Cane Side Chair, Hers and Mine

September 29th, 2010

Continuing the Fantastic Feature series, today I’m here to show off a fabulous before and after starring the inventive Brooke of Oh Brooke blog.  You savvy readers have seen your share of these kinds of chair makeovers, but Brooke’s is exceptionally good due to her fabric and finish choice, and excellent tutorial!

Here’s Brooke’s Before:

 

And After:

  brooke after

   

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Ghoulish Grown Up Beverage Labels

September 28th, 2010

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Okay, it’s true, I so love autumn, but recently, as in the last few years, I’m loving Halloween too.  Only because in my world, all the kids around me live to dress up in their costumes and I can’t help but get excited along with them.  Costume choice is already the hot topic at school.  "What are you going to be?"  "I’m going to be Bat Girl!"  "I’m going to be Luke Skywalker!"

I’ve never liked the the gory side of Halloween.  I really don’t care for for anything extremely bloody or too disturbing.  Unlike the teenagers, I steer clear of haunted houses.  But I do love the dressing up in costumes, carving jack-o-lanterns, and trick-or-treating side of Halloween.  And I like the playful, whimsical, spooky side filled with spiders, witches, ghosts and goblins.

This year, we’re entertaining friends for a pumpkin carving party, so I thought I’d get a head start.  Martha’s been making beverage labels for a few years now, and when I spied hers in the latest Living Magazine, I was inspired to create some of my own.

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These beer bottle labels are perfect for the spooky ales we will serve.

cg halloween beer labels   

Here’s a few poisonous potions I concocted for a Halloween vignette.

cg poison bottle labels

 

 

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More Favorite Places

September 27th, 2010

Hello there, hope you had a great weekend, I sure did!  It was my birthday last week, so  my hub and I hired a babysitter on Saturday, and spent an afternoon and evening at some favorite places nearby.

It’s the high season in Wine Country right now.  The leaves are turning, the festivals have begun, the tasting rooms are filled with tourists.   September through November is the most colorful season to visit this bountiful region.  If you’re ever in our area, here are a few worthwhile places to spend an enjoyable afternoon.

wine country colors

 

Korbel Champagne Cellars is home to some of the finest (and quite affordable) sparkling wines.   ‘Toast Life!’  is the motto here  ~ I certainly subscribe to that.   They have some helpful tips on their site giving all the details for choosing, storing, and entertaining with champagne.

korbel sign in vineyard

 

A visit to their winery is a worthwhile trip.  The brick building that greets you is so very pretty with its classic brick facade and ivy covered walls.

korbel exterior

 

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