Thursday, December 1, 2011

Meet Wally Red, The Elf on the Shelf

Happy December!  I love Christmas time.  The lights, music, decorations, overall feeling that Christmas brings has always been so special to me.  My birthday is this month as well, so December is my favorite month of all!  As we are setting everything up for Christmas in our home we welcomed a new friend this year to our family.

Meet Wally Red, our Elf on the Shelf!
Elf on Shelf ideas

I am so new to the Elf on the Shelf, so of course I turned to Pinterest to see some ideas we can do with Wally.  Oh my gosh, sooo cute!  Pinterest will never disappoint will it?!? These are some of my favorites that will for sure take place in our home this year.

adventures of Elf on the Shelf...Elf Shelf ideaelf on the shelf ideas

What are some of your favorite things your Elf on the Shelf does in your home?  This is going to be a fun tradition!
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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Repin Wednesdays...Cardboard

Lately I have been doing a lot of decorating for a big Christmas party at my church.  With a limited budget cardboard has become my new favorite item.  So curiously I looked up on Pinterest what people have thought to use cardboard for.  I swear, people are so resourceful and crafty aren't they?!?  I think I may have to try some of these out!

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Have you done anything unique and creative with cardboard?  Would love to hear what and see pictures!
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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Repin Wednesday

I love Seinfeld!  If you all have seen it do you remember the episode that Jerry went to get a Marble Rye for his friend George, only to find out that an old women in front of him in line got the last one?  Jerry then ends up stealing the Marble Rye from her and runs off with her chasing him in the background yelling, "He stole my Marble Rye!  My Marble Rye!!!"  Well I thought for sure this was going to happen to me today, but rather than stealing a Marble Rye from someone it would be a big fat 20 pound turkey!  I had to go to a couple stores to find one big enough, and yes...I was sweating that our Thanksgiving would consist of everything but a turkey.  But I found one, and it was NOT in someone's basket. 

So, if you are like me and still are looking at ideas for Thanksgiving here are a few from Pinterest that caught my eye.  I seriously could have posted a million of them but today you will have to settle for only 11. 

All recipes are found under Thanksgiving on my Pinterest Page
YUMM!!!  Anyone else hungry?  What are your staples that you always have on Thanksgiving? 

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Monday, November 21, 2011

The Story of the Claw Foot Couch

Last week was a crazy one for me.  I kept thinking, I need to post on my blog, I need to post on my blog...but as you saw I didn't!  My computer was dead, and so was my energy to post.  I have been working non stop on an exciting project, and I have just been telling myself, it's more important to finish client work than to post.  I think that is solid advice wouldn't you say? 

So what have I been working on you say?  Let me give you a hint, this is my new best friend!

And it helps me re-upholster this fabulous couch!

My client bought this couch at Goodwill 3 years ago an has had it in her garage ever since.  I LOVE it!  She is going to transition it into her family room.  Her goal, to have a couch with very little pillows so the kids can't throw them off the couch.  So smart!   
The fabric is an amazing apple green to go along with her modern house with vintage touches.  Can I say I WANT her house!  The claw feet on the couch are so authentic.  I just can't wait to finish it all! 

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Weekend Projects & Nellie B Necklace Winner

This weekend is a full one!  I am wrapping up refinishing this very cool armoire for a client that we are making into a media storage center.

I love the detail on the doors.  Every piece of furniture should have something unique about it, which gives it a focal point.

Also, thank you to all those that entered for the Nellie B. necklace giveaway! 

The winner picked by Random is... Jessica!  Congratulations!

Remember Nellie B. for all your fun and unique Christmas gifts this year.  They truly are loved by all those that receive them.  Plus, the way Brooke packages the jewelry is one of the best parts! 

Have a fantastic weekend! 

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Repin Wednesdays...Numbers

Everyone has a connection to numbers.  When you see a 7, typically you think of luck, right?.  When I see an 8, I imagine one of those round 8 balls that tell you your "future".  Those were so much fun to play with as a kid!  Numbers are all around us and what better place to display them than in your home.

When putting numbers as art in your home use those that have meaning to you and those around you.  Use your birthday, lucky number, anniversary, children's birthdays, etc.  Here are some of my favorite ideas with numbers from this week on Pinterest.

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Have you seen any other great ideas with numbers?  I would love to hear about them.  Happy Pinning!

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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Nellie B Necklace Giveaway

It's the start of a new week, so you know what that means...another GIVEAWAY!

I always get stopped every time I wear a necklace made by my dear friend Brooke from Nellie B.  Brooke is the most talented lady I know!  Her jewelry is amazing and will not disappoint! She welds, hammers and creates each piece by hand.  You truly get a unique, one of a kind piece of jewelry every time! Brooke recently started selling her creations, so her blog is new like mine.  Show her some love by entering for this great giveaway.  Her jewelry make great gifts for everyone!  Her young daughter wears them and looks adorable!

This is your chance to win this Heart of Brass Necklace

To Enter Giveaway
(Comment telling me you did all steps)

1.  Be or become a follower of this blog
2.  Become a Follower of The Nellie B blog
3.  "Like" The Rustic Alley on Facebook
4.  Leave a comment on at least one other post on this blog

Earn extra entries (one extra entry per step) by:

1.  Sharing this link on facebook, twitter, or blog
2.  Getting someone new to follow The Rustic Alley Blog

Giveaway will end on Thursday November 10th at Midnight.  
Winner will be announced on Friday.  

Good Luck!
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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Closet Envy

I have a confession, I have a huge problem with staying organized and keeping my house clean.  I would like to say that it's all because I have three young girls (under four) and a husband that likes to drop things on the floor when he comes home from work, but seeing as though my mom reads my blog she will call me out and say keeping things clean and organized has always been a problem for me!  Hello, my name is Allison.  I am in my 30's and I have a hard time keeping my room clean.

I sometimes wish I had a little O.C.D, that way I would keep everything nice and neat.  I seriously try, but I just can't do it.  I am too much of a free spirit and try to not make anything that doesn't "really matter" a big deal.  Then it gets to the point where I go crazy and become a nutty women who spends hours upon hours trying to clean, and it never seems like it stays that way too long.  What is pushing me over the edge lately is laundry!  I hate laundry and even more I hate putting it away.  I probably hate putting it away because I don't have a fantastic closet that is excited to hold my clothes. 

Maybe if I had one of these in my life at least my closet would be beautiful and organized.  A girl can dream right?!?

Pictures via Pinterest
What do you all do to stay organized?  How often do you find yourself cleaning out closets and rooms?  Now that I am becoming more busy with work, I need help!
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Repin Wednesdays...Lighting

Lighting is one of my favorite parts of any room.  There are so many options and great ways to bring ambiance to a room.  Hanging lights can be works of art providing texture and focal points.  These are a few of my favorite I have seen on Pinterest. 

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Happy Pinning!  You can find all these on my pinterest boards for easy repining. The numbers above either take you to the website they originate from or to my "lighting board".

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Friday, October 28, 2011

One Lucky Fighter wins CK Condo Giveaway

I have been having some serious computer issues!  My computer doesn't like to work and decides to go on boycott when something really important needs to be done, like post on my blog!  So I have hijacked my husbands work computer...thank you husbands work for your laptop I truly appreciate it.

So without further rantings who is the winner?  After reading the posts one stuck out to me very much especially because of what month October recognizes.  Let me give you a hint,
Although October represents Breast Cancer awareness, one of my readers that posted for the giveaway is fighting cancer!  That just brings tears to my eyes when I think of it.  Both for how awesome it is to be someone to beat cancer and for how sad I feel for anyone that as to go through something has horrific as cancer, especially when there are children involved.  So how could I not give this amazing giveaway to Samantha Carter! 

(Her Comment)
I did all the steps for your contest! Me and my husband could really use a vacation about now! We've had a rough two years dealing with my thyroid cancer and numerous surgeries, my husband is in school full time, and working, plus we have three little children so we are on a tight budget as it is! My kids dream about the going to the beach they talk about it all the time :)

I am so proud of you Samantha, and think you definitely deserve a trip full of no stress and carefree days!  Join me all in congratulating Samantha for not only getting the CK Condos trip but for fighting cancer and of course going to be the winner of it!
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Repin Wednesdays...DIY Projects

I love Pinterest!  How did we ever live without it, right?!?  Here are some of my favorite DIY projects.  So creative and inventive!

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What are your favorite DIY projects from Pinterest? 
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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Need a Trip? Win the CK Condos Giveaway

Since The Rustic Alley launched on September 12th I have partnered with some amazing friends to give 4 giveaways, and today is the 5th!  Can I just say that following The Rustic Alley blog has its perks!

If you are like me, seeing pictures like this one is just a tease...

But NOT today!  My good friends from CK Condos  are giving away a 3 day 2 night stay at one of 22  different locations across the country, to a lucky Rustic Alley follower!  You can take your pick from a beautiful Southern California condo, or a condo in beautiful Lake Tahoe to name a couple locations. This would make a fantastic mini vacation!  I want to win this one, I could always use a couple nights away from reality, what about you?

To Enter the CK Condo Giveaway
(Must be or become a follower of this blog)

1.  "Like" The Rustic Alley page on Facebook
2.  "Like" CK Condos page on Facebook
3.  Email with your email so that CK Condos can get in touch with you if you win!
4. Facebook, blog, tweet, etc. about this amazing giveaway.  Leave a comment with the link for your post
5.  Comment telling me you did all steps and why you want to win

(FYI: comments are great!  The more the better)

The contest ends Thursday October 27th at Midnight.  The winner will be announced on Friday.  
Good Luck!  
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Repin Wednesday, A Day Late...Wreath's

Sorry this is a day late.  I have been busy tearing out carpet and finding termites!  YUCK!!!  So on to the good stuff.

I love wreath's.  They are the first thing that people see when they come to your home, and let's face it...first impressions are everything!  An empty door is an unhappy door.  Here are a few of my favorite wreaths I have seen and repinned on Pinterest. There were so many cute ones I wish I could fit about 20 here, but I settled with 11.  

All these are on my Pinterest board, Wreath's for easy repinning.  What fun wreath's have you seen?  I would love to hear your comments! 
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Monday, October 17, 2011

Drab To Fab Buffet

When I refinish furniture I usually don't get started on it right away.  Rather I let it sit and I will look at it in different lights and at different times of day.  I know this sounds very cheesy but I let the furniture speak to me.  I keep staring at it until I can see the vision of the finished product.  Unfortunately this sometimes is trial and error.  (This is how I am with rooms in my house.  My husband knows that if I am staring at the walls or looking around the room then that usually is a bad sign, and will eventually cost more money.  I try not to do this too often).   

So when I got this piece of furniture from a client, I sat, and stared...and stared...and stared some more.

The first thing I saw was that the band of detail around the top of the buffet was barely noticeable.  Why have a detail like that if you can't see it?  Second, the knobs do not make any statement and were much too small. 

And lastly, the orange color was horrible!  That had to change. 

Here is the finished product.  I love the way it turned out.  The detail around the top is how it should be!  You can tell it's there.

As I was painting it I remembered smiling, thinking that I am so glad that I get to do this job.  Old furniture is suppose to look old, don't you think?  I like clean lines but there is just something about giving furniture charecter so it doesn't look like something bought at the store.  (p.s. I really don't know why I try writting in cursive...I don't think I have since the 5th grade; and it shows!  It should say Life is too SHORT to not take chances).

And to finish it off, beautiful vintage inspired glass knobs.  The only problem is, I don't get to keep it. 

What is your preference, old furniture looking clean and fresh and new?  Or trying to give it a unique character?  I would love to hear your thoughts, it is a hard one I know...
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Friday, October 14, 2011

Kamee June Photography Winner

Thank you all so much for the comments, new followers, "likers", tweets, blog posts, etc.!  This has been an exciting giveaway!  There have been 502 page views of this giveaway.  That is so crazy for a new blogger like me.  Apparently Kamee is LOVED

So who is the winner?  Who gets to have their pictures taken by this amazing and talented lady???  Who is going to be inspired and laugh so much that their cheeks hurt?

There is no way that I could pick someone to win!  There were too many great stories to choose from.  So I turned to  I made a list with everyones names listed multiple times(depending on how many entries everyone had). Plugged it in and this is what I got.

True Random Number Generator 89 Powered by RANDOM.ORG

So who is number 89 is the question?  DRUM ROLL.....

The Winner is Steph and Scott!

CONGRATULATIONS!!!  I can't wait to see how they turn out.
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Thursday, October 13, 2011

DIY Chalkboard

 A while back on one of my trips to Goodwill I came across this fantastic gold leafed frame. 

It was a steal at only $10 so I bought it knowing exactly what I wanted to do with it.  Turn it into a framed chalkboard/message center. 

I used Masonite board, which is like peg board with no holes in it.  I painted it with chalkboard paint and cut it to size with a table saw.  I measured the back of the frame as I wanted to glue it to the frame and not fit it inside.  If you know the measurements Home Depot or Lowe's can cut it for you. 

Masonite Board
You could also use a magnet board and paint that with chalk board paint.  This way you have a magnet board and a chalk board.  These come in a pre-selected sizes at most hardware stores and can not be cut on site.   
Magnet Board

I already had Masonite board that was painted with chalkboard paint in my garage from when I taught Home Economics to children, so this made my decision an easy one.  Once you glue the board to the frame let it dry.  I used a Gorilla Glue product.  Depending on the glue it will vary in time.  Give at least a few hours if not longer. 

Nail in some picture brackets to the back so that you can hang it to your screws.

And there you go!  A beautiful finished product!  Now I have a place to put all those amazing quotes I see everyday on Pinterest.

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