Random.Org but couldn't get it to work

Congratulations to:

 No. 5

AvroraD said...

I mentioned the giveaway on my facebook page, as Avrora Davidovna (I don't have a blog).

Congratulations Avrora!  I will contact you through your email.


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Last Call For Ramsign Giveaway!

Click  HERE if you want to enter the giveaway for a Ramsign custom house number sign, and haven't already done so.  I'll pick a random winner Thursday night. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Furnishings By Goodwill - Pam's House

I finally made it over to Pam's house with my new camera.  Over the past year she has transformed almost every room in her house, mostly using furniture she bought at Goodwill.   Throw in a few flea market and yard sale finds, and her house looks amazing.  I am totally jealous!  The French two tier table above is from Goodwill.  Of course, all of these pieces have been painted by Pam.

I think the tin/mirror came from the Flea Market.

This is her newest find. Actually I found it on Craigslist for her. She had been wanting an old stereo with console and I found this French Provincial piece a few weeks ago.


Okay, so this antler collection came from a shop on the square in Murfreesboro. The Dog statue came from the Rockvale Art Gallery, where some of our things are sold. She isn't completely immune to regular retail.

Just for the record.  This dog does not have a candle on its head.  There is a large candle stand behind it.

Her china collection is from Goodwill.

Her table, and I think most of the chairs, came from Goodwill.  One came from a yard sale. These were purchased at different times.

Bookshelf from Goodwill.

I think she found this table at a yard sale.

Goodwill chair.

These pieces actually belonged to our parents when we were kids.  I don't know how Pam ended up with them.  Ever since I took these pictures I've been drooling over a set I saw on Craigslist.




Goodwill chair.

This isn't a very good picture, but these are the chair prints on dictionary pages. I'm not sure where she found these frames, but I really like them.

Love this lamp.  Hey Pam!  Where did you get this lamp?

I actually found and bought a pair of these chairs off Craigslist.  Pam managed to talk me out of both of them!

Yard sale frames.

Drapes from Goodwill.

Flea Market Table.

She bought this buffet at a moving sale.

I realized as I was posting these pictures that I didn't get any of whole rooms.   Oh well, maybe next time.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

GIVEAWAY By Ramsign - Closed

Recently I was contacted by Ramsign, a Danish company that manufactures and sells classic enamel signs based upon original designs and techniques. Ramsign has generously offered to give away one of their beautiful numbered signs on our 2 Vintage Sisters blog! The winner will get to choose one of the house number signs. There are signs available from 1 digit and up to 5 digits and with five different styles available.

There are 3 ways to enter this giveaway:

1. Leave a comment on this blog post for 1 entry.

2. Visit the Ramsign site HERE and then leave a comment letting us know what design/style you would like for an additional entry.

3. Mention this giveaway on your social media or blog and leave a comment letting us know for an additional entry.

This giveaway is open to anyone, NO MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE, since Ramsign ships internationally.