Etsy Stuff I Covet!

I’ve found some really, really cool Etsy shops lately and I just had to share! I could get lost on that site! So many one-of-a-kind treasures and awesome gift ideas!

First up is a shop called Stag Head Designs! They make men’s and women’s rings out of titanium, wood, and dear antler. Some have the most beautiful turquoise detail! I’m swooning!

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Next up is More Than Porcelain! The artist, Monika, creates beautiful glazed porcelain from both vintage and new pieces. She specializes in an Edgar Allan Poe & Alfred Hitchcock styling that adds a little whimsical humor to the occasion. Bummer that she’s all the way in Greece… but the product just may be worth the shipping! LOVE!

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And lastly, White Faux Taxidermy has some amazing resin sculptured animal heads that will add a little modern-chic to any room!

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Lots of love,
Mary

The Busy Mom’s Guide to a Successful Garage Sale!

We had a garage sale this past Saturday, and it was a HUGE success! We made way more money than we expected, and the best part was getting rid of stuff that had been cluttering the house! It went so well that I think we may put out what’s left for round two this next weekend. I figure it’s already organized in the garage and ready to go. I’ve learned there are some misconceptions when it comes to having a successful garage sale. There are also some things that we could have done better — things we plan to do next weekend for round two. So here I’m going to share with you my HOW TO HAVE A SUCCESSFUL GARAGE SALE — FOR BUSY MOMS!

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1. Start gathering your garage sale items. First step is to go through everything in the house and set aside stuff to sell. Don’t be a hoarder — if you haven’t used it (or worn it) in a year, you probably don’t need it. Identify space in the house or garage where you’re going to collect your garage sale items so that they are all in one place and ready to go. I have a space in the garage where I collect garage sale items year-round.

2. Don’t price your items ahead of time. That’s right, you didn’t hear me wrong. Who has the time? Most people will tell you to price everything out and have it neatly organized, right? Well, I’m telling you NOT to price your items. Why, you ask? Well, how many times have you been at a garage sale and passed something up because the sticker price was more than you were willing to spend and you never spoke a word to the owner? By NOT pricing your items, it forces the buyer to ask you what the price is. You then know they are interested and can open up a dialogue and get to a price that they are willing to spend. I sold so many items just by a little negotiating. Garage sale customers like to get good deals… that’s why they’re shopping at garage sales! Which brings me to number 3…

3. Don’t price things too high! Discuss high-ticket items ahead of time to identify your starting price and your lowest price for the item. But remember, this is a garage sale and people expect a deal. It’s okay to hold firm to a price if you know that you could sell it on eBay or Craigslist for more. But otherwise, remember the goal is to get rid of stuff!

4. Display items neatly. I could have done way better with this one! Display like items together on tables and when possible hang your nicer clothing items. When your items are displayed neatly, it gives the impression that you take care of your things and that they are nicer items and people will pay more and be more likely to buy.

5. Advertise. Piggy back alongside a neighborhood sale or neighbors who are also having yard sales. This garners more traffic to your home. You will also want to post some of your high-ticket items individually onto Craigslist ads and direct traffic to your garage sale through those ads.

6. Create good signage. Have you ever seen those garage sale signs that are barely readable? The ones where you have to slow down and squint just to see where to go? Don’t be one of those! The best signs are simple, large print signs on brightly colored paper. I just write “SALE” in large capital letters and draw an arrow to show the direction they need to go. Neon colored card stock is inexpensive and will do the trick. Don’t over-think it!

7. Involve the kids! We kept the girls busy by giving them something to sell — Gatorade was the perfect treat in 100 degree weather! And it was a fantastic learning experience for them. They just loved being a part of the whole thing!

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8. Donate what you don’t sell! You’ve already gone through the trouble to de-clutter your home, so why bring the stuff that doesn’t sell back in? There are many organizations that will come pickup your items curbside and even give you a tax write-off slip for your goods. And if that’s too much trouble, post a quick ad in the “Free” section of Craigslist and you will have someone with a truck at your door usually within the hour.

YOU CAN DO IT!

Lots of love,
Mary

The New Look!

“because i like to decorate” has gotten a facelift! I’ve been working hard on new branding and a new, cleaner look to the blog. How do you like it? I’ve still got a lot of work to do like updating buttons, improving functionality, etc. But I’m just loving the new headline and the fresh, clean layout!

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Lots of love,
Mary

Joy in the Ordinary

I’ve had zero time for projects or painting. Instead, my week has been filled with dishes, laundry, cleaning, organizing, diapers, more laundry, character training, scrubbing, trying to fit in some exercise, cooking, prepping for a garage sale, more laundry, kissing owies, grocery shopping, and yes… more laundry.

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Then I noticed a little grumbling in my heart when both the refrigerator and dishwasher broke down at the same time [face palm]. But, I have decided to choose joy!

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Lots of love,
Mary

Lowe’s Love

Lowe’s sent me this Vine video last week and I thought that it was definitely worth a share. It’s just 6 seconds of your time. The video is on a loop and that’s just what I love about it! I’ve seen these tips before, but always seem to forget when I need them most. By seeing the repetitive action in the form of a Vine video, I think I’ll remember it next time! I hope… Haha!

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Lowe’s is the place that I go when I need something pretty that generally isn’t offered at other stores. Their lighting department seems to have a way larger selection than competitors and they offer more high-style options — like this beauty which I plan to place above my breakfast table

Chrome Drum Pendant @ Lowe's

When I needed to replace my kitchen faucet, I went to Lowe’s and found the perfect one! It has the brushed chrome look that I wanted and the contemporary spring adjustable arm. It swivels easily out of the way when washing large pots and I can stretch the faucet over to the counter when filling my mop bucket, etc. Here is a picture of a similar faucet (I couldn’t find my exact model online).

Modern Kitchen Faucet

And my other reason for Lowe’s love is the fact that they carry the Pantone Paint line by Valspar! Do you need another reason? Yeah, I didn’t think so :). I go just for the Pantone paint especially since you can pick up a sample pot for about $3.50 a pop which is plenty of paint to use for one piece of furniture! I purchased a sample of the Color of the Year, Emerald Green, a couple weeks ago and have a desk set up and ready to paint!

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Lots of love,
Mary

Heather — Farmhouse Chic Child’s Desk

Do I have a beauty to show you! Heather is a farmhouse chic child’s desk that has just the right balance of soft lines and rustic charm. What I love most about this piece is that the colors have a fresh, updated look while at the same time looks like she was painted ages ago and distressed over time.

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I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for this project and mixed an approximate 50/50 mixture of Old White and Duck Egg Blue for the desk base. On the table top, I used a mixture of Old White with a touch of Graphite.

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After some distressing with a medium grade sanding block, I finished the piece with Annie Sloan Clear Wax and buffed it smooth.

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I love how the tabletop turned out. It’s always a nice surprise to see what imperfections beauty shines through to give each piece that unique character.

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This pretty girl will be sure to give lots of love for years to come! On that note, I’ve been working on setting up an online retail space where Heather will be for sale. Stay tuned!

Lots of love,
Mary

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Guest Blogging @ How We Do Blog

Today is an exciting day! I’ve been given the honor of guest posting over at How We Do blog! Allow me to do the introductions… How We Do is a lifestyle blog written by four siblings who each write about a different topic. Fashion. Design. Fitness. Lifestyle. They’ve brought the “cool factor” to blogging and I so enjoy reading their content! Each post is a short easy read, entertaining, and informative! While you’re visiting, be sure to check out their Vimeo on the About page — I just love it!

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Check out my guest post titled “How to add SWAG to your PAD” and browse through some of their other posts while you’re there!

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Lots of love,
Mary