Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Upcycled Gravy (Yes, Gravy!) Jars

I've been hoarding glass jars like a squirrel hoards nuts.  I had a teeny bit of free time this week to start embellishing some of them.
I started by adding distressed French book paper to each jar.  Then I added different rub-on transfer images to the paper.  
For this one - which is my favorite! - I also added a strip of burlap and some white twine.  
The finishing touch was this lock & safety pin.
I simply wrapped twine around the top of this one.  It's all it needed.
I wanted to keep this one feminine and dainty to go with the dress form image, so I added a little bow and some tea-stained seam binding.

Each one is filled with faux moss and some of my French script candles.  Simple touches to add about the house.

Jeanine


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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Random Pieces

We spent much of our weekend, cleaning the yard and taking the boys into Manhattan, so I didn't have time to devote to any projects.  And the boys are off from school this week, so I'm sure I'll have even less time for crafting but here are a few things I worked on, picked up and have plans for.
I picked up this pretty spring wreath at a garage sale literally a stone's throw from our house.  They had some great vintage seltzer bottles I would have loved to grab but for $28 and $30, I had to pass them up.  This wreath was just $2 so I, of course, grabbed it!
This is actually the second time I've made over these candle holders - also a garage sale find (from last year).  First I used chalk paint on them and they just sat and sat in our garage.  I dusted them off this past week and decided to re-paint them black.  I love the design and details, but not sure where to hang them in the house.  They might end up in my Etsy shop.
And this is one of my projects for the week.  Yet another garage sale find that took a serious beating over the winter.  I forgot to take it in and well, you can see what the elements did to it.  So it needs a fresh coat of paint and some spring touches.

And for some exciting news: my sister Kathy from Creative Home Expressions has a new weekly blog series called "the Artist Behind the Etsy" and guess who is her first guest?!  That's right: me!  You can check it out here.

Jeanine

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Vintage Bulb Planter Turned Photo Holder

I picked up a vintage metal bulb planter at a local garage sale last summer.  I wanted to give it a quick makeover and a new purpose: a photo holder.
I didn't think to take a before picture - boo!  This is a side view so you can see that it is indeed a bulb planter.
I started by giving it a few coats of white spray paint.  Once the paint was dry, I used my hot glue gun to add some grungy clips to each side of the tool.
I also added some vintage French book paper to the bottom.
I love that I can hang photos from either side and it's skinny enough to fit on teeny tiny shelves or other spaces.  

Jeanine



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Monday, April 7, 2014

Bunny Before and After

I was able to get some spray painting in this weekend.  Yay!  First up was this bunny that I picked up at a garage sale about a year ago.  
I wasn't jazzed about the original coloring so I gave it a quick makeover with a few coats of white spray paint.  Here's the after:
I'm loving it much more now!  It's amazing what a few coats of paint and some tea-stained seam binding can do.
Fresh, clean and very shabby chic!
And to think she almost ended up in my garage sale pile.

Jeanine




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Friday, April 4, 2014

Thrifty Finds

I stopped into our local thrift store this morning and spent a whopping $2.50.  It doesn't seem fair considering the cuteness I found:
Aren't these little wood place setters adorable?  I got 6 of them.  I originally bought them to redo as shelf sitters but the more I look at them, the more I like them for Easter.
You know me, I never met a Mason jar I didn't like.  I also picked up this chipboard star.  Not sure what I'm going to do with it yet. Thinking it calls for some vintage sheet music.  We shall see.

Not bad for $2.50, right?!

Jeanine

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Chalk Paint + Mason Jars

After two disappointing trips to two different Goodwill stores yesterday morning, I settled for a little painting using Mason jars I already had.
I used some Annie Sloan chalk paint in Louis Blue, which is the perfect pastel hue for this Pinterest-inspired makeover.
I gave them an Easter touch with some faux moss and egg soaps - both of which can easily be switched out if I feel like adding candles or summer decor at a later date.
I hand-stamped a bunny image onto a mini tag, distressed it a bit and then tied it on with some baker's twine.  I love how the brown/white twine complements the blue jar.  I also used sand paper on each jar to make the wording stand out.
So even though my Goodwill visits yielded nothing new and exciting, it motivated me to make good use of stuff I already had!

Jeanine





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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Finally!

It seems spring has finally sprung in my neck of the woods.  After a kind of freaky snow/slush mess yesterday, we have beautiful blue skies today and our yard is slowly waking up!
Our tulips and daffodils are popping up all over the yard.
I'm not sure what these little white flowers are.  I do know they are poisonous and oh-so-pretty.
Love this touch of color!  I even opened up the tea room to let some air in.
Of course we did have a few casualties this winter.  This little cherub didn't make it.  
His little head is the only thing that's left.  Poor guy.
And she lost her twin - although I think that happened a couple of years ago.

I'm just happy that warmer days are here...finally!

Jeanine

Friday, March 28, 2014

Easiest Chalkboard Frame Ever

I'm always up for a super quick makeover and this one certainly fits the bill.
Meet the world's easiest chalkboard frame.  The frame is from a local thrift store.  I had planned on painting it white.  Unfortunately, the backing is velvet and it can't be removed.  So instead of having a hot mess, I moved on to plan B.
I cut a piece of self-sticking chalkboard paper to the size of the glass insert.  I applied it right on top of the glass and fit everything back in the frame.
No kidding - literally 5 minutes from start to finish.  Who doesn't love that?!

Jeanine




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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Frenchy Peat Pots

Wouldn't you know it?  We're gearing up for what I hope will be the last snow storm of the season.  I'm keeping myself busy by making some Frenchy peat pots.
I didn't want to make these too Easter-y as I will likely keep them out all year.  So instead of adding bunnies and chicks, I added some French book paper, lace and buttons.
And just because Easter is a few weeks away, I did add an egg and a Dollar Store bird - who has apparently seen better days.  Lol! Luckily, they can easily be removed and swapped out with something else.
I really am obsessed with peat pots.  So easy to make and so stinking cute.  
I pick them up whenever I see them at a local garage sale or I stock up by ordering them from Greenhouse Megastore.  They have a great variety and are reasonably priced.  I am not being compensated for mentioning them - I just really love their stock and prices!

I have a few more in the works, but for now I'm loving these new ones!

Jeanine







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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Easter Bunny Banner

I wanted to make a simple banner for our front door.  After searching Pinterest for some cute Easter designs, here's what I came up with.
I have a ton of this leftover muslin so I cut a large square of it to use as my backdrop.
Then I printed my bunny and the Happy Easter text to some TAP paper - reversing the images of course.  After ironing the images on and letting them cool, I used fabric glue to add my banner to the wood dowel - which is a leftover from last summer.  The boys used it to roast marshmallows.  Ssshhh...don't tell them!
Once the fabric was secure to the dowel, I added some twine and hung it from our front door.  Super duper easy!  I would have preferred some black lettering for the Happy Easter but the touch of color is growing on me.

Jeanine





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