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Miserable Tides: Forgive My Absence Please

You ever have one of those days? You know…the kind that flips your world upside down and promises to be a living nightmare from which you cannot wake?

Yeah well, that’s was our family’s living hell just a few short months ago. And it doesn’t matter what the event was that triggered it; only that it happened and that it set off a ripple effect …that has for some reason,  left me unable to ‘just-get-over-it’.

When your world is shaken, and your trust in the human condition, completely shattered in the blink of eye….it’s hard to break free. Maybe because I was there. Maybe because I saw it happening but my legs refused to run fast enough. I swear they were so heavy in that moment. How odd?!  Maybe if I had reacted quicker. Maybe if I had processed the information shooting through my brain at 90 mph…just a split second sooner. Maybe if I wasn’t in a fog due to lack of sleep. So many ‘what-ifs’ .

But then my head flips to ‘what if I had not been there at all???’ That would have been worse. What if I had ignored the text message? I almost did….almost.

When you almost lose someone you love to the moon and back….someone you would do anything for….someone you would give your life for….it changes you. When you almost lose them because of an act of violence…it’s even worse.

Although I imagine, completely losing them, would be an endless cycle of pain. And my heart goes out to those who have suffered such an unimaginable loss.

I haven’t taken the time to write in several months. And for what has I am sure become clear by now…to you my lovely followers… I’m currently stuck in a slight rut. I have so enjoyed bringing to you interior design trends, recipes, funny stories and my usual political rants. And I’m purposely neglecting my site right now…but for a reason.

It’s writing that grounds me. But it has to be honest. It has to be pure. I don’t know how to explain this, but if you write, you will know what I mean…..

In order for words to flow, they must emerge from your center of gravity. Your center of gravity is where your ‘truths’ lie..(no pun intended). If you are unable to say what needs to be said…if it’s just not possible….you simply cannot write. I  don’t know how else to word it.

So what am I doing about it? Well…this is going to sound a little …odd. First off, let me start by saying I’m not slamming mental health professionals. I just have no desire to pay someone a few hundred bucks a session to ask me questions, which they will then re-phrase and repeat back to me….and then ask me what the solution is.

And quite frankly, I’m too angry to deal with all that bs right now.

So I went a different route. I got a job in a factory! Yep.

Hear my out. It is actually working. 

First of all…I like it there. The people are nice, the bosses are professional (not the psycho raging types…you know the type) and I genuinely like the industry. It’s actually a factory that is right up my alley and pertains to a subject I have an actual interest in.

Secondly…it is actually working (repetition has that effect…see what I did there?)

Essentially….I don’t have time to freak out, feel angry, hate the planet or feel guilty, when  my brain is hyper-involved in another task.  And while one might interpret this course of action as denial or simply not facing up to the problem at hand, I feel that at this moment….I need this.

They say there are five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance…unfortunately….I think I’m stuck on anger. I’ve been raging for months.

I’m not in denial…I’m actually just so angry that I HAVE to stay busy….nor am I depressed. And acceptance will never happen. To accept is to say…’yeah…it’s ok now’. BULL! It’s not ok. It will never be ok. At no point in time will I ever say that this event was ‘ok‘ or ‘alrighty then‘.

 

See what I mean? I almost lost my ‘chill’ for a second there. Forgive me.

Enough of my blathering I suppose. I just felt it was important to let you …my wonderful readers know…I have not disappeared nor I have forgotten you. I just need to find my footing. I lost it at the intersection of  ‘WTF Road’ and ‘Pissed Off Avenue’. And as soon I feel like decorating with lovely silken curtains, rather then ripping them to shreds….I’ll be back on the interior design, recipe making, tips and tricks ….but mostly, just talking to you guys again. I miss writing. I miss doing product reviews, believe it or not. But mostly I miss this. Pouring out my gut onto a blank sheet of paper (ok…a computer screen…but it’s 2017, so cut me some slack 😉 )

I just don’t want to screw around, slip up and cuss out the planet right now. Know what I mean?

 

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PICK YOUR POISON: DESIGN INSPIRATION

I’m particularly fond of the strange and unusual.

With furniture, that means I like it to ‘pop’. When I walk into a room, I’d like it tell me a story. The genre of story, doesn’t necessarily have to be specific, but  knowing a story exists …now that’s the holy grail of design.

My usual method of inspiration (being the age of technology), is the internet. Specifically, the image selection on the search engine. When I need a muse, I surf!

Today’s search started off with #coffee furniture.

 


This of course led into retro, contemporary and future furniture. Some of these designs are still in the ‘concept’ mode.

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For the designs that are still stuck in concept mode, I’d like to think a little hard-work, determination and a credit line at Home Depot will correct the issue at hand.

The issue being: I want said furniture. Solution: Make my own. (Or at least get close to it).

Of course if I make my own, I can’t sell it. The concept wouldn’t mine. But I’m not a furniture dealer…so who cares? And the futuristic items are just that…in the future. I can’t buy them!  But the overall design or theme, already exists.

Hmmmm….where will I go from here?

Who knows?! It could all just be wishful thinking.

But damn…it sure is fun to dream!

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Just because it’s hilarious…

This was at Tower City in Cleveland, Ohio. Included are photos of the Cleveland Public Square Ice-Skating Rink. But the true comedy was the Choo Choo Train.

As a giant toddler at heart, I  wanted to ride the Christmas train with my kids.  My daughter is  a teenager, so I naturally had to force her. And…it went well…yeah ok. She’ll probably run away screaming the next time I ask.

Just keep replaying it…for some reason it gets funnier :D:D (For the record, that isn’t my kid in the back…I have no idea whose kid it is…but the whole thing was hilarious. Just a little guy, enjoying the trip!)

…the ENTIRE trip…. Click here for the Instagram Video. It will open in a new window. WordPress may not allow the EMBED feature without premium, but I still want you guys to see it.

If you don’t see the video below, just click the link above. And keep scrolling for the pics of Tower City and the Public Square Ice-Skating Rink.

#lmao @http.courtneyyy #video @towercitycenter #christmas #train 😁😁😁😁😁 The WHOLE RIDE!

A video posted by D.s. (@homefreekids) on Nov 27, 2016 at 12:24pm

Here’s a few more pics from that amazing day….

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She loved the view. At Christmas, Tower City is absolutely stunnin.
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Naturally, the little musician found her spot.
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He was in awe of the height.
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Of course….
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Large Jawbreaker…
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Tiny Jawbreakers

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My daughter & I
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He was dancing…
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Getting their skates on.

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Hallelujah! #coffee !!!!!
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A fabulous end to the perfect day!

 

To keep up with our travels:  #homefreekids @homefreekids

 

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DIY Pottery Barn Hacks

As much as I’d love to toss aside $50 like it’s nothing, I would be doing myself a huge disservice. I like Pottery Barn and IKEA as much as anyone else, but money is money. You’ll get it away from me, when you pry it from my cold dead hands.

You know what they say: Necessity is the mother of invention…or in the this case, ‘wanting’ and ‘frugality’. But before we go any further, I want to be clear…decorative items are just that…DECORATIVE. They serve a visual purpose only. I’ve often shook my head in disbelief at the large sums of money that people throw away to essentially STARE AT AN OBJECT! Appliances, bedding etc…of course, buy new and with a warranty. But to look at something across the room?! What a waste.

Here are a couple of items directly from the Pottery Barn website….

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The vases above,  have the same appearance of candle holders glued to bowls. Obviously, their’s is one piece, but you can accomplish the same look for 2$ and some  hot glue. 

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Admittedly, they are lovely…but  I’m cheap!

So here’s what I did for a Valentine’s theme vase.

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Two Dollar Store vases
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Glue the two vases together with hot glue.
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Fill with Dollar Store fillers.

 


I also frequent local Thrift-Stores. Stay away from fabric items that can retain bed bugs. Everything else, you can scrub in the garage prior to entry. Bed bugs can also hide in the crevices of dressers. So be  wary. Those are items you have to bite the bullet on, but can often find fabulous sales if you do your homework.

Today’s find was just what I was looking for! Two tall candle sticks.

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A side note: These candle holders were $1.40  each at the Thrift-Store.

Here’s the average price on Google’s Shop Search:

(Remember, it’s about the ‘look’. These are decorative items.)

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I sincerely believe…Hot Glue is the answer to all the world’s problems.

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Have fun with it. Every now and then grab a couple items. Keep in mind your overall theme. And never pay full price. You’re paying for a label. I’ve never gone into someones home and started looking at the labels on the bottoms of their decor. Nobody does that, unless of course…they lack manners. (Or it’s your best friend, then by all means…share you money saving tips!)


 

Here was a fun one I did last night….Clearly I have Valentine’s Day on the brain. With this many hints literally right in front of him,  hopefully  my husband will remember it!

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Recycled flower hanger
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Hot glue and Dollar Store ribben

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On a side note: Those adorable 3-D hearts, came from  Pat Catans. They were $2  and already had built in foam tape on their backs.

Most of us already own stuff that we can up-cycle or refurb. Take a look  around. What are you sick of looking?  Give it a fresh new look. And check out the Flea Markets, Thrift-Stores and Dollar Stores, before you spend your hard earned cash.

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While I enjoy the look of the ladder, paying $249-$429 to enjoy the look of the ladder…is nuts. Buy some wood at Home Depot and knock yourself out. Obviously, they don’t need to be sturdy. They are decorative.

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Top 20 Valentine’s Day DIY Projects

Top 20 Valentine’s Day DIY Projects

 

The Pinterest bug hit this morning with a vengeance! As a result, we’ve created a few things and surfed the net to keep our minds in the Valentine’s DIY spirit. Here are a few things we found. By ‘we’, I mean my daughter and I. Of course… one can only surmise at this point, that I yanked her into my crazy crafting hot glue obsession. At least…she liked the throw blanket that we picked up for a  whopping $5…. Go us!

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So we of course…hot glued a bunch of stuff. The best part about hot glue, is the fact that you can PEEL IT OFF! You can re-use all your dollar store goodies for other DIY projects.

And we went nuts on the fireplace…..

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So join us in all of our gluey, crafting, Pinterest obsessed glory! Here’s our Top 20 Valentine DIY ideas….

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Interior Design 2017 Color Trends

It’s that time of year. The New Year is upon us! For some of us, this means we’re buried neck deep in darkness, freezing temps and a strong need to create a positive atmosphere. The holidays are over (although we still have Valentines Day for all Pinterest lovers everywhere), and it’s time to settle in for the winter doom and gloom….or not.

Drawing on the Pantone Report, 2017 is guaranteed to be bright and vibrant. I sincerely hope that you  LOVE color!

*Links and credit included

Without further delay, here are the top picks for 2017 interior design and decor.


http://interiorzine.com/2016/09/15/interior-design-trends-2017/

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http://www.designmena.com/insight/trend-forecaster-milou-ket-reveals-colour-trends-for-20162017

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http://www.designmena.com/insight/trend-forecaster-milou-ket-reveals-colour-trends-for-20162017

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http://www.catherineandjasonbarry.com/interior-design-trends-coming-2017/

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http://www.bykoket.com/news/interior-design/elle-decor-predicts-color-trends-2017

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http://modern-homedesign.com/modern-vintage-interior-design-7402/modern-vintage-interior-design-2017-of-modern-home-interior-ign-home-interior-ign-for-home-gallery/

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http://joburgeastexpress.co.za/65332/5-interior-design-trends-for-2017/

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http://www.designmena.com/insight/trend-forecaster-milou-ket-reveals-colour-trends-for-20162017

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http://www.eclectictrends.com/category/trends/page/3/

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http://h0me.website/interior-design-colors/

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http://modern-homedesign.com/modern-vintage-interior-design-7402/modern-vintage-interior-design-2017-of-modern-house-ign-trends-2017-of-living-room-ign-trends-living-gallery/

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It doesn’t take a trained eye to notice the clean, eclectic, bright and yet classic pattern of 2017’s design trends.

I don’t know about you, my lovely reader, but I can craft and Pin with the best of them! Dollar stores, craft stores and thrift-stores can make this years interior design projects much less expensive. And when you create the design, it holds a much deeper meaning.  When you’re relaxing on the sofa enjoying your splendid handy-work, give yourself a pat on the back and stare in awe at your incredible artistic vision.

Currently I’m working on some Valentine’s goodies…that should keep me occupied for a while. Happy Bargain Hunting!