Monday, May 28, 2012

Decoration Day

Please join me in taking a moment to remember what Memorial Day is really all about.  
Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day 
is about remembering those who have died in our nation's service.  
To all men and women who have served in any of the armed forces,
 and especially to those who gave their life, thank you.

There is no easy way to transition from Memorial Day to the other part of my blog entry 
which was just an update on some new goods I took to my Urban Barn space. 
So I think I'll just leave you with some pictures of my Urban Barn redo.
Yes, I'm still crazy about the Tiffany blue color.

Last but not least, I have The Oaks show coming up this Friday and Saturday.  
I've dubbed my booth theme "Sea la Vie" for this show-
 a wonderful mix of summer time beach accents with a twist of french flare.
This is such a great show set within a backdrop of wonderful Oak trees.  
Hope you will come out!  You will not be disappointed.
I will be posting some photos later this week on my Tarnished Crown facebook page previewing some of the items that will be at the show......
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Coming Up Roses on Mother's Day

Before I give you a recap of last Sunday's Rosebowl ....I want to say how proud I am to be the mother of 3 AMAZING kids.  How is it possible that they are now 20, 17 & 14?  I love how each one of you are creating your own individual life journey.  Thank you girls and Paul for making the evening so special! Our dinner out for Mother's Day was a perfect way to end the weekend, although the family outing was not complete without  Riley (who is away at college) there.

Mother's Day 2012
I am in awe of each one of you. Happy Mother's Day to me (and to all of you)!

And speaking of Mother's Day - Mother's Day always falls on Rosebowl Sunday.
I couldn't remember if last year was a good day for selling.
Note to self for next year: Mother's Day GREAT DAY for selling!

Tons of people out enjoying the beautiful day and lots of moms shopping with their families!  

Not much to pack up at the end of the day!

These incredible chairs were purchased by the sweetest young couple
who also purchased 2 side tables that I had to go with them.

Chicken coop cage as a coffee table.

Old Glory sold.

Lady Ga Ga (my statue's name) went to a mom who laughed
and said "gotta have her"!

Yes, the vintage fan still works!

Vintage games...who remembers Password?

You may recognize these three adorable girls from an earlier  posting.
They are always out shopping the shows with their mom.  Could they be any cuter!
I have lots of great shows and things coming up over the next few months so stayed tune!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

DIY Crate Ottoman

 I've had a large crate sitting in my garage for some time 
so I decided to make a crate ottoman similar 
to this one featured in Country Living magazine.  

Here is my DIY step by step guide on making a crate ottoman.

First you need a crate. 
 Depending on how you're going to use your crate will best determine what size you need.
My crate was on the larger size which 
made it really appealing as an ottoman and/or storage container.

 Tools you will need:
1) tape measure  2) saw (I used my jigsaw) 3) electric drill  
4) staple gun  5) piece of wood for top   6) batting
7) caster wheels & screws are optional
(Adding the caster wheels is optional, but I think it really adds to the finished piece)

Getting started:
Turn the crate over and measure where you would like to put the caster wheels.
**I found by trial and error that it was better to drill holes for 
the wheels in about 5-6 inches from the corner.
Too close to the corner made it difficult to a bolt the screws on the inside.**
You will have to make a judgement call based on the size of your crate.

Mark where you are going to drill the holes for the wheels

Simply drill all the way through and secure the wheels on the inside with nut and bolts.

**I purchased my caster wheels from Lowe's.  
Oddly enough, they did not include the nut and bolt so I had to buy those separately.  
Be sure to buy ones long enough to go all the way through on the inside of the crate.**

 4 wheels all secured!

Ready to roll!

Next getting the top ready...


I measured the opening of the crate.  
My plan was never to secure the wooden board to the crate.  
I gave myself an extra 1/2 inch on each side when I measured 
and cut the wood so it would sit nicely on top of the crate.

Cut your wood.   SAFETY FIRST!!
Don't forget to wear GLASSES when using a saw.
The piece of wood I used was left over from a different project, but fortunately, it was a really thick sturdy piece that made it possible to use the crate to sit on if desired.

Next, I stapled the batting on the top of the wood.

I selected a grain sack style of fabric to cover the top. 
Simply staple it over the batting

Oh, one last thing...
.for a final touch I decided to add a scented liner to the inside of the crate.  

And viola! Finished project!
You decide what to use it for- 
magazine storage, ottoman, blankets, files, extra seating, toys??

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Wild About Whites

                     Wow, my second White Wednesday link with Kathleen of Faded Charm.

(Before I forget...congratulations to Sheila from Tattered Goods...Winner of my White Wednesday pillow sham giveaway. I laughed because Sheila also has wonderful pillows and I love that we can admire each others work!)

More white loves from my home

watercolor painting by my dad

daily reminder

i heart almost anything white chippy

my snowball hydrangea bush is in full the raindrops against the petals

these flowers just make me happy

HuGs and don't forget...a day without laughter is a day wasted.