Sunday, June 29, 2014

HomeGoods clearance finds became ... This!


I am addicted to HomeGoods!  I always have been.  I have even resorted to giving it up for Lent, along with TJ Maxx and Marshall's... The real holy trinity!  Lol.



I recently found this in the clearance section for $10!  Granted it was really beat up and missing a pocket, but I could totally see the potential that it had. Plus, it was only $10!!  So, I bought it and it was sitting in my garage and I showed it to my sister.  So she moved the pocket and painted it.  It looked awesome except for the big blank spot at the top.  



Then I remembered two plaques I bought a while ago because I loved them!  They went into my "I don't know what I'm going to do with this but I don't want someone else to get it and I know I'll use it someday" bin!  Do you do this too?  


So I glued the adorable Seaside crab plaque to the top and I couldn't love it more!  All for $24!  A sweet summer HomeGoods find!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Kitchen Makeover continued - Patio Doors.


The kitchen is finally in the home stretch and I couldn't be more excited and relieved!  It has been quite the undertaking but the changes have been completely worth it as I love the emergining feel of the new kitchen.  Here is my new decal - BE OUR GUEST - obviously from my most favorite Disney movie of all time, "Beauty and the Beast."  I like the way this incorporates a touch of Disney magic and the plain sentiment of welcoming people into my home for a vist, a meal or beyond.  I think it is such a softer look than the green and black color scheme.


The old patio doors before I painted the inside trim black and added new draperies.  


The old kitchen table and the slanted wall project which I liked very much.  It was made with wood trim and scrapbooking paper taped to the wall.  


Here is the new slanted wall treatment!  I love it - the texture, the clean white color and the crisp lines add a touch of coastal chic.  I simply used wood trim to get the look.  The light from is actually a front porch lantern but I love the way it adds drama to the table.  It was from a Habitat for Humanity ReStore in South Bend, Indiana.  New in box, it was only ...... wait for it...... $28!  I'm gushing!

The pub table is my sister's kitchen table.  She has moved in with me post-divorce so she can take a breather and figure out her life.  Her pub height table fills up the space nicely.


Thanks for stopping by - more pics and updates to come.  Hoping to be done by July 1st!  (Fingers crossed)!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Kitchen Backsplash Progress!



Wow!  I didn't realize i've been away from General Splendour for such a long time! Life has been rather hectic the past few months but, alas, I've been making some notable progress on my projects.  �� 

I have been focusing on my kitchen and I feel I'm coming into the home stretch.  I am in love with the stone backsplash. I love the different colors and textures and the depth it provides to the space.  


If you will remember, this is where it all started. The 1980s color palette hunter green formica with honey pine wood trim! Yuckola!  

So I changed out the hardware from brass to chrome and gave the Formica countertops a faux granite makeover with paint and glitter and Envirotek.  Years later, I still could not be happier with the transformation and the results.


Initially, I painted it apple green and black with damask accents. This trend was all over the pages of Pottery Barn and Ballard Designs and it was gorgeous. But it just didn't feel like "me". 

So, I decided to change it.  I painted it a calming grey blue and with the stone backsplash,  I have now the coastal chic look that I knew I was seeking from the beginning!  


I also found this adorable round window in a clearance section of a local home improvement store and built it into the old square pass thru into the dining room.  I'm seriously gushing over it and cannot wait for it to be complete!  


I also found a gorgeous new kitchen light - a special order return from Lowes which was 70% off.  YAY!  So, it is coming together and I hope for it to be complete in the next few weeks.  And I have a few more ideas floating around in my head I'm going to try to make a reality.
Well, that is a brief update on the goings on in my kitchen.  I hope to be blogging g lots of new things in the coming months! It is great to be back!  Have an awesome day!  

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

My iPhone was in ICE & SNOW for 44 days and it WORKS! AMAZING!


On January 26th, the windchill was -51 degrees and we had about 36" of snow on the ground with blowing and drifting.  It was this day, 44 days ago,  I suddenly realized my iphone was missing.  There were two possibilities.... it was somewhere in the house or out in the snow.  UGH!  My WHITE iPhone - in the snow?  It couldn't be.  I was doomed.


I have continued to look for it in the house since that day.  That was, until yesterday!  It was a warm sunny day here - about 50 degrees and the record breaking snow was FINALLY beginning to melt!  As I was walking along the sidewalk, THERE IT WAS!  Not my phone, but a small piece of my phone CASE laying there in the matted grass.  MYSTERY SOLVED - I did indeed drop it in the snow in January and it had been outside the whole time!  But now, how to find the actual phone.  I grabbed a shovel and began to try to dig into the copious amounts of snow still remaining along the sidewalk on the grass with NO luck.  I decided I just had to wait for further melting and so before I went to put the shovel back into the garage, I saw something.  THE REST OF THE CASE!  It was there, over 20 feet away from the drop point!  But how could that be...... And then it hit me!  THE SNOWBLOWER!





As I ran over to pick up the case, I was hoping it was still attached to the phone.... and it was!  Resisting the urge to pick it up,  I borrowed a friend's iPhone to take pictures of its final resting place.  I was flabbergasted by how it could have been chucked 20 feet by a snowblower and still be intact.  But it was and the mystery of my missing phone was solved.  My mind could finally stop trying to memorize and re-trace the steps leading up to misplacing my phone.  If you have ever lost an object, you know how excruciating and frustrating it can be.  It has been 44 days of trying to remember something that would indicate my phone's location.

When I got to the phone and picked it up, I discovered the screen was shattered.  Other than that, it was in great condition.  I brought it in the house and removed the decorative case and threw it away.  I dried off the phone and put it in a plastic bad.  Later that evening, I put it in a bag of rice and let it sit for about 24 hours.


After work today, I decided I was going to plug it is just to see what would happen.  And lo and behold, the charging screen came up!  OMG!  Are you kidding me?  I cannot believe it!


It took a while but at least it seemed to be charging.  And then it happened.  About 20 minutes later, I heard a few noises and my phone powered up!  You could have knocked me over with a feather - I could not believe it!  Not only that, the time was correct AND even adjusted itself for Daylight Savings Time!  OMG OMG OMG!  No way!

I have no service because I put it into lost mode with ATT that first day when it was missing.  And of course, I had NOT downloaded the all important APP - FIND MY iPHONE!  If you own an iPhone, iPod, or other Apple product, DOWNLOAD this NOW.  Through iCloud, it can show your phone on a map if you have lost it, and it can send a tone to it so you can listen for it.  It is pretty amazing.  I am not sure it could have helped me outside in the snow, but it is the first thing I am going to do when I get service restored.


When I bought my 4s in December of 2012, I did buy AppleCare a few weeks later.  I had AppleCare on my MacBook Pro and it was indispensable!  Any glitch that I had was taken care of absolutely free of charge.  Since I normally keep my phones for way longer than two years, I decided AppleCare for my iPhone 4s was the way to go.  It was $99 and it covers anything.  Even snowblowers.  ;-)  I will only have to pay $50 for a new phone but it will be worth it.  With shattered screen, I am concerned about cutting myself on the jagged glass or having pieces actually fall off the phone.  

So, there you have it.  My amazing iPhone story.  I can't believe it.  Record snow fall, weeks of below zero temperatures, deadly windchills, two days of rain and the crushing blades of the snowblower.  I am now an Apple iPhone customer for LIFE.   I am on my third Volkswagen convertible car because I believe in them.  I was in a very serious car accident when a giant Ford Bronco caused a terrible collision.  I walked away without a scratch.  A little VW against a big bad truck and my VW won.  I am loyal to the brand for that very reason - I have faith and they have  served me SO well.  This is the same loyalty I feel towards my Apple iPhone.  I know some people think it is all hype and that android is the way to go, etc.  But, actually, in my eyes, the Apple iPhone is pretty amazing.  I feel sorry for this little phone and all its been through, but it is a survivor.  I now know what the "i" stands for in the name iPhone........ INVINCIBLE!  Bravo Apple, Inc., and thank you for making such an amazing product!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Pixies at the OSCARS...To Cut or Not to Cut?



I LOVE Julie Andrews!  She is totally one of my girl crushes!  And I have always thought she is just  the most completely exquisite human being with a tremendous sense of humor which makes her more endearing.  


But I have always loved her hair!  I can never imagine her hair any other way!  And, of course, she is aging so gracefully!  


And how great is this picture - so trendy even way back then?  And with with the pixie cut being so tres' chic, I am getting the urge to cut my hair.  


So watching the Academy Awards, I really noticed a great deal more short pixie haircuts on the women than usual.  And I love each one more than the next!  The amazing host, Ellen Degeneres - LOVE her - has always rocked the short cut and she looks gorgeous in it.  Although, back in the 1980s, she also had it quite a bit longer.  I think we have all had some version of this haircut at one point or another.....


The three women I noticed last night were Jennifer Lawrence, Charlize Theron, and Kristin Chenoweth


First off, I love her.  I love that she seems like a normal person and yet she was super stunning at the OSCARS looking totally Hollywood glam.


I love that this cut is SO versatile that it can be worn in a bunch of different ways from casual to classic.


Here it is a little shorter which leads me to believe that she is growing it out now. 


Charlize Theron - is she always perfect?


Every time I see the J'adore commercial,  I am usually sitting on the couch eating something which is less than healthy.  And watching that commercial depresses me so I eat more.  LOL


LOVE Kristin - always the epitome of style and grace.  She really changes her hair up a bit!




I completely love this look on her!  


I remember reading when Anne Hathaway chopped off her hair for Les Mis and she sobbed for days.  (It was REALLY short) but alas, she has kept it and I think it is gorgeous.  Although, I can't help but miss her old hair too - she had such beautiful, long hair.


Such a difference with it short!  WOW!




I also LOVE Jenna Elfman's sun kissed short cut!  ADORABLE!


And I can still wear headbands and barrettes!


I always love Beth's hair on her blog at http://seersuckerandsaddles.blogspot.com.

Source:  Runningoffthereeses.com
And who didn't love Kathleen Kelly's hair in You've Got Mail?  Meg Ryan was once the queen of hair before Jennifer Anniston took over!  Here was my version of her cut in 2000...



This is my hair now - on the longer side but thinning like crazy from my breast cancer medicine.  I used to have such thick and healthy hair and now it just makes me want to cry.


I have had a love / hate relationship with bangs and I can never not have them.  But they have been the bane of my existence.


And then there was the whole blonde period - I still love the Rachel cut.  (Stop laughing).

But actually, really, it is just hair.  When I was in cancer treatment, I lost all my hair and was completely bald which was SO easy.   I would flip on my wig and I never had a bad hair day!  I don't recommend it but at least there was an upside.  I am not sure if I want to cut it off - now that the warmer weather is upon us, it is nice to have to option of a pony tail or messy bun.  But I  know that in the coming weeks, I am going to be tempted to get that sassy, short cut just in time for SPRING!  But for now, as the snow falls outside my window today during this second week of March, I'm good.  :-)