3.02.2015

St. Patrick's Day Pot O'Gold Giveaway


Welcome to a new month, y'all! Let's kick March off right with an awesome giveaway, shall we? My gal Linda, from It All Started With Paint, corralled a bunch of bloggers and we put together a prize package that's worth over $500! If that doesn't perk you up on a Monday morning, I don't know what will! Ok, well maybe another cup of coffee would do it...but this is better! :)

The Pot O'Gold giveaway will be open for the next two weeks and there are tons of ways to enter using the Rafflecopter widget below (email and RSS subscribers will need to head to the website directly to enter). One lucky winner will receive the prize package below from 10 very generous sponsors …
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Prize Package Includes:

$50 Ace Hardware Gift Card
Ball Brand green mason jars (pint case and quart case)
$50 Birch Lane Gift Card
$100 Duluth Trading Gift Card
HomeRight Finish Max paint sprayer
$50 Michaels Gift Card
$50 in fabric from Oninefabricstore.net
100 free prints from Printicular
Rust-Oleum paint package
Rockwell BladeRunner X2 (small table saw) and Sonicrafter F30 (oscillating tool)


There are 32 chances to win. Just follow the prompts on the Rafflecopter entry form:


The Fine Print: The Pot O’Gold Giveaway starts on March 2, 2015 at 6:00 AM and ends on March 16, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST. Open to Legal Residents (18 years of age or older) of the U.S. only. Prizes cannot be shipped to PO Boxes. Winner will be selected at random by Rafflecopter and will be notified by email on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2015.and be notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. Please note the 23 bloggers participating in this sweepstakes are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. We have represented each sponsor with the expectation they will fulfill their prize and in a timely manner. We will contact the sponsor regarding your prize(s). The sponsors, in most cases, are shipping their items to you directly. We will make every effort to assist you in obtaining your prize. If there is an issue with a sponsor, please notify the blog you won a prize from within 30 days for assistance, after that we may be unable to assist you. The product provided for the review was free of charge from the company. The product offered for the giveaway is free of charge, no purchase necessary. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation. Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Google+ are in no way associated with this giveaway. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to the participating bloggers. We do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner.


Here's the full list of bloggers participating in the giveaway:


And lastly, if you're over here visiting May Richer Fuller Be for the first time, don't miss this month's freebie download: desktop and iPhone wallpapers for March! Head on over here to this post.


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2.26.2015

All The Random Things

Hey friends! Every once in awhile I find that I've compiled a list of things I want to share with y'all, but none of them are really noteworthy enough to deserve their own post. So instead I'm going to share them all at once in abbreviated form - thus, the "all the random things" post title. :) Grab a cup of coffee and have a seat. Let's chat about a few things.

First up, I'm starting to train for a race called The American Odyssey Relay that's happening in May. I wrote about it awhile ago here. The most fun part of this race? I'm on a team with twelve other bloggers - it's going to be awesome! We're still on the lookout for sponsors, so if you, your company or someone you know might be interested, please email me at mayricherfullerbe{at}gmail.com. Also, if you have any tips for me on how to run 17 miles over the course of 24 hours, I'd gladly take them.


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I'm still brainstorming on the best ways to organize and utilize the space in our laundry room/guest bath. I'm leaning toward installing a narrow open shelving unit of some sort over the bidet...maybe one like this (but painted white and without the lowest shelf so it can sit comfortably on top of/around the bidet).

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Since I have zero progress to report on that bathroom/laundry area, let's take a look at one gorgeous reno recently completed by Courtney from A Thoughtful Place. I love everything about this bathroom... marble subway tiles, that light fixture and a pretty vanity with LOTS of storage...it's calling my name.


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Y'all, it's embarrassing how long it's been since I've updated my home tour and projects pages on the blog. Our home tour is still the "Loving What You've Got" post from our DC apartment and we don't even live in that city anymore! It's time for some housekeeping.


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Speaking of cities, I recently came across this Philadelphia city guide from Design Sponge and now I'm all excited to explore new nearby neighborhoods once the weather starts to be more conducive to walking (i.e. not 18 degrees out).


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I've had a lot of fun using my new Wacom drawing tablet. It enables me to draw directly in Illustrator, which has been so much fun, but has also been a bit of a learning curve. It eliminates the step of having to scan in and trace pen+pencil drawings and I like using the pen as a mouse/pointer. It's faster than using my track pad! I used it to design both February's and March's iPhone/desktop wallpapers. Now I just need to practice my drawing skills so I can use it to its fullest potential!


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Lastly, I'm excited to report that we're escaping winter for a week and are headed to sunny St. Lucia in March for Spring Break with two other couples! #couplesretreat I cannot tell you how excited I am to run around in shorts and flip flops - not boots, read books, climb mountains and relax on the beach. I'll be sure to give a full report when we get back. If you've ever been, leave your favorite things to do or tips in the comments - I'd love to hear them!



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2.23.2015

March 2015 iPhone + Desktop Wallpapers {Pinwheels}


Happy Monday, y'all! Did you have good weekends? We're entering the last week of February, which means March is right around the corner, which also means that we're inching closer and closer to spring! I can't wait to see the temperatures start to rise - hopefully sooner rather than later.

Since February's almost over, it's time for new desktop and iPhone wallpapers! This month's modern geometric pattern was inspired by the simple pinwheel (that colorful little toy that for some reason reminds me of spring). I've had enough of winter's grays - I'm ready for some color in my life!

In case you're curious, the word "March" was hand-lettered by me using my new Wacom Tablet. I'll have to tell y'all more about that handy tool sometime. It's awesome for drawing and hand-lettering in Illustrator.

Once again, I've made versions for both iPhone (or any smart phone...it's just an image file) and desktop, and you can choose to download the wallpaper with or without the calendar. The blank ones can obviously be used throughout the year :).

Here's the iPhone version:



And the desktop version:


Download this month's wallpapers for your iPhone and desktop here:







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2.20.2015

Lovely Links

If y'all are in the polar vortex like I am here in Philly, I hope you're staying warm! If not...well, let's just say I'm insanely jealous. There is light at the end of the tunnel though - we're heading to St. Lucia for my husband's spring break in a couple of weeks. I cannot. wait.

Now onto this week's Lovely Links! Boy do I have some good links for y'all to kick off your weekends. Enjoy!

*PLEASE remember to pin from the original source. Give these links some love!

1 | Wow, this whole home from Studio McGee is gorgeous. All the bright spaces are calling my name. Don't miss this! There's a different post for each room. Here's a good place to start.


2 | If you missed my post on abstract art inspiration, you missed one beautiful piece that was DIY'd from Burlap and Lace. After I saw it on her blog, I immediately asked how she made such a pretty piece. Her answer? Acrylic paint and palette knives. Doesn't sound too hard, right? Maybe I'll be taking one of these on after all... :)


3 | The Nester gets me every time with her candor and the way she embraces imperfection in her home. I especially enjoyed this post from her this week about making her laundry room "good enough" for now with a little bit of paint and shopping the house. It's a great read.


4 | I love a good repurposing project and this desk-turned-kitchen-island is an amazing example! Such great ingenuity from My Old Country House.


5 | This post might be in French, but you don't have to speak the language to understand the brilliance of this idea! Hiding a washer/dryer in the kitchen AND getting bonus countertop space on top of it? Uh-mazing.


6 | Lastly...cord taco anyone? It's a handy little thing that keeps your cords from getting tangled. So smart. And it looks cute to boot.


Happy weekend, everyone!

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2.18.2015

Abstract Art Inspiration {Nine Faves}


| 1 | Bright Bold and Beautiful | 2 | Siiso | 3 | Artbyoak1
| 4 | Lola Donaghue | 5 | Burlap and Lace | 6 | Michelle Armas
| 7 | Cortney North | 8 | Britt Bass | 9 | Blueberry Glitter

I'm definitely on an abstract art kick right now. There's something so fun about this colorful, playful style. I bought a couple of these abstract art-style Kate Spade Saturday for West Elm pillows for our living room and I love the punchy modern vibe they add to our neutral furniture. (I also think the dreariness of winter has me itching to bring color back inside until spring arrives - hopefully sooner than later!)

We've got a big, blank wall in our living room that could really use a big ole piece of art, and I'm thinking maybe, just maybe I could DIY an abstract for it. I've never done anything like that before, but I'm certainly willing to try! *Fingers crossed*

I'm such a visual person that I decided I needed to round up some inspiration before diving into the world of painting. I scoured the internet and found nine paintings that have the vibe I'm going for for the piece. And bonus, if I chicken out on making something myself, at least I have a bunch of resources for pretty art to purchase! Most of these are from Etsy, which has a ton of beautiful, affordable art. 

As I was pulling together this little collection I noticed they all had pretty much the same color palette and several of them have this kind of spotted/dotted situation that I love. I think it's safe to say that I've found my style when it comes to this kind of art!

If you've ever DIY'd anything like these pretty pieces, please send any advice my way! I'm all ears...

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