September 11, 2010

Seafan Found and Lost

I searched high and low
for sea fans
and found them for cheap(ish)
at my fave store in the world
TJ Maxx.
Then, I left them on my table,
in my room
with the door open.
This is now what my sea fans look like:
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Pretty, in my jar
Bitter that they now FIT in said jar.

Photo (c) b3 home designs
A few more pieces.

Photo (c) b3 home designs
A broader view of what
3 large, great find
sea fans look like
after your puppy tests out
their chew factor.
Photo (c) b3 home designs
A big sigh in sync with
my puppy mutt’s big puppy sighs.
September 10, 2010

Second Hand Christmas in July

This July,
I found all sorts of great pieces
for Holiday time that will arrive
not soon enough.
All thrifty, fun finds at that.
I found these super sized ornaments
that I will use for some outdoor decor
off of my back porch
for 17 cents each at a 90% off
Christmas in July sale
at St. Vincent’s de Paul
Super sized ornaments | Christmas in July
Salvation Army Find, 8 ornaments at 17 cents each
Photo (c) b3 home designs
This next find
was actually a garage sale
that I almost didn’t stop at
I actually kind of felt guilty about this purchase
because the guy seemed like he took a few things
out of his home
to sell
so that he’d have bus fair.
Everything was from his Holiday stash.
I saw this pile of two different kinds
of light up candy canes.
Last year, we were going to make some wooden canes.
Now, we can use these light up ones.
I asked the guy how much
and he told me $2.  I thought he meant for each cane.
I asked “for all of them”
and when he said yes, I was so surprised,
I asked if he meant yes for ALL of them.
And he did.
So about two dozen canes to stake into the ground
and light up.
 $2 Yard Sale Light up Candy Canes
Photo (c) b3 home designs

My last and absolute best find
was this (and the other half).
Aside from yard sales and thrift stores
I also love Freecycle and found on road side.

I don’t find much on my road sides.
But I do find much on Freecycle. 
In July, I answered the call for this 9 ft tall
faux tree.
And it was free
and it barely fit in my trunk.

And I can’t wait to try to hang it upside down.

Free Roadside 9 ft Faux tree
Photo (c) b3 home designs
Christmas in July was awesome. 
I can’t wait for the first snowfall this year.
I can.
September 10, 2010

Thought of the Day

I knew I was home
when we set foot in this house
and one of the million and one
brochures left in my kitchen drawer
was this one
right on top
Life IS too short to clean your own house
Photo (c) b3 home designs
I really DO need to clean though
so that I can purge and give away more stuff.
September 9, 2010

i used to collect | Milk Glass

if you hit the internets,

then you know that
in the world of “new vintage collectors”
(ie, all of us wannabe vintage collectors
that don’t have a CLUE)
milk glass is all the rage.

I get it.

It’s (generally) cute
just like my awesome lamp find

$3 milk glass deep lipped lamp
Photo (c) b3 home designs

it is really easy to find
it is a relatively inexpensive collection to start
but it quickly gets pretty pricey
and pretty hard
to sustain


maybe that is only “hard”
for those of us not willing
to spend  big
or go on the hunt for
our collections.

I admit it.

I bit the bug
and I went and bought me some milk glass
and because I don’t ever just buy 1 of anything
I bought a piece.
or two
or nine

Milk Glass Starter Collection
Photo (c) b3 home designs

not all at once.

it started with a set of three
from the North Bend Senior Thrift Store Sale
Then I picked up a few more pieces
And a piece here
And a piece there

Honestly though?
I’m not really a fan.

I used to collect Milk glass

and I will keep these pieces because I love them
for non milk glass reasons

Thinned out milk glass collection
Photo (c) b3 home designs

I’ll also keep the milk glass lamp.

I used to collect milk glass.
Now I don’t.

But perhaps you do?
Or you want to?
Or you just love winning stuff?

I’m giving away my milk glass collection in two batches.

One batch will be a follower.
If you scroll over to the right ——————->
and add yourself to the followers
then leave a comment on this post
telling me that you are a follower
you will be entered into the drawing for that batch.
The second batch is for anyone or their mama
and yes, mama’s LOVE these pieces

so call it early Christmas shopping
or even earlier mama’s day or Easter shopping
All you have to do is leave a comment on this post

If you are a follower, you can enter both giveaways

just leave separate comments

The giveaway will go on until I hit 50 followers.
I am at 25 last time I checked.

I will announce winners

during the first post after I hit 50 followers
You can check in daily and leave a comment
(on this post) to earn extra entries
for each set of milk glass.

Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

And if you REALLY want some milk glass

Send your friends here
have them sign up as followers
have them leave a comment that says
“I am now a follower thanks to [insert YOUR name here]”
I will enter the friend and I’ll add an extra entry for you.

just so that you don’t have to dump your bff
when she wins the milk glass you really wanted.

let the comments and following begin.

Coming Soon:
Make your own faux milk glass
September 8, 2010

i collect vol. 3: Colorful | Shapely Glass

I love collecting things.
Primarily because it means spending money.
And preferably, the least of it as possible for most collections.
One of my fave collections lately, is of some shapely and/or colorfull glass.
And it all has to come thrifted.
So even when I see these awesome shapely hourglass hurricanes from West Elm:

I have to practice some serious self restraint.Oy
So here is some of my shapely | colorful glass collection:

6 inch aqua mason jars
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Photo (c) b3 home designs
3 inch apple measuring | serving dishes
Photo (c) b3 home designs
Full sized Atlas Mason jars
Photo (c) b3 home designs
Fishing Float glass jar
Photo (c) b3 home designs
Cobalt blue bottle | cobalt blue bubble glass pedestal dish
Photo (c) b3 home designs
flower vases
Photo (c) b3 home designs
quilted glass vases
Photo (c) b3 home designs
italian wine bottles
Photo (c) b3 home designs
vintage spray mister
tall skinny, short and medium squat lipped jars
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Everytime I stop into a thrift store, the first area I hit is the glass wall.
Sometimes I find great stuff among the dishes
Sometimes it is with the vases
But sometimes, you just need to dig for it.

Happy collecting.

This is a pretty easy collection to start and doesn’t really require a ton of creativity or patience.
If you have several thrift stores to choose from.
I’ve only been collecting earnestly for a few weeks.
Just keep your eyes peeled and a bit of cash on hand
My whole collection (including tons of pieces NOT shown)
Has cost about $40 so far. 
All collected a piece (or three) at a time.

September 7, 2010

Great Plans – A nooky closet

Honestly, the walk in closet in my scrap room

is more than enough space
for all the scrapping I do lately
So I am going to take this space

Largest Guest Bedroom walk in closet
Photo (c) b3 home designs
And use these shelves

that I got for 7 drops of blood, 4 tears, a gallon of sweat
and 19 splinters
(aka, free – only if I took them off the wall)
off of Craigslist

Craigslist Shelves

and use some leftover paint
from elsewhere in my home
to coordinate – not matchy matchy
but bring this wall onto the same color spectrum
as the rest of my home

Who DOES THIS to a perfectly good wall?
Scrap room energy suck wall
Photo (c) b3 home designs
With a ton of awesome vintage accessories

and storage
to bring back the artistic creative juices

Crafty space in a clean moment
wishing for some contact
Photo (c) b3 home designs
and finally have some material to update
this blog with.

Wish me luck.

September 6, 2010

The Pacific Gallery Annual Flea Market

If you ever click on those fantastic icons
to the right
in the toolbar,
you might have noticed
in the calendar link
that I went to the Pacific Gallery Annual Flea Market this year

With $50 in my pocket
and my huge camera strapped to my side
I entered the parking lot
of the Pacific Gallery Auction House
and at first, my smiley face did a big old
upside down maneuver.

I was expecting more than this

Pacific Gallery Auction House
Annual Flea Market | Seattle | 2010
Photo (c) b3 home designs
To be fair
it was probably about the hottest day of the summer
and I arrived late in the day
(on purpose, not on CPT)
because I wanted dealers to be hot and bothered
and pissed that no one was venturing out onto
an asphalt baking field
to buy their wares
And it worked. 
That OR
I need to hit Pac Gal auctions 
because these dealers are CHEAP!
I’ve been to the Antique gallery before
and they had some good gets
but all were just beyond “good deals”
for me.
Not expensive, so if there was a
“have to have” piece for a collection,
I’d go here and look for it.
But for a browse and especially a flea,
I was not optimistic.
This is what I left with after 45 minutes
Pacific Gallery Annual Flea Stash of Goodies
Seattle | Summer | 2010
Photo (c) b3 home designs
Let’s get a little closer shall we?
I picked up this awesome piece for $2.
I used to have one of these, 
and I gave it to my mom 
during her African | Tribal collecting days

This was the last piece of the day I picked up.
The dealer was so hot and flustered,
she almost paid me to take it off her hands.
Tried to tell me how broken and busted it was.
Tried to sell it for $7.
I asked her what her best price was.
She said “how about $5?”
I didn’t say a word.
She said “Okay…how about $4?”
I kept pulling out arrows and examining them.
She said “Tell you what, give me $2 and don’t make me pack it”
I started putting the arrows back in their holder.
Still have not said a word.
Put my hands in my pockets (actually to get her the cash)
and she said
“Can I pay you a dollar to take it?”
This is where I started laughing with her and said I’d give her $2

Say hello to my lovely bow and arrow set
which goes so very perfectly with this basket
on the opposite wall of my Native Americana postcards
in my downstairs powder room

$2 Bow and Arrow Set
Pac Gal Annual Flea | Seattle | Summer 2010
Photo (c) b3 home designs
Then there was this lady.
Who reminded me a little of my grandmother
who had the BEST stash of goods anytime she went and sold at a flea
but I digress.
This lady was VERY hot and bothered and ready to pack
She professed to have only the finest things
and was disappointed this was advertised as a flea
because only people looking for cheap goods at 
cheap prices were out to shop.
I wanted to say “yeah, what’s your point?”
when I spied
(with my REAL eye)
a little box
that was stamped up all over
and a little heavy to lift
I picked it up
knowing what would greet me
from a peek under the lid
and saw a $12 price tag on the handle
I almost (almost)
thought to myself that I would pay that.
before considering if I would really pay half that
to walk away with this beauty.
I asked her what her best price was
She was so delirious she started
to tell me about a cartoon
that I was too young to know about
and how that was a collector piece I was holding.
Then she saw the puzzled look on my face
and the ACTUAL box I was holding
and said “oh. that.”
How about you give me $8.
I said, “How about $5?”
She said give me $6 and take it.
I gave her six and announced that I had $4 left
to her partner in crime in the next booth 
who was trying mightily to get this big spender
to come on over.
As she packed it up she asked what price she had on it
and lamented that I got it for “hot off” – similar to “half off”
but all the better with the heat.
All is well in office supply land.

$6 (BIG!) Pullman Numberer 
 Pac Gal Annual Flea Market | Seattle | Summer 2010
Photo (c) b3 home designs
Right after I bought the green metal bin (with key) for $5 from a yard saler
who was moving and just getting rid of stuff,
I went next door and bought 
thank you very much Pottery Barn.
But after the Sand Dollar lady, I crossed the aisle and just about fell out.
I saw the sign that said these beauties were $2 – $4 each.
I gathered up these three small ones
and asked how much.
They were all of the $2 variety.
I didn’t even haggle with the dude because I wanted them
That. Much.
$6 for 3, 6 in aqua colored mason jars
Pac Gal Annual Flea Market | Seattle | Summer 2010
Photo (c) b3 home designs
And that was JUST BEFORE
I spied the find of a lifetime.
That I would have returned everything for
and dropped all $50 of my dollars on
because finding these has been that elusive for me
and this one.
she cost me all of $8
$8 sturdy/heavy model sailboat
Pac Gal Annual Flea | Seattle | Summer 2010
Photo (c) b3 home designs
I will be back next year.
And this year
I will probably even try
attending an auction
or two.
Love me a good flea market.
Wish I was back in El Paso for flea markets there.
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September 5, 2010

Why I hate blogger (with Picassa)

So.  Evidently.

If you edit your photos with Picassa
and then try to upload those pretties here
***Edited to add | evidently, it isn’t just Picassa.  Fantastic ***

Blogger greets you with a big old
“server rejection” note for all the lovely pictures
you try to upload.

A home decor blog with no pictures.
Well, you might as well read my regular blog

Because I got peeps in town
and no time to sit up for another 3 hours
editing photos in a real photo editor


Used to swear by blogger
and picassa

now hate them both.
And will follow the techier Mr. Handy’s advice
and move to self hosting sooner
rather than later

Which for me, also meant moving over to WordPress.
Nothing like a
“let’s sit down and knock out a quick post” moment
to get you off your butt and moving.

Love to you all.

I have a scheduled post or two still in the cue.
but with school starting
(I work for a school district,
no I’m not a teacher,
no I don’t have kids,
more on that at Colored White)
I won’t be getting to all the switcharooamagiging
anytime soon.


How could you.

Much love to you all
Please check in daily in the hopes
that my “significant traffic”
will make this a priority issue
for the blogger powers that be.

by the looks of the help answers
not. so. much.

If you’re worried, no, I don’t write like this
at Colored White.

If you like this,
then yes I do write like this at Colored White (smile).

If you would rather just check out a random day in my life
is more your pace.
Less talk, more visual.

And if you want to see how crafty I was
before the home decor
and before all hellfire and brimstone
spewed forth from the earth,
you can check me out at (note, there is no “home” there).
I was the original b3 in case you’re curious.

And yes, I really do have 4 blogs.
This past month was all about home
And so it will be going forward
Just a little reading material for the impatient
and curious.

Much love.
Thanks for hanging in there.


September 4, 2010

Every Nook and Cranny | A Temporary Reader

One of the things I love about our place
is that there is so much space
that can be used in so many different ways
because walls don’t define what has to be
take for instance the landing at the top of our stairs
 Upper Landing Blank Slate
Photo (c) b3 home designs

In many of the floorplans on the street,
this is actually walled off
as another bedroom

Which would certainly give me another hallway
But I’m good with just this hallway

When we first moved in,
You can see that I had not quite shopped the house
for pieces that would work well over here
mostly because I didn’t know what I wanted the space to be

 Window covered, no more flashing the neighbors
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Check that.
I knew that I wanted one of my three Christmas trees
to go in that window.
So I didn’t really focus too much
on making that specific space functional.

Until I missed reading and pretty spaces like this

 Upstairs Landing Complete
Photo (c) b3 home designs
In this little nook,
I brought it just about all of my favorite things
After we got puppy dog,
the Paupasan chair got moved to the nook.
out of our bedroom
I love it here because
it far more comfortable to hang out
in this chair and read
than to sit in a parson’s char.
Just saying
Another fave piece in this space is the pillow on the chair.
I actually bought that pillow cover years ago
When I lived in New Mexico
I bought it at a Pow Wow.
The same Pow Wow that I bought my postcard prints at
But not the same place I bought these calendar prints at
  Left wall when facing window
Photo (c) b3 home designs
Here, let’s get a little closer

Close up, Calendar Prints
Photo (c) b3 home designs
I LOVE Native Americana.
Reminds me of my grandmother
and all the questions I really wish I would have asked her
Other pieces of love in this area include
Parts of my mini | small clock collection
My favorite wedding headshot photo
My vintage camera collection
Lots of my fave coffee table books
Small chest
And those awesome Crate & Barrel Leaning shelves

 Photo (c) b3 home designs
Other pieces of me that really make this home:
Those billowy, worn, old, green curtains
“&” (because there is always an “and did you think about…”
Wood cubby box
Part of my shapely glass collection
My three favorite ceramic vases

Photo (c) b3 home designs
And if you stepped back a little

you would see the $16 Art Binge

 that touched off a spat of collecting
 Photo (c) b3 home designs

I started with the spot next to the chair

“finished” at this

 Photo (c) b3 home designs

But then I went to the dining room

and I brought that faux lovely

right upstairs     
 Photo (c) b3 home designs

Some closer looks
at what I love here
include this tray of awesome

The heart rock was from
one of the most awesome
beach trips
with him

The shell was collected YEARS ago
the awesome bell | chime
was given to me by my mom
back when I was in high school
after one of her yard sale stops

Most recently, I my fave book
from the most awesome Estate Sale
I. Have. Ever. Been. To.

In my life.

I’ll have to get a photo of it.

Photo (c) b3 home designs
The piece of ocean rock on this shelf

was from the first trip I took to California

with that guy

The clock is the first small clock I ever bought.

It touched off an awesome collection.
 Photo (c) b3 home designs
This is a closeup of part of my most favorite
part of my shapely glass collection
There’s a mister
There is a tall skinny
There is a squat, fat shorty
And there is a little shorty
Those bottles rock my world.
 Photo (c) b3 home designs

This whole space rocks my world.
Now if I could only get more time
to plug in and blog
or unplug and read a book
Can’t wait to be home
for more than a few hours
at a time.

 Upstairs Landing Final(ish)
Photo (c) b3 home designs
September 3, 2010

Newbie DIYer = White Sofa Table

We love Craigslist around here

I think The Handy One
might actually have an addiction to it

I mean who doesn’t love free or really cheap right?

Back at our old place,
we needed some surface area
to set a beverage or two upon
so we got not one
but two of these tables

CraigsList Sofa Table
Photo (c) b3 home designs
I believe that one of them was even free
For the longest time
in current living room
we placed them next to each other
right behind our sofa
on the way into the kitchen
kind of a divider
but not
I knew I wanted to paint them both
to unify their look
but then, I thought simpler would be better
and I decided to keep only one of the tables
behind my sofa like this
Kitchen to dining room
Photo (c) b3 home designs
perfectly aligned with the
entertainment wall of awesome built in speakers

that The Handy One created

 Wall of speakers
Photo (c) b3 home designs

So I painted that table
And, to match the wall of speakers
I painted it white

Primed Sofa Table
Photo (c) b3 home designs


Not that black and white and gray
are all that grace my world
But I do have to say that my new white table
looks absolutely awesome looking out
across to my great wall of speakers.

 Finished sofa table and speakers
Photo (c) b3 home designs
Let’s not even talk about

that missing piece of glass

on the table top

That happened pre-puppy
For the record.

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