Monday, November 16, 2009

From old and outdated to

hip and cool!...No..not me silly.I'm sorry to tell you I was not accosted on the street and given a fantastic makeover...dag nab it.

A Savers opened up closer to my home this week and early Saturday morning...I went armed with my to-go coffee from 7-11 (you can't save money by shopping at a Thrift store, if you stop by Starbucks first for you 6 dollar Venti Mint Mocha, now can you?). After scanning the store I came across this poor crystal lamp with the icky brass all over it....bleck..bleck..bleck! The entire thrift store experience is something that has definitely ...grown on me. The first time I attempted to enter a thrift store....Well...lets just say there are not enough Mint Mochas in the world to help me tolerate THAT smell. I have to say though..that it seems..... I have become a transformed thrift store shopper and it didn't hurt.... that since this was a brand new store..it didn't have THAT smell . I seem to spend a great deal of time these days reading blogs where the most amazing women transform the most unattractive items...and give them a whole new life, simply armed with a can of Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint,
Gorilla Glue and some burlap.

So...with all of their incredible inspiration and helpful step by step tutorials..I felt ready to tackle the lamp. I took the poor thing home and stared it down for a day. Sunday morning I awoke feeling courageous enough to jump in. My husband...gave me a couple of "what the heck are you doing" looks and went about his day, smart man that he is.

I did run into a snag though...so..off to Mom's I went (Mom's the most famous do-it yourselfer I personally know) to help me figure out the light bulb thingy. After which, I went home to continue dissecting the victim ....er.....I mean lamp.

I sprayed the little guy with a couple of coats of .99 cent flat black spray paint and finished it all off with the Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint I have developed a relationship with....Warning: Don't stand still to long around me.

Later that night..I reassembled my brand spankin new to me lamp. I borrowed the black lamp shade from another lamp, which is currently sitting naked and alone. I do have plans to add a burlap shade to this lamp though, but for now..I'm kind of loving this.

Thanks so much for visiting. I would love to know what you think.

Icky brass to

fabulous!






Monday, November 2, 2009

I'm still...still here

OK...so yes...I have been busy. I could come up with a ton of excuses...but in the end...I've just been a flaky blogger. It's not like I haven't been crafting or making things...I just haven't found...no..scratch that...I haven't made the time to post. So, this is me..making up for lost time.
I've included Halloween decor. Some home made and some not, a few Halloween party pictures and a buffet tablet too, complete with gruesome choices to feed the witches and goblins.
Finally there are a couple of Harvest Festival photos thrown in as well!

The beginning of the post though is...my newly found passion for Home decor...OMG..I spend way to much time..daily stalking home decor blogs. Let me just say ..you women are beyond amazing! I...am...in..awe...and you have all inspired me!
Tonight's blog is a link to one of those very blogs, A Soft Place to Land and a shout out to all the gorgeous burlap (yep....burlap) projects out there. La*t*Da posted a tutorial on burlap..and I could hardly wait to give it a go. I got my trusty cricut machine out and cut out my designs on freezer paper, ironed them onto the burlap and ...spray painted away...right on the burlap. EASY PEASY! The frame is the same one I used for the spider wall decor below. The frame was white and I spray painted in with the infamous Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint. The pillow was even easier. Yes...it did involve sewing...but because there is no wrong side to burlap, I didn't even have to turn it inside out. Just sew, stuff and go! I am linking this to A Soft Place to land ( My first DIY project...eek!)


More October pictures.
Michael, Erin and Emma.

Kelli and Logan
Doug and Logan

+Boo-ritos, Werewolf Eyeballs, Bat Wings, Shredded Toadstools, Black Widow Venom, Goblins Tears, Mummy Wraps and the Tower of Terror.....muhahaha....

Menu Buffet cards, printed on the computer, crumpled and soaked in tea to
give them an aged effect.

Vintage Halloween photos. The Graphics Fairy is a fantastic site for all sorts of wonderful vintage prints and photos.

Water bottle labels (printed on my computer and found at Love Manor) which I edited, printed and added to burlap. The spider were from Target' and I added a dab of red Stickles to spice them up a bit.

Large spider also from Target hot glued to burlap and framed.


Rats cut with my cricut.

Assorted apothecary jars filled with skulls and pumpkins.

Pumpkins spray painted and placed on candle stick holders. Black Crows from Michael's.


Logan and Emma

My baby girl, Courtney and my incredibly adorable grandson, Logan
.......and that...was October!
Tada!
Thanks so very much for stopping by.
Have a wonderful day!



Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Five Dollars!

A while back..I was driving past a small thrift store when what to my wondering eyes should appear...six cane backed chairs and a dining room table...for FIVE DOLLARS! They were right there...outside the store, begging to be taken home. I couldn't say no...now could I? They practically jumped into my car, I tell you!
I only needed two chairs, so I left the rest behind.....and kicked myself for a few days afterwards. I really don't need a dining room table and four more chairs...but I'm sure I could have found something to do with them.
What I did need though was two matching chairs for my sCraproom. The cane chairs were in pretty good shape, except for the rose velvet seats....which...I thought would be much better reupholstered in ...are you ready...drop cloth. After taking the seats off, I spray painted the two chairs with a couple of coats of .99 cent flat black spray paint and finished them off with my new BFF, Rustoleum's Oil Rubbed Bronze.With my Cricut and the Home Decor cartridge, I cut the crown stencils. After ironing them onto the drop cloth fabric, I simply spray painted them with the same flat black spray paint
I used on the chairs. Super simple!
So...what do you think?
Thanks so much for dropping by!



I am linking to:

Shanty 2 Chic ~ Rust-oleum Revamp Party and Giveaway


Between Naps on the Porch ~ Metamorphosis Mondays



 
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