Tile Trends 2015

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When we moved into our little house 6 years ago we knew right away we needed to replace the flooring. 20 year old nasty green carpet covered all the floors except the bathroom and kitchen. Broken and cracked ceramic tile covered those floors. We decided to use vinyl tile on all the flooring. It was cheap and really easy to install. The only room that we still need to update the flooring on is the bathroom in the master bedroom. The original tile is cracked and broken in a few spots. I’m trying to decide what kind of tile to install in the bathroom. There are so many options to choose from. If you want to give your bathroom a fresh look, updating the tiles is a great place to start. You can choose from a myriad of tiles, in a variety of shapes and styles.

If you need some help deciding on a tile theme for your bathroom you can click this link to get some inspiration. You can see all the latest tile trends and find something to suit your décor.

The latest style in mosaic

Mosaic styles can transform your bathroom from ordinary to memorable. One of the most popular mosaic trends for 2015 is metallic finishes for glass tiles, which have expanded the range of mosaic tiles on offer.

Away from glass mosaics, multi-shaped stone mosaics are very popular. Shapes available include hexagons, triangles and ovals. Natural stone mosaic patterns can add a hint of luxury to your bathroom. If you want to highlight the pattern it’s a good idea to use a grout that complements the color of your tiles. For a more subtle effect use a grout that matches.

Softer tile textures

There will always be a place for high gloss tiles in a bathroom, but in 2015, matte and semi-gloss tiles are popular. They are useful if you want a softer feel to your bathroom environment. Following the same theme of mellower styles, there is a current trend for textured tiling. These textures include the look of wood, the look of fabric or a brushed finish.

Opting for a fabric look in your tiles is an excellent way of achieving the soft vibe of wallpaper in your bathroom. Tiles that look & feel like wood can give you a warm and natural feel on your bathroom floor. The techniques used in producing these tiles have advanced so much that it’s often difficult to tell them apart from real wood, from an appearance point of view.

The pop art look

You can show your personality by opting for a pop art design on your bathroom tiles. Designs include those inspired by the work of Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. Other pop art tiles are adorned with patterns including camouflage and an array of bright colors in a brick shape. Any of these pop art tiles can be used throughout your bathroom, or to make a feature wall really pop.

Bathroom tiling is always going to be subject to individual taste, and there’s nothing wrong with opting for a timeless scheme of white or neutral tones. Although exploring the latest trends can be interesting and fun. When you find a theme that really grabs your imagination you can adapt it to turn your bathroom into the beautiful space that you’re aiming for.

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Goodbye Appendix :(

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Hey Friends, how are you doing?

My week started off really great…until my appendix decided that it didn’t want to live in my body anymore!

Wednesday morning I woke up feeling just fine. I went about my day as normal, doing chores, playing with my daughter and then after lunch my stomach started to hurt a little bit. I didn’t really understand why because I hadn’t eaten anything weird but I felt an indigestion burning sensation and discomfort all over my belly. It’s not too uncommon for me to get an upset stomach. I often get heartburn and indigestion for no good reason.  I had an appointment for a haircut at 1:30 which I went to and by the time I got home I decided I should lay down for a while before I had to leave for work at 2:30. As I lay in bed my pain got worse and I felt more uncomfortable. I had taken some antacids but they didn’t help at all.  I pressed on my belly and the left side didn’t hurt but the right side was painful to the touch. I started to worry because I knew pain in your lower right abdomen can be appendicitis. At this point I was supposed to be leaving for work but I told my husband that I was worried I might have appendicitis. Should I tough it out, hope it went away and head to work or go to the emergency room instead? Rob told me that I should  go to the ER because if your appendix ruptures it’s really dangerous and life threatening. I had him call into work for me and I headed to the ER. My pain wasn’t debilitating at this point. It only hurt if I twisted my torso sharply or poked my right side. I drove myself to the hospital since Rob had to stay home with our daughter who was napping.

Lucky for me the ER wasn’t busy and it was a short wait to see a doctor. I was still able to walk around and the pain wasn’t horrible. The doctor examined me and also thought it seemed like I had appendicitis. Before I knew it I was in a hospital gown, hooked up to an IV and given pain killers and anti-nausea meds. They took my blood and a urine sample and ordered a cat scan. It was only 4 pm- just a couple of hours after the pain had originally started. The cat scan wasn’t conclusive. They couldn’t get a clear picture of my appendix ( it likes to hide behind the small intestine) My white blood cell count was high so they knew that there was some kind of infection but it wasn’t totally obvious that it was my appendix. I didn’t have a lot of the other symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea or even a fever. The pain wasn’t even as bad as I thought it would be. It hurt, but since they gave me pain meds right away it wasn’t too bad at all. The doctor and surgeon were trying to decide if they should send me home with pain killers and meds and have me come back in 24 hours to be re-scanned. They decided to an ultrasound first to see if anything showed up.

The ultrasound tech had a hard time getting a clear picture of my appendix as well. She had to use 3 different cameras and was poking around my belly hard. It hurt pretty bad. I got carted back to my room and was expecting to be told that they were going to send me home and have me come back the next day. Instead they told me that I had appendicitis and I was going to have surgery in one hour!

At this point it was 8pm and my friend Denai was sitting with me in the hospital. I was really scared of having surgery. I get pretty bad anxiety and the thought of being put under during the surgery freaked me the eff out! They gave me some “I don’t care medicine” to relax me and then I was whisked off to surgery!

Rob rushed over to the hospital but didn’t make it in time before they started my surgery. The front desk staff didn’t know where I had been moved too so he missed me by about two minutes but he was there when I woke up. I was feeling pretty terrible when I woke up. My whole body had started to shake really bad and the doctors  heated my body up with a hair dryer and bundled me up with blankets. By the time I was put into post op for recovery I was way too warm and felt like I was burning. I could barely speak because my throat hurt so bad from the breathing tube. All I could manage to say was “too hot, too hot” over and over until they took off some of my blankets. I had laparoscopic surgery which means instead of one big cut over my appendix they use three small incisions and stick cameras down into my belly and cut out the appendix that way. It’s less invasive and the healing time is supposed to be quicker. I stayed over night at the hospital and was released the next morning. I have been at home trying to take it easy and relax. Hopefully I will be back at work next week. I can’t say I’m in too huge of a rush to get back but sitting at home not being able to lift more than 10 pounds isn’t exactly fun either. My pain at the moment is tolerable. They gave me some Percocet which helps a lot. I am hoping to get down to just ibuprofen in a few days so I can drive and go back to work.

Anyways the lesson in my story is this: Listen to your body, if something doesn’t feel right get it checked out and if you are in doubt just go to the doctor and have them diagnose you. Better safe than sorry!

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Crafty Little Gnome: New Shop Arrivals

Happy Wednesday!

I have been busy working on some new jewelry pieces in my home studio. I thought I would share some of my new items for sale over at the Crafty Little Gnome online boutique.

Lots of new necklaces and bracelets. All customizable.

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Top to bottom clock wise:

Tiny Feather in a Bottle Necklace

Earthy Pearl Bracelet

Black and Pearl Bracelet

Tiny Blue Lobster Claw in a Bottle Necklace

New Lace Earrings too!

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Top to bottom clockwise:

Bronze and Pearl Golden Earrings

White Lace Dangle Earrings

Pink Ombre Lace Earrings

Bronze and Pearl Silver Earrings

There are few days left to enter the Early Summer Giveaway so make sure you head over and comment for a chance to win!

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Tea Pot Bird feeder

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Shorty after Mothers Day I was shopping at Safeway and noticed that all of their Mothers Day flowers in the floral department were 70% off. I scored a lovely orchid plant in a ceramic teapot for only $10!

The orchid survived until last week when the pretty flowers started to wilt. I moved the orchid into a different container and plan to try to get it to re-bloom in a few months.

Because the teapot the orchid came in doesn’t have a lid it’s pretty much useless to me as a teapot ( I can’t say I have ever had guests over for tea either but that’s besides the point)

I saw this idea on Pinterest some time ago. A teapot turned bird feeder! Simply hang the teapot up onto a strong limb with some cord, plug the spout up with something so the seed doesn’t fall out ( I used some balled up plastic wrap and jammed it down) then fill with birdseed and wait for the little birdies to fly on over!

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Soufeel Review and Coupon!

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You should all know by now how much I love jewelry and accessories. Usually I make my own pieces but I was given the exciting opportunity from Soufeel to review one of their gorgeous charm bracelets.

First I selected my base bracelet. I chose the bangle but there are several other choices for your base bracelet. I love the classy simplicity of the bangle.

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You then choose your charms to add to the bracelet. Soufeel has a huge selection of charms to choose from in every theme you could possibly imagine. Check out their new summer arrivals and 70% discount presale on new designs  The charms  fit on Pandora and Chamilia bracelets if you already have one of those in your jewelry box.

soufeel9I chose these four beauties. All the charms are 925 Sterling silver.

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My bracelet arrived quickly and packaged well. It came in a lovely jewelry box and included a bag for gift giving. These bracelets make a special gift that is totally customizable to the recipient.  Soufeel offers free worldwide shipping on orders over $50 and a 365 day exchange and return guarantee.

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The clasp is secure and the bracelet is comfortable to wear. You can tell that Soufeel charms and bracelets are very high quality. They have a few special promotions going on right now. With orders over $59 you get a free ring. With orders over $79 you get a free 925 silver charm and orders over $99 you get a free bracelet!

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All my readers get a 5% off coupon with code Adrienne5 at checkout. So head on over to Soufeel and get started creating your custom bracelet today!

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What’s Growing: Gardening Update June 2015

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Our pink retro scooter (which has a dead battery at the moment) sits behind the sage and cat mint garden in the front yard.

Hey friends! I’ve got lots blooming in the garden this season and have been making progress on my gardening plans for the summer. Check out what’s growing!

DSCN3483This is the view to the left of the front walkway leading up to my house. I am still waiting for all the plants to grow and fill in but I have rhodos, hostas, ferns, boxwood and some ground cover.

DSCN3478Lemon balm in a pot in the front yard. I love this stuff! It smells so good!

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I planted a couple blueberry bushes and the berries are almost ripe enough to eat! I just hope I can get to them before the birds do!

DSCN3488My pigs, Clementine and Tubs. They love to roll around in the mud on a hot day.

DSCN3494I have been a little reluctant to show off pics of the backyard because although it is looking better, it’s still in rough shape. I am working on a little project back here in this space. I can’t wait to show you once it’s finished!

More pics to come soon as things progress!

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Aquarium Makeover

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We recently moved our 55 gallon aquarium from the spare bedroom into the living room so we can actually enjoy it instead of having it sit in an empty room. We got the aquarium stand for free from friends and the glass tank for free from Craigslist. The problem is that the fake wood veneer on the stand is definitely not my style. I had some left over black chalkboard paint from another project so I went ahead and painted the stand. I gave it a quick clean and removed the door. Then I painted about three coats of the black chalkboard paint, letting it dry between coats. The stand is impossible to move so I had to be careful not to get paint everywhere. I updated it with a new handle.  Don’t you think it looks much better?

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If you are planning to try this don’t forget to prime your piece of furniture first. Chalk paint does not need a primer but chalkboard paint does and if you don’t prime the tiniest little dings will leave scratch marks! (not that I would know from experience :) )

The art above the aquarium are prints from Yellena. The used to hang in my kitchen but I moved them into the living room.

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Crafty Little Gnome: Early Summer Giveaway

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Gold Paper Crane Necklace with Sea foam Pearl $17

Hey friends! I hope you all had a great Memorial Day weekend. In the US  Memorial Day is sort of the unofficial start of summer. We had a nice relaxing weekend. Sometimes it’s nice to just stay home and chill out.

The Crafty Little Gnome Pinterest Contest ended last week. Kate was the lucky winner and she chose these earrings from my online boutique Crafty Little Gnome Jewelry.

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Scarab Beetle Earrings $15

It seems like a good time to kick off another giveaway from my shop

Here is how you can enter:

Subscribe to this blog: Enter your email on the top right to receive new blog posts directly to your inbox= 1 entry

Share this contest on your Facebook page = 1 entry

Share this contest on Twitter= 1 entry

Share this contest on Pinterest= 1 entry

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Dusty Rose Lace Earrings $12

Simply visit my shop and decide what you would like to win and leave a comment on this post with the number of entries you are entitled to! The winner will be announced on June 21st. Don’t forget to leave an email you can be reached at!

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EE Cummings I Carry Your Heart Message in a Bottle Necklace $20

Good Luck!

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Mango Tumeric Smoothie

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Summer is here and one of my favorite things about summer is all the fresh fruit that is finally in season. More fruit means more yummy breakfast smoothies! Here is a new smoothie I made this week. It has an unusual spice included: turmeric!

Turmeric is a plant. It’s roots are dried and ground up into a spice that is used commonly in Asian and Indian cuisine. It has a slightly bitter taste and is one of the main spices used in curry. Turmeric is also widely used as a medicine. It has been used in India for over 2500 years to treat everything from arthritis and Alzheimer’s, skin and eye infections and stomach ailments.

The main ingredient in turmeric that has many health experts excited is called curcumin. There is hope that it can help prevent cancer and many other diseases because of its anti-inflammatory properties and effect on blood sugar.

As with any supplement or vitamin you should talk to your doctor before taking it.

Okay, now onto the recipe!

1 Mango

1 small banana

1 cup orange juice

1 cup coconut milk

1/2 – 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder (less is more because of this spice’s bitter taste. Start with 1/2 teaspoon and add more to taste)

Blend all the ingredients until smooth.

Serves two.

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DIY Linen Spray

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In my opinion there is nothing that feels better than crawling into a bed with freshly laundered sheets that are still a little bit warm from the dryer. I love to snuggle up with my kindle and a hot cup of tea on a cold rainy afternoon.

I wash our sheets every Sunday and I always look forward to crawling into the freshly made bed on Sunday nights.

There is an easy way to keep your sheets smelling and feeling fresh all week long. You can make your own all natural linen spray with just a few ingredients.

Essential oil

Witch Hazel

Water

Lavender is always a popular choice to help promote sleep but you can use any essential oil you like. I used the Hope blend from Eden’s Garden. It smells like lovely lemon grass and ginger!

Combine equal parts witch hazel and water and add 20-30 drops of essential oil. Give it a good shake and lightly spritz your sheets as needed!

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