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We recently invested in new countertops for the kitchen.  The old ones were a pretty fugly old formica.  I like classy.  I like pretty.  But I also like fun.

I decided for the counter barstools that we’d create something that celebrates everything we love about South County Rhode Island.

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I went with the National Public Seating stools.  Reason being – they are cheap and indestructible.  They are so well designed.  You can adjust the bottom height and back rest height.  They are metal which I am always a big fan of.  Let’s see my kids and husband break these!  Do you remember them from high school science lab?

Next I let my kids have at them.  I gave them a range of 4 colors for each stool.  The blue stool has 4 different blues, the red stool has 4 different reds…ect.

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They were pretty cool in themselves…. but not personal enough.

Next I we went through town and hit all our favorite stops.  Surf shops, diners, towns, bars, stores…we hunted for all the “local stickers we could find.  I next bought a 100 sticker pack of skateboard stickers…

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The back rests are what the finished project should look like – more local stickers than skater stickers.  The seats only have skateboard stickers because we have more collecting to do.  But that will be the fun part.  As we go to more great places, we will add on more stickers.  I love them so far.  It’s like a bright, happy piece of graffiti right in my kitchen.

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I even let the kids decorate the mailbox ;)

Day #345 – DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE

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It so much fun to enjoy the first snowfall!

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You can’t have a bad day when you wake up, look outside the window and see this cute little man staring back.

Today I finished the acrylic painting of my living room.

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This little 11×14″ painting is a tad bit quirky.  I deliberately decided to leave the view from the window very abstract/impressionistic, yet I painted the interior more realistic.  It looks like the artist slapped a painting up where the window would go.  I kind of found that strangely fun.

I do love painting fabric.  I simply adore pattern, decoration and embellishment.  I will have to look around the house for some more fabric vignettes.

So that was about it for today.  Tomorrow I get to start something new…but what?

Tis always the question!

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DAY # 237 – PIMP MY SHOWER

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I finally finished my outdoor shower!  I’ve only lived by the beach for ten years, but hey, it’s finally happened.  I can now say I have an awesome outdoor shower!

Man, this project feels like it took forever!

Here are the before shots:

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My husband and dad built it from cedar last summer and my cousin, sweet as pie, installed the plumbing.  This made the shower functional…but it definitely needed something…. what’s the word… pizzazz?

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Here are some of the items I found in my basement, shed & garage.  Last year during Hurricane Sandy, we lost a large curly willow tree.  As it was getting cut up for removal, I was snatching up as many curly branches as I could carry.  I didn’t know what I’d do with the branches, but I couldn’t part with them.  My husband rolled his eyes, seeing as how I have 3 large boxes of driftwood already in the basement! Next, I traced the flip-flop base onto the slate and then hand-painted flip-flops on the path to my shower.  The pegs are something I scored from my local hardware store some time ago.  I thought they’d be perfect for hanging towels. The strange facial mask was a gift from my brother-in-law a decade ago.  He was stationed in Haiti with the Marines.  It’s one of those gifts you just aren’t sure what to do with… a decade later, I finally found the perfect place!  The red thing up above unfolds to be an octopus drying rack.  It has tons of pins to dry our bathing suits.  That was another unique gift from my in-laws.  How lucky was I that it was red, the theme color I chose for my shower décor.  Then there are the bird spindles.  Thrift store find. The colors were never my style, but I thought the profiles were cool.  Found those in my basement too.  That leaves the old ugly bench I found on the side of the road and the piece of plywood my girlfriend gave me after hearing I needed wood for a sign.  Using what I had, I spent $20 for this project.  $20 bucks for 4 cans of red spray paint.  It’s amazing how far you can get with the junk in one’s own dwelling!

So here are some of my favorite photos from today:

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The first thing you notice when you walk in is the sign.  I wanted the sign to look like it was institutional.  Something you’d find at a school or public pool.  As a kid there were always hand-painted signs with rules on them.  I wanted something subtle as well.  Only people who stop and read will realize how ridiculous my request is.  My daughter got a good laugh out of “Cracks and Crevices”.  We all need a little humor right?

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the branches.  I only wish I would have kept more!  I was going for the look of electric red coral.  Rhode Island’s license plates are blue and white.  That was my little nod to my locale.

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I created a quick stencil for the existing stepping stones.  I just love the red it makes everything so bright and cheery.

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I now officially feel like a Rhode Islanduh!

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Day # 209 – CLEAN HOUSE

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You may look at this post and wonder why I bother.  Really is there that much difference between the photo above and the photo below?  To me, YES!

I am not sure if there are other people like me out there, but I go batty living in the same environment within a month or two. It’s like my eyes hit that saturation point where they just don’t notice details anymore. Like a pretty picture, a cool looking vase, a fabulously patterned pillow.  Nada. My eyes turn off.

After this happens, my moods get affected.  I feel claustrophobic, bored, and irritable.  I start having thoughts like I am ready to move again or ready to invest in new furniture…I get antsy.

I figured out that people like me, do really well with switcheroos.

Here were the photos of my living room this morning.

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They are fine.  Nothing wrong with this picture, but I simply CRAVE change.

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So I stripped the room of its curtains, pillows and accessories and started with a clean slate.  Over the years I have slowly figured out that white walls allow me to change everything else so easily.  If my walls were purple, I’d be locked in to fewer options.

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Next I go shopping in my basement.  I put back what I’m not using and find some new props.  Being “creative” lends itself to being a collector of many things.  I rummage thrift shops, yard sales and my family members basements for things with character.  Then I store them all and switch them in and out throughout the year.

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Then I decorate.

 I definitely know people who stress about decorating, they find it a mind-boggling chore.

Not me. I love it.  

As soon as I’m finished, I could pull everything out of the room and start all over again!  It’s that much fun for me.

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Here is a cute touch.  I took all my kids little itty-bitty toys and I compartmentalized them into trays and cups.  I have actually found they play more with toys when they are out than when they’re tucked away in baskets and boxes.

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Here is another treasure.  I grabbed a white pillow case at Ikea for $2 bucks.  For my birthday I asked my kids and niece and nephew to decorate it for me.  Just sharpies.  I love it.  It’s happy and personal.

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To finish off the afternoon, I cut flowers and put them in different rooms.  I have to say, since I started this 365, I rarely get around to creative small touches.  In fact, my gardens are a mess!

With that in mind, today was a special treat to myself.  My house is clean, my eyes are re-stimulated, and my spirit has been re-lifted.

It’s the simple pleasures for me.

Sweet and simple.

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