Every been in a restaurant when it turns "Happy Hour?"  You notice the mood instantly changes as everyone is ready for fun.  Whenever I'm having a Bad Hair Day, my cure is always a personal Happy Hour.  

To  me, Happy Hour means 60 carefree minutes of ME time.  


A couple of times a month, a Happy Hour will pop up here to  inspire you to do something magical, inexpensive and as gWitster says, "Just downright fun."

Let's get the party started.

Happy Hour

January 12, 2020

This Happy Hour isn't exactly fun but I promise you'll smile the rest of the year.  That is, every time you open your linen closet.  Since it's the Out with the Old, In with the New time of year, let's make the most of wherever you store your linens.

I propose just taking 60 minutes to clear the shelves and then, toss everything you haven't used in a couple of years.  Donate sheet sets or towels that aren't "your" col...

December 8, 2019

This Happy Hour is all about getting some kind of skirt for our Christmas tree table.  In 2018, we gave away our 8' Christmas tree.  It took a village to get it out of the basement, up two flights of stairs and set up.  I love my new two-piece 4.5" tree, pre-lit with 450 lights and weighing just 18 lbs (Amazon).  I easily assembled it on a 24" high small table, making it a total of 6.5' in height.  As you can see, th...

September 29, 2019

This Happy Hour uses a glass cloche - perfect for small autumn vignette.  Little collectables fit under a glass dome and natural objects look even more special.  You might have a glass dome in your pantry - a cheese dome, a cake stand cover, a Mason jar, a glass canister turned upside down.  If you don't have a base, you can use a book, a plate, a piece of wood or just sit it on a surface.  Cloches / bell jars / glass domes ar...

August 25, 2019

Maybe you've come across the IKEA Fladis basket.  It wasn't until I saw Martha Stewart's silver-painted Fladis baskets that I thought - fun Happy Hour project!  Let's take a look at how I gave it a little flower power.

Price reduced to $9.99 at IKEA in Emeryville, CA.  Baskets can also be folded in half.

I used plain white old house paint for the background.

In honor of the Woodstock concert 50th anniversary this month...

August 4, 2019

For this Happy Hour, how about taking a look at the lampshades in your rooms?  Sometimes, the lamp speaks for itself and the lampshade is just along for the ride.  Other times, a $20 basic lamp is more than passable - what gives it away as generic is the lampshade.  This earthy shade is the perfect size for the lamp. The right lampshade is a little oversized and covers all the lamp hardware.  While an unconventional material,...

July 19, 2019

Summer is a great time to update our potted plants for a fresh look.  Terracotta, peat or plastic pots are just begging for a Happy Hour redo. Let's take a look at some easy one-hour ideas.


Graphic black and white - wrap white painted string around black painted pots.


Glue plastic string around pots and paint in chalk paint. 


Paint terracotta pots and add blackboard stickers.


May 20, 2019

Do these silvery baskets photographed by Martha Stewart take your breath away?  This shape seems to be in every store this spring but it's never looked this glorious.  Here's my Happy Hour suggestion - why not buy a can of metallic paint and work your magic?  I'm headed to the basement to see what baskets I've got around.  In the meantime, let's check out some basket painting inspiration....

May 13, 2019

Happy Mother's Day!  As flowers are given and received on this special day, how about some easy flower arranging?  In one Happy Hour, you can create a stunning arrangement.  Let's see what can be done with a simple grocery store bouquet or flowers from your garden.  


Blogger Sarah creates this bouquet with flowers and greenery from Trader Joe's.



Use whole or...

April 28, 2019

For this Happy Hour, how about bringing back May Day?  I love the idea of May 1st being a day of celebration.  In the 1950's, my Mom would make little flower bouquets that my brother and I would deliver to our Portland neighbors.  We'd hang the flowers on the door, knock as loud as we could and then run fast. "Happy May Day" was meant to be a surprise.  This year, why not bring back this sweet tradition?  Here's some easy ways...

April 15, 2019

Have you noticed?  White vases are suddenly everywhere.  Springtime fresh, white vases bring a modern, crisp look to any room.  And, they're easy to find - you'll see in dollar stores and IKEA.  You can even make them yourself but more of that in a minute.  First, let's look at how great they can look in any room.

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A collection of white vases.


White freshens a...

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