Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Laundry Bag

I got a few minutes of free time last night to make this quick, cute laundry bag.
I picked up the bag from Michael's a few months ago.  It sat and sat while I tried to figure out what type of image I wanted to add to it.
I knew I was going to hang it in the bathroom, so I didn't want anything too girly (given that I'm outnumbered in my house!).  I chose this great image from The Graphics Fairy to use.
I printed my image on to TAP paper and simply ironed it on to the front of the bag.

Super quick and easy and I love, love, love the look!


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Shopping the House

Sometimes it pays to "shop" your house.  
Case in point, I found this ironstone tray in my basement during the week.  
At least I think its ironstone.  These are the markings on the back. (The previous owners left a lot of old treasures in the house.)
Anywho, I brought it upstairs, gave it a good cleaning and pondered what to do with it next.  A quick trip to Marshalls solved the problem.  I picked up this little crate with faux greens in it. Perfect!
While at Marshalls, I also picked up what could quite possibly be the cutest summer straws ever.  There were $1.50 on clearance. Woo hoo!  Can you see the little crabs????
And a trip to my local Marshalls wouldn't be complete without a trip to the Dollar Store, which is right next door.  They already have autumn items out.  Yes, I picked up two pumpkins in July. Please don't judge me.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Staying Cool

It's been scorching here the last few days.  I'm not complaining (because I know what's right around the corner), but the heat does nothing for my creativity.  Last night it got a touch cooler and I was able to make a few more French match boxes.
I picked up these little boxes from Hobby Lobby.  They are slightly smaller than actual match boxes from the Dollar Store.  I used French book paper and these great religious images.
I also whipped up some new tags for my Etsy shop.  Found this wonderful image on Pinterest.
Another great Hobby Lobby find are these blank enamel tags.  I used some rub-ons that I had in my craft room to make these two. Both are available in my Etsy shop.

And remember a few weeks ago when I said I was going to try and make my own rub-on transfers using a YouTube technique?  Turns out I don't have to.  Turns out Michael's sells something called Smash Paper.  You can use it to create your own rub-ons, printing right from your computer.  Woo hoo!


Monday, July 13, 2015

Upcycled Again

Remember this wood letter desk I upcycled a few months ago?
Well, I upcycled it again over the weekend because the original image I had used peeled off.  Grr...
This time I painted it white and used the Mod Podge method to add my image.  I'm loving the white so much better than the grey I first used.  The image is a favorite of mine from The Graphics Fairy.
I added this little embellishment to the front using some French book paper.
And I'm in the process of lining the inside with vintage sheet music.

I think I'm going to get a lot more use of this now!


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Junkin' Finds

Whenever I visit my sister in Virginia, she takes me to this great outdoor flea market.  Unfortunately, it was raining when we went last week, but I still managed to score a few goodies.
Loving these bunny baking tins.  I hate, though, when people put the sticker on the front of an item.  I scrapped it off, but there is still some sticky residue.  Contemplating painting these white or adding to my vintage Etsy.
I found another set of vintage, Tupperware salt and pepper shakers. The first pair I found sold out in minutes on my vintage Etsy.
Lastly is this teeny-tiny tin.  It has some rusting on the inside, but that's okay.  I'm planning on adding a pretty vintage image and turning it into an ornament.

I think I spent about $5 on everything.  Score!


Monday, July 6, 2015


Been so busy with family visiting and us visiting family that I've only been able to eek out some BINGO glassine sacks.  I'm behind in everything - including my blog reading.  These will be headed to my Etsy once I have a chance to breathe.


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Chalk Paint Fail

I picked up three of these great urns at a garage sale recently. Three for $1.  
The detailing is so pretty.  The almost-mercury glass like look really caught my eye.  So why then did I do this?????
My husband tried to talk me out of it.  I didn't listen.  I thought "chalk paint makes everything look better."
Clearly it does not.  FAIL!


Sunday, June 21, 2015

You Inspired Me

A shout out to two lovely ladies, whose recent blog posts inspired me this past week.
First thanks goes out to Dawn from The Feathered Nest.  Dawn made a beautiful glass candle holder, which inspired me to make my own.  
I followed Dawn's instructions and got a glass cylinder vase from the Dollar Store, and a smaller one to put inside.  I printed off the same gorgeous vintage image she did (from The Graphics Fairy) onto vellum paper.
I wasn't sure if you were supposed to put it behind the glass or on the front of the glass.  In the interest of safety and having two boys, I added the image to the front of the glass (so it doesn't go up in smoke when you light the inner candle).  Isn't it pretty????  Click on the link above to see Dawn's version.
My second thank you goes out to my sister, Kathy from Creative Home Expressions.  Kathy made some adorable spools using toilet paper rolls.  I was so excited to take a stab at some myself.
Again, I followed the instructions and made two to start.  I used vintage sheet music on mine and added some lace I picked up from Target's Dollar Spot a few weeks ago.
I feel like the tops are missing a little something so I'll probably add a touch or two of bling or a flower like the one on the old wooden spool.  Click the link above to see Kathy's versions.

Thank you again ladies for inspiring me!