Saturday, April 20, 2013

CANDICE OLSON VISITS & MORE DECORATING NEWS


I busied myself with what I could accomplish in the meantime.  Remember those dried hydrangeas I found on eBay?  They came all the way from Seattle so I thought they deserved something nicer than a simple vase.  I dug through my baskets and containers and found this guy...I think it's from Wisteria, it came in a set of three.  I filled it with moss from Michael's and poked the dried flowers in it.    I think these are the prettiest hydrangeas I've ever found on eBay and you can't beat $7.50 for a nice sized bunch!

Things You Might Like To Know About Candice Olson

She is as sweet as she is beautiful.
She is super tall.
She played professional volleyball in Canada
She will not be coming here to give me decorating tips.


Back on the redecorating/organizing front here, I dragged the big area rug from LL Bean to the post office to return it.  Never believe it when a company says, "easy returns".  The post office really frowned on me using 10 rolls of masking and electrical tape to wrap it so I had to stand in the vestibule and redo it with packing tape.  Then I had to run back home because I forgot the address where I was sending it.  And it cost $30.00 to return it.  But I kept my chin up and spent a crazy amount of time this week organizing rooms and tossing junk.  All I have left is the den (our catch all room) and the office (another catch all room).  We will probably just close Abby's door as we always do when we have company.  

Well, The Husband and I are off to Homegoods to return the floating ledges.   They are impossible to hang so I bit the bullet and ordered two from Pottery Barn.  I also ordered and received (in 4 days!!) two framed prints from Art.com.  I will share them after I have the monster, pain in the neck wall in my living room finished.   Where's Candice when I need her?

Joining Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House.  See you there!

XO,
Jane

66 comments:

Julie Marie said...

Hi Jane... happy your computer is up and running again... those naughty little squirrels!... (but I still love them!)... exciting for Emily to meet a famous designer!... she must have been sooo excited... your potatoes sound delish, must try those, I love Feta cheese on anything... and your dried Hydrangeas are just gorgeous in that basket!... funny, I posted about going to "Plan B" today too!... oh well, at least I had a Plan B!... we are getting RAIN like crazy!... sorry about the hassel returning your rug... that is so frustrating!... enjoy the rest of your weekend, xoxo Julie Marie

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Oh my goodness, you are always such a breath of fresh air, love reading your posts, happy to know someone else goes through all of these "small" problems trying to pay attention to every last detail when it comes to decorating. Looking forward to the reveal.
fondly ~lynne~

Low Tide High Style said...

So glad things are moving in a better direction Jane, and how cool that your daughter was able to meet one of her design idols!

Kat

AshTreeCottage said...

How exciting for Emily!!! I love Candice and think she is so very talented. I am looking forward to seeing all of your decorating tweaks!

Big Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

NanaDiana said...

How exciting that Emily met Candice! That must have been a super thrill for her. One that will stick with her a long time.

What fun that little dresser is in pink. I love it and what a perfect nursery piece.

It is a MESS to return something big through the mail, isn't it? I have only done it a couple of times and swore "never again"...or I might have said "never again" and THEN swore!;>)

Sorry about the internet but hope your day shopping with the hubs will cheer you up! xo Diana

Stacey said...

Girl you have been busy! How cool for Emily to meet Candice Olson! She is so talented.

Your potatoes sound delicious! I'll be sure and try that. You could do any kind of cheese.

Can't wait to see the art you've ordered. I've ordered a few things from there and have had good luck. There's one that I have my eye on now. Is it all still 30% off? Need to check on that.

Laurie said...

oh my gosh so much going on, I think it would be great for your daughter start a blog , you certainly had a big job with at rug! You know I found Eddie Bauer bad to return things also, cost me a fortune!
That wedding is moving in fast, exciting times!!!!!I love potatoes!

podso said...

I love that first picture. Heard about all the rain and flooding.How exciting for your daughter to meet Candice!

Balisha said...

I can just imagine what was going through your mind at the post office. What a hassle!
Love, love, love that dresser. What a wonderful piece for a baby's room.
I do hope spring is here by then. Won't we enjoy warm weather when it finally comes?
Have a great weekend...
Balisha

Linda said...

I loved catching up with you! You have SO much going on!
The potatoes caught my eye. I'm like you - I try to fix them in as easy and tasty way as possible without the boiling and cooking them to death! I am going to try your recipe this week in one of our evening meals.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/From Harvest To Table said...

Not to long ago I bought something (roman shades)from overstock.com. One of them didn't work. I emailed overstock.com, they emailed me instructions on how to print out a free of charge shipping label. I printed it out, slapped it on the box and dropped it at a local UPS store...easy peasy. It is a shame that not all companies are that easy.

How fun for your daughter to get to meet Candice!!

Yes, I have picked out the fabric for my bedroom, but I have not ordered it yet...soon!
Hugs,
Penny

Becca said...

Wow, those squirrels must have had a feast ... yikes! Glad all is okay now. And, what fun that Emily got to meet Candice ... she's amazing (and VERY tall, lol)!

sissie said...

How great that she got to meet Candice. She is one of my favorite designers.

I'm glad that things are going better for you. I can just see you lugging that big rug and having to redo the wrapping! Oh My I probably would have just kept it and sold it later in my booth. I've been known to hoard a few rug mistakes! LOL!

hugs
Sissie

Kathy Moreland said...

Those are beautiful hydrangeas! So great that you daughter could meet Candice Olson!

Have a great weekend!

Marigene said...

How exciting for Emily to meet the Candice Olson. I always liked her show.
Jane, it is hard to believe the wedding is less than 3 weeks away!
Have a great weekend...

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

How exciting that Emily got to meet Candice Olson!! I hate the hassle of returning things, especially something big. :) I'm loving those hydrangeas! Enjoy your weekend!

Beth said...

You are such a busy lady. I am glad that Candace and Emily got to meet.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Lovin' your cute wire basket Jane! How fun for Emily to meet Candice, I always enjoyed her show. The potatoes sound good too-Happy Weekend:@)

Primitive Stars said...

Hi Jane,oh those naughty little Squirrels...happy you are back......love your wire basket, great idea.....how exciting for Emily to meet Candice at the show.........yum yum, love me taters......Hugs Francine.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

You have been a very buys girl! I would have to kill all the squirels in my area if they ate any cord of mine!!!!!
Thanks for the great recipe. I'm just about to make dinner and now I'm really hungry!!!!

Susie said...

I knew Candice was tall..wow. I bet Emily was thrilled. I love the basket you put the hydrangas in, nice. Can't wait to see when you are finished. Yes, it would be great for your daughter to have ablog also. xoxo,Susie

Kathleen Grace said...

I can't even imagine how busy you must be planning a wedding AND redecorating! Wow! I hope you can relax and put your feet up soon:>)

Cozy Little House said...

Oh no! All that effort and you have to take everything back? Are you still going with shelves?
Brenda

20 North Ora said...

Jane - How exciting that Emily got to meet Candice. I think she is fantastic and wish she was on TV more than she is. Those hydrangeas are just beautiful. They look great in that basket!

Know you are anxiously approaching May 10th. It will be here before you know it.

Judy

Sonia said...

Sounds like you have been busy! Sorry about your computer...so annoying those little squirrels..they have chewed our wires before too! Love your Hydrangeas and basket just beautiful. How exciting for your daughter to meet Candace! Wow she is tall! Your potato dish sounds great..will need to try that for a quick side dish! Glad the sun is shining...we have had gloomy weather and the sun finally is back ...amazing how much better it makes me feel!
Miss Bloomers

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

I have always enjoyed watching Candice...she is lovely! How exciting for your daughter!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

The hydrangeas are so pretty! Great price, too! Emily should start a blog...I'd read it! And she's a lucky duck to have met Candice.....I love her designs! I bet her furniture line is stunning.

Karen Mary Butterfly said...

Jane, your posts are always filled with so many fun fun things. I love the dresser your daughter got. Very pretty. Your flowers look beautiful in the wire basket and I want those potatoes (with bleu cheese) TONIGHT!
Karen

Melanie said...

Love those hydrangeas - they are gorgeous. I have two hydrangea bushes, but they're only a few years old, so not very big. Can't wait until they grow and I get tons of flowers. Very cool that Emily got to meet Candice Olson - love her! I always knew that she was very tall because she towers over everyone on her show! OK, I just had to google it, lol...she's 6'0. That's really tall for a female - no wonder she played volleyball! Anyway...love the dresser that Emily got, too. Such beautiful detail. xoxo

Debby said...

You have to be so busy.....just think how nice it will be when the wedding is all over and you have it all done. Love that dresser. So nice that your daughter got to meet Candace. I knew she was super tall. Your daughter is so adorable. Good luck with everything including all the rain. We had 84 one day and then it got cold again and a little snow. Come on Spring.

Designs By Pinky said...

Hi Jane! Those hydrangeas are GORGEOUS, I can't believe they are dried and still BLUE!!!!!!!!!!!! SO pretty! Can you share your link for them? I know the wedding will be beautiful, can't wait to hear all about it and see pictures!!! The rug return sounds like a nightmare. XO, Pinky

Melissa Skidmore said...

How cool to meet Candice! Life to the full! Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

Pondside said...

May 10th is my birthday, so I'll be sure to remember your Emily and say a little prayer for her future happiness.
I really think Candice should have popped by to help you out!

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Love Candace! My, you've been a busy girl!

Carol said...

How exciting for Emily! Candice is a neat lady.

Wicked Faerie Queen said...

How nice that your daughter got to meet Candice. We love her here in Canada, she is a really nice, sweet person.

Kit said...

That would be so cool to meet Candace! My hubby and I love her show. You are so busy! Enjoy your coming week. :) Kit

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love Candice, she is such a fabulous designer. Sounds like you have been one super busy lady, wow. Slow down and rest a bit. Hugs, Marty

Something Nice and Pretty said...

I'd love for your daughter to start a blog, love the dresser she found perfect for the baby's room!
I do have to try the potato recipe, pinning it so I don't forget!
Corrie's shower is May 11th have to buy cookies and make a basket for a chinese auction...busy days ahead!

Debbie said...

You sound so much brighter, Jane.
But still seem to be on the run.
LOVE the dresser in the future nursery...so pretty.
Thanks for sharing the side dish recipe...I need something different to try.
It's finally sunny here too.
Hope you get a chance to enjoy those pretty dried hydrangeas..lol...slow down, girl!
xo

Laura said...

wow, so busy!! funny that you mentioned looking for recipes that dont need peeling and mashing (for potatoes) as i loathe that too! How exciting getting to meet candice olsen! lucky thing!
Lara xx

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Hi Jane,

I bet Emily was so excited on meeting Candice! Love her too! Those potatoes sound delicious, too! I love anything with blue cheese! Thanks for sharing!

Hope you have a wonderful week!

Junkchiccottage said...

Hi Jane,
Oh I bet your daughter was so excited to meet Candice. I would have been so thrilled too. What a wonderful experience. The potatoes sound yumtastic.
Kris

Theresa said...

Sorry about the computer troubles, sounds like you made the most of your time:) I bet Candice was equally as excited to meet Emily:) Both are beautiful! So much good info in this post! I had problems with the floating ledges also... took mine back too! Those potatoes look delicious, I would like some with my dinner:) On to the Wedding plans, can't wait to hear all about it and see pictures! Have a blessed week dear friend, BIG HUGS!

Teresa@1800 Farmhouse Rd said...

Hi Blondie, those hydrangea's are gorgeous!! The basket doll's them up very well also. That is funny about Candace Olsen being so tall, how exciting for Emily.

Anyhoo, I am starting all over in blogland with a new blog and would love for you to stop by sometime. Those potatoes look and sound fabulous! Please go easy on the little squirrels :)

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Wow - Candace Olsen is such a design star. I remember when she had short hair - love it long, too. I am a sucker for hydrangeas - the prettiest flowers! Linda

Debbiedoo's said...

How exciting for your daughter to meet Candace. I always knew Candace must be super sweet in person too.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Your Hydrangea's are gorgeous. I ordered some a while back..dried..and they are now just falling to pieces..I wish I could save them but not sure how. I just try not to touch them..and keep vaccuming up the floor.
I hope yours fare better..
They certainly are beautiful.

Donna said...

Those darn squirrels! Glad you finally are back on line! How exciting for Emily to meet Candace, that must have been a thrill! The dresser she found is gorgeous. And I am drooling over your beautiful hydrangeas.

Claudia said...

Oh goodness, I always worry about our squirrels, too! Lucky Emily! I love Candice Olsen - I think she's the real deal.

xo
Claudia

Deserae said...

Glad to hear you have internet again....those darn squirrels get into everything don't they? LOL...How fun that Emily was able to meet someone she has admired for so long!!! I can only imagine how nervous and excited she must have been?!?! Have a great week :o)
~Des

The Quintessential Magpie said...

How neat that Emily got to meet Candace! I haven't watched TV in a long time, and her hair is so LONG. She is just such a neat girl, and I know she enjoyed meeting your cute, neat Miss Emily, too.

Always enjoy seeing what you girls are up to...

XO,

Sheila

susan@avintagefarmwife said...

Oh how exciting! I love Candace even though her decorating is way too fancy for me. Emily must have been swoony-at least I would have been. Your decorating struggles are encouraging to me since I have my share of them, too. How do they ever redo all those houses on HGTV in 24 hours or some other ridiculous amount of time?

chateau chic said...

Always fun catching up with you, Jane, even though I feel like a whirlwind just came through after reading your posts! Wow, you always have lots going on.
Mary Alice

xinex said...

How exciting for Enily to meet Candice Olson. I can imagine how busy you all are now. The wedding day is fast approaching. Take a breather every now and then. Oh i almost forgot to say how i love the cabinet..Christine

Traci said...

How exciting for Emily! I would've been very nervous.

Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside said...

I love Candice Olson! She is one of my favorite designers!

Deborah said...

Hi Jane!
Oh I love how you have displayed those dried hydrangeas! Gorgeous!
Baskets are perfect and so decorative.
So neat that your daughter was able to meet Candice!
Those potatoes look wonderful too...Ill have to try them! And Im with you...I love photographing desserts too!
You are busy! Enjoy !

All my heart,
Deborah xoxo

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Dear Janie,
You've been so busy girl!
Thought of you yesterday while traveling through Illinois. Long, long state!
Love, love those hydrangeas in the basket, so pretty!
And how amazing that Emily got to meet Candace, that must of been something.
Your wedding is coming quickly..breath deep and take a break now and then.
Hugs friend,
Cindy

Heaven's Walk said...

Oh my gosh! I can't even imagine meeting Candice Olson! What a talented designer she is! Emily must have been beside herself, Jane! :) Bummer that she couldn't talk Candice in just popping by your house for a quick visit, huh? lol

xoxo laurie

bj said...

awww, those squirrels can be SUCH a problem. They ate into some electrical wires around here a few yrs back. Some people think they are cute...NOT ME. !!

I love that tall, beautiful Candice...love the way she decorates...money never seems to be a problem with her. :)
Your daughter must have loved standing beside her, washing hands.

I am looking for a large, indoor/outdoor rug and refuse to order it online...afraid I might have to return it and I know how HARD that can be....glad u got u'rs
returned. Sorry it was such a problem.

Maggie said...

My head's spinning, Jane, trying tokeep up with all that's going on at your house!
Glad to hear that you are finally getting on top of things, the Big Day will be here before you know it.

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

LOVE that Candice!! Used to watch her show daily when we had cable TV. She's da bomb when it comes to decorating a home! SO glad she got to meet her. xox

Kelly said...

Those are the most beautiful dried hydrangeas! They look so cute in that rustic basket. That's so exciting that your daughter got to meet Candace Olson! I thought she was tall too. That potato recipe sounds delicious. I love cheesy potatoes. Thanks for sharing the easy recipe.

myletterstoemily said...

i love candace! . . . and that emily got
to spend some time with her!

down with those pesky squirrels!

Chatelaine said...

How exciting for Emily to meet Candace and to get a photo with her to boot!

Looking forward to seeing the prints you bought from Art.