Thursday, August 11, 2016

Lavender Shakers Copycat

If you follow Stampington & Company on Facebook like I do, you probably spied this photo last week.  I thought to myself, "what a sweet and simple idea."  So while I was at the Dollar Store today, I picked up two salt and pepper shakers and made my own version.
Seriously one of the easiest craft projects ever.  I printed out lavande on plain white paper and then glued it to some French book paper.  I glued both to the front of each shaker.  I always have lavender on hand, so I just poured it in.  Finish up with some twine and done!

This entire project cost me $2 - for the two shakers.  How lovely would these be to gift to a special friend?!


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Embarking On a New Career

So remember a few months ago I mentioned I was going back to school?  What I didn't mention is that I went to real estate school. Yup, yours truly is now a licensed real estate salesperson in the state of New York.  It was hard juggling work, kids, crafting, life, etc., but I passed all of my tests and officially became licensed last week. I'll still be working my current job and crafting, but I'm excited to also embark on this new career as well.  Wish me luck!


Friday, August 5, 2016

Labor of Love Co. DIY Soy Candles

I'm sure many of you, like me, receive a lot of product pitches via email.  Some are clearly not a good fit for my blog, while others seem to hit the nail on the head.  Case in point: Labor of Love Co.
I was beyond thrilled to receive one of their DIY Soy Candle Kits
I love candles and I love DIY, so it was a match made in heaven.  If you've never heard of Labor of Love Co., they offer a variety of curated DIY kits via their website (click link above) and Etsy shop. Their kits provide everything you need for the ultimate DIY experience.  
The instructions are super easy to follow.  They show you everything step-by-step.
For the candle kit, you receive the wax, fragrance oil, wicks, 2 Mason jars, stirrer and clothes pins.  Seriously, it was easy peasy for a candle novice like me.
After melting the wax and adding the fragrance oil (I received Jasmine, yum!), I had my hubby help me pour it into each Mason jar.  
After 24 hours you go from this...
Photo courtesy of Labor of Love Co.
To this.
Photo Courtesy of Labor of Love Co.
Such a smart idea and think about all of the gift-giving possibilities this holiday season.  The Soy Candle Kit is $25.  They also offer a DIY Gold Foil Tote Kit and DIY Gold Leaf Frame.  I give Labor of Love Co. two thumbs up!


Note: I received a complimentary Soy Candle Kit for review, however, all opinions and text are my own.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Fifteen Stitches Later...

The past few days have been a bit of a blur.  You see, our 11 year old fell last week and split his chin open.  Fifteen stitches later, I'm still a nervous wreck.  
Since he's taking it easy this week, I did the only thing that would calm my nerves: I crafted.  I had some sachets hiding in my craft room.  I broke them out and put my new RV/camper rubber stamp to good use and made some lavender-scented sachets.
I also made this cute little holiday one.  All are in my Etsy.
In other news, coming home from my Mom's the other day, we spied this petite rocking chair in the garbage.  See the broken piece?  My husband swears he can fix it.  So this will likely be my next project.

Meanwhile, the 11 year old gets his stitches out tomorrow.  Wish us luck!


Thursday, July 21, 2016

What I've Been Up To...

I had my big state test on Tuesday, so for the past couple of weeks I've been studying non-stop.  Studying does not leave a lot of time for crafting.  Still, I was able to squeeze in a few random projects.
I bought these wood arrows from Etsy.  They came un-stained; so I had my husband stain them for me.  After a few coats, they were the exact shade I was looking for.  We added them to a wall in our dining room.
I gave these little Dollar Store milk bottles a quickie makeover with some turquoise spray paint.  They look so much better now!
I played around with this wall behind our front door too.  It lacked personality with just the coat hooks looking back at us.  So I added this cute Kohl's tote and a straw hat.  It looks more inviting now.
I've also been doing some online shopping.  I finally scored Decor Steals bread box.  It's a little bigger than I anticipated.  For now, it's on top of our fridge until I find a more permanent home for it.
Lastly, we took a quick trip to Gettysburg, PA.  We had an awesome time camping out with the boys.  Lots to do and see.  We also learned a great deal about the Civil War.  Everyone loved it and we agreed to head back in the fall for another visit.

That's about it.  What have you been up to?


Monday, July 11, 2016

Flea Market Flip's Elephant Trunk

Even though the weather forecast called for heavy rain, we ventured out to The Elephant Trunk (New Milford, CT) yesterday. Yes, the same flea market featured on the show Flea Market Flip.
All I can say is wow! It was amazing.  But note the dark clouds in the sky.  We got rained on several times.  Still, we were all troopers. My eight year old barely complained.  Barely.
So much vintage and antique goodness to be found.
I felt some of the items I was interested in were a bit overpriced, but my husband and boys scored a bunch of loot.  Seriously, I only came home with a horseshoe.  Sob!
I really wanted to take her home but with all the chips and cracks, I just didn't want to shell out the $12 (and considering I've gotten most of my religious statutes for free or in the $2 ballpark), I had to pass.
This booth was awesome.  I loved the touch of the skull on the organ/piano.  Creepy and cool.
The experience was great and well worth the 1.5 hour trip.  We're planning another visit there for the fall.


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Upcycled Vintage Chalkboard

I bought this vintage chalkboard a couple of years ago at an estate sale.  For a while, I covered the ugly green paint with sheet music and book paper.  
Yuck, right?!  I always knew I wanted to re-paint it with black chalkboard paint and this weekend was the perfect time to tackle this project.  So I broke out the chalkboard paint and got busy.
Here it is now.
Using a chalk marker and stencil, I added my French graphics to the middle.
I have a few little spots I need to touch-up, but overall this baby's done!  What's nice is the chalk marker is not permanent, so when my mood changes, I can change the look with it.  =)