The Diana Way

Archive for November 2010

Happy Thanksgiving to all. May you cherish everything you are thankful for and help all others in need.

Happy turkey day!


Seriously, so you all know I have been craving dying slowly or something or other for a silhouette machine. Well Ms. Shanty2chic is giving one away on her blog, so walk oh what the hell run to her blog ASAP. As you know I follow a ton of blogs and as always I have to give some serious shout outs to some ladies for their creativity! It’s just amazing, or OFF THE HOOK. So I salute you!

One of those blogs that I love is Ms. Shanty2Chic. Please check her blog when you get a second or hours as I usually do. One of the things I love is all of the super cool things she does with ribbon and or fabric. Super cutE! But don’t let me spoil it, check it yourself.

Well maybe not really. I love stalking a few blogs as mentioned before so of you ladies are so crafty, I love it and I love reading about it. Recently someone mentioned Ballards which I have never heard of. So I decided with some free break time to check it out and to see all that I have been missing.

They have some amazing pieces of course none to fit in my budget and some would just get destroyed instantly with my lovely furbabies! But don’t you just adore this headboard.

Next on my want list is this too fab bench, also out of my price range but what was great they had fabrics in Burlap. Which got me thinking about a particular little bench I just acquired(right off the street for bulk trash pick up day, don’t ask) but it was calling my name! That I would love to re-do. Remember for my sake and my dogs sake it has to be easy to clean, not expensive but nice and semi-glamourous for moi!

Also all though out of stock which were fairly cheap how cool are these light switch covers for some serious drama to a room.

Interested in checking some of these to fab items, check their website out at: Ballard Designs

Not Holiday as in the up and coming Holiday but my sweet little (not so little) furbaby Holiday pictured here!
I love this dog to death. However when I entered my home (apartment home, which I hate) late yesterday evening around 6pm. I walked into this Now take this picture and visualize it up and down my hall way, my bedroom and living room and kitchen. I thought I was going to pass out literally! But I calmly gathered my thoughts and proceeded to sweep, mop and clean oh and vacuum all in one setting.

For those of you who have dogs, how do you dog proof your home? Any help or suggestions, I am dying here folks!

Emm not really but I really do like my new Music inspired lamp. So awhile back I purchased this brass lamp. Not exactly winning any Ms.America pagents right. But I knew she had potential, plus I needed some lamps like woah! So to home she went with me for only $8.00 from the Goodwill.

I purchased some primer, which was a grey primer. After spraying gray I actually really really liked the gray (but it’s primer) but the more I thought about it I said ok I will spray it black, but now after getting this super goodwill end table, I can’t do a black lamp and a black table that’s just to much (who ever thought I would say too much black;-P ) So a white lamp it will be. Heriloom white and not that other crazy 360 spray can paint I bought which was just a mess! So I sprayed her down with my heriloom spray and she was a beaute. But I really wanted something else. At the bookthing (my favorite place in the world) which is a free book warehouse opened every Saturday and Sunday only from 9am-6pm. Where you can take as many books as you want. They have everything, school books, kids books, law books, magazines, cook books ANYTHING! While there I found a ton of sheet music. Man, I love free!

So besides making a music sheet wreath, I wanted something else. I decided on putting it on the shade. Mind you the shade that came with this lamp is in good condition and not bad looking, but made out of this silk stuff. So I thought mod podge that baby up. Well it just didn’t stick it was crazy!

So that attempt was just a hot mess! If you have this type of shade I reccomend not trying to add glue to it. Luckily I got through one panel and realized it wasn’t cutting it. I sat for what seemed like an hour while dogs jumped on me, tackled me and in mid tacking I thought why not put it on the lamp in the mid section. So mod podge here we go again. Here is the final product, I loooove it! This will be a bedroom lamp for my side of the bed. Holla!

I will be linking up to this party:

If you have been following my blog you know I am obessed with birds. I just never happen to find them here in good ole Baltimore, MD and have been searching far and wide. Now mind you when I first started looking I did find two birds but for some crazy reason passed them up (oh the nerve) I must have been drunk! (No not really, come on!lol)

So the hunt has been own. I found this cutey at home goods. Which it actually had some weight to it and was red. I tested it out in black and think I might end up switching it over to white.

Then most recently in a Hamden Antique store, I found a partridge and of course she was red.I try to avoid red on any given day. But i purchased her anyway and said I will fix her up later!

So here’s here mini photo shoot, I also used the rusto. heirloom white.

She is sitting in a cute frame I was working on!

I have been on the hunt since hmm mid summer in finding the perfect furniture. I mean perfect! However, I think I am starting to run out of room. My moving day I am expecting to A. Have everything I need and want, whether I have completed the re-do or not.
B. Make one big ass trip in a crazy large moving Van and call it a day.

At this present time I think I have decor items like woah! I mean I have been collecting some items for awhile. Plus I have holiday stuff like crazy as well. So now it’s onto the furniture well and to finish up some of the decor projects I have been working on. Anywho I am rambling on. On Sunday, strolling through Craigslist, I am always on the hunt for Provencial French Furniture, I just love the lines and the details. I am also looking for chairs with good bones, and structure and just pretty. Well I stumbled across this beauty well she is ain’t purdy but I think I have a re-do in mind. I was also in luck because it wasn’t far from home, which meant I didn’t need to drive all over the place.
Sorry for the horrible picture yet another picture as I am running out the door to work. Here’s the detail. The top cane is actually in good condition. The arms need to be glued back in to make them firm. The seat cane is completely distroyed. It also had a thing underneath like a shelf, which I was told was in good condition, which fell apart while I was carrying it. 😦 I am horrible at price negotiation. I have been trying to get better at it. But I paid $30 for it, which I don’t think is horrible. But I think I should have went down to $20, ya think?

I have a few ideas as to how I am going to re-do her but would love the suggestions for you as well. Here are some ideas:
This one from Confessions of a Plate Addict and her lovely sweet Frenchy Chair

Please note the swoon worthy chair in the corner. Yes look at the gorgeous doors, but peep the chair slightly hidden in the corner!
Last one I promise:

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!