The Medallion

The MedallionThe newest addition to my living room walls.

1-DSCF1661My son and I went to a few yard sales last week and I found this fantastic metal medallion. It was only a dollar!

2-DSCF1662I wasn’t crazy about the brassy shine, but that wasn’t anything that spray paint couldn’t fix. I had a can of white primer that worked wonderfully.

4-DSCF1677After it dried I gave it a soft sanding. This distressed the grooves and ridges perfectly. I love it!

5-DSCF1708I dug through one of the storage units to retrieve a shelf…then I added a cool birdhouse and a bucket to finish the arrangement.

I was going to put silk hydrangeas in the bucket, but I couldn’t locate the ones I know I have. Oh well, they will show up eventually.

Enjoy!

Flower Bed Fencing Wall Decor

6-DSCF1525Flower Bed Fencing Wall Decor

1-DSCF1312I have never used this fencing for it’s original intent, but I had lots of it in my stash when we packed and moved. My husband and kids were going to throw it out, but I just couldn’t do it. I had me some ideas in my head. ;)

Since I’m still decorating our new home, and the theme seems to be repurposing and restyling the unusual, I decided the fencing would fit right in with my existing and evolving decor choices.

2-DSCF1313I have a place above my buffet that was still in need of a something-something, so I cut a length of the fencing to span just short of the buffet’s width.

3-DSCF1322After fixing the bends I curled the cut wires on the ends of the fence into decorative spirals.

4-DSCF1325The wire legs of the fencing were curved up to create little hooks.

5-DSCF1534With the addition of a wreath and my screen/spindle dragonflies, the display was complete.

7-DSCF1546Yippee! I think the wall area between the dining area and the living room of our rental house is done.

8-DSCF1547Enjoy!

Places I’m Partying This Week:

Monday:

Inspiration Monday
Make It Pretty Monday
Block Party
Craftastic Monday
Marvelous Mondays
Monday Funday
Creative Corner Hop

Tuesday:

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday
The Inspiration Board
Show Me What You Got
From Dream To Reality
The Scoop
Show and Share at Coastal Charm

Wednesday:

Wow Us Wednesdays
Wednesday’s Adorned From Above
{wow me} wednesday
A Little Bird Told Me
Wednesday Whatsits
Whatever Goes Wednesday
Time For A Party

Thursday:

Catch a Glimpse Thursday
The Project Stash Link Party
Under $100 Link Party
Creative Inspirations Linky Party
Lovely Ladies Linky
Create It Thursday

Friday:

Feathered Nest Friday
Frugal Friday
Creativity Unleashed
Show and Tell Friday
I’m Lovin’ It
Simple and Sweet Fridays

Saturday:

Show and Tell Saturday
Get Schooled Saturday
Party Junk
Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party

Sunday:

Think Pink Sunday
Submarine Sunday
That DIY Party
Nifty Thrifty Sunday
Sew Darn Crafty
Bouquet of Talent

Country Rag Boa Wreath-Tutorial

6-rag boa wreathCountry Rag Boa Wreath

7-DSCF1250You may have seen this wreath in my dining room post. It was the perfect addition to the screen door.

3-rag boa wreathWho says wreaths have to be round? This picture frame inspired another outside-the-box project.

1-rag boa wreathBits of cutter quilt scraps left over from previous projects were the perfect medium to create a rag boa to wrap around the frame, but you could use any fabric scrap of your choosing.

The tutorial for my Country Rag Boa Wreath can be found HERE.

Enjoy!

Hanging Shutter Birdhouses

6-DSCF1238More trashformations from the storage unit.

1-DSCF1182As most of you know by now, I have a weakness for things that have enjoyed a previous life. I had thought that my shutter stash was pretty much depleted, but when moving, I found a bunch that were hiding in a corner. The picture frames were setting right next to them in the storage unit, so I decided to bring some of both home. I was sure I could figure out something that would use both elements. Hanging shutter birdhouses are what materialized.

2-DSCF1193I chopped the frames into eaves. Each frame was enough to make two birdhouse eaves. The spines were not going to work for this project so I took them off and replaced them with a flat piece of lath. Actually, the lath went on the back and it kept the slats of the shutters from opening while allowing the shutter to lay flat.

3-DSCF1195A little paint spruced up the shutters and the eaves, making the idea of a house much more easy to visualize.

4-DSCF1200Attaching the eaves to the shutters cinched it. These were definitely houses.

I dug through my metal hardware stash and found knobs for perches along with doorknob and cupboard door plates. I also found some awesome rusty fencing.

5-DSCF1237I drilled through the shutter slats to attach the cupboard door knob perches, but the rest of the pieces were attached with E6000. I also drilled holes for the baling wire hanger.

Enjoy!

8-DSCF1231Now, about that E6000 stuff. Normally I would have said household cement and let it go at that, but since E6000 is what I use and have been using for a gazillion years for most projects that need a firm hold, I thought I would share my pissy moment.

For those of you that do not use E6000, this little rant may not mean much to you, but for those of you like me, check the packaging very carefully to ensure you are indeed getting what you want.

You see, E6000 has always been clear. It goes on clear and stays clear. It isn’t noticeable on any project because IT IS CLEAR.

8-DSCF1231See that tube in the picture? At first glance the entire package looks the same as the trusted (clear) adhesive you have come to rely on. But, but WAIT! See that itty bitty black oval above the E6000 name? Nope, I didn’t at first glance since the color matches that of the normal packaging. First, second, or third glance. Whatever. I did not notice it until I applied this black mess to my white shutters. By then it was too late and I had to make the best of it. I can’t say I will be using it again.

So, powers-that-be at E6000, please tell me why you thought adding a color to your tried and true adhesive was a good idea? Seriously, the idea is to adhere things together in an inconspicuous way. This black adhesive is a giant fail. I have now wasted money on a product that can only be used on a few projects, while the clear can be used on all intended projects. For crying out loud, why mess with success?

Pissy rant over. ;)

I WAS FEATURED!


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Places I’m partying this week:

Monday:

Inspiration Monday
Make It Pretty Monday
Block Party
Craftastic Monday
Marvelous Mondays
Monday Funday
Creative Corner Hop

Tuesday:

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday
The Inspiration Board
Show Me What You Got
From Dream To Reality
The Scoop
Show and Share at Coastal Charm

Wednesday:

Wow Us Wednesdays
We Did It! Wednesday
Wednesday’s Adorned From Above
{wow me} wednesday
A Little Bird Told Me
Wednesday Whatsits
Whatever Goes Wednesday
Time For A Party

Thursday:

Catch a Glimpse Thursday
The Project Stash Link Party
Under $100 Link Party
Creative Inspirations Linky Party
Lovely Ladies Linky
Create It Thursday

Friday:

Feathered Nest Friday
Frugal Friday
Creativity Unleashed
Show and Tell Friday
I’m Lovin’ It
Simple and Sweet Fridays

Saturday:

Show and Tell Saturday
Get Schooled Saturday
Party Junk
Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party

Sunday:

Think Pink Sunday
Submarine Sunday
That DIY Party
Nifty Thrifty Sunday
Sew Darn Crafty
Bouquet of Talent

The Dining “Room”

4-DSCF1243Okay, it’s more of a dining area than a dining room, but it was finally time to bring my ideas to reality.

5-DSCF1245It’s been slow going, as I may be making this harder than it needs to be. You see, I’ve been kinda obsessed with not leaving a big footprint (so to speak) on the walls of this rental home. Finally the reasoning of my friends and family that the landlord would not expect there be no holes in the walls from decorating has finally sunk in.

While I’ve finally accepted that advice, I still want to make sure the holes I do put there are in the right place with the first try.

Last month I gave a sneak peek of my living room with a wall I decorated with an old door and window. Since this dining area is beside the living room, I decided to carry that same theme throughout. Oh, who am I kidding? I just wanted an excuse to dig out more goodies from my storage unit.

1-DSCF1179This screen door was the perfect addition. Yep, I can almost hear you gasp and shake your head. My family kinda thought I was off my rocker too, but the charm of an old screen door was just too much for me. It didn’t hurt that I knew the history of it either.

This screen door was laying on the front porch of the more than century old house that was given to us to salvage. I’m pretty sure it had been on the house at one time, but I think it finished up it’s working life as a door to a chicken coup. The wood was worn and chipped in areas that could only have been done by the repeated pecking of chickens.

2-DSCF1184The screen was a total loss so I ripped it off and attached some chicken wire I had salvaged from the same house.

3-DSCF1199After sanding, giving it a good cleaning and attaching a new board along the bottom, I dry brushed the whole thing white.

5-DSCF1245I am thrilled with the way it turned out.

6-DSCF1247It seems to fit in perfectly with my imperfect, restyled and repurposed decorating style.

7-DSCF1250I just leaned it against the wall. Yes, I accept that I can use nails in the walls, but in this case it wasn’t necessary.

Enjoy!

I WAS FEATURED!

Embracing Change

Places I’m partying this week:

Monday:

Inspiration Monday
Make It Pretty Monday
Block Party
Craftastic Monday
Marvelous Mondays
Monday Funday
Creative Corner Hop

Tuesday:

Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday
The Inspiration Board
Show Me What You Got
From Dream To Reality
The Scoop
Show and Share at Coastal Charm

Wednesday:

Wow Us Wednesdays
We Did It! Wednesday
Wednesday’s Adorned From Above
{wow me} wednesday
A Little Bird Told Me
Wednesday Whatsits
Whatever Goes Wednesday
Time For A Party

Thursday:

Catch a Glimpse Thursday
The Project Stash Link Party
Under $100 Link Party
Creative Inspirations Linky Party
Lovely Ladies Linky
Create It Thursday

Friday:

Feathered Nest Friday
Frugal Friday
Creativity Unleashed
Show and Tell Friday
I’m Lovin’ It
Simple and Sweet Fridays

Saturday:

Show and Tell Saturday
Get Schooled Saturday
Party Junk
Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party

Sunday:

Think Pink Sunday
Submarine Sunday
That DIY Party
Nifty Thrifty Sunday
Sew Darn Crafty
Bouquet of Talent