Friday, September 30, 2011


Hi friends!

As many of you know, I own a little shop over on a little site called Etsy.

Today, I'm calling all of you awesome CUSTOMERS of 
to come out of the woodworks and show off your goods. 

No no no...I'm not asking of anything scandalous here... 
I want photos of YOU wearing your jewelry from TBP!

I'll be doing a post featuring YOU rocking your TBP jewelry and you'll be automatically entered to win a free pair of rosette earrings! 


Oh, and I'm going to give them away to THREE of you. 


I want to start giving more & more THANKS to those who have supported this shop that I adore running!

So that's it. 
EMAIL ME your photos (they can be poor quality, phone photos, whatever!) to

Can't WAIT to see 'em!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Quick, Easy & under $5 Fall Craft!

I love signs.
I love to make them because they're easy, and I love to hang them because they're cute.
You may remember THIS one that I did a while back, was time to make a fall one. Now that's it's officially fall, I can do more of this and not just be the loony putting out fall decor in the summer.

I started with a plain wood sign with a chain for hanging from the dollarstore for $2 
(ack! I can't stand when dollar stores have items for over $1!)

Anyways, I removed the chain pressed a piece of scrapbook paper around in the inner edge so I'd know where to cut.
Then I painted the outside perimeter of the wood.
Next, I mod-podged the paper down into the inner part of the wood design and let it dry.
Once dry, I used a foam stamp to do a pumpkin (but you could do it by hand for sure!) and hot glued on some flower heads.
Lastly, I added some scrap fabric for hanging, and that's it! done!

Kids can help too!

Breakdown of Cost:
Wood Sign $2
Flower Heads $1
Scrapbook Paper $.20
Paint $1
Mod-podge & scrap fabric on hand - free
Grand total of $4.20!

Monday, September 26, 2011

New shop items & a Saltbox House WINNER!

Just wanted to share with you all some newbies in my shop :)

I like 'em. Hope you agree!

The wooden leaf earrings are brand spanking new and I only have one of each color. If you like 'em, I will try and get them restocked again in the future!

I'll be adding the items all tonite to the SHOP. So feel free to spend your evening clicking "refresh" until you see it all there. (ha, totally kidding...just come back later!).

Onto the WINNER of the Saltbox House giveaway for 
(up to $15 in value, or $15 off)

The winner according to is
Krystal said...
Picking a favorite was tough!... but I'd have to go with the "Life is Fragile, Handle With Prayer" sign.
Congrats Krystal!
I have your email and I will be contacting you shortly!

Thanks to all who entered!
Don't forget about this shop when thinking of Christmas presents.

I think I need this:
Powder Room Wood Primitive Sign Shabby Chic Wall Hanging

and these:
Personalized Wooden Garden Stake

Check out more at Saltbox House!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Antique Mirror into Chic Chalkboard

Those who have been readers for a while....
recognize this?

This is how it started....

Back in MAY I asked you all, what to do with this (my $5 garage sale find)

It was an antique mirror, formerly from a dresser set, and the silver on the mirror was diminishing and was very foggy. I knew I would revamp it, but couldn't make up my mind as to HOW.

I had 3 options in mind:

OPTION A - Leave it as it, appreciate it's character
OPTION B - Paint the frame
OPTION C - Paint the frame AND paint the mirror into a chalkboard.

But then you all chimed in and gave some great NEW options to think about like:
-mod-podge the frame with scrap-paper
-do an acid effect like Vintage Revivals did on The Nate Show.
-Remove the mirror and put in sheet metal (for a magnet board)

So I thought about it all.
For nearly 6 months.

Actually, I was neglecting it out of FEAR.
Yes, FEAR.
Fear that I would mess it up and lose my great find.

But then I decided that sitting in storage was messing up my great find anyways.

So I went with my gut, and SPRAY PAINTED THE FRAME (in Krylon Ivory- Satin) and then SPRAY PAINTED CHALKBOARD PAINT (in Valspar - Chalkboard).
I also distressed the frame slightly.

Now, after I did the chalkboard LOOKED like it had been spray painted, uneven and blotchy. But the glorious thing about a chalkboard, is in order for it to work properly, you have to go over the entire thing with chalk to prep the surface. After I did gave the PERFECT chalkboard look. Maybe a *little* flawed, but as good as good gets for a $5 can of chalkboard paint!

I added these galvanized tins and greenery leaves (both from the dollar store) and these cute little shelves that were gifted to me by a friend who no longer needed them in her daughter's bedroom (thanks Jen!)

You may be wondering what's up with the Bushel and a Peck?

It's been in my head all week.
And it's cute.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Sponsor Spotlight: Vinyl Vineyard (+25% off coupon code!)

So the other day I showed you a little spotlight on Katie and her blog, 
Clarendon Lane (my favorite blog!)

Today I want to share with you Katie's ETSY shop, Vinyl Vineyard

It's goes completely hand in hand with her blog, because when you see a beautiful project like this:
FAMILY RULES SUBWAY (Vinyl, Decal, Sign, Wood, Painted, Quote, Applique, Adhesive, Sign, Custom, Transfer, Vinylvineyard, Vinyl vineyard)
You can pop right on over to Vinyl Vineyard and pick up the vinyl to do it yourself!

Here's some more items from her shop that stood out to me:
HOUSE NUMBERS (Address, Vinyl, Vynal, Vinal, Wall Lettering, Art, Custom, Transfer, Vinylvineyard, Vinyl Vineyard, graphic design, monogram)
House Numbers, $5 click HERE to view the listing!

I have a nephew who would love these:
MILITARY FIGHTER DECALS (Airplane, jet, helicopter, airforce, army, marines, navy, Custom, Vinyl Vineyard, graphic design, monogram)
Military Fighter Decals $14, view listing HERE

ADDRESS SUBWAY ART (Vinyl, Decal, Sign, Wood, Painted, Quote, Applique, Adhesive, Sign, Custom, Transfer, Vinylvineyard, Vinyl vineyard)
Custom Address Subway Art Vinyl. Click HERE to view listing.

I need this for Bo's room:
SWORDFISH MONOGRAM (Vinyl, Swordfish, Boy, Bedroom, Decor, Nursery, Pottery Barn, graphic design, monogram)
Swordfish Monogram $15. View listing HERE.

Imagine simply telling guests (or kids) which number chair they're assigned to? love it:
CHAIR NUMBER DECALS (Vinyl, Numbers, labels, Pantry, Organization, Custom,Vinylvineyard, calligraphy, vintage, refinish, furniture)
Chair Number Decals, $5. View listing HERE.

You've got to go and see some of the unique ideas and listing Vinyl Vineyard has!

And if you see something you like, take advantage of this HUGE coupon code:
25% off your purchase
Use Code:
during checkout.

Happy shopping!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Fall Mantle Reveal (plus Saltbox House Review & giveaway reminder!)

I told you all the other day when I announced the Saltbox House giveaway that I had ordered a Saltbox House sign for my Fall Mantle. 

Well today you get to see what I've been working on...

Good news is, the Saltbox House painted sign (Friends & Family Gather Here) is the only NEW item. The rest was all in my fall storage decor, or pulled from other areas of the house.
The chalkboard pennant was a project you can see HERE.

I ADORE my Saltbox House sign. It's the perfect color of yellow to suit the fall tones & my space.

I even implemented my DIY Hurricanes from a while back!

Here's a sideview of the sign, to show it's not a flimsy piece of MDF. This is a thick lovely knotty wood! PAINTED, not vinyl...and be-a-u-tiful!

If you want to win a sign for yourself
pop on over and enter the giveaway to WIN ONE!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Sponsor Spotlight: Clarendon Lane

Here's ironic for you.

My newest sponsor, is my FAVORITE blog
(Really, I'm not kidding one bit.)
clarendon lane
I go to Clarendon Lane often because it's like the ultimate look-through for inspiration for me. Katie's style is bang-on and I love her furniture re-do's and design tips.

I literally read and re-read the same posts over and over. I'm a little crazy, but I get just so much out of Clarendon Lane.

This blog has a sophisticated simplicity that just oozes beauty. Katie should have been scouted by Pottery Barn a long time ago. 

Let me just take you through a bit of her blog, so you too can be inspired, and I would HOPE go over and click "follow". You will NOT regret it.

(Katie of Clarendon Lane)

I don't want to spoil the rest for you, so go NOW and follow this talented girl and her beautiful blog.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Saltbox House GIVEAWAY!

Painted wood signs seem to be all the rage right now, and so this giveaway is completely ON trend! yay us!

This shop, Saltbox House has some of the BEST PRICES on hand painted signs that I've ever come across. The quality rocks too, I got my sign this week, and I can't wait to show it to you! 
(But here's a hint: I love it.)

Here's some of what you can see at Saltbox House:
God Helps Us Handle What We Are Given Wood Primitive Sign Christian Wall Hanging
I have to chime in here, because this sign (above) is only $12!!!

Harvest Blessings Primitive Wood Sign Wall Hanging

Kid's Art Work/School Work Display Clip Board - Personalized 3 Names

Thank Heaven for Little Boys Wood Primitive Sign Boy's Wall Hanging

LOVE them all!

Now you have a chance to win any sign from Saltbox House up to $15 in value (most of her shop items are under $15!)

Here's how you can enter to win...

*Must be a follower/subscriber of The Birds Papaya*
*open to US & Canada*

Visit Saltbox House and come back telling me your favorite sign - one entry

"Like" Saltbox House's Facebook Page - one entry
"Heart" Salbox House Etsy Shop - one entry
Purchase something from Saltbox House - 3 extra entries


Winner will be announced next Monday, Sept 26th!

Good luck friends!

Cutey Clips WINNER!

Before I announce the winner (I know, I's like Ryan Seacrest saying "right after these messages") but SERIOUSLY, this is worth it. So hold on...don't scan to the bottom just yet.

Christina of Cutey Clips has some real cute new additions to her shop. 
Just adore them. So you all have to gawk with me, k?

Prince Flynn
(he'd be the perfect accessory along side Rapunzel)


Fall Buttons
(these are only $2!!!)

RAINBOW COLLECTION (one for every day of the week!)

HELLO KITTY (and I'm pretty sure this is next on the girl's wish list!)
Helllo Kitty
(only $3 for 2!)

Love this shop. I'm literally blown away at each and every clip & sculpture. Not only for how they look, but to get something THIS unique at such low prices. Awesome. 

My girls keep asking me to go on the computer to look at "those pretty hair clips" and I know they mean these...we all just adore them. Can't wait for my girls to wear their Princess hairclips to match their Princess costumes next month on Hallowe'en!

Okay, so finally for the winner!

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#4 - Wifecon said...
I "hearted" Cutey Clips on Etsy and am already looking into making a purchase.:)
Give me a few minutes, and there will be a new giveaway posted shortly :)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Harvest Pillow

I cannot say enough about FALL. 
I love it. I love it all. 
The colors, the crisp cool weather, the soups & the decor. 
ALL of it.

Since my porch was all summery still, I decided to "fall-it-up" with a new pillow for my adirondack chair.

This was a freebie project as I had everything on hand (LOVE these kind).

Project Ingredients:
- Black Fabric Paint
- Foam Brush
- Canvas Drop Cloth
- Pillow Stuffing (I just buy generic pillows at wal-mart and cut them open, use their fluff!)
- Foam stamp - flower (you can find these at craft & dollar stores)
- Letter Stencils (or use good ol' paper cut outs if you want, or freezer paper)

First up, I sewed my pillow, leaving a small section of the bottom open for stuffing.
Then I did all the stenciling and stamping (using light amounts of the fabric paint so it wouldn't be so sharp looking in the letters & flowers)
Stuffed it
Sewed up that bottom opening.
Total time - approx 20 minutes

Jemma likes to invade my photo shoots...but that's OK because she's cute.

Next up to be "fall-i-fied"...the MANTLE!'s looking good. Can't wait to show you guys!


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