Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!

Last week's party was simply overwhelming (in a good way!)  The biggest to date with tons of inspiration!!

Last week's Fan Favorite was this set of adorable bookends by Sweet Suite 10!

And for my Frugal Round-up...

First, I loved this adorable Faux Roman Shade created by Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss.

And while we're on the subject of window treatments, how fun are these pretty curtains created by Flamingo Toes?

Next, check out this $10 cabinet lighting created by Nest, Nesting, Nested.

And finally, I was super impressed by this chair redo by The Rooster and The Hen.  Wow! What a difference!!

Now it's your turn!

You know 'da rules'...

1. Please link directly to your post and not just to your blog.
2. Please link back the Shabby Nest (you can use the pretty new button on my side bar to make it easy.)
3. Please visit other participants and leave them comments! Help them feel "the love!" And don't forget to "like" your favorite posts so they can become the "FAN FAVORITE!"

La Posh Style Giveaway Winner~

I bet you all thought I forgot to announce the winner of the La Posh Style giveaway....sorry for my tardiness. 

But without any more delay, the winner of a dress of her choice from La Posh Style is....

Project Hope 7 of Operation.  Blessing BrigadeCongratulations!!!

Please drop me an email and we'll get you set up with your fab new dress!

And, don't forget, Frugal Friday goes live tonight at 8PM MST.  Last week's party was the biggest to date...Holy Cow! The inspiration abounds!!  Hope to see you there!!


Sponsor Giveaway: Pick Your Plum~

This post is sponsored by Pick Your Plum.

Hello, my lovelies!!

You're in for a treat today!

A giveaway from Pick Your Plum!!

If you're not familiar with Pick Your Plum...it's a "deal of the day" sight that specializes in amazing deals on crafting supplies and other high quality stuff.  Here's the catch.  They only post one product per day and sell it until either their supply or the time runs out.  Tons of fun stuff!!

And today, Pick Your Plum is offering one reader of The Shabby Nest a box full of crafting supplies including Ribbon, Ric Rac, Mod Podge,  Brushes and more!!  A $50 Value!!!

So what are you waiting for?

To enter simply leave me a comment on this post.

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Giveaway ends Friday, September 30 at 11:59 MST.  Good Luck!!

This post was sponsored by Pick Your Plum. The opinions expressed are 100% mine.


A Touch of Autumn~

This year, since we are in the middle of decorating basically the entire house, I decided to go simple with the autumn decor.  But since autumn is also my favorite season of the year, I certainly couldn't let it go by without paying it a little homage.

And since we moved to a new place, we no longer have a fireplace mantle to dress up with the seasons, so I have chosen, instead, to dress the top of my white buffet. 

Luckily my pretty Homegoods lamps (I always have people ask where I got them, so I figured I'd throw it out there to save anyone who might want to know the effort of having to ask...LOL) look very autumn-ish with their lovely earthy shades, and so lent themselves well to the display.

Then all I did was round up a bunch of my faux pumpkins and plop them on the buffet.  Okay, I put a little more thought into it than that.  :-)  I placed the wire pumpkin on top of a stack of old books tied with twine, added in some pretty fall garland, and filled the lantern that usually sits on the dining room table with a bit more garland for a little interest.

I love the mix of textures, and the pop of color from the garland.  Simple. But pretty.  I'm lovin' this touch of autumn.

I'm linking up to the fun at The Lettered Cottage!

The Lettered Cottage


The Letter B: A Wall Collage for the Boys' Room~

All of my boys' names begin with the letter "B".  We didn't do that intentionally, but that's just how it ended up.  Sooooo, when it comes to decorating a room for the three of them, it only made sense that I should incorporate the letter "B" into the room somehow.   And how, you may ask, did I decide to do that?  Why, with a wall collage!!

You may recall that my original inspiration board for the boys' room included an alphabet collage.

Well, even though we've moved worlds away from this original inspiration board, I did manage to keep the idea of the alphabet wall in the current design.  I just tweaked it a little.  I decided to use a single letter instead of all 26.  And that letter?  B of course - pretty much gave that away in the title, and the first paragraph... ;-)

So I set about collecting "B"s.  And you may recall a little tutorial I did on how to create your own Mod Podge letter.  In any case, after a bit of searching, painting, and Mod Podge-ing (yes, that is a technical term)... I give you The B Wall.

I'm lovin' how it turned out.  I like the organic shape of it...rather than having it be a "grid", I decided to let it kind of flow.  I really like it! And, it allows me to add in another "B" or two if I find one I can't live without.  And please  keep in mind, I have yet to accessorize the dresser. (just sayin')

So the boys' room is almost complete.  Just have to finish the window treatment and make some basket liners (a la Restoration Hardware Kids), and then when the final piece de resistance arrives in the mail, I'll put it on the wall, and we'll be ready for the big reveal!  I can't wait!!

Have a great day~


Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!  Last week's Frugal Friday was the biggest to date with over 500 posts linked up! That's a lot of Frugal inspiration, people.  If you missed out, you might want to stop by and see.

Speaking of inspiration, seems that a lot of you REALLY liked the fan favorite from last week, A Diamond In The Stuff's dryer vent pumpkins.  So cute!!

And now for my Frugal Round-up:

First up, The V Spot shared her adorable chalkboard painted globe.  What a perfect idea for some not-too-ghoulish Halloween decor.

Next, we've all noticed the Chevron trend sweeping through the blogosphere, and who could miss the fact that Ombre is SUPER popular right now...but how's this for killing two birds with one stone (figuratively, of course) Ombre Chevron curtains by Owen's Olivia!!!  Love. them.

Funkytime shared her darling bedroom makeover...with lots of fun projects that you can tackle yourself.  Loved this post.

Finally, The Painted Home shared her yard-stick staircase.  Such a fun way to add interest to those hum-drum stairs!!

Now it's your turn!

You know 'da rules'...

1. Please link directly to your post and not just to your blog.
2. Please link back the Shabby Nest (you can use the pretty new button on my side bar to make it easy.)
3. Please visit other participants and leave them comments! Help them feel "the love!" And don't forget to "like" your favorite posts so they can become the "FAN FAVORITE!"

A Dresser For The Boys' Room~

Well, we're one step closer to finishing the boys' bedroom.  Because yesterday I was able to put the final touches on a dresser we redid for Boy #1.

The dresser is very well made, and a good size.  The problem?  Well, let's just say this circa 1970's piece was both a little too feminine, and well, it was.....kind of....um....how do I put this nicely?   The finish was kind of....less than attractive.  (And the hubby, bless his heart, had already taken out all the drawers and started sanding the dresser, when I caught him and told him I had to take some BEFORE pics.)

After sanding off the strange shiny finish, the hubby took some of his woodworking tools...

 and removed the floral embellishments.

Then we sanded it some more and primed it.  And after the primer dried, I went to work painting it an awesome olive-y green.  Olive Moss by Benjamin Moore to be exact.

Once I got the dresser painted, I replaced the hardware - which had a "lovely" brassy floral look to it - with clean brushed nickle knobs.  And here she is in all of her finished glory. 

Lovin' it!  And it will add a great punch of color to the boys' room.  Getting close to finishing...can't wait to show you the whole room!  only a couple of projects left...pinky promise.

Linking to Before and After at Thrifty Decor Chick!


Sponsor Giveaway: La Posh Style~

This post is sponsored by La Posh Style.

Today I'm excited to introduce you to one of  my fabulous sponsors, La Posh Style.

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Check out these boots!  Adorbs.  And at only 58.99 they're super affordable as well.

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And they have so many cute cardis, I had a hard time limiting the number I wanted to show you!

Their dresses are equally cute...and they have tons to choose from.

And today's your lucky day because La Posh Style is offering one lucky reader their choice of any dress in their shop! Woot Woot!!

To enter simply leave a comment on this post.

For an additional entry, you can "like" La Posh Style on Facebook, then come back and leave another comment.

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That's three chances kids!!

This giveaway closes at 11:59 pm MST on Wednesday, September 21.

Good luck!!

This post was sponsored by La Posh Style. The opinions expressed are my own.


Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!  So glad you could join me!!

I'm just going to jump right into all of the fun stuff from last week's party...

First up, last week's Fan Favorite was "DIY Vinyl Monograms WITHOUT a Machine" posted by The Exchange.  What a great idea!!

And now for my Frugal Roundup...

I just love the Union Jack Palette posted by Tres Chere.  What a fun idea!!

Craptastic shared her fun zebra end table.  Too cute!!

Blessed Beyond Measure shared her fabulous Ballard Knock-Off Burlap curtains.  I have been admiring those curtains in the Ballard catalog, and her version is amazing!

Finally, you know I can't pass up a great party so I just have to share Our Wonderfilled Life's Vintage Wheel Birthday.  Such great details...ADORABLE!

Now it's your turn!

You know 'da rules'...

1. Please link directly to your post and not just to your blog.
2. Please link back the Shabby Nest (you can use the pretty new button on my side bar to make it easy.)
3. Please visit other participants and leave them comments! Help them feel "the love!" And don't forget to "like" your favorite posts so they can become the "FAN FAVORITE!"

Just a Reminder~

Today is the last day to vote for Country Living's Blue Ribbon Blogger Readers' Choice Awards.

In case you missed my announcement earlier, The Shabby Nest has been chosen by Country Living as a finalist in the Blue Ribbon Blogger Awards.  I'd sure love it if you'd vote for The Shabby Nest in the Design Blog category.  (If you've already voted - THANK YOU - annnnd you can vote again if you'd like to...)

Go here to vote!  The winners will be announced on the Country Living website tomorrow.

THANKS!  My readers are the best!!

Frugal Friday goes live tonight at 8:00 pm MST as usual!  See you then!


Giveaway Winners~

Howdy Y'all...

Pulled myself away from working on the boys' room (yep, I'm really trying hard to finish it this next week) to drop in and let you know the winners of the Rosie Posie Designs and ScotchBlue giveaways.  Because I just know that you all have been dying to find out. 

So without any more pointless commentary from me, here we go...

The winner of the Rosie Posie Designs store credit is Tiffany from The Babbling Brunette.

The ScotchBlue giveaway actually has THREE winners. 
They are:

Korrie from Red Hen Home
Marianne from Songbird
Ann-Kay from Ann-Kay Designs

Congrats to all you fabulous ladies!  Please email me and we'll get you set up with  your prizes!

Okay, off to paint (furniture not walls this time.)  

And because it is against my personal philosophy to post without a photo, here's a bit of eye candy from my Pinterest wanderings...

And this one because I am sooooo missing New England at this time of the year. Sigh.

Have a great day~


DIY: Mod Podge and Wooden Letters~

Remember way back when I showed you the inspiration board I had created for my boys' room?

Yeah, well, the room has gone in a TOTALLY different direction.  Enter Boy 1, my 11-year-old, who said it was all great until we actually started shopping.  Then the white beds became espresso brown, and the blue and white bedding became a linen-y tan color.  I tell ya.  But it's all good... I just went in a different direction using this photo as my inspiration. (and thankfully, he loves it.)

via Houzz.com

I bet you can tell where the color inspiration came from for the wall I posted yesterday, huh?

My boys' newly striped wall
 Anyhoo, the one aspect of my first inspiration board which I did keep in the current design is the letter wall.  Only I'm doing a different take on it.  Unfortunately, you'll have to wait to see what I do, but today I wanted to share with you an inexpensive way to create a "custom" wooden letter.

How to Mod Podge a Wooden Letter...

What you'll need:

1. A wooden letter (well, that's a  no brainer, huh?)  They are readily available at most craft/hobby stores.  I purchased mine at Robert's.

2. Mod Podge  - I use the matte finish.

3. A craft brush to spread the Mod Podge.

4. A craft knife.

5. Scrapbook paper of your choice.

6. A sanding block, or fine grit sandpaper.

  • Start by tracing the letter you are going to use onto your scrapbook paper.  I like to trace mine onto the back of the paper (just make sure to reverse the letter.)

  • Cut out the letter with your craft knife.

  • Now spread a layer of mod podge onto your wooden letter, making sure to cover the entire letter.

  • Place the scrapbook paper letter on top of your wooden letter...line up carefully and press down firmly.  Smooth gently with  your hand.  Because of the weight of the scrapbook paper, I find that it is not really necessary to smooth out bubbles, but if you should notice any, you can smooth them out using the side of a credit card (or something like that.)

  • Now turn the letter over...you will notice that there is a bit of paper that is probably spilling over the edges.  Just use your craft knife to carefully cut away any of the excess paper.
  • Turn the letter back over and use your sanding block (or sandpaper) to gently sand the edges of the paper.  This gives the letter a nice finished appearance.

  • If you wish, you can now give your letter another coat of Mod Podge to seal it.  This is not necessary, but does give it a bit of extra protection.

VOILA!  You've got a custom wooden letter.  Hopefully, my letter wall will be ready to reveal next week...hopefully....

Until then, happy crafting!