Wednesday, November 18, 2015

DIY Ornament Tree

Check out this creative use for old Christmas
 ornaments on Pinterest.   Crate & Barrel Knock-off

I tried my own version of this craft.
Some items used are reclaimed cedar wood,
Shiny Brite ornaments, embossed tin
 & salvaged wire.

How great would this be for an apartment
that lacked room for a full sized tree?

The tones of these glass balls are 
gold, silver & green.  It's a neutral look.

Here is an example of using whatever"junk" you have!
This spool was rescued from the woods,
as was the old embossed tin building edging.

So, which TREE do you like better???

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Friday, November 6, 2015


I had a large stockpile of wood spindles. 
Many were from a friend that was moving.

 So, one day I painted all
kinds of them.  When lightly sanded
and paired up with weathered wood,
they look pretty cute.

The copper one sold first.
This would make a great candy dish.
Copper works great for fall.

I love the plain wooden ones.
They look festive with a
pumpkin on top.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Annie Sloan Caddy

I'm still pecking away at using up my
Annie Sloan Olive paint.
The stuff seriously NEVER goes bad!
I found an ugly, glossy blonde
wood caddy at a garage sale.
Just look how cute it is now,
as part of my fall d├ęcor....
That dark wax gives the illusion
of year of use.
I like the dark A.S. colors because
you can get away with skipping the
clear wax step.
It can save you some money,
if you haven't gotten into stockpiling her
brand of paint products.
I often wonder if these style totes
are made for hauling paint cans.
Quart cans fit mighty well.
The beauty of this type is that it's deep
enough to stand on either end.
You could hang it as a wall shelf too!
This mellow green is the perfect
addition to the fall color palette.
It goes great with orange, red, yellow
and pale blue.
You could easily switch it out
for Christmas color items in a few months.
I love that army green color,
it's very natural & versatile.
You should consider adding it to
YOUR color palette.
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Monday, October 12, 2015

Rustic Fall Signs

My friend gave me the BEST old wood
from the hot tub they tore out.
It was weathered, but solid.
Plus, it smelled like heaven
every time I cut the cedar.
If you follow my blog,
you'll know that I use my
Cricut machine to cut
adhesive vinyl words & shapes.
They make good stencils for
nice crisp signs.
The happy signs are a huge seller.
I can't make them fast enough!
This sign would look cute on a wall by
framed photos of your children!
You could hang a couples photo or wedding picture
under the LOVE sign.
This little spooky girl is
darling for Halloween.
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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Orange Dresser

I'm in the mood for fall!
It is always fun to paint furniture
a seasonal color.
I'd like to share the dresser that
went from dark & drab to
bright & lively!

I did some major sanding on this 
project, and some modifications too.
There was one drawer slide and 
a pull knob missing.
That meant that I had to make
the large upper front space 
a usable shelf!
The two drawers inside the door 
area were long gone as well.
I used some thin wood that 
was laying around from another
dresser fix to whip out some handy
little shelves in that area too!

This paint was 9 years old,
from when we built our house!
It had never been opened,
so it was good as new.
The Menards brand Pittsburg paint called
Ginger Jar was just as pretty as when
I picked it out!

A lot of research online still left me clueless 
about the specifics of modifying a dresser drawer space.
So I got bold & borrowed the father-in-laws air nailer.
My hubby game me a few pointers and advice.
The biggest struggle was making some bracing in
spots to actually have some wood to nail into
and hold my shelf ends & corners in place.

Now, it can the void can hold cute baskets or 
be used as an entertainment center!!!

I envision this piece in a room with grey or ivory walls.
If someone was very bold, it could go with turquoise!

I did some dry brushing in brown 
and some minor distress sanding.

The finish turned out just as planned.

The wheat hardware was just right
for the rustic fall dresser.

I hope you like my latest
major project outcome!
It was not a project for the
weak of heart, but I'm thrilled
to give new life to yet another
sturdy old piece!
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Thursday, September 3, 2015

10 cent Frames

Every once in a while at a garage sale
I will spot an item with potential.
These old 5x7 frames made me smile.

Those curvy little edges & beaded trim were
screaming "PAINT and SAND".

Ivory paint over any dark surface 
can look divine when a light sanding
is done.  

I pulled out the old floral images
and found some book paper to frame.
The leaves were cut on my Big Shot
die cut machine with Tim Holtz brand
leaf dies.  The glitter paper gave this project
some serious sparkle!

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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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