I can always tell Spring is upon us when the grass starts growing out of control. I love all the green, but I can’t tell you how much I dread mowing the lawn. This year (insert gasp here), we hired a yard service. I’ve been mowing our lawn for all 9 of the years that Tim and I have been living together (He’s not much of a yard guy) and I can’t tell you how over it I am. Last year our grass was terrible and our house was probably the embarrassment of the neighborhood. I was spending so much time wedding planning and Cooper training that the lawn fell the to wayside. I was so happy when the grass died last summer and I didn’t have to worry about mowing it any longer. And now it’s that time of year again when it’s all coming back. Today I’m sharing my Spring yard maintenance and the progress I’ve made so far this year on getting my yard back in shape.
As a lot of people do, I love having my blog posts pinned or repinned on Pinterest. Not only does it make me feel great that someone is loving my work, but it also helps to promote my brand and work across a whole new platform. As a blog writer and a Pinterest lover, I’ve learned that the key to getting my work pinned is making sure my images are optimized for Pinterest. An optimized image can draw a user in, entice them to pin my content and, if I’m super lucky, even read my post. Now, what’s the trick to creating the most pin-worthy, optimized images? Today I’m sharing my 7 Pinteresting Tips on how to create Pinterest images that people love to pin.
I can spend hours scouring Craigslist for goodies. I’ve found everything to my job, my first rental home, a lovely pair of mauve velvet wingback chairs for my wedding and even my sweet pup Cooper. You might say Craigslist has been the key to many of my life events, which is crazy to consider. The problem with Craigslist is that if the deal is good, you need to be at the head of the pack to get the item you want. In other words, you need to be the first to contact the owner or to even arrive onsite to actually get the goods before someone else snags them. This can be tough. New items are constantly being posted to the site at all hours of the day, which means, to get in early, you may need to be constantly searching to catch the latest listings. Stalking craigslist like that can be time consuming, plus, who really has the time or availability to do this? This is where learning how to setup a Craigslist Alert comes in handy.
Before Tim and I got married, we promised ourselves that after our wedding our first priority would be updating our master bedroom. We felt as a newly married couple, we really wanted a bedroom that better represented our personal style, with a more finished and put together look. Now that we’re in our 30’s and in a home that we LOVE and own, we feel like we can invest in better pieces (even though I’m still pretty frugal). We want items that represent our current style, my vintage, collected aesthetic, and pieces that will better suit this home’s space. Of course, once we made the decision to launch a bedroom redo, I instantly started a Pinterest board to house all of the inspiration for the room design. One of the biggest items that was reoccurring on my Pinterest board was a grey tufted headboard. I love the softness and elegance it adds to every room that I find them pictured in. They always look so cozy and classic and I imagine it working great in my space. Today I’m sharing a grey tufted headboard roundup featuring my favorite options for under $500 that I found during my hunt for the perfect headboard.
I’ve made my share of bad Jadeite purchases. When I began collecting it, I really had no clue what to look for when I was buying. I would get so excited to actually find a piece of it, I didn’t do a thorough check to make sure it was in good shape. It was pretty, I bought it, and then I’d sadly find out later that it had a chip, a flaw or (dun dun dun) a crack. As I have now learned, if you are looking into buying a piece of Jadeite or Jade-ite glassware, it is always important to check the quality before you make your purchase. Any damage and/or wear can play a major part in the value and collectablity of the item, not to mention how it looks on your shelf. Vintage Jadeite was originally meant to be an inexpensive, every day glassware, so the quality can really vary between pieces. Also, because it is an older style glassware, there could be signs of wear from use over time. Making sure to avoid certain types of damage, wear or flaws will always give you more bang for your buck and make sure you’re investing in a quality piece of glass and not some sad buyers remorse. Today I’m sharing the 6 things to avoid when buying jadeite glass, complete with some examples from my own collection.
I just finished recovering my estate-sale find Mission-style wood rocker. For my first upholstery job of this kind, the chair turned out fantastic. Looking back on it, however, there are definitely a few items I wish I’d done or that I would suggest for other do-it-yourselfers out there before you dive into a project like this. From my experience, below are my top 10 tips to consider before you reupholster a chair of your own:
As most of my friends and family know, I’m an estate sale nut. In my hay day, I was going to estate sales EVERY weekend and hitting multiple sales per Saturday. Over the years I’ve filled up my house with estate sale finds that I just couldn’t pass up, plus I’ve learned some tricks of the trade to snag some amazing stuff. Below you’ll find a list of my best estate sale tips, advice and hints on having a positive estate sale experience, getting what you want and getting a good deal while your at it.
After I learned the crockpot method for hardware stripping, I wanted to strip everything in my house, and trust me, there is a lot. With an almost 100 year old home, most of the hardware is paint-covered. I started with something easy and accessible, the door knobs to my tiny broom closet on the way down to the basement.
I’m a sucker for jadeite green. Initially it was just the color that appealed to me, the perfect mint green in my opinion, but now, it has made its way as a personal collection of the actual glassware. Jadeite or Jade-ite is a type of glass made of jade-green opaque milk glass. It made its first appearance in the 1930’s, with its hay day in the 1940’s and 1950’s. There is some reproduction glass still being made today as this type of glass was made popular again by Martha Stewart in the late 1990’s. My personal collection has grown over the last two years, starting with a reproduction bowl I found at Home Goods. Now it consists of a variety of pieces, both reproduction and original by a mix of makers. As of today, it also includes a new-to-me set of jadeite saucers.
I hate stripping hardware with a passion. It’s messy, the chemicals are awful and often really smelly. Plus, you have to use precautions to protect your skin, including gloves, goggles, a mask and protective clothing. I feel like I entering a science lab whenever I need to strip a bit of paint. Luckily, my stripping woes are over and I’ve finally learned how to strip hardware without paint stripper.
I have to admit, this isn’t my original idea. I was watching Rehab Addict on HGTV and came across this tip. Instead of using a chemical paint stripper, she used an old crock pot to soak her hardware. I just had to try it.
My dad, luckily for me, has 3 crockpots and offered to let me use one to try the stripping technique. If you don’t have the opportunity to get one from a relative, you can always find one at a thrift shop on the cheap. Nicole Kurtis from Rehab Addict said to not plan on using the crock pot again for cooking, as the hardware can stain the pot and, I assume, leach into the sides. Luckily I don’t like to cook, so this wouldn’t be a problem.