Sunday, October 28, 2012

Because Monday's Stink Giveaway

*I am posting ahead in case we lose power due to Hurricane Sandy.*

Let's face it.  Who really likes Mondays?  To ease some of the pain of the start of another work week, I'm hoping to do at least one giveaway a month on Mondays starting today!  Up first is some great scented candles from's Exceptional...For Your Home collection.

Founded in 1997, is the leading online retailer of discounted genuine brand name fragrances and beauty products. With more than 13,000 items, sells fragrances, skincare, haircare, candles, aromatherapy and more all at discounts up to 70 percent off department store prices. Brands include: Dolce & Gabbana, Cool Water, Obsession, Fendi, Romance, Versace, Escape, Gucci, Angel, Burberry, Eternity, Polo, and White Diamonds, among others. offers free U.S. shipping for all orders over $70 and a gift-wrapping service starting at $3.99.
Exceptional...For Your Home candles are available exclusively at  They come  in four yummy flavors:  Applewood, Fresh Linen, Orange Ginger and Vanilla Sensual.  They all smell delish!
The folks at were not only nice enough to give me one Vanilla Sensual candle ($25 value) to giveaway, but they've also provided you with a 15 percent off coupon code good on their site: JBCG5.
To enter the giveaway:
1. Become a follower or let me know in a comment that you already are;
2. Like on Facebook and let me know in a comment that you did.
You can gain additional entries by:
1. Follow on Twitter (@fragrancenet) and let me know in a comment that you did;
2. Like Okio B Designs on Facebook and let me know in a comment that you did;
3. Follow @okiobdesigns on Twitter and let me know in a comment you did;
4. Blog/tweet/Facebook about this giveaway and let me know in a comment you did.
Open to US residents only - sorry!  I'll pick a winner via on Friday, November 2, 2012 (provided I have internet access!).  Good luck!

*I was provided a candle for this giveaway; and am affiliated with via my day job.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Metal Stars

Hurricane Sandy is on it's way to New York.  I figure I better get some posts in before we lose power.  With Hurricane Irene in 2011, we went 6 days without power.  Ack!  Fingers crossed, it won't be as bad as they are predicting.  Yesterday, I ran a bunch of errands to prep for the storm and popped into Ikea.  I picked up this four-pack of little metal stars.
So petite that three easily fit into this vintage Jello mold.  I created the little banners using this font from  Have you been there?  They have the coolest fonts.  Ever! 
I just saved this carnival-inspired one to my computer and printed out "noel," "peace" and "joy."  I cut the paper into banners, distressed them a bit and used Glue Dots to place them on the front of each star.
A really quick and cheap project.  The set of 4 was $3.99 at Ikea.  The paper, ink and font were free.  And now I have some cute little holiday stars for my Xmas tree or I might just keep them in the Jello mold.

To everyone else in the path of Sandy, please be safe!


Friday, October 26, 2012

Thrift Store Candlelabra

Remember this candleholder/candlelabra I picked up at a thrift store last weekend?  It was black and a bit grungy.  Here it is now:
After carefully removing the berries, I gave it a couple of coats of white spray paint.
Once the paint was dry, I had to re-attach the berry garland which was no easy task as it was in pieces.  I didn't want to have to use hot glue, so I just kind of bent them and wrapped them back on.  I added some of my French script candles for a Frenchy touch.
This will definitely be my centerpiece for the Christmas table.


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

French Cloche

I was able to get a few makeovers in this weekend.  First up is this little cloche I scored for $4 at a local garage sale.  I knew I wanted to do something Frenchy to it, and this Paris postmark was the perfect fit:
I'm pretty sure the image is from The Feathered Nest.  I have so many random images saved onto my computer that it's hard to keep track sometimes.
After giving the base a few coats of white spray paint, I printed off the image onto label paper.  I cut around the border and it fit perfectly!  Just peel and stick.
I haven't added anything to it yet because Halloween decorations have taken over the house, but once they are neatly tucked away, I'll be adding something to it and displaying it on my vintage desk.

Linking to Savvy Southern Style: Wow Us Wednesday.


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Holy Moly Holiday Garage Sale Stuff

I hit a few garage sales and the local church country fair Saturday morning.  I hadn't intended on it, but I came home with a ton of great Xmas stuff!  Super cheap too - just the way I like it.
This candleholder needs to be cleaned up a bit.  I may paint it white, but I definitely want to keep the faux berries.  This was $1.  The little snowman ornaments were also $1 for the set.  I'm going to write each of our names on them for the tree this year.
The wood Santa and snowman were $3 each.  The original price tag said $19.99 for EACH.  Score!  The little cloche was $4.  I didn't buy it for the tree part, I bought it because I've been searching for cloches and can't seem to find one I like under $25.  It'll be the first thing to get a makeover this week.
The little trees with the bows were $1 each.  I want to have a tree or two in every room in the house this Xmas.  It's my goal every year but it never seems to happen.  This year I'm determined.
Last up, I did score some Halloween goodies too.  These candy corn ceramic bowls were $1 each.  I also got some ceramic pumpkin candleholders - also $1 each, random lace and fabric, and of course a few things for the kiddies.  Overall, I spent about $20 for everything.


Saturday, October 20, 2012

Upcycled Ikea Jar

I've had this little Ikea jar for ages.  Tried to unload it at our garage sale over the summer, but no takers.  So after walking past it for the 1000th time this week, I decided to give it a quick makeover.  Excuse the dark photos, it's really dreary here today:
I knew I wanted to do something Christmas-y because this is actually going to be filled with goodies for my Mom.  I found this perfect angel image over at The Graphics Fairy.  I printed it out onto label paper, so all I had to do was peel and stick to the top.
And yes, I still have tons of this vintage lace leftover.  This was truly my best garage sale find ever because I think it cost me $1 and I still have yards and yards of it - two, if not three, years later!  I used my hot glue gun to add it around the jar.  I took one of my French script joyeux noel tags and tied it on with twine.  I finished up by adding some German glass glitter to the image. 

I plan on filling it with little notes and photos of the boys.  I'll probably also add some other little goodies like trial size perfumes, soaps, etc. for her.  One gift down!

Linking to The Graphics Fairy: Brag Monday.


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

White Wednesday

I picked up this little table a week ago from a garage sale.  I gave it a quick makeover using some Annie Sloan chalk paint and a French graphic I bought from Etsy some time ago.
I gave it two coats of ASCP on Sunday when it was semi-warm out.  Yesterday morning, I took my reversed image and Mod Podged it to the top.  Eight hours later, I used a wet paper towel to remove the paper - leaving just the graphic.
Once all my paper was off (or at least most of it!), I sanded it down a bit to give it a more aged look.  I then gave the top a coat of clear spray paint to seal the image.

I'm definitely getting better with the Mod Podge transfer method.  Wouldn't quite say I'm an expert yet as I always seem to have some random bits of paper that just won't come off.  Either way, I'm  happy with how my little $5 table turned out.


Monday, October 15, 2012

Seeing Stars

My five year old picked out these paper mache stars at Michael's last week.  I was really hoping to decoupage them using the tissue paper method, but - sigh! - it was not meant to be.  The tissue paper got stuck in my printer not once, not twice but three times.  And you know what they say about three times.  Plan B:
I used some old French book paper and pages from the Romeo and Juliet book I got a couple of weeks ago.  I covered each star with Mod Podge.  Then I glued on the ripped pages from each book randomly all over each star.
While the Mod Podge was still a little wet, I added some flat glitter pieces (Martha Stewart Crafts).  Once that was dry, I popped over to The Graphics Fairy and grabbed these two Victorian lady images.  I added them to the fronts using Glue Dots.

Now, I am not calling these Xmas ornaments, although they will likely end up on our tree.  For now, I'm calling them my Victorian lady stars.  ;)


Saturday, October 13, 2012

Some Random Thrifty Finds

Wanted to share some random garage sale/Goodwill/thrift store finds that I picked up this week.
I love this!  I'm not quite sure what it is.  The man at the garage sale said it used to go on the floor, on the bottom of the leg of an old radiator.  I thought it was something for a garden hose. 
Either way, I love it's rusty, chippy goodness!  I'm definitely keeping it as is.  Thinking of putting a candleholder in the middle.  It cost $2.
This little table was only $5.  I'm planning on giving it a ASCP makeover this weekend. 
It's been freezing here but it might be 70 on Sunday so I really want to take advantage of the warmth to paint.
I'm planning on doing nutcrackers up and down our stairs this year for Xmas.  Got the idea from Romantic Homes magazine.  The pirate one is from Goodwill.  The other is from a garage sale.  I only have three so I have to really get moving if I want to take over the stairs!
Last up is this wood tote.  Another Goodwill find.  Not sure if you can tell but it has snowflakes on it.  While I appreciate the snowflakes for Xmas, it's getting a Frenchy makeover.

Hoping to hit a few more sales this weekend.  On the hunt for those nutcrackers!


Friday, October 12, 2012

And the Winner Is...

Congrats to Lisa Clarke!  You won the copy of Flea Market Style via Random.Org.  Please email me your address and I'll get it out to you super fast!  jeanineb4etsy(at)yahoo(dotcom).


Accidental Burlap Angel Wings

I swear, I'm not making Xmas items yet.  I swear!  This project happened quite by mistake.  You see, I was trying to make a bat ornament of sorts and it ended up like this:
Burlap angel wings!  I'm not quite sure what went wrong with my original bat design, but the head just wasn't coming out right.  So I chopped it off and have the first of many Xmas projects.
So you see, I am not purposely crazy early, it was all quite by accident!  I used scrap pieces of burlap and sewed them together with red thread.  I added some tea-stained seam binding so it could be hung.  The joyeux noel muslin finishes it up. 

I can see a bunch of these hung from our Xmas tree this year in all sorts of sizes.  But I'm going to wait a few weeks before starting them.  Don't want to be crazy early.  =)


Thursday, October 11, 2012

French Basket

This is another garage sale makeover I did earlier this week.  I picked up this wicker basket last Friday.  I really loved all of the compartments in it and I wanted it to match the utensil holder I did over the summer.
I gave it a few coats of robin's egg spray paint.  I knew I wanted to add something to the front of it.  So while, the paint was drying, I printed out this great French label from The Graphics Fairy onto some coffee-dyed scrap fabric.
I was going to try to sew it on but that was an epic fail.  Plan B: spray adhesive.  Aside from temporarily glueing my fingers together, it worked really well!  You can't tell but I frayed some of the edges to give it a more aged look.
Now I have the perfect little set for entertaining!  I plan to use this one to hold napkins and maybe some condiments.


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Upcycled Garage Sale Candleholder

*Don't forget to enter my giveaway here!*

I picked up this little candleholder at a garage sale on Friday.  It was black when I bought it and here it is now:
First, I spray painted it white.  Then I used Mod Podge to glue on my French script paper.  I used it on the back panel and then cut a little strip for the rim.
I hung it up in my tearoom.  I added a new candle design from my Etsy shop to it.  This one had a little oopsie so I couldn't sell it but it's just fine for my tearoom.
For 50 cents, I have a sweet little candeholder now!  I had everything I needed for this project.


Sunday, October 7, 2012

My Adventures at Brooklyn Flea

Yesterday was an absolute perfect day to hit Brooklyn Flea.  It was our first time ever going and on Saturdays it's located in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn.  I am originally from Flatbush but I was way too young when we moved to remember where in the world Fort Greene was.  Thanks to GPS we found it!  Hold onto your hats!
This was definitely a junkin' lover's dream.  Checkout that vintage scale on the ladder. 
Love the barn stars and olive baskets!
We loved seeing all of the vintage treasures but I have to say, as expected, it was a bit pricey.  The apothecary bottles on this table alone ranged from $30-$75.  What?!
Checkout all of those suitcases!
My boys!
The best part of the whole experience, I think we all agreed, was the food!  They had every type of food you can imagine - not your usual festival fare.  We ate Indian, Greek, Japanese and then some. 

Unfortunately, I didn't buy much else.  I picked up a mason jar soap dispenser and a vintage target practice poster.  I'll show that find in another post because it really is quite unique.  My 7 year old got an electronic chess game - similar to one I had when I was little - for $5.

Brooklyn Flea runs until November and we're hoping to hit the Williamsburg one before they close for the season.


Saturday, October 6, 2012

Quick Giveaway CLOSED

In my haste earlier this week, I bought a duplicate copy of the winter issue of Flea Market Style magazine.  My loss is your gain!  I'm doing a quick giveaway with the winner will receive a copy of the issue.

**This giveaway is now closed.**

Super simple to enter:

1. Become a follower of my blog or let me know if you already are.

You can gain additional entries by:

1. Liking Okio B Designs on Facebook;
2. Following me on Twitter: @okiobdesigns
3. Following me on Pinterest: Jeanine B

I'll pick a winner at 5 p.m. EST on Friday, October 12th via  Sorry to my overseas followers; this one is open to US residents only.

Super simple, right?!  Good luck!


Friday, October 5, 2012

Friday's Garage Sale Finds

Not exactly a banner garage sale day in this neck of the woods.  Maybe because it's been raining on and off all week?!  I did manage to pick up a few goodies this morning:
Of course, you know I never, ever pass up vintage sheet music.  I got two of them today.  The Romeo & Juliet book was a dime!  And not sure if you can tell but that little black thing is a candleholder you can mount to the wall.  I'll be painting that white.
Wrapping paper is another item I never pass up at garage sales.  These were only 50 cents each.  I like all of the compartments in the wicker basket.  For $1, it will be getting a robin's egg blue makeover to match the utensil basket I did over the summer.

I spent about $8 on everything.  This weekend we're hoping to hit Brooklyn Flea. I'm sure it'll be crazy overpriced but since we live so close to Brooklyn, I want to go just to experience it!


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Painted Pumpkins

This is the first year I've ever painted pumpkins.  I don't know why I didn't do it sooner!  I love the look.  Kind of a nice break from the usual orange.
All you need is a couple of cans of spray paint.  I used a flat white and chalkboard paint.
I want to do at least one more with the chalkboard paint because, well, I like being able to write/doodle on them!


Monday, October 1, 2012

Upcycled Dollar Store Clipboard

I don't know about you but when I craft, I just can't seem to throw out bits and pieces of paper, cardstock, etc.  While those random bits come in handy occasionally, they are taking over precious space in my little craft room/office.
In between the movies and pumpkin picking this weekend, I broke out this petite dollar store clipboard for a quick organizational makeover.  First I spray painted it white.  Once that was dry, I Mod Podged some vintage sheet music to the front.
The bits of lace on the top are some of those random bits and pieces I was talking about.  Luckily they fit quite nicely on top.  I used the cover from an old sheet music book to make a pocket for the bottom of the board.  I printed out the French receipt from The Graphics Fairy to add my miscellany wording.
Now I can nicely tuck in some tags that I use as thank yous for my Etsy shop, and other small random pieces that I just can't seem to part with.