Monday, July 14, 2014

New Vignette and Old Transformation

As I was working on a new vignette for one of my living room's side tables I realize I had never posted about one of my most favorite thrift store finds transformations...
This is the vignette I was working on.
Here's a closer look...I love adding anything bird related to my vignettes. Love the sweet little nest.
And this is the after of my thrift store transformation...It's a vintage, broken, balance scale transformed into a lamp. When I found this piece it was missing the two balance plates (not sure that's what they're called) the arms and top part that held them in place.
At first I wasn't going to pick it up, even though it was only a couple of dollars but, Hubby thought it was too pretty to pass up. Plus, he had faith that I would eventually come up with a good use for it so he convinced me to get it. I figured it was probably worth taking for a couple of bucks even if it was only for the beautiful prisms...Well, after some brain storming a light bulb went off...Hee, hee, hee, pun intended...And after a bit of cleaning some paint and some wiring I had a brand new lamp...And now it's my most favorite lamp I own. Needless to say,  I was very happy Hubby convinced me to pick it up.
Since I transformed this thrift store find before my blogging days I have no before pictures to share but below is a picture I found on Google of what it would have looked like at one point in time.

As always, I'm thrilled you stopped by for a visit.
Wishing you all a beautifully creative day.

Hugs and Kisses,

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Our 4th of July Road Trip

Since it was going to be a four day weekend for us this past weekend we decided to take advantage of it and take a road trip.

We drove for many hours and over many, many miles of beautiful US roads and highways. There is nothing better for the soul than taking in God's beautiful handy work.
We crossed several state lines.
And we visited 3 National Parks.
Stopped by one of the most awesome dams ever built.
and  a very unique monument.
Whew! No wonder I'm pooped. We've been back for two days and I'm still trying to recuperate :-)  But you know what it was so much fun and we all had such a good time, it was all worth it.

Thank you for stopping by for a visit.
Wishing you all a beautiful day.

Hugs and Kisses,

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Stars and Stripes Craft

I always love to decorate our home for all seasons, holidays and special days and the 4th of July is no different. And I always try to make a little something to add to my decor. This year I worked on a beadboard flag for our porch...
My parents recently renovated their kitchen and literally gutted it completely out. Of course me, being the sentimental/You aren't throwing that away, are you?/I can make something out of that and still keep a little part of my childhood alive/ person that I am I grabbed as much as I could and ran :-) This piece of beadboard was one of many things that made it back home with me...Hee, hee, hee.
I always get these weird looks from my dad when I ask him for what he thinks is junk...
You'd think he'd know me by now...Anyway, when I saw this piece of beadboard, right away I envisioned
what its next life would be. I love how it turned out. 
To think it started out as this...
And it was so easy too.  Just a little paint, some painters tape and contact paper. 

First I taped off a section with painters tape that would be the blue field of the flag and painted it white...White!? Hold on I'll explain in the next step.
Then I cut some stars out of contact paper and stuck them on. The white is for the stars because the next step is to paint over the stars with blue for the field.
And then I peeled the stars to reveal the white underneath. 
Sorry, I thought I had taken pictures of the rest of the steps but I guess you all know what came next. Alternating red and white paint for the stripes on each plank and a bit of antiquing glaze and voila!
So what do you think? Oooh, I spy with my little eye another project I need to tackle soon. That bench is in dire need of a new coat of paint...Hee, hee, hee.

Thank you all for stopping by.

Hugs and Kisses,

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

2 painting projects and a rare glimpse.

Hi Everyone!

Today I wanted to share with you the two painting projects my daughter and I, with the help of her boyfriend, Zac  have been working on. And since both projects were for her bedroom I thought a petite tour would be a great way to show you the projects.  

Just a little side note...My daughter has always been very private when it comes to her bedroom and has never allowed me to blog about it...until now. For some unknown reason, (not going to question it, just going to go with it, in case she changes her mind...Hee, Hee, Hee) she has allowed me this time...So without further ado here is a very rare glimpse into this part of our petite cottage...

Our daughter has always had a very eclectic style and it reflects in every corner of her room...Even hanging from her door. Just like her momma, she loves a good thrift store find. The "Vacation will soon be here" count down sign and the embroidery hoop art were both thrift store treasure finds. She also happens to love nature very much and parts of it always seem to find their way into our home..e.g., the stick.
She had her choice of a bigger bedroom or this smaller one. Her reason for picking the smaller one was that there was less room to get messy and less room to clean up...Did I mention she is a very smart young lady? :-)

The long framed print you see when you first walk into her room was a gift from her grandmother from her dad's side. It's a vintage "Big Eyed" girl by Margaret Keane. My mom-in-law acquired it at an auction for a few dollars many, many years ago.  My daughter has always loved it because she says it will always remind her of her Nana Lola.
And just around the corner you'll find painting project #1. It's a very old dresser that once belong to my oldest sister and I when we were very little girls. It made me very happy that my daughter wanted it for her room when my parents were finally ready to give it up. It was originally white but my daughter decided to give it brand new life with this beautiful aqua color. The hanging mirror and vanity mirrored tray were also thrift store finds.
Below is painting project #2. The headboard.
Can you believe it was once the back of a garden bench? It too got a fresh coat of paint and a brand new life as a headboard. I love to re-purpose things. The little birdie pillow is one of my creations. The white cut out lace and leopard print pillow shams were also thrift store finds. The beautiful and colorful paisley quilt is from Target.
The dandelion photograph you can see in the next picture is one of her own pieces. She is quite an accomplished photographer.
Paper lanterns: Thrift store find. Tissue pom poms: Made by me.
She loves knick knacks, books and makeup and it's all neatly organized on her book shelf from Ikea. 

The piano painting you see in the next picture was painted especially for our daughter by her other grandmother, my mom. Have I ever mentioned that my daughter plays the piano? Oh, and the cute whale mobile was a gift from her boyfriend, Zac...such a sweet guy.

So there you have it... two painting projects and a very rare glimpse into our daughter's very eclectic and very her bedroom. Hope you enjoyed our petite tour.

Thank you Sweetie for letting me share :-)

Wishing everyone a wonderful day.

Hugs and Kisses,