Category Archives: Favorite Things

new to me: Polyvore!

Either I’m behind the times on this one, or in-the-know.  Either way, I wanted to share this latest amazing find.  Sorry if you’re one of those who have known about this [shame on you for not sharing!]



Poly-what??  I said a few days ago.  Polyvore is one of those well kept secrets and has become a new addiction.   I like to think of it as virtual window shopping.  It’s fashion+home focused and was named one of Time Magazine’s “5 Best Sites for One-Stop Online Shopping.”  [source]

“You can create your own collections, follow your favorite curators, or, if you like, just browse or search the latest items in Polyvore’s collection.  If you like browsing store windows and shop displays, Polyvore is the online version—and you can do it from the comfort of your own home.” [source]

Anyone can sign up.

Once I did, I wasted no time creating a few collections of my own.  I had fun with these and pulled together pieces that inspired me [I paid no attention to the price tags!].

master bedroom_glammed upMy first creation was this master bedroom collection.  If you click on the above image you will see just how Polyvore works.  You choose from a huge selection of items, drag them onto your “board” and if you hover over each item a pop up will show you where you can buy it and how much it costs. This is an ingenious way to window shop, create your dream space and shop the look for less.

living room_sexy and glammyNext I created this sexy+glammy living room collection.  I think this collection resembles my style and how I have my house currently decorated.

moody living roomI created this living room collection for this contest I recently entered.  I also love this one.

For all you Fashionistas out there you can put together your favorite outfits too!  For the hell of it I threw together one of my favorite everyday looks

everyday fav look

This look sure beats my typical “Mommy Uniform” of black stretchy pants and one of my husbands t-shirts.


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My artwork [and my fav artist of all time]  I adore a good abstract, but am also drawn to a classic Monet or Van Gogh.  I even consider my little blog to be my own piece of artwork.  I spend hours (too many) tweaking it, refining it and molding it.  Hint. Hint.  (More on that very soon).  Of course there is always a heart-wrenching price tag attached to any desirable piece.

I am all about the cheap and easy, but it also has to look good of course.  I decided to fill our new home with art that I’ve either created or purchased for dirt cheap.

Here are a few of my own creations


With glass of favorite red wine in hand I painted this picture in less than 40 minutes.  My inspiration for it was Vincent van Gogh’s “Almond Blossom.”  This project was apx $11 (the cost of some sample jars of AS Chalk Paint).



Ahhh, I still love this drawing I did several (aka 25!) years ago.  I wish I could say this was a self-portrait (in my dreams!) but it’s from a shampoo ad in some magazine.  This picture had been hiding for at least 25 years in my old portfolio  until my daughter found it.  She wanted to look at my artwork and I was happy to share it with her.  When she asked me why I didn’t have it up on our wall I said, “You know what, I don’t know!”  It now adorns a side table in our dining room along with the painting above. This project was free!



I painted this watercolor…um…I have no clue when!  I think I painted this five or six years ago when my girl was napping.  This is now hanging in our living room.  This painting was free!



Being married to a legal alien German I thought it fitting to include a touch of “home” for him (although the way the German flag is hanging in this poster frame is VERY incorrect he tells me.)  The flag was a gift my in-laws brought for our kids last year when they came to visit from Germany.  This project was free!

Now onto my kids’ rooms…


I purchased the chip letters at Home Depot for around $5.00.  I glued them onto a canvas I had then painted it all this soft lavender (the color I thought I was going to paint my girl’s room).

The abstract painting below that is a paint-by-numbers kit I bought for my girl recently and she had her own idea what that meant.  I have to say I love her interpretation much better.


The 3-D paper butterflies were an Etsy purchase.


My son also likes to try his hand at creating a masterpiece.  I painted a cheap canvas red and gave it to him and said, “Go crazy!”  This is his little interpretation.  This project was free!

I am in the process of re doing his room.  I wanted to give my sports-junkie little man some inspirational artwork so I scoured the internet for some cheap prints of one of my favorite artists of all time. Know who it is?  NORMAN ROCKWELL!  His work is timeless and epitomizes Americana.  I was lucky enough to score 4 of his sports prints for $15+$5 shipping off eBay.  When they arrived I was so excited and knew I had “nailed it” for my son’s room.

These are the prints that I purchased:

choosin up

first down

oh yeah


Fun for a little boy’s room, huh?

I guess if I have a point to this post it’s that you can create art too.  Free art. It’s all around you and inside your head just itching to pop out!  I hid my work for over 20 years until it took my beautiful 6 year old to inspire me to put myself out there.  Ok, it’s only displayed in our house, but it’s a huge deal to me when we have people over and they ask “who drew that portrait “or “who painted that piece.” Art is very personal, subjective and means different things to different people.  So why not surround yourself with things that inspire you and make you happy?  I finally did just that.


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