Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Treasury Tuesday - Au Naturel

I think it's much more fun, cost effective, and just all around rewarding to go scrounging for art supplies than to go to my local craft store. But not everyone has time or access to supplies so luckily there are artists that will scrounge for you. Check out these Etsy finds.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Posh Pup - Memphis

I'm really excited to share pictures I just received of Memphis sporting his new collar (purchased from us on Etsy) and his tie (also an Etsy purchase). He looks so proud of his new look, which he will be donning again in June when he'll be participating in a wedding.

Love it Memphis! You are one handsome pooch with or without your attire.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Holiday Can Carolers DIY

While digging through my holiday decorations I found something I created many years ago... Can Carolers! My sister and I used to make and sell these at craft shows. I'm really glad I held on to a couple of them.

They were easy and fun to make. They were also a big hit at the craft shows. I've listed supplies and instructions below so you can make your own. If you do make them, I'd love to see photos!

The carolers pictured are free standing, but we also made them with string attached to hang as ornaments.

  • Aluminum soda can(s) - any size
  • Spray Paint
  • Flesh colored acrylic paint
  • Sharpie pen
  • Moss
  • String (if you plan to hang them)
  • Hot glue gun

  1. Completely remove the pull tab. Use a metal file to smooth any sharp edges.
  2. Using your hands, press to dent the soda can. Not too much, or it won't stand up.
  3. Spray paint the can. I used a gloss paint.
  4. Paint and/or glue decorations on the "clothing" portion of the can.
  5. Use a paint brush to paint the "face" of the can.
  6. Use a sharpie to draw the eyes on the face.
  7. If you plan to hang them as ornaments, hot glue string where you plan to put the hair.
  8. Hot glue moss for the hair.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Reloved Magazine

If you haven't checked out Reloved magazine yet, I recommend you do so. It has a lot of great ideas, DIYs, inspiration and just plain eye candy. Yum!

Here's what they say about themselves... Reloved is the exciting new magazine at the heart of thrifting, shabby chic and upcycling. With an emphasis on breathing new life into old, forgotten objects, it brings a hands-on approach to this thriving pastime. Featuring at least 25 substantial projects in each issue.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Treasury Tuesday - Stitchin it Old School

Lately I've been really drawn to items stitched by hand. I think it might go along with my love of patchwork. Or maybe it's the need to be doing something while I'm watching TV.  But whatever the reason, I just love the look of hand stitched and hand embroidered items.

Here are some items I used in my latest Etsy treasury.

And here are a couple of tops I like from Alabama Chanin. If you haven't visited their site before, I highly recommend it. They have books, classes and even kits for making gorgeous items.

And a few more items from Pinterest.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Decor Style File: Vintage Style

Favorites from the Summer 2013 edition of Vintage Style magazine.

  • Colorful, whimsical, comfy looking rooms 

  • Striped lampshade
  • Driftwood tree
  • Photo transferred to throw pillow
  • Eclectic, colorful bedrooms
  • Paper typewriter
  • Paper flowers... these colors work well together

  •  Both porches look so relaxing 

  • Super cute little garden room
  • LOVE these light fixtures
  • Framed old fashioned swim suits... fun!

  • We're hoping to put a pond in our yard... this one looks great
  • Beautiful porches
  • Outside shower... why not?

  •  From a very young age I've loved stationery... note pads, pens, rubber stamps, oh my!

  • Bathrooms with framed mirrors always look great
  • Colorful, eclectic porch
  • Simple brick patio in a wooded yard... it looks so inviting
  • Those glass vases on the table are amazing

  • Little gate... this would be perfect to keep our dogs out of some areas of the yard
  • Colorful, rustic outdoor room... check out the light fixtures hung together
  • Color looks good anywhere, even in the yard