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Aquasana {GIVEAWAY} – Closed

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I am a nut case about filtered water. Whether I am drinking it or showering in it. When I lived down in southern Texas we were warned not to drink the unfiltered water. One day I was so terribly thirsty that I decided to take a small glass from the faucet and thought that I was the one in a million who wouldn’t get sick. Not even 24 hours later I was so sick to my stomach and felt horrible!! Lesson learned, only filtered water from here on out.

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Aquasana is an amazing powered water filtration system. They are the first pitcher filter system to use power in order to provide clean, fresh water quickly. They offer water filters for pitchers, showers, sinks and water bottles. I seriously could go on and on about their products it’s insane.

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I mostly want to tell you about the Aquasana Shower Filters. I was able to receive on and quickly had my landlord install it (hubs was out of town and I was to impatient to wait haha oops) I seriously could see the results after the first day. I am not exaggerating! As a hairstylist, the most common question I get asked is “How can I get my color not to fade so quickly?” Of course there are so many answers to this question and one of them is by using filtered water.

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Some of the benefits I saw right away from using my Aquasana Shower Filter was 1) My skin was so much softer (which is a big deal here in Utah) 2) My hair seemed so much more hydrated (again dryness here in Utah) 3) My color seemed to stay bright and vibrant (usually it dulls out pretty fast) 4) My face wasn’t so oily throughout the day.

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(I apologize for how dark these pictures are. My shower is in this dark corner and lighting is horrible. But you get the point of how amazing this shower head is ūüėČ )

I also just loved how they had different settings for the shower head pressure. My husband was wanting to switch out our shower head a while ago for one with different pressure settings and I was stoked that not only does Aquasana have filtered shower heads but different pressures as well!

Here are a few reasons why filtered water is very important to have in your home:

~Preserves beneficial minerals for optimum hydration

~Reduces harmful chemicals and chlorine

~Protects your appliances and plumbing

~Eco-friendly

If that doesn’t convince you then go ahead and look at their pricing. I was nervous to start looking for shower filters because of how expensive I thought they would be. They are so reasonably priced and well worth every penny!

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I am one of those people who brush their teeth in the shower and never swallowed the water when I was rinsing. I was just to grossed out. But ever since I put on our shower filter, I am drinking away ūüėČ Seriously! I HIGHLY recommend purchasing the shower filter, and if that doesn’t interest you then their drinking water filters. My husband and I have been using a drinking water filter for quite a bit of time now and I cringe at thinking of drinking tap again. I love the taste of it and how clean it is!

Aquasana is being absolutely amazing and giving away one Shower Filter to a Dandy reader. I am so excited to be spreading the word more about their filters and letting one of you test them out! Good luck!

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42nd Street Prints {Giveaway} – Closed

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I am a sucker for throw pillows! Especially when they have a cute uplifting message on them. They are such great conversation starters and really can add a lot to a plain room. The more throw pillows the better…I think ūüėČ

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42nd Street Prints offers the cutest throw pillows! I love how fun and different they all are. Like the XO pillows! I am swooning over those!! I am thinking I may need to snag a few of those for our guest bedroom.

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How stinking cute is this ‘Lets make out’ throw pillow. This definitely needs to be added to someone’s master bedroom! Not only are 42nd Street prints super fun but they are affordable and she is constantly adding new items to her shop.

Each pillow is made with 100% polyester filler and 100% cotton shell. They come with a zipper on the side for easy removal for any type of cleaning. That is so important for me with a dog and sometimes make up just happens to get on it. I can simply just remove the cover and throw it in the wash. But remember, cotton shrinks, so I recommend hanging it dry.

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I ¬†am currently redoing my guest room and want it to be more inviting and welcoming. This ‘STAY AWHILE’ throw pillow is just the right touch. I love how original this throw is and the crisp white look it has. If I ever change up the colors in the room (again hehe) this pillow will be able to stick around.

42nd Street Prints is giving away one of these ‘STAY AWHILE’ throw pillows to one lucky reader. And for those who just can’t wait to get there hands on one of these darling throws, then she is being kind enough to give 10% off using the code ‘dandygiveaway’ ¬†So hurry and snag yourself some darling throws!

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Walls By Mur {Giveaway} – Closed

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Remember the good old days of wall paper and the hassle of tearing it down? Yah, good thing those days are long gone. But, the patterns of those wall papers made such a fun accent walls. It’s just not fun to put it up or tear it down. Anyone else agree?

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Walls By Mur has fixed this problem! I am loving the accent walls and simply by adding a removable decal from Walls By Mur fixes all your wall paper worries.

“We provide innovative, removable wall designs to enhance the look of a home, business or set. Mur’s Removable Adhesive Wall Patterns are an affordable, less permanent alternative to paint and wallpaper.¬†By combining any of our color and sizing options you can create your own pattern or replicate one of our many designs. Our designs are not limited to walls; they also bring the perfect punch of excitement to dressers, bookshelves, cabinets, or smaller spaces.”

I love this concept of removable wall decals, as I am currently a renter. Our landlord is kind enough to let us paint our walls, but sometimes painting a whole room one color can get a little boring. These decals are perfect! I can simply put them on any wall/item of furniture and then when we are ready to move out I can easily just remove them and the house is back to how we got it.

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It is so easy to apply their decals. Make sure the surface is clean and dry, then peel off the backing. Apply the decal to the spot you are wanting it to be on, with the squeegee (provided) , smooth out the decal of any bumps or bubbles. If it isn’t how or where you want it, simply remove the decal and try again. ¬†How stinkin easy is that?!!

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Walls By Mur offers large and mini decals. Which is fabulous for bigger areas or smaller furniture. They are extremely affordable, especially compared to other decal stores. I love that not only are they great quality but they are reasonably priced.

Walls By Mur is giving away one of their ‘mini decals’ to a Dandy Giveaway winner!! Be sure to enter so you can add that little pop to your home!

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Cutting Edge Stencils {Giveaway} – Closed

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The way for a house to feel like a home, for me, is to decorate it a way that represents you! My husband and I have moved every summer then come back to Utah and find a new house to live in for 8 months. So the joys of renting come with a lot of rules. Most of our houses we were allowed to paint, but I knew we would be leaving in a few short months, so why bother putting all the time and effort into it. Well, this time we are actually keeping the house we are living in and enjoying it longer then 8 months!! I was stoked! That meant being able to put time into our little house to make it ours!

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Cutting Edge Stencils is AMAZING! Seriously guys! I was always scared of stenciling since my good friend had a bad experience with it. So I started to look into decals and just couldn’t find any I liked. Cutting Edge Stencils has a so many stencils to choose from that I sat in front of my computer for a couple days trying to pick one out I wanted to use in my house.

Greg Swisher and Jana Makaeva created Cutting Edge Stencils to be simple and easy to use for any “DIY-er” They love the concept of doing/redoing furniture and other items yourself. Adding a Cutting Edge Stencil is an easy way to spice up anything!

Instead of just sharing a bunch of facts, I am going to let you into my home and tell you how using a Cutting Edge Stencil went for me ūüôā

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This is the wall you see right when you walk into my living room. Welcome! We have two big windows that let in gorgeous light but this dark red wall was just sucking it all up. So, I knew it was the perfect space to use my Cutting Edge Stencil.

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I picked out the Tamara Trellis Moroccan stencil and it came with everything I would need to make it look fab! The kit came with my stencil, that seriously was massive! And a top part stencil for the ceiling and hard to get spots. A small paint roller, detailed stenciling instructions, a leveler, and a small paint brush to get those hard spots.

I then watched the instruction video. I was determined for this to turn out perfect! I ended up watching a few of their videos 1. because they are so short and 2. they explain everything so well that I knew it wouldn’t hurt to get some more practice.

Here are the videos that I watched:

http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/how-to-stencil-videos.html#basic

http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/how-to-stencil-videos.html#accent

Watch them! They will save you so many mistakes and time!

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I primed my wall first (3 coats to get red of that dark maroon color) and then called a friend over, turned on some music (actually Disney channel for the baby haha) and then went to town!

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My friend that helped me was the one who had a horrible experience with stenciling. She was amazed at how easy Cutting Edge Stencil was. There was no bleeding (which was the part we were nervous for) and we finished this in 2 nights, spending about 4-5 hours each night on it.

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I used a gorgeous Turquoise color (yep, the color was called Turquoise haha how original!) And I kept the background the white primer color. I am so amazed and excited with the finishing product! I am trying to figure out what else I want to stencil in my house. I am thinking my bedroom is next hehe. I was really nervous to do this because I am a very impatient person when it comes to crafting. I tear the tape off to soon or put the picture up before it’s even dry. With Cutting Edge Stencils, it dries so quickly that there is no waiting around for that first layer to dry. We just kept going and were sad when we couldn’t finish it in one night (babies get really tired after 10:00. hehe oops ūüôā )

I am thinking for my next room I want to use one of these stencils. I actually have about 5 others I am having a hard time choosing from, but I’ll save you my obsession ūüėČ

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So here’s the amazing part! Cutting Edge Stencils is giving away one stencil up to $50 value! Guys, that’s way more then half of their collection. You’re going to know exactly how I feel when I say I have about 4839 favorites!! So start entering below!

Sproutz Designs {Giveaway} CLOSED

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So, remember when I said I had this slight obsession with throw pillows? Well, it hasn’t stopped. Especially since I found the darling Sproutz Design.

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I have to start out first by saying how darling the owner of Sproutz Design is. When we were emailing back and forth, I could just tell by her emails how excited and happy she was that I had found her shop. For me customer service is a huge thumbs up in my book. Even just the simple emailing back and forth. I probably read into things to much, but I do feel like customer service through some shops have been quite rude to me and that just gives me a sour taste about the company itself. The owner of Sproutz Design was so kind and when I told her to surprise me and send me her favorite throw pillow from her shop, she did just that and then explained to me why she sent that one. She’s just darling!

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Sproutz Design is an adorable hand made shop. Everything is authentic and you know it was made with love by how well it turns out. She paints everything by hand and even add’s a little memo on the pillow when you receive it, tellling you that it was hand made and isn’t perfect. That way it looks more authentic and more vintage looking.

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What I love most about Sproutz Design is that from the last time I checked her site till today, she already has new and different throw pillows up. I love a store that offers variety!

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Sproutz Design was so sweet enough to send me her most popular throw pillow. “You+Me” And I LOVE it!!! It goes perfect in our master bedroom (especially since we are changing our color scheme to a more muted tones) ¬†I have received so many compliments on this beauty. I love the authentic and vintage look it gives our bedroom.

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Sproutz Design is giving away one throw pillow of your choice to one of you lucky Dandy Giveaway Fans/Sproutz Design Fans. So get entering bellow ūüôā

*This giveaway is open to US entries only *The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the evening of Mar 13th and will be emailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn. *The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own are not influenced by monetary compensation.

Busy Babes Printables {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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Here we are at the end of summer, with just a handful of schools (my mother-in-law’s included!) coming in at the tail end by starting their first day of school the day after Labor Day.¬† We’re finishing up our Back-to-School Friday reviews and giveaways here at Dandy Giveaway with a FABULOUS giveaway that is designed more for parents than for kids!

I’ve always enjoyed the beginning of each New Year that allows me to make resolutions and re-evaluate priorities, and I feel strongly that the beginning of each new school year gives me another opportunity to do that halfway through the year.¬† I used to be incredibly skilled at time management and completing tasks but these are two areas that I feel are incredibly lacking since I became a mom.¬† I’ve seen lots of great ideas for organization to help stay on track, and these ones from Busy Babes Printables are so thorough and comprehensive!

I came across Busy Babes Printables on Etsy and immediately fell in LOVE with the documents available at this shop!¬† The colors are eye-catching while still feeling calm and organized, and I love the font and type styles that make everything look clean and crisp.¬† The shop owner, Laura, is a “busy babe” herself as she just started graduate school this week, and I’m confident that her own experiences have helped her develop these documents that have absolutely everything you’d ever need!


PRODUCTIVITY KIT:
– personalized daily planner
– weekly planner
– to do lists: a master to do list, and a weekly to do list
– routines tracker
– ‘8 a day’ water drinking log

BUDGET & BILL PAY KIT:
– monthly budget planner
– bill and payment checklist
– monthly savings tracker
– debt summary
– money management quote page
– bank account information
– debt repayment plan
– check register
– bill/payments calendar
– financial balance sheet

CLEAN HOME KIT:
– daily, weekly, monthly, and seasonal cleaning checklists
– yearly home maintenance checklists


MENU PLANNING KIT:
– pantry and freezer inventories
– weekly meal planner
– monthly dinner planner
– coordinating blank recipe page

HOME MAINTENANCE KIT:
– home improvement projects list
– home maintenance log
– paint projects color log
– appliance maintenance log
– automobile maintenance log
– home maintenance checklist

HOME INVENTORY:
– appliance index
– inventory logs for: clothing and shoes, furniture, electronics, valuables, kitchen and dining, media, garage and tools, and miscellaneous
– media inventory

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KIDS & PETS:
– babysitter note
– pet information page
– pet sitter note

Organized Shopper Kit - Printable Shopping Lists, and Online Username and Passwords Tracker - INSTANT DOWNLOAD

ORGANIZED SHOPPER KIT:
– grocery list
– need/want list
– everywhere shopping list
– online passwords and usernames log
– online shopping tracker

 Household Management Binder Kit - Home Management Binder - Over 50 Organizing Printables - INSTANT DOWNLOAD

Household Management Binder Kit:¬† This kit comes with over 50 organizing printables!¬†¬†All together, these printables create a great Home Management Binder system for your home, keeping all of your important information organized and centralized in one place. (Plus, with over 50 printables, you’re saving a ton of money ordering all of these kits together!)

 This Personalized Home Management Binder Kit comes with EACH of the above kits ALONG WITH the following documents:

PLANNERS & CALENDARS: – perpetual calendar pages, both horizontal and vertical designs – weekly family schedule (with sections for each member of the family) – perpetual ‘important dates’ page

IMPORTANT INFORMATION & CONTACTS: – emergency information page – important information page – contact pages – important phone numbers page

When Laura says that you’ll receive an INSTANT DOWNLOAD, she’s serious about it — I had my entire Household Management Binder Kit personalized and sent to my e-mail address immediately with all of these¬†great documents!¬† I spent the afternoon looking through everything and am looking forward to taking the weekend to fill in all the important information and organize these documents.

I’m especially excited about the Clean Home Kit and the Menu Planning Kit for the next¬†several weeks as we¬†attempt to maintain some sense of normalcy in the midst of a little boy making his grand appearance soon.¬† I’ve been cooking extra at each meal and stocking my freezer with extra meals and baked goods to tide us over until family comes to visit, and I’m happy to know that I’ll have these materials available during the very sleep-deprived first month.

I’m also loving the Home Inventory Kit, especially after our home was broken into just a couple of months ago and some electronics were taken.¬†¬†We had some serial numbers written down¬†somewhere and had some serial numbers e-mailed to ourselves,¬†but it would have been SO much easier to have all¬†of that information right in our Household Management Binder to copy¬†and send off with the detective.

One Dandy reader will win a Personalized Household Management Binder Kit from Busy Babes Printables!

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Green Now Skin Care Mist {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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Happy 4th of July! I hope you are enjoying your Independence Day with friends, family or loved ones, and that you are celebrating the freedoms we enjoy in this beautiful country of ours. Like Christmas, it’s easy to get caught up in the food, fireworks and fun on 4th of July and forget the real meaning of the holiday. I am grateful for our Founding Fathers who gave us freedom, and for the service men and women who ¬†serve our country and provide the freedoms we enjoy today. ¬†But while you’re all thinking about Red, White and Blue, I’m going to talk about another color: green.

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Green Now‚ĄĘ Total Skin Care Mist is made by Nixall‚ĄĘ, maker of other all-natural, eco-friendly products. Their products range from household cleansers and disinfectants, to products for animal wound care and grooming, to a “greener” solution for flowers and plants. ¬†All of their products, including the Total Skin Care Mist, are made with Anolyte Water, which is electrolyzed salt water. Anolyte Water is powerful, killing 99.99% of germs and viruses, but is safe enough to use just like water on adults and children. That’s what makes the Green Now Total Skin Care Mist so effective as a refreshing mist.

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Total Skin Care Mist is kind of like a deodorant, body spray, lotion, aloe and a shower all rolled into one spray. It has a number of uses, such as a refresher after workouts, a skin soother for sun-burn and wind-burn relief, a spray to “set” your make-up to keep fresh all day, or in place of lotion to hydrate, soften and refresh your skin. ¬†Total Skin Care Mist is eco-friendly and all-natural. There are no toxins or harsh chemicals in it and no alcohol, so it leaves no build up on your skin and it is safe for all members of your family, including children. It is the ultimate “green” product!

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I was sent the Travel size Total Skin Care Mist, and I used it during the musical I was just in, Anything Goes. Wearing lots of heavy costumes, tons of makeup and lots of hair product while dancing and singing under TONS of hot lights can make a person really sweaty (surprise!), so let’s just say that at the end of each show I was pretty ripe. If I had friends and family come to see the show, I’d need to freshen up before going out to see them so I didn’t make anyone pass out from my stench. I didn’t have time for a shower, however, so I’d spray a few mists on and off I’d go to meet my adoring fans ūüôā ¬†The spray is light and cool and leaves my skin feeling soft after a few spritzes. It has a light, clean scent and it dries very quickly, so I don’t feel wet for too long after a spray. I definitely felt refreshed and ready to leave the theater after applying Total Skin Care Mist, and I will make it a requisite in my theater makeup bag in the future!

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For now, I plan to store it in my purse for a quick refresher on hot summer days. You can purchase a 2 oz. Travel size for $7.95, and an 8 oz. size for Home or Office for $26.99 online or in select stores. Connect with Green Now on Facebook and Twitter and enter below to try out a Total Skin Care Mist for yourself!

Enter to win a Travel Size (2 oz.) bottle of Total Skin Care Mist!

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It used to be pink…

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I acquired this bench from one of the guest rooms at my Nana’s lake home:

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Yep. ¬†That’s a pink cushion.

And you all know how I feel about pink…

Here’s how the acquisition came to be:

We went down to the house on Lake of the Ozarks back in November to do the leaves.

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(Me my baby brother with our mad leaf blowing skills)

I decided to bring the bench home. ¬†We put it in our entryway and there it sat. ¬†Pink and all. ¬†A holiday party (in my home) came and went. ¬†Christmas came and went. ¬†New Year’s came and went. ¬†All the while the bench maintained its glorious pink hue. ¬†Obviously I wasn’t in that big of a hurry to get rid of the pink. ¬†That or I’m just lazy. ¬†We’ll go with not in that big of a hurry, okay? ¬†Well, today the bench changed its clothes! ¬†My parents came to spend the holiday weekend with us and my mom recovered ‘ole pinky with some really dandy fabric that I actually found today.

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Isn’t my mom the best? ¬†Yep. ¬†I love her!

Total cost:  $11.19

Oh and the new fabric even has a bit of pink in it *wink*

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Have a dandy week!

Beauty Encounter {Review}

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If you’re still looking for a gift that is practical but meaningful, you might consider heading over to Beauty Encounter to check out their products!

They have skincare, hair care, bath and body, items for the home, and perfumes and colognes.

I was¬†sent Ralph Lauren Hot, and I loved the scent.¬† It was strong enough to last the whole day, but wasn’t overwhelming or powerful.¬† Even though it’s more of a summer scent, the “Sensual Mocha Cream, Spicy Cinnamon, Luscious Maple” seemed to make this perfume to work in other seasons (such as fall when I’ve been using it!).

I also have Terre D’Hermes to give to my husband for Christmas this year (shh!), but I did try it out.¬† On my own wrist.¬† Without completely thinking.¬† Let’s just say that the scent is very manly and should not be worn on my wrist.¬† ūüôĀ¬† I’m sure, though, that I’ll love it on my husband.¬† ūüôā

**This posting was sponsored by Beauty Encounter, but all opinions are strictly my own.

My dream kitchen… Ceiling!

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You all remember how we did a total overhaul on our kitchen a couple of years ago?  I think I mentioned it once or twice.  We took it from this:

To this:

  

With the help of our contractor. ¬†ūüėČ

 

But you know what is missing?  A ceiling that looks like this:

That is the work of Decorative Ceiling Tiles and I sooooo need some ceiling tiles like that in my kitchen!

The tiles they offer are so unique:

A while ago the people at Decorative Ceiling Tiles sent me a single copper medallion tile to demonstrate how great their tiles are. ¬†It’s fantastically beautiful and I know that it will make a mighty fine craft project. ¬†I just haven’t decided yet how to utilize it into a craft. ¬†Ideas? ¬†Suggestions? ¬†You tell me what to do and I’ll attempt to do it! ¬†ūüôā

 

I was given a single ceiling tile from Decorative Ceiling Tiles, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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