Mr. Goodwill Hunting announced it on Saturday! 

You have plenty of time to get ready in your town!  Watch for all the details at www.ilovethrifting.com or Mr. Goodwill Hunting’s blog at www.rashoncarraway.com. There are great new colors for the t-shirts this year.

And the winner of the t-shirt from me is…

Who said…

 

 Congratulations lilmoomoo! (love the name) Those buys were awesome!  I’ll be sending you an email for your mailing info.

Don’t forget, you all can get your t-shirts from Mr. Goodwill Hunting at www.ilovethrifting.com.

Happy thrifting!!

 

I Love Thrifting 2012 is Coming!

My Memories Suite Giveaway!

Do like to scrapbook your photos?

Are you ready for a great giveaway?

I’m excited to share this wonderful scrapbooking software, My Memories Suite, with all my readers.  I have been playing around with it a little and it is lots of fun and so easy to use.  In the first 10 minutes, I created a cute little page.

My Memories Suite version 2 software is a
complete digital scrapbooking solution that provides a powerful set of
creative tools and multiple sharing options that no other software can
offer. Its intuitive workspace and enhanced time-saving features are
perfect for a beginner to build an entire album in minutes, or to
empower the design pro to build a scrapbook album masterpiece.

I’m sure I’ll get more creative with this as I learn the software better, and choose some great embellishment packs (there are tons to choose from).

Best of all…no cutting, gluing, making a mess.  I love scrapbooking, but getting all that stuff out and putting it up is why I haven’t done a page in so long.  Also, I don’t have many photos printed out. :-\

You can do so much with My Memories Suite.  Here’s a short video telling you all about it.

So, do you want to win a copy of the software?  Here’s how. (You must be a follower of Potentially Beautiful to win.)

1.  Go to My Memories Suite and look around.  Come back and tell me in a comment what your favorite digital paper pack or layout is.

2.  Go “like” My Memories Suite on Facebook and tell me you did so.

3.  Follow My Memories Suite on Twitter and tell me you did so.

4.  Visit the My Memories Suite Blog and become a follower, then come back here and let me know.

5.  Go “like” Potentially Beautiful on Facebook and/or follow me on Twitter.

A winner will be chosen at random on Monday, September 12 at 10:00 p.m.

Good luck!!! 

Oh, and bonus…If you can’t wait to win or don’t win, My Memories Suite is giving my readers a special coupon code to save $10 on the purchase of the software AND a $10 coupon to use in the MyMemories.com store – a $20 value!  Just use this coupon code: STMMMS36378 to save!!  This coupon code can be used at any time and feel free to share it with your friends, and of course share Potentially Beautiful with them also.  I will have a button on my sidebar with the coupon code also for future use.

I was given a copy of the software to review and give away to a reader.  My opinion of the software is completely my own.

 

Who’s the Winner??

First, I want to thank everyone who entered my Anniversary Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Giveaway and welcome all my new followers.  I’m excited for the future of this blog and am so glad you chose to follow me along on this journey.

And now…for the winner!

Entry # 51 –

Wooohooo!  Congratulations Heather!  Heather, send me an email, girly!

Thanks again everyone for entering.  You can still get your chalk paint.  Just go to Catfish Creative Furnishings to place your order.  Celeste will be happy to help you!

Thank you also to Celeste at Catfish Creative Furnishing for providing this giveaway prize!  I truly appreciate it!

 

I’m Open For Business!

The past few weeks have been a whirl-wind of activity and well honestly, I’m tired, but excited and happy for everything that’s happening.

Two weeks ago, I had my first public sale at my home, and while it wasn’t super successful, I met some really great ladies who pushed me right over the edge to put my work into an antique/consignment mall.  So, I filled out the application for my favorite, Buy the Season just in the next town, and sent them some pictures of my work.  I got an email the next day that they were very interested in having me join the store and had a space available for me.  I met with them last Friday, picked my space and as of July 4, I’m open for business! 

As a side note, I was completely flattered that the owner had been talking with the vendor rep last week and showed him some pics she had found on Craigslist and said wouldn’t it be great if we could get her in here?  He recognized the items from the email I had sent him, and told her I was coming in on Friday.  Doesn’t every girl need a little validation that her work is desirable?  It felt really good and made me proud of all the work I have been doing lately to get this going. 

So, anyway…Here’s a picture of what my space looked like before I moved in.

Well, this is kinda before.  Those are my shelves I picked up at a yard sale this weekend for $5. 

And, here it is after bringing some things in. 

Since this picture, I’ve brought in a few more things.  It seemed like I had so much more at home, but it looks a little bare, especially in the accessories department.  I’ve got to get busy on some little projects.  And, I’m definitely going to have to paint that pinky looking fence.

I’m excited, and of course a little nervous, about how this will work out.  The hardest part about this is pricing stuff.  Anybody have any advice on this? 

So, if you are in the area, come out to see my space!  Buy the Season is located at 1529 Apperson Drive, Salem, Virginia. 

And, don’t forget to enter my Anniversary Giveaway courtesy of Catfish Creative Furnishings of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint! 

 

A Year Already? And a Giveaway!

Happy Anniversary to me!
 
Wow, I can’t believe its been a year since I started this little blog.  I’ve learned so much in the past year and been through many changes here, including the name.   But the best thing of all about this adventure has been the new friendships and connections I have made through this wonderful world of blogs.  How would I have ever “met” friends such as Ms. Songbird who lives all the way in the Netherlands or the fabulous Mr. Goodwill Hunting before he became famous on the Nate Berkus Show, and so many others.  I’m amazed every day at the inspiration and encouragement that comes from my fellow bloggers and readers out there.

This little blog has given me the courage to explore what I have always loved, decorating, even more.  Being (ahem) 40 something and finally realizing what really makes me happy has been such a blessing and I can’t wait for what is in the future.  Today, on my anniversary, I am starting a new venture with a booth at a local shop, Buy the Seasons.  I’m excited and a bit nervous at the same time.  I can only hope that this new adventure will take me further into my dreams and I’m glad that you coming along with me.

Well…it’s time to… Celebrate good times…Come On!  (Yes, I sang that as I was writing it.)

And, what better way to celebrate than an awesome giveaway?!?

You have heard me rave about it, and many other bloggers, and now you can try it for yourself for the first time or try a new color.

My new AS Chalk Paint stockist is Celeste at Catfish Creative Furnishings who is generously sponsoring this giveaway.  She is located in the DC Metro area and offers the full line of Annie Sloan paints, waxes and products in their retail locations in Lucketts, VA and Rockville, MD and online.  Celeste has had the honor of meeting Annie Sloan in person and attended her workshop on her US tour.

“My first love has always been teaching regular folks that furniture can be refinished, recherished and then remarkable – and something that EVERYONE CAN DO.  My favorite workshop student is the one that says “I do not have a creative BONE in my body!!”  Yeah, gal.  GOTCHA!  AND if we teach young folks how this is done – they may or may not refinish a piece right away – but they will never ever LOOK at another “OLD” piece of furniture the same way again..” ~Celeste

Celeste can help you with any chalk paint and furniture painting questions you have.

So, to win 1 quart of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (in a color of your choice), a can of clear wax, and Annie’s book, Quick and Easy Paint Transformations just do the following:

A winner will be chosen on Friday, July 8 at 10:00 p.m.

Good luck and thank you so much for an awesome first year!!

 
 

Feature Friday – Crafty Scrappy Happy


As a renter, I know the struggle of trying to make a temporary home your own while you are living there.  Homeowners can tear out walls, build new ones, put up wonderful board an batten (yes, I’m jealous of that), and change anything you wish to in your home.  Renters like me and Jaime at Crafty Scrappy Happy have to be a little more discriminating on the changes we make to our homes.  We don’t want to invest a lot of money into a house that we will get no return out of when we leave it. 


But…there are lots of thing we renters CAN do that won’t break the bank or upset our landlords (too much) that make our temporary homes reflect our personalities.  And Jaime definitely knows how to make her home her own, and on a tight budget.


Just check out her amazing transformation of a very blah fireplace.


Here’s the before…




And, are you ready??


 

Are you sure??


 

Here’s the after…




Amazing, right? I love the beachy details and best of all, they can take it all with them when they move!

Go on over to Crafty Scrappy Happy and check out the details of this awesome transformation and all Jaime’s other projects. You will thank me.


 

Guess what? Sunday, July 3rd is my first blog anniversary! I can’t believe it’s been a year already. I’ve had so much fun with this and have met some really wonderful blog friends.


And, to celebrate my anniversary, I’m having an amazing giveaway of my favorite-est paint ever…

Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint!

Thanks to Celeste over at Catfish Creative Furnishings, the DC Metro stockist for Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for this awesome giveaway of a quart of paint (winner’s choice of color), a can of clear wax, and a copy of Annie Sloan’s Quick and Easy Paint Transformations. Yep…all for my wonderful followers. So, starting Sunday, July 3rd, come on back to enter. Winner will be chosen on Friday, July 8!


Have a wonderful, Happy 4th of July!



God Bless America!


 


Winner

Sorry for the delay…its been a crazy past few days, but we have a winner of the Welcome vinyl.

Using a random number generator to pick the winner (entries were numbered from 1 to 8) the winner is…..

# 5 – Linda w/ A la Carte

Congratulations, Linda!!!  I will be emailing you for your address.

Yay!  My first giveaway.  Hopefully I will have more.

Thanks to all who entered and for the birthday wishes.

It’s my birthday, and you get the present!

Today is my birthday, and I’ve been thinking about what the last year has brought to me and what I want to accomplish in the next year.  This year has just flown by, can you believe there’s only 58 days until Christmas!!  Here’s a few things I have done this year and some pictures.

Moved to a new apartment.
Started a new financial life.
Started a blog.  What a great time I have had with this.  I’m excited to continue this adventure and love all my new bloggy friends!!
Refinished my first piece of furniture.
See post here
Went on my first vacation for a whole week…ever!
My three children in Tybee Island
L.O.V.E. Savannah
My boys and my great nephews and niece – she wanted to be in the picture too.
Became the coupon queen.  
Got all this for $1.23!
Discovered my love for spray paint and Goodwill.
See this post here.
Lantern post here.
And, a new to me car!

What’s a birthday without presents?  I’m giving away a vinyl Welcome from Uppercase Living just like this one in either black or white.  Put it on your front door or anywhere else you like. 

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Follow me, and leave me a comment that you are a follower.
  2. Share this post on Facebook, Twitter, etc. and let me know you did so.

I will randomly choose a winner on Friday!  Good luck and thanks for following me!

Gloria

Sharing a great giveaway.

Emily over at Jones Design Company is having a great giveaway for September.  Go over and check her out and enter to win (by subscribing to her blog) these great, beautiful items!

Good luck!!