Friday, September 12, 2014

~paper flowers~{and garland}

Way back in 2011, I made a paper garland out of book pages.
You can see the whole post here.

But that was mostly leaves, so I tried my hand yesterday at making flowers….

I haven't quite mastered it yet, but it's a start.
If I do get better at it, and quicker,
 I have a project in the works that I will be sharing with you all!

~Have a great relaxing weekend friends~

Thursday, September 11, 2014

~thrifty thursday~{candle holders}

Today's thrifty Thursday project is all about re-purposing.
Taking found objects and using them in a different way then originally intended.

This project started because of this candle holder:

I wanted some pieces to go with this one to make a grouping, so I started looking around my house.
I found this old chunky piece of wood and painted it with creamy white.

The next "candleholder" I literally rescued from the trash.
I don't even know what it started life out as, but I topped it with a dessert plate and added a candle~voila, I had my grouping.

I'm really loving using neutrals for fall decor this year.
It just feels really fresh.
Speaking of fresh, this Leila Lou candle is ah~mazing!
You can find it here.

The candle holder it sits on is from here.

*** updated to say that I bought my candle holder from the store. She doesn't carry it online, but you can order it by calling the store ***


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

~more hallway photos~{around the corner}

Thank you for all your sweet words on our hallway makeover yesterday.
I thought today I'd show you some small changes I made around the corner from it....

I hung up some random art, mostly canvas I had made from here.
You can't beat the free 8x10's,
{you only pay for shipping}

The 16x20 I had made here because they were running a special,
and I was really happy with the quality.

You can find the DIY for the kids art sign here.

The barn wood framed photos are from Minted, you can find them here.

This is the end of the hallway, sign from Between You and Me on etsy.

Have a great day!


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

~hallway makeover~

Remember back when we got our little baking niche in the kitchen wallpapered?
Well, that same day I also had Janet install the same wallpaper in our hallway niche.

Way back when, this area started as a coat closet.
It was always jam packed with off season coats and clothes and it drove me crazy.
I thought taking off the doors would not only make the space more inviting, but also visually open up the narrow hallway.

I added the white bead board years ago.
Then I added the bench with cubbies for hats, mittens, etc. in the winter, sunscreen, goggles, and towels in the summer.

After it was all wallpapered I went on the hunt for the perfect mirror and bench cushion.

I found the mirror at TJ Maxx.
I knew I wanted something round and I liked the shape of this one, and the color was perfect.

I went with Tonic Living for the bench cushion fabric and the cushion cover itself.
I had heard of other bloggers raving about their customer service and product.
They exceeded my expectations.
When the cushion cover arrived it was not only beautiful but it fit my existing cushions like a glove.
Not only that, but they were more than happy to answer my 5,000 emails before ordering.
Ok, maybe not 5,000, but there was a lot!

This is the fabric I ended up using. 
It's called Bristol Charcoal and you can find it here.
They sent me several samples and this one was the closest match to the color in the wallpaper.

Here are some of the other sources from this spot:

Grain sack pillow from Dreamy Whites.
Betwixt pillow covers {who are generously offering you free shipping from their site 
using coupon code: FREESHIPPING
from Spark Modern.
Grey pillow with lettering from Restoration Hardware {no longer available}
Baskets under bench from Ikea.
Bench from Target. {similar}
Wallpaper is Schumacher Chenonceau in charcoal.

Tonic Living is also offering all My Sweet Savannah readers 10% off their purchases, which is good on anything in their store including custom orders, and already reduced items, no minimum purchase. 
The coupon code is


and is valid for 2 weeks, running Spet. 9-23.
Thank you to Tonic Living and to Spark Modern for these great discounts!


Monday, September 8, 2014


I wouldn't say I am a collector of ironstone,
 but I love it and whenever I see it at thrift shops or garage sales, I scoop it up.

 It looks pretty sitting on open shelving and comes in handy for holidays or large dinner parties.
I've also displayed ironstone plates on the wall in our dining room.

Before I had this many pieces I would mix in inexpensive white dishes 
from places like the dollar store.

Many of my pieces are chipped, but I think that just adds to the character.

And I don't think I've ever paid more than $15 for a piece.
Like I said, I'm not a serious collector, I just like the look of the crackled glaze, 
and of course, the color.


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