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Try-it Tuesday: Emersonmade Starched Flower Clone

If you haven’t yet encountered the work of the incredibly talented Emerson of Emersonmade, I highly recommend browsing her site…just as soon as you get done reading about how I cloned her starched linen flower, of course.

Her originals are all kinds of elegant, and I’m thoroughly convinced that she uses some kind of special, kick-tail kind of starch not available in normal stores since I used heavy starch, and mine still weren’t nearly as stand-at-attention stiff as hers.

I also cut out my petals on the drive down to San Antonio during our weekend away using my memory as my guide, and when I went back and looked at the Emersonmade version, I discovered that mine were…different.

But you know what? I’m good with that. It means that mine has its own personality. And I’m all about personality.

Remember this lovely movie bathroom mirror shot?

Or maybe this one…yeah..that’s a little better.

Well, here’s what you’ll need to make your own (in fact, making your own seems to be your only option anymore; I just checked Emerson’s website, and I can’t find the flowers anywhere).

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    • Linen, or heavy-weight cotton (I used this lovely aqua linen that I snagged from a friend for $2/yd)
    • Starch (I used heavy)
    • Felt
    • Scissors
    • Needle/thread (I used gold to add a decorative touch)
    • Brooch pin
    • Flower petal template

1. Using your templates…(which I had laser-cut by a professional, obviously)

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…cut out a pile of large and small petals.

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I cut mine into a heart shape with a squared-off base. My large petals were approximately 2 1/2” X 2 1/2” (at the widest point), and my small were 1 1/2” X 1 1/2” (at the widest point). I used 10 large petals and 4 small.

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2. Treat and iron your petals according to the directions on the starch bottle (I starched mine twice for a little extra stiffness).

3. Cut out a 1 1/2” square piece of felt (I just used craft felt)

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4. You guys know how fond I am of my Glen the glue-gun, but he is getting pretty decrepit, so I gave him a break and actually sewed my brooch pin on the back of my piece of my felt. What can I say? I was feeling fancy today. (Glen, you know I still love you, right?)

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5. Once your petals are starched, make a crease in the bottom center portion and iron it in place. This will give the petal a bit of a curve so that it doesn’t just lie there all flat and stiff when you put it on.

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6. Begin stitching your petals around your felt square (feel free to play with the arrangement before you commit to a spot, but the actual process is pretty forgiving). I used 6 large petals for the base, 4 large petals for the second layer, and 4 small petals on top. You can, of course, add more layers for a fuller flower.

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7. (Optional) Cut a very small strip of fabric (maybe 1/4” X 1”), roll it up, then stitch it to the center of your flower to add a center “bloom.” Notice that I used my gold thread to sew decorative “X’s” to hold my petals in place. Not necessary but a nice touch. And it’s how Emerson did it. So…who am I to argue?

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I think I’m going to experiment with various petal shapes and make a few more to wear on a blazer or a sweater (plus I scored two more colors of linen from my friend…I love variety!).

And the best part?

One of these beauties is going into the October Giveaway (coming soon)!

Speaking of giveaways—if you haven’t yet entered to win The September Giveaway or the Lisa Leonard Designs $75 Giveaway, make sure you get right on that. Entries for both close on Oct. 1!

That’s it for me this Tuesday. But I’ll be back tomorrow with another round of Thrifted or Grifted. Are you up for the challenge? Make sure you comment and make it lively because the commenter I pick as my fave will get 5 free entries into the Lisa Leonard Designs Giveaway!

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Wardrobe Wednesday: LISA LEONARD DESIGNS GIVEAWAY…oh, yeah, and I got dressed too.

So, obviously, if you read the title of this post, you might be able to decipher that I’m just a wee bit excited about my new giveaway.

When Lisa Leonard of Lisa Leonard Designs (she makes the cutest/most beautiful hand-stamped jewelry just in case you somehow have managed not to stumble across her work yet) contacted me about sponsoring my blog and doing a giveaway, you better believe that I responded with a great big, “YES, please!” in a heartbeat (or however many heartbeats it took for me to breathe into a paper bag first, that is).

Her work is so pretty. Which is fitting because so is she, inside and out. She’s even participating in my PCM fundraiser in November!

And $75 worth of that self-same pretty work can be yours for the low, low price of…well, entering the giveaway. That was easy, huh?

Just click on the Lisa Leonard Designs giveaway button on the sidebar, and enter away to your little heart’s content (make sure to leave comments for every individual action you complete since comments = entries). Entries close Saturday, October 1st at midnight, which just so happens to be the same cut-off time for The September Giveaway, so if you haven’t checked out all the loveliness to be won there yet, please…by all means!

Okay, so in other news, I got dressed this week. What a relief, right?

And I even took decent pictures.

And I’m going to show them to you.

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On our way from back from our trip to San Antonio this past weekend, I talked my sweet husband into dropping Della and me off at the San Marcos outlet malls while he took the boys to check out the fishing gear at Cabela’s. It had literally been months since I’d done any significant shopping at a retail store. Kind of a side effect of running a 100% thrifted style blog, I suppose. 

Of course, I spent over half of my time there at the Pottery Barn Outlet, where I scored an absolutely awesome deal on a chandelier that I’ve been pining for for a while now. But I did manage to squeak into Banana Republic for a few minutes, and, of course, I made a beeline for the clearance racks. Nothing struck my fancy except for this red-orange “dress” (another one of those, “Really? Do people actually wear this with nothing on their bottom halves?” moments). It also happened to be one of the most discounted items I saw. But I couldn’t find it in my size for the life of me. And believe-you-me, it was standing out against all of the typical Banana-neutrals.  Just when I’d given up, though, I spotted one more flash of color tucked away in the corner, and sure enough, it was my size. Yippee!

Now, for your input. What color would you say this top is? Red? Orange? I say one, and my husband (who is red-green colorblind, I might add) says the other. He assured me that everyone who saw it would agree with him, so here’s my chance to test out his claim.

What say you, lovely readers?

What color is my top?

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Top: Banana Republic Outlet ($15), Skirt: Goodwill ($3), Shoes: Beall’s ($11), Earrings: Payless ($8), Bracelet: thrfited (don’t remember), Bag: leather Le Borse/Marshall’s splurge ($60)

TOTAL: $97 (Shoooo-wee. After typing everything in the teens for Secondhand or Bare Bottom, that looks like an awfully high number!)

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Yes, I know this outfit is a repeat from this weekend, but it was so bright when we took those pics that I wanted to give it another shot with more forgiving light. And my favorite red, thrifted belt. And no, I did not wash it between wearings (some of you were wondering…and judging; you know who you are).

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I was trying to alternatively sympathize with and cheer up Della who was bawling her pretty little eyes out on the grass right beside my husband.

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I had no idea I had such a pronounced vein running down the middle of my forehead. I feel a bit dinosaurish somehow.

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I scored a ginormous bolt of this pretty, aqua linen from a friend for $2/yard! So, I brought a bit with me and spent a good portion of the drive down to San Antonio cutting out petals for starched linen flowers like this one (tutorial coming soon…promise!).

Dress: Target ($15), Shoes: Gifted, Belt: Goodwill ($1), Earrings (same as above)

TOTAL: $24

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Top: Forever 21/Goodwill ($3), Skirt: Target ($4), Shoes: Major Dillard’s clearance from 9 years ago ($7), Belt: GW ($1), Jewelry: GW ($5)

TOTAL: $20

Polish with all three outfits: Kook-a-Mango by Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure.

Don’t forget to stop back by for a guest-post from Nina of Momma Go Round. If you are or have ever been stuck in a fashion rut, you won’t want to miss it!

Have a fantastic Wednesday, and meet me back here tomorrow for Five Things Thursday, okay?

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Wardrobe Wednesday: Guest post for The Pleated Poppy + Thrifted or Grifted

Today, I’m guest-posting for Lindsey of The Pleated Poppy (if you’re visiting, WELCOME!), sharing some of my tried and true thrifting tips. (Wooooohooooo!) Sorry, but I was just sounding so calm and normal when really I’m doing a serious jig as I type!

Please, be sure to check out Lindsey’s fabulous blog! You might even see me busting a move, so even if it weren’t a great site (which, it is), it would be worth checking out for my spastic-ness alone.

Oh, and if you haven’t already, make sure to click on the brand spankin’ new giveaway button there to the top right so you can enter to win $25 of credit to The Pleated Poppy shop. There’s so much cute stuff there it shouldn’t even be legal (and probably isn’t in Rhode Island).

And now for something completely different (Monty Python…anyone…anyone?):

I’m starting a new series here at Wardrobe Wednesday called Thrifted or Grifted.

Thrifted: (adj.): previously loved and therefore ridiculously cheap…aka Secondhand.

Grifted: (adj.): swindled or cheated…aka Retail.

No, I don’t really think you’re getting cheated every time you pay retail, but I do generally think new clothes are overpriced, and it makes the series title rhyme, so…I’m going with it! *she says with a defiant chin tilt*

In Thrifted or Grifted, I will post two outfits, one of them Thrifted (Secondhand) and one Grifted (Retail), and it will be your job to decide which is which.

So without further ado, I give you…

Exhibit A:

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and…

Exhibit B:

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Although these are very similar outfits, the only identical element in them is the rolled flower corsage made by moi. And while the main thing these pictures prove is that I have too many aubergine blouses and wide-leg trouser jeans, I think they also establish that, if you do thrifting right, you shouldn’t be able to tell that it came from Goodwill or Salvation Army or…wherever…even though you paid a mere fraction of the retail cost.

So, here’s where you come in. I’ve created a little poll to find out just how sharp your eyes are. Think you know which outfit is thrifted? Take the poll and find out if others think the same:

Which outfit is 100% thrifted?

I will post the results of the poll, the correct answer, and an outfit source/price list tomorrow morning before Five Things Thursday.

If you’re new here, be sure to head on over to Secondhand or Bare Bottom for a daily dose of 100% thrifted goodness.

Happy guessing, and Happy Hump-day!

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Try-it Tuesday: Reversible “Love Letters” Bunting

First, let me apologize for such a late post. 

Everything I did today took 1,465 two times longer than I anticipated, so here I am at the end of the day, pecking away at the computer and feeling very much like the turtle in the race.  He won in the end, right?

Right.

I’m going to try to be slightly less…verbose…than usual, so if I sound a bit terse, it’s because I actually want to post my Try-it Tuesday ON Tuesday.

So, here’s what we’re making today:

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Now, I know I said I wasn’t a trend-follower, and bunting’s about as trendy as it gets, but this is a “love letters” reversible bunting banner. Say it with me: “OOOOOooooh.” (Oh wait, I was supposed to be cutting down on my excess words. Whoops). 

Actually this is only the front half of what we’re making, but I’m getting ahead of myself…

Here’s what you’ll need:

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    • Fabric: 1) Neutral toned/contrasting fabric for the “blocks” surrounding your large letters, 2) Solid or patterned coordinating fabric for the “love letters,” 3) Bunting fabric (I chose five different Premier Print patterns for one side so that each bunting triangle was different—check out the above pic to see what I mean—but for the reverse, I chose only one Premier Print fabric pattern for all five triangles…you’ll see what I mean in a minute).
    • Ribbon for hanging your bunting (I recommend something “grippy” like grosgrain. Satin would cause your bunting to slide)
    • Velcro
    • Scissors
    • Hot glue gun (hello again, Glen!)
    • Coordinating thread (I chose one matte and one sparkle, just to mix things up a little)
    • Pins
    • Printable bunting/letter templates

1. First things first: print your templates, and decide which fabric goes with which piece.

2. Pin your bunting template to your fabric (I stacked several layers to make the cutting process go a little more quickly) and cut out your triangles.  I had ten total—five with different patterns and five with the same patternand if you do exactly what I did, then you will also have 10.  The important thing is that you end up with an even number of triangles so that there is a front and a back to each. (Below I have stacked my front and my back and cut them together).

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3. Optional step: for a layered look, pin your bunting triangles on top of the same neutral fabric you will use for your letter blocks, then cut around the triangle, leaving roughly a 1” margin. 

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Next, stitch the bunting triangle to the bottom layer, sewing a 1/4” seam with contrasting thread (orange matte for me).

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4. Trim edges down to about 1/4” (I eyeballed as I went)…

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…until you have this:

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5. Next, cut out ALL of your letters (large and small) and the background blocks for the larger letters (I suggest printing two of the templates for the large letters/blocks and using one to cut out your letters and the other to cut out your blocks and to use as a guide for where your letters should go on top of the blocks).

a) Pin your letters to your chosen fabrics…

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…b) carefully cut around your templates (if this sounds tedious…it is).

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6. Next, sew your large letters to the background blocks, using a 1/4′” seam…

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..then sew your smaller “l-o-v-e-!” letters to the bunting triangles that all have the same pattern. I used my sparkle thread here just for kicks.  They ended up looking something like this:

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Almost there, I promise!

7.  Take a front and a back bunting piece, place wrong sides together, and sew a 1/4” seam to join them along their top edge, like so:

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This picture is showing you that these are different patterns. The top is from my stack of five, and the bottom is the brown chevron that I used for all five triangles on the back side.

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Another view of the patterns, joined at the top.

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Continuing sewing top edges together until you have 5 two-sided bunting triangles.

8. Cut your velcro into small squares, about 1/4”X1/4”.

9. Now, It’s time to get Glue-gun Glen involved. Squeeze a small dab of glue onto the bottom point of the inside of one of your triangles, and…

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…add a velcro square.

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Repeat with the coordinating square on the other side, then add velcro to all 5 of your bunting pairs. This will keep your tips from flopping open or misaligning. 

Okay, you’re DONE! Whoo!

Now, to hang these puppies.

Grab your ribbon, and string it between your chosen anchoring points, then carefully drape your bunting one piece at a time, securing the bottom tips with velcro as you go.

As a refresher for option #1:

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(I used straight pins to attach my letters blocks to my ribbon).

And now for option #2:

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This nook was my original inspiration for this idea, since my mom had given me the “Faith” letter, I’d found the “Hope” picture at Goodwill for $2, and I wanted to round it out with “Love” so I could complete my little 1 Corinthians 13 motif.   

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(I actually draped this set of bunting across some orange lace and then twisted the excess streamers into little rosettes at the corners for a fun decorative detail). 

I love the fact that these are so easily moveable/reversible. When I wanted to move them to my desk nook, I just popped open the velcro and left my ribbon with the large “L-O-V-E” block letters still attached (they looked cute by themselves too!) hanging above my living room window.

By the way, you’ll see more of the living room and this bunting for Feature Friday if all goes as planned…which there’s about a 50/50 chance of (much better than our chances of rain, unfortunately). 

Thanks for your patience, everybody (just think of it as a dinner date or…something : \)!

I would love to see what variations you come up with for this little project!

See you tomorrow for Wardrobe Wednesday (I have a confession to make, but it will have to wait until then). 

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Wardrobe Wednesday: Stripes + Layered Twist Hair-do Round Two

Here’s my “cheat outfit” for the week and a glimpse of what photo-shoots really look like around here most of the time. (I promise my children really do wear clothes every now and then. But they definitely prefer nekkid).

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Ultra-solemn girlie. She wasn’t terribly interested in showing her, well, gums (8 1/2 months and nary a tooth in sight, people!) until I told her if she smiled really big, she’d get to eat right away (really? I just tickled her).

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I pinky promise that I ironed these pants. Twice. But I’ve decided they’re super-pants, and their power is resisting irons at any heat/steam-setting. If you ever want to make a bad first impression, let me know, and I’ll lend them to you.

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Oh goodness. Here’s how programmed I’ve gotten myself to having 100% thrifted outfits—I saw that turquoise bracelet and thought, “Shoot! I got that at Macy’s! Now I’m going to have to scratch this entire post!” Must. get. sleep. soon.

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Top: GW ($3), Pants: Abercrombie/GW ($4), Shoes: Payless ($8), Belt: GW ($1), Bracelets: GW ($3) + Macy’s (don’t remember), Earrings: GW ($2), Purse: Factory Connection: $6

TOTAL: $27

P.S. I find it funny that, even when I’m “allowing” myself a cheat outfit, most of it is still from GW. Obsessed much? Yep.

Here’s a “bonus shot” of another cheat outfit I wore when my bestie and her family came over for dinner (it was a night shot…pardon the yellow light):

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Look at me standing on tiptoe. Mandy pulled out the towering platforms on me and my flat-soled sandals self!

And here’s a round-up of what’s been going down at Secondhand or Bare Bottom (don’t forget to follow along for your daily dose of thrifted goodness!):

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And finally, here’s Round 2 of the layered twist hairdo I showed you last week.  All the same rules apply. You’ll just be making smaller rows this time, like so:

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Disclaimer #1: I don’t usually film my tutorials in fast-food restaurants (any guess as to which one I’m in?). Not that I mind one bit (although the guy whom I cropped out of the pics behind me might have minded). But it would be a real waste of time and gas-money, so I guess I’ll stay home.

Disclaimer #2: I had just finished exercising and had sweaty hair (ew).

Disclaimer #3: I did not, at any point in this process look at a mirror, and it shows.

*Special thanks to my indefatigable (and hard to embarrass) film crew (aka Mandy).

So, did you see how I did that? Start with two pieces, twist, gather, then twist some more, just like last week. Except this time, I repeated the same process six times, and secured each row of twists with a bobby pin before putting the rest up in a bun.

**The most important thing I want you to notice is that I twisted toward the center of my head on both sides.

And there you have version two of one of my favorite, easy-but-looks-complicated hairdos. 

That last sentence officially used up the very last ounce of brainpower left in my tired cerebrum (I just googled that to make sure I wasn’t making up a word…I’m that wiped), and if I keep typing, it will only be to write things like: ajjkljf sdfjkl;lkjd DJKJF! “Fjkl!!!?”

(Get that?)

…so I think I’d better quit.

See you tomorrow for Five Things Thursday!

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Feature Friday Master Closet Before + After

ARE YOU READY FOR THIS?!

(Yes, I’m aware that capital letters = shouting, but that’s how excited I am! I want you to hear an announcer’s voice at the NBA Finals with the crowd cheering and pom-poms waving—they still use those, right?—and really big dudes running out in shiny jerseys. Never mind. Scratch the big dudes).

Because I’m finally delivering on the master closet reveal that I’ve hinted at a few times over the last week or so, and it’s big.

I’ve always wanted a pretty closet (sometimes I wish I could add a line-per-line soundtrack to my posts; if I could, you’d hear violins playing a haunting, nostalgic score right now).

But when we moved into our house (95% of which we built ourselves), the closet was pretty much the last thing on a looooooong (add about 4,567 more “o’s” and you’ll have a better idea of how not a priority it was) list of projects.

So, in went the clothes, the shoes, the jewelry, the hair doodads, the suitcases (?), the leftover home décor (??), the…scuba-gear (??!). Yeah. Our closet was pretty much a dumping ground for anything we couldn’t find a place for somewhere else in the house.

And it was anything but pretty.

But enough of my jabbering. Let’s let the pictures do the talking, shall we?

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Ugh!

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Okay, obviously not the world’s worst closet. I mean, I have a built-in shoe shelf (c/o my amazing husband) for crying out loud. But there was just too much stuff in too little space…space which was not being utilized to its highest (or even middling) potential.

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All the “extras” that had trickled into the closet over the past two years, only to be shoved under the clothes racks.

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$5 garage sale “chandy.” It more or less got the job done (i.e. I usually came out of the closet with two matching shoes).

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Good shoe-shelf. Bad styling.

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A view of the opposite side. Again, the bones are good. My husband made built-in cubbies, a laundry chute, and shelves…that got swallowed whole by my expansive scarf collection. Also, “non-cute” books and all my old issues of Fitness and Martha, were just jammed, willy-nilly into whichever space would fit.

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Pretty much everything out. Aaaaah…it already feels so much better, but a closet’s not much of a closet unless it’s actually closeting stuff…right? (You’re nodding your head, but you look confused).

But before we could put it all back in, we had a few teensy changes to make. The first order of business was to add a little color to the space. If you’ve seen my DIY Tufted Ottoman tutorial (which gave you a quick glimpse of our living room), Della’s red and aqua nursery, any of my Wardrobe Wednesday posts, or my new 100% thrifted fashion site, Second Hand or Bare Bottom (oh yes, I did), you’ve probably been able to gather that color and me…we’re likethis. So white walls—even in the closet—were not okay.

I knew I wanted to use some paint samples I had left over from our living room redo, so I intentionally bought a too-dark blue-green shade from Lowe’s called Blue Shamrock intending to lighten it up. Then I opened it and got totally fooled by how light it was in the can (I’m not a paint amateur, I promise. I know it dries darker, but this was really light) and ended up cutting in the closet 3 times because my color kept ending up too dark.

Boy, those were good times.

I finally got a clue and dumped a bunch of white paint into the blue mix I already had going on, and came up with this (the best indication of the color is on my shorts):

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Yeah, that’s what happens when you let a 5-year-old press the drill button when you’re custom-mixing your own paint. But it’s pretty impossible to get too upset when he looks like this:

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Then, of course, you gotta do some of this:

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A little of this:

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Apparently, flexed toes are essential to effective decoupaging!

Until finally (and I do mean finally), you have…

BEFORE (just to refresh your memory):

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Ack!

AFTER:

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Is anyone else hearing the Hallelujah Chorus right now?

(Okay, officially on the to-do list: make blog soundtrack).

For the scrolling-averse, I’ve compiled a collage of my favorite little vignettes (but I do hope you’ll scroll too…your finger probably needs the exercise).

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I hope you’re ready for pictures, pictures, and more pictures, folks, because I am beyond happy with the “after,” and Momma wants to show off her new baby!

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Believe it or not, that’s the same $5 chandy from the pic before, just reversed so that the lights point upward. Oh yeah. And painted Sherwin William’s Quite Coral with new Tiffany shades (that I had stashed from a different chandelier that I…oh, never mind…my point is I already had them).

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If I had really wanted to impress you, I would have ironed a couple of those blouses. Oh well.

We took the single pole that was on this wall and pushed it up to the ceiling, adding another pole below to maximize the space. Shaun’s clothes are on the top pole since he can reach without a step-stool. Man, I love tall husbands.

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Two of my favorite thrift-store bags now hang from a pretty dress-form I found at Ross. I got the “door” mirror a long time ago at a “barn-sale.”

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I love this “bird verse” print from Jones Design Company! It reads: “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well,” Matthew 6:33. Above the mirror was really the best/only place for it, but I’m really happy that it’s perched there reminding me every time I analyze my reflection that God wants my first order of business to be, not my outward appearance, but my inner holiness.

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Hats and scarves are bundled away in those cute jute baskets that I got at Hobby Lobby for 50% off. Isn’t it nice when your shoes just happen to match your baskets? (I promise I didn’t buy those just for this picture).

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I took a rolling rack that used to reside in our last kitchen, spray-painted it champagne and loaded it up with the random books, magazines, and, of course, my Anthropologie catalogues that had been jammed into the cubbies. A simple row of hooks was all it took to take my belt collection from a tangled mass to serene order. *Contented sigh.*

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Now, that’s a shoe shelf. I bought white paintable, textured wallpaper at Sherwin Williams ($6.99 for singles rolls, but, of course, as with all wallpaper, it only come in doubles…why do they do that? I could write an entire rant post about that very topic—and I just might some day) then painted it Quite Coral and gave it a metallic craft paint glaze to highlight the detailing in the texture.

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I’m not sure if that lamp (GW, $3, with a Target shade) will stay, but for now, it brightens up the space nicely.

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More hooks now hold my necklaces, which act as wall-art all up and down the sides of the shoe shelf.

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If I were worth my decorating salt, I would have stuffed all my bags with paper to make them stand at attention, but a) my taxidermist skills are sketchy at best, b) I’m a real girl with a real house who is too lazy to pull paper out of her bags every time she uses them, and c) I can cram more bags up there this way, and more bags = happiness.

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Raise your hand if you love organization…especially in shades of aqua and white. Since we moved so many of our things up, that little teal step-stool from Marshall’s ($10) comes in very handy.

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Perfectly patterned aqua and white condiment bowls from Marshall’s make for wonderful accessory holders.

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Really, who doesn’t need a fat, white ceramic pig in her life? I found each of the animal figurines (which are actually piggy banks) at the Dollar Store for $1 each (that may sound repetitive, but not everything at the Dollar Store is actually one dollar…sneaky).

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The aqua tea-light holders came in these gorgeous boxes that now hold my scarves:

IMG_4820I was so thrilled to find something so beautiful and functional (clear plastic tops so I can see everything!) that already had something I wanted inside (I’m going to hang the rest of the tea-light holders from our pergola outside). And at $4.99 per box of holders (from Ross), it was a steal (especially when you consider that all the other pretty storage boxes I found were $5 all by their lonesome).

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I found this little girl at Goodwill for $5, cleaned her up, decoupaged her with (Christmas!) wrapping paper, and changed out the knobs for my favorite white flower versions from Hobby Lobby (50% off, of course). It houses bigger bags like backpacks and totes. I got the vintage suitcase at Goodwill for $2.

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I bought this jewelry tree from Marshall’s a while back and found that magenta basket @ Goodwill for fiddy cent.

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Fuchsia velvet hangers are definitely a girl’s friend.

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I think my favorite element of the entire closet is the “Mr. and Mrs.” poles. I ran across this wrapping paper in the wedding section at Walmart and knew it was just the thing to spruce up plain, white poles. A little Elmer’s glue/water concoction and a sponge brush were all it took to create closet pole magic!

Honestly, magical might be the best word to describe how it feels when I walk into my very own dream closet. It is humble, certainly, by fancy-house standards, but it is perfect for me, and I couldn’t be more thrilled (unless maybe I could have closed my eyes, clapped my hands, and then opened my eyes to discover it all done for me…hmmm…yeah, not so much).

I’ve mentioned the sources and prices for several items already, but here’s a quick (though not exhaustive) reference for the other items:

    • Velvet Flocked hangers: Fuchsia (Marshall’s, $20 for 36), Cream (Ross, $40 for 100)
    • Rug runner: Ross, $9
    • Jute “bird” baskets: Hobby Lobby, $5 each
    • Dress form: Ross, $40 (I had store credit I needed to use, or I probably wouldn’t have splurged)
    • Aqua hanging shoe holders: Target, $2.50 each
    • Apple green crates: Walmart, $4 each
    • White flower knobs: Hobby Lobby, $2 each
    • Aqua and White condiment bowls: Marshalls, $1.75 each
    • Magenta laundry basket: Walmart, $2

I haven’t done an official tally, but I guestimate the entire transformation to be at around $150 (including the dress form). Not too bad considering the drastic change.

I hope you’ve enjoyed viewing my closet as much as I enjoy having it (I think I get the better end of that deal).

Me? I think I’m going to round up the kiddos and just go sit on the floor in—you guessed it—the closet.

If you have any questions, or I’ve left something out that you’re interested to know, don’t hesitate to email me or leave me a comment! I love hearing from you!

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