Friday, May 31, 2013

Upcycled Garage Sale Bicycle Planter

**Don't forget to enter my DIY Mason Jars book giveaway here!**

I stopped at a local garage sale this morning on my way home from the post office.  Much of it was overpriced ($15 for a wreath, c'mon!), but I did score this cute little bicycle planter.  It was marked $5 but I got it for $4 (it's never to early in the morning to haggle!).
It was pretty rusty so I knew it would immediately get a few coats of spray paint.  Since it's so warm out here today, I was able to do two coats in less than an hour!  Here it is now:
I like that it's still a bit chippy but no more rusty spots.  It's holding an actual bird's nest that we recovered last year. 
I'm thinking of adding some chicks and hens (or is it hens and chicks?!) to the other two baskets.


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

DIY Mason Jars Review + Giveaway

**This giveaway is now closed.**

I had the opportunity to review a great, new book called DIY Mason Jars.  If you love Mason jar projects, this is definitely the book for you!
It features 35 different projects, including how to make your own Mason jar soap dispenser, snow globes and pendant light fixtures.  Written and illustrated by Melissa Averinos, DIY Mason Jars features clear, step-by-step instructions and gorgeous 4-color photos.  Here are some of my faves:
Mason jar lid pumpkin.  Can't wait to try this for Halloween!
Faux mercury glass jars.  And my all time fave...
First aid jars!  I loved the look so much that I braved the rain yesterday to make my own!
Super, duper easy!  I just followed Melissa's instructions and voila!
You can find DIY Mason Jars at Amazon.  The folks at F+W/Adams Media were kind enough to provide a copy for me to giveaway.  C'mon, you know you want it!  To enter:

1. Become a follower of OkioBDesigns or let me know in a comment that you already are;

You can gain additional entries by:
1. Like Okio B Designs on Facebook and let me know in a comment that you did;
2. Follow @okiobdesigns on Twitter and let me know in a comment you did;
3. 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 Wednesday, June 5, 2013.
Good luck!

*I was provided a free book copy from F+W/Adams Media for review, however, opinions are my own.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

DIY Book Page Beach Banner

If you have some vintage book paper (or sheet music) and some cut-out letters, here's a super easy summer decoration.
I whipped up this cute beach banner in between weekend barbeques and the crummy weather. 
I used my Cricut to cut out the letters and starfish, but you could easily use chipboard pieces or print directly onto your book paper.
After gluing each letter on, I punched holes at the tops of each page.  Then I used some twine to loop through the pages in order to hang it.  See what I mean?  Super easy and super cute!  I have it hanging in our kitchen where the color matches perfectly!


Saturday, May 25, 2013

Rain, Rain Go Away

It's been cold (!) and rainy here since Thursday.  Boo!  Not exactly a great start to the holiday weekend. 
The garage sales are few and far between.  I spent $2 this morning for this lovely statue of St. Theresa.  And that's it.  At least I have some time to work on some new items for my Etsy shop.
Framed Jane Austen silhouette on French paper.
New clothes pins.
Skeleton key lavender sachets.
Wood tags.
Hoping for blue skies and warm weather for the rest of the weekend!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Chalk Paint Flower Pots

I've been wanting to do a copycat of this Pinterest pin since last summer.  All you need are some flower pots, chalk paint and a few pretty French graphics.  Put them all together and voila...
...Frenchy flower pots!  I gave each pot a coat of Old White ASCP.  I also painted a little around the inside rims but not the entire way down.  I got a little lazy and if I ever actually use them for plants, it won't matter anyway.
I used decal paper to adhere the images to each pot.  The bee ones are from Etsy.  The French hotel image I found on Pinterest.

I might do a few more in different shades of ASCP.


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

God Bless Oklahoma

My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of yesterday's horrible tornado in Oklahoma.  I'm just so heartbroken for the residents of Moore.  Hugging my boys a little tighter today.


Monday, May 20, 2013

Rock Lobster...Tray

Remember the little wood tray I picked up over the weekend at a local garage sale?  It has officially become part of my beachy porch.
I wanted a little tray to serve drinks and snacks on and well, this was just perfect.  I gave it a fresh coat of white paint (a couple actually), did a little sanding around the edges and added the lobster image (from the Graphics Fairy).
I used waterslide decal paper again, although I'm a little nervous since this will be outside.  I'm sure the heat and humidity will do a number on it, and I'll have to redo it before summer is over.
For now, I'm enjoying every minute of it.  Drinks are served!


Sunday, May 19, 2013

Garage Sale Finds

Between track, little league and Cub Scouts, I haven't had time to hit too many garage sales.  I did pop by one yesterday on our way back from track practice.  Scooped up a few goodies for about $5.
I love the vintage look of the Toilettes sign.  I can't resist little wood trays so that got snatched up too.
My hubby collects salt & pepper shakers so I grabbed the fish ones for him.  The glass ones are for moi.

It's raining here today so I think that's about all I will get to nab this weekend.


Saturday, May 18, 2013

Are You Getting A Lot of Spam Comments?

I've mentioned before that I'm noticing A LOT of spam comments on my blog.  You can probably tell they are fishy because they are almost always anonymous and they say things like,

"What an interesting topic.  I'd like to know more..."

Sometimes, it's just gibberish.

Anywho, found a great web article I wanted to share on how to detect spam comments and how to beat them at their own game.  Just click on this link (I promise, it's safe and not spam!).


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Home Goods Placements Frenchy Makeover

I picked up a pack of these grain sack placemats at Home Goods yesterday.  They were only $9.99.  I knew immediately they'd be getting a quick Frenchy makeover.
I printed out this great French image from The Graphics Fairy onto iron-on transfer paper.  And voila!
Instant French placemats.  I would have liked to make the image a little bigger but I only had one sheet of transfer paper left so I had to use the 3"x4" setting.
Isn't the image perfect for them?  It's like it was meant to be!
What's nice is they match my grainsack towels from Ikea, and a table runner I made using fabric from 

Linking to: The Graphics Fairy: Brag Monday.


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

A Whale of a Dad

Lookie what my Dad made for me!  Another whale for my beachy porch!
Yesterday was his 76th birthday and I swear this man has not lost his craft mojo.
I can't wait to hang him up!


Monday, May 13, 2013

Buggy Lavender Sachets

Happy Monday everyone!  The hubby should be home in a day or two and we're very excited.  I haven't been able to do much crafting but I did make these sweet buggy lavender sachets last night.
I sell sachets in my Etsy shop in sets of three.  I had these two leftover and not one to let things go to waste, I turned them into dryer sachets for our house.
I hand-stamped a dragonfly on one and bumble bees on the other.  I'm not a huge fan of bugs in my outdoor life, but I do love them for home decor.

I can't wait to use these on our linens.  I love the smell of lavender and it does promote a restful sleep - something I could use more of!


Sunday, May 12, 2013

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Taking a Little Bloggy Break

I'm not one for dishing too much personal business on my blog.  I prefer to keep things light and airy, and crafty!  But the hubby is going in for surgery tomorrow, so I'll be taking a few days off to man the fort.  If you have a chance, cross your fingers that all turns out well for Mr. Okio B!


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Lantern Makeover

We've had these lanterns on our porch steps for years.  I originally bought them at Home Goods.  They were looking pretty beat up after being in the elements year after year.
I love the shape of them though so I didn't want to toss them.  So I picked off some of the rust and gave them a quick makeover.
Keeping with my beachy/nautical theme for the porch, I gave them a couple of coats of white spray paint.  Then I used some red acrylic paint for the stripe.
Finish up with a coat of clear spray paint, and they are good to go!  Quick, easy and total cost: $0.


Sunday, May 5, 2013

Upcycled Saki Bottles

Last Saturday, my husband and I celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary.  We treated ourselves to a night out for Chinese and a little saki.  The bottles were so cute that I tossed them in my handbag once they were finished. 
I decided to use some rub-on transfers for them and thought these number signs would be cute.
I also added some tea-stained seam binding to the tops of each bottle.  I rolled up some French poetry book paper for one.  The other will likely be used as a little vase. 
They are happily residing on our kitchen windowsill. 

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Beachy Porch Reveal

I'm just about done with the finishing touches on our beachy porch theme.  I have a few more things to add like Dollar Store sand buckets, candle holder jars (with sand), citronella candle buckets and the anchor plaques.  Here we are as of today.
We spend a lot of time on our porch swing.  I bought the cushion from The Christmas Tree Shops.  It's not included in my $100 budget as I bought it before I set my budget/theme.  It was $29.99.  The pillows are from Pottery Barn outlet.  We picked them up last year.
I've shown this table and some of these pieces before.  Excuse my husband's beer cans in the FIRE bucket.  Doh!
Here is the whale my Dad made.  Pesky shadow in the photo doesn't do it justice.  He did a great job and I love it!  The hanging fish are from Gina at The Shabby Creek Cottage's Etsy shop.  I bought them in watermelon and blue a couple of years ago.  I love both colors but chose to use the watermelon ones for this theme.
Other side of the porch.  My Target Threshold ottoman ($35.99 with 10 percent off) landed today.  Yay!  I love the pop of color it adds.  The starfish pillows are also Threshold for Target.  They were $14.99 each.
Another ottoman view.
I really love the color it adds to our porch.  The green siding with the black LL Bean rocking chairs left it looking a bit dull but now it screams color!  And I'm happy that I gave myself a budget and stuck to it.


Wednesday, May 1, 2013

A Few More Nautical Touches

My beachy porch theme is slowly coming together.  I'm just waiting on a few more items and then I'm pretty confident I've reached my $100 budget.  Here a few new pieces that I added yesterday.
I originally had my starfish tucked in a little bucket with starfish decals.  Didn't completely love it, so I added them to this urn instead which I'm loving much better now.  It got a coat of paint to match the lanterns I did a few weeks ago.  The urn was a Goodwill find.
I used this great anchor image from The Graphics Fairy for this twice upcycled watering can.  It had some funky 70s design on it originally.  Then I painted it pink and the other day I paint it white.  So much better now.  I added the anchor using waterslide decal paper.
I gave this little clipboard a chalk paint makeover.  I originally had it in the kitchen.
Last up is this little starfish tea towel.  I used a Dollar Store flour sack and some transfer paper.

My Dad is bringing the whale over today and I can't wait to see it!  I also have to add my little anchor plaques that my sister, Kathy sent.  And I have an outdoor ottoman scheduled to land today from Target.