Monday, May 22, 2017

10 Unique and Frugal Ways to Decorate Your Home for Less

I don't know about you but I am completely in love with thrift shops and antique malls.  So many bargains and such amazing variety, its unbelievable.  I thought today I'd share with you some of my favorite finds and some ideas for what you should be looking for and how you can incorporate these items into your home.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

14 Unique Repurposed Kitchen Item Ideas

I'm always on the lookout for interesting ways to repurpose vintage items.  Kitchenware is an excellent resource with so many fun things that can be recycled and reinvented in a variety of cute ways.... for minimal costs I might add. 

Here's just a few of my favorite examples.

Every antique mall I've ever been in has a variety of beautifully decorated serving utensils.  This is such a great repurpose idea.  Drawer pulls would work great wouldn't they?

Find yourself some wonderful teacups and make a towel rack for the kitchen.  So many possibilities....
Teacup and Saucer Cuteness
Wowser, these are fabulous!


Rolling pins can be found at every shop you'll ever encounter.  I love this idea for a coat rack.  Adorable.
45+ Creative Kitchen Repurpose Ideas
I love this idea.  It'd look great as a type of "frame" to hang children's artwork too.  So cute!
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I'm completely in love with this silverware light fixture.  So inspiring!


What a great repurpose!

More great silverware repurpose ideas.  So many beautiful patterns to choose from.  Don't think they're only good to eat with, so many great ways to use them in unique ways.

You'll find graters all over the place too.  Lots of great repurpose ideas but this has got to be the cutest one I've found.

Wonderful strainer ideas....

Love this idea too.... I've bought some spring pans for the purpose of decorating them up in some way for wall art (I ended up using them for concrete planters).  When walking through your local antique mall keep in mind creative, interesting ways you could use the pieces you're seeing.  So many creative uses for everyday items.
Not in English but a "picture is worth 1,000 words".  You'll get the idea, be inspired.

Great idea.  Rolling pins make a great middle support and circular pie pans work great too. 
45 Ways to Repurposeys to Repurpose Kitchen Stuff

Another great idea for a grater.
Repurposed Kitchen Tools @Knickoftime.net

Great idea for silverware.... What other words would be fitting for a kitchen?


Have you done anything interesting and creative with kitchen items?  Would love to see your handiwork.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

My Mother's Day Gift Art Project

 My mother's day gift for my momma is still underway, nothing like waiting till the last minute.  This year I found a cute project on Pinterest that inspired me....  here's what I came up with.

First, I pulled a variety of pages out of a magazine.  I had an idea in my head so every page I grabbed worked together by color, leaning towards blues and greens (imagine that!). 

I grabbed some all-purpose glue and began cutting my pages into pieces filling in an 11x14 canvas in a "fan" type shape, leaving the center open (it'll get covered in the next phase of the project).



Phase 2..... Using www.canva.com I created a list of things I love about mom and printed it off using a variety of fonts.

I then cut them out and attached them onto my canvas, with a heart paper doily in the center.

I decided I didn't like the heart being so stark so I tried my hand at shaving cream marbling.  If you've not tried it, you should.  Such a fun little side project.  I gathered my supplies; shaving cream, food coloring, something to spread out the shaving cream on and with and a scraper of some sort. 


Here's my shaving cream.  I used a box lid and spread it out with the wooden paint stick you see above.  I added food coloring drop by drop haphazardly and spread it out again.

 This is what you'll have.  You can make all kinds of cool patterns if you have the patience for it.  My design didn't require it so I didn't bother. 

My paper doily went face down into the shaving cream.  I used my fingers to press it into the mixture and yes, they were blue for a while.

I carefully pulled it out, remember its wet paper, and used a tin lid to scrape any excess off then laid it aside to dry.

Really love how it turned out. 

I ended up layering three doily's.... white, a blue one that tore on me when I was getting it out of the concoction and a good one on top.  I frayed the bottom two in an effort to add some depth and movement to the piece.

Buttons were applied to the middle of the heart. 

Nearly done....  I want to apply a few more buttons to accentuate the shape of the heart and add some decorative ribbon around the outer edge of the canvas.  I've chosen a couple but have yet to get it done. 

Are you making something this year for your momma?  Would love to see your handiwork.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Tidbits of Information about Historical Photos

I love my job!  I get to go to work nearly every day and meet interesting people from all over who collect and treasure a variety of different items, giving me the opportunity to learn about new and intriguing things every single day.

Today for instance.... we had a customer looking through old photo albums.  My mom likes the albums themselves but to this particular customer the albums meant nothing without the photographs. You see, she's a professional genealogist and as a hobby collects old photos where names have been written, researches the family and gets the photographs back into their hands. What a great hobby!

While talking to her I got a short history lesson as well.  Very inspiring, makes me want to do a little research and learn a little more about photography in those days.  Here's a peek at the interior of the album:



This is the back of the above picture, this is called a "cabinet card" (didn't know that) and is how the photographers in those days advertised.  This particular photographer was out of St. Louis.  Many of the pictures in this album are local to the area (Hillsboro and Litchfield to name a few).


The photo on the left is a tin-type, that usually ages it older than the photo on the right.  One of the interesting things I learned today was that even though a tin-type is technically older, if you're from the country, where technology usually plays catch-up to the big cities, it could actually be later (amazing how nothing really ever changes isn't it?).  Tin-types were still in use until nearly 1920 in the country settings.

Another interesting tidbit, the oval shape of the photograph on the right dates it somewhere in the 1860's-70's.  That's when I asked her how she knew all this and learned she was a professional genealogist.  Favorite part of this job, so many interesting people chock full of information and if you're willing to listen you can learn an awful lot.



Litchfield, Ills.  That's just a hop, skip and a jump from here.  Tried to find out when Illinois was abbreviated Ills. but couldn't find anything.  As early as 1831 Illinois was abbreviated Il.  (You can find information on the History of State Abbreviations here:  peacockdata.com
 
This is just one great example of how much information can be gleaned from spending a little time listening about the many things customers collect. 

Another of my favorites was a gentleman who collects "figural lightbulbs".  I had no idea what the heck he was talking about and then he showed me pictures and educated me a little, fascinating stuff!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Easy Concrete Planters

5 Words This Girl Loves To Hear:
"we've got some extra concrete"

I took off at a run for the house to grab some supplies.  On such short notice all I could come up with was a couple spring pans and a jello mold.  Don't forget the veggie oil and a rag or some type of non-stick spray. 
 I had some buckets in the shed (where we were working already) so I grabbed a few sizes and got started.  I filled the spring pan 3/4 of the way full and placed the bucket, adding rocks to add some weight and continued filling the pan. 

I did that with another spring pan and my jello mold as well.  I used my hand to level off the top and covered the whole thing with a garbage bag.  Leaving it to sit for a couple days before taking my forming off.

That bucket slipped out like butter.  I've tried this before but forgot the oil.  Yeah, that didn't end so well.  

The spring pan was even easier.  Bottom popped right off and once I loosened the pan it slipped right off.  How easy is that.

I need to run a sanding block over it and am thinking about adding some color to finish it off.

I really love how the jello mold piece turned out.  The fluting is wonderful!  I had two nesting sizes so I used one on the interior also.  I couldn't find much heavy to hold it in so I've used all kinds of junk, looks perty doesn't it?

This one was a little tricky for the demolding process.  The outer mold popped right off.  The inner mold, well, that's another story.  Doesn't that look great!
See all that concrete.... none of it should be there.  I didn't do a very good job cleaning it out.  I chiseled it out as best I could and muscled the inner mold out (quit laughing, I have some muscle).

Then, the bottom piece on the mold is removable and refused to come out.  I had to tear it up to get it out.  I'll have to change how I do that next time.

 Here's all three pieces that I did (too bad I couldn't figure out more molds quick, I just hate to throw the leftovers away).  Next time I'll be better prepared.

Now, how to finish them off.  Stay tuned, not sure what I'm going to do but I've got a few ideas.  Pictures coming soon!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Adorable Little Journal Book with A Sewn Pocket Protector



My mother visited this week and we snuck away a couple times to visit other Antique Malls in the area.  We had way too much fun and I found all kinds of great stuff.

One of my favorite finds is this wonderful little journal with a hand sewn and embellished book holder.  I thought mom and I might have a fight over this one (right in the middle of an aisle at the Antique Mall) but she graciously conceded to let me buy it.  We will both be trying to figure out how the binding works and making a few of these. 

It is just adorable!


There are ten little signatures in the book with four pieces of plain paper and one smaller decorative layer.  I know nothing about the way this little book is bound but I am completed enamored with it.  It looks like a crochet stitch.  I am determined to figure this out and make my own version.  What a treasure!


Never would I have thought to use a rubber stamp for the cover.  This is the back and the front seems to be a plain piece of rubber stamp material that's been decorated with other materials.


Look at how beautiful that is!  Anybody know what type of stitch this is?  How to do it?  I really want to figure this binding out.  Just gorgeous.

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