Monday, June 30, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
The beach is still one of my favorite places, but my tastes have changed a bit. I crave the peaceful quiet of the waves lapping to shore, the gentle breeze, the salt air and the sand between my toes. I want to go there just to soak in the peace like a sponge and then bring it home with me once again. That is truly why we decorate our homes with the beach cottage theme, isn't it? We want to drench our nests with the warm summer sun, the peaceful cool hues, the sweet scents of a far away place. We want to make our homes a true place to get away from it all.
This week our theme for Pink Friday is A Beach Cottage. Isn't it funny that the results of my poll earlier this week show that MOST of us pinkies want to spend our off-time by the sea?! How appropriate that we celebrate that this Friday. Please, please do not miss this wonderful day of special shopping. I am offering some exceptional items and THIS Friday...to celebrate...there will be NO shipping costs on the beach themed items. This is a fantastic offer! Not only will you save on gas, but you will save shipping as well! This is truly the very best way to shop...so I know you will not want to miss this! I can't wait til Friday to see you...and to shop with you. See you then!
Friday, June 20, 2008
There is a little survey on the sidebar. Let's see where all of the pinkies are hanging out these days!
Thursday, June 19, 2008
1. True or False: There are 3 types of true tea: black tea, green tea, and white tea.
2. True or False: For centuries the main process used to prepare tea was drying the leaves in the sun.
3. True or False: There is a Japanese tea ceremony known as ocha.
4. During which century was tea drinking introduced in Japan?
a. the 6th century
b. the 7th century
c. the 8th century
d. the 9th century
5. Before tea was known as a refreshing beverage, what was it best known for?
6. True or False: Tea drinking can help protect against tooth decay and gum disease.
7. What country first introduced iced tea?
8. The Boston Tea Party was a protest against what?
9. True or False: The Boston Tea Party was held in 1773.
10. How many tea farms are located in the United States?
ok...are you ready for the answers???
1. False...we left the fourth tea off the list: oolong.
2. False...steaming was the main process.
4. d. the 9th century
5. Tea was first known for its medicinal purposes.
6. True...there is fluoride in tea!
7. The good ol' USA first introduced iced tea in 1904.
10.One tea farm in the whole USA - and it's located in Charleston, SC
Now tell the truth...how much of this did you really know?! Let's hear your comments!
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
FIRST PLACE GOES TO INKA!!! for her creativity in repurposing old china.
But, for those of you who are a little disappointed...never fear...we have runners up:
First runner up: Debra for that beautiful, inspirational hat.
Second runner up: Debbie for the box tote.
Third runner up: Theresa for the block wagon.
Now...ladies, this was a very difficult decision, I want you to know...everyone was so creative. So for each and every person that entered, I will be sending you a little something in your email as a thank you. For the runners up...please send me your mailing addresses...Inka...you too. Remember, the prizes are SURprises...so I am not telling... but we will share soon enough!
Monday, June 16, 2008
The second a local artist painted on an old bread tray, it's in the front bathroom.
You can tell who's the greater artist, lol.
Thanks for the contest,
Sunday, June 15, 2008
What a fun contest! I re-purpose all over my house because I love the
look of vintage over new in most things!! This is one of my favorites!
Here is a little vintage table.......
And a vintage tray......
Covered with a vintage doily and several re-purposed items.....an antique
water pitcher, used to hold my brush, combs, nail files; a milk glass piece used
to hold my Q-tips; and finally a jar with flower frog top to hold make-up brushes,
This is, of course, used in my newly renovated bathroom!! Hope you like it!
...look at the table Ruthie redid for me...and the new stash of houses! And another mirror...
These candy dishes from the 50s and 60s work well for serving chicken salad or egg salad!
Even chicken soup!
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Thanks for making me think Carolyn!
The Polka Dot Rose
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Here is a repurposed picture frame. Just applied a quick coat of white paint, a little distressing and added a foam core back covered in Barefoot Rose fabric. Makes a great piece of wall art or you could use it for a vision board.
Monday, June 9, 2008
Repurposing has become very popular these days in decor. This "tweet" little birdhouse is made of repurposed barnwood. I love to find different uses for an item, other than it's original intended purpose. It really spikes my creativity. Have you ever seen a display where the shopowner used a candy dish to show off handmade soaps? What about a crock that was repurposed as a makeup brush holder? These things intrigue us because they stretch our imaginations and cause us to think outside the proverbial box. So now I am issuing a challenge to you:
I am holding a contest this week! So what items have you repurposed? Take a picture and email it to me at OddSparrow@msn.com and I will post your pictures on my blog. The most creative will win, so put your thinking caps on and let's get started!!! The contest will be judged by my family. Oh... deadline for picture submissions are Monday, June 16. I will announce a winner on Tuesday, June 17...MY BIRTHDAY!!! So, let the games begin! Woohoo!!!
Now for the prizes...I am sure you are wondering about this...well, you will have to wonder a bit longer. I will announce that later. I'll be looking for your emails!
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
It is finally June! This month marks a special day for honoring fathers. It is also my birthday. Here is a piece of trivia for you...I was actually born on Father's Day. In fact, I always teased my dad that I was the best Father's Day gift he ever got! My dad had a June birthday too, so often we had combined celebrations of our birthdays and Father's Day. Now that Dad has gone on to heaven, we only celebrate my birthday. It has left some emptiness in our celebration.
This week Pink Friday at Make Mine Pink will be an opportunity to buy gifts to honor the wonderful men in our lives. Now you don't have to make a trip to the nasty ol' hardware store and you don't have to buy that same old shirt you get him every year. You will have more unique choices for that special man. And the best news of all (and this will make HIM happy too)...NO WASTED GASOLINE. You will save time and money by shopping for him at MMP and you will find some really thoughtful and different gifts there as well. Now don't get concerned...these items are NOT pink...but they are wonderful and isn't pink really another word for wonderful???
So....without further ado...I present a taste of what you will find at my Little Pink Boutique this Friday for your Father's Day shopping pleasure.
Oh...and one more thing...don't forget to buy yourself a little treat and I will gladly combine your shipping on all items purchased from The Odd Sparrow. Additionally, you will be pleased when you check out all of the other wonderful shops on MMP. So, see you Friday...and happy shopping!!!