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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Decorating with paint swatches...huh?

This is just how strange my mind works.
Have you ever heard or seen anyone decorate with paint swatches?
Actually, I have!
In fact, I googled it before I titled my post, and after I did the project already.
Some cute projects came up.  Mine is a different though, so I will call it a Debbiedoo's original. 
The other day while shopping for plants at Home depot, which btw I did not buy any because I thought, I will kill these poor things before April, I best wait.
 I happened to be walking by the paint section and I saw these cute paint chips, that were really funky and fun looking.

I started grabbing them, and of course the paint lady asked, is there anything I can help you with?  I replied politely NO, just grabbing some samples for now, and Off I went.  Now what  was I going to do with these? had no clue.
I came home put them on the counter and then it popped into my head.  These can make a really cute butterfly, or a flower depending on how you look at it.

So out came the glue gun, and a little embellished flower, and WHAAAA LAAA!
   A one of a kind butterfly/flower...however you see it.

I love my new Roo pillow I scored a few weeks ago at Marshalls. 
It had to come home with me.  Ironically enough, all the paint chips matched the pillow.  How weird is that?  I did not even have that in mind. I guess I know what colors I like.

I used my galvanized tin for my faux lemon branches.  Tied some rope around it, just because.

Now tell me that does not look cute? Even Mr. Doo's liked it.  

So go ahead and pick up some paint swatches..You never do know what you can create with them!
These just look so happy!
Enjoy your Saturday everyone!
Don't forget this MONDAY NO newbie party.  Get ready for the Spring'tacular instead!

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Blogger Edie Marie's Attic said...

I have quite a stack of paint chips that I stashed in my paper scraps... I'll have to get them out and have some fun with them.Great ideas Debbie!

Hugs, sherry

March 10, 2012 at 8:20 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Just darling Debbie:) Such a great idea. I was going to ask about your lemon tree, I would never have guessed it was a faux.

March 10, 2012 at 8:27 AM  
Blogger Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Deb, those are so cute and I love your new pillow. Perfect colors.

March 10, 2012 at 8:30 AM  
Blogger Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Cute, cute, cute. Love the colors and you are so clever. Your new pillow is fabulous. I really like the tin with the faux lemon branches too, super display. Hugs, Marty

March 10, 2012 at 8:32 AM  
Blogger Bliss said...

Seriously, every paint department is going to think there is a ground swell for women painting in the coming week as we all gobble up swatches. I think they look like pin wheels. I'm making some and these will rival coke can vases for sure!


March 10, 2012 at 8:39 AM  
Blogger Chatty Cathy-Clip Your String said...

Debbie, those are too cute! As a paper artist this is right up my alley. I have tons of paint swatches! Can't resist. Better than paper because there are so many graduated tones! Very nice project! I think I'll make a paint swatch project for your party!

March 10, 2012 at 8:48 AM  
Blogger ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Debbie those are super super cute! They would even look great in a girls room using some bright funky colors. LOVE your new pillow and the colors go perfect together! Have a great weekend.

March 10, 2012 at 9:09 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

Debbie you come up with the neatest things.
Your ROO PILLOW is my favourite.
Thanks for sharing.

March 10, 2012 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said...

Very cute Debbie! I love your roo pillow and your centerpiece!

March 10, 2012 at 9:27 AM  
Blogger laxsupermom said...

I have literally hundreds of paint chips sitting in my office, but have never considered using them. There you go again, getting my creative juices running. Thanks for the inspiration!

March 10, 2012 at 9:30 AM  
Blogger Sam I Am...... said...

You are simply amazing! I've seen a lot of paint chip projects on Pinterest and I may have even pinned a few but yours take first prize!
Love your is too cute and it really looks vintage and those lemons look REAL! So many little time! Have a great day/weekend!

March 10, 2012 at 9:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Debbie Dear, you are amazing! This is so cute! You're little mind is going 90 miles an hour all of the time. Those paint chips are wonderful! ;)
Love your pail with the lemon branches too. Oh, my Lord! I want that Roo pillow - it's darling! It looks like a grandma heirloom.
Be a sweetie
Shelia ;)

March 10, 2012 at 9:31 AM  
Blogger Gail said...

OMGoodenss Debbie, that are too cute! You out did yourself on this project and I love your new roo pillow. Enjoy your weekend and I'll see on Monday, Gail

March 10, 2012 at 9:31 AM  
Blogger Grandma Barb's This and That said...

That is just too darn cute! I love the lemon branches with the paint chip flowers in the metal tin.

March 10, 2012 at 9:48 AM  
Blogger NanaDiana said...

So- THAT'S where all the paint samples went! lol What a cute idea and now every store in town will be minus all their paint chips and the people that really want to paint will be forced to guess at what color they want!;>)

Love your new Roo pillow, too. I do think it is amazing how we kind of "know" our colors and can pick it out of a host of similar shades. One of my friends asked me if I wanted the watered silk curtains that were in the "girl's room" of the new house that she had bought- she had only boys. I said..those will match the Ralph Lauren comforters that I bought for the girl's room perfectly. (it is a peachy pinkish color...more pink than peach and not a usual color) She asked me how did I know that...I said I just knew. They were SPOT ON!

Good eye, girlie. I think you either have the eye for color or you don't. You got it, sistah! xo Diana

March 10, 2012 at 9:53 AM  
Blogger Anne said...

How creative.I love it.

March 10, 2012 at 10:09 AM  
Blogger KimMalk said...

How cute, Debbie, I do believe you are original! Thanks for the reminder on your CC challenge coming up, too.

March 10, 2012 at 10:10 AM  
Blogger Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

How fun that they were already that shape, Debbie! They remind me of pinwheels! Cute pillow and how funny that you were drawn to the same colors.

March 10, 2012 at 10:13 AM  
Blogger Cynthia said...

What a fun idea. Looks great! I love the rooster pillow too.

March 10, 2012 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger Linda @ A La Carte said...

Very cute Debbie! I always love to pick up paint chips...the colors are so fun and now I can try these cute flowers! hugs, Linda

March 10, 2012 at 10:28 AM  
Blogger Laura Everyday Edits said...

Hi debbie- I recognize those paint chips because I used mine as a template to create a privacy window with clear contact paper! love the ideas! thanks, laura

March 10, 2012 at 10:37 AM  
Blogger Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

Girl, you never cease to amaze and DELIGHT me with your creativity!!!! I would love to live inside your head for a day or 2:):) Love the flowers and the pillow is beautig=ful. The lemon branches in the bucket are TDF!!!! XO, Pinky

March 10, 2012 at 11:01 AM  
Blogger Kristens Creations said...

Hi Debbie, I'm glad you joined the party! I'm used to seeing you and was wondering where you I wish I was better at remembering to join parties...I miss alot.

This is a very creative idea! You always come up with the cutest stuff. Love the pillow too.. Have a great day! Kristen

March 10, 2012 at 11:07 AM  
Blogger Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Too cute girl..Hugs and smiles Gloria

March 10, 2012 at 11:11 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

THAT is one creative darling design, Debbie. I hadn't seen these in HD. Will look tomorrow. Your decor is just gorgeous. Love the colors.

Have a lovely PS weekend ~

~Giveaway ends 3/15~

March 10, 2012 at 11:30 AM  
Blogger linda said...

how cute are they oh so spring and even a spring roo love it

March 10, 2012 at 12:23 PM  
Blogger Gypsy Heart said...

Only you, my friend, only you! :-) These are adorable. You should go back to HD and show the lady what you created. Isn't it funny how we gravitate to our favorite colors even when we don't realize it? LOVE the pillow too!


March 10, 2012 at 12:26 PM  
Blogger bj said...

These are sooo cute...
I'm tellin' you, just
blow my skirt up with all your cuteness.

March 10, 2012 at 12:32 PM  
Blogger Melissa Graham said...

You find the most wonderful goodies to share with all of us. I love the pillow. I am having a wonderful giveaway for a Miche bag at Please come enter.

March 10, 2012 at 12:39 PM  
Blogger Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

I have seen those shaped paint chips...and you know, you could put them with a clipy thingy and they could be like those wind thingys outside. OK, I am laughing, but I can't think of the name...but I am sure you know!!

March 10, 2012 at 12:54 PM  
Blogger Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ said...

Hi Debbie,

Your flowers are so clever and cute! I love the tin vase and lemon branches. Adorable pillow too!


March 10, 2012 at 1:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

they do look cute, and they are free too aren't they,, double cute!

March 10, 2012 at 1:56 PM  
Blogger At Rivercrest Cottage said...

My daughter used the Mickey Mouse head paint swatches from Home Depot to decorate party treat bags for her son's Mickey Mouse themed party. She attached the swatches to the bags and wrote the child's name on it that the treat bag was made for.

March 10, 2012 at 3:08 PM  
Blogger Maria Elena said...

Debbie, this is so pretty! I love it! Not long ago I saw some wall art also made with paint swatches. The lady had put them in frames and aligned them from darker to lighter. They were gorgeous! Yours are so beautiful and original! What a great centerpiece! And your new pillow is amazing! I love the warm colors on it! So pretty! Now, tell me, how do you take such gorgeous pictures on front of a window? I have had a heck of a time lately doing that! :)

March 10, 2012 at 3:45 PM  
Blogger Blondie's Journal said...

This looks like such a fun project, Debbie! I love them on your lemon tree! It looks so pretty with the woods outside your window!

The pillow from Marshall's is fabulous. I definitely would have snapped that the embroidery!


March 10, 2012 at 4:01 PM  
Blogger Jenifer Harrod said...

Love these! Haven't seen them at the store. I will have to keep an eye out.

March 10, 2012 at 4:25 PM  
Blogger Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Cute as all get out!! The only paint swatches I've ever seen were tiny little squares though. YOU SO smart!! :)

March 10, 2012 at 6:16 PM  
Blogger Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Darling as can be, Debs!!! Looking through my mags now for ideas!!!

March 10, 2012 at 6:28 PM  
Blogger Grammy Goodwill said...

Great idea! Your flowers are so cute. I'll have to look for those paint chips when I go to Lowes.

March 10, 2012 at 6:40 PM  
Blogger Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

So clever! I've seen those and thought of snagging some -- not sure what I'd do with them but now I know! Don't you just love the paint chips they have out now with all of the shapes and textures? I have drawers full that I use for all kinds of things!

March 10, 2012 at 8:10 PM  
Blogger Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

You are just about the most creative person I've even known. Sooooo cute!

March 10, 2012 at 8:49 PM  
Blogger Lynne said...

It's always fun to pop in and visit you, Deb! Your idea is as cute as ever!

March 10, 2012 at 9:10 PM  
Blogger reFresh reStyle said...

Love it all! Cute idea and cute pillow! Can't wait for the party!

March 10, 2012 at 9:20 PM  
Blogger Gina said...

Oh how stinkin' cute! When I was an avid scrapbooker, we all started using paint swatches on our pages. Who would have thought they could be used in other ways too!

March 10, 2012 at 9:30 PM  
Blogger SheilaG @ Plum Doodles said...

I've seen those cute little swatches at Home Depot and thought they look like pinwheels. Your flower/butterfly idea is so cute! I need to go dig out my swatches now. :)

March 10, 2012 at 10:59 PM  
Blogger Savannah Granny said...

Such a neat idea! I love those flowers and surely the frost won't get those. Love the pillow. Hugs, Ginger

March 10, 2012 at 11:21 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Debbie, this is a fabulous idea. So cute, and I'm in love with that new pillow. Glad it went home with you. ~ Sarah

March 10, 2012 at 11:41 PM  
Blogger Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

SO creative Debbie!! :)

March 10, 2012 at 11:45 PM  
Blogger The Polka Dot Closet said...

I bet the paint chip company hates us bloggers, but it is so cute!! That pillow looks vintage...soooo cute!


March 11, 2012 at 1:07 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Cute idea with the paint chips. I like to pick them up because I love all the colors. Now I know what to do with them.

March 11, 2012 at 8:52 PM  
Blogger ~✽Mumsy✽~ said...

Fantastic use for paint swatches, Debbie!

Watch out Home Depot and Lowes, here come bloggers for your pain swatches :-)

March 12, 2012 at 7:28 AM  
Blogger Roeshel said...

Super cute, Debbie! Perfect styling too! ;)

March 16, 2012 at 8:36 PM  

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