Monday, May 20, 2013
I did some homework and mapped out a route of sales I'd hoped to visit. First off was just down the street, in a gated community. Scored a few things there...
Stopped by a church rummage sale I noticed on the way. Scored 1 thing, but hey, it goes to their Jr. High camp fund, so it was worth the stop.
Headed out to my second destination, but got detoured by a lovely sign proclaiming an ESTATE SALE in an upscale neighborhood. Even though I was almost an hour late to the party, there was some lovely stuff there! I scored a vintage pyrex, some vintage teacher's shears, a wicker magazine basket, and a GORGEOUS vintage gallery frame, that was already naturally chippy and worn-in. Yes, the man in my life rolled his eyes when he saw it. To him, it's just broken. To me, it's just waiting for me to love it.
Getting out of that neighborhood was tricky, and I was seduced into several drive-bys and a couple more stops. Once I finally got out of that maze, I found myself two blocks from my second listed stop anyway. Found a cute little brass pot there.
It was just hitting 8 am, and I knew there was one more stop I wanted to make Fo Sho, at a sale that started at 8. I'm so glad I went! I'd been searching high and low, near and far, for an old Coca-Cola bottle crate that would not dent my wallet. And I totally found it! It's going to have a new life in one of the boys' rooms. I also found an incredible little mirror...they were still clearing the garage when the sale started, but, I had limited myself to $20 and an hour. I didn't hit my dollar limit, but I did hit my time limit.
All of those photo frames are 10x12, and solid wood, some with brass. They have all been given some new life with a coat of white craft paint. Of course, I realized they were'nt 8x10 a little late in the game, but I've come up with an easy, no-cost fix for that so I can use them as I intended, for my 8x10 art! Stay tuned.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
|They all decided to get in on the action. Stamped faces, kabob skewers and all.|
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
I told her I'd make her some for WAAAAY cheaper. And lo & behold, I actually did it! And within a reasonable amount of time! See, sometimes I can finish a project quickly.
Here is what you need:
Saturday, March 9, 2013
3 projects in the works. The cocktail table I thrifted last August, a recent find, and some mason jar magic.
Yes, all but one photo is sideways. Shelf is clamped for veneer repair, and the boys were supposed to be wiping down the table.
See you all soon!
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Pretty much all I've been doing is making and buying things for the church nursery. Oh! I've taken over the nursery at our church. I'm smack in the middle of trying to revamp that space, and time is a very precious commodity around here. Do you all KNOW how long it takes to make flowers out of 160 dollar tree coffee filters?! A LONG TIME. Because I started weeks ago and am still not done yet.
But rest assured, I WILL have something to share. One day, when my eye stops twitching and my fingers can type more than 100 words without cramping...
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
So that's why I'm not posting. I'm lazy. I haven't even taken my Christmas tree down yet - it's on a table in an otherwise blank corner of my living room, not infringing on our space in any way. Besides, I'm kinda freaked about having a naked corner again.
That said, I've just "made" the most simple hanging valentine's decor you will EVAH EVAH EVAH (sorry, The Pigpen thinks Taylor Swift is his girlfriend, and sings her shizz all day long) see anywhere.
Dollar store felt heart garland (9 feet for a dolla - HOLLA!)
Dollar store felt heart (these were on sale 2 for a dollar!)
Some sort of contraption for hanging - for the one pictured, I used a very professional thumb tack
1. Figure out how low you want your heart to hang.
2. Separate the garland at that point.
3. Glue the end of the garland to the top of your large heart.
4. Stick a thumbtack in the wall above the only window in your office (which happens to look into a hall)
5. Hang that bad boy up!
Easy frickin peasy! And it only cost me like, 33 cents to make the thing. Guess that means I'll be making one for home too.
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
I ended up using 2 coats of ORB to get the color and coverage I was looking for. I did need to sand down the edges once, because I was impatient and turned them over before they were fully dry (rookie mistake - doh!)
I loved the horseshoe label here!
Another elephant. And I just really liked the parrot.
Once everything was dry and pretty waterproof from the MP, I sprayed on two coats of the non-yellowing clear poly. I know some people like those thirsty-stone kind of coasters, but I've always found that the stone chills down with the liquid, and leaves a ring on the furniture anyway! Much nicer to just swab or tip the liquid out of a saucer I say...
After your clearcoat is dry, you want to make sure you protect that furniture! I found some small felt circles in the craft section of the Dollar Tree and used those on the bottoms of the coasters. They were pretty thin, so I doubled them up to get good coverage. They slid across my coffee table nicely before I figured out what the boys were doing and put the kibosh on coaster hockey. After all, these were supposed to be a gift!!
I had originally thought to tie these up with some jute twine and put a cute handmade tag on, but the project pretty much emptied my brain of creative resources, so I opted for a gift bag and lots of tissue paper.
I'm happy to report that my SIL loved the coasters. Even my bro thought they were cool. I think I'll put these on my go-to for DIY gifts from now on...