Friday Fun- The Easter Tour

Hello Sweetie Peeps!

Thought we would have a little more Friday Fun today! In celebration of Easter weekend, it’s the perfect time to finish up my Easter house tour.

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So you all know by now that I love a holiday, and rarely let one pass without a wee bit of decorating. And of course Easter is no exception. When my kids were little, I really went all out… with bright colors and pastels and shiny foil… you know. The works.

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But now I like things a bit more au natural.

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So my Easter house is filled with lots of neutrals and elements from nature. Bunnies and greens, nests and eggs, and maybe a bird or two.

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And of course I like a funky junk mix of new and old, everyday items with seasonal, and lots of handmade goodies thrown in for good measure.

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It’s just a peek of things from my Easter house. There’s more parts of the tour here and here, in case you missed it and would like to see.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a very happy holiday weekend!

Hippity Hoppity Easter’s on it’s Way

Hello, Sweetie Peeps!

The other day, I was prowling through my favorite local junk store, and came across the cutest little bunny rabbit desk frame. I know Easter is just a few days away, but I seriously couldn’t resist. So perfect for altering. So perfect for a bit of home decor. You all know  how I am about frames!

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So of course that little bunny frame went home with me. And then it came along on my beach retreat this past weekend, where it was promptly altered with a wee bit of stitchery.

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The frame itself already had so much great character that I wanted to keep the stitching simple in comparison. So I chose a few words from an old childhood favorite song for my needlework, stitched in my own raggedy hand-writing onto soft cotton flannel.

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Really sweet and simple, with lots of attention on that adorable frame. And promptly added to my front entryway table with a few other favorite Easter things.

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A nest. Some garden greens tucked into my trusty antique watering can. And a new precious Easter bunny that I am absolutely crazy about.  (Thank you so much, Kathie!)

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My silly little handmade paper mache chick I made last year.

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And a few more of my handmade dollies tucked into the basket below, in both fabric and more paper mache.

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Such silly things that make me smile.

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I know it is very last minute…

But I’ve added my bunny Hippity Hoppity frame to my Spring Shop. You can find it here.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a very happy day!

Happy Easter with Therm O Web

Hello Friends! Happy Monday!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I am just returning from a lovely four-day scrapping retreat at the beach with the girls. It was a trip postponed from last October, when a hurricane interrupted our plans. And although that was sad at the time, I sure didn’t mind being off at the beach this weekend. It was even nice enough for several walks along the shore, before turning rainy and cold on Sunday. Regardless, there’s truly nothing like girl time to lift the spirits.

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A couple of gals slipped away before this photo, but here’s the rest of us as we were packing up to leave. That room behind us was our cropping space. We had that entire building all to ourselves, which was rather brilliant on the retreat center’s part, as I hear we can get pretty loud…..😉

Today I have another altered frame home decor project to share. This time, an Easter frame that I made for the Therm O Web blog featuring a fun way to use up those ribbon scraps.

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With Easter quickly approaching, I took this opportunity to create some spring decor. But I love that this idea can be done in any shape or size, for any holiday, season, or occasion you wish. I had a bunch of adorable polka dotted trims from May Arts that I thought would be perfect for my Easter egg, and some vintage ric rac from my grandmother’s collection, too. So bright and happy. Perfect for spring.

AudreyPettit Thermoweb EasterEggFrame3I added a big puffy bow and stamped sentiment strips. Patterned paper from BasicGrey’s Saturday Morning collection. And one of my funky junk thrift store painted frames. Super easy and fun.

I’ve got the full tutorial up on the Therm O Web blog, if you’d like to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day!


The supplies I’ve used are listed and linked below:

Neenah Classic Crest 80 LB SMOOTH SOLAR WHITE Paper Pack 25 SheetsBasicGrey SATURDAY MORNING 12 x 12 Paper Collection Pack CSTM5114Ranger Archival Ink Pad JET BLACK AIP31468Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad MOWED LAWN Ranger Summer TIM35008Ranger Ink - Tim Holtz - Distress Paint - Picket FenceFabric Fuse 5/8

Trim: May Arts, Stampin’Up, Offray, vintage
Stamps: Happy Everything stamp set by My Creative Time
Button: craft supply

Kindred Spirits with BasicGrey

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Hello Sweetie Peas! Happy Friday! Today I have a home decor project to share with you. An altered frame made for BasicGrey with one of their very last paper collections ever, Saturday Morning.

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This little wooden desk frame is such an easy project, and one of my very favorite to do. Love that you can pick up the frames for a dollar or two at the big box craft stores. And with all the scrapbooking supplies we have, you can make a frame for every season, holiday, or occasion out there.

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This frame has me thinking of spring… so perfect for this time of year. Love those sweet birds. And so easy to make this little scene using cuts from the Ephemera Die Cuts pack. Then a simple pieced background to create the look of grass and sky.

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Thank you so much for stopping by, Friends! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


The supplies I’ve used are listed and linked below:

BasicGrey SATURDAY MORNING 12 x 12 Paper Collection Pack CSTM5114BasicGrey SATURDAY MORNING Ephemera Die Cuts STM51223M Scotch DOUBLE-SIDED FOAM TAPE Permanent

Happy Thanksgiving

Hello Friends and happy Monday! This is Thanksgiving week for those of us in the U.S., and I know it is a super busy time of year. There’s planning and shopping and cooking and baking to be done, and of course this week heralds in the official start of the Christmas holiday season. So I just wanted to take a moment to thank you all for the sweet birthday greetings yesterday and to wish you all a very happy holiday!

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My boy is coming home tomorrow, and I am so excited, but I’m not at all ready. Today will be planning and shopping. And tomorrow, we start to celebrate.

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But before the festivities begin, I wanted to thank you once again for all your visits and sweet comments left here on my blog. Your support and friendships mean the world to me!

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And before the real craziness of this week begins, I thought I would share a peek of my holiday home with you all today.

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You all know by now how much I love to decorate. The holidays are such a special time of year, and I try to capture their spirit in all my surroundings. I hope my home reflects the joy I feel to my loved ones. And I really hope you all enjoy it, too.

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So from my house to yours, Happy Thanksgiving, my friends! May your plate overflow with good food, and your home be filled with the love of family and friends!

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The 2015 Halloween Haunted House Tour Begins

2015-halloween-haunted-houseHappy Friday, Friends, and welcome to day one of my annual Halloween Haunted House Tour!

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I thought I’d begin today where I often begin such tours, in my front entryway. This is the spot that greets my guests first.

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In the entryway, I have this side table which is the perfect little landing for lots of my seasonal decor. The antique blue milk jug is leftover from my summer patriotic decorations, and was originally meant to come down for the fall… but I love it too much. So here it stayed. And around it I built my Halloween scene.

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I love trays and baskets and containers and jugs for grouping my collections of things. Here on my side table, an antique hammered aluminum tray really grounds and pulls all of these pieces together. Then stacks of vintage books help stagger heights and dimension.

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I like to mix little things in with the big. I think it’s these small surprises that reveal themselves the more you look that adds such fun to a scene. Like my wee Little Missy’s acorn zombie here. Peek-a-boo!

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Doesn’t that blue milk jug bring out the color in Mr. Pumpkin-head’s eyes?

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The under side of my entry table isn’t too pretty with that return vent, but it is a great spot for a large wicker basket and can be filled with lots and lots of Halloween spooks.

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Including some of my own handcrafts. And vintage linens. And more hammered aluminum.

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As well as a spooky tree, and a sweet seed-covered wooden owl with giant googly eyes. My gosh that thing makes me smile!

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The other spot in my entryway is the stair well with my antique Shaker bench.

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And of course the bench is piled with trays and baskets and vintage enamelware pots, both above and below.

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I made those fabric pumpkins last year. I had to jam them a bit to both fit, but I love how they look in there, layered with vintage silver and ironstone and a spooky blackbird.

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My tiny Halloween tree with my friend, Kurt’s, hand-painted acorn zombies.

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The view from below.

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My handmade hoot owl and a new metal kitty, gathered in a basket with vintage linens.

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The girls and I tried our hands at Halloween configuration boxes this year. Joanne collected the rocks around Niagara Falls this past summer that were used for the tombstones, and she had old newspaper from the 1960’s that we used to cover the boxes. So fun!

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I do so hope you enjoyed the beginning of the tour! I’ll share more next Friday.

Thank you so much for stopping by everyone! Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

I’m a Little Crabby with BasicGrey

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Hello, hello and happy Monday to you! Hope you’ve all had a wonderful weekend. It was a busy one for us, but a very happy kind of busy. The Little Missy and I have just returned from a lovely three days at the North Carolina shore, celebrating a special birthday of a very special friend. What a fabulous time we have had! I’ve been quite spoiled, my friends… with perfect weather, great friends, and a condo right on the beach with a private strip of sand practically all to ourselves. It doesn’t get much better than that. I am a lucky, lucky girl.
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I had every best intention of getting some more of my holiday cards completed this weekend, but of course that never happened. I was waaaay too distracted by talk and snacks to get anything done. But in honor of my beach trip, I do have a fun nautical project to share with you today. A little crabby home decor piece, made with BasicGrey’s adorable beach collection Adrift.

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I found this wooden crab shape on clearance at my local big box craft store. Such a great deal at only $2, and so fun to dress up with my favorite beachy papers. I mixed lots of prints here for some eye catching interest, and grunged things up with a bit of sandpaper and white paint. Added a couple of hang tags, and a big double bow. Simple, shabby beach cottage charm.

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I’ve got more details up on the BasicGrey blog, if you care to take a peek. And I’ll link you to all the supplies below. Thanks so much for stopping by! Wishing you all a wonderful day!

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