Thursday, December 26, 2013

10 Most Popular Posts for 2013

For one reason or another these posts had the most page views this year.  I know much of the traffic can be traced to those posts that were shared on link parties.  For those who host these parties, I thank you.  I check link parties to find blogs I might like to follow and I'm sure others do the same. So it is a great service that the host bloggers provide.

  This post was about me learning to tuckpoint prior to painting the brick wall inside my back porch.

9th Place 

This was a follow up post on a dresser I painted.  In this post I talk about adding another set of feet to the existing bun feet.

 8th Place

This caught my idea at a resale shop.  This post shows how I used it.

 7th Place

This post tells the story of two identical chairs I purchased at K Antiques.

 6th Place

This might be one of my more shocking posts....not for the content but for the color.
 5th Place

These four chairs and a table were spruced up to become a set in this post.

 4th Place

Transforming this piece was a fun process that is documented in this post.
 3rd Place
This piece got it's second makeover as it went from dining room to living room.

2nd Place

How this post ranked so high might well be explained by this picture.
 1st Place
This was a post about several burlap projects I did for my Fall decorations.  It is no surprise that it came in first.  Burlap was the front runner all year.
That sums up 2013 for ZOOM IN.  However, there are 45 more posts on various topics including the addition of a powder room and the complete redecorating of the living room, dining room, and foyer as well as two rooms on the second floor.  Please check them out if you haven't already done so and...remember, I love comments.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Joyful Christmas

Wishing everyone a delightful and joyous Christmas.  May that joy and delight remain with you every day of the New Year.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Christmas Displays

I happened upon a television program highlighting extreme lighting displays and decorations for Christmas at three different homes in the USA.  It was wild, to say the least, with lights covering every square foot of the yards and houses.  These lights were color coordinated and blinking to a tune blaring on the sound system.  There were reindeer, snowmen, angels, Christmas trees, and anything Christmas related that comes to mind.  It is not that I don't appreciate what it took to create these displays.  I would be in the loony bin if that was up to me.  But it isn't, because displays like that are not in everyone's budget or engineering ability.  This morning I drove up and down the 14 blocks in my neighborhood looking for displays I thought were interesting, creative, and unique.  (Probably no need to mention, any blowup displays were excluded.)

This homeowner on my block took advantage of the lovely green porch and decorated with colorful ornaments.  A nicely balanced, eye catching display that says "Happy Holidays" with out the flashing signage.
I am not a fan of a yard full of wire ornaments and a trail of extension cords.  However, I thought this little setting was tasteful, and delightful.  I'll have to remember to drive by when the lights are lit.
I like the touch of humor in this playful nod to Santa.
With these at the top of the porch steps and a wreath on the door, it was just enough.
I like the sentiment of Peace On Earth and I appreciate the quirkiness of the colorful flamingos as part of the display.
I also appreciate a themed display vs throwing every Christmasy item ever purchased onto the front lawn.
  These people pretty much own the gingerbread house in the neighborhood so it not difficult to set the mood.
They also have a "to-die-for" entrance and they did a great job of showing it off.
This family also played off the architecture.  That's the beauty of these homes.  They look pretty festive without decorations.
Another balcony display that is lit with flood lights at night.
The owners of this two-family worked together to create a lovely Christmas vignette.
A vintage snowman cutout that I should have captured while we had snow on the ground.
And a vintage sled advertising sleigh rides.  A nicely executed display that is my pick for this year's Christmas display in Tower Grove Heights.


Friday, December 20, 2013

Taking Stock

I'm sure all readers of this blog know about the "thrill of the hunt."  I love poking around estate sales, glancing up and down alleys, and making frequent stops at the resale shops.  Coming home with a bargain that I'll be able to turn into something is a thirst that is never quenched.  However, we all know that can lead to a pile of stuff we never get to because, we are out there getting our thrills as we chase down that next great deal.  Staying close to home these past few weeks got me poking around in my own stuff.

  And this is what came of that.

I had sample piece of this Osborn & Little fabric.  After turning it into a pillow this is all that remained.
I bought a strata lounger about a year ago at TFA. This week I decided it could use a pillow.
The trim is something I have had for at least 10 years.  The colors in the trim are a deep purple and a dark green.  It worked beautifully with the fabric and....I had j-u-s-t enough to make it around the pillow.  Actually one inch more would have been nice, but I made it work.
I spend more time than I like to admit in this chair.
Reading, watching TV, playing on the computer, and sometimes even sleeping there through the night.
The flower in this fabric is a color I have elsewhere in the room.

You may remember it from this post.  My goal is to start pulling this room together.  This represents one small step in that direction. 

And I am giving myself a pat on the back for making use of two items I had on hand. 

Actually I had the pillow form and the pillow back fabric as well.  So, a big win!  More room in the closet, something completed for the bedroom project, and justification that "I'll use that someday", is really true.


Monday, December 16, 2013

Twig Trees

This darn chest cold still has a grip on me so I'm making the most of it by having a guilt free pinterest marathon.
I spotted this little twig tree on one of my daughter's boards and thought it might be a diversion I could handle.

 I gathered up a few twigs.

I then started tying on ribbon without looking at the original  sample again.
Turns out I was a little skimpy with the number of ribbon branches I added.
So my trees have that Charlie Brown effect.
I made a few little tags to hang from the bottom of the tree.  My idea is to use these as hand delivered Christmas cards for a few friends in the neighborhood.
I attached these to the tree with a thin wire wrapped in brown paper.
I love this stuff.  I use it for attaching prices to garage sale items where sticky tags won't hold.  And it seems to come in handy on almost every craft project I attempt.
The twine at the top of the tree is wrapped around the twig and secured with hot glue.
I used a dab of glue on each vertical extension to keep the twine from flipping and twisting.
These went together rather quickly so I think I will make a couple more.

The point of these is to use ribbon scraps.  I can't say these were all scraps but I did use ribbon I had on hand. 

However, I think it would be fun to pick up more ribbon with this project in mind.

I am now thinking of attaching them to the outside of presents as a gift tag.

Each ribbon behaves a little differently.  I think you have to let the ribbon have it's way or it will drive you crazy.
Again, a simple little project gets out of hand.  I seem to be addicted to getting that one, perfectly delightful twig tree.  Another monster has been created.
And the mess is spreading from one flat surface to another.
The nice part is that earlier this year I organized some of my supplies and that is paying off.
I really should clean up that mess and stop with these twigs.
  OMG, I just found more ribbon in the studio.  I think cabin fever is creating irrational behavior.  I am off to browse pinterest and take my mind off crazy but cute little twig trees. 
PS:  Almost got my mind off the twig trees, but I couldn't resist a couple more.
I decided they would be cute with a gift card hanging from the bottom.