Thursday, May 30, 2013

Trash to Treasure

Can you believe someone was throwing this out?!?! I rescued this bench from the curb a few weeks ago. All it needed was a coat of stain...and some pretty pillows from The Christmas Tree Shop. It's perfect for my backyard next to the swing set to keep an eye on my little guy while he is playing.

Here I am in all my glory staining it last weekend : )

Keep those eyes peeled for treasures!!!



Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Shop Your Way to Benefit Team Lauren's Legacy


Jenny Sanzo over at Flower City Fashionista works for Sears/Kmart/Lands End as a personal shopper.  Her services are completely free. As a Concierge Personal Shopper, she uses, a social platform for the rapidly growing Sears Shop Your Way loyalty program to create catalogs, recommend products, and share exclusive sales and discounts with her clients. She helps people shop for anything from skinny jeans, to patio furniture, to a new dishwasher or mascara.  Her services save people time and money and are 100% free of charge.

Jenny is currently in the process of building her client list and has offered to donate $2 to Golisano Children's Hospital Team Lauren's Legacy for every new client who signs up by midnight tonight, May 29th.

Signing up is fast, easy and FREE!!! 

1. Go to:

2. Click the [Start Here] button.

3. Sign up as a Shop Your Way member.

4. Sign up as a shop your way REWARDS member so you can earn points to get FREE stuff. If you already have a Rewards account, you can provide your membership info by clicking the check box at the top of the form.


6. To become a client of mine, accept the terms and conditions by clicking both boxes.

7. Click [FINISH].

8.  You will get a confirmation email.

Thanks so much for helping support Team Lauren's Legacy! And don't forget to visit and follow Jenny at the Flower City Fashionista HERE.

XOXO Eleanor

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Summer Front Porch Decor

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of time to tuck away the spring decor and break me out a little summer!

Happy Decorating!

Monday, May 27, 2013

DIY Patriotic Wreath

Happy Memorial Day! How are you marking this important holiday and the unofficial start of summer? We'll be finishing up some outdoor projects and heading over to my parent's house for a little BBQ later today.

Earlier this week I started prepping my front porch decor for the holiday. A new addition this year is this wreath made out of tiny flag pics from Oriental Trading. The pics come 144 pieces to a box for $3.50. It took me about three and a half boxes to complete this project.

I started out with a floral foam ring from my local craft store. Then, you just find a good movie, sit, and press the flags in until the wreath is completely full and there is none of the ring showing.

I decided to mount mine to a grapevine wreath and hang on my antique sled that is still occupying a corner of my porch from winter. The hubby has been nagging me to put it away for the season, but I just love the way it looks on the porch. So until I find something's stayin'...just sayin'.

Happy Memorial Day!

Friday, May 24, 2013

My First Feature!

Thanks so much to Tammy at Homespun Happenings for featuring my Fun Graduation DIY Gift in her Final Rustic Restorations Weekend Linky Party!

It's my first feature...can you tell I'm so proud of me : )

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Vintage Ladder Blanket Holder

What a beautiful weekend it was! Perfect to do a little garage sale hunting. One item that I came across was this old 6ft. wood step ladder...

As soon as I saw it I thought it would PERFECT for hanging the throw blankets on in our family room. The throws in our family room have turned into exactly that...throw it over here, throw it over there. It was driving the OCD in me crazy. The guy wanted $10 for it, but I was able to get him down to $8. I took it home, removed the back of the ladder (that is the part I was after), sanded it down, gave it two coats of black spray paint, and distressed the edges a little with sand paper to give it more of a vintage feel.

Perfect! Now our throws have a place to hang (out).

Later : )
Homespun Happenings

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Crazy About Mason Jars!!!!!

I am CRAZY about all the DIY mason jar projects out there on Pinterest lately. Here are my favorites...

Candles and Sand Mason Jar Luminaries
Mason Jar Soap Dispenser
Mason Jar Solar Lights
Mason Jar Sippies
Mason Jar Match Holder
Summertime Fizz Drinks
Printable Mason Jar Labels
Mason Jar Silverware Caddy
Mason Jar Hanging Lanterns
Mason Jar Chandelier
Mason Jar Lamp
Mason Jar Oil Lamp

Happy Crafting!

Fun Graduation DIY Gift

It's that time of year again! Graduations and thus graduation parties galore. Here is a fun, inexpensive gift that your graduate is sure to love!

You can purchase this jar or a similar size one at Walmart for about $6-$10. They'll be able to reuse the jar at college to store supplies in. You'll want at least a 1/2 gallon jar to accommodate all the candy...and it's always nice to add a little cash in the center : )

Cut and paste the poem below into an MS Word document and customize for your graduate. I used a graduation cap from Clip Art to add a little somthin', somethin'.

"Look at you SMARTIE pants! You scored high in tests and reached the PAYDAY of graduation. Don't listen to SNICKERS that you are a DUM DUM or NERD, cuz you are one HOT TAMALE in this MILKY WAY, on (her) way to making 100 GRAND! Hope your summer is MOUNDS of fun! Lots of KISSES. (The Olander Family)"

Enjoy : )

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Woo-Hoo 10,000 Page Views!!!!!!!!!

Woo-Hoo!!!!!!!!! Today my page counter hit 10,000 page views!!!!!!! Thank you to everyone who reads, shares and enjoys my blog.

Love 'ya!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mothers Day

Happy Mothers Day to all the mothers out there. Those who have lost their mothers, those who have lost their child...YOU ARE STILL a mother, daughter and son. My heart is with you today. Happy Mothers Day to single moms and foster moms who work so hard and sacrifice so much. Happy Mothers Day to you all.

My Babies

My Mommy

Logan's Birth

Lauren's Birth

Friday, May 10, 2013

I'm think I'm in love....Decor Steals!!!

I found this AWESOME web site called Decor Steals. Each day they pick a different decor item and offer it at a fabulous price. Today's steal...

This Set of Two Farmhouse Vintage Mason Jar Soap Pumps for only $28.50!!! Use them for hand soap, dish detergent, lotion, hand sanitizer...the possibilities are endless!!! Visit there web site HERE to get in on this steal before they are gone! AND shipping is flat rate at only $5...can't beat that : )

They also offer extended steals on past features. Here are the current extended steals...

Vintage Inspired Large Dough Bowl- $31.50

Set of 3 Galvanized Metal Trays- $39.50

Large Farmhouse Galvanized Metal Lantern- $25.50

And you get to vote on what item's you'd like them to feature as an upcoming steal. I've got my eye on this boxwood wreath...

"Like" Decor Steals on Facebook HERE to stay up to date on all their daily steals and giveaways.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Spring Front Porch Decor

Spring has finally sprung in the northeast! The Forsythia, Lilacs, Cherry Blossoms, and Magnolias are all in bloom. Simply gorgeous! Now I can open the windows up wide and get some much needed fresh air in the house...and pollen..lots and lots of pollen. Coating. Everything.

I figured since the summer front porch decor will be coming out of storage in a few weeks, I better post the spring pics : )

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