Hi everyone! I am so excited to share that I am partnering with some awesome bloggers for the #SoMe2 Link Party! Have you linked up before? If not, it’s time!! This is a Social Media party where you can grow your following and find new people to follow and inspire you. I’m so excited to be joining Kim from Enjoy the View and DeDe from Designed Decor who have been hosting this party for the past year, plus a new group of bloggers (and me : ) Read below for more information and make sure to link up!
IT’s here! Can you believe it? Our 1 Year Anniversary!
Kim and I am so excited to announce these new changes to you, our loyal party followers!
We had added 3 NEW Hostesses, and we have slightly changed up the way we are linking up.
So this means bigger party and more engagement.
Come join the Social Media Link Party – #SoMe2 #52
This week we are growing and engaging with Facebook!
Do you want to GROW your Social Media channels and GROW your engagement?
This is the party for you!
The more you put in to this SOcial MEdia link party, the more you will get out!
Don’t link and run: share-comment-pin-like and tell your friends!
#SoMe2 is a SOcial MEdia link party, we link up 2 items every Tuesday @ 7:00 (est)
I am so excited to introduce you to our new Hostesses!
Meet your hostesses:
We are pleased to meet this weeks feature and Co-Host!
Meet Stacy from “Any Girl Can Do It“
Bio: Any Girl Can Do It is a blog written to prove to women that they can DIY, craft, organize and much more. Stacy shows readers that not every project is perfect and shows the pitfalls along with the awesome results. She feels strongly that women should be empowered to be the best version of themselves, not the best version of a perfect stereotype. At Any Girl Can Do It you will get everything from industrial decor to football 101 and all the good stuff in between!
Check out our awesome weekly feature.
Everyone who enters the Rafflecopter below each week will have a chance to win a spot as our featured blogger.
We will feature your blog, and links to your social media.
Your links will be inserted into the Rafflecopter for that week – gaining you more followers.
So be sure to enter to win the weekly featured blogger spot!
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1) Please follow your hosts and featured blogger. DON’T link and RUN! ~ No one likes Party Poopers!
2)Please add the ~SoMe2~ button to your sidebar or link page.
3)Tweet about the party! More partiers = more followers! All you have to do is click the “tweet” button
4)Use our hashtag #SoMe2 when tagging or posting so we can find each other!
Social Media is all about ENGAGEMENT, we want to do more than find new followers, we want to grow our engagement!
The more we comment, like, share on each other’s posts, the more engaged we become and that makes the Social Media “algorithms” happy!
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1) Link up your main Facebook Page
2) Follow your Hosts and Co-Host
3) Follow 2 people before your link, if you already follow them, find 2 new people to follow
1) Link up 1 recent Facebook post –
(Go to your Facebook page, click on the time stamp right below your page name on the individual post, copy the URL, and paste that URL into link party.)
2) Share, like and comment on your Hosts and Co-Host post.
3) Share, like and comment on the 2 links in front of yours. One of hostesses will make sure the last two links get comments.
The very first time I visited and blogged about the Vintage Bazaar at Pettengill Farm (it’s this weekend, folks!) I featured a company named Excentrique in my blog post. Pretty sure this hot pink vintage table scape caught my eye : )
Since that post, over two years ago, Excentrique has moved from the fields of Pettengill Farm to their permanent home in this impressive two-story barn at Old Stone Farm in West Newbury, Mass.
Although the barn is a new build, it was designed with yesteryear in mind. Solid granite steps lead up to the massive wooden sliding doors that welcome you into the barn where you will be overwhelmed by the sheer beauty of the architecture and the decor as well.
Brenda not only sells at her shop, she is also an accomplished interior designer. Presently working on an historic Vermont country inn, Brenda shared her mood boards with me and explained her overall design concept of the spaces she is transforming, one room at a time. Through her design company, Journey By Design, Brenda offers full service design consultations, offering her expert services from overall design concept and project management to the complete styling of your project.
Excentrique is open by appointment or for special weekend events that highlight each season.
But lucky you! She will also be setting up shop at the Vintage Bazaar at Pettengill Farm this weekend! Make sure you stop in and say hello, and tell her Sue from Country Design Home sent you. Have a great weekend everyone-see you at the Bazaar! Susan
Since you all think I am a slacker when it comes to completing my mom’s kitchen project, I just want to share with you one of the other projects I had been working on simultaneously. In the adjacent dining room area, I painted the walls the same color as the kitchen and freshened up the old hutch. We debated about whether to paint it or not, but since the wood is still quite lovely and a honey golden brown, we decided to keep it stained. The problem? It was faded from being next to the sliding glass doors that lead to her deck and scratched from years of daily use. This time, I turned to Old English Furniture Polish with Scratch Cover.
This is an oil with stain in it, so it hides the scratches while it polishes and rejuvenates the surface, bringing back its original glow and shine. Very simple, just put some on a rag (use gloves folks, this stuff stains!) then wipe it over the surface.
Done. And no, I was not compensated in any way for pitching this product. I have been using it for years and think its awesome. I thought you should know about it too. Simple as that. That’s my DIY Thrifty tip for Tuesday. And it just goes to show ya-sometimes you don’t need to start from scratch…just cover them up! Susan
Remember the vintage kitchen sink I built a few weeks back?
Well, I built the frame, but the beautiful vintage GE porcelain sink came from a company that Coach discovered on Craigslist: greenGoat.org.
Established in 2000 as a non-profit, greenGoat is an environmental conservation, recycling and waste management organization. Their goal? “The Goat saves otherwise discarded building materials and finds new projects that need those materials. In so doing, we save the energy, raw materials, and other natural resources wasted when useful materials are tossed away.”
For instance, a contractor is set to demolish an old home to build a new one. Once the homeowner has vacated and the furnishings have been removed, there are still tons-literally TONS-of materials left over that normally would be demolished along with the structure. greenGoat goes in prior to the demolition and salvages the leftovers, including antique trims and decorative moldings
vintage light fixtures,
piles of wooden shutters,
and old vent pipes, just for starters.
A couple of weeks ago, Coach and I had a chance to visit the Lawrence, Ma warehouse and speak to the director, Amy Bauman about the origins of her company. Amy started the non-profit when she was working on a kitchen project in her own home and recognized the cost and waste of removing and tossing materials in the dumpster and purchasing replacement materials. She believed there was a better way to redistribute the materials, keeping them out of landfills and into the hands of other homeowners who were upcycling and salvaging instead of dumping and trashing. (Kind of like when I grab a bench out of someone’s trash, pretty it up with a new coat of paint or varnish and then re-sell it to someone who appreciates the beauty and quality of old craftsmanship : ) So, why the greenGoat name and logo?
Well, goats eat pretty much everything, and going green pretty much sums up what greenGoat is all about: “saving more than money.” Where can you find greenGoat? The warehouse is in a beautiful turn-of-the-century mill building in Lawrence, MA. It is not a pretty retail outlet, it’s a down and dusty warehouse packed with amazing finds, every one with its own unique story. To visit this salvage nirvana, you need to reach out to Amy to make an appointment to visit for yourself.
They do post individual items for sale on Craigslist, in hopes that you will come to their demo site and remove the materials before they have to transport them back to the warehouse. That’s how I found my amazing sink!
What will you find in the Lawrence warehouse? Anything and everything you could imagine that could be salvaged and upcycled. I think Amy said that this was a old bellows, coupled with a cart and salvaged wheels that her partner, who is a photographer built.
a vintage cast iron and blue porcelain stove,
And this gorgeous pink capiz shell chandelier?
Well, that also made its way into my home, where it hangs in the pink “Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful” bedroom. Which is perfect for a reclaimed, salvaged find. So, if you are in the market for some old/new building materials (they occasionally do have furniture, but primarily their stock is reclaimed building stock) you can reach Amy at this email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: 617-504-2095 or their mailing address: PO Box 441991, Somerville, MA 02144. And make sure you tell her that Coach and Sue sent you! Hope you are salvaging what’s left of this week, everyone! Susan
I know, I know, it’s been so long since my last blog post about the thrifty kitchen transformation.
but, no excuses! My poor mum has been patiently waiting for me to finish the job we started way back in the spring, soooo next up on the to-do list, the backsplash! With all of the available options out there, it was so difficult to make a decision about which type of backsplash to choose. There are many beautiful tiles including marble, glass, silver and tin that each had its own special quality. But hands down, the winner was this gorgeous travertine subway tile we purchased at Grossman’s Bargain Outlet (the same place we got the amazing hardware) for $5.99 a square foot!
Richly textured, with a light terra cotta color that would instantly add a more rustic “French chateau” feel to the newly painted kitchen cabinets and shiny black granite countertops. It has a lovely chair rail at the top between the cabinets that will eventually hold a shelf of some sort.
**Full disclosure: I did not install this tile. If you all remember the glass tile backsplash we installed at my daughter’s condo last year, I believe my final comment was “But in the future, all tile installations will be left to the pros.” Which I did. What would have taken me a week+ took the installer 1 1/2 days. My job was to remove the old black & white tiles and prepare the surface for retiling.
My other job (other than pulling Coach out from behind the stove) was to seal the tile using liquid sealer that you brush on. This keeps this very porous tile from absorbing splattered spaghetti sauce and hot fudge : ) I applied one coat before the installation, then a second coat onto the tiles and grout after it dried (48 hours). So this is the black and white tile backsplash before:
And here is the new backsplash. So pretty.
Next up, the trim and crown molding (this oughtta be good…) Hope you’re checking off your to-do list this Tuesday!! Susan