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Thanks so much for stopping by! I believe that everyone can have a beautiful home without spending a fortune! One of my favorite things to do is find creative ways to re-purpose things I already have on hand, or have picked up at yard sales and thrift stores. Join me as I share with you some of my favorite ideas for crafting and decorating, as well as travel adventures, and fun things that I pick up on my treasure hunts! Much of my work is influenced by my love all things French, nature, and of course shabby chic! I have gotten so many creative ideas from you very talented bloggers out there, and I hope that I can be an inspiration to you as well!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Easter Shadow Box Project

Hi everyone, how is your week going?
Ok, so I do realize that Easter is still more than a month away.
But, for those of us who love to create, well, we often tend to jump ahead of the calendar, right?
I do have a valid excuse, though, as this is my latest project for DecoArt!  
DecoArt was requesting Easter themed projects, so I couldn't resist the chance to make something fun and spring like!
Sometimes inspiration comes just from walking thru the isles the craft store.  Other times it's searching for neat ideas on Pinterest.  And yet others just seem to pop into my head!
So with that, I'll share with you my Easter shadow box project.
 I found this neat wood shadow box with a pretty laser cut frame at Michael's.  I knew right away that it would be the basis for my project!
 Then I had another brainstorm!  I picked up these little wood banner cut outs, also at Michael's
I began by painting the frame and outside of the box in the prettiest light green, called "Pistachio".
One easy way to get more mileage out of your paints 
(and keeps you running to the store to buy yet another color!) is to mix several colors together to create a multitude of shades!  So for a little contrast, I mixed some of the green with a bit of white "Snowball" to make a slightly lighter shade of green, and used it to paint the inner edges of the box.
 I also painted the little wood pennants in both shades of green, as well as a pretty "Baby Pink".
Again, for another shade of pink, I mixed it with a little white to create a paler pink for some of the other pennants.

 I love adding little polka dots to my projects.  So I decided to add them to the edges of each pennants, just for fun.  It was easy peasy!  Just dip the end of a small paint brush, or even the eraser end of a pencil into your paint to create the dots (I used white).
 To each pennant I added adhesive alphabet stickers to spell out "Happy Easter".
You can't tell from my photos, but the letters have just a bit of sparkle 
(because you know just how much I love glitter!)
 I then added the pennants to two lengths of jute twine.
To the inside of my shadow box, I decoupaged a piece of vintage sheet music
(I guess you could say sheet music is one of my signature looks!)
 Then the real fun began!  Assembling my box!
I found this darling little Easter bunny at Hobby Lobby.  Isn't he just the cutest?  He is foil wrapped, giving him the appearance of chocolate (but don't try to eat him, he's decorative only!!)
I also added this sweet spray of pastel colored eggs.
 And the cutest little nest with eggs, also from Hobby Lobby.
 I had so much fun with this project!

 It makes me want to create more for different holidays and seasons!
 I hot glued all of my embellishments in place.  But, if you just placed them inside the box, you could swap them out with the seasons, using the same box again and again for different looks.
Hope that inspires you to create something fun!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Greetings From Sunny Florida!

Hi everyone!  How has your week been?
We are taking a little break from winter (though it's been pretty mild back home in Michigan) and are in Florida right now.
We took a day trip today to Venice, and it was just gorgeous.
I was so happy to find a dog friendly beach (not a common thing here, it seems), and the three of us walked forever.
 Katie had a blast, and we had fun collecting lots of shells.  Notice the bulge in my pocket?  It's filled with shells!)
 It was a beautiful and sunny day, not a cloud in the sky.  A "cold front" just moved in, highs are supposed to be in the low 60's for the next several days.  That is fine with me!  For us mid westerners, that constitutes a heat wave!

 Downtown Venice was full of lots of amazing shops.
And mermaids, too:)
Gee, I sure wish I really had a figure this shapely!
Well, except for the tail:)
 Katie couldn't resist getting in on the fun, too!

That's it for today!  Looking forward to seeing what you all have been up to!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Fun Jewelry Project

Hi everyone, hope your week is off to a good start!
For those of you who battled the latest winter snow storm over the weekend, I sure hope you are staying safe and snug indoors!
As for me, I've been keeping busy playing in my craft room.
So I thought I'd share with you my project that I completed for DecoArt.
The challenge this time was to create something using unconventional materials.
So, I put my thinking cap on, and came up with this:
 Can you guess what I made this necklace out of????
Paper!  Yep, I made the beads from pages torn from magazines, as well as scrapbooking paper!
 This project brought back some sweet memories from when I was a little girl.
I could hardly wait for summer vacation, as it meant I could catch up with Carol Duvall and her craft show on tv!  I'm not sure if her show was broadcast all over the country or not, but one of our local Detroit stations aired it each weekday for many years. Carol is from Michigan, by the way.
Back then (geez, I feel so old saying that!!), we didn't have Michael's or Hobby Lobby to run to for our crafting supplies.  
Oh no!
And we certainly didn't have the variety of crafting materials available like we do now.
So, Carol was a real pro at turning things like egg cartons, pringles cans, plastic jugs and more into works of art!
I remember first seeing the paper beads on her show when I was a girl, and could hardly wait to make my own!  Of course, back them, mine didn't turn out quite like these!
 Anyway, if any of your would like a mini tutorial, just let me know!
Basically, you go from this.............
to this............... 
 to this.......

 And, voila!
A handful of paper beads just waiting  to be turned  into something pretty!
I thought it would be fun to paint them (since of course a prerequisite of the project involved using DecoArt paint) to look like turquoise beads.
And for added interest, I mixed in some beads that I made from printed floral paper.
After painting, I coated all of the beads with a product (from DecoArt) called
"Triple Thick", which gives them a super shiny, hard glass like finish.
 I also mixed in little silver beads.
This is actually two long necklaces that I made, so they can be doubled over for multiple looks.
I can even wear them as bracelets by winding them around and around my wrist!!
 It was a fun, though very labor intensive project.
 The stringing part was super easy, but the making of the beads did take alot of time!
I can't wait to wear them!!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Fun Heart and Arrow Project

Bonjour Mes Amis!
Hope you all had a great week.
I know what you must be wondering, 
"Why oh why is this girl rushing ahead to Valentine's Day already?!"
Well, if you are one who creates, then you probably like to plan ahead a bit.
I know some of you even plan and create Christmas projects in July!
Well, I am not nearly that organized!
But, since DecoArt was requesting Valentine's themed projects, I just couldn't resist creating this stacked heart and arrow!

 I had so much fun with this project, and couldn't resist adding a bit of my signature glitter!
My color palette was white along with pretty shades of pink.
 Just for fun, I decided to add a white polka dot border to the middle heart.
 I found this adorable white grosgrain ribbon with little gold arrows, which I thought was the perfect embellishment for my hearts!
 I should back up a bit by saying that the hearts started out as unfinished wood pieces.

 Same with the arrows.  I also found a really neat dimensional metal arrow that I added.
 Here's a little tip if you want to paint polka dots.  Just take the eraser end of a pencil and dip it in a bit of your paint to create dots.  Dip each time you make a new dot, and viola!
Fun and cheerful, easy-peasy polka dots!!
 I had the best time creating this project for DecoArt!
I hope it inspires you to make something too!
Thanks so much for stopping by, your visits and comments mean alot to me:)

Monday, January 11, 2016

Projects

Bonjour Mes Amis!
How is your week going so far?
Wow, it sure is hard to believe we are already into the second week of January, isn't it?!
Today I thought I'd share with you a few projects that I recently completed.
All are in my Etsy shop, if you care to take a look!
My sister has been busy cleaning out her attic, and found this cabinet door that she thought I could do something with.  Of course, I forgot to take before shots of everything I'm showing you today, darn!
Anyway, it wasn't vintage or anything, otherwise I would probably have kept its original paint and patina.
It was boring golden oak, and so ready for a fresh look and new lease on life!
Immediately I thought of creating a coat hook out of it.
So, I painted it in my favorite shade of light blue chalk paint.
 I then stenciled this gorgeous large skeleton key to the front.  (I wish it would show up better in the photos!)
I used several different colors for my stencil, to give it a dimensional look.
 One of the best things about this project was I had everything for it, except the hooks!
I found those at the hardware store and had my handy hubby mount them for me.
It was a fun project, and I am happy with the end result!
(so, my sister can pass along more "junk" from her attic to me any day!!)
 Next up is this large vintage wooden cigar box that I found while out thrifting.
I see plenty of cigar boxes on my hunts, but I've never come across one this large before!
It was very well made, and had a neat brass latch and hinges, so I just knew that I could do something with it!
 So, I painted it inside and out with a pretty creamy taupe chalk paint.  I left the inside lid unpainted, to show off the original cigar ad (wow, only 5 cents each, this box must be old!!).
I also knew that I wanted to decoupage something to the lid. After some thought I decided on these beautiful roses, compliments of The Graphics Fairy.
If you ever decoupage, you know how tedious it can be to cut out details by hand, but the results are worth it, I think!

 Just for fun, I added the address of a Parisian flower market to the sides.

 I just love finding boxes that I can transform with paint and a little tlc.
The one below was also a thrifted find.  It was a dark reddish brown when I found it, and I could hardly wait to paint it the same pretty light blue as my coat hook project.
The neat thing about this box is that it also holds a photo.  I placed a scrap of pretty floral paper beneath the glass insert for the time being. The lid has a metal insert, and features a beautiful floral cut out design.  
 Of course, I distress nearly all of my projects, to give them what I like to call
"that aged over time look".


I almost forgot to show you my knife, fork and spoon trays.
A few weeks ago, hubby came home with a set of three vintage wood trays.
I just love it when he comes home with goodies for me from the thrift store!
(he knows just what to look for!)
Anyway, they were a dark wood finish, and on their backsides was imprinted
"Toastmaster Hospitality Tray".
They were made right here in Michigan (Grand Haven), back in the 1950's.
 While I don't always know right away just how I will make something over,
if I look at the object long enough, inspiration will eventually strike!
So, since there were three trays, I thought it would be fun to decoupage them with these gorgeous copies of a giant knife, fork and spoon.  All were found on The Graphics Fairy.
First I painted the trays in the same creamy taupe that I used for the cigar box.

I had so much fun with this project!
 It's amazing how realistic and dimensional the silverware looks!



And I couldn't resist sharing a pic of Katie, perched on the wicker bench at the foot off our bed.
I had to laugh, as it looks like she's yawning from boredom over all my craft projects:)

Have a great week, can'w wait to see what you all have been up to!