504 Main by Holly Lefevre: July 2010

7.29.2010

Tickled Pink No. 17


504 Main
What does it mean to be Tickled Pink?
"The tickling pink concept is of enjoyment great enough
to make the recipient glow with pleasure ."
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I am tickled pink because... 
well, honestly, today did not tickle me anything...
Between the book deadline,
getting lost in Pebble Beach for one hour+++ and almost running out of gas,
back to school shopping and preparing,
doctors appointments, preschool drama,
and finishing up some DIY...I am beat!
On the pink side...
I did get to have coffee with a good friend
and watch Project Runway...that does tickle me pink!
AND
writing Tickled Pink makes me very happy
so that I will get a little perk me up!!
Oh yeah, can you say "L.A., Baby!" Hello sunshine! Here I come.

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Now, it is time for Tickled Pink No. 17!
{some of you may be happy...this post is shorter than usual!}
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Don't be shy! 
Nominate a  product/person/idea/recipe/your own blog to be featured, 
click HERE or simply email me! 
It is cool  to nominate yourself! I am only one person and blogland is ginormous... 
I would love your input...I know there are amazing finds out there that I have not seen!
NOW...Link up...
a craft...a recipe...a tip...a party...a short  story...a poem...a fashion find...
a  favorite product...your favorite post...whatever makes your blog  fabulous.
You get the idea, right? 
Guess what? You post does not have to be PINK!!

This day is about stuff we {heart}  from our own blogs or from others. 
Click HERE for the "I've Been Tickled Pink" featured button.
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NOW...on to BUSINESS
wit, sass, sarcasm...and a little gin
smile and glam
where are your roots
{swoon} ruffles {swoon}
you light up my blog 
SPOTLIGHT
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wit and sass...and a little gin
Who could I possibly be talking about?
Ericka from Alabaster Cow of course!
When I began Tickled Pink I wanted to be able to include blogs of all types - not just crafty, not just cooking - but to also highlight the amazing wit and writing that is out there!
Ericka personifies that and much more. And in her "about" section she used my favorite word about 1,000,000 times {oh crap!}. Ericka's style is real, sometimes raw, and honest.
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Dear Ava is a post I adore - the perspective on welcoming her new baby girl is awesome. I am not one of the heart and flowers types of moms. Being a mom scares the carp out of me on a daily basis. But I wouldn't change it for the world. ********
How to Write a Book cracks me up and I can identify...and I bet a whole lot of you can too. So  grab your notebook and triple latte {mocha for me!} and let's write!

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Do you Facebook? Do you "like" it? A little perspective on what those little status updates aren't saying!
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An ode to the bad news fridge and the reason Ericka may be the way she is.
What's a bad news fridge...you just have to go find out for yourself.
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Take a peek, and say hi to Alabaster Cow, enjoy some fresh and well thought out writing 
{not for the weak by the way! Crap again!} and some gin!
{much of this will make sense if you go visit!}
Check this out too!

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Smile!
 I so often get caught up in play dough, karate, and crayons, I forget about the beautiful images and inspiration floating around out there.
Georgia is the go-to glam girl of
I get an instant smile when I see the beauty on her blogs...
and I LOVE the name Gi Gi!
Her posts are simple, stunning, and
she also incorporates some really beautiful quotes.
Pink Love is filled with some gorgeous images
and a sweet observation about the rose.
I am a night owl. I enjoy sitting outside and looking at the moon, I always have.
Light of the Moon is a post filled with dreamy images of the night and the moonlight. Kind of makes me want to dance in the moonlight.
If you are looking for some gorgeous images to make your day, pay Georgia a visit.
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where are your roots?
A few years ago I began looking into my family tree. I got a little sidetracked and put it aside. I have so few relatives alive that can share anything with me, but I am fascinated nonetheless. Well, I recently found out a little nugget {which I will share later} and am back on track {hopefully}. Which is why I find so many of Kimberly at Terra Del Sole's posts on her ancestry so fascinating. The stories of where we all come from our so intriguing and worth knowing. Go visit Terra Del Sole on Friday's when she dives into her ancestry.
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{swoon} ruffles {swoon}
I cannot get enough of ruffles!

Lisa at Moore Minutes has a completely gorgeous post on ruffles!
Just go check it out if you want some girly ruffly goodness.
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you light up my blog
I'm cheating a little...this was actually from last week, but it has been on my mind. I use so many photos on my blog and I find it hard to get a good photo sometimes. From Scrap Shoppe is this great tutorial on how to make a light box.
I am making one...I love a good photo!
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SPOTLIGHT  
YOU ARE MAKING THIS DIFFICULT! IN A GOOD WAY!
I have a hard time choosing...I am trying to give everyone their spotlight...but man here is so much good stuff on this linky...certain things just catch my eye at certain times!
A big huge-a-licious THANK YOU for all who have participated and visited and picked up the blog hop on their blogs. I  am so enjoying visiting your links and seeing what Tickles You Pink! Who will be in the SPOTLIGHT next week?  
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A little Getting Over Myself is an inspired and touching post from Simoney at GreatFun4Kids.
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 A gorgeous Parisian wreath from Frenchy at La Chateau des Fleurs
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 A tutorial for seriously chic and sassy potholders {I need new ones} from Just Sew Sassy.
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 A FAB bath redo with a FAB budget from Gracie Green Home.
Looks like a million bucks {the bath is next on our DIY list}.
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Clever, clever, clever! Paisley Passions upside down shelf is awesome.
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A little of this, a little of that, and some bling from Still Waters.
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 A super fun frame idea from Yesterday on Tuesday.
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Who doesn't love a lollipop. Thanks to Bird Crafts for the tutorial on how to make one!
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 Kitschalicous calls them the coolest night lights ever...and I think they are!
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A super cute hat {we all could use a hat right?} from less cake {more frosting}.
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Who won last week's giveaway....drum roll please.....
Lisa from Moore Minutes

{if you want to know how I pick these...I scientifically ask my son for a number between 1 and however many comments there are. So technical!} 
You may notice I made a boo-boo about my deadline last week...OOPS!

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This week's giveaway is {again}:
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There is ONE way to enter! 
--Entry No. 1 {required}: 
*You need to be a follower of 504 Main {some of you may want to double-check if you are tyring to enter} AND
*You need to leave a relevant comment about at least one feature!!!!

Contest begins on 7/29/10 and closes Thursday, 8/5/10 at 11:59 p.m. EST 
The  winner will be announced on Friday 8/6/10.
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Happy Friday!
Crazy days here...what's new!
I am visiting your links, but due to extenuating circumstance,
my commenting is lagging...sorry!
 I know everyone is super busy right now!
Thanks for taking the time to link up!
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****I reserve the right to remove posts that are offensive or do not adhere to the rules, without any discussion, at my discretion.****
****These are my own opinions. No one has offered me anything, nor have I accepted anything to include them in this post. Prizes are supplied by me.**** 
{photos appearing here are copyrighted and property of the respective blogs featured}


504 Main


Show Me What you Got!
PINK RULES
*It does NOT have to be pink or pink-related* 
*Pretty please...add the Tickled Pink button to the post* 

{people need to know what the heck they are doing!}  
*It does NOT have to be a new post*
***PLEASE LINK TO A POST URL, NOT YOUR MAIN URL****
*Visit some peeps on the hop*

*It would be great if you were a follower or subscriber {*wink*}

Say It Ain't So...Back to School Already

Yes, it is true...my son goes back to school in 2 weeks.
Pure craziness if you ask me!
Growing up we did not go back to school until
after Labor Day. Early August seems much to soon...
and we have only had like 3 days of sun.
{do I complain about no sun too much..yes, but so would you!}

I seem to think I have no traditions...
maybe if I think that then I will put no pressure on
myself to continue and it all remains fun!
There are two things we do every year to commemorate
the start of school:
A beach bonfire to bid adieu to summer.
{Fingers crossed}
A photo in front of the school sign.
An ice cream cone after school.
Simple as that.
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I know many of you have great traditions and
ideas for celebrating and coping and preparing.
Me, mainly I wing it. 
Have you shared an idea for preparing?
Written a great back to school post?
Have wisdom to share? 
Linkup and join the fun.
****COMMENTS OFF****
See you Friday for Tickled Pink!
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Please be sure to add the blog hop button {which you can get at the hostess blog} to your “BACK-TO-SCHOOL” themed post, and pay the hostess (Rook No. 17) a visit, to let her know you’ve jumped on board!

7.28.2010

DIY Day! Pretty Stencil Kitchen Towels

I have so many projects in the works...some for me, some for my son, some for my house {you can see the kitchen photos - finally - here!}, and a lot for the DIY Club. We have so many awesome sponsors for the DIY Club...and I am a little too inspired {is that possible...yes it is unless you do not need to sleep}.
So, before I go any further...
Stencilled kitchen towels by Holly Lefevre

7.27.2010

Pure Craziness in the Kitchen...is Over! Sort Of!

I love my house.
I hate my house.
I love my house.
I hate my house.
It is really nothing against the house.
I remember when we were looking for houses
and the Realtor pulled up in front of this house.
I declared  - out loud even -
"I want a house like this one."
Of course when I said that I assumed I would not have to wait years and years to upgrade some of the uglies. The biggest ugly was the kitchen and you could see it as soon as you walked up to the front door. It needed a #makeover! We wanted to do something to it, but as it would happen property values at that time were nose diving all over, so we knew we needed to be WISE!

7.22.2010

Tickled Pink No. 16


504 Main
What does it mean to be Tickled Pink?
"...it's the figurative sense of the word that means 'to give pleasure or gratify'.
The tickling pink concept is of enjoyment great enough
to make the recipient glow with pleasure ."
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I am tickled pink because...well, just because!
Oh yeah baby, Happy Holly is showing up today!
Summer vacation is almost over for us and I am trying really hard to enjoy these last couple of weeks with the kiddos...and that may include a trip to L.A. -
which tickles me pink beyond belief!
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Have you met Beverly from Flamingo Toes?
If you have not you should. She is a creative genius with fabulous projects, and I was completely honored to be her Crush of the Week! You should check out her Crush of the Week feature - you are bound to find a great blog or two! Thanks Beverly!

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Now, it is time for Tickled Pink No. 16!
{sorry these posts are so long...I get carried away!}
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Don't be shy! 
Nominate a  product/person/idea/recipe/your own blog to be featured, 
click HERE or simply email me! 
It is cool  to nominate yourself! I am only one person and blogland is ginormous... 
I would love your input...I know there are amazing finds out there that I have not seen!
NOW...Link up...
a craft...a recipe...a tip...a party...a short  story...a poem...a fashion find...
a  favorite product...your favorite post...whatever makes your blog  fabulous.
You get the idea, right? 
Guess what? You post does not have to be PINK!!

This day is about stuff we {heart}  from our own blogs or from others. 
Click HERE for the "I've Been Tickled Pink" featured button.
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NOW...on to BUSINESS
off on a tangent
keep reading
green is the new pink!
orange goodness
do you judge?

SPOTLIGHT
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Jenny Matlock...is off on a tangent
Jenny Matlock


You all know Jenny right? Oh you don't! Then you do not know what you are missing. Jenny never fails to entertain me, make me think, and put a smile on my face. She is one witty lady who writes and shares and cracks me up!
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So, how do you feel about your followers? I have ended up with a few XXXX-rated ones {my blog is so racy ya know!}, but Jenny talks about one really interesting body part that followed a friend of hers...it is kind of creepy until Jenny writes about it and then it is just funny {there are no offending body parts in the post!}
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I Heard the Song of a Train This Morning touches me...transports me to a place where all is good and wonderful. I place I want to be and want to live in. This post sticks with me.

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You can also read all about her telepathic powers...oh yeah she has them {sort of}. Or about her {cough, cough} love of football and the stress is causes!
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 One of the most touching, grabs-at-my-heart, and inspiring posts I have ever is all about a different kind of Independence Day. I shall say no more...just go read it.
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Jenny is also the originator - the genius - behind
So visit - have a laugh and enjoy the tangent.
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keep on reading at Blue Heron Cottage! 
When I was younger I read all of the time. It transported me to new worlds and taught me so much. Unfortunately bewteen kids, work, blogging, and the like I do not read as much as I once did, but I do recognize its importance and am so happy...

thrilled both of my kids read and love their books.
I met Kim from Blue Heron Cottage recently - turns out she grew up where I currently live. She has a beautiful post about the magic of reading, the importance of libraries, and a celebration of one of my favorite books To Kill a Mockingbird.
 This post simply spoke to me and so I am sharing it with you.
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green is the new pink

Erin at The Mother Load has a passion and that passion is going green. I hear Erin's voice in my ear when I go to the grocery store "Just go back and get your bags...don't be lazy." 
Last week she had a great green post about simple ways we can be green and this week another great green inspiration. She plays along with Tickled Pink almost every week - THANKS! - and I simply think being green or going green is important to all of all the time.
{P.S. Erin also write some amazing stories - she is a wonderful writer!}
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orange goodness
My buddy Jenn introduced me to a fabulous blog yesterday...
How About Orange.
{orange happens to be one of other fave colors!}
You will LOVE EVERYTHING on this blog!!!!
I think this idea is brilliant...and green!
Gift bags made from newspaper! 
Easy and unique and FAB! 
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Do you judge?
Nicolasa had a short post about this yesterday which struck me because I had just watched "If You Really Knew Me" on MTV {yes, I do watch MTV still...on occasion...when I can figure out what they heck they are talking about - I gave up on The Real World!} It was really though provoking and touching. If you can, catch an episode of MTV's show...it will be hard not to be moved. I was a Big Sister for many years in L.A. and it was one of the most rewarding and amazing experiences...to watch not just my Little Sister but all of the Little Sisters grow.
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SPOTLIGHT  
YOU ARE MAKING THIS DIFFICULT! IN A GOOD WAY!
I have a hard time choosing...I am trying to give everyone their spotlight...but man here is so much good stuff on this linky...certain things just catch my eye at certain times!
A big huge-a-licious THANK YOU for all who have participated and visited and picked up the blog hop on their blogs. I  am so enjoying visiting your links and seeing what Tickles You Pink! Who will be in the SPOTLIGHT next week?  
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Pure L-O-V-E. Enough said! No I must say more. I am loving the treatment Freckled Laundry gave this nightstand using Decoart finishes...I am so excited I am adapting this for one of my own projects....guess what there is a great tutorial too!
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Fabulous idea to save and share a special memory
from Craftify It! Brilliant idea!
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Classy and FAB vinyl family name frame from Night Owl Crafting. I love them!
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A chocolate chip cookie with a surprise...from Random Thoughts of a Super Mom. 
Go visit to find out what the surprise is!
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Giving an old bird feeder new life at The Wonders of Doing! 
I am all about making the old "new" again! Beautiful!
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Sweet little birdies in their home from Craftopotamus!

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Easy easy s'mores from LambAround!
Anything with s'mores gets me!
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Who won last week's giveaway....drum roll please.....
Lourie from CA Girl

{if you want to know how I pick these...I scientifically ask my son for a number between 1 and however many comments there are. So technical!}

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This week's giveaway is {again}:
*************************
There is ONE way to enter! 
--Entry No. 1 {required}: 
*You need to be a follower of 504 Main {some of you may want to double-check if you are tyring to enter} AND
*You need to leave a relevant comment about at least one feature!!!!

Contest begins on 7/29/10 and closes Thursday, 8/5/10 at 11:59 p.m. EST 
The  winner will be announced on Friday 8/6/10.
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Happy Friday!
Crazy days here...what's new!
I am visiting your links, but due to extenuating circumstance,
my commenting is lagging...sorry!
 I know everyone is super busy right now!
Thanks for taking the time to link up!
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****I reserve the right to remove posts that are offensive or do not adhere to the rules, without any discussion, at my discretion.****
****These are my own opinions. No one has offered me anything, nor have I accepted anything to include them in this post. Prizes are supplied by me.**** 
{photos appearing here are copyrighted and property of the respective blogs featured}


504 Main


Show Me What you Got!
PINK RULES
*It does NOT have to be pink or pink-related* 
*Pretty please...add the Tickled Pink button to the post* 

{people need to know what the heck they are doing!}  
*It does NOT have to be a new post*
***PLEASE LINK TO A POST URL, NOT YOUR MAIN URL****
*Visit some peeps on the hop*

*It would be great if you were a follower or subscriber {*wink*}
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