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crafters delight: fabric by the yard on amazon

After painting our master bedroom a warm gray and adding white crown moulding, I started the hunt for window treatments. Roman shades were out because of the window depth, as were any treatments that left the top edge exposed. I went through all the usual online sources and failed to find anything hubs and I could agree on. So on to DIY. I must have looked at hundreds of fabric samples before stumbling onto a link that took me to Amazon. For fabric by the yard. Who knew? The prices are great, the seplace as intuitive as finding anything else on the site and the shipping nominal. Although by the time the Great Compromise of 2012 was over none of these fabrics were left on the table, they’re still share-worthy. 1 Dwell Studio Bella Citrine, 2 href=”http://www.amazon.com/Butler-Midwest-Modern-Martini-Mustard/dp/B0015RDPYA/ref=pd_sim_sbs_ac_8″target=blank”>Amy Butler Midwest Modern, 3 href=”http://www.amazon.com/Wide-Waverly-Small-Blackbird-Fabric/dp/B003DW8T7S/ref=sr_1_10?s=arts-crafts&ie=UTF8&qid=1328472299&sr=1-10″target=blank”>Waverly Blackbird, 4 href=”http://www.amazon.com/Wide-Thomas-Dahlia-Aegean-Fabric/dp/B006K5B7S8/ref=sr_1_48?s=arts-crafts&ie=UTF8&qid=1328472433&sr=1-48″target=blank”> Thomas Paul Dahlia in Aegean. The prices range from $8.98 a yard for the Amy Butler (2) to $28.98 a yard for the Thomas Paul (4). Here’s hoping you find one on Amazon you love. With over 27,000 to choose from, the odds are with you.

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etsy find: nature photos and oil landscapes


Just finished hanging crown moulding and adding taller baseboards to the master bedroom. Ouch. Definitely used muscles I haven’t used that way since the last time the husband and I tackled crown moulding together. We also took the leap and changed the walls from almost white to a warm gray — sculptors clay from Behr. (The color looks much more gray on the walls than it does onscreen.) It’s dramatic yet cozy and paired with a crisp white trim, a great change. Unfortunately, it doesn’t do much for most of my antique watercolors that used to hang in the room. Off to Etsy. I found two photos on sale from Etsy user Allison’s work before), but still needed a small piece of art for the opposite wall. Which brings me to the oil landscapes. Although there’s lot of original oils on Etsy for under $100, Carol Schiff’s work caught my eye, especially the marsh paintings. My soft spot for watercolors remains, but I’m looking forward to adding an oil to the mix. The smaller framing cost will be a nice change, too! (Sorry, no before pictures of the bedroom. We tend to leap before I think to snap pictures. As soon as it’s finished, I’ll post some after photos.)

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want it now: porcelain lobster riding lady

What kind of person decides to make a butter dish in the shape of a lobster WITH a flapper girl riding on its back? I don’t know, but he or she goes in my book as a genius. If I had $150 laying around, this 1920s extravaganza would be mine. Since prudence rules this day, however, the lovely combo could be yours. A quick seplace on ebay turned up another funky Art Deco piece of kitchenware in the form of a full-skirted woman as napkin holder. Charming though she is, she doesn’t quite capture my heart like her lobster-riding friend.

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the many alluring stoves of smash

Perfectly timed to sweep up my attention now that Downton Abbey is nearing its end, I am pretty smitten about the new show Smash on Monday nights. I love good New York City melodrama, and this one is far more fun than an old lawyer or police detective type of show. You may know that all New Yorkers are required to comment to on the apartments of fictional New Yorkers, usually by saying things like, “A magazine writer could never afford an apartment that size.” In Smash, the onscreen dwellings are pretty accurate, and one detail I couldn’t help but notice is the prominently placed stoves in several scenes. You can totally tell a character’s place in life by the type of stove they own. The single, gay composer’s apartment (top) is pretty sweet. His stove is a stainless steel Viking. But his partner, who is married and lives in a West Village townhouse, has a professional style, double-fuel Wolf stove. The struggling actress, bottom, has a basic white one in her rental. If stardom means owning a dreamy Viking or Wolf, I say, it’s time to practice, practice, practice!

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steal this idea: gutter gardens

Can you tell that we have spring on the brain? There’s still frost on the ground in the morning, but we are already plotting our gardens for springtime, and herbs are on our the top of our must plant list. We spotted this idea the other day on RecycleChicken.com: gutter gardens! We’re not sure how we’d attach this to the house, but the elevated position would be great to prevent ground critters from nibbling, and new puppies from digging. What do you think? Could you rock these sprouts?

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