Saturday, March 26, 2016

Fancy Book

I snatch up old books, even if they're in
a different language.  Why?  Well, I find
some of the fancy page decorations
too beautiful to keep hidden away!

With major conditions issues,
this book was a lost cause.
I didn't have any regret salvaging
out the pages for making cards.

With a little erasing,
 I was able to save part of this page.

This is a collection of the pages
with fancy flourish designs.

Although I can think of many uses,
here is one of the cards I made....

The stamps I used are Unity brand.
There is a strip of Smash brand tape
along the bottom.  Take a closer look
at the sentiment with sparkles...

I use Distress ink around my paper edges to 
try and match the aged paper tones.

I am in the mood for spring,
and my crafts are starting to show it!

Have a great Easter.

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Painted Frames

I have been absent from my blog for a while.
The return to my seasonal job has me
trying to find a balance in life.
It's an adjustment every year.

My new favorite project is painting empty frames. 
 I've been purging my stockpile of them 
& giving them each a face lift.
I've painted them all the same 
color ivory & distressed the edges.

You know the look. It's a cute jumbled mess
of frames, usually on a mantle.
I think you could pull this off on top
of any dresser or buffet.


This kind of project takes up my kitchen table
for a few days!  It drives the family nuts!
But the truth is, they are selling as fast as
I can whip them out!

The very chunky one above was $1.50 at
a thrift store.  I got three like that. 

I plan to stock up at garage sales this summer.
Then you can often get frames for .50 to $1,
and maybe even free!

This pair above was already ivory.
I paid one dollar each. 

They had some chips & a nice crackle.

This large frame was a total rescue.
It had a very bad corner, which I 
had to reconstruct.  The pattern on it was
so pretty, I couldn't just toss this old frame.

It looks crude, but it already sold!
We'll just say THAT frame had character.

I bought two with a curvy edge.
Those little frames were only .10 each!

I hope I've inspired you to get out
that idle can of ivory paint!

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016


I love old buckets.
They have a million uses.
You can roll up blankets or towels in them.
They look darling in any garden.
For simple decor, you can
 even just add a few birch logs.
The neutral color blends in any room.

I bought three used buckets last
year at a garage sale for $3 each.

As with many other items,
I decided to add some decorative numbers!

This is a simple project
for anyone that loves the cottage style.

Of course, the most distressed dirty one 
is my favorite....#3

Thanks for stopping by.
I appreciate your visit.
Feel free to tell me what you think.
Have a great week.

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