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Diva 411 ~ Look Out!! The Divas Are Hitting The Road!!

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 Pumpkins in the cornfields

Gold among the brown

Leaves of rust and scarlet

Tumbling slowly down

Birds that travel southward

Lovely time to play

Nothing is so pleasant

As an Autumn Day

 Unknown Poet

The 3 Decorating Divas are planning a road trip in October.  Fall is one of our favorite times to pack it up and search for wonderful treasures just waiting to be found.  September 23rd marks the first day of Fall, which is right around the corner!!

Who doesn’t want to be in the cool crisp fall air shopping?  Yes ladies, I said shopping.  No malls for us, only outside shopping is allowed.  Just think we don’t have to use our inside voice, “Laugh Out Loud” and enjoy.  We are on the lookout for the some of the best Flea/Antique Markets in the area.  After all, “old” is “new” again!  Here are some of the fun items to look for.  Simple chairs, great old iron garden gate, and old wood ladders to name a few.  A Diva favorite is to peddle life into an old 60’s bike by simply painting it.  Spray paint is your best friend.  Go wild with your color selection and use a gloss white or hot pink.  Try putting lots of bright flowers in the basket to add some more color!  What a fabulous entrance to any home.  Let’s not forget about those old suitcases, always a great find.  Paint and personalize with your monogram and cute name tag.  This is a wonderful look in any entry way or bedroom.  All you need is a little imagination, Divas, to create your own one of a kind treasure.  It’s all about the hunt that makes us smile.

(Photo by A Beach Cottage)

(Photo by Briarpatchprims.com/wordpress March 2008)

Local Flea/Antique Market Information:

  • Peddler’s Cove Flea Market & Antiques

Wilmington, IL (1 hour away)

www.antiques.com

 Kane County Flea/Antique Market

St Charles, IL

Show dates are Oct 1 and 2, Nov 5 and 6, Dec 3 and 4

www.kanecountyfleamarket.com

 The Covered Bridge Festival has stood still in time. An old mill town with shops and a flea market set up along the water front.  How “fallish” is that?  The Divas have been going here over 30 years.  The Covered Bridge Festival is truly a magical place.

The Best Fall show is a Girlfriend weekend getaway

  • The Covered Bridge Festival

Parke County, IN

It begins Oct. 14th thru 23rd.

www.coveredbridges.com

(This is the covered Bridge capital in the world.)

 Okay ladies, time to get your diva on!  After all, decorating should be about having “fun”.  Feel free to email any questions!  Visit us online at www.3decoratingdivas.com.  Maureen, Carina and Kayley!!

This article was in the September Issue of the South Frankfort Life, Schoolhouse Life and Butternut Settlement Life by N2 Publishing.

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Sally Morse Design Seminar

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Help Support Anna’s Journey to the Cure

Raising awareness and money for a local charity

3 Decorating Divas in conjunction

with RSVP cards, invitations, stationery presents:


Sally Morse
Interior Designer, Author & Speaker

She has appeared on numerous television and radio programs, as well as writing articles for Better Homes & Gardens, Windows and Walls, Real Simple and other interior design publications. Sally will talk to us about:


 “The 10 Steps to a Perfect Room”

 

        Sally is Director of Creative Services for Hunter Douglas and in 2008 won the “Window Fashions Industry Icon” award.

 Thursday, September 22nd 6:30 PM

At RSVP cards, invitations, stationery

11337 West Lincoln Highway

Mokena, IL 60448

Requesting a minimum donation of $20 or more at the door

100% of the donation goes to anna’s journey to the cure

Refreshments and goodie bags for all that reserve a seat

Seating is limited so please RSVP

RESERVE SEATING REPLY TO:

Maureen Ph. 708-341-7667

email: info@3decoratingdivas.com

To find out more information on Sally Morse

 http://www.hunterdouglas.com/design-trends-meet-sally.jsp

Anna’s Journey to the Cure.

Anna’s Story
Nine year old Anna Rose was hospitalized and diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia on March 29th, 2011, at Hope Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn. She began her treatment on March 30th in the pediatric ICU where she had many treatments which included surgeries to install ports for apheresis, numerous rounds of several different chemotherapies, bone marrow aspirations, spinal taps with chemotherapy, cranial radiation, and several transfusions of sort. The standard treatment for this disease is 2 ½ years, that is without complication and bone marrow transplant. Anna’s bone marrow failed the first stage of treatment and will be retested at Day 90. We are hoping for remission at this point so she can stay on the prescribed treatment until September 2013. A  transplant will extend the length of treatment.  She is facing unimaginable hardships. Kids and cancer should never be in the same sentence! At her side are her parents Alan, and Laura, and sisters Rebecca, Melanie and Abigail.With the downturn in insurance benefits, countless outpatient visits to the hospital, the harsh reality is an outrageous out of pocket expense. Mix in the loss of income for the 24/7 care of Anna and the result is a mounting financial, physical and emotional burden no one should have to endure.Please attend and/or strongly consider donating merchandise, services to give at the benefit, and/or gift cards for food and gas. You can also donate with a check payable to “Harris Bank Anna Bakotic Benefit fund”, or online by pay pal or with Visa, MC, AmEX, Discover through guest payment at the paypal option by clicking on the Register and Sponsor button below.
For more information about Anna’s story visit:  http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/AnnasJourney2011

These boots aren’t just made for walking!!

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 Boot It!!  Luv your rubber Wellie boots??  They needn’t be confined to just running and jumping thru puddles.  Use your imagination!!  Some flowering branches like  Forsythia  tucked into your favorite rain boot can make a witty entry display for any front porch…
  
 
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Get your Diva on

 

Decorating my window boxes – helpful tips

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Steps for decorating window boxes:

  • The first step is to remove all dead material from the winter or last summer, this also includes old soil from the prior year.  I purchased these window boxes from Alsip Nursery (http://www.alsipnursery.com/site/) and spray painted them black.
  • Next, I add fresh soil and mix it with the existing soil, don’t add too much.  Remember the plants you will be putting in there will take up plenty of room.
  • The 3 Decorating Divas scour the best nursery’s not only for princing, but care of plants as well and selection.  We shop at Sunrise Nursery in Grant Park, IL.  If you decided to go there, it is best to get there prior to Mother’s Day.  The web site is http://www.woldhuisfarms.com/.  We purchase hanging Supertunias for $13 and break them up in sections.  The Supertunias grow in all directions and hang down, plus they don’t need to be deadheaded either.  We also add green foliage, either a vinca vine or potatoe plant to help with fullness. 
  • Next, add a pop of color.  This year I selected a baby blue for our expecting son in July.  We add our sticks for heigth and drama.  At first the window box will not appear to be in perfect condition, but that is due to shock and the flowers will start to grow in shortly.  Don’t forget to give them a good watering and feed your flowers daily.  We use Mircle Gro Liquid Feed every day.
  • Add some decorations!!  You could easily put in smaller old white bird cages, which are sold at Michael’s or cute little elves or knomes.  Perhaps a birdhouse or small humming bird feeder.  Around 4th of July, I like to add American Flags.  Have fun and be creative!!
  • I planted early this year on May 5th, which is no problem.  However, if you get a freeze, just cover up your potted plants with a sheet, plastic bag or tarp. 

Have any questions?  Leave a comment!!!

Weekly Tip 4/19/10 – Window Box Decorating

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Weekly Tip 4/19/10

Need some height in your window box or flower box??  Here is a window box designed by Maureen at 3 Decorating Divas.  She incorporated the sticks for height and Wave Petunias with potatoe plants and evergreens. 

 

 

Remember to fertilize using Miracle-Gro Liquid Feed frequently to help your flowers bloom and grow.

 

Go to Ikea and purchase a bundle of natural sticks called SMYCKA for $14.99 (see photo and link below) and arrange them to come out of the center and sides of your window or flower box.  This looks great and adds element in the winter when decorating for the holidays.

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/60027285

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/60027285

 

Weekly Tip 4/1/10 – It’s time to spring into spring.

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Weekly Tip Section:  Happy April Fool’s Day
4/1/10 – It’s time to spring into spring.  Here are a few fresh ideas to freshen up your home.

• Paint your front door a new bold color
• Make a fabulous window box filled with wonderful colors
• Clean out the flower beds and add new mulch to freshen up area
• Have a deck??  Place 6ft evergreens in large pots for privacy, it works and also looks beautiful
 
A tip for inside your home, the best way to change a room is PAINT!!

Coming up, tips for gardening, painting and re-doing rooms for cheap!