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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!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Sometimes Simple Is Better!

Have you ever planned a project, intending to create something extravagant, time consuming, or complicated?  And then ended up fashioning something than was rather simple, that you liked oh so much better?  Well, today I'd like to share with you one such project!
 I am in love with galvanized anything, so I'm always on the prowl for unique pieces when out thrifting.  Well, a few weeks ago I discovered a set of two really great galvanized containers, one smaller than the other, that had neat copper handles.  I couldn't scoop them up soon enough!  As is often the case, I wasn't exactly sure what I would do with them, but I knew that inspiration would eventually hit!  Initially I thought I'd create gift baskets out of them for my booth, and planned on filling them with lots of goodies, and then maybe decorating the outside in some way.  Well, the more I thought about it, the more it occurred to me that a simple design would not only save me alot of time (not to mention money!), but might also appeal to more potential customers as well!
 So I hopped over to the Graphics Fairy, in search of some ideas (Karen has some awesome graphics!), and found this really neat French label, that I knew would be just the thing for my galvanized pieces!
 All it took was a little Mod Podge, and voila!!!  An easy, peasy project that I think turned out better (and far quicker!) than my initial plans!
 I took them to my booth, but I wouldn't be heart broken if they didn't sell!

 I think the tone of the label coordinates perfectly with the copper handles.  I am super happy with the way they turned out.  So next time when I'm planning a project and think of something complicated or time consuming, simple can be oh so much better!
I'm linking up with Karen over at the Graphics Fairy for Brag Monday.  Be sure to visit for some terrific ideas!!


sissie said...

Hi Donna,
I see that you have been very busy getting ready for the big holiday rush. These sweet little tins should sell very well in your booth.

Very cute.


Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I like the simplicity. Sometimes we can overthink things. They look very Parisien.

Virginia said...

I just love these tins....I envision them filled with vintage buttons. Thanks for hopping over and leaving sweet comments at Polly's : )

Myric said...

I love its vintage look with those labels. Simple but pleasing :)


Debbie said...

You are right, Donna! those labels look perfect with the copper color of the handles.
I can just picture vintage linens and lace spilling over the sides.

Pam said...

Those are so darn stinking cute. Yes, simple is better!

Kim K. said...

Another perfect project!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Those look great! wonderful job!

Linda said...

I love this simple look, Donna...you have a wonderful talent for transformation! Beautiful!

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh wow, is this adorable or what? You need to send them right to New Orleans! LOL You are so fantastic at all this!!!

Bente said...

I like them. Wonderful job.

Hugs from here

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

This is quite a change for you and I really like it! The labels DO match the handles beautifully! Great job!!!

Gail said...

Hi Donna, these are gorgeous ! And useful too I bet you will be sorry to see them go.
Have a nice week !
Gail x

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

Yes my friend, most of the time this is what winds up happening to me, then I think to myself, why didn't I think of that to begin with. These are simply darling!

Susan said...

Fabulous buckets! I love that you kept them simple, especially since that meant less work for you Donna!
That graphic is amazing. I gotta visit graphics fairy one of these days...

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

Oh I agree. Simple is better in this case. Love the label you added and the shape of the buckets!

Love of the Sea said...

I love galvanized too! I am going to have to pop over to your shop to get some Holiday shopping in....when I get back in town on Wednedsay. I am going to send you an email tomorrow with some of the things I was thinking about...to see if you have time to do some coastal christmas creations.