Friday, May 26, 2017

DIY Red, White & Blue Shorts

Just in time for Memorial Day weekend full of American pride! This stunning friend is back on the blog featuring her perfectly toned legs in her DIY Americana shorts! Kimberly created these last year for her family’s July 4th beach vacation and they were such a hit. By simply using painters tape, star stickersand fabric spray paint, you can easily transform a pair of old shorts, thrifted cut-off jeans, or overalls to make a fun red, white and blue outfit to show your USA pride.

Here is what she did:

  1. Complete the star side first by bending back the zipper flip and holding back with tape, cover belt line and any other fabric you do not want blue with the tape as well
  2. Place star stickers
  3. Use blue fabric spray to create the star effect, spread paint, dry slightly before removing star stickers
  4. When blue side is dry, move to the striped red side and create lines with blue painters tape
  5. Be careful when spraying the red and cover the blue side with a paper towel just to make sure colors don’t mix, spread paint, dry slightly before removing tape
  6. Let dry 24 hours, run separatley through delicate wash and dry or hang, then happy wearing!

For a slightly different variation and great video tutorial check this out.

It’s always a joy to spend time with this fabulous friend, so we had some fun during this photoshoot! Enjoy 🙂


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Monday, May 22, 2017

Lucketts Spring Market Recap 2017

Happy Monday! This is my second year attending the Lucketts Spring Market and it provides such wonderful inspiration! If you haven’t experienced the market yet, the 3-day event hosts over 200 of the best “vintage hip” vendors featuring painted furniture, antiques, architectural salvage, vintage gems, hand painted signs, and handmade items. This year was the first year they held it outside of the actual store’s grounds so it was a different vibe then my first experience, but still amazing. It was a hot then rainy Friday afternoon, which made the crowds less than my previous attendance on a beautiful Saturday. The fairground vibe wasn’t as cramped but as provided a weave that you had to remember where certain vendors were which was my only downfall compared to the easily navigated aisles.

I’m a total vintage junky so all the old doors, windows, furniture, light fixtures were definitely the highlight for me. All the refinished furniture and painting demonstrations were inspiring, but also made me realize that you can make something on your own without the store prices if you’re willing to put in the hard work. The farmhouse vibe is TOTALLY in and people were absolutely following the Joanna Gaines movement. I mean for obvious reasons…her style is impeccable! Rose and Grace Market had some fabulous farmhouse items and the cutest shirts.

Plum Pretty Design and Decor had an amazing pop-up booth as well. I adore her logo and her Instagram page full of farmhouse loveliness.

I was amazed by the Miss Mustard Seed following as her barn booth was almost all sold by the first day of the market. Her items are fabulous and her perfectly staged booth was something out of a story book!! I also cannot wait to try some of her products.

Loved Carolina Chic Home Decor and Salvage as well! They had these HUGE amazing corbels.

Lucketts also featured beer and wine vendors, live music, food trucks, workshops, and a children’s section this year which was perfect for entertaining little Miss Hartley while mama shopped!

Until next year Lucketts! Thanks for all the wonderful creativeness and one-of-a-kind finds!


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Bright Yellow Dress

Hope everyone had a fabulous Mother’s Day! Willie and Hartley really made my day special and gave me a fabulous gift of renovating my stairs with iron balusters and stain. This was a MUCH bigger job then we thought, because of coarse our luck…the wooden balusters are screwed in from the bottom!?! No one on any of the YouTube videos had this issue, obviously, projects are much easier on a 3 minute video then in reality. I also am now painfully sanding white paint off one of the newels because I ended up hating my first design choice <sigh>. But I am hoping it’s all worth it and can’t wait to share all the photos and detailed explanation of how we transformed our boring oak stairs.

How fun is this BRIGHT yellow dress?!?! I love the scalloped edges details and pockets. It was the perfect dress to wear on Virginia’s first 90 degree day of 2017. I found this dress at the thrift store for $9.99 and paired it with my $6 nude thrifted heels and this fabulous cross body floral cross body purse from Target for $29.99.

I also have super exciting news on the fashion side of my blog! I got accepted into RewardStlye, so it’s given me the motivation and enthusiasm to really highlight incorporating my thrift looks with store brands. You’ll want to download the App to play along! Fashion bloggers, I have a new found respect to all your perfectly styled photoshoots. It’s HARD. I forgot my camera, I was hot and sweaty from standing in the carpool line, the sun was setting and we had about 5 minutes to get some shots after both working and visiting the hospital to meet our cousin’s new baby. Yes they aren’t the best, but I am learning and ready to set out on this new fashion adventure!

Happy Thrift Thursday and summer weather!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Easy Farmhouse Style TV Stand Makeover

Kathy is one of my best friend’s aunt who has started a fabulous blog centered around the remembrance of a beloved family member.  She loves a bargain, DIY projects, and crafting. She is here on the blog today to share her Easy Farmhouse Style TV Stand Makeover. I am LOVING the transformation for under $50! You always get such inspiration from others creativeness. Hope you enjoy her project!

Hello everybody! My name is Kathy and I can usually be found writing for the Our Amore Blog. My family and I started blogging after our dear mother/nanny passed away. AMORE stands for, “A Memory of Rose Etc.…” She was such an inspiration to us with her wonderful crafting abilities and the woman could cook like you would never believe. We come from one big Italian family and thought the blog would be a great way to keep in touch with family members out of town and inspire others to do what makes them happy. I am a second grade teacher by day and an HGTV junkie by night. I must admit I am OBSESSED with Chip and Joanna Gaines show “Fixer Upper” and secretly I think my husband is too (Wink Wink). I love scouring Instagram and other blogs for ideas ranging from decorating ideas to teaching ideas. I also LOVE a good bargain and can often be found at local thrift stores and garage sales. When my sweet niece Nicole told me about Ashlyn’s blog, I knew I had to become a follower. I love her creative ideas and I am always amazed at the good deals she finds.


Recently I found an entertainment console at our local Goodwill. I had been wanting to get rid of our giant oak entertainment center that we had in our family room, but had no idea what I would put in the space. When I saw this console I knew it had good “bones” and when my husband said to buy it that was all it took. I don’t know about you, but when the “Mr.” says to buy something I don’t think twice! I remembered seeing Ashlyn’s post about painting her dining room table so I thought I would give it a try. We of course need a MUCH bigger television and I need to style the wall and console, but overall, I am pleased with how it turned it out and think once the space is styled it will look even better.


  1. Here is what it looked like when my husband took it out of the car. At the top right corner you can see where the old gaming systems would connect. My husband simply popped it out and left the space empty. He jokes and calls it a mail slot, but it is where I am going to put our many remotes.
  2. The next thing we did was remove the drawers, the fronts and their hardware. Getting these things removed makes it easier to paint.
  3. We removed the back and my husband made a new back out of some old plywood.
  4. He thought it needed a light sanding, but I actually think it would have been fine either way.
  5. We don’t usually paint furniture and do projects like this in our kitchen, but we were having such rainy weather, that we thought it was too humid outside.
  6. I highly recommend that before you paint any piece of furniture (unless it is bare wood that has never been painted or stained) that you prime it first. Our go to primer is by “Zinsser” and it can be found at Home Depot.
  7. After a nice coat of primer your furniture is ready to paint.
  8. Here it is painted. I used Behr paint, found at Home Depot, in Swiss Coffee for the bottom. The top in this picture only has one coat and as you can see we had to apply two coats. The top is also a Behr paint called Havana Coffee.
  9. The finished project. The total cost of this project, including the entertainment center, was under $50.00, so I think that is a WIN!!

Thanks again Ashlyn for allowing me to be a guest on your blog. You are such an inspiration to many.

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