Thursday, March 26, 2009

Whoop! Time for Some Texas-Sized Fun!

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These are some shots from my visit to the Lone Star state last year. No, that is not some fancy PhotoShop effect. That's me (no, not on the horse!) trying to capture the speed of this rodeo rider from a long distance away. I like the effect!

Well, it's back to the Lone Star state again...this time for a different purpose! I hope to see many of you there! :) I don't know how much posting I'll be able to do during the trip, but you can follow me on Twitter ( or you can stay updated by reading the Twitter updates at the top of the WhisperWood Cottage blog. You'll certainly get a full report (and plenty of photos) when I get back!

For now, enjoy these "Don't-you-just-love-Texas-?" photos...

Monday, March 23, 2009

100th Post Winners!

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Here are the lucky winners...

Photo 1 Winner is...

Photo 2 Winner is...

Photo 3 Winner is...

Wilson Graphics Chandelier Decal Winner is...


Thank you to everyone for participating in the fun 100th Post Giveaways event! You are all winners in my eyes! :) Please come back to visit often!


Congrats to the four winners! Please email me at with your mailing addresses!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

100th Post Giveaways!

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Yes, it's time! 100 posts = 4 fab giveaways! Yes, 4!

Signed original photo from the private
WhisperWood Cottage Collection!

Three winners will receive this signed 8x10 photo ($35.00 value) taken by yours truly. There will be one winner from each of these three groups...
  1. 1 Whisperer...leave a comment on this post to enter!
  2. 1 Follower...follow this blog by clicking "Follow this blog" in the left-hand column.
  3. 1 Shouter...shout out about this giveaway on your blog and leave me a comment below. Please include the "100th Post Giveaways" image at the top or bottom of this post on your blog. Be sure to provide a link to this post!

Chandelier Decal from Wilson Graphics

Yes, there's more! A grand prize winner will be drawn from all Whisperers, Followers, and Shouters. That means you have three chances to win this fabulous chandelier decal ($50.00 value) from Paul & Tina @ Wilson Graphics. You can visit their online shop where they offer over 150 vinyl wall decal designs at If you are in need of any design services/custom banners, signage for your business or home you can contact them through their website at

  1. Must comment, follow, and/or post by 5:00 pm on Sunday, March 22, 2009. Deadline Extended! to Monday, March 23, 2009.
  2. Winners will be announced on Monday, March 23, 2009.
  3. All 3 winners of the featured prize are eligible to win the grand prize and vice versa.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Silver, Flowers, & Knitting Needles

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I'm hooked on...
vintage-inspired spring decor!

The Inspiration

If you saw my Junking Weekend, February 28 - March 1, 2009, post over on my new Junkologie blog, you saw these three items...
  1. Photo 1: Silver stand
  2. Photo 2: Purple floral arrangement
  3. Photo 3: Knitting needles

The Creation

What can you do with these three items? Create a beautiful spring-inspired display, of course!

News Flash!

Next post is #100! How will this momentous occasion be celebrated? Stay tuned, junk lovers! You don't want to miss the fab giveaways!...

Want to see what other people are hooked on?

Visit the "Hooked On" blog party over at Hooked on Houses! Share whatever it is that has you hooked!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Maintaining Junk Integrity: Simple Display Ideas for Piano Rolls

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Piano rolls! Piano rolls! Who has piano rolls!? When I was very young, I had a babysitter who had a player piano that just mesmerized me. I remember sitting and watching the paper roll through the piano opening for long periods of time.

What does one do with vintage piano rolls? Well, I am a junk purist at heart. What does that mean? It means I like to maintain the integrity, or the original state, of a piece as much as possible. I was challenged to come up with ideas for two vintage player piano rolls! After brainstorming potential projects for a couple weeks, I came down to one conclusion. I just did not have the heart to cut, dismantle, or modify the piano rolls in any way.

My solution...find some creative ways to display these pieces of history in their current condition. I hope you enjoy!

Want to see what other fun things people have done with vintage piano rolls? You know where to go! That's right!! Put "piano roll" in the search box in the upper right corner, hit search, and you will see links for all kinds of piano roll ideas!