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Cottages at the Beach

I'm unpacking and catching up on laundry since returning from  our annual vacation with my husband's family. We always have a great time and I love that we have this tradition. It's such a cute little beach town and I always enjoy taking long walks and looking at the charming houses. Want to come along?

The house above has its red, white and blue going on  all ready to celebrate. Adirondack chairs always look great and I think they look very inviting on the front porch.

I like how neat and tidy this pretty blue house looks. The landscaping isn't anything extravagant but it looks great. In the picture below you can see the pretty, soft light green on the screened door and the same color is on the door to the house as well.

Here's another screened door that is just so charming. The little spindles in the center are painted the two  colors of the house - such a great idea.

The red door on this house really stands out. A lot of the houses have screened in porches on t…


Here's a quick little project I did the other day.
The starting point came from a decorative box I had,
you know, the heavy cardboard kind.
Most of the box had a really busy pattern so I wasn't that crazy about it
but I loved the pretty design on the front flap of the box.

So I cut that piece from the box and then printed the word "FLOWERS"
on regular paper using our printer.  I like the papyrus font so I used that and
played around with the font size until I got what I wanted.

Then I just used the very scientific method (haha) of turning the
paper over and writing over the letters with a pencil.  I turned the paper back over,
 placed it on the decorative cardboard, and rubbed the letters to transfer the
pencil markings. 

 Using just a regular colored pencil in a color I thought would look good, 
 I went over the letters and that was it.

I'm glad I found a way to use this part of the box since it just looked
so pretty to me.  I like how it looks a little distressed and rustic too.

I attached it to my old cupboard door just using some masking
tape on the back.

Sometimes it's so nice to have the satisfaction of completing a
simple little project from start to finish in a short amount of time.
Don't you agree?

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  1. love the sign ... love the green door ... love your style

  2. Very nice! Clever "repurposing." :-)

  3. I love this JoAnne! The cabinet door is so cute and your sign is the perfect adornment!! Keep the creativity flowing!


  4. That is a cute idea, JoAnne! I love those quick little projects that you can finish and hang in a short time! That color door is great! Love it! xo Diana

  5. Love the sign!! I have a peg rack in my dining room that reminds me of your sign.

  6. Lol! I use the same transfer method on some of my projects! Your sign is so cute!

  7. So that's just a piece of cardboard from a box? You are so smart! I'm always looking at things like that and wondering what to do with them. It turned out beautifully and looks great on the door.

    Thanks for your compliment on my new blog design. :)

  8. JoAnne, Congrats! You'll be featured this week at Simple & Sweet Fridays. Thanks so much for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend!

  9. Nice idea! Looks very cute. Greetings from Serbia!


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