Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Upcycled Wood Calendar

This is one of those times where I'm kicking myself for not taking a before pic.  Harumpf!
This started as an old wooden calendar.  I took apart the pieces until I just had the flat piece of wood with the ridge.  Originally I was going to make a chalkboard out of it, but decided to do a small American flag instead.
I started by painting the red and white stripes using painters tape and acrylic paints.  (I know, I know, my stripes on top are a little off.)  Once that was dry, I placed star stickers on the wood before painting that section blue.  After a few coats, use a razor to peel up your stickers and voila!
I'm still playing around with the little tinsel like decorations I added to the back.  I picked up two of them at Michael's ($1.49 each).  I feel like I need a third, but I'll put that to a vote when my men get home from work and school.

Jeanine

Monday, May 9, 2016

Upping the Coolness Factor ~ Pre-Teen Boy's Room

My firstborn will be eleven in July.  Eleven.  How? What?  When did that happen????  He'll be starting middle school in September, so I decided it was time for his room to have more of a big boy feel.
It's still a work in progress, but here is the start of a gallery wall I've been working on for him.  I literally pried the vintage license plates off our garage wall.  They are older than me.  They are older than my husband for that matter - and he's got ten years on me.  They've been in the garage since we bought the house.
I found these super cute prints on Pinterest.  I didn't stop at the wall.  I also started adding some cool to his shelves.
I knew he'd love the gamer print.  I wasn't sure about the skull, but he gave it two thumbs up.

I'm waiting on new curtains and will be adding a few more touches this week. P.S. With the exception of the prints, I had every single thing used in his room already.  The frames and the "S" just needed some fresh paint.  I've only spent about $35 so far and that was for the curtains!

Jeanine

Friday, April 29, 2016

Friday's Thrifty Finds

Can you say jackpot?!
I feel like I hit it this morning at a local garage sale.  Look at all of this vintage goodness!  Bunny tins, heart tins and tart tins.
And a teeny, tiny muffin tin.  Seriously, how cute is that?  I grabbed star tins, measuring spoons and a biscuit cutter too.
This guy is going to get a makeover.  I'm turning it into an herb planter.  After a few coats of white paint and some graphics, it will hardly look the same.

Not bad for $8 and what's even better: I'm slowing getting my crafting/thrifting mojo back.

Jeanine

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Road Trip ~ Boston

The boys are off from school this week, so we planned a quick trip to Boston.  It was a little chilly (and rainy), but we managed to walk the Freedom Trail, visit the New England Aquarium and travel to Salem.
I'm a bit of a history buff, so I was in my glory.
And I looooove old, historic cemeteries.
This grave marker is for a four year old, though.  That was sad.
We got to see the Robert Shaw Memorial...
And the Paul Revere Mall...
And this touching Memorial Garden for our troops.
Now, Salem was cold and rainy.  Still, we made the best of it.
We got to see a brief re-enactment of the Salem Witch Trials.
And visited several museums.

It was an awesome trip and we certainly packed a lot into 4 days. But it feels good to be home!

Jeanine

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Rusty Hinge Turned Fridge Magnet

I salvaged a rusty hinge from a burn pile a couple of months ago. Something about it just called to me, so I stored it in the garage until more Spring-like weather arrived.
The weather has been perfect this week, so I finally broke out the hinge and gave it a few coats of white spray paint.  Since I wanted a more shabby look, I also gave it a few coats of white chalk paint.
Once that was dry, I printed out the French graphic (via The Graphics Fairy) and used the Mod Podge transfer method to add it to each side of the hinge.  Can you spot the oopsie?  I forgot to reverse my image.  Doh!  I didn't notice until I had already peeled off the paper.  It's okay; I can live with it. (And yes, I do love bacon!)
I used my hot glue gun to add four magnets to the back, and voila! - instant Frenchy refrigerator magnet.  It still bends which is nice because if I get tired of it on the fridge, I can always add it to a bookshelf.

Jeanine

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Altered Altoid Tin ~ Alice in Wonderland

I've had this teeny-tiny Altoid tin for a couple of weeks now.  I finally got around to embellishing it last night.  I wanted to go with an Alice in Wonderland theme.
After searching up some how-to pins on Pinterest, I started by adding paper to the front, back and insides.  Mod Podge worked best for this.  
Once my paper was in place, I just started adding random Alice pieces: a keyhole, tea party image, book paper and lace.
The front was a little tricky.  I knew I was going to be displaying it with the tin open, so I just added a few things to the front.  I actually had to smash an old watch open to get the clock piece.  Hot glue worked best for adding that one.
As always, I love that I had everything on hand to make this sweet little tin.

Jeanine

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

White Wednesday

Happy to say I've gotten a bit of my crafting mojo back.  
Nothing fancy: just an upcycled little crate and some trinket boxes.
Everything got a few coats of white paint and some French book paper.
Short, sweet and simple...and perfect for White Wednesday.

Jeanine