Refreshed by the Lakes and Mountains

We took a way too short vacation and I really want to share it.  We went to Laconia, NH and stayed minutes from Weirs Beach.  It’s a place I went with my family as a child and I’ve always loved it’s laid back, easy going vibe.  We rented a little condo right on the water.

Vacation Condo Condo Beach Sunset from the Condo



The condo is the perfect size and set up for a couple or a small family.  There’s one bedroom, a kitchenette and a living room with a pull out couch.  It’s small, but not uncomfortable and it had all of the necessities.

A short, 5 minute walk from the condo is Weirs Beach.

Weirs Sign Weirs Beach Weir's Pier Weir's Houses Weirs Houses Two
Weirs House 3


Weir’s Beach is one of those places that feels stuck in time.  It has changed very little since I was there as a child.  For a lot of reasons, that is a good thing.  It’s nostalgic.  It’s something I can experience again with my kids. But nostalgic can quickly become run down if it’s not cared for.  Part of me keeps going back to support the businesses and economy there.  It’s also part of why I wanted to write about it.  I would like to pass this place on to others.

Weir's Beach Vacation



Nana’s Attic

I discovered a treasure trove of goodies just around the corner from me.  It’s my parents attic.  My kids had been begging me to go up there and explore, so I finally did and found tons of cool stuff!  I’m going to do a little series on the things I find and the makeovers I give them.  First up is this cool 70′s-ish lamp that I found.  I remember this lamp from my childhood and I remember not liking it.  When I rediscovered it, I kind of fell in love with it.

Wicker Lamp

It’s a little beat up looking.  It needed a scraping and a spray paint, but it still worked.

I scraped the base and removed all of that white paint and the yellow paint that was underneath it. Apparently this was the lamps second makeover!

Lamp Base

If you’re wondering, I scraped the base with a butter knife.  You should use a scraper.  Trust me.

Next, I taped off the areas I didn’t want to get painted; the light bulb socket and the brass top thingy.

Taped Lamp

Then the spraying commenced.  Make sure you remember your sweeping, light strokes when your spraying something that is as vertical as this lamp base.  I got a little heavy handed and had a couple of drips.  Which I have just pretended don’t exist.  No one will ever call me a perfectionist.

Sprayed Lamp The wicker shade took a few coats of paint, 3 actually.  I think I probably should have sprayed the inside of the shade, too.  I may do that one of these days.

My plan was to use the lamp in my daughter’s room, so of course, it was not going to stay plain off white.  I wanted to add a little pom pom fringe.


I attached those with my trusty glue gun.

And here’s where I ended up:

Lamp Staged

And here it is lit:

Lit light

Lamp Collage

Flea Bites

I went to the flea market. I haven’t been to a flea market in a long time.  I don’t know why, but I’m so happy I went today and I have totally been bitten by the bug and can’t wait to go again.  Here are some of the cool things I saw:

Brass Bug

I came back to this brass bug? crayfish? twice.  I don’t know why.  There was just something about it that caught my eye.  In the end I didn’t buy it because it was missing one of its antennas.  Or, because it was ugly.  I’m still not sure.

Green Desk Lamp

I love this green lamp! It’s the perfect shade of green and plus, how often do you see a green lamp?  Hardly ever.

Fashion Print

My daughter liked this framed fashion print.  It is very cute and already shabby chic.  It is very cute and looks authentically old.

Old Mirror

This mirror made me happy.  I like the slender handle and the round mirror.  And I love how it’s worn on the handle. You can see it was used often.  I like that.


How cool are these bikes?  I love the one with the two little shelves, or is that a seat?  I wanted to buy all of these for the toddlers in my life.

But what did I actually buy?

Framed Lighthouse Sketches

Framed Sketch of Home

I was about to head to the inside portion of the flea market when I said to my daughter, “Wait, I think we missed this aisle”.  We made it down the aisle and these two beautiful sketches jumped out at me.  The vendor told me that the drawings were done by an old woman who lived on Cape Cod.  They were listed at $18 a piece, but I scored them for $15 total!  I’ve been wanting to get a gallery wall started, but I really want it to have some unique pieces along with some family photos and these totally fit the bill.  Now I just need to happen upon oh, 8-10 other equally awesome things.  The hunt is on!

Flea Market Finds

Buy It, Spy It or DIY It

Friday Faves has been replaced.

That should be read in an ominous voice.

It has been replaced with something that shall be dubbed, “Buy It, Spy It or DIY It”.  I got a little Crate & Barrel catalog today and as I was flipping through, I saw lots of things I liked.  Some of them made me think, “I would drop that amount of money on that right now!”.  That’s a “Buy It”.  Then there were the one’s that I said, “I like that, but I bet I could find something similar enough at ___________ (fill in the blank…  thrift store, Target, Marshalls, yard sale).  That is a “Spy It”.  Lastly, there are the one’s that made me think, “I could totally make that!”.  That my friends, is a “DIY It”.  Sound like fun?  Good!  Let’s get to it.
Willa Yellow Side Chair

Willa Yellow Side Chair – $149.00

Ok, we’re starting with an easy one.  DIY It.  No brainer.  A little elbow grease and some vibrant paint on a chair you probably have in your basement or attic right now and this one is done, son.  And you can find sets of these at every thrift store or yard sale worth it’s salt.

3-Piece Intricate Circle Wall Art Set

3 Piece Intricate Wall Art – $139 (on sale)

I want to call this one a DIY it.  I really do. But, honestly, I don’t have those skills.  This is a Buy It.  Obviously they are beautiful, so that makes me want to buy them.  And all three make a pretty dynamic statement for $139.  The largest one is 22″ in diameter.  You can also purchase these separately.

Era C Table

Era C Table – $299

This is what inspired the Spy It category.  I put down the Crate & Barrel catalog and picked up the Bed Bath and Beyond flyer and there was a nearly identical table for $39.99.  It wasn’t quite as sleek, but you can sacrifice a little sleek for $250.

Pinstripe Jade 2'x3' Rug

Pinstripe Jade 2’3′ Rug – $24.95

Buy it.  Now.  Get out your wallet and buy it.  I think that is a good price for a pretty rug from a reputable retailer who generally offers quality products.  Definitely worth 25 bucks.  There are larger sizes that are also well priced.

Cosmo Pendant

Cosmo Pendant – $299

Buy It.  If you love it and it speaks to you, like it does to me, save your pennies and buy it.  This is unique and if you love it, you will walk into the room you hang it in every day and smile at it.  People will make remarks about it. Some might say, “I love that light fixture” and others may say “What an interesting light fixture” with a furrowed brow.  And you will love both remarks equally.  Promise.

Mick Blue Floor Lamp

Mick Blue Floor Lamp - $149

DIY It!  I mean, you’re not going to get this exact look unless you are a metal working genius, but I think with some piping from the hardware store and a light kit and a metal shade you could whip this up.  Not me, but you could.  Send me a pic if you do.

Stainless Wire Bowl

Stainless Wire Bowl – $19.95

Spy It… I had this in my hands at the flea market last week.  In fact there was one about this size and a smaller one.  It wasn’t exactly this one, but it was close.  Why did I put it down?  Why?  They were decidedly less than $20, but more importantly, they were old and had that certain personality that old things have and that this one lacks.

Apple Orchard Dishtowel

Apple Orchard Dish Towel – $5.95

Trick question!  Buy It.. AND DIY It!  The dishtowels from Crate & Barrel are way to cute for wiping dishes.  I can see them framed for a pop of color, or I’m sure you could DIY some cafe curtains with these.  Too cute, right??

Brass Letter S Wall Art

Brass Letter S Wall Art – $24.95

Buy it!  Of course they have all of the letters and numbers and some symbols.  For less than $25, this is a great addition to any gallery wall.

Buy It Spy It or DIY It - Crate & Barrel

Mailbox Inspiration

I need a new mailbox.  For real.  The door broke off of it and every time I reach my hand in, I’m terrified there will be a spider waiting to attack.  I would really like to replace what I have with something fun and funky.  So I scoured some of my favorite haunts for ideas.  Here are my eight favorites.

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These lovely mailboxes were covered in wallpaper remnants. mailbox - use pallets, bold numbers and have flowers coming out....front landscaping idea


I love the base of this one made out of pallets.  Very cool!


Over the top?  Maybe.  But, I think I’m okay with over the top.  I don’t know how the mailman would feel about this one.

Fun, Funky Painted Mailbox

I love this one that does not appear to be available on etsy anymore, but it looks diy-able, right?

Stunning Sea Glass Mosaic DIY Ideas

Do I have it in me to mosaic something again after the Anthro inspired mirror?  Yes, yes I do.

modbox: Mid Century Modern Mailboxes by Greg Kelly Photo

Come on, you know you want this!  Just a little.

Indigo Blue Dot Mailbox with a Crystal Knob

This one is speaking to me.  I love the glass knob and I just so happen to have one leftover from the necklace displays.

House Ideas,Ultra Cool Mid Century Modern Mailbox Design Best Source,Mid Century Modern Mailbox

This one is sleek and cool.

I think the polka dot one is speaking to me.  Which is you favorite?  Have you seen any cool mailboxes?

8 Inspired Mailboxes

DIY Mirrored Necklace Display

DIY Mirrored Necklace Display 2

I found these beautiful DIY jewelry displays on the Share It Thursday Linky Party linked by Home Oh My a few months ago and I just fell in love with them:

DIY Mirror Jewelry Wall Hangers

I thought it was such a simple and classic look and while I have a place where I am *supposed* to keep all my jewelry, a couple of knobs like this hung by the bed, would be great for lazy evenings when I don’t have the energy to walk to the closest.  Yes, that happens sometimes.

Before I get to my version DIY version of the necklaces hangers, I have to say, you should really go check out Home Oh My.  There are more genius and beautiful ideas just like this one!

One reason (in addition to “it’s so pretty” and “it’s so easy”) that I was excited about making these is that I had some mirrors already and they were left over from centerpieces from my baby shower.  Not my baby shower, as in like, before I was born, but as in my baby shower from when I was pregnant with my daughter.  She’s 9.  I’ve lived in 3 houses since she was born.  Somehow these mirrors have made the moves unscathed until present day.



There are the mirrors.  I have no idea how to take a picture of mirrors lying on a flat surface.  I’m starting to get the hang of taking a picture of them when they are hanging, but when they are lying on the counter like that, I can’t seem to figure it out.


These are the knobs I used.  I grabbed them at Target.  They were $14.99. I know I could have found them elsewhere for a better price, but because I already had everything else I needed for this project, I decided to go for convenience over bargain hunting.  An important thing to note about the knobs, you want to make sure that you don’t get ones that already have the screw attached to them.

Gorilla Glue


I used Gorilla Glue to attach the knobs to the mirrors.  I hadn’t used this before, but it was pretty straightforward.  Read the directions and use as little as possible and make sure you rinse the nozzle when you’re done.  Oh, and don’t get it on anything important like your skin or your hair.

Mirrors and Knobs


There they are, all adhered after a few minutes.  This is where I got stuck.  I was going to use command strips to attach them like in the inspiration project, but they wouldn’t stick.  I don’t know why.  But, I’m glad.  I had to improvise and I thought I would attach some ribbon to the backs of the mirrors and hang them on little nails.  So I grabbed the Gorilla Glue again and stuck the ribbon on.

Ribbons and Mirrors

I let those set up for a few minutes and then hung them.  I hung them in the kitchen for now because I knew it would be the only place I would get any light at all to photograph them, but they will be moving to the bedroom soon.

DIY Mirrored Necklace Display 4


What I Made This Week

I love chicken legs.  There, I said it.  We usually marinate them in soy sauce and Italian dressing, which is so delicious.  It’s a recipe from my mother-in-law.  Tonight, I had no Italian dressing.  So, I had to improvise.  I had some Greek yogurt leftover from a failed attempt at making yogurt popsicles.  (Don’t ask, it was awful!).  I had to scour the pantry to figure out what else to match with the yogurt.  This is the end result:

Marinated Chicken Legs - Greek Yogurt


I don’t know if you guys have figured this out yet, but I’m not a chef.  I don’t have a “recipe” for this, but I can give you the gist of it.

1.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees

2.  Clean your chicken

3.  In a bowl, mix together:

About 2 cups of  Greek yogurt

About 3 T of lemon juice (more or less to taste)

About a T of garlic powder

About a T of Onion flakes

About a T of Poppy seeds

(My preference would have been to use some fresh ingredients, but I it was a pretty bare fridge today)

4.  Slather the chicken with the marinade.  Not sure how to slather?  Here’s what it looks like:

Slathered Chicken

5.  Cook for about 30 minutes then flip each leg.  Then cook 30 minutes more, or until done.

Cooked Chicken

There it is.  Poppin’ fresh out the oven.  It was really yummy.  My only regret is that I wish I had left some of the marinade aside so that I could have dipped the chicken.  The chicken came out juicy, as chicken legs always do and the marinade gave it a delicious fresh, flavorful flavor.  And you’re getting protein from the chicken and the yogurt so it is very low carb friendly.  It will definitely be on the menu again!