Monday, October 5, 2015

Practicing Thriftcraft: A Bewitching Centerpiece!

Hello All,

Back in August when my sister and niece came to visit, we went thrifting and I found this glass boot:

It was $5.  I thought it would be fun to try making it a stylish witch boot for Halloween like I did with this more traditional looking witch boot and this one.

I went to Michael's and picked up some supplies:

The boot was hollow so I also bought a Styrofoam block that I cut in half and shoved down inside to hold the flowers in place.  Luckily, all Halloween florals were 60% off and decorations were 40% so I went a little overboard :)  The witch hands were a must.  I wasn't sure how I would use them but they were inexpensive and just so cool!  Plus, they reminded me of the hands I used to decorate the witches table from last year so they got tossed in the cart!  After a lot of snipping and bending and fussing, I came up with this:

I thought it was finished but... the more I looked at it, the more I thought it looked like those hands were conjuring!  LOL!  So, I set out to find something magical to float between them.  Like this:

Cool, during the day.  But as the sun sets...

Hocus Pocus!  A magical spell is brewing!

In the dark, the orb bathes the table in a purpley light that of course I can't get a good picture of - darn it!  It looks pretty awesome.

The orb is a "starsphere" from Save on Crafts.  But let's just pretend it's magic.

Have a great week!

I'm linking up!

Made in a Day, Halloween Spooktacular Linky Party
Elizabeth & Co.: Be Inspired Features and Link Party #180

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Grammie's China

Hello All!

A wonderful gift arrived today!

Dan's grandmother's china.  Isn't it gorgeous!?  It's Noritake, Goldwyn pattern #6244.  Dan's parents bought this set for Grammie when they were living in Japan (in the '60s).  I will treasure it.  It's absolutely elegant and I love how it looks mixed with my china:

12 place settings with serving dishes and cream and sugar bowl.  I cannot wait to set the table with it. Right now, the dining room is in between holidays!  I have the start of both Halloween and Thanksgiving decorations out.  The floral arrangement on the table is one I am working on for Halloween.  I found the glass "witch" boot on a thrift trip when my sister was here in August.  I'll post more pictures of it once it's finished.

It is an honor to have been given this set and it will be the highlight of the Thanksgiving table this year :)  Thank you, Grammie <3 p="">

Sunday, August 30, 2015

An Officer and A Gentleman

Hello All! 

My goodness where has the summer gone?  I'm really a fall kinda gal but it's crazy how fast time moves.  My sister and my niece came for a visit mid-August and it was such good medicine!  We thrifted and talked and laughed and shopped.  Good times!  I have some great thrift finds to share but I'll get to that.  Dan and I have been working on the guest bedroom (which used to be Jenna's room when she was growing up).   While we are still working on some the design elements, I wanted to show you the old buffet that got a make over for in there.  You may recall it from the post I did about our master bedroom makeover.  It's the big ol' elephant in any room!  Yeah,  and that's what I love about it.

It's old and has seen better days.  It does seem to me that it was well-loved at some point in some one's life.   Maybe a niece inherited it from her dear old auntie and tried to replace parts of it in an effort to repair it?  Unfortunately, by the time I found it, it needed even more repairs.  I don't have the know-how or talent to pull it off and it is too costly to pay someone to do it.  At the end of the day, I wasn't restoring a family heirloom or an historically significant piece.I paid $35 for it at Salvo.  Still, I do love it and want it to be useful and used.  I wanted it to look stately and respectable.  The colors for the room are tan, navy blue and white.

This was my first try:

Pretty but more royal blue than navy.  It's Ralph Lauren, Great Harbor (...the Sherwin Williams wall color, banana cream, didn't make the cut either!).  I gave Sherwin Williams, Commodore, a try:

Closer, but still not what I wanted.  The new wall paint is SW Toque White.
Then, surprisingly, I found the right color at WalMart aptly named, "official uniform blue."
And with it's rose gold pulls that look like brass medals on dress blues, I present to you my officer and a gentleman of a buffet:

The original pulls were custom made and not a standard size.  I hoped they were brass.  No such luck. I opted to keep it though because new hardware meant a lot of patching and drilling, hardware is pricey!  As it turned out, a good cleaning and new paint (Rustoleum Rose Gold) was the right choice:


This mirror is a thrift find from a couple years ago.  I haven't been sure where to hang until now!  Once the room is finished, it will hang above the buffet.

I will put the doors back on, just not yet.  The bigger vision for this room includes built-in shelving so while I wait for that, I'm enjoying displaying some of my favorite blue and white and milk glass thrift finds.

The blue and white ginger jar was a find at B-thrifty.  It was actually made into a lamp that I disassembled and found a pretty blue and white ceramic knob for the lid.

I can't wait until the room is all done!  

I'm linking up!

Elizabeth & Co:  Be inspired Features and Link Party #175

Have a great week!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

An Awesome Thrift Find!

Hello All!

I saw this at the thrift store a couple weeks ago:

I liked it.  It reminded me of ocean waves.  It wasn't priced and I wasn't sure if someone would price it for me.  And, there weren't any discounts that day.  It hadn't occurred to me where I would put it, so I passed.  But it stayed on my mind.  It reminded me of the ocean--well, ocean waves...and the sea foam bubbles left on the sand.  I kept thinking of this poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  In college, I did a paper on it and its meaning:

The tide rises, the tide falls,
The twilight darkens, the curlew calls;
Along the sea-sands damp and brown
The traveler hastens toward the town,
      And the tide rises, the tide falls.

Darkness settles on roofs and walls,
But the sea, the sea in the darkness calls;
The little waves, with their soft, white hands,
Efface the footprints in the sands,
      And the tide rises, the tide falls.

The morning breaks; the steeds in their stalls
Stamp and neigh, as the hostler calls;
The day returns, but nevermore
Returns the traveller to the shore,
      And the tide rises, the tide falls.
The poem is symbolic for the passage of time.  And while time passed, the thrift store priced the item ($200).  And while time passed, 50% off day rolled around.  And while time passed, I grew more and more fond of it.  So fond, in fact, I bought it :)

This wall in our bedroom has been calling for something.  It sat empty for awhile and then I tried out a few things--a console table, a large mirrored-frame mirror.  Meh.  Nothing felt right.  Ah,but this! This is what I've been waiting for .  It's marked--an Artmax room divider.

I showed it to a friend at work and the first thing she said was, "It looks like a mermaid!" Oh that's even better than waves.

Have a great week!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

All Star Baby Shower

Hello All!

My niece, Lauren, commissioned me to make a few things for a baby shower she is hosting for a friend.  The couple is expecting a boy--his name will be Jackson!--and the theme for the shower is sports.  Here's what I came up with for the invitations:

The image is a Whippersnapper rubber stamp called "Bella."  I masked off the bow and gave this little guy a ball cap.  He is colored with copics and then fussy-cut.  I created the tiny pacifier by using a circle brad and clear "C" clip (they are used to create rubber band bracelets).  I bought the printed paper, "Little All Star," digital paper pack is Paper Tree House Studio (Etsy).  The card is Bazzill cardstock (starmist).  The pacifier is my favorite thing!

I made 35 of them.  Here are the other decorations I made:

Concession Banner, "Jax" Banner, scoreboard, buffet cards, bookmarks (favors), pennants (to use in centerpieces), and the diaper cake.  The diaper cake holds over 100 diapers, a hooded terry towel, three receiving blankets, two onesies, a travel size baby lotion, wash, powder, and shampoo, two washcloths and two pacifiers.  I am so excited about the topper on this diaper cake!  It's lighted!!

I picked up a lighted floral branch from Michaels (about $6 with a 40% coupon) and hot glued laminated stars on each bulb.  The stars were cut, using Spellbinders stars, from the same cardstock as the invitations.   The star bookmarks were made the same way:

The personalized scoreboard was cut using the Sports Mania Cricut cartridge.

See the cute star-shaped glass dish?  I found 8 of them at the thrift store for $1.25 each!  They will be used on each guest table.

The buffet cards are football jerseys (Sports Mania Cricut cartridge).  Each jersey is mounted on a wooden clothespin and have a chalkboard label.  I didn't put the labels on them because it's easier to write on the label first and then just stick it in place!

The concession banner will hang above the food table.  

This banner is a surprise for the Mommy-to-be as it is in the nickname she's come to lovingly call the precious bundle!

I hope the shower is a huge success!

Have a great week :)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Getting Old. It Ain't for Sissies!

Hi All,

I think this image is hilarious.  What a funny birthday card...for the right person and sense of humor!

It's a digital stamp from but now, sadly, all their great images are gone.  The website was there one day and then, *poof* gone the next.   "Grandma Gertie in her underpants" is printed on Paper Temptress, Cryogen white cardstock (with a subtle iridescence!) and colored with copics.  I was playing around with the Spellbinders dies and used the deckled edged rectangle to cut around the image but left her hands free so I could pop them up and give it a little 3D action :)

The plaid paper is DCWV and the card and green cardstock is Bazzill.  I had the embellies in my stash --isn't it cute how the match her fluffy pink slippers?

So, can you guess who the recipient was of this funny card?  Would you believe my mom!?   I, of course, sent it along with her "real" Birthday card but because I know she likes to laugh and is the first one to lament the changes that come with being over 29 ;) it was hers the moment I saw the image!  I may or may not have sent it with a matching pair of slippers - ha ha!

I have some really wonderful thrift finds to share so hopefully I'll get those posted soon!

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Coffee Filter Garland

Hi All!

I know this is Halloween-themed but I didn't get to share it then and I don't want to wait until Halloween 2016.  So thanks to Pinterest, I have a new obsession.  Coffee filter garland!  This is really easy (a little time consuming) but totally worth it.  It's just so fluffy!

Those Williamsburg hurricanes are a thrift find!  They were $15 each and I believe the bases are actual brass - score! The pumpkin planter is another find from the Goodwill outlet.  At 59 cents/pound, it was probably free - LOL!  I digress - the coffee filters are from the dollar store.  They were dyed using food coloring diluted in water.  The colors for the garland were decided the minute I found the mini-pumpkins!  Aren't their colors just beautiful?

I used food coloring diluted in water and dyed the filters but have since read you can use acrylic paint diluted in water.  

How gorgeous would this be in pink, blue and yellow for a baby shower!?  Or tea-stained, just for vintage goodness?  Think of the possibilities!