Ugly Bunny

Sneak peek?

Late last April, I went on a weekend shopping spree hitting up all the garages sales, thrift stores and Goodwills I could find? I got some pretty good finds that weekend, including these. . .

Do you remember? One of those finds was the ugly chocolate bunny. Why the heck did I buy this item? Because I saw it and immediately thought, “WHITE! This bunny needs to be white!” Easter had already passed, but I remembered this Pottery Barn bunny knock-off from The DIY Showoff and thought, I can make this bunny look fabulous like hers!”

Then I looked at the price. 99 cents. Really? Get in my buggy little bunny!

But I almost forgot about i! A memory of it popped into my head the other day and I scrambled to the storage closet to get it because I knew if I waited I would forget about it again! As I pulled it out from all the other junk great finds stored in there, I started thinking to myself how crazy it was that when I tossed it in there last year, Easter seemed so far away! But here we are again, already. And here is the ugly bunny!

So I undressed the bunny and got rid of his accessories.

I sprayed him with a light coat of primer.

Then two good coats of white, satin-finish spray paint.

As usual, my plan was to stop here. I wanted a white bunny. However, as usual, I couldn’t leave him alone. I’ll give you one guess as to what I did next. . . grabbed my sandpaper.

I distressed the little guy, which took a little effort since I sprayed him pretty heavily with paint. If I plan on distressing I usually go a little lighter.

Now he was perfect!

I paired him with a mossy Easter basket on my foyer chest.

Happy Easter!

Great Idea for Ribbon Storage

How to make a “Ribbon Rack” from a UTO {unidentified thrift store object}.

Quite awhile ago, sometime over the summer I think, I was at Goodwill and I saw this. . .

I wasn’t really sure what it was. Maybe a plate rack? A towel rack? No idea! What I did know is that I liked it. Plus it was only $4. I also knew exactly what I was going to use it for. You see, I have a lot of ribbon. Every time I go to Hobby Lobby, I end up coming home with more ribbon. They have the cutest! Anyway, all my ribbon was in a drawer which a) made it difficult to find what I was looking for and b) a big mess when the ribbon came unrolled. This unidentified piece was about to solve that problem.

First it needed some “Heavy Cream” paint. This paint is made by Valspar and it’s one of my favorite colors. Not bright white, but not too off-white. Then, of course, I had to distress it.

The piece originally had three rods and a lot of empty space. I had hubby drill three more sets of holes.

I grabbed some dowel rods we had in the garage {I’ve told you before we have TONS of scrap wood in our garage. Every size, shape, etc. This is when it comes in handy!} and hubby measured and cut them long enough to be inserted into the drilled holes.

We ended up adding another hole and rod in between the two upper rods.

The rods fit perfectly through the holes in the center of the ribbon rolls.

Now when I need ribbon, instead of digging through my drawer, I can simply tug on the ribbon and cut it at the desired length! I love this thing!

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Embroidery Hoop Wall Art

My inspiration for this wall art was from Blissfully Smitten. I found this adorable nursery wall  on Pinterest while searching for ideas to decorate my craft room. {Have I ever told you how much I looooove Pinterest?}

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When I saw these I knew they would be the perfect decor for my craft room! Very shortly after pinning this idea I found an entire box of embroidery hoops at a garage sale for $2! {Even if you don’t come across a fantastic deal like this, the hoops are very inexpensive at the craft stores.}

Of course, me being me, I couldn’t leave them they way they were! I used very dark stain (espresso) on the hoops. This was a very messy process, I recommend wearing gloves!

After the stain was dry, I applied one heavy coat of paint {my favorite, Heavy Cream from Lowe’s}. Oh yeah, I have to give a shout out to Purdy for the fabulous brushes they sent me! Love these guys! Can you guess what I did next?

I distressed it with sandpaper, of course! I told you, I can’t leave anything alone! That part was a little time consuming {mainly because you have to wait for the stain and paint to dry}. The rest is easy!

If you don’t know how an embroidery hoop works, there are two rings {inner and outer}. The rings are attached with a screw. Simply remove the screw and separate the rings.

Place your fabric over the inner circle, face up, and place the outer ring over the top. Tug out any wrinkles that might be in the fabric. Replace the screw and fasten tightly.

 I used two different fabrics in the embroidery hoops. I used the toile fabric that I used throughout my craft room for a few hoops and plain fabric that I found at the thrift store for only 50 cents for the yard for the other hoops.

I decided to try something new for the plain fabric. I didn’t really know what I was doing but what I did worked! And it was pretty simple! I printed images on fabric using my computer printer. Don’t worry, I’ll share that tutorial with you soon! I promise!

 I just knew these would be the perfect accompaniment for my Mother’s Day piece. Do you remember that wood/chalkboard piece my fabulous, creative hubby made for Mother’s Day?

Together they make a perfect gallery over my sewing table! I’ll add a few more of the hoops, I think. Maybe using a different, very simple print fabric. I might even throw a monogram {M} in the mix.
So now you’ve seen another little corner of my craft room! I know I still haven’t shown you the full reveal, just bits and pieces. I’m pretty sure it’s because the room is always a disaster from all the projects I have going on! I promise, one of the se days, I’ll give you the reveal. Complete with before and after photos!
Stay tuned. . .

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What I’ve Been Up To (Christmas Crafts)

Hello friends! I just cannot believe that Christmas is just days away! It completely blows my mind! Where has December gone? 
We had a handmade auction last week at Stamp Club. All proceeds went to the Ronald McDonald House. With just a handful of us we raised over one-hundred dollars! There were no limits or restrictions to the items we brought for the auction except that they had to be handmade. I just wanted to quickly share with you the items I made. I do not have the full tutorials, but I will do my best to explain how I created them.
This project started with the angel image. I found about 5 or 6 of them in a small baggie at the thrift store for fifty cents. I think someone just printed them off on cardstock to be honest, but I thought they were pretty. I tore the corners just a little bit and used sandpaper around the edges of the image to make it look more worn. Then I used my distress ink pad around the edges. This is the first time I’ve tried distressing paper with sandpaper and I was really pleased with the way it looked after I brushed it with the ink. The ink really soaked into the paper since it had been thinned from sanding.
Next I used my sewing machine to stitch the lace and burlap to the image. I also used two-way glue to adhere the image, but because burlap is so rough I thought sewing it would help keep it in tact. Plus, I like the look of stitching. I attached the burlap to the designer scrapbook paper with hot glue. After this, I was stumped. I didn’t really know what else to add. Then the song Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” popped into my head!

Luckily I had some old hymnals that I found at Goodwill a while back. I flipped through one and knew this would be perfect! I tore just below the first phrase, distressed it with the ink and attached it with double-sided adhesive.

I found a piece of scrap wood in the garage, hubby cut it to size, drilled holes in it, I inked it {of course} and I added some jute rope to make it hang. I love this piece! 
 Who is Angie? Angie is the Stampin’ Up! demonstrator that hosts the Stamp Club events. 
I call this piece “Angie-inspired”because she made a Christmas card that I used as inspiration and I used the technique she used to make that Christmas pillow that I love.

For this piece, I adhered iron on pellon interfacing {basically iron-on adhesive for fabric} to the back of my fabric and used my Silhouette to cut the ornaments. Be sure to apply the interfacing before cutting! It makes the fabric nice and stiff for smooth cuts. Then I peeled the liner away and ironed the ornaments on to the black and white damask fabric. I then used fabric glue to attache the ribbons. Each ribbon is two separate pieces. One short piece for the vertical “hanging” ribbon and a longer piece for the bow. I find it is easier to tie the bow and then cut the ribbon so you know it is long enough. 
 The frame I found at the thrift store for a couple bucks. It had a really ugly tropical fish print in it but the frame was fabulously fat! I trashed the print and the glass and wrapped the fabric around the cardboard insert. I sprayed a very light coat of black satin paint on the wooden frame and then scuffed it up a little with sand paper. I replaced the insert wrapped with fabric and viola! 
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Ruffled Christmas Trees

Can you believe that it’s December 1st?  Christmas is right around the corner! I’ve finally finished decorating my house, and I promise I will post pics soon! I love decorating my house for Christmas! I transform just about every room into a winter wonderland! I even have an entire attic for Christmas decor only! But I can never have enough Christmas decorations, so soon I may have to clean out a closet or two to hold more stuff! 
Example: A few months ago I found these cones at the thrift store. At first I walked on by, but I quickly took a few steps back and picked them up. Twenty-five cents each! What was I going to use them for? I dunno. I knew I could figure something out! And I did! 

I ruffled some fabric scraps and grabbed a couple of mismatched wooden candlesticks. {Also from the thrift store. I have a stockpile of these because they are usually fifty cents to a dollar a piece.}
And this is what I made! ruffled Christmas trees! 
How? Keep reading! 
I primed both candlesticks and painted one green and one red. Both were paint colors I had on hand. {Yes, the green one is hanging from a tree branch. I spray paint a lot of things this way to get even coverage all the way around.}
Then I scratched it up. If you’ve ever been on my blog, you know that I love to paint and I love to remove paint! I’m a bit of a distressing addict! It gives pieces character!
Starting at the bottom, I took my ruffled fabric and wrapped it around and up the cones, securing it with hot glue. 
I added an additional piece of fabric to the bottom of the cone and
 I attached the candlestick with hot glue.
To finish off the top, I added a big fat striped ribbon. 
And here they are! Two ruffled Christmas trees for under $2! Remember, the cones were twenty-five cents each and the candlesticks were fifty cents each. The fabric was leftover scraps and the paint I had in my garage. Even if you didn’t have all the materials it would probably cost less than $10!  

So what are you waiting for? Go make some Christmas trees! You can never have too much holiday decor!

A Little Piece of (Junk) Heaven and Silhouette Secrets!

antiques

A couple of weeks ago, my sister-in-law, Ilke, and I discovered the most amazing place on Earth – Cline’s Antiques in Mt. Pleasant, NC. I’m not really sure “antiques” is the best word to use to describe this place. Yes, most of the stuff is old, but most of it is just a bunch of junk. Ilke and I were aware of this as we made the hour drive to Cline’s. What we didn’t know was how much junk there actually was waiting for us.
We walked through the gates and I was off. There were rows and rows of shelves filled with random rusted metal pieces. In the grass there were piles of glass bottles and jars.
Piles of old headboards and random metal pieces were lying in just about every direction I could see. I’ve never seen so much rust in my life! Nor did I realize how much I loved it!
There were rows of trailers filled with stuff and piles and piles of random junk!
old antique wooden furniture desk chair
There were a lot of buildings on the property as well. Large buildings that were full. Full of furniture, full of old signs, full of stuff.
old woven baskets
I was in junk Heaven! I hadn’t seen Ilke in a while and when she finally called to see where I was, I was WAY out back in knee-high grass, digging through boxes and piles!
polka dot rain boot
Luckily I wore my rain boots! Ilke eventually found me. Thank goodness because I had quite a pile to drag back up front.
picker sisters vintage metal carts
Have you ever seen Picker Sisters on Lifetime? It’s one of my favorite shows! Anyway, on one of the episodes the girls pick up a couple of carts like the ones above and transform them into some amazing benches. I was SO tempted to grab two of these, but had no idea where I would put them. Maybe next time.
vintage antique buggy wheelchair
These are a few of my favorite pieces that I saw, but didn’t buy. Coincidentally they are all forms of “transportation.” I’m kicking myself for not getting that sleigh. Grrrr.
vintage cash register
This vintage register was really cool too. But the piece that captured my heart, the one I was willing to empty my wallet for was this one. . .
vintage medicine cabinate
 I found this metal display case in one of the first buildings I walked into at the junk farm. I fell in love with it. I thought about it for the rest of the morning. As I stumbled upon other pieces of furniture that would serve the same purpose, I dismissed them because I knew I wanted this one. By the end of our shopping trip, I even knew exactly what I was going to do with it. I was giddy. Now I just had to figure out how much it was. I really was prepared to spend a couple hundred on this piece – seriously. But when I inquired about it, I found out that it {along with the rest of the “display cases” in that building} were not for sale. NOT FOR SALE? My love affair was over. I was devastated. He said they use them to display items. Do you see anything displayed in this case? Ugh!
Anyway, I plan on going back soon and when I do, I’m going to ask again about this case. Maybe making them an offer would be a better approach. We shall see. Are you ready to see what I bought? Luckily I removed the seats from my car because Ilke and I filled the entire back!
A few old windows {with and without glass}, a vintage wooden ironing board, a fan, a watering can, metal file drawers, and an old wooden sled.
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A milk can, some baskets, bottles a rusty tray and some other random pieces {door hardware and knobs, etc}. I also bought one of those rusty old headboard/footboard sets. I’ll show you those later.
I cannot wait to go back! I’ll try to keep you posted on what I do with these items, but you know me. Many will probably sit in the garage for a while {with my other “junk”} before I know what I’ll do. Stay tuned. . .
Oh, and I have a secret to share with you! This Friday, otherwise known as Black Friday, Silhouette is having a sale!
That’s right, anyone can get 30% off from the 25th throught the 28th but if you use a special code at checkout, you get 40% off your purchase!
So be sure to stop by Silhouette online on Black Friday to do some shopping and don’t forget to use the  use the promo code SPATULA at checkout to receive the additional discount. Plus, all Silhouette shapes are just 50 cents each!
But that’s not the only secret. I have access to a secret page, the only page, where you can find the new Silhouette Cameo in stock!!
Have you seen this thing? Of course you have! Do you want on as badly as I do? I love my Silhouette SD but this new Cameo can do so much more! I plan on buying one first thing Friday morning! You can’t use the code above for the discount, but I’ve been told that Silhouette is offering a very nice discount on the Cameo that day. But you have to go to the secret site to get it and it won’t be available to you until Black Friday. I just wanted to give you a heads up! Here is the the link, but the special will not be posted until Friday.
Happy shopping!

Sit, Relax, & GOSSIP – A Gossip Chair Makeover

I had never heard of a “gossip chair” before this past year. They seem to be all over the Internet now! I’ve seen some really fantastic upcycled ones with fabulous bright paint and vintage fabrics. I really wanted to do mine a cherry red, but it really wouldn’t have matched anything in my home. Bummer. I do like the way it turned out and it is a cute little piece for this corner of my house.

For those of you that are not familiar with the “gossip chair,” let me explain. Basically they are old chairs or benches with a small table where one would sit to chat on the phone. Hence the term “gossip chair.” Of couse these really have no purpose since the invention of the cordless phone and now, of course, cell phones. No one sits down to talk anymore. Who has time for that when you can do it on the go? Anyway, I found mine at a garage sale over the summer. I almost didn’t get it because I really didn’t know if I would use it. But when the seller accepted my offer of $10, I couldn’t refuse! Ten dollars!
I decided to use it in this little corner that sits behind the couch between the family room and breakfast room. I have been wanting to do something different in that little space anyway, and I thought the gossip chair would be the perfect size. 
It wasn’t in great shape. Some of the finish was coming off and it was pretty wobbly.

I brought out my favorite power tool, the mouse sander and went to work. The cracks and peels smoothed out pretty easily. 
I applied a good coat of primer. 

While that was drying I recovered the seat cushion. {Actually it really isn’t very cushiony. It’s pretty much a piece of wood with a little bit of cush. I don’t think it would be very comfy to sit in for a long conversation!} I used leftover fabric that I have in my family room. If you’ve never recovered chair cushions before, it’s really pretty easy. You can find my tutorial here.

I used paint leftover from the powder room which, coincidentally, was also the exact blue in the fabric. It took two good coats to cover it evenly. I had planned on stopping here. Of course my first instinct was to start scraping the paint with my sandpaper, but I distress so much of my furniture that I thought I should just leave it be. But. . .

I didn’t think it was right. Something was missing. Instead of using sandpaper, I used my Distress Ink pad to age it. It was just the right touch.
A few accessories and a pillow to finish it off. You might recognize the phone. It’s a working Pottery Barn phone, with a $59 sticker on the bottom. I got it from Goodwill for just $5.99 a while back. I was going to paint it, but decided just to leave it alone for now. It’s the perfect touch for this bench! Not that I’ll ever sit her and use it, but it’s cute!
I needed some height in the corner since this bench is small. I found a beautiful floor lamp at Kirkland’s on sale for $49! Parker Reese and daddy put it together. 
Finished! 
You don’t have to completely re-do a room for a new look. Sometimes just changing a small area of a room can make a huge difference! Especially on your wallet! I did this for less than $75 bucks!

Reinventing Fabulous with a Purdy Paintbrush

A couple months back I was contacted by a representative of Purdy asking if I would use and review their paintbrushes. I guess they had seen all my different painting projects and figured their brushes would come in handy. My response was, “Of course!” 
The funny thing is, back when hubby and I bought our very first house and started to paint it, my dad gave me a piece of advice. {My dad has done his fair share of painting because my mom re-decorates a lot.} “Always spend a little extra money and use good brushes and good rollers like Purdy.” Swear he did! Of course I told the Purdy rep this and she said to tell my dad thank you for giving me such good advice. Anyway, I was more than happy to write a review for Purdy because I almost always use their brushes anyways.

You might remember this table I bought from the thrift store early in the summer. Well, I finally pulled it out of the garage to make it into something beautiful.

I tried something new this time. Instead of the usual coat of latex primer, I used primer spray paint. It worked great and it was much faster! Plus, I didn’t have to sand it first!
So here is my fabulous Purdy XL angled brush and my favorite Heavy Cream paint.  
Purdy brushes are great. They are nice and stiff and the natural bristles hold a lot more paint than those value brushes. Even better, they wash clean as a whistle and the bristles remain perfectly intact! 

I almost didn’t have to put a second coat on because the Purdy brush went on so thick and so even. But I put a second coat on just in case there were any missed spots. Another great thing about Purdy is that the brushes apply paint perfectly flawless without brush strokes. The paint goes on smoothly and evenly. 
My original plan was to stencil lettering across the top of the table, but I got impatient because I couldn’t find what I wanted. So I modified my plan.

I had this scrapbook paper that was close enough to what I wanted so I decided to Mod Podge it to the tabletop. {See how clean and perfect this brush still looks? When I took this photo I’d used that brush at least a handful of times.}

I tore around the edges to make it an circular shape.

Then I decided to add some Distress Ink to the edges. I used the Walnut Stain color. 

Perfect!

I used my Purdy XL paintbrush and applied a coat to the back of the paper and then used a flat edge to smooth it across the table. Once that layer dried I applied on thick coat over the top of the paper and used my scraper to remove bubbles and any excess Mod Podge.
Ta-dah! 
My thrift store table made beautiful!
You know me, I love doing things as cheaply as I can. When painting furniture {or anything for that matter}, it really is worth it to spend a little extra money on quality brushes. Purdy has a variety of brushes and rollers to accommodate any painting task, and really they aren’t that much more expensive. Just a couple of dollars. But that couple extra is money well spent. I promise! 
If you are getting ready to do some painting stop by Save the Walls to get information on the right Purdy products for your task.

Easy and Inexpensive Storage Idea

Hi friends! Did you think I disappeared? So sorry for being MIA this past week. I’ve been so busy with so many other things. I had my own garage sale, made a couple of meals for those in need, had two sick little boys, MOPS and lots of moms’ night out activities! Whew! 
What crafty things have I been up to? I haven’t had too much time for creative activities lately. I’m mainly just trying to finish up the finishing touches my creative space.
Several months ago when I started on my craft room, I found this spice rack at Goodwill. My intention was to use it for my thread and hang it over my sewing table. But then I had another idea.
This is what it looked like before. Just a little wooden shelf in okay condition. I planned on painting and distressing it. Nothing new.  

I scuffed it up with sand paper and then used a dark stain on some of the corners and edges for a darker finish.

I primed it. 

Then painted it with the same heavy cream used around the rest of the room. And used sandpaper to remove some of the paint for a distressed finish.

I had asked a friend to save some baby food jars for me. I rinsed them and removed the labels by soaking them over night in water. I painted the lids to match the metal finishes in the room and filled the jars with different scrapbooking supplies. I hung it in my craft room within reach of my desk for easy access to these items while working on paper projects.

There ya have it. One more little piece of my creative space. 
These spice racks are pretty easy to find at garage sales and thrift stores. I actually picked up another one this past weekend that I plan on using for beads and jewelry-making accessories.

The Rescued Rocker

A few months ago I rescued an old green rocking chair from a garage sale. It reminded me of the Cracker Barrel chairs {which it very well could be}.  The seller was asking only $10. The chair was in pretty bad shape. It {apparently} used to be a hunter green chair. The sun had faded the paint to almost turquoise and the paint and woven areas had been weathered quite a bit. But the bones of the chair were in such great condition! Especially for ten bucks! {I somehow failed to take a before shot for you.}
I used my favorite Skil sander to remove the chipping paint and prep it for painting. I love that tool! It’s a great stress reliever! 

Two {good} coats of primer spray paint. I didn’t bother masking off the rattan back or seat because it was pretty easy to spray the target areas without getting paint everywhere else.

Two heavy coats of white semi-gloss spray paint. Again, a little paint got on the rattan, but not much.

I planned on using regular stain but then thought, “Why not use that new gel stain I got from DecoArt?” {In case you missed my post last week, a box of goodies from DecoArt arrived on my doorstep a few weeks ago.} One of the items included was Americana Maple Gel Stain. I’d never used gel stain before, so I thought I’d give it a shot.

I applied a generous amount of gel stain with my sponge brush, spread it evenly and then gently wiped it with the cloth. I love this stuff! It’s nice and thick, not drippy like the other stains. And it covers the area really well. 
Gawjus! {And just like new!} It even covered the little bit of primer and paint that got on this area! I sprayed the entire chair with a good coat of clear gloss lacquer to seal it. 
Here she is! My beautiful “new” rocker for just ten bucks and a little elbow grease. Never turn your back on a piece of junk! 

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Lots (and Lots) of Thrifty Finds

Y’all aren’t going to believe it, but everything I’m about to show you was purchased/inherited in just one week.  One week! Why am  I making such a big deal? Because it’s a lot! So much that I restricted myself from going to any thrift stores or garage sales for the past three weekends!
Now I said all this purchasing took place in a week, and it did, but it was actually a few weeks ago. Sorry to withold these beauties from you for that long! 
Get ready. . .
Sunday
On our way to Fripp Island we drove through Beaufort, SC, a lovely, historic little town. We passed by several antique stores/thrift stores and I just had to stop. 
I only came home with three things, but I was happy as a clam! A beautiful old blue shutter {which hubby grunted at and said it must be full of lead paint}, a Ball jar and a cool hat display stand.  
Wednesday
Monday and Tuesday are re-stock days for my favorite Humane Society Thrift Store, so Wednesdays I’m there first thing! 
A silver platter, a cute side table and a birdhouse, a church, ummm {??}.

Saturday

My sister-in-law and I headed up to The Depot, an antique mall in Concord, NC. One Saturday a month they have a public yard sale in the parking lot in addition to the ridiculous square footage of space inside. Good thing I had to leave early for a party or I would have probably emptied our bank account!
I got a neat little mirror, beautiful bottles and jars, a vintage glass insulator, vintage spools, a couple books, an old wooden shoe form and a vintage crochet doily.
That’s not all. . .

An old framed print of a sleeping girl, a grain sack, a wooden crate, 2 very rusty buckets, a vintage sewing table drawer and some old wooden blocks. 
But that still not all. . . .
Two black shutters, a telephone table and this old rusty fireplace screen {??}.
Oh, and one more thing. . .
This navy blue hat! Perfect to place on my “new” hat stand!

And if all that wasn’t enough. . . 
Sunday
We went to hubby’s parents’ house for dinner. My mother-in-law had a few things up for grabs. 
I don’t know what it was about his lamp, but it was calling my name! And I loved the little table too!

Phew! I told you it was a lot of stuff! It looks like my car will remain in the driveway, rather than in the garage, for a little longer! I’ve got a lot of work to do! 
{Don’t get your panties in a wad, Diana! Just kidding, you crack me up!}
Let me show you what I’ve done with a few things so far}
I promise, for real, that I will post more updates on my thrifty finds, even those from weeks back, soon!

Remember The Thrift Store Fan?

Late Friday night I heard a little knock on my front door. Immediately I started asking, “Is the garage door open? Did I leave the tailgate open on my SUV?” When I opened the door I was pleasantly surprised to see Diana, an old neighbor now living in VA. Of course I invited her in and she went on to tell me that she reads my blog, “copies” my projects and has been inspired to decorate her new home. Of course I’m blushing, but at the same time I am secretly thinking, “Yay! That is why I do this! To inspire others.”
Anyway. . . as Diana was looking around my house, pointing out this and that ,she asked about a couple of the garage sale/thrift store purchases that I had posted. Diana, this one’s for you!
One item in particular that she was concerned about was the fan. You may remember several weeks ago I purchased this shiny silver fan from the thrift store for only $6.50.

I’ve been dying to get my hands on an antique fan. Yes, I know this one is not an antique, but I had plans to make it look like one.

I just discovered my new favorite spray paint. Rust-Oleum makes these satin metallic paints that are awesome! I bought two different colors because I wasn’t sure which I liked better based on the cap. After some experimenting, the Oil Rubbed Bronze was a little too black for me and the Aged Copper was just not the right color either. I decided that I like to first spray a coat of the ORB and finish with a coat of the AC. It was the perfect antiqued finish!

A very inexpensive and easy fix to create the fan I had been longing for. Here it is! My “antique fan.”
Great seeing you Diana! Thank you for all your encouragement!

Chicken Wire Memo Board (Bye-Bye Buck)

Do you remember a few weeks back when I bought that hideous framed print of the deer from the thrift store? I re-assured you that I bought “Buck” only for the frame, remember? You were really doubting me on that one, weren’t you? Are you ready to see what I did with it? 
I transformed it into a new memo board for my craft room! I actually found out from a reader that the deer print “is from Home Interiors, circa 1980’s. It is a reprint of original John Wayne owned.” Huh, who knew? Another reader told me her father had it when she was little! Maybe I should have left it alone? Nah!

Bye-bye Buck! I removed the backing, print and glass.

Hubby measured, cut and stapled chicken wire to the back. You can find chicken wire at your local hardware/home improvement store. It’s near the fencing supplies {outdoors at Home Depot or Lowes}.

I painted the frame with Olympic Heavy Cream and sprayed the chicken wire with a combination of Rust-Oleum Satin Metallics Oil-Rubbed Bronze and Aged Copper spray paints.

Then {of course} I distressed the paint with sandpaper. I had planned on being finished at this point, but I didn’t like the way it looked against the wall.

So I measured and cut a piece of fabric and hot-glued it to the back of the frame.

Much better! But it still needed a little something. I added some rosettes {two burlap and one of the same fabric} to the top left corner. You can find my rosette tutorial here.

I added some clothespins {which I think I will darken a bit with distress ink or stain} and my new memo board is complete! If only I could say the same about my craft room!
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Hot Weather and Some Hot Finds

Oh – my – goodness! This weekend was HOT! The heat index here was over 100*! That’s over 100* with humidity {remember, I’m in the South}. This weather means you stay in the air conditioning or you stay in the water! Well, I wasn’t about to spend my weekend indoors, so we headed out to the lake. Just the four of us, and it was so much fun! We found a quiet spot to beach the boat and we played. And we played and we played! When it got to hot, we hopped back in the boat and went for the longest ride {of coursed both boys passed out on the ride!}. It was a great day! 

These are the boys’ “wake boards.” We all know that they are boogie boards, but the boys love pretending to wake board! They can do this for hours!

But that’s not the only reason it was a great day! This day started out fabulous bright and early when I found these.

A matching set of hutch-like dressers for my craft room! They were the answer to my dilemma of what I would put on either side of my work table. I showed you the {wrong} IKEA cube storage that I bought last week. Well, I’m kinda glad it was the wrong one because once I put my work table in the room, I didn’t like the cubes with it at all. And since it was the wrong one, and I had to take it back anyway, I didn’t feel badly about buying these. Not one bit because both pieces cost $30 total!!! Yes, they need a little work, but I’m so excited!
I also want to show you a few other thrifty finds I scored this week.

I know you are looking at that deer picture and thinking, “What the {bleep}?!” I only bought it for the frame. Sorry Buck! I bought a pair of matching brass lamps because I love the shape and the shade and I also found an antique wooden bucket that I’ll use in my craft room. 

I found a milk glass bowl, some bronzed baby shoes with bells {Who the heck gives away bronzed baby shoes? They are precious!} and a metal fan. I have plans for the fan. Stay tuned. . .
One last thing I wanted to share. A couple weeks ago my SIL and I went back to my new favorite place, The Sleepy Poet Antique Mall. It had only been a couple of weeks since our first trip there, but it was so great, we had to go back! 

Here are the goods. An old suitcase that smells really badly when opened, but looks fantastic on the outside! An old cheese plate with dome {to become a cloche, of course}, an old rolling pin and a hand mixer.
 A few old  wooden spools, a framed crocheted doily and an interesting mail sorter. It’s been a couple weeks, I’m ready to go back! I’m addicted to that place! 

I sure hope your weekend was as fabulous as mine! See you tomorrow! I have a little surprise for you!

Thrifty Finds

It’s been a while since I’ve shared with you my thrifty finds. I’ve hit up many garage sales, thrift stores, Goodwills and even a couple antique malls over the past few weeks. If I were rich, I’d have come home with so much more. Like the adorable antique stroller/riding toy. I don’t know what I would have done with it, but I hearted it! And the furniture. I could have bought it all! But I’m still pretty excited about what I got. 
I just discovered a little antique mall {very close to my house} inside a local flea market. A lot of stuff was pretty pricey, but I did walk away with a few vintage cookbooks, a nest and 
this silver serving set. It needs a little polishing, but how cute for $5!
Now onto my new favorite place in the whole world. My sister-in-law and I visited {for the first time} the Sleepy Poet Antique Mall. 55,000 sq. feet of antiques, collectibles, furnishings, etc. I was totally unprepared and totally overwhelmed! We are going back next weekend! I told you it was my new favorite place! Like I said, I was overwhelmed so I didn’t get much.

A little antique clock and some vintage velvet gloves.
Yay! An old kitchen scale which I’ve been on the hunt for. I know to some of you this looks old and rusty, but it is beautiful in my kitchen!
And, this lovely old tackle box. Complete with fishing gear inside too! I just loved the color {and the rust, of course}. I think I might use it for a new sewing box.
A caned chair in pretty much perfect condition from Goodwill for $7.99! But you know it won’t stay like this. Stay tuned . . . 
And finally, from the Restore
a silver serving platter 
and an oxidated, rusted basket. 
Boy do I love other people’s junk! 
Tomorrow is Friday! Whoop whoop!

Thrift Store Cloche

Hey y’all! I’m busy, busy working on my dining room and I can’t wait to show it to you! But you’ll have to wait a little longer! Today, just a quick tutorial to show you 
how I turned these thrift store finds:

Into this decorative cloche:
I go thrifting often. I think it has become a bit of an obsession. I love other people’s junk! Just wait until you see what I got the past couple of weekends! Soon, I promise! One thing I’ve been looking for is a cloche. These babies are pretty expensive, both new and old, so I’ve been on the hunt for something that I can use to make one of my own. I was thrilled when I found this old wooden cheese plate {I think?} with a glass cover. I also purchased the glass candle holder to use as a base to give it some height.
I got both for $4! ‘Cause you know I LOVE a good bargain! 
So here’s how I did it. . .

First I sprayed both pieces with two coats of Krylon black satin spray paint.

I used sandpaper to distress the paint and let the beautiful dark wood show through.
I used Gorilla Glue to attach the wooden plate to the candle holder. I turned the plate upside down because the candle holder fit perfectly in the circular indention.
This was my first time using Gorilla Glue. The instructions said to use a small amount. I guess I used a little too much. So be careful, the glue expands as it dries! Luckily it’s the underside of the platter so you cannot see the dried glue oozing out!
Viola! A miniature cloche for my counter top for just a few dollars! Now, what to put in it?

One of my boxwood balls from Hobby Lobby fits perfectly!

This Week’s Thrifty Finds

Whew! I’m finally back to my normal routine after a crazy busy weekend. Yesterday I took time off for some much needed R & R!  I did some shopping over the weekend at garage sales, thrift stores and Goodwill. I wasn’t super successful in my finds this week, but I did come home with a few things. Take a look. . .

I found this “retro” phone at Goodwill for $5.99. The sales lady told me I could return it if it did not work. I don’t really care. I just like the way it looks. I have big plans for this baby! Can’t wait to show you when I finish!

OMG, the Humane Society thrift store wanted only $6.50 for this old Radio Flyer wagon. Loving it, rust and all! The handle is cracked, but SO WHAT! I know exactly what I’m going to do with it. {stay tuned}

Five bucks for an old sewing table. It needs work, but I love the height and I love the hardware. Oh, and I love the price!

A very old lantern $3.

A few cool vintage clutches {$1 each} and one had a vintage handkerchief inside!

And this rusty miniature bird bath. I didn’t love that it was $4, but oh well. I found the three apples at a different sale for a buck.

Pottery Barn reindeer moss for ONE buck!!

And, this silver pitcher was in a box of stuff marked FREE!

I was hoping for more furniture finds, but I’m loving the little pieces that I got. You’ll see some of these items again in the future! But you might not recognize them!

Thrifty Finds and Some Shout-outs

Wow, it was a busy weekend! I did lots of shopping, but bought nothing brand new. That’s right, this past weekend I hit up Goodwill, the thrift store and garage sales baby! I came home with some pretty cool finds. 
First stop was Goodwill where I found this cool chair that reminded me of some chairs my mom had when I was little.

It was in pretty good condition and just needed a cleaning and a coat of paint. And, only $12!
Next was the Humane Society thrift store where I found the coolest cameras!

For $5 each I got this old video recorder and this old film camera with a leather case. I just thought they were a really cool find. Here are a few more things I picked up over the weekend.

Love this lamp for only four bucks! I know exactly what I’m going to do with it {stay tuned}. Some silver chargers at 50 cents a piece, a cake stand with cover for $4{mainly I wanted the cover to make a cloche} and this bunny, for 99 cents. I think if I get rid of the hideous bow on its neck, paint it white and do a little distressing it might look kinda Pottery Barnish. Whatcha think? And one last thing is this adorable cradle.

I have no girls {fingers are crossed for next time}, but for $3 it was just too cute. And, the paint is chipping so it already looks distressed. All I have to do is replace the fabric. Maybe one of my dogs would like to use it?
Oh, and I got a freebie from my sister-in-law, Ilke.

This dresser was actually handed down to Ilke and Jay {hubby’s brother} from his grandmother. They have no use for it anymore and she asked if I wanted it. Ummm, yes please! She even helped me sand off the finish!

Now I’ve got lots of projects to keep me busy. Psssst, hey Jen, how ’bout finishing those kitchen cabinets first? Anyway, I have a few announcements/shout-outs to make. 
First. . . 

Thank you Kim from Today’s Creative Blog for making last Thursday the best stinkin’ day of my LIFE!

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You see that’s what it feels like when Kim features you on her blog. You feel like a million bucks! Privileged even! I was thrilled to have met Kim at Creative Estates and even more thrilled that she liked my blog enough {or maybe I just bugged her enough} to feature me.

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One of the projects she featured was my Ballard Design Inspired Boxwood Topiaries. She had the nicest things to say about my projects! Check out the full feature here.

Second. . . 


I have made it to the finals of the American Crafter Contest!

Yes, they picked me! Out of almost 100 contestants they have narrowed it down to the top 15. Folks, I am in it to win it, so I’ll need your help!! There are four rounds starting this week! Head over to Naptime Crafters to look at the other 14 finalists and stay tuned!

Finally. . .


I am sooooooo excited to announce that I won a Lifestyle Crafts Letterpress Combo Kit form Andrea at Worley House!!!!

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Andrea and I met at Creative Estates.  I was also introduced to the the Letterpress at CE and have been dying to get my hands on one since! Well, Thanks to Lifestyle Crafts and Andrea, I have one that should be arriving any day now. Hooray!

So yeah, I guess that about wraps it up. Thank you to all these ladies I mentioned who have really made my life exciting over the last several days! 

From Thrift Store to Valentine’s Decor

A couple weeks ago I found this great thrift store right here in town. I don’t know how I hadn’t heard of it before. I found it after a Google search for thrift stores in the area. I wasn’t expecting much, but boy was I wrong. I couldn’t believe how much junk I found! It is run by the Humane Society, so the sixteen dollars and fifty cents I spent went to a good cause! 
So this is what I got. 2 amber wine goblets (50c each!), antique door handles (that were still in the package), a decanter (because I collect them), white curtain rod holders (which I panted black and used for my hanging buckets), a complete chess/Backgammon set (most of it still in original packaging) and two framed (ugly) pictures. All for $16.50. And yes, it’s probably just junk, but junk can be turned into marvelous things!
So I bought this lovely cherub picture with a gold frame because I liked the size of it. It was tall with a thin frame and I thought it would look nice (minus the picture and blue matting, of course) on my new shelves hubby put above my buffet (tutorial to come soon). 
When I removed the insides, I was surprised to find a perfect ivory matte hiding under the hideous blue one. SCORE! I found this nickel spray paint in a satin finish by Krylon. 

I sprayed two light coats on the frame and was in love with the color!
While the spray paint was drying I printed this Valentine’s subway art from While He Was Napping. It was fine just black and white, but I wanted to jazz it up just a bit so I used regular old Crayola markers to add a touch of color.

I traced around the outside and inside of the two largest words on the page. 
Then I cropped the paper with just a small 1/2 inch boarder around the words and mounted it on a piece of scrapbook paper which I bought in a pack at Target’s Dollar Spot. 

Remember that ivory matte I found underneath the ugliness? Worked perfectly in my new frame!!
It’s hard to see in the photo, but the word love is outlined in  bright-light pink.
And for less than $5, it’s a nice start to my Valentine’s shelf!

“LOVE” it!