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!


Thursday, June 18, 2015

French Trinkets

Played with some random pieces in the craft room yesterday, and came up with these French trinkets.
Petite religious medal.
Another upcycled mint tin.
I put the two together on a pretty French paper book stack.
I'm happy to report my crafting mojo is back!


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

DIY Bath Salts

When I received this book in the mail from the folks at Ulysses Press, I was beyond excited!  I had always wanted to make my own bath products and this book helped me take that first step.
Homemade Bath Bombs, Salts, and Scrubs features 300 easy, fun, DIY recipes that will infuse a little ahhhh into your regular bath routine.  It shows you how to use everything from fragrant petals to essential oils to exotic ingredients, including sage, peppermint, rose, jasmine and my first choice: lavender.  Check out a few of these easy-to-follow recipes:
Don't these sound divine?
I'm a Virgo, so I really loved these recipes too!
I chose a basic one to start: lavender bath salts.  I used Epsom salts, lavender buds and some essential oils.  
It smells just wow!
I can't wait to light some candles and take a bath now.  

If you want to check out a copy of Homemade Bath Bombs, Salts, and Scrubs (SRP: $14.95) by Kate Bello, you can find it on


Note: I was provided with a copy of Homemade Bath Bombs, Salts, and Scrubs by Ulysses Press, however, all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Pink Pedestal Cake Plate

I've had this little wood pedestal cake plate that I made for a few years now.  I had originally painted it gold for a Christmas vignette, but it's been sitting in the basement for several months now.
I broke out some pink chalk spray paint and gave it a new lease on life.  I'm loving the pink so much more than the gold.
And since pink appears to be the theme of the day, I broke out this pretty French wrapping paper (from Home Goods) last night to wrap a paperback dictionary no one in the house seemed to be using.
I'm on the hunt for other books in varying sizes to wrap because I just love this look and this wrapping paper.


Monday, June 8, 2015

Romantic Homes-Inspired LOVE Frame

Did anyone else spy this little frame in the current issue of Romantic Homes?
Super cute, right?  I decided to make my own over the weekend.
I picked up a black frame from a local thrift store and gave it a few coats of white paint.  I used a French script background and DaFont for my lettering.  
Done and done.  And it only cost me 25 cents!


Thursday, June 4, 2015

Upcycled Lemonade Bottles

This is an upcycle of a previous upcycle.  I've had these bottles for a few years and the last batch of stickers I had on them peeled off. That was okay with me as I like to change things up every few months.
I made these labels using these great vintage French images from the Graphics Fairy.
I printed them onto label paper, cut and stick. Super simple!
Add a piece of twine and done!


Monday, June 1, 2015

Target Wood Letters

Have you seen the wood letters Target added to their craft section? I picked up a "B" and ampersand last week with the plan of adding them to our picture wall.  But first I had to spruce them up a bit.
I gave each a few coats of black spray paint.
Then I broke out a power sander.  Yes, I actually used a power tool when my husband was at work.  There is a first time for everything, lol.  Anywho, I sanded the paint around the edges of each piece for a more aged look.
I'm super happy with how they came out and can't wait to hang them!