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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Domestic Fashionista

It's a windy rainy day here in the NW..........pretty cozy actually. My son is sick, I have a new puppy I'm house training and believe it or not........life is good. I even have dinner in the crockpot and fresh strawberries to make strawberry shortcake later. Rain, wind, dog pee and a fever can't ruin my day. Life isn't always pretty.........but it's pretty perfect.

Today while cruising through my FFF (future feature file) I loved what I saw on
Domestic Fashionista. She really brings it home for me that just adding a few holiday decor items for holiday's such as Valentines, St. Patricks...etc......really does make a difference and looks great at the same time. Now I have to admit I have NEVER decorated for St. Patrick's day. Not because I'm not festive.......I mean, the leprechaun visits our home every year, leaves a mess, scatters gold chocolate coins.........and I was actually Ms. Shamrock one year in school........so see......I'm not against celebrating St. Paddy's day.......but the whole decor thing seemed too much of a bother. But I love what she's added and it doesn't look like it took forever or took over.
Cute Shamrock plate.......this is something I would normally walk right past in the store. Not that I don't think it's adorable.........but because I would think about the storage issue. Where would I store ONE plate and then only use it ONE time a year? I suppose I could just add another tote for St. Patrick's Day. Looks like she has an etsy shop with these darling little charms.Or the whole shebang........garland. I swear garland is one of those things you could use year round.......just have one for each holiday.....swap it out when the time is right.I'm convinced that now all I have to do is swap out my kitchen linens and add a holiday hand towel to the powder room.........but see once again.....I need a bit more to make the whole tote idea work. You can't just put one plate.........or one set of kitchen linens. But if you have a FEW things.......then you have enough to make the holiday tote worthy.See?...........just add this cute little hand towel for Valentines day. This coordinates so well.....looks great.I know that Valentines Day is over..........but I had to show you this cake she made for her husband. Lucky man. My poor husband got a cupcake........from a bakery. :)
This was also for Valentines Day...........I suppose you could use it for Spring too.....Love this! And she shows a TUTORIAL! She offers several before and afters as well as tutorials throughout her blog. Makes my heart all warm.
These below take me back in the day to my mother's kitchen. It was the mid 70s in Central Oregon. We had wall to wall patchwork indoor outdoor kitchen carpet, gold and cream gingham wall paper, harvest gold appliances, dark brown cabinets and the cutest mushroom canisters my mother made in ceramics class. I'm sure she had these little trivets..........
Some people who have embraced the kitchy vintage look could pull this off...........but I could never pull it off. They would just look dated in my kitchen.I would have to do something like this below. She's a genius. She painted and added monograms. Cute.Following her vision of looking for the possibilities in something.......she found these set out by her neighbors on trash day. Like any good crafter, she has no shame and is confident in her abilities....... After realizing the pressure washer added it's own spots...........she took matters into her own hands and busted out the paint! One person's trash is another person's treasure. What I think would be funny is if she sold these at a yardsale and her neighbors bought them. :)
I am such a sucker for empty frames. I have a wall upstairs with creamy painted frames......this is where I stick my son's art work. I just stick each masterpiece inside one of the frames. Doesn't matter if the frame is too big. That way his work is always on display. She however decided to take it one more level.
I love this idea. This would be so cool inside one of those BIG fancy closets.

Where does she get all her ideas?
Yes.......she's one of those over achievers too. At least her tabs don't have her monogram or something. :)
She's one of those..........and I'm so glad for people like her. Saves me SO much time.

20 comments:

Rosie's Whimsy said...

Love that oven mitt! What a lot of inspiration in one post :-)

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Thanks for sharing such an inspiring blog! I'm off to check her out.

DomesticDivasFancy said...

I follow her...I love her blog! I have never decorated for St Pattys Day but when I see all her cute stuff I may!

Sandy Toes said...

Wow..what fun pictures and ideas..heading over there now.
sandy toe

robinrane said...

So much to check out when I visit her! Thx, this was great!
Robin Rane'
All Things Heart and Home

Kara said...

I love her blog but I have missed some of those projects. I will have to go over and do some searching! Thanks for posting all the great ideas!!

BeeHappy said...

Go check my latest entry and then go to her site. I put you as a favorite bc you rock! Hope you are having a great Monday!

http://lynnettekraft.blogspot.com/

Fahrenheit 350° said...

I love your blog! Your comment about things being pretty perfect is spot on - what a great commentary!

Amy @ Living Locurto said...

Looks like some great ideas. Thanks for sharing this blog with us!

Beth Perry said...

I love the frames/hooks idea! That is sooo creative!
And that homemade cake is to die for!! Yum!!
(first time visitor..jumped over from Carmen's blog) I really love the look of your blog..so beautiful and chic!
Have a wonderful evening!
B

Tanya said...

she really has a ton of great ideas!

Sarah@VintageChic said...

Ashley is one of my favorite bloggers! I am excited she is featured!

Sarah said...

Oh yes, I love her blog! I think about, ponder, dream about those decorating ideas...one day, when I implement them all, my home will look fabulous! ;)

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

Ashley is on of my dear blogging friends - I wish she was my neighbor! I'm so happy that you featured her!! She's so sweet and so deserving.

Gaspegirl said...

WOW! Those were some great ideas! Thanks for sharing them.. I am visiting from SITS and I will be back! Congratulations on being saucy this week!

Make it a great day!

Julie said...

What?? no decorating on St. Patricks Day??? ...but it's my birthday! so surely you will now reconsider! ha hah...

Tara said...

WoW! i love everything...my to do list is growing every time i drop by here you know!! too many cute things...not enough time!!! ♥

LuLu said...

Fun post with fun ideas! So glad you featured such a talented blog!!
LuLu

Kim @ Forever Wherever said...

Great post! I'm going to check out her blog...thanks!

Saucy said...

Thanks for another good one, Kim! I am off to check her out.

I know that you like to know when past features have giveaways and i am having one but I am on vacation and having probs with emailing you... giveaway for comments and new followers! Thanks.