Monday, March 14, 2011

Thrifty Finds

My thrifty weekend started with an alley sale at my favorite shop in Georgetown, Gatherings. 

Big roll of black lace ribbon, egg shaped sachet, stack of sauces, tiny jewelry box, mini rocking horse planter, wall sconce, holiday napkins.

Now, here's where it all becomes a little fuzzy.

Music book?  From my favorite junk store in Georgetown?
Oh, I did get a couple croquet sets, newish, from them.  I need to come up with something clever to turn them into.

I can't remember where all these things came from.

I do remember I got these pictures when I went back to Gatherings for half price Saturday.

These letters I got at a, new to me, shop in Florence.

These are also from an antique shop in Florence. 
Funny, I've only driven through, never stopping in Florence before.

More half price day.

Estate sale Sunday.

This is a sweet little purse that's more red than the picture lets on.

It has a few moth holes in the chiffon layer (that's what you get for 2 bucks) but I'm thinking of adding some of those twisted roses everyone is doing and maybe some bling.

I usually don't do this much running around on the weekends but my Mr. Wonderful was out of town so no one was around to keep me out of trouble.

So I found a new, to me, site to link up to.  This should be fun.   
Salina of Apron Thrift Girl hosts a Thrift Share Monday, check it out!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Silver Sunday - Ice Buckets

I haven't seen these guys in awhile. 

I originally collected them to use in my little girls bathroom.
For Q-tips, cotton balls, and what.....maybe toothpaste and toothbrush?
She's changed them out for something else.

So they've been sitting on the top shelf of one of the bar cupboards since we moved here 4 years ago.

Just noticed them again last week when I was looking for something to put silverware in for a get together we hosted.

My favorite is the one with the start shaped etchings.  Just a little silver but enough to play along with 
Beth's March Silver Sunday at Gypsy Fish Journal.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Chippy White Wednesday

I was pokin' around on line and came across an idea to use something I already had.  Ya, go figure!  I may not be using the "good stuff" like Karla at Karla's Cottage suggests but.....well, actually, this is the junk, ha!

I bought a couple "boxes" of junk from a couple estate sales for the door knobs.  Apparently, no one else is making those picture holder door knobs around here cause mine were flyin' out the door last fall.  So, there were also these door face plates in the boxes.  

Enter Robo Margo 
 I don't remember exactly how I found her but after I got there I realized she had a mirror etching project in the latest Flea Market Style magazine.  Good thing too cause I was confused by the magazine directions.  If anyone else was, she has the instructions free for a while because of the published article.  All kinds of re-purposing ideas, right up my alley, check her out!

So short story long, this is what I made.

Margo calls them sun catchers but I think they'll be just as cute hung on a door knob or peg.

I didn't waver much from her design, maybe a little more use of the re-bar wire.  What's the saying, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

Linking up today with Kathleen at Faded Charm for her 90th White Wednesday, (WOW!) where you'll always find inspiration.


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Paying It Forward

I'm participating in a wonderful little blog project called... 
Pay It Forward 2011! 
When I read about it, at Danielle's My Blessed Serendipity Live I knew that I just HAD to be part of it. What a wonderful way to share friendship, inspiration and creativity all while "paying it forward."

Here's how it works....

The first five people who comment on this blog post will receive a handmade gift from me, Susanne.

In return, you must FIRST write a blog post explaining Pay It Forward 2011. Then.... send out a handmade gift to the first 5 visitors who leave a comment. Take your time...you don't need to send them all today or tomorrow.  Gifts from the heart are worth the wait!

This is such a sweet way to make new friends and share the love of things we create with our hearts and hands.

"It's not the size of the gift that matters, but the spirit 
of paying it forward."

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Project Finished & Blogiversary Giveaway Winner

Sorry it's taken me a few days to get this post up.  One of my bestest friends, Karalee, who moved away, was in town this week and we were pretty busy playing all week!

First of all I like to give the answer to the Bonus Round Question, "what project have I just completed?"

My hint was that it's been on deck for a year.  That was supposed to get you to look at my very first post where I blathered on about starting a blog and accountability and getting projects done.  Well I'd like to say I've made a vast improvement in that department, but that would be a lie!  However, with the one year mark looming and my Mr. Wonderful out of town for 10 days, I no more excuses not to get that one project I mentioned in my first post done, done, done!

Just one of you lovelies guessed correctly, the one who has known me the longest!  Kathy, knows me from our Minnesota days.  No, I didn't haul these monsters from the frozen north, they haven't been on the deck that long.  
(Kathy, do you remember the garage sale I had before we moved?  Oh, the good junk I parted with.....)  

Here are the lockers in my sewing room that I told you all a year ago I wanted painted.

Man they were ughly!

I took them apart so I could carry them downstairs more easily by myself.  I didn't realize one of the inside walls was shared.  Ya that one was a fun one to carry, ha!

I ended up doing more prep work that I originally intended.  The best solution for removing the 3-4 layers of paint would have been sand blasting but I wasn't up for the expense or the logistics of that. 

I  removed the old plastic combination locks and locker numbers.  BTW, the best way to remove rivets is to drill them out.  Thank you Google!

Ta Da!  Here they are!  
Not perfect but at least they are just one color and clean to store all my crap precious supplies.

For now, I have some twill tape ties for knobs, the plastic locks will not be returning.  We'll see how well they work out.  Or if I come across something else I like for knobs I may change them out.

Here are the locker numbers, ya, it was 'fun' to pick the layers of paint off them too!  I just got some silver brads, (out playing with my friend) I'm going to put these back on with.  (Oh, ya, I did so just end a sentence with a preposition and I'll so it again, cause that's how I roll.)

I had a roll of black on white toile wall paper which was enough to paper the locker insides, with just a few feet left to spare.

I've taken the lockers out of the sewing room and put them in the upstairs open living area instead.  I've moved things around in the sewing room and I think I'm going to like the new arrangement much better.  In all, I moved about 10 different pieces of furniture around from 3 different rooms upstairs.  Hope to have new pictures of those completed rooms at some point.  Still some bed swapping and headboard painting I want to do.  
(Yikes!  I just flashed to a year from now, scrambling to get that done!)

I love my tags!  I went a little crazy collecting these little coasters that I lined with adhesive chalkboard paper, embellished with lace and trim bits and put magnets on the back.  So the labels are easy enough to change if I move things when I reorganize.

I sold these at some craft sales last fall but thankfully I still had enough for each door.

Thank you all for entering my giveaway and joining in my One Year Blogiversary!  Thanks for all the warm fuzzzies!  So with great pleasure I'd like to announce the giveaway winner.....

The oh so creative Lorrie, from Fabric, Paper, Thread!!!

I'm looking forward to another year in Blogging, only wish I'd gotten on board sooner!



Tuesday, March 1, 2011


I'm joining Debra and Nicole 
at Capers of the Vintage Vixens,
who are host Bloggers' Bodega on Tuesdays.

Please visit my ETSY shop.....

Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 2nd is the last day to enter my 
One Year Blogiversary Giveaway!

Here are some of what you will find in my etsy shop.

Vintage keys with bling.

Journals made from vintage Readers Digest books

Book markers made from their spines.

Spritz cookie press necklaces.

Vintage earring bracelets

Vintage inspired bouquets.