Monday, April 27, 2015

Faux Enamel Tags

When I saw these wood tags in Target yesterday, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them.
I love vintage enamel tags, but they can be a bit pricey on eBay and Etsy.  So, I decided to make my own.
I gave each tag a few coats of white spray paint.  Once they were dry, I broke out some rub-on transfers that I've had for a while.
I simply rubbed them on using what looks like an ice cream stick.  I would have loved to add some French phrases and text, but I had to work with what I had.  Grrrrr.
I bought two sets of these wood tags.  And lucky me found a tutorial online on how to make your own rub-on transfers.  Can't you just picture the next set featuring tons of wonderful images from the Graphics Fairy?!  I plan on trying the tutorial out soon and will keep you posted!


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Upcycled Picnic Basket

This is actually the second time I've upcycled this picnic basket. When I first got it a few years ago at a garage sale, I painted it white.
But after years in the tea room, it got quite grungy.  Over the weekend, I gave it a few coats of pink, spray chalk paint.  Then I agonized over what else to add to it.  Use the Mod Podge method? Break out some waterslide paper?  
I went simple and just stenciled the word PARIS on the front.  I used a black Sharpie and then lightly sanded over it when it was dry.
I added a Frenchy tag with tea-stained seam binding to one of the handles.
Sometimes it pays to keep it simple!  It's back in the tea room now. 


Monday, April 20, 2015

I Survived Lilly for Target

Oh boy!  As someone who has never, ever done a Black Friday in her life, Target's launch of their Lilly Pulitzer for Target collection came pretty close to Black Friday madness.
I was literally up every hour Sunday morning trying to buy online so I could avoid the above photo.  Since the site kept crashing, I went to bed and got up 3 hours later.  I drove over to my local Target and there was about 50 people already in line.  Before 8 a.m.
They let us in eleven at a time, but by the time I got in, most of the clothing was gone.  I did get the two bracelets I wanted and some makeup bags.
I then started furiously grabbing random pieces - not making note of the sizes.  I went home with four pieces of clothing including this tunic.  Three pieces I returned later in the day because they were huge on me.  Luckily this one fit.

My husband told me I was crazy not to list the other three items on eBay but I believe in karma and I wasn't about to mark them up to some crazy amount.  Hopefully, someone who really wanted the pieces to wear - and NOT resell - grabbed the three I returned.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Tea Room is Open!

Finally!  Need I say more?  Spring has finally gotten its act together here and we were able to get some outside work done over the weekend. Tops on my list was getting my tea room cleaned up.
I moved some things around in between dusting and vacuuming.  I used to have a stack of white suitcases under the mirror. Unfortunately, they got a bit moldy so I'm trying to figure out whether to clean and re-spray them or toss them and start over.
This bench took up a lot of space in there.  Now, it's on my porch.
I also moved these around.  Both had been tucked into corners but now they are more accessible.
This little table and chairs set is now where the suitcases used to be.
And I found a bunch of stuff that needs some sprucing up paint-wise - starting with these baskets.  They have to be cleaned (lots of spider webs) and given a fresh coat or two of white paint.
This little step stool also needs fresh coats of paint.  I'd like to get a French image on the top.
The sticker on this bottle peeled right off when I picked it up.  It'll get a new one.  The little cherub bowl also needs some paint.

I guess I have a lot of work ahead of me!


Sunday, April 12, 2015

I Heart Not Ironing

*This post is in partnership with Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus.*

How can it be that someone who loves to do laundry, hates to iron? I don't even let my husband go near the washer and dryer.  But ironing?  That's an entirely different story.  For years, I have cringed at the thought of ironing and have actively avoided doing it.  Seriously.  Well, let me tell you, my prayers have been answered!
The wonderful folks at Downy must have had me in mind when they came up with this idea: Wrinkle Releaser Plus sprays.  
This incredible box of goodness landed on my porch last week.  I felt like the old couple in the Swiffer commercials.  I actually looked around for a camera crew.
It even came with this cute t-shirt.  It's like we were meant to be. So, the big question is: does it work?  The spray is pretty easy to use.  You simply spray your garment, stretch and spread it out and then hang to dry.  Easy enough.
This is my test shirt.  Not terribly wrinkled but enough for me to avoid wearing it.  We can't have that, now can we?  I sprayed a few areas - particularly the pocket which was folding oddly.
This is the after.  Big difference, right?
And here is a close-up of that pesky pocket (it was still a little wet when I snapped my pic): no more odd folds.  Yipeeee!

I'm sold.  If you want to give it a try, Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus is available at Walgreens and Target, to name a few stores. They have a travel size for less than $2.  A full spray bottle is around $6.99-$7.99 depending upon the store.


*I received a free sample box of Wrinkle Releaser Plus, however all opinions, words and images in this post are solely my own.  All opinions in my posts are ALWAYS 100% my own.  I will only review products, books, etc. that I have personally used/experienced.*

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Vintage Baby Shoes, Apothecary Jar

Sharing some random pieces I worked on the last couple of days. It's been a rainy, spring break here.  I'm itching to get some spray painting in, but we're stuck indoors - again.
This is another pair of vintage baby shoes that I embellished.  It's hard to see, but I hot glued some vintage lace on the sides.
The pink twine is from Target's Dollar Spot.  I used it for my "laces."  The fleur de lis charms were a thrift store find.  I thought they'd make for a sweet Frenchy touch to the laces.  The old black & white children's photos are from The Graphics Fairy.  I just tucked them in each shoe.
I love this image - also from The Graphics Fairy.  I've used it for several projects.  It was the perfect fit for this little apothecary/candy jar.
I also upcycled a tuna can.  Hard to see, but it's wrapped in vintage sheet music.  The front image is another fave from The Graphics Fairy.

I'm using all of these pieces for a pretty, little vignette in my dining room.


Saturday, April 4, 2015