Am I Unusual? Insane? Criminal?

It’s Friday, so that means its link-up day. But before we get to the Follow Friday Blog Hop, I have to ask this question: Is there something wrong with me?

Here’s why I wonder. I love to see inside homes as I drive by at night. Especially if they are big stately riverside homes with stained glass windows and winding staircases. There is something so cozy about seeing a home all lit up and cozy looking versus one with all of the shades drawn.

Now, just be sure you understand, I’m not a creeper. I don’t sit outside of people’s homes and stare in. But I love to observe as I drive by. My husband is going to have a heyday with this post since once of our biggest arguments is whether or not we should close the blinds in the living room at night. I say open. He says shut because people will look in. I’ve tried to convince him that no one looks in. Ahem. Except people like me.

So, when I recently finished my office paint job, guess what I did? Promise you won’t think I’m insane, okay? I went outside to see how cozy my office looked from outside.
Am I the only one who finds it cozy and comforting to glance in windows as I drive by? C’mon. It’s time to fess up.

Now that we’ve talked about glimpses in windows, how about giving us a glimpse into your blog by posting a link to your latest project, recipe, or hot topic.

Follow Friday Blog Hop Party
Blog Party Instructions:
  • Be sure to link to a specific blog post not your home page so that we can find your fab projects and posts easier. 
  • It’s always courteous to include a link to my site in  your blog post  OR Mention on your twitter account that you’re linking up to Trash to Treasure for the blog hop and include a hyperlink to this post. If you tweet a link please mention my twitter name: @trash2treas in your tweet.
  • That’s it! Now it’s time to use the linky tool below to link up a blog post and a photo thumbnail.
P.S. I’ve been told that the button code on the side doesn’t work. However, when I’ve tested it, it seems to work. It must be pasted into HTML for it to work (not in the compose screen).
Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
View the full post at http://www.trashtotreasuredecorating.com

Follow Friday

Time for another Follow Friday. It’s been a few weeks since we had one. Stop by and leave a link to show what you’re cooking up or crafting up for fall. Or share what you’re posting on your blog in memory of 9/11 this week.

Guess what? In just a few days, I’ll be celebrating my blogiversary. My first year of T2T blogging! Now I have to think of some way to celebrate.

Follow Friday Blog Hop
Blog Hop Instructions:
  • Be sure to link to a specific blog post not your home page so that we can find your fab projects and posts easier. 
  • It’s always courteous to include a link to my site in  your blog post  OR Mention on your twitter account that you’re linking up to Trash to Treasure for the blog hop and include a hyperlink to this post. If you tweet a link please mention my twitter name: @trash2treas in your tweet.
  • That’s it! Now it’s time to use the linky tool below to link up a blog post and a photo thumbnail.

Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
View the full post at http://www.trashtotreasuredecorating.com

Summer Update Friday Blog Party

We’ve landed smack dab in the middle of Summer, if you measure according to Memorial Day and Labor Day. So let’s have a party!

For today’s Follow Friday Blog Party, share what you’ve been doing this summer…projects, vacation, whatever has kept you occupied for the first 6 weeks of summer bliss.

Follow Friday Blog Hop
Blog Hop Instructions:
  • Be sure to link to a specific blog post not your home page so that we can find your fab projects and posts easier. 
  • Please include a link to the site and mention on your blog post that you’re linking up to T2T OR Mention on your twitter account that you’re linking up to Trash to Treasure for the blog hop and include a hyperlink to this post. If you tweet a link please mention my twitter name: @trash2treas in your tweet.
  • You can even get the code and paste the blog hop on your own blog if you’d like these very same ideas posted for your readers.


Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
View the full post at http://www.trashtotreasuredecorating.com

Memorial Weekend Friday Blog Hop

Did you miss WWYD Wednesday this week? It will be back next week. I got a little busy with landscaping, gardening, and catching up on things after our deck makeover.
What are you doing for Memorial Weekend? Have you created a project or a special blog post in memory of someone special? We’d love to have you share your links on the Follow Friday Blog Hop below.
Also, check out my free download of the song I wrote called “Pray for the Soldiers” . For the free download, just right click on the link on the music page on my website and then save the MP3 file. I’m so thankful for those who have given up so much to protect our country! I was finishing up some planting the other night and ran inside to get the flag to add to the front yard. I have a dawn to dusk spotlight on it, so even when I’m sitting inside at night, I can see my flag as reminder of the great country we live in. 
Follow Friday Blog Hop

Blog Hop Instructions:
  • Be sure to link to a specific blog post not your home page so that we can find your fab projects and posts easier. 
  • Please include a link to the site and mention on your blog post that you’re linking up to T2T OR Mention on your twitter account that you’re linking up to Trash to Treasure for the blog hop and include a hyperlink to this post. If you tweet a link please mention my twitter name: @trashtotreas in your tweet.
  • You can even get the code and paste the blog hop on your own blog if you’d like these very same ideas posted for your readers.

With the new Linky Tool (formerly called MckLinky) you’ll be able to add a thumbnail of your project if you have a picture on your post, or upload a pic from your computer.

Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
View the full post at http://www.trashtotreasuredecorating.com

Office Chair Mat Project- Designed by My Son

My Trash 2 Treasure Teen

Every so often, there comes a moment in a trash to treasure decorator’s life when someone in her household grasps the wonder of the thrill of a great T2T project. That moment when she isn’t the only one who stands back and admires a project, but when she is instead the one admiring the work of one of her offspring. And the feeling of pride when that offspring is her 15-year-old son who has come up with his own trash to treasure project is nearly impossible to put into words. 

Recently, my son cleaned his room. I know, wonders never cease. He was of course motivated by the stipulation that he would not receive another allowance until he cleaned it and kept it that way for 7 days. After he finished cleaning, he was in there with the door closed for quite some time, until he asked me to come see what he had made.

He’d unearthed an outdated poster-sized calendar of vintage cars and he didn’t want to throw it away. But he also knew I wouldn’t want him to tape them all over his walls. So he came up with a trash to treasure idea. He chose 5 favorite calendar pictures, cut them all down in size and laid them out on the floor. Then, he put his clear office mat over the top. 

 The little points on the back side poked right into the paper (those are the dots you see in the pics), which was about as thick as magazine paper. It’s held in place without glue or tape and it can be changed out any time. I was so proud and I wished I’d come up with the idea!

Just think of all of the things you could recycle this way besides the calendar pictures. Wrapping paper, fabric, posters…there are all sorts of possibilities! If you have other ideas, feel free to share them in the comments below.

It all starts with an office chair mat like this one from Office Depot:

Add a little of your own creativity, and you’ve got yourself a terrific office makeover. Thanks Austin for using your creativity and letting me share your idea on my site. You’ve done your T2T mama proud.


Now, it’s your turn to share your ideas. 

Follow Friday Blog Hop
What did you whip up this week? Or what did you find in your basement or at a thrift shop that’s just waiting to be redecorated.
Blog Hop Instructions:
  • Be sure to link to a specific blog post not your home page so that we can find your fab projects easier. 
  • Please include a link to the site and mention on your blog post that you’re linking up to T2T OR Mention on your twitter account that you’re linking up to Trash to Treasure for the blog hop and include a hyperlink to this post. If you tweet a link please mention my twitter name: @trashtotreas in your tweet.
  • You can even get the code and paste the blog hop on your own blog if you’d like these very same ideas posted for your readers.

With the new Linky Tool (formerly called MckLinky) you’ll be able to add a thumbnail of your project if you have a picture on your post, or upload a pic from your computer.

Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
View the full post at http://www.trashtotreasuredecorating.com

Share Your Faves -Friday Blog Hop #12

 Calling all shy bloggers: Will you link for the very first time?

Have you ever posted a link to your blog on another blog? I love following link parties and blog hops to see what other people are doing. 

This week, I’m asking you to post your favorite blog post from your blog. It What trash to treasure idea is a must-see on your blog? It could be something you did this week, or if could be something you did last year. Link up and share your favorite post or the one that received a lot of reader feedback. 

My favorite idea from last week came from The Little Green Bean. She made her own little bolts of fabric and put them on display. Functional and decorative. I could see doing this with the fat quarters I don’t know what to do with. And from a trash to treasure perspective, wouldn’t this be a great way to display vintage fabrics that you have hidden away?

With the new Linky Tool (formerly called MckLinky) you’ll be able to add a thumbnail of your project if you have a picture on your post, or upload a pic from your computer. Don’t you love those thumbnails? They’re like a little lure drawing my to the wonderful projects.

Blog Hop Instructions:

  • Be sure to link to a specific blog post not your home page so that we can find your fab projects easier. 
  • Please mention somewhere on your blog post OR on your twitter account that you’re linking up to Trash to Treasure for the blog hop and include a hyperlink to this post. (If you tweet a link please include my twitter name: @trashtotreas)
  • You can even get the code and paste the blog hop on your own blog if you’d like these very same ideas posted for your readers.

Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
View the full post at http://www.trashtotreasuredecorating.com

What Trashes Your Treasure?

 What Complicates Your Life Right Now?

This week, I took a break from What Would You Do Wednesday just to catch up on a few things. After traveling to speak last week and prepping to speak this coming weekend, I’m stuck with responsibility instead of decorating projects. But I love speaking, so this is a great thing. 

I do want to share one thing that’s been on my mind this week. I’m thinking of my readers, their busy schedules, their tight budgets, and their big dreams and I know that some of you are frustrated. You know how I know that? I’ve been frustrated before too! Sometimes, we get so busy that we don’t have time to do the things that bring us joy and relaxation. Things like crafty projects. Or we set aside our dreams and pursue just surviving the day to day stuff.

It gets downright depressing when everyday life takes so much time that there isn’t much left over for fun. What trashes your treasure? What makes it difficult for you to complete the projects you’d like to? What gets in the way of your dreams?

If you’re in a difficult time right now, hang in there. We all go through seasons. In the meantime, I’d love to have you link up this week to try out a brand new MckLinky tool. 

Link Your Blog

Since I’m trying it out, no theme or limitations this week. Just add a link to your blog and see you thumbnail picture below. It’s a “Come Visit My Blog” party. 

Note: I tried it myself to see how it works. Just click and follow the directions for adding your thumbnail pic. You can upload from the computer, or it will give you options from the blog you’re linking up.  

Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
View the full post at http://www.trashtotreasuredecorating.com

Trash to Treasure Easter Ideas

Easter Blog HOP – Follow Friday #10
Did you make any cool project for Easter where you turned trash into treasure? We’re all raising our hands saying, “Share, share, share!” We’d love to see your creative ways to recycle stuff. Over at Reinvented, Kimm featured guest blogger Steph who turned these eggs…
…into these!
Photos from Reinvented

Now that’s what I’m talking about! Sweet. You’ll have to hop (oops couldn’t resist an Easter pun) over there and see the whole tutorial.

Then hop your bunny tail back over here and post a link to your terrific trash to treasure idea. 
Trash to Treasure Decorating

Blog Hop guidelines:

1-Add a permalink to your specific post not the home page of your blog. We don’t want to have to hunt for your brilliant idea. Be sure to check that the link works after you post.

2-Add a short title for your post. This could be your name or blog name if you’d like.

3- Link back to this post from your blog, or send a link to your tweeps on Twitter (mention @trash2treas).

4-Check out the links and leave some comments on the sites you enjoy.

That’s all there is to it! I can’t wait to see your links and ideas. Never used MckLinky? It’s super easy. You don’t need an account or any software. Just click on “you are next” below and type a title for the post (or your name) and add a link to the location on the web. It’s that simple!
 

Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
View the full post at http://www.trashtotreasuredecorating.com

6 Month Blogiversary Blog Hop

I can’t believe it’s already been 6 months since I started TrashToTreasureDecorating.com! I know, it’s still a baby blog, but it’s been so fun, so I thought I’d celebrate this little blogiversary with a little woo-hoo!
How do these Fridays come around so fast? It’s another Follow Friday Blog Hop where you get to show me your blog. Some of my favorite blogs that I follow I’ve found through blog hops and link parties. I’m so glad you’re all so willing to share your ideas. Sometimes, I’m just stumped for a good idea.

Take my WWYD Wednesday post, for example. I’m really stumped by Karyn’s harp. There just has to be something more that we haven’t thought of that we could make from that. In the meantime, I’m hunting around for next week’s WWYD idea. I think I’ve been short on creativity this week because I’ve put a lot of time into prepping for some upcoming speaking events.

Tomorrow, I’m speaking to a group of ladies at their day retreat and I’ll be showing some trash to treasure ideas and then giving an inspirational message on how faith can turn life’s trash into treasures. It’s part of my commitment to help people connect the dots between their faith, creativity and everyday life.

What have you transformed this week? Do you have a before and after to show? Maybe you’re working more on your everyday life right now than on your creative side. Show how you cleaned up or reorganized your space, or how you’re inspired by spring. Whether it’s crafty, decorating related, or practical, we’d love to have you inspire us!

Trash to Treasure Decorating
Blog Hop guidelines:

1-Add a permalink to your specific post not the home page of your blog. We don’t want to have to hunt for your brilliant idea. Be sure to check that the link works after you post.

2-Add a short title for your post. This could be your name or blog name if you’d like.

3- Link back to this post from your blog, or send a link to your tweeps on Twitter (mention @trash2treas).

4-Check out the links and leave some comments on the sites you enjoy.

That’s all there is to it! I can’t wait to see your links and ideas. Never used MckLinky? It’s super easy. You don’t need an account or any software. Just click on “you are next” below and type a title for the post (or your name) and add a link to the location on the web. It’s that simple!

Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
View the full post at http://www.trashtotreasuredecorating.com

Friday Blog Hop #9

Do you ever have weeks that go way too fast? I’m having one of those! So, I’m keeping my post short and sweet today. Did you have a terrifically creative week? Then my tired brain needs your fabulous inspiration ( I know my readers will love your ideas just as much as I will). Share what you’ve created, decorated, updated, and blogged about this week by linking up to:
Follow Blog Hop #9

Trash to Treasure Decorating
Blog Hop guidelines:

1-Add a permalink to your specific post not the home page of your blog. We don’t want to have to hunt for your brilliant idea. Be sure to check that the link works after you post.

2-Add a short title for your post. This could be your name or blog name if you’d like.

3- Link back to this post from your blog, or send a link to your tweeps on Twitter (mention @trash2treas).

4-Check out the links and leave some comments on the sites you enjoy.

That’s all there is to it! I can’t wait to see your links and ideas. Never used MckLinky? It’s super easy. You don’t need an account or any software. Just click on “you are next” below and type a title for the post (or your name) and add a link to the location on the web. It’s that simple!
 

Michelle

Trash to Treasure Decorating
View the full post at http://www.trashtotreasuredecorating.com