Canvas Giveaway Winners !

May 11th, 2010

Congratulations to

#139 Emily who wrote:

“I love the spiral bound photo books – will keep those in mind for gifts. If I win the canvas (even if I don’t I’ll probably just go for it myself!) I would use a photo we took of my son at 5 days old – he’s now 3 and a very different size, but I treasure that tiny baby memory.”


#83  Christine R. who wrote:

“My favorite has to be the gallery canvas wrap that you’re giving away! I have the perfect photo that I’ve been wanting to do this with for a while! It’s from our trip to Italy when my husband and I got engaged! I want to hang it above our bed. Thanks for this great giveaway chance!”


Congratulations ladies -there’s a free 12 x 16 gallery wrapped canvas coming your way!

A big BIG thank you to my sponsor Color Incorporated for their generosity. 




In addition, I spy with my little eye a mention over at OhDeeDoh

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Thanks so much Carrie at Apartment Therapy ! 



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Adventures in Wainscoting

May 10th, 2010

Did you know I’ve had my little heart set on wainscoting in my living room for like ever ?  Have I mentioned this before ?   Perhaps I have. 

So this past weekend was Mother’s Day.  My husband asked the obligatory question, “Dear, love of my life, mother of my children and wife extraordinaire, what is it that you want for Mother’s Day?”  

It took approximately 1.2 seconds for me to shout “Wainscoting!”  

Wish you could have seen him wince. 

I think he was hoping for “Spa Day” or “Chocolate” instead of “Wainscoting” since he had his heart set on a relaxing weekend watching the San Jose Sharks win the playoffs, woot woot !   No, my idea  of relaxation is a home improvement project – call me crazy. 

I started my Saturday morning with some coffee and research.  I learned the following.

thibaut wallpaperWainscot (paneling on the lower part of a wall) comes in many different styles. 

You’ve got your tongue and groove beadboard, board and batten, inverted panel, flat panel, and raised panel wainscoting.  Researching the ‘how to’ is enough to make your head spin.   This Old House has a great article describing all the different kinds of wainscoting.

I had my little heart set on picture frames sitting on top of smooth panels with a chair rail above, or really something that looks a whole lot like this photo to the left. 

Plenty of websites want to sell you prefabricated kits.   Some online articles recommend hiring a carpenter.  For what I had in mind, I was pretty sure we could do it ourselves in a weekend with some simple supplies. 

And so we did ! 

Sort of.  We’re not finished, but we made great progress.

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Here’s the step by step on our version of this picture frame wainscoting. 

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For the Moms

May 9th, 2010



For all the women who have cared for a child,

nurtured a child,

raised a child, and

loved a child,

today, we celebrate you !



There’s one thing I know for sure. 

No job in the world will ever be as challenging as ‘Mom’,

and no job will ever be as rewarding !!  


“A hundred years from now it will not matter
what my bank account was,
the sort of house I lived in,
or the kind of clothes I wore . . .

. . . but the world may be much different
because I was important in the life of a child.”


Happy Mother’s Day


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