March 27, 2015

Fun Finds

Morning Everyone!

Wow!  Not sure where the last week went but now that it's Friday I guess it's time to show off my finds of the week.

First off is this sweet little silver sugar bowl.
Love it's curved handles and trophy like  look.

Also found this "R" cut from a book a couple weeks ago while out shopping with some friends . . .

Hi Deb!
Hi Linda!

I'm sure to find lots of places to use both around the house.


And last but not least is this trio of pretty blue and white bowls.  
They are sure to come in handy once I switch my decor over to spring like items.  I tend to like to use a heave dose of pale blue and these will fit in perfectly.


Hope you all had some luck this past week hunting for treasures,

bye now,

Robin

March 26, 2015

A New Quilt From Vintage Sheets


Good Morning Everyone!

Hope your having a fabulous day!

Like may of you the past few weeks I've been obsessing about spring.  Can't wait for it to arrive and crossing my fingers that it will be soon.

While I wait for the snow piles outside to slowly melt away, I've been concentrating on changing things up inside my home to give it a pretty, fresh new look for spring.

For some reason or another I always seem to start in my bedroom.

I haven't finished the room yet, but I thought today would be a great day to show off the two sewing projects I've completed for my bed to add some of my favorite springtime color of all - pale blue.




Using two vintage sheets from my collection, I was able to quickly make a simple patchwork quilt to lay across the end of my bed to add a pop of color.




I think it's very pretty but at the same time I've realized that I don't really care for the look of two patterned fabrics side by side.  I wish I would have added a solid color between them instead.  

Oh well, we live and learn - - this was a good way for me to define just a little more what a truly like.

In the meantime, I have a lovely new quilt to use  - - I'd call that a win - win!




On a little sewing side note for you ladies out there who happen to sew also - - 

to attach the three layers of the quilt I decided to finally dig out the walking foot that I've had for two years but never used out of pure terror and let me just say it was MIND BLOWING!

Talk about a life saver!

The quilt went together so smoothly and I didn't get frustrated or angry which is my normal custom when trying to piece together a quilt without a walking foot.

Amazing how easy things can be once you have the proper tools!




Shelby Girl thinks the quilt is pretty too!

I'm hoping she'll ignore it mostly though because as she is not one to chew on an occasion shoe, she does however find it enjoyable to nibble on our blankets from time to time as most of them in our house can testify to!
Such a sweet face, but such a stinker sometimes.




The second sewing project for the bedroom was this body cover pillow.




I wanted to use somehow reuse the pretty boarder from the sheet that I used to make the quilt since it seemed too pretty to toss.




I think it turned out very well even though truthfully I was impatient to finish the project.  I had a problem with the thin weight of the fabric puckering a little more than I would have like while piecing the front panel together but in the end I'm fairly happy with the outcome.




I find I am really like the look of one large accent pillow on the bed instead of multiple smaller versions. Much less fussy, but still pretty.





Have a great day, 

March 24, 2015

My Makeup Must Haves

I have a confession to make. . . 

I'm becoming a makeup geek!

It's been a slow transition for me that's taken place over the past two maybe three years . . . but now it's a full fledged condition.

I can't seem to go even a couple of weeks without adding just a little something new to my ever growing makeup collection.

Even though new items are fun, I have handful of items that I reach for everyday and I start to panic a bit when they start running low. 

These are the products I'd like to share today.

My Go-To items that I can't seem to be without.

Here goes . . .



My Makeup Must Have's

My Makeup Must Have's by thesuperwife


Most of the products I reach for are you could pick up at the drugstore but a few are not.  

If you haven't tried any one of these products I strongly encourage you to pick yourself up one to play with.  Who knows, maybe it will become your new favorite!

Have a great day now, 

Robin

March 23, 2015

Mirrored Box


Lately I've been all about the sparkle.

Maybe it's the longer days, and the bright sunlight we have been enjoying lately...



Whatever the reason I can't seem to get enough of it, so when I spotted this mirrored box at my local Home Goods store I couldn't walk away from it.




I stood in the aisle debating about it since its not very "cottage" or "farmhouse"  - styles which I'm normally drawn to.  

No this is much more modern in my estimation  - - yet it had me under it's spell.




So I brought it home and filled it up with all my favorite go-to jewelry and I'm even more bewitched now than I was in the store.




Paired with a simple dish holding some pretty vintage rhinestone pieces from my collection . . . 




And a pretty vase filled with a single hydrangea stem I think it makes a lovely display on my dresser.




Even though it's a little "out of the box" for me I think it has a nice classic feel to it that works in my room.

It certainly make me smile every time I look it's way.

What do you think?  Does it work?

March 16, 2015

Spring Break = Blog Break

The kiddos in my life have the next week off from school for spring break.

With my house transformed into Grand Central Station between my kids and my sisters kids I will be taking the week off from blogging to run interference and keep them entertained.

See you next week.

Robin

March 13, 2015

Fun Finds

I'm so excited about this past weeks fun finds.

You may remember I recently started collection vintage rhinestone pins.  



When I stumbled across a necklace at the thrift store, I thought why not expand my collection a little more.





I started looking more closely at the jewelry and found this bracelet 




And this one too for under a dollar!  Can you believe it?




This pretty necklace that started my search is so pretty I think.




Also found this white glass vase the same day.
I liked the detail on it and thought it would be perfect in my bedroom.



How did you do this week?

Find anything that has you excited?

Can't wait to hear, 

Robin

March 12, 2015

Weekly Cleaning Schedule

Cleaning the house is never fun.

Don't get me wrong, there is nothing I like more than a nice, clean house to walk through at the end of the day.

But the actual "cleaning" is always a chore I put off more often than I should.

After years of trial and error I have finally work out a cleaning schedule that works perfectly for my lifestyle and I thought I would share with you.

Bare in mind, this does not include those cleaning emergencies like when your nine year old daughter decides to "bake a cake" in your nice clean kitchen, or when someone-- I'm not naming names-- decided it was a good idea to let the dog in the house after it had been running around the backyard getting all muddy and wet as she runs through thawing garden beds bringing most of the muck and mud straight up the stairs and onto her favorite spot on your white sofa!

No this is not for emergency situations like that but more of a guideline of sanity for busy mom's who don't want to spend all day cleaning the house.


Seems simple enough right?


Here's why it works for me:

I never have to spend more than an hours worth of time cleaning in a single room. Most of the time it's more like a half hour.

I'm lucky enough to have children that are old enough to get ready for school on their own with only minimal prompting on my part.  
My day's start a little before six a.m. when the first of my three girls need her wake up call.  
I start my daily schedule not long after and by time the last of the kiddos leave the house at nine a.m. all my daily cleaning responsibilities are done and I have the until the early afternoon to do whatever I please.

Have A Plan For Each Room

When I start to tackle a room I almost always start with the dusting and end with the floors.  Not sure why, that's just how I like to do things.

Take the my bedroom for instance.
  The first thing I do is vacuum the along the ceiling edges and down each corner of the room.  Next I move to dusting, followed by cleaning the windows and mirrors.  After that I vacuum the baseboards and then the floor.  The final item is to change the bedding, which I wash right away and remake the bed.

Below I've listed my tasks per room to give you an idea what I expect to do in each room.

All Rooms: 
Dust

Vacuum / sweep / mop:
 (ceiling edges, baseboards, floors)

Clean Windows / Mirrors 


Kitchen:
Wipe down Cupboards / Range / Fridge

Polish Stainless Steal


Bathrooms:
Clean Sink Area

Clean Toilet

Clean Shower

Change Linens


Bedrooms:
Wash Bedding

Not at all complicated or difficult right?


There are two key elements that I think make this schedule work so well.

#1.  Be Consistant

As the weeks go by I find myself spending less and less time on any one room. 

 Why?  

For one, I've been good and kept to my schedule so there hasn't been that much time to get really dirty.  

And secondly, through trial and error I've found the best and quickest way to tackle each room that requires the least amount of time and effort.

#2 Plan Ahead

For me this means the night before I will take five to ten minutes and declutter the room I'll be cleaning the following morning.  

Deep cleaning a room is much faster if I have a space that doesn't need to be straightened first . . . I can just jump right into cleaning.

Which saves me time and effort.  
Who doesn't like that!


If you've been struggling with this issue I urge you to take the time to make yourself a schedule that works for you.  Maybe tackling a couple rooms a day or even the whole house at one time will work better for you.

Whatever it is, stay with it.  No doubt the first week will be your most challenging but you'll see improvement in your home and effort level within a week or two - I promise!

Believe me, having a schedule and sticking to it takes alot of stress out of the whole cleaning process.   Plus it gives you peace of mind that your home and family are well cared for.

Have a great day now!

Robin

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