Monday, May 31, 2010

Honoring our Military & Some Upcoming Challenges...

Happy Memorial Day! Many blessings to our military of past, present and future... And to all their families as well!

Here are a few upcoming creative challenges I'm working on...







What would YOU do with this ordinary soap box?
 
 
And Michelle at
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Has an upcoming Glass Bottle challenge in her "Category Crafting" Show. This one is right up my alley because I have a secret obsession with glass bottles!
 
 
We just purchased 24 boxes of hardwood flooring to replace our disgusting carpet and I am SO excited! NOT so excited about how it will turn my house full of six people upside-down though...
Working on these creative challenges will give me just the right break from the ciaos to keep my sanity!

Friday, May 28, 2010

I'm such a LUCKY girl!

I am SO blessed! And I just have to brag tell you about it! ;)
My parents own a nursery right around the corner from me. It's on the small side and they do it just part time because they love it. Well, of course they have big wholesale places the get their inventory from...
My dad took me to a huge wholesale nursery about an hour from us yesterday to get a bunch of trees and perennials for my yard (another project spurred by upcoming grad party).

This place is HUGE! I was like a kid in a candy store! ESPECIALLY since my dad "just put it on his account"! Mental note: Buy Dad a BIG Father's Day gift!

They had a greenhouse for nothing but Hydrangeas! I got some beautiful things from my yard and I'm excited to get everything planted!


Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Weighing me down...

I have a lot weiging on me lately...

It has caused my projects to be put on hold and my creativity stiffled...
See, my oldest daughter is graduating high school on Sunday... And I'm a basket case!



I can't figure out where the time has went!

The party is coming up... My house is covered in drywall dust, floors ripped up, mulch piles everywhere... All the non-fun projects in full force!



This is one of my favorite books.. It is a bible from 1909 written in German. It has a lot of handwritten passages and family linages inside...


So I'm running out to buy the most waterproof mascara I can find...
I'll be back to the creative stuff as soon as the weight lifts...
Wish me luck!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Lamp Make-Over

I picked up this very large heavy lamp at the thrift store for $14. It had very charming cherubs all the way around that were in an unfortunate gold color with a boring pleated shade. Here is how I gave it a make-over...



Before...

 Not the best pic - but I had ripped off all the pleated stuff from the shade. I then tore an old white bed-skirt into long strips and began using the hot glue gun to attach the strips loosely around the shade, overlapping each tier to create a ruffled effect...

I took a can of white spray paint to the base and made some fabric flowers out of the leftover strips...



Here's a preview of another project I'm working on...
I'm turning this into a light fixture... Stay tuned...

Thursday, May 20, 2010

White, White and more White...

I love to paint things white. I makes a piece seem so fresh and clean!  Here are some furniture pieces I've made over. I did them before I was really into the blog thing so of course it never occurred to me to take a before photo. Some of the pieces were in rough shape so I am kicking myself (really I am - you should see my leg flying through the air!) for not thinking of snapping a quick before photo.

Here is a chippy white wooden ladder and a small blue chair. I made the feed sack pillow and vintage doily bolster pillow.


I just love this old desk. I lined the drawers in old sheet music.

I decoupaged old school papers from 1908 to the top of this coffee table.


 A dainty dish filled with white buttons, an old whiskey bottle and some flowers made from vintage pattern paper.
(Ignore the guy with his hands in his pockets - that's just my brother :))



These two pieces are my favorite! I am most proud of the buffet.
Miss Mustard Seed is my IDOL! She inspired me with this one. I painted it out in a white paint and highlighted the decorative trims in a pale gray. I hand painted some scrolly elements and added clear (glass-looking) hardware.
The three tiered table was also inspired by Miss Mustard Seed.
I decoupaged vintage sheet music to each tier. Of course I sanded and distressed it out to give it an old lovingly worn look.
I just wish I had taken better photos!

Hope you loved my whites as much as I do!
Ta Ta for now...

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Thrift Store Thursday

Nothing makes me happier (besides my kiddos and hubby ;) ) than finding fantastic little treasures at the thrift stores.

Thrift stores are great! You don't have to wait till a certain day or time to go. You don't have to be told, "no early birds"! And you certainly don't have that moment of awkwardness that happens when you are going through someones yard or garage!

Anyway, I was able to find some great little treasures I can't wait to share...

This old manual typewriter that STILL works for $4.50!

Two old clocks and the concrete frog for $1 each!
I LOVE how rusty the alarm clock is!
The well worn crate was $3

I got 6 vintage stamps for $10 - I know, it was a splurge, 
but I fell in love with them!

How was your treasure hunting?

Handmade jewelry/fabric flower tutorial...

I love making jewelery pieces out of vintage jewelry bits I find. Especially vintage brooches. I love to make tiny fabric flowers and use beautiful ribbons. I am posting a little tutorial for one of my favorite pieces...
I've gathered some shear silver organza fabric, satin ribbon, satin cording and a pretty little vintage brooch that I have cut off the pin from the back.

I cut the organza into small circles. They don't have to be perfect circles and actually look better if they are not...

I like to singe the edges of the circles. It gives a nice effect on the edge plus it causes the fabric to curl up in an almost cup shape...


I stacked the circles up to form a flower and added a couple pieces of satin ribbon that I also "burned" the edges of...
I stitched the center of the flower using clear thread.

I used a few more circles to create smaller flowers and glued some rhinestones in the center. I used the E-9000 glue to attach the brooch to the fabric flower.


I have made several different pieces but have not been brave enough to try to sell any of them! Besides, I just love each one of them - so I'm not so sure I can part with them just yet ;)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Wow! My very first post! This is a BIG leap for me as I have been a blog lurker for some time now! I love EVERYTHING vintage! I also love everything rusty, tatered and WHITE. I have a space at a little antique store in our VERY small town. I do ok there... Not too many get my rusty, chippy, white style. I'm ok with that too because I absolutely LOVE scouring all the best junk, thrift, garage sale type places to find that diamond in the rough!
So, thank you for reading my very first post! And just to show you what I'm all about, here are pics of some of my favorite things...


All of these things are items I've collected along the way... Things I love...

Thank you for holding my hand through this first post... I hope you have enjoyed it and stick around to see what I have in store for you next...