Monday, March 31, 2014

Contain the Anticipation

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noun: anticipation; plural noun: anticipations
    the action of anticipating something; expectation or prediction.
    "her eyes sparkled with anticipation"

Only a few more days until the One Room Challenge begins.

So excited!!!!

For those who don't know....Linda at Calling Home hosts a six week event on her blog. On Wednesdays 20 designers show off their rooms. They are just awesome.

And on Thursdays, I will be joining in as a Linking Participant. I had so much fun last fall redoing my laundry room and sharing my weekly progress. Plus it gave me the push to get it done. This Thursday I will talk about my plans for the room I will work on for this challenge. Wish me luck!

And if you still would like to participate, there is still time. Check out the info here to see how you can join in!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Fiqure Out How to Use Polyvore

Have you checked out Polyvore yet? It is a site where you can create rooms with out actually lifting any heavy furniture, put together an outfit without trying anything on, or try out the latest beauty must haves without using makeup remover between applications. It is pretty much mood board heaven. And then once you plan everything out, there is information about how much each item costs and where to purchase it. So the ideas can move from the computer screen to real things in your home.

I had so much fun trying it out last week for the first time!

Here is my fantasy Kate Spade Easter Outfit.

Kate Spade Easter Outfit

There are also contests with great prizes for the winners. To enter simple create your set around the given theme. It definitely made me step out of my box and got my creativity flowing. And since it was so easy to do (see comment above about no heavy lifting) I could lean towards  being a bit more over-the-top when designing the room.

Here are two rooms I created for The Pink Pagoda's Art Filled and Feminine Contest.

Art Filled Feminine Office at Improvement List

Link to Polyvore for Source List

"Art Filled and Feminine at Improvement List" by improvementlist on Polyvore
Link to Polyvore for Source List

So are you ready to create your own sets? Here is a quick tutorial just to get you started.
1. Go to Polyvore
2. Create an account.
3. At the top of the screen, click the word Create, and from the drop down menu select Set.
4. On the right side of the screen you can type in keywords to find the item you want to add.
5. Once you find what you are looking for, drag the item on to the Collage.
6. It you want to change the size, simply click on the edge of the image and move it to adjust.
7. Repeat steps 4-6 until the set looks just right.
8. Click Publish in the upper left hand corner. You are done!
Once you get the basics down you can move on to cloning, flipping and further adjusting the placement of the image. Also, you can remove the background or  custom crop it. There are templates and other effects that can be added.
There is  a tool called the Clipper which sounds great. Apparently, if you find a picture of an item elsewhere, you can use this tool to add it to your account to use in your sets. I just can't seem to get it to work for me so far. (I am sure it is error on my part!) Let me know if you have tried it out.
If you are a newbie like me and join Polyvore, or you are an old hat who has been creating sets for years, be sure to follow me  on Polyvore by clicking here. I will follow back. I can't wait to see what everyone puts together.
So what to do you think about Polyvore?


Monday, March 3, 2014

Paint a Porch Ceiling Blue

Many years ago my husband and I spent a vacation in the Florida Keys.  While walking around the town of Key West, I was enamored with the white front porches with ceilings painted pale blue.

We asked one of the locals about the  trend, and were told it was to keep away haints (another term for restless ghosts.) Apparently, this color was suppose to protect the occupants of the house from evil sprits entering the home. We laughed thinking that this was a story made up to scare tourist. Later, we found out that this was a tradition through other parts of the south, and people even refer to this soft  blue green shade as Haint Blue.

I did a little research  and discovered that there was also a practical side to this blue. Apparently, since it is almost the same shade as the sky, insects and spiders are fooled by it and do not build their nest or webs in the top of the porch. That would be one way to repel the bugs while sitting on the porch swing sipping your sweet tea on a hot summer day.

Would you like to paint your porch ceiling blue?

blue porch ceiling

Today I am participating in the Blue and White Bash hosted by The Pink Pagoda. Be sure to head on over there to see more color inspiration.