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Friday, January 28, 2011

FairlyFabulous Little Warmies Sale


Right now all Little Warmies are Buy 2 Get 1 FREE!

With tons of new patterns just added- now is the time to stock up for Valentine gifts and those cool Spring mornings.

*Note: Clearance Warmies are not part of the special. Oh, you didn't know FairlyFabulous had a Clearance Section? Check it out! We are always updating so older styles are added with each new season.*

Stop by and get your Warmies today. Sale ends January 31st!

Happy Shopping!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Dining Set Transformation- Part Four- Before/After

OK, Here it is- in the day time.
In natural light.
My new love...

And here are everybody's favorite- Before and Afters-

Please excuse the mess in the Befores and the dirty chalkboard in the Afters

Ha, ha- this one reminds me of the 'Find the differences in these two photos' from Highlights.

What started out as a wonderful, free from a friend, blonde wood dining set with green seat pads evolved to a banquette, with red/khaki stripped seats (and a little girl on top!) at the old house

to creamy Valspar Churchill Hotel White spray painted, then lightly distressed chairs with retro lemon and yellow fabric pads; a hand painted Valspar Lake Country blue table with Dark Walnut stain rubbed legs and a Dark Walnut top.

All that remains is the light wood Ikea bench on the other side of the table.
Everyone seems to agree- it needs to be the creamy Valspar Churchill Hotel White color for now with a fun retro lemon fabric pad when the girls are a little older.
I'm loving the transformation.
What do you think?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Dining Set Transformation-Part Three-so, so close!

After sanding, sanding, more sanding, applying stripper (twice!), more sanding,
then staining, staining, more staining,
6 coats of polyurethane and a day and a half of waiting....

the table top came in tonight when Breadwinner got home and we assembled the table.
(*random side note: even though it's not terribly clean, do you love my giant chalkboard?)

In other words....

it's done.
DONE!
I was so excited I had to take pictures- even though it's night, and I haven't learned how to use my new, incredibly amazing flash Breadwinner got me for Christmas.
Bear with the poor lighting in these pictures....and the mess in the background...

OK- not done- because there is the problem of this little Ikea bench on the other side of the table.
What do I DO with it? We want to leave it free of fabric for now.
The kids sit there for meals and it makes for easier clean up.
Would you take it apart, strip it, and stain it to match the walnut top?
Or rough it up a bit and go with the same creamy white of the chairs?
Or the awesome blue of the table legs?
Help! Help!
I'm soooo close to finishing this transformation. What should I do?

WIWW-Week 17

If you are new to What I Wore Wednesday, here is a quick refresher...
Lindsey at the Pleated Poppy started her What I Wore Wednesday posts several months ago in an effort to change her habits of hanging out in pjs and softie pants all day. Just because she stays home to work and home school her kids, doesn't mean she can't be cute (seriously-she is too stinking cute, even IN her softies!). Since she started her WIWW link ups, over 100 women are putting themselves out there in blogland each week in an effort to share, inspire, and just be real....here's my Week 17.
Wednesday-Preschool then home with the girls

Pink ruffled cardi-Old Navy
Mushroom flowered dress-American Eagle Outfitters
Gray leggings-Target
Plum skinny belt-NY and Co *finally brave enough to try this on the outside of a cardi- what do you think?
Multi colored beaded necklace-American Eagle

Purple bow headband-Aerie

Fun plum flats-gift from my mom, Gramm
by the way- the purples did look cute together, even though they look completely different in pictures.
Thursday-Stripping clothes- ok, ok, don't jump to conclusions- I've been refinishing my dining set all week. Check out the progress. No pics.
Friday-Preschool, then a trip to town with the girls and lots of outside play

Black cowl, infinity scarf-NY and Co
Gray beaded tank-American Eagle
Dark gray and pink stripe flowy cardi-American Eagle
Light jeans-American Eagle
Mustard flats-Target

Tried a self portrait Little Miss Momma style.

Felt headband-Anthropologie
Saturday- more table stripping, sanding, and refinishing....and wood stacking, garage cleaning....no fun clothes to share.
Sunday-Church in the morning, grocery store and Steelers game in the afternoon

Canary yellow flower cardi-NY and Co- few years ago
White cami-NY and Co
Navy, sailor front, corduroy skirt-American Eagle many, many years ago (pulled from the back of the closet)

love the detail in this cardi!
fun pearly necklace- gift from Pier One. I always forget they have jewelry

Little Sister wanted to jump in, too.
Her chocolate corduroy dress is from Gramm and Pop.
I was sinking into the front yard in my heels.

Aren't they to die for!? Gift from my sweet friend, Juliana.
They came from Charlotte Russe a year or so ago.
After church I switched the skirt and heels for jeans, a brown belt and my purple flats.
Monday-No school, final touches on the dining set and cleaning with the girls. Time to clean and organize these closets! No pics.
Tuesday-Preschool, then home to laundry and more playing with the girls

Purple shirt- new from American Eagle clearance this weekend. $6!
Navy tank-Old Navy
Faded olive scarf-Christmas gift from ShopGal-Natural life from Eclectic Elegance (LOVE the ball fringe)

here's a close up of the cutie ball fringe.
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Did you hear about my giveaway! It's thanks in large part to you fabulous gals coming over on WIWW. Over 10,000 hits and 30 followers. Be sure to click on over for your chance to win this incredible Mustard ruffle scarf AND the Eclectic Blooms!

Followers Giveaway!

I promised, you delivered- now it's time to hold up my end of the bargain!
Remember back in November when I promised a few giveaways-
one when my little blog had 30 followers (we had 18 at the time)
another when we had 10,000 hits (we passed 7,000 at the time).

Well here we are 37 followers and 13,600 hits in 5 months!!!
Now to the goods-
Remember the fabulous, mustard, ruffled scarf from last week's WIWW?

You all seemed to love it as much as I do....so I called up ShopGal at Eclectic Elegance and ordered one for YOU!

Shopgal wanted you to have more- so she threw in three of her amazing Eclectic Blooms!

I know- AMAZING! I wanted to keep them for myself.
Wanna win the scarf and blooms?
#1. Leave me a comment and tell me what you like best about Stay at Home Mom's Quest
#2. Become a follower of my blog
#3. Click over and become of a follower of Eclectic Elegance
Be sure to leave me comments to let me know you are a follower of each blog for extra chances to win!
I'll announce the winner next week and introduce the second fabulous giveaway!
Thanks for coming back week after week to check out my Quest!

Glittery Valentine Wreath

We've all seen tutorial upon tutorial for the hanger/ornament wreaths.
I thought I'd take a stab this year with a twist.
With tons of 75-90% off shatterproof ornaments, beaded/twig garland, and tiny beaded sprays, I went to work creating a heart shaped Valentine wreath.

After adding the ornament to my bent hanger, I wound a red holly berry garland around and between the ornaments, then finished off with a few pearly picks/sprays in the gaps.

I think I'm in love. Just in time for Valentine's Day! (wink)

Friday, January 21, 2011

Dining Set Transformation-Part Two

It's killing me-I'm so in love with my table and chairs and it's not even finished yet!

When the paint dried on the legs, I grabbed my favorite tub of dark walnut stain and applied it all over, especially in the spindles, let it set for a few minutes, then wiped it off.

The color and texture is amazing!
I couldn't wait to see what it looked like next to the newly finished chairs so I brought two legs in and laid them on the edge of our make shift dining table (aka-the camping table with a white table cloth thrown over top)

Do you love it with the chairs?
The table top is currently in the garage getting the last few coats of stain.
I'm loving the richness of the color when I first put the stain on, but it lightens so much when I wipe it off.

The top needs work....but the legs-

I can't stand it! So much better.
So fabulous.
Do you agree?

Sale, Sale, Sale

OK- for those of you who read my WIWW posts, you know a good chunk of my wardrobe comes from American Eagle Outfitters.
What you may not know is that 95% off it is on mega sale or clearance (usually plus a coupon on top) when it finds its way into my closet.
I just got an email saying all their clearance is and ADDITIONAL 50% OFF THIS WEEKEND!
Yes, I know- it needed all caps.
So quite reading and go see what you can find!
Go on- at 50% off clearance, I'm pretty sure a few new pieces will find their way to my house.
Oh- and did you know their jewelry is almost always buy one get one half off- this almost always includes clearance. Mega, mega deals to be had.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Dining Set Transformation-Part One

OK- so technically this is part 2.
If you recall, back in October I decided to start refinishing my dining room chairs.

I did one, and then stopped.
As temperatures here in the Southern California high desert continued to rise last week- I was watching the weather station (thank you Breadwinner) like a hawk- bracing for the 65 degree mark.
Saturday we hit it...with no wind-so I grabbed 2 more of the dining room chairs and sanded, primed, painted and lightly distressed them. Thank you Valspar spray paint!
And to think-it only took 3 months to finish up this little refinishing project. I know- don't judge....
Today, the outside temp was almost 80...again (what season is this, anyway?!) with no wind-quite unusual for the desert-so I took advantage and finished the last of the 4 chairs.
You'll have to wait on those pics- but 2 look like the one above, and two have this fabulous retro lemon fabric from my laundry room curtains on the seats.

This is where the new part begins....
Have you seen the Pleated Poppy's coffee table?

When I saw it about a year ago in her rearranging post I fell in LOVE and knew I wanted to use it as my inspiration for our dining room table.
Long about 3pm as the girls were still snoozing away on their naps, I decided to start the dining table part of this transformation. I know, I know-who starts refinishing a dining room table only a few short hours before dinner time?! That would be THIS crazy gal.
The table is fairly large and quite heavy, and wouldn't quite fit through the back door upright, but I was determined....
So- I tipped the bad boy on it's side, carefully slid it across the faux-ish wood floor, lifted it up over the slider door track one end at a time and tipped it back up on it's feet....only a tiny corner was 'pre-sanded' with the help of the concrete porch out the back door.
Next, I grabbed 2 panels of wood from the garage and inched the table onto them to help move it further into the yard.
We live on 2 1/2 acres of horse property and the entire backyard is dirt...which is kind of wet right now...and mud and sanding don't mix.
After sanding the bottom half of the table, I used the two half full cans of primer I had on hand (with a potty training 2 yr old there was no way I was making the trek into town to get more!) and carefully covered each spindley leg with a perfect coat-using every last drop of what was available.

An hour or so later, I returned to brush on the first coat of paint.

Lake Country from Valspar-the perfect match to my favorite Natural Life dish towel (I promise to post a pic in the next update).

By the time the day was over I had one full coat and half the second complete!

Tomorrow is supposed to be more of the same weather- here's hoping for more nap time refinishing!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

What I Wore Wednesday- WIWW New Year

Here we are- first WIWW of 2011 for me. We've been out of town for my best friend's wedding, New Year's, visiting with the inlaws- feels like forever since I was last blogging.
I do have some pretty cute outfits to catch you up on from the trip. Unfortunately, I was mostly the one behind the camera. Look for a WIWW glance back in the coming weeks.
For now-
If you are new to What I Wore Wednesday, here is a quick refresher...
Lindsey at the Pleated Poppy started her What I Wore Wednesday posts several months ago in an effort to change her habits of hanging out in pjs and softie pants all day. Just because she stays home to work and home school her kids, doesn't mean she can't be cute (seriously-she is too stinking cute, even IN her softies!). Since she started her WIWW link ups, over 100 women are putting themselves out there in blogland each week in an effort to share, inspire, and just be real....here's my Week 16. Wednesday the 12th- Preschool and working in the shop at home

First- yikes, what a dirty mirror
Green dress-Aeropostale
Jeans-American Eagle
Mustard ruffly scarf-Eclectic Elegance (my new fave!)
Mustard yellow ruffle flats-Target
Thursday-Lazy morning with the girls-didn't get dressed until after 11am, errands down in town

White cardigan-Old Navy
Jeans-American Eagle
Brown Belt-American Eagle

Black and cream ruffle top-NY and Co

Dangle tortoise shell earrings-NY and Co
Friday-Preschool, working at home in the shop, then dinner at our friend-the Astronaut's house

Navy blue ruffle dress-American Eagle
Jeans-American Eagle
Light gray sweater-NY and Co

Fabulous Plum Flats-Gift from my mom-Gramm. So incredible!

Beaded necklace and earrings-Bridesmaid gift from GeorgiaGal's Wedding
Saturday-Steeler football day! Cleaning, re-finishing dining chairs, playing with the girls, and watching football
Jeans, Georgia Sweatshirt- nothing special- sorry no photo
Sunday- Friends drove up from our old town to play for the day-weather starting to turn much warmer

Forgot to take a picture during the day and remembered Breadwinner got me a wireless remote shutter years ago-kinda cheesy- but it works
Teal embellished collar tank-Old Navy
Cocoa brown ruffle cardigan-NY and Co
Boyfriend fit denim crops-American Eagle
didn't wear shoes all day

here's a close up
Monday-Stayed home for day 4 of Little Sister in big girl panties. played outside, cleaned windows inside and out, steam cleaned the floors- all the fun stuff. It was nearly 80 degrees today!

Pink and Orange tank-American Eagle
Gray tank-Old Navy
Denim crops from yesterday-still from American Eagle
Brown belt-American Eagle

After Breadwinner got home (and the temperature dropped) I went on a Joann's run-half off redline fabric is tough to pass up!
Added the fabulous mustard, ruffle scarf and my go to long drapey sweater from NY and Co

Here's a close-up
Tuesday-Preschool and working on my dining room table and chair refinishing.
No pic today, but I wore the top from this old pic

and a new red scarf from my MIL, with (of course) American Eagle Jeans.
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On a side note: I was absolutely blown away coming back from over 2 weeks vacation with little to no internet access to find over 3,000 new hits on my blog even without any new posts! WOW- We reached my 10,000 hit goal and blew right past it! Not only that, but we reached my 30 followers goal, too! As promised- two BIG giveaways heading your way. Look for details in next Wednesdays WIWW post. Thank you for stopping by and sharing all your sweet comments.
In other news- want to see what I've been working on 'in the shop' this new year?
Here's a little peek at my new Tweets!

Click over to Etsy to see what other FairlyFabulous products are new and ready for you!