Monthly Archives: November 2011

The Wreath

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So I don’t know about you but wandering through Michael’s makes me to march up the cashier and gallantly announce… “One of everything, good sir!” (in an English accent of course).  The holiday seasons (yes, in my mind fall is a holiday season) makes this urge even worse.  EVEN WORSE is that pretty much everything in the store is 50% off so you feel like you are getting a deal.  Grrr.  On my last hour long, 4 lap around the store adventure, I decided that I needed a Christmas wreath more than anything else in this world.  The simple wreath and bow combo that became a must-have in my mind came with a $34 price tag, really $17 as, of course, it was half off.  Still, at $17, I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.  Instead, I bought myself a plain one (half off for $2.99) and red wired edge ribbon ($.96) and said… “I can make that!”

(sorry… bad picture, but it was nighttime)

Perfect addition to outdoor decor.  Thank you RawBeautyGirl for the YouTube easy bow making tutorial.

Glassery (that’s not even a word)

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Another successful trip to the Goodwill has left me with some new ideas in glass.  One that didn’t need any transformation was this adorable blue glass vase priced at a whopping 79 cents! Fits perfectly in the kitchen! Image

Saw this and immediately grabbed it for $1.99…

Image…replaced the putrid purple potpourri for the delicious cinnamon pine cones from Michael’s and cranberries from the dollar store. The house smells like Christmas!

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Love, love, love Ball jars!  I have blue glass jars all over my kitchen, so when I found these adorable mini’s, I couldn’t pass them up, especially for 49 cents a piece…

Since I was in a holiday mood, I filled them with dollar store berries and borrowed a few strips of ribbon from the wreath… and… ta da!

Thought they were cute in the kitchen although I don’t really know what purpose they serve (any ideas?) except that they make me happy! All three projects… about $6 and that makes me even happier!

Candlesticks

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Thanks to all of the craftiness on Pinterest and a recent trip to an antique store, I have been drooling over anything antique, vintage, aged, or distressed lately.  But hitting up the local home stores, everything was too pricey or obviously faux-vintage and made out of some particle board “wood” that certainly does not look like it came from a tree.  So after an unsuccessful search at Home Goods & Pier 1 for some vintage looking candlesticks, I found these 80’s beauties at Goodwill:

At $3.99 a piece, I figured… I can make that!  I snatched them up before some other inspired shopper could.  Come to find out as I placed them on the car seat next to me, the sticker on the bottom read Target.  Ok, so not as antique as I thought.  Oh well.  Let’s Tim Gunn this and make it work!  Quick trips to Home Depot and Michael’s shrines to the great Martha Stewart,  I ended up with a pre-tinted, tester sized bottle of Martha Stewart Living paint in Cornbread ($2.94– the tester size is the best idea ever), Kilz Odorless spray primer for$5.99  (which, in fact, had no odor) and Martha Stewart Crafts Tintable Antique Effect ($3.00 after coupon at Michael’s).

Step 1: Spray primer

Step 2: Paint

Step 3: I roughed them up with sandpaper.  It took a while to figure out how aged I wanted them to look.  I loved that a little bit of the original brown came through and made them look chipped. 

Step 4: After wiping off all of the excess dust, I used the antique glaze mixed with a teeny drop of black paint.  When mixed, it was a grayish color.  It gave them some shadows and depth.  Also, when rubbed off with a cloth, more paint will peel, making it more distressed.  Finished product!

 

 

Before and after:

Looking good with some Target clearance candles!

Thanks to Pretty Handy Girl and The Speckled Dog for the tips on antiquing!

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This blog is dedicated my mom and me.  When strolling through a store or shopping online, I see something cute… something awesome… something I need to have… something that would fit perfectly in that spot that I am missing something…and this is just that something I am missing! Until, that is, you turn over the price tag (or glace over to “add to cart”) and think “You have got to be kidding me?!”  Squinting harder at the desired item, I immediately call my mom and describe it in all its glory.  Then, after a dramatic pause… reveal the price.  After the letdown, I utter the only words that can possibly give us some redemption… “I CAN MAKE THAT!” Here’s to all of the projects, disastrous and successful that ensued…