January 17, 2014

caught my eye 1.17.14

bathroom storage ideasimage from bhg

* Creative Bathroom Storage Ideas

* Can I say something crazy?? Frozen is coming to Broadway.

* In case you are planning your menu for the week: 21 Truly Upsetting Vintage Recipes

* Why Being a Mom is Enough

* Oprah! Thank you for the feature! 7 Awesome Organizing Hacks for Your Tiny Closet

* What I wish I had known before I had kids (that I know now)

Anything good you would add to share this week?

Happy Weekend~

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55 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh...Oprah!? That's amazing! Congrats on the feature! Btw, I'm really loving how easy it is to comment on your blog now. :) Have a great weekend!

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    1. thank you, Lisa! I'm glad commenting is easier, we're trying this out. Still trying to import all of my previous comments -- it's taking forever!

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  2. Oprah! WOW! Congrats! You are in the big leagues!

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  3. Fabulous storage. It would be super to have room for a piece like this. Hugs, Marty

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  4. Some of those recipes look so familiar. I think my mother tried some in the 50's...gave me a good laugh. Thanks

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    1. Liver Sausage Pineapple?!? If they had Pinterest in the 50's, do you think it would have gone viral? :)

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  5. Great post! Congrats on being featured on Oprah!

    The bhg slideshow of ideas for bathroom storage is wonderful, too. Lots of good ideas for renters.

    Let's not talk about the vintage "recipes" ~ okay?

    Happy New Year!

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  6. MELISSA! A feature on Oprah?? That's a dream come true, huh? You of all people deserve it.

    Hope your January is going along swimmingly! I know you must be up to your eyeballs in decisions about the new house. Bless you, sweet friend!

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  7. melissa*320 sycamore1/18/14, 7:28 PM

    $10 yard sale, then we painted it.

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  8. justinandemily1/18/14, 7:46 PM

    Thank you for this post!  I really needed to read this.  Yes, I think creating a warm, inviting home is a wonderful thing for us to do for our friends and families, but too often that comes along with discontentment and desires for more/different/newer/better.  I am looking for that balance of a warm, inviting home and contentment. 
    I am taking this to heart:  "If something happened where I couldn’t change one more thing to this house, could I be happy here?”

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  9. Smart idea
    If you are having trouble finding pillow inserts made of down feather or polyester filled email us at inserts@nusso.com or visit our website Down/Feather Pillow Forms and http://www.nussopillows.com/ for p[olyester filled. We will help you find a distributer in your area.

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  10. hmm
    i think i might be adding
    a few of jen's favorite things
    to my own
    favorite things list

    thanks for the tips!

    alison

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  11. hah! I really enjoyed the designed to sell post. I used to love that show. So disappointed now. I mean I knew some of it was fake, but duct-taped pillows? Really?

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  12. Rachel Berry1/18/14, 9:38 PM

    Okay I am so looking forward to your new series!!!! What a great idea!
    Thanks for linking up my eggs, I was so excited when I saw it on my Google Reader!!

    I have officially Arrived! ;)

    Rachel

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  13. I am here from Tracie's blog and I never post... I mean NEVER... but I have never dropped my jar for a before and after like I did for your bathroom reveal. You are amazingly talented. Speechless... Truly speechless.

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  14. Thanks for the shout-out, Melissa! Can't wait to check out the other links. And your blog is looking great! Enjoy your Spring Break. :)

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  15. This is so true. Creating beauty in our homes is satisfying and fun, but it isn't the main point (or shouldn't be, anyway). That satisfaction and peace you are talking about comes from loving and serving your family. Sometimes I feel like my family is getting in the way of my clean house, decorating scheme, etc., as though those are the goals. It's easy for my thinking to get confused like that, somehow. Thanks for the reminder--that scripture is perfect!

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  16. I love your blog!! I would be thrilled if you would like to review one of my products for your home and/or add my button to your site. I couldn't find any advertizing info but I would be happy to create something for review if you are interested.

    Thanks!
    Jennifer
    www.TheSimpleStencil.com

    my button for your review:

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  17. CarrieKielty1/18/14, 9:41 PM

    I love this makeover! You've inspired me to tackle mine! Kudos......... and please keep blogging!

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  18. I can kill geraniums and petunias every. single. year.  How's that for talent?  

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  19.  Laura, I hope you are wrong about the frost. I live in NW Missouri and I hope to start planting soon. :) Where at in MO are you? I was in Butler, MO over the weekend.

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  20. I always buy the hanging baskets too and use them for filling pots.  I should try vinca...

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  21. melissa*320 sycamore1/18/14, 9:44 PM

    I have never had a shady flower garden, but I *love* impatiens, and they sound like my kind of flower :)

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  22. melissa*320 sycamore1/18/14, 10:15 PM

    Oh, me too. I have about a dozen projects stirring in my mind right now. I need a focus sign flashing in front of my face, constantly. :)

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  23. melissa*320 sycamore1/18/14, 10:16 PM

    Thanks, Amy! You're the best. :)

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  24. These are great tips. I just got a new camera for Christmas and I'm working hard to take really nice photos. I'm trying to put them to use in my DIY blog for young couples (www.simplybeginning.com), but I definitely learn something new everyday! Thanks for posting the tips!

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  25. melissa*320 sycamore1/18/14, 10:44 PM

    katie: they are the pea fonts from kevinandamanda.com
    They have some fantastic fonts over there. Have fun! :)

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  26. Love the straws from Dollar Tree.  We bought our tree tonight from our local volunteer fire department.  They do a Christmas tree sale every year as a fundraiser.  Its in a tub of water outside.  I'm still tweaking the mantles, dining room table is covered in miscellaneous holiday decor and still have to do the outdoor decor.  Otherwise, I'm done!;-)

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  27. How wide is the shelf? Thanks!

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  28. Heidi German1/18/14, 10:44 PM

    I have that same clock from Target! Got it when it was 75% off clearance too. :) I love how you painted yours. I'm digging the gold right now, but now that I know how easy it is to change, I may be painting it in the near future!

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  29. Heidi German1/18/14, 10:44 PM

    Ooh, thanks for the favicon tip! I've been wanting one of those and have bookmarked tutorials for them, but this will make it SO much easier. Now I just have to decide on an image to use...

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  30. Holy cow! Beautiful images! I am going to check out each one right now.

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  31. Heidi German1/18/14, 10:44 PM

    So glad you posted the AG deal, as I hadn't seen those anywhere else! I was able to get my favorite little outfit and a few more to put away for DD's birthday in March. Sweet!

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  32. melissa*320 sycamore1/18/14, 10:44 PM

    These are fantastic, Jen! LOL on the doritos and salsa and I've got to check out the Vaseline lotion...I could use a healthy glow about now! :) I love spot shot too! It has saved our carpet many times.

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  33. Melissa,

    I'm looking to do something similar for my entryway. I've been looking for benches FOREVER and I have not been able to find anything. So now I'm looking for coffee tables that could be cut in half and I think I've found one. POINT: What tools did you use to cut the table in half? If you could explain that process, it would be a HUGE help. My e-mail is foreverandever24@yahoo.com if that would be easier...if not - i'll be checking this post. THANK YOU! Love your blog :)

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  34. melissa*320 sycamore1/18/14, 10:44 PM

    Yes, our top one is longer...it extends over the edges of the corbels. Hope this helps~good luck!

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  35. melissa*320 sycamore1/18/14, 10:44 PM

    Janell~I have loved getting to know this side of you a little better. So glad to know you've been *that* Mom in Target too!
    "They learn more from the stuff we are not intentionality trying to teach them than the lessons we focus on teaching them." ~I couldn't agree more with this statement, although it's a little scary to think about :) Thank you again for being with us today!

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  36. I love this idea!! I want to do this now. My husband will be "Where did you get this idea from?" I am always coming up with these great ideas from the blogs I read. I want our 2 brass lamps to be black to match the one in the dining room. Love your blog!!

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  37. I encourage my children to achieve their goals by supporting them and by encouraging creativity and confidence

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  38. I just found  your blog via someone's Pin on Pinterest, and I have to say that I am in love!~ I have done a few DIY frugal posts on my blog, but you are such an inspiration. I can't wait to read more! Ashley

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  39. wanted to let you know that i have copied this idea a few times over the past couple of months: for teachers, my visiting teaching ladies and a late summer package to far away cousins. They all thought i was brilliant, but the thanks is owed all to you! thank you for being so creative so i don't have to be :) And hope your move is going smoothly!

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  40. rebecca @ older and wisor1/18/14, 10:45 PM

    Love this. As usual. I can't help but wondering if the "horror" in this case could refer to moving? I can think of few things worse than that ;)

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  41. I do so love your blog and find inspiration here regularly.  I reposted your quickie Valentine banner on my blog today. 
    http://homemademodern.blogspot.com/2012/02/craft-of-week-quick-valentine-banner.html

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  42. I LOVE this quote! I have always thought this and found it to be true, but never saw it put so eloquently. I feel like I should paint it on the ceilings of my children's bedrooms (or at least a kitchen chalk board)! Wise Mama you've got!

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  43. I just have to say that I think we are cut from the same cloth. I know, without hesitation, that a phenomenal space can be made with the smallest budget. Many people cannot see the potential, or won't make the effort to scour clearance. Which is fine with me, because I want that stuff! Absolutely excellent work! I built a 3700sf house from the ground up and I know what a bathroom like that costs at the design center. Your bathroom just makes me gush!

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  44. It's VERY Scandinavian and very common in Sweden, at least, to have them hanging in the windows for Christmas cheer. They look lovely.

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  45. I read through all of the comments and I am really surprised there wasn't more suggestions of making gifts being a way to simplify. Before we had kids we talked about what was special to us for Christmas and we decided it was more important to focus on others and the spirit of Christ. We decided Birthdays would be the time of year where the kids got what they wanted. I really like what the commenter Beaux said, "give the child one day a year of indulgence and spend the other 364 days teaching your child to simplify and bless the lives of others.' I think you are doing a great job and teaching your children to be frugal and recycle, I am surprised they have taken the No Big Deal attitude.  I definitely have some things to rethink. I hope you share with us the things that work. Thanks for such a wonderful blog!

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  46. Hooray for Sunday drives!  Great pictures!

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  47. Oh my!  That is priceless!!  One of those, "I want to kill em", but first I must take a picture moments!! LOL

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  48. Thank you...I always love your links!

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  49. Oh Melissa, thanks for all this wonderful eye candy!

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  50. Thank you Melissa, for including my silhouettes in your features! So nice! Lots of great projects! :)

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  51. Jodi from New Jersey1/18/14, 10:55 PM

    Atta girl . Good luck to you. My Mom used to say, " you can't raise children in your spare time." You're smart and talented, so don't worry, you'll always find an "outlet". Enjoy your family!From Jodi ..age 49

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  52. Ah, thank you so much for linking to my article - Why Being a Mom is Enough. Such a crazy honor.

    With joy.

    Rachel from Finding Joy

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