Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Closed for Remodeling...

I am really excited for the changes to my blog that will be coming soon!  Sorry but it will be "closed" for a while - but be sure to "tune in" when I am back with major improvements!  Look for a re-opening in late July... 

Thanks for all who read my blog, you will not be disappointed. 

Till then, have a blessed and awesome summer!

Friday, June 10, 2016

Necessity is the mother of invention.

Necessity is the mother of invention.  That's what inspired this. 
I have a small bathroom that really needed a nice makeover.
And a nice towel rack. 
We have been shoving all our towels on an over-the-door kind of towel rack.  It worked, but it wasn't attractive and it took a while for all our towels to dry.  So we needed something new and an idea was born...

So from a pile of wood in our backyard I grabbed what I needed and went to work.

I cut my pieces to a size that worked.

Sanded - a lot!

Painted them white.

Sanded again to distress.

Added hardware and letters.

Hung on bathroom wall!
One top piece for the letters (Devon, Noah, and Gabe's spots for towels!) and a hook for their soap sacks.

The bottom piece for their towels.

I think it turned out pretty well, it's personalized and unique, and anyone can make it! 

Monday, June 6, 2016

Fairy Gardens!

If you know me, you know that I've always had a "thing" for fairies.  I am so excited about this new fad - Fairy Gardens!

These are incredibly fun to create.  I have a few for sale, some for indoors and some for indoor/outdoors.  Here's my favorite one up for grabs...

I also have created my own "hobbit home" and my own outdoor fairy garden with a mint plant...

Love shopping for these miniatures at Bowman's and Joann's.  They are adorable and a really fun thing to make!

Friday, June 3, 2016

I just love a good before and after!

Been working hard on redoing pieces I have and pieces I've bought.  This is just too much fun!  I now daydream of taking a vacation driving up and down the east coast stopping in antique stores and thrift stores and flea markets...  Anyone else with me?

And I really do now appreciate a good before and after...  Here's mine!

Here's an old handmade wooden step stool I found
After I painted and distressed in grey and white

An old not-so-attractive find from the antique mall

After I refinished and distressed in white

Our old kitchen stool in need of love

After painting, distressing, and putting on a new fabric

Learning is so easy thanks to things like YouTube.  Whatever you want to do there is a video telling you and showing you exactly how - so get to learning!  I am just baffled by people who say they are bored; there is so much to learn and do!  Now on to the next project and some more fun...

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

So many things to do with mason jars!

So many things to do with mason jars!  As I look for how to make a specific project with them, I find more and more ideas for things to do.  Who knew?

Love putting these jars with flowers around the house, giving it a nice spring and summer look.

I also like my newest creations that my hubby inspired me to make - a patriotic, flag set of jars with lights in them.  Great for a table centerpiece, especially out on the patio table with all the Memorial Day and Fourth of July parties coming up!

Here's what I did on my dining room table

Plus you can put in a nice colorful potpourri and put a crochet doily on top...

Or just add a collection of buttons! 

Enjoy coming up with many more simple ideas.  They can be used for anything!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Looking with a new eye...

Another addiction - making old new, and then old again!  LOL!

I have always loved walking into antique shops, indoor flea markets, and thrift stores and finding diamonds in the rough.  Now I look with a new eye - what can I make new, and then make it look old again?  I am really into the Shabby Chic/ Farmhouse Chic look, and I am grabbing up inexpensive furniture and décor items and refinishing and distressing them, and I am loving it!  I am just having trouble parting with the things I am redoing and wish I could keep them all for my own home...  Like my newest one...  An adorable chalkboard shelf with a painted apples tile...

This one had old beat up orangy colored wood before I refinished it.  Now I have told my husband that if it doesn't sell by the middle of June it will go in my kitchen!  How cute would it be to write a to do list, or events going on that week, or your current favorite Scripture verse, or a little note to your kids?  I've even included a little painted jar to hold chalk! 

Making old new, then distressing to look old again.  My newest obsession.  Trying new hobbies has really been a blast for me - you never know what you can do, and will LOVE, until you try it!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Never buy Swiffer Duster refills again!

I am learning that I get the most satisfaction out of making things for the home, whether it be a crochet blanket, or refinishing furniture.  I also really like making and sharing about useful items that can save you money!
Like these.  You will never have to buy those Swiffer refills again. 
I have been using a ribbed crochet Swiffer duster cover made from acrylic yarn that can be thrown right in the washer when I am done using it, then putting another one on to use next time (sometimes that next time is an hour later with my boys and their messes!).  Switching between 2 of them, I don't need to buy another refill, ever.  I also have used my Thieves cleaner spray from Young Living on floor spots and spills and cleaning it up using this crochet cloth.  Now that's useful!
I will be adding these on my Etsy shop, selling them in groups of 2.