Something to Talk About

Something to Talk About

I woke up this morning to do a little blogging before work because there is a party I enjoy linking up to each Monday morning.  To my surprise I ended up being included in their “most clicked” list.  I’ve never had that happen before.  Click on the party link and check it out, along with all the amazing projects that are linked up.

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Vintage Wine Bottle

Vintage Wine Bottle
Vintage Wine Bottle

It’s Friday. It’s Friday.  Yes I’m singing that and doing a little dance.  The weather is supposed to be pretty, so maybe I can get some things done around the house.  How is your motivation level on getting the house cleaned, laundry done, windows cleaned, yada yada yada?  My heart isn’t in it as you can tell.  I can think of a ton of fun repurposing crafty things I’d rather be doing.  Every time I pass through the craft room, I just want to park it in there and create.

Let me share with you what I created this week.  Remember the wine bottles I purchased last week.  With a little work I now have this fantastic vintage inspired wine bottle.

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Now I’ve got to show you how easy it was to make.  I purchased this really neat Tim Holtz fabric from Hancock Fabrics.  It has so many amazing labels.  I bought it but had no idea what I was going to do with it.  I just couldn’t pass it up.

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So I picked a label, cut it out and used Mod Podge to adhere it to the bottle.

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I used a wet paper towel to remove the Mod Podge on the glass around the fabric label.  Once it dried, I gathered my supplies to embellish the bottle.  Some pearls, ribbon, skeleton keys, and locks.

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I cut the ribbon and went to work dressing up the bottle.

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Then I added a few artificial blossom stems from Hobby Lobby.

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I really love how it turned out.  It has that vintage look that I’m smitten over.

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Now onto the other bottles, setting my creativity free.  Who knows what they will become!

 

Hometalk Board

Hometalk Board

I’m so excited to share a new clipboard I curated for Hometalk.  I was contacted after I shared a few posts on Hometalk of my jewelry holders.  First I shared the rotary hoe one, and also the one from an old baluster.  Then to my surprise I received an email from Hometalk asking me to put together a clipboard of jewelry holders.  Eeek!  Exciting!

So click over to my Hometalk board so you can see all these unique jewelry holders.  You will be able to get all the details on each one in case you want to make one for yourself.  I know I’m ready to make some more after doing this board.  Now click on over and check them out.

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While your there check out the other board I curated for them on feather projects.

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Boxwood Bunny Wreath

Boxwood Bunny Wreath
Boxwood Bunny Wreath

It’s been rainy here most of the weekend.  So to chase away the rainy blues I decided to do some crafting.  Once again, it all had to be done with supplies I had on hand.  It’s always great to not spend money on a project.

I know Easter is right around the corner, but I’m still doing making Easter decorations.  Nothing like some last minute decorating and crafting.  This cute wreath idea came from the day I was doing our Easter Fantle.  I had out all of my boxwood wreaths trying to decide which one I would use.   These two round ones were sitting on the table next to each other, and I thought bunny body.  So from there it just went into this cute Boxwood and Burlap Bunny Wreath in about an hour.

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First I dug around in my scraps for some burlap.  I thought the rustic look of the burlap would look great against the boxwood.  Next I drew a bunny ear pattern and cut four of them out.  I double cut each one to make it go quicker.

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Once they were cut out, I kept them in pairs.

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I fired up the sewing machine (it loves to see some action rather than just collecting dust) and hemmed around the edges of the ears.  Don’t sew the bottom.  After hemming the ears I stitched 2 seams down the center about 3/8-inch apart.

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I cut a wire hanger to get two pieces about 1.5-inches longer than the ears.  I fed the wire up through the center pocket and stuck them in the top of the smaller wreath.

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Now this wreath needed a fluffy tail.  I found some frayed burlap ribbon I bought several months ago from Michaels, and I thought it would work perfectly.  I cut about 6 pieces 4-inches long.  I stacked them and then tied them on to the larger wreath.  Then I fluffed the ribbon to make a burlap “cotton” tail.

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I connected the 2 wreaths together with green floral wire.  I just wrapped a piece around both wreaths and twisted it in the back.  I love how it turned out.  And to think this whole idea was inspired by these two wreaths sitting side by side on the table.  Inspiration is everywhere.  We just have to look.

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Flea Market Friday 3.20.15

Flea Market Friday 3.20.15

I hope you all are getting ready for the weekend.  Do you have big plans, fun plans, or lazy plans?  We have working plans, because we are cleaning our attic.  Since we are getting started on the cleaning first thing this morning, I’m just dropping in for a quick update.

This past weekend I purchased these from a flea market.

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I got a box full of bottles for $10, with the labels off.  Score!  This is just a few of them so you can see the variety of bottles.  Buying empties is way cheaper than buying and drinking this much wine.  I’m figuring they were for some project the owner didn’t have time for.  Or maybe forgot what they were going to do with them.  I’ve been there a time or two!

Come back next week to see what I do with them.

Easter Garland from Aluminum Cans

Easter Garland from Aluminum Cans
Easter Garland from Aluminum Cans

I’m so glad you are back to see how I made the garland I shared with you on the Easter Fantle.  Before I get into it, I must warn you that I have no idea where this idea came from.  Do you ever have those bizarre ideas that come to you? I get them and sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t.  Probably more often they don’t work, and I wonder “what was I thinking!”  I hope I’m not the only one that’s been at this point.  Sometimes you don’t know what can happen unless you just try.  Which is why I tell you to set your creative spirit free and just go with it!

Well, let me get started and show you how I turned these…..

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…… Into this fantastic garland.

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I wasn’t sure how easy it would be to cut them out, and I didn’t want to ruin my scissors.  I bought a new pair of utility scissors at Target for $2.99 and they worked like a charm.

First you have to cut the top off the can.  Just poke the scissors in and start cutting.  Be careful though that you don’t cut yourself.  I did all my cutting over a towel so that it would catch any small metal scraps that fell while I cut them out.

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Next cut down the cans height to the bottom, and cut the bottom portion off.  Straighten out the rectangular part of the can.  See how mine isn’t a perfect cut.  It’ll be ok and will still work out.

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Download whatever images you want to cut out from clipart.  Once you get your image, size it to whatever your wanting.  Now you take your pattern, a Sharpie marker, and trace it on the can.  Then just cut it out.

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Once you have all your pieces cut out, you are ready to hot glue them to ribbon or twine.  I selected twine since I have a repurposed mantle.  My initial plan was to go with the green and pink can colors, however that changed after I put my mantle together.  Here is the backside of my garland, which was going to be the front.  Instead, I opted for the shiny aluminum side.  See how the direction of project can change.  It can change just like these daily Texas temps.

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Once you hot glue the shapes onto the twine, select some ribbon to tie onto the twine.  I selected a green twine, white rick-rack, and white seam binding ribbon.  Once you tie on the pieces of ribbon, it fills in the spaces and adds a little more color.

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I told you it was a crazy idea, but I really like how it turned out.  It’s basically neutral, but the shiny aluminum adds a little pizazz.  I hope your Easter decorations are coming together for your family celebration.

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Easter Mantle

Easter Mantle
Easter Mantle

Well, I finally got around to taking down my Vintage “Love” fantle that I used for Valentines Day.  If your new here let me explain “Fantle”.  I do not have a fireplace with a mantle, so I put up two shelves that I decorate as our mantle.  So hence the term fantle…..faux mantle.  I’ve been in the mode of using what you have for some time here, so I tried to continue with that theme.

Honestly, the use what you got theme started when G was off for 6-months last year and money was tight.  If it didn’t come from Dollar Tree or with a 40% off coupon, I probably wasn’t buying it.  So with a shortage of cash, comes an increase in creativity.  Also, it comes with digging around your home trying to see what you can put together.

So I stripped everything down off the fantle except the window and corbel.  I’m loving this corbel, and the backdrop of the window frame.  So I just keep using them because they make me smile.  That window frame provides some texture and a great place to hang a wreath.  I pulled out my Easter decorations and went to work.

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I’m pretty happy on how it all came together.  Those blocks are what’s left from a set G had when he was little. I love to use them each Easter.

Here is a close up of the top shelf.

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See how that window makes a fantastic back drop and great place to hang a wreath. The wreath was bought from a flash sale site about two years ago, and the rabbit came from a boutique.  My favorite part of this shelf is this.

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I bought this kitchen scale at a flea market several years ago and I love the rusty vintage look of it.  Now here is the bottom shelf.  It has more of my favs!

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I bought this chicken feeder at Texas Antiques Week a year ago, I filled it with Dollar Tree shred and white plastic eggs. The mossy bunny on top is a dollar bin Target find this year.  It only cost $3.  Don’t forget to shop the dollar bins and stores in your town.  The other side has the corbel.

I’ll be sharing how I made this unique garland on Wednesday.  You’ll want to see what it is made out of so make sure you subscribe by email so you don’t miss it.

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I put 3 little ceramic playful bunnies on there.  Then the button bunny picture was another Texas Antiques Week purchase.  Isn’t it awesome!  You can find all sorts of things there.  Just about anything your looking for you can find it there.

Come back on Wednesday to see how made the simple garland that is on each shelf (it’s made from soda cans).  Subscribe via email so your sure to get the post.  You can also follow me on Facebook so you won’t miss it.

See how you can just shop your own home and find things that will work.  Like I keep saying, just look at everything differently.  Try it before you think it won’t work, because you may be surprised.

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Flea Market Flip Friday 03.13.15

Flea Market Flip Friday 03.13.15
Flea Market Flip Friday 03.13.15

Who is ready for the weekend?  I am so ready!  I had an audit at work this week so I am brain-dead.  My to-do list is quit long this weekend.  Reality is though that I over plan and usually only get half of it done.  Why I do that to myself is beyond me, because I keep doing it.  I need to make a list and then just cross off half of it.  Then maybe I can complete everything.

But let’s get on to better things.  It’s Flea Market Flip Friday!  My passion is to repurpose.  We like to put odds and ends together to make something fun and functional.  So remember last week when I found several spindles?  I’ve never met a spindle I didn’t like.  Well, we took one of these (actually it’s a baluster) and turned it into this amazing jewelry holder for my mother-in-law for her birthday.

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She had seen this jewelry holder we made and said that she wanted one.  The problem was, we didn’t have anymore of the parts.  So we got creative and made her this one.  She LOVES it!

Let me show you how we made it and what we used.  It was so easy.  First I purchased these items from Home Depot, 2 glass door knobs, a package of these closet sliders, and these door stops.

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G cut a piece of old barn lumber from our stash for a base.  You could use plywood and stain it, or MDF and paint it.  There are lots of options.  You just need a sturdy base.  I measured where to put the baluster and he drilled pilot holes.

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Then we screwed it into the baluster from the bottom.  Now we drilled holes for the door knobs where I decided to place them.  You need to think about what you will be hanging from it so you get them at the right height.

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Once we drilled the 3-holes, G cut the door knob shaft in half.  This is because you will just stick the exposed shaft part in the baluster.  Once they are cut in half, stick it in the knob, tighten the set screw, and then stick the exposed part into the baluster.

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Before mounting the door knobs, we just nailed these closet sliders to the base.

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After these were in place, I stuck in the door knobs, and screwed in 2 door stops to the back.  I thought these would be great for bracelets.

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I thought we also needed a place for her to put her rings, because she has a bunch of fashion rings.  My mother-in-law is one stylish lady.  So I just hammered in 2 nails on the front side.  Here it is without any jewelry.

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It’s hard to believe that this…….

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Can be turned into this…….

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The nails are such an easy way to keep your rings together.  Also, see how these sliding trays are great for earrings or her brooches.  Plus, these door stops worked out wonderfully for bracelets.

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I hope you can dig through your scraps and find an item that you can turn into an original jewelry holder.  Then just browse your local hardware store and get creative!

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Neck Tie Wreath

Neck Tie Wreath
Neck Tie Wreath

Sorry I missed visiting with you on Monday, but I didn’t have anything ready to post.  Yes, that happens sometimes.  Truth is, it was rainy here and I chose to be lazy when I got home and snuggle up with a blanket on the couch.  Somedays we just need to do that and enjoy the sound of the rain.  Plus catch a little power nap.

I’ve had a bag full of ties for years.  Somehow I ended up with them and I can’t even tell you how.  About 6-months ago I was doing some cleaning and purging and came across them AGAIN.  This makes about the 100th time I’ve pulled them out.  The conversation in my head went like this….

Sigh, here are these ties again.

What am I going to do with them?

……Cricket Noises………

Ok, you haven’t used them in over 10 years so just get rid of them.

No, I might use them.

You haven’t used them in over 10 years.

Ok, to the donation pile they go.

So I hauled them off and donated them.

Fast Forward 6 months, when Revyn was coming up with projects for county fair.  She said she had seen something made with neckties and she wanted to try to make a wreath with them.  Wonk, Wonk….Wonk.  I thought, dang it!  I just hauled off an entire sack 6-months ago.  So we decided to call family members and see if they had any they weren’t using and if they would be willing to let us have them.  Good call on our part because we ended up with lots of them.

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So Revyn and I went through them and picked out the ones we liked together.  It was fun trying to pick some from each person; my dad, G’s dad, my uncle, and my cousin.  Once we had the colors picked out, we sat there and tried to figure out how we were going to turn all these ties into this.

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Let me take you through how she put this together.  I’ll leave out the thinking process and just take you to what works.   Because there was a lot of trial and error before actual crafting began.

You will need a white styrofoam wreath from your favorite craft store.

Figure out how far you want the ties to hang over by wrapping it around your styrofoam wreath form.  Now cut the tie leaving enough to completely wrap around the wreath.  Cut all your ties this length.

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Wrap the first tie around and only glue it down the middle only.  This is because when you wrap all the way around you want to have free edges to tuck under.

Wrap the next one around glueing down the edge away from your next tie that will be overlapping it.  (This will be glueing the edge over the first tie.)  You want to leave that one edge not glued because you have to layer.  Each one wraps over the previous one.  The bottom wraps under then the top wraps over.  It doesn’t cover well if you just butt each one up against the other one because of the taper in the tie.

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You just keep going until you get to the end.  Then you can add a bow or leave it plain.  You end up with a pretty wreath using something from your family members.  What a great way display something from your loved ones.

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Flea Market Friday 3.6.15

Flea Market Friday 3.6.15

Well, I usually post in the morning but I was out checking the goods this morning.  I haven’t been in a few weeks, so I needed to get some stuff that I could flip into something awesome.  Plus, this seemed to be the day that I had a ton of errands to run.  So naturally it took longer because if saw a garage sale I was stopping.  So it took a lot longer to get to the flea market as I ran errands.  The good thing about today is that I got to search for treasures and run errands in sunshine!  Yes, clear skies and sunshine all day.  It is beautiful!

So I’m just dropping in to give you a short post so I can go back out and soak up some sunshine!  There wasn’t a whole lot of stuff that screamed “buy me, buy me”, but here is what I did buy.  What do you think I can do with these?  I would LOVE to hear your ideas.  Who knows, maybe you will see your idea here next week!

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When I see a spindle, I buy it!  I haven’t met a spindle yet that didn’t say “BUY ME!!!!”  I’m just showing a few of the white and brown small spindles.  I have 5 white ones and 8 small brown ones.

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So what do you think?  What should I do with these?