Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Two Thrift Stores, Two Finds {And A Twin}

Last week I finally got my  husband to go through some of his clothes in “our” closet to donate.  A husband should not have more clothes than his wife.  Just sayin’.  I made the drop off at Goodwill and then went in to see if I could find anything to incorporate into the granddaughter’s bedroom makeover.  This Goodwill is more miss than hit, but I did chance upon this little accent table.


For $19.99, I figured it would be a good candidate for a makeover and these little accent tables always come in handy somewhere.  It did look familiar to me, though, and so I got it.


Here’s why it looked familiar.  I have the same little table in our sunroom! The base is a little different but they could be twins in style.  I bought the green one from some online store {already that color} some years ago.  It will be getting painted eventually, too, once the sunroom is painted.


It’s so weird that it goes so well in this sunroom.  It’s too bad the sunroom is getting painted!


I am thinking the one I picked up today might look good with a grey chalk paint {I haven’t tried the Chateau Grey yet} and some Old White.  I gave it the once over in our main bathroom and I think it would look nice sitting by the tub holding some pretties.  


On the way home from Goodwill, I pass Salvation Army.  They have an abundance of furniture! It’s not always great furniture, but they have quite a bit of it.  I found this little scallop shelf there and I think it may work for something I want to do in my granddaughter’s room.


So for $3.99, it came home with me, too.  It will also be getting a paint job.  I’ve been busy collecting everything I need for the granddaughter’s bedroom makeover.  I’m just waiting on two things to be delivered and then I think I will be ready to get it all done.


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Nature Inspired

I had this frame sitting off to the side in my craft/sewing room, not sure what I was going to do with it.  You may recall I used it on this project about a year ago.


I never really took to it and I have no place to hang it in the new place anyway, so I took out the stenciled piece and decided to use the frame for this project.  I’m sure you’ve seen frames being used instead of wreaths in a variety of ways.


I wanted something for our front door but I find I can’t get into wreaths as much as I used to.  I thought maybe something like this would give me a unique look.   I found these images on Google Images.






So I pulled out some sheet moss {which I actually had more of than I thought I did} and was able to do the whole frame with what I had on hand.   You will need plenty of glue sticks and make sure you put something down wherever you decide to do a moss project.  It’s pretty messy! 


I used this towel and sat on the floor in my craft/sewing room.   Just make sure you use sheet moss ~ you will find it a lot easier and faster to cover, plus you won’t burn your fingers.  I was very proud of myself for not walking away with third degree burns from this project.  I started fitting sheets and cutting to cover the front and outer edge of the frame.  Here it is about halfway done.


I filled in spots here and there when I got it mostly all covered. 


Now to decorate it.  In the bottom left corner I hot glued a nest and eggs that I had gotten from Target a few years ago {great package of eggs and nests, too.   These are the eggs I used under my mini cloches in my master bedroom here}. 


I had some coupons for Joann’s and picked up some burlap garland {because they didn’t have burlap ribbon} and some flowers.   The purple/lavendar colors were calling to me, so that was what I decided to use. I pulled the hydrangea head off the stem and just tucked it in to the moss.


The other flowers I hot glued in place.  I cut the burlap garland to make it a thinner piece because it was just too wide to make into a bow for this frame.  I made my bow at the top but felt it needed something.


I dug through some stuff and found this antique gold looking frame from the Michael’s dollar bin that I had.  The color worked great with the burlap.  I printed up “Our Nest” onto some script scrapbook paper and stuck that in the frame, removing the little easel portion from the back.  I then hot glued that to the middle of the bow.


Let’s see how it looks on the front door.  I added a few more bits of burlap in various spots to just fill it in a little bit. 


I used a command hook {they have such a variety now} and just hung it from the sawtooth hanger already attached to the frame. 



I love that it is different and has a nature inspired look to it!



Linking up with

Wild About Mother Nature at Grits & Glamour

Tuesday’s Treasures at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style

Open House Party at No Minimalist Here

Share Your Creations at Kristen’s Creations

Inspiration Friday At The Picket Fence

Potpourri Friday at 2805


Sunday, February 26, 2012

Chair Slips

I dropped into the Salvation Army recently hoping they might have a small two or three shelf bookcase that I could use in my craft/sewing room.  No luck on that front, but I did find these white tablecloths.


In excellent condition with no stains {although I did wash and bleach them once I got home anyway}, and they were only $1.99 a piece.  I thought they might make for good slips for our dining chair seats.  They look like the kind of white tablecloths that may have been used in a restaurant at one time.


The seat fabric that was on the chairs doesn’t really work in our new place.  It worked great in my old house because I had these colors in a couple of patterns in my kitchen.  I removed the fabric on the seats anyway because they were showing through the white.  I found that I had left the original fabric the chairs came with.


And, you know what? It’s not half bad! It kind of appeals to me with this color scheme I have going on now.  I put a slip on and the fabric didn’t show through, so I didn’t have to staple another fabric on. 


In fact, I’m thinking of using the original Buffalo Check fabric as a Fall/Winter look and the slips for Spring/Summer just to mix things up a bit.  What do you think?

Here are some inspiration pictures I found {these are all on my Pinterest board and you can see the sources here}.

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I know this one above is from Courtney at French Country Cottage because I pinned this one as soon as she posted about it!

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I think I’m going to leave them as is without chair ties.  They seem to be staying put just fine when sat on.  


Not bad for a couple of afternoons’ worth of sewing and $3.98 worth of fabric!  


A few “glam” shots.  We don’t use a tablecloth on an everyday basis, but I had to see how it would look with my ruffled tablecloth, too.  Prepare for pictures ad nauseum!








I’m very happy with the way they turned out!  I love that they are washable, so no worries if anything gets dropped on them.  I can just whip them off, throw them in the wash with a bit of bleach, and they will be good to go again!

Linking up with

Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps On The Porch

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm

Winter Blues Wednesday at DIY by Design

Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground

Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage

Air Your Laundry Textile Party at Freckled Laundry


Friday, February 24, 2012

Tuesday Morning On Sunday Afternoon

This past Sunday, I finally went to Tuesday Morning.  Everything was on sale an additional 40% off through February 20th. I walked up and down every aisle! Here is some of what I found.  These frames.



I liked the frames themselves and then noticed the inserts.  They were $5.99 and $6.99, respectively, before the 40%. I realized these could even stay just as they are.  I really love the insert in the black round frame.


This little ceramic cake stand in a lovely cream color; $9.99 before the 40%.  I just need a cloche to put on top of it now {that, or gluten free cookies!} and I’m ready for all the cloche parties scheduled for the Spring linky parties!  I think I’m going to find a pretty ribbon and add it through the edging.


Finally, this “piece”, which I’m just giving you a glimpse of, because I plan on using it in my granddaughter’s bedroom makeover.   Let’s just say I may have to go back and see if I can find one for myself!


Thursday, February 23, 2012

In Process

A project I’ve been working on this week; making changes to these chairs.   I started out looking at three different tutorials {which I printed out} and wound up just doing my own thing.


The fabric underneath has to be dealt with {it shows through}, but I’m sharing my “in the process” pictures with you.   It’s very cloudy here today so let’s go into the living room where there’s a little more light.


Very casual and carefree chair slips! Nothing fancy and keeping it simple. I’ve got one down and three more to go!


Then I will need to figure out if I want chair ties, velcro closures or if I actually need anything at all.  It seems to sit on the chair pretty well all by itself.  I will have to sit on them, and get up and down a few times, to see if they stay put.


I’ll have a more thorough post on these coming up this week. 


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