May 30, 2011
May 26, 2011
I was introduced to this great quote earlier this week at my Mary Kay meeting (yup, I'm a Pink Lady!) and I just had to make a printable that I could display in my office for inspiration. Then I thought to myself,
"Self, what good is this going to do for anyone else sitting on the hard drive of your laptop?"
SooOo, here ya go! The image displayed is made for an 11x14. If you want a different size, feel free to contact me by leaving a post and I'll resize it for you.
The quote reads:
DID is a word of achievement
WON'T is a word of rebellion
MIGHT is a world of mediocrity
CAN'T is a word of defeat and fear
OUGHT is a word of duty
TRY is a word of little faith
MAYBE is a word of procrastination
WILL is a word of courage
CAN is a word of power and self-determination
DOING is a word of progress and fulfillment
DONE is a word of success
- Gerard Hargraves
P.S. These are large images. Please let me know if you have any troubles downloading them. I'd be happy to email them to you! :)
Brass. Sometimes it's pretty, sometimes...not. This pretty little lamp was found at a local thrift store (Deseret Industries) for $5. I really liked the shape, and the brass and wiring was in excellent condition, but...
Don't get me wrong, there is a time and place for brass, it's just not in my living room on my new console. This baby was calling out to be painted a lovely sea foam green!
First up, set up a simple painting station and tape off the important stuff...
A little masking tape around the cord and the switch should do the trick.
Depending on the result I'm after, I don't always prime before painting, but this project definitely called for primer.
I keep hearing about using Kilz primer, but I'm trying to get through my supply of Rust-oleum before I go buying more paint. So far, no complaints on this stuff. Just make sure to shake shake shake!
Oh yeah. Don't forget to cover the bulb socket. I realized this half way through my first primer coat. Oops!
Here she is after a couple light coats of white primer. Disregard the piles of garbage sacks destined to the local donation center. Is anyone else still spring cleaning?
I could spray with abandon and get in all the nooks and crannies knowing that I had carefully covered any important electrical areas.
Here she is after a few coats of gorgeous Krylon spray paint in Catalina Mist. I was just about done with this beauty when...
Drippage. A squishy, drippy, painted mess on the side of my pristine lamp!
Well, every project has a bump in the road, right? This is a photo of what it looked like after a little bit of super fine sandpaper lovin'. A couple extra coats in the area and...
...coming soon, the final result!
Plus! The fabulous new lamp shade I recovered to complete the transformation!
May 19, 2011
Pretty, ain't it?
I'm sure you've seen all those great dollar store cake stand and such using some plates and glass or wooden candlesticks...well, lucky you, here's another!
I've already made my share of Pottery Barn-esque apothacary jars and single-layer cake stands on the cheap, but I wanted to do something a little different. Then, like a Heavenly light shining down from above in the dinnerware aisle of Target, I spotted a bunch of really great melamine plates. Cue the choir of angels.
The best part? I could mix and match with three different sizes to create a 3-tiered tea stand. W00t!
Fab Target plates - isn't this a fun mix?
A pair of Dollar Tree candlesticks.
A little waterproof Loctite Stick n' Seal glue found at Home Depot.
24 hours of drying time (tic tok tic tok...) and voila!
You can't tell me this isn't adorable!
Wanna make one? It'll cost you about $10 for the plates and candlesticks (I already had the glue)...the patience to wait 24 hours before turning it over and using it? Priceless, of course!
The Shabby Nest
Blue Cricket Design
May 17, 2011
It's that time again! I stumbled across Buckboard Hill a little while back offering almost daily posts of interior design ideas. Although I found they haven't posted since February, it's still a great source to browse through when you're feeling stumped or just want a little eye candy inspiration for your home. And with all sorts of styles posted, you're sure to find something that tickles your fancy!
Here's a few of my favs:
Such a warm, inviting living room! I'm salivating over the great textures, brick wall, chandelier and funky reading bench.
Who wouldn't want their very own castle?!
Great little kitchen nook, and gotta love all those beautiful windows!
Pretty cool basement, right? So light and airy!
Aqua walls, swirly chandelier, mirrored sideboard, nautical striped curtains, butterflies on the wall = love!
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May 16, 2011
Has it been over a week since I last posted? Yikes! Sorry, dear sweet followers! I have a couple of really fun projects I've been working on, mostly just waiting for the weather to get dryer/warmer again to finish painting, or literally waiting for the glue to dry before I can move things to a spot to take photos. A blogger's work is never done...
But just so you know I'm not pullin' yer leg, here's a couple shots of brand new and on-going projects on my bucket list:
Oooh, plates and candlesticks...whatever could I be making? Hmmm...
Remember this gross project with lots of potential? I'm almost done!
Who doesn't love spraypaint? This baby was just crying out for a funky-glam makeover...
Gorgeous lines, solid construction, and a bit o' history. This piece is turning out ama-za-zing!
Yes, on my family room carpet, no less. When it rains, move the project indoors!
A little coffee filter love. You know you gotta hot glue these suckers to everything you can find, right? Coffee filters = the new black!
Plus a few more BIG projects (like a vintage dresser make-over) that I'm super duper excited to finish/show you (c'mon rain, you know I love you, but...seriously!). Stay tuned, and pray for wind-less, sunny days!
May 7, 2011
Happy Spring everyone! I know it's technically been "springtime" for, oh...a month and a half...but if you live anywhere near Northern Utah (or another ill-fated, warm weather neglected area) your warm and breezy "spring" has looked more like this:
Um, yeah. I just put away my daughter's snow coat and insulated mittens. *sigh*
So! Forgive me if I've been more likely to hum "White Christmas" or "Frosty the Snowman" than rattling off "April showers bring Mayflowers..." or "Singing in the Rain". My decor has also reflected the lack of fluffy chicks and fresh tulips around my home: Frosted magnolia and Holly Berry wreath - check; white iridescent faux blooms - check and check; antique silver urns with a wintery "WISH" plaque - double check. These items are still floating around my living and dining areas. Ugh.
Don't worry, I took down handcut snowflakes hanging from my ceiling fixture and the faux pines-in-urns did finally make it out of the entryway, but my friends, I have seriously been uninspired.
But! It was actually 69 F yesterday and an amazing 71 F today (heatwave!) and as I sit here in my jean skirt and sandals, I am finally ready to embrace Spring 2011! To celebrate, I did a little dollar store revamp to put near the front door.
I'm not normally very impressed by the art selection at my local dollar store, but I did find this sweet little print a few weeks back at Dollar Tree. The print was "happy", but I wasn't into the cheap looking frame. Worth buying? Definately! Nothing a little craft paint couldn't fix!
Paint, masking tape, and I was ready to go. Now don't be jealous of my super high tech painting station (aka. kitchen counter).
I masked off the glass insert (instead of separating the glass and print from the frame) so I wouldn't have to peel off the craft paper backing that was glued directly to frame. I got pretty close to perfect while using the masking tape, but I wasn't worried if it wasn't exact because it's super easy to use a craft knife to scrape off any residual paint once everything is dry.
A few coats with a small craft brush and I was in business. I didn't bother to prime this piece, and I was careful not to do long "streaky" strokes, but rather blot and dab in the nooks and crannies of the frame. I imagine a sponge would get a similar effect.
Frame painted and dried, masking tape peeled off, I stood back and thought it looked nice...but something was missing. I had just bought a huge butterfly craft punch from Amazon. Eureka!
A couple of pretty butterflies cut from an old thrifted book (first time cutting out pages of a book - I actually hesitated for a minute even though I bought the book specifically because it was in bad, bad shape and with the intent to use it for crafts - anyone else almost shed a tear the first time they cut up a book? Why is that such a reverent thing?) and I had a pretty little springtime art to call my own! I wondered at the best way to adhere the butterflies, but I finally decided that a couple tiny pieces of double stick tape would do the trick just fine. I also bent the cutouts from the middle to give it a little depth.
Frame & print
Paint (interior, spray or craft)
Masking or painter's tape
Extra large butterfly punch
Old book (or dollar store dictionary, etc.)
Double stick tape (or regular tape folded over)
I had everything already on hand (a minor miracle in my case) and had bought the frame with print for $1.00. Total cost of project = $1.00 plus minor on-hand supplies. I'm sure this didn't cost more than $1.50 to make, and it was super fast!
P.S. See that cute ivy-looking frame holder? It was a black iron plate display from the DI (local thrift store) for $2 which I spray painted a pretty winter grey (has a touch of blue). Looooove it!
May 5, 2011
Be still my built-ins lovin' heart! Can I have 'em? Puh-leeeese? Just a little somfin' somfin' in our kitchen?
Hubby, are you reading this?
I'm not asking for much...
Just a little Mother's Day gift that would bring our family closer together, give us more kitchen space, and possibly bring about world peace?
You know you wanna!
May 2, 2011
You all know and love her: The Graphics Fairy.
Great vintage images and fun craft projects, this is the best site if you're looking to create some ephemera-esque invites, cards or scrapbooks pages, beautiful vintage inspired printables, some fun home decor, or add some pretty textured images to your blog or computer wallpaper. And if that wasn't enough, she now has two more sites to visit: The Graphics Fairy Crafts and The Graphics Fairy DIY (see site for more details).
Angels & Fairies
Birds & Eggs
...just to name a few.
So go take a gander at her amazing site. You'll be glad you did!
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