Archive for the ‘Mixed Bag Misc’ Category

How to Hang Pictures Without Frames : Six Creative Ideas for Your Most Boring Walls

Friday, March 19th, 2010

4 Colored Wood Hangers

Clever girl that you are, I know that you’re always trying to improve your living area(s) by shaping them down into very unique spaces that speak of you even when you aren’t in the room. And if you were asking yourself if there are ways to hang pictures without frames, then I have the answer. Well, I have six answers! Because I’ve just painted my walls (color: green), I’m very gun shy about wanting to put even a single nail hole anywhere. That’s how I got inspired to write this post – so maybe good things CAN come from being a scardy cat, eh?

But I truly do think I’ve come up with some unique ideas that you guys will appreciate. When you don’t use frames, you can easily change the art on your walls. Which is perfect because when I buy cute calendars I always feel so guilty just throwing them out at the end of the year. (Especially if they are from Paper Source, those are CUTE calendars, man!) I like to hang up the pictures, but they look so lonely just taped up on a door. How unproffesh! So here ar ... Read More

Trash to Treasure Decorating Ideas for Shutters

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

shutter cabinet doors

I’ve told you already about my love for dolls growing up. That extended to dollhouses, of course. And every little girl knows that a very crucial element to any decent dollhouse are the shutters. They don’t have to open/close but that is a very big bonus. I think I played with the shutters on any dollhouse I came into contact with more than with the front door or staircases.

My fondness for shutters is also rooted in the fact that my Grandparents had a very cozy and aptly-named sunroom in their house. The sunroom had a couple rows of dark, tiny shutters on the inside that had to be latched every night.

Whether you have a house with shutters now makes no matter, you can still have shutters in your life. You can find them being torn off of old houses, for sale on eBay, or even being offered on Craigslist.

Turn an old shutter into shelving (or a coat rack) with some brackets and fresh paint.

Picture Source: Jennifer Adams Design Blog

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The Best, Extraordinary Vintage Posters from France, America and Italy

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

vintage posters


When I was living in a college dorm, I suffered from the fate many other like-minded girl’s endured. It was the inevitable fate of THE POSTER FAIR. Dun, dun, duuuuuun!!!!  They lure college freshmen to this poster fair, where they charge way too much money for cheesy posters that are either so famous you’re sick of them by the time you walk it back to that dismal dorm you’d so hoped to cheer up, or it looks like it could pass for a Hallmark card. Now, many  times that works for some girls – they just want a picture of a bunch of kittens dressed in pearls. But I only bought MINE because it seemed the THING to do.

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The Jessica McClintock Bedding is a Horrible Temptress to Me, Urgh

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

jessica mcclintock bedding

I absolutely do NOT need to buy the Jessica McClintock Juliet 4-pc King Queen Set. But I still bookmarked the page. Because…it’s kind of amazingly gorgeous, and I didn’t even know that Jessica McClintock was making bedding! But I was shopping at Marshall’s and saw the Jessica McClintock Paloma bedding and almost bought it on the spot.There’s also the amazing ... Read More

A Troubled Artist’s Words are Healing to this 20-Something

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Olive Trees with the Alpilles in the Background, c.1889

View of Arles with Irises by Vincent van Gogh

Who is Vincent Van Gogh – aside from the most basic of ideas in your head? He was a painter – famous of course, or else you’d probably never know his name. His name is synonymous with “Starry Night” one of his most famous paintings. You might also be able to recognize or name some of his other more famous works like his the eerie Skull with a Burning Cigarette, Bedroom in Arles, The Red Vineyard, ... Read More

Free Art to Download and Admire As Though You Had Good Taste AND Lots of Money

Friday, March 5th, 2010


Sarah Golden’s Blog / Jen Skelley’s Etsy Shop

The Feed Your Soul – the Free Art Project is a great way to expose your eyes to new art, and get free desktop backgrounds. You can also save the images (legally!) and print them out to frame.

Every month new art is added and removed. “”Each invited artist will contribute one print that you can print out on some cardstock and frame or even just thumbtack to the wall.”

If you’re an artist, you can contribute too. It’s a great way to get exposure to your shop. I discovered two art ... Read More

Can you Love Yourself Radically?

Sunday, February 28th, 2010

tap dancing

This adorable kitty is demonstrating what I look/feel like far too often. Is that a familar look from your mirror? It's no good. Being happy is the smartest thihng you can do. But how do you do that?

A while ago I saw a twitter hashtag about “radical self love” which is such a huge concept that it baffled me into silence. And then I forgot about it entirely while life marched on with the annoyances of coupons and phone calls. Meanwhile, I’ve been fighting some sort of flu, and feeling the way day old Ramen must feel (which is to say: BLERGHITY BLERGH BLERGH, wah).

So, this morning I find myself up early, feeling marginally better if only by a placebo effect of taking a ton of vitamins and sleeping approx fifteen years! I’m was on twitter, and I found myself trying to find people who were talking about this radical self lo ... Read More

What are the Best Reed Diffusers? AVOID Greenair!

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

It looks nice, huh? WELL, IT DOESN'T WORK!

It looks nice, huh? WELL, IT DOESN'T WORK!

I made a very poor purchase the other day while trying to help the planet! I was using a gift card at Marshall’s, and saw they had a display of all of these different reed diffusers. Because I keep hearing about how the scent of lavender can considerably calm a person, I decided I’d grab one. But there were lavender reed diffusers from several different brands. I picked the one from Greenair, which said it was “organic and earth friendly aromatherapy”. Normally $10.00 per bottle, I got mine for $5.99. The box claimed it was an earth-friendly product made of natural essential oils that would continue to scent my room for up to three months. Well, they should have mentioned that it wouldn’t even work for one day!

I followed the instructions just as I was told, but there was no scent coming out from the reeds unless I put my nose right over them. So I spun the sticks and flipped them around as the box said to do. But still ... Read More

I’m a Doll! No, Really.

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

barbie swimsuit vintage

My Winter wardrobe has been tres stylish, no? I feel the braids give me just enough whimsy!

Come Spring, I think I’ll go classic with a nice straw hat and floral dress. Pearls and lace mandatory, of course. We’re not running a brothel!

If I want to be a bit more of a flower child, maybe I’ll be a bit more casual with a flower in my hair. (Note: this doll reminds me of Drew Barrymore via the 90’s)

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Too Often the Spam is Gonna GETCHU! Like The Rhythm in that Gloria Estefan Song

Monday, February 22nd, 2010


Dear Smart Readers of Ours,

You have to be ever-vigilant about e-mail spam, even more than you THINK. Those spammers get smarter all of the time, even though they are generally quite a lot of idiots. I guess I would say their METHODS get smarter. Urrgh. I almost fell prey to a spam scam this afternoon! The only reasons I was able to spot it as a spam e-mail was that it was very generic (most companies and pr firms will tailor things a little bit) and I did a google check.

First I googled “TopSpot” and it seemed fine. But one of the auto google searches also prompted me to “TopSpot promotions scam” and boom, I saw that lots of bloggers said it was spam. This is where if you reply, you get on their radar. They scare you into wanting to reply to get off their list. This is what I would call….spam that does not look so spammy as it clearly is! They don’t talk about Nigerian princesses or a stranger needing money for some disease – it’s not OBVIOUSLY a spam e-mail to a lot of people (like me – and I’m not an idiot!). But it is. So here is the e-mail, and you tell me if you would have spotted it as spam right away. (Note: I’ve gotten genuine e-mails about people wanting to advertise before, and it would be nice to have someone buy  banner spot on ShesSm ... Read More