Friday, April 29, 2011

We Have a Winner!

Thank you so much for all of you who entered my Spring Wreath Giveaway!


I so enjoyed hearing what you all love about SPRING!  I am patiently waiting for it to show up more around here;)

The winner is…

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Kelly from Till Death Do Us Part 

Go pay her a visit and check out her Etsy shop as well!

Thanks so much Kelly for entering and all your support and sweet comments!  Email me your shipping address and I will send your wreath out ASAP! 


As a THANK YOU for all of you sweet friends, I am offering FREE shipping in my Etsy shop through the weekend.  Just enter THANKS at checkout. :)

Have a great weekend!!:)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

What I am Loving Wednesday

I always enjoy seeing what everyone is enjoying at the moment, so for the first time I am joining the fun with …

Here we go!

Simply Shabby Chic® Oatmeal Linen Duvet Set

  • I am loving super naughty Hershey’s drops.  There’s just something about them.  Yum.


  • I am loving that I am seeing a GLIMPSE {just a glimpse} of this in my yard. (before you get too excited for me, this pic is from LAST year)


  • I am loving that my mom’s Scottish Terrier had puppies.  They are so sweet…can’t get enough!

  • I am loving this dress from American Eagle and I am loving that they are having an extra 30% off on all clearance right now.  That makes this cute dress $20! Now if it would just be warm enough to wear it;)

What are you loving?

Hey friends, have you entered my Spring Wreath Giveaway yet?!  It ends Friday:)


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Singing Flowers

Just to help brighten your day, a happy cheery wreath I made…

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Have a great day! :)



Monday, April 25, 2011

Lovely Little Desk

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I have mentioned before that I am {slowly} working on turning our guest room into a playroom.  I’ve completed a few projects here and there so hopefully soon it will all come together.  One more project down…
I found this little desk for $5 at a thrift store and I thought with a little love it would be a perfect little homework or art station.  Beautiful, right? ;)
A little sanding, painting, wood appliqué-ing distressing, and cute {clearance} knob-afying later…  
Isn’t she sweet?
Almost makes me want to pull a little chair up and write a poem or short story.
I applied the little wood appliqué on the bottom because it was just screaming for one, plus I wanted to feminize it a bit.
*TIP-Adding appliqués like this is a great, inexpensive way to add character and customize your thrift store pieces.  Also, I stained the appliqué first to match the wood on the desk so when it was painted and sanded it would look the same color as the rest of the desk.
I used a few coats of flat white spray paint to cover.  Then I sanded the edges and added some glaze to give it more antiquing.  The precious little knobs were a steal at TJ Maxx.  (Like $3 for all of them.) LOVE.
*TIP- Unique knobs make a huge difference…check out the before with the basic wood knobs.  By simply adding some color and detail with knobs, this piece takes on instant charm with a whole new look. 
Stayed tuned for the completion of the playroom transformation…
but please don’t hold your breath;) 
*If you have any tips on how to stayed extremely focused on one room at a time…please send them my way. ;)
Linking up to… 

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Have you entered my Spring Wreath Giveaway yet?!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

What I’ve Been Working On

This isn’t gonna be pretty, but I thought I’d give ya a peek inside my house & show you what I’ve up to lately with my Family Room Update.

We finally hung my new curtain rod & casually stuck up the curtains…err, fabric. Or as the Nester says, window “mistreatments” :)

I LOVE the fabric and not just because I snagged it for a steal. It’s pretty, nice quality and it has deer on it. What more could I want?!


So here it is…  {crappy picture} Ladder, drill, haphazard decor, mess and all. 

I promise it will look better soon!

And for the record, we didn’t have any help from

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     Her                    nor                    Him.


Happy Easter Weekend!

Don’t forget to enter my Spring Wreath Giveaway! :)


Friday, April 22, 2011

Spring {wreath} Giveaway!

Do you remember my Spring Wreath Tutorial last month?  Well, she has been hanging out in my craft abyss room and really needs a home. I have been deciding what to do with this fun wreath, thinking I wanted to give it to a friend or family member as a gift.  I have decided to do just that... 

Give it away to one of you, my friends!

I hope that is ok. :)


Mother’s Day Gift?


Or keep it for you?


5 ways to Enter!!

**please leave a separate comment for each:)**

1.  One entry for following or subscribing to The Gathering Place Design

2. One entry for Tweeting, FB-ing or Blogging about it & leaving a comment.

3. One entry for liking The Gathering Place Design on Facebook

4. One entry for following The Gathering Place Design on Twitter

5. And just for fun, one entry for telling me your favorite thing about Spring.

One of you fabulous friends will be randomly chosen on Friday April 29th.

Have a Happy Easter Weekend!


{Creative} Bathroom Storage

I have had this lovely towel rack for a few years, but I can never keep towels in it and when I do they stay for too long and look dusty and flat.  So after a few months of staring at it’s emptiness, I came up with an alternative use for it.

Over the toilet storage.

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First things first.  Eat your oatmeal.  It is good for you.

I saved the oatmeal containers.  At least the ones Mr. Husband didn’t dispose of.  Next I covered them in scraps of fabric and burlap using spray adhesive and hot glue for the edges.  I just put the hot glue along the edge and folded in the fabric.


There ya have it.  I might make one more big one & two smaller ones…we’ll see.  But for now it already feels a little nicer and more organize in our little komodo.

This way we can have air freshener, feminine products, etc. with in reach with out them sitting on the back of the toilet.  They simply slide in the open side, out of sight, but with easy accessibility.  Not that many guest frequent my master bath, but it feels nice to walk past and have it look a little put together.


*The pictures show the colors coming through the burlap, but in real life they don’t show.  You could spray paint the containers first or use a lining or thicker fabric.*

I know you all might not have towel racks like this hanging around, but I am hoping this with at least get your creative juices flowing for reusing what you have in maybe a different way as well as recycling stuff we use everyday.

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