Thursday, July 1, 2010

Month in review!

Well hello! You are all SWEETAYS for your sweet comments on my aqua and pink flag cake. I cut a piece off tonight for hubby and I must say, it’s pretty cute. Not Fourth of July cute, but CUTE.  :)

And as many of you mentioned, I’m just on the cutting edge with the hot colors of aqua and coral. I totally did it on purpose. NOT.

I have decided to start doing a review of posts at the end of each month – just in case you’re new around these parts.  :) Also, there’s usually a few things I forget to mention or that you lovelies share that I think will be helpful to others.

The beginning of the month was FUN because I took my first two trips to IKEA – both within a week! Whoohoo!!

My plan for a sofa table in our great room had fallen through and all of the sudden I had to have the Hemnes coffee table instead:

Isn’t it loverly? I LOVE YOU IKEA!! Kisses!

I posted week three of the kitchen redo, where I shared some more of my IKEA goodies and an update on the progress of our kitchen:

I swear I’ll do another update again this week – I haven’t gotten as much done lately as I had hoped, but I do have a few more projects to share! (No, it’s nowhere close to done.)  :)

The June Before and After linky party was kicked off with my first attempt at strawberry freezer jam:

And it was YUMMY!! Hmmm…now I’m hungry.

It only took three weeks, but I finished the beadboard backsplash in the kitchen:


And I LOVE it! It is by far the biggest transformation in the room, and the cost for the beadboard was less than $50. I used the eight foot panels of primed beadboard from Home Depot, and they run about $15 a package.

Many have asked how it’s held up near the sink, and it’s GREAT! I used semi gloss paint on beadboard, and it’s sealed really well. I can wipe water right off. I was a little concerned before I installed it, but now have no worries about having the beadboard near the sink.

I shared my hatred of evil laundry, and since our dryer is on the fritz, I drooled over one of these:front loader

You all were SO helpful! The great majority of you love your front loaders, but those who don’t passed along some important info we’ll consider when buying a new washer and dryer set.

There were so many great suggestions on trying to get our current dryer to work – all we had tried, unfortunately. Bummer. One of those was to really clean out the lint trap, which is a good tip to pass along. It looks like it’s clean, but you need to use dish soap and a bristle brush to clean it out. You want water to run right through it.

Overall, nothing we tried worked, so the repair guy is coming tomorrow because the mounds of laundry are taking over!! Ahhhh!!

Every now and again I like to share what I’ve learned about blogging, and this month I talked about the importance of leaving comments:


It really, really will bring more readers to your site! Try it out!

A couple of weekends ago, two girlfriends and I headed out to my favorite city in the world – the fabulous New York City!:

We went for the last of the NKOTB concerts (at least for a while?). I forgot to mention that the concert that weekend was the BEST one EVER. I’m not even kidding. Those Boston boys men know how to entertain!!

OH, and I forgot to tell you something wonderful!! I’ve mentioned before that there is a fabulous old Italian woman who used to sit outside our favorite restaurant in Little Italy:

Her name was Lucy, and for years, every time we’d go, she’d be there. Our last trip she was nowhere to be found and we had assumed her time had come (she’s got to be in her 90’s!). So when I was there, I just had to ask our waiter about her.

Well he looked at me weird when I mentioned her name, and I almost teared up, thinking the worst. But he was just surprised I knew who she was – and Lucy is alive and well! :) She had just walked out right before we came in that afternoon, and he was hoping she’d return in time so I could say hello, but I never got the chance.

I was SO happy to hear that the pasta and wine (Lucy swears that’s the key to a long, healthy life) are still working!! :)

The peeps at Silhouette sent me a craft cutter to try out, and one to give away to one of you Squeezies!! For my first project, I made a stinkin’ adorable herb crate out of a thrift store find:herb crate

And later that week I fed my labeling obsession:

And it felt gooooood.  ;)

Last week I shared my cutie American flag door decor:

It was less $10 and took less than an hour to make, start to finish. I love seeing it as we drive up! :)

Many of you commented on my flower growing skills and I must say, I have little to do with the gorgeous petunias. :) I give props to Mother Nature for that one – the petunias just love the water!! (And it’s rained like the Pacific Northwest here lately!)

And finally…the beautiful pink/coral/aqua/turquoise cake, for your enjoyment:

It really is pretty darn good. :) If you want to try it out, check out the comments first. I used gel coloring, (not the icing stuff), but many of you bakers shared your favorites products that work much better – I’ll be sure to try them out next time!!

I had some fantastic giveaways this month from My Design Guide, The Pumpkin Patch, American Express and of course, Silhouette!

And I have to send out a big fat thank you to my advertisers for this month:

Bomobob’s beautiful photography:

Dimples and Dandelions boutique with adorable decor and clothing:

Photo Jewelry Making carries everything you could need:

My Design Guide can help you with design dilemmas big and small:

Well, that’s the month of June in review peeps! Thanks for coming along for the ride and welcome to the party if you’ve just joined us!  ;)

I’ll be back with the update on the kitchen…stay tuned.


  1. I love that you are doing a review of the month!! And the cake is way cute!

  2. I just wanted to say that I find your blog inpsirational and fun. I love reading what you have to say and trying some of what you suggest. We moved into a new house, so I am in desperate need of thrifty decor ideas that look as good as catalogue. So thank you. And seeing as a I am new to blogging in myself, just thought I'd leave a comment to see if this comment thing really works ;).

  3. Holy Smokes, girl! You had a busy month! And a fun one!

  4. This review of the month post is a great idea (I may just have to copy you, and OF COURSE give you credit!) What a busy month you have had, and the beadboard looks so great!! Janell

  5. Very very busy month! haha! The cake is darling and not at all a loss because of it's deliciousness. Welcome JULY!!

  6. Good idea, on the "refresher course" & you finished it off with "the cake" I was going to comment last night when I read it... I was laughing so hard. & my thoughts were..."way too much work for me" :) Your trifles looked so delicious... I may try that :)
    & I think that I may make a trip to Ikea & see about that table... it is gorgeous!!

  7. Sarah I have been meaning to say that I luuurve your herb crate, AND that every time (no matter what medium I use) I cut sumfin' on my machine and use it as a stencil, my letters look like yours. Sigh. Even vinyl. So, I just lightly sand over it with my sander and voila. Aged to perfection. :)

  8. great post! you are definately a busy and very inspiring lady!! will have to post my before and afters of my laundry room redo! happy july! :)

  9. Okay. I admit. I'm newer to your blog. And as much as that seems like a's the truth. Sometimes I find blogs that I'm like, "hello, where the heck have I been?" But, I digress...

    I just have to say 2 things. (which is rare for me, since I tend to ramble on...)

    #1--that low chalkboard thingie just got an actual standing ovation from me.

    #2--Ikea is my secret boyfriend, and if you're thinking of stealing him...well...I'm not opposed to a throw down!! (but I will share, with someone who appreciates his amazing qualities!)

    Love the review. 'Cause, as mentioned...I hadn't seen it previously. Yes...I KNOW!!

  10. Oh, I love your blog! And, will for sure sign up to follow! I am pretty new at this, Please check out my blog at:
    Happy 4th to you and yours!

  11. I enjoy your blog so much. i love the beadboard back splash. The review is a great idea too.

  12. You're welcome for the tips about dryers I left in your laundry post! Glad you found them helpful :) I hope your laundry situation sorts out soon!

    Love reading your posts!

  13. Love the idea of reviewing the month, I'll be going back and checking out some things I missed. Your blog is fabulous, you've inspired me to start gettin' all creative and crafty --- wooo hooo!--- Thanks!

  14. Love the month in review! I just started following your blog this month and have been loving it! It was great to be able to see a recap of posts that I enjoyed and ones that I may have missed. Happy 4th!

  15. I am so in love with beadboard, but Husband said, any major renovations should wait, because you never know if we're moving or not... :(

    Hasn't stopped me from putting up a few shelves and vinyl art though...

    Never made you're jam, kids ate all the strawberries, darn!

  16. Sarah, I hate to tell you but eventually that beadboard near the sink is going to break down from water - I know this from experience - you'll need to replace it with the PVC beadboard (which looks exactly the same, btw). I just put up the PVC beadboard in both of our newly renovated bathrooms. I used the sheets a couple years ago in the downstairs bathroom and it looks awful behind the sink from moisture.

    Not trying to be a downer - I love your blog!!!

  17. I was thinking that pink and aqua cake might be a good baby shower cake if the gender is unknown.

  18. Loved your review...reminds me of my grands favorite show, Yo Gabba Gabba....DJ Lance always reviews the days am really enjoying your blog! Thanks for sharing.

  19. You've had quite the busy month! :-D It's been fun reading along about your adventures! :-D

  20. What a great idea!!! It's easy to forget what you've posted yourself, let alone what another blogger has written. Very cool. :)

  21. Whew! I'm exhausted just reading about what you did this past month! : ) I have obviously got to make a trip to Ikea. I love that table you got! I'm working with a client that I may suggest some Ikea things for as we move along on her house.

  22. It's been a wonderful month! Thanks for sharing everything!

  23. I absolutely love all of the projects you are so creative & talented!! Thanks for the inspiration to do my own home...just wish I was a little more handy!!LOL

  24. Love the wrap up! Even though I read your blog often, I love that you recapped your month. I had almost forgotten that I wanted to add beadboard somewhere in my house. My husby will be so glad that you brought it up and reminded me! Have a great 4th!

  25. I likey your review, nice little stroll through the month :)
    I totally want to try a cake this weekend!

  26. I am a newbee, so thanks for the update! I love your beadboard backsplash - it makes me want to make my own! :) Also, we just bought Samsung front loaders (in a pretty blue!!) in January, and we love them. We haven't had any mildew issues, but I read about them before purchasing, so we just keep the door slightly ajar when it's not in use. No big deal. Glad you liked NKOTB... back in the day, they were the first concert I ever went to... I thought I was hot stuff!

  27. I like the idea of a month in review. I also wanted to let you know that I heard an ad on the radio this morning for Pier 1 and why not decorate 4th of July with something different than the standard red, white and blue. Then they suggested turquoise and I instantly thought of your cute cake. Now the ad very well could be to push product out their doors but I would like to think that you are ahead of the trend curve and they are following your lead. :) You go trendsetter!! Have a great 4th of July weekend!

  28. Great review of June! I can't believe it's already July. The summer is FLYING by. ACK! So much to get done still.

  29. Ok, so I LOVE LOVE LOVE the lamp above your kitchen sink?! Where is it from?

  30. Thanks for all the work you do on your blog to share your fun projects with us! It is such a wonderful distraction for me!

  31. I absolutely love the flag you made for the front door! I am going to have to try to make my own! I get so much inspiration from your site! Thank you!

  32. You can join me as co-queen of the aqua....the outside of my house is that color! (I wish I was joking...) It will get re-done one day...someday. Love your blog!

  33. Wow! You are busy, busy, busy! Isn't it fun to realize how much you've accomplished in a month?

  34. Um, can you tell me, just where exactly did June go!? My, my, my...

  35. Thanks for the blog info this month. Its good to see that everything you do isnt perfect. I am just starting my sahm thing and just learning things I wish I had started on years ago.

  36. We live three blocks away from IKEA - yes, don't be jealous :) Love it there...we eat there for cheap dinners and they have kids eat free there until July 5 right now!!

  37. Loved the update! What a great way for me to get caught up with all that you are doing...very impressive! Enjoyed every minute of my visit to your page ! <3

  38. I loved all your posts this month. I'm totally your blog stalker, I check it everyday! I think your hilarious and talented. You inspired me to start my own blog. Thanks for continuing to be inspiring!

  39. Looks like it was a great month. I love the new kichen stuff. (Wish we had an Ikea close by!)

  40. Recently became a new follower and so glad I found your lovely blog (: I look forward to coming back for future posts!


  41. Did you get the baskets that are in the sofa table at Ikea too? What size are they?

  42. Hi! My name is Vanessa and my sister over at got me hooked on your lovely blog! Actually it is through her as well as through you and others who are opening their homes and hearts, that I have ventured into the blogging world myself. I kinda feel like the girl who got the Guess jeans a year after everyone else (and they were hand-me-downs!), but finally joining the masses has added a fun new dimension to my life. Anyway, thanks for the inspiration and keep it coming!

  43. Love the month in review! My favortie project of yours is the bead board backsplash!!! If my husband had not already installed tile on our backsplash a little over a year ago, I would definitely have this project on my wish list! It gives a whole new light to your kitchen :) Great Job!

  44. I love that you are reviewing the month! What a great idea!!!!!

  45. yes, this is a nice idea to recap things. sometimes, the days go by so quickly that you can barely remember what you had for breakfast, let alone what awesome thing you read on so-and-so's blog (which you promised you'd put on your to-try list, which got lost as well, soon after that breakfast you can't remember having). :P


  46. I totally love your blog! I also love your monthly synopsis. As I went through it I remembered things I saw and wanted to keep in mind, etc. Great idea. I also love the beadboard, when I redo the bathroom I want to put some in there, always have wanted to do that.

  47. Love, Love, Love that table! I think I'm ganna have to get an IKEA fix in soon!

  48. I love your blog and find such inspiration in your decorating style. I just got started redecorating a couple of months ago and I have learned so much by trial and error. I am 52 years old and just spray painted my first piece of furniture less than a month ago. I started a design blog and just posted my first makeover pictures which I would love to share: I would love to have your thoughts but ummm...please be kind as this is all still so new to me and I'm not quite secure in my design style and can visualize myself in a quivering heap at the first person who tells me to find another hobby. Then again, I might to react with a quick go jump in a lake response. Either way, welcome.

  49. 22, 2010 at 4:25 PM

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Ikea. I am fortunate enough to be married to a carpenter so I just show him the items I love and he makes them for me :) My house is filled with Ikea and Pottery Barn inspired funature.


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