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Fabulous Friday Favorite – Ballard Outlet

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TGIF!!!  It has been one crazy week at the Smith household.  Kid activities every night this week – lacrosse practices, book club (oops, that is my activity), debate match, athletic banquet and band banquet.  I am whooped!  Of course not too whooped to show you a FFF that is also has some really good deals!

Here in Atlanta, we are lucky enough to have two Ballard Outlets.  One of the outlets is not too far from my house, so I like to visit it every once in a while (that is wife code for frequently).  My last visit was one of the best, as far as inventory being plenty.  This outlet store is like so many others, it can be “hit or miss” depending on the day. They run weekly specials that are listed on the big bulletin board when you walk in.  Remember my little orange furniture piece for my foyer?  Yep – Ballard Outlet!

If you are not familiar with Ballard’s, you don’t know what you are missing!  Run (don’t walk) to your computer and check out their website for some full price goodies.  They also have a wonderful catalog you should be sure to sign up for when you are on their site!  If you are patient, the items eventually make it to the outlet store.  Patience is not really my forte … but for a really good deal, I will wait!

Here are my finds from my last visit …Please keep in mind that I took these photos on the “sly” on my camera phone.  I always feel weird taking pictures in a store – I am waiting for Dateline to jump out from behind the counter and bust me!  I apologize for the quality of the photos – but I think you will get the gist!

Lamp shades that look like mercury glass for $5.00 – Really!

Yardsticks made into a table?  I think we can make this.

Lots of mirrors for all different tastes and styles!  Looks like someone bought quite a few off the wall before I got there.

I was drooling over these sconces.  I love the patina and size!  Gorgeous.  They did not go home with me – but they sure wanted to!

Clocks – Box – Ticks – Tocks.  Clocks in Box go Tick Tock.

No – that was not Dr. Seuss writing that last line – it was me.  I might take up rapping in my spare time.  Watch out Eminem!

How cool would this nautical rope spool table (that’s my name for it) look in a beach house?

Close up of nautical rope spool table top.

Love the look of old wood with contemporary iron.

I actually bought this next many years ago from this outlet store.  I got it for about $50.00 because it had no legs.  I bought some cheap wooden legs on-line – stained them to (almost) match the desk – screwed them on and wa-la! New desk.  It has been in my son’s room and still looks great!

A cute cottage corner piece.  This would look great in a girl’s room, playroom or even a really casual living room.  It is hard to find a corner piece with a cottage look.

The outlet is doing a much better job at setting up little scenes within the store.  I like the way these accessories are displayed instead of just thrown on a shelf.

Doesn’t this headboard have the most amazing “lines”?  It was just sitting in the corner, all by itself, begging to go home with someone.

One entire wall of table tops and pedestal bottoms.  I have used one of these tables for crafting and it was incredible.  Big, sturdy and good looking.  Unfortunately it was too big to “make the cut” when we downsized.  I’m still bummed.

I love this desk.  I seem to be drawn to desks and tables with the “X” leg.  Oh and look at those zebra bags – they were spread out all over the store.  So cool!

This was a funky, nautical compass table.  It was the only one I saw in the store.  I am sure some lucky beach house owner or boating enthusiast snapped this little table right up!

Really like the nautical details on the legs of the table.

Tons of bulletin and chalk boards!

A display that includes a little of everything – rugs, furniture, pillows, mirrors and accessories.

Check out all those incredible planters in all shapes, colors and sizes.  They look like ceramic, but they are that lightweight foam stuffy (I think that’s the clinical word for it).  A couple of these pots were HUGE!  They would look amazing by a pool.

Linen – slip covered look chair.  Can be left as is … or could even be recovered for the price, you would still come out ahead.  I like the lines of this chair – could be French, Cottage or even English decor.

Speaking of French decor … look at this amazing ottoman!

Need some window treatments?  Start digging.

An entire wall of canvas art!  One of this day’s specials was 40% off all wall art.  Yipee!

I carried this picture around with me through the entire store.  I was sure it was mine.  At the last minute it went back on the wall – if I second guess, than it is not meant to be.  The flower was more coral than orange  – it threw me off. I really did like it.  Oh no … I am third guessing and that means I will now have to have it.

I would love to do a “knock-off” of this picture on my own.  I love how it looks like folk art!

Love love love the colors.  Hated that it was flat with no texture.  I wonder if I could do something like this by incorporating a thickening medium to make this a multi-dimensional piece. Another thing to add to the “to-do” list.

Daffodils are so happy!  This would look amazing on a porch!

Uh oh … another addition to the “to-do”.  This driftwood mirror is so awesome.  I am loving the textures and neutral color.  Ignore the stalking figure in black in the mirror.

Cute little clocks for $7.99.  What a great hostess gift!

Need a lampshade?

This headboard was sitting against the check-out counter.  It is just like the other lonely headboard, but a beautiful white washed color.  Love it!

I just barely captured this picture.  It was a display in the window and some lady came and bought the entire display – all the furniture and all the accessories.  Wow!

The other window display.

Outdoor cushions.  So bright and colorful!

Great little secretary desk with a bamboo chair.  So pretty.

I am seeing more and more white wash.  I like the quiet, neutral effect it has in a room.  Slip covers, sisal rugs, linen and white wash – great combination.

One of the things that are common at this outlet are pieces of furniture that may not have a match.  This is the hutch for the top of a desk – but check out what you can do with it …

A Bookcase for any room.  Incredible idea and pretty easy!  I love when you can reuse items for another purpose.

Wow!  Gorgeous mirrors for any room!!

I am exhausted from the tour – I didn’t even begin to show you all the lighting – another day.  Hope you enjoyed visiting the Ballard Outlet in Georgia.  It is worth the trip!

Hope your life is more heaven than havoc!

Missi

Teach Me Tuesday – Mother’s Day Canvas

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Hey All!

Today’s Teach Me Tuesday comes from an idea from Myra at The Blessed Life.  She did a wonderful piece of canvas art as a Mother’s Day gift idea.  I wanted to share it with you today.  Be sure to visit theblessedlife.net for more great ideas.  It is a wonderful blog that I really enjoy and I think you will too!

Beautiful! I love the simplicity of the canvas and how well it blends with any home decor.

Supplies Needed:

  • 9×12 Canvas {or whatever size you want}
  • Chipboard Letters {I bought a mega pack of letters at Hobby Lobby for $6}
  • White Spray Paint
  • Hot Glue Gun/Glue Sticks
  • Xacto Knife
  • Pencil/Ruler

First, decide on the words you want to use.

Layout the words to get an idea of how you want them to look. I arranged mine on the left side with my canvas vertical, but you can do so many variations of this!

I found it helpful to use a pencil and ruler to divide the canvas by the number of lines I had, so I had a straight line for each word. Eyeballing is okay too, but I didn’t want to mess up. :)

Next, hot glue all the letters in place.  Be very careful to use small amounts of hot glue, so it doesn’t seep out from the letters when you press them in place.

See all those strings in the photo above? All of those have to go because they will look awful when you spray paint. Ask me how I know. Ha!  After you get most of the strings/debris off the canvas, take it outside and give the canvas and letters a light coat of spray paint. Allow it to dry and try not to freak out because it probably won’t look as good as you want it to.

Use an Xacto knife {I also used tweezers} to remove hot glue strings in between the letters. This is a teeny bit tedious, but trust me, it’s worth it. After all the debris is gone, spray paint two more light coats on.  Allow to dry.

Then you’ll have this beauty to give to the mother in your life who you love.

This project can be customized for many different occasions. I think it would be a fabulous wedding gift, baby shower gift or housewarming gift to name a few. For under $15, I’m thrilled with how it turned out!

Isn’t that an amazing and simple project?  Thanks to Myra at The Blessed Life for the great pictures and instructions.  Can’t wait to try this project for all sorts of occasions!

Hope your life is more heaven than havoc!

Missi