{etsy love: festive reds}

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Heart earrings from Loubird's Nest, $18.95 (save 15% with code HOLIDAY11)

Crocheted scarf from Crochet Maggie, $35

Stunning necklace from lv2cr8, $40

Felted pin from Doncella Couture, $21.50

Red fingerless gloves from Windy City Knits, $28

Keep Calm mug from Keep Calm Poster, $7.99

Art print from b Marinacci, $10

Lip tint from Flourish, $6

Dress by Rochester's Peppermint by Asher, $64.00

Giveaway Updates + Adore Me Announcement!

Congratulations to C & G reader , who won the Holistic Honey Body Lotion from Made From Earth. The company will be sending her lotion soon!


TOMORROW is the last day to enter the Stella & Dot giveaway! Enter now for your chance to win a $39 Wishing Dot bracelet!


I have another giveaway to announce, too! Last week I told you all about Adore Me lingerie. Who doesn't need a bit of pampering? Do you? Or you? Or you? As women, we don't always splurge on ourselves so now is the chance to enter to win a lingerie set of your choosing in your size from Adore Me! I know that our warm and cozy flannel pjs with owls on them can be so nice & toasty, but there are times we need to take those off and bring on the romance with something ultra feminine and stunning.  YOU may just win the lingerie set, so be sure to enter!

To Qualify:

1. Become a fan on Facebook for one entry. All fans are entered.
2. Comment on this post for another entry.
3. Post on Twitter for another entry. Comment with the link to the tweet.



Enter now through Friday, December 9 at midnight eastern.

Affordable Powder Room Makeover

Monday, November 28, 2011

I finished the downstairs powder room Wednesday morning. I am really pleased with how it turned out!

When we moved in, the bathroom was a deep rosey pink.  I painted it robin's egg blue in 2009.  I wanted something different.   I found so many crafty ideas on Pinterest.  What I did was give the walls a faux aged "wallpaper" treatment using Elmer's glue mixed with water and wallpaper from Hobby Lobby.  The result is aged and imperfect. I love it.  It took 7 hours.  I thought it'd take MUCH less time.  What you do is tear off sheets of paper, brush the mixture of equal parts water and glue on the back, the stick on the wall.  Then you brush the mixture over it. You need to let it dry and brush more on.

I did this on all four walls.  I then painted the window and door trim a caramel shade by Behr called Soft Chamois. The baseboards and thrift shop brass mirror are painted Martha Stewart Heath, a pale straw meets sage color.  The vanity and door are painted a gorgeous deep brown called Chocolate Silk by Behr. I used sample bottles for all and still have some leftover.

The old floor (a cream with brown floral linoleum) was redone in flooring I had leftover from doing our kitchen floor back in 2006.

We had a white towel bar and toilet paper holder.  I spray painted them with Rust Oleum Oil Rubbed Bronze. I changed out (actually Tom did) the faucet, too.  The accessories are from Hobby Lobby. This was a fun project!

*Brown tile (leftover from kitchen reflooring a few years back)
*3 rolls of wrapping paper at Hobby Lobby ($7.99 each less 50%; used 2 1/4 rolls)
*Sample bottle of Martha Stewart Heath paint (on clearance for $1 for 8 oz. at Home Depot)
*Sample bottle of Behr Chocolate Silk ($2.94 for 8 oz. at Home Depot)
*Sample bottle of Behr Soft Chamois ($2.94 for 8 oz. at Home Depot)
*Mirror ($3.99 Salvation Army)
*Memory foam leopard mat ($6.47 at Walmart)
*Can of Rust Oleum spray paint in Oil Rubbed Bronze ($4.99 at Hobby Lobby)
*Elmer's School Glue (leftover bottle from home plus large bottle from Hobby Lobby $6.99 less 40% coupon)
*Wall sconce ($11.99 less 50%, Hobby Lobby)
*Candle ($1.99, Hobby Lobby)
*Wall art ($14.99 less 50% Hobby Lobby)
*Monogram M wall plaque ($7.99 less 50%, Hobby Lobby)
*Faucet (Ace Hardware Outlet on Amazon, $22.99)
*Paper accordian blinds until I decide on a window treatment ($8, Home Depot)
*Two hand towels on sale at Target ($3.50)
*7 hours of my time :)

Total Cost: $92.49 plus tax....$99.89 grand total

Need Shopping Ideas?

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Shop with me for 100% Pure and receive up to $130 in free gifts! Click image above for more! Valid through tomorrow night.

Plus, I have a holiday boutique which opened yesterday on Etsy featuring my handmade jewelry and soon to be listed vintage home goods. Check back each day as I have several dozen new pieces to list! Use code HOLIDAY11 to save another 15%!

Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Today is Small Business Saturday. 

We have many great choices here in in the Rochester area when it comes to “mom and pop” operations. That is a good thing. C & G is an official supporter of something called the 3/50 Project. The main premise of this organization is to raise awareness about the importance of shopping at local brick and mortar shops.

According to the 3/50 Project’s website, “If half of the employed population spent $50 each month at locally owned independent businesses, it would generate more than $42.6 billion in revenue…for every $100 spent in locally owned independent stores, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll, and other expenditures.”

When you buy from a small business, you are supporting everyday people -- moms and dads, grandparents, children, etc. -- people who have shops doing something they love.  Maybe the selection isn't as vast or the bargain isn't as "sweet" as big box stores with items stamped "Made in China", but you are helping real people with families earn a living.

So today, I encourage you to shop at your local stores.  My boys are with my hubby at the little barber shop run by elderly an elderly gentleman for decades for haircuts.  We already sipped coffee at a local coffee shop this morning.  Dinner will be at a little family owned Italian restaurant. Skip the chains today and come out and support your community.

Online, you also have choices. Yes, you can do the corporate-led chains, but why not visit Etsy for wonderful gifts handmade by some wonderful artisans?

When you shop small, you're doing a great thing!


Thursday, November 24, 2011

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happy Thanksgiving to each and every one of you.  Today has truly been a wonderful day spent with family. Nick told me tonight that this was the "best Thanksgiving of my whole life" and it surely did rate up there. Good people.  Good food.  Happiness.  A full belly. Laughter.  Love.  It doesn't get much better than that, does it?

Be Back Soon!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

I am so sorry to be away these few days. I've taken a little break to indulge my creative side--recipe creating, decorating, and back to making some pretty baubles.

I finished the powder room earlier today and it looks so, so lovely! It's dark now, but after the holiday I will take a pic and share all that I did with you!

I've been working on some jewelry pieces, too! I took a long creative break and the other night decided to make a few pretty hair pins with vintage cabochons. I really think the break did me some good because it was FUN once more! I'll be doing some more and will have a little Christmas shop set up with some jewels soon on Etsy. Stay tuned...

Project "Befores"

Friday, November 18, 2011

My projects have been taking longer than planned just because:

#1 -- I am doing almost everything myself
#2 -- I keep getting swayed by so many different ideas on Pinterest that I keep changing my mind on colors 

Tom's work schedule has been super hectic and the boys and I have taken turn being sick on and off for the past month. All is well now and I've made some decorating decisions. I need by hubby to help me with plumbing stuff. I tried to remove a tile backsplash recently and ended up hitting myself with the pry bar (I give clumsy a new name), so he said to PLEASE wait on doing anything else with tools.

The upstairs bath will be completed by mid December. It is the only full bath in our house so careful planning is needed. The shower wall enclosure is complete and the ugly tile in that area is no more.  Our black and white flooring arrived, all the accessories are here, and I even have the new towels, shower curtain, etc.

We need to go get the wainscoting for the bathroom to cover the salmon tiles....the wallpaper is gone. PLEASE excuse the 50s bath. It's the one room which has gone untouched in these 7 years, although we did take out the over toilet cabinet a few years back:

And here is my soon to be applied paint color:

Behr Venus Teal

This shade will be painted above a crisp, fresh white wainscoting. The floors will be tiled black and white check. A new white toilet and white pedestal sink will replace the salmon.

Not sure about the window treatments....

  • I have completed Nick and Ben's room. They have messed it up with a Lego explosion and need to clean it and I will post pictures!
I am also going to put in a new floor in the downstairs powder room. I am actually using leftover tile from our kitchen and will do it this weekend. I am tinkering with the notion of doing something uber clever I saw online....using Elmer's glue and water to make a Modge Podge type product and using heavy wrapping paper to make wallpaper. Would you believe the powder room below has walls done with gift wrap and Elmer's glue?

My inspiration was found on Apartment Therapy

I need to take a before pic of the full powder room--this is just a glimpse saved on my computer:

...And before it was robin's egg blue, it was a deep rose when we moved in. I needed to lighten it up:

So the plan is a rich brown tile on the floor, new mirror, new faucet, and an idea to make a skirted sink:

From HGTV.com

Powder Room will be finished by Wednesday! 

I am happy to say I found a really great vintage mirror for $4.99 at the Salvation Army today. It's an aged brass, though, and will be painted. I'll use this in the powder room. 

I'll keep you posted!

Adore Me Launches Today!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

By now, I think we've all heard of Shoe Dazzle. I think almost everyone I know has a subscription to this website where shoes meeting your specific style and size preferences are sent out each month. It's basically the shoe equivalent of the old BMG or Columbia House for music.

Now there is Adore Me, and it makes shopping for lingerie as simple as convenient and personalized as possible.  I don't know about you, but I really do not have the time or the energy to hit a super busy mall this time of year to try on item after item. I would much rather shop at my convenience with a cup of tea in hand with a simple click of the mouse.

Online shopping can be an impersonal experience, but not with the new Adore Me.  Let me explain how it works.  Adore Me is the first lingerie website out there that offers a personalized shopping experience on your time schedule. 

To begin your Adore Me experience, you take a really quick style quiz. I liked this part.  What it does is give you an idea of your tastes, so it streamlines your shopping experience.  Upon completion of the style quiz, you have a showroom that gets filled with Adore Me's recommendations.  Best of all, Adore Me has a team of professional stylists on board to answer your questions about fit and the products.

Your showroom is always personalized based on your style and you can purchase everything in it, an item or two, or nothing at all.  Adore Me is a subscription-based e-commerce boutique and the concept is really fresh.  For only $39.95 per month (take that, La Perla!) which includes shipping, you'll be sent a set of designer-quality, hand picked lingerie. I also must mention that Adore Me has something for girls of most shapes and sizes. Panties go up to an XXL and there are larger bra size options.

We all need to take the time to treat ourselves to something special and we all want to feel gorgeous--I like that with Adore Me, you can take that time at your convenience to treat yourself to a little something extra!

*I am in no way affiliated with Adore Me and I did not receive monetary compensation for this post.

More Robin's Egg Blue

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

If you've been a reader for a while, you will know that my most favorite color is robin's egg blue. It's a pretty color and it makes me smile. Here are some favorites from Etsy:

Earrings from I Love Charms, $16
Ring from Gilded Garden Designs, $18
Bracelet from Prairie Thistle Jewelry, $28
Necklace from Madison House Designs, $46

Candle holders from Petite Sophisiticate DZ, $29.99
Fleur de lis hangers (set of 3) from Riri Creations, $33
Nest wreath from Bittersweet Design, $48
Mirror from Made by Lauren B, $14

Gobble Gobble (or not)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

From the kind folks at Ethical Ocean. Something to think about before you select your turkey. If you've had doubts about whether to get an organic turkey (or about skipping the bird altogehter), this will make you think:

Anatomy of a Genetically Modified Turkey
via Ethical Ocean - eco friendly products, fair trade and vegan shopping.

The Perfect Pop Culture Gift!

I have a couple sitcoms I like on network television, "How I Met Your Mother" and "The Big Bang Theory", both on CBS.

I know I'm not alone in adoring "The Big Bang Theory" and it's easy to see why Jim Parsons is a two-time Emmy winner for his role as Dr. Sheldon Cooper. One thing that is so funny about his character is his love of a certain song sung to him by his mother called "Soft Kitty".

The song has been such a hit that over a million people have downloaded in on You Tube.  Are you looking for a light-hearted gift for that "Big Bang Theory" fan? 

I have something right up your alley then! Stylin Onlinethe largest online pop culture apparel retailer, has released the new singing "Soft Kitty" plush toy and t-shirt.

Stylin' Online has a set for women, a combo for men, and the soft kitty plush on its own as well.  Other options are available on their website. Both are great. I received my set in the mail just the other day and all you do is squeeze the plush animal's front paw, and it sings "Soft Kitty." The shirt is adorable as well and has the song's lyrics on the front.

Every year at our neighborhood Christmas party, we look for "gag" type gifts and those with a pop culture related theme to exchange with our friends.  This set will definitely fit the bill as a fun gift this holiday season!

*Disclosure: I received the Soft Kitty plush and shirt at no charge for review.  This in no way has influenced my opinion and all opinions are my own.

*pardon our dust*

Monday, November 14, 2011

If you are a regular reader and check back often, you may have noticed I have been tinkering with the layout and headers much of the day. Since the boys are home under the weather, I've been sitting here trying to get the blog ready for the upcoming holiday season once again.

And I FINALLY have found the perfect blog header on Etsy. It is from Sharon at Plumrose Lane on Etsy. I like it so much that I ordered another fun banner for after the holidays!

I am also doing a bit of tinkering to make the blog more user-friendly. You may notice a few minor changes over the next few days. Thanks again!

Real Food Infographic

I have another something neat from Ecomom to share today. As you know, I can have super strong opinions about what goes on our skin.  Ingredients are everything.  The same can be said for food. My kids have never had soda pop.  They don't have artificial sweeteners and they don't chew gum, or eat stuff like "Kids Cuisine" or Lunchables either. Eating real whole foods is something that is of great importance.

Some may think that I go overboard. Click to read more:

B & W Christmas

Doves from Primitives and Folk Art, $17

Ornament from Lotus Gifts, $10

Cards from Popper & Mimi, $14.50

Stocking from Shasta Creations, $15

DIY Monday: Cold & Congestion Relief Balm

Today's DIY project is a simple, safe and gentle balm for treating the symptoms of colds and congestion. I posted it several months back, but both boys have their first bad cold of the season, so I made this over the weekend again and thought I'd share:

I wrote about why you should avoid Vick's, especially is you have children, and supplied a recipe for an aromatherapeutic oil to help relieve cold symptoms.

I've had many requests to share my Cold & Congestion Balm recipe and I'd like to right now.

Just use this as you would Vick's. It is especially effective when you rub it into your feet and cover with cotton socks. Do not put in your nose or mouth or near other mucous membranes.

This will make enough for about a 1 ounce jar, give or take a bit either way depending on spillage (which I often do).

4 teaspoons of Grated Beeswax (I use a cheese grater for this)

2 t. Shea Butter

8 t. Coconut Oil

2 t. Sweet Almond Oil

Essential Oils Needed: Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Lavender, Tea Tree, Sweet Orange

Note: If you do not have these supplies, read on. You can use cocoa butter or mango butter in exchange for shea. As for the oils, you can substitute rice bran, sunflower, safflower, soybean, olive, etc. Hemp Seed and Grapeseed are nice, too.

Melt the beeswax and oils over low to medium heat in a saucepan. Most recipes say you need a double boiler. You really do not to make this project at home.

Let cool for a moment when melted. Now add in your essential oils: 5 to 10 drops of eucalyptus, and up to 5 drops each of lavender, tea tree, and rosemary oils followed by 3 drops of sweet orange or lemon essential oil.

Pour quickly through a small funnel right into your pots. If you do not have one, you can carefully pour using a small pot if you have one.

Let cool. I let these sit for about 3 hours before capping.

Please consult a medical professional for your condition. This recipe is for natural symptom treatment and is not to be substituted for medical diagnosis or treatment.

Things We Adore: Stella & Dot + Giveaway!

Friday, November 11, 2011

I love jewelry. Not a day goes by when I do not wear jewelry--I even made sure I had on pretty earrings (and a pedicure) when I was in labor and delivery with both boys. That's just how I roll.

For the past couple years, I've worn my own pieces from my Loubird Handmade line.  As you know, I closed my site a couple months back and my line is only offered in one shop now: Southern Fried Studio & Shop in Virginia Beach. I wanted to scale back greatly and have my work in one venue instead of keeping up with creating and having inventory in several boutiques. The only place you can find my line is at this great shop.

Anyway, now that I am not selling my line, I can wear the rest of my jewelry pieces and change up the styles.  My favorite brand of jewelry happens to be from Stella & Dot, a celebrity coveted brand of high-quality pieces with lots of flair!

In fact, it's pretty much my go to line for my preference for chunky jewels. Not long ago, I posted my collection on Pinterest.  There really is something for everyone.  If you like yellow gold, there's something for you.  Prefer silver tones? No problem.  Love dainty rather than bold?  Again, there is a piece out there for you.

Here are my three favorite pieces and I wear them often:

I want to share that my friend Sheryn is now a Stella & Dot stylist.  If you're local, Sheryn Kelderhouse is the woman behind the former Vintage Bliss, a well-loved boutique in the Rochester area.  In fact, I was honored to have shared her last day in business with her when I held my town trunk show at her shop on January 29.

Sheryn is a doll. She's really a wonderful lady with a real sense of panache. She knows her jewelry and is a great rep for Stella & Dot. If you're looking for a stylist, Sheryn is the one I would definitely seek out.
C & G is giving away a $39 Stella & Dot bracelet!

Do you adore Stella & Dot? I want to offer one lucky reader a chance to win a Stella & Dot bracelet! I am going to give one lucky reader the Wishing Nugget bracelet. It retails for $39 and would be a great gift for you or someone else this holiday season.  I will announce a winner on November 30 and make sure it's shipped to you in time for gift-giving!


1. Go to the Stella & Dot website and browse around. Then leave me a comment telling me what your favorite piece is. This will earn you one entry and is mandatory.

2. Earn another entry by "liking" Chic & Green on Facebook. This is optional.

One lucky winner will be drawn at random on November 30 at 11pm EST. You have until then to enter.

Nature Makes Perfect Scents: Seventh Generation Sweepstakes

Thursday, November 10, 2011

I just finished washing some dishes--once again, it seems as though Mr. Ben forgot to rinse the cereal out of his breakfast bowl and it was nice and stuck. I have so many projects I'd rather do than the dishes, but my dishwashing experience is going to get a bit more enjoyable soon, as I have some exciting news to share about a company I've adored for quite some time--Seventh Generation.

Seventh Generation is a world renowned brand of natural household & personal care products which was founded in Burlington, Vermont in 1988. This privately held company's products can be found across the US and Canada in grocery stores, mass merchandise stores, natural foods stores and online. Creating products that are both healthy to humans and the earth is something the company is known for.

Now Seventh Generation has a great new product -- liquid dish soaps naturally scented with fruits, herbs, and other botanicals. Unlike most soap fragrances, which are synthetically made in a lab with chemicals, Seventh Generation uses real scents from nature such as lavender, clementine, and real lemons in their Natural Dish Liquid.

This product launch is being celebrated with the Nature Makes Perfect Scents sweepstakes. You will have the chance to win a trip for two to one of the regions where lemons, lavender, and clementines grow, including France, Italy, or lush & green Vermont, which is gorgeous all 4 seasons. The lucky winner gets to choose the region.

I am personally very excited about this new line because aromatherapy--true aromatherapy using natural fragrances--is a big part of my life. When there are real scents from nature instead of chemically-made synthetic aromas, the olfactory experience is complete.

Have you ever smelled a scent only to be taken back to a treasured moment from your childhood? When you're in your garden, is there a particular herb that makes you smile?

When I smell lemons--true lemons--I am instantly cheered and invigorated.  I'm reminded of my first pie attempt, Shaker Lemon Pie, back at the age of 12. I'm reminded of squeezing lemon after lemon a hot summer's day to fill a glass pitcher with the sweetest, most natural homemade lemonade.

In my herb garden, I feel energized when I smell the peppermint leaves, and my children smile while picking basil because they know it means Mommy will be making sauce.

Smelling tulips in the summer instantly reminds me of our big, kidney shaped flower bed in our front yard of my childhood home. Scents from nature can invoke so many different emotions and trigger memories.

If you're going to be doing dishes, as so many of us busy moms are, why not engage in a bit of aromatherapy at the same time.  You'll be washing your dishes with natural ingredients, but you will be able to enjoy a hint of natural fragrance. I'll be honest.  I do not like doing the dishes.  When you have messy kids who throw their dishes in the sink, it seems like it quickly fills up over and over again.  We all need to wash dishes. It's a fact of life.  Why not make that necessary task more enjoyable using naturally scented Seventh Generation Natural Dish Liquid?

The scents sound divine: Lavender Floral & Mint, Lemongrass & Clementine Zest, Fresh Citrus and Ginger, and as always purists will adore Free & Clear.

Don't forget that you can head right over to the Seventh Generation site to learn more about their natural products (which I love for those with kids and pets since ingredients are so important) and to enter the sweepstakes

Disclosure: I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Seventh Generation blogging program, for a gift card worth $50. For more information on how you can participate,  click here.

Made From Earth Giveaway!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

This month’s giveaway is courtesy of a lovely skin care company called Made From Earth. I’ve told you about the line before and have enjoyed their products. My mom likes their cleanser and Vitamin C serum, too.

This month’s giveaway is for an all-natural body lotion called Holistic Honey Body Lotion.  Formulated with skin-loving nutrients such as coconut oil, glycerin, neem, grapeseed oil and organic honey, this lotion is free of harmful parabens and other nasties that we won’t use.
This lightweight lotion is perfect year 'round. The lovely folks at Made From Earth also sent me one to review quite some time ago and it's lovely!  
Do you want to try this product?
One lucky C & G reader will win their very own 8 ounce bottle of Holistic Honey Body Lotion valued at $29.99.

Leave a comment on this post.
This is a requirement.
Would you like extra entries? Here’s how:

  • Become a follower of Chic & Green via Google Friend Connect right here on the sidebar of the blog.
  • “Like” Chic & Green on Facebook if you haven’t already.
  • “Like” Made From Earth on Facebook.
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Open to all US residents 18 and above. Relatives of C & G and Made From Earth are ineligible. Entrants must leave email address so we can make contact when winner is announced. Made From Earth will be sending the winner their prize.

You have until midnight (EST) FRIDAY,  NOVEMBER 18 to enter.

A couple pics to share....

I ended up hating the shade of pink I bought at Lowe's. It dried a reddish shade and I don't like it. I am headed over to Home Depot to buy more of my trusty Raspberry spray paint from Rust Oleum.  It is the perfect fuchsia and since it is nice and warm, I can take the chair out and spray it this afternoon.

I also have to get out my staple gun and do the cushions on the one gray chair.

I ended up switching out a table, too! I had a table that was painted black and decided to paint it the Valspar gray shade I told you about yesterday. I ended up painting two chairs and a table. I promised pics and this is NOT done at all, but here is a sneak preview:

This is the "before" version of the chair....old, dated cushion is being changed. Wood painted.

A painted table (and one of the chairs) and my $15 English bone china from the Salvation Army

I've had my vintage apron collection packed in a drawer and my old mahogany headboard in the garage. I decided to utilize both in the dining room....

Excuse the clutter on my dresser! I had to set some stuff out of the way this morning! I like how the chair (one of 2 for $2.99) came out. I have to get my staple gun and do the cushion still. The bright reddish-fuchsia chair on the right is being re-painted today and the fabric will be stapled on...
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