What Would We Do Without The Starfish to Wish Upon? -A.Foy


Thursday, July 8, 2010

I've moved!

Alyssa ;)

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

School's Out!

School is officially out for the summer, but that means...
1. Clean and Organize
2.  Repaint something and Draw and read and write
3. Weed the gardens
4. Pretend I'm Batman Mommy for Batman 4yr. old son
5. Make a junk pile and a keep pile, then figure out where to put the "keep" stuff
6.  Stay awake past 8:30p.m.
7.  Catch fireflies
8.  Enjoy the campfires and eat s'mores
9.  Spend time with my two favorite boys in the world! (Hubby and Will)
10.  Run, maybe? Off to Maine...
11.  Have fun at the zoo
12. Daytrips with friends
13. Take a class
14. Uh Oh! It's August already!!!
15.  Off to school my little Will
16.  Here we go again...
17.  I wouldn't trade this for anything in the world.
18.  "Good Morning Boys and Girls"

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Nantucket Ball Jar with Ticking

My new creation yesterday.  I love this jar and it's for sale on my website www.oldecommoncandles.com  Take a look if you haven't checked it out...;)Alyssa

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Van Gogh Matted and Framed

Here is my Van Gogh-"Starry Night" matted and framed! I got the frame with the matte at Michael's for $10.00 on SALE!!!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Starry Night, Artist, Me

Okay, yes I have to give Van Gogh credit, of course, but I did this pastel version of "Starry Night" last night.  We had 1 hour to create our masterpiece and this was mine. (Don't laugh ;) I'm going to matte and frame it. This quick pick really does not make the colors burst, and twinkle as pastels have that *magic* touch.    

Thursday, June 3, 2010


                              GO CELTICS!!!
                                                              image from Boston Pro Shops

Friday, May 28, 2010

Simply Organizing

"To what to my wondering eyes did appear, but some little tin pails with numbers so darn close to my house number that I had to keep searching in the shelves and.... YAHTZEE!!" P.S. Pay no attention to the ugly brown computer hutch, or the starfish dust covering the hutch so nicely.  The hutch will be leaving.  But!  It works for now until I find a CHEAP way to either make it white, or find a nice white table/desk that is super dee-duper cheap! ;)  Enjoy your Friday~

Thursday, May 27, 2010

A Room With A View

I had to take a picture of my yard outside my kitchen window.  We have a HUGE rhody that got a bit damaged in an ice storm that we had 2 years ago.  But, it is the biggest I've ever seen!  It's bursting with purple/pink flowers.  
I also took one of my herb garden that is in need of some weeding!  Have fun ;)  Also, looking for galvanized pails and tubs for some chalkboard paint. 

And isn't this cottage really cute!  I could move right in!  You could too.  It's for sale in Moody, Maine!  My husband took a picture of it as we were riding down the road.  I love the color...I have a thing for green. 

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Before I begin my day...

Hope you enjoy this beautiful Saturday.  I love blogging in the early hours while I'm about to begin my Saturday Adventures!  Thanks to all of you, I get soooo many decorating ideas and inspired to start something new.
Today, my family, friends, and bloggie friends, I want to share with you just a few pictures of the garden flowers in our yard...enjoy!
   Image by What's Cooking America

Will's Vegetable Garden (Thanks to Sharon Lovejoy!)

Sunday, May 9, 2010

IDEAS Dance in my head!!!~Ribbons, Cottage Home Shoppe in Maine,...

Photo above from Country Living Magazine.  What could I do with ribbon?...Hmmm....I know it's on sale for $1.00 at Michael's and I've even found some for FREE at the recycle center.  Images of galvanized pails and flowers from the garden, maybe even some chalkboard paint, dance in my head! 
                                     Below middle image with green hutch is from Country Living Magazine.  I love that hutch and how the white contrasts with the green.  Beautiful!  The two images on the waaay left and waaay right are from the shop Cottage Home Furniture in Cape Neddick, Maine on Rte. 1  This shop is very, very (too) close to my parent's summer place.  Make sure you stop on by this shop, if you are ever in the York area, or visit their website.  You will LOVE it!!!  Oh, and you have to check out the TWIG CANOPY BED below...

Just another reason to visit Cottage Home Furniture!  
This bed is soooo pretty!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Happy Birthday to ME! May 7th!

 ~Celebrating my B-Day in Maine last year~
I have to admit it, I LOVE my birthday!  Always have...and tomorrow it's my 34th birthday, YAY!  As I reflect on another year gone by (sappy I know), but I think about all that I'm so thankful for, things I've done, new goals that are being set, and for the love of my husband, son, and two wonderful parents. 
On another note, I finally found a spot for my milk glass, which I will post soon and I'm in search of a white cake pedestal.  I'm going to be posting about table centerpieces because I'm stumped!  If you have any good table centerpiece ideas please let me know.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

I WON!!!

Last night was a great night with some great friends of mineI was able to donate some money to help a needy child attend a YMCA camp in Central Massachusetts, which is a wonderful thing. I won some pretty awesome things too! 

1.  A tour of Boston's Channel 5, watch award winning newscaster Susan Wornick, (pictured below), film her show, the Chronicle Studio, and lunch across the street at Panera with 10 of my friends!
2.  A facial at New Leaf Spa and lots of goodies that I was able to bring home from the Spa...I await my facial, Ahhhh!
3.  And this oil painting below from a local MA artist. 
 Have a wonderful day Bloggies ;)Alyssa

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Flea Market Finds Me!

Today, I found so many wonderful, pretty, simple, and cheap things at the Charlton Flea Market and at a little Antique barn on the way home.  I paid a total of $10.00 dollars for all of my items today!  That's right! $10.00!  I took this shelf thingy above and did this...
 I painted it "chippy dippy white."  This shelf thingy was in an old antique barn and I got it!  Alyssa vs. expensive...Alyssa WINS!  Next items...
 Ohh la,la  a cake pedestal and a fluted pan displayed as...
                                                  This ;) 
         Alyssa finds the dollar bin and scores again! 
    And my love of the day is...

             All of these....ahhhhh....what a day! :)
          Below a sneak peak of my friend's Cape Cod room.  I love how she displays everything on this old, old bookshelf that her dad repainted for her.  The map was in her grandparent's Cape house. Everything on those shelves has a meaning.  Don't ya love it?!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Saving Grace!

Meet Grace!  Isn't she great?!  She has been living in my basement for too long! Grace scared my husband when I had a dress on her and placed her right inside the doorway.  He kept thinking there was a robber there waiting to hit him over the head with a cast iron frying pan.  Okay, those weren't his exact words, but something like that... So, I need to do something with Grace!  Maybe some scarves?  Any ideas?  I got her soooo cheap at a "shabby chic" store in Maine.  I negotiated back and forth for this gal!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Virginia House Giveaway!!!

Morning Bloggy Friends!  The Virginia House is giving away a might fine sailboat!  So raise your anchors and enter away!  Visit the Virginia House Blog today!
Enjoy the beautiful day and if you have any followers that would like my blog, send them over;) I'd love to share ideas;) Alyssa

Monday, April 19, 2010

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Weeds!  Weeds! and more WEEDS!  They are driving me bonkers and it's only April. I hate breaking them up and pulling them out!
 But, owell I love all of the plants in our yard.  Edging of beds, mulch, and all of that good stuff still needs to be done, but here are some of our gardens.  My husband did all of the work below and yes, that is a putting green.  I did the herbs and that garden up above is the project that Will and I are working on. 

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Edgartown & Menemsha Inn-Vineyard Living! Dreaming of the Seaside

My dream is to have a little cottage by the sea.  The one above is too big for us, but I love the cedar shingles and this place is a summer rental, if you're interested.  
Someday...I imagine smelling the salty sea air mixed with the sweetness of the Rosa Rugosa all while snuggling in with my hubby.  Someday this will happen because we are working towards it!  But, until we sign for a cottage on the dotted line...(Imagine our signatures here)
here are some inside scenes of this home and the Menemsha Inn on the Vineyard. I just love the room designs! Enjoy ;)
Give me a light blanket, a pillow, and see ya later!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Lisa Leonard Necklace Arrived!

My Lisa Leonard necklace arrived today and I'm so in love with it!  She does great work!  A link to her custom jewelry is to the left if you're interested ;)

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Chalkboard Paint! Better than sliced bread!

I LOVE chalkboard paint!  I have discovered places to slap on this liquid black gold.  It's so quick and easy...Here is my bathroom linen closet...Write away!


Saturday, March 27, 2010

Cottage Coastal Room

Okay, so here it is sooo far.  Yay!! I've made huge progress and am so happy at the way it's turning out. Remember I am designing on a dime here.  Oh, and   remember the ugly door?  It still has the ugly door knob, but I am hopeful that I will find the perfect replacement at a flea market this Spring, or somewhere... I used chalkboard paint on a canvas and wrote the places that are full of memories for my hubby and I.  The pictures are quotes and all of the frames were from $1.00 to $3.00.  The big "C" was cheap at $4.00.  The picture of the little cottage is actually made by my illustrator and is a little sea cottage from my picture book that will be coming out.  I'm not done with my collage, but it's coming along!
 So, it's almost complete!  I would love to here what you think.  ;)Alyssa