Monday, September 12, 2011

No horsing around here

I almost passed this up...I was dropping off some bags of clothes at Goodwill
and thought I should drop in for a quick glance

It looks like it was handmade for "Heidi"
a solid rocking horse, no batteries, no plastic,
just a wooden rocking horse!

Cute paint job - if it was still the 1980's!

Now this is what I had envisioned...when I first saw her~

I sanded off all the old paint
and then two cans of spray paint later...
She's a beautiful white rocking horse!

I made the tail out of yarn from Michael's

Used my Cricut Expression to cut out the flowers
and my granddaughters name

I'm so happy I didn't pass this one up!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Nothing new, just a different way

We all have fallen for images from The Graphics Fairy
adhered to a white painted pot...haven't we!

I hear you nodding yes!

Well I made some too, just a different way~

These two that I did are from Hobby Lobby, they were Terra cotta pots;
 painted them white and then used a another way to affix the images!

I used Omni-Gel instead of the Mod Podge versions.

I have to admit, I tried this a long time ago with no success transferring an image,
 then I re-read the instructions...and saw "laser copies"
thats where I went wrong...
trying to use the home injet copies.

It's easy and no need to reverse the images either.  Just brush on
your laser copy image (read the instructions) and when it's dry,
soak in water and rub the paper off.

It comes out like a plastic sheet, trim it and you
can use Omni-Gel to adhere the image to your
object.  You can find this in all the craft stores! 

Just a different way!

Joining these link parties~

Monday, August 22, 2011

They know what we want!

Yes, Target sure does know that
we love grain sack images..even if it's a dish towel!

I picked these up at my local Target this weekend...$3.99/each!

These will not be used for dishes...I think I see some pillows or seat cushions here!

Run to your nearest store...before they're all gone!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Garden Gate

We took the plunge this summer and fenced our yard,
this has been on my wish list for about seven years now.
Having two dogs, it's been wonderful letting them out now!

Of course, I needed to accessorize the gate
with some gate bling...{insert eye roll here from hubby}

The gate needed a heart shaped wreath, and one that could withstand the elements
and the wildlife!

I was all set to make a burlap wreath...then I happened to capture this little one...
I couldn't figure out why the banner was falling apart...
somewhere, there's a burlap birds nest or two.

Plan B, I got this punch and a roll of aluminum from Hobby Lobby

Punched out a swarm of fluttering butterflies ~
 it was fun doing punch outs on aluminum,
folding the wings up and they hold their shape. 
Glued them on a heart shaped wreath and sprayed it white. 

A nice welcoming addition, to a boring gate {insert another hubby eye roll!}

Butterfly bling, and the birds can't make off with them!

Monday, August 1, 2011

I'll call her Betty Lou

I've been searching for a dress form...

One I could dress up and name her!

I couldn't find one at a reasonable price, so I did something else!

 I got some floral netting... 

and I made one!

A lot of bending and shaping to give her the right curves!

My family thought I was making a rabbit pinata!

I layered her in strips of newspaper covered in
a flour and water mixture, and let her dry.

For her neck, I used these wood pieces that I glued together and
painted black...

then Mod Podged her with old sheet music.

Betty Lou, all dressed up for photos outside -
she's an inside girl really!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Look, no hands!

I've been busy - the weather cooperated and I was able to get
a day to spray paint!....Finally!

My finished project!  Since I love clocks so much,
I'm really loving this project.

I found this at my favorite thrift store, and I broke
my rule that I said I wouldn't ever do again...I saw this,
picked it up, put it down...and didn't buy it...and of course
I thought about it that night... I went back the next day...
 there was a sign on the thrift store door "50% off one purchase today"...

Gulp, I hope that table is still there, I thought... it was...

normally I don't have this luck ~ and 50% off...hello $10.00 table!

The clock part wasn't doing it for me, I liked the numbers...just didn't
like the "Quartz" on the bottom of the face. 

I scanned a clock face I had and printed it out on card stock,
spray adhesived it to the center of the clock face.

I have enough clocks around telling time, I didn't need
this to be a working clock...look, no hands!

Just some spray paint, no distressing

a little side table - my favorite things...clocks...and lamps!

the moral of this story is, when I picked the table up - I didn't
have my "spray paint" visionary goggles on to realize
what I could do with this, so I passed it up,
luckily it was still there...
it wasn't the price I was concerned about, it was...
at the moment, I'm not sure what I could do with it...

don't hesitate on purchasing something at a thrift store...

paint always makes it better!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Instant collection

Here's my instant *old camera* collection...

and why I love thrift stores!

I've been on the search for old camera's ~
*ones that are pre-flash cube days...

I hit the jackpot thanks to my favorite thrift store!

@ the flea markets ~ old camera's go for no less than $25.00/each ~

not at the thrift stores

these were less than the price of a $5.00 foot long sandwich!

 I love taking pictures ~ and my fascination with camera's inspired
me to start a collection - on a budget
~ ~ ~
All the *worth a thousand words* these camera's must have captured

I love the look of an old camera...I just wouldn't
want to take pictures with them, thank you modern technology!

If you've ever looked into the viewer to focus on one
of these, you'll understand how difficult it was
to take pictures...thank you again modern technology!

the cute volunteer lady at the thrift store tried
talking me into a newer *old* camera...saying

...they probably don't sell the film for these anymore... thanks, no film necessary, I'll take these treasures...

and I'll be looking for more to add to my *instant* collection!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Bows Bows Bows

My sweet little granddaughter is
seven months old!

She's slightly challenged in the hair department {meaning; lack of!}

So she always has a little hairband and bow on -
 just so we don't get those awkward comments
"is it a boy"...when she's dressed head to toe in pink!

Here's my latest project to hold all those bows!

this was a thrift store find - a very ugly picture
in a great frame!  I removed the glass and the picture
and sprayed the frame Ballet Pink.

then I covered foam core board with fabric and added the bright ribbons

now all her little bows are conveniently accessible 
(this isn't all of them!)

Here's a gratuitous grandma picture....

I made her these little "pig tails" from
one of those hair pieces that we all
bought at the mall years ago...that
we never wore...or maybe wore just once!

She doesn't *likey* these too much...but
we get a good chuckle when we put these on her!

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Thrift store rehabbing

I've been frequenting some of my favorite thrift stores
looking for treasures to "rehab"...

I've passed up some
things that I wanted to "think" about, only to go back and
find that someone else had snatched it up...

So no more thinking about things, I've learned my lesson!

Here the "after" picture of a recent treasure ...

 I wanted to recreate this image from The Graphics Fairy.

Here's the "before" - getting ready to be spray painted
I didn't hesitate on purchasing this...
it wasn't very attractive,
a brown, wood, box...
but I thought it had potential!

I sprayed the top black and then cut out the
words in vinyl on my Cricuit Expression

 Sprayed it with Heirloom White

At first, I wasn't pleased with the bubbly texture on top

but after some sanding ~ I'm liking the shabbiness!

Thanks for stopping by!

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