Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Teak Tray

I love quick little paint projects.
This teak tray I snatched up from the local
church garage sale looked inspiring.
For .75 cents I was willing to take 
on the challenge!

I gave it several coats of ivory paint.
Then using my Cricut machine,
I made an adhesive vinyl mask
to create that awesome oval pattern!

Isn't it so stylish?
I have great luck selling these type
of trays in my craft booth.
It's so fun to keep creating different
patterns.  The possibilities are endless on
my Cricut machine!!!

Thanks for stopping by my blog.
I know the posts have been less frequent.
I'm prepping my junk for two shows this fall.
After September, I should be able to blog
more consistently.

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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Coffee Pillows

I have mixed emotions about handmade pillows
I love them, especially vintage fabric and such.
But they don't sell in my craft booth.

It was a pleasure to sew some cute
 burlap throw pillows for my sisters birthday!

My sis had given me a few coffee sacks she bought
down in the city from her favorite coffee shop.

To get the project rolling,
I purchased some tan fabric & did a base layer 
 so the stuffing wouldn't show.

The print forced me to make them 
slightly upright in shape.
The sacks were a bit smaller than most,

I thought the burlap would be rough
and make an uncomfortable pillow.
They were pleasantly textured & 
so cute it didn't matter!
She loved them.

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Mirror Tray

When I was young, I recall giving a tray to my mother for a gift. 
 It was identical to this one I purchased.

My mom has since painted hers (yes, she still has it!)
 with Annie Sloan Chalk paint & used some distress wax. 
It looks amazing.

So when I spotted the tray above at a garage sale
for only .50, I knew it had potential.
I took the quick & easy route,
using white spray paint.

It turned out so crisp & sharp.
A few thin coats were required
 The bottom tabs unfold 
& the mirror/velvet/cardboard
pops right out!

It actually has some very lovely fine details.

I couldn't resist showing a few bottle creations 
and fresh pansy flowers on it.

I am crazy for bottles & have a huge crate full
to tackle.  You can expect to see some more
on my blog.

I hope you had a great holiday weekend!

Friday, June 12, 2015


The old Coleman brand water coolers
 are so very cute, don't you think?

I added a memorable picture of my son
at our campsite.  The bee magnets hold
it in place.  I tied on a tag to finish off
the unique photo display.

With some cute little magnets,
the sky is the limit for repurposed
photo displays!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Shabby Magazine Rack

Word has gotten out that I gladly take 
discarded junk.  My aunt gave me an
outdated magazine rack from their 
summer home that I saw potential in!

Here is an example of the BEFORE...


After MANY hours of tedious painting,
and three coats for good coverage...

The shabby sanded edges mask
all the paint imperfections &
gives it the appearance of many
years of use!

I think a burlap bow adds charm to 
nearly everything!

Keep yours eyes peeled at garage sales &
the thrift store for these old magazine racks.
They can offer a great cottage appeal 
to any home.

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Junk Bonanza Purchases

I promised to share some of our 
Junk Bonanza purchases from the April show.

Here are my sister's great finds...

she's going to plant flowers in this

"s" for Sarah

"e" for Evelyn, her daughter

These MN books were 
selling like crazy!

I bought some paper items for 

I got this player piano roll.

This calendar, almanac & herb book came
from the Picket Fence Gals.
They had great prices.

I love how the calendar shows fishing predictions!

My dad restored an '34 Nash car when I 
was in high school, so I snatched up this cute
little snippet. The '79 caught my eye too
in the Hunt & Gather booth.

This shabby old box spoke to me!
I found it in a booth called Rusty Roof Barn.
She had cool stuff.  I went back for this 
after looking all day.

It had condition issues.

But the shabby paint stole my heart,
and the lovely key hole.

I plan to add a latch or handle & maybe
a shelf inside.  I might even paint a word or
something on the door.  It'll be a work in progress.

It will hold something special for me,
that too has yet to be determined!

Sunday, May 3, 2015


I found the most adorable book 
for only ten cents at a rummage sale.

The images are so cute from 
this 1947 book called Betsy Was a Junior.
I was able to accent the black & white 
illustrations with different 
embellishments & using markers!
 (yes, some grown-ups still like to color!)

This last one is my favorite.
It makes me chuckle.
Just the right close friend with
a sense of humor would
love this for a wedding shower card.
Don't you think???

I used Unity, Wendi V and CTMH brand stamps
 & Tim Holtz washi tape.

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