Monday, February 8, 2016

Trashtastic Treasures- DIY Vintage Shiny Brite Wreath for Valentines Day

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Hey friends!  Today is a snow day for us, so I got to sleep in a little and woke up to a winter wonderland, again. But inside, I'm thinking about decorating for Spring!  I have a little DIY project to share with you today, and I'm not exactly calling this one a success.  But in the spirit of keeping it real, I decided to share it.  I made this ornament wreath out of vintage pink Shiny Brite bulbs, and I ran into some complications, so it's a little lopsided, as you can see.  But the colors are so pretty that it almost makes up for the funny shape, I think.  

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I made this wreath on my own, without reading any tutorials or anything.  I really don't want to call this post a tutorial, because I clearly effed it up.  But I will share what I did, because curious minds need to know, right?  So maybe I should title this post what not to do? Ha!  Let me tell you the story of my jacked up Valentine's Wreath.  

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So I bought these pink Shiny Brite bulbs off of Ebay before Christmas.  They were $5.99 for the lot. I had the intentions of using them on my tree.  But then I decided to go all plaid inspired, and the pink just did not fit in.  So I decided to save them and make a Valentine's Wreath with these lovelies. Great idea right?  

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I bought a grapevine wreath form, and figured I would just hot glue the bulbs all around it.  And that is just exactly what I did!  I started by hot gluing certain ones right on the front of the wreath going around, then I just proceeded to hot glue them wherever to fill in empty spots.  But I ran into a problem.  I didn't have nearly enough bulbs.  I did not realize that this thing would need a million bulbs.  So I was back on Ebay looking for more pink Shiny Brites.  This time around I had a harder time finding some.  But I did purchase two more boxes- which was 24 more, and they were $25.  I thought for sure that would be enough, right?  Well, you be the judge, because this is how the wreath turned out.  I used what I had.  

Oh, and on a very important side note.  Do not try to clean these with Clorox wipes!  It will take the finish right off.  I learned this the hard way.  I then got a wet paper towel and tried to clean them.  It took the finish off too.  At that point I was too afraid to use any cleaning product on them, so I wiped them down with a microfiber cloth and called them clean.  You are welcome for the very valuable tip.  

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I personally think this wreath can be salvaged, with a crap load of more pink shiny brites, which I am not finding very cheap right now.  I just found a lot of 12 for $20 more bucks.  But I still don't think that will be enough.  So I am in this wreath for quite a bit of cash if I want it to look the way it does in my head.  And you know I have to go there, right?  I can't leave all of these vintage Shiny Brites hot glued to this wreath and have it not look finished!   So I will be on a mission to find the ornaments I need to finish this thing.  But it won't be before Valentine Day.  It won't make my husband happy, and it won't be cheap either.  I am going to be in this thing for quite a chunk of change, Which I usually don't do.  But hey, vintage shiny Brites, right?  and I will keep this wreath for a long long time, right?  It will be worth it to make it look finished.  Right?  Tell me I am right dammit!

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Until that day that this wreath looks perfect and full and lush, I tied a white ribbon with little read hearts around it and hung it in my entryway.  I mean, it's certainly not ugly.  It's just a little bit off.  Not quite round.  And you can still see the grapevine wreath base.  I don't want that to be visible.  And I want it to be a prefect circle in the end.  

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I just can't help it.  I am still in love with this little piece of Pink Shiny Bright imperfection.  And I know in my heart I can make her look the way she looks in my mind.  Like a Pink Shiny Brite Goddess!  All pink and shiny and bright!  She and I are in this thing till the end!  I won't let you down, Pinky promise!

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Just in case you would like to see a proper tutorial for making a bulb wreath, I think this one is great. And this one using a wire hanger looks easy too.   Sure do wish I would have read them in the first place!  What I did wasn't horribly wrong, I just was underestimated how many ornaments I would need.  Before I go today, I took a couple of other shots of my entry for you.  I didn't do a lot of decorating for Valentines Day this year, I've been busy.  But I still hung my DIY pink yarn heart, and the cute black pillow with gold heart is from the Target One Spot.  They never let me down.  

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And just in case you are wondering (or you may have never seen it), this is where my DIY Love canvas landed this year.  I made it last year, and I still love it!  the words above the kitchen doorway are also new.  I put those up during snowmageddon.  I thought it was fitting because you can clearly see it when you enter our front door. Ignore the messy kitchen.  This picture is about the sign people!  

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Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed reading about my imperfect Valentine's Day wreath.  Do you love it as much as I do?  Or would you never be able to display it in this imperfect state?  I would love to know your thoughts!  Have a great Tuesday!

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Switcharoom Part 2- Our Teen Boy’s Room

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Hey friends!  Today I am excited to bring you Switcharoom part 2!  Last week I shared part 1 of the room switch between my oldest daughter, Delaney, and Mr. 15 Year Old.  If you haven’t read it, you might want to start thereDelaney’s bedroom is quickly becoming one of my favorites in the house, simply because it feels so light, clean, and calm.  The room we are looking at today is Mr. 15 Year Old’s bedroom, which used to be Delaney’s room.  It is downstairs, along with our family room, a bathroom, a laundry room, and the garage.  And it really does look so completely different now!  It’s not completely finished, there is still work to be done.  But I thought it was good enough to show you today, and I will continue to show the progression of this room. 

Friday, February 5, 2016

My Favorites For January


Hey friends!  You know I love this day of the month!  Each month I share my Favorite Pinterest Pins with you.  So today is one of my favorite days, because I get to share my January favorites with you!  This is one of my favorite posts to write each month.  I hope you like reading it as much!  I am really in love with my favorites for January!  Please be a responsible pinner, and if you want to pin something I have featured here today, click on the source at the bottom of the picture and pin from the original source. I have done my best to pin from the original source as well!  I hope you find some inspiration!  Enjoy! 


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Switcharoom Part 1 - Our Adult Daughter's Bedroom

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Hey friends!  Guess what?  Our two oldest kids switched rooms!  And my very clever hubby came up with the title for this post.  I asked for ideas, and he shouted out "switcharoom"!  While I pondered, 5 seconds later, he laughed and said "you like it"!  So switcharoom it is!  Ha!  Today is the big reveal of our daughter Delaney's new bedroom, and I will show you Mr. 15 Year Old's new bedroom in a different post coming soon.  Switching rooms was a hot mess, let me just tell you.  We completely emptied two bedrooms in our home!  We still have a few things to complete in this bedroom, but I still think it looks pretty the way it is now, so I decided to show you now, and then as we complete the few things that need done, I will show you the progress in subsequent posts.  Below is the bedroom before, when it belonged to our son.  The yellow was the color this room was when we moved into this house.  We were in a rush to move, so I slapped some chalkboard paint on the top half of one wall and called it a day.  

Monday, February 1, 2016

January in Review

Hey friends!  Can you believe it is already the first day of February, I can't help but to already start counting down the days until Spring.  We were lucky to have an awesome Fall, but so far, winter is already taking a toll on me.  We survived Snow storm Jonas in January and saw more snow than I have seen since the 1990's.  Thanks goodness that is over, but we do still have snow on the ground from it.  I was able to get so much done around my house while I was snowed in, so I can't complain. January was a very productive month project wise, and some of the things we got done, I have not blogged about yet, so I have lots of good stuff on the schedule for February, stay tuned!  Today though, I wanted to review what went on around Sweet Parrish Place in January.  If you are new here welcome!  And this post is a great place for you to start and get familiar with what this blog is about. This is a quick look back at January on the blog.


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Friday, January 29, 2016

Sweet Parrish Place Style {Vol. 46}

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Hey all! Welcome to my weekly style post!   Every week, I take pictures of my outfits and join other bloggers around blog land who do the same. These posts are something that I really enjoy, because I have always had a passion for fashion. I love putting together new outfits, and shopping my own closet to wear things in different ways. I wear the clothes I own forever, but I usually don’t wear any item in the exact same way more than once or twice.  As a middle school counselor, I am always looking for inspiration, and ways to be stylish, professional, and age appropriate, and I hope to provide inspiration to other women and mothers in similar professions or lifestyles to shop their own closets.  You don’t always have to buy something new!  All of the outfits I am wearing for this post are things that I have worn  over the past two weeks - See more at: http://www.sweetparrishplace.com/2015/10/sweet-parrish-place-style-vol-45.html#sthash.PlvD5uXD.dpuf
Hey all! Welcome to my weekly style post!   Every week, I take pictures of my outfits and join other bloggers around blog land who do the same. These posts are something that I really enjoy, because I have always had a passion for fashion. I love putting together new outfits, and shopping my own closet to wear things in different ways. I wear the clothes I own forever, but I usually don’t wear any item in the exact same way more than once or twice.  As a middle school counselor, I am always looking for inspiration, and ways to be stylish, professional, and age appropriate, and I hope to provide inspiration to other women and mothers in similar professions or lifestyles to shop their own closets.  You don’t always have to buy something new!  All of the outfits I am wearing for this post are things that I have worn  over the past two weeks - See more at: http://www.sweetparrishplace.com/2015/10/sweet-parrish-place-style-vol-45.html#sthash.PlvD5uXD.dpuf
Hey all! Welcome to my weekly style post!   Every week, I take pictures of my outfits and join other bloggers around blog land who do the same. These posts are something that I really enjoy, because I have always had a passion for fashion. I love putting together new outfits, and shopping my own closet to wear things in different ways. I wear the clothes I own forever, but I usually don’t wear any item in the exact same way more than once or twice.  As a middle school counselor, I am always looking for inspiration, and ways to be stylish, professional, and age appropriate, and I hope to provide inspiration to other women and mothers in similar professions or lifestyles to shop their own closets.  You don’t always have to buy something new!  All of the outfits I am wearing for this post are things that I have worn  over the past two weeks - See more at: http://www.sweetparrishplace.com/2015/10/sweet-parrish-place-style-vol-45.html#sthash.PlvD5uXD.dpuf

Hey friends! Today I wanted to share some of the things I have been wearing lately, in this, the dead of winter.  So hard to get out to take pictures though, I have to say- BRRRR!   Every week, I take pictures of my outfits and join other bloggers around blog land who do the same. These posts are something that I really enjoy, because I have always had a passion for fashion. I love putting together new outfits, and shopping my own closet to wear things in different ways. I wear the clothes I own forever, but I usually don’t wear any item in the exact same way more than once or twice.  As a middle school counselor, I am always looking for inspiration, and ways to be stylish, professional, and age appropriate, and I hope to provide inspiration to other women and mothers in similar professions or lifestyles to shop their own closets.  You don’t always have to buy something new!  As a matter of fact the only new thing in this first outfit is my shoes.  And I paid $19 for them on clearance at Marshals recently.  

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Black Coat similar// denim skirt (old) similar similar// sweater (old) similar// shoes similar// Tights similar



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 This outfit was picked out before we got the huge snowstorm, so it hung there just waiting to be worn for days.  Both the blazer and the gingham shirt in this outfit were thrifted.  You will notice in some of these photos that I am indoors.  I have never really had a good neutral spot to take photos in this house, but now that my daughters new room is all finished, I have been taking some of the pictures in there when I just can't take the cold temps anymore.  It has great afternoon light, and it is fairly neutral, so I am glad I am able to do this.  Not as good as outside, but a halfway decent alternative. 
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 black blazer (thrifted) similar// sweater (old) similar// black jeans// gingham shirt// black boots



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 Again, the only new item I am wearing in this next outfit is the shoes, and oh how I love these shoes!  The sweater is thrifted, and the skirt belonged to LC's grandmother.  Remember when I told you that a leopard shoe can be a neutral?  This outfit is the perfect example of that. 

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 sweater- thrifted similar// skirt- vintage// leopard shoes



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This outfit is all about being comfortable and warm.  I bought this cardigan from Loft many years ago, and it still remains a go to in my closet. 

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I spent the better part of a week snowed in, and so these outfits were taken over the past few weeks.   I hate the snow, but I love the snow days.  I got so much done at home!  Were you snowed in where you live?  Do you have big plans for the weekend?  We are helping a friend move.  Happy to help, but not looking forward to the cold while moving, that is going to suck!  Have a great weekend, enjoy!

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

What I'm Loving

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Hey friends!  I wish we could meet for coffee or tea.  I have a favorite local place (Almost Heaven Desserts) that has fabulous desserts and hot drinks, and it is a place where I like to sit and chat with friends and catch up what happening in each others lives, or just have a half hour alone with LC to chat.  I wish you and I could meet there and sit and chat, tell a few jokes, just dish, you know?  And we would talk about some of our latest and greatest finds.  I discover some of the best things through friends, don't you?  And that is what I want this series to feel like.  Just a chat with a girlfriend.  I love to share discoveries with friends, and I consider you my friend, because you are here reading this right now.  So let me tell you some things I am loving right now.