Contain Yourself! @The Container Store

August 29, 2012 by  
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If you can’t “Contain Yourself” when you go into the Container Store we completely understand…..

The Container Store

 

The Container Store has been assisting home owners organize and create the feel of peace and calm in their homes with their amazing products for years.  They have wonderful staff ready to help you with whatever your project may be.

The Container Store

The Container Store was always a big FAVORITE of OPRAH!  Remember seeing them on her show.  Boy, I miss The Oprah Show, don’t you?

The Container Store

Here is a great way to organized all your favorite DIY magazines….

The Container Store

Organizing any room in your home is a breeze with the systems they have developed that coordinate together.  You can turn your laundry room, home office, closet or pantry into a much more usable space!  And actually find things….BONUS…..

The Container Store

Great Color!

The Container Store

Nice Pantry…

The Container Store

The Container Store is a sponsor for the Southern Bloggers Conference.  We are very proud to have them participating and sharing organizing ideas with us in a class on Friday, October 12th @ 4:00 at their Raleigh Store.  Their experts will be on hand to help us with any organizing challenges we have.  You can learn how to organize you home office, set up a closet system, design a garage storage, free your playroom & children’s room of all the toy clutter.

We will also learn more about the Container Store’s history and how they can work with us as bloggers.

Please join us for this fun time to learn more about The Container Store and all their great products!!!

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DIY Chalk Board with Chalk Paint

August 22, 2012 by  
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Chalk Paint is probably the best thing ever, since homemade bread.  (Did you ever hear that statement, (“best thing ever, since homemade bread”) when you were a kid?   Well, Chalk Paint is a new “must have”  addition to all crafters arsenal of DIY supplies.   What did we do before computers, iPhones & Chalk Paint, YIKES!!!

My daughter Cassie & I are opening a retail location of Living on the Bliss in beautiful Southern Pines, NC.  We will be sharing on our blog some of the projects we are working on that will be for sale in our store.   We found this old vintage mirror frame and decided to turn it into an amazing Chalk Board.  Here we share with you how we did it and how you can also make one for your home.  My children love to write on chalk boards, what’s up with that???

I got so excited about starting to paint this frame I forgot to take a picture before I had started painting.  Notice the  left side you can see where I started to paint with Chalk Paint.
DIY Chalk Board with Chalk Paint

 

Painting with Chalk Paint is so easy.  There’s not prep work, no sanding and no priming…  I painted this in my kitchen.

DIY Chalk Board with Chalk PaintIt’s really easy to apply the paint, I decided on 2 coats.

DIY Chalk Board with Chalk Paint

There’s great detail in the vintage mirror frame, I love it.

DIY Chalk Board with Chalk Paint

Starting to really look smooth, and has an even surface.

DIY Chalk Board with Chalk PaintLove this color.   The Chalk Paint dries in about 30 minutes.  You’re ready to start the waxing in no time!

DIY Chalk Board with Chalk PaintI pulled out an old sock, or you can use a stiff brush or an old t-shirt and rub the clear wax all over the project.

DIY Chalk Board with Chalk PaintThe wax needs to dry completely, over night is best but can be sooner.  I will be adding dark wax to make the details show up and stand out.  I used clear & dark wax together.  We will have classes and will teach this technique.

DIY Chalk Board with Chalk Paint

 

Again I got excited and forgot to take pictures of me using the dark wax.  I just added it to an area and wiped off the excess with an old t-shirt.  My granddaugter is wanting to paint so we let her paint an old cabinet door front we are turning into a wardrobe hanger.    Meet Harlow Grace…

DIY Chalk Paint with Chalk Paint

Notice behind us the Vintage Chalk Board Frame has been distressed and rubbed in dark wax for more detail.  Harlow Grace is having a great time painting!  (just keeping it real with the mess in my kitchen!)  When a girl is painting she can’t be bothered with details like dishes.  Right Harlow??DIY Chalk Paint with Chalk Paint

Here Harlow is using Maison Blanche Paint.  Which we will be carrying in our store very shortly…. DIY Chalk Paint with Chalk Paint

Now for the Chalk Board part of this project.  My hubby cut a piece of wood we purchased at Lowe’s Home Improvement to fit the back of the Vintage Mirror Frame.   First I primed it because it was raw wood.

DIY Chalk Board with Chalk Paint

Next step is a light sanding on the primer and then I applied Chalkboard paint I bought at Lowe’s.

DIY Chalk Board with Chalk Paint

I lightly sanded between each coat of ChalkBoard paint.  I applied a total of 3 coats for a very smooth surface.

DIY Chalk Board with Chalk Paint

Viola!   An amazing, fun, Vintage Chalk Board you can put anywhere in your home for notes to be shared with your family.

DIY Chalk Board with Chalk Paint

You can see this and more Vintage Goodies in our upcoming store.

DIY Chalk Board with Chalk Paint

 

Cindy & Cassie

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Living on the Bliss a Retail Store?

August 15, 2012 by  
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Living on the Bliss a retail store?  What??

My daughter has moved to Pinehurst, NC with my 2 grandchildren to be closer to us.  She has owned her own children’s boutique and recently worked in an upscale consignment store called Lavish  in South Carolina before moving here.   So…we decided to open a retail store!   We are in the works of putting everything together.

Here we are celebrating out new location 126 W. Pennsylvania Avenue, Southern Pines, NC 28387

We have had so much fun “Junking” together, everyday we go out and search for pieces that need our love.  Here are a few of our finds that we will be turning into fabulous pieces.

Living on the Bliss FInds

I just had to have this old typewriter and Foo Dog.  I have a love for Foo Dogs, they protect the empire!  They are considered to be sacred dogs that used to guard the Buddhist temples.  Just a little trivia for you.

Living on the Bliss Finds

Can’t wait to show you what we make out of this!!

Living on the Bliss Finds

Our friends call us and we go pick up furniture that they need to sell.  “Call Me, Maybe”

Living on the Bliss Finds

We rescue vintage dresser and, you’ll see…….

Living on the Bliss Finds

Can’t wait to fancy up this french table.

Living on the Bliss FInds

Well we have lots more to show you and will be sharing their transformation soon!!!

Cindy and Cassie

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Southern Bloggers Conference

August 13, 2012 by  
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Southern Bloggers Conference, and a Blog Hop

August 10, 2012 by  
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Blogging, Blog, Bloggie, Bloggers, what is that, who are they, what do they do?  Here’s an opportunity for you to find out…

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I am a contributing member of the Southern Bloggers Conference, check out our blog here.   I am so proud to be a part of this amazing group of savvy women.

We have been busy preparing an amazing event for bloggers in the “South” to attend.  If you are familiar, or heard talk account the Haven Conference in Atlanta, we are creating a smaller, “Southern” version of that.  We have amazing speakers, sponsors, giveaways, and swag bags full of lots of amazing products.
Would you like to be apart of this amazing group?   The members of the SBC team thought you would be, so we decided to do a fun blog hop for everyone to write a post about what they’re most looking forward to at the conference.
We will be giving away this beautiful pillow from the Etsy shop of Ann at On Sutton Place.
The blog hop linky party will be open through Friday, Oct. 12th.  The winner will be announced at the conference on Saturday, Oct. 13th.  That means you must be present at the conference to win.
So, if you’ve purchased your ticket already, or are planning to purchase a ticket or even thinking about purchasing a ticket,  write a blog post about what your most excited about, what you want, or what you’re hoping to take away  at the Southern Blogger Conference- get your link on!
You can link up here, at the Southern Bloggers Conference blog or anyone of the other SBC team members blogs and your link will appear in all seven places.  (If you don’t have a blog, link up your Facebook or Twitter and make sure to show some love for the Southern Bloggers Conference.)
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Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

July 27, 2012 by  
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I decided to paint this little pathetic guy.  I keep walking past him and feeling like he’s a little sad and in need of a makeover.  I’m loving the chalk paints that are out there on the market, lots to choose from.  The process is so easy anyone can do this in an afternoon.  There is no sanding, no priming, no shellacking and best of all no paint smell.

I painted this in my kitchen on my breakfast table whilst everyone was coming in and out of the room, opening the refrigerator door standing there looking, looking, more looking, close the door, open the freezer door looking, looking, (why, everything in there is stone cold frozen), no fruit roll ups in there.  Open the pantry doors, leaving the doors open, eating the last snack in the box and so sweetly leaving the empty box behind.    Didn’t bother me I’m in my painting zen…

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

I picked up some chalk paint, wax, and brushes and covered my table with an old sheet.  Here we go…

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

I decided on Paris Grey for a nice soft color.  I started with the underneath of the table.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

I used dollar store sponge brushes on the larger areas and small craft brushes on the small areas.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

The chalk paint dries very quickly so this project is quick and easy.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

I started the distressing process.  You can use a wet rag or a sanding block.  I tried both, but because I put 2 coats of paint I had to use a sanding block to get the distressed look I was going for.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Next I used my vacuum system to get the small amount of sanding dust off and wiped this guy down with a old t shirt.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Looks good, now I’m ready for the waxing step and then the hardware goes back on.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

The can of soft wax is so easy to apply, all that is needed is an old t shirt, (don’t talk about this step with your hubby he’ll be checking to see if you used the one he mows the lawn in that you hide when he does incase the neighbors see him).

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Just use a small amount at a time and rub it over the painted surface.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

When the wax dries, (minutes later) buff it with your old t shirt and whala…

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

I set him up in my formal dining window and I’m shopping my house to find just the right things to put on him.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Here’s one more look, before and after…

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

Comment and tell me if you’ve painted something or have a piece you would like to paint.

Living on the Blissful Side of Life.

Cindy

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NC Mountains, Visiting Banner Elk & Blowing Rock

July 10, 2012 by  
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Have you traveled to the mountains of North Carolina?  It is truly a trip to be enjoyed.  My husband and I went on a small trip this last weekend with some great friends and had a wonderful time.  We traveled to Banner Elk where we spent the night and then Saturday went to Blowing Rock.  We met  at Banner Elk and went on a visit to the Banner Elk Winery.

Here are some of the pictures I took.

NC Mountains, Banner Elk & Blowing Rock Grapes and blueberries are grown at the winery.  The property is beautiful, this is a shot of some of the grape wines.

NC Mountains, Banner Elk & Blowing RockThis is taken from the front porch of the building where we went for a wine tasting and the wine is kept in the barrels.  There is a pond and a fire pit (circle of rocks) that is really beautiful.

NC Mountains, Banner Elk & Blowing RockThis is the building where they have wine tastings.  We sat out on the front porch to enjoy a bottle of Banner Elk Wine but it started raining so we had to go inside.

NC Mountains, Banner Elk & Blowing RockThis is the Banner Elk Winery Villa.  You can stay in this beautiful villa which is made up of many different rooms.  There are lots of weddings at the Villa and the bride and groom can stay here while the wedding is taking place.

NC Mountains, Banner Elk & Blowing RockInside the Banner Elk Villa.

NC Mountains, Banner Elk & Blowing RockHere we are enjoying a wine tasting with friends.

NC Mountains, Banner Elk & Blowing RockOur great friends Kathee & Jess.

NC Mountains, Banner Elk & Blowing RockAs I said, it started raining so we came back inside and enjoyed our bottle of wine in the wine tasting room.  The painting over the fireplace is one painted by well renowned artist David Banegas, more to see from him later in the post.

NC Mountains, Banner Elk & Blowing RockHere are the lovely ladies we met while enjoying our bottle of cabernet.

NC Mountains, Banner Elk & Blowing RockI took this photo of the wine barrels and Instagramed it.  Turned out pretty cool looking.  I asked if I could get a few wine barrels and they said YES!  Soon to come, DIY wine barrel benches.  Can’t wait!!

NC Mountains, Banner Elk & Blowing RockAfter freshening up and settling in our rooms we headed to the Banner Elk downtown area and met Angelo, (owns the winery) which is good friends with Kathee & Jess.  He also owns Serento’s and the Sushi Bar, here he is assisting the famous David Banegas paint this piece of art.  How fun is that…

NC Mountains, Banner Elk & Blowing RockI love this painting by David Banegas of a single horse, his art is amazing.  More of him in a minute…

NC Mountains, Banner Elk & Blowing RockI usually take more food photos but I was a little busy with all that was going on.  This is a shot of our DragonRoll, Sushi, it was delish!! Instagramed..

NC Mountains, Banner Elk & Blowing RockHere David Banegas is in the courtyard painting Batman for Angelo.  It was amazing to see his process.  Here’s his Facebook Page

NC Mountains, Banner Elk & Blowing RockSorry this is an iPhone shot and it’s a bit fuzzy.

NC Mountains, Banner Elk & Blowing RockWe had a great time on Friday with the winery and eating Italian and Sushi, so now we’re off to Blowing Rock for some SHOPPING!!  This is a very cool store filled with all kinds of ceramic pots, iron work, furniture, scarves, benches, figurines and much much more.  If you get to the mountains you must stop here.

NC Mountains, Banner Elk & Blowing RockHere are some of the ceramic water features they sell.  Also notice the 2 in front of the store, they are beautiful and we want one for our patio project we did at out home.  See us build it here.

NC Mountains, Banner Elk & Blowing RockI just loved these ceramic boots, being a Texan and all that makes sense right???  Wouldn’t these look so cute in my garden with bluebonnets, (Texas state flower) growing in them.  I want them…

NC Mountains, Banner Elk & Blowing RockWe are trying to decide about this cabinet for our master bedroom.  We are planning on putting a wine & coffee bar in our bedroom.  It opens and has a wine rack on one side and storage on the other.  The top opens and you can store things inside.  I would paint it of course..

NC Mountains, Banner Elk & Blowing RockI really like this bench, it’s made from old doors $675 so it’s not going with me today.  Love the Mariachi Band, so cute….

NC Mountains, Banner Elk & Blowing RockThis is a beautiful piece, navy blue, love this!!  I going to try to paint a piece this color soon…

NC Mountains, Banner Elk & Blowing RockThis little cart was one of my favorite things.

NC Mountains, Banner Elk & Blowing RockWe decided to buy this tree face for our kids.  We always like to bring them home a little gift when we travel.  We’re going to put it on one of our pine trees.  Do you have one of these???  Not a goofy husband a tree face??

NC Mountains, Banner Elk & Blowing RockNext stop this really great antique store, filled with some amazing things.

NC Mountains, Banner Elk & Blowing RockThis antique store was a true antique store. Filled with so many things that made you remember your childhood.

NC Mountains, Banner Elk & Blowing Rock

NC Mountains, Banner Elk & Blowing RockWe were getting a little hungry so we headed downtown Blowing Rock for a little lunch.  Blowing Rock is such a quaint town, everything is beautiful and there’s lots of SHOPPING!!!

NC Mountains, Banner Elk & Blowing RockWelcome to Blowing Rock…

NC Mountains, Banner Elk & Blowing RockThe Blowing Rock park is really beautiful.  People were just sitting around on benches enjoying themselves, talking, eating ice cream from Kilwins, playing basketball, kids on the playground, and relaxing.

NC Mountains, Banner Elk & Blowing RockBlowing Rock Park

NC Mountains, Banner Elk & Blowing RockOur beautiful friends Kathee & Jess, we love to travel with them!

NC Mountains, Banner Elk & Blowing RockWe decided to eat at Glidewells so we can sit outside and enjoy the music.  Food was great by the way…

NC Mountains, Banner Elk & Blowing RockOur server was so nice to take this photo of all 4 of us.  We look so relaxed and happy because we are!!!

NC Mountains, Banner Elk & Blowing RockWe had a fabulous weekend and hate that we had to head back to our crazy lives, but we had a few days together and loved every minute of it.  Thank you Kathee & Jess for sharing such a great weekend.  Can’t wait until our next adventure…

What’s you next adventure? Where are you headed?  Comment below and share…

Living on the Blissful Side of Life,

Cindy

cmiller@LivingontheBliss.com

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