Thursday, March 29, 2012

Chalkboard Label Bliss for Sale

Just wanted to make a quick announcement that Chalkboard Labels have just been added to my blog shop!  I've noticed these labels being revived on Pinterest lately, so I thought some of my non-DIY readers would like to have the chance to buy some already done & ready to go.

If you missed the original post on how to make these yourself from an electrical wall plate, click here to read all about it.

These are great to use for organization, but would also be great as gift tags or tags for Easter baskets!

I also used them recently on my Front Door Flower Baskets.

Whatever you might like them for, they're available now for a limited time.  Choose from a jute tie or a ribbon in 6 color choices.

Hope you like them!  Let me know if you have questions!


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Lawn Love

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Spring is here!  And you've probably already been dreaming of outdoor entertaining, barbecues, and playing outside with the family.  We've been loving the warm weather in our area lately and it makes me ready for summer days in the sprinkler and maybe even some outdoor movie nights in the back yard.

Ahhh---love this pic!

But, before all that, there's a little bit of work to be done to get the yard in shape.

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No matter what kind of yard you have (large, small, city, or suburban), getting it in shape now will get you great curb appeal later.  Need a little inspiration?  Here's a little lawn love for you...




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Monday, March 26, 2012

Reader's Spotlight & a Giveaway!

One of my favorite parts of writing this blog is "meeting" new people and hearing from readers.  I never cease to be amazed at the reach of this little site and the people who stop by here to see what I'm up to and  write me so many nice comments and emails.  It means a lot to me to hear that you've been inspired by something I've done, but I'm also inspired so many times by the things you all do as well.

And today I have a little Reader Spotlight for you from a reader who's also a Mom-preneuer from Colorado.  She recently sent me some of her yummy-smelling candles, which are simply divine.  I've been using my candles like crazy since I received them and almost had to hide them from my sister when she was recently visiting me because she threatened to take them home with her!

Here's what Alicia has to say about her candles:

"My name is Alicia Hanks, and I am thrilled to have our candles featured on Less Than Perfect Life of Bliss, one of my favorite blogs!!  I am a pastor's wife in Colorado, and the mom of five beautiful children.  I started Mountain Lights LLC about two years ago, and my goal has been to make candles that you can actually smell!  I love candles, but continually found myself disappointed in the lack of scent in the candles that I bought and brought home.  A candle smelled nice in the store, but had no smell when I burned it.  Sometimes, a candle would smell great, but it was gone in just a few hours.  Our candles last between 30 to 40 hours and they smell great all the way to the bottom of the can.  Our candles are Curiously Strong, and can fill a room with fragrance.  Some of our fragrances can be smelled from the driveway! 

We've rated them so you can have idea of how strong the different fragrances can be.  We've been told by many customers that our candles do not cause headaches that our customers would normally would get from a candle.  That is because we use cotton wicks, vegetable based wax, and quality fragrances.  You just can't beat homemade goodness!  We have some wonderful Spring fragrances that would make a great Mother's Day or Easter gift for the candle lover in your life:  Blackberry Sage, Sage and Lemongrass, Pear Spice, Lilac, Cranberry Apple and lots of other wonderful fragrances. 

Please check out our website, and follow us on Facebook: Mountain Lights LLC (Grand Junction, CO). "

I have the Sage & Lemongrass (which smells fresh & clean), the Cinnamon Bun (which will send everyone running to the oven, looking for cinnamon buns), and Black Raspberry & Vanilla, (which is is just dreamy).  

You'll be thrilled to know that Alicia's giving away a free candle to one lucky Life of Bliss reader.  All you need to do is visit Mountain Lights LLC, check out her current fragrances, and leave a comment here, telling which one you'd choose.  For an extra entry, become a fan of her candles on Facebook (then leave another comment, stating that you did).

Giveaway closes Wednesday night (3/28/12) at 11:59 pm.  Winner will be randomly chosen and announced on my Facebook page on Thursday.  Good luck!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Front Door Flower Basket How-To

I've talked to y'all before about my front door fetish, and how I'm kinda picky about having just the right kind of décor hanging on the front door.  And you know you won't see my house with a naked front door unless I'm somehow incapacitated while in the midst of changing out my seasonal wreaths.  So, I know you're not going to be surprised when I tell you why I had to replace my nice moss wreaths I showed you in this post.  

I loved them.  Really.  But I found out after a few days that they were moody.  I take full responsibility since I was the one who made them that way.  It wasn't the moss itself.  That was great.  It was what was on the inside.  That tubing I used to make the wreath form turned out to have a weak personality.  And as a result, I started noticing my wreaths begin to look more like ovals than circles.   And I still have just enough OCD for that to drive me almost crazy.  

I really did try to make the relationship work, but they were so whiny & constantly needing attention.  I would walk by the front door and see this:

And that was on a good day.  They were much more saggy at times.  It got to where I had to rotate them every couple of days to even them out.  I'm just not a fan of high maintenance décor.  So, I decided that next time I make moss wreaths, I will use a much stronger form.  But, as for these, they had to go.  

So, I continued my recent trend of making friends with faux, I replaced the wonky moss wreaths with a couple of these...

And so far, I'm liking them.  They're a nice little touch of Spring after a long blah winter.  And even if you've never made a wreath or arrangement before, you could do this.  Easy.

For the basket, I started out with none other than these straw totes from the dollar section at Target.  They're only $2.50 each, and they work great for a front door basket.

I wanted mine to be a little French-flea market looking, so I gave it a quick brush-over with some white acrylic paint.  You could paint it whatever color you like, or leave it natural.

Next, I folded the front handle into the tote and hot-glued it to the inside back of the tote so it would prevent the tote from flopping open once the flowers were in it.

Then, I was left with just a back handle sticking up which would serve as the hanger.

For the flowers, I used these 7 stems from Hobby Lobby (all 50% off this week).

 Then, I just started layering.  When I use faux stems, I usually just fold them to the length I need, rather than cutting.  That way, I can re-use them later in other ways and it also helps to fill in the empty space in the bottom of the container.  

After all the flowers were in, I added just a few twiggy sticks from my yard...

And for one last touch, I added one of my Chalkboard labels I told you about here.  {**Stay tuned next week--I'll be adding some sets of these to my blog shop for all of you non-DIYers!}

For these baskets, I tied on a little jute...

And then used hot glue to adhere them to the baskets!

And because I want them to speak French...

I hung them on the doors with my traditional ribbon hanging method (by stapling the ends of the ribbon to the top of the door), but that made them lean forward a little.

So, I added a little thumb tack stuck thru the back of the basket into the door.  These shouldn't have this problem if you hang them on a wreath hook.

And that's it!  You can easily make this basket for well under $20 if you shop for the flowers on sale.  These would make great gifts for Easter, Mother's Day or even May Day!

Hope you like them!  I'm sharing them with a few of these friends , Southern Hospitality's Door Decor Party , and Thrifty Decor Chick.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Simple Spring Decorating

The truth is, it will take me longer to write this post than it did for me to Spring-i-fy our formal living room (which we call our Piano Room).  And just like everything else you see here on the blog, if I can do it, so can you!  It doesn't take a lot of time or effort to add a touch of Spring to your house.

Nothing says "Spring" like a few flowers on the mantle, so I added a few flowers on the mantle.  And the best thing about these is that they're (ahemmm) the long-lasting, low-maintenance variety, also known as faux.  (Have you made friends with faux yet?)  I just stuck a few long stems in glass vases and it was pretty much instant Spring.

I already had most of these stems from previous years, but I did splurge on these little purple ones, which cost me $2 each.  (Flowers stems are 50% off at Hobby Lobby this week.)

A little jute tied around the plain glass vases gave them a little more interest..

A little bird nest & a dogwood stem make a cheap & easy filler for a Spring apothecary jar...

I also moved my large bird cage to the hearth and stuck a few stems in it as well...

Hope you all like it!  Don't forget, it doesn't have to be hard to add a little Spring to your home.  And just like everyday decorating, it doesn't have to be perfect. Almost every piece of furniture in this room was either from a thrift store, estate sale, or picked up off of someone's driveway.  Want to see more?  Click on the links:

**Wall color in this room is Sherwin-Williams' Rainwashed. 

The Lettered Cottage