Wednesday, May 31, 2017


I could sit and stare at fabric samples all day.  Once I start looking, I can't stop putting patterns together!  It's been a while since I've perused fabrics online, so I spent some time lately and found some new patterns I hadn't seen yet.  I couldn't resist mixing and matching some combos!

Freshening up your space with fabric is one of the easiest and most dramatic ways to get a new look, whether it be with pillows, a new table runner, re-covering an old stool, covering the back of a bulletin board or shelf, or switching out your drapes.  Here are some fabric combos I liked if you're ready for a new look!

This post contains affiliate links.

That black dot above reminds me SO much of the expensive designer "Betwixt" pattern.  I actually splurged and bought a few yards for some new pillows for my Spring tour, and literally days after it arrived I discovered that I had saved that black dot on my Pinterest fabric board.  I could have saved a ton of money and had the look for less.  Guess I should refer to my Pinterest boards more often!  ;)

This bird floral is one of my long time favorites.  I've had pillows from it in the past, and it's currently made into gorgeous panels on the windows at my parents' house.  

Blue Leopard  ||  Bird Floral  ||  Green Malachite

I'm DYING to use this flocked velvet fabric in the center somewhere, I've loved it since the moment I saw it!  

What do you think?  Any new favorites?

I'd love for you to join my email list!  You'll receive a notification straight to your inbox any time there's a new post on Dimples and Tangles, simply enter your address below.

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

 photo jennifersignaturetwo_zps56f3de87.png

Monday, May 29, 2017


Happy Memorial Day,  I hope you're all enjoying your holiday weekend!  I'm grateful for all who served to protect and secure our freedom.  If you are a member of the military or a family member of one, thank you for your sacrifice!

I just wanted to pop in today and catch you up on a few things going on around here.  Early Saturday morning we saw my son off on his High School Youth Choir Mission Trip.  They will be gone 13 days traveling by bus from OKC to NYC, stopping all along the way at juvenile detention centers to share the gospel through song.  A portion of their program includes two "Stomp" style songs which he plays the pipes and drums for, so that's always a crowd pleaser!  They'll enjoy a few days of sightseeing in NYC towards the end of the trip, I wish I was on the trip too!

I've been working on getting our "new" front door ready to install.  If you follow me on Instagram, you've been along for the process with me through lots of Stories. It's involved a lot of paint stripping, sanding, painting, and re-painting.  I finished up a few finishing touches last night and we're scheduled to have it installed tomorrow.  It hasn't been an easy job and I'll breathe a sigh of relief when it's actually in and functioning, but I'll share it with you soon!

My daughter and I made a quick shopping trip over the weekend to start the search for a swimsuit for her (why are juniors suits SO skimpy???) and although we're still on the hunt, I couldn't resist this cute baseball t-shirt!  It's 50% off right now and although the weather is cool enough now to wear it with light layers, it's soft and fairly thin so I'll wear it on it's own on the Fourth of July.  Outfit pieces shown and lots of other 1/2 price cute patriotic things for the family are linked up below.

(affiliate links used)

The big half-yearly sale is going on at Nordstrom.  I've come to appreciate the free shipping and free returns when ordering from Nordstrom since we don't have a local store in my area.  There are lots of clothing and shoe discounts included, but here are a few of my favorite picks from the Home sale.


Pillows & Textiles


Enjoy your holiday everyone!

I'd love for you to join my email list!  You'll receive a notification straight to your inbox any time there's a new post on Dimples and Tangles, simply enter your address below.

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

 photo jennifersignaturetwo_zps56f3de87.png

Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Since I was a little girl, my family has held fairly regular garage sales.  My sister and I used to fight over who got to take the money when we were little (now I hate that part!), and I can still see in my head the precise tally columns my Dad would draw up to record everyone's earnings and keep them separate so we could see how much money we made.  My Mom would cover all of the tables with a tablecloth before we loaded them up with merchandise (I don't go that far...) so things would look nice.  Even now, we still hold a garage sale about every other year- and I'm a regular garage sale shopper- so I consider myself a pro at how to run one!  Here are my best tips for how to have a successful garage sale so that you can put a little extra change in your pocket (or fund a vacation, redecorate a room, or cover an unexpected expense if you're really serious!) while getting rid of things that you no longer want or need.


When choosing a date to hold your sale, check the calendar to make sure there aren't other big events going on that might interfere with your traffic.  You're off on Memorial Day weekend and want to have a sale?  Great, but so is everyone else and they're likely headed out of town.  Make sure there are no big games that weekend that people will be out all day on Saturday for. Also, think about when people get paid.  There are a lot more people out and ready to shop the first weekend of the month after payday (and maybe the 15th, too).  Lastly, I'm torn on neighborhood sales.  Depending on where you live, they can bring a great amount of traffic.  However, the one time that I participated in a neighborhood sale, it was the worst garage sale we've ever had.  I'm not sure if there was too much competition and people were waiting to see if there was something better at the next sale, or if we were too far back in the neighborhood, or what, but we've always had the best success when we hold our sale on our own terms.


We live in a busy area, so I don't need to do as much advertising as someone is a lower populated area, but these tips still apply to everyone.  I have never put an ad in the newspaper for a sale.  We put out signs and use Craigslist.  I think about some key intersections around our neighborhood, and make enough signs to blanket those areas.  I certainly make them for the nearest mile intersections around our home, and usually make a few extra for other intersections another mile or so out, and a sign for each entrance to the neighborhood, so usually that means I have 6-8 signs.  When we're ready for the sale to start, my husband goes out to put up the signs.  I LOVE doing it this way because a) no one knows about the sale until we're ready to open, so b) we don't have early birds knocking on our door super early or digging through things and asking questions while we're trying to get set up.  Signs are definitely our main form of advertising, but for our last few sales I also put an ad on Craigslist.  I snap a few wide shots of the sale on my phone, then take a few minutes to put up the ad just after we've opened.  Again, I don't post it until we're up and running so that we don't have people there before we're ready.  You will probably want to include a closing time if you post an ad online.


For garage sale shoppers, there is NOTHING more annoying than puny signs with a tiny address written on it!  Seriously, I can't tell you how many times I spot a sign while driving, turn on the street where the sign is and try to read it as I'm driving by, and the address is written about one inch big with a ball point pen.  Then, I might just wing it and try to find the right house while cruising the neighborhood, and there is never one more indication of which way to go.  I can't tell you how many sales I've given up on like this and left to find another one.  I want my signs to be big and bold and clear, and frequent once a shopper turns inside the neighborhood, easily directing them straight to my door.

Here's a sample of our signs.  I generally like to use a bright colored poster board, and a BIG marker, and make the letters and numbers even bigger.   Most of my signs are on hot pink posterboard with thick, black marker.  Obviously I changed our address and wrote the name of our neighborhood at the bottom, but you get the idea! I don't even bother writing out "GARAGE SALE" sometimes, I might just write "G SALE"... the ADDRESS is most important thing to make big and clear.  People who are out looking for yard sales will know what your sign is.  Also, don't bog down your sign with items at your sale (Furniture! Baby clothes! Toys!)  or a long list of times.  Keep it short and simple.  We put our signs out and take them up every day at the opening and closing of the sale.  If the signs are out, we're open.  If time allows and your sale is on a weekday, try to stay open through the evening rush hour.  You'd be amazed at how many people will stop at your sale on their way home!  If you live deep in a neighborhood, be sure to put up some directional signs through the neighborhood to point shoppers exactly to your sale.

One more thing to consider with signs... make them sturdy!  We're in Oklahoma and the wind can wreak havoc on a wimpy sign.  We usually use a wooden stake, then another wooden cross piece at the top (a 5 gallon paint stick works great).  I fold my poster board in half and cut a small piece out of the middle top fold to slip over the top of the stake, then use the staple gun to attach the poster board well to the stake and along the cross piece.  We usually have good luck with our signs holding up well, and most of the time I can even throw them in the attic and re-use them for another sale.  Lastly, you might send someone to check once or twice through the day to go out and make sure your signs are still out and visible.  One time we noticed a huge dip in traffic, and after going out to check signs a few of them were missing.  No wonder!


Other than poor signs, my other pet peeve as a garage sale shopper myself is when nothing is priced!  I hate having to ask about every little thing I'm interested in, and if the sale is busy whoever is running it cannot be giving prices and checking people out all at the same time. I price EVERY item in my sale.  Now, there are a few general prices that I'll post, like "Adult Clothes-$2 each unless otherwise marked" or a box of like items ".25 each" but I try not to do too many of those.  It makes it easier on the shoppers, and easier on the person who is adding up the merchandise if each price is on the item right in front of them.


First of all, make sure that you have space to display your merchandise.  Canvas neighbors for tables and/or a clothes rack to borrow if you need them.  We often use a sheet of plywood and sawhorses for a makeshift table when needed, or I've even grouped tv trays together to have a space to set things.  If you have a lot of children's toys, considering anchoring a tarp on the lawn and spreading the toys out over the tarp.  And, if you have a lot of clothes to see, try your hardest to hang them up on something, they will sell so much better than piling them all in a box or in piles on a table that will be a disaster 30 minutes after the sale starts.  My Dad rigs up a galvanized rod with simple wire hangers on each end of the pole that we hang from the garage door track- it makes a great clothes rack!

Try to group like items together as well.  Put all of the artwork together, linens, lamps, kitchen items, picture frames, books, etc.  If your sale is well organized people will hang around and look longer. Try to have EVERYTHING out on display. There are always die hard shoppers that will dig through every box, but there are even more people that cruise through for a quick look and won't touch a box full of items.  You've lost sales if they can't see all of your merchandise!

Also, if someone else is helping you run the sale, one of you should walk around periodically and straighten the merchandise. You want your items to look just as appealing later in the day as they did when the sale started that morning, and it's easier to see what's there if the tables aren't a mess.

Provide a designated check out area, and a hold area for items that people want but who are still shopping (near you at the check out if possible so you can keep an eye on it and no one pilfers someone else's pile...I've seen it happen!).


I don't generally advertise this during the sale (I want as much profit as possible), but there's always a point on the last day of the sale that we say "Everything is half price!"  I even have little "1/2 PRICE" tags that I have my husband go and add to the signs, just to attract more people back to the sale.  Whatever is left at the end of the sale will be loaded up to be donated to a local ministry, so even if we sell everything at 1/2 off for the last few hours of the sale we seem to get rid of a lot of the leftovers and earn even a little more money rather than having things still sitting there at the end of the day.  I'd rather have something for that lonely coffee mug than nothing!  ;)


Obviously kids can clean out their toys and earn a bit of money, but a "concession stand" is a great way for them to earn some extra cash, too!   Bags of popcorn, popsicles, fruit snacks, peanut butter cracker packs, and cold bottled water or pop are some ideas for good things to have on hand.  I make my kids repay me for the cost of what they sell, but after that the profit is all theirs.  Food and drink items can really pay off with hungry, thirsty shoppers around!


*Start early.  Dedicated yard sale shoppers are out early and if you're not open when they're driving by your neighborhood, you've missed a good deal of traffic.  We usually aim for 8 a.m.

*Be sure to check to see if a garage sale permit is required in your area.  In my town, I'm able to call the city the day before (or even the morning of if it's a weekday) and get my permit over the phone.  They add the fee to my water bill and give me my permit number to post right then and there.  Easy.

*Have a small amount of change to get started.  Early in the day you'll probably get a lot of big bills, so have plenty of 5s and 1s to make change.  You'll get more of those smaller bills as the day goes along, but I usually try to start out with around 20 ones, 4-6 fives and tens, and just a few twenties.  It never fails that someone early in the day will want to pay with a $100 bill.  You'll need a few dollars worth of quarters and other small change, too.  I always write down how much change I start with, then I know at the end of the day how much we've made after I subtract that amount.

*If there are multiple family members or friends contributing to your sale, they will need to add their initials to their price tags on their items so you can keep track of their money.  In an instance like this, I usually don't label or keep track of my items that sell, but I do have a note pad to write down the amounts of items that sell that belong to someone else (my kids are always very interested in their tally columns!).  After I've tallied and paid everyone else at the end of the day, whatever is left is my profit.

*If someone makes an offer on a larger piece and you're not wanting to meet that offer yet, take their phone number so you can call them later if the piece doesn't sell for the price you want.  Be sure to write down the item they're interested in beside it, I know from experience in the midst of the hustle it's easy to forget those details!  Also, if someone pays for a larger item and wants to come back later to pick it up, get their phone number.  We've had this happen in the past and the buyer never came back, and I had no way to contact them.

*Be careful with your money.  Wearing a pocket apron for the money is a good idea.  Never walk off to help someone and leave your money box sitting at your checkout table!  It's awful that we even have to be aware of things like this, but just be conscious and smart.  Several times through the day we will remove most of the bigger bills from the change box, leaving just a bare minimum to make change.

*Recruit a family member or friend to help the day of the sale.  You'll need help, it's safer, and it's nice to be able to rotate for breaks and meal times.

*It's helpful for your customers if you have a stash of bags to carry out their merchandise after they've paid.  Start saving up those plastic shopping bags or extra boxes that might accumulate.

Alright, hopefully you're all set to have a stellar sale!  Let me know if there's anything I've forgotten, or if you have a great tip I didn't cover.

P.S. The pics from this post were from my last sale about three years ago, but I'm preparing for another garage sale sometime in the coming months, I'm just not sure when it will be yet.  If you're local to OKC and are interested in coming, shoot me an email at dimplesandtangles(at) and I'll let you know when we have a date!  

I'd love for you to join my email list!  You'll receive a notification straight to your inbox any time there's a new post on Dimples and Tangles, simply enter your address below.

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

 photo jennifersignaturetwo_zps56f3de87.png

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


I'm so excited to share this tiny little hall nook makeover with you today!  We have a little cut out nook in the hall that goes to the Master Bedroom, directly across from the Powder Bath.  For the 10 years that we've lived here, I've never quite been totally happy with it.  Several years ago I made a decent effort with some gold stripes (that went away when we re-painted), but honestly it's usually more of a dumping spot for random accessories I'm not using at the moment.  You can't really see it from the front door or main part of the house, so it's been an "out of sight, out of mind" kind of situation.

lady bust, snake plant, pagoda prints, hall nook

The shelf is an odd trapezoid shape which makes arranging things on it tricky, and the "back" wall which seems like it should be the focal point is half the size as the side wall where it feels like something more substantial should be hung.  Really, just hanging something on one wall or the other always felt unbalanced and never looked quite right.  I think I was on to something when I had the striped walls and used a trio of watercolor prints on both walls, but I moved those to the Master when I created the gallery wall around the fireplace.  So, for the past few years it's just felt like a misfit space.

I was recently introduced to Shelby Dillon Studio, and as soon as I saw these fabulous blue and white pagoda prints, I new I had found a solution for my problem nook area!

Shelby Dillon Studio, Blue and White Pagoda Prints, Hallway Nook Styling, lady bust, marble tray

These are prints of Shelby's beautiful original handpainted artwork. This is one talented lady, there's such a large variety of prints of her work to choose from.  There are four pagoda designs available to pick and choose from, or you can choose the set of all four.  I received all 4 designs, and although I just used 3 here that fourth one will go in it's own special spot.  I can just see all four hung in a grid over a console or dresser, though, or as a focal point on a smaller section of wall space... so pretty!

nook, lady bust, marble tray, pagoda prints, shelby dillon studio

I've been cutting my own mats for years, investing in a mat cutter has saved me so much money!  The frames are 12x18 and the same plastic ones from Michaels that I used for my botanical wall and bird prints, I just sprayed a few of them gold for this project.

pagoda, blue and white prints, Shelby Dillon Studio, lady bust, marble tray, mother-in-law's tongue plant

As far as accessories go, I've always had a difficult time arranging things on the trapezoid shaped shelf.  If I filled out the back section it seemed weird to have the front jutting out with nothing on it, and if I tried to fill in most of the space that always seemed off too.  But, I found the perfect solution with this round tray!  Where a rectangular tray would never work here, the round shape defines a space for accessories and offsets the odd shape of the cabinet.

snake plant, round marble and brass tray, lady bust, island moonlight candle

From the moment we bought the house, I envisioned a bust in this space, so my lady fit right in.  The snake plant (also called Mother-in-Law's Tongue) is perfect to add some life and greenery to the spot, they can survive in low light spaces and a virtually impossible to kill!  I have three of them around the house- love them.   Has anyone tried the Island Moonlight candle from Target?  I've bought several of them over the past few years, it's almost identical to the pricier Volcano candles that are so scrumptious from Anthro.

Now this little space makes me happy every time I'm headed down that hallway!

blue and white pagoda prints, snake plant, styling, woman bust

SOURCES: (some affiliate links used)
Pagoda Prints  ||  Frames- Michaels with Gold Spray Paint, Similar Brass Frame with Mat  ||  Mat Cutter  ||  Round Marble Tray  ||  Candle  ||  Lady Bust  ||  Similar Glass Knobs
Paint Colors:  Cabinet- SW Tricorn Black, Wall- BM Manchester Tan at 25%

Thank you to Shelby Dillon Studio for providing product for this post.

 I'd love for you to join my email list!  You'll receive a notification straight to your inbox any time there's a new post on Dimples and Tangles, simply enter your address below.

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

 photo jennifersignaturetwo_zps56f3de87.png

Monday, May 15, 2017


Happy Monday everyone, I hope you all enjoyed your weekend!  Today I'm catching you up on a few things that have been happening around our home lately.  We're rapidly approaching the end of the school year (6 more days!) which adds plenty of events to the calendar as we wrap up the year.   I think we're all ready for a change of pace, although with camps and church activities and other commitments summer brings it's own form of busy too!

(this post contains some affiliate links)


My daughter turned 14 last week.  14!  My baby!

Any gift that keeps her active or busy outside is a winner.

A few of her favorites tucked inside her gifts from the family party... Funyuns, a fresh pineapple, mint gum, and cheese dip ingredients!  ;)  Snacks and quality time are definitely the way to this girl's heart.

Our immediate family celebrated on her birth date, but the extended family gathered last weekend at our home.  The weather was gorgeous and we set up on the patio.  We added a folding table and pulled chairs out from the dining table to seat all 15 of us, and I bought some simple canvas drop cloths to cover both tables for a uniform look.  I've already used them on several occasions, so having a couple of clean, extra drop cloths around is coming in handy!

I wanted to point out the centerpieces to you also, they were so easy and so cute!  I just discovered these spools of paper at Hobby Lobby.  The patterns are similar to printed scrapbook paper, but on a long roll like ribbon!  I simply used some Mason jars and wrapped the appropriate length of paper strip around them, then used tape to hold it in place.  With a few sprigs from bushes in the yard and one bunch of flowers split up, I had 10 of these in a flash to line down the center of the tables.

I love the paper ribbon because you can customize the length needed and it's super easy to affix with tape.  Again, similar to ribbon but much easier to work with for certain jobs.  There are the patterns that are available at my store currently, I think I need one of each!  Wouldn't that plaid be so cute to use at the holidays?  If you want to keep an eye out for them, they're in the scrapbooking department, and they do go 50% at times so keep an eye out for that or use your coupon. 

The best thing about hosting parties is continuing to use the flowers around the house for several days after it's over!  Actually, these would make great little favors to send home with your guests if you wanted to.


It has a fancier name now than when I was in High School and it was just called "shop", but my son has been in Wood Tech for the first time this year and loved it!  Wood Tech 1 is only one semester, but he's excited about taking WT2 for the entire year next year.  Their classes recently entered some of their work for display in a project fair at the mall, and both of his pieces earned enough points for a blue ribbon!  I'm so happy for the lifelong craftsman skills that he's learning (I'm sure it's in his blood), and that he enjoys doing it!


Between Mother's Day, baby showers, and church, we didn't have time for a lot of projects, but we did spend several hours on Saturday cleaning out beds, transplanting some things, and getting new annuals planted in the front of the house.  I'm still shopping for a few new larger bushes and will show you the finished product when we get everything in place.

 If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram (stories) you saw that our entire family gathered at my parents' house Friday evening to give the gift of labor for Mother's Day.  They recently ripped out all of the old landscaping from the front of their house in order to totally start over.  They had everything purchased and ready to plant, and after a few hours of work the 11 of us had it looking great!  Click over to FB here if you'd like to see snippets of our progress.  They'll still add some mulch and a few other things, and then they're starting over with grass, too, but the beds look fantastic!


My daughter received this game for her birthday, and it's really fun!  I would say it's best for teens and up.  It's good at fostering some creative answers and intriguing conversations.  It's been interesting to me to see my kids' sense of humor really come out as we play.


After a fantastic morning with our church family, we enjoyed the rest of the day with takeout meals, lounging, playing games, and doing a bunch of nothing!  I sure am thankful for these two kids and it's a privilege to be their Mom.

After a "normal" photo, I asked for them both to give me a kiss on the cheek... easier said than done!

I asked for one pair of these cute earrings, but received 3 fun colors!  And they didn't break the gift giving budget... they got three pairs for about the same price that one of this pricier version would cost.  I've linked available colors online, sadly I don't see the yellow ones online any longer but they might still be available in store.  I thought they might be heavy but they're really pretty lightweight. Looking forward to wearing these with casual outfits this summer!
*EDITED:  Rats!  These were on sale at the time I wrote this yesterday, but it looks like they're regular price again.  Still not bad and I bet they'll be on sale again, I'll keep an eye out and let you know!

Alright, bring on the band concerts, recitals, graduations, final exams, and 6 more days of sack lunches to make!

 photo jennifersignaturetwo_zps56f3de87.png