Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Loving These Ideas For Fall...


Outside...


And inside...


Simple, yet striking.


~Fall is in the air!~


Photos courtesy of BHG.com




Winner Of The BULX Giveaway...


Time to announce the winner!

With 23 entries in her name, the odds were highly stacked in her favor and it looks like all of her effort paid off...


Congratulations, Michaela Hoenigman!


You have $150 sitting in your BULX account just begging to be spent!

:)


Do us a favor?

Let us know what you get!

I can't wait to see what you end up buying with your $150 gift certificate.


To those who joined in on the fun, thanks for playing along!

And a big, huge Thank You goes out to Matt and the awesome crew at BULX!

You guys ROCK!

XO



Monday, September 13, 2010

Last Day...


***This Giveaway is now Closed***



Today is your last chance to enter the awesome giveaway from BULX!

The winner will receive a $150 gift certificate to use as they please at BULX.com.

Want the quick details?

Think of BULX as an online Outlet Store filled with high-end home improvement products - sinks, faucets, toilets, flooring, art, furniture...the list goes on and on.

The best part...75% off of regular prices.

I LOVE a good deal! How about you?


Our friends at BULX have been kind enough to give you an unlimited number of entries if you want them. You just have to go out and get them!


Here's how to enter:

1. Leave a comment here on this Giveaway post - 1 entry

2. Send BULX an @ message on Twitter - 2 entries

3. Leave a comment on the BULX Facebook Page - 3 entries

4. Post a photo of the item you most want to replace in your kitchen or bathroom on the BULX Facebook Page - 5 entries

5. Post about this Giveaway on your own Blog, Facebook, or Twitter and come back here to leave a comment with a link to each - 10 entries each

6. Invite your friends to BULX (see how here) - one entry for each friend invited - this is where the sky is the limit - the more you invite, the more entries you receive!

And be sure to let them know you are visiting from It's The Little Things...
(ITLT for short!)



Click here to be taken to the original post for the giveaway from last Monday, where you will find more info about BULX and a quick video!


The winner will be chosen randomly and announced tomorrow, September 14th.

So enter, enter, enter!

And hopefully you will win!




Thursday, September 9, 2010

It's Time...

Up until two days ago, I was fine with putting off decorating for Fall just a bit longer. Our Summer was fun and crazy busy and a little too short for some of us up here in the Pacific Northwest.

The past few days have given us quite a bit of rain, the kids are all back in school, orange mums are blooming in the garden, and Pumpkin Spice Lattes have returned.
(YAY!)


But despite all of that, I was still going to hold off on Fall.

Until I saw this...


M-hmmm. I know. It's perfection.

So, thanks to Michelle, my fall decorating has now begun.


What about you?
Are you settling into Fall or hanging onto Summer while you can?




Tuesday, September 7, 2010

My Clearance Tray - Three Ways...


A few weeks back, I was lucky enough to catch a great clearance sale. I happened to be at Target, browsing and looking for inspiration when I realized that they were rearranging merchandise and putting out their 75% Off signs.

Nice!

They only had a few of these...
A Photo Serving Tray - originally priced at $19.99, but marked down to $4.98.

SOLD!

I knew immediately that I would not be using it for photos, so as soon as I got home, I removed the entire back piece and pulled out the matting. I was left with this...

The perfect blank slate to make it my own!

Over the next couple of weeks I found 3 different placemats to use inside my serving tray - all three within the same neutral color family and all three with lots of texture and interest.

The one on the left came from Fred Meyer for less than $1.00 (can't beat that!) and the others came from Target...


This seagrass one was a no-brainer...


This one was the right color and I loved the embroidered pattern...


And this one, well...I just can't resist stripes...


A quick test run to make sure I actually liked each one in the tray...



Yep - good to go!


I removed the entire back (again), not where the photos would be inserted, but the entire back...


Fourteen teeny-tiny screws later...

finally!


I used the back as my template and used a pen to trace the shape right onto the placemat...




Perfect fit!



Onto the next, using the same process...


It wasn't until after I had drawn the lines that I realized that this placemat was lined. And suddenly I was nervous that without the lining the stitching would all fall out as I cut out the shape...

(Note: I do not sew. I know nothing about fabric and thread and whatever else goes into it. So if this "worry" of mine sounds ridiculous to you, it probably was.)



I used extreme caution with this fabric (whether it was necessary or not) and, luckily, the thread all stayed in tact...

Pretty!


Two down, one to go...



I have to admit, I did feel a little bit guilty cutting up three
brand new, perfectly good placemats...


But I got over it!

I loved how they were turning out...

Now the fun part...accessorizing!

A beachy look for the seagrass...



For the golden embroidery - a touch of nature.

I love how the green Jade plant and the green mussel shells play with the yellow.


And with the stripes - some fun for the kiddos!

Some brain teasers, wooden tic-tac-toe pieces, and lollipops...



And that's my clearance tray - three ways!

The best, BEST part...I can change it as often as I like! And the options are limitless.

This is a Made-for-Karla accessory right here.

:)

My only regret...that I didn't buy more of them when I had the chance!

I think this would make a great gift for someone, personalized to their style and decor.

I'll just have to be on the lookout for more!




P.S. I am linking to:

Metamorphosis Monday, Get Your Craft On, Just Something I Whipped Up, Show & Tell, Before & After Party, Make It Yours, Works For Me Wednesday,


Monday, September 6, 2010

BULX - New Sponsor And A Giveaway...



***This Giveaway is now Closed***


Our newest Sponsor's mission is simple:

they want you to love your home.

And they want you to do it at a price that you can afford.

(Music to my ears!)

That is why BULX is the internet's best source for luxury home improvements at private sale prices. Think of BULX as an online outlet store for all of the coolest sinks, faucets, toilets, flooring, and moldings on the market.

For the amount of money you might spend on low- to mid-range fixtures at one of the large national retail stores, you can upgrade your home with top-quality, stylish products. All of the products BULX offers have been hand-selected based specifically on its timeless design and high-quality production.


Still not convinced?

Here is a cool video that Matt put together about BULX...



So if you have been thinking about upgrading that dingy bathroom (goodbye, pink sink!) or your outdated kitchen lately, BULX is the only way to go!

Here is how it works:

Starting each weekday at noon, a new 4-day sale begins for a new line of products. But once the sale is over, or once a product has sold out - those deals are gone for good!

So if you love it, you better grab it!

Here is a sample of the products that will be on sale this week...



As if their prices weren't good enough already (most products are offered at 75% off of retail!) BULX is giving away a $150 Gift Certificate to one lucky reader of It's The Little Things...

Did you see that?

$150 to spend as you wish!

Matt has put together a list of ways that you can enter, and as you will see, you can go as little or as big as you want - the sky is the limit on how many times you can enter. It all comes down to how badly you want it!


Just follow these rules to enter:

1. Leave a comment here on this Giveaway post - 1 entry

2. Send BULX an @ message on Twitter - 2 entries

3. Leave a comment on the BULX Facebook Page - 3 entries

4. Post a photo of the item you most want to replace in your kitchen or bathroom on the BULX Facebook Page - 5 entries

5. Post about this Giveaway on your own Blog, Facebook, or Twitter and come back here to leave a comment with a link to each - 10 entries each

6. Invite your friends to BULX (see how here) - one entry for each friend invited - this is where the sky is the limit - the more you invite, the more entries you receive!

And be sure to let them know you are visiting from It's The Little Things...
(ITLT for short!)


So...how may entries will you have?

:)

In order to qualify to win, you must have an active BULX account. It is completely free to sign up (Will and I each joined!) and membership will give you access to some of the most incredible home improvement deals on the web! And I highly recommend signing up to receive their emails - they are always fun to look at!


Our friends at BULX will be tallying up the entries and selecting a random winner in exactly one week. That means you can continue to enter through September 13th at midnight.

I wish you all the best of luck and I cannot wait to see who wins!

And many, many thanks to Matt and the BULX team for Sponsoring such a fantastic Giveaway!




Sunday, September 5, 2010

Back In Business...


The first day of school came and went without a hitch!

The boys arrived at school with an apple in hand for each of their teachers...


We now have a 3rd grader, a 1st grader and our "baby" is in Preschool 5 days a week.

How did that happen?

I know it's so cliche to say, but seriously...they grow up so fast!

Of course, before sending them off to school on September 2nd, pictures had to be taken, and the morning wouldn't have been complete without a few silly shots to make everyone laugh...






Thankfully, they love their teachers! That always makes it easier on them...
and on me!

We're smack dab in the middle of the 3 day Labor Day weekend, but on Tuesday we will finally be able to settle into a school routine.

I'm looking forward to it!

:)

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Be sure to check back in tomorrow! We have an awesome giveaway starting from one of our newest sponsors, and I promise you, you are going to want to do whatever it takes to enter!

Happy Sunday, Everyone!