Monthly Archives: January 2015

Cuckoo for Cuckoo Clocks

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Cuckoo for Cuckoo Clocks

I’ve been thinking about doing a cuckoo clock project since I saw a similar one in a magazine. Lucky for me… my mom and Aunt Noreen were looking for a good home for their old cuckoo clocks, and thanks to Pinterest, I found some instructions and inspiration to get me started.

Before

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During

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I couldn’t find my saw horses, so I used Casey’s pool.

 

After

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I plan to hang them in the sunroom. I’ve been looking for things that won’t fade for that room.

Spur of the Moment

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I had no intention of updating the guest bedroom until next summer. However, my parents were getting rid of an upholstered headboard, so I snapped it up. It was my dream to refinish an old wooden headboard in a funky color, but beggars can’t be choosers. Then while holiday shopping online I came across a sale on a funky comforter with all of the right colors, so I snapped it up.

Before

Here’s a photo before my Dad installed Ikea’s Maskros Pendant Lamp that I found on craigslist.

Don't mind the mess.

Don’t mind the mess.

During

"New" Headboard

“New” Headboard

After

Here’s the bedroom set I bought spur of the moment thinking the busy pattern and bright colors would make up for the lack of wall hangings and wall color.  Now I’m not so sure, but it is a lot more cheerier.

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Excuse the box in the foreground.

 

It’s a little busy, and not the room of my dreams, but it’s better than blah.

 

 

My First Stitch Fix Review

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I’ve been stuck in a style rut, but luckily one of my coworkers turned me on to Stitch Fix.  For those of you who don’t know, Stitch Fix is a fun online company that assigns you a personal stylist who chooses fashionable items that suit your needs.  On the website you provide your stylist with your sizes and complete a simple style questionnaire. You have the option of writing her a note including your requests, and you can even provide her with the link to your online media like your Pinterest page. There is a 20 dollar style fee, but if you choose to buy any of the items, the fee goes towards your purchase.  You have 3 days to decide which days items you want to keep and which items that you want to return in a prepaid envelope. It’s really easy and the anticipation of the unknown makes it so much fun.

My first box just arrived from Stitch Fix and I couldn’t be happier.  It came with a style guide to help to help me mix and match the pieces.

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1.  Kathy Striped Fit & Flare Dress

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This is such a cute dress and I think it is very flattering.  I can dress it up or down and wear it season to season.

Verdict: KEEP

2.  Octavia Tina Checkered Infinity Scarf

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I would have not have picked this out, but I really like it.  It’s so soft and unlike anything that I have.  (Please excuse my pasty legs.)

Verdict: KEEP

3.  41 Hawthorn Colorblock Lizzy Striped Sweater

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This sweater reminded me of other shirts and sweaters that I own, but once I had it on I knew I had to keep it.  It’s soft and comfortable.  I like that the stripes on the body are different from the stripes on the arms.  It’s a nice detail.

Verdict: KEEP

4. Market and Spruce Clove Twist Back Cardigan

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I was not crazy about this cardigan when I opened the box.  It was expensive for something that’s not very flattering and aside from the color, a bit boring. One plus is that it doesn’t attract dog hair.

Verdict: KEEP (Only because if you keep all 5 items, you get 25% off.)

5. Pixley Sofia Hammered Square Collar Necklace

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I liked this necklace so much that I wore it right after I opened the box.  It can dress up any outfit.

(Sorry for the bathroom photo.  It’s my only room that has good light at night.)

Verdict: KEEP

 Final Thoughts

I really enjoyed doing Stitch Fix.  It was fun to start thinking about my style and it got me moving in a better direction.  The anticipation of getting my box in the mail was almost as fun as opening the box and playing dress up.  My stylist, Monica, really got me.  I would definitely do it again.  I wish they’d offer a teacher discount.

If you decide to try it, please click on this link.  Stitch Fix will give me a referral credit.

Design Like a Pro

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As I redid the living room I thought about rearranging the furniture.  I wanted to open up the area in front of the window to allow more light.  I did a little rearranging online using Jordan’s Furniture’s software called Room Planner. I came up with 2 new ideas, and had people vote on them on Facebook.  Idea 2 won.  I’m not sure what to do about coffee and end tables yet.

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I wish I bought 2 accent chairs to go with the sofa rather than a love seat.  I also wish I bought a grey sofa instead.  Oh well.