Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Black Dog Salvage from the HGTV show "Salvage Dawgs"

Salvage Dawgs!

If any of you have seen HGTV's "Salvage Dawgs," I live about a five minute drive from their warehouse, "Black Dog Salvage." It is one of my favorite places in town. 

My mom is in town visiting while her new house is being built. We thought we'd check out what Black Dog had to decorate her new house with. 

Here's what Google has to say at Black Dog Salvage: "Acclaimed warehouse carrying an eclectic variety of antiques and restored furniture in an airy space."

When homes in our area are gutted and remodeled, all the pieces of the home that are salvageable go to Black Dog right down to the nails! Here is what we found!

DOORS

Doors
Entry Doors


Pocket Doors



Jail doors. . .  Just kidding. I don't really know
what these are, but they look like jail doors.





































STAIRS







You can buy separate pieces to construct your own staircase. . . 





















. . .Or you can just buy the stairs. 

MANTLES


They had so many mantles in many different sizes, woods, designs, etc. All of them were gorgeous!

ANTIQUE FURNITURE






















There were many different lighting options. My mom bought the chandelier on the left for her new home!!


Vanities and sinks. . . 

There was an endless supply of door knobs and hardware.
Antique Pianos. . .

. . .  and TONS of wall decorations.


ANTIQUES



















Coke Products and tons of old glass jars.

. . .  old EKG reader. Kinda makes me want to watch Roy and Johnny and good old Squad 51! ("Emergency").




Spotlight and, one of my faves, the stomach roller massager! 


KNOBS KNOBS KNOBS

 There was no shortage of knobs and handles. Each drawer in the image above was full of whatever the knob was on the door.




HARDWARE

A box of Tetanus. Just kidding. But seriously, they have boxes of old nails.



Old window hardware, locks and pulley systems. . . 



They even have plumbing parts! Probably not up to code, but might be cool when designing a movie set or something.

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO "HMMMM. . . ."



Mermaid statue and bench made out of a Chevy truck. . . 








. . .  Real turtle shells and a lava lamp with a floral arrangement around it. Seems hazardous to me, but whatever.


This place is huge and there's no way I could possibly relay it's massive amount of inventory and awesomeness through words. You must check it out if you are in Virginia. You won't be disappointed. Or check out the show "Salvage Dawgs" on HGTV.

See anything you like???

Monday, October 20, 2014

Ask Melissa: Is Blackout Black?

Ask Melissa: Is Blackout Black?

If I had a dime for every time I was asked this question. . . 

No, Blackout lining is not black. It is

White. .  .

Ivory. . . 

Or Ecru.

It is available in other colors, but at WTbM, those are your three options.

Blackout is made with an acrylic Latex foam coating that is around a layer of flocked rayon. It is flame retardant, light blocking, thermal and sound proof!

Blackout, though more expensive, is a great addition to window treatments. This is because it will protect not only the fabric of your window treatments from fading, but it will prevent the items in the room from fading from sun damage as well. 

The only downside to blackout is that when you so it into the window treatments, the sewing needle will take out the blackout and you will be able to see the seams if the sun shines directly through it. Other than that, blackout is a great addition to any window treatment.

Here is a great picture of a hobbled roman shade I just made for a client. I think it's a great example of how the blackout works as you can see the bright sun coming through the side windows, but the blackout is completely blocking it coming from the door.


In the comments section, feel free to ask me any questions you may have about sewing, window treatments, fabric, etc.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you learned something new today :)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Sponsor Family Update: The Meli family

October Sponsor Family: The Meli Family Update


The month has started off a little slow and we've only raised $100.00 so far. Every little bit helps, but we want to help this family as much as we can! You can donate personally at their gofundme


We are donating $5.00 of every order placed in the month of October to the Meli family and we are also offering you a free shipping coupon "MeliFam" that is good in our etsy store and on our website. This coupon is good on domestic orders only. Shipping roman shades is expensive as they are usually wide and heavy. Take advantage of the free shipping coupon while it lasts! And consider donating your savings to a family in need. 

Thank you all for your support. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Scented Homemade Halloween Play Dough

Scented Homemade Halloween Play Dough


(This is a repost, but I just made more of this the other day and it was so fun. So i thought I'd share again) 

Last week when my kids stayed home from school we spent the day making Halloween play dough. 


Here is what you will need to make scented Halloween play dough:

3 Cups of Flour
1.5 ounces of Cream of Tartar
3/4 Cup Salt
3 Tablespoons Cooking Oil
3 Cups of Water
Food Coloring
1 Tablespoon of extra of your choice of scent (We used orange, but you can use vanilla, peppermint, cinnamon, or any other extract that you might like)
Halloween Confetti and/or glitter



Here is how to make it:

1) Combine first five ingredients in a large pot (I did this in a bowl because I wanted to make five different colors. Mixing it in a bowl first allowed me to pour as much into the pot as I wanted for each color). Whisk until free of lumps.


2) Stir in extract and food coloring. Please note, I learned that extract and red food coloring are not a fan of each other and nearly canceled each other out. So I mixed up another batch of red and omitted the extract. Stir this mixture constantly over medium heat until it pulls away from the sides of the pot and forms a large ball.


3) Knead the ball on a lightly floured board until the dough is silky and smooth. (I am sorry you have to look at my EDS hands that bend all funky. I tried to make them bend like a normal person's but my thumb and index finger are too far gone :) and my finger tips bending backwards is called "swan necking." There, you learned something new today ;)).



4) Knead in optional glitter and/or confetti.


5) When play dough has cooled completely it can be stored in a food storage container of bag.


It seemed like it was making a pretty good mess while I was in the process of making it, but it was a quick clean up. Yes, there was flour everywhere, but it wasn't anything one swipe of a towel couldn't pick up. It seems like a mess as you are making it, especially if you try to tackle five colors at once like I did. But really the clean up took less than 5 minutes. But the fun time is endless!!! 





Friday, October 10, 2014

Friday Finds: Curtain Tie Backs


I found some curtain tie backs that become and accent and part of the decor rather than just an afterthought item. Pictures are linked to their sources.

Light Pink Dahlia Curtain Tie backs
Silver Plated Spoon Tie Back
Starfish Curtain Tie Back

Tie backs usually end up being an afterthought, but these are darling and make them an accent in your home,

Happy Friday, everyone!