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Best Of March + Fair Weather Party Announcement

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Hello hello, how are things?  I’m knee deep in a few projects, paintbrush in hand, but popping in for the monthly roundup of favorite articles from March.  Plus a fun spring/summer party announcement, but first, here are the top ten CG posts from last month not to miss! 

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1. I painted a pale turquoise bureau plus shared my favorite paints for furniture, 2.  a purpose filled home is so important, don’t you agree?  3. An old cottage screen door becomes a new herb planter rack,  4. our kitten Coco-Nut got a new pet bowl stand, DIY style, 5.  Matt weighed in with his ten tips for selling your home, and 6. we announced year two of our charitable work: The Alma Project

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7.  I painted a pedestal and shared all about how to paint a kitchen table  8.  The family room built-ins got a fresh coat of white paint and are much improved.  9.  We modified the bathroom vanity to add a new frame with furniture feet, and 10.  The spring craft link party (over 400+ ideas there) was a great success and you all loved the clay petal vase too, thanks so much!

Now for an announcement – look’s what’s back this spring and summer . . .fair weather link parties april through august

Last year I hosted the Fair Weather Forum parties on a series of more predictable subjects, and I wanted to do it again.  This time I thought of a few ‘out of the box’ ideas because I really love a good theme, don’t you?  Theme parties are so much fun in my world – so let’s mix it up with a few different ideas this year, shall we?  Consider them your virtual cocktail party with an instant icebreaker topic. 

The parties will be on Tuesdays from April through August and every three weeks just to keep it confusing interesting.  They’ll include a series of themes from souvenirs to books to movie characters.  The first party is Tuesday April 17th.  The topic?   Kitchen Gadgets: Good & Bad.  Yes, it’s time to swap kitchen stories.  What are your favorite culinary tools?  Your pizza cutter?  Your two speed cocktail blender?  Ever fallen prey to a late night infomercial and bought a gadget you later hated?  Secretly loved?  Now’s your chance to tell your tale. 

Here’s the official (Tuesdays every three weeks) schedule:

April 17th:  In the Kitchen: Gadgets: Good & Bad  (culinary tools)

May 8th:  Green Thumb, Grow Where You’re Planted (all things garden)

May 29th:  Souvenirs, Shot Glasses Anyone?  (your favorite travel souvenir)

June 19th: Movie Characters: “As God as My Witness…” (your fave movie character(s))

July 10th: Chillin’ and Grillin;’ (what’s on the BBQ)

July 31st:  A Very Good Read (favorite book and why)

August 21st:  Summer’s Best (the best part of your summer was…?)

For a printable schedule of party themes, check out this detailed list of Fair Weather Link Party topics.  I’ll be sure to remind you when one of these is coming up in future weeks.  Hope you’ll join in on the good times!

Now it’s back to some paint projects, see you soon,

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Spring Parties + February Roundup

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Hello all and happy first day of March!  Yep, spring is on its way and I cannot wait, can you?  To celebrate, my blog buddies Layla, Rhoda, Sarah and I are all throwing a round of Spring Fling Link Parties just in time to get creative for the coming season.

For those of you who have joined up with us before, we hope you’ll do so again, these are a lot of fun and a great place to share your projects and ideas. We encourage new bloggers to hop on board the spring fling train too, so mark your calendars, dates and categories are below. I have a few fun spring DIY ideas to share as well, can’t wait!

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And since we’ve turned the page to a new month, here are the Top Ten posts from February you don’t want to miss…

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1. A Day in the Life  2.  DIY Pleated Pillow Sham  3.  Brass Hardware, Polishing and Faking It  4.  Small Space Solutions for Home Offices  5.  Four Dollar Stained and Painted Side Tables, 6.  CG Turns Three

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7.  The Kelly Campaign   8.  Pedestal Side Table Makeover  9.  Tufted Sofa Fairy Tale, 10.  Chocolate Cakes with Raspberry Drizzle.

If you’d like to vote for me in The Homies 2012 to be a finalist forBest DIY Blog, I’d be so so so honored, you can do that right here  I’m also nominated to be a finalist in the Best Home Design Blog (wow) so you can also place your vote in that category right here.  Thank you so much!

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Coming up next… my best tips on painting an old kitchen table to make it new again!

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Top Ten: January

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Hey y’all, it’s February, how did that happen?  Crazy crazy how time does fly!  I decided to do a monthly recaps of readers’ favorite posts from each month so I have something to refer to at the end of the year. Here are the Top Ten posts of January not to miss! 

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1.  Stamped Tea Towels  2.  Chalk Painted Nightstand  3.  Installing Beadboard Wallpaper  4. Which Home Would You Choose?

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5.  Powder Room Makeover  6. Lacquer Lookalikes  7.  Photos to Sketches  8  Choosing the Perfect Robin’s Egg Blue  9.   Lavender Sea Salt Scrub   10.  Love/Hate with Anthropologie

Also, for many of you who have written to me about posts and projects from summer 2009 where there are no images anymore, I am aware of the problem!  It has to do with pictures that were previously stored in a Picasa web album that I deleted *oops* assuming the images got rolled over in my WordPress move in September 2009 and I just found out they didn’t {thanks Google! insert swear word} – unfortunately they need to be rebuilt so please be patient, I’m working on it! 

Also, for those of you like me who love Pinterest, I’ve added more boards, so be sure to check them out, you may want to add them to your “follow” list!

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I’m off to the sewing machine shop now, either Mr. Singer is getting a repair or I’m buying a new one… stay tuned.

xo,

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