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Hi, I'm Angela...wife, mother, rescue pug and cat parent, small business owner...
with a little blogging thrown into the mix.

UNIQUE FURNITURE FINDS ON ETSY

January 2, 2018


It's funny how tastes can change. I used to be very traditional in my decorating but find that I'm really starting to get into modern, industrial, retro, and other styles of decorating. I enjoy 'window shopping' for furniture on the internet and was perusing Etsy recently and found these lovely, unique finds...

Isle of Copper Captains
(Image courtesy of Barefoot Isles)

Barefoot Isles has become the new standard for walking surfaces, combining a stylish design with beneficial features. The interesting pebble surface of these unique area pieces brings a new experience as well as a beautiful addition to any room.

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Pellet Shelving
(Image courtesy of Pallet Jaques)

Pallet Jaques doesn't just make furniture, he makes pieces people love. Whether for living, dining, kitchen, or bathroom, there is something for every room, and all stunningly beautiful.

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Lexus Bench
(Image courtesy of Functional Art Gallery)

At Functional Art Gallery, their pieces are more than furniture, they're works of art. Each item is beautiful and intriguing in its design and sure to be a conversation piece.

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Mid-Century TV Trays
(Image courtesy of Modern Logic)

Modern Logic has a passion for selecting beautiful items and this set of unusual vintage TV trays, featuring postcard-like scenes of European cities and foreign stamps, doesn't disappoint.

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Industrial-Style Coffee Table
(Image courtesy of Kay Jay Studios)

Kay Jay Studios offers unique creations and quality restorations and their striking industrial-style coffee table checks all the boxes, from the impressive bulldozer drive sprocket with its lovely patina left intact to the beautiful wooden posts repurposed for the legs. It's sure to make a bold statement in any room.


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UPDATE A HOLLYWOOD LIGHT STRIP FIXTURE

December 31, 2017

In an effort to update my bathroom as inexpensively (i.e. cheap, cheap!) as possible I decided to see if I could do something to the outdated Hollywood brass light strip fixture. It was so incredibly easy, I wish I'd done it a long time ago.

photo of strip light before

INSTRUCTIONS:

NOTE: This project can be completed in a day. It's best to work outside on a sunny day that isn't too windy. If you can't work outside, make sure you're in a well-ventilated area.

• First remove all the light bulbs, then pull the...


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WONDERFUL LIFE

December 31, 2017

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KEEP THE CHANGE

December 30, 2017

jar full of change

When paying for things with cash, only use bills and save any change you get. My husband and I have been doing this for years. Any change we get we put in a jar and at the end of each month we have anywhere from $20 to sometimes $50 saved up.

Our bank has a money sorting machine so we take the jar to the bank, run the change through the sorter, and get a receipt that can either be cashed or deposited into our account. If your bank doesn't offer this service you can buy a money sorter (w...


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70s COCKTAILS

August 13, 2017


cocktail shaker
(Image courtesy of Marcelo Gerpe)

Some of my fondest memories are of my mom and dad having outdoor parties during warm summer evenings replete with a fully stocked bar and disco music piped through built-in speakers around the patio. Afterall, it was the 70's. I would sneak downstairs from my bedroom to watch grown ups in their polyester finest dancing to disco, ordering up cocktails at the bar, and laughing and having a good time.

One time, having snuck down to watch, my dad caught...
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HOW TO LAWYER UP

August 12, 2017


gavel and law books

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This is not a paid endorsement. I'm just very impressed with the company!


I recently needed help sorting out some business insurance details and had recently signed up for LegalShield and they were a tremendous help. If you're not familiar with LegalShield, they have been providing legal service plans for over 40 years. For a nominal monthly fee, they'll pair you with a dedicated law firm with attorneys who are just a phone call away and are ready to help with legal couns...
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WHY HANDMADE IS BETTER

July 17, 2017


hands holding box

While there are exceptions to every rule, overall handmade is a much better alternative when you're looking for quality-made items. Here are three reasons why:

1) The artisan making the item personally cares about what they're making and will take the time to make sure it's made properly.

2) The artisan making the item also cares about their customers and wants them to feel that personal connection.

3) Shopping handmade supports small business and the people who have a passion for...
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FAITH HOPE LOVE

June 28, 2017


Faith Hope Love Cosmetics Bags

Faith, hope, love . . . what more do you need?


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PLATFORM BED DIY

June 17, 2017


Would you like a platform bed without the expense? All you need is a black fitted sheet and some black card stock.

diy platform bed
I was tired of the bed skirt on our bed so I took it off and put a black fitted sheet on the box spring, but I needed a way to hide the unattractive castors of the bed frame.


diy platform bed
After noodling on a solution for a while I came up with the idea of taking four pieces of black card stock for the four legs of the bed frame, trimming them to the proper height, and folding them ...
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HELPFUL COOKING TIPS

May 30, 2017


baking ingredients
(Image courtesy of Ariel da Silva Parreira)

SIFTING FLOUR
When you need to sift flour but don't have a sifter or you just don't feel like going to all the trouble, pour some flour into a large mixing bowl and stir it with a wire whisk for a few seconds to fluff it up, then scoop out with your measuring cup. Whisk it after each scoop to keep it fluffed.


PEELING ONIONS
A quick way to avoid onions stinging your eyes is to not stand with your head directly over the onions when you're...
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