Friday, May 29, 2009

Address It

I found these galvanized planters at the thrift store for three dollars each. I like the galvanized finish, but I wanted them to look a bit more formal.
So out came the black spray paint.
Now they match the other decor on my front porch.
Just for fun I put our house number on the front of each using a permanent paint pen.They're the perfect pots for beautiful boxwoods.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

A Clean Slate

Do you ever take all of the accessories out
of a room and live with the
empty surfaces for a few days?Do you ever rearrange the furniture
or does it stay in the exact same spot
year after year?
You know that I love my accessories/clutter,
but it's very refreshing
to occasionally remove all of the extra stuff
and change the lay out of a room.
It gives you that "just moved in" feeling.
Try It!
Go ahead, give your inner decorator
a clean slate
.
Allow yourself to embrace change.
Take some time to revitalize your room
and your life.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Simply Pretty Storage

You know of my love for knobs, so you can imagine my delight when I found this little cutie.I was also delighted to find this little wooden box at the thrift store. Sure I could have built one, but finding one for a dollar is always exciting. As you can see, I painted it the slightest shade of blue and did some instant aging with sandpaper and stain.With the addition of the cute little knob, I have a
simply pretty storage
solution for those dryer sheets.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Pardon Me

I'm taking an extra day off to catch up. I hope you'll pardon me for posting an "oldy but goody" from a year ago.

What is it about learning something new?
It's both terrifying and exhilarating!
A few years ago I decided to take a stained glass class. I'd wanted to do it for about twenty years and the timing was finally right. We had tackled the job of remodeling our kitchen on our own, and I wanted one cabinet door to have a stained glass insert. The class was challenging but fun! Someday, when the time is right again, I plan to take another class.
The entire class had to make a small sun catcher as our first project. Much to the teacher's dismay I chose this door insert to be my second project. Luckily, it turned out beautiful, (thanks to a little help from the teacher).
Every time I walk into my kitchen and see my stained glass
it makes me happy. It reminds me that
it's important to
continue to learn,
and that you really can teach an old dog new tricks!
What new thing have you learned lately?

Friday, May 22, 2009

In Appreciation

In Appreciation of all the men and women
who have and who now
Serve Our Country
and to their families. Thank You for Your
Dedication and Sacrifice.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

A New Outlook

I was blessed to spend this past weekend in
Washington DC
watching these because my daughter and son-in-law both graduated.Hooray for them!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Of course we did our fair share of sight seeing.But I also took some time to
notice all of the little things
that are often over looked.
Beauty
can always be found
in the details
,
even within our own homes.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

MMMMMonogram

My daughter asked if I would make a monogram gift for a friend of hers. My life is crazy busy right now, so even though she requested that I make one made from burlap, I chose to do something a little less time consuming.I purchased a large wooden letter from the craft store and sprayed it black. Once dry I traced around it onto scrapbook paper. This letter is so large that it took two pieces so I matched up the two in the middle. I used spray adhesive to adhere the paper. Then I roughed up the edges and a few spots here and there with sandpaper. I rubbed the edges and sanded spots with a coordinating oil pastel, and then painted and quickly wiped off diluted brown craft paint around the edges to give it the charm of age. I sealed it with Mod Podge and then finished it off by gluing on some scrapbook brad heads where the two papers meet. I hope that both my daughter and her friend like it.

Monday, May 18, 2009

It Doesn't Get Much Better Than This

You know how much I delight
in finding old books
and anything French.
So you can imagine how
my heart skipped a beat

when I found this at the thrift store.
That evening I showed my hubby
my exciting find of the day.
He chuckled, flipped open the book
and asked if I knew what was tucked inside.
Then he showed me this
beautiful old lithograph postcard!
Thrifting really doesn't get
much better than this!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Love At First Sight

I found this gigantic framed art
at the thrift store.It was love at first sight.
Not with the artwork.
It was the beautiful frame.
I removed the art
and took out my trusty spray paint.
Surprised? It's not black.
I used Caramel Latte metallic
to cover the gold.
Once dry, I brushed over the frame with
diluted brown paint, then rubbed off the
high spots to give it the appearance of age
and show off the details.
I adore the look of
my giant empty frame
leaning against the wall.
And it does a great job
hiding the lamp cord too.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Taking It For Granite

Did you notice my kitchen counter tops
when I posted this picture?Did you think we paid the "big bucks"
to have
solid granite counters installed?
We did not.
Hubby and I installed the counter tops ourselves.
We did the back splash too. We used granite tiles. We just laid them as close together as possible
and then filled in the tiny gaps with unsanded grout.
Unless you look really close, you can't tell
the difference between solid granite and tiles.
But our pocket book could tell.
And if you're wondering about the bull-nose trim.
I bought it from the thrift store.
Three dollars for a box filled
with enough to do our entire kitchen.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

On A Silver Roll

Since I am on a roll of sharing ideas
for displaying silverware,
I thought I'd share another.
I found this little spoon at the thrift store.
As you can see, it has an initial "J" on the handle.
I knew that with a little work it would make
the perfect pendant.

My hubby cut the spoon using a hack saw,
then filed the cut edge smooth.
Next he used pliers to turn the cut end under.
I simply strung a chain through the opening
and now I have
a unique monogram necklace
.
***For a bonus silverware idea,
go to this past post
.***
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