April 13, 2014

Happy Sunday and Some Minimalist Easter Decorating

I know I've been pretty scarce around here lately, what with not being able to do much decorating or start any big projects due to the impending move. Sigh. What's that they say? All work and no play makes Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} a dull blog.  So I wanted to at least stop by and say hello while sharing a little bit of spring with some Easter thrown in.

Sadly, the Easter season is quietly passing my house by with absolutely no very little fanfare. 

 
But I really do love tulips around this time of year.  They say Easter to me.  So of course I had to pick some up at the grocery store the other day.  Here they sit in my thrift store ironstone pitcher. 

 
I also picked up a few "bunnies," since all of my Easter decorations (of which there are MANY) are packed away in storage.  The bunnies came from the Dollar Store, five bunnies per package.
 
But I needed something to put my bunnies IN. 
 

 
World Market to the rescue.

 
Aren't these moss "nest bowls" adorable?  I'm not sure what they called them but they were inexpensive, and I'm on a moss kick so I thought they would be perfect for a little Easter decorating.

 
I just placed the bunnies in the "bowls" and grouped them with my spring cloche. 

 
I filled the cloche with some shredded raffia on the bottom, then layered some moss balls from Hobby Lobby with a nest on top.

 
I'm loving this look. And I know it will be around for quite some time even after Easter is over.
 
Did you have a happy Sunday?  I hope so!
 
 
 
Here's to a great week! 
 
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April 7, 2014

Creating Beautiful Watercolor Reproductions of Your Favorite Photos Right on Your iPhone

I really want to use my iPhone more.  I mean, it's great for so many things other than the obvious "phone" thing, right?

No one was happier than I was when I finally got an iPhone about a year and a half ago.  Prior to that, my kids loved to point out that my phone was actually on display at the Museum of Science and Industry here in Chicago serving as an example of OUTDATED technology.  I kid you not.  Ok, so it was a flip phone.  And I didn't even know how to text.  But that was then.  And this is now!

As far as apps go, I've never been one to pay for them.  There are just so many free ones!   However, every once in a while I'll see an app that isn't free but looks kind of good and I start to wonder.  That's what happened when I saw an app called Waterlogue.  It said it could turn your iPhone pictures into watercolor art.  I read a few decent reviews of it and, as a Photoshop-phobe, I thought I'd give it a whirl. Here's a before picture taken from my last blog post:



I thought it was a particularly pretty photo to try Waterlogue out on.

And here's what I got.
  Since spring has nearly sprung in these parts, I thought this might make for some great framed seasonal wall art.  

I tried it out on a few other photos just to be able to show you how it works.

Here's another photo from a recent post of mine.


Now here's the Waterlogue version.


I really love how the Madonna and Child turned out.

The textures are amazing.


This apples-and-cinnamon shot is one of my all-time favorite
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And I love how this one turned out, too.

You can buy the app in the iTunes store for $2.99, and it's compatible with your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch (with iOS7).

I didn't like how some portrait-like photos of my family turned out.  But in all honesty I haven't used all their "filters" yet (there are 12).  I've stuck to the first option called "Natural."  But there are 11 more you can choose from and play around with to your heart's content. 

Photoshop can do this, and I believe there are other apps out there that can, too.  But Waterlogue has gotten the best reviews I've found.  And even though I have Photoshop, I'm sad to say that I was so intimidated by it that I never figured out how to use it!  This is, by far, the easier option.    

Have you tried it yet?  If you have, I'd love to hear about it.

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March 30, 2014

Affordable Olive Buckets and Hydrangeas


If you've  followed Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} for any amount of time you already know how much I love hydrangeas. Mr. CBD brought these babies home for me the other day as a surprise.  Love him.  And of course, love the hydrangeas.
Love them.


What's not to love?  The flowers are gorgeous.
And as for the bucket, well, read on for how I finally got my hands on it!
I had been looking for an affordable vintage olive bucket for quite some time, with no luck.  As much as I've wanted one, the $50-plus dollar price tag has stopped me in my tracks every time. (Pottery Barn's "found" olive bucket is on sale for $88.99 from $149.)  Then one day I was reading my Better Homes and Gardens Magazine and I came across an ad for some of their endorsed products, one of which was the galvanized bucket you see in the photo.


I immediately went to Walmart's website, which is where BH&G sells their products, and looked for it.  You guessed it: out of stock. I was so bummed.  Then I looked at two local Walmart stores, but neither of them had one in stock, either.  I even went so far as to email the company and ask them when and if they planned on getting any more. Their response was basically that they run out of things all the time and that I should keep checking back.
I checked back a few times over a few weeks but no change.  I had pretty much given up hope when I came across this post by Debbie over at Confessions of a Plate Addict. She snagged herself two buckets and used them for her Easter farmhouse porch d├ęcor.  She reminded me to try again. So I did right then and there and voila!


I ordered two, at $9.88 each! Yes, $9.88 each.  With free delivery to my local store.  Sweet.


They're 13 inches high and 12 inches across.  They're a great size for potted plants, including small bushes or even trees.  Obviously, since there are "holes" in the bucket, you'll have to plant your blooms in another container and then drop that into the bucket. 
Since I'm now on a mission to spread the word, I even took pictures of the tags so you can hunt them down for yourself.




l'll even tell you what number to put into the Walmart website search bar:
BH13-018-199-05.  (It's on the tag in the picture above.)

I can't wait to find other uses for my new "olive buckets."   I'll admit that I usually prefer these types of things when they're much more rustified.  But for these prices I could not be picky.  And who knows?  Maybe if I leave them out on the porch this summer I might just get my rusty wish! 


What would YOU put in them?
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March 25, 2014

Where to Find Inexpensive Pillow Covers

First of all I'd like to thank Marty from A Stroll Thru Life for cluing me in on this amazing pillow cover opportunity. Marty posted about changing it up a bit in her living room recently, and she shared her awesome pillow cover finds. 

Who knew that Hobby Lobby now carries pillow covers? 

Was I the only one in the dark about this?
Since switching out pillows is one of the easiest ways to change the look and feel of a room, I knew I had to check out my local Hob Lob and see if they had something to spruce up our master bedroom. I had already changed things up a bit to make the house "show ready," but I felt it needed something more. 
Here is the realtor's picture of our master bedroom before I added in my newest pillow cover find.


I know, it's a r-e-a-l-l-y wide angle.  Sorry, it's all about making your rooms look B-I-G when your house is for sale!  Ironically, this is a really huge room for real, even without the wide photo-angling.  


  I was going for a neutral color palette since:1) I happen to like neutral colors and 2) it's probably the best way to go when your house is for sale.
But like I said, being the pillow-monger that I am, I needed to see if they had something else to add to it.  And here it is.

It's the square one, back middle.  The colors were perfect, complimenting the lumbar pillow in front of it as well as the drapes and faux fur blankets draped over the end of the bed. It's a linen fabric with a raised applique.  I just popped that baby on over a pillow I already had, zipped it up, and I was good to go.


Not the best quality picture, I know, but you get the idea. 

I've decided that keeping the bedding mostly white is the way to go because then you can add decorative pillow covers, shams and throws in whatever colors strike your fancy.  I find that my tastes change pretty much with the seasons.  
I also got another pillow cover that I absolutely love.


Isn't this one fabulous?  I love the combination of the chair graphic, script and postage-like stamps.  It's very "me" right now.  My other new one is behind it, turned over so that you can only see the blank linen side.  Reversible!


I also just placed this one over a pillow I already had and voila.

Which one do you like better?
So, what did they cost?  

They were on sale at 50% off {booyah!} for a whopping $3.49 and $3.99 each!  Even at full price they are SO reasonable, you can't afford not to look.  I can't say what styles will be at what store (and I did not like the covers I found at Hob Lob online) but hopefully your local store will have some you like.  
I didn't realize until I was writing this post that Marty had written another post about her new pillow covers, here.  While reading that post I realized I bought the same linen applique cover that Marty had!  What's that they say about great minds....?  She really is a fabulous decorating maven and you should stop on over at A Stroll Thru Life and check her out!
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March 20, 2014

Spring Porch Decorating Ideas



Hello, friends

and 

Happy Spring! 

I am so excited to finally be able to say that! 

Since today is the first day of spring, I thought I'd talk a little bit about front porch decorating.  I'm no expert, but I did learn a few things recently when I turned to my Hometalk friends for advice.


 
As you can see from the question that I posted, I was in a panic about finding a quick fix for those poor empty urns on my front porch.  You know, curb appeal and all that!

Anyway, I was so glad I posted that question because I got a gazillion great answers!  They really made me think outside the box and got my creative juices flowing, so I thought they might do the same for you.  Kind of like a jump start into outdoor spring decorating, if you will.  So what did I ended up doing?  Read on to find out!


 
My main dilemma right now is the lingering chilly temperatures here in the Midwest.  So the most popular answer was, you guessed it: pansies!  I have to admit that I've never even planted them before since I normally don't get my act together until well into spring -- at which point I just plant any old flowering annual.

Pansies can bloom from spring through early summer and do well in zones 4-8.  I'm in zone 5b, meaning that our average annual extreme temperatures can range from -15 to -10 degrees Fahrenheit.  Yes, that's really cold.  So I'm sure they'd do fine with our current average high-lows in the 20's/40's.

If you'd like to find out your hardiness zone you can visit this USDA Agricultural Research Service Interactive Map and just plug in your zip code.

Another popular idea was to plant various evergreens, along with flowering plants.


Juniper is just one example.

 
Boxwood is another.
 
I think boxwood is my all-time favorite.
 
Source
 
Someone even suggested rosemary, with some pansies planted at the base.  I think that would be fabulous!  I love the smell of rosemary.
 
Another suggestion I found helpful was to add height with things like pussy willows.
 
 
Maybe even tie some of them up with a pretty pastel ribbon?
 
So what did I do?  Well, I would have loved to go out and shop for just the right evergreen bushes and some pansies, but I had less than 48 hours to implement the whole process.  Plus, our big box stores' nurseries aren't even selling anything yet.  So I trekked to our local nursery and picked up some, you guessed it, pansies!
 
 
 While purple isn't my color, I liked that these arrangements had some height built in with the taller grasses already in the middle.  I also Iove the contrasting shades of green going on with the leaves, especially the trailing chartreuse vines
 
I added some faux forsythia for a bigger p-o-p of color and was pretty happy with the results on such short notice.
 
Obviously, I just plopped the pot right inside the urn.
 
One of my Hometalk friends said pansies would be great, but that I should make sure that they're the yellow ones because houses with yellow ones sell faster than houses with other colors!  Who knew?
 
 
I obviously missed the boat on that one but since I threw in the forsythia for good measure I think that counts!
 
Don't you?
 
What do you have planned for YOUR front porch this spring?
 
Have a great weekend, friends!
 
 
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